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Re: eBay auctions
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Hi folks

The first of these auctions will be finishing in a day and a half - if you haven't done so already, please take a look - there's plenty of good stuff there!

I have a few more pieces to come - maybe next week.

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Posted on: 2008/11/7 10:44


Mystical Realms newsletter for November, 2008
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Posted on behalf of Jef Murray


Greetings!

Welcome to my newsletter for November, 2008! Please feel free to forward this to anyone you think would be interested in keeping up with me. To receive these newsletters regularly, please drop me an email or subscribe online from my website (http://www.JefMurray.com ) or at: http://groups.google.com/group/Mystical_Realms . Notices of events are at the bottom of this email.

Pitchers ===============
There are 5 new paintings posted on my website, including one religious work, "Pilot", and four Tolkien-themed paintings; "Ascent", "Sam & Rosie", "Lightning on Weathertop", and "Enthouse". You can see all of these by clicking: http://userwww.service.emory.edu/~jmu ... jefmurraystudios/new.html

I welcome your thoughts and comments on these new pieces!

Ponderings ==============

Troubled times are coming. Just as Treebeard saw his world change, so are we about to see ours.

Right now, just before the elections in the USA, I see so many who are afraid. The old bylaws are broken: banks are going bust, world markets are whiplashed. Enormous crowds gather, hypnotized, hoping that a new leader will bolster balance sheets and forestall foreclosures.

You can feel it in the earth; you can feel it in the water; you can smell it in the air.

Bad times are not new. And elections will not change them. The fruits of foolishness must be born, and in a few years, the messiah elected today will be the ousted and disgraced demagogue of tomorrow. This is the nature of idol worship…what was once thought divine becomes despicable. Hell hath no fury….

But, the flip side of the impotence of the elected is that we can all see where the real power lies, and that is with God and with each other.

The last long lesson of lack was taught to us in the 1970s, when I was in high school. Then there was no such thing as a personal computer, few folk had color TVs, and most new cars were compacts because of skyrocketing oil prices.

My family lived in the country, and since we were only able to pick up a couple of TV stations, we had to make a lot of our own entertainment. We read a lot, but we also gardened, raised dogs and rabbits, collected eggs from the wild chickens that ran in the pastures. We hunted and fished. We wrote stories and drew comics. We gathered muscadines to make jelly, and I tried my hand at making peach wine from the syrup my stepfather brought back from the school lunchroom. This latter attempt ended in a spectacular explosion, and my childhood bedroom to this day smells like fermented peaches when the weather turns wet.

But what I learned during the stag-flated seventies was that it was always more fun to _create_ than to _consume_, to ponder than to be pandered to. It was always more exciting to _give_ than to _get_. But from 1982 on, all the world seems to have forgotten these things. All the world now worships the idol of consumerism, and that idol, like the idol of the messianic politician, will fall.

The best and most important things in life do not require credit cards. They do not require big brazen bureaucracies and multi-billion dollar bailouts. They do not require the clever counsel of a new commander-in-chief.

The best and most important things in life are love of God and love of neighbor. And as the world changes and our credit cards are cancelled, we may find ourselves rediscovering both. We may learn how to once again trust in God to help us through the rough spots. We may learn how satisfying it can be to care for friends and family. We may learn how interesting our neighbors are once layoffs or the need to mow our own grass gives us the time and opportunity to get to know them.

We may, as a result of these changing times, rediscover what Frank Capra and Angelo Pellegrini once taught us: that lean years can be our happiest years, and that bad times can sift souls and feed one's faith.

The world is changed. The next president will disappoint and disillusion those who worship him now, as all false idols do. And the pain of lost homes and layoffs will certainly be real. But we will be the ones who decide whether these pangs are harbingers of havoc or of healing; of ruin or of rebirth.

May God bless you and yours in the lean and happy years ahead….

Jef

Prospects ===================

- The Northeast Tolkien Society (NETS) folk have announced the availability of their 2009 Tolkien calendar. This year, I was asked to contribute the cover design and B&W sketches for all of the interior calendar pages. The other images used in this year's calendar are from Catherine Karina Chmiel and Colin Williams, both of whom are gifted artists whose work deserves greater exposure. You can order the 2009 calendar at http://www.herenistarion.org/index.ph ... ectionid=4&id=51Itemid=57 .

- A recent book cover design project has finally come to fruition. Visionary, a suspense novel by Michael Hallman, has just been released by Tumblar House (http://www.tumblarhouse.com/visionary.php ). I was privileged to have been given the opportunity not only to read this intriguing mystery before publication, but to design the cover for it. Tumblar House is making a name for itself by publishing books by Catholic and orthodox Christian authors that might otherwise be rejected by secular publishing houses because of their religious content. Please check them out!

- The good folks who brought us A Long Expected Party in Kentucky have just announced the availability of souvenirs from the event that include the use of four of my painting images (The Road Goes Ever On, Outlandish Folk, Many Paths to Tread, and The Party Tree). Mugs, steins, T-shirts, etc. can all be viewed and ordered by clicking on the following links: http://www.whitelinescreenprinting.com/Pages/ALEP/Souvenirs.pdf
http://www.whitelinescreenprinting.co ... P/Souvenirs_OrderForm.xls

- John Ottinger is a very gifted blogger and reviewer of sci fi and fantasy books. He and I met at this year's Dragon*Con, where he asked me for an interview for his online blog, "Grasping for the Wind". You can read the results at:
http://otter.covblogs.com/archives/20 ... view-with-jef-murray.html .

- ADC Books now has an online catalog featuring Tolkien-themed original paintings and prints from Ted Nasmith, Ruth Lacon, Peter Pracownik, and myself. In addition, you'll find collectible items and rare books featured in the ADC Books catalog. Please take a look at http://www.adcbooks.co.uk .

Posted on: 2008/11/7 1:18
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Mystical Realms newsletter for October, 2008
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Sorry this is late! Just realized it was never posted.

Jef Murray writes


Welcome to my newsletter for October, 2008! Please feel free to forward this to anyone you think would be interested in keeping up with me. To receive these newsletters regularly, please drop me an email or subscribe online from my website (http://www.JefMurray.com )
or at:
http://groups.google.com/group/Mystical_Realms . Notices of events are at the bottom of this email.

Ponderings ============ ==

The first strangeness was being escorted by a wizard down the dirt road to the registration building. But apart from Gandalf, who regaled us on our walk with his knowledge of American Shaker history, we could also see other cloaked and gowned figures plodding down paths and bustling beside picket fences.

Lorraine and I had just arrived at A Long Expected Party in Kentucky. And, although there were jarring moments that reminded us otherwise (Gandalf at one point excused himself to answer his cell phone in the midst of what might otherwise have been a protracted discussion of Shire road construction techniques), it seemed that the city we'd left behind that morning had been part of a bad dream: here there were no more gas shortages; no more political debates; no more predictions of financial catastrophe. Here, instead, were old oak trees, rolling hills with sheep, goats, and cattle. Here were ponies prancing in pastures as well as draught horses tugging carts beside drystone-bordered barnyards.

Never mind that this Shire had furry feet in two very different metaphysical spaces; it seemed, as it often is with prayer, that the efforts of the organizers had transcended time and space. We almost felt that if we walked far enough away from the village center, we'd encounter a nothingness beyond which we could travel no further; a boundary that protected us from the outside world so that we could reflect, for a time, on the important things.

That first evening saw most of us settled in, and we gathered in an enormous Pipeweed-drying barn for supper and lamplight tales. Once the sun set, the gloaming pooled through slatted barn walls and screech owls punctuated story and song. Music was primarily Hobbit-fare, and was warm and welcoming. Later, Gandalf regaled with ghostly tales… just frightening enough, I suspect, to trouble the sleep of those whose other cares had all been left behind.

The ensuing days in the Shire were filled with stunning sights and mystical moments. Fog-filled mornings had Hobbits huddling. Crispy bacon, biscuits, and sausages washed down with strong coffee fortified us for long hours of listening to talks, fencing, hiking, and even testing of furred feet on riverboat cruises.

The second evening brought us to the Hall of Fire, where many of us were coaxed into sharing stories, songs, and skits. Gandalf, Bilbo, Frodo, Eowyn, Galadriel, Arwen, Aragorn…all were present, as were Dora and Angelica Baggins, various Rangers, plus others of the Istari. We even had an appearance by Farmer Giles of Ham(!). And we were serenaded again, not only by Hobbit ballads, but also by Elven tunes of long ago. Late, late on the second evening, the bravest stayed up for a ghost walk through the village. Dares were made and accepted by the intrepid at the site of the most-haunted smial in all the Shire.

The final full day dawned to much nervous anticipation. Bilbo's big party was to begin at 6pm, with preliminary games starting at 3 in the afternoon. Lorraine and I were housed near the Party Field, and at one point in the afternoon, we spotted dozens of Hobbits, Elves, Dwarves, Rangers, and Wizards outside our bedroom windows, apparently on a treasure hunt. The sight was startling; fields that had seen only sparrows and jackrabbits were now seething with fair folk of every kith and kin. But for the fullness of the afternoon autumn sunlight, we would have thought that the Barrows had been opened and the glorious men and ladies of the Downs called back to life.

Bilbo's party was, of course, the biggest and best part of the whole weekend. There were various entertainments, including the teaching of the Springle Ring to those who were inclined to dance, more Bard music, an encore of "May it Be" by an elven maiden, and enormous quantities of food, drink, and birthday cake. We were all taken by surprise at one point by the appearance of a Black Rider on horseback just after dusk, but the Rangers drove it off before it could cause any mischief.

Bilbo's speech came, and we were all surprised and delighted by his complete disappearance at the end of it…many of us knew what was coming, but the reality of it still came as something of a shock.

There's so much more I could say about our time in the Shire. Aside from the planned events, the land itself healed wounds and smoothed furrowed brows. We heard cows first thing each morning, lowing in the fields. We heard coyotes off in the distance each afternoon. Brilliant crystalline stars reeled through the Milky Way all night long, and immense autumn gusts buffeted the Pipeweed Barn during daytime gatherings.

Our trips to the village (we were housed about a mile and a half west of Hobbiton) played out like nature dramas; we saw hawks, possums, rabbits, coyotes, and even a skunk on our rides to and from town. One sparrow, apparently unaccustomed to such magical devices, swooped into our car one morning , perched on the steering wheel, and would not leave; it was apparently intrigued by the strangeness of this new sort of carriage.

When the final morning dawned, with just the barest outline of sun greeting the thick autumn mists, we didn't know what to say to all of the new friends we'd met. It was certainly not clear that there would ever be such an event as this again in our lifetimes. And many of us felt in our hearts that this weekend would stand as the closest any of us would ever come to truly visiting the Shire…unless, of course, a greater Shire awaits us once our journey on this earth is finally done.

Prospects ============ =======

- John Ottinger is a very gifted blogger and reviewer of sci fi and fantasy books. He and I met at this year's Dragon*Con, where he asked me for an interview for his online blog, "Grasping for the Wind". You can read the results at:
http://otter.covblogs.com/archives/20 ... view-with-jef-murray.html .

- I will be speaking about my Tolkien-themed artwork to students in a class entitled "J.R.R. Tolkien and the Spiritual Journey" on Wednesday, October 22, from 7-9pm. This class is being offered by Emory University's Aquinas Center, and is being taught by Dr. Phillip Thompson, the director of the Aquinas Center. The class is part of the ongoing Evening at Emory Writers' Studio series.

- If you have copies of any of my signed prints, whether Tolkien-themed or otherwise, your print has just increased in value(!). Beginning this month, we've completed an inventory of all signed prints that I have sold or donated over the last several years, and all of these will be included in the totals for limited print editions of each image. From here on out, all newly purchased prints will be individually numbered, and there will be a cap on total produced. If you would like to know approximately which of the numbered prints you have, please feel free to contact me.

- Divining Divinity, the first book of verse by Joseph Pearce, which includes my illustrations and cover artwork, was just recently reviewed in Dappled Things. You can read the review by going to: http://www.dappledthings.org/peterpaul08/review01.php .

- ADC Books now has an online catalog featuring Tolkien-themed original paintings and prints from Ted Nasmith, Ruth Lacon, Peter Pracownik, and myself. In addition, you'll find collectible items and rare books featured in the ADC Books catalog. Please take a look at http://www.adcbooks.co.uk .

Posted on: 2008/11/7 1:09
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Re: Miscellaneous links
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It seems that this could be the same interview as the well known one with Denys Gueroult, right? Tolkien met Gueroult at the Randolph Hotel before doing the interview, though I am not sure if the interview itself took place there.

Posted on: 2008/11/6 14:36


Re: Miscellaneous links
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Sadly they do not have an audio clip of Tolkien on the website

Posted on: 2008/11/6 12:12



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