I have a hoard of videos, photos, articles and more in my archives, (especially from the "Middle-earth Network" days...) One video that I have been anxious to 're-share' for a long time is my visit to the Greisinger Museum Grand Opening from back in 2013. This video was part of a four part article series I did for Legendarium news, and I will revisit those articles in the coming weeks. My visit to Switzerland for the grand opening party was such a memorable event and I have many photos and memories of that adventure that I hope to share on this new blog. I actually created this video montage on Hobbit Day 2013, and I am very happy to post it again in honor of Hobbit Day 2019.
*** Note*** - in the video; all paintings, books, letters and many other items are the actual originals! Bernd Greisinger has the most amazing collection of Tolkien related treasures I have ever seen. Also a fun memory is during the maniacal fireworks display at the end of the party; if you listen closely you can hear Tolkien artist Jay Johnstone and I joking and dodging stray fireworks with a shout of "INCOMING" when a firework whizzed and exploded right over our heads! LOL!
Look for more treasured memories to come on this blog... for now, I hope you enjoy the video and here are some of my comments from the original post in 2013:
"Don’t adventures ever have an end? Well I could easily go well beyond four parts for the reports of my visit to the Greisinger Museum in Jenins, Switzerland. Yet I think this tale is now best told in picture, music and video. And what better day to wrap up my tales than on Hobbit Day itself?! September 22, 2013 – HAPPY BIRTHDAY FRODO & BILBO!
But in closing, I do want to say again what a special trip and experience this was. You simply have to visit the museum yourself, and enjoy the hospitality of Switzerland to fully appreciate the magic of it all. It is very easy to travel in Switzerland, even if you only speak English like myself. If you have any questions about planning a trip, simply contact the museum though their website at http://www.greisinger.museum/en/
Thank you Bernd & the Greisinger Museum team – it truly was a party of special magnificence!
Enjoy the slideshow below
The slideshow moves fast over many pictures – so feel free to click pause anytime.
East of the Moon, west of the Sun There stands a lonely hill; Its feet are in the pale green sea, Its towers are white and still, Beyond Taniquetil In Valinor.
-From Tolkien's "The Shores of Faery" - one of the oldest poems about Tolkien's mythology, written in 1915.
I had the honor and privilege of being invited to the private press viewing of the "Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth" exhibit at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York City this past January. After entering the Hobbit-hole themed door of the exhibit I was initially struck with Tolkien's watercolor "The Shores of Faery", and indeed upon seeing it I felt transported beyond Taniquetil. Something about the image made me feel like I was briefly walking on that 'moonlit pebbled strand..."; hence my first post from that visit to LMB facebook announcing that I had reached "The Shores of Faerie".
I have always been partial to spelling it 'Faerie' instead of 'Fairy' or 'Faery" as I did for my song "King of the Faeries" years ago...
Using the alternate or archaic spellings seems to somehow imply a wee more dread and fell nature of the Otherworld. But I digress...