Unicorn by Johfra Bosschart

My favorite piece of art, Unicorn, from my favorite artist, Johfra Bosschart. I’ve had this artwork in a poster version since I was 9 years old.

A brief introduction to Johfra Bosschart

Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Ozymandias - by Percy Bysshe Shelley 

I met a traveller from an antique land,
Who said — “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal, these words appear:
My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

Danheim Radio: Live Viking Music 24/7

Visit this awesome YouTube channel if you enjoy Nordic music. Per their description:

“Danheim Live Viking Radio is a stream playing live Viking music, Dark Ambient and Nordic Folk music 24/7…

This project will grow over time, with new artists added. We mainly focus on Dark Viking songs, Ambient music and Scandinavian and Nordic Music, but other styles like Viking war songs are also added regularly.”

https://youtu.be/5AolemCBZs4

Blodeuyn – The Meaning Behind My Name

The Celtic story of Blodeuwedd has fascinated me since childhood. If you are not familiar with the mythology, Blodeuwedd was created from the flowers of broom, meadowsweet, and oak as a wife for Llew, the son of Arianrhod.

To briefly summarize, Llew brought shame upon his mother, resulting in her curse upon him: he could not marry a mortal woman and therefore could not become king. His cousins, Math and Gwydion, created Blodeuwedd for the sole purpose of fulfilling Llew’s destiny. After their marriage, Blodeuwedd took a lover named Gronw and the two plotted the demise of Llew. Tragically, she causes the death, or near death, of both her husband and lover. Llew is wounded, turns into an eagle and flies away, but is found and nurtured back to health by Math and Gwydion. Gronw was not as fortunate, and upon his death Blodeuwedd is turned into an owl (Blodeuwedd means both “flower face” and owl). One might find it strange for a child to bond with such a story, but I was a strange child indeed!

When I started playing video games in my late twenties I fell in love with the name Blodeuyn, which means flower and is syntactically related to Blodeuwedd. It felt natural to start using the name as my gaming alias and over the years Blodeuyn has become so familiar to me that it is now part of my identity. The association is so intertwined with my soul that my friends call me Blode more often than Joce or Jocelyn (my birth name).

Blodeuwedd’s story is much more detailed than what I have covered in this post. You can read entire myth at druidry.org: The legend of Blodeuwedd.

Pronunciation
Blodeuyn: blo-deu-yn
Blodeuwedd: blo-deu-weth
deu pronounced as “day” in English