Weaving Tissues Gilded by the Far-off Day . . .

The Author

Hello! My name is Sarah Elisabeth Therese Greydanus. I first discovered a love for reading and writing in the intellectually rich atmosphere of Catholic homeschooling. This love grew and deepened at Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia, whence I graduated in May 2016 with a B.A. in English Language and Literature.  Now living and working at home in New Jersey, I am also honing my writing skills, especially in creative writing, and share my work here at Gilded Weavings in order to glorify God and benefit readers. If you wish to contact me, you may write to sarahgreydanus@gmail.com.


The Meaning of the Title

In his poem “Mythopoeia,” J. R. R. Tolkien describes the work of the pure, wholesome imagination, resisting widespread evil by creating visions of something better. Tolkien likens this artistic creation to weaving reflective fabrics that shine in a dark world:


Blessed are the timid hearts that evil hate,

that quail in its shadow, and yet shut the gate;

that seek no parley, and in guarded room,

though small and bare, upon a clumsy loom

weave tissues gilded by the far-off day

hoped and believed in under Shadow’s sway.


This verse summarizes the aims of my writing, and in particular of this site. In the small “guarded room” of my own life and mind, I weave the “tissues” of my writings, and seek to capture therein some light from the “far-off day” in which I hope and believe, when the triumph of divine grace will at last be complete. I share my work here so that this light will not be confined to my “guarded room.” If I succeed, my little creations will offer some reflected glimpses of light, of how grace may yet lift up our lives, to readers in the shadow-beset world.