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W.G. Collingwood, Ragnarök (motive from the Heysham hogback), 1908

“The black thing in her brain and the dark water on the page were the same thing, a form of knowledge. This is how myths work. They are things, creatures, stories, inhabiting the mind. They cannot be explained and they do not explain; they are not creeds or allegories. The black was now in the child’s head and was part of the way she took in every new thing she encountered.”

A.S. Byatt, Ragnarok

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  1. I am going to buy this book, by Odin.

    Fun fact: W.G. Collingwood, the author of your illustration, was the assistant and biographer of John Ruskin. His son was the renowned philosopher and historian R.G. Collingwood.

    October 2, 2011

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