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Sunday, 15 September 2013

Bedtime Stories

Did your parents read to you at bedtime?
Did you read to your own children at bedtime?

If either of the above are true, then there was very likely a favourite story that was read again and again and again, resulting in worn out story books or a tale burned into memory to be recited anytime at a moments notice.

Well, I have no children to read to and was only the recipient of one bedtime story ... but what a story it was.

It was The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Night after night I would live the life of a Hobbit ... run with Elves ... partake in epic battles with Orcs ... race through the underworld with Dwarves ... until the dark lord Sauron was finally defeated.

My father, who read to me each night, was not the best of readers and, at times, many a humorous delay occurred as he tied his tongue into knots as he tried to pronounce the more difficult words, thus causing an already lengthy saga to become even longer.

But I still remember that tale and to this day, many years after the tale ended, I can recall that last evening as the final lines where read ...

"'Well, I'm back,' he said." read my father. "The end!"

"Thank f*ck for that!" I blurted out. "Now can I go to the pub?"


  1. How great that your dad would take time to read to you such a lengthy tale. Obviously his way of saying, "I love you."

  2. Hari OM
    ...........CACKLECACKLECACKLE..... but seriously, what a tale, eh? Being a spinster one may have missed out, but no, YAM is a good aunty and elder sister and this is indeed one of the great read out loud stories.

    But then so is Dora the Explorer...

  3. As a child my parents never once read to us, I read to my daughter and most often it was one of just half a dozen or so favourites which we both came to know word for word...

  4. My parents never read to us, although I read to my son.

    I am very glad that your father finally finished the story, allowing you to get one in before closing time. :-)


  5. Ha. Nice one. Peter Jackson needs to read this.


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