This is it! YAHOO!!! I was so excited when I heard the title of the latest (hopefully not the last for the Harry Potter Saga, yeah…I’m one of the people who wanted to read about Harry Potter getting married, having children with Ginny Weasley and dying old) book of Ms. JK Rowling, and it’s…
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–>>>Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows<<<-- When I’ve checked different forums from famous Harry Potter websites and they got tons of different interpretations of the title, of what could it mean, or even predict the book. I’ve got several that I really like, this is from The Leaky Cauldron Lounge:
The Hallows across most legends are seen to represent the royal regalia carried
by the King, or the objects sought by someone such as a ‘Grail Quester’ in both
ancient and modern stories.
The sacred vessels, or ‘Hallows of Ireland’ were
believed to have been brought by the ‘Tuatha de Danaan’ to Ireland and kept in
the ‘Crane Bag’, visible at high tide only. Four people were responsible for
guarding the contents, known as ‘Guardians of the Hallows’ : ‘Manannan’, ‘Lugh’
, ‘Cumhal’ , ‘Fionn.’ When it was first in Manannan’s care it contained:
Goibniu’s shirt, belt, knife and smith’s hook;
King of Lochlann’s Helmet;
King of Alba’s Shears;
A Belt made from
Asal’s pig’s bones.
Later the Tuatha de Danaan were
believed to be a people who were said to have brought sacred treasures from an
island near Greece to Ireland from the Otherworld. There were said to be four
1. Shining spear of Lugh (from Gorias), providing victory in
2. Stone of Fal (from Falias), kings were crowned on this;
Sword of Nuadu (from Findias), impossible to avoid being struck and wounded by
4. Cauldron of Dagda (from Murias), of plenty.
hallows of the Tuatha de Danaan were developed in later traditions to be:
1. The Pole of Combat;
2. The Sword of Light;
3. The Cauldron of
4. The Stone of Destiny.
These have since been further
developed to the four symbols of magical elements, to also be seen on Tarot
packs as the four suits:
1. The Sword;
2. The Spear;
3. The Cup;
4. The Pentacle.
We can see that the sacred vessels influenced the
Arthurian legends, Grail legends and the search for the hallowed objects in
ancient ‘Annwn’ also being associated with those of the Tuatha de Danaan:
1. The Sword which is Broken;
2. The Spear of the Dolorous Blow;
3. The Dish (to process the Head of the Withdrawn Grail Guardian);
The Grail (Sacred Chalice / Cauldron of Plenty & Inspiration).
Spear has also been referred to as the ‘Lance of Longinus’, as it is said to be
the one which ‘Longinus’, a Roman centurion, used to pierce Christ’s side as He
was being crucified.
The Hallows were believed to be shown to the Grail
Questers whilst attending a meeting, or in some cases a feast. This meeting has
been considered to be a tradition if not a ritual accompaniment to the feast,
where the focus of the viewing of The Hallows was considered one to be
respected. In some legends the ‘Lady of the Lake’ is referred to as the
‘Guardian of the Hallows of Kingship’.
Today The Hallows can be seen to
exist in modern regalia;
1. The Sceptre (Rod of Equity and Mercy);
2. The Sword of State;
3. The Ampulla of Holy Oil;
4. The Crown.
In early Arthurian legend it was said that thirteen treasures existed in
the Otherworld, and these were reputed to have been retrieved from Annwn by
Arthur. These were collectively known as the ‘Thirteen Treasures of Britain’
(See Hallows of Britain). The story of their recovery is told in the poems of
and another one:
Hallows of Britain aka ‘Thirteen Treasures of Britain’. ‘Arthur’ is said to have
travelled to ‘Annwn’ to attempt to recover these sacred objects. According to
Arthurian legend the treasures could only be used by the King or his
representative in battle. It is believed that the right to own and guard these
objects reflect the same qualities needed to be worthy of the marital union with
‘Sovereignty’. Their fame and history was told in the writings of the Mabinogion
and early Welsh Triads, and their storage was said to be guarded by ‘Merlin’ at
Bardsey Island where he was said to have lived at one time in a glass house.
‘Dyrnwyn, the Sword of Rhydderch the Generous’; Possessing the ability
to burst into flame.
‘The Hamper of Gwyddno Garanhir’; Possessing the
ability to turn one meal into one-hundred meals.
‘The Horn of Bran’;
Possessing the ability to provide any drink.
‘The Chariot of Morgan the
Wealthy’; Possessing the ability to travel at great speed to any location.
‘The Halter of Clyno Eiddyn’; Possessing the ability to provide a horse of
the seeker’s choice.
‘The Knife of Llawfronedd the Horseman’; Possessing the
ability to cut enough food for twenty-four men.
‘The Cauldron of Diwrnach
the Giant’; Possessing the ability to heat the food for a hero but not a coward.
‘The Whetstone of Tudwal Tudglyd’;Possessing the ability to ensure death
would follow wounding.
‘The Coat of Padarn Red-Coat’; Possessing the ability
to identify those of noble birth.
‘The Crock of Rhygenydd’; Possessing the
ability to provide favourite foods.
‘The Dish of Rhygenydd’; Possessing the
ability to provide favourite foods.
‘The Chessboard of Gwenddolau’;
Possessing the ability to play by itself.
‘The Mantle of Arthur’. Possessing
the ability to make the wearer invisible to any observer.
It is not
clear whether Arthur successfully retrieved all the treasures from Annwn except
for the Cauldron of Diwrnach the Giant.
Its 8 days to go till Christmas and I haven’t bought a single present for anyone yet. I’ve been so caught up with work and family concerns that I don’t have time (or money..long story. ^_^) in buying christmas present though Christmas is next week! I can definitely feel the holiday rush. Can you?
But we have to remind ourselves that chirstmas is not all about the presents or the parties … its about giving and recieving, remembering the memories from the last 12 months, and most importantly, a time to be with family and friends. So enjoy the break and enjoy the good times!
I’ve remembered my “STAIRS” days when we’ve seen the play, The Fifth Prodigal. The Stairs Network was now on it’s 13th season already (we, Malen, Aimz and I) and were part of the 9th season. Cool eh? The play started kinda late, possible, that the first showing was extended…but it’s ok coz all the wait was worth it.
Words are not enough to praise Kuya Paul Ballano for the very ingenious script. He’s the director/creator of the Stairs Network, the director of the show, and the play. He’s also one of the actors and the script writer of the Fifth Prodigal. Actually, aside from The Fifth Prodigal, Kuya Paul already writtent numerous plays, one of which was The Guro, where it was recommended by the Dept Ed (Department of Education, Culture and Sports). O ha?! ang husay noh? to be shown in various schools. I would also want to like all my friends from work, QA beauties and machos for seeing the play, sa susunod ulit ha. Janis and Ate Chris too.
Malen, I and Aimz
After logging in and seeing this message on my dashboard…I was so excited!!! Yahoo!!! I’ve been waiting for the invites to come. So I immediately clicked “Switched to New Version”, where it did try to switch…
Then I got this…I got this for two days. I was so excited…I never knew that it would take that long for the blogger team to transfer my account to the newer version…but, ok…hayyy….
Unfortunately, after two days, I received this on my mail and it made me sad. I hope that the Blogger Team will do it much later than never… I hope.
Gosh! With tons of new news from Harry Potter world, I could not keep up with it! LOL! But it doesn’t matter, I just love it all! Please check out high resolution of this video over Veritaserum. And for more updated Bonnie news, please go to BonnieWrightOnline. On the side, you can see the Weasley Christmas when it was shot with Director David Yates, Hermione, the Weasleys (Mr and Mrs. Weasley, the twins, Ron and Ginny), and Harry.
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