Dear Mr. Tolkien,
I am sure that you have received a lot of letters before, therefore this one may not surprise you. Most probably you have already heard of the new movie about you. “The legendary author”, is how they call you. But today I am writing to you because I would like to better understand a powerful message you gave us in life that is not reflected in the movie.
I am a homemaker and I love your vision of the home, which is reflected in your work, specially when you describe the hobbits lifestyle: “We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner!” I am a homebody but I love adventures too. I think that home is the place where we recuperate from our daily deeds, where we go after a long journey to recover strength. I want my home to be like Bilbo once said ‘a perfect house, whether you like food or sleep, or story-telling or singing, or just sitting and thinking best, or a pleasant mixture of them all.’ . A place where every member of the family is welcome, where we all meet to share our adventures, where we feel joy, where we can all rest when we are tired and where we are all considerate about others because we do not always know what battles they are fighting. It is not a place where we hide to avoid the darkness but “a cure for weariness, fear and sadness.”. It is a place where heroes get ready, because we know “home is behind, the world ahead” waiting for us!
By the way, I almost forgot, what is so important about dinners that hobbits do not want to be late? Many times I have been late for dinner and I did not consider it a tragedy. Maybe it is because hobbits value the time spent together around a table, to talk, to dream, to laugh, to share, to listen. For them love is quality time and comfort.
I have another question, would you tell me why when hobbits evoke their home in the Shire they find it so comforting? “I wish I was at home in my nice hole by the fire, with the kettle just beginning to sing! “ What it so special about this domestic scene? I think that these small details are what gave them hope and strength to continue the journey. Hobbits always miss their safety, the little things that make their home so special and made them happy. Happiness is about small things. Is this the hobbits’ secret?
“Mithrandir, why the halfling?”
I consider homemakers are small people like hobbits, living epic adventures worth many novels. You choose the small for the most important mission. You considered that it was not men, nor the elfs, that were the ones to carry the Ring but it was a hobbit. Gandalf explained the reason to Galadriel, “I have found it is the small things, everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay… simple acts of kindness and love.” Maybe it is our time, the time of homemakers to tell the world that we often mistake what really matters. That it is time to adopt a more hobbit like lifestyle, where we appreciate more the time spent with our family and friends, loving and creating happy memories with simple acts of kindness and love. We might need courage to adopt this posture in life because there will still be people outside who find their careers much more important than the job we are doing and may not appreciate all that we do. “Yet the deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.”
Finally, Mr. Tolkien, thank you for reminding me about this truth: “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a much merrier world”. Making happy homes make the world a better place. That is my mission. Maybe you can help me.