Balkan Talisman – Lucky March Bracelet

This post is coming in 4 days late, my apologies! It should have been the first of March. Finally the birds have started to sing their song and mornings have become a little more sweet for it. Some of you may be familiar with March bracelets, very commonly worn on March 1st until the end […]

via Balkan Talisman – Lucky March Bracelet — The Witch & Walnut

This is an excellent post about a really fascinating tradition and a very pretty one, as well. I hadn’t actually learned too much about this tradition until this year.

One of my coworkers at work actually wears her martenitsa (what she calls the bracelet – her family is from Bulgaria) all year round. She wears 2 to start spring from March 1st. When she sees the first bloom she’ll take off 1 of the bracelets and tie it to the tree she saw the bloom on. The second bracelet she wears for the whole year. I think that one is a particular family tradition, but it’s something really wonderful to have learned about on the 1st when we were talking.


Hobbiton, a Diversion

While New Zealand’s South Island typically gets all the praise and glory, there is a lot to explore up in the north as well. We spent beautiful time discovering the city of Auckland, sampling wine on Waiheke Island, and hiking through the rain forest of Waitakere Range. Although, one place we were particularly anxious to […]

via Tour of Hobbiton – Travel With Nano B.

In a diversion from my usual posts (and admittedly because I have been experiencing a strong case of Wanderlust lately) – I came across this blog by an excellent blogger. It’s photos of the wonderful film set of Hobbiton in New Zealand. As you all know, I’m a lover of all things Tolkien. So, these photos are just absolutely amazing.

Beyond the beautiful photos (and do check out photos of the Waitomo Caves as well!), there’s also good information for me to keep in mind for my planning a trip to New Zealand. Because I want to go there and to see Hobbiton sets, and just kind of…well, see the magic in real life. That’s one of my dreams and one of my travel goals–hopefully in the next 2 years.

So, just enjoy some really gorgeous photos of one of my top 3 travel destination wishes as a diversion and distraction until I can get my next post up and running.

RIP Carrie Fisher

RIP Carrie Fisher

Reblogging myself. One year on, and all the feels!

The Slavic Polytheist

I am in utter shock. This morning while I was at work I learned that Carrie Fisher had passed away (one article).

This year is truly one of the worst I’ve really been through, to count all those who I’ve looked up to, admired, or been fond of that have passed away.

But Carrie Fisher is a special case in a lot of respects; someone completely different than the others from this year that have passed away, at least in my personal understanding and feeling.

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New Medieval Books: From Dracula to Isabella

Via New Medieval Books: From Dracula to Isabella

Once again, sharing my love of all things medieval. But the first listed book: it’s on Wallachia and Vlad Tepes! So, really something so absolutely impressive that I’m in love. Like, book love. Only problem, finding a copy in English will be expensive. Buying a copy will take me some time, as I am on a budget. Other offerings here are cheaper though. So take a look for good historical book recommendations.

Beekeeping Through the Middle Ages

Source: Beekeeping from Antiquity Through the Middle Ages

Continuing my interest in all things medieval & historical. I’ve recently been kind of interested in beekeeping. It’s kind of a smaller part of my more major interest in all things medieval.

Well, actually, I remember being marginally interested in beekeeping and honey back in elementary school, back in my 5th grade special program I was a part of. See, the whole spring semester we spent studying the “middle ages” and learning about history, religion, economics, politics, and social studies. It was so fascinating. We got to learn real arts, too. So: beekeeping, felting, wool-carding, knitting, quill-making, parchment-making, tanning, hat-making–and other arts and crafts.

I was part of the “book-keepers” guild for the project–we made quills and did a whole learning on quills, ink and how they were made and used at those times. Other kids in my class and the other classes were in other “guilds” with other interests.

The beekeeping though! I was only mildly interested back in 5th grade. Nowadays though, I’m far more interested. It’s fascinating stuff. I’m really very interested in learning more about it, so I’ve been reading up more on it. Gives me an excuse to buy new books, too.

So, check out this article if you’re interested in some historical beekeeping knowledge!

Making Modern Migraine Medieval: Hildegard of Bingen

Source: Making Modern Migraine Medieval

This is an interesting historical article about history, historical analysis, and modern historiography. Super interesting look into how sometimes theories take on lives of their own, and how they end up blowing up and bunkering down–even if the underlying science has changed in the meantime. It’s fascinating really, and a very interesting article.

Ancient Music: Boethius

“If there is a God, whence proceed so many evils? If there is no God, whence cometh any good?” – one of the oft-quoted Roman philosophers who was born four years after the Western Roman Empire ‘technically’ ceased to exist, Boethius or Anicius Manlius Severinus Boëthius (480 AD – 525 AD) held many offices, including…

via Realm of History

I know I always post about old stuff. But this (for that I’m obviously posting for the historical connection) has beautiful music. It’s recreation of music set to one of Boethius’ works. Definitely beautiful…and ‘ancient’ – or rather, post-Roman, pre-modern. Do take a click through to listen to the 2nd excerpt, and also to get some pretty good/fun historical facts.

A Summary of Sleeping Beauty

Another take on history of Sleeping Beauty. Or, that being my favorite fairy tale, and some fun facts about it from another perspective. A nice little look into the tale for a fun, short little read. Do go check it out for some nice fairy tale history.

Interesting Literature

The meaning of a curious fairy story

‘Sleeping Beauty’ is, depending on which version of the story you read, called Sleeping Beauty, Talia, Little Briar Rose, Rosamond, or Aurora. This is because, like many other classic fairy tales, the tale of Sleeping Beauty exists in numerous versions, each of which is subtly – or, in some cases, quite strikingly – different from the others. In the Italian version published in the Pentamerone, an Italian collection of fairy tales published in 1634, the heroine is named Talia. Charles Perrault, in his version published later in the century, calls her the Sleeping Beauty. The Brothers Grimm call her Dornröschen or ‘Little Briar Rose’, which is sometimes adapted as ‘Rosamond’. In the Disney film, the adult heroine is named Aurora. For the purposes of clarity here, we’re going to call her ‘Sleeping Beauty’ or ‘the princess’.

Nevertheless, the overall plot of these…

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Tolkien Reads from The Hobbit

This is amazing. I do love getting to hear Tolkien read his own work, it’s somehow far better than just reading it (which is wonderful in itself). I do love hearing an author read their own work though, somehow it just makes the world itself come more alive and brightens all the details. And his Gollum here is just excellent. If you’ve got about 10 minutes, check out the blog & take a listen!

Aethereal Engineer

Back in April I shared audio of J.R.R. Tolkien reading from The Lord of the Rings. This rare treat was thanks to the Professor’s enjoyment of recording personal readings of his work on some of the first home-use tape recorders after being introduced to them by a friend in 1952.

These short stretches of audio are wonderful, capturing the particulars of the speech and dialects he created for his stories. You really get to hear the sound and roll of language that was so important to Tolkien both professionally and personally as a professor of language and literature. And coming from an age when author readings were rarely recorded, they are double treasures without question.

With that in mind, I am very pleased to share another audio clip of J.R.R reading his work. This time, the subject is a passage from Riddles in the Dark, the fifth chapter…

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Global Medieval Sourcebook

Source: Global Medieval Sourcebook

This is something I just found; courtesy of a friend of mine who knows how much I obsess over and love medieval literature & texts! It’s a sourcebook (kind of duh) of all sorts of medieval items. So, songs, texts, prose–it’s a set of different resources that are curated by Stanford and are now being presented online for people to read and look at.

Currently there aren’t a whole lot of things online–but if they continue to add more sources, this would be an excellent source for all sorts of interesting texts. I’m hopeful that they’ll continue to add more texts as they go; because this is quite promising. Also, currently there are a good few options in German (Early New High, Middle High, Old High). So of course, my little German heart is delighted.

I definitely recommend checking this out for some good reading, and just for any kind of general research interest that might pop up. It’s fun to read, at the very least.