Day 19. 46 pages, 21,659 words.
I learned today that a good and long-time Usenet-forum-Facebook buddy of mine, who I had never had the privilege of meeting in person and sharing a big old plate of lemon chicken with, was killed late last week in a car accident.
Michael “Morgoth’s Curse” Kohrs was (obviously) a Tolkien enthusiast, although I never really encountered him on the Tolkien boards – Robert Jordan and George RR Martin were more my thing and he liked to stick his head in the door from time to time, like a grown-up checking on the kiddy table during Christmas dinner. Over the years we generally saw eye-to-eye, although he was always ready to offer his calm, witty, often downright mischievous point of view or opinion about whatever issue of the day I happened to be ranting on.
I’ll miss his interjections, his intellect, and the ideas and thoughts he wrote or quoted daily in his endless “profound thought” series.
I can do no better than to cite a couple of lines from his favourite stories, and endeavour to make his life – and death – meaningful by using it to change my behaviour and attitude for the better, to make this even more a world he would have regretted leaving behind.
“There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers
“May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
But perhaps the finest literary quote I can muster is one of his (numerous) thoughtful contributions to my own little autobiography, Arsebook, again in the form of a quote delivered to me as a friend, there for me in some of my darkest and most frightening times:
“Slovotsky’s Law #16: When the universe doesn’t give a fuck, don’t be mad: it’s being as friendly as it ever gets.”
– Joel Rosenberg, Guardians of the Flame
Bye, Curse. You were one of the good ones, always will be.