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'The Silvan Elves were hardy and valiant, but ill-equipped with armour or weapons in comparison with the Eldar of the West; also they were independent, and not disposed to place themselves under the supreme command of Gil-galad. Their losses were thus more grievous than they need have been, even in that terrible war…' - History of Galadriel and Celeborn, Unfinished Tales.


The wall decorations in KV62's burial chamber are modest in comparison with other royal tombs found in the Valley of the Kings. Source


similar horns such as the 'aureum cornu' (Danish golden horn) published by Ole Worm in 'Monumentorum Danicorum Libri Sex' (1643). In this volume Worm illustrates, for comparison with the Danish horn, two 'Florentine horns' which have now been identified as Sapi-Portuguese. Acquisition date1753 (?) Length: 48.2 centimetres

Badb In Irish mythology, the Badb was a war goddess who took the form of a crow, and was thus sometimes known as Badb Catha (“battle crow”). She often caused fear and confusion among soldiers in order to move the tide of battle to her favored side. Badb would also appear prior to a battle to foreshadow the extent of the carnage to come or to predict the death of a notable person. She would sometimes do this through wailing cries, leading to comparisons with the bean-sídhe.

from the Guardian

Vikings: don't dismiss this show as Game of Thrones-lite

Don't bother making comparisons with Westeros – Vikings is rich in intensity, historical relevance (sometimes) and depth

French antique fire place andirons in a chained dragons motif. Wrought by hand circa 1880. These extraordinary andirons were forged by a master from 1.25 inch thick iron bars.The dragons are mounted with bronze fleurs-de-lis, faces, and eyes. Each andiron weighs 29 pounds, and measures 28.5 inches high x 13.5 inches wide x 25 inches deep. Excellent original estate condition.


On July 18, 1969, during archaeological research in the Dutch town of Wijk bij Duurstede, this gorgeous gilded brooch was found at the bottom of a well. This piece of jewelry ended up there around 850, in the declining years of Dorestad, at a time when the town was plagued repeatedly by Viking raids.


Isotope analysis reveals diet of beheaded Viking slaves In the Viking era, a number of slaves were beheaded and then buried together with their masters. New methods of skeleton analysis reveal more about the life of the poor more than a thousand years ago.


figurines UC16020 Head and shoulders from travertine statuette of King, previously presumed to be Menkaure (Mycerinus) as a hawk. It has been suggested that the image is of Thutmose III on the basis of comparison with a lower portion of statue in the Manchester Museum (11444) Petrie museum.


Egyptian Bust of Isis circa 26th-30th Dynasty, 664-332 B.C. Glazed composition, the goddess holding her right arm to her left breast to nurse Harpocrates, now missing, wearing a finely detailed tripartite wig with an ornate vulture headdress, wearing a broad collar, with an image of a falcon on her back. Old collection number on the underside. Although this is a fragment from a large figure, the details are superior in comparison to parallels.