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The Deepest pain

The Deepest Pain – Linda Hoyland.

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Aragorn receives his first battle wound.

These characters are J.R. R Tolkien's. I make no money from this story.
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A/n. Written for the Teitho "Pain" contest where it was unplaced.

Bottom of the Potato Pile

Originally posted by kitty_committee at Bottom of the Potato Pile

Several of you noticed yesterday that Spud seemed to be on the bottom of every Dinichi puddle and pile. I scrolled back through all of their photos to see if there is a history of this, and though it is not always the case, it is usually the case.

So why is this?

 Is he the biggest and can offer the most solid foundation? No,  Nicholas has a couple of ounces on him and he has the belly with the most sprawl.




The reason, I think: Russell always falls asleep first.  When the kittens are playing hard and running wild, one by one, they start winding down.  Most of the time, it is Russell who slows down and nods off first. As the others get tired, they pile on top of him.



I'll be watching them closely and seeing if they can further prove my theory.

Until then,  Here's a purring pile of one. Enjoy!

Oh, and please make note of  twitching paws and whiskers about 1/4 of the way into the video.  Adorable.


Originally posted by kitty_committee at THE CUTE!
It's hot here.  The big cats are all splayed out on the coolest spots on the floor or hiding in dark corners or under beds.  The little ones, no matter how the temperatures rise, don't seem to mind one bit, and you'll find them puddling and piling on warm, fuzzy rugs and in sunbeams.  It seems they seek out the hot spots.  

I don't get it, but I'm not complaining, because in these past few days I've witnessed some of the most adorable kitten puddles and piles I have ever seen.  

Just take a look at THE CUTE!


















Tolkien radio programme

I haven't got round to listening to this yet, but it looks interesting.


"Joss Ackland narrates a search through BBC archives for unheard gems from JRR Tolkien, as Oxford Academic Dr Stuart Lee discovers the unbroadcast offcuts from an interview given by the author.

Tolkien gave the interview for a BBC film in 1968, but only a tiny part of it was used in the broadcast programme. It was one of only a handful of recorded interviews he gave, and was also to be his last."

A few photos

Just a few photos taken over the past week of my boys, Penny trying out Harry's toy, and flowers in local gardens. We also had some pretty skies.


Click here for the album





My latest photos

I had a friend's ex husband come and tidy my garden today. I took Harry out and he seemed to approve and rolled joyfully in the grass clippings. For once it was no problem to get him in as the neighbours' children threw a ball over, which made me jump and terrified poor Harry who ran inside to hide under a chair,

I was talking to a neighbour on Friday, who told me her old cat was now on her last legs, but she is 24 years old!

Click for the ginger boys and lots of flowers.





A few photos

A few photos from the last few days. flowers and lots of cats from the next street. Note how the lilies are minus their stamens as I'm friends with Nelly's people and told them about the dangers of lily pollen. As usual, I could not get Harry to come in. He wanted to sniff every blade of grass and taste it.




August Teitho Challenge

Our theme for August is Oaths.
Even more serious than promises, oaths are something that can't be taken lightly. It was, after all, such an unbreakable oath that caused most of the grief in the Silmarillion.

Oaths bind not only individuals, but also whole nations. By an oath of fealthy to a ruler, one becomes a vassal with all duties, but also rights coming with the status, as Pippin found out with Denethor. An oath given by Cirion, the steward of Gondor and Eorl, the first king of Rohan, bound the two nations as allies that help each other in times of need, and it was this oath that brought Théoden an dhis army to the field of Pelennor. It is known that Aragorn and Éomer renewed this oath after the war.

Aragorn's words to Frodo: "if by life or death I can save you, I will," can be also considered an oath that he intended to keep, even though it brought him before the very gates of Mordor.

Elrond was fostered by Maglor, who was bound by the terrible oath of his father, and so he knew the grave weigth of such bonds, as we can see in his exchange with Gimli:
‘Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens,’ said Gimli.
‘Maybe,’ said Elrond, ‘but let him not vow to walk in the dark, who has not seen the nightfall.’
‘Yet sworn word may strengthen quaking heart,’ said Gimli.
‘Or break it,’ said Elrond.‘

In a world where oaths had such a weight, often greater than life of the one who swore them, it is a promising topic for many interesting stories or pictures.

The deadline for this challenge is August 25th, but can be extended until the end of the month. If you need an extension to finish your story or picture, just write to the email below!

For writers: send your stories to teitho.contest@gmail.com. The contest is anonymous and the story can't be posted publicaly until the results of the challenge are announced. Aragorn or Legolas don't have to be main characters, but at least one of them must be mentioned in the story.

For artists: Submit your picture into the Teitho gallery folder of Arda-Inspired at deviantArt. The picture should be new, drawn specifically for the challenge. State that you are submitting it to the contest in the artist's comments.
Happy writing and drawing!

Your Teitho-moderator,

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