Friday, February 15, 2013

ETYMOLGY-2013

'ETYMOLOGY'
It is thought that the word Etymology may be a contention among linguists, it is clear that nearly every   culture in European history has had its own name for the similar representation of the creatures commonly called Elves~

As far as history in what humans believe, the earliest preserved description of elves comes from Norse Mythology. In Old Norse they are called Alfar. Although the concept itself is not entirely clear in surviving texts and records, elves appear to have been understood as powerful and beautiful human  - sized beings ~ They are commonly referred to collectively as semi-divine being associated with fertility as well as the cult of the ancestors. As such, elves appear similar to the animistic belief in spirits of nature and of the decease ~common to nearly all human religious ~something that is true also for the old Norse belief in fylgiur and vordar ~ 'follower and 'warden' spirit, respectively.~

SCANDINAVIAN ELVES~
In Scandinavian folklore, which is a later blend of Norse Mythology and elements of christian mythology and elf is called elver in Danish, Alv in Norwegian and alv or alva in Swedish ~
The first form being masculine, the second feminine~
In Denmark and Sweden, the elves appear as beings distinct from the better, even though the border between them is diffuse. The elf found in the fairy tale or the Elf of the Rose By Danish Author Hans Christian Anderson is so tiny that he can have a rose blossom for his home, and his wings that reach from his shoulders to his feet~
Yet Anderson also wrote about Elvera in The Elfin Hills, which were more like those of traditional  Danish Folklore, who were more like those of traditional Danish Folklore, who were beautiful females-
Living in hills and boulders - capable of dancing a man to death  ~ Like the Hulda in Norway and Sweden, they are hollow when seen from the back~ 

The Elves are typically pictured as fair - haired white kin - And like most creatures in Scandinavian Folklore, they can be extremely dangerous when offended. The elves can put and disease ~ spirit upon humans if they choose too. The most common of their cases are, varieties of the irritated skin rashes, which were called ala blast {Elven Blow} & it could be cured by a forceful counter blow of a handy pair of bellows which was most useful for this purpose~

Skalgropar, a particular kinda of petroglyph found in Scandinavian, were known in older times as alvkvarnar - Elven Mills, pointing to their believed usages. One could appease the elves by offering them a treat,  they preferably butter placed into an even mill - perhaps a custom with roots in the old Norse Alfablot. 

The elves could be seen dancing over meadows, particularly at night and on misty morning. They left a kind of circle where they had dance, which were called alvdanser - elf dancers or alvringar /elf circles and to urinate in one was thought to cause venereal disease. Typically the circles consisted of a ring of small mushrooms. There were other kinds of elf circles too! On lake shores, where the forest met the lake, you could find elf circles, they were round places where the grass had been flatten like a floor. Elves had danced there. By Lake Tisaren, I have seen one of those. It could be dangerous and one could become ill if one had trodden over such a place of one if you were to destroy anything there.

If a human being watched the dance of the elves, he would discover that even though  only a few hours seemed to have passed, many years had really passed in the real world, a remote parallel to the Irish sidhe. In a song from the late Middle Ages about Oaf Liljekrans, the Elven Queen invites him to dance. He refuses, knowing what will happen if he joins the dance and he is also on his way home to his own wedding. The Queen offers him gifts, but he declines. she threatens to kill him if he doesn't join in the dance, but he rides off and dies off from an disease she sent upon him and his young bride dies of and broken heart. 

However - the elves were not exclusively young and Beautiful. In the Swedish folktale - Little Rosa and Long Leda, an elvish woman - (alvakvinna) Arrives in the end ~ saves the heroine - Little Rose on condition that the kings cattle no longer graze on her hill. she is described as an old woman by her aspect people saw that she belonged to the subterranean. 


German Elves
What remained of the belief to be the elves in Germany folklore was the idea that they were mischievous
pranksters that could cause disease to cattle and people - bring bad dreams to sleeping humans. 
The German word for "Nightmare" - meanings Albtranm - " Elf Dream".
The Archaic form Albraum means - 'Elf Pressure'. If was believed that nightmares were a result of an Elf sitting on the dreamers head. This aspect of German Elf belief largely corresponds to the Scandinavian belief in the Mara. It is also similar to the legends regarding the incubus and the succubus demons. 
The Legend of Der Erlkonig appears to have originated in fairly recent times in Denmark. The Erlkonig's nature has been the subject of some debate. The name translation, 'Elf King' (which would be rendered as Elfen Konig in German).It has often been suggested that Erikonig is a mistranslation from the original Danish Elver Konge of Elverkonge, which means ~ Elf King.     




    These are many different interpretations of different cultures around the world. I found it interesting the elves were so different yet in many way very similar.
Wendy.         





Thursday, February 14, 2013

'The Shadow Elves'-2013

'The Shadow Elves'
The Shadow Elves as they are also sometimes known are one of the most mystifying elven tribes of the race. Their realm is the noxious and odoriferous water marshes in the Northern Sarvonia  where the Injera has hid her Countenance for many thousands of a Milena. The origins of these Shadow Elves are called the Mo'hrhim tribe- then as they evolved to the shadow elves. as nebulous as their dark - lit lands. but it is said that the  present water marshes reside upon the ruins of the legendary - And elven city of their descendants of those who had refused to abandon the city even after it was a land of dust by the gods. So they were the directed descendants from the original elves that were here as one race before their god came to them and first made their world here on earth dark then light then their gods left them be and these shadow Elves have made the old ancient ruins the home. Which has become a great Water Marsh Land ruled by the Bone Queen-

The Shadow Elves are presently ruled by Avash'aelia who according to the legends is the Queen who has been their ruler and the Queen for thousands of a Milena to present day-
But she is very rarely seen by anyone outside the wall of their Kingdom-
The Queen has many names but her most feared title is the BONE QUEEN- And with it, she rules the Water Marshes and its inhabitants completely without per. Rumored to be as ancient and eternal as the light elves of the Thaelon, she is also quite insane and those who dare cross her borders do it out of extreme desperation or a madness rivalling the Queen's such trespassers are , like a bad tale never seen again.
Appearance
Like  their tribal namesake, the Shadow Elves over the ages, evolved into a shadow like form. These shadow forms are a kin to normal life elven kin. The shadow elves or shadow cast of that once elf can flit  independently across walls & spaces with a fluidity that is at once impressive & frightening to behold. A rare survivor, as this record is been written, who stumbled upon the Water Marshes once - described that the shattered walls of the city are thick with constantly moving shadows that whisper incessantly. 
Whispers that one can hear but can never make out the word within-
How & why they have evolved into shadows is a matter hotly debated by the elves & human historians - But the popular reasoning seems to be that it is the effects of a curse laid down by the Gods during the destruction of Fa'av'calar. Cursed, the elves - as they had dared to stay on in the city after its demise. If the Shadow elves were to venture away from the boundaries of the water marshes, it is said that they will melt away to nothing under the harsh light of the sun.
Another explanation is that these shadow - changing ability is merely a facet of adapting and surviving a harsh & unfriendly environment.The water marshes are well - documented to be constantly brimming with a sulfuring fog that comes form the creatures that live in the area. Within a few days - a human would quickly perish. But in their shadow forms the Moh'rhim seem not to mind the lethal and venomous air that surrounded them.
Though these shadow elves may seemed to look to be the unfortunate ones. They  used their ability to change into shadows to their advantage by befuddling any enemies and keeping the borders of the  cities sate from trespassers. 
Shadow Elves
Similar to their cousins the light elves, the Moh'rhim rarely take on a corporeal shape. When they do physically coalesce, their skin is ebony and their eyes are large and dark. Their Queen, Avash'aelia is said to have a fondness for the physical form and unlike the rest of her subjects, choose to appear as a terribly scarred young elven women with hair as black as the deepest caves and the darkest forest in the Elven. As far as the why the Bone Queen usually appears in an a corporeal state. Unlike most of her subjects, she is powerful to withstand the noxious fumes emitted by the bog of the water marshes. So there was no reason for her to adapt to her immediate surrounding to survive as the rest of the shadow elves had too.
Like most of the elven races, the Moh'rhim are very beautiful to behold when they choose to manifest themselves in a corporeal form though their beauty is like that of a waning moon on a cold starlit night rather than the bright, unearthly, loveliness of the Astyrhim or the fierce handsomeness of the Tethinrhim~
Bogs
Term used for bogs in the water marshes in their cities of the shadow elves are used for human burials ,human sacrifices, a place where usually human-elev-and other human like bodies have been found their doom. These are marshes places that have  a highly acid peat moss. The reason that bogs permit a high level of preservation is because they are both acidic and anaerobic (oxygen - poor) when a body is thrown into a blog, the cold water will hinder pure faction and insect activity. Sphagnum mosses and the presence to tannin add to the preservation by having anti-bacterial properties. 
Territory
The Shadow elf inhabit the wide expanse of the water marshes in North Sarvonia . It is a cheerless realm, filled with treacherous bogs that if you get suck in one, you'll be pulled down to its bottomless depths faster than anti spell of any elf of the Queen of Bones. The air is always thick with injurious fumes and cloudy everyday even in the day time as the sun's rays are unable to penetrate through the noxious vapours. 

The Shadow Elves guard their borders with jealously from outsiders and it is very rare to see a shadow elev leave the boundaries of the Water Marshes. 
There has been talk among scholars that the Shadow Elves are reluctant to leave their special realm, due to the fact that they have been in shadows for so long, that light, when it touches them, will destroy them immediately. It is said, there has never been seen one leave - so who knows if that is true?
People
Even though the Shadow Elves have been looked upon by their cousins as agents of evil, just because they have a fondness for the shadows. They are not inherently devious or black of heart. They maintain a studiously neutral stand among themselves. Their Queen Avashaelia - The Bone Queen - remains one of the most powerful elven rulers of all Elves. Even the most Powerful Realms would think twice before crossing over the borders of her Water Marshes without her permission.
The Shadow Elves possess a power that has caused some to trepidation among their own kind when in shadow form, they can enter the mind of another living being and cause the will of that being to become their own for a short space of time. Because of this ability, others of their race often shun them, because of this ability, although the Shadow elves seldom use this power for domination or control -
All Shadow Elves have this power but the strength of it varies in degree's from elf to elf- Only a handful are strong to simultaneously control the will of several minds at once. Interesting, it is said that their Queen is not a true Shadow Elf as she does not possess the ability to morph into a shadow from or have the mind power the Elves do. She is always depicted in a physical form. 
The Queen in her longevity is said that she has been around since before time. That she is one of the first elves to step foot upon the earth and that she actually does have great powers far greater than any shadow changing And mind controlling than all her subjects in the Marsh Lands. 
Shadow Elves - Clothes
The Clothes of the Shadow Elves are simple yet functional . And elegant due to their melancholy nature,  they  prefer  clothing in the shades of black, grey or dull silvers. The men would usually tie their  hair back with a strap of leather while the women will let their hair loose down their backs without any adornments .The women also favour old - fashioned gowns reminiscent of those worn by their ancestors during the ancient times with a high neckline and long sleeves that  touch the ground when they walk. The men mostly wear dark - colours tunics cinched at the waist with a belt with similar coloured trousers and boots. 
The Shadow Elves are the descendants of the elves who refused to abandon the great Elven Empire after its destruction by their Gods- The Water Marshes itself is to said be its ruins and some say there are still living descendants from its original  inhabitants of the Great City, including their Queen.
Wendy.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Green Dragons-2013

Green Dragons-

 Few dragons are utterly reviled among the humans or elves as the Green dragons - also known as Forest dragons too. History of the Green Dragon~
Although Green dragons might not be as powerful or as destructive as some of their kin, they are innately & instinctively deceptive. They lie as easily as people can speak & they are very good at it. They love intrigue & prefer to achieve their goals through guile and double - dealing over any other means. As the Green Dragons would says, 'any brute can hunt - but it takes skill and intelligence  to trick one's prey into offering itself for dinner. Adding this attitude to a Greens belligerent nature - To  a Green Dragon a weak creature is either prey or pawn. And nearly all creatures are weak in the eyes of the Green dragon. This makes the Green dragon a loathsome and conniving beast in the eyes of many. 
The Life Style of the Green Dragon~-Green Dragons are among the most likely to interfere with nearby human or elf communities. Some Green dragons terrorize their neighbors into obedience - others play & experiment with the local political & mercantile interests. A Green Dragon might use bribes & intimidation to gain the cooperation of a few selected members of a community - then he might see how much authority he can obtain by proxy before other humans or elves have discover it mission of over taking the town.


-Greens might not have lofty goals for this sort of manipulation, they enjoy the process and the practice for its own sake.
-Green dragons might negotiate peaceful co-existence with their neighbors as long as territories as resources do not overlap - Anyone entering such an arrangement, however, should do so with great care - For the Green dragon will take a devilish delight in finding loopholes in such agreements.
-Green dragons prefer sentient mammalian prey over any other kinda prey.
-They live in a terrain often that's a canopy of vegetation of Thick Forest & Tall Tress to hide in the contour of the earth - Their lairs are in areas of the thick vegetation - they prefer temperate & cold forest to a steamy jungles and non forest lands - The Green Dragons are particularly in favor of the woods with large & imposing trees - The older and massive the better. Greens might accept a smaller woods, and less desirable one -  as an alternative - as well as jungles & overgrown bogs.
Bogs~
Bogs are found wherever there is high rainfall, which is typically in the rainforest where the Green Dragons live. They are also known to be in many part of Western Ireland. They are called blanket bogs because of their appearance. From a distance they appear homogeneous and they hug the topography like a blanket. With almost 1 million hectares of Ireland completely  by blanket bogs, it is far more common than the small scale raised bogs contrary to popular belief - blanket blogs are essentially are essentially a man made feature, if  environmentally and aided somewhat by the climate. 
Back in the days of the Dragons the Bogs were like a lake that had been completely filled with the surrounding landscape, wood deposits, peat grass, large trees, etc. Nothing really would survive in the bog. If anything got stuck in there well it would sink to the very depths of that bog to rot with everything else. My guess why the Green dragon liked the bog, was because it would supple food meaning animals or even humans or an unlucky elf stuck in there.



When a Green dragon cannot find a suitable forest or woodland, it might settle for an area of rolling hills by using the slops & valley for concealment in the same way that its  cousin kin use the forest & trees. 
-Green Dragons prefer caves in a forested with hills & cliff-sides for their lairs. Where they cannot find such convenient openings. They might topple the mightiest of the trees into great heaps and make their homes in hollows of these wooden hills. Some Green dragons even layer these large trees inside their lairs to give them a Fae touched.
The Green Dragon traits are Manipulative and deceptive. They enjoy intrigue & tricky. Their habit is mostly forest & Fae woods. They are in general evil and mean. And the Breath weapon is Poisonous Gas.
The Green Dragon is quite beautiful but is quite deadly. So always remember your dragon kin. And their traits it could save your life!!!
Wendy
Note: the beautiful images are not Mine.




Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Cherry Blooms - 2012

Cherry Blooms - 2012
Beauty in Nature

Many Jewels of pink

Food of the hummingbirds



Nature has so many beauty details

Fun with photography


Looking at a Cherry Bloom tree in a different way-


The beauty of Spring


Flowers can bring happiness to almost anyone 
Its raining cherry blooms'
One of my Happiest Days
I see a tiny green leaf can YOU?
The path to a Secret land
Feathers of flowers 
THE TREE
Tiny pink pillows 


JEWELS








Beauty in a tree of any kind
Raining in pink flowers 
For the love of Pink












Upside down Cherry Bloom Tree



Beauty in a photo
 Spring is Grand!

 Art in a Photograph 


 Raining Cherry Blooms

 I love Cherry blooms!
I love Spring!

 Art in a Photograph





Wendy 's Cherry Blooms 2012

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