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Drawn in a fantasy Lord of Rings / The Hobbit style.

Some people wondered if I was selling prints for this or would sell the original files. Id rather just share it and people can do what they want with it from there. 

Below you can find a link to download the original PNG file, since Tumblr compresses images quite heavily. It’s relatively low resolution but still, if you do print this let me know, I’d love to see how it looks!

If you’re curious about how it was made or the kinds of tools and resources used, I’ve written a little overview on Medium which you can read here:

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British weatherman Liam Dutton EFFORTLESSLY pronouncing the seemingly near-impossible name of a Welsh town: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.

Y’all. This might seem just like a fun moment where a weatherman pronounced an impressively long word. But it’s so much more than that.

Wales is a part of the United Kingdom that seldom gets the same attention, especially internationally, as other parts of the UK (ex., England, Scotalnd or Northern Ireland). The people of Wales have their own distinct language and culture – both of which ahve often been looked down upon historically by other British peoples. In particular, the English-speaking politicians of old and new sought to make the UK an English-speaking country – leading to the decline and death of many of Britain’s languages. Languages are deeply tied to cultural heritage, and this could be said to be part of a greater effort to reduce cultural pride in minority ethnic groups in the UK. As such, over the past 200 years, Welsh as a language has been nearing language death. 

The Welsh people were not okay with this Anglicization of their nation. Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch intentionally gave their town this long name in the 1860s – making it the longest name of any railroad post in Britain – as an effort to raise awareness about the Welsh language, which was beginning to die out. Today, Welsh is even closer to language death, but is slowly making a comeback. People like Liam Dutton, who are raising awareness of the Welsh language and culture in their everyday life, are helping to make that happen.

TL;DR: Liam Dutton is a badass, and this might seem minor, but this sort of visibility for an oft-forgotten British language and culture is absolutely amazing.