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Odds and Ends The Great Secret Christ in Mythology by Eualia Rogers
On American Mythology by Kevin Derby
Dianthe by Liliana
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Following the King by Kevin Derby
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Dear Awesome Ink and Fairydust Readers, I was so honored to be asked to write the editor’s note for this issue! My name is Shaylynn, and I am the Graphics Editor for Ink and Fairydust. I usually spend a lot of time backstage, glued to the computer, making the magazine pretty and reading jokes on geeky blogs. Although in real life I am more than happy to get up on stage and make a complete and utter fool of myself (I once fell off the stage during a play because I was being goofy in my clown-sized shoes; it’s not always nice having strangely shaped feet because theaters can’t accomodate them)-- as I was saying, although I don’t mind being front and center in real life, I must admit that attempting to write something for an editor’s note has given me heatstroke from the limelight. I’m no longer sure I’m insane. Did you know that limes make really yummy juice? And, wow, it looks like they took my picture while I was writing this in the limelight. We’d like to apologize for the slight delay in the March/Apil issue. It’s totallly not my fault. Well, okay, it’s actually entirely my fault, because life sometimes making balancing things difficult. Anyway, this issue is going to be a BLAST for you, dear readers. We have a great array of articles all about mythology! By the way, this is my own little bit of a social experiment. I imagine that most people skip over the editor’s note when they first open up a magazine, especially if the note is full of long blocks of text. At least I do. Thus, I think that I won’t be spoiling the surprise by saying April Fool’s! (And if this does ruin the surprise for you, then you are a very unique individual who actually reads things cover to cover. Henceforth, you are admitted to the Epic Geeky Club of Geeks Who Don’t Do Things the Way ‘Normal’ People Do. I’m in that club, too, because I can quote Shakespeare in ordinary conversation and ride a unicycle. and I wrote a research paper about Celtic Knotwork.) I am writing this editor’s note in a great rush. because it’s only the day before April First. Everyone else is upstairs setting the table for our delicious dinner of homemade pizza. They haven’t noticed that I’m not there (yet). I’m typing as fast as my fingers can fly (oh, yeah, my fingers can fly, they all have little wings!) and am just attempting to make the biggest blocks of text as I can, as I mentioned before. Therefore I-- oh, look, a squirrell!-- am really and truly rambling. We hope that you truly enjoy this issue of I&F!
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THE GREAT YUMMY
Secret IN LEMBAS BREAD
Legolas: Lembas bread. One small bite will fill the stomach of a grown man. Merry: How many did you eat? Pippin: Four. by a really young contributer from earth year 2008
embas and Twinkies Many have read the epic story by J.R.R. Tolkien that carries the memorable name The Lord of the Rings. I am sure that many will recall a certain food given to the Fellowship by the Elves; namely, the lembas, or waybread of the Eldar. This was a rather rare food, and its secret was kept by the Yavannildi. It is said to have nearly magical powers such as the giving of strength. The descriptions of its actual appearance and taste are few, but those which I have discovered label lembas as a delicious food. Many will be willing to take this knowledge and be satisfied, but I have landed upon rather uncanny similarities between the lembas of Middle-Earth and the Twinkies of our modern Earth. I ardently disagree with those who call lembas a mere fictional creation, for I believe that it bears a strong relationship with the Twinkies we are all familiar with. The fact that both the Eldarian waybread and Twinkie treats are both rare and coveted is of utmost importance. “At no time in Middle-earth was there great store of this food; [the Eldar had been commanded] not to make it common to the dwellers in mortal lands.” In the same way, Twinkies are exceptionally rare in the cupboards of most families, and parents are sure to keep it anything but common among their children.
There are some who would call this a mere coincidence, but with so many more facts bearing on the relationship between lembas and Twinkies, this can hardly be the case. Among the various abilities attributed to lembas is the giving of strength, energy, and heart— characteristics that also belong to Twinkies. The Lord of the Rings tells us that “they could eat of it [lembas] and find new strength even as they ran.” (Book III, Chapter 2, Riders of Rohan) As anyone who has ever met a child (or adult!) with a sweet tooth knows, large amounts of sugar will give the eater a certain burst of strength and energy commonly called a “sugar high”. It is common knowledge that Twinkie treats are made with ample amounts of sugar; therefore, this same “virtue to keep going” (Return of the King) is as inherent to Twinkies as to lembas. Merridoc Brandybuck (aka Merry) declares that “Lembas does put heart into you!” The savory sugariness of Twinkies is sure to put heart into anyone who loves sweets. These similarities surely cannot be overlooked! The most important reason why lembas cannot be a mere fictional creation, but are in fact based on Twinkies is the remarkable correspondence in their physical characteristics. J.R.R. Tolkien cannot have been unknowledgeable to this fact,
for Twinkies were created and became widely popular during the time in which he was writing The Lord of the Rings. (Wikipedia article on Twinkies and the one on Tolkien). Both of these foods have crème colored (if not crème filled) insides. Both are declared to be exceptionally tasty. They are sealed in their own distinctive and airtight wrappers—the lembas in mallorn leaves and the Twinkies in plastic. They are both said to last extraordinarily long time without spoiling. Some may say that these are accidental coincedences, and may say that the two foods are not similar, because lemas is “crunchy” and Twinkies are soft and spongy. However, we may attribute these differences to Tolkien’s “literary license”, for nothings says that he could not have slightly altered the description of Twinkies for use in his creative work. The existing physical similarites are indeed too pronounced to be purely coincidental. While many believe that lembas bread is a fictional creation, the do bear a conspicuous semblance to Twinkies. The rareness, strength, and appearances attributed to both these foods coincide with great detail. Far from being an imaginary food, lembas bread is in fact very much like the entirely un-imaginary Twinkies of our modern Earth.
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