quarta-feira, 18 de dezembro de 2013

7 Dias para o Natal - As Renas

Trenó (?) puxado por duas renas (Museu dos Biscainhos - Link)
Desde há cerca de vinte anos que me interesso pela cultura dos países do Norte da Europa, tendo especial simpatia pela Lapónia. Além de outras características que achei apelativas nessa região, gosto de renas, gosto de neve e gosto do Natal (diz-se que é ali fica a casa do Pai Natal!). 


Seguindo a Wikipedia, as renas ficaram famosas devido à lenda das renas voadoras que supostamente puxavam o trenó do Pai Natal. Em 1823, no poema de Clement Clarke Moore, intitulado A Visit from St. Nicholas, as renas do Pai Natal ganharam os nomes de Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder, e Blixem. Coloco aqui o poema que acho uma delícia:

Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro' the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar plums danc'd in their heads,
And Mama in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap —
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters, and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow,
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below;
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a minature sleigh, and eight tiny rein-deer,
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and call'd them by name:
"Now! Dasher, now! Dancer, now! Prancer and Vixen,
"On! Comet, on! Cupid, on! Dunder and Blixem;
"To the top of the porch! To the top of the wall!
"Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!"
As dry leaves before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of toys — and St. Nicholas too:
And then in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound:
He was dress'd all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnish'd with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys was flung on his back,
And he look'd like a peddler just opening his pack:
His eyes — how they twinkled! His dimples: how merry,
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry;
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face, and a little round belly
That shook when he laugh'd, like a bowl full of jelly:
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laugh'd when I saw him in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And fill'd all the stockings; then turn'd with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.
He sprung to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew, like the down of a thistle:
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight —
Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

Rudolph só foi adicionada por Robert L. May em 1939, na história Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Aqui ficam mais algumas renas, com muito Espírito de Natal:

A simpática Sven, do filme Frozen (2013 - Link)

E mais uma rena desenhada pela minha filha :-):

6 comentários:

Presépio no Canal disse...

Gosto muito de renas. O postal que enviei este ano à minha afilhada tinha renas como motivo. E como era um pop-up, ficavam giras de pé.

Margarida Elias disse...

Devia ser bem giro. Bjns! :)

www.amsk.org.br disse...

Penso serem mágicas e não quero perder essa idéia. São lindos ... tudo.


Margarida Elias disse...

Também gosto dessa ideia. Obrigada e bjs!

ana disse...

A Teresa fez uma maravilha para dar à mãe. Também gosto de renas e adorei este registo.
Parabéns à Teresa que tem um nome lindo e tem sensibilidade para a arte.
beijinho para as duas.

Margarida Elias disse...

Beijinhos, Ana! :)