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My muse seems to have gone on a temporary vacation. I feel her floating around the edges of my life, but I'm too involved in reading right now to open her door. She'll have her opportunity in another 48 hours or so - just one more book to go and then I can allow my life to return to "normal" (which is, of course, a very relative term when applied to my life). So, since my brain is on vacation, it decided to visit the strange today. Today's discussion - the creation of a homunculus.

Two marvelous oil paintings by Fred Einaudi - The Homunculus and The Specimen

One of the characters in the latest book I am reading is a homunculus - a miniature human being created artificially using the bodily humors of a host mixed with chemicals, spells and formulas. I was vaguely familiar with the term, but wanted more information on it, so looked it up this morning. I found it pretty interesting, so I'm sharing with you today. The creation of a homunculus does seem to be highly associated with alchemy, and in the book I am reading it also is the creation of an alchemist. But there were many different recipe possibilities throughout human history, as well as many different uses to which they would be put - everything from guard to basic caretaker and housekeeper.

One ingredient agreed upon by most of the recipes was sperm. At one point in history, each sperm was thought to be a fully formed individual in extreme miniature that would be deposited in the womb and be nurtured there until birth. Supposedly any characteristics of the mother were imbued during this nine-month period. There have also been speculations of homunculi inside our heads. But some of the more interesting things were the recipes presented to make a homunculus of your own. Are you interested in a little helper of your very own? Check out the Wiki on it and start planning for the next full or new moon.
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A variety of people have also pointed out that in some ways this detachment and lack of understanding for the entities that are placed under their control can also describe the First Born and their real inability to understand or truly associate with the Second Born. It's worth a thought, isn't it?

Now see, that's a thought that has rattled around in my brain since I read the Silmarillion. The way the Valar (little sperms of god) were so determined to yank the eldar away from the world, segregate them, make them like their toys. It frosted me. Then when the Noldo took off, how freaking long did it take for those self same "gods" to get off their lazy butts to go fix what they should have fixed in the first place. Sheesh! And yet, looking at the Eldar and their inability or lack of finesse at handling relations with 2nd born, ... by the time they figure out what to do, the 2nd born has died. Slow thinking, careful thinking elves would probably be confused by all that. LOL I thought too, If I were immortal, I'd probably not want to be around those that die. How can I understand what I don't experience? And even if I did die, I go to Mandos's halls, not beyond the Rim as it were.

Bit of a rambling reply there, sorry. And your "Miz Mik" cracks me up each time. XD
And your "Miz Mik" cracks me up each time. XD

Oh good. I'm always afraid that a nick name may insult someone, and I had no intentions of doing that. But it just seemed appropriate, in some odd way, to you.

- Erulisse (one L)
I loved your comment about the Valar 'frosting' you. :-D