000 – Posts have been good thank you all but bigger picture In the Northern Lights (His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman) Lord Asriel opens the doorway to new world at the cost of Roger, in the next books Lyra goes to find Roger and ends up in caves with lost spirits, jump to Traveller book and the realm of Hungary ghosts, there are many parallel themes that are really happening.
The above post from Robert Light prompted me to contribute the following:
The hungry ghosts in The Traveller/ the lost souls in His Dark Materials are arriving in Hungary and elsewhere in Europe as we speak. Lyra gave the lost souls spiritual nourishment with her stories from the living world because they have forgotten who they are (losing memory of their earthly life), that they have a spiritual source. Thus the refugees and migrants pouring into Europe are in reality seeking spiritual truth and sustenance but as Jenny said this is within all of us and we need to reconnect to that truth. The first realm of constant warfare in the ruins of civilisation, of gangs and betrayal, is also with us in places like Syria. As for the 5th realm – where the half gods hold sway – and from whom Michael is learning and wanting to recreate their system here – that world is portrayed in the film The Hunger Games but it is also beginning to be created in Western society as suggested in The Traveller. There are still areas of beauty and remoteness on the planet which reflect the 3rd realm of the animals and 6th realm of the Gods. It seems that everything is coming into the present.
000 – I find that I keep coming back to the somewhat cryptic words you (RLight) used concerning Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’, of it being a story of ‘there and back again’ but ‘never to rest’. Somewhat appalled by the ‘never to rest’ part, a possible explanation eventually came! In our culture all the stories are about the need for a journey, or quest, to ‘find ourselves’. Thus, Bilbo journeyed through valleys, crossed rivers, trekked up hills and climbed mountains – drawing on all his reserves of courage and endurance – so as to unlock the door into the mountain to reach the treasure within. The truth is that the treasure lies within all of us. It can be unlocked at any time if we can but find the courage to look within ourselves and acknowledge who we truly are, warts and all. If we were to recognise this truth, we would finally be able to rest.
The same truth lies at the root of the connected remark you made on the story of Sir Gawain, who is duty bound every year at mid-winter to go off in search of the Green Knight. The Green Knight is, in reality, Sir Gawain’s shadow self. If Sir Gawain could, likewise, recognise this truth – and accept his whole self – the light and the dark, he too would be released from his Christmas obligation to set off on a journey that is bound to repeat itself, just like Bilbo’s, until he recognises the truth.
The comparisons between Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and John Twelve Hawks’ ‘The Traveller’ trilogy are striking. The Panopticon Tower is the inspiration behind a new and more insidious form of control of peoples, where we will assume and become adjusted to the idea of being under constant surveillance. This then compares with that other Tower – The Barad dur/Black Tower wherein dwelt the The Eye of ceaseless surveillance of the world. We learn that this Panopticon Tower is set within a ‘ring’ of buildings. Ah yes, rings, but today they are closed circuit TV. Then there is the ultimate Control Room that can tap into any closed circuit system. It contains just a single armchair – no room for anything or anyone else, just the One who has the ultimate power to observe whatever he wishes – just like the Eye of Sauron.
When Michael says to his brother Gabriel ‘There can only be One Traveller’ which casts you back to the scene where, having lured Gandalf to Isengard under false pretences, Saruman is attempting to persuade him to join forces saying they can share the Ring of Power once they have captured it. But Gandalf reminds him that only ‘One’ can wield the Ring as he well knows. Again and again, just as Saruman tells Gandalf and Michael his brother Gabriel, we are told the same mantra – of how there is going to be a new order that is about to sweep the world and that there is no stopping it.
The Cult of the Sacred King also raises its ugly head. Michael turns on Maya the Harlequin and asks her to chose between himself and Gabriel but Gabriel reminds his brother that she is there to protect them both. The pagan queen of this cult is the ruthlessly efficient PR lady advising Michael.
So it seems that the instruments of power and control are the same but just in a new guise.
29 November 2014
P.S. Note too how the mercenaries used in the attack on the desert community founded by the Traveller, who is Gabriel and Michael’s father, are made to become ringwraiths. They are given pills to deaden their human feelings about killing innocent men, women and children and they use heat seeking equipment to find their targets. Ringwraiths had lost their humanity. Viewing the world through heat seeking googles is how the Wraiths saw the world, their hold on the physical world being only tenuous. They sought out living creatures through their warmth like the heat seeking equipment.
Copies of Ring Quest can be obtained from the online publishers New Generation Publishing. Here is the link:
The Blue Diamond /The Blue Rose and the Blue Silmaril A catalogue dropped through the letter box the other day with the most surprising title – ‘VERVE’. It turned out to be a catalogue for the Garden Centre at Wilton near Salisbury, in Wiltshire. The small town of Wilton nestles at the confluence of the rivers Wyle and Nadder (and some think is a plausible location for Arthur’s Camelot). This beautiful landscape is the setting for the Elizabethan author, Sir Philip Sydney’s famous book, Arcadia, which is a description of a paradise on earth. Beside the curious title of the catalogue was a blue diamond with, perhaps unsurprisingly, the words BLUE DIAMOND written across the faceted gemstone. Ah, that most romantic and potent of images! The story of the Blue Diamond is an ancient one but it can only be pieced together if we include the stories in which it features, stories at which many will scoff, saying “they are just fairy tales”. But that is just the point, “just fairy tales” have come down to us out of the mists of time through an ancient oral tradition of storytelling. Today such stories are still to be found but through the medium of the written word. Such stories have been entirely lost to the human race but certain gifted writers are often ‘inspired’ in their writings and so are often recreating for us just such ‘lost tales’. But we dismiss their writings as ‘fantasy’ story telling. And for many, so they will remain. Nevertheless, in order to trace the story of the Blue Diamond we must use this precious knowledge that has been given to us once again though this fantasy fiction. We take up the story of the Blue Diamond in a series of best selling books known as The Belgariad, by David Eddings. A blue stone of great power features prominently called The Stone of Aldur. It belongs to an ancient royal house to which lesser kingdoms in the West give allegiance because they recognise the significance of the Blue Stone that is housed in the pommel of the High King of the West, Belgarion. The Blue Stone has an evil counterpart, another stone which is red and is called The Sardion. The fact that there are two stones of power brought to mind The Silmarils in Tolkien’s great series of works which includes The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien tells us that all the histories derive from the tale of The Silmarils. They were stones which were made in the undying lands of Aman where the Valar lived and where they brought some of the Elven Race to share their paradise. In Tolkien’s story, there were originally three Silmarils which had been made with great difficulty and skill in order to capture the pure light of The Two Trees of Light on Aman before they were destroyed. After that, the energies fell and a new and lesser light was given to the world, that of the sun and moon. So the light that existed in the Beginning now only resided in The Silmarils. They were stolen by the evil Morgoth who wanted to enslave and rule over Middle Earth and he placed them in an iron crown. The Elves waged war to recover the stolen Silmarils. One of the Silmarils was recovered by Luthien and Beren who became the progenitors of the Royal Numenorean line, of which Arwen and Aragorn were scions. So it made sense that, in The Belgariad, the blue stone of Aldur should be in the safekeeping of the pre-eminent royal house: it seemed an easy step to connect the two stones and perceive that, indeed, they were one and the same. We move on to a later age and another series of books by the same author, David Eddings, in which we are told of a beautiful blue stone of power that has been carved into the shape of a rose. As in the earlier tale, this stone has a consciousness that is, well, pretty vast, and enormously powerful. Which brings us to the Blue Rose and to stories which we still possess in the present. Hollywood produced a film which features The Blue Rose of Forgetfulness. The evil Grand Vizier is determined to marry the Sultan’s beautiful daughter but she is in love with someone else of course. The Grand Vizier is also a magician of some power (which brings to mind Saruman in LOTR) and he brings to the Palace the famous Blue Rose with which to seduce the princess. Moving on. The Blue Rose appears in the opening sequences of recent Dr Who episodes. The blue tardis is seen spinning through a blue tunnel, or vortex, but you will see that the swirling blue light patterns create the shape of a blue rose. This is very fitting because, as one of the Silmarils, the Blue Rose has been with us through Time and, of course, the Doctor is a Time Traveller. Which brings us to the Blue Diamond on the brochure posted through the letter box…
CM 15th April 2014