Cosmic Appalachia

Cosmic Appalachia

nerdanel14:

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. 

The music pairing here is beautiful as always.

nerdanel14:

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.

armitageuniverse:

Lee Pace • Thranduil ElvenKing • 

That last robe is gorgeous. I love everything about it.
armitageuniverse:

Lee Pace • Thranduil ElvenKing • 

That last robe is gorgeous. I love everything about it.
armitageuniverse:

Lee Pace • Thranduil ElvenKing • 

That last robe is gorgeous. I love everything about it.
armitageuniverse:

Lee Pace • Thranduil ElvenKing • 

That last robe is gorgeous. I love everything about it.

armitageuniverse:

Lee Pace • Thranduil ElvenKing • 

That last robe is gorgeous. I love everything about it.

(via thranduils)

scarvenrot:

can I please bring this back

I have never seen this before, but I know misscandi will love it.

(via hillbilly-otaku)

sixpenceee:

Lake View Cemetery: The Haserot Angel 
It’s called the Angel of Death Victorious. Due to an effect of weathering and erosion on the bronze, the statue appears to be weeping black tears at all times. 

Just don’t blink.
sixpenceee:

Lake View Cemetery: The Haserot Angel 
It’s called the Angel of Death Victorious. Due to an effect of weathering and erosion on the bronze, the statue appears to be weeping black tears at all times. 

Just don’t blink.
sixpenceee:

Lake View Cemetery: The Haserot Angel 
It’s called the Angel of Death Victorious. Due to an effect of weathering and erosion on the bronze, the statue appears to be weeping black tears at all times. 

Just don’t blink.
sixpenceee:

Lake View Cemetery: The Haserot Angel 
It’s called the Angel of Death Victorious. Due to an effect of weathering and erosion on the bronze, the statue appears to be weeping black tears at all times. 

Just don’t blink.

sixpenceee:

Lake View Cemetery: The Haserot Angel 

It’s called the Angel of Death Victorious. Due to an effect of weathering and erosion on the bronze, the statue appears to be weeping black tears at all times. 

Just don’t blink.

(via thechunkyballerina)

A simple flyer for Finrod Felagund’s construction service in First Age Middle-Earth! Warning: Spoilers here for both Beren and Luthien’s story and a few slight spoilers for The Children of Hurin.

A simple flyer for Finrod Felagund’s construction service in First Age Middle-Earth! Warning: Spoilers here for both Beren and Luthien’s story and a few slight spoilers for The Children of Hurin.

nerdanel14:

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

(via teamedain)

Every writer needs a C.S. Lewis person.

So far Finrod has made friends with...

ereboreanbadger:

(as of the end of chapter 14 of Silm)

-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. :)

The time has come for the dominion of Men

One of my favorite blogs on Tumblr. Since this is Team Edain’s party week, thought I would share it!

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. :)

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. :)

consulting-drama-queens:

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!

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!

scenesofthebluegrass:

Dog Slaughter Falls, Whitley County, Kentucky

My home county!

scenesofthebluegrass:

Dog Slaughter Falls, Whitley County, Kentucky

My home county!

asutori:

Well, this episode quickly became one of my favourites.

It was a wonderful episode.
asutori:

Well, this episode quickly became one of my favourites.

It was a wonderful episode.
asutori:

Well, this episode quickly became one of my favourites.

It was a wonderful episode.
asutori:

Well, this episode quickly became one of my favourites.

It was a wonderful episode.
asutori:

Well, this episode quickly became one of my favourites.

It was a wonderful episode.

asutori:

Well, this episode quickly became one of my favourites.

It was a wonderful episode.