This last Sunday was the Sunday of the Last Judgement in the Eastern Orthodox church, in preparation for the Lenten fast which begins this coming Sunday. This awe-inspiring painting is on-theme.
Most people who have ready any Anglo-Saxon poetry have read Beowulf, which deserves its status as a English classic. Much less well-known is The Battle of Finnesburh, mostly because it is, alas, only a fragment of a much longer work. Even as a fragment, though, it's one of the most gripping battle-scenes ever depicted in … Continue reading The Battle of Finnesburh
If you've read the Silmarillion, then you know what this depicts. And if you haven't read the Silmarillion, egads, what are you doing with your life?
For the last few months I've been gradually reading my way through Idylls of the King by Lord Alfred Tennyson. This book is something of a forgotten gem: while Tennyson himself is part of the canon, his shorter lyrical works are all I ever recall reading in school, and it's hard for me to recall … Continue reading Dedication of “Idylls of the King”