Wednesday, October 31, 2012

It's Samhain Time Again

Yes, faithful readers, once again it's time for the annual Roy's World Samhain post. For those of you who may be new to this, Samhain (pronounced SAH-wen) is the old Celtic New Year, commemorating the fading of Summer and the onset of Winter. and which was so popular a celebration that the Church considered it necessary to "Christianize" it  into All Hallows Eve (eventually Halloween) and All Saints Day. It's all about recognizing death as an organic part of the cycle of life, seeing the fading of Summer into Winter as a reflection of the human cycle. It was thought that the veil between Life and Death was especially thin on this day and communication between those worlds was particularly easy. If you want to read a fuller account of Samhain and it's transformation into Halloween, click here.

We're still getting rain from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and it's downright chilly as well, so today was a good day to go out and get some appropriate Samhain pictures.

For this year's music video I've decided not to beat to death that lovely PBS Danse Macabre animation and Lorrena McKennitt's live performance of her All Soul's Night; if you want to see them again you can click that link in the first paragraph above. Instead I've decided to post a video of the song Into the West from Peter Jackson's movie The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (music by Howard Shore, lyrics by Fran Walsh). It's also all about Death as part of the journey of Life. The first time we hear the theme (orchestral only) in the movie it plays softly in the background while Gandalf has this conversation with Pippin:
Gandalf: End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path… One that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass… And then you see it.

Pippin: What? Gandalf?… See what?

Gandalf: White shores… and beyond, a far green country under a swift sunrise.
Then this version with the lyrics - performed by Annie Lennox - plays over the closing credits. It's a lovely piece of music and perfectly fitting for Samhain. Enjoy!

Photos © 2012 by A. Roy Hilbinger


  1. Can't believe it's been a whole year, Roy! :)

    Love the leaves, especially!

  2. is cold and rainy here too. I wouldn't be surprised to see a few more snowflakes. I actually just had two Christmas carolers show up at the door for Halloween! They were funny...

  3. Beautiful photos as always. Glad you made it through "Sandy."

  4. dear Roy, to agree with all, sorry for to put in an appearance, my fader is dead tree days old, you are the only distraction, for your images , is one relax for my.
    tank you Roy...bye bye
    Daniele from Italy

  5. SORRY father is dead three days old, at 74 year, cause open-heart operation......
    i ave with one's heart in one's mouth

    1. Daniel, my deepest sympathy for your loss. I lost my father to cancer in 1998, so I know what you're going through. I'm glad my photography has been a welcome distraction for you in this difficult time.

  6. @Daniel, blessings on your father and all the good people he left on this fair earth.

  7. Tank you very match at You Roys and Antares, thanks for near my, ma the very is my mother, desperetion...
    and my ave only this hour for use to PC.
    Here in Italy on the 0,35 hours, is nigth....only moment for my .
    Thank you Antares for your blessings....good accepted.....good nigth dear frends....
    at tomorrow..............hope.