demesnes

Russia’s Big Ballet- 

The Big Ballet is a troupe of dancers from Russia who weigh a minimum of 220 pounds each. 

“The Big Ballet formed in 1994 and set out to deliberately and, above all, self-confidently challenge accepted social standards in a world where the pursuit of slenderness and beauty seems obsessive. The dancers courageously and imposingly prove that grace, elegance, charisma and nimbleness is not the demesne of the “thin”, proudly presenting their voluptuous yet surprisingly sinuous and flexible figures.”

In which the Marquis de Carabas attempts diplomacy

The Marquis tried to sit up. The Elephant pushed him back to the floor with one bare foot. “Beg for mercy,” said the Elephant.

That one was easy. “Mercy!” said the Marquis. “I beg! I plead! Show me mercy—the finest of all gifts. It befits you, mighty Elephant, as lord of your own demesne, to be merciful to one who is not even fit to wipe the dust from your excellent toes…”

“Did you know,” said the Elephant, “that everything you say sounds sarcastic?”

“I didn’t. I apologize. I meant every single word of it.”

“Scream,” said the Elephant.

The Marquis de Carabas screamed very loudly and very long. It is hard to scream when your throat has been recently cut, but he screamed as hard and piteously as he could.

“You even scream sarcastically,” said the Elephant.

~ Neil Gaiman, “How the Marquis de Carabas got his coat back”,  from the anthology Rogues

“Beg for mercy,” said the Elephant.

That one was easy. “Mercy!” said the Marquis. “I beg! I plead! Show me mercy—the finest of all gifts. It befits you, mighty Elephant, as lord of your own demesne, to be merciful to one who is not even fit to wipe the dust from your excellent toes…”

“Did you know,” said the Elephant, “that everything you say sounds sarcastic?”


This ^ pretty much sums up why I love the Marquis de Carabas. How The Marquis Got His Coat Back is a short by Neil Gaiman based on everyone’s favourite Marquis and his fabulous coat. It was great fun to flick through since we get to visit London Below again and read whole passages written as a single sentence (thanks Neil). But the best part is we get to hang out with de Carabas, having a peek into his life, while understanding just a little bit about his accomplishments and his insecurities.

It’s not even 60 pages long so it’s super quick to read (I’ve read it about eight times without even meaning to) and you can check it out on its own or as a part of Rogues a collection of short stories from various authors. 

  –Alice

Mythal and the Dwarves

For my own reference/convenience, and for anyone who’s interested, I’ve compiled all the codex entries I can remember that reference the Evanuris/Mythal and the dwarves. What’s most interesting to me is how it ultimately culminates in Mythal placing all her hopes on a descendant of the dwarves, in the form of Morrigan. Is it some form of apology for her actions, an attempt to undo what she did to the Titans, or simply another step in a long-reaching plan enacted over millenia?

Spoilers for DA:I, The Descent, and Trespasser ahead. And if there are any interesting details I’ve missed, please share!

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TheLadyInTweed

Source

Original manuscript version of John Keats’

‘On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer’ <3 - 

Much have I travell’d in the realms of gold, 
    And many goodly states and kingdoms seen; 
    Round many western islands have I been 
Which bards in fealty to Apollo hold. 
Oft of one wide expanse had I been told 
    That deep-brow’d Homer ruled as his demesne; 
    Yet did I never breathe its pure serene 
Till I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold: 
Then felt I like some watcher of the skies 
    When a new planet swims into his ken; 
Or like stout Cortez when with eagle eyes 
    He star’d at the Pacific–and all his men 
Look’d at each other with a wild surmise– 
    Silent, upon a peak in Darien. 
  

Source: http://englishhistory.net/keats/poetry/chapmanshomer.html

Astro Temple, by stephenemerson

Mussenden Temple located in the grounds of Downhill Demesne, just outside of Castlerock. Captured this one in March under a starry sky looking westwards over Downhill Strand and across to Donegal. Balanced myself on the wall for this risky perspective as you would not want to slip. I believe work has been carried out lately by the National Trust to stabilise the cliff, to prevent subsidence into the sea.

10

4,000 Houses for 4,000 Followers: No 10:

Russborough House, Wicklow, Ireland. 

Built by Richard Cassels from 1741-55, in the Palladian style. 

X X X

It was only a few heartbeats later, as Dunk and Ser Kyle were helping Glendon Ball off his horse, that the first trumpet blew, and the sentries on the walls raised the alarm. An army had appeared outside the castle, rising from the morning mists. “Egg wasn’t lying after all,” Dunk told Ser Kyle, astonished.
From Maidenpool had come Lord Mooton, from Raventree Lord Blackwood, from Duskendale Lord Darklyn. The royal demesnes about King’s Landing sent forth Hayfords, Rosbys, Stokeworths, Masseys, and the king’s own sworn swords, led by three knights of the Kingsguard and stiffened by three hundred Raven’s Teeth with tall white weirwood bows. Mad Danelle Lothston herself rode forth in strength from her haunted towers at Harrenhal, clad in black armor that fit her like an iron glove, her long red hair streaming.
The light of the rising sun glittered off the points of five hundred lances and ten times as many spears. The night’s grey banners were reborn in half a hundred gaudy colors. And above them all flew two regal dragons on night-black fields: the great three-headed beast of King Aerys I Targaryen, red as fire, and a white-winged fury breathing scarlet flame.
Not Maekar after all, Dunk knew, when he saw those banners. The banners of the Prince of Summerhall showed four three-headed dragons, two and two, the arms of the fourth-born son of the late King Daeron II Targaryen. A single white dragon announced the presence of the King’s Hand, Lord Brynden Rivers.
Bloodraven himself had come to Whitewalls.

–The Mystery Knight

Art by Mike S. Miller, WIP for the graphic novel edition of The Mystery Knight. (Coming July 2017.) Can’t wait to see it in color!

(Also, just FYI, Mike Miller is having a sale on prints in his online shop. Use the code 25FOR25 for 25% off, minimum order $40.)

Have a couple words!!

Brood To think alone.
Bucolic In a lovely rural setting.
Bungalow A small, cozy cottage.
Chatoyant Like a cat’s eye.
Comely Attractive.
Conflate To blend together.
Cynosure A focal point of admiration.
Dalliance A brief love affair.
Demesne Dominion, territory.
Demure Shy and reserved.
Glamour Beauty.
Ephemeral Short-lived.
Epiphany A sudden revelation.
Erstwhile At one time, for a time.
Ethereal Gaseous, invisible but detectable.
Evanescent Vanishing quickly, lasting a very short time.

Ted Hughes reads
On First Looking Into Chapman’s Homer
by John Keats (1795-1821)

Much have I travell’d in the realms of gold,
And many goodly states and kingdoms seen;
Round many western islands have I been
Which bards in fealty to Apollo hold.
Oft of one wide expanse had I been told
That deep-brow’d Homer ruled as his demesne;
Yet did I never breathe its pure serene
Till I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold:
Then felt I like some watcher of the skies
When a new planet swims into his ken;
Or like stout Cortez when with eagle eyes
He star’d at the Pacific — and all his men
Look’d at each other with a wild surmise —
Silent, upon a peak in Darien.