Secrets from the Dark Tower

Luana’s Kingdom

“Long, long ago in these parts there was a wise king called Luana. Some said he was an enchanter, others a god, others still of that mighty brethren the Enți, masters of ceremonies. Luana had devised a magic sun to burn brightly above the city walls, and it shone like the sun itself in the sky, guarding his city and the immortals who dwelt in that land. Thus they lived blissfully and in peace for many years. But their peace was not unending. Other tribes from far away had heard the news of Luana’s kingdom and were filled with envy, and in the great battle that followed, the sun of Luana was struck down. The ancestors felt the earth shake from its foundations, and the city was no more. The chariots of fire seen in the sky were said to have attacked the land to erase all traces of its existence. For an age afterwards, nothing grew there anymore, and no man nor any beast dared to make their way across the desolation left by the sun’s destruction. Many a hapless traveller on Luana’s old road would vanish, never to be seen again by the living; only a few returned, and told strange tales of a grey world where they had wandered for a time as if through a mist. Such travellers would then see they needed a guide to find the wellspring of everlasting life. The knowledge of the ancients was lost to the depths of time, for Luana alone had known the secret of the Water of Life. Mortals could search for the wellspring on their own, but the Water would then turn to poison, becoming the Water of Death for them. Yet there is hope left, for it is told that one day, the children’s children of those who received the secret will return and guide all tribes again through the old paths, becoming wolves in their turn, even as Luana once became the wolf-guide of his people. Of these things we are told in the secret signs from the cave of the wise hermit.” (A legend from Buzău, Romania)

Inspired by Middle-Earth

Memories Asunder


Sam’s Visions
Epilogue (Questions & Answers)


The Sea/2006. “Elanor was silent for some time before she spoke again. ‘I did not understand at first what Celeborn meant when he said goodbye to the King. But I think I do now. He knew that Lady Arwen would stay, but that Galadriel would leave him. I think it was very sad for him. And for you, dear Sam-dad. For your treasure went too. I’m glad Frodo of the Ring saw me, but I wish I could remember seeing him.’ “ (J.R.R. Tolkien, unpublished epilogue to The Lord of the Rings)