So I’ve been in Prague, and sen a lot of Art Nouveau, and idk … I saw a portrait with a pose like this and thought it might fit, you know? 

Sak Yant or Yantra Tattooing are  believed to give the wearer magic powers associated with healing, luck, strength, and protection against evil.

You can get these here in thailand by a monk, they look beautiful but I’d never recommend it. Essentially, you’re making a pact with a spirit to protect you in exchange for sacrificing an activity or habit you may have previously enjoyed (the monk decides what this is, not you). These tattoos are contracts. 
 Breaking your side of the bargain may encourage the spirit to ‘punish’ you, and these contracts are not easily voided. 

Prayer for Nienna


Hear me, Nienna of the Fëanturi and take pity in me for I suffer!

Mighty Valier, weep for me for I have wept all my tears and I now drown in them.

Sing for me a lamentation and lift from my heart the weight of grief and loss.

Take me away from this isle of despair, princess of the West and give me your hope.

Fill this void in my chest, give my spirit new strength. Turn my sorrow into wisdom, so that I can see beyond this darkness.

Teach me the worth of endurance for naught is evil alone and aught that seems a calamity is in fact but an instrument foreseen by Ilúvatar in his Music for the achievement of wondrous things.


and he spoke to them, propounding to them themes of music; and they sang before him, and he was glad”

The Music of the Ainur 

 It is said that in the making of Arda he endeavoured to draw Ossë to his allegiance, promising to him all the realm and power of Ulmo, if he would serve him. So it was that long ago there arose great tumults in the sea that wrought ruin to the lands. But Uinen, at the prayer of Aulë, restrained Ossë and brought him before Ulmo; and he was pardoned and returned to his allegiance, to which he has remained f a i t h f u l.


Right, so cocktail recipes were a suggestion for the SIlmarillion Readalong, and so I’m gonna do one! I was surprised how much I enjoyed reading these two chapters again - the language is really lyrical, and the creation story of the world is beautiful. When the Ainur looked at Arda, “their hearts rejoiced in light, and their eyes beholding many colours were filled with gladness.” So naturally, I had to make a glowing cocktail. I also wanted flowers, to represent creation, and some darkness creeping in from Melkor’s involvement. 

(Note - Tonic Water contains quinine, a molecule whose shape makes it flouresce under UV light. So, you’ll want to get a UV lightbulb to truly appreciate this drink. Also, chill all your ingredients, because you won’t be adding ice. We need to avoid anything that will dilute the tonic, which is why I’m using strong spirits and flavourings!)


1 shot gin

Half shot Elderflower Syrup

Squeeze of lemon

Tonic Water

Blackcurrent Syrup or Ribena

Mix the elderflower syrup, lemon, and gin in a tumbler. Top with tonic water. Using a teaspoon, drip some black current syrup into the heart of your drink, to represent the discord of Melkor. Do not mix, just turn on the UV light, and enjoy in the midst of the innumerable stars. 

Photo credit and inspiration: 


The Aratar

Manwë → Jason Momoa
→ Lupita Nyong'o
→ Mads Mikkelsen
→ Rinko Kikuchi
Aulë → Manu Bennett
→ Julianne Moore
→ Lee Byung-hun
ë → Ken Watanabe


Songs for the Ainur and the creation of Arda. [feat. soundtracks from Game of Thrones, Gladiator, Lord of the Rings, The Elder Scrolls, and more.]  Listen on 8tracks.

The Great Music from dontpanicllama on 8tracks Radio.


The Great Music: to assist in the creation of Arda

01. i cried unto the lord with my voice // arkhangelsky … 02. a celtic blessing // david hamilton … 03. ascension // future world music … 04. et ecce terrae motus - gloria … 05. agni parthene // valaam brethren choir … 06. alleluia // eric whitacre … 07. vi // janacek … 08. blessed are they whom thou has chosen // lvovskiy … 09. celtic myst // sound adventure … 10. cherubic hymn 1 // tchaikovsky