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                          ᴀғᴛᴇʀ ᴀʟʟ ᴡᴇ'ᴠᴇ ʙᴇᴇɴ  ᴛ ʜ ʀ ᴏ ᴜ ɢ ʜ
                                ᴇᴠᴇʀʏᴛʜɪɴɢ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ɪ'ᴠᴇ  ᴅ ᴏ ɴ ᴇ,
                                     ɪᴛ ᴄᴀɴ'ᴛ ʙᴇ ғᴏʀ ɴᴏᴛʜɪɴɢ.

                                                            ( Independent Ellie  )

                                                                     @xendure

the newly emboldened KKK and their neo-Nazi cohorts have actually started trying to turn back the clock so hard that they’re re-awakening outright anti-Catholic sentiment, with a particular side of anti-Italian-American bigotry, both of which basically faded out in the 50s as Christianity became more of a monolith in US society and Italians gained white privilege, but I guess no old-timey prejudice is too obscure for Nazis and the Klan

so heads up and stay safe to you guys too

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anonymous asked:

Hi, I want to say I'm a really huge fan of your work and how it employs and recapitulates mythology and folklore, and how well researched it all is! I'm working on a story about selkies and I was wondering if you had any sources or books you preferred on that subject?? I would take any recommendations if you have them. Thank you for all your hard work!!!

Three main sources come immediately to mind:

Online - OrkneyJar. Of course OrkneyJar is Orkney specific, but that’s not such a bad thing given that Northern Scotland (and Orkney is just North of Scotland) is where the majority of all selkie/selchie tales originated. (For the record the rest of the authentic ones came from the Faroe islands which are way north of Orkney. Ireland too. :)

Here is OrkneyJar’s tip of the iceberg on Selkies.

Film - Song of the Sea. This film is a feature film, produced with a great deal of respect and homage to ancient myths and traditions of the Druids and to multiple forms of Celtic folklore (since there’s not one kind - this focuses on Irish, predominantly). But most importantly, the entire movie is about a selkie! Actually to be more accurate, the entire movie is about two selkies. Add to that some of the most beautiful animation you’ll ever see, one of the most incredible soundtracks, as well as voice acting and more, it really gives you the feel of a selkie story. What I like about this film is that it both pays homage to one of the traditional selkie folktales (of a fisherman marrying a selkie), along with a modernised version that integrates well into contemporary times.

Book - The Folklore of Orkney and Shetland by Ernest Marwick –> this one is important because it looks at seal men, seal women, and a whole lot of seal related folklore (along with a lot of other folklore). Note: Selkie will be spelled selchie, and in Google searches, ‘selchie folklore’ will sometimes be more helpful than selkie folklore.

I’ve actually been researching selkies pretty intensively for two years now, because I have a story idea (called Sealstorm) which is about a selkie prince (son of Oura) and a storm spirit who fall in love in the human world, on Orkney. But I need to go to Orkney to iron out my research (mainly the dialect and turn of phrase and the feel of the place, and I can’t do that until 2018, so the book probably can’t be written until then, lol). 

I recommended a film because I think one of the main things about these stories is to not only learn the actual folklore (which is often recorded in a dry way that is spare of magic, because these tales were meant to be orally shared, and therefore what was written down in the past tended to be sparing, to allow a storyteller, Bard or weaver to add details - which is why there’s actually hundreds of selkie stories, depending on where you are), and because I think Song of the Sea absolutely nails that feeling you’re supposed to get, especially about selkies. (It is appropriately bittersweet but playful).

Otherwise selkies are actually one of the more commonly written about forms of fae, in folklore, so general research will yield a lot more than say…researching the geanconagh or similar. (Er, I mention him because he’s going to be in The Ice Plague).

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crows have always followed me. always. they sit on the roof opposite me when i wait for the bus, they crowd beside my school, several groups have moved onto my road and my garden and they are always. always watching me when i go outside. i am never more than 10m from a crow at any time.

they have always filled me with a conflict of emotion. on the one hand, i am honoured and curious. on the other, there is a gnawing dread and bitterness inside me. until now, the second has always won and i narrow my eyes and curse at them under my breath. i demand that whatever sent them express itself in other ways. sometimes i see signs when i make this demand, sometimes not.

now, i want to change that, i want to work with them. how could i understand what it is that draws them to me and communicate with it/them?

anonymous asked:

you have any vampire aus please I'm obsessed!!!

Vampire AUs

Imagine finding yourself being tended by Legolas and only him when in mid conversation with him your voice cuts out and he makes it his duty to see that you are well again. That and he misses the sound of your voice.

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Diarmuid and Gráinne

Travelling through Ireland, you will see beautiful stone shapes called dolmens. A Dolmen is two massive, long tables of limestone. Over them as a kind of shelter is placed another giant cap stone. In the Celtic tradition these were known as  ‘Leaba Dhiarmada agus Gráinne’, i.e. the bed of Diarmuid and Gráinne. The legend tell that Gráinne was to marry Fionn, chief of the Fianna, the old Celtic warriors. She fell in love with Diarmuid. The two of them eloped and the Fianna chased them all over Ireland. They were cared for by the animals and received advice from wise people. They were told, for instance, not to spend more than two nights in any one place. It was said that when they rested at night, Diarmuid put up the Dolmen as a shelter  for his lover. The actual archeological evidence shows that these were burial places. The legend is more interesting and resonant. It is a lovely image of the helplessness which sometimes accompanies love. When you fall in love, common sense, rationality and your normal serious, reserved and respectable persona dissolve.You become revitalized. Where there is no passion, your soul is either asleep or absent. When your passion awakens, your soul becomes young and free and dances again. In this old Celtic legend, we see the power of love and the energy of passion.

John O’Donohue  -  “Anam Cara”

anonymous asked:

Larries insisting Larry is real when Harry legit denied it, but he never denied that he spent a week-end with Niall in Mullingar. Get that to your thick heads, Larries. HARRY SPENT A WEEK-END WITH NIALL! Harry said it in interviews, on stage, so he basically said Narry is real. So, yeah , NARRY IS REAL ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’š!!!!

Okay but can we talk about how this is a thing that Narry talked about any given chance for FIVE years. And can we talk about this:

Two years after Mullingar, and Harry still had “all the Irish-isms going on”. (Proven by Niall.)

“pummeled into me”

“And he’s still like that for two years.”

[Things to note:

- Harry’s grin when mentioning Bobby Horan.

- Harry’s grin when he mentions being with Niall in Ireland.

- After Harry says that it got pummeled into him, Louis laughs and says: “Did it now?” LOUIS IS A NARRIE!!!!!]