round barrow

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red queen series + name and meanings part 2 / part 1

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Arbor Low, Derbyshire, England

Arbor Low is a Neolithic henge monument in the Peak District of Derbyshire. It consists of about 50 large limestone blocks, quarried from a local site, which form an egg-shaped circle, with monoliths at the entrances, and possibly a portal stone at the south entrance. The stones are surrounded by an oval earthen bank and ditch. There is also a large pit at the north entrance, which possibly contained a stone. Some of the stones are broken; some of these fragments may originally have been joined together, such that there were originally between 41 and 43 stones.

The bank and ditch of the henge, as well as its two entrances, were probably established in the Late Neolithic period, with the stones added later, some time before 2000 BC. The site seems to have been in use until into the Bronze Age, which was when the outer bank was reconstructed so that the round barrow could be erected. Few henge monuments in the British Isles are as well preserved.

TTB -- Words of the Heart

Title: Touch the Butts Hobbit Edition— Words of the Heart  

 Summary: You were a simple office worker, until a twist of fate sends you tumbling into Middle Earth and into the Company of Thorin Oakenshield.  You don’t know what to expect, you don’t know if you will survive, but you have this feeling that there is a great love story in the making.  But who will be the one you are destined to be with?  Make your choice and Touch the Butts.  

 Warnings: Language.  Fluff. Talks of sexy times.

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Originally posted by oninha

You had been terrified when a week after you and Thorin got engaged, his sister arrived. And now, honestly, you had no idea why you had been so nervous.  When you two walked up to each other, you eyed one another for a moment.

“Awful scrawny, isn’t she, Thorin?”

“Doesn’t seem to bother him none.”  You bit back at her, a challenge on your face.

Her eyes held a playful manner as she stepped up to you, getting in your space.  “You mean to tell me you are being inappropriate with my brother?”

“Every day.”

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Dinas Dinlle Iron Age Hill Fort, Nr. Caernarfon, North Wales, 21.1.17. This large Iron Age hillfort site is easy to discern on the landscape although coastal erosion has destroyed part of the mound. The main entrance route is easy to locate and the centre of the fort is thought to contain the remains of a round barrow or burial mound which is clearly excavated. The fort occupies an obviously strategic point at the mouth of the Menai straits.

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Badbury Rings, Dorset, England

Badbury Rings is an Iron Age hill fort in east Dorset, England. It was in the territory of the Durotriges. In the Roman era a temple was located immediately west of the fort, and there was a Romano-British town known as Vindocladia a short distance to the south-west.  Five Roman roads formed a complex junction on the north side of the fort.

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Wimbledon AU

It’s Jimmy Kent’s first Grand Slam and he’s finally making a name for himself on the world’s greatest stage, as he chases his dream of winning at the All-England Club. Thomas Barrow’s been here and been defeated before many a time over his patchy career, and he knows this could be his last chance at glory. The young athlete Kent catches Barrow’s attention - and not just for his skill with a racquet.

For the number three seed Kent, the first few rounds are a cake-walk, until he meets the legendary Gillingham in the semi-finals. Overawed, he barely scrapes through to the final, and his confidence is shaken. But, watching Barrow’s dogged determination - and his tendency to pull through despite all the odds - gives Kent the motivation he needs to carry on.

By the time Kent plays his first game, Barrow has already battled through four rounds of qualifying just to gain a sought-after position in the starting line-up. And his draw couldn’t be any worse; his old doubles partner (and erstwhile lover) Philip Crowborough is his first opponent. But Barrow triumphs in a fifth-set tie-break and, with new confidence in his own talents, goes on to cruise into the final round.

Finally, Barrow and Kent face each other - and their feelings - in the most important match of their lives.

I had a vessel of self to carry
and I snapped it in two,
never trust my transit

wave by wave she asks,
in the vast lull of it

ancient mountains,
stooped low,
gray and grave

archaic hull hill round with
barrow the wights frightened
inside deaf of mysticism

of times, of times passed

we always look behind,
is familiar, is easy

back to the future, as Homer says

what’s the point of looking forward
unless oracle divines you? all hours familiar,
happened before, before now
in circle
in cycle
unbreathing

parting green boughs of the ether reveals  

dawn    chimeras marching in vast numbers

This is one of the models at the Stonehenge visitors centre.

There are several stages of the monument, where bits were added or moved around through its usage.

The earliest pieces of the site are the henge style monument itself (the ring ditch and bank formation) and the avenue leading away to the Cursus. This avenue itself follows enormous gouge marks in the chalk made by a glacier during the last Ice Age. The oldest standing stone, the Heelstone which sits in the entrance to the avenue, is aligned along the walkway to be in the exact point to watch the midwinter sunset behind it.

Aubrey Holes running around the inside were next. They were backfilled with chips from the large Sarson stones and other bits of debris. Their use is debated, with same suggesting wooden posts influenced by the nearby Woodhenge, and some following Parker Pearson’s interpretation that the holes originally contained the 56 Bluestones.

The Bluestones were transported all the way from the Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshire, Wales. This is around 180 miles. The stones are thought to have healing properties according to local tales, so this may attribute to their presence at the monument. The stones are a shifting piece of Stonehenge throughout the 2000 or so years it was in use. Aside from the theory they originally occupied the Aubrey Holes, they were moved a further two times within the inner horseshoe of stones, and some were placed in pits with cremations in them.

The final stage of the monument is the part we all think of as being Stonehenge, the circle of lintel Sarson stones. These stones were transported around 25 miles from the north, a little further than Avebury (the biggest henge monument) where the stones were also used. The difference is that the Stonehenge megaliths have been precisely shaped and worked to create the architectural illusion of the stones tapering off towards the tops, making them look taller and more imposing than they really are. They are arranged to allow the midwinter sunset be seen through the central trilithon from the direction of the avenue, while the external 4 Station stones chart the lunar rises and sets.

This is widely thought to be a very important time for Neolithic and early Bronze Age people, due to many other monuments such as Irish passage tombs, other stone circles and Scottish cairns. At this time of year, everything is dying and the world is a cold and harsh place to live. The symbolic sunset heralded the last of the days getting shorter and the world starting to come back to life. The nearby site of Durrington Walls - the largest Neolithic village found - gives evidence for the pilgrimage to Stonehenge being during the winter through the tooth eruption of 9 month old pigs taken from all over the British Isles to be slaughtered. This village could swell to hold and look after up to 4000 people. The two sites are connected by avenues leading to the River Avon, suggesting a possible processional way. This theory created by Parker Pearson is one of the most widely accepted around today.

The surrounding landscape is full of spiritual usage, with the hilltops and rises covered in round barrows leaning in slightly towards the henge, yet more evidence for the Stonehenge Ritual Landscape being a hugely important place for prehistoric people.