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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Moria Pt. 3: The Mithril Shirt ~ A Screen Icon

Posted on 2007.02.21 at 10:18


mechtild at 2007-02-23 21:36 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for linking that, Este. I had forgotten about all the hearts in that piece, it is so cool. The hearts in it all seem to be variations on traditional Valentine hearts, though, rather than the ones that appear in paintings of the Sacred Heart (which usually has the flames coming out of the top and is girdled with thorns). I loved best the ones that most looked like the Sacred Heart iconography, though -- the ones with rays of light shining out from the heart's center. That image really gets me.

Thanks for commenting, Este. You are always so attentive and just plain kind. *smooch*

whiteling at 2007-02-25 13:56 (UTC) (Link)
What an utterly wonderful post, Mechtild! I think, PJ LotR films are full of religious imagery, but only when pointed out like you did in this post, people recognise the stunning similarites... those connotations mostly seem to maintain on a subsconcious level, since they are alienated and taken out of the usual context. But, like subliminal messages, they affect the viewer.

When I found following on the Sacred Heart I couldn't help smiling:
It is in the eleventh and twelfth centuries that we find the first unmistakable indications of devotion to the Sacred Heart. Through the wound in the side of the wound Heart was gradually reached, and the wound in the Heart symbolized the wound of love. It was in the fervent atmosphere of the Benedictine or Cistercian monasteries, in the world of Anselmian or Bernardine thought, that the devotion arose, although it is impossible to say positively what were its first texts or were its first votaries. To St. Gertrude, St. Mechtilde, and the author of the "Vitis mystica" it was already well known. We cannot state with certainty to whom we are indebted for the "Vitis mystica". Until recent times its authorship had generally been ascribed to St. Bernard and yet, by the late publishers of the beautiful and scholarly Quaracchi edition, it has been attributed, and not without plausible reasons, to St. Bonaventure ("S. Bonaventura opera omnia", 1898, VIII, LIII sq.). But, be this as it may, it contains one of the most beautiful passages that ever inspired the devotion to the Sacred Heart, one appropriated by the Church for the lessons of the second nocturn of the feast. To St. Mechtilde (d. 1298) and St. Gertrude (d. 1302) it was a familiar devotion which was translated into many beautiful prayers and exercises. What deserves special mention is the vision of St. Gertrude on the feast of St. John the Evangelist, as it forms an epoch in the history of the devotion. Allowed to rest her head near the wound in the Saviour's she heard the beating of the Divine Heart and asked John if, on the night of the Last Supper, he too had felt these delightful pulsations, why he had never spoken of the fact. John replied that this revelation had been reserved for subsequent ages when the world, having grown cold, would have need of it to rekindle its love ("Legatus divinae pietatis", IV, 305; "Revelationes Gertrudianae", ed. Poitiers and Paris, 1877).


So, this is *you* in that QNTAL video clip ---

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I should have known! ;-D

*waves to Este*
I, too, would love to know what they are singing in "Von den Elben" (it could be "About the Elves", or "From the Elves"); I listened several times to the song, but could not decipher the lyrics... it seems to be in Middle High German. In case I purchase the CD, I'll let you know about the songtext.

Have a wonderful week-end, ladies! ♥
mechtild at 2007-02-25 16:34 (UTC) (Link)
P.S. I would love to know what the text means, too. Was it not to be found on the internet?
whiteling at 2007-02-25 18:14 (UTC) (Link)
Nope, I had no luck with googling... I reckon, the album is too newly released. Transcripts aren't available yet.
mechtild at 2007-02-25 19:28 (UTC) (Link)
Guess what? Googling around and visiting the QNTAL website, listening to tracks from "Silver Swan" (the recording that includes Von Den Elben), I decided I liked the music enough to order a CD from Amazon. The liner notes say it includes the lyrics. When I get it, I'll make a transcription. I am hoping a translation into English will be given.
whiteling at 2007-02-26 17:35 (UTC) (Link)
Hey, that's great! I'm curious how you'll like the general style of QNTAL. Their first two albums just blew me away (in a good way) with its almost menacingly modern interpretations of medieval music. They have become really harmonic and calm meanwhile, though. And the lead singer has one of the most beautiful voices I've ever heard.
In case there are no English lyrics included, I shall be happy to translate the texts for you. :-)
mechtild at 2007-02-26 21:00 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the offer, Whiteling. I will ask, if it turns out only to be in German (or Latin - do you do Latin, too?).

I was not sure I would appreciate a CD by them, since I'm not that keen on music that "updates" older music. But the example from "The Silver Swan" was soooo good and, yes, the vocalist sublime -- her voice is as pure and direct as a delicate silver blade -- and the critical notes about it assured me. It sounded like their recent album had a lot less rock influence, which is fine by me.
whiteling at 2007-02-27 18:47 (UTC) (Link)
do you do Latin, too?
No, I'm afraid, Latin is all Greek to me. :-D

I had the pleasure to hear QNTAL singer Sigrid Hausen several times live, when she performed with her other group "Estampie". Her voice has an angel-like purity and ease and I was impressed by her strong stage persona - I couldn't take my eyes off her (my ears neither): She is a tiny woman, but she fills the room not only with her voice, but with her charisma and air.
mechtild at 2007-02-27 23:24 (UTC) (Link)
Wow. She sounds wonderful to see/hear in person. I should check their site and see if they ever play the U.S.
mechtild at 2007-02-25 16:37 (UTC) (Link)
We cannot state with certainty to whom we are indebted for the "Vitis mystica" ... but ... it contains one of the most beautiful passages that ever inspired the devotion to the Sacred Heart, one appropriated by the Church for the lessons of the second nocturn of the feast.

If you ever see this passage anywhere, Whiteling, I would love to see it. *sigh* The Sacred Heart as the symbol of the "wound of love". That's beautiful. And, yes, it reminds me of Frodo.

Judging from the death date of the Mechtild mentioned in the excerpt, they are talking about Mechtild of Hackeborn. I named myself for both Mecthilds, but more for Mechtild of Magdeburg, the elder, angstier one. I found out about these contemplative in a seminar on monasticism in graduate school. One of the fascinating books we read dealt with Cistercian and Benedictine mystics, including the two Mechtilds and Gertrude of Helfta. It was Jesus as Mother: Studies in the Spirituality of the High Middle Ages, by Carolyn Walker Bynum. But I did not remember reading about a special connection to Sacred Heart mysticism. (Perhaps because it was looking for imagery of Jesus as maternal: D'OH!)

Thanks so much for this excerpt, Whiteling. It brought warmth to my heart and tears to my eyes ona drear day.

Here are two little blurbs on the two Mechtilds, from the Cistercian Kloster Helfta website (I assume, with that name):

Mechtild of Magdeburg (d. 1282-85 )

Mechtild of Hackeborn (d. 1298-99)

~ Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-02-25 16:38 (UTC) (Link)
P.P.S. Don't know why, but I had trouble posting this comment. It's o.k. now, though.
whiteling at 2007-02-25 18:20 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for the blurbs on the two Mechtilds, Mechtild. ;-) I *always* mix them up.

If you ever see this passage anywhere, Whiteling, I would love to see it.
I found an article that contains a prayer by St. Gertrude (it may be from said "Vitis mysica"..? I'm not sure). You find it beneath the third paragraph. It's very beautiful. http://www.catholictradition.org/Two-Hearts/devotion6.htm

mechtild at 2007-02-25 19:34 (UTC) (Link)
Just in case that link goes belly-up one day, I thought I'd copy and paste the appropriate sections here. Thanks so much, Whiteling!

The following prayer of St. Gertrude [1256-1302] to the Sacred Heart of Jesus shows the high esteem which this Saint had for this devotion:

"I salute Thee, O Sacred Heart of Jesus, living and vivifying source of eternal life, infinite treasury of the Divinity, ardent furnace of Divine love; Thou art the place of my repose and my refuge. Enkindle in my heart the fire of that ardent love with which Thine own is all inflamed; pour into my heart the great graces of which Thine is the source, and grant that my heart may be so closely united to Thine, that Thy will may be mine, and that my will may be eternally conformed to Thine, since I desire that henceforth Thy holy will may be the rule of all my desires and all my actions. Amen."

The historian of her life, describing her precious death, said:

"Her blessed soul took its flight towards Heaven and retired into the Sanctuary of the Divinity; I mean" he added, "into the adorable Heart of Jesus, which this Divine Spouse in an excess of love had opened to her."

St. Mechtilde [1240-1298] was so penetrated with the devotion that all day long she could speak only of this adorable Heart of Jesus and of the singular favors which she received from this devotion. This amiable Savior gave her His Heart as a pledge of His love and to serve her as a place of refuge where she would unceasingly find sweet repose during life, and inexpressible peace and consolation at the hour of death.

St. Catherine of Siena loved this devotion to an extraordinary degree: she made an entire donation of her heart to her divine Spouse and she obtained the Heart of Jesus in exchange; from that time on, she endeavored to live and act only according to the movements and inclinations of the Heart of Jesus Christ.
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