Pithy, evocative imagery in three-legged microcosms of meaning.  Having coined the term ‘triologism’ I believe this to be the only collection of these tum-tee-tum phrases in the universe.  Updated Tuesdays … triologism day!  

Tawny-maned horses

A journey you would never want to end, the way Leigh Fermor describes it.

'Poppies scattered the green crops, the...

All-seeing eyes

A fictitious dedication in the novel, imbuing its artist-narrator with an almost godly omnivision, although he doesn't portray himself as...

Sun-whitened clouds

This is part of a poetically imagined overview of joyous, resilient and pure-spirited swallows contemplating their coming continent-spanning migrations.

'They...

Gum-burning brandy

A toothache-anaesthetizing solution gives a jaunty air to this fun concept of the Dullest Exhibition-case Award.  But lest you think...

Worm-like creature

Balint is one of the most engaging characters in Banffy's splendid trilogy of novels covering the closing decades of the...

Sun-refracting facet

Mani is a stark and unforgiving landscape, conveyed with sharp-edged precision by Leigh Fermor.

'But there were no bridges or...

Sickle-shaped curves

We speak of 'hair-pin bends' for sharply curved roads, and I liked this place-and-time relevant equivalent. It is from a...

Ever-narrowing gyres

Swelter, the button-popping portly chef and Flay, the all purpose butler, valet and loyal servant of the Earl of Gormenghast,...

Squashed-fly biscuit

A hard, flat, rectangular British biscuit formally called ‘Garibaldi’, we called them ‘squashed-fly biscuits’ because of the tiny dark currants that...

Age-long silt

Time flowing and settling in sand and sediment, steadily accreting new landscapes.

'As the river grew older, so the meadows...

Iron-braced door

A door to keep enemies at bay?  Except perhaps Grendel who would have torn it off by the hinges.

Source: Seamus...

Flat-bottomed clouds

Leigh-Fermor's continent-straddling meander encompasses pre-war scenes of breath-taking bucolic beauty.  A decade after his peregrination this world had been turned...

Dark-plumed name

The name of the man Orlando will marry is ornate and rare and fully deserving to be called 'dark-plumed': Marmaduke...

Frayed by sin

A surprising one, this, as sin is often presented, nowadays, as socially acceptable, even desirable 'vice' - something naughty-but-nice, essentially...

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  1. B.G. Simons

    Interesting! Your triologisms remind me of the two-word kennings in Beowulf.

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