To venture in the Fair Unknown,
I must enter as I leave:
A traveler, alone.
I rarely ever watched Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda, but every now and then I saw some scenes (mostly the ends of episodes when I was already sitting in front of my parents’ TV set, eagerly waiting for a new episode of Stargate: SG1 or something similar to start playing); and on one occasion there was this one quote on screen. (Not the orignal one but a translated version; a very well translated one though.) Somehow it struck a cord. I copied it to a piece of paper, taped it to the wardrobe door with another small collection of important stuff. Even now, about a decade (or maybe even more years?) later, every now and then the words come back to me. My subconsciousness must have attached it to several strings of associations. Stargate, Lord of the Rings, my personal fictive world (cf. the preceding post), and moments of wonder.
To me, it is one of THE quotes about the enigmatic concept sense of wonder. Something so wondrous, amazing, beautiful, you want to share it but you can’t. It’s impossible to convey the impression afterwards, and some moments lose their wonder if another person is present.
I spent the last few days looking at Hobbit and LoTR related stuff on the Internet, and I just wanted to share some awesome, adorable, and totally hilarious art with you. So without further ado: the “Oakentoon” series by PeckishOwl on deviantArt! And some funny stills that come with it.
And these are two of my favourites:
… and I wonder why the folks in Middle Earth never seem to get blisters from all the walking and fighting they do. Obviously I’m no hobbit – capoeira classes resumed after the summer holidays and now after the fourth training session I’m not really able to walk in a normal way – because I didn’t get the dirt and stuff off my feet before slipping into my shoes. Ouch.
Someone should make a ‘toon on the magic anti-blister ointments of various races in Middle Earth. Some folks walk barefoot all the time, some wear heavy boots, and some jump around in trees … them all having sound feet seems very unnatural oO
I need a good topic for my master’s thesis. Right now I’m sitting on my bed with the Swahili translation of Macbeth and hope that somehow I’ll get a better idea than analysing Shakespeare … why is there no Swahili version of The Lord of the Rings or 1984 or Brave New World? I found out someone wrote a science fiction novel in Swahili called Walenisi, but as far as I know it wasn’t translated to English – so much for comparing original and translation.
And I can’t start looking into the two other topics my prof proposed yet because both books are borrowed from the library by someone else right now. Sometimes I just want to curl up in a corner and convince myself that life without science could be happier. But would it? I’m not sure how long it would take until I’d be bored out of my mind. Maybe a year maximum.