Thursday, October 2, 2014

Luthien Tinuviel

Luthien Tinuviel

"The leaves were long, the grass was green,
The hemlock-umbels tall and fair,
And in the glade a light was seen
Of stars in shadow shimmering.
Tinuviel was dancing there
To music of a pipe unseen,
And light of stars was in her hair,
And in her raiment glimmering.

There Beren came from mountains cold.
And lost he wandered under leaves,
And where the Elven-river rolled
He walked alone and sorrowing.
He peered between the hemlock-leaves
And saw in wonder flowers of gold
Upon her mantle and her sleeves,
And her hair like shadow following.

Enchantment healed his weary feet
That over hills were doomed to roam;
And forth he hastened, strong and fleet,
And grasped at moonbeams glistening.
Through woven woods in Elvenhome
She lightly fled on dancing feet,
And left him lonely still to roam
In the silent forest listening.

He heard there oft the flying sound
Of feet as light as linden-leaves,
Or music welling underground,
In hidden hollows quavering.
Now withered lay the hemlock-sheaves,
And one by one with sighing sound
Whispering fell the beachen leaves
In wintry woodland wavering.

He sought her ever, wandering far
Where leaves of years were thickly strewn,
By light of moon and ray of star
In frosty heavens shivering.
Her mantle glinted in the moon,
As on a hill-top high and far
She danced, and at her feet was strewn
A mist of silver quivering.

When winter passed, she came again,
And her song released the sudden spring,
Like rising lark, and falling rain,
And melting water bubbling.
He saw the elven-flowers spring
About her feet, and healed again
He longed by her to dance and sing
Upon the grass untroubling.

Again she fled, but swift he came,
Tinuviel! Tinuviel!
He called her by her elvish name;
And there she halted listening.
One moment stood she, and a spell
His voice laid on her: Beren came,
And doom fell on Tinuviel
That in his arms lay glistening.

As Beren looked into her eyes
Within the shadows of her hair,
The trembling starlight of the skies
He saw there mirrored shimmering.
Tinuviel the elven-fair,
Immortal maiden elven-wise,
About him cast her shadowy hair
And arms like silver glimmering.

Long was the way that fate them bore,
O'er stony mountains cold and grey,
Through halls of iron and darkling door,
And woods of nightshade morrowless.
The Sundering Seas between them lay,
And yet at last they met once more,
And long ago they passed away
In the forest singing sorrowless."

-J.R.R. Tolkien

A little Tolkien for you in honor of National Poetry Day.


Monday, April 7, 2014

Frostbitten Spring

So, here it is April, and it decided to snow again. But I guess I don't get to complain because snow in April is better than the snow we had in May last year. And I live in Iowa so I guess the weather will do whatever it feels like.

Anyway, snow makes for really cool pictures when it stays around long enough for you to snap some pictures of it. About an hour or two after these pictures were taken the snow was melting into a muddy mess in the mid-40's temperatures.

My goal was to maybe get some good snow pictures to be entered in our county fair and I think I succeeded in that. :)

Well, this has been a quick post, but I hope you enjoy it.


Does you have any favorites?

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Life Lately

So, I have seen these Life Lately posts going around Blogger, so I thought I would give it a try.

Watching- Videos from Lutheran Satire on Youtube. If you haven't watched any of their videos, you should go do that right now. I especially recommend this one. And once you have watched that one, go watch this one. The second video is when technology tries to dissect the fake accents of cartoon characters and in trying fails miserably. :) Warning, this may result in you randomly yelling "Equal in Glory, and Coequal in Majesty!", or maybe that's just what happens in my family.

Reading- Broken: 7 "Christian" Rules That Every Christian Ought to Break as Often as Possible by Jonathan Fisk and The Real Lincoln by Thomas J. Dilorenzo. I have been wanting to read Broken for a while and now we actually have a copy to read. The Real Lincoln is about the lies that we are taught in history classes and books about how Lincoln ended the Civil War and emancipated slaves. But actually, the opposite is true, that he started the war and didn't want anything to do with them except to remove them to another country.

Capturing- The stars in the form of a photograph. I don't have the pictures downloaded yet but I set my camera on a tripod last night and took some pictures. This particular venture in night photography produces much better results than last time I attempted it, since this time I know more about my camera and actually set up the tripod. It's amazing how much more stable the camera stays when you let something besides your hands prop it up! I was too lazy to get it out last time, but I will definitely be using it more in the future. :)

Listening- Song of the Lonely Mountain and I See Fire from The Hobbit soundtracks and the audiobook version of The Children of Hurin. Otherwise, just whatever anyone else happens to be playing or listening to on the radio.

Predicting- March Madness brackets. And failing miserably because I decided to fill the bracket out based entirely on which team's uniform colors I like the best because I really don't know much about how any other teams besides Iowa State are doing. If you give Morgan a NCAA bracket, this is what happens.
And then there's Middle Earth Madness, which I actually care about and can pick between characters using criteria other than the colors that they are wearing. I love that Radagast's bunny sled made it onto the bracket! I mean, they might not get very far, but I'd like to see them try!

Anticipating- The publication of Tolkien's translation of Beowulf. I have read a translation by a different person, but I will probably have to read this version just because it is by Tolkien. I was looking Facebook earlier and noticed that J. R. R. Tolkien was trending, so of course I had to see why because it's not every day that Tolkien is trending on Facebook.

Preparing- Getting ready for Tolkien Reading Day on March 25. This also happens to be on one of the days that we have Homeschool Choir practice, so I will probably be wearing my Hobbit shirt and Tolkien quote necklace to practice in addition to reading one of Tolkien's works. Also in the works are plans for a photoshoot in our costumes and maybe even some Middle Earth themed food.

Eating- Not really anything special, but Grace is making cinnamon rolls right now. :)

What have you been up to lately? Are you planning anything for Tolkien Reading Day?


Sunday, February 23, 2014

4 Things I Have Learned From The Olympics

Since they end today, I thought I would write a post about some things I have learned during the Olympics. In no particular order:

1. The Opening Ceremony reminds me of scenes from the Hunger Games and Vladimir Putin reminds me of President Snow.
Did anyone else feel this way? I was thinking about the similarities and decided to see if anyone else felt the same way. Evidently they do.
And then there's this, which doesn't have anything to do with the opening ceremony and it's similarities, but is another similarity that I wouldn't have thought of.

2. If you are good enough at a sport, it will be entertaining for people to watch. 
I don't follow any olympic sports outside of the Olympics, but during the Games, I watch what happens to be on or record some things, like figure skating, and watch them later. I may not be into sports, but these athletes do a pretty good job of making their sports fun to watch.
You wouldn't think that figure skating would be that exciting to watch and that you can watch it while working on something else at the same time, but I tried this and the more exciting parts of the performance happen while I'm not really paying attention and they happen so fast that I miss them.

3. The athletes don't always win like they had planned, but they don't let that slow them down.
We may get discouraged when something doesn't go the way we had planned, but these athletes
have put much more into their sport and the Olympics than we have put into whatever we feel like we have failed at. They might not do as well as they had hoped, but they don't let that stop them; they get right back onto the hill or the rink or wherever it might be and keep working so that they can do better next time. I know, there are some athletes who are completely devastated because they won't be able to try and "redeem" themselves in the 2018 Olympics because they will be retiring, but for the most part, they get right back up and try again.

4. Ice skaters must lack the ability to become dizzy.  
I mean, how else can you spin that fast for that long and just stop and go back to your routine with our falling over after spinning like that?

Have you learned anything/noticed anything interesting about the Olympics?


Saturday, February 15, 2014

Roses are Red...

Yes, I know, that is a very cliche way to start a Valentines blog post, but the roses are VERY red, I mean look how red they look in these pictures. They are an even deeper and red than they appear here.

Dad bought Mom roses for Valentine's Day so of course I had to take them and photograph them. The cat even wanted to get in on the action. The only problem with her "helping" me is that she kept trying to run off with the greenery... :)
In the first picture of her above I had just taken the greenery back from her after she ran across the room with it. She just licked her lips and looked at me.

What did you do for Valentines Day?