Days of Future Passed – History Remembers

Another one of these possible future dealios.

Tirion announces today that the first manned mission to the red planet shall be led by Borasvar of Tawar Morn Enclave.  Borasvar, the acclaimed inventor of the torsion launcher among many other innovations crucial to the survival and feeding of elves in space, was chosen from among many candidates representing the kindreds of elf-kind to represent Nandorin interests in the exploration of the stars.  Joining him on this voyage is Celeveren of New Menegroth, a Noldorin-Sindarin biologist and healer whose work in bone structure led directly to the Glaurong device for exercise in low gravity environments.  Celeveren is also Borasvar’s wife and partner of 22 centuries.  Their daughter Eregbrennil of Tawar Morn remains behind to operate the communications devices, many of which are her own inventions.  Additional crew includes ….

The void-sailers will occupy the red planet for two years, repairing probes Fingolfin I and II, and return with data that will eventually enable the Amanforming of the planet for occupation.

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This year’s conference for women in natural philosophy honors the memory of Helvia Leafcutter Smith.  Although an alchemist of great talent and inventor of the Smith Process for purifying water with Tincture of Iodine, Smith is best known in scholarly circles as a spiritual founder of the Women’s Equality movement in the united kingdom.  Hundreds of years before the reformation of kingdom marriage laws, Smith wrote advocating legal equality of the sexes and the open admittance of women into crafting guilds and scholarly societies.

Smith published only on alchemy and pharmacy during her lifetime under her male pseudonym “Helvian Leafcutter Smith.”  It was her son Belion who put out the first volume of her private writings on philosophy and equality under the title of “A Rational World, or A Call For Respect and Human Dignity in Learning and Society.”  He subsequently published two supplemental volumes and a collection of Smith’s extensive correspondence with various scientists and influential people of her day.  Her correspondents even include the notorious Luned of Caraghaim, identified quite recently by Master Wilhelmina Draper as the “Dearest Sister” of the letters in volume 2.  Some, including Master Frederic Harker, also include as addressed to Luned the letters most commonly associated with Kendry Cross, another female scholar of Smith’s day, but the consensus is that the identically addressed letters are aimed at two very different women.  Her letters preserve a rare insight into the personal life of one Nallo, firmly identified as the younger scholar of that name, and recent scholarship has suggested, though with great debate, that the ‘Iander’ mentioned in her letters may very well be the male pseudonym of Nallo’s heretofore unknown wife.  The always controversial Belegdir of Osgiliath claims that this “Iander” was in fact Nallo’s male lover, and still others maintain that “Iander” was female and actually responsible for Nallo’s invention of chrome alum mordant, but few reputable scholars accept either of these suggestions as plausible.

Through these letters we find the personal side of the woman herself.  Although her acquaintance was large and her work well received, Smith rarely left Bree, and following the death of her husband she seems never to have left her study.  Her letters refer to an undefined ‘affliction’ which scholars have diagnosed as anything from rheumatism to some form of psychological disorder.  Her son’s commentary never so much as mentions it, and some think he might have removed or edited out the most specific references.

Helvia Leafcutter Smith died on her birthday at the age of 99, the same day on which her monumental volume “On the needfulness and practicalities of the purification of water,” was completed.

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Bywater Gazette, Obituaries

Today Mr. Firkin and Mr. Pipkin Proudfoote-Bolger of Bywater announce the passing of their older sister Verdigris, 65, after a long illness.  Miss Proudfoote is best known at the book keeper for the Hobbiton-Bywater treasury and keeper of wills for the Greater Hill Country.  A memorial will be held at Bolger Farms in Bywater on Saturday, and in lieu of cut flowers and cakes, they ask that donations be made to the Frogmorton Charity Society.

Miss Verdigris is survived by her sisters, Pearl Boffin, Amber Bolger-Chubb, Anthracite Grubb, Jade Bolger-Grady, Firkin Bolger, Pipkin Bolger, Daisy Gamgee, and Marigold Bolger-Took, 20 nieces and nephews, and 35 grand-neices and nephews.  Her estate is left in trust to her heir Tessa Bolger-Took.

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The legend of the Birch Maid is one of the oldest in Edhellond.  Young women on the eve of their weddings often spend the night in the birch grove to see the ghostly figure of an elf dancing among the trees.  On occasion, some see her hand-in-hand with a male elf.  Those women, so it is said, are blessed with especial affection with their future husbands.   When alone, her smile is said to bless the woman with serenity against future troubles.  Whenever she comes, she leaves the dawning grove drifting with a perfumed snowfall of white petals, though none of the trees there bear flowers.

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The bards sing the Lay of the Willow-Maid, one of the most beloved modern classics of Nandorin song.  The verses are long and the telling is versed in the complicated poetics of Silvan oral poetry, but the story it follows can be told briefly.

Tatharien the willow-maid gave her heart to none but the Greenwood, and as it grew dark, she too grew shadowed and alone.  She met Falandir the Golden in the wilds and he slowly found her heart again.  But her love for him and the Greenwood could not be reconciled, and she chose to save the forest rather than embrace her own happiness. In return, the Greenwood sent her forgetfulness of her love, save in dreams where they could still meet and roam the wilds as they had in life.  But with the dawn, her memory of him would retreat and she believed herself alone, though her heart could never love another.  After the war, the Greenwood grew stronger and healthier, healthy enough to bring Falandir the Golden to the tree where she sat singing laments for the twisted dead of Dol Guldur.  Her memory was restored, and it was there that they wed without any witness but the forest itself.  Some say they remain there still wandering the lands once befouled by darkness and returning the lost fear of silvan captives to sanity and home.

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3 Responses to Days of Future Passed – History Remembers

  1. amimain says:

    Very innovative approach, here! I love the idea of elves in space.

    I laughed because Marri never married her Baggins.

  2. celeveren says:

    Poor Marri had to settle for a Took while Daisy landed a Gamgee!

    The ‘elves in space’ idea is yoinked from some excellent fanfiction (http://www.elfringham.dsl.pipex.com/lotrfic/newtrees.html) that proposes that a people so obsessed with stars as elves are will eventually develop a space program. Groovy!

  3. Woodsong says:

    Chrome alum mordant, lol! I’m sure Ian would’ve loved to know he had been semi-credited for its invention, but at the same time he’d maybe be appalled that it hadn’t been given the pretty name he’d have no doubt given it himself. 😉

    These are all great!

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