Mood: don't ask
Topic: "Bridge at Andau"(11)
By sheer happenstance, Frodo had access to literally hundreds of individual issues of the National Geographic Magazine throughout his formative years The relevance thereto reflects on the presence of nakedness as opposed to countless maps and diagrams. In fact, Frodo took bolder steps as he "matured" seeking similarity to potential comparisons in closer proximity to the Shire. It was the Reader's Digest that offered him early fabled verbal descriptions that went beyond any photograph.
In 1956 the brave people of Hungary stood in front of Soviet tanks to obtain freedom. A year later the effort collapsed and the Hungarian freedom fighters were brought under the iron heel of Soviet troops. Not unlike Davy Crockett, it "was freedom fightin' another foe" to the hobbit and he amassed everything he could in order to prepare for the inevitable struggle for Middle Earth. It was then that Frodo came across the name of James Michener.
Michener wrote a book describing the torture faced by the insurgents and in that book he described physicality that surpassed the attraction of naked native boobies. Michener alleged that, in order to obtain information, the Soviets inserted glass tubes into the penises of their captives and struck the glass tubes until they shattered into miniscule pieces of glass.
Frodo felt instant pain when next he contemplated taking a piss. In fact, he probably avoided any physical touching of his genitalia for at least a week (after all he was pre-teen in Eisenhower's America). The fact remains however that it was a written word which had painted him a picture, and it was James Michener who opened the door to stories which rivaled the Minotaur and the Plains of Troy.
Thank you Sir. Sad it is however that the Hungarians fail to treat thousands of immigrants as if all suffering ended more than fifty years ago. Suffering seems never to be extinguished, saddest when applied by those who know its impact and seemingly ignore bloodstains even on their own hands. How much further is the bridge?