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

Under the Great Muk Off Kanagawa :D

Under the Great Muk Off Kanagawa :D

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lotrproject:

Here are 15 wise quotes about life from Tolkien’s books in celebration of Tolkien Reading Day.Last post had the wrong link, here is the correct one: http://lotrproject.com/blog/2014/03/25/15-tolkien-quotes-about-life-for-tolkien-reading-day-2014/

lotrproject:

Here are 15 wise quotes about life from Tolkien’s books in celebration of Tolkien Reading Day.

Last post had the wrong link, here is the correct one: http://lotrproject.com/blog/2014/03/25/15-tolkien-quotes-about-life-for-tolkien-reading-day-2014/

You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself.

Alan Watts, philosopher

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Gil Galad

askmiddlearth:

Since for some reason I cannot find The Hobbitons songs on youtube, and Grooveshark isn’t working in all regions, I figured I’d just upload them here from my iTunes. So, here’s their rendition of The Fall of Gil-galad (which I talk about in this post.

This topic, beautifully sung.

I saw the sun go down
in a carnal and primeval
world, leaving darkness
to cover my railroad train
because the other side of the
world was waiting for dawn.

Passage Series #117: Allen Ginsberg, Collected Poems 1947-1997 (via thoughtsofalltrades)

Mmm.

ay-ayrawn:

The paintings of Zdzislaw Beksinski

These are … Unnerving.

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spiritswildandfree:

guilin-china

spiritswildandfree:

guilin-china

cornersoftheworld:

China | by Stuck in Customs
aurelas:

(via Project 562 - Project 562- A Photo Project by Matika Wilbur documenting Native America)

The blog for Project 562: http://matikawilbur.com/blog/
I think this is excellent.

aurelas:

(via Project 562 - Project 562- A Photo Project by Matika Wilbur documenting Native America)

The blog for Project 562: http://matikawilbur.com/blog/

I think this is excellent.

atraversso:

 The Eruption | By Mark CotePlus