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Happy Valentine's Day 2017

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Nathan sent me beautiful flowers for Valentine's Day :D <3

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Shiväisith Reference Tables

I keep referring to the main noun and verb tables in my reference guide, so I separated them out for easier access. The full document is still posted here. I've been keeping track of my progress on tumblr so as not to spam my own journal :P and to keep an eye out for language updates.

Little elf loves to study languages :D *runs off to Asgard to explore*
Loki says, "Wait, the library is that way!"

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Music

Shivaisith Study Notes

Recent study notes.

I've been taking phrases from the script and analyzing the components so I can understand how to piece words and phrases together. Shivaisith utilizes cases for the nouns and adjectives and tense/person conjugation for the verbs. I'm glad that I studied Croatian, otherwise the concept of cases would be rather intimidating. But I love the sound of the words. This language was originally based on Finnish, so apparently some of the linguistics are similar. The runes are not based on Finnish, but they're super fun to write!

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Ever since I learned that the same composer arranged the soundtracks for Children of Dune and Thor: The Dark World, I've been noticing similarities between the two stories:

-Blue-on-blue eyes (fremen and dark elves)
-Desolate landscape (Arrakis and Svartalfheim)
-Stillsuits (fremen wear them to conserve water in the desert) and elf survival suits (the black suit under their armor, which they wear due to the harsh conditions on their world)
-Lady Jessica and Frigga (the main characters' mothers who are very intelligent, brave, and mystical)
-Powerful liquids ("water of life" and the Aether)
-Very beautiful, sad scenes involving the deaths of Chani and Frigga (the music, wow <3)
-Beautiful use of light and dark
-Grand citadels, a central imperial hall, decorative pillars
-Travel between worlds requires the use of a person with special mental powers (Navigators / Heimdall)
-Fremen / Dark Elves are a formidable enemy
-Fremen / Dark Elves each have their own language
-Fremen / Dark Elves desire to restore their nations and world terrain
-Alia / Loki

Shiväisith Guides

Recently, I've gotten caught up in the Dark Elf language, Shiväisith. I assembled two study guides for reference. The first one is a compilation of posts that the language author has made on Tumblr. The second one is a transcript of the lines that are spoken in Thor: The Dark World. Time to learn :D

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Grammar Guide: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4ceZ9mrQbWoWDhHVnZ4ek1Ta2M/view?usp=sharing

Movie Lines: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4ceZ9mrQbWoWFZKTEdReHh1ZXc/view?usp=sharing

He comes from the north as golden splendor

Wrote out some passages from Job in runes this evening.

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"Teach us what we should say to Him,
For we can prepare nothing because of the darkness.
Should He be told that I wish to speak?
If a man were to speak, surely he would be swallowed up.
Even now men cannot look at the light when it is bright in the skies,
When the wind has passed and cleared them.
He comes from the north as golden splendor;
With God is awesome majesty.
As for the Almighty, we cannot find Him;
He is excellent in power,
In judgment and abundant justice;
He does not oppress.
Therefore men fear Him;
He shows no partiality to any who are wise of heart." Job 37:19-24

"Where is the way to the dwelling of light?
And darkness, where is its place,
That you may take it to its territory,
That you may know the paths to its home?
Do you know it, because you were born then,
Or because the number of your days is great?
Have you entered the treasury of snow,
Or have you seen the treasury of hail,
Which I have reserved for the time of trouble,
For the day of battle and war?
By what way is light diffused,
Or the east wind scattered over the earth?" Job 38:19-24

Days in Asgard

jane-thor-dark-world-robes.jpgJane's robes in TDW inspire many daydreams.

I want to sit by the waterfalls in Asgard, listen to the sound of the water falling. And perhaps catch the sound of Huginn or Muninn cawing. I'd catch one on my arm and see what message he might have from the distant realms. Or maybe I could have my own corvid messengers - a pair of magpies. She'd flick her iridescent blue-green tail in the funniest way while he dove in for a landing. A dash of labradorite in the soft blue skies.

Maybe the snow would fall. What if I could take the staff Gungnir in hand? Hear the resonant ring it makes when I let it tap against the floor. And try not to fire any energy blasts that would break pillars. (I think Thor broke them all anyway when he flew the Elf ship :P)

I'd sneak off when no one was looking and take a stroll on the rainbow bridge. Sit with my back against one of the archways and take a deep breath. Watch the roaring waters below and the shimmering colors that filter in and out through the filamented floor. The golden compasses would spin as the gatekeeper opens the bridge for travel. And the galaxies would glow in the dark skies above.

Lego Avengers - Asgard Library Floor

I really like the design of the Asgard library in the Lego Marvel Avengers video game. It's a small building located at the edge of the city near the waterfall. Inside, there are two guards keeping watch over the hall of science. Past that, there's a reading room lit by warmly glowing torches and filled with old-looking books. It looks like the perfect place to retreat to read for hours. There's also a really neat design on the floor of the science room: pictures under the cutCollapse )

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Waiting for the King

This morning, I've been reflecting on the world that God has made. He's made its stones and colors, animals and herbs, skies and stars. It leaves me in awe of the Creator. His is a beautiful world.

I've been wondering, too, how to go about exploring it - diving into details and seeking out peaceful places. Recently, I've been up to my usual listing, transcribing, dissecting, assembling - the biologist and librarian's activities. (Biology and libraries...that reminds me of the Yggdrasil tree that's growing in Odin's library. That's where I ran off to last night, sitting outside the stone pavement by the waters that rush past the observatory.)

Anyway, I've been allowing myself to continue exploring, drawing, researching while I'm waiting. I want to live by faith in God's Son, moving about this life in love toward God and others, as we learned about on Sunday. What does love look like for someone who is kind of an anti-social, detail-obsessive, artifact-digging, jungle-gym-climbing girl? I'm not sure yet, but I hope that I will grow more like Christ each day till we meet.

"...you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come." 1 Thessalonians 9-10

It makes me thankful, too, for all the people whom God has put in my life to steer me in the right direction and keep my hyper-focused mind directed back toward Jesus. Whether it's today or a thousand years from now, He will return again - the king will come this time in glory. He is worthy to take the throne and will reign in righteousness (Psalm 96:10, Jeremiah 23:5).

"Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
To receive power and riches and wisdom,
And strength and honor and glory and blessing!"
Revelation 5:12

Lord, help me to watch and wait and to be a blessing and to be holy as You are holy. Give me courage for this day and time and ease these anxieties with reminders of Your love and power. Open my eyes to see You more from Your word. Help me, too, to see the intricate handiwork of Your creation. Spark in me the energy to inspire enthusiasm among those around me for Your truth. Bless Your word around the world and Your people who bear your Spirit. Guide us along the way and give us confidence in our King Jesus.

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