Here’s my first soundmix for this week’s reading - from my favourite chapter, Of Beren and Lúthien. This soundmix is of Beren meeting Lúthien in Neldoreth. The reading is by Martin Shaw. Music is “The Memory of Trees” by Enya.
Sometimes you just have to sit back and enjoy the lush and gorgeous writing of a master. Of all the chapters of the Silmarillion, Beren and Luthien’s story is my favorite - and not just for the strong heroine, swashbuckling adventure, and the soul-wrenching love story. The writing here takes beauty in prose and poetry to new heights as Tolkien immediately makes you appreciate and adore characters you’ve just met. I’ve never felt so drawn to a story, so absorbed into a world as I did in this one.
Here’s my second soundmix for this week’s reading, Of Beren and Lúthien. Probably the saddest part in the whole Silmarillion to me (Well, Finrod is my favourite character). The Death of Finrod. Music by Clint Mansell, “Together We Will Live Forever” from “The Fountain” soundtrack. Reading by Martin Shaw.
I thought, “I shouldn’t listen to this. I will surely cry.” I did it anyway, and I am glad. Brilliant as always. Finrod’s selfless sacrifice - and his concern for Beren to the last - always get to me. Such a beautifully-written scene.
As promised, here is version two of my soundmix on the Fall of Fingolfin. The music is by Howard Shore (Foundations of Stone) and The Tolkien Ensemble (Lament for Théoden). As always, the reading is by Martin Shaw
Great editing here. One of the most powerful, and memorable, scenes in the early Silmarillion.
But Lewis was a very impressionable, man, and this was abetted by his great generosity and capacity for friendship. The unpayable debt that I owe to him was not influence as it is ordinarily understood, but sheer encouragement. He was for long my only audience. Only from him did I ever get the idea that my ‘stuff’ could be more than a private hobby. But for his interest and unceasing eagerness for more I should never have brought The L. of the R. to a conclusion…
Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien #276, to Dick Plotz, 12 September 1965
In honour of the Edain Party’s Narnia AU, Tolkien on Lewis.
-Turgon -Some dwarves (okay it doesn’t say they were friends, but compared to Thingol and Caranthir’s interaction with the Khazad, there’s a noted lack of description of how they didn’t like each other and only worked together due to a shared enemy… plus they…
Don’t forget Cirdan and his elves - Finrod helped rebuild their cities!
And yes, Finrod is friends with everyone, including the Edain. He’s cool like that. :)
Randall Monroe (creator of the xkcd webcomic) has a new book out entitled “What If?” The book answers ridiculous hypothetical questions with as much serious scientific research as possible. But as you can see here in this map of Earth some hundreds of millions of years ago, Monroe is also a Tolkien fan. :)
can we talk about how wonderful Clara’s character development is this series
Seriously. It’s amazing what you can do with a body when they’re not relegated to “plucky love interest.” The writers have done wonders with Clara this series and I am loving it. Her awesomeness got dialed up to 11.
So when I imagine the Girdle of Melian, I imagine the magical concealing fog of the Appalachian Mountains. The first part of this .gif is from the “Miles of Skyline” timelapse video from the Asheville Tourism Board in Asheville, North Carolina. It is gorgeous and you should watch the whole beautiful video here.
The fanart featured is one of my favorite Silmarillion pieces of all time, “Nan Elmoth” by ekukanova. View the original here.
Appalachian fog and true love. What a great match!