quarta-feira, 31 de janeiro de 2018

Porque a Terra é redonda: «All roads are now bent»

De acordo com Tolkien:

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«Faced by this rebellion, of appalling folly and blasphemy, and also real peril (...) the Valar lay down their delegated power and appeal to God, and receive the power and permission to deal with the situation; the old world is broken and changed (...). Thereafter there is no visible dwelling of the divine or immortal on earth. Valinor (or Paradise) and even Eressëa are removed, remaining only in the memory of the earth. Men may sail now West, if they will, as far as they may, and come no nearer to Valinor or the Blessed Realm, but return only into the east and so back again; for the world is round, and finite, and a circle inescapable – save by death. Only the 'immortals', the lingering Elves, may still if they will, wearying of the circle of the world, take ship and find the 'straight way', and come to the ancient or True West, and be at peace».
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J. R. R. Tolkien, Preface to The Silmarillion - A letter to Milton WaldmanCf. J. R. R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion, London, HarperCollinsPublishers, 1999 (1.ª ed. 1977), p. xxiii.
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Frédéric Bennett, Haven of the Eldar
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Contudo, alguns, mesmo entre os mortais, conseguem encontrar o caminho recto que permite alcançar Avalon: 
«Therefore the loremasters of Men said that a Straight Road must still be, for those that were permitted to find it. And they taught that, while the new world fell away, the old road and the path of the memory of the West still went on, as it were a mighty bridge invisible that passed through the air of breath and of flight (which were bent now as the world was bent), (...) until it came to Tol Eressea, the Lonely Isle, and maybe even beyond, to Valinor, where the Valar still dwell and watch the unfolding of the story of the world. And tales and rumours arose along the shores of the sea concerning mariners and men forlorn upon the water who, by some fate or grace or favour of the Valar, had entered in upon the Straight Way (...) and so had come to the lamplit quays of Avallonë (...)».
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J. R. R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion, London, HarperCollinsPublishers, 1999 (1.ª ed. 1977), p. 338.

terça-feira, 30 de janeiro de 2018

No Dia do Croissant

Que é o meu bolo preferido, de momento - ando perfeitamente viciada...
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«I have a lot of weak spots - cookies, croissants».
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Em Lisboa (que é o que conheço) os meus croissants preferidos são os da Bénard (que também tem o melhor chocolate quente), os do Careca (que também tem bons palmiers) e (estranhamente, talvez) os croissants (da casa) do Jumbo. Mas ando à procura de mais, muito mais, por isso, aceito sugestões :-)

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segunda-feira, 29 de janeiro de 2018

Da Escrita: Deleuze e Babina

 Federico Babina, Archiwriter
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«C'est a travers les mots, entre les mots, qu'on voit et qu'on entend».
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Gilles Deleuze, Critique et Clinique (1993).
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Federico Babina, Archiwriter
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 Federico Babina, Archiwriter
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Federico Babina, Archiwriter City

sexta-feira, 26 de janeiro de 2018

Sonhar / Com votos de bom fim-de-semana

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«Vas a crecer, vas a despertar
A descubrir, para deslumbrar
En busca de tus sueños
Tienes el valor y vas a volar
Vas a sentir, vas a encontrar
Vas a vivir para demostrar
Que eres tan valiente
Y todo lo que quieras lo podrás alcanzar».

quinta-feira, 25 de janeiro de 2018

25 de Janeiro

Para a minha filha que faz hoje uma década!
Aqui vão outros companheiros de aniversário:
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“It is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes makes its way to the surface.”
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quarta-feira, 24 de janeiro de 2018

Lembas - E Parabéns Ana!

Uma prenda para a Ana do blogue (In)Cultura, que faz anos hoje!
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«'Another gift I will give to you, Cuthalion,' said Melian, 'that shall be your help in the wild, and the help also of those whom you choose.' And she gave him store of lembas, the waybread of the Elves, wrapped in leaves of silver, and the threads that bound it were sealed at the knots with the seal of the Queen, a wafer of white wax shaped as a single flower of Telperion; for according to the customs of the Eldalie the keeping and giving of lembas belonged to the Queen alone. In nothing did Melian show greater favour to Turin than in this gift; for the Eldar had never before allowed Men to use this waybread, and seldom did so again.»
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J. R. R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion, London, HarperCollinsPublishers, 1999 (1.ª ed. 1977), p. 240.
Cf. Link para a receita in Lembas Bread Lord of the Rings | Food in Literature
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E para a Ana fica igualmente uma canção de Neil Diamond, que também faz anos hoje. A canção é referente a um dos meus livros preferidos (já andou por aqui em 2013), que espero que a Ana também goste:

terça-feira, 23 de janeiro de 2018

Sob o signo de Aquário

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Alguns aquarianos famosos:

Plácido Domingo (21/1)
Adriano (24/1)
Paula Rego (26/1)
Mozart (27/1)
Phil Collins (30/1)
Shakira (2/2)
Cristiano Ronaldo (5/2)
Carmen Miranda (9/2)
Thomas Edison (11/2)
Lincoln (12/1)
Galileu (15/2)
Ed Sheeran (17/2)

segunda-feira, 22 de janeiro de 2018

Da vida

Edmund Dulac, A Higher Destiny (Beauty and the Beast)
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«Procurar ver o modo como as coisas se misturam é uma aventura apaixonante. As coisas acontecem segundo uma cadência que nunca forma o fio de um destino, mas surge como a fluência da própria vida». 
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Eduardo Prado Coelho, In Público, 31/3/2005 (Citador). Almanaque Bertrand, 2017-2018, Bertrand Livreiros, p. 78.

sexta-feira, 19 de janeiro de 2018

Mundos Imaginados: Doriath

Da minha leitura do The Silmarilions, apaixonei-me por Doriath e pela história de Thingol e Melian:

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«Therefore the Naugrim laboured long and gladly for Thingol, and devised for him mansions after the fashion of their people, delved deep in the earth (...). Beyond the gates wide passages ran down to high halls and chambers far below that were hewn in the living stone, so many and so great that that dwelling was named Menegroth, the Thousand Caves.
But the Elves also had part in that labour, and Elves and Dwarves together, each with their own skill, there wrought out the visions of Melian, images of the wonder and beauty of Valinor beyond the Sea. The pillars of Menegroth were hewn in the likeness of the beeches of Orome, stock, bough, and leaf, and they were lit with lanterns of gold. The nightingales sang there as in the gardens of Lorien; and there were fountains of silver, and basins of marble, and floors of many-coloured stones. Carven figures of beasts and birds there ran upon the walls, or climbed upon the pillars, or peered among the branches entwined with many flowers. And as the years passed Melian and her maidens filled the halls with woven hangings wherein could be read the deeds of the Valar, and many things that had befallen in Arda since its beginning, and shadows of things that were yet to be. That was the fairest dwelling of any king that has ever been east of the Sea.
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And when Thingol came again to Menegroth he learned that the Ore-host in the west was victorious, and had driven Cirdan to the rim of the sea. Therefore he withdrew all his people that his summons could reach within the fastness of Neldoreth and Region, and Melian put forth her power and fenced all that dominion round about with an unseen wail of shadow and bewilderment: the Girdle of Melian, that none thereafter could pass against her will or the will of King Thingol, unless one should come with a power greater than that of Melian the Maia. And this inner land, which was long named Eglador, was after called Doriath, the guarded kingdom, Land of the Girdle. Within it there was yet a watchful peace; (...)».
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Era um sítio que eu gostava que existisse (ainda, porque mesmo segundo Tolkien, já desapareceu). Porém, como bem disse Dumbledore:

quinta-feira, 18 de janeiro de 2018

Flor de Janeiro: Cravo

O tema já andou por aqui em Abril de 2014, mas aqui ficam mais uns cravos:
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Iznik, Plat au bouquet d'oeillets (1570-1575, Musée National de la Renaissance, Ecouen)
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Peter Binoit, Stilleben, frukt (1618, Skokloster Castle)
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Henri Fantin-Latour, Carnations in a Champagne Glass (1876)
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Jeanne Magnin, Bouquet d'oeillets dans un pichet de porcelaine (Musée Nationale Magnin, Dijon)

quarta-feira, 17 de janeiro de 2018

Reconhecer e Conhecer

Lucian Freud, Acacia (1975)
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«Nous reconnaissons les choses, nous ne les connaissons pas».
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Gilles Deleuze, Proust et les signes (1979)

terça-feira, 16 de janeiro de 2018

Ver e Desenhar

David Bles, Who Learns to Draw, Learns to See (1890-1891)
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«Il y a une immense différence entre voir une chose sans le crayon dans la main, et la voir "en la dessinant". […] Même l'objet le plus familier à nos yeux devient tout autre, si l'on s'applique à dessiner: on s'aperçoit qu'on l'ignorait, - qu'on ne l'avait jamais véritablement "vu". […] Je m'avise que je ne connaissais pas ce que je connaissais : le nez de ma meilleure amie… ».
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Degas citado par Paul Valéry em "Degas Danse Dessin", Musée d'Orsay.

sexta-feira, 12 de janeiro de 2018

Com votos de bom fim-de-semana

Joan Hernandez Pijuan, Limite (2000)
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“O limite não é onde uma coisa termina, mas, como os gregos reconheceram, de onde alguma coisa dá início à sua essência.”
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Heidegger - citado in Leandro Martins, Santuário de Nossa Senhora do Cabo Espichel, FAUL, 2017.

quinta-feira, 11 de janeiro de 2018

Silmarils

Silmarils (Tolkien Gateway)
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«In that time were made those things that afterwards were most renowned of all the works of the Elves. For Feanor, being come to his full might, was filled with a new thought, (...); and he pondered how the light of the Trees, the glory of the Blessed Realm, might be preserved imperishable. Then he began a long and secret labour, (...); and at the end of all he made the Silmarils. 
As three great Jewels they were in form. (...). Like the crystal of diamonds it appeared, and yet was more strong than adamant, so that no violence could mar it or break it within the Kingdom of Arda. (,,,). And the inner fire of the Silmarils Feanor made of the blended light of the Trees of Valinor, which lives in them yet, though the Trees have long withered and shine no more. Therefore even in the darkness of the deepest treasury the Silmarils of their own radiance shone like the stars of Varda; and yet, as were they indeed living things, they rejoiced in light and received it and gave it back in hues more marvellous than before». 
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J.R.R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion, London, HarperCollinsPublishers, 1999, p. 68. Cf. também o Archive.org.

quarta-feira, 10 de janeiro de 2018

10 de Janeiro

Para o meu marido, que faz hoje 45 anos, aqui ficam alguns famosos que nasceram no mesmo dia:
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Júlio Pomar, Camões (CNAP)
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Júlio Pomar nasceu em 1926. Outros que nasceram neste dia foram o escultor Eduardo Chillida, em 1924, e o cantor Rod Stewart, em 1945.

Elogio al Horizonte (1989, Gijón)

terça-feira, 9 de janeiro de 2018

Da época

Robert Julian Onderdonk, Rainy Day in Bandera
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«Janeiro frio e molhado enche a tulha e farta o gado».
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Almanaque Bertrand 2017-2018, Bertrand Livreiros, p. 47.
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Ao procurar uma imagem sobre chuva, para ilustrar este provérbio, encontrei esta belíssima fotografia de Victor Palla:

Victor Palla (1954-1959, MNAC)
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Essa fotografia mostra uma imagem da chuva na cidade e demonstra bem que a chuva é mais útil no campo, como refere o provérbio. Isso, por sua vez, lembrou-me outro provérbio, que dizia a minha avó:

«Não se pode ter sol na eira e chuva no nabal».

segunda-feira, 8 de janeiro de 2018

Do Tempo III

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Poeminha sobre o Tempo

O despertador desperta, 
acorda com sono e medo; 
por que a noite é tão curta 
e fica tarde tão cedo?
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sexta-feira, 5 de janeiro de 2018

Porque Amanhã é Dia de Reis

Já abordei o tema em 6 de Janeiro de 2014, mas volto a ele, com votos de Feliz Dia de Reis.
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Adoration of the Magi (Séc. IV, Museu do Vaticano, Roma)
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The Three Wise Men (526, Basilica de Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, Ravenna)
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Evangelistar von Speyer, Cod. Bruchsal 1, Bl. 11r (c. 1220, Badische Landesbibliothek, Karlsruhe)
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Adoration des Mages (meados do Séc. XIV, Museu do Louvre)
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Rogier van der Weyden, Bladelin Triptych (1445-1450, Gemäldegalerie, Berlim)
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Hans Memling, Adoration of the Magi Triptych (1470, Museu do Prado, Madrid)
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Gerard David, The Adoration of the Magi (National Gallery, )
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Andrea della Robbia, Adorazione dei Magi (1500-1510, Victoria and Albert Museum)
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Pieter Bruegel the Elder, The Adoration of the Kings (1564, National Gallery, Londres)
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Diego Velazquez, Adoration of the Kings (1619, Museo del Prado, Madrid)
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Johann Friedrich Overbeck, The Adoration of the Magi (1813, Kunsthalle Hamburg)
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James Tissot, The Adoration of the Magi (1886-1894, Brookly Museum)

quinta-feira, 4 de janeiro de 2018

Ultra violeta

É a cor de 2018, segundo a Pantone :-)
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Leque (1890-1914, Museu dos Biscainhos)
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Émile Gallé, Jarra (Séc. XIX, Palácio Nacional da Pena)
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Henri Matisse, Reading Woman in Violet Dress (1898)
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Elena Muriel, Árvore (Séc. XX, MNAC)
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Gustave Singier, Bleu-Violet (1962)
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Manuel Cargaleiro, Painel de Azulejos (1972, Museu Nacional do Azulejo)
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Max Bill, Radiazone Violeta (1973)
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Anne Lambelet, Hogwarts
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