When I was in Germany a couple of months ago, a little mint tin caught my eye. Its bright pink lid stood out, but when I looked at what was written on the lid, I almost clapped my hands in delight:
Sorry, yes, that’s in German, but you will see what I mean when I translate this for you: Tumble – Re-adjust Crown – Continue. The reference to the royal head ornament immediately flashed the majestic dwarf king in my mind, and the rest of the encouraging little slogan conjured the image of Thorin stumbling in his show-down with Azog, setting his crown right and getting up again to finally bump off the white Orc. Wishful thinking? Not quite. Thorin *did* indeed kill the white Orc – but was killed in the process himself.
There’s a fatal flaw in that story, Tolkien! How could you??? Well, Thorin remains alive in *my* imagination *stamps footie and pouts*.
The slogan makes light of the challenges that we are all faced with, every day, no matter whether we are young or old, rich or poor, sick or healthy, celebrities or unknowns. We tumble and fall. But hey, we are all princesses in our own right, so let’s set our crown back again,defy the adversaries, and get on with it. After all, that’s what Thorin did, too.
There he is, the mighty king. On his back – but not ready to give up the fight. His crown is actually adjustable, so if it slips, you can put it back in place. Or set it at a jaunty angle, to reflect your mood?
I thought this tin was a perfect encouragement gift, and so I made it with a friend in mind. Katia has been a supporter and reader of long standing, who has sent me many lovely gifts and given me a lot of attention. She has had a bit of bad luck lately. To cheer her up, I conjured a nice memory for her because I know that she has very happy memories of flying to London last year, watching The Crucible, and meeting Richard Armitage at the stage door.
This shrine may not be as hot as Sir Guy on the Rocks which I made for her last year. But maybe goofy Richard will make her laugh, and shorts-clad Armitage will make her think of happy days.
BTW – in the context of this shrine I am particularly proud of the placement of Richard “Legs” Armitage in front of that Old Vic logo. Can you see why?
No candles in this little shrine. But the disco ball may remind you that life is like a ballroom. Yes, we step on each others’ toes occasionally. We may even fall. If we are in tune, we can sway into heaven. And if the crown slips, it may be because we are whirling in joy!
Give a little love to someone you care about, today! It will fix that crown in its rightful place.