"Now turn we joyful to the great attacks,
Not only that we face in a fair field
Our valiant foe and all his deadly tools,
But also that we turn disdainful backs
On that poor world we scorn yet die to shield --
That world of cowards, hypocrites, and fools."
Excerpt from "Sonnet XI" by Alan Seeger, an American poet who died on July 4, 1916, fighting for France in World War I.






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A troll is a fearsome member of a mythical race from Norse mythology.

Originally more or less the Nordic equivalents of giants, although often smaller in size, the different depictions have come to range from the fiendish giants similar to the ogres of England (also called Trolls at times, see Troller’s Gill) to a devious, more human-like folk of the wilderness, living underground in hills, caves or mounds. In the Faroe Islands, Orkney and Shetland tales, trolls are called trows, adopted from the Norse language when these islands were settled by Vikings.
Nordic literature, art and music from the romantic era and onwards has adapted trolls in various manners often in the form of an aboriginal race, endowed with oversized ears and noses. From here, as well as from Scandinavian fairy tales such as “Three Billy Goats Gruff,” trolls have achieved international recognition, and in modern fantasy literature and role-playing games, trolls are featured to the extent of being stock characters.

In the genre of paleofiction, the distinguished Swedish-speaking Finnish paleontologist Björn Kurtén has entertained the theory (e.g. in Dance of the Tiger) that trolls are a distant memory of an encounter with Neanderthals by our Cro-Magnon ancestors some 40,000 years ago during their migration into northern Europe. Spanish paleoanthropologist Juan Louis Arsuaga provides evidence for these types of encounters in his 1999 book El collar del Neandertal (‘The Neanderthal’s Necklace’). The theory that Neanderthals and Cro-Magnons occupied the same area of Europe at the same time in history has been theorized based on fossil evidence. Other researchers believe that they just refer to neighboring tribes. The problem with this theory of Trolls is that there are theories and evidence underbuilding that bigger areas in Europe and the Middle East were inhabited by these two groups at the same time. Encounters could have happened due to nomadic tribes and long distance hunting, etc. Nonetheless there is no coherent research showing a phenomenon or histories of “troll-like beings” in all these places reducing the post facto of Neanderthals preceding Trolls as nothing more than faintly plausible for the beholder of today.

Another explanation for the troll myth is that the trolls represent the remains of the forefather-cult which was ubiquitous in Scandinavia until the introduction of Christianity in the 10th and 11th centuries. In this cult the forefathers were worshipped in sacred groves, by altars or by gravemounds. One of the customs associated with this practice was to sit on top of a gravemound at night, possibly in order to make contact with the deceased. With the introduction of Christianity however, the religious elite sought to demonize the pagan cult, and denounced the forefathers as evil. For instance, according to Magnus Håkonsen’s laws from 1276 it is illegal to attempt to wake the “mound-dwellers”. It is in these laws that the word troll appears for the first time, denoting something heathen and generally unfavourable.

This fits with the trolls in Norse sagas who are often the restless dead, to be wrestled with or otherwise laid to rest.

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Evocation of Oberon An Introduction to the Book of Magic, with Instructions for Invoking Spirits, 1577-1583

sagan-indiana:

Evocation of Oberon
An Introduction to the Book of Magic, with Instructions for Invoking Spirits, 1577-1583

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Testing the #iphone6plus camera I didn’t realize there were a lot of hidden messages on an #Oreo cookie! #Masonic #knightstemplar #illuminati #freemasons #morsecode #eat #nabisco #reverse #compass #12knights #iphoneography #iphone6 #ois #lowlight

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Museum of Witchcraft, Boscastle, Cornwall, England - Part 2.

Various images from several trips over to England of the Museum of Witchcraft.

*All photographs taken by myself.

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petehawthorne:

I WANT ONE!

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Greaser hair 101

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Greaser hair 101

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scottpatrick:

BARNABAS COLLINS from TV’s “Dark Shadows”…played by Jonathan Frid. Painted by the legendary Basil Gogos for “Famous Monsters of Filmland” magazine.

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Lily Munster

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H.G. Wells  ~ The Invisible Man

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Art by Manuel Pérez Clemente aka Sanjulián

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That first house is in arcata! I was just gawking at it yesterday

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Goyri Concrete Relief Mural | Bank of Guatemala

"This incredible concrete relief mural was created by Guatemalan painter, sculptor and muralist Roberto González Goyri for the west-facing facade of the Bank of Guatemala in 1964-65. The Mayan/Pre-Columbian inspired design made up of 3 sections each measuring 7.2 x 40 meters with relief-depths ranging from 5-12”, was cast in situ using multiple wood forms which measured 1.22 x 2.44 meters each.” - Kevin Anzalone Via

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