My Favorite Mistake: A Tattoo Story
It was the summer of 2002. My obsession with Middle Earth had been kicked into high gear by the release of the movie version of The Lord of the Rings, Fellowship of the Ring.
And I was itching for a tattoo..
I decided I wanted to pay homage to my "gang" number-47. Just kidding, we weren't really a gang, just a bunch of friends that became Christians around the same time, between 1984 -1986, at Jimmy Swaggart Ministries. I was one of the few girls in this group of friends. Our number was and is still 47, See explanation HERE.
So while visiting my family in Okeechobee Florida, I decided to get a tattoo that read "47" only I thought it would be cool to get it in another language, a language Tolkien invented for Middle Earth, the Elvish language of Sindarin. In the Appendices of my Lord of the Rings book I found a list of letters, numbers and symbols of the Sindarin language. I picked the symbol that was beside the number 4 and the symbol that was beside the number 7 for my tattoo. My sister and I went to the Tattoo parlor and I branded myself forever with these beautiful symbols..of what I was sure was the number 47, in Elvish...
But several weeks later, while visiting theonering.net, I made a shocking discovery. My interpretation of the list of numbers and symbols had been incorrect. As I started to realize that the symbols I had on my hip were not a Sindarin 4 or 7! I started to panic, "What the heck have I branded myself with? What if it's 'I love Sauron' or 'Death to Frodo' or '666"?!! I had to find out.
So I began the search for an Elvish language expert. I quickly found one in the Hall of Fire Chat on theOneRing.net I sent them a picture of my tattoo and they sent me a detailed graph explaining the TRUE meaning of my tattoo.
The symbols were not numbers at all, the first symbol means "Feather" and the second symbol means "Iron"
"Ok", I thought, "I can live with that. It's actually kinda cool."
I began to see all of this as divine providence. The words "Feather" and "Iron" really do describe a precise tension, the extremes of strength and frailty, gentleness and grit...
Feather-kind; character; nature:
something very light, small, or trivial.
Iron-something hard, strong, rigid, unyielding.
an instrument, utensil, weapon, etc., made of iron.
So the tattoo I got by mistake means the extremes that are always pulling at me, but the best place to be is right in the middle of those extremes and also to at times embrace being trivial, small, light, kind and other times embrace being made of iron, an instrument, strong, unyielding.
Yea. That's pretty cool.
Sure, I know what your thinking, "This is all from symbols, that come from a made up language, spoken by fictional characters in the fictional world of Middle Earth, and she's making this tattoo mishap spiritual? She's nuts."
I know this is geekness personified. I'm OK with that. But no matter if it is, I still think God set it all up to happen just as it did...
That is why it's my favorite mistake.