The Hidden Paths That Run


And finally, let’s shut it down for the night with this offering by the Owl God-summoning Anji Marth, who tattooed this while at High Priestess Corvallis in Corvallis, Oregon. In addition to being some of the nicer, more original script we’ve seen in a while, this is also delightfully nerdy and, to top it off, there appears to be a kilt involved. Awesome? Awesome. The tattoo itself is the text of The Road Goes Ever On and On, written by none other than J.R.R. Tolkien and, while it was published in various forms throughout his novels, the one committed to skin up there is from The Hobbit. In case you can’t make it all out:

Roads go ever ever on,
Over rock and under tree,
By caves where never sun has shone,
By streams that never find the sea;
Over snow by winter sown,
And through the merry flowers of June,
Over grass and over stone,
And under mountains of the moon.

Roads go ever ever on
Under cloud and under star,
Yet feet that wandering have gone
Turn at last to home afar.
Eyes that fire and sword have seen
And horror in the halls of stone
Look at last on meadows green
And trees and hills they long have known.

We’ll see you tomorrow, folks.

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14 thoughts on “The Hidden Paths That Run

  1. This was super fun. Wish I’d gotten a better picture, without the curve of the leg interfering!

    She was awesome too. We talked about sci-fi the whole damn time.

  2. Holy sweet zombie jebbus this just made my day.
    I get home from a super long day at school, and holy crap I’m on modblog O.o

    Super awesome happy time :D

    Also, not a kilt (Sadly, as utili-kilts are amazing), just a plaid skirt.

    <3 Anji, again I LOVE it!
    It’s healing wonderfully, and I’ll come in so you can get some better pics.

  3. I love the lettering, and the quote. I’m not usually a fan of quotes, especially long ones, but this looks really cute and I love the Hobbit!

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