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The Crock Pot Battle

When we got married, my wife and I both owned Crock Pot slow cookers. Both of us had received these cookers from our parents; I don’t know about hers, but mine had actually been given to my parents as a wedding gift. Both of us feel quite fondly toward them.

Our family of two does not, strictly speaking, need two slow cookers. Hence the on-going friendly battle over whose is best.

A battle which I am winning.

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What happened to the Nine Rings at the end of the Second Age?

After Sauron’s defeat at the hands of Elendil and Gil-Galad in the last alliance of Elves and Men, his body was destroyed. It would take him nearly a thousand years to regain power, and over two thousand years to fully reincarnate in Middle-earth. During that time, the Nazgûl retreated to the East, then slowly began filtering back into Middle-earth to cause problems for the Men of Gondor.

But…what happened to the Nine Rings?

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Why did Treebeard say that nobody cares for the woods?

Treebeard seems to think he got a bit of a raw deal. He says:

I am not altogether on anybody’s side, because nobody is altogether on my side, if you understand me: nobody cares for the woods as I care for them, not even Elves nowadays

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, “Treebeard”

This statement seems a bit odd, considering that the Sylvan Elves of Mirkwood and the Galadhrim of Lothlórien lived not too far north of his domain. But I think this oddness is intentional on Tolkien’s part, as diving into it helps us understand life from the perspective of a tree.

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The Unexpected Party

For a few years (quite a few, actually, since post-graduate education can take the better part of a decade!) my brother was remotely working on a doctorate program offered by a college not too far from where I live in North Carolina. This was nice, since it meant that occasionally he would have to stop by in person and he would often spend the night at my place while doing so.

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