Re: [mythsoc] Digest Number 836
- "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
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