Magdalena SŁABA: Exercises in presence  or Tolkien-themed Trip of 2016 (part II)
Magdalena SŁABA

Magdalena SŁABA

Exercises in presence
or Tolkien-themed Trip of 2016 (part II)

We passed a boys club and Mar’s Wark, a ruined residence of clan Erskine built in the 70s of the 16th century. For centuries the Erskines were keepers of the royal Stirling castle, so to me it symbolizes the House of Gondor. The impressive building was never completed. We looked at the huge walls of blackened stone; on the towers and above the gate we saw mediaeval inscriptions, e.g. on the northern tower: ”The more I stand on open height, My faults more subject are to sight”. This is not entirely true, because we had not seen that before we got there… Alas, the tower rhymes!

Magdalena SŁABA: Exercises in presence  or Tolkien-themed Trip of 2016 (part III)
Magdalena SŁABA

Magdalena SŁABA

Exercises in presence
or Tolkien-themed Trip of 2016 (part III)

Armoured elven forces of king Thranduil who have drunk too much wine? Some eerie hooded creatures in bedrooms. Besides, a gathering around someone (dead?) lying on the floor of the living room upstairs. A boar smoking a pipe sitting in a wooden armchair in the dining room…

Magdalena SŁABA: "There and back again or my English quest for all things Tolkien”
Magdalena SŁABA

Magdalena SŁABA

"There and back again or my English quest for all things Tolkien”

My journey began on Thursday 16th April at 3.50 p.m., in the year 71 of the Fourth Age of the Middle-earth, equivalent to the year 15 of the third millenium of Our Age. The thing required getting to Katowice first (by express train), which could have played the role of Rivendell if our route had not been from far in the east to the furthest west – i.e. to the Grey Havens.