Oh me! Oh life! of the questions of these recurring, Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill'd with the foolish, Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?) Of eyes that vainly crave the light, of the objects mean, of the struggle ever renew'd, Of the poor results of all, of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me, Of the empty and useless years of the rest, with the rest me intertwined, The question, O me! so sad, recurring--What good amid these, O me, O life?
Answer. That you are here--that life exists and identity, That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.
The Mage's Journal is found in Kinolangdanzel's upper dungeon, on the corpse of an Argonian Mage near a column coated in Dwemer levers.
Background and Inspiration Edit
The text of Mage's Journal comes from "O Me! O Life!" by Walt Whitman.
The Mage's Journal was added to Relics of Hyrule with Kinolangdanzel and serves to tell the Mage's story, and to establish atmosphere for the dungeon and the lore of the mod in general.
The Mage's Journal references the undead in Kinolangdanzel, calling them "faithless," "eyes that vainly crave the light," and "plodding and sordid crowds." It can also be interpreted that "faithless" and "eyes that vainly crave the light" refer to the Dwemer, along with the phrase "cities fill'd with the foolish," or to the citizens of Hyrule.
The Mage's Journal, with its companion books, is one of the first instances of JKalenad's tradition of placing poetry in dungeons.