Absorbed: me not the falling rain which lies in deep puddles all around.

While it rains outside I’m snuggly and warm reading The Lord of the Rings Part 1, pretending to be a hobbit going on a long journey through enchanted forests and long grass…

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I’m hoping to be surprised by elves.

But it seems the day is too wet for hobbits too.

Do you ever read and feel so completely absorbed by a book? So absorbed that even the weather seems to be directed by the narrative? It happened today when I read Chapter VII of The Fellowship of the Ring:

Water dripped down from the leaking gutters above. Before she had finished breakfast the clouds had joined into an unbroken roof, and straight grey rain came softly and steadily down. Behind its deep curtain the Garden was completely veiled.

As she looked out of the window there came falling gently as if it was flowing down the rain out of the sky, the clear voice of children singing above. She could hear few words, but it seemed plain that the song was a rain-song, as sweet as showers on dry hills, that told the tale of a river from the spring in the highlands to the Sea far below. Missmellifluous listened with delight; and was glad in her heart, and blessed the kindly weather, because it delayed her from departing. The thought of going had been heavy upon her from the moment the holidays ended; but she guessed now that she would go no further today.

The upper wind settled in the West and deeper wetter clouds rolled up to spill their laden rain on the bare heads of the flowers. Nothing could be seen all round the house but falling water. Missmellifluous stood near the open door with a book in her hand and watched the stone pavers in the path turn into a little river and go bubbling away down into the garden. Tom Bombadil came trotting round the page of her novel, waving his arms as if he was warding off the rain- and indeed when he sprang over the threshold he seemed quite dry, except for his boots. These he took off and put in the chimney-corner. Then he sat in the largest chair and called the hobbits to gather round him.

‘This is Goldberry’s washing day,’ he said, ‘and her autumn-cleaning. Too wet for hobbit-folk – let them rest while they are able! It’s a good day for long tales…’

missmellifluous agreed and drew near, listening in anticipation.

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11 Responses to “Absorbed: me not the falling rain which lies in deep puddles all around.”

  1. kim from hiraeth Says:

    OH, OH, OH!

    You’re reading it! And you’re loving it!

    I, too, quoted that passage not long ago and, as it’s raining here today, too, I thought of it again. Goldberry’s washing day!

    Now we share still another “love.”

    And yes, you may expect to be surprised by Elves in ways you couldn’t yet imagine!

  2. missmellifluous Says:

    He, he. I knew you’d be excited, Kim. I don’t know why it took me so long to enjoy! It really is very good!

    Did you quote this passage on line? Can you leave me a link to it?

    I feel even more content knowing that you, Frodo and I could all be having the same day. How fun!

  3. Ellen Says:

    ahhh…I’ve been taken away and now I’m peaking around the corner for hobbits and such…

  4. Radagast Says:

    My favourite book! Hope you enjoy it.

  5. Islandsparrow Says:

    Such a lovely book to linger over…

  6. Paul Says:

    Much more so than the film, good as it was …. now I am waiting for the definitive visual version, which in my opinion will be a series of 30-40 1-hour programmes a la 24, so that not one scene or bit of dialogue need be missed out.

  7. kim from hiraeth Says:

    Here’s the link to my “G0ldberry” post:

    http://tinyurl.com/2en2u5

  8. missmellifluous Says:

    You chose cleaning over reading! Kim! I’m astonished!

  9. kim from hiraeth Says:

    Well, my family really likes a tidy house and clean underwear. . .what can I say?

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