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"your bones they take to keep"

Looking for some Halloween-related treats? Here are a few shopping opportunities:

* GhostGirl11's Etsy Shop includes remarkably beautiful handmade items, many of which have holiday themes (such as the Castle Dracula Bram Stoker trinket box, the Victorian Halloween door hanger, etc.). The "pampered pumpkin soap" is blissful, I can say from experience - it smells like pumpkin pie!

* Alivan's, the Harry Potter-themed store extraordinaire, is offering a special Harry Potter Trick or Treat Bag filled with goodies.

* The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society has just debuted their newest CD, An Even Scarier Solstice. If it's anything like the last album, it will be horrifyingly hilarious. Sample MP3s are available at the site.

* I'm officially in love with Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab's perfumes. Just reading the descriptions is great fun itself. Currently Limited Edition Blends are available for Halloween.


Now that I've completed the "top five" countdowns, I will be posting my picks for the best Halloween poems and stories. One that is a particular favorite of mine, which I bring out every year, is the oh-so-eerie poem "The Mewlips" (1962) by J.R.R. Tolkien from The Adventures of Tom Bombadil.

And a special treat: listen to J.R.R. Tolkien reading the first lines!

"The Mewlips"

The shadows where the Mewlips dwell
Are dark and wet as ink,
And slow and softly rings their bell,
As in the slime you sink.

You sink into the slime, who dare
To knock upon their door,
While down the grinning gargoyles stare
And noisome waters pour.


Beside the rotting river-strand
The drooping willows weep,
And gloomily the gorcrows stand
Croaking in their sleep.

Over the Merlock Mountains a long and weary way,
In a mouldy valley where the trees are grey,
By a dark pool's borders without wind or tide,
Moonless and sunless, the Mewlips hide.

The cellars where the Mewlips sit
Are deep and dank and cold
With single sickly candle lit;
And there they count their gold.

Their walls are wet, their ceilings drip;
Their feet upon the floor
Go softly with a squish-flap-flip,
As they sidle to the door.

They peep out slyly; through a crack
Their feeling fingers creep,
And when they've finished, in a sack
Your bones they take to keep.

Beyond the Merlock Mountains, a long and lonely road
Through the spider-shadows and the marsh of Tode,
And through the wood of hanging trees and the gallows-weed,
You go to find the Mewlips - and the Mewlips feed.

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lin4gondor
Oct. 11th, 2006 01:37 pm (UTC)
Now THAT is one scary, eerie poem! I try not to read it too often, it is that freaky!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 11th, 2006 10:59 pm (UTC)
It really is, isn't it? Even the descriptive names - hanging trees and gallows-weed, for instance - are spooky!
otoselkie
Oct. 11th, 2006 01:52 pm (UTC)
You know, the Mewlips remind me of a creature-of-the-imagination that scared me as a child. I thought it hid in one's house, excreeted slime, and then when you stepped in it you would sink and suffocate.

Excellently creepy poem.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 11th, 2006 11:00 pm (UTC)
I thought it hid in one's house, excreeted slime, and then when you stepped in it you would sink and suffocate.

Yikes! *shudders* You and JRRT were on the same wavelength on that one!
arymetore
Oct. 11th, 2006 02:41 pm (UTC)
Hehe, that is one I considered entering into your poll of scary poems :) Definitely creepy!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 11th, 2006 11:02 pm (UTC)
Another "Mewlips" lover! Excellent. I think the descriptions are marvelously evocative. "Gloomily the gorcrows stand croaking in their sleep" - ewww!
witchcat07
Oct. 11th, 2006 03:12 pm (UTC)
Wow! I clearly need to get to it with my Tolkien reading. As of this date I have only read the big name books; clearly I am missing something.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 11th, 2006 11:05 pm (UTC)
There are several winners in this Bombadil collection. "The Sea Bell" is incredibly dark, as well. Of his other verses, I also love "Bilbo's Last Song," which was originally published as a stand-alone poem. And beyond his poems there's "Smith of Wootton Major," which I think is his very best short story.... One of the great things about JRRT is that there's so much to explore! I'm so glad you liked "The Mewlips."
witchcat07
Oct. 11th, 2006 11:10 pm (UTC)
Clearly there is plenty to explore. Will get to it soon I hope.
ailing_prophecy
Oct. 11th, 2006 07:14 pm (UTC)

Darth Vader. Only you could be so bold..

Darth Vader. Only you could be so bold..



Thank you! Some lady bought up all my creepy stuff yesterday. So, there's not much to look at at the moment. Craig Parker rocks!!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 11th, 2006 11:19 pm (UTC)
Oh my... the Imperial Senate will not sit still for this. *snort*
Three cheers for Craig Parker - and your gorgeous shop!
dodger_winslow
Oct. 11th, 2006 08:35 pm (UTC)
Yo, Grl. I saw this and had to give you a link cause, I don't know, it seemed like something that would crack you up.

http://iconzicons.livejournal.com/97355.html
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 11th, 2006 11:20 pm (UTC)
Brilliant! I think I just sprained something while laughing. Thanks so much for the heads up!
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