Michael “Morgoth’s Curse” Kohrs, 1969-2015

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.

Morgoth's Curse

Michael “Morgoth’s Curse” Kohrs, 1969-2015
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7 Responses to Michael “Morgoth’s Curse” Kohrs, 1969-2015

  1. aaronthepatriot says:

    Very sad, I didn’t know him but I knew OF him.

  2. Tonya says:

    Thank you for this blog. It brings out so many of the wonderful qualities my brother had. He will be missed.

  3. Patty Root says:

    Michael was my nephew, a rare kind, intelligent, thoughtful, free spirit, He touched so many lives in his short time here with us . I hope he can feel the out pouring of love from those of us everywhere.
    We Love You Michael, Always Will!

  4. stchucky says:

    Thank you, I only wish I could have known him better. My deepest respects and condolences to your whole family.

  5. loisday says:

    I miss him so.

  6. I’m glad that Michael “RareQuestor” Kohrs had friends like you. I know all his friends and family who loved him are devastated by this loss.

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