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Real and mythological Silmarils

Na Vedui

Apr 8, 8:41pm

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I was recently re-reading Wilkie Collins' "The Moonstone" (a classic early whodunnit/novel about the theft of a valuable diamond) and found a reference to it glowing in the dark, like a Silmaril. Since Collins' novel is set in Victorian England, I started to wonder if this was something that could really happen, and looked it up:
The Wikipedia article not only covers the various ways in which certain gems can indeed shine in the dark, but a wealth of mythological references, even including some connecting shining gems with ships, a la Earendil !

Mari D.

Apr 8, 9:31pm

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... I wasn't aware that gems can glow in the dark. It seems that it requires heat or prior exposure to sunlight, but still, very nice to know Smile

... non-native English speaker. If you reply to one of my posts feel free to help me improve by quoting + correcting the quote in CAPITAL letters :-)

Thanks everyone for your kind answers to my many questions! It's a delight for me to read them.


Apr 8, 10:12pm

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Thank you for sharing,, Na Vedui! A fascinating read.

Do any Tolkien scholars know if he ever mentioned the Visby garnets story, or the medieval tradition re Noah's stone? (Ark-stone, hee hee.)


Apr 13, 5:40pm

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There's a fabulous exhibit on gems at the LA Natural History Museum. It's incredibly large and thorough. I could have spent an entire day or two in there studying each gem. They've collected thousands from just about every country. It was jaw-dropping to see so many in one place!

Anyway, one little window actually highlighted gems that glow in the dark. They even had the lights go on and off every 15 seconds or so, so you could see it for yourself. If anyone's in LA, you should check it out! The rest of the museum is fantastic too.

They also had a really eerie vault that housed a collection of jewelry (I can't remember the designer's name) that actually used moonstone in most if not all of the pieces. I felt like the vault could have been used for the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey--very spooky.

Love the book The Moonstone, by the way!

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Aunt Dora Baggins

Apr 16, 9:47pm

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Thanks for the link.

GNU Terry Pratchett
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Tol Eressea

May 10, 12:15pm

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Wonderful link! [In reply to] Can't Post

I had no idea anything like that really existed. Beautiful discovery. Thank you, Na Vedui!

'Is everything sad going to come untrue?'
(Sam, 'The Field of Cormallen', in 'The Return of the King'.)


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