Category: Legends

Knights Of The Round.

The Fellowship of the Round Table and the Search for the Holy Grail has induced many a LEGENDARY KNIGHT… to take a seat. Their Tales of Heroism… and Humanism have inspired many generations of readers. The Round Table itself too,.. became a Symbol of Equality as no Head of the Table could dictate NOR control. Friends and Foes alike shared the Round. Shiro goes round… too,.. and takes a seek and search of these Medieval Champions from Our World Legends. Night Mood Music and Slideshow… as well. Shiro style indeed.

 

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The Fellowship of the Round Table brings together those Knights of Chivalry and Legend.

Their deeds recorded in Tales of Print, Movies and Modern Computer Games… too (click).

Our World Legends also.

 

All too human values of Honor, Friendship, Love, Betrayal and Treachery therein (click).

 

Timeless Tales that inspire a fresh outlook,..

…revealing insights into those regarded as Heroes and Villains.

 

Those we call… The LEGENDARY,..

KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND

 

A CLASSIC DEPICTION OF THE ROUND… KNIGHTS… too. photocredit/thanks:wikimedia

 

 

Those few.?.

…that sit at the Round are actually… many and numerous.

 

From 13… to 1600.!. dependent on the Source(s) referred to (click).

The Winchester and Arthurian Listings the most common.

 

THE WINCHESTER ROUND.

  1.  Sir Galahad, son of Sir Lancelot.
  2.  Sir Lancelot.
  3.  Sir Gawain.
  4.  Sir Percival.
  5.  Sir Lionell.
  6.  Sir Tristram de Lyones.
  7.  Sir Gareth.
  8.  Sir Bedivere.
  9.  Sir Bleoberis.
  10.  Sir Lacotemale Taile.
  11.  Sir Lucan.
  12.  Sir Palomedes.
  13.  Sir Lamorak.
  14.  Sir Bors de Ganis.
  15.  Sir Safer.
  16.  Sir Pelleas.
  17.  Sir Kay.
  18.  Sir Ector de Maris.
  19.  Sir Dagonet.
  20.  Sir Degore.
  21.  Sir Brunor le Noir.
  22.  Sir Lebius Desconneu.
  23.  Sir Alymere.
  24.  Sir Mordred.

 

Edward 1 of the 13th Century A.D.,.. an ardent admirer of the LEGENDS OF CHIVALRY commissioned the creation of a real-life TABLE ROUND.

His Table sat 24 Knights and King.

Their names inscribed therein… as above.

 

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ARTHUR’S ROUND.

  1.  Sir Lancelot.
  2.  Sir Gawain.
  3.  Sir Geraint.
  4.  Sir Percival.
  5.  Sir Bors the Younger.
  6.  Sir Lamorak.
  7.  Sir Kay.
  8.  Sir Gareth.
  9.  Sir Bedivere.
  10.  Sir Gaheris.
  11.  Sir Galahad, son of Lancelot.
  12.  Sir Tristan.

 

 

The listing of King Arthur above,.. comprises the main recurring Knights who oft appear in many of the Legendary Tales.

The Main Characters per se.

 

HOW TO GET A SEAT

HOW TO GET A ROUND

Akin to the Military Orders of the time (click),..

…the Concept of Chivalry took into account several aspects of a Knight’s Duties and promoted them as Ideals.

 

These include Bravery in Battle, Weapon’s Skill-sets, Loyalty to the Ladies, a lil’ Obedience to King,..

…and…

…Total Obedience to GOD… (…their version of… thereof indeed…).

 

Knights were almost exclusively noble… and well funded.

Their Military commitments included such ongoing expenses as Men-in-waiting/-at-arms, Weapons and Armor,..

…one War-Horse at least… too.

 

(…btw…Sir Lancelot,.. the Knight with those most Human of characteristics…

…of Hope and Tragedy…

whose Lance… got around quite a lot.!. found another way.

He oft “…borrowed…” other Knights gear… and was oft unrecognised…

…at least till he started fighting anyway…)

 

Food, Drinks and Lodging as well perhaps, for all those so involved.

 

 

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YOU CAN’T SIT THERE

…CAN YOU.?.

 

The Table Round oft had one Seat… vacant.

Reserved for a Hero of Heroes.

 

A Knight of Heart Pure and Balanced Mind.

A Knight of the Grail.

 

The SIEGE PERILOUS… twas named.

Those who dared seat themselves in such a Chair without the requisite qualities…

…oft came to… peril…

 

…by dying at the same time.

 

…TAKE A SEAT… AT YOUR OWN PERIL INDEED IT SEEMS. LEGEND.

 

Reserved only for those who are or become a TRUE KNIGHT OF THE GRAIL.

In so doing,.. total understanding of the Grail Mysteries… was thus attained.

 

According to the LEGENDS… only two have qualified therein… thus far.

 

SIR(s)… PERCIVAL and GALAHAD.

Two LEGENDARY HEROES indeed it seems.

 

Taking a bow… and a Seat… too.

 

…THE LEGEND OF THE ROUND

The Knight’s Tales (click) and the Grail LEGENDS therein and thereof… have long been told in many formats and style.

A Modern Movie Version for example,.. below:

 

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The TABLE ROUND too… has its own LEGEND.

One that is directly linked to that Legendary Master Wizard…

…MERLIN himself.

 

Merlin,.. the Archetype Shaman Wizard.

Born of Demon and Nun… so these LEGENDS say (click).

With Seer abilities of past and present he could see.

 

Only LOOK… NO THING… NO THINK… simply OBSERVE ONLY. WATCHER BE.

 

As Counsellor to Uther Pendragon…(… a DRAGON KING…)…(click)

…who btw is King Arthur’s Father,..

…Merlin felt.?. and foresaw the need for a Balanced World…

… THUS the need for a Quest… THE HOLY GRAIL.

 

To further that end he set in motion a series of events.

The Table Round… a prime factor therein.

 

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Crafting a Table based on the Legends associated with the Christed One.

A Table Round,.. with NO HEAD PLACEMENT and one which reflected the shape of the World.

 

One… where ALL as EQUALS… could sit, talk and parley.

A Table,.. where Peace could be sought and gained.

A Table… to Balance a World… at War.

 

A Table Round… for the Fellowship of Mankind.

A Table Round… for ALL… to sit… A ROUND.

 

A LEGENDARY DREAM.

A LEGEND indeed.

 

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Now… yes,.. am well aware… of how these Legends… end.

NOT THE POINT HERE.

 

We are ALL FLAWED…

… YET… still we Dream.

 

Many still Live their Dream.

Many still seek Justice of the Unjust.

Many still retain a sense of Right and Honor.

Many Right the Wrongs.

 

Many still… seek their GRAIL.

Our World Legends.

LEGENDS… ALL.

 

Long may the Dreams Survive.

 

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Top 3 Survival Sites. The Legend Retold.

Amongst Our World LEGENDS there is one such Martial whose beginnings are lost to time, yet this village took SURVIVAL as its main precept. Shiro retells and resets the scene… to see the… forest amongst those trees. Then combining new with old… and old with new too- some modern thoughts and ideas on LIFE + SURVIVAL + SELF-DEFENCE… are viewed. njoy. photocredit/thanks:pinterest

 

 

 

 

Survival is an  ‘ ART ‘.

 

 

THE SAME can be said of MUSIC.

 

TO SET THE MOOD FOR THIS POST:

 

SHIRO SUGGESTS PLAYING THIS IN THE BACKGROUND.

 

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NJOY

 Top 3 SURVIVAL SITES.

 

 THE LEGEND RETOLD. 

 

 

In a time of yore,..

 

The mist still hung low in the valley,

as a sleepy village emerges into view… in the dawns early light.

 

 

In amongst the trees that grew sparser as the valley floor began to flatten, on the trail;

 

there was movement,.. shadows in the mist.

 

 

The creatures of the night had long fled back to their cover, the burrows, nests and hidey-holes.

What remained… was not native to this,..

 

or any forest it seems.

 

 

Seeking easy prey,.. the mountain trail wound down and led

these shadows that move.

 

To the next village that lay beyond the approaching forest edge.

 

Where this mount ends,… and flat plains begin to stretch

across the land-scape onwards,..

 

to the next mount indeed.

 

A Village

…both fair and green.

 

 

At trails end… maybe a lil before

two,.. maybe three…

more shadows… could now, be seen.

 

The light of Earth,.. our SUN, was arising up now-

turning moving shadows… more and more,

 

into merely,..

… MEN.

 

 

Moving slowly indeed, as if a-fixed in one spot…

or going round in circles perhaps. The manly group of shadows flickered faintly now… back and forth, amongst those few still misted trees.

 

Those trees few,.. so close to forest’s edge and the flattened plains,

that then led on…

to the next village in dawn.

 

A Village,.. both fair and green.

 

This shadowy trio of MAN… milled and moved around.

Somewhat…

 

aimlessly,.. listlessly…

a waiting game it seems, kept them just there.

 

 

The wait was almost over as sun-rise cycled on.

The mist still pooled low, hugging both trees and men in shadow still.

 

Not yet,.. quite warm enough to rise and…

greet our SUN,.. this day… in early dawn.

 

Moving shadows above- moved as one…

a lower beeline,.. to the now quite visible three.

 

Many shadows now merged. Milled around a particular figure

who seemed even now.

 

To shine,.. and reflect a lot more light than…

the others around in dawn,.. this… misty day.

 

A Leader.

 

The Boss.

Leading such mount-bound, shadowy MEN…

so ever… further,..

astray.

 

To a Village,.. both fair and green.

 

 

This Leader, soon enough, cleared throat and glanced around,

tightened his grip

 

and gave them all gathered,.. a strident war-cry.

 

With answering whoops the shadowy band moved forward,

towards easy pickings it seemed this day. This morn.

 

Towards a Village,.. in mist and dawn.

 

A Village,..

both fair and green.

 

 

Towards easy pickings,… these shadows of men…

still this morn day,.. of this mount

in dawn.

 

Still now,..

day-dreamed of gaining ill-gotten riches.

Gained,.. easily and galore.

 

Gained from a Village,..

…just over there.

 

Gained,..

…leaving an innocent VILLAGE,..

 

life-less…

…life poor.

 

 

Ahead of them the village dogs grew quickly restless,..

and almost in concert… in unison…

together first and last;

 

began to bark and howl.

 

With the mount… echoing all such…

…Barks… in return.

 

As then… our SUN,..

lit the misted mount path, in it’s,.. early dawn.

 

To a Village,.. with mount rolling fields.

 

To a Village… both fair and green.

 

 

The night watchman at the path gate,

though now tired and edgy,..

 

peered instantly still,..

and intently too…

thru the low mist… trying to see sharply see,.. ALL there.

 

Amongst those still misted, few,.. edge trees…

on that winding mount path.

 

This day,..

early in dawn… indeed.

 

 

He knew already… for

the village dogs so- …had told him,..

 

with voices o so roundly and roughly raised… it seems.

 

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Village dogs… Pets and Protectors;..

of a home,..

 

A Village,.. both green and fair,..

 

home… indeed,..

just  over the mount path over there.

 

On a day in mist, and in this… early dawn indeed…

from a Village,..

both fair and green.

 

 

With a first hesitant voice of his own- that grew more strident.

He shouted their name,..

 

BANDITS… BANDITS…

BANDITS…

 

As others took up,

and passed along the call… even as this, the village bell,

 

so sweetly tolled,..

amongst village… and winding path.

 

And those… o so rolling,.. misted…

…mount fields.

 

Of a Village,.. both fair… …and green.

 

DOES THE BELL TOLL FOR THEE… OR THOSE… BANDITO BANDITS INDEED.

 

He too,.. knowing full and well…

…of the preciousness of…

 

each and every…

…such and,.. early DAWN.

 

…EACH AND EVERY,..

day indeed. In our SUN’s healing light.

 

Tightened his grip.

… Too.

Just so.

Just… right.

 

A son and daughter both,.. were just…  right over there.

In a Village.

 

In a Village,.. both green and fair.

 

 

 

And smiled… as he now saw,..

the first of these moving shadows… turn into men.

As our SUN lit the home-world of this Village

in such an,.. early dawn.

 

A Village… with misted and mount rolling fields,

A Village… both fair and green.

 

 

Not so…

… because he enjoyed the FIGHT

 

for Bandits really only… bring that swift big shift.

 

On that infernal,.. and blessed…

Universal,.. Karmic Wheel.

 

… that’s down below,.. till blessed by Gods…

 

then…

way way way up there.

 

Away from this village.

A Village,..

 

both green and fair.

 

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But so…

and because he knew… just knew, somehow…

inside,..

 

his village…

 

no…

tis,… …not just his.

 

This,…

 

fair and green FOR ALL-…

 

THIS…

 

Village …

would indeed still… SURVIVE.

 

This Village,..

with misted mount paths,.. those o so rolling fields.

 

A Village,.. both… fair and green.

 

 

 

This Village had long been ready.

On this dawn… and any early other…

it too seems.

 

SURVIVAL  plans and contingencies… all taken care of,

…in deed.

 

Indeed…

 

…and in fact,.. too.

 

At this Village,.. with mount rolling fields.

 

A Village misted,..

in our SUN’s… light and early dawn.

 

A Village,.. both fair… and green.

 

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Of course,… and intended…

indeed… intended it seems,..

 

…having EVERYONE in this mount village-

living much more than,.. just… their dreams.

 

This Village both fair… and green.

This Village both green… and fair.

 

The one with mount rolling fields.

The one… just over the misted mount path…

just there… just over there.

 

A VILLAGE FOR ALL,.. it seems.

 

FOR ALL,..

AND HAVING EVERYONE,.. indeed… ALL INDEED…

 

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Confidently and consistently,..

expertedly and enthusiastically.

 

 

Well-trained,.. in the ARTS of SELF-DEFENCE…

 

wasn’t a FRICKEN bad plan either.

After all…

it seems,.. indeed.!.

GO TRAIN.

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GO TRAIN…

 

At a VILLAGE,.. both green and fair.

At a VILLAGE,.. both fair and green.

 

At a VILLAGE… just over there.

Our World LEGENDs,.. INDEED.

 

(…and in fact… TOO.)

 

 

 KUNGFU VILLAGE.

 

Though the above may sound like a typical MARTIAL ARTS movie + mayhem plot;

 

There is in the REAL such a LEGENDARY village-

within Our World Legends:

that took SURVIVAL as its main  defensive precept.

 

So these LEGENDS say.

 

In order to outfox the BANDITS… Man or Beast.

 

A KUNGFU VILLAGE (click)

that to this day… still survives.

 

Indeed and in fact.

Legendary.

 

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THE VILLAGE OF GANXI DONG IN CHINA.

A MARTIAL ARTS VILLAGE.

 

A KUNG-FU VILLAGE INDEED.

OF BOTH FAIR AND GREEN… GREEN AND FAIR TOO.

 

MISTED MOUNT PATHS… AND ROLLING FIELDS.

Our World LEGENDS.

 

INDEED IT SEEMS.

 

Pic shows: Some people practicing Kung Fu. Locals in this village have every reason to be proud of their martial arts skills, after all not only have they been practising for three centuries they even have a martial arts discipline named after them. And far from being a dying art, it’s now so popular in Gundi village in Tianzhu County, in south-west Chinas Guizhou Province, that even the women and the children join in as well as the men. Despite its official name the village is better known as “kung fu village”, as all of its residents have a habit of regularly practicing martial arts in the mornings and evenings. The 123 households comprise Dong people, one of Chinas many ethnic minorities, who have been living in the region for hundreds of years. The Dong even developed their own fighting technique known as the Black Tiger style, or “Heihuquan” in Chinese, which is characterised by its extensive footwork, acrobatic kicks, low, wide stance, and unique fist positioning. The fighting style also has a history of 300 years and has been kept alive with the regular practice sessions. As for the reason behind the popularity of kung fu in the village, locals claimed its roots lie in their ancestors need to defend themselves and their livestock from predators and bandits descending from the surrounding mountains. Others said it was because the Dong people were often discriminated against in the past and felt the need to stand up for themselves. In the past, only men practiced martial arts, but now women have also joined in. The tradition is also handed down from generation to generation. The villagers say they now practice the Black Tiger style for health reasons, although they also point out that it could still be useful if they ever have to fight off any ill-intentioned visitors. photocredit/thanks:cen

 

 

 

 ACTIONING SURVIVAL.

 

SURVIVAL is an ‘ART ‘.

A set of somewhat diverse skills/techniques combining to promote LIFE.

 

PRIME CONCEPT of the MARTIAL ARTS AND SELF-DEFENCE.

 

 

Whether pursued on an individual basis

or collectively as a community/nation/globe…

 

without it-civilisation would NOT EXIST.

 

ACTION is desired, necessary and essential in the sense that otherwise we are just MARTYRS for a cause.

Dead meat , so to speak.

 

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Naturally the action may be neutral, offensive or defensive.

BUT action must occur.

 

On a personal level = WE MUST ‘TRAIN’…on all 3 levels of such individual action…

e.g.such as reading,thinking and DOING.

 

HERE’s MORE… of SHIRO’s TOP 3 SURVIVAL SITES.

 

Some SURVIVAL oriented reading and thinking ahead.

 

CLICK PHOTO TO JOIN Shiro AS HE ATTEMPTS ATOMIC ARMAGEDDON… RESEARCH THAT IS.

 THE SITES OF SURVIVAL:

 SHIRO’s TOP 3

…in no particular order…

 

 

 

 

 

…and a bonus pair of Collective/Personal Security overview sites.

These also contain expertly guided articles and ideas.

Some may be rather specialised indeed.

Such Topics provide a wealth of Knowledge which can be hopefully, easily applied to many situations. The realm of SELF-DEFENCE can be wide it seems. Take what you need and can absorb.

 

Good luck… SURVIVE.

 

 

The SURVIVAL sites chosen are not definitive but rather collectively will give you an insight into the degree and depth of this topic.

Combining old and new theories, techniques and modern technology too.

 

SHIRO’s search engine duckduckgo.com and blog platform at wordpress.com soon sniffed out dozens of suitable sites on the subject.

SHIRO’s TOP3 SURVIVAL SITES stood out on the night per se.

 

 

 

Providing Commonsense discussion on complex issues.

 

Info was freely given and explained,

often with an eye to minimize costs/time etc.

 

THERE ARE MANY GREAT SUCH SITES.

All the sites are worth many visits to accumulate knowledge, tips and ideas.

 

 

 SHIRO’s SURVIVALIST.

BYO Hot chocolate and reading glasses.

Some SURVIVAL oriented reading and thinking ahead.

After that… go DO the DOING.

 

 

TRAIN WELL… SURVIVE.

 

LIVE YOUR DREAMS…

idreamofninja.

NJOY. SIMPLE.

 

 

 SHIRO’s SURVIVAL SONG 3SET.

 

 

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…YEP… PRAYER ANSWERING SERVICE HERE…

 

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