fellandfair As we begin Memorial Day weekend here in the States, let's us remember the mighty fallen warriors whose blood watered the tree of liberty so well. "We heard of the horns in the hills ringing, the swords shining in the South-kingdom. Steeds went striding to the Stoningland
as wind in the morning. War was kindled. There Théoden fell, Thengling mighty,
to his golden halls and green pastures
in the Northern fields never returning,
high lord of the host. Harding and Guthláf Dúnhere and Déorwine, doughty Grimbold, Herefara and Herubrand, Horn and Fastred, fought and fell there in a far country:
in the Mounds of Mundburg under mould they lie with their league-fellows, lords of Gondor. Neither Hirluin the Fair to the hills by the sea, nor Forlong the old to the flowering vales
ever, to Arnach, to his own country
returned in triumph; nor the tall bowmen, Derufin and Duilin, to their dark waters, meres of Morthond under mountain-shadows. Death in the morning and at day's ending lords took and lowly. Long now they sleep under grass in Gondor by the Great River. Grey now as tears, gleaming silver,
red then it rolled, roaring water:
foam dyed with blood flamed at sunset;
as beacons mountains burned at evening; red fell the dew in Rammas Echor." ~Tolkien
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fellandfair "Bloody blades and bloody earth
on which danced green shadows.
Better to die a thousand times
than to be led meekly to the gallows.
Better to fall under pagan blade
or bitter poison arrow.
Better to fight on without hope
than as coward see the morrow." ~Campbell

Photo by @mrskelleyobrien
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fellandfair "To the Sea, to the Sea! The white gulls are crying,
The wind is blowing, and the white foam is flying.

West, west away, the round sun is falling.
Grey ship, grey ship, do you hear them calling,

The voices of my people that have gone before me?
I will leave, I will leave the woods that bore me;

For our days are ending and our years failing.
I will pass the wide waters lonely sailing.

Long are the waves on the Last Shore falling,
Sweet are the voices in the Lost Isle calling." ~Tolkien
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fellandfair "Then in Gondor we must trust to such weapons as we have. And at the least, while the Wise ones guard this Ring, we will fight on." ~Tolkien
Photocreds @mrskelleyobrien
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fellandfair Nothing like a little Tolkien read by Inglis to the music of Shore to brighten the the middle of the week. 2w

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fellandfair I left my band this week to join the gallant @mickeyflint and his troop of rangers @mrskelleyobrien and @xavietta. It is awesome to adventure with others whose craftsmanship and love for ranging equals your own. This is why I do this folks! Meet each other and go on adventures. Your captain commands it! 2w

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fellandfair Did a bit of adventuring with some new allies in southern Ithilien this week. Executed a perfect ambush with @mickeyflint @mrskelleyobrien and @xavietta. 2w

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fellandfair "But in the wild lands beyond Bree there were mysterious wanderers. The Bree-folk called them Rangers, and knew nothing of their origin." ~Tolkien 3w
  •   fellandfair @the_briar_patch yes I did. 3w
  •   schildknacker @saeth_snowbane I'll have to try adjusting mine then. I'm 6 foot five inches tall and when I wear it on my shoulder the fletching is constantly hitting branches etc.. That's why I like the belt quiver. With a belt quiver I can keep my hand on it to keep it from tangling anything while I am running or moving about in the woods @fellandfair 3w
  •   the_briar_patch @fellandfair beautify work. @saeth_snowbane @schildknacker back quivers are where it's at. It's all a matter of personal preference. I have become more accustomed to timed end speed shoots with a back quiver. 3w
  •   instagrahm16 Yass 3w
  •   kswizzleswizzle Perfect 3w
  •   dangtattoo @fellandfair I just wanted to say I absolutely love your page man. Everything you do is so awesome. But for everyone who says back quivers aren't practical, I have two words for y'all, HOWARD HILL. Everyone wants to act like an archer expert but they forget that the world's greatest archer was Howard Hill and he was quick and dead accurate from any position while using a back quiver. A lot of new archers always quote Lars Anderson but he's just an entertaining speed shooter. His accuracy is questionable and I doubt he could hold more than a dozen arrows in his hand lol 2w
  •   fellandfair @dangtattoo I totally agree. I actually wrote a post about this a few months ago when this was a hot topic. 2w

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fellandfair "Who will come when the dark rises? Who will stand against the foe?
Who will fight when all have fallen? Who will take up arms and go?
Who will carry on the struggle? Who will give their dying breath?
Who will swear his sword in war? Who will bring death to death?" ~Campbell
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fellandfair Has battle axe, will travel and enjoys long raids on the beach. #iamavikingwarrior 4w

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fellandfair "From the mouths of the Sea the South Wind flies, from the sandhills and the stones,
The wailing of the gulls it bears, and at the gate it moans. ‘What news from the South, O sighing wind, do you bring to me at eve?
Where now is Boromir the Fair? He tarries and I grieve. ‘Ask not of me where he doth dwell – so many bones there lie,
On the white shores and the dark shores under the stormy sky,
So many have passed down Anduin to find the flowing Sea.
Ask of the North Wind news of them the North Wind sends to me!’ ‘O Boromir! Beyond the gate the seaward roads runs south,
But you came not with the wailing gulls from the grey sea’s mouth’." ~Tolkien
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fellandfair "It was a great battle. Tall Men with long swords, and terrible Elves, and Orcses shrieking. They fought on the plain for days and months at the Black Gates. But the Marshes have grown since then, swallowed up the graves; always creeping, creeping." ~Tolkien 4w

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fellandfair "For morning came, morning and a wind from the sea; and the darkness was removed, and the hosts of Mordor wailed, and terror took them, and they fled, and died..." ~Tolkien 1mon

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fellandfair Even Assassins sometimes spend the weekend doing research. The key is a good library and lots of coffee... 1mon

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fellandfair Leadership is about doing whatever is necessary to help your team be victorious: helping them cross a river, charging first into combat, baking really good Lembas bread for an after-battle snack... 1mon

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fellandfair "`For myself,' said Faramir, 'I would see the White Tree in flower again in the courts of the kings, and the Silver Crown return, and Minas Tirith in peace: Minas Anor again as of old, full of light, high and fair, beautiful as a queen among other queens.'" ~Tolkien 1mon

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fellandfair "Upon great pedestals founded in the deep waters stood two great kings of stone: still with blurred eyes and crannied brows they frowned upon the North. The left hand of each was raised palm outwards in gesture of warning; in each right hand there was an axe; upon each head there was a crumbling helm and crown. Great power and majesty they still wore, the silent wardens of a long-vanished kingdom." I am about to launch upon a whole new series of armor and gear, but I took a few days to teach myself how to paint with oils. This is my first foray into Middle Earth with a paintbrush. In the words of G.K. Chesterton, "If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly." So I figured, why not lean a new art?
I will also be opening an Etsy store this summer (after the aforementioned outfits are completed) for both armor and oil paintings. More to come on that later.
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fellandfair "Even when I was far away there has never been a day when the Shire has not been guarded by watchful eyes." ~Tolkien 2mon
  •   sealybomb Looks cool as hell mind 2mon
  •   fellandfair @sealybomb they can, but it is easy to fix. I use an arrow bag inside the quiver. I can tie the drawstring either above or below the fletching. That keeps them from being thrown out or making noise while running. You can also stuff a rag or even a handful of grass down the quiver to prevent movement/rattling. 2mon
  •   sealybomb yup makes perfect sense!! And will keep it in mind... Who knows? Maybe someday I have an arrow quiver of my own!!! (And that would be freaking awesome if it happened!) 2mon
  •   duniaa_b Larping? @ayyydo 2mon
  •   ballsnbullets @fellandfair good points! Do they fall out When you bend over or do you have the shafts secured somehow 2mon
  •   jmsnyde I adore this! The good, green and simple places of the world should be guarded by those who are able. 2mon
  •   nikomoutopoulos You follow them @pbreil 2mon

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fellandfair "Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise." What a comfort to many a warrior on the eve of a desperate battle. There are few indeed who can claim death as gain. 2mon
  •   lha_luke 2mon
  •   jamesjackel @thejorkid yeah I agree 2mon
  •   juliarantamaula Amen! 2mon
  •   paulaasalcido Amazing!!! 😀 2mon
  •   giackfre84 Superb! 2mon
  •   fellandfair @thejorkid @jamesjackel I concur that is is not the entirely correct setting however I can rationalize it this: given that these words were spoken to the thief on the cross, justly deserving punishment (as are we all) and about to die (none of us know the hour of our death and some risk in constantly) it is a source of great encouragement to those who, like the thief, believe in the Christ. Thus we can face death now, knowing we have forgiveness and death results only in heaven. Thus Easter is the ultimate conquering of death. Those who believe shall indeed be in paradise the moment we die and can go forth and risk life and limb with confidence if not a light heart. 2mon
  •   jamesjackel @fellandfair Amen!! 2mon

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fellandfair "This royal throne of kings, this scepter'd isle, this earth of majesty, this seat of Mars, this other Eden, demi-paradise, this fortress built by Nature for herself against infection and the hand of war, this happy breed of men, this little world, this precious stone set in the silver sea, which serves it in the office of a wall, or as a moat defensive to a house, against the envy of less happier lands, this blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England." He is either thinking this, or, "I wonder if we are having venison pasty for dinner?" 2mon

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