...a little light afar among the trees steady and pale as it were of a glowworm very bright...these Elves had little lanterns of strange fashion, and they were of silver and of crystal and a flame of a pale blue burnt forever within...
(from "Turambar and the Foaloke" in The Book of Lost Tales II)
he saw on a sudden a slender sheen shine a-shimmering in the shades afar, like a glow-worm's lamp a-gleaming dim... But little lanterns of lucent crystal and silver cold with subtlest cunning they strangely fashioned, and steadfast a flame burnt unblinking there blue and pale, unquenched for ever.
("The Lay of the Children of Hurin", lines 775-777, 787-791 in The Lays of Beleriand)
Ever since I read those lines of poetry in 1985, the image of that blue light, pure and pale, has haunted my imagination. Today I found this image of glow-worms that has the precise blue that for over 30 years I have imagined to glow within the lanterns of the Gnomes.
Post by Vile Traveller on Jun 10, 2016 22:20:39 GMT -6
Hey, I've been down those passages! They become a lot less magical once you find out it's basically glow worm poo - still, that provides a scientific basis for gnome lanterns! Glow worm poo-powered lighting! But think of the greenhouse gas emissions ...