Goldenrod Gardener


Goldenrod Gardener is reminiscent of Sam Gamgee's daughter Goldilocks Gardener. All of Sam and Rosie's descendants were officially known as Gardeners. So that is where I got the name. I thought about Elanor Gardener, as his first daughter and keeper of The Red Book after his departure. But I am not really the keeper of the red book, that is Tolkien's job. Christopher and JRR Tolkien, that is. So I am just Goldenrod (I don't really like the name Goldilocks).


I  am a very very bubbly person, like Rosie, and I love all of Tolkien's work and Tolkien himself. I love to read and to write, and I love finding fellow Tolkienites. I am worried that an increasing number of people in this world (most of the current teens) have never read The Lord of the Rings, but have only seen the movie. I love the movie's and think they are superb and worth watching, but better  that they had never been made than that they are used as a SUBSTITUTE for the book.


If you have read the books and loved them, you are almost a Tolkienite. All you have left to do is to cultivate a real love for Tolkein himself. I believe that you cannot truly love a book, until you truly care for it's author. And when I say 'real love' for Tolkien, I don't mean some strange wishy-washy love like you find in modern teen fiction and romance novels. I mean, more like the love the love you have for a father, or a very close grandfather. As a reader, Tolkien is my hero. As a writer, Tolkien is my leader. As a person, Tolkien is very dear to me. A human being with whom I have much in common, whom I respect, whom I love. 
So with this in mind I welcome you with open arms to a place where you can feel at home. And if you do not consider yourself a Tolkienite, I still welcome you with open arms to a place where I hope you can cultivate a love of Tolkien for himself, and not just for what he has written.


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