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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…

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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obscvred:Source | Photographer His spouse is Uinen, the Lady of…


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His spouse is Uinen, the Lady of the Seas, whose hair lies spread through all waters under sky. All creatures she loves that live in the salt streams, and all weeds that grow there; to her mariners cry, for she can lay calm upon the waves, restraining the wildness of Ossë. The Númenóreans lived long in her protection, and held her in reverence equal to the Valar.
–  The Silmarillion, Valaquenta

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His spouse is Uinen, the Lady of…

In Varda’s playground, aka stellar rorschach

VardaAgainst the deep of the Firmament, the Queen of the Valar made new stars, twinkling beacons that break the unending dark, a welcome from the heavens for the Firstborn waking upon the shores of Cuiviénen, in response to the Doom Mandos spoke.

‘In this age the Children of Ilúvatar shall come indeed, but they come not yet. Moreover it is doom that the Firstborn shall come in the darkness, and shall look first upon the stars. Great light shall be for their waning. To Varda ever shall they call at need.’

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jedavu: A Sea of 4.5 Million Baby Blue Eye Flowers in Japan’s…


A Sea of 4.5 Million Baby Blue Eye Flowers in Japan’s Hitachi Seaside Park

Prototypes in Yavanna’s fields.

A Sea of 4.5 Million Baby Blue Eye Flowers in Japan’s…

Reader: The Silmarillion. The Allure Of The Valaquenta

the_old_colosseum_by_flaviobolla-d80yv07-iSo closes the Quenta Silmarillion with the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath. So ends the First Age since the Sun and the Moon were first hoisted into the sky. There’s only two more chapters before the main text is done. Meantime, I noticed a curious blog view phenomenon, thanks to the Valar.
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Reader: The Silmarillion. Valaquenta

Reader deep thought: If us mortal children, mere Followers, go ga-ga just thinking about the Firstborn’s perfection, how do they handle interacting with super-perfect beings?

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