The Silmarillion – Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age

We've got some backtrack and overlap from the previous material right from the outset.  Following the overthrow of Morgoth, Sauron repented in fear to Eonwë.  A Maia could not pardon another Maia, however, so he was directed to Valinor to receive the judgment of Manwë.  Again, fear drives Sauron, this time of losing his power and potentially … Continue reading The Silmarillion – Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age

Histories of the Kings of Britain: King Arthur by Geoffrey of Monmouth

The Historia Regum Britanniae is a wonderfully rich work of literature that was passed off as history, unchallenged from its writing around 1136 for about 400 years or so.  It covers over 2000 years of history from the founding of Albion by the Trojans following the events of The Iliad, and continuing through to the Saxon dominance circa … Continue reading Histories of the Kings of Britain: King Arthur by Geoffrey of Monmouth

Arthuriana

It seems that it's not just Joan of Arc who's vying for my imaginative attention right now.  I'm not sure why I felt the need to look this up to verify, but this year and next are "round number" anniversary years, by tradition, for the legend of King Arthur.  According to the Annales Cambriae, 2016 marks 1500th anniversary … Continue reading Arthuriana