the chess bjord of the underworld

Before returning to the future, I would like to offer you a different past.

Please note:

The following article may
or may not
be

phanta sea

pure
fantasy.

~  ~  ~

Consider a definition of fantasy: … [it] is a journey … to a world so beautiful or wondrous that the traveler/reader wishes to—or does— stay.

the battle

This definition excludes mythology: mythologies are not about an alternate reality, but about the past of the world that we know.

Fantasy, then, is escapist, while mythology…

white horse

…is reality-bound.

This definition of fantasy … would appear … to include The Lord of the Rings.

gateway

But what about the author’s opinion? Both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are a very small part of … Tolkien’s life work; by his own account, they were “based on very elaborate and detailed workings, … 

impressive

… of geography, chronology and language.

Tolkien’s son … describes these works as “the central stories of the mythology” of Middle-earth …

myths

The best authority we have on Tolkien, then, insists that the author viewed his work as a mythology.”

“[Tolkien] was a philologist and noted translator of Middle- and Old-English works … He does not say he modeled Middle-earth’s languages on ours; he says he translated them … [He] scrupulously presents his fiction as an alternate mythology of our own world

in the beginning

Middle-earth being its primitive ancestor.

Tolkien’s mythology …[or] T-mythology … attempts to represent the now-nonexistent text from which all the major Western mythologies were derived: Greek, Roman, Judeo-Christian, Norse and Anglo-Saxon … the similarities are natural because the T-mythology predates the others!

The Valar are the equivalent of the gods of Olympus … the gods of the T-mythology are, at the beginning …

gods

… intimately connected to the world and directly influence the course of its events … Even the mythology of Atlantis is preserved in Tolkien’s Atalantë, the story of the disappearance of Man’s island home in the West.

… the very names of the Dwarves, and other characters [come] straight from Norse legends …

grand elf

... even Gandalf.

The two most dominant aspects of the T-mythology are very Anglo-Saxon: the Elves … and the concept of the paradisical West. In Arthurian legend, the King himself sails into the West and is never seen again; and in Middle-earth, the land of the gods is in …

gods of the west

 the West.

… in conceiving the T-mythology, Tolkien must have … perceived that the existing Western mythologies, including the Judeo-Christian tradition, failed to account for the world as we know it.

The T-mythology is not only the story of how coercive supernatural forces, both good and evil, came into and …

thawing out

… shaped our world; it is the tale of how these magical forceshave…

leaving party

left our world … As Gandalf says to Aragorn, “Though much has been saved, much must now pass away … And all of the lands that you see, and those that lie round about them, shall be the dwellings of Men” … The Fourth Age will be …

mun deign

far more mundane than the supernaturally-driven Third Age.

The ultimate fate of Middle-earth lies in our present: a world in which there is little or no evidence of the great forces of the supernatural that our myths tell us once ruled the earth. As Robert Foster notes, Tolkien documents “the progressive freeing of Man from the influence of both Valar and demons to …

figuring out

... work out his own destiny.” Link

It was only by constantly pruning the above & searching for images that I finally saw something I had consistently missed.

If Tolkien was really relating earth’s very first myth,
then the Biblical tale of ‘the beginning
is upside down.

We
did not leave Eden …

I can't do it
… the gods/God,
did.

a dieu

Tolkien documents “the progressive freeing of Man from the influence of both Valar and demons to work out his own destiny“.

If I could define my writing style it might go something like this:

‘the cooking up tasty morsels that are easy to digest while delivering meals that are too large to swallow’

There is method in this madness – it leaves you, the reader (hopefully) unable to simply swallow down everything I say – therefore you must pick & choose & play with your food.

I believe myth works along a similar vein.

With that said, let the food fight begin.

Upon considering Tolkien’s works as our foundational mythology, I got to wondering about the choice of New Zealand as it’s silv’ry-screened location. There now exists a world-wide acceptance & belief-worship of New ZeaLAND as Middle Earth.

the middle plane

Ever since the first Lord of the Rings movie was released ten years ago, New Zealand has been known as the ‘Home of Middle-earth’.

The … style … particularly in the outdoor locations, where the New Zealand landscapes, in all their splendour, are revealed more sharply and clearly, and there is an almost documentary realism to the fable”.

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Beyond a compelling story, a big part of what entraps fans of Peter Jackson’s films are the locations. Locations that happen to be epic in scope and beauty

Pick up your custard tart & walk fellow pixies.

Today we are toying with idea that New Zealand was not ‘chosen’ as the location of Middle Earth because of its pretty scenery. Rather it was chosen because it is or once was, the real Middle Earth.

Let me introduce you to some strangeness.

Most world maps proclaim NZ to be rather fate-ally located at . ..

endisdnigh

… the end of the world.

Oops sorry wrong picture …

end of the world

There that’s better – hope you didn’t panic.

We might suggest that NZ is both the alpha & the omega. As a world leader in both  time & space, we are the first sizeable landmass …

first come

… to greet each new day.
As an example, Los Angeles is currently located almost one day behind us (21 hours)

New Zealand is a strange place. It’s like a small world all in one:

New Zealand’s native biodiversity is unique, born of long isolation as small islands in a vast ocean. The high percentage of endemic species…

moa -wed down

… (those found nowhere else in the world), make New Zealand’s native biodiversity both special and highly vulnerable. After splitting from other continents 80 million years ago, evolution on land took an eccentric course, leading to …

blue mush

… plants …

key wi

… animals and ecosystems so distinctive that New Zealand has been described as the closest scientists will come to studying life on

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… another planet. From then, until the arrival of humans, it had the longest period of isolation of any non-polar landmass on earth.”

Now let’s go overboard.

The ancient Egyptians were an alien bunch, if ever there was one. They did things upside down.

They gave the sky to the goddess Nut & turned the body of the earth ‘manly’ – in the form of the god, Geb …

upside down

He can be seen as the Egyptian version of the Green Man

Nut & Geb’s first born child was Osiris.

Osiris was an earth god and the god of vegetation … Having inherited the throne from his father Geb  … Osiris taught the Egyptians how to farm, what to eat, and gave them laws and religion

sidetrack:

When Osiris was a born a voice announced “The Lord of All advances to the light”.

However Osiris’ main claim to fame in life, was his death. At the hands of his brother Seth.

stone djed

And the most memorable particular of Osiris’ death, remains the particular part that is missing.

His penis.

When Osiris’ body was cut in 14 pieces, Seth scattered them all over Egypt and his wife Isis retrieved all of them except one, his penis, which was swallowed by a fish

So we have a tale of a green body broken into pieces & scattered wide & far.

Remind you of anything?

pan gaia

How about the once-great-landmass of earth that broke apart & was scattered across the globe. (Those of you who have been with me over the last few years may remember that I have connected a number of landmasses with organs of the body).

Try as she might Isis never did locate her husband’s penis.

After splitting from other continents 80 million years ago, evolution on land took an eccentric course … so distinctive that New Zealand has been described as the closest scientists will come to studying life on another planet. From then, until the arrival of humans, it had the longest period of isolation of any non-polar landmass on earth

Following my (continental) drift?

All in all there was something decidedly fishy about that disappearance

The missing piece was Osiris’ penis, which had been eaten by a fish

“… except his penis, which had been thrown in the river and eaten by a fish

The case looked hopeless.

Enter Maui Poirot

Maui was … the last-born in a family of five sons and was an outcast and hated by his brothers. Despite this, he accomplished many things including taming the sun, capturing fire, fighting death, and …

gone fishing

fishing up New Zealand.

Maui decided to go fishing  … [his]  brothers told him that he was not allowed to come so Maui hid in the bottom of the boat Te waka-a-Maui (the canoe of Maui, which is the name of the South Island of New Zealand). Once they were out to sea, Maui jumped out and surprised them. They refused to give him bait … so Maui broke his nose and dripped blood onto his grandmother’s magical jawbone. He then cast it out to sea and caught the biggest fish of all

found

Te Ika-a-Maui,
or …

lands of the rising sun

… the North Island of New Zealand. Legend maintains that Mount Hikurangi (Gisborne) was where the jawbone caught the fish. It … continues to be the first part of the world to see the sun each day

Aside from the ‘fishing up’ of NZ, we can also look upon it’s unusual shape & notice it’s erect stance before the ‘rising’ sun. Suddenly we get a whole lot of symbology suggesting enormous, well pretty big, significance.

Now hold all that in mind, while we return to our earlier idea of Middle Earth:

the idea of the Green Man … as the principle mediating between the imaginary realm and the physical world

Could NZ be a place where the two meet?

Let’s look at mythology

a myth is a sacred narrative usually explaining how the world or humankind came to be in its present form

Mythology is rooted in the understanding of how the human mind / brain / body / emotions digest storiesMyths lie somewhere in between fact & fiction & yet are neither – they allow the mind to grasp & expand beyond what it currently knows or sees.  Facts on the other hand cause serious constipation.

Let’s continue.

The Freemasons guard their secrets well, but some symbols have become well … known … [like] the black and white checkerboard floor…

checkers

… used in all Masonic lodges

From a site steeped in Gurdjieff (spiritual teacher of … who taught that the vast majority of humanity lives their entire lives in a state of hypnotic “waking sleep), we find the following:

chess … a way by which high initiates pass esoteric knowledge down through the centuries …

gamesmen

chess … was a conscious construct that represented the laws and forces governing the world. The primary elements of chess are time, space, force and material. The white and black pieces symbolize the cosmic and natural forces which constantly struggle with one another for domination. The chessboard is composed of 64 black and white squares which theosophically add up to 10, or one and zero, all and everything and nothing. The board is composed of eight rows with eight squares each. Eight is the number of infinity and, when turned horizontally, the symbol of continual return. Each game is a …

Benny & the chess

… microcosm of the archetypal struggle between Creation and Destruction, Good and Evil

Why do I bring this up you ask? Well …

each country in the world has its own country calling code … which you have to dial to make a call to that country

And New Zealand’s ‘code‘ is 64

64

chess is the mirror of the universe, some kind of micro universe … It has got 64 squares, same as number kodons of DNA and same as number of hexagrams in I Ching, which represent all possibilities for a human being.

book of chinges

… Every square on the chess board has a corresponding interpretation in the Book of Changes (I Ching). Moving any chess piece from one square to another is the act identical to the consultation of I Ching

wei chi 64 on I Ching “Things cannot be destitute (of changes) therefore wei ji is granted at the end

Wei Chi relates to … The end of a chapter … this is an especially dangerous time when all you have achieved can by undone through inattention

weigh chi

64. Wei Chi / Before Completion

…indicates a time when the transition from disorder to order is not yet completed. The change is indeed prepared for … The conditions are difficult. The task is great and full of responsibility. It is nothing less than that of leading the world out of confusion back to order

Of course we must ask just who’s order we are working towards?

Perhaps our entire existence is someone else’s myth.

Let’s continue.

So NZ is a coded 64. A coincidence? Of no import?

And yet …

At the bottom of the world & the bottom of NZ lies the city of Dunedin

dun eden

Dunedin is the most remote city in the world from London at 19,100 km

Turn the world upside down & small things seem a lot more significant.

eden downside up

I recalled an old movie supporting my notion that the world is seriously upside-down

The Dunedin skyline is dominated by a ring of (traditionally seven) hills which form the remnants of a volcanic crater“.

The hills that dreaming stand
About this town are seven, this far place
This godchild of Dunedin

Seven hills always denote magic.

Dunedin abounds in (quite deadly) magic.

At Dunedin’s heart lie a pair of beating octagons

octagonalley

Two rings to rule them all?

The symbolic meaning of octagon deals with: Regeneration  … InfinityRebirth … Transition

The Octagon was first laid out during Charles Kettle‘s surveying of the city in 1846. His plans for the centre of Dunedin included a large Octagonal areaenclosing a smaller octagonal space

8 x 8 = 64

two concentric streets … creating a ring of civil and public buildings

We need to turn now to the magic of Discworld to remind us of things too long forgotten – well you don’t think science is going to tell you!

Magic is the principal force … The force called “magic” is really just a function of the relative absence of reality in the local area, much in the same way that the absence of heat is described as “coldness.” Magic warps reality in much the same way as the real universe’s gravity warps its space-time..

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high-level background magic … occurs when a very powerful spell hits, creating a myriad of sub-astral particles that severely distort local reality. Building a house in (or even walking into) a region where this has happened is extremely dangerous as … an individual may not remain the same species, shape or level of sanity, as they were when they entered … Very high quantities of magic can knock a hole in Discworld reality, leading to an invasion by Lovecraftian monstrosities from the Dungeon Dimensions, or, almost as bad, the world of the Elves.

In the opening books, the number eight is generally significant and has magical properties …  and should never be spoken by wizards especially in certain places. Doing so may allow the ancient dungeon dimension creature “Bel-Shamharoth the sender of eight” to break through

Dunedin is an interesting name is it not?

In the Fourth Age, the Dúnedain of Gondor and Arnor were reunited under King Aragorn II Elessa

man of the west

The Dunedain  … were the Men who … survived the fall of their island kingdom and came to Eriador in Middle-earth … They are also called the Men of the West

Back to Dunedin. It has a brutal history. Insanity has been a key ingredient & whole families have suffered:

8th September 1879, fire broke out in the Cafe Chantant in the Octagon, Dunedin … More than 50 people were asleep in the building that night …  Most were on the upper floors and completely cut off …

the fire

… Of the twelve people who lost their lives, the Wilson family of Robert, his wife and four of his six children made up half the total

63 years later fire struck Dunedin again.

Seacliff Lunatic Asylum … was a psychiatric hospital in Seacliff, (Dunedin) New Zealand. When built in the late 19th century, it was the largest building in the country, noted for …

palace

… its scale and extravagant architecture. It became infamous for construction faults resulting in partial collapse, as well as a 1942 fire which destroyed a wooden outbuilding, claiming 37 lives …  because the victims were trapped in a locked ward

The cause of the fire was not discovered

Question: Why have there been so many palatial mental asylums? What have we not been seeing?

When life is threatened in NZ we dial a very magical 111.

New Zealand’s greatest icon, Edmund Hillary died on 11th January – 11/1

Whenever you see the sequence 111 or 1111 show up, it is a great sign of a golden opportunity. Both sequences mean that a “doorway” has opened up

111 years after the Octagon fire in 1990, Dunedin became the “scene of the deadliest mass murder in New Zealand history” at a place called Aramoana:

Resident David Gray …  began indiscriminately shooting people in the township with a scoped semi-automatic rifle, after a verbal dispute with his next-door neighbour. He shot neighbours and a family visiting the township, and killed thirteen people

When they decided to make a movie of it (hey if it doesn’t have a movie made about it, did it really happen?) …

movie

… an interesting spot was chosen:

This crib (beach hut) at 111 Beach Rd has one purpose: the filming of a movie about New Zealand’s most infamous massacre

David Gray may have been strange but certainly did not appear ‘evil’ to his neighbours. Perhaps I have become too used to tales of ‘massacres’, but the strangest happening in this whole event appears to me to be Gray’s dying.

Where is the stereotypical gloating mass murderer in the following?

At around 5.50 pm, Gray ran out of the house, shooting from the hip and shouting “Kill me! Fucking kill me you bastards!” He took several steps before being struck and knocked down by STG gunfire” (to be continued) …

Tucked inside the book Aramoana: Twenty-Two Hours of Terror (Bill Obrien) we find the following:

Gray … began a new life in what could have been paradise, in a tiny crib he renamed “Hlidskjalf” (the high seat in the palace of Odin, the legendary Norse God of War).
Julie Holden was intrigued at the new name & asked David what it meant. She was rather puzzled at his reply, “You’ll find out one day”.

We need to return to mythology & Tolkien before proceeding:

In a letter of 1946 Tolkien stated that he thought of Gandalf as an “Odinic wanderer“. Other commentators have also compared Gandalf to the Norse god Odin

In The Lord of the Rings, he is initially known as Gandalf the Grey, but returns from death as Gandalf the White

Odin … is a major god in Norse mythology and the ruler of Asgard …. associated with war, battle, victory and death, but also wisdom … prophecy, and the hunt

battle wolf

Odin sometimes acts as the instigator of wars … [he] would also

raven

… appear …  with his two ravens, one on each shoulder

A little further inside the book mentioned above we find a picture of David Gray with “condor‘ his pet budgie perched upon his right shoulder. Symbolism does not require perfection.

Beside the second root [of Yggdrasil]  … flowed  the fountain of Mimir, in which all wisdom dwelt & from which Odin himself desired to drink even though the price demanded for a few draughts was the loss of an eye~New Larousse Encyclopedia of Mythology

Now we continue with Gray’s death:

Gray was hit five times: in the eye, neck, chest and twice in the groin. Even with these injuries, he struggled fiercely against police, breaking free of plastic handcuffs before being re-handcuffed, while berating police for not having killed him. Ambulance officers treated him at the scene and on the way to Dunedin hospital … but … at 6:10 Gray died

What an extra-ordinary shot – in the eye … & still he lived on for 20 minutes.

Other names for Odin include:

One Eyed … Grey Beard … Lord of the undead

Of interest:

Odin  … the chief god of Norse mythology, was referred to by more than 200 names

(think of the roles enacted by our hi-story-cal players:

Spearman, Spear Master, spear charger  (= Shakespeare?)

Riddler

Hooded, Masked One (Batman or any of the many masked ‘heroes’)

Hanged One (Jesus?)

Father of Hosts (God)

O dear

Ripper (Jack the)

Iron Mask (The man in)

Sleep bringer (Hollywood?)

Four years later another mass killing took place in Dunedin – the script sounding as if it came from a super-hero comic book.

every st

When I first found the article about Tolkien’s work that begins this article, my mind turned mainly to Norse mythology & it was that that I focused on in my re-searching of NZ.

The end days of Norse mythology are known as Ragnarok. Odin goes out with a bang when Fenrir the giant wolf finally breaks free & eats him for breakfast (understandable really if you’d been chained up for an eternity).

As usual the gods fear anything stronger than themselves, & so sought to bind the great wolf. No chain could hold him, so they resorted to magic:

binding

They ordered the dwarves to make something so strong that it could hold the wolf. The result was a soft, thin ribbon: Gleipnir

Gleipnir the unbreakable bond was made from six impossible things. Lewis Carroll’s queen had a good grip on the unbreakable bonds of belief:

Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.

Breakfast = break + fast

fast (adj.)   O.E. fæst “firmly fixedsecure, enclosed

The six impossible components of Gleipnir were as follows:

the beard of a woman
the roots of a mountain
the footstep of a cat
the breath of fishes
the sinews of a bear
and
the spit of birds

If we are living in end times, or perhaps we should say times of great change,
we might expect to see
that magical bond
unravelling.

On the last day of 1969, on the West Coast of The South Island of NZ, a young woman named Jennifer Mary Beard died under a bridge. It has always been presumed murder:

January 3 1970 on a hot summers day in South Westland, a family of five from Oamaru was crossing the Haast River Bridge. The 8-year-old daughter … needed to go the toilet, so … the girl headed for the privacy of the bushes underneath the bridge. On her return to the vehicle, she said, “Daddy, there’s a lady lying near the stream. She hasn’t got any clothes on. I think she is asleep.

jenny wren

The little girl, if the story is to be believed, was not believed. Jennifer’s body lay there until January 16th, alternately baked in the summer heat & washed over by the river – the state of decomposition of the body not only traumatised police but also made the true cause of death impossible to establish. The search for a murderer was epic & nationwide. The case was never solved.

But looked at from a different angle we could say that through that event, one component of the Glepinir gestalt was dissolved.

The beard of a woman‘.

The Haast Pass road follows an ancient trail used by Maori … The name for the trail is Tiora-patea, meaning “The way is clear

Another further loosening of that bond could be seen in the Aramoana massacre.

The spit of birds

Aramoana, also known as “The Spit” to locals“.”

Directly across from Aramoana lies Taiaroa Head:

Taiaroa Head is alive with wildlife species, many of them scarce nesting seabirds, with the jewel in the crown being the Northern Royal Albatross

birds

 “… the world’s only mainland nesting place for Northern Royal Albatross

Then we have:

“The breath of fishes”:

pike … is a species of carnivorous fish

pike

The Pike River Mine disaster was a coal mining accident that began on 19 November 2010 in the Pike River Mine … northeast of Greymouth, in the West Coast Region of New Zealand’s South Island … The initial explosion damaged the mine’s gas drainage line, causing methane gas to begin accumulating in the mine immediately

on 24 November it was reported that a drill …  had reached to the mine chamber, releasing hot gas. Later in the day it was reported analysis showed 95% methane. A camera, inserted into a safe haven in the mine, found no evidence of human activity

tin

The breath of that fish was lethal.

Russian mythology holds that the pike is one of several forms assumed by evil water spirits

And how about:

The roots of a mountain“:

Mount Ruapehu was used in the Lord of the Ring movies. It was known as Mount Doom and was where the infamous ring was created

It was not permitted to film the summit of Ngauruhoe because the Māori hold it to be sacred. However, some scenes on the slopes of Mount Doom were filmed on the slopes of Ruapehu

root verb   to extirpate; exterminate; remove completely

On Christmas eve 1953, the day after the newly crowned Queen Elizabeth stepped onto NZ’s shores for the very first time …

New Zealanders have developed a superstition about visits by Queen Elizabeth to this country, as many more serious disasters have taken place while she was here“

… Mt Doom aka Mt Ruapehu, slipped & lost its footing:

The Tangiwai disaster occurred at 22:21 on 24 December 1953 when the Whangaehu River bridge collapsed beneath a Wellington to Auckland express train at Tangiwai on New Zealand’s North Island. With 11 carriages carrying 285 passengers and crew, 151 people died, making it the worst ever rail accident in New Zealand.

tangi-why

 the accident had been due to a lahar — a mudflow from the Mount Ruapehu volcano — of an unforeseeable magnitude that had removed a bridge pier minutes before the train started to cross

… I could go on but I’m tired … but you get the gist, I’m sure.

This article has been a fanciful quest. Yet I am by no means sure that it is fantasy. Personally I feel it is far healthier to hold possibilities, rather than somebody else’s ‘answers‘, in mind – it leaves so much more room for you to manoeuver.

We are by no means stuck. Never have been. Except in our minds.

So let’s wrap this up:

Mount Doom … represents the endpoint of Frodo Baggins’ quest to destroy the Ring … The chasm is the site where the One Ring was originally forged by the Dark Lord Sauron and the only place it can be unmade

So it interests me that a number of movies have been made back to front.

Twin Peaks did it, Star Wars did it too & now the Hobbit.

First they unmade the Ring & now they will refashion it. Does that not seem strange?

Are movies RE-forging magic, setting the past in motion for yet another repeat twirl round the merry-go-round?

Nothing on the Disc[world] can exist without a Story first existing to mold its destiny and determine its form

In the original research I did for this article I came across a book of interviews with many of the LOTR stars – most interesting was the consistent reference to the New Zealander Peter Jackson as a Hobbit.

And a little something extra:

In Norse mythology, Frigg or Frigga was said to be “foremost among the goddesses,” the wife of Odin, queen of the Aesir … [she]  is the only one other than Odin who is permitted to sit on his high seat Hlidskjalf and look out over the universe

spinning

It is said that she enjoyed sitting at her spinning wheel, in the heavenly realm of Asgard … where she would spin golden thread or weave coloured clouds

Aotearoa … is the most widely known and accepted Māori name for New Zealand … The common translation is “the land of the long white cloud

The bones of this article have been sitting on my computer for over two & a half years. The time never felt right. With the release of the Hobbit from his hutch in Wellington & the approach of Dec 21st, it seemed appropriate.

I offer no answers with this article, just alternate ways of seeing & breathing. It’s medicinal, fantastical, playful & serious. Don’t let yourself be suffocated by facts.

The feeling strongest in me now, is that we have to choose our own future.

the progressive freeing of Man … to work out his own destiny

And that requires relinquishing the past. Perhaps Dec 21 is a choice point, perhaps it wasn’t meant to be, but has been made so by all the emotion attached to it.

Do you want to live the past again?

I have come to realise over this past week, that I shall never, ever be recompensed for my past. Not one moment of suffering or hardship will ever be ‘made right’. No reward is ever, ever coming. But actually that’s not so bad, because it means I too can walk away from it.

Whatever we’ve been through is done.

my teacher … once told me that I spent the first fifty years of my life protecting myself from losses that had already happened. As if living with hypervigilance in the present could protect me from the assorted addictions, abuses, & abandonments that populated my early years on the planet~ Gineen Roth

I hope to bring you the last part of future imperative before ‘ascension day’ : )

Till then, as my friend Fitzy would say”

Chill the fuck out“.

This article has been written from my home in Auckland.

Sorry I meant …

“Orc Land’

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December 14, 2012. Uncategorized.

12 Comments

  1. Michael Skaggs replied:

    I loved reading this with my coffee this morning Alex! Amazing! Dec. 14th is the Hobbit release date here in “the West”.

    Brilliant golden strands, syncs, and “real eyes” to see all of this. I was hoping to make it to “Orc Land” before the 21st, but maybe, starting a anew and not “repeating” the old, that means I will be seeing it soon!

    The Discworld mythology is fraught with magical tidbits. I am going to re-read this again and post another comment when I have had the time to digest it today.

    Cheers!

  2. John replied:

    Alex,

    That was awesome. What an adventure – it made me late for work this morning – couldn’t put it down.

    Speaking of norse people, New Zealand, of course, gets its name from “old” Zealand which is a large island in Denmark whose capital is Copenhagen. There is an octagon there as well – Amelianborg Palace – the royal palace.

  3. recoveringmetalhead replied:

    When it comes to major hollyweird fantsy/sci-fi productions it seems that time is ALWAYS turned around backwards, molested, and messed around with.
    As a child I was a Star Wars fan. I always found it confusing that the films that were coming out were the end of a story and that we may or may not be told the earlier stories. Quite biblical in some ways.
    Once we the audience are hooked by huge climactic events we will then obediently follow the story teller back to the past and accept whatever is presented.
    At some point in our youth we figure out the rather simple way that time relates to this existence. It goes in one direction. As individuals we have the power (I belive) to travel backwards or forwards in time but only to the extent that it is relevant to the enrichment of this existence.
    I am also a Star Trek fan and have frequently found myself angry with the film maker’s inability to leave time travel out of the equation.
    I guess my point is that the makers of movies love to make use of, and then confuse, our most basic conceptions of time. By doing so they limit many peoples ability to see their own individual power to dream and time travel for the purposes of love and wisdom.
    Sorry to pick out that one little thing but I have long wondered about the back to front aspect of the modern film business.
    As a descendant of Norsemen and currently living in the West I hope all is well with you in Orc Land.

  4. sundaemon replied:

    Man, you always make me want to get typing. I welcomed in the new day in Gisborne once. That night was definitely a long one. On the way had a LOTR style fracas myself. Was protecting some weird little gollum-like guy who insisted on showing me and my friend around. He got set upon by some young orcs, and I stepped in to protect him. I did get hit for my troubles… on the jaw. I’m not making this up. Any guy who’s been in a fight knows that a fairly light knock on the chin usually sends the person straight to the floor with a split-second of amnesia, but otherwise ok. But I digress.

    As for South Island being a large “staff”, well… I enjoyed it there. Remember the Wizard of Christchurch in the town square. He didn’t go down too well with the feminists, talking as he did of how man is extraordinary and women… not so much. He didn’t think much of the male role models like James Dean etc who he called mummy’s boys. So far, so penis-like. Dunedin (brown eden?) was an interesting place, they spoke a lot about it being Scottish, and NZ is rather like an inverted mirror of Great Britain, even in climate. Aukland is London, then. Notice – “Lon – Dun”? Perhaps Queenstown is Wales. And so on.

    Btw I’ve got a friend coming alone to NZ from Brazil over the next three weeks. If you fancy meeting up with a woman from the “liver of the world”, she’s very nice. She’ll be in Auckland and then Queenstown for New Years. Not sure which part of NZ you’re in.

    I saw the first LOTR movie again just a couple of nights ago and was thinking much the same – that it’s about now, and about the body. Hobbit, is “habit”, and they have big feet. NZ is at the foot of the world. The orcs are easily recognisable as most of slavish humanity. Legolas, well that’s the legs, he’s fast. Aragorn being the archetype, the dream of what man is to be. Gandalf possibly gonads and man’s white “essence.” Also the Moon. Remember he falls into the mines of moria with the balrog, and resurrects, as gonads do, as white rather than “david gray.” (he released an album called White Ladder…) Which I take to be the discovery of the inner body, especially the lower foundations where the breath and gold originates, and cessation of dissipation.

    So the Shire is the feet, the Mines are the genitals, Isengard the stomach gone greedy (North America!). Lothlorien the heart centre. It’s all about cleansing the inner body. “The Scouring of the Shire” comes at the end. The washing of the feet – some religions take that pretty seriously don’t they?

    And then there’s the Crown, which is not inside the body, but is the external world in its entirety, as you make it, the ring of fire. The casting of the ring into fires of Mt Doom is clearly a termination of a bond – a testament perhaps. Return to Sender. End of calendar of Maya, illusion. Make a new habit, move your feet, commence Testament Part 3 – The Return of the King.

    Cheers, and keep your chin up!

  5. Dennis replied:

    Once again you amaze me with the journey. What fun reading this essay is. Shineforth! Dennis (from hobbit like Oregon)

  6. Darren B replied:

    Great post Alex.
    Dunedin is now on my cites to see list.

  7. Susan i replied:

    Wow – so many tasty morsels! I just watched the Hobbit movie last night and am in the process of “digesting” all the connections. One thing that stood out was the number 14 – 13 dwarves and one hobbit in the company on the quest. It’s an interesting idea that New Zealand may have some connection to the missing piece of Osiris.

    Thought you might enjoy this video that shows how New Zealand and Antarctica may have ended up where they are.

    Thanks for all the mental food –

    Susan from Cincinnati

  8. alex robinson replied:

    Thanks Michael
    Definitely time to start anew – building life rather repeating the same old – been there, done that, got a wardrobe full of the t shirts.
    Sci-fi may contain more knowledge than all of science put together.

    very best to you my friend – I look forward to your visit :)

    Haha that was funny John.
    Thanks for the info on Amelianborg, most strange – there was so much more I could have written – you remind me of one – Viggio Mortenson’s father was Danish, his parents met in Norway – one way of looking at his surname = son of death (Morte)

    very best to you

    Well said mr metalhead
    Perhaps it would be wise to remember the questions & confusion we had as children regarding the ‘entertainment’ industry – that was the time when we saw reality a lot more clearly.

    very best to you

    Thanks sundaemon – & yes head up & eyes open seems to be the best approach to these times.
    Thanks for your thoughts on the body – these tales resonate deep & long because they are intimately tied what we are made of & how we really work. Notice the difference between how long you retain a news story to how long a story lives inside you. I have thought that if the media was in the hands of real humane beings we could disperse most ills in the world in 6 months via tales of healing magic.

    very best to you

    Gracias Dennis, happy travelling.

    Danke Darren
    This has been an unpaid presentation for the Dunedin Board of Tourism :)

    very best to you

    A pleasure Susan, & thanks for the clip :)

    very best to you

  9. Max replied:

    Here is an essay from Ran Prieur which deals with the idea that the Lord of the Rings universe takes place (also?) in the future:

    http://ranprieur.com/essays/JRRT.html

    I think this would be a nice addition. Maybe one day we will bring back magic to this world.

  10. alex robinson replied:

    perhaps it’s the ouroboros connection

  11. Max replied:

    …or maybe it’s Giga Pudding!

    Who knows? ;-)

  12. cynicalseeker replied:

    Alex, could you please tell me the name of the Gurdjieff blog you quoted from? I have been a student of Gurdjieff’s teachings since the age of 16. I’m rereading “In Search of the Miraculous ” for the fourth time to assist me in healing from my recent bout of….depression? Anxiety? Despair? These words seem inadequate to describe what I’ve been going through, but I use them for the sake of convenience and lack of other terms.

    Great writing as usual. It really makes me think. Though I must confess I don’t “get” the synchronicity stuff. But still very interesting and mind-opening.

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