Rosamund and The Lost Road

For a month, or less, I have been posting about why my daughter, my grandson, and, my story is being taken from me. Christine’s story was taken from her, and her children. The answer I arrive at, is………..The Story, and The World, is coming to an end.

My offspring will not be carrying on any stories from their father, and grandfather, because, their life is coming to an end, as all life comes to an end. The Never Ending Story, can not be written, because, all writers are Time Travelers in their own writ.

Everyday my tablet chooses news I WOULD BE interested in. I get many items about Danny Boyle and THE END of the James Bond series of movies. Then I get NEWs about J.R. Tolkien. There is a NEW book made up of a dead man’s notes. Tolkien did not write this book. Ian Fleming is not authoring the NEW James Bond script. Two writers have come back to salvage the project. However, it appears I am the writer for the job. It also appears that I am destined to pen the next Tolkien story. On top of that, I am considering publishing my Biblical findings in my scholarly novel ‘Where Art Thou?”.

Fifteen years ago, I asked why God could no longer see Adam and Eve, His creations, in the Garden of Eden. The answer I arrived at, is, THEY were concealing THE TRUTH. God is The Truth. We were made in His image. Now, here’s THE RUB, it takes two people to hide the truth. It take two people………to come up with a story! I have heard several famous authors call themselves “Liars”.

Two Liars made a pact. One of them kept his part of the bargain, and the other did not. Tolkien was going to employ a historic character to tell the tale of ‘The Lost Road’. Albion is an almost mythical King of the Lombards. Tolkien claims he was going to hang his story on Albion. However, I suspect he could not get his mind off Queen Rosamund. This is my family name. My mother was born Rosemary Rita Rosamond. She is the daughter of Mary Magdalene Rosamond. You will not find any others on google that own this name. Perhaps it is a good idea the Heirs of the Tolkien and Fleming Estate, help me author two stories. Do they know I exist? Will anyone tell them……….I EXIST?

There is much evidence, the world is coming to an end. I opened a book the other day, to THE PAGE. I was making a video. I read the title aloud. I did not know till an hour later this book was compiled by Albert Pike. My nieces great-grandfather saved Albert Pike’s Masonic Library. At the front of the book one is bid to return it to your nearest Masonic Lodge upon the death of the owner. Do you think I should become a Freemason, and, hold court as I read, and interpret this book? I dare not touch it. There is much evidence I own God Consciousness. This is to say I get truth, directly from God. I have no one to lie to, to lie, with. God is my………..Last Muse!

Perhaps I am not making myself, clear. You are running out of stuff to entertain you. My tablet has been putting announcements of Things to Come, that have already, arrived. There is a log jam, a landslide, a hold-up, along the Lost Road. Can you feel it? This is what you get when you got too many liars, and, no one keeps their agreements.

You see, I AM………..a Time Traveler! I have arrived – on time! Surely, you were expecting me? Is this why you took my offspring – hostage – like, tricking Death up a tree?

Wait a minute! Are you thinking what I am thinking, that the Masons authored my sister’s lying biography? The world famous artist, who signed her work with her middle name……….knew too much! Their Book of Lies put a virus in the Never Ending Story.



John Presco 007

Copyright 2018

“The Lost Road itself was the result of a deal between Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, where they agreed to an attempt at writing science fiction. Lewis ended up with writing a story about space travel, which would become The Space Trilogy, and Tolkien would try to write something about time travel, but he never completed it.

In an early version of J. R. R. Tolkien‘s fantasy time-travel story The Lost Road, Tolkien considered placing one of his main characters in the person of Alboin.

In Meg Cabot’s Princess Diaries, the country of Genovia’s first ruler was a princess named Rosamund, based on the princess Alboin raped. In the book, Mia writes that Rosamund’s father was killed by a warlord, who made his skull into a cup and forced her to drink from it. She strangled him in his sleep with her braids and was given the principality of Genovia in honor of her brave deed.


Cunimund had a daughter named Rosamund (or Rosemund). She was forced into marrying Alboin after the Gepids‘ defeat, but she arranged his assassination in 572 or 573.

In literature

Cunimund’s grim end and Rosamund are mentioned in J. R. R. Tolkien‘s story “The Lost Road”, when the character Alboin asks his father, Oswin Errol, about the origin of his name:

…and Oswin told his son the tale of Alboin son of Audoin, the Lombard king; and of the great battle of the Lombards and the Gepids, remembered as terrible even in the grim sixth century; and of the kings Thurisind and Cunimund, and of Rosamunda. ‘Not a good story for near bed-time,’ he said, ending suddenly with Alboin’s drinking from the jewelled skull of Cunimund…

— J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lost Road

The Lost Road and Other Writings is the fifth volume of The History of Middle-earth, a series of compilations of drafts and essays written by J. R. R. Tolkien. It was edited and published posthumously in 1987 by Christopher Tolkien.


The Lost Road and Other Writings contains the following pieces:

  1. The Early History of the Legend — an introduction to the following two pieces, detailing how Tolkien’s correspondence with C. S. Lewis led to the writing of The Lost Road.
  2. The Fall of Númenor — an early draft of the Akallabêth
  3. The Lost Road — a story written in late 1936 that connects Tolkien’s other tales to the 20th century.
  4. The later Annals of Beleriand
  5. The later Annals of Valinor
  6. The Ainulindalë — an early version of Ainulindalë [Music of the Ainur]
  7. The Lhammas (“Account of Tongues”) — an overview of the various languages of Middle-earth
  8. Quenta Silmarillion — a draft of the Quenta Silmarillion
  9. The Etymologies — an etymological dictionary of the Elvish tongues
  10. The second Silmarillion map


The title pages of each volume of the History of Middle-earth have an inscription in Tengwar, written by Christopher Tolkien and describing the contents of the book. The inscription in Volume V reads:

Herein are collected the oldest Tale of the Downfall of Númenor, the story of the Lost Road into the West, the Annals of Valinor and the Annals of Beleriand in a later form, the Ainulindalë, or the Music of the Ainur, the Lhammas, or Account of tongues, the Quenta Silmarillion or History of the Silmarils and the history of many words and names.


The Lost Road itself was the result of a deal between Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, where they agreed to an attempt at writing science fiction. Lewis ended up with writing a story about space travel, which would become The Space Trilogy, and Tolkien would try to write something about time travel, but he never completed it. It is just a fragmentary beginning of a tale, including a rough structure and several chunks of narrative, including four entire chapters dealing with modern England and Númenor, from which the entire story as it should have been can be glimpsed. The scheme was of time-travel by means of ‘vision’ or being mentally inserted into what had been, so as to actually re-experience that which had happened. In this way the tale links first to Saxon England of Alfred the Great, then to the Lombard king Alboin of St. Benedict‘s time, the Baltic Sea during the Viking Age, Ireland at the time of the Tuatha Dé Danann‘s coming (600 years after The Flood), prehistoric North in the Ice Age, a ‘Galdor story’ of Third Age Middle-earth, and finally the Fall of Gil-galad, before recounting the prime legend of the Downfall of Númenor (an Atlantis like tale) and the Bending of the World. It explores the theme of a ‘straight road’ into the West, now only in memory because the world is round.[citation needed]

Tolkien reworked and expanded some of the ideas in The Lost Road in The Notion Club Papers, which was also left unfinished.[1]

My Benton Kindred Saved Masonic Library



Christine 1986 Garth & Drewthomashb

thomashbentThe nephew of Senator Thomas Hart Benton, whose daughter was, Jessie Benton, saved Albert Pike’s Masonic Library. Benton’s grandson, of the same name, was the cousin of my late brother-in-law, Garth Benton, who married my late sister, Christine Rosamond Benton.

I want to thank Amy Sargent Oles for coming to my aide. Her father, James Dickenson Sargent, was a 33rd. Degree Mason in the Detroit area.

Jon Presco

By Bro. JOSEPH FORT NEWTON, Litt. D.The Master Mason – May 1925

IN AN ADDRESS entitled “Albert Pike, the Mason,” delivered beforeIowa Consistory, No. 2, celebrating the centennial of his birth, inDecember, 1909, I made the following statement, in reference to anincident during the Civil War: “When the Union Army attacked LittleRock, the commanding general, Thomas H. Benton, Grand Master of Masons in Iowa, posted a guard to protect the home of Pike and his Masonic library.” The statement has been called in question a number of times, most recently by Brother Charles E. Rosenbaum, Lieutenant Grand Commander of the Scottish Rite, in the following letter:


I have repeatedly seen in print sketches of the Life of General AlbertPike that have been credited to you. In each one of these occurs thestatement on the printed sheet which I enclose. I have underscored that part of it that I would very much like confirmed by you if you can give me any authority for the statement therein contained. Several times I have intended writing you on this subject to ask you the source of your information, but other and more important things intervened, and I deferred doing so.

The truth about the matter as I understand it is that the only Thomas H. Benton that we know anything about of national reputation was aSenator from the State of Missouri during the Civil War period. Thegeneral who took possession of Little Rock and its vicinity for the Federal Army was General Steele. These are undoubted facts. So far as the surrounding of General Pike’s home with soldiers to protect his library is concerned, that all reads very well, but it is likely as near the truth as Senator Thomas H. Benton being Grand Master of Iowa at the time and general in command of the Federal Forces in Little Rock.

Of course I realize that I am treading on dangerous ground to ask one as noted as yourself for information on a subject on which, no doubt, you are much better informed that I am, but if my information is wrong I certainly want the facts straight.

Thanking you in advance for any consideration you will give the subject, I remain Sincerely and fraternally yours,C.E. ROSENBAUM.

NATURALLY one does not keep in mind the authority – chapter andverse – for a statement made sixteen years ago. I referred the matter to the Library of the Grand Lodge of Iowa, where I first read it. The Grand Secretary, Brother C. C. Hunt, has been good enough to furnish the following brief of the facts, giving the reference where they may be found in the Proceedings of the Supreme Council:

In regard to Brother Rosenbaum’s letter questioning your statement regarding Thomas H. Benton, Grand Master of Masons in Iowa posting a guard to protect the home of Pike and his library, I would refer you to page 127, Proceedings of the Supreme Council of the Southern Jurisdiction for October 25, 1895. On that date the Supreme Council went in a body to Oak Hill Cemetery, Georgetown, District of Columbia, to hold appropriate services over the grave of Albert Pike. T.S. Parvin gave the memorial address and in reference to a remark of the Library of the Supreme Council there is printed the following:
“It is due to history and to the memory of a dear friend and Brother that an incident, of no little importance, touching our great Library, the gift to the Supreme Council of General Pike, be placed upon our records, that honor may be given to whom honor is due.

“I had the facts, first by letter, and then, upon his ‘return from the war,’ from the lips of Colonel Thomas Hart Benton, Jr., at the time Grand Master of Masons in Iowa (my superior officer). Thomas H. Benton, Jr. (“nephew of his uncle” of that name), ex-State Senator, Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Grand Master 1860-’63, entered the Union Army as Colonel of the 29th Iowa Infantry and was later promoted to the rank of brevet brigadier-general, and in command of a division encamped for a time at Little Rock, Arkansas.

“It was at this period, when the passions of the Union soldiers werearoused against General Pike, who was at the head of the Indians in the Confederate (Rebel, as they said) Army, that the soldiers of his division determined to burn the house and everything, including the valuable library of General Pike, wherever found. The Grand Master, Colonel Benton, hearing of this, rushed to its rescue, and to guard against, any further attempt at its destruction, made the General’s house his headquarters and placed a guard over his library.
“But for this noble deed of Iowa’s Grand Master, my bosom friend for half a century, this Supreme Council would today be without, instead of possessing, one of the most rare and valuable libraries in the land.

“General Benton was too modest to publish this, save to his intimatefriends. Of him we may say, in General Pike’s own words, “He has lived – the fruits of his labors live after him;” and you, my Brothers, are enjoying them, as it was this service that made it possible for General Pike in later years to place his library in our House of the Temple and dispose of it, as he did, for his honor and our good.”

There is, however, one mistake in the statement which Brother Rosenbaum criticizes, and that is in calling Thomas H. Benton the commanding general. At that time our Thomas H. Benton was a colonel, commanding the second brigade of a the third division, under General Steele. (See page 471, part 1, Volume 29, Series 1 of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies.) Also, the Thomas H. Benton referred to as colonel at the time the Federal troops took possession at Little Rock, was at that time Grand Master of Iowa and was serving his second year. He was in the army at the time of the Grand Lodge communication in 1863 and his deputy acted for him in presiding over the Grand Lodge.

Thomas H. Benton was a nephew of the Senator Thomas H. Benton, to whom Brother Rosenbaum refers.

Every Grand President and President throughout the universe is bound to summon and convene his Knot on the 17th of March in each year, that being the anniversary festival of St. Patrick, the patron of the Order, except it fall on a Sunday, in which case the meeting shall be convened for the following day.

No Friendly Brother may quarrel with or affront another Brother. If,however, through the frailty of human nature a member of the Ordershall so far forget the love he owes his Brother and the obedience due to the statutes as to proceed to anger with him and to disturb the peace and tranquillity of the Order, he is not to decide his own quarrel according to the laws of pretended honour by the barbarous practice of duelling, but with due obedience he must submit his differences to the decision of the Knot who will cause the offender to make sufficient and honourable payment for his error. Any great breach of the known rules of friendship to a Brother or generaldisrespect for the rules of the Order will be punished with perpetualdiscontinuance and no person so totally discontinued may ever again be admitted to the Order.

The Friendly Brothers profess themselves to be lovers of all mankind, and are therefore to endeavour by their advice and example to promote and encourage among men the practice of all the social virtues.
Although there was no settled system of relief it was readily andhandsomely accorded to any Brother who might be in distress and want.

Rosamond and the Lost Road to Troy






J.R.Tolkien’s ‘The Lost Road’ begins thus; “Alboin. Alboin!”

Alboin means ‘Elf-friend’. When I was eighteen I had Hippie elf-friends who I found in Tolkien’s Trilogy. One of them was Christine Wandel. One day she came into my small attic room with no window, lay down on the floor where I lie on a mattress reading by candlelight, and after resting her head on my stomach, she asked;

“Tell me a story!”

I beheld her flaxen hair lit by my candle, and in less then a minute, my story began.

“There once was a hermit that lived deep in the woods. His name was Tristan Tanopoli ‘The Keeper of the Forest.”

Tolkien died before The Lost Road was finished. His son, Christopher, picked up the thread and finished this tale that a page later, asks;

“Why didn’t you call me Thurisind, or Thurismod?”
“Well, really mother had meant to call you Rosamund, only you turned up a boy.”

Alboin would grow up and marry a woman name Rosamund whose treachery would result in his usurpation and death. How interesting! What is this fasciantion with the name Rosamund that carries on in the naming of Frodo’s aunt?

“As a token of her confidence, she told him he need no longer call
her, “Auntie.” The previous year, Bilbo had suggested that Frodo no
longer address him as, “Uncle,” if he wished. Plain, “Bilbo,” would
do. Frodo still called Bilbo, “Uncle,” now and then; it had become
too ingrained a habit. But, following suit, Rosamunda suggested Frodo
might call her, “Rosa,” or, “Rosamunda.” Frodo forgot, and called
her, “Auntie,” many times, but, within the space of an afternoon
tea, “Rosa,” she became.”

Thurismod is the father of Rosamund. It is also spelled Thurismund. This looks like Tharaldsen “son of Thor”. The name Hromund is a Norse baby name. In Norse the meaning of the name Hromund is: Son of Thori. 1) Combination of HROD and MUND [1] 2) New combination of ROS (flower) and MUND [2]

Tolkien was extremely interested in the eptimology of Norse names. Hromundar may be a form of Rosemund meaning “famous protection”. Thor was compared to Jesus Christ, a who offered protection from evil, and death, thus the idea of immortality in ‘The Rose of the World’. The Draugers ad Ringwaiths lived forever, as a evil force that Thor combatted.

“Due to his inspiration from Hrómundar saga Gripssonar, during the writing of LOTR Tolkien at first foresaw a link between the Wights and the Ringwraiths, initially describing the Black Riders as horsed Wights, but the suggestion that they were the same kind of creatures was dropped in the published work. In the final work there remained a link between them: the wights were now spirits sent by the Witch King.”;post=509201;guest=110686354

Shortly after my grandson was born, I named him Sceaf who became King of the Danes who the ancestors of Chris Wandel, blessed, they also holding the title ‘King of Wends’.

What is amazing is my father could have taken the name Rosemond-Rosamond because he married a woman named rose.


This most interesting surname derives from a number of possible origins. Firstly, it may be a topographical name for a person who lived at a place where wild roses grew. It may also have been given to a “dweller in a house bearing the sign of the rose i.e., “an Inn”. It is also found, especially in Europe, as a nickname for a man of “rosy” complexion. In each of these instances the surname derives from the Middle English and Old French “rose” or the Germanic female personal name “Rose”, “Royse”, which was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as “Rothais” and is composed of the elements “hrod”, renown plus “haid(is)”, king. Finally, the name may also have originated from the Yiddish female personal name “Royze”, derived from the word for the flower.

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Argotta-Rosamonde was married to Pharamonde ‘King of the Franks’. She is of the Cimri, a tribe that fled to Jutland where to this day there is a struggle over the Land of the Danes and Royal Titles. I will include Wandel’s kindred in my Saga that includes Juaquin Miller and the Pre-Raphaelites. The Franks claim they descend from the Trojans, thus, the Troy-town built for Fair Rosamond by King Henry who claimed his ancestors came from Troy.

An hour ago, I found a video of Mary Ann unveiling her lost Art Work. I see he as Rosamund Took. She and her daughter, Britt, will be in my Saga, as will be the artist, Stefan Eins.

Pauline Diana Bayne illustrated ‘The Chronicles of Nardia’ and Tolkien’s ‘Lord of the Rings. These Story Tellers were good friends, friends of the Elfs. The illustrator, Fanny Corey, encouraged my grandfather Royal Rosamond, to write. My niece, Drew Benton, renders Avatars for computer adventure games.

Jon Presco

Copyright 2014

The Lost Road

I finished up Tolkien’s four chapters of his aborted time travel story: The Lost Road. It’s clear what he really wanted to write about was his Middle-earth mythology. It was all over the place in these short writings. It was also very interesting to see Tolkien’s interests play into the characters: philology, ancient history, etc. The premise of Lost Road was as follows: sets of father/son duo’s that (in a sense) reappeared through history into pre-history and the fall of Atlantis/Númenór.

It begins with Alboin Errol and his father Oswin. Alboin, the main character was as Christopher Tolkien notes: “…closely modelled on my father’s own life…” (p. 53, The Lost Road). An interesting conversation is had between father and son where Alboin asks about the origin of his name. His father begins telling him some of the great Lombardic legends: of Audoin and his son Alboin and their wars with the Gepids. Alboin’s defeat of the Gepids twice over and his murder by the machinations of his Queen Rosamunda who was the daughter of the Cunimund, Gepid king slain by Alboin. It is said that Alboin gave Rosamunda wine to drink from a cup fashioned from the skull of Cunimund. Paul the Deacon (died circa 790 AD) said: “‘I declare that I speak the truth in Christ: I have seen [Radgil] the prince hold this very cup in his hand on a feast day and showing it to those who sat at the table with him'” (p. 54, The Lost Road). It is clear to me I need to read more ancient history.

Alboin told his father that he had Dreams and in them words came to him. First it was Eresseän  (Elf-latin) and then Beleriandic (Alboin called it), and later Old English, and Númenórean. His father was concerned this preoccupation would interrupt the boy’s studies. As he grew he would still discuss these things with his father and a common message was beginning to emerge: “a straight road lay westward, now it is bent” (p. 43, The Lost Road). But life moved on, his father passed, and Alboin had a 16 year old son he named Audoin (reversing the Lombard line).

One night, bereft of sleep, more words came to Alboin. Mulling over the new words he peered out his window and saw huge clouds forming and to his great surprise uttered: “‘They look like the eagles of the Lord of the West over Númenor” (p. 47, The Lost Road). See what I mean–Tolkien’s Middle-earth mythology is all over this story. Alboin wished audibly for a time machine to go back. Finally he fell asleep but found himself in a mysterious dream being addressed by Elendil of Númenor (who reminded Alboin of his father). The mysterious messenger offered Alboin the chance to “go back”.

There is a rather philosophical discussion on the ability to go back but in the end the following conditions were given: Alboin’s road and halts were predestined and he would not travel alone: Audoin was to travel with him. The choice was Alboin’s. But, Audoin could not be protected from the consequences of that choice.

The next day Alboin did not know how to bring this up to Audoin though the son opened the door for such conversation. Alas, the two departed for the day. That evening Alboin drifted off to sleep again and met the messenger having decided to go back with his son. Audoin came home finding his father asleep but roused enough to say goodnight and address him as Herendil. The son was used to strange words slipping from his fathers tongue and did not think much of it. “And he went out, and stepped into sudden darkness” (p. 53, The Lost Road). Tolkien had a natural talent for writing suspense. I found myself longing for more in this read.

Chapters three and four find us in Númenor with a father and son: Elendil and Herendil (presumedly Alboin and Audoin gone back). The father was strolling his garden looking for his son. Their discussion was tense when they met. They were talking of Sauron and his coming to Númenor and his growing power. The father clearly displeased to the dismay of the son. “Thou are mad,’ said his son, turning at last upon his side and facing Elendil, with dread and fear in his eyes. ‘Do not say such thing to me! They might, they might…'” (p. 61, The Lost Road).

The father took the son inside to being a candid discussion on his assessment of Númenor’s dire situation. The deception of Sauron, the pride of the King, of the One and the Lords of the World (the Valar). Elendil ended with: “…if I must choose between Sauron and Manwë, then all else must come after. I will not bow unto Sauron, nor his master” (p. 69, The Lost Road). Herendil noted his father talked as if he were a leader in a rebellion. To his dismay his father said it was such and gave his son a choice: to stay and here more of his plans or to leave and do as he saw fit–even report his father to Sauron’s followers.

“‘I stay, father'” (p. 70, The Lost Road). And thus the time travel story was abandoned. An entertaining and tense read. But clearly Tolkien was itching for ways to flesh out his Fall of Númenor sketches we looked at last post. As far as my dream to connect the various bits of Tolkiens notes and writings into one continuous chronological whole there is much in chapters three and four of this story that could be caused to fit. That shall be a fun challenge should the day ever arrive.

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  1. Reblogged this on Rosamond Press and commented:

    There is a lull in the action now that it looks Trump is going to jail. He held us spellbound – like a god of ol.

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