Friday Open Thread (with BIRTHDAY)

It’s Friday the 13th! It’s St. Lucia’s Day! It’s also my birthday!

The Hobbit is my favourite book of all time, and in Hobbit-birthday fashion, I wish to give you gifts. So there are giveaways happening, as detailed yesterday -- do enter!

But here, in this thread, today, if you’re of a gifting bent, I’d love if you gave me any of the following:

1) a single line of beloved poetry (with attribution!)
2) a glimpse of a beautiful thing you saw during your day, in your own words
3) a description of a talisman you’d make to give me strength and perseverance whenever my heart falters, because the coming year is enormous and frightening, and I can use all the help I can get.

Thank you so much for being with me here. I hope you have a wonderful day, and an easeful weekend!