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Mystical Realms Newsletter for January, 2012

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  • jef.murray
    Greetings! And welcome to my newsletter for January, 2012! Please feel free to forward this to anyone you think would be interested in keeping up with me! To
    Message 1 of 5 , Jan 10, 2012
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      Greetings!

      And welcome to my newsletter for January, 2012! Please feel free to forward this to anyone you think would be interested in keeping up with me! To receive these newsletters regularly, please drop me an email or subscribe online from my website (http://www.JefMurray.com ) or at: http://groups.google.com/group/Mystical_Realms . Notices of events and items of interest are at the bottom of this email.


      Pitchers ===============

      IMPORTANT! To my surprise, we still have a few 2012 Jef Murray/ALEP2 Fantasy Calendars available for sale, but they are dwindling fast. These have become an international hit, and have now been sold in the USA, Canada, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands(!). This 2012 calendar is in full colour, is loaded with painted images from Middle-earth, "Easter Egg" dates, graphically noted, that correspond to significant events in Middle-earth history, moon phases, plus most major holidays.

      If you have not ordered a copy, please do so sooner rather than later, as we do expect to exhaust our supply soon. You can get your copy at http://www.JefMurray.com .

      I have posted two ew painting images on my website. These include "The Mage of Rhosgobel", and, for Narnia fans, "Cair Paravel". The former is in the Tolkien gallery, and the latter can be found in the "Once Upon a Time" gallery. However, you can see both of these by going to http://www.JefMurray.com and clicking on the "Newest Works" icon (the dragon!) at the top of the page.

      As always, these and all of the images in my online galleries are available as signed and numbered limited-edition Giclee prints. See my webpage for details.

      And, do let me know how these new works strike you!


      Ponderings ==============

      For something completely different this month, I offer the following, which is in the form of a riddle, although not exactly a "riddle in the dark". I hope you enjoy pondering who the speaker in the poem may be....


      I am that one who roams remembering
      much that now is gone.
      I ponder meadows, dewdrops glistening
      in the vernal dawn.

      I spy the flocks of robins ravening
      furrows newly turned,
      and wonder what the children gathering
      have by day's end learned.

      Recalling rose and myrtle blooming
      on lost summer days
      and lightning bugs young boys beguiling
      with their twilight plays;
      the half-heard poems of June rehearsing
      as young hearts matured
      and songs and dances long since ceasing,
      while yet I've endured.

      Empires rising, flourishing, falling
      pass like autumn rain;
      beneath great weight of woe collapsing;
      razed by greed and gain.

      But wearied not, I watch tides falling
      as chill north winds sigh.
      The sandhill cranes aloft are crooning
      laments from on high.

      This sacred night I roam recalling
      under ancient skies
      when He Who Is in soft arms nestling
      peered into my eyes.

      My end will come; 'til then I'm treading
      upon sacred soil;
      all souls in Middle-earth I'm guarding
      as the long years roil.

      I keep this watch; my doom remembering,
      marking all that's passed.
      But who am I? I hear you asking.
      I am First, yet Last.



      Prospects ===================

      • The Middle-earth Network ( http://middleearthnetwork.com ) continues to be the "Go To" place for news about Middle-earth-related and Narnia-related events and for discussions on its social network, http://mymiddle-earth.com/ . Along with podcasts with folks of interest to Middle-earth and Narnia fans, there are contests, articles of interest, pointers to intriguing websites, etc. If you're not a member yet, you're missing out on a great community of artists, musicians, and general lovers of Tolkien and Lewis!

      • Related to the above, look for some important announcements on new projects and events related both to Middle-earth and Narnia to be announced this month on MyMiddle-earth.com!

      • The Return of the Ring 2012 (see http://www.returnofthering.org/) will be a huge Tolkien-themed conference and gathering at Loughborough University on 16-20th August, 2012. I am delighted to have been invited to appear as a guest of honour at the event and am looking forward not only to sharing my paintings and sketches, but also to participating in panels and presentations. You can book reservations now online.

      • Tolkien biographer Joseph Pearce and I collaborated on an EWTN TV special on J.R.R. Tolkien that is now available on DVD. The production includes dozens of my illustrations of Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, and it focuses on the Catholicity of Tolkien's magnum opus. You can order the a DVD of the show at: http://www.ewtnreligiouscatalogue.com/TOLKIEN+S+LORD+OF+THE+RINGS+A+CATHOLIC+WORLD+VIEW/shop.axd/ProductDetails?x=0&y=0&keywords=Pearce+Tolkien&edp_no=22609
    • Mike Foster
      Tom Bom From: jef.murray Sent: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 8:08 AM To: mythsoc@yahoogroups.com Subject: [mythsoc] Mystical Realms Newsletter for January, 2012
      Message 2 of 5 , Jan 10, 2012
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        Tom Bom
         
        Sent: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 8:08 AM
        Subject: [mythsoc] Mystical Realms Newsletter for January, 2012
         
         

        Greetings!

        And welcome to my newsletter for January, 2012! Please feel free to forward this to anyone you think would be interested in keeping up with me! To receive these newsletters regularly, please drop me an email or subscribe online from my website (http://www.JefMurray.com ) or at: http://groups.google.com/group/Mystical_Realms . Notices of events and items of interest are at the bottom of this email.

        Pitchers ===============

        IMPORTANT! To my surprise, we still have a few 2012 Jef Murray/ALEP2 Fantasy Calendars available for sale, but they are dwindling fast. These have become an international hit, and have now been sold in the USA, Canada, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands(!). This 2012 calendar is in full colour, is loaded with painted images from Middle-earth, "Easter Egg" dates, graphically noted, that correspond to significant events in Middle-earth history, moon phases, plus most major holidays.

        If you have not ordered a copy, please do so sooner rather than later, as we do expect to exhaust our supply soon. You can get your copy at http://www.JefMurray.com .

        I have posted two ew painting images on my website. These include "The Mage of Rhosgobel", and, for Narnia fans, "Cair Paravel". The former is in the Tolkien gallery, and the latter can be found in the "Once Upon a Time" gallery. However, you can see both of these by going to http://www.JefMurray.com and clicking on the "Newest Works" icon (the dragon!) at the top of the page.

        As always, these and all of the images in my online galleries are available as signed and numbered limited-edition Giclee prints. See my webpage for details.

        And, do let me know how these new works strike you!

        Ponderings ==============

        For something completely different this month, I offer the following, which is in the form of a riddle, although not exactly a "riddle in the dark". I hope you enjoy pondering who the speaker in the poem may be....

        I am that one who roams remembering
        much that now is gone.
        I ponder meadows, dewdrops glistening
        in the vernal dawn.

        I spy the flocks of robins ravening
        furrows newly turned,
        and wonder what the children gathering
        have by day's end learned.

        Recalling rose and myrtle blooming
        on lost summer days
        and lightning bugs young boys beguiling
        with their twilight plays;
        the half-heard poems of June rehearsing
        as young hearts matured
        and songs and dances long since ceasing,
        while yet I've endured.

        Empires rising, flourishing, falling
        pass like autumn rain;
        beneath great weight of woe collapsing;
        razed by greed and gain.

        But wearied not, I watch tides falling
        as chill north winds sigh.
        The sandhill cranes aloft are crooning
        laments from on high.

        This sacred night I roam recalling
        under ancient skies
        when He Who Is in soft arms nestling
        peered into my eyes.

        My end will come; 'til then I'm treading
        upon sacred soil;
        all souls in Middle-earth I'm guarding
        as the long years roil.

        I keep this watch; my doom remembering,
        marking all that's passed.
        But who am I? I hear you asking.
        I am First, yet Last.

        Prospects ===================

        • The Middle-earth Network ( http://middleearthnetwork.com ) continues to be the "Go To" place for news about Middle-earth-related and Narnia-related events and for discussions on its social network, http://mymiddle-earth.com/ . Along with podcasts with folks of interest to Middle-earth and Narnia fans, there are contests, articles of interest, pointers to intriguing websites, etc. If you're not a member yet, you're missing out on a great community of artists, musicians, and general lovers of Tolkien and Lewis!

        • Related to the above, look for some important announcements on new projects and events related both to Middle-earth and Narnia to be announced this month on MyMiddle-earth.com!

        • The Return of the Ring 2012 (see http://www.returnofthering.org/) will be a huge Tolkien-themed conference and gathering at Loughborough University on 16-20th August, 2012. I am delighted to have been invited to appear as a guest of honour at the event and am looking forward not only to sharing my paintings and sketches, but also to participating in panels and presentations. You can book reservations now online.

        • Tolkien biographer Joseph Pearce and I collaborated on an EWTN TV special on J.R.R. Tolkien that is now available on DVD. The production includes dozens of my illustrations of Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, and it focuses on the Catholicity of Tolkien's magnum opus. You can order the a DVD of the show at: http://www.ewtnreligiouscatalogue.com/TOLKIEN+S+LORD+OF+THE+RINGS+A+CATHOLIC+WORLD+VIEW/shop.axd/ProductDetails?x=0&y=0&keywords=Pearce+Tolkien&edp_no=22609

      • Jef Murray
        It s only a spoiler if your answer is correct, Mike. It is not, as it happens, although certainly a reasonable guess.            Jef
        Message 3 of 5 , Jan 11, 2012
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          It's only a spoiler if your answer is correct, Mike.
          It is not, as it happens, although certainly a reasonable guess.

                     Jef

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          Mystical Realms - Exploring the boundaries between worlds.....
                   http://www.JefMurray.com
          ===================================================================
        • Mike Foster
          Jef, Treebeard? Mike From: Jef Murray Sent: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 7:53 AM To: mythsoc@yahoogroups.com Subject: [mythsoc] Re: SPOILER It s only a spoiler
          Message 4 of 5 , Jan 11, 2012
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            Jef,
                Treebeard?
             
            Mike
             
            Sent: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 7:53 AM
            Subject: [mythsoc] Re: SPOILER
             
             

            It's only a spoiler if your answer is correct, Mike.
            It is not, as it happens, although certainly a reasonable guess.

                       Jef

            ===================================================================
            Mystical Realms - Exploring the boundaries between worlds.....
                     http://www.JefMurray.com
            ===================================================================
          • jef.murray
            Keep going, Mike.... I ll pass along a hint (or a red herring, depending on how one sees such things). There is nothing specifically Tolkien-related in the
            Message 5 of 5 , Jan 11, 2012
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              Keep going, Mike....

              I'll pass along a hint (or a red herring, depending on
              how one sees such things). There is nothing specifically
              Tolkien-related in the poem, even though the term
              "Middle-earth" is used. But here the context is more
              that the original term "Middle-earth" refers to
              that domain that exists betwixt heaven and hell....

              ...and that is the last I'll intrude on your or
              other folks' guesses.

              J


              --- In mythsoc@yahoogroups.com, "Mike Foster" <mafoster@...> wrote:
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              > Jef,
              > Treebeard?
              >
              > Mike
              >
              > From: Jef Murray
              > Sent: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 7:53 AM
              > To: mythsoc@yahoogroups.com
              > Subject: [mythsoc] Re: SPOILER
              >
              >
              >
              > It's only a spoiler if your answer is correct, Mike.
              >
              > It is not, as it happens, although certainly a reasonable guess.
              >
              >
              > Jef
              >
              >
              > ===================================================================
              > Mystical Realms - Exploring the boundaries between worlds.....
              > http://www.JefMurray.com
              > ===================================================================
              >
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