Size: 8.5 x 11 inches
Thomas the Rhymer and Queen of Elfland beneath the Eildon Tree.
The Eildon Tree was a sacred hawthorne in the hills of Ercildoun, where Thomas was said to hail from. And the hawthorn is also sometimes known as the fairy bush, for the fey folk are said to inhabit its branches and are its guardians. Sprigs of hawthorn and its flowers were gathered to serve as protection from evil.
A hundred years I slept beneath a thorn,
Until the tree was root and branches of my thought,
Until white petals blossomed in my crown.
--- Kathleen Raine "The Traveler"
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* From the publisher's blog, Tachyon Books, with some previews of the ink drawings I did for the interior.