Cinereous vultures on a rice paddy field in Cheorwon-gun county near the demilitarised zone in Gangwon province, South Korea. The DMZ between North and South Korea has become a nearly untouched nature refuge.
bilbo as an ordinary denizen of the shire, a very fertile planet with a demilitarised civilisation whose only commerce with the neighbouring planets in the galaxy are those of trade, scientific research, diplomacy. they’re protected (though many of the hobbits don’t realise it) by a paramilitary group called the dunedain. the dunedain are extremely good at their job, as the shire has not seen war in a very long time.
erebor as a mining planet, maybe even a diamond planet? its golden towers and spires of its metropolises are the stuff of legend; it was dripping in wealth. and then smaug, a great machine of destruction, a giant AI dragon of nuclear might, destroyed the people of erebor, and thorin and his family, the royal family of erebor, had been evacuated at almost the last minute.
they live a life of wandering from job to job, mostly mechanics, sometimes thieves, and thorin’s ship is a ragtag thing he named after his lost planet, cobbled together from parts he gets for cheap at scrapyards. they’re constantly on the run from patrols from gondor and the elves, as they are really the only law enforcement folks in this galaxy.
gandalf as a mercenary of sorts with a wide variety of connections, concerned about the return of the necromancer in the old space station of dul guldur orbiting mirkwood, as well as the destructive force of smaug, decides to encourage thorin to retake erebor, but stealthily. no need to retake erebor wth an army when you can instead get a saboteur to enter the dragon and shut it down, right?
[IMAGE: Students and supporters welcome hundreds of Indigenous peoples from southern Philippines known as Lumads as the
latter march around the streets on Oct 26, 2015 in Manila, Philippines.]
Hundreds of Indigenous people from the southern
Philippine island of Mindanao gathered in Manila on Monday (Oct 26) for
the beginning of a week-long protest and awareness campaign. Known as
the Lumad peoples, they are demanding the demilitarisation of their
Datu Kaylo Bontolan, a member of the
Manobo Nation from Mindanao has been living in an evacuation centre for
five months with his family and hundreds of other Indigenous members. The
centre is hot, cramped and far away from his workplace. But he felt that
he had to leave his ancestral land, following a spate of killings of
fellow tribesmen and a continued militarisation of the area.
said: “I feel sad and discontented and angry because in my own land,
the Philippine army is supposed to help but instead they support the big
corporations. They take away our (land and our) livelihood.”
Bontolan is a Lumad, the collective name for the 18 Nations of Indigenous peoples living in Mindanao. He is part of a convoy of about
800 protesters, dubbed Manilakbayan, who have travelled to Manila to
protest against their situation.
Over the next week, they will hold a series of marches, talks and activities to raise awareness on their plight.
Lumads, located in the resource-rich areas of Mindanao, have been
fighting a constant battle over the resources of their ancestral lands.
The area is heavily militarised because of threats from rebel groups and
extremist organisations, and often, it is the Lumad who are caught in
There have also been a number of reported killings
of Indigenous members, including one advocate who was active in protesting
against alleged rights violations, mining and land conversions in
From March to October this year, the United
Nations documented the murders of 14 Lumad leaders, activists and
villagers, including children. Attacks on Indigenous schools and teachers
have also been reported.
Kerlan Fanagel, a spokesperson of
Kalumaran Mindanao, Davao, said: “We want the government to pull out all
the armed forces of the Philippines who have encamped in our community,
in our schools and houses, and who want to systematically grab our
The protests of the Lumad have slowly gained
national and international attention, with various members of the
Philippine government speaking out against the killings. The United
Nations has also demanded an investigation.
For people like Mr.
Bontolan, he is fighting for a way of life and land that has belonged to
his ancestors for hundreds of years. It is a long journey to make, but
he hopes it will be worth it.