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Smith of Wootton Major

Hermetic Library fellow T Polyphilus reviews Smith of Wootton Major by J R R Tolkien:

J R R Tolkien's Smith of Wooton Major

 

This slender novella was one of Tolkein’s last works that he saw published during his lifetime. It is a cross-generational fable about creativity, fortune, and loss. It is very effective when read aloud; I had the pleasure of having it read to me by my Other Reader over the course of three sittings.

Smith is unoriginal in the best possible way for a modern fairy-tale. I was reminded strongly of Dunsany’s The King of Elfland’s Daughter, but some of the episodes in Faery in the middle of the book exhibit the sort of psychedelic reverie that I associate more with the work of George MacDonald. Sure enough, the wikipedia article on Smith of Wootton Major gives Tolkein’s story its origin in an attempt at a preface to MacDonald’s “The Golden Key.” Tracing the line of influence the other direction, I believe that Susanna Clarke must have read this book.

The Pauline Baynes illustrations are lovely, and really capture the spirit of the thing. [via]

 

 

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Beltane Fortune and Favor

Beltane Fortune and Favor is a Quadrivium Oil newly available online only from Bkwyrm‘s Quadrivium Supplies.

Quadrivium Supplies' Beltane Fortune and Favor Quadrivium Oil

“BELTANE FORTUNE AND FAVOR oil was made in the second hour of Beltane in 2012, the Hour of Jupiter, Day of the Moon. This is an oil designed to assist the user in beginning projects that will be finished, achieving long-term goals, and providing focus and energy to the tasks at hand. The ingredients in FORTUNE AND FAVOR include oils that are considered effective for promoting long-term luck, initiative, good fortune in business and love, and health in body and mind. Additional ingredients are included to repel evil, increase focus, assist in spiritual development, and gain personal mastery. Each bottle of FORTUNE AND FAVOR also contains a small lodestone, to attract power and luck.

Beltane is considered one of the eight solar holidays of the year, and is celebrated in the Northern Hemisphere on May 1. It celebrates the beginning of summer, the planting time, and is largely considered a festival of fertility and planning for long-term results. This oil was designed and made with these goals in mind.” [via]

Pax Hominibus Bonae Voluntatis by Aleister Crowley in International, Dec 1917.

“The other day I came into a fortune, and went to buy a necktie. The young man (or should I say gentleman) who accommodated me in this matter was English, and remembered me in those days of glory when I wandered in Bond street, and bought as many as three neckties on the same day.” [via]

θ Quo Modo Natura Sua est Legenda from the Book of Wisdom or Folly in The Libri of Aleister Crowley

“Yet is this Adaptation but Defence for the most Part, or at the best Subterfuge and Stratagem in the Tactics of thy Life, with but an accidental and subordinate Relation to thy true Will, whereof by Consciousness and by Reason thou mayst be ignorant, unless by Fortune great and rare thou be already harmonized in thyself, the Outer with the Inner, which Grace is not common among Men, and is the Reward of previous Attainment.” [via]