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Half-halfling, half-elf wizard of the geomancer variety.

Faithfull scribe of the Noldor Calastir, Dark Lord of the Phallic Symbols. Currently living in his tower, trying to manage his household and estate while he searches for a cure for old age for his somnostatic human wife, the warpriestess Zena.


alchemy, anatomy, astronomy, geography, mathematics, herbology, maps, mycology, language, script, technology,


history, History of Europe, History of Africa, history of America


mythology, mesopotamian mythology, egyptian mythology, greek mythology, celtic mythology, norse mythology, japanese mythology, west-african mythology, gods, mythical creature,

Magic, folklore and ritual

magic, shamanism, curses, runes, tarot,folklore,magical plant, wizards workshop

Arts and crafts

theater, manuscript, illumination, sculpture, jewelry


Fujin  God of the Wind by Kawanabe Kyosai

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Losing yourself in a labyrinth

Here is something special I happened upon by coincidence in a French database today. These unique drawings are found in a handwritten book from 1611 produced by Nicolas de Rély, a monk from Corbie. We know little about the author and the book is relatively unknown in scholarship, which is kind of amazing considering its topic: a study of medieval labyrinths. These large objects were mazes of up to 40 feet in diameter, built into the floor of cathedrals of twelfth and thirteenth-century Europe (see Chartres Cathedral, lower image). Church visitors, which included a lot of pilgrims, had to undertake a journey to its centre - the latter on their knees, by means of repentance. The labyrinth is also an intellectual exercise, of creating an object of perfect harmony, of balance and calculation, like the Gothic cathedrals which housed them. The monk in the early 17th century was so fascinated by them that he devoted a study to their shapes and routes, replicating them in detail: what a beautiful way to lose yourself!

Pic: Amiens, Bibliothèque municipale, MS 405 (dated 1611). More images and some more information here. More information of labyrinths here and in this PDF. More about the Amiens labyrinth here.


labyrinth of the Minotaur

Lambert of Saint-Omer, Liber Floridus, Saint-Omer 1121.

Universiteitsbibliotheek Gent, Hs. 92, fol. 20r


A Labyrinth is a maze that has only one path.


Mâcon - BM - ms. 0001, detail of f. 019. St. Augustine, La Cité de Dieu. Paris, c.1480.

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medieval devil

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The Devil riding Behemoth. Lambert of Saint-Omer, Liber floridus. 12th century.


Demon in Chains; Illustrated Single Page Manuscript

Date: c. 1453

The Cleveland Museum of Art

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Cyprianus, Clavis Inferni sive magia alba et nigra approbata Metratona. German, 18th century, ink and watercolor. “Uricus - a red-crowned and winged serpent - as King of the East” and “Paymon - a black cat-like animal with horns, long whiskers and tail - as King of the West.”



The Demon Kings Maymon and Egyn from the Clavis Inferni

"According to the Wellcome’s caption, this image depicts "Maymon - a black bird - as King of the South; and Egyn - a black bear-like animal with a short tail - as King of the North.""

source quote

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Demons rejoice in the misfortune of mankind, c.1475


Jacobi de Ancharano (alias de Teramo) Litigatio Christi cum Belial, verdeutscht - BSB Cgm 48 ([S.l.] 1461)


Jacobi de Ancharano (alias de Teramo), Litigatio Christi cum Belial, verdeutscht - BSB Cgm 48 ([S.l.] 1461)

You don’t often see demons wearing glasses.

Happy Autumn Equinox!!!


Hello Autumn. :3


Dagon was the god of the Philistines. The idol was represented in the combination of both man and fish. The name ‘Dagon’ is derived from ‘dag’ which means ‘fish’. Although there was a deep affection from Dagon’s worshippers to their deity, the symbol of a fish in human form was really meant to represent fertility and the vivifying powers of nature and reproduction. His name is a lot like ‘Dogon’.

Dagon was a major northwest Semitic god, the god of grain and agriculture according to the few sources to speak of the matter, worshipped by the early Amorites, by the people of Ebla, by the people of Ugarit and a chief god (perhaps the chief god) of the Biblical Philistines. His name appears in Hebrew as (in modern transcription Dagon, Tiberian Hebrew), in Ugaritic as dgn (probably vocalized as Dagnu), and in Akkadian as Dagana, Daguna usually rendered in English translations as Dagan.

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