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Fire

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Phoenix sculpture burn at Rebirth at The Shire.

 

by Glen Swartwout

The Shire is located adjacent to the Burning Land of Mount Doom, otherwise known as Kilauea, the most active volcano on Earth… The tropical sun, also shines its celestial fire down upon this land, providing a year round growing season, balancing out the sometimes intense rainfall that keeps it a lush, green, flowering tropical paradise, and providing frequent rainbows, many double rainbows, and even magical moonbows that shine like mithreal silver.

Fire is a useful tool, particularly in a place with an abundance of moisture.  Ohia is an ideal firewood, being the sixth densest wood on the planet.  Of course we only harvest dead ohia trees!  Fire can be used for cooking (yum!), heating water (ahhhh!), drying bananas and other fruits, as well as smoking fish and meat for food preservation.  And with forethought, all of these functions can be served by a single fire, with a beehive lava rock oven (with an inner layer of cinderized lava rock used as fire brick, and an outer layer of black rock).  A single small fire can efficiently heat a massive heat sink of rock and mortar for all-day cooking heat, and embedded air and water pipes can carry this heat, or smoke and heat, as needed for adjunct drying, smoking and water heating processes. Read the rest of this entry

Earth

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Underwater lava flow, off Hawaii

Pahoehoe lava flow in Hawaii (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

by Glen Swartwout

Dwarves and earth hobbits have an affinity for digging holes in the ground.  This is very useful for harvesting rock and soil, planting trees, building gardens, roads and paths, as well as providing material for rock and mortar construction of foundations and pillars, or dry laid rock construction such as traditional Hawaiian stone walls.  The essential process of harvesting these useful materials is one of sorting.

My Precious:

Basaltic pahoehoe lava takes so many forms, that an astute hobbit or dwarf will always keep their minds even sharper than their digging tools, to see what treasures they may unearth…  Naturally, when an orc digs out the same material using a diesel guzzling behemoth, all of these materials are broken and smashed together, and usually buried again without much thought… Read the rest of this entry

Lava Cracks

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English: A view mauka (toward the volcano) of ...

East Rift Zone of Kilauea Volcano. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

by Glen Swartwout

Crevices in the earth form near the Rift Zone of the most active volcano on Earth, as the land to our South (the unstable side of this fault line) sinks under the massive weight of the newest land on Earth, being deposited daily whenever the lava is flowing into the ocean… And this is a fact you will easily detect when heading to the beach, as you will see the cloud-like plume rising a thousand feet in the air.  At night if you get closer to the plume you may see it lit up by the red glow of lava exploding as it hits cool ocean water, as well as with internal lightning, electrical discharges traveling through plasma (ionized gas).  It is reminiscent of the Shekinah Glory, the Earthly presence of the Creator, which appears as a pillar of smoke by day, and a pillar of fire by night.

When surface lava flows pool up temporarily forming a lava lake, we sometimes even see the red glow reflected in the clouds from our cozy vantage point at The Shire, some five miles away.  Now doesn’t that make you feel safe?  It’s actually one of the safest volcanoes on the planet, because it rarely builds up pressure to produce an explosive eruption.  You can often walk right up to a lava flow, if you can stand the heat… I wonder why the banks and insurance companies refuse to do Orc business here… Read the rest of this entry

Lava Trees

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English: Inside view of lava tree at Hawaii La...

Inside view of lava tree at Hawaii Lava Tree State Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

by Glen Swartwout

“I’m off to the Lava Tree…” said one hobbit to his fellow.

“Mind you don’t fall in!” came a retort of caution….

You see, lava tree moulds are holes in the earth that can easily be ten feet deep and up to two or three feet wide, a mould formed around a tree by a lava flow, leaving a void where the tree once stood.  At the bottom of the hole is typically a bit of a wider bell where the butt end of the tree broadened out into its root structure.

Uses:

If you see a Lava Tree sign on a small building that looks like a hobbit’s hideaway, or maybe a tardis… It’s a pun (remember we are located in Puna): if it were a real lavatory, it would have hot and cold running water, not just hot (and actually the best place for that hot nitrogenous water is just beyond the drip line of the orchard trees, banana plants or best of all – coconut palms).  Since a tree mould is like a glass bottle, a deep one is a perfect container for long-term humanure composting.  When full, simply move the Lava Tree structure to the next deep gaping hole to fill, and plant a tree with a tap root.  It will be one happy tree! Read the rest of this entry