Axis Mundi: The World Centre

I wear a Druids Cross made of fine pewter these days, a remnant from my summer travels in the Scottish Highlands.  It is said that in the times of the Druids, those who wore this symbol had been given the duty of protecting the sacred sites across the land. Rather than wear a pendant, the…

A Toast to “The Professor”

  “We have come from God, and inevitably the myths woven by us, though they contain error, will also reflect a splintered fragment of the true light, the eternal truth that is with God. Indeed only by myth-making, only by becoming ‘sub-creator’ and inventing stories, can Man aspire to the state of perfection that he…

Green – The Promise of New Life

“When the green woods laugh with the voice of joy, and the dimpling stream runs laughing by; when the air does laugh with our merry wit, and the green hill laughs with the noise of it.” Lord Byron The primary colours of blue and yellow unite to create green. Green is the symbolic meaning for…

The Professor – On Hobbits

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien “Hobbits really are amazing creatures. You can learn all that there is to know about them in a month, and yet after a hundred years, they can still surprise you.” J.R.R. Tolkien In 1920, Tolkien was appointed Reader in English Language at Oxford…

The Professor – On Endings & Beginnings

“Well, here at last, dear friends, on the shores of the Sea comes the end of our fellowship in Middle-earth. Go in peace! I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.”  J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King Beginnings always have eager expectancy that something significant will happen.  We revel…

The Professor – On Good & Evil

“I do not believe this darkness will endure.”  “The world is indeed full of peril and in it there are many dark places. But still there is much that is fair. And though in all lands, love is now mingled with grief, it still grows, perhaps, the greater.” J.R.R. Tolkien J.R.R. Tolkien experienced the shadow…