by Grace Nuth
- Don’t be afraid to ask for more. Request the pint when you’re given a smaller glass.
- Appreciate the little things in life.
- A little fur on your feet (or arms or legs) never hurt anyone.
- Find a reason to gather together in celebration whenever possible. Life is worth a party.
- Go barefoot. Feel the grass under your feet.
- Grow your own dinner in your own garden.
- Bow to no one.
- Three meals a day are not enough. Second breakfast, please.
- Learn to love homely pleasures: a handmade crock of pottery, a fine cheese, stretching out your feet at the end of the night to watch a sunset.
- If stress gets to be too much, a little cave time—or hobbit-hole time—can always help.
- Always see the positive. Falling down a hill is just a shortcut to mushrooms.
- Know when to be with friends and when to enjoy time alone.
- Do not seek out trouble, but if it finds you, be brave.
- Write down all of your amazing experiences, both at home and away.
- By all means, never blunt your knives or bend your forks.
- Be loyal to your friends and loved ones.
- Once you’ve found home, only leave it for the greatest of adventures.
Faerie Magazine, Issue 42 – The J.R.R. Tolkein Issue