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Horrific Tolkien and More!

Happy Wednesday!

First, a few notes:

* The fabulous melissagay and vaklam are also posting daily spookiness in honor of the forthcoming holiday, so I encourage you to check out their LJs.

* The November issue of REASON Magazine is now in bookstores, and it contains my review entitled "Exile Without An End: The first ethnic cleansing in American history."

A meme, gacked from several friends, that's just the right shade of morbid for this month:

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The quote for today is from one of J.R.R. Tolkien's eeriest poems, "The Mewlips" from "The Adventures of Tom Bombadil."

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....

from "The Mewlips" by J.R.R. Tolkien



( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 5th, 2005 01:18 pm (UTC)
OK, that poem is just bizarre. Is that all of it, or is there more?
Oct. 5th, 2005 01:22 pm (UTC)
That's the first half - I'm posting the second half tomorrow! (Aren't I awful?) It is wild, isn't it?
Oct. 5th, 2005 01:31 pm (UTC)
Ooooooh, good choice!!! :)

You may be interested and amused to know that carpdeus and ebonange are also doing the Halloween celebration thing! You meme-starter, you! :)
Oct. 5th, 2005 02:23 pm (UTC)
Sweet! Now I have to go and check out their journals. Yay! :)
Oct. 5th, 2005 02:07 pm (UTC)
Mewlips! Gorcrows!


Eerie, indeed.
Oct. 5th, 2005 02:24 pm (UTC)
:) I'm rationing it out - the second half (tomorrow) is even creepier. Glad you liked it!
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