— Tolkien’s description of Menegroth’s beauty is one of the most detailed and breathtaking of the entire Silmarillion, in my opinion. It also seems to be the most traditionally “elvish” or “faerie-like” dwelling we hear about in the novel, what with the seemingly enchanted carvings of animals (I like to think they actually moved or appeared to move), the magical sounds of nightingales, and the predictive tapestries of Melian and her maids. It’s a maze to become entangled in, a whole underground world to be enchanted by. Furthermore, it’s occupied by all manner of people - the Sindar, the Nandor, the Naugrim. It’s a place of unity, created by a union. Absolutely lovely.
Very true. The other day, my 12 year old had to wait, like, three seconds for a page to load and started whining, and I said, “Give it a minute, it has to bounce off a satellite.” She just stared! lolz
I KNOW, RIGHT? How cool is that! And it already goes under-appreciated. LOL!
“Their work!” scoffed Vinculus. “Theirs? Do you still not understand? They are the spell John Uskglass is doing. That is all they have ever been. And he is doing it now!"
- Chapter 67: The hawthorn tree, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke (via ashfair)
This is one of my favorite parts of this novel. When you realize how utterly insignificant the two title characters are in the wider universe, despite their achievements. This scene and the one with the giant raven’s eye.