Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Bilbo Baggins' Walking Song

"[Bilbo] used often to say there was only one Road; that it was like a great river: its springs were at every doorstep, and every path was its tributary. 'It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door,' he used to say. 'You step onto the Road, and if you don't keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to.'"
The Road goes ever on and on 
Down from the door where it began. 
Now far ahead the Road has gone, 
And I must follow, if I can;
Pursuing it with eager feet, 
Until it joins some larger way 
Where many paths and errands meet. 

And whither then?
I cannot say.

– JRR Tolkein, The Lord of the Rings

Speaking of great books, KSL TV in Salt Lake City published a list of  five books your teenage boy will actually read. Also, the website is dedicated to boys' literacy (though L Ron Hubbard seems to be over-represented). I'd add John Christopher, Lloyd Alexander and several others to these lists, but no list can be truly comprehensive.

For younger Scouts, or Cubs, why not read a chapter around the campfire? (We actually read Poe's The Telltale Heart once, but I think it was way beyond the eleven-year-olds' comprehension. I don't remember why we went there.)

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