Welcoming Autumn In Middle-Earth
Smoke hangs like haze over harvested fields in the Shire. The gold of grain stubble, the brown of turned fragrant earth. The scent of fallen apples, the dust of threshed grain are in the air as well as the sharp, gentle chill of Autumn in Middle-earth.
As we move into the shadows of autumn from the bright light of summer the harvest moon replace the sun. The wind sings with a new tone of changes coming. Glorious are the forests in their latest gold and crimson - Such a kindly autumn, so mercifully dealing with the changing of the season. Soon the autumn season will be in full colors. While crops are harvested in fields and orchards across the lands, people celebrate the season with a variety of annual events involving musical dances, eating and drinking, music making, horse racing and more.
In Hobbiton a traditional 'hobbit' event will take place - the annual Bards Day Concert by The Brandy Badgers for an evening of perfectly performed music to remember the writer of the tales, poems and songs we treasure. A concert to honor master Ronald Dwale (J.R.R. Tolkien). Somewhere between the green rolling hills of the Shire and great forests and mountains of Middle-earth the music will intone tales of great adventures in clarity and gentleness, yet still with a traditional 'hobbity' twist.
In Thorin's Hall folk will gather for the annual Harnkegger Games organized by the dwarves of the Durin's Folk and The Blue Mountains Regiment and the hobbits of The Shire Angling Club . Known for its various gaming contests, general merriment and consumption of rather large amounts of ale, this festival of Dwarvish origin, is often nicknamed the Deep Ale Fest. As ever the fest and games will be opened to all, be it dwarves, hobbits, men or yes… even elves. This year the Games will be bigger than ever before, with 15 full-scale events spread over 7 days… and the largest hoard of prizes ever seen in Middle-earth!
The first crops are ripe and soon will be harvested in the fields. This is a time when life needs to be enjoyed while the warm light of autumn still shines before slowly dimming as winter approaches. It is a time in Middle-earth about celebrating and acknowledging the earth’s abundance and giving thanks. The golden fires of autumn will be lit in homes all across the land, in preparation to light and warm during the winter months.
Article by Amorey - Laurelin Archives Webteam
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