Cosmic Appalachia

Cosmic Appalachia

Silmarillion Read-Along: The Music of the Ainur, Harmony, and Why Menegroth and Ulmo Rock

I started to write an analysis of the Ainulindale for for the Silmarillion Read-Along and I appear to have written an essay.

… Sorry.  

Most of it is under the cut to due to length, but if you click through, please enjoy and don’t hesitate to share your thoughts with me! I’d love to hear from you!

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samcannon:

Fireflies in the meadow. 

samcannon:

Fireflies in the meadow. 

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Hello, I’m featherloom, and I’m really excited to be participating in Tumblr’s Silmarillion Read-Along as part of Team Doriath! I’ve been a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien for a while now but I didn’t really get into the Silmarillion until I got a new job that required a 40-minute commute. I was looking for interesting podcasts to listen to and discovered the Tolkien Professor’s Silmarillion Seminar episodes. What followed was, for me, a fascinating, challenging, and sometimes hilarious few months of listening as I read along with Professor Corey Olsen and his students. I’m excited to repeat the adventure again on Tumblr with new friends and new challenges! 
I’m also thrilled to be on Team Doriath, since Doriath was clearly the greatest kingdom in Middle-Earth, and Sindar elves are the best elves. :)
Also, I can’t recommend the Silmarillion Seminar highly enough! Here’s a link to the podcast on iTunes.

Hello, I’m featherloom, and I’m really excited to be participating in Tumblr’s Silmarillion Read-Along as part of Team Doriath! I’ve been a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien for a while now but I didn’t really get into the Silmarillion until I got a new job that required a 40-minute commute. I was looking for interesting podcasts to listen to and discovered the Tolkien Professor’s Silmarillion Seminar episodes. What followed was, for me, a fascinating, challenging, and sometimes hilarious few months of listening as I read along with Professor Corey Olsen and his students. I’m excited to repeat the adventure again on Tumblr with new friends and new challenges! 

I’m also thrilled to be on Team Doriath, since Doriath was clearly the greatest kingdom in Middle-Earth, and Sindar elves are the best elves. :)

Also, I can’t recommend the Silmarillion Seminar highly enough! Here’s a link to the podcast on iTunes.

I find this interesting because of John Green’s commentary on so-called “hill people.” It’s difficult, as Green says, to talk about “civilzations” in any sort of detailed analysis because the term is very loaded, comes equipped with societal judgments, and is not entirely based in reality.  

However, I was intrigued by the theory that “hill people,” as they are called by historian James Scott, were not attracted to or abandoned by civilizations but rather formed as alternatives to agricultural states and their many downsides, including taxes, subjugation, and conscription. Additionally, fleeing for the hills tends to be a safe, sustainable, and more or less successful response to the droughts and wars and plagues that hound what we think of as traditional states.

It’s quite glamorous to think of hill cultures as the last sentinels of true liberty, championing freedom on the fringes of civilizations, but I think the fact that it sounds glamorous is a warning sign. We tend to try to tell stories when we look at history; that’s only natural, as we are a species driven and shaped by stories. We live in narratives of our own making. But we make a mistake when we try applying narratives to history. We assign good guys and bad guys, and we make judgment calls on who was in the right and who was in the wrong, and whether one people group’s culture is more or less valuable than another’s. It’s just an inevitable side effect of storytelling, no matter how the story is turned on its head.

I have been mulling over this idea of hill people making a conscious choice to avoid civilization. However, I am repeatedly reminded of the sheer lack of infrastructure in Southeastern Kentucky’s Appalachia region that denies people the much-needed, state-provided amenities of hospitals, highways, and information routes. Many of these people didn’t necessarily flee to the hills as much as flock there for jobs, and they were abandoned when those jobs were exhausted. As Green says, even history’s exceptions have exceptions, just as some in Appalachia do take pride in their isolation from the outside world. It’s impossible to make one story, one interpretation, work for every person in even the smallest Appalachian community. I am sure the same could be said of “hill people” from around the world. 

I think Appalachia is beautiful. I love its hills, its music, its stunning art, the people I loved and grew up alongside, and its vibrant written and oral culture. However, I also think that it’s just as dangerous to romanticize hill people as it is to judge them. In the end, they still become objects instead of complex people who may or may not have the agency to change their circumstances.  So while I find this video intriguing, I cannot stand by it entirely. Thoughts?

Dolphins not only have names but choose their own in their early youth.

:)

jrcpictures:

Appalachian Supermoon 

It was gorgeous tonight. 

jrcpictures:

Appalachian Supermoon 

It was gorgeous tonight. 

mermaidskey:

hemipelagicdredger:

mermaidskey:

mermaidskey:

oxidoreductase:

Lavoisier is having none of your shit.

Heeeey so fun fact: the woman in that painting is Lavoisier’s wife, Marie-Anne Pierrette Paulze, who not only acted as Lavoisier’s lab assistant but also translated English and Latin texts into French so he could read them. But she didn’t just translate, she pointed out errors in the chemistry in some of the texts. Her observations of these errors convinced Lavoisier to study combustion, which led to his discovery of oxygen. She was also critical to the publication of Lavoisier’s Elementary Treatise on Chemistry in 1789. She kept strict records of every experiment they conducted together and drew detailed diagrams of all their equipment. She also threw amazing parties and invited all the brightest minds in science so her husband could pick their brains. After Lavoisier was guillotined she secured all of his notebooks and equipment for posterity.
In short: NOBODY KICKS MADAME LAVOISIER OUT OF THE LAB.

Also, a side note: My historian husband-to-be pointed some things out to me about this painting. Notice that Madame Lavoisier is looking at the viewer, and all the light is on her, while Lavoisier himself is physically smaller than her, in shadow, and looking up to her in reverence. This isn’t a candid photograph- all of these choices are deliberate. The painting isn’t of Lavoisier- Madame Lavoisier is meant to be the central subject. 
I can just imagine Lavoisier telling all his colleagues that his wife is really the one with all the clever ideas, and them patting him on the back and telling him he’s sweet for saying so.

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I LOVE IT

Madame Lavoisier rocks. And the second interpretation looks far more accurate to me …

mermaidskey:

hemipelagicdredger:

mermaidskey:

mermaidskey:

oxidoreductase:

Lavoisier is having none of your shit.

Heeeey so fun fact: the woman in that painting is Lavoisier’s wife, Marie-Anne Pierrette Paulze, who not only acted as Lavoisier’s lab assistant but also translated English and Latin texts into French so he could read them. But she didn’t just translate, she pointed out errors in the chemistry in some of the texts. Her observations of these errors convinced Lavoisier to study combustion, which led to his discovery of oxygen. She was also critical to the publication of Lavoisier’s Elementary Treatise on Chemistry in 1789. She kept strict records of every experiment they conducted together and drew detailed diagrams of all their equipment. She also threw amazing parties and invited all the brightest minds in science so her husband could pick their brains. After Lavoisier was guillotined she secured all of his notebooks and equipment for posterity.

In short: NOBODY KICKS MADAME LAVOISIER OUT OF THE LAB.

Also, a side note: My historian husband-to-be pointed some things out to me about this painting. Notice that Madame Lavoisier is looking at the viewer, and all the light is on her, while Lavoisier himself is physically smaller than her, in shadow, and looking up to her in reverence. This isn’t a candid photograph- all of these choices are deliberate. The painting isn’t of Lavoisier- Madame Lavoisier is meant to be the central subject. 

I can just imagine Lavoisier telling all his colleagues that his wife is really the one with all the clever ideas, and them patting him on the back and telling him he’s sweet for saying so.

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I LOVE IT

Madame Lavoisier rocks. And the second interpretation looks far more accurate to me …

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yahoosports:

yahoosoccer:

Watch all of Tim Howard’s World Cup record 16 saves AT THE SAME TIME

All the saves!

I feel patriotic. Props to whoever edited this!

yahoosports:

yahoosoccer:

Watch all of Tim Howard’s World Cup record 16 saves AT THE SAME TIME

All the saves!

I feel patriotic. Props to whoever edited this!

tolkienreadalong:

Coming July 18, 2014: THE SILMARILLION READ-ALONG

If you were involved with the Lord of the Rings Read-Along, you already know how awesome this is going to be, but for the newbies, here’s the deal: From mid-July to mid-November, we’re going to read through Tolkien’s The Silmarillion together week by week. It’s a great opportunity for first-timers and old fans alike to enjoy Tolkien’s works with other Tumblr fans like you while also sharing our own fanworks.

And in case that description wasn’t enough to get you excited, here’s a promo trailer I made for the event (the words are easier to read if you watch if fullscreen, sorry about that.) If you have any questions, you can find me at tolkienreadalong.tumblr.com - I hope to see you all there!

(Oh, and please reblog this, or make a promo post of your own - the more people find out about the read-along, the more fun it is for everyone, believe me!)

This will be epic! So looking forward to the read-along!

dog-fur:

has anyone made this joke yet…?

This is hilarious. 

dog-fur:

has anyone made this joke yet…?

This is hilarious. 

http://filomel.tumblr.com/post/87245589223/man-what-i-really-want-is-a-silmarillion

filomel:

man what I really want is a silmarillion commentary work that attempts to piece together the actual history behind the revisionist interpretations of both the historians who set down the text AND the victorian interpreter who translated it

you just know that Eagles are an accepted literary…

Really fun and fascinating.

http://lipstickhick.tumblr.com/post/90564112646/as-a-writer-and-lifelong-resident-of-eastern

lipstickhick:

As a writer and lifelong resident of Eastern Kentucky, I am fascinated by the language of the Appalachian region. While mainstream media and many cultured jackasses may indulge in stereotypes and view “mountain talk” as an expression of ignorance and lack of education, the truth behind the…

tolkienreadalong:


THE SILMARILLION READ-ALONG STARTS JULY 18! Tolkien fans new and old will read The Silmarillion together while making friends, sharing fanworks, and generally having an awesome time.
For added awesomeness, join one of the Silmarillion Teams - like Team Edain or Team Angband - and compete with other teams for a prize that is going to be not nearly as awesome as a silmaril!

Aaaaah, this is the greatest thing I have ever seen! Thank you so much!!! (Also, honestly, a very accurate description of the book.)

Hahahaha! All of this is true. 
tolkienreadalong:


THE SILMARILLION READ-ALONG STARTS JULY 18! Tolkien fans new and old will read The Silmarillion together while making friends, sharing fanworks, and generally having an awesome time.
For added awesomeness, join one of the Silmarillion Teams - like Team Edain or Team Angband - and compete with other teams for a prize that is going to be not nearly as awesome as a silmaril!

Aaaaah, this is the greatest thing I have ever seen! Thank you so much!!! (Also, honestly, a very accurate description of the book.)

Hahahaha! All of this is true. 
tolkienreadalong:


THE SILMARILLION READ-ALONG STARTS JULY 18! Tolkien fans new and old will read The Silmarillion together while making friends, sharing fanworks, and generally having an awesome time.
For added awesomeness, join one of the Silmarillion Teams - like Team Edain or Team Angband - and compete with other teams for a prize that is going to be not nearly as awesome as a silmaril!

Aaaaah, this is the greatest thing I have ever seen! Thank you so much!!! (Also, honestly, a very accurate description of the book.)

Hahahaha! All of this is true. 
tolkienreadalong:


THE SILMARILLION READ-ALONG STARTS JULY 18! Tolkien fans new and old will read The Silmarillion together while making friends, sharing fanworks, and generally having an awesome time.
For added awesomeness, join one of the Silmarillion Teams - like Team Edain or Team Angband - and compete with other teams for a prize that is going to be not nearly as awesome as a silmaril!

Aaaaah, this is the greatest thing I have ever seen! Thank you so much!!! (Also, honestly, a very accurate description of the book.)

Hahahaha! All of this is true. 
tolkienreadalong:


THE SILMARILLION READ-ALONG STARTS JULY 18! Tolkien fans new and old will read The Silmarillion together while making friends, sharing fanworks, and generally having an awesome time.
For added awesomeness, join one of the Silmarillion Teams - like Team Edain or Team Angband - and compete with other teams for a prize that is going to be not nearly as awesome as a silmaril!

Aaaaah, this is the greatest thing I have ever seen! Thank you so much!!! (Also, honestly, a very accurate description of the book.)

Hahahaha! All of this is true. 
tolkienreadalong:


THE SILMARILLION READ-ALONG STARTS JULY 18! Tolkien fans new and old will read The Silmarillion together while making friends, sharing fanworks, and generally having an awesome time.
For added awesomeness, join one of the Silmarillion Teams - like Team Edain or Team Angband - and compete with other teams for a prize that is going to be not nearly as awesome as a silmaril!

Aaaaah, this is the greatest thing I have ever seen! Thank you so much!!! (Also, honestly, a very accurate description of the book.)

Hahahaha! All of this is true. 
tolkienreadalong:


THE SILMARILLION READ-ALONG STARTS JULY 18! Tolkien fans new and old will read The Silmarillion together while making friends, sharing fanworks, and generally having an awesome time.
For added awesomeness, join one of the Silmarillion Teams - like Team Edain or Team Angband - and compete with other teams for a prize that is going to be not nearly as awesome as a silmaril!

Aaaaah, this is the greatest thing I have ever seen! Thank you so much!!! (Also, honestly, a very accurate description of the book.)

Hahahaha! All of this is true. 
tolkienreadalong:


THE SILMARILLION READ-ALONG STARTS JULY 18! Tolkien fans new and old will read The Silmarillion together while making friends, sharing fanworks, and generally having an awesome time.
For added awesomeness, join one of the Silmarillion Teams - like Team Edain or Team Angband - and compete with other teams for a prize that is going to be not nearly as awesome as a silmaril!

Aaaaah, this is the greatest thing I have ever seen! Thank you so much!!! (Also, honestly, a very accurate description of the book.)

Hahahaha! All of this is true. 

tolkienreadalong:

THE SILMARILLION READ-ALONG STARTS JULY 18! Tolkien fans new and old will read The Silmarillion together while making friends, sharing fanworks, and generally having an awesome time.

For added awesomeness, join one of the Silmarillion Teams - like Team Edain or Team Angband - and compete with other teams for a prize that is going to be not nearly as awesome as a silmaril!

Aaaaah, this is the greatest thing I have ever seen! Thank you so much!!! (Also, honestly, a very accurate description of the book.)

Hahahaha! All of this is true. 

The Elf King and the Sea: Amroth, Legolas, and the Call of the West

Since the Silmarillion Read-Along is coming soon (find out more here!) and I am very excited for it, I wrote a little practice analysis concerning the explicit and more subtle connections between King Amroth of Lothlorien and Legolas Greenleaf. For this essay, I’m going with Christopher Tolkien’s assumption that in The Lord of the Rings Amroth is not the son of Celeborn and Galadriel (Sorry, fans of that canon!). 

The essay is under the cut, as are spoilers for The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, and “Concerning Galadriel and Celeborn” from Unfinished Tales, all by J.R.R. Tolkien.

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hail-brightest-of-stars:

Actual canon dialogue.

By volnaib.deviantart.com


Just do him in now and save the balrogs the trouble, Thorondor. :)

hail-brightest-of-stars:

Actual canon dialogue.

By volnaib.deviantart.com

Just do him in now and save the balrogs the trouble, Thorondor. :)