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Posted: 23-Sep-2005, 12:05 PM
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I am reading a book entitled "Ireland" by Frank Delaney. It's the story of a young man named Ronan tracking a Seannachie. (Seannachie (n.) A bard among the Highlanders of Scotland, who preserved and repeated the traditions of the tribes; also, a genealogist. Also an irish storyteller is called a Shanachie, pronounced sha na key.)

In the course of attempting to find this Storyteller, Ronan becomes an historian himself and essentially reveals the history of Ireland beginning from the time of Newgrange, thru the Medieval period and up to the 20th century- how Ireland came to be. Apparently a time of great significance was 1170 when the Norman Conqueror Richard FitzGilbert de Clare also known as "Strongbow" captured the city of Dublin. From these stories I have learned what "beserk" really means and "beyond the Pale".

You can find the Daniel Maclise painting "The Marriage of Strongbow & Aoife" by plugging it into Google, it's an ugly scene but what a happy couple. The book quotes G.K. Chesterton about the Irish who said that " the great Gaels of Ireland are the men that God made mad. For all their wars are merry and all their songs are sad."

Anyway, Pick up the book - you'll like it. I was happy enough to discover that my grandmother's maiden Ronan, name meant "Little Seal". All the best - Seadreamer


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Posted: 24-Sep-2005, 10:40 PM
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Thanks seadreamer! I have heard of that book but have never read it. Wow! The painting is awesome in more ways than one. Thanks for sharing that too. I have never heard of it before.


I am reading a book titled, "The American Woman: Her Role During the Revolutionary War." Very good book on the women of the era, with lots of documentation.


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Posted: 25-Sep-2005, 12:25 PM
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I'm reading the Punisher comics series.


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Posted: 26-Sep-2005, 11:27 AM
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QUOTE (seadreamer @ 23-Sep-2005, 12:05 PM)

You can find the Daniel Maclise painting "The Marriage of Strongbow & Aoife" by plugging it into Google, it's an ugly scene but what a happy couple...

Dig the old guy in green with the harp, on the left!

That is one complex, dramatic painting indeed. Thanks for sharing!



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Posted: 27-Sep-2005, 10:26 AM
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I like it because it's very insightful both technically and creatively.


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Posted: 28-Sep-2005, 10:17 PM
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The Magic Of Shapeshifting by Rosalyn Greene



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Posted: 29-Sep-2005, 01:43 PM
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A pretty decent Tolkien biography. beer_mug.gif


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Posted: 29-Sep-2005, 01:54 PM
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Is it Tolkien, Author of the Century, by Tom Shippey? That's part bio, part analysis. It's great!
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Posted: 29-Sep-2005, 06:45 PM
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I'm actually rereading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. This will make it number 4 (times reading it that is). I wanted to brush up on my Harry Potter so I remeber what happens when the movie comes out. It's my favorite out of the 6 so far although it is very close to book 6, the half-blood prince. weee.


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Posted: 29-Sep-2005, 07:35 PM
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Ranger what is the name of your book your reading? I love Tolkien. ranger love your signature- I remember that quote the best...

Stoirmeil I am going to write down yours also....



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Posted: 04-Oct-2005, 10:56 AM
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Hi Rindy. It's called J.R.R. Tolkien, A look Inside The Lord of the Rings. It's by Lin Carter. It's not bad, but it was written before Tolkien died, so it's fairly old. It doesn't contain the last 30 something years of growth that the series has obtained. And I can't decide if I like the way the author writes yet. But overall it's not bad. It starts with a quick overview of the trilogy and The Hobbit, for those poor souls who haven't experienced it yet. (And I do mean quick overview.) I also keep jumping back and forth on the History series by his son, Christopher. I'm in the middle of Book 4. tongue.gif
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Posted: 04-Oct-2005, 12:17 PM
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I'm currently reading The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart. It's the first book of hers in the Arthurian trilogy. It's about Merlin as a young boy.

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ebendigo, i love retellings of arthurian legends and i've never read those! when i finish the book i'm reading now, taking the quantum leap by fred alan wolfe, i think i'll read those. i'm sure i can get copies from a used bookstore. have you read the warlord trilogy by bernard cornwell? i LOVED those. my favourite so far biggrin.gif


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Posted: 04-Oct-2005, 09:55 PM
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Mary Stewart's books on Arthur and Merlin are told by Merlin. I think I'd have to say they are my all time favorite arthurian retellings. Set earlier than most -- late Roman period Britain.

The Crystal Cave
The Hollow Hills
The Last Enchantment.

I only just found out it has a sequel of sorts (although the trilogy stands alone), which is Mordred talking, called The Wicked day. Need to find it meself. smile.gif

I'm reading "The Tempest" (Shakespeare). It was my first Shakespeare play -- read it when I was about 13 or 14. I don't know if I've read it since. Feeling a bit different about it now, needless to say. smile.gif I have a longtime fascination with the way different writers imagine the personality and power of the mage or wizard, so I'm really taken with Prospero.
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Posted: 04-Oct-2005, 10:01 PM
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stoirmeil, have you ever seen the peter greenaway movie, prospero's books? it's beautiful to look at, as are all of his movies i've seen, but hard to follow. definitely worth a watch just for how lush it is.
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