a-unexpected-journey

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 “I think he knows he doesn’t stand a chance because she’s a bit 25 foot tall, and uh he’s a meager four foot. I think kili knows it’s never gonna really happen, he can never see that relationship work, i mean it would be hard to do a lot of things with Tauriel if it would become a dwarven and elven marriage I would imagine. Although he”s willing to give it a shot, He’s willing to try, you gotta give it to him.” - Aidan Turner behind the scenes

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TWO AFLOAT 

Moorea Adventures: Part 1 of 3 

“Air”

If you surrender to adventure there are no failures along the way, just unexpected steps in a journey that is only revealed as the story unfolds…

We sailed away from the Tuamotus this morning with weather looking favorable for a passage to Tahiti but here we are bashing across the sea, close-hauled, our sails deeply reefed and trimmed flat, as we cruise through a series of tropical squalls.  We can still make Tahiti on this tack but the constant heel and violent pounding convinces us to bear away towards Moorea instead.   We will not reach our intended destination but I think life is good when the big decision is between sailing to Tahiti or Moorea.

We approach Moorea with no information beyond what we see on the charts and some vague tips from a friend.  But we’ve learned adventure rewards those who trust fate, a fact confirmed by the breeching Humpback whales that greet us while we sail through the reef pass into a deep blue bay surrounded by towering green mountains.

We set the anchor in a protected corner amongst a small flotilla of other cruisers.  We know many of the boats and crews from other places.  Familiar faces bringing back memories of adventures on remote islands hundreds of miles away, an aquatic tribe migrating across the Pacific.

My adrenaline starts pumping when I see a few people blazing across the lagoon at unbelievable speeds, occasionally flying through the air, twisting and turning in a dance of pure freedom and fun, propelled by giant kites.  I grab my gear and head out to join them.

The lagoon is plenty large enough for me and the four or five other people kiteboarding.  Despite being the only stranger I am welcomed into the rotation with broad smiles and waves.

We spend the afternoon happily reaching back and forth across the clear warm emerald green and blue water between the barrier reef and a sandy beach. Occasionally I see a blacktip reef shark or huge stingray scurry away as I glide over them.

It is difficult to describe the sense of freedom that kiteboarding offers. Sailboats and kites allow us to do things and go places we can otherwise only dream about. FSHD has left me too weak to lift up my arms but with a kite I can literally fly.

It’s late in the day and the wind is starting to die.  We all land our kites and gather on the beach to connect, share stories, and laugh in a mix of English, French, Tahitian, and improvised sign language- fellow members of the aquatic tribe!

One of the locals, a stocky perpetually happy man named Torea, discovers we are anchored near his home and immediately invites us to BBQ on the adjacent beach.  We gratefully accept and head back to the boat to prepare.   Soon we see Torea paddling over in his outrigger canoe.  We launch our dinghy and row over to meet him.

Torea prepares a wood fire in a large iron pot and begins roasting breadfruit, a local staple that tastes kind of like potatoes.  Nicole adds skewers of vegetables, fish, and tropical fruit.  Torea uses a machete to deftly whack the tops off a few coconuts and hands them to us to drink.  We use leaves as plates, our fingers as forks, and we relish the happy contentment that comes with sharing space, time, and good clean wild food with friends.  

My toes feel good pressed into the warm sand as I look out over local children laughing and playing in the water.  I take a long drink of coconut water, munch on breadfruit, and watch Naoma bob gently in the anchorage.

It is getting late so Torea loads up our dinghy with bananas, coconuts, lemons, and breadfruit from his back yard as we say goodbye and start rowing back to our boat.

On the way back we visit some friends on another sailboat.  They show us pictures from earlier in the day when they swam in the anchorage with a family of friendly Humpback whales.  The pictures inspire us and we fall asleep dreaming of the underwater adventures that await us tomorrow.   Adventures that will include some incredibly close encounters with animals more intelligent and powerful than we ever imagined.  But that’s another story…

anonymous asked:

Hello, would you know the name of the male elf that is usually by Elronds side in the Hobbit and LoTR movies? He has dark hair and is young and looked uncomfortable and freaked out through most of the dwarves behavior.

Hello Anon,

You might actually be meaning two different characters (or maybe just one?)

In RotK, this unnamed elf is among the group given instructions by Elrond’s offscreen voice to deliver Arwen “by the safest road” to the ships at the Grey Havens. He was played by Bret McKenzie of the Flying Concords (a popular New Zealand comedy band) and fans subsequently dubbed him “Figwit” (“Frodo is grea…who is THAT?!?”)

In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey we meet this elf in Rivendell who seems to be Elrond’s personal assistant, and is credited in the film as Lindir. Confusingly, he is also played by Bret McKenzie.


Now, you could conceivably say this was the same elf as he wasn’t given a name in RotK, however it’s doubtful that he was intended to be presented as such an important elf and was just a cameo role for McKenzie in the first trilogy, and Jackson later wanted to include him again in the second trilogy as a named character with more dialogue. 

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I never knew that, but it makes sense because Ian Holm filmed his scenes in England, and we did see behind-the-scenes clips of Martin at Hobbiton when Elijah was filming.  However, it’s interesting that Martin never disclosed this, even when he was asked in a few interviews whether he would model his Bilbo on Ian’s Bilbo. (You know for sure that it’s Martin because he has a big nose and Ian has a rather small one).

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Middle-Earth meme - Objects - (1/3) - The One Ring

Ash nazg durbatulûk, ash nazg gimbatul,
Ash nazg thrakutulûk agh burzum-ishi krimpatul.

Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne,
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.

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The Hobbit 

-An Unexpected Journey(2012)

-The Desolation of Smaug(2013)

-The Battle of the Five Armies(2014)


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