Mom Nature’s Magical Hearth Tinder

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“Farewell, Frodo Baggins. I provide the mild of Eärendil, our most beloved star. Might or not it’s a light-weight for you in darkish locations, when all different lights exit.” – The Lord of the Rings

In J.R.R. Tolkien’s magnificent literary fantasy “The Lord of the Rings,” the Elven queen Galadriel offers Frodo Baggins a star contained inside a glass vial with the blessing that or not it’s “a light-weight in darkish locations when all different lights exit.” 


To me, the true life flammable wooden discovered within the knots and stumps of lifeless conifer timber referred to as “pitchwood” jogs my memory of Tolkien’s Mild of EärendilPitchwood burns so livid and vibrant when ignited, it appears virtually to have a magical energy. 


Pitchwood’s different magical high quality is that it’s utterly impervious to climate. Items of pitchwood have been discovered that have been utterly submerged in lakes and ponds for many years, but would nonetheless ignite instantly after being pulled from the water.


On this sense, a bit of pitchwood may very well be like an actual life “Mild of Eärendil” for a hiker misplaced and alone deep within the wilderness.

Beneath: Superbly coloured pitchwood harvested from Douglas Fir Timber:

Beneath is a graphic illustration of how a bit of Douglas Fir pitchwood can be utilized to light up darkish locations. Dave and I enter an previous mining cave excessive within the Rocky Mountains, utilizing solely a bit of burning pitchwood to mild the way in which.

The doorway to the cave:

Inside:

Did dwarves depart this mark to level the way in which to the Mines of Moria?

Might these sparkly rocks be the ore of the legendary Mithril?!

 Trying to find extra clues:

Here’s what our Douglas Fir pitchwood torch appeared like after it burnt out. Amazingly, it burned for practically an hour! Really magical stuff.

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