Forget St.Valentine — Happy Gandalf Day, everyone!
While many happy couples are going out tonight to celebrate some dude’s decapitation in the third century, many Lord of the Rings nerds may choose to celebrate instead the day that Gandalf was reborn after falling in the abyss.
Here is what Tolkien said happened today in the history of Middle-Earth:
“Then darkness took me, and I strayed out of thought and time, and I wandered far on roads that I will not tell.
“Naked I was sent back — for a brief time, until my task is done. And naked I lay upon the mountain-top. The tower behind me was crumbled into dust, the window gone; the ruined stair was choked with burned and broken stone. I was alone, forgotten, without escape upon the hard horn of the world. There I lay staring upward, while the stars wheeled over, and each day was as long as a life-age of the earth. Faitn to my ears came the gathered rumour of all lands: the springing and the dying, the song and the weeping, and the slow everlasting groan of overburdened stone.
And so [on the 17th] at the last Gwaihir the Windlord found me again, and he took me up and bore me away.”