LENNY & THE BLACK RIDERS
PART II: DIES IRAE

 

Another curious thing ... What I didn't know in 1982 (or rather had forgotten reading in The Holy Sword by Robert Payne), and which Tolkien may or may not have known, is that there were Islamic "Black Riders" in 8th Century Persia (Iran). They were the followers of the rebel leader Abu Muslim, who put a bloody end to the corrupt empire of the Umayyads in 747. "They flew the black banners of the Abbasids and wore black clothes, and saluted the banners known as 'the Cloud' and 'the Shadow.' The symbolism was deliberate: like clouds and shadows the armies of the Abbasids would pour out of Persia onto the plains of Iraq, and so to the coasts of Syria." (Payne, 1965, p. 165) All of which was repeated by ISIS - in slightly different order - in 2014. However, when I drew the Black Riders (from the first movie version of Lord of the Rings shown on TV) I didn't think of them as specifically representing either Palestinians or Israelis, neither Muslims, Jews nor Christians, but only the Spirit of War, which embraces all of these "Sons of the Book" with equal passion.

 

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85. Part II: Dies Irae


87. 8/12/82, Bombing a hospital in Beirut


92 & 93, View of Atlantic City, 8/23/82

  
97. 8/6/82, Nutcracker Suite (what Victor Weisskopf heard during the first Los Alamos test)

 
99. Black Rider, 8/6/82
 
103. 8/7/82, Black Rider


105. 8/7/82, Two Riders


113. 8/7/82, "But most of the people will not leave."


115. 8/7/82, Beirut occupied

 


117. 8/6/82, Car bomb

 


119. 8/7/82, Pinnacle Mt & Lake Maumelle

121. 8/7/82, Five Riders

 


129, 8/8/82 Journey Into Fear (1948)

 
131, Beirut, 8/11/82


137, Laid Off, 8/9/82
 

 
139, 8/10/82, Beirut

  
141, 8/10/82, Beirut

 
143, Car Bomb, 8/11/82


144, 8/11/82,
Mother Theresa in Beirut



146, 8/11/82, Intelligence Headquarters, Beirut

 
150, 8/12/82, Nuke 1, Russelville, Arkansas


152, 8/13/82, The Death of Mrs. Reed
(from Jane Eyre)

 


153, 154, 8/14/84, Clouds from They Wouldn't Believe Me (1947)


155, 8/19/82, Wreck Scene from They Wouldn't Believe Me (1947)

 


157. 8/20/82, Karl Malden trying to get it on with a waitress in Hot Millions
 

 
159, 8/21/82, Itzhak

 
163. 8/19/82, Turkey hunter, Vernon, Florida
 
165, 8/22/82,
Beirut Airport
 
167, 8/20/82, View of Earth (Conoco commercial)

 
169. 8/21/82, The Age of Steam

 
171, 8/23/82, Explosion at a Port (from Hawaii
Five O
)
 
177, 8/26/82, Sunset, Pinnacle Mountain, Arkansas

 
179, 8/26/82, "McCain's men moved into a shattered building at the west end
of ..."

 
183, 8/29/82, The Fighters' Wives

 
187a, 9/1/82, Happy Mentos to You (commercial)
 
187b, 9/2/82, The Christianization of Northern Europe

 


189, 9/2/82, Saxon refugees
 

 
191, 9/3/82, The Liberation of Jerusalem, 1099 C.E.

 
195, 9/7/82, View of Beirut

 
197, 9/10/82, Beirut faces after the seige

 

 
199, 9/13/82, Texas coast

 

  
203. 9/17/82.
Residents fled

 
205. 9/19/82. Masai
love song

 
207, 9/21/82, After the massacre, Beirut, Sept. 16-17, 1982

(30-year update)

  
209, 9/22/82, Las Vegas

 
211, 9/25/82, "The King of Israel"

 
213, 9/25/82, Elwood Place, Ohio
 
215, 9/25/82,
At the Beach
 
217. 6/26/82. Eye
 
 
219, 9/26/82, Eye

 
223. 9/28/82.
Defusing a bomb

 
225. 9/29/82, Kingston

 
227, 10/1/82, Muybridge in Panama, 1860s

  
229, 5/12/83, Donald Crowhurst going
mad at sea

 
231, 9/30/83, The Marines again

 
233, 9/30/83,
Ruins, WWII
 
235, 9/30/83, "I can't breath!" (commercial)
 

 

 
237, 10/3/83,
War Requiem

 
239. Mary Lee Orsini

 

 
241. View of Toledo


243. Iceberg, Chili
 
 
245. 10/16/83, Dido's Lament (from Dido and Aeneas by Purcell) 
  
247. Lip gloss (commercial)

 

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