Henneth Annun

“Fantasy is silver and scarlet, indigo and azure, obsidian veined with gold and lapis lazuli. Reality is plywood and plastic, done up in mud brown and olive drab. Fantasy tastes of habaneros and honey, cinnamon and cloves, rare red meat and wines as sweet as summer. Reality is beans and tofu, and ashes at the end. Reality is the strip malls of Burbank, the smokestacks of Cleveland, a parking garage in Newark. Fantasy is the towers of Minas Tirith, the ancient stones of Gormenghast, the halls of Camelot. Fantasy flies on the wings of Icarus, reality on Southwest Airlines. Why do our dreams become so much smaller when they finally come true? We read fantasy to find the colors again, I think. To taste strong spices and hear the songs the sirens sang. There is something old and true in fantasy that speaks to something deep within us, to the child who dreamt that one day he would hunt the forests of the night, and feast beneath the hollow hills, and find a love to last forever somewhere south of Oz and north of Shangri-La.

They can keep their heaven. When I die, I’d sooner go to Middle-Earth.”

— George R.R. Martin

wetheurban:

SPOTLIGHT: Portraits by Christina Hoch

Gorgeous. Cristina Hoch is a young photographer from the south of Spain. Her portraits have a powerful, edgy quality.

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ringbearing:

Silmarillion mood boards (1/?) Insp: x x

ringbearing:

Silmarillion mood boards (1/?) 
Insp: x x

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inprnt:

"Song of Storms" by Matt Rockefeller on INPRNT

This is glorious.

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Just because it is too gorgeous to overlook.  

Treebeard's Song

crocordile:

Treebeard’s song of Beleriand, sung by Christopher Lee & the Tolkien Ensemble

I would like to open the ISFAB week in my blog with my favorite LOTR song: the one were Treebeard reminiscences :D

I love this song a lot. It describes Treebeard taking a tour around Beleriand while appreciating the effect the seasons have upon the land. I made a little map below to help everyone understand:

The song begins with Treebeard witnessing spring in Nan-Tathren, the willow forest that is very loved by Voronwë, and where Gondolin’s refugees live for a while after the fall, before they move on to Sirion.

The next stop is Ossiriand during summer, and the trees he brings up here are the elm trees. Since Treebeard specifically mentions the seven rivers of Ossir, I assume he saw all of them during his travels! IDK how he managed to cross them; he had to, at some point, to reach Fangorn, but that’s for later. Now he’s going north.

Then, Treebeard visits Neldoreth in autumn. That forest is inside the Girdle, another proof that Treebeard could enter it (the other proof being his friendship with Celeborn), and this is the sort of info that fuels many assumptions I make about how the Girdle works for trees and ents and animals aaand i won’t babble about this now. Back on track: that is the forest where Beren and Lúthien meet for the very first time. The trees of Neldoreth are the beeches.

Finally the song stops with Treebeard climbing the highlands of Dorthonion in winter. There he mentions the pine trees after which the land gets its name. 

That is all we get about his wanderings in the First Age: next thing we know Treebeard aludes to the drowning of Beleriand, and to the forest where he now walks.

This is another map I did showing how big Fangorn forest used to be, and, on the right corner, its size during the events of The Lord of the Rings:

so much was lost ://// all the ents within are likely First Age survivors, and even the forest too, in a sense.

Here is a link to the map put together!

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lotrproject:

I decided to try my hand at some fan art.

Ah, such refreshing satire.

lotrproject:

I decided to try my hand at some fan art.

Ah, such refreshing satire.

lotrproject:

The beautiful walking song sung by Bilbo. Which poem in Tolkien’s works is your favorite?

Still round the corner there may waitA new road or a secret gate,And though I oft have passed them by,A day will come at last when IShall take the hidden paths that runWest of the Moon, East of the Sun.

lotrproject:

The beautiful walking song sung by Bilbo. Which poem in Tolkien’s works is your favorite?

Still round the corner there may waitA new road or a secret gate,And though I oft have passed them by,A day will come at last when IShall take the hidden paths that runWest of the Moon, East of the Sun.

mrjmzack:

lucienballard:

Doggerland.
A map showing Doggerland, a region of northwest Europe home to Mesolithic people before sea level rose to inundate this area and create the Europe we are familiar with today.
Map via National Geographic magazine.

Hey, look, it’s Lindon and the Lost Realms of Arnor in Eriador!

mrjmzack:

lucienballard:

Doggerland.

A map showing Doggerland, a region of northwest Europe home to Mesolithic people before sea level rose to inundate this area and create the Europe we are familiar with today.

Map via National Geographic magazine.

Hey, look, it’s Lindon and the Lost Realms of Arnor in Eriador!

eatsleepdraw:

Over the River and Through the Woods - by One Legged Kiwi

eatsleepdraw:

Over the River and Through the Woods - by One Legged Kiwi

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Under the Great Muk Off Kanagawa :D

Under the Great Muk Off Kanagawa :D

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