Topic: "UR Number Is Up" (7)
For reasons which will soon be fairly obvious, Frodo has been playing a mind game. What is the earliest date that can be historically confirmed which he can cite without anything other than the power of memory?
Frodo began with "In 1492, Columbus sailed the Ocean blue..." Surely he thought, he remembers, with specificity, earlier events in human, if not Hobbit, history. Quite obviously, he could include either the year NULL or the year 33 A.D. but there are few willing to stake reputations with precision upon either of these exact dates. To continue the exercise, without befouling his credibility, Frodo decided to bypass the ideologues and consider only those dates which are confirmed by the historical record. The B.C. dates leave him confusing mythology and Alexander, among others, so perhaps he'll confine himself to the entirety of the past 2011 years.
Let's see, Martin Luther, hmm? How about Joan of Arc? Yoicks, how about on the Field at Runnymede, in 1215, when John became signatory to the Magna Carta? Not bad, Frodo went back almost 270 years with no challenge whatsoever.
Attila the Hun? The Spanish Armada? Julius Caesar? Gosh, this is tougher than imagined. Even remembering the sequence of events gets difficult when one hasn't thought about such things for a long time. Then Frodo had an epiphany.
This is the one thousand and sixty-sixth posting by Frodo (there have been more, but technical eccentricities sent some brilliant commenatary to an undeserved and premature terminal visit to the ethernet). The Battle of Hastings ushered William the Conqueror and the Norman horde into the lands that had belonged to the Angles and the Saxons in, get this, 1066.
Getting almost another 200 years so easily spoils the Hobbit. The New York Times Crossword calls.
Maybe he oughta cut back on the caffeine, too?