Howl’s Moving Castle + Scenery
But! But but but!
Sam DOES follow, just not right away. Sam lives a long, prosperous, ridiculously happy life in Hobbiton with Rosie, with whom he has many children. He was mayor of Hobbiton SEVEN times until he retired at age 96, oversaw the establishment of the Shire as its own independent land, and was personally given the Star of the Dunedain by King Elessar as a gesture of friendship and love. But when Rosie passed away on Mid-Year’s day, Sam rode out from Bag End on September 22nd for the last time and finally followed Frodo to Valinor as the third and last Ringbearer to do so at the grand old age of 104.
He did exactly as Frodo asked him to. He was whole, and happy, and he enjoyed and did more than he could have ever imagined when he was a humble gardener listening in for tales of the Elves. And when he had lived out his life in peace and absolute happiness he earned his reward and followed Frodo home.
DON’T TOUCH ME OH MY ERU.
Tolkien, everyone. The father of fandom feels.
GET. OUT. *SCREAMS*
Domhnall’s new coat
Irish Guards mascot, Domhnall, shows off his new coat for the first time in Northern Ireland after being presented with it by Irish President Michael D. Higgins in front of HM The Queen at Windsor Castle during the Irish State visit to London on Tuesday. Immediately after the state ceremonies Domhnall and his handler Drummer David Steed, left to bring his new coat to Northern Ireland to show it off.
His first “parade” was in Bangor but Domhnall and David will be making a number of appearances in Northern Ireland over the coming days.
President Higgins decided to make the presentation after learning how the Irish Guards presented a ceremonial coat made by the regimental tailor to the 5th Battalion Irish Army for their Wolfhound masot on St. Patrick’s Day in 1973.
Domhnall is the Irish Guards’ 16th Regimental Mascot. The mascots are provided by The Irish Wolfhound Club, who presented the Irish Guards with Domhnall, at the Ambassador’s Residence in Dublin in October 2012. His full name is Domhnall of Shantamon, but he is known as Domhnall (pronounced Donal) which means ‘world leader’ in Gaelic.
The regimental mascot is traditionally named after an Irish chieftan. The regiment has had an Irish Wolfhound as a mascot since 1902. Domhnall is 2 years old and wears his own solid silver collar and scarlet tunic for official duties. He also has developed a fondness for Guinness.
There was Liu Xiang, his second consecutive Olympics ruined almost immediately by catastrophic injury, hopping toward the finish line on his one good leg. The right one, the one that betrayed him in Beijing four years ago and shockingly again here Tuesday morning, could bear no weight.
So Liu hopped. And an Olympic Stadium crowd of 80,000 that had gasped just moments earlier when the Chinese hero crashed on the very first hurdle of his 110-meter preliminary heat began to applaud. (x)
There are countless champions in the history of the world that have fallen, but only a selected few will stay heroes forever. Liu Xiang’s spirit as an athlete and as a fellow human ensures his heroic reputation in everyone’s hearts.
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