Elysian Armitage: TAE Word for the Day


Elysian: (adjective): blissful; delightful. Of, or relating to, or characteristic of heaven or paradise.

From the Latin Elysium, from the Greek elysion pedyon (Elysian plain/ fields). In Greek mythology, Elysium (or Elysian fields) was the final resting place for the souls of heroes and the virtuous after their deaths. Earliest documented use: 1579.

Richard Armitage manages to evoke feelings within us which I believe can be described as truly elysian. Surely our endorphin levels are boosted when we see his image, hear his voice, read his words? We experience positive emotions; our pain seems to lessen, our bliss seems to increase. We are inspired and excited in such a manner it takes our breath away.

RA  and his cast of ChaRActers can make us downright euphoric. It seems as if we see a glimpse of heaven itself in those fathomless blue eyes, in the sweetness of his smiles and the joy of his laughter.

10 responses »

  1. Elysian, yes, and we don’t have to die to know this taste of paradise, this unique euphoria. Endorphins firing on all cylinders…

    I’m assuming that “first use” date is for English? The original Greek appears in Homer.

  2. I always love your posts, but I really love this one, the way you decribe what all of us feel when we see him… wow… Your words and the lovely selection of pictures has made me love him 1000 times more, I didn’t have a clue that it was possible… ❤ Thank you so much for this great post!!

  3. Your word for today, Elysian, is also the root word for two of my other favorite things. The main street in Paris is les Champs-Elysees. When it was named centuries ago, it was out in the country, but not for long. Those heavenly fields are long gone, replaced by a very chic centre ville.

    The word German word, “Elysium” also appears in the 4th movement of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, the Chorale, which last year was voted be Washington DC area listeners as their Number One favorite of classical music. At 8 pm tonight, our classical music station will probably play it again as this year’s top choice. “Ode to Joy,” especially as written by Beethoven with all his variations and a full chorus, captivates me every time, just like a certain actor. Hypnotic!

    So you see, using this special word in connection with Richard Armitage puts him in very good company. He’s a classic!

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