Check out some of Hiccup’s ingenious new designs for a more dragon-friendly Berk (that were really designed by Nicolas Weis)!
TOOTHLESS’S FACE OMG IM DYING I LOVE THIS
These are so neat ovo
omfg new icon must have.
A person’s tumblr tells a lot about them. It shows what kind of images they see in their head, who they love, who they hate, even what they think about other people.
A Wonder Only Lasts Nine Days
By Jayme Horne
If you’re ever at the National Gallery in London, you might be lucky enough to stumble upon French painter Paul Delaroche’s The Execution of Lady Jane Grey. The painting is a bit startling at first glance. In an early Renaissance scene, a young blindfolded woman in bright silvery-white gown, is being led blindly to a wooden block to be beheaded. The girl’s hand sheepishly extends out to the block. Behind her to her left, two older women in dark clothing weep uncontrollably. One of the women is even crying into the pillar behind her. Right behind the young girl is a man leading her to her death. Off to the right, in red pants, the executioner awaits with his axe. The soft brush strokes give the painting a photo-realism. The silvery-white emphasizes Jane’s innocence, while the contrasting red in the executioner’s pants help draw your eyes to him and the meaning of the scene. The continuation of the almost-muted, warm red and orange colors on the weeping maidens and on the man leading Jane to her death draw your eyes throughout the painting, making sure you see every little detail. If you look closely, you can see how much time and effort the artist used. The detail on the Celtic patterns engraved on the walls looks almost three dimensional.
If you think the painting was morbid, get ready for the true-life story behind the painting.
The story starts off with King Henry VIII of England. To make sure the English throne had a male heir, Henry reformed the Church and created the Church of England, which allowed him to annul his marriage to his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. He ended up marrying six times, and three of his wives bore children: a very sickly son, Edward VI, and two daughters, Mary I and Elizabeth I. At age nine, Edward took the throne after his father’s death. But political figures manipulated him, and Scotland escaped English control during Edward’s rule. Then, at age 15, the sickly child died, leaving the throne open to Mary. Since Mary was Catholic, and England had separated from the Catholic Church because of Henry VIII, the Protestant church tried very hard to make sure Mary would not be crowned (Lady). Instead, a family relative would rise to power. Lady Jane Grey, whether she liked it or not, was now Queen (Lisle). All Jane wanted to do was read Plato and wear nice silks— not any of that queenly stuff. But Jane was a very intelligent young woman and strongly Protestant (BBC); she was the perfect candidate for queen.
Now, if being forced into a place of power without consent was bad enough, most of England didn’t want her to be Queen either. Nine days after Jane was named Queen, Mary came into town with all her followers, and bumped Jane out of the throne and imprisoned her in the Tower of London. Mary then would go on a bloody hunt for anyone who opposed her, subsequently earning the nickname “Bloody Mary”. A year after Jane was imprisoned, she was beheaded for treason (Eakins). This scene would become Delaroche’s inspiration more than 200 years later.
As time moved on, Jane’s story would almost be forgotten. Delaroche’s love for English history allowed Jane’s story to live on. However, after the Thames river flooded the museum in 1928, and many paintings were damaged or lost, The Execution of Lady Jane Grey was assumed to be one of those lost paintings. Then in 1973, “… it resurfaced by chance when an art historian looking for a John Martin painting found the two rolled up together in the storage rooms. At the time it was thought to have been completely ruined by the flooding of the Thames in 1928 while on deposit at the Tate Gallery” (Rykner).
Now, just stop for a moment and consider this: if the Thames river had never flooded, this painting would never have gotten lost. If it had never gotten lost, it wouldn’t have been found. This painting being lost and the found once again brought the story of Lady Jane Grey to light. Isn’t it amazing how one mistake leads us here? This is the prime example of how just-found items can be much more than you think. So the next time you find something that has been lost, take a moment to realize how important that item is, whether it being personal or historical importance. Lady Jane Grey may have only ruled for nine days, but her legacy as an innocent will live forever on a canvas displayed to the world.
Eakins, Lara E. “Lady Jane Grey.” Lady Jane Grey. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Mar. 2014. <http://tudorhistory.org/jane/>.
"Lady Jane Grey." BBC News. BBC, n.d. Web. 31 Mar. 2014. <http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/grey_lady_jane.shtml>.
"Lady Jane Grey." Lady Jane Grey. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Mar. 2014. <http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/lady_jane_grey.htm>.
Lisle, Leanda De. “DEBUNKING THE MYTH OF LADY JANE GREY.” More Intelligent Life. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Mar. 2014. <http://moreintelligentlife.com/content/leanda-de-lisle/lady-jane-grey>.
Rykner, Didier. “Painting History. Delaroche and Lady Jane Grey.” Painting History. Delaroche and Lady Jane Grey. N.p., 28 Mar. 2010. Web. 01 Apr. 2014. <http://www.thearttribune.com/Painting-History-Delaroche-and.html>.
Disney Name Meme | A u d r e y
first letter → a favorite character: Aladdin
I love this movie but how does no one notice that Aladdin doesn’t actually seem to have anything more to him? Like, what is the more that is there? The fact that he’s not hungry for money and power?
Aladdin went hungry so that children could have at least something to eat. He saved them from being trampled. He was the diamond in the ruff that could enter the Cave of Wonders. He was surrounded by gold and jewels, things that could make his starvation and poverty go away in an instant, and he didn’t even consider taking anything but the lamp. Aladdin was willing to give up the girl of his dreams and a cushy life as a prince just to keep his promise to Genie and set him free.
It’s not that he wasn’t hungry for money and power, but that he valued his morals and friendship more than he valued a better life for himself.
I’d say he’s a lot more than just a street rat.
And that is why he is my favorite. Well said sheerdisneymagic
I feel really cute right now; end of my shift, hair has the right amouny of poof and curl and its great :)
"Did it hurt when you fell from Heaven?"
"No, but I broke a nail crawling out of Hell."
Fun reproductive fact: you were not the fastest sperm
Other sperm start burrowing into the egg and die on the way in. You were an opportunistic sperm that waited for the others to die making it easy for you to burrow in.
how comes i didn’t have this on my blog already
this is what it feels like to have a depression i mean it literally feels like a monster in your body that needs to get out, one way or another
this gives me the chills
i feel like its the opposite actually, the monster is on the outside, consuming you, making you nothing; forgotten and you fight your hardest trying to come out, showing the world that whats portrayed isnt you. yelling screaming pushing but no one can hear you because youre on the inside
these two different interpretations are both so valid omg this could be a picture of depression trying to scape me or me trying to escape it it’s like a paradox of sad