The moon above the Shire last night
After the destruction the Two Trees of Valinor, Telperion, the White Tree, bore one last Flower of Silver before its end. According to the ancient lore of the Elves, Aulë and his people made a vessel to carry to the silver flower in the sky ,and Tilion, one of the hunters of Oromë was granted the task of steering the new Moon through the sky. Last night Tilion's vessel was in the skies above the Shire carrying the beautiful moon.
The round Moon rolled behind the hill,
as the Sun raised up her head.
She hardly believed her fiery eyes;
For though it was day, to her surprise
they all went back to bed!
When hobbits were still wandering people, living outside the Shire, our lives and time were measured with the cycles of the moon, it was only later on we adopted the notions of' 'weeks' and 'months' as we refer to them in the Shire Reckoning. There is an old hobbit song called 'The Man in the Moon' ( maybe inspired by Tilion and the Elven lore ) , and many other poems and references to the silver flower in the sky. Hobbits love the moon. Last night the moon was so bright and beautiful, I just sat in the garden for a little while, looking in complete tranquility, settling and calming. There moon stood there, a guiding light through the darkness. Full and white, far-away silver beauty, a smudged blossom of light in the night sky.
Sitting with the moon and my thoughts was a nice way to end an other week in the Shire. I wish I could say it was a lovely week, but I think 'busy' is more appropriate. And so still dreaming and hoping under the silver beauty of the Shire moon, I shall leave you with this little song
Still round the corner there may wait
A new road or a secret gate,
And though I oft have passed them by,
A day will come at last when I
Shall take the hidden paths that run
West of the Moon, East of the Sun
Have a peaceful but 'hobbity' weekend !