Friday Cat Blogging – 3 August 2018

Here’s Hopper, rolling around in the morning sun right after a nice workout with the scratching post. Her right eye looks like the Eye of Sauron from the LOTR movies. I wonder if that’s where they got the idea?

UPDATE: Reader AP emails to say: “Christopher Tolkien recently released Beren and Luthien, which tracks the evolution of one of Middle Earth’s central legends. It’s one of the earliest, chronologically, and I think also the first one in which Sauron appears. It turns out that in the earliest versions Tolkien wrote, the character that eventually became Sauron was Tevildo, Prince of Cats.”

I think that’s appropriate. It’s a good thing we have them all totally tame these days with the evil completely bred out of them, right?

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