Here's the questions for this week (answer will contain adult language. If you're under 18, STOP reading):
Q: What is one thing you wish you could tell your favorite author?
Dear J.R.R. Tolkien,
I wish you were still alive, so we could discuss your view on Medieval Lit. Reading Tree and Leaf in college made me desire to sit in on one of your lectures, or the myriad of discussions with the Inklings.
Being a Christian in English is very hard. While it seemed as though it might have been natural in your time, I kept finding that the field is not as understanding and open about things. The ease with which you discussed the true nature of fantasy and Christianity helped give wind to my sails.
Even though I never followed my plans of receiving and Ph.D. in Medieval Lit., it was you that originally gave me the dream. I had visions on sharing my love of the subject with students. I even told myself that I would give a student an A for the full semester if they could recite The Song of Roland in the original language on the first day of class. It is funny to think about it know, but in some ways I feel as though I might have disappointed you.
Whatever my future holds—be it a wayward book blogger or a high school English teacher—I thank you for the part you played in shaping my childhood with your books and my possible future with your simple love of the written word and God.