evening mantle

J.R.R. Tolkien, describing Luthien Tinuviel (Silmarillion, “Of Beren and Luthien”):

“…her eyes were grey as the starlit evening; her mantle was sewn with golden flowers, but her hair was dark as the shadows of twilight…and in her face was a shining light.”

J.R.R. Tolkien, describing Elrond (FoTR, “Many Meetings”):

“His hair was dark as the shadows of twilight, and upon it was set a circlet of silver; his eyes were grey as a clear evening, and in them was a light like the light of stars.”

J.R.R. Tolkien, describing Arwen (FoTR, “Many Meetings”):

“… there sat a lady fair to look upon, so like was she in form of womanhood to Elrond that Frodo guessed that she was one of his close kindred. Young she was and yet not so. The braids of her dark hair were touched by no  frost; her white arms and clear face were flawless and smooth, and the light of stars was in her bright eyes, grey as a cloudless night.”

Now I’m not saying Elrond looks exactly like a male version of the two most beautiful women in the history of Middle Earth except wait yes that’s exactly what I’m saying

and also why do fanartists never portray this in all its imaginative glory I thought you guys were all about reveling in Tolkien’s glorious excuse to draw male elves who are so pretty it hurts, why not the most canon one?

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SG1 Meme: Episodes (6/10) | Arthur’s Mantle

Then all memory of his pain departed from him, and he fell into an enchantment; for Lúthien was the most beautiful of all the Children of Ilúvatar. Blue was her raiment as the unclouded heaven, but her eyes were grey as the starlit evening; her mantle was sewn with golden flowers, but her hair was dark as the shadows of twilight. As the light upon the leaves of trees, as the voice of clear waters, as the stars above the mists of the world, such was her glory and her loveliness; and in her face was a shining light.
—  of Beren and Luthien, The Silmarillion
Wiccan Altar

Do You Need A Wicca Altar?

A Wicca altar is an important aspect of the Wiccan religion for many witches. A value that goes way beyond having someplace to put all your supplies. An important piece, but you do not necessarily need one. 

A Wiccan Altar is…

A focal point and container for magickal energies. A reminder of your ideals. An echo of your beliefs and wishes. A Home for the Divine.

Why Is An Altar Important?

Any altar is a symbolic manifestation of your innermost self.

It is an expression of your heart’s longing and your soul’s potential.

It is also a focal point for your devotion. A spiritual practice arena for devotion to the Divine.

One example of a Wiccan Altar

A Wicca altar doesn’t have to be complicated or costly. You don’t really need anything other than what you have on hand, or can easily find for free.

You don’t even need a specially designed altar table. Many people set up altars in convenient places, like an end table, a dresser, a mantle, even on top of the tv! For a private altar, a hutch with closing doors, or a bedside table can work well.

And don’t forget your outdoor spaces - perfect for Wicca altars!

  • Old stumps,
  • Hollows or nooks in trees,
  • On top of stones,
  • Beside creeks,
  • Small caves …

Anyplace you aren’t likely to step or sit on it, you can set up a little altar.

Summary… 

Some people will try to tell you that you absolutely must have this or that on your Wicca altar, or that you need one. If so, smile politely, say thank you, and walk away.

It’s your altar. And it’s your spiritual Path. There are no rules for what kind of Wiccan things you put there.

Be creative. When making a Wicca altar, let your heart speak. Let your inner magickal child express the wonder and delight in the world that you once had.

This is your pure divine self expressing itself.

And that’s what spiritual practice is all about.

Blessed Be,

-Woden

The Silmarillion fancast: Ashley Callingbull as Lúthien.

Lúthien was the most beautiful of all the children of Ilúvatar. Blue was her raiment as the unclouded heaven, but her eyes were grey as the starlit evening; her mantle was sewn with golden flowers, but her hair was dark as the shadows of twilight. As the light upon the leaves of the trees, as the voice of clear waters, as the stars above the mists of the worls, such was her glory and her loveliness; and in her face was a shining light.

anonymous asked:

i never think it's safe to judge who's gonna go home early and who's gonna win before the episodes even air. because kelly mantle was a really well established queen, still is, and was kind of a big deal - there was hype about her joining, and people thought she'd get far. but, well, she went home first, and people remember her for the bacon dress. you just can't tell who's gonna play the competition well.

I AM TOTALLY WITH YOU! i’ve been holding my breath for almost everything regarding the s9 queens. like yeah i have early faves like everyone else but i honestly don’t know what to expect and am just expecting to be surprised. i don’t even mean that strictly in terms of elimination order! i also am holding back a lil on choosing which queens will have my full support! 

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Blue was her raiment as the unclouded heaven, but her eyes were grey as the starlit evening; her mantle was sewn with golden flowers, but her hair was dark as the shadows of twilight. As the light upon the leaves of trees, as the voice of clear waters, as the stars above the mists of the world, such was her glory and her loveliness; and in her face was a shining light.

The Gravity Field And Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) is proof that form is function and both are beautiful. Especially when they’re made of pure genius. A low orbit meant the satellite had to care a bit about aerodynamics, solar power made it shiny, and the incredible sensitivity of its instrumentation required a design without any moving parts. It was sleek, shiny, and solid. The realities of rocket science and the laws of physics teamed up to build an icon of fantastic ‘50s futurism for real.

The satellite mapped variations in the Earth’s gravitational field, allowing it to measure ocean currents, investigate the mantle, even probe inside hazardous volcanic regions. There was a real risk it would find a secret Bond villain. Which is the most reasonable explanation for how it got hit by an earthquake in space. The 2011 Tohoku earthquake turned tectonic plates into the world’s biggest sub(terranean)woofer. This vibrated the entire atmosphere so hard it even affected GPS signals by shaking the ionosphere. But the GOCE was flying low enough to feel the acoustic wave. This wasn’t a detection of the ground shaking: Its accelerometers and orbital correction thrusters felt the shaking from 260 kilometers straight up.

5 of the Coolest Scientific Findings (Are Shockingly Recent)

So, I don’t rightly know why I’m writing this but I felt like expressing my thoughts and headcanons into paper.  I feel like if Guill settled down and could have his dream job he’d probably live on the borders between Ishgard and Gridania where it’s not too hot, nor too cold and he could raise horses.  Yes, horses.  Not chocobos.  I’m not talking about the magical or horned variant that seem to pop up everywhere.  Just your regular, common flesh and blood variety. 

Originally posted by cashmeremilk

Guill isn’t good at a lot of things.  He’s a brute and he’s uneducated.  But I feel like he’d be good with animals.  Especially horses. 

Maybe save enough coin working for the Dufresne bellworks to buy a cheap set of land, some basic seeds for crops and farming, crude tools and two horses.

Originally posted by hollywoodmarcia

Many people want to be champions, knights or even take up the mantle of lords in this new Ishgard.  Guill would be content being a common farmer.