Human passions have mysterious ways, in children as well as grown-ups. Those affected by them can't explain them, and those who haven't known them have no understanding of them at all… In short, there are as many different passions as there are people.
― Michael Ende, The Neverending Story
It’s easy for me to get lost in a story, especially when the words are woven in such a way that they deeply resonate with me. This particular tale I read when I was a lot younger, and its essence has stayed with me ever since, buried like a seed that would someday bear bountiful fruit.
The stories we take into our hearts shape us in turn. And even if the last page has been read, the book finally closed, the tale never ends. The words live within us and become part of our own journey even if we’re not fully aware of them. Nothing is truly lost, it is merely transformed. Such is the magick of a never ending story.
The Master Storyteller
Michael Ende is the brilliant German author who left an indelible mark on the world of literature with his enchanting stories and unparalleled imagination. Born on November 12, 1929 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Ende's legacy transcends borders and generations, as his words continue to captivate readers of all ages.
The Neverending Story is Ende’s magnum opus and remains a timeless masterpiece. Within its pages, he crafted a wondrous realm called Fantasia, a world filled with mystical creatures and boundless adventures. This novel is not just a tale for children— it is an exploration of the power of imagination and the enduring need for storytelling in our lives. The notion of a story that never truly ends but continues in the hearts and minds of its readers is a testament to Ende's profound understanding of the human psyche.
Ende's work extended far beyond The Neverending Story. He penned a plethora of other enchanting tales such as Momo and Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver, each one proof of his ability to blend fantasy and philosophical depth. Through his stories, he delved into themes of time, identity, the endless struggle between good and evil, and the profound importance of friendship and love. These themes resonate with a variety of readers, reminding us of the fundamental human experiences that bind us all.
His eloquence lay not only in his narratives but also in his beautifully crafted prose. His writing was a symphony of words, inviting us into a world of vivid imagery and emotional depth. He had an innate talent for breathing life into his characters, making them feel like friends and allies, and allowing us to walk alongside them on their incredible journeys.
In addition to his literary contributions, Michael Ende's advocacy for the power of storytelling and imagination is part of his enduring legacy. He emphasized that stories are bridges connecting people across cultures and generations. They offer solace, inspiration, and a sense of belonging beyond boundaries.
Though Michael Ende passed away in 1995, his words and the worlds he created continue to inspire and enchant readers worldwide. His literary prowess, coupled with his profound understanding of the human spirit, cements his place as a master storyteller whose work will stand the test of time. His legacy lives on, reminding us of the boundless possibilities of the human imagination and the everlasting magic of a well-woven story that resonates with our hearts and minds.
EndlessPens Recommends: Michael Ende’s Timeless Tools
Michael Ende believed that imagination was the most potent tool in a writer's arsenal. He encouraged writers to let their imagination soar, to explore the depths of their creativity, and to let their stories take shape without fear of boundaries. Imagination, he believed, was the key to creating unique and captivating tales. In honor of his 94th birthday, here is a selection of captivatingly enduring fountain pens, inks and journals to help weave your imagination into stories that live on —
Pelikan P200 Classic Fountain Pen – The cartridge fountain pens P200 (gold trim) were introduced in the same design as the classic Pelikan piston filler in 2014. Although the P200 model number suggests that the pen corresponds to the size of the M200 base, the fountain pens are slightly shorter than the M200s. The nib unit can be removed and exchanged with those of other cartridge pens, but is not compatible with the nib units of the piston fillers because of the tip of the feed, which is needed to pierce the cartridge and to gather ink.
LAMY Studio Fountain Pen with Gold Nib – The special elegance of the LAMY Studio Fountain Pen Gold Nib demonstrates just how close design and art can be. The propeller-shaped clip accents the pen’s innovative form. Shiny black lacquer or palladium finish with steel propeller-shaped clip and 14K bi-colour gold nib, anodized. It can be modified for use with the converter filling system Z27.
Kaweco DIA2 Fountain Pen – The inspiration of the Kaweco DIA2 goes back to 1921. The DIA was offered in many variants. Fountain pens, rotary, pressure, and four-color pencils for women and men were made of black hard rubber and colored celluloid.The decorative elements and proportions are those from the golden 20’s. This treasure from a heyday of German art, culture and science has been preserved in detail to this day.
Diamine Anniversary Ink – To celebrate their 150th Anniversary, Diamine has created a line of Anniversary Inks packaged in cake-slice shaped glass wedges. There are a total of 16 bottles, forming two whole ink cakes when completed. Diamine brand ink has a long and rich history, dating back to 1864. Diamine ink is produced in the UK and is made with a gentle formula safe for all fountain pens. It has quickly become one of the most popular and sought-after brands around. A wide selection of ink colors is available.
Troublemaker Standard Ink – These artisanal inks offer a bold alternative to the conventional fountain pen inks, each bottle lovingly hand-crafted and mixed, bottled, and packaged with care. Try it out and cause a bit of trouble — you know you want to! With its 60 ml capacity of standard inks, you can unleash your inner rebel, causing a splash of color wherever you please. Make your artwork stand-out with vibrant hues and let your imagination run free. Don't hold back, let the ink flow!
Lochby Pocket Journal – Ultra portable pocket notebook. The Pocket Journal consists of our rugged waxed canvas case and a 3.5" x 5.5" Dot Grid Refill. The refill features fountain pen friendly Tomoe River 68 gsm white paper. It is fully zipped to keep your valuables protected, with multiple pockets and double stitching and bartacking throughout. The nylon zipper reduces scratches compared to metal zippers.
Traveler's Notebook Regular – The leather notebook itself is similar to the A5 size, except it has a slightly slimmer width. This makes it easy to carry, and it even suits better for writing. You can insert maps, tickets, and three-folded A4-sized papers inside. The structure of the notebook is simple, and its simplicity makes it easy to customize. You can mix and match your refills, which include notebooks made of various papers, zipper cases, and pockets. You can paste stickers on the cover of the notebook and add charms on the bookmark or the rubber band to personalize your style. The more you use the notebook, the more the texture and the taste of the leather cover changes, and this maturity simply seems to reflect the user. Utilizing this notebook in your daily life will surely make you feel that every day is a journey.
May these choices encourage you to take the first steps towards unleashing your imagination and weaving your own never ending story!
He had never been willing to believe that life had to be as gray and dull as people claimed. He heard them saying: “Life is like that,” but he couldn’t agree. He never stopped believing in mysteries and miracles.
― Michael Ende, The Neverending Story
Happy Birthday, Michael Ende!
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