Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The Golden Hall

Today is July 14, and rather than doing a blog post on the Bastille, which, no doubt, most people would find more fitting, I am going to do, for my own reasons, the great hall called Meduseld.

In the land of Rohan, east of the White Mountains, there is a tall hill. On this hill is built Edoras, the chief town of Rohan. And on the very summit of this hill is the The Golden Hall of Meduseld.

Meduseld, the dwelling place for the kings of Rohan, was built by Brego, son of Eorl. He completed it in 2758. Meduseld means "mead hall" from the Old English
medu meaning "mead" -a wine made from honey- and sæld meaning "hall."

The pictures are from, and the information if from The Two Towers and the Appendix A of The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien

The guards now lifted the heavy bars of the doors and swung them inwards grumbling on their great hinges. The travelers entered. Inside it seemed dark ans warm after the clear air upon the hill. The hall was long and wide and filled with shadows and half lights; mighty pillars upheld its lofty roof. But here and there bright sunbeams fell in glimmering shafts from the eastern window, high under the deep eaves. Through the louver in the roof, above the thin wisps of issuing smoke, the sky showed pale and blue. As their eyes changed, the travelers perceived that the floor was paved with stones of many hues; branching runes and strange devices intertwined beneath their feet. They saw now that the pillars were richly carved, gleaming dully with half seen colours.

God dæg.


Ruth said...

O.K., so very cool post. :)

Anonymous said...

A very fitting subject for the day. :) I love the pictures!

~ A.K. ~