I realize this is not new information to anyone, but what struck me so hard this time I read the Lord of the Rings was the sense of melancholy. Like it’s painfully obvious to the reader that this world is Not As It Once Was. All of the characters we meet reference this feeling of loss in one way or another.
The elves are the most obvious - with their fading light and their ships sailing away. Treebeard talks about how the woods aren’t as they once were, about the ents who are falling asleep and withering to nothing. The dwarves lust after the glory of their forefathers, be it in mountain fortresses or caverns of mithril - now empty and echoing. Old Tom Bombadil remembers a race of great men and women, reduced simply to trinkets in cold tombs.
And even men, the race set to inherit this new age, even they are experiencing this sense of melancholy, of losing hold of something great. We see their great cities reduced to rubble on riverbanks, or possessed by evil. Aragorn longs to return to his throne to restore the glory of ages past, to somehow rejuvenate that which is dying in the race of men.
And hobbits? At first we see them as living in the present, with no great glory of the past to tie them down. Yet when Frodo returns to the Shire, it is…Not As It Once Was. And I think while the other hobbits are able to shake off this feeling and return to their love of life and the present, maybe Frodo’s true burden is to inherit this sense of loss from the rest of Middle Earth.
As some of
you know, I’m a huge fan of Overwatch, specially all the amazing effort
Blizzard’s team had on character design and development. They have very
interesting designs, characteristics and unique personalities. Not to mention
they have a double care to create a multi-national and multi ethnic group of
heroes. The same goes to my compatriot, Lúcio, the Brazilian DJ and a lovely
As far as I
can see, they traced a very nice character with very precise and even natural Brazilian
characteristics. Look at his full name: Lúcio Correia dos Santos is a very
common name and sounds very natural to heard to us, differently from many other
Brazilian characters in other games (I’m looking at you, Tekken’s Eddy Gordo).
He also carries many of the carioca style
on his voice manner (even more in the pt-br dub, since his VA here is from the
same city) and, most of all, he’s a reliable character and carries his nationality
nicely. Just look at his main colors: yellow and green (with blue details), all
the colors of our flag, combine so great that doesn’t sound rude at all. He’s
true to his favela origin and is a party lover who loves to cheer everyone
this, I looked at his frog tattoo and found it… curious, to say at least. It
reminded me of something from my region. But, I wasn’t sure if the Blizzard team
would go THAT FAR to characterize him.
But then I
received my Art of Overwatch’s artbook (really good artbook, but, I recommend
it) and when I was reading about his conception, I read this:
based his frog symbol on the giant monkey frog, a bright green amphibian from
the Amazon basin that’s used in traditional healing ceremonies.”
in specific is on the origins of a very popular amulet from where I’m from: the
(that from the native language can be translate as “knot of trees”, usually
craft on greenish stones like jade and nephrite or even in woods, is an old artifact from the Low Amazon Basin’s Indians, like the Tapajós and Konduri to represent
different kinds of animals, like fishes, turtles, but mostly frogs). The first
reports about they are waaay back from the 16th century, back from the Portuguese
Colonization period of Brazil.
This region right here.
to some historians, the Tapajós women used this amulet to prevent diseases and
infertility. As an extension of the original monkey frog’s curative properties
this amulet can be found as a pendant and illustrate many decorative objects
around my regions, usually sold as a souvenir.
I’m utterly happy to see an amulet from my region (so far away from Lúcio’s
hometown, Rio de Janeiro) being used on his design to reinforce his healing and
cheerful personality and style. Overwatch dev team, have my most sincere gratitude and praise.
there exists a video game where a very fast 3 foot tall hedgehog has a magical talking sword and the hedgehog and the sword kill king arthur together and then later its revealed that actually the hedgehog was The True King Arthur all along and for some reason there are people who thought that it was bad
i mean yeah i want you to push me up against the wall and kiss my neck but at the same time i just want to lay in bed snuggled up to you while playing with your hair and listening to our favorite bands
Singing sand avalanche, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado.
Have you ever heard sand sing? Listen to 15 seconds of this bizarre phenomenon! Just as our own voices are made by air moving through vibrating vocal chords, a humming sound is made at Great Sand Dunes as air is pushed through millions of tumbling sand grains during an avalanche. Avalanches occur naturally during storms, but can also be created by people pushing sand down a dune face. In the 1940s, one of Bing Crosby’s musical hits was “The Singing Sands of Alamosa” - a love song based on the sounds of Great Sand Dunes. This humming sound continues to inspire people today!