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Re: [mythsoc] Digest Number 836

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  • Steve Law
    So the days slipped away, as each morning dawned bright and fair, and each evening followed cool and clear. But autumn was waning fast; slowly the golden
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      "So the days slipped away, as each morning dawned
      bright and fair, and each evening followed cool and
      clear. But autumn was waning fast; slowly the golden
      light faded to pale silver, and the lingering
      leaves fell from the naked trees. A wind began to blow
      chill from the Misty Mountains to the east. The
      Hunter's Moon waxed round in the night sky, and put to
      flight all the lesser stars. But low in the
      South one star shone red. Every night, as the Moon
      waned again, it shone brighter and brighter. Frodo
      could see it from his window, deep in the heavens
      burning like a watchful eye that glared above the
      trees on the brink of the valley."

      "It is undoubtedly a symbolic reference to Mordor, but
      the text seems to make it clear that this is indeed a
      star. Tolkien used an almanac to work out his seasons
      and progressions of the moon. It may be there is
      indeed such a star."

      There's a beautiful deep purple-red star called
      Antares in the tail of Scorpio, which is visible low
      in the South during the summer months in England, but
      probably not into late autumn.

      Other than that it could be either Mars (sandy red) or
      Jupiter (purple-red), either of which could appear as
      bright objects low in the South at various times of
      year.

      Steve Law


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