Imagine running into Bill when you go for a swim in the lake at night.
You took a deep breath in as you took a look at the lake, smiling softly at how beautiful the moon looked shining over the calm water. You reminded yourself to thank your friend once more for suggesting you take a break from work and stay for some time in her cottage, which you still didn’t know why she didn’t visit that often. Sure, the house was a little secluded, not close to the town and rather closer to the woods but there were still a few houses nearby that people lived in and this gorgeous lake in addition. What more could anyone need to relax?
You took a deep breath in, all the plants around you filtering the oxygen better than anything and making you feel fresh all over again with just a deep breath. You smiled, setting your towel aside on a rock and slowly taking off your shoes and socks, you took hold of your jeans later and took them off as well. Soon followed your jacket and shirt. It was a little cold but you knew the water would be warm enough to make up for all of it.
You were only in your underwear, maybe not the most attractive ones you had or classy. Something to make you feel comfortable anyway. You had not bothered to bring a swimsuit because your friend had not informed you about the lake, but not really caring when you were all alone in the middle of the night and nobody could-
Water splashing and movement caught your attention, and you knew it wasn’t from you because your feet were barely under the water. Your head snapped in that direction and your heart leapt to your throat when you spotted a man standing a few feet away from you, shirtless the very least. You didn’t want to try and look below the waist.
“I’m- I’m sorry!” he said immediately once noticing how stiff you were “I- I didn’t mean to scare you.” he raised his hands, shaking his head.
okay so this is kinda random but, I really like how Horikoshi draws smiles? Like, we all remember Izuku’s shining smile from back in the provisinal licence exam, and one of All Might’s difining features is his blinding grin.
Then there’s Bakugou’s manic smirks, Ochako’s adorable smiles, Tsuyu’s sweet little up turn of the lip, Kirishima’s big unabashed grin that shows off all his teeth, etc.
He draws smiles really well is whatI’m saying and his happy smiles make me happy.
PS: the day we see Eri smile with unrestrained happiness will be the best day of my life, I will take that panel and make it my phone backgroud, my lock screen, my desktop background etc.
Firstly, thanks for all the work you've put into the documents you provide, I enjoy learning Khuzdul immensely! My question concerns gems/stone in general, and the names thereof; specifically how these names are chosen? Looking through the dictionary, some compound names make perfect sense(ie emerald being green-beryl, which it is) while others have me puzzled, such as jade(bark'aban) which is named axe-stone. How do you choose and is there a handy list to aid a poor Dwarven rp gem merchant?
You are most welcome Anon! Glad you are enjoying learning Neo-Khuzdul.
In general when I create names for any mineral I have always first looked at Tolkien’s work for any reference to the mineral. If I find something (which is rare, granted) I attempt to base myself on that for a name, when applicable. When (in most cases) there is no mention of the mineral I tend to look into real world historic data or physical properties of the mineral for ideas.
Your example of jade, being “axe-stone” is actually a very good example of that. There are some remarkable neolithic axes made from jade (or jadeite/jadeitite/nephrite) in Britian for instance (usually hailing from the Alps). A few of these are considered to be some of the most beautiful prehistoric axes around, partly because of their colour, and partly because of their gracile form.
The above axe from the Erris Peninsula in Ireland is a superb example.
Given their fine workmanship, they very likely were prehistoric status symbols, unlikely to have ever been to be used. On the other hand, quite a few cultures around the world practically used jade axes. The Māori people of New Zealand for instance were known to have used jade as blade-heads; in particular adzes. The prominent role of jade in the fashioning of prehistoric axes made me consider that the early men of Middle Earth might very well have used jade for such tools as well. As, contact between dwarves and men was frequent in the East, in those early days, and the Red Mountains very likely were rich with such rock. Hence, “jade” became “axe-stone”.
As for your handy list, sadly I had no such list…. so I made one!
I gathered the words for minerals and chemical elements found in the earth or alloys that can be produced. It is far from a comprehensive list sadly, as I had to put this together by scanning the current draft dictionary, so there is a chance that I’ve missed quite a few. I’ve also added some names of famous Middle-Earth jewels in the list, but have excluded the words for metal-colours (for instance “zigil” being “silver-coloured”). I hope it will be of some use to a poor gem merchant.
Neo-Khuzdul - English - [literal translation]:
‘aban - stone
‘adadtharr - granite (rock-type) - [father-rock]
adrafaban - cryolite (mineral chiefly used as a pesticide, also used to give fireworks a yellow colour) - [killer-stone]
amsâltharr - quartzite (rock-type) - [luck-rock]
ankhâdtharr - skarn (rock-type) - [colour-rock]
'âzahbilis - aquamarine - [sea-beryl]
'azgubuntanlâkh - chatoyance (cat’s eye effect, an optical reflectance effect seen in certain gemstones) - [eye of-cat-shine]
azrâd'aban - topaz - [magic-stone]
barath'adad - type of rare bright pink granite, usually found below one thousand dwarven lengths from the surface - [pink-father]
barathnûlukhaban - pink moonstone (rare bright pink stone found only in the northern Red Mountains) - [pink-moon-stone]
barazakhsag - laterite rock (one amount) - [red-coverer]
barazamrâl'aban - ruby - [love-stone]
bazirtharr - slate (rock-type) - [low-rock]
bibil - bronze
bilis - beryl
birbilis - colourless beryl - [clear-beryl]
biriz (also “kidiz”) - gold
bitish - ancient silver
bulumesan'aban - soft white granular variety of steatite (soap stone) used especially for drawing lines on cloth and for removing grease in clothing - [soft-piece of soap-stone]
sairudezeb - diamond with a yellowish tinge - [acid-diamond]
tehefaban - realgar, ruby sulphur (orange or red-coloured arsenic sulphide mineral, when melted burns with a bluish flame releasing fumes of arsenic and sulphur, at times used to smoke out enemies) - [sulfur-stone]
tharr - rock
ulkhudaban - ralstonite (fluoride mineral which occurs as colourless or white made up of transparent to translucent crystals, often placed in the path of a light beam to light a room or hall) - [light-stone]