D’úsáid sí a lán gallúnaí.’
‘Bhuel, bhiodh jorum beag de dhith ar an mbean bhocht agus gan slí eile aici chun é a fháil. Chuirinn an jorum síos as leabhar ina ghallúnach,’ ar sise, gan náire.
‘Go maithe Dia dhuit é,’ arsa an Duinníneach agus thug sé drochfhéachaint uirthi
‘Istigh ansin, sa snug a d’óladh sí é?’ ar seisean, agus lámh aige ar an mbosca faoistine.
‘Ó, ná téigh isteach ansin, a Athair,’ arsa Mrs. Byrne.
She used a lot of soap.
‘Well, jorum would be needed by the poor woman and she would have no other way to get it. I used to put jorum from the book as her soap,’ she said without shame.
‘God Bless you,’ said Dineen and he gave her a wicked look.
‘In there, in the snug she drank it?’ he said, with his hand on the confession box.
‘O, Don’t go in there, Father,’ said Mrs. Byrne.
Loss; deprivation, destruction; Want, lack; need, requirement
The women of the Bible (Eve, Esther, Miriam, etc.) have been amongst the West’s most enduring female archetypes. As lush and varied as any mythology, their stories have been reinterpreted by every generation’s artists, clerics, and political leaders, according to how they expected women to be. However, these archetypes have been largely overlooked by modern spec fic authors. In this workshop, we’ll have fun challenging and toppling common preconceptions about various women of the Bible, as we mine this rich mother lode for SF&F story ideas.
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As I wrote previously , Mia (my wife) and I spent last weekend at Capricon, a Chicagoland science fiction convention. We went to most of the Capricons in the ’80’s and ’90’s, but in our first years in Minnesota the pressures of parenthood prevented us from going. Those have eased somewhat and we have been to most of the Capricons (and Windycons) since 2009. While most Capricons have been in the Chicago suburbs, this year the convention was downtown, at the Sheraton Grand Hotel.
My wife Mia and I spend the past weekend in Chicagoland. Friday and Saturday we were at Windycon, a science fiction convention that we have frequently attended since the 1970s. This was first SF con we have been to since the world shut down for Covid-19. There was no Windycon in 2020. Covid, of course, has not gone away, but this year Windycon was back, with changes. There were very strict and detailed Covid policies. Proof of vaccination or a recent negative Covid test were required for admission. Masks were required everywhere except “while … actively consuming food or drink in the consuite or green room” or for performers while performing and at least 6 feet from anyone else. Bill Roper has a positive con report, with which I completely agree.
In The Two Towers Legolas claims to clearly see the horsemen of Rohan at a distance of 5 leagues.
How is this possible when you consider the curvature of the Earth? You can come up with some bizarre
ideas about Elven anatomy which are not suggested in the books or seen in the movies. However, there is a
an elegant answer based on the nature of Arda, Tolkien’s world. It was flat, not round, until the end of the
second age. At that time the Valar made it round so that mortals could not access Valinor. But Elves
could still go there. For them the Earth was still flat and they could sail the straight path to Valinor.
Hence for Legolas the curvature of the Earth and the horizon
did not exist and hence he could accurately see the horsemen 5 leagues away.
… Lobelia is one of only a few Hobbit women who are given more than a momentary glance in Middle-earth, and a compelling character in her own right. And what’s more, her narrative arc illustrates beautifully some of the more important lessons The Lord of the Rings has to teach, as she becomes an unlikely hero to those who had consistently refused to give her a chance.
This will only make sense if you have read the books. Peter Jackson did not include the
Scouring of the Shire in the film version of The Return of the King.
J.R.R. Tolkien described The Lord of the Rings as a fundamentally Catholic work. But a close reading of the epic novel reveals many more influences, including a connection between Mithras and the wizard Gandalf, whose Elvish name is Mithrandir.