Fake book covers, celebrating 19th century women writers.

tolkienreadalong:

I thought this would be a good post for today. It’s the first part of the Silmarillion Reader’s Guide, which I’ll be posting bits of throughout the read-along (or you can download the entire reader’s guide as a .pdf here or as a .ibook here, which I highly recommend because it includes a table of contents, full art credits, and several very useful appendices.)

Anyway, this should be especially helpful for any first-time readers, since it covers some general strategies for how to understand and enjoy The Silmarillion.

The Greek word for return is nostos. Algos means suffering. So nostalgia is the suffering caused by an unappeased yearning to return.

—Kundera, Milan. Ignorance (via blurrymelancholy)
Last year I abstained
this year I devour

without guilt
which is also an art

Margaret Atwood, Last Year I Abstained (via elliesattlers)

wherethewildnettlesgrow:

Two magicians shall appear in England…
The first shall fear me; the second shall long to behold me;
The first shall be governed by thieves and murderers;

the second shall conspire at his own destruction;
The first shall bury his heart in a dark wood beneath the snow, yet still feel its ache;
The second shall see his dearest possession in his enemy’s hand…

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell - Susanna Clarke

deromanus:

LITERATURE MEME | 10 works of prose - (5) frankenstein by mary shelley

How dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to be greater than his nature will allow.

deromanus:

LITERATURE MEME | 10 works of prose - (5) frankenstein by mary shelley

How dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to be greater than his nature will allow.

Everyone’s chest
is a living room wall
with awkwardly placed photographs
hiding fist-shaped holes.

—Andrea Gibson (via shadow-writer)
Hiram please
Old Oak Doors, Part B - Welcome to Night Vale

pamandab:

Stop interrupting Cecil’s monologues, Hiram.

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