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colchrishadfield:

These 16-yr-old Irish girls won the google Science Fair. Worth reading what they did.
http://inhabitat.com/16-year-old-irish-girls-win-google-science-fair-2014-with-world-changing-crop-yield-breakthrough/

Amazing.

colchrishadfield:

These 16-yr-old Irish girls won the google Science Fair. Worth reading what they did.

http://inhabitat.com/16-year-old-irish-girls-win-google-science-fair-2014-with-world-changing-crop-yield-breakthrough/

Amazing.

asylum-art:

Street Art byDavid Zinn


How cute! Right out of a storybook.
asylum-art:

Street Art byDavid Zinn


How cute! Right out of a storybook.
asylum-art:

Street Art byDavid Zinn


How cute! Right out of a storybook.
asylum-art:

Street Art byDavid Zinn


How cute! Right out of a storybook.
asylum-art:

Street Art byDavid Zinn


How cute! Right out of a storybook.
asylum-art:

Street Art byDavid Zinn


How cute! Right out of a storybook.
asylum-art:

Street Art byDavid Zinn


How cute! Right out of a storybook.
asylum-art:

Street Art byDavid Zinn


How cute! Right out of a storybook.
asylum-art:

Street Art byDavid Zinn


How cute! Right out of a storybook.

asylum-art:

Street Art byDavid Zinn

How cute! Right out of a storybook.

(via iconuk01)

Fanfic: The Wolves of Doriath

Mablung and Beleg present themselves to Fingon to fight in the Nirnaeth Arnoediad. Things get awkward.

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

They have a lot of ground to cover in this movie. Still, awesome!!!
But, no Hobbiton auction at the end? ;)

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

They have a lot of ground to cover in this movie. Still, awesome!!!
But, no Hobbiton auction at the end? ;)

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

They have a lot of ground to cover in this movie. Still, awesome!!!
But, no Hobbiton auction at the end? ;)

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

They have a lot of ground to cover in this movie. Still, awesome!!!
But, no Hobbiton auction at the end? ;)

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

They have a lot of ground to cover in this movie. Still, awesome!!!

But, no Hobbiton auction at the end? ;)

(via thranduilings)

Release from Bondage: Escape in “Of Beren and Luthien”

So, this is a week late, but I thought I would post it anyway. Since the alternate title for “Of Beren and Luthien” is “Release from Bondage,” I decided to enumerate all the incidences I remember in the story of characters escaping (death, imprisonment, the circles of the world, etc.) and do a teensy analysis on each one, because I am a dorky English major and librarian and thus like making lists like these.   

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archangelsky:

Skinny Apple Mug Cake
Lemon Cloud Mug Cake
Strawberries and Cream Mug Cake
Cookies and Cream Mug Cake
Red Velvet Mug Cake
Candy Cane Mug Cake
Smore Mug Cake
Pumpkin Cinnamon Mug Cake
Coffee Cake Mug Cake
+more

I suppose I need to make … all of these. Sigh.
archangelsky:

Skinny Apple Mug Cake
Lemon Cloud Mug Cake
Strawberries and Cream Mug Cake
Cookies and Cream Mug Cake
Red Velvet Mug Cake
Candy Cane Mug Cake
Smore Mug Cake
Pumpkin Cinnamon Mug Cake
Coffee Cake Mug Cake
+more

I suppose I need to make … all of these. Sigh.
archangelsky:

Skinny Apple Mug Cake
Lemon Cloud Mug Cake
Strawberries and Cream Mug Cake
Cookies and Cream Mug Cake
Red Velvet Mug Cake
Candy Cane Mug Cake
Smore Mug Cake
Pumpkin Cinnamon Mug Cake
Coffee Cake Mug Cake
+more

I suppose I need to make … all of these. Sigh.
archangelsky:

Skinny Apple Mug Cake
Lemon Cloud Mug Cake
Strawberries and Cream Mug Cake
Cookies and Cream Mug Cake
Red Velvet Mug Cake
Candy Cane Mug Cake
Smore Mug Cake
Pumpkin Cinnamon Mug Cake
Coffee Cake Mug Cake
+more

I suppose I need to make … all of these. Sigh.
archangelsky:

Skinny Apple Mug Cake
Lemon Cloud Mug Cake
Strawberries and Cream Mug Cake
Cookies and Cream Mug Cake
Red Velvet Mug Cake
Candy Cane Mug Cake
Smore Mug Cake
Pumpkin Cinnamon Mug Cake
Coffee Cake Mug Cake
+more

I suppose I need to make … all of these. Sigh.
archangelsky:

Skinny Apple Mug Cake
Lemon Cloud Mug Cake
Strawberries and Cream Mug Cake
Cookies and Cream Mug Cake
Red Velvet Mug Cake
Candy Cane Mug Cake
Smore Mug Cake
Pumpkin Cinnamon Mug Cake
Coffee Cake Mug Cake
+more

I suppose I need to make … all of these. Sigh.
archangelsky:

Skinny Apple Mug Cake
Lemon Cloud Mug Cake
Strawberries and Cream Mug Cake
Cookies and Cream Mug Cake
Red Velvet Mug Cake
Candy Cane Mug Cake
Smore Mug Cake
Pumpkin Cinnamon Mug Cake
Coffee Cake Mug Cake
+more

I suppose I need to make … all of these. Sigh.
archangelsky:

Skinny Apple Mug Cake
Lemon Cloud Mug Cake
Strawberries and Cream Mug Cake
Cookies and Cream Mug Cake
Red Velvet Mug Cake
Candy Cane Mug Cake
Smore Mug Cake
Pumpkin Cinnamon Mug Cake
Coffee Cake Mug Cake
+more

I suppose I need to make … all of these. Sigh.
archangelsky:

Skinny Apple Mug Cake
Lemon Cloud Mug Cake
Strawberries and Cream Mug Cake
Cookies and Cream Mug Cake
Red Velvet Mug Cake
Candy Cane Mug Cake
Smore Mug Cake
Pumpkin Cinnamon Mug Cake
Coffee Cake Mug Cake
+more

I suppose I need to make … all of these. Sigh.
askmiddlearth:

Racism and Middle Earth: Part 4/6: Of Dwarves and Antisemitism
Okay, this is part of an ongoing series, and also a draft (the final, complete version will be offered as a downloadable pdf.) As such there are a couple un-attached pages that you will probably want to know about:
My overall disclaimer and outline of the series
Part I of the series (“People of Color in Middle Earth”)
Part II of the series (“The Numenorean Hierarchy of Men”)
Part III of the series (“Tolkien and the Men of Darkness”)
I mentioned this before, but antisemitism isn’t a topic I have a lot of experience with (due to the extremely low Jewish population in all the areas I’ve lived in, it wasn’t a subject that came up much in my own experiences, or something that my professors really focused on.) So if you notice anything that you think I missed or got wrong, please let me know so I can correct it for the final version. Also, many of the major concepts in this section came from "Dwarves are not heroes" by Rebecca Brackmann.
ALSO, good news! I’ve actually already written the rest of this series (just a short section on Tolkien’s personal writings, and an even shorter conclusion), so you should see that posted in just a couple days!

Thanks for this great resource! Great work as always!
askmiddlearth:

Racism and Middle Earth: Part 4/6: Of Dwarves and Antisemitism
Okay, this is part of an ongoing series, and also a draft (the final, complete version will be offered as a downloadable pdf.) As such there are a couple un-attached pages that you will probably want to know about:
My overall disclaimer and outline of the series
Part I of the series (“People of Color in Middle Earth”)
Part II of the series (“The Numenorean Hierarchy of Men”)
Part III of the series (“Tolkien and the Men of Darkness”)
I mentioned this before, but antisemitism isn’t a topic I have a lot of experience with (due to the extremely low Jewish population in all the areas I’ve lived in, it wasn’t a subject that came up much in my own experiences, or something that my professors really focused on.) So if you notice anything that you think I missed or got wrong, please let me know so I can correct it for the final version. Also, many of the major concepts in this section came from "Dwarves are not heroes" by Rebecca Brackmann.
ALSO, good news! I’ve actually already written the rest of this series (just a short section on Tolkien’s personal writings, and an even shorter conclusion), so you should see that posted in just a couple days!

Thanks for this great resource! Great work as always!
askmiddlearth:

Racism and Middle Earth: Part 4/6: Of Dwarves and Antisemitism
Okay, this is part of an ongoing series, and also a draft (the final, complete version will be offered as a downloadable pdf.) As such there are a couple un-attached pages that you will probably want to know about:
My overall disclaimer and outline of the series
Part I of the series (“People of Color in Middle Earth”)
Part II of the series (“The Numenorean Hierarchy of Men”)
Part III of the series (“Tolkien and the Men of Darkness”)
I mentioned this before, but antisemitism isn’t a topic I have a lot of experience with (due to the extremely low Jewish population in all the areas I’ve lived in, it wasn’t a subject that came up much in my own experiences, or something that my professors really focused on.) So if you notice anything that you think I missed or got wrong, please let me know so I can correct it for the final version. Also, many of the major concepts in this section came from "Dwarves are not heroes" by Rebecca Brackmann.
ALSO, good news! I’ve actually already written the rest of this series (just a short section on Tolkien’s personal writings, and an even shorter conclusion), so you should see that posted in just a couple days!

Thanks for this great resource! Great work as always!
askmiddlearth:

Racism and Middle Earth: Part 4/6: Of Dwarves and Antisemitism
Okay, this is part of an ongoing series, and also a draft (the final, complete version will be offered as a downloadable pdf.) As such there are a couple un-attached pages that you will probably want to know about:
My overall disclaimer and outline of the series
Part I of the series (“People of Color in Middle Earth”)
Part II of the series (“The Numenorean Hierarchy of Men”)
Part III of the series (“Tolkien and the Men of Darkness”)
I mentioned this before, but antisemitism isn’t a topic I have a lot of experience with (due to the extremely low Jewish population in all the areas I’ve lived in, it wasn’t a subject that came up much in my own experiences, or something that my professors really focused on.) So if you notice anything that you think I missed or got wrong, please let me know so I can correct it for the final version. Also, many of the major concepts in this section came from "Dwarves are not heroes" by Rebecca Brackmann.
ALSO, good news! I’ve actually already written the rest of this series (just a short section on Tolkien’s personal writings, and an even shorter conclusion), so you should see that posted in just a couple days!

Thanks for this great resource! Great work as always!
askmiddlearth:

Racism and Middle Earth: Part 4/6: Of Dwarves and Antisemitism
Okay, this is part of an ongoing series, and also a draft (the final, complete version will be offered as a downloadable pdf.) As such there are a couple un-attached pages that you will probably want to know about:
My overall disclaimer and outline of the series
Part I of the series (“People of Color in Middle Earth”)
Part II of the series (“The Numenorean Hierarchy of Men”)
Part III of the series (“Tolkien and the Men of Darkness”)
I mentioned this before, but antisemitism isn’t a topic I have a lot of experience with (due to the extremely low Jewish population in all the areas I’ve lived in, it wasn’t a subject that came up much in my own experiences, or something that my professors really focused on.) So if you notice anything that you think I missed or got wrong, please let me know so I can correct it for the final version. Also, many of the major concepts in this section came from "Dwarves are not heroes" by Rebecca Brackmann.
ALSO, good news! I’ve actually already written the rest of this series (just a short section on Tolkien’s personal writings, and an even shorter conclusion), so you should see that posted in just a couple days!

Thanks for this great resource! Great work as always!
askmiddlearth:

Racism and Middle Earth: Part 4/6: Of Dwarves and Antisemitism
Okay, this is part of an ongoing series, and also a draft (the final, complete version will be offered as a downloadable pdf.) As such there are a couple un-attached pages that you will probably want to know about:
My overall disclaimer and outline of the series
Part I of the series (“People of Color in Middle Earth”)
Part II of the series (“The Numenorean Hierarchy of Men”)
Part III of the series (“Tolkien and the Men of Darkness”)
I mentioned this before, but antisemitism isn’t a topic I have a lot of experience with (due to the extremely low Jewish population in all the areas I’ve lived in, it wasn’t a subject that came up much in my own experiences, or something that my professors really focused on.) So if you notice anything that you think I missed or got wrong, please let me know so I can correct it for the final version. Also, many of the major concepts in this section came from "Dwarves are not heroes" by Rebecca Brackmann.
ALSO, good news! I’ve actually already written the rest of this series (just a short section on Tolkien’s personal writings, and an even shorter conclusion), so you should see that posted in just a couple days!

Thanks for this great resource! Great work as always!
askmiddlearth:

Racism and Middle Earth: Part 4/6: Of Dwarves and Antisemitism
Okay, this is part of an ongoing series, and also a draft (the final, complete version will be offered as a downloadable pdf.) As such there are a couple un-attached pages that you will probably want to know about:
My overall disclaimer and outline of the series
Part I of the series (“People of Color in Middle Earth”)
Part II of the series (“The Numenorean Hierarchy of Men”)
Part III of the series (“Tolkien and the Men of Darkness”)
I mentioned this before, but antisemitism isn’t a topic I have a lot of experience with (due to the extremely low Jewish population in all the areas I’ve lived in, it wasn’t a subject that came up much in my own experiences, or something that my professors really focused on.) So if you notice anything that you think I missed or got wrong, please let me know so I can correct it for the final version. Also, many of the major concepts in this section came from "Dwarves are not heroes" by Rebecca Brackmann.
ALSO, good news! I’ve actually already written the rest of this series (just a short section on Tolkien’s personal writings, and an even shorter conclusion), so you should see that posted in just a couple days!

Thanks for this great resource! Great work as always!

askmiddlearth:

Racism and Middle Earth: Part 4/6: Of Dwarves and Antisemitism

Okay, this is part of an ongoing series, and also a draft (the final, complete version will be offered as a downloadable pdf.) As such there are a couple un-attached pages that you will probably want to know about:

I mentioned this before, but antisemitism isn’t a topic I have a lot of experience with (due to the extremely low Jewish population in all the areas I’ve lived in, it wasn’t a subject that came up much in my own experiences, or something that my professors really focused on.) So if you notice anything that you think I missed or got wrong, please let me know so I can correct it for the final version. Also, many of the major concepts in this section came from "Dwarves are not heroes" by Rebecca Brackmann.

ALSO, good news! I’ve actually already written the rest of this series (just a short section on Tolkien’s personal writings, and an even shorter conclusion), so you should see that posted in just a couple days!

Thanks for this great resource! Great work as always!

(via teamedain)

edwardspoonhands:

all-the-weird-things:

exploratorium:

mashable:

itscolossal:

A Multi-Camera 360° Panoramic Timelapse of the Stars by Vincent Brady [VIDEO]

WHOA!

Too mind bending not to reblog!

i feel like this is exactly what Vincent Van Gogh saw and now i am crying 

GOTTA FIGURE OUT HOW TO WATCH THIS IN THE OCULUS!!!

Pretty!

edwardspoonhands:

all-the-weird-things:

exploratorium:

mashable:

itscolossal:

A Multi-Camera 360° Panoramic Timelapse of the Stars by Vincent Brady [VIDEO]

WHOA!

Too mind bending not to reblog!

i feel like this is exactly what Vincent Van Gogh saw and now i am crying 

GOTTA FIGURE OUT HOW TO WATCH THIS IN THE OCULUS!!!

Pretty!

dontf-stop:

Credit: Hobson Photography
Tardis Cosplay
Granite State Comic Con

Wow!!!

dontf-stop:

Credit: Hobson Photography

Tardis Cosplay

Granite State Comic Con

Wow!!!

Favorite Scene:

Everyone always talks about Finrod Felagund’s duel with Sauron, but the one I would love to see animated is Luthien and Huan kicking Sauron’s butt out of his tower and all the way to Mordor. ^.^

I love how insanely powerful Luthien is, and how Sauron’s initial glee and arrogance at what he believes are easy pickings suddenly turn to dismay and desperation as Luthien wipes the floor with him.

talcaluin:

In a perfect Discworld/Silmarillion crossover, Angband’s super mega burocratic cause that’s what Hell’s like in Discworld, and orcs basically wage war while sitting behind little moving desks, asking you to fill forms and telling you to make a line in floor 23b and sending you across arda to get a specific stamp on that sword because that thing does not fit the current regulation, y’know?

The entire Nirnaeth was one particularly horrible committee meeting.

Farewell sweet earth and northern sky,
for ever blest, since here did lie
and here with lissom limbs did run
beneath the Moon, beneath the Sun,
Lúthien, Tinúviel
more fair than mortal tongue can tell.
Though all to ruin fell the world
and were dissolved and backward hurled
unmade into the old abyss,
yet were its making good, for this—-
the dusk, the dawn, the earth, the sea—-
That Lúthien for a time should be.

One of my favorite love poems ever. Even if the universe ends and everything was for naught, because you lived it was all worth it.

Reminds me of the Nietzsche quote: “What else is love but understanding and rejoicing in the fact that another person lives, acts, and experiences otherwise than we do …?” 

Even more powerful since it was probably also a poem for Edith Tolkien. :)

appalachialighthouse:

Morehead, KY
2014

Haunting and lovely.

appalachialighthouse:

Morehead, KY

2014

Haunting and lovely.

(via hillbilly-otaku)

bigsamthompson:

Every single one of rvsa's Link to the Past sketches is amazing. These really take me back to playing this game when I was a kid. (pixiv/flickr)

Don’t see enough of this Link on Tumblr.
bigsamthompson:

Every single one of rvsa's Link to the Past sketches is amazing. These really take me back to playing this game when I was a kid. (pixiv/flickr)

Don’t see enough of this Link on Tumblr.
bigsamthompson:

Every single one of rvsa's Link to the Past sketches is amazing. These really take me back to playing this game when I was a kid. (pixiv/flickr)

Don’t see enough of this Link on Tumblr.
bigsamthompson:

Every single one of rvsa's Link to the Past sketches is amazing. These really take me back to playing this game when I was a kid. (pixiv/flickr)

Don’t see enough of this Link on Tumblr.
bigsamthompson:

Every single one of rvsa's Link to the Past sketches is amazing. These really take me back to playing this game when I was a kid. (pixiv/flickr)

Don’t see enough of this Link on Tumblr.
bigsamthompson:

Every single one of rvsa's Link to the Past sketches is amazing. These really take me back to playing this game when I was a kid. (pixiv/flickr)

Don’t see enough of this Link on Tumblr.
bigsamthompson:

Every single one of rvsa's Link to the Past sketches is amazing. These really take me back to playing this game when I was a kid. (pixiv/flickr)

Don’t see enough of this Link on Tumblr.
bigsamthompson:

Every single one of rvsa's Link to the Past sketches is amazing. These really take me back to playing this game when I was a kid. (pixiv/flickr)

Don’t see enough of this Link on Tumblr.
bigsamthompson:

Every single one of rvsa's Link to the Past sketches is amazing. These really take me back to playing this game when I was a kid. (pixiv/flickr)

Don’t see enough of this Link on Tumblr.
bigsamthompson:

Every single one of rvsa's Link to the Past sketches is amazing. These really take me back to playing this game when I was a kid. (pixiv/flickr)

Don’t see enough of this Link on Tumblr.

bigsamthompson:

Every single one of rvsa's Link to the Past sketches is amazing. These really take me back to playing this game when I was a kid. (pixiv/flickr)

Don’t see enough of this Link on Tumblr.

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An elegy for the generation lost to war - Telegraph

This is an older article from 2003, but I find it particularly heartbreaking. “By 1918,” Tolkien says, “all but one of my best friends were dead.” It’s no secret that much of Tolkien’s literature is about loss, but the story of Beren and Luthien, although a story of loss from the elven point of view, is ultimately a break from the relentless tragedy of the Noldorin war against Morgoth, a war that reflected his own life’s story.  

Tolkien’s friend Rob Gilson died at the Battle of the Somme. GB Smith, Tolkien’s greatest admirer, died of gas gangrene after a seemingly inconsequential wound. As more of Tolkien’s friends fell to the horrors of war, he found himself returning to a home overshadowed by the ghosts of family and friends, now the only bearer of their legacy.

In his book The Great War: The Threshold of Middle-Earth (which I now very much want to read), critic John Garth examines how Tolkien’s World War I experiences affected his writings. As for me, I think that the loss and sense of responsibility Tolkien inherited infused his work with a deeply personal sense of tragedy that only enhances its beauty and effectiveness as art. 

Take Beren. He’s the sole survivor of horrific and dismayingly fruitless conflict. Beren’s entire community is either enslaved or killed in the war against Morgoth’s forces, forcing him into a cruel crucible of a journey which leaves him bent and aged (perhaps much like Tolkien’s wartime illness). Its not until he meets Luthien that the burden of tragedy is lifted from him and he regains his lost youth and purpose.

And a second time, Beren survives the horrific experience of Finrod and company’s death in Sauron’s tower, after which he is left in a despairing stupor, from which Luthien again awakens him, and Beren finds healing - and inspiration - in her presence.

In the article, Garth’s research suggests that in childhood, Tolkien and his friends had unfortunate (albeit normal for the time period) chauvinistic views in their boyhood, discrediting the importance and even the necessity of women in intelligent society. However, the story of Beren and Luthien seems to suggest somewhat of a turnaround in this opinion.

Luthien is not saved from her tower.  In fact, Luthien is the powerhouse of the story, and saves Beren from his tower instead. It’s Luthien who travels to the underworld to save Beren and free them from the doom of separate fates.  It’s Luthien whose power keeps both her and Beren safe on their journey and in their ethereal second life on Tol Galen.  

I don’t want to suggest that the love of Tolkien’s wife Edith (who seems woefully under-discussed in most Tolkien biographies I’ve read) single-handedly healed the wounds of World War I or that the inspiration Tolkien received from her now-famous dance in the hemlock is solely responsible for this incredible story. I don’t even want to suggest Edith’s influence on Tolkien’s life is responsible for his changing views, since I haven’t done enough research to even guess. However, Tolkien’s love for Edith makes the narrative resonate with powerful emotion and human stakes. 

I do think the greatest poignancy of Beren and Luthien’s story is that Tolkien finds hope, love, and beauty in the face of horrific violence and shattering grief.  Knowing Tolkien’s personal story here only increases the power of this - my favorite tale in the Silmarillion - even more.