Duinnín agus an Bhadhbh
Boladh … smell, scent; Boladh an scéil, hint of the
story; Boladh na húire, the smell of earth, a smell presaging death
(Ker.); Boladh an tsionnnaigh, “a fox smell,” a peculiar smell
said to be hereditary in certain families …
Bhí an tAthair Pádraig ag obair ag a bhinse sa Leabharlann
Náisiúnta nuair a thug sé foai ndeara go raibh lochán gréine ar
an urlár. Ni scáil na gréine, go fírinneach, a dhúisigh óna néal é
ach scáil phréacháin a dhubhaigh an ghile ar an urlár le rince
beag earraigh a dhein se ar dhíon gloine na leabharlainne.
‘Badhbh!’ arsa an tAthair Pádraig. ‘Leid ón mBé.
Father Patrick was working at his bench in the National Library when he noticed a
pool of sunlight on the floor. It was not the image of the sun, in fact, that
woke him from his nap, but the shadow of a crow that darkened the light on
the floor with a little spring dance that he performed on the glass roof of the library.
‘War-goddess!’ said Fr. Patrick. ‘A sign from the woman/muse.’
|lochán||small lake, pond|
|scáil||shadow, shade, darkness, reflection, image|
|Leid||Hint, inkling; prompt; pointer, clue||f|
User Explains Why Elves’ Eyes In Lord Of The Rings Shouldn’t Look The Way They Do, but in fact
there is no problem.
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.
Exploring the People of Middle-earth: Lobelia Sackville-Baggins, an Unexpected Hero.
… 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.
Bent Out of Shape: The Ring of Power and the Wraithing of Humanity.
It runs against human nature to reject an advantage once we have it, but that’s what Tolkien’s heroes do
again and again. It seems natural to long to wield power and to have great authority, but Tolkien uses a Ring
and a concept—wraithing—to warn us against the terrible, corrupting force of absolute power.
“And here is where I take a brief aside and beg you to please read the books if you have only seen the movies,
because Peter Jackson utterly destroyed Faramir’s character in the movie.”
vs. Jackson: Differences Between Story and Screenplay. For myself, I had read LOTR many times before
seeing the first movie. Hence when seeing the movies my mind automatically filled in the parts Jackson omitted, and corrected
those he changed. The books come first, in more than one way.
This is magnificent.
As Christian Ready wrote:
If you can get Littlefinger to support your space program, you’re doing something right.
Also see Why Watch ESA Rosetta’s Movie ‘Ambition’? Because We Want to Know What is Possible. The article ranges from the Classics to the changing roles of America and Europe in space.
Irish Class, July 28, 2014
Rang Gaeilge, 28ú lá Mí na Iúil 2014
Le Meas …
Part of our homework was to write “… a script for a short clip … to be used at a dating site! But it isn’t about you, pick a famous person, dead or alive.”
Here is my effort:
Dia dhuit! Inseoidh mé cupla rud fúm féin:
Is mise an captaen loinge réaltaí Enterprise.</i
- Is maith liom taiscéaladh domhan aisteach nua.
- Is maith liom cuardach saol nua.
- Is maith liom dul go dána go háiteanna atá ní fhaca aon duine sula.
- Is maith liom mná ó gach cine, daonna agus thar.
- Ní maith liom an Phríomhtreoir.
Chicago wins George Lucas museum
One of the attractions of the Chicago site was the proximity to the “Museum Campus” of the Field Museum of Natural History, the Shedd Aquarium and the Adler Planetarium. Looks like an example of the Matthew effect.
Well no, actually, it didn’t. But once a myth lurches into life, there’s no stopping it
…the epidemiologist Mark Nelson from the University of Tasmania, Australia, designed a formal trial of the curse based on protocols for testing the effects of drugs. He compared people who were in the tomb at key times with people who were in Egypt but not in the tomb. His report, published in the British Medical Journal in 2002, concluded that being in the tomb did not significantly hasten death. The ‘participants’ in the study lived on average for more than 20 years after the tomb was opened, whether they visited it or not.
…the mummy’s curse as we know it is a product of 19th-century England. Dominic Montserrat, an Egyptologist from the Open University, traced the first mention to a science-fiction book called The Mummy! (1827) by the little-known novelist Jane Webb Loudon, who was inspired after attending a public unwrapping of a mummy near Piccadilly Circus in London. Loudon set her story in the 22nd century and featured an embalmed corpse who threatened to strangle the book’s hero, a young scholar called Edric.
Irish Class, August 20, 2012
Rang Gaeilge, 20ú lá Mí na Lúnasa 2012