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What are you reading now?

Discussion in 'General Discussions' started by Werifesterian, 16 July 2017.

  1. Azaeroe

    Azaeroe Member

    In the end I ended up picking up Homer again while I wait for a book of Novalis' collected works to arrive [in German.] I also have my eyes on a book about German Romanticism.

    I mentioned Charles Lutwidge Dodgson's Alice a few posts ago. I plan on reading Sylvie and Bruno some day, a some what lesser known of his works.

    Still waiting on a book about the influence of Ancient Greek culture on Richard Wagner's Ring cycle.
     
  2. Werifesterian

    Werifesterian Senior Member

    I'm reading the Seidensticker translation, which I prefer over Royal Tyler's even though all the explanatory material in Tyler is very useful. I really should find a good reader's guide.

    I cannot help but wonder what would happen if one were to combine Genji with influences from Lovecraft and Clark Ashton Smith. Maybe some William Hope Hodgson for good measure.
     
  3. Azaeroe

    Azaeroe Member

    The Good Soldier - Ford Madox Ford
     
  4. Plantagenet

    Plantagenet Heroic Member

    In a further investigation of ancient Brittonic/Welsh traditions I've recently completed a historical work, namely Tim Clarkson's The Men of the North: The Britons of Southern Scotland. Decent book as far as the obscure topic matter goes.

    Some interesting historical observations regarding the Britons after some research I may as well mention here: it seems that the dynasty of the old kingdom of Wessex (and possibly the Mercian dynasty as well) was actually native British in origin which subsequently Anglicized. What's interesting is that it was Wessex which went on to unify and become the basis of England and thus the dynasty responsible for this wasn't Anglo-Saxon but rather British in origin. Furthermore the Stuarts of Scotland were of Breton origin and became the first dynasty to rule over a united Britain, thus giving a Brythonic origin for the United Kingdom as well. Finally the Welshman and occultist John Dee is supposed to have come up with the idea of the British Empire and it was under the Stuarts that the Empire got started, thus giving the British Empire a Brythonic origin as well, whether as an idea or fact.

    In any case, currently reading a perhaps more fanciful work but supposedly interesting nonetheless, namely Nikolai Tolstoy's The Quest for Merlin. I suppose the argument of the book is that Merlin was a historical figure from Lowland Scotland and also a remnant of British paganism or druidism, exploring connections between Merlin and the gods Lugh/Odin.
     
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