Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Niveus, nivea, niveum...

'And Ilúvatar spoke to Ulmo, and said: ''Seest thou not how here in this little realm in the Deeps of Time Melkor hath made war upon thy province? He hath bethought him of bitter cold immoderate, and yet hath not destroyed the beauty of thy fountains, nor of thy clear pools. Behold the snow, and the cunning work of frost! Melkor hath devised heats and fire without restraint, and hath not dried up thy desire nor utterly quelled the music of the sea. Behold rather the height and glory of the clouds, and the everchanging mists; and listen to the fall of rain upon the Earth! And in these clouds thou art drawn nearer to Manwë, thy friend, whom thou lovest.''

'Then Ulmo answered: ''Truly, Water is become now fairer than my heart imagined, neither had my secret thought conceived the snowflake, nor in all my music was contained the falling of the rain. I will seek Manwë, that he and I may make melodies for ever to thy delight!'' And Manwë and Ulmo have from the beginning been allied, and in all things have served most faithfully the purpose of Ilúvatar.' (J.R.R Tolkien, The Silmarillion, Ainulindalë).

The above photo I took this morning, before it started snowing again. My two best friends playing in the snow - a welcome sight after the week I've had. Glory to God in all things, especially two silly Labradors playing in the snow.


  1. Nivea's good stuff!

    Take care matey!

  2. You know, I'm not entirely sure your dogs share this Tolkeinesque sentiment. I'll bet they are thinking something more along the the lines of "OMG!!! Snow!!! Let's go run around in it then shake it all off AFTER we have gotten back into the house!"

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