So, today is J. R. R. Tolkien's hundred and twenty-eighth birthday.
A good time to dig out and reread a favorite from among his many works. For me, this year it's THE DRAGON'S VISIT, a little gem that exists in two versions --both good, but I much prefer the earlier variant, the one which ends
The moon shone through his green wings
the night air beating,
And he flew back over the dappled sea
to a green dragon's meeting.
--current reading THE PENGUIN HISTORICAL ATLAS OF ANCIENT EGYPT by Bill Manley (1996)