Late March is the time in which we mark the end of the Third Age of Middle-earth and celebrate the defeat of Sauron. In this age, we honor the date with an event known as International Tolkien Reading Day. In the past, Reading Day has been quite an elaborate affair for the Grey Havens Group. This year, however, we have a number of projects in the works, including our upcoming Real Myth and Mithril Symposium, so we will be keeping things simple. The party will be hosted by Roger Echo-Hawk in our Hobbit Hole. All will be invited to read their favorite passages from the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and works inspired by or in the tradition of Tolkien but our Reading Day would not be complete if we neglected the limerick challenge issued by Katy Colby each year. This year, she issued the Call to Rhyme in a verse of her own composition. Who can resist?
On our very next meet-up
You’re in for a treat-up
As we celebrate our favorite bits
Of our great author’s works.
And if your talent lurks
In twisting words round with your wits,
Each year we have shared,
And all those who dared
Were rewarded with praise and much fun.
This time, for a change
Just to add to our game
There is a sweet prize to be won.
Now, here are the rules:
Your words are your tools,
Create a new limerick verse
Draw your inspiration
From fantasy creation;
The Professor’s most fair Middle Earth
Or from George R.R. Martin,
If that’s where your heart’s in.
Who knows what your talent is worth?
Keep it five lines, no more
With rhymes by the score.
For our young folks, we keep it PG.
The winner decided
By vote of those present.
It’s bound to be fun, don’t you see.