Tag Archives: Earth and Oak

What Hobbits Knew All Along: Walking Barefoot is Good For You

I came across an interesting piece of health research this week and of course couldn’t help but make the connection with the rather peculiar behaviour unique to hobbits. We are told in The Hobbit that they: Advertisements

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St Mary’s Quad

This is St Mary’s college in St Andrews, dedicated for centuries to the study of divinity. This picture was taken from inside the old library, named after Professor James Gregory, the renowned 17th century mathematician and astronomer. The latticed windows have a … Continue reading

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At the Summit of Ben Nevis

The morning of the hike dawned – we looked apprehensively out at the sky, would the weather be kind to us? A thick white cloud clung to upper end of Ben Nevis, but it looked clearer than it did the … Continue reading

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Mysterious Cities of Gold Episode Recap: Ep 2, Part2 – New Foes and New Friendships

This post continues with an analysis of episode 2.  I previously discussed the way in which this episode makes a strong foundational contribution to the Secondary World via history and enchantment. But we also see foundations being laid for key relationships … Continue reading

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Mysterious Cities of Gold Episode Recap: History, Enchantment and Tolkien

We arrive at Episode 2 – the long voyage across the Atlantic officially begins, and it gets a truly epic treatment.  These early episodes journeying across the ocean are absolutely integral to the story.  As often happens with long stories, people … Continue reading

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Foreboding

As evening descends – swirling, tempestuous skies, and the dark ruins of a mediaeval castle.  I took these pictures in Fife, Scotland, where all the elements seem to warn and lament a deep and ancient history.  What do you hear from the … Continue reading

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Mysterious Cities of Gold Episode Recap: Mendoza’s Masterclass in Persuasion

Episode 1 Recap: Part 3…The Contract: The last post left off just as the ‘blue-caped man’ introduces himself to the grief-stricken Esteban.  The conversation between the orphan and the dubious-seeming Mendoza is, I think, the most critical scene in the entire series. … Continue reading

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