Avellina Balestri

Avellina Balestri (aka Rosaria Marie) is a resident of Maryland who works as the Editor-in-Chief of "The Fellowship of the King" (www.thefellowshipoftheking.net), an online literary magazine merging faith and creativity (which, by the way, is open to submissions). She writes prolifically about the deeper spiritual significance of historical events and popular fandoms alike, including an outpouring of articles, original fiction, fan-fiction, and poetry. Her works have been featured in such publications as "Ink and Fairydust", "The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Network", "The St. Austin Review", and "The Wisdom Daily". Avellina is also a recording artist, singing traditional folk songs and her own compositions as well as playing the penny whistle and bodhran drum. In all these things, she draws her inspiration from the Ultimate Love and Source of Creativity, and hopes to share that love and creativity with others.

Emotional Depth and Imaginary Heights: Fantasy and Sci-Fi Stories that Teach us how to Love

By Avellina Balestri / June 24, 2016 /

In any genre or medium, it is my heart-felt belief that the worth of a story is dependent upon how much that story can reveal about our own souls, and, ultimately, how much it can reveal to us about the nature of love. Even in a roundabout way, or by exposing realities that fly in…

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A Cat of a Different Coat: Spirituality, Storytelling, and the Music of Karliene

By Avellina Balestri / May 11, 2016 /

Among my favorite independent artists on Youtube is a Scotswoman named Karliene. An unabashedly enthusiastic pop culture fangirl, most of her covers and compositions are inspired by geek fandoms such as Game of Thrones, The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and The Hunger Games, among others. But there is something that makes her musical…

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A Promise Lives: The Musical Moods of Middle-Earth

By Avellina Balestri / May 3, 2016 /

The musical score behind Sir Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings film trilogy is intricately multifaceted to match the proportions of its epic tale. The plot, based on the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien, is full of deep complexity, wondrous romance, and striking realism. What starts out with a romp through a peaceful hobbit shire…

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Our Love Must Make Us Strong: The Music of Loreena McKennitt

By Avellina Balestri / April 19, 2016 /

  It all started one Christmas as I rummaged through the CD racks at the library, in search of Christmas music different than the usual run-of-the-mill. I had several gigs lined up for the season and planned on singing “Coventry Carol,” so when I stumbled across a CD called A Midwinter Night’s Dream that included…

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