Hwæt! Today, I feel like talking about Beowulf. One of the most fascinating aspects of Beowulf is that it is essentially a pagan heroic epic, yet it was written by a Christian for a Christian audience. Naturally, there is an unmistakable contrast between the pagan themes inherent in the story and the Christian themes that … Continue reading Ruminations on “Beowulf”, Treasure, and Generosity
'Tis finished. I...I confess I did not expect it to occur in such an obtuse, precipitous manner. But I've simply no more to say. My hope in starting a blog was that I might find that I had something worthwhile, something of real value, to add to the Internet. And perhaps, at first, I had. … Continue reading Fare thee well! But I shall continue to be random.
Recently I finished reading the cycle of Welsh tales commonly mis-called The Mabinogion, but which is properly called the Mabinogi. Full of strange wonders and bold figures, they have influenced many other legends and authors for centuries. They’re also bewildering, nonsensical, and outright deranged. (But they’re also “culture,” so you get to pat yourself on … Continue reading Musings on “The Mabinogi”: Pwyll, Prince of Dyfed
[N.B. Though I do discuss the themes of the book in a detailed manner, I have included no real plot spoilers.] The incarnate mind, the tongue, and the tale are in our world coeval. The human mind, endowed with the powers of generalization and abstraction, sees not only green-grass, discriminating it from other things (and … Continue reading Myst-Making: The Art of Sub-creation in “Myst: The book of Atrus”