a star's dwelling

Though here at journey’s end I lie
in darkness buried deep,
beyond all towers strong and high,
beyond all mountains steep,
above all shadows rides the Sun
and Stars for ever dwell:
I will not say the Day is done,
nor bid the Stars farewell.
—  from “Western Lands”, The Return of the King, The Tower of Cirith Ungol, p.1189

The Gippsland Lakes in Australia is a beautiful example of bioluminescence.   Noctiluca scintillans, commonly known as Sea Sparkle, is the non-parasitic, marine-dwelling dinoflagellate that exhibits the bioluminescence throughout its cytoplasm when disturbed.

You will still have to taste the bitterness of mortality. And there will be no comfort for you, no comfort to ease the pain of his passing. You will linger on in darkness and in doubt, as nightfall in winter that comes without a star. Here you will dwell, bound to your grief under the fading trees until all the world is changed and the long years of your life are utterly spent.”

“Fumbling nervelessly, Obi-Wan somehow managed to shut down the holoscan. He leaned on the console, but his arms would not support him; they buckled, and he twisted to the floor.

He huddled against the console, blind with pain.”

-Revenge of the Sith (novelization), by Matthew Stover

anonymous asked:

could you explain the dio looking up at the stars thing?

Sure.  You see that “mud and stars” quote get used all the time for Dio and Jonathan, so much that it self-perpetuates and gets repeated without much thought toward the fact that it doesn’t really fit them because neither of them “see mud.”

Araki actually uses the quote in-story later in the series, Jolyne says it as she’s about to be struck directly by a meteor.  “Seeing mud” means accepting her certain death and “seeing stars” means looking past it toward the future she wants and fighting for it.

The guy who looks at mud, he’s stuck, he’s let the walls of his circumstance imprison him and he can’t see past.  The guy who looks at stars, he’s not dwelling on being stuck, because he sees his future outside of his situation. Which works well with Jolyne but also sounds exactly like Dio.

I think it’s hard for people to see Dio as a glass half-full guy because of how badly he behaves.  But it’s not hard if you let yourself to see things from his perspective. He’s got a clear idea of who he is and what he wants and an almost delusional certainty that whatever he wants, he can achieve. And things always go wrong for Dio, none of his plans work out but he just keeps moving forward.  The quote’s about somebody looking at their however bad their present situation is and seeing either a closed door or an opening. 

And it always feels like the quote’s misuse kind of reflects of a larger impulse to see Jonathan and Dio in more binary terms than they’re actually written - whatever you like about Jonathan, you then have to refuse to see that trait in Dio - instead of trying to understand the two characters each on their own terms.  To get that quote to stick, you have to deny a huge part of Dio’s personality and his outlook.

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Arwen. It is time. The ships are leaving for Valinor. Go now, before it is too late. He is not coming back. Why do you linger when there is no hope? If Aragorn survives this war, you will still be parted. If Sauron is defeated, and Aragorn made king and all that you hoped for comes true… you will still have to taste the bitterness of mortality. Whether by the sword or the slow decay of time, Aragorn will die. And there will be no comfort for you. No comfort to ease the pain of his passing. He will come to death. An image of the splendor of the kings of men in glory, undimmed before the breaking of the world. But you, my daughter, you will linger on in darkness and in doubt. As nightfall in winter that comes without a star. Here you will dwell, bound to your grief, under the fading trees, until all the world has changed and the long years of your life are utterly spent.


Arwen… there is nothing for you here, only death.

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Arwen Appreciation Week: Day 3 ~ relationship with Elrond

“If Aragorn survives this war, you will still be parted. If Sauron is defeated and Aragorn made king and all that you hope for comes true you will still have to taste the bitterness of mortality. Whether by the sword or the slow decay of time, Aragorn will die. And there will be no comfort for you, no comfort to ease the pain of his passing. He will come to death an image of the splendor of the kings of Men in glory undimmed before the breaking of the world. But you, my daughter, you will linger on in darkness and in doubt as nightfall in winter that comes without a star. Here you will dwell bound to your grief under the fading trees until all the world is changed and the long years of your life are utterly spent…”

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“…And there will be no comfort for you, no comfort to ease the pain of his passing. He will come to death an image of the splendor of the kings of Men in glory undimmed before the breaking of the world. But you, my daughter, you will linger on in darkness and in doubt as nightfall in winter that comes without a star. Here you will dwell bound to your grief under the fading trees until all the world is changed and the long years of your life are utterly spent.”