There is no easy way to share this with you. No way that will ever be easier, nor limit our collective grief.
You are all aware of the fact that David M. Gransby, known to all ashalfir,has been very ill for some time.A few days ago, we received word that he has in fact passed away as a result of his illness.
We held off telling you for a little while, firstly so as to ensure that his next of kin did NOT find out about his passing from a website, and second...well, second, because... admittedly... we kept hoping it was a bad dream, and that he himself would turn up and tell us so.
At present this does not seem to be the case; halfir is well and truly lost to us and to the living in general.
There are no words to express the terrible heartache, the outrageous sheer pain, that his passing causes us all.Speaking for myself, I never in my wildest dreams imagined writing a thread like this one, never imagined that there would come a day when halfir would not be here.
Of all the members of the plaza, halfir was the one who commanded the greatest admiration, the most earnest appreciation, the most transparent liking. His rank was always totally immaterial to it, because he was one of the few people who, from the outset, so visibly transcended any kind of distinction the plaza had to offer. He represented something totally timeless: this aspect of our membership that is firmly rooted in Tolkien lore, who need no advocacy or convincing to keep coming back and returning to discuss said lore, and who because of this, are the eternal fan base that will always form the core of the plaza. But in addition to what he represented...he was halfir.Enough said?His passing leaves a gaping hole at the heart of the plaza, and in many of our hearts. Although often known for having a firebrand temper, as well as a vastly entertaining sense of humor, halfir in private was also gentle and kind-hearted, and one of the most earnestly sympathetic people on plaza.
I still can't find words to express how much we will all miss him, every aspect of him; if we can take consolation in something, it's in being able to go back and read his posts and opinions. Does it make it better? Well a tiny little bit, I guess, but it becomes all the more poignant; what we mourn is not the past, but the future; the hope to read new posts from him and new thoughts, to share new experiences... this we will never again be able to do.
But what would he say to us if he could? Probably something about how rumors of his passing are a blight on the halfirian light. Or perhaps he would, as ever, quote Tolkien:
In western lands beneath the Sun
the flowers may rise in Spring,
the trees may bud, the waters run,
the merry finches sing.
Or there maybe 'tis cloudless night
and swaying beeches bear
the Elven-stars as jewels white
amid their branching hair.
Though here at journey's end I lie
in darkness buried deep,
beyond all towers strong and high,
beyond all mountains steep,
above all shadows rides the Sun
and Stars for ever dwell:
I will not say the Day is done,
nor bid the Stars farewell.
(Sam's Song in the Orc Tower, TT)
If there is further comfort to be found somewhere... I do not know where. We will miss him for ever.
A few practical things:The Lotrplaza.com administration has been informed that the authorities havenotbeen able to locate his family, even though his funeral will be held on Sunday; as a result, we feel it is eminently appropriate if we, his virtual family, to whom he dedicated so much of his time, stand in their stead and perhaps even try to help in finding them.
To these ends,we, in our capacity as lotrplaza administration,are now opening a donation line via our paypal account, in case any might wish to contribute to the purchase of flowers for this amazing man who gave us so much of himself. Just transfer what amount you wish to our SM account,email@example.com- adding "HALFIR" in the comment line.Naturally contributing is not an obligation- and you would receive a full refund minus paypal costs should we for some reason be unsuccessful; this is just a nice thing to do, and in truth, just a very small token of our love and affection for an amazing man whose passing leaves a gaping wound in our hearts.
Additionally, we have decided that the rank of Irmo and the icon of halfir (minus the word "administrator") will be left upon his account- as a permanent tribute to a man whose contributions will never really be outdone or outshone.Further tributes will be made known in due time, as appropriate.
In the meantime, please use this thread as a "funeral book", to pay your respects; responses here will be compiled into a tribute page, and shared with his family and friends when time is ripe.
PS: The family of David Gransby has now been contacted and is aware of his passing. They may pop in or not- this has been a tremendous shock and wound to them. Please accept all our sympathies, and we hope the many tributes here ease your hearts a little.
Edited by: Lanthir Lamath