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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Gorgoroth Pt. III ~ Sam and Frodo reach Mt. Doom, plus jan-u-wine's 'Even As I'....

Posted on 2006.08.23 at 18:45


whiteling at 2006-08-24 15:23 (UTC) (Link)
*instils Frodo and herself Dr Bach's Rescue Remedy*
(I mean, it cannot hurt, can it? It reads on the package: Helps you cope in balancing life's ups and downs. [HA!] Provides support at times of emotional demand, such as before a driving test, interview, exam, [during suicide squads in Mordor, I might add] or flight or when you simply need a little help.)

Those screencap series is almost too intense to bear, Mechtild. And yet, I can't avert my eyes from Frodo's indestructible beauty... my, oh my. And jan's poems are extremely moving, too *sob*

I believe "Mechtild" is a German form of Matilda
Yes, it is. The German name is spelled "Mechthild" (speak "Mecht-hild"); so this is where your username comes from, from one of the Mechthild's von Magdeburg? Interesting!
mechtild at 2006-08-24 19:30 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, the screencaps are intense, but intensely beautiful, too. How could we not love them? And so painterly! Jan's three poems I am posting with these are all excellent, and terribly moving, but not sentimental.

And, yes, "Mecthild" is supposed to be the equivalent of "Matilda". But the spelling in my books on the monastic movement and Medieval mysticism must be anglicized, for they all say "Mechtild" (rather than what is more correct: Mecht-hild, "mighty in battle" or something Eowynish like that.

I see, checking the Mecthilds out again, that I messed up on their century. They are 13th, not 14th century contemplatives. I liked both Mechtild of Hackeborn AND Mechtild of Magdeburg, although I felt a special kinship with Magdeburg. She entered the monastery as a middle-aged woman and was prone to a sort of angsty intensity in her spiritual writings, which are also quite erotic, following along the lines of the Song of Songs, talking about the flowing light of God. There was a strong tradition based, on biblical imagery of God as husband and bridegroom and lover, for spirtuality couched in erotic language and imagery. St. Bernard's spirituality was big in it, I believe.
whiteling at 2006-08-24 21:26 (UTC) (Link)
You know, the monastery in which the two Mechthilds prayed and wrote still exists. It was secularised in 1542 during the Reformation, and more than 450 years it was a ruin until 1999 eight Sisters from Seligenthal – a Bavarian Cistercian Abbey (where a cousin of mine is a nun) - have started to rebuild monastic life. Meanwhile 18 woman live, pray, and work in the convent. Hm, I wonder if they still write such erotic texts? --- Here's the homepage of Kloster Helfta: http://www.kloster-helfta.de/9/21/index.php

(Oh, and apropos St Bernard. Just today I visited a chapel in a nearby village, which was built at the place where Bernard appealed for the second crusade in 1147. What a weird place... - I so don't believe in "holy wars" whatsoever.
mechtild at 2006-08-24 22:01 (UTC) (Link)
Nope, nothing in there about erotic language or imagery for God, Song of Songs, or any of that. I wouldn't put it in there, either. People are bound to misunderstand it. Your cousin is a Cistercian? That's quite an ascetic order. I hope she gets to wear socks in her sandles during the winter. It used to be a silent, non-speaking order, although they could write (if permitted). Is it still like that, do you know?

St. Bernard was a very interesting man, and very charismatic. Like a lot of charismatic people he was a mix. Francis, too, was keen for the crusades. Who would think it? Perhaps neither man knew guessed what the crusades would wreak, blinded by their own burning but narrow perspectives.
whiteling at 2006-08-25 13:17 (UTC) (Link)
Your cousin is a Cistercian? That's quite an ascetic order. I hope she gets to wear socks in her sandles during the winter. It used to be a silent, non-speaking order, although they could write (if permitted). Is it still like that, do you know?

I've seen her only once in my life so far, but we changed letters after my father's death. Wow, after almost 40 years I digged out a photograph of my Cisterian cousin (and me).

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(The tot in the middle is me.) Sister Andrea must be in her seventies now. I should send the photo to her, it's quite possible she's never seen it. -- It doesn't look as if she were barefoot in her sandals, methinks. ;-)
The order has changed over times; strict silence is kept only after compline, the last service in the day.

*toddles off, feeling extremely off topic*
mechtild at 2006-08-25 13:41 (UTC) (Link)
Ah, so they now can speak. That's good. Although I once very much enjoyed going to a silent retreat center. At first it felt forced, sitting at table with a group of people and not saying anything, signing, "pass the bread", etc. But once I was used to it, it was sort of restful not to have to come up with anything to say.

That is a FANTASTIC photograph (were you cute!?!?!?!?). I am sure she would love to see it, speaking from my own perspective.
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