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« on: 27 March 2011, 13:48:00 »

Not a clue where to put this one. Yet another branch growing out from the old "Hobbit Beliefs" discussion, by way of Mian Lonfellow and Shaba's Eccentricities and Afflictions of the Soul. The format is borrowed from there, but currently living here because I don't think it fits over in the the cosmology forums. And it's easier for me to be able to move it if we decide otherwise.

Name: Longstriding

Categorization: Miscellaneous / Eccentricities & Spiritual Afflictions

Overview
Longstriding is a peculiar condition, named after halfling folk hero Mian Longfellow, known to overtake young hobbits with the curious (and most unhobbit-like) desire to wander far from home, seeking such unnatural things as adventures. It is occasionally accompanied by a desire to see far-off lands and/or the acquisition of a sword of some sort.

Description
It is known that some younger hobbits may be possessed with the sudden idea to go off and have "adventures", much to the dismay of their family and often the family of their friends, neighbours or the relations of any other halflings unfortunate enough to be drawn into this desire. It seems that one hobbit possessed of such an idea can quite easily spread it to a few close friends or relations, seemingly by accident. The cause of this hobbit habit, called Longstriding by some (in reference to the famous halfling Mian Longstrider), is not known. Some claim that the inclusion of fey or elvish blood somewhere along the family tree is to blame. Others will quickly point to too much of the wrong sort of stories, and note that good hobbit stories are the best stories for young'uns. The last party blames the influence of the Big Folk, especially wizards, elves, the Black Butterfly Rovers and any other unfortunate travelling sorts that may be in proximity.

Regardless of cause, Longstriding manifests as the idea that there are more interesting things to do out in the "wide world" than in a shire, and that wholesome occupations like farming tatters or mending watches are naught but boring chores.Those afflicted with Longstriding desires may dig swords out of old trunks, spend long hours poring over maps and dusty books of tales, begin to write journals or any other number of travelling related pastimes. This eventually culminates in the young hobbit leaving the Shire with it in mind to go find an "adventure".

For most, this period will last no more than a week as the young hobbit soon realizes that living out in the wild or on the roads without a proper bed and less than four solid meals a day (to say nothing of a shortage of pipeweed or good home-cooked food) is not a particularly desirable state and they soon find their way home.

Others will stay away for weeks, months and even years at a stretch. The eventual return of these individuals is looked upon with suspicion. In one case, a hobbit returned from a particularly long spell of Longstriding only to find that his relatives had declared him dead and begun to move into his house!


Prevalence
Longstriding is a phenomenon only known among hobbits, and young ones at that. Between the ages of about 28 and 32 is the typical age for hobbits to begin to exhibit the desire to go a-Longstriding and it is at this point that most will return. Those who exhibit Longstriding after they come of age are most often the sort to stay away longer. It is a curious fact that hobbit lasses are less prone to succumb to Longstriding than lads, though it is not unheard of.

Explanations
There are no official explanations for why one hobbit may go Longstriding while others are perfectly content. Some note that it is typical among certain families and suggest that there is something inherently "queer" or "odd" about them. The suggestion that one of the family had a touch of fey blood in the past is not an uncommon one.


Treatments / Cures / Consequences
Suggestions of a halfling simply needing to find a girl and settle down are not uncommon when the first signs of Longstriding appear. Likewise, the suggestion that they simply need to work out whatever strange urge it is to see things is often met with the comment that a few days of "cold and wet and bad food will set them right".

There is some suspicion that home-grown food may be a sanative when dealing with Longstriding. Some suggest that a diet consisting exclusively of shire-grown and bred food may well be able to cure a bout of Longstriding, though there is no proof of this.

Myth / Lore
The most famous case of Longstriding is doubtless the halfling that gave it the name. Mian Longfellow (known by various other names), though such characters as Boe Starlinggale and even the noted researcher Lumbe Bloggson have been marked as acute cases of Longstriding.

Researchers
Noted eccentric, researcher and compendiumist Shabakuk Zeborius Anfang is credited with the collection of information about Longstriding as is the hobbit researcher Lumbe Bloggson.
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« Reply #1 on: 27 March 2011, 18:59:15 »

of course ... you know that Orly is going to have to be redone now, don't you Valan?

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« Reply #2 on: 27 March 2011, 20:06:23 »

Love it so far! Great tribute to Mr Tolkien too!
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« Reply #3 on: 27 March 2011, 21:07:48 »

oh ... by the way, I almost forgot ... I love what you're doing here, Valan :D
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« Reply #4 on: 28 March 2011, 00:25:00 »

Strange ideas strike me in the middle of the night while I'm waiting to hear from people.
Some of these are good. :D
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« Reply #5 on: 28 March 2011, 17:45:45 »

Valan, that is lovely! I love it, and the way you have written it made me smile. I don't have any critique, just a proposal. You could add food. The suspicion, that food, especially not grown in the shire itself, strange fruits or so might cause it. A cure could be to let those showing such signs go through a 'cure', which would be  a special diet of all the best things available to eat in great quantities.
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« Reply #6 on: 29 March 2011, 08:41:03 »

Does this condition only afflict young male hobbits?  You suggest that 'they only need to find a girl and settle down'... 

I would certainly like to see the aspect of gender addressed in this, either by changing that to 'find a spouse' and leaving it open, or by specifically adding more detail ('hobbit lasses are not as strongly taken by this itch to travel, but it is not unknown' or some such idea...)  :D

  "Folk ailments" are a great detail to add to our compendium, and more should be documented under our various cultures - evil eye, vanishing manhood, beserk / amok, stuck stomach, caught rib, and more....  But anyhow, a wonderful tribute to Tolkien and well-written!
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« Reply #7 on: 30 March 2011, 07:15:04 »

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Not a clue where to put this one
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For me it is certainly a disease, albeit a rather interesting one with no apparent effects on actual physical health (maybe mental health).  But that is where I think it fits best.  I love the idea here and one that could spring future myths, stories and the like.
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« Reply #8 on: 30 March 2011, 20:14:56 »

I'm using Shaba's eccentricities here. It's doesn't feel like a disease, you know?
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« Reply #9 on: 19 April 2011, 01:02:01 »

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« Reply #10 on: 22 April 2011, 20:22:37 »

Hi Valan,

This is a really enjoyable little entry, and just the sort of thing I had in mind when I proposed the category “Eccentricities and Spiritual Afflictions”. I like how you manage to write from the perspective of Good Hobbit Sense and simultaneously poke fun at this very perspective.

I would argue that it’s time to create the category “Eccentricities and Spiritual Afflictions” in the compendium as a sub-topic of ‘Miscellaneous’. Maybe this would encourage/inspire people to write similarly enjoyable entries!

I have few comments, but here they are:



Name: Longstriding

Categorization: Miscellaneous / Eccentricities & Spiritual Afflictions

Overview
Longstriding is a peculiar condition known to overtake young hobbits with the curious (and most unhobbit-like) desire to wander far from home, seeking such unnatural things as adventures. It is occasionally accompanied by a desire to see far-off lands and/or the acquisition of a sword of some sort. (I suggest to mention here that the affliction is named after Main Longfellow.)

Description
It is known that some younger hobbits may be possessed with the sudden idea to go off and have "adventures", much to the dismay of their family and often the family of their friends, neighbours or the relations of any other halflings unfortunate enough to be drawn into this desire. It seems that one hobbit possessed of such an idea can quite easily spread it to a few close friends or relations, seemingly by accident. The cause of this hobbit habit, called Longstriding by some (in reference to the famous halfling Mian Longstrider), is not known. Some claim that the inclusion of fey or elvish blood somewhere along the family tree is to blame. Others will quickly point to too much of the wrong sort of stories, and note that good hobbit stories are the best stories for young'uns. The last party blames the influence of the Big Folk, especially wizards, elves, the Black Butterfly Rovers and any other unfortunate travelling sorts that may be in proximity.

Regardless of cause, the idea manifests itself that there are more interesting things to do out in the "wide world" than in a shire doing something wholesome, like farming tatters or mending watches. (Formulation suggestion: “Regardless of cause, Longstriding manifests as the idea that there are more interesting things to do out in the "wide world" than in a hobbit shire, and that wholesome occupations like farming tatters or mending watches are naught but boring chores.”) Those afflicted with Longstriding desires may dig swords out of old trunks, spend long hours poring over maps and dusty books of tales, begin to write journals or any other number of travelling related pastimes. This eventually culminates in the young hobbit leaving the Shire with it in mind to go find an "adventure".

For most, this period will last no more than a week as the young hobbit soon realizes that living out in the wild or on the roads without a proper bed and less than four solid meals a day (to say nothing of a shortage of pipeweed or good home-cooked food) is not a particularly desirable state and they soon find their way home.

Others will stay away for weeks, months and even years at a stretch. The eventual return of these individuals is looked upon with suspicion. In one case, a hobbit returned from a particularly long spell of Longstriding only to find that his relatives had declared him dead and begun to move into his house! (Did they indeed! How sensible of them!)


Prevalence
Longstriding is a phenomenon only known among hobbits, and young ones at that. Between the ages of about 28 and 32 is the typical age for hobbits to begin to exhibit the desire to go a-Longstriding and it is at this point that most will return (I’d leave out the last part, for it confuddles the sentence, and anyway you’ve already talked about the short duration of most Longstriding bouts). Those who exhibit Longstriding after they come of age are most often the sort to stay away longer. It is a curious fact that hobbit lasses are less prone to succumb to Longstriding than lads, though female Longstriders are not unheard of.

Explanations
There are no official explanations for why one hobbit may go Longstriding while others are perfectly content. Some note that it is typical among certain families and suggest that there is something inherently "queer" or "odd" about them. The suggestion that one of the family had a touch of fey blood in the past is not an uncommon one.


Treatments / Cures / Consequences
Suggestions of a halfling simply needing to find a girl and settle down (sings: “if you want, you can marryyy! Look at meeee, I am oooold, but I’m happyyyy …” – you know Cat Stevens, I suppose?) are not uncommon when the first signs of Longstriding appear. Likewise, the suggestion that Longstriders simply need to work out whatever strange urge it is to see things (I don’t understand this. Do you mean: “simply need to be left to follow their strange urge to see the world and let it exhaust itself”?) is often met with the comment that a few days of "cold and wet and bad food will set them right".

There is some suspicion that home-grown food may be a sanative when dealing with Longstriding. Some suggest that a diet consisting exclusively of shire-grown and bred food may well be able to cure a bout of Longstriding, though there is no proof of this.

Myth / Lore
The most famous case of Longstriding is doubtless the halfling that gave it the name. Mian Longfellow (known by various other names), though such characters as Boe Starlingale and even the noted researcher Lumbe Bloggson have been marked as acute cases of Longstriding. (The second sentence is not a sentence (no predicate), so I suggest: “The most famous case of Longstriding is doubtless the halfling Mian Longfellow, who gave the condition its name. Other famous sufferers are commander Boe Starlinggale note: two ‘g’ in Starlinggale!) and the noted researcher Lumbe Bloggson.”

Researchers
Noted eccentric, researcher and compendiumist Shabakuk Zeborious Anfang is credited with the collection of information about Longstriding as is the hobbit researcher Lumbe Bloggson. (I’m honored to be mentioned. But it’s Zeborius. No O before the U. :) )

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« Reply #11 on: 13 May 2011, 22:31:33 »

Final edits already done on this one, Valan?
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« Reply #12 on: 13 May 2011, 23:39:09 »

I believe so Art
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« Reply #13 on: 14 May 2011, 00:21:10 »

*cough, cough*

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Noted eccentric, researcher and compendiumist Shabakuk Zeborious Anfang is credited with the collection of information about Longstriding as is the hobbit researcher Lumbe Bloggson.

"Zeborius", if you please.

Other than that: another great entry!

Art, will we have a new category "Eccentricities and Spiritual Afflictions", then?
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« Reply #14 on: 14 May 2011, 01:45:31 »

I think a new category just for this one very special condition would be a bit too much. I'd say it's more a cultural thing (it's definitely hobbit-related), which we can put under Culture & Customs for now and also stash it under "Halflings" in the Races/Tribes menu.

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