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
Bright the way was overlaid Fame and rumor still attend And we, we mark were aforesaid To make of things a proper end; Lion-heart of Titan-born With Ycsion of Ares found The Thing beneath the Funeral Mound Which deep was of his heart outworn; Ycsion his friend forsook Upon the thing he would not look! … Continue reading Rumor of War
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”
And in that day in the spring, on a cross-roads in the wood, where there are four ways, three poets met by chance, each walking his own way. The first of them had on his back a great case, for in it was a master's lute, of thirteen courses. He sang in the squares songs … Continue reading The Three Poets