Did she form out of the leaf- litter? Did wild animals carry sticks together and shape them into bones, and then, over the autumn, dying leaves fall and coat the bones in wildwood flesh? Was there a moment, in the wood, when something approximating to a human creature rose from the underbrush, and was shaped to perfection by the intensity of the human will, operating outside the woodland?
Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock
Inspired by original artwork by Alan Lee in Lavondyss by Robert Holdstock (novel.)
Privately commissioned art by Charlotte Hussey
Apologies for the reflection of my arm in the photo. This pictures sits proudly on the wall of my living room!
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Inspired by the writings of Robert Holdstock and the Mythago Wood sequence.
Handsewn masks inspired by the illustrations of Alan Lee.
Embroidered in thread on black felt and backed with pinbadge fitting and recycled plastic insert.
Perfect to pin to jackets, shirts etc!!
The Hollowing, Robert Holdstock
My illustration to “Mythago Wood” by Robert Holdstock.
I particularly like the boob faces.
Ryhope Wood, April 1935 (by Peter Crump)
An eerie video tribute to Robert Holdstock’s Mythago Cycle of novels - some of my favourite books. Ryhope Wood is a place haunted not by ghosts, but by myth archetypes going back to the dawn of humanity. Holdstock’s work is truly otherworldly.
I have just finished reading Lavondyss and I loved it!
My problem is that I don’t know which book in the cycle comes next. Help?
This book, set after the Second World War, tells the story of how a father’s obsession drags his two sons into a world of myths and legends. Of course this is not the only interesting point about this story. The two brothers Christian and Steven inherit their father’s house after his death and with it his obsession with Ryhope Wood which borders their home.
Ryhope Wood is a place where the legends of earlier races can still be found, here they are known as Mythago’s, which are very similar to Jung’s archetypes but in a broader sense, the father’s theory is that in all human brains there is a way to connect and bring these Mythago’s further out of from the wood.
The real question though, is does the wood bend Christian, Steven, their father George and the airman Harry Keeton to its will or do their minds and memories affect the woods and the Mythago’s within?
Robert Holdstock was a famed fantasist during his lifetime and created a whole cycle of stories around Ryhope Wood, with this being the first book. The book is well written and draws you in so that, although you may not always understand what is happening to Steven as he is drawn further into his quest, by the end of the book, for all its savagery, you are hoping that there is, somewhere in this world, a wood like this in existence.