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morethanphotography:∆ SharkTrek (bw) ∆ by thomasconradBut mostly…


∆ SharkTrek (bw) ∆ by thomasconrad


But mostly Ulmo speaks to those who dwell in Middle-earth with voices that are heard only as the music of water. For all seas, lakes, rivers, fountains and springs are in his government; so that the Elves say that the spirit of Ulmo runs in all the veins of the world. Thus news comes to Ulmo, even in the deeps, of all the needs and griefs of Arda, which otherwise would be hidden from Manwë.
– The Silmarillion, Valaquenta


Awesome Ulmo‘s creatures: Image 1a of 5
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morethanphotography:∆ SharkTrek (bw) ∆ by thomasconradBut mostly…

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Bear cub or baby Beorning?

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Movies: A tribute to Gandalf’s Mothmail Delivery System.No…

Movies: A tribute to Gandalf’s Mothmail Delivery System.

No one can dispute the Moth’s singular importance as the saviour of the day, at least where Gandalf is concerned in the ME movies. Yes, the Eagles were the muscle, but how would they know where to bring the brawn if not for the stalwart Moth?

We’ve seen how in LotR, the Moth quietly saved Gandalf from his imprisonment atop Orthanc by literally bringing an Eagle in, and displaying great
sense of timing by telling Gandalf when to jump. No one else could lay claim to making a Maia jump where and when.

the Moth goes on to save the host at the Morannon single-handedly
(antennaly?) by bringing a flock of Eagles, even considerately notifying
Gandalf in that signature discrete unassuming way. Who knows what dangers the
Moth risked to complete these insane lifer missions for Gandalf with such quiet

The Hobbit movies, at least in AUJ, showed us the relationship between Gandalf and the
Moth went back a ways. In the time-honoured work ethnics of true unsung heroes, the Moth didn’t brag about saving the behinds of
Gandalf and the Company from Azog’s rampage.

With the importance of the Moth to Gandalf’s continued well-bring, I had thought there would be big scenes where the Moth would flap in to save Gandalf in BotFA. It’s all moot now, but I suspected the Moth
might answer two calls of deployment, one to line up the transport for
Gandalf from Dol Guldur, and then to call in the flight squadron at the
end of That Day. Twice, a good encore number for the unsung hero of PJ’s ME

But nope, the Moth’s moment of glory was never meant to be. Still, how did the unassuming Moth take on all that dangerous work and still manage to deliver with such impeccably-timed spectacle?

Two words: aerodynamics, and gumption.

Moth gumption was on display every time Gandalf needed saving. But what about aerodynamics? Call upon science and the answer is there for the taking. Without further preamble, the secrets of mothmail success revealed:

An interesting new paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by Jesse Barber and colleagues found that moth hindwing tails are an
effective defense against bat predation.  Pretty cool stuff!. (Continue reading)

Truly. Mothmail: Deus ex machina supremo.

Movies: A tribute to Gandalf’s Mothmail Delivery System.No…

beautiful-wildlife:Arctic Wolf by Justin Lo Now the chief of…


Arctic Wolf by Justin Lo

Now the chief of the wolf-hounds that followed Celegorm was named Huan. He was not born in Middle-earth, but came from the Blessed Realm; for Oromë had given him to Celegorm long ago in Valinor, and there he had followed the horn of his master, before evil came. Huan followed Celegorm into exile, and was faithful; and thus he too came under the doom of woe set upon the Noldor, and it was decreed that he should meet death, but not until he encountered the mightiest wolf that would ever walk the world.
– The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion Chapter XIX Of Beren and Lúthien

Huan on the hunt.

beautiful-wildlife:Arctic Wolf by Justin Lo

Now the chief of…

morethanphotography:Together by aniryazulSeagulls‘Look!’ he…


Together by aniryazul


‘Look!’ he cried. ‘Gulls! They are flying far inland. A wonder they are to me and a trouble to my heart. Never in all my life had I met them, until we came to Pelargir, and there I heard them crying in the air as we rode to the battle of the ships. Then I stood still, forgetting war in Middle-earth; for their wailing voices spoke to me of the Sea. The Sea! Alas! I have not yet beheld it. But deep in the hearts of all my kindred lies the sea-longing, which it is perilous to stir. Alas! for the gulls. No peace shall I have again under beech or under elm.’
– Legolas. The Lord of the Rings, Volume Three: The Return of the King, Book Five: The War Of The Ring, Chapter 9: The Last Debate

morethanphotography:Together by aniryazulSeagulls‘Look!’ he…

morethanphotography:Pati oo by CecyliaLeszczak Felaróf.It was…


Pati oo by CecyliaLeszczak


It was upon Felaróf that Eorl rode to the Field of Celebrant….
These were the mearas, who would bear no one but the King of the Mark or
his sons…. Men said of them that Béma (whom
the Eldar call Oromë) must have brought their sire from West over Sea.

– The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, II The House of Eorl 

(Also for week 3 of the Tolkien readalong blog’s LotR Appendix A readalong.)

morethanphotography:Pati oo by CecyliaLeszczak
Felaróf.It was…

nubbsgalore:a genetic mutation known as erythrism, which…


a genetic mutation known as erythrism, which suppresses the black pigment eumelanin and produces an excess of the red pigment phaeomelanin, causes these grasshoppers to turn a dangerously conspicuous pink (making rare the photographer who manages to photograph one). the combination of red hair and freckles in humans is thought to be a form of erythrism. photos by roeselien raimond, victoria hillman, marcus juvonen, tim parkinson

Lovely nature. Within Middle-earth lore, I’d like to think gene mutations were a mischief of Morgoth, conceptually the perfect bookend to this post by lintamande, which says:

I think I prefer to believe that Oromë and Vána, who understand the cyclical nature of healthy ecosystems on account of being the Vala of hunting and the Vala of eternal youth (which I interpret as ‘renewal’), collaborated on the invention of flies and then Morgoth corrupted them into mosquitos, which are totally evil and ecologically unnecessary.

Mosquitos are to flies as orcs are to Elves, basically.


Melkor had always shown a pre-disposition to improv and add his own signature to things. Genetic mutation would be the perfect signature from him, though how fuschia grasshoppers might serve his grand plan is anyone’s guess.

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(Source: vepuat, via wooden-folks) Winter in the brightness…

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Winter in the brightness of Thranduil’s kingdom

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Winter in the brightness…