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"Beyond the Sun, beyond the Moon"

Happy belated birthday to astromachy. I hope your day was a wonderful one, and your next year will be superb! And happy birthday to estellye, with very best wishes for a fabulous day and a fantastic year to come!

Author John Crowley has posted a very thought-provoking list of non-fiction books that should be read by writers, especially writers of science fiction and/or fantasy, since they are engaged in the enterprise of world-building. (I was glad to see Charles Mann's 1491 on the list. My review of the book for Reason is now online here.)

In honor of estellye's birthday, a quote for the day:

I sang of leaves, of leaves of gold, and leaves of gold there grew:
Of wind I sang, a wind there came and in the branches blew.
Beyond the Sun, beyond the Moon, the foam was on the Sea,
And by the strand of Ilmarin there grew a golden Tree.
Beneath the stars of Ever-eve in Eldamar it shone,
In Eldamar beside the walls of Elven Tirion.
There long the golden leaves have grown upon the branching years,
While here beyond the Sundering Seas now fall the Elven-tears.
O Lórien! The Winter comes, the bare and leafless Day;
The leaves are falling in the stream, the River flows away.
O Lórien! Too long I have dwelt upon this Hither Shore
And in a fading crown have twined the golden elanor.
But if of ships I now should sing, what ship would come to me,
What ship would bear me ever back across so wide a Sea?

-from Galadriel's Song of Eldamar, The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien


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Jan. 21st, 2007 10:37 pm (UTC)
Read your review, and have put the book on my Amazon wish list. Definitely want to read it one of these days.

And Galadriel's song? [sniff] I've always loved that one.
Jan. 22nd, 2007 08:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks for reading my review! I hope you enjoy 1491 as I did.
Jan. 23rd, 2007 07:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you, my friend!

I had a wonderful day and it appears this is my Galadriel birthday, lol. I also received Nenya as a gift and so I expect I shall be coaxing the mallorns into new growth in my life this year.
Jan. 24th, 2007 12:09 am (UTC)
I'm so glad to hear it was wonderful - you deserve it! I was there in spirit. Nenya sounds like the perfect thing for you - may this year be renewal and rebirth and renaissance (how's that for alliteration?) for you! (((huge hugs)))
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