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Finding Rivendell

Elrond’s house was perfect, whether you liked food or sleep or story-telling or singing (or reading), or just sitting and thinking best, or a pleasant mixture of them all. Merely to be there was a cure for weariness. … Evil things did not come into the secret valley of Rivendell.

J.R.R. Tolkien (Lord of the Rings)

Some of my favorite books growing up were The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. My fifth grade teacher read the Narnia series to our entire class over a period of weeks. I looked forward to that class every day.

I found recently found my copy of The Lord of the Rings packed in a box. The book now resides on the bookshelf in my craft room. Let’s just say that it has been rededicated to things I want to read or revisit because they bringing happiness to my heart. My “decluttering” sometimes turns into “reclaiming” when I find old treasures which must not again be lost.

Lewis and Tolkien’s books use imagination to translate timeless truths into enjoyable reading. They invite the reader into a place where good wins, characters encounter challenge and rest, and sometimes merely reading about such a place offers its own cure for weariness.

One of our resident blue jays has just landed in a low bush to the left of my patio chair. He approaches like a dive bomber and scatters the chipmunks and smaller birds gathering their supper. I have ruined his target with my presence so the crumbs are safe for the moment. Back to thinking and tapping on the laptop.

I saw the quote at the top of this page scrolling on Facebook. It was part of a lovely post by Kristin Getty embedded here, and now I may have to go make a sign to put this quote about Rivendell in my own kitchen:

Part of my personal “Rivendell” is the fun of capturing the wildlife near our home on camera (like the friendly fox at the top of my post, finding a bit of rest near our home). The setting lets me soak in quiet and wander in woods that seem a little like the magical Narnia on misty summer mornings.

What things help make your own house “perfect” for you and your loved ones?