Thursday, March 27, 2008

Sky Shot for Friday March 28

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The Never Ending Story

Last evening while watching hubby ride his tractor [of course there is ANOTHER story for later]… I saw these clouds.

Sequence of three within seconds of taking

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Immediately this came to mind…

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The cloud looked like FALKOR: from the novel written by Michael Ende Michael Andreas Helmuth Ende (November 12, 1929 - August 28, 1995) was a German writer of fantasy novels and children's books. He was born in Garmisch (Bavaria, Germany), son of the surrealist painter Edgar Ende. The Neverending Story (German: Die unendliche Geschichte) is a fantasy novel by Michael Ende, first published in Germany in 1979. The standard English translation, by Ralph Manheim, was first published in 1983. The novel was later adapted into several films.

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Falkor is Atreyu's luckdragon. After saving Atreyu from Swamps of Sadness, Falkor becomes Atreyu's new best friend and partner to save the Childlike Empress. Without any kind of wings, the happy dragon can flight rapidly. He can also swim. On difficult moment, with his voice of bronze, he said to Atreyu that nothing is impossible.

Falkor or Fuchur, according to the original German version, is a Luck Dragon, one of the main characters of the Never Ending Story, novel written by Michael Ende. In this literary work, Falkor didn’t provide good luck to other people; he only enjoyed a very good luck for himself; a luck outside the common. In the novel also appears an antagonistic dragon, Smerg, which is evil.

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The Luck Dragons (Luckdragons or Gl├╝cksdrachen) is a fictitious species whose body is pearled, white, has no wings, and displays rudimentary legs. The form of its head is described with less exactitude, but in the filmic adaptation, it acquires the traits of a dog. In the movie, Falkor even asks Atreyu to scratch his ear! Nevertheless, to think that luck dragons look like dogs is an incorrect idea, especially when one finds out that the author of the novel was disgusted with the look Falkor had on screen.

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Unlike most of the mythological dragons, the Luck Dragons do not possess great physical force nor great magical talents. They are only distinguished because of their luck. For example, in a point of the novel, Falkor was going to be eaten by a Spider God. To his good fortune, he met Atreyu and learned that a bite from the Spider God gave the afflicted a wish. So Falkor wished to escape with Atreyu and saved their lives.

One of my favorite books and movies: Also a favorite of our children, so much so our youngest son has a cat named FALKOR. Great cat…

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35 comments:

ellen b. said...

Oh man you are bringing back memories. I watched that movie so many times with my little boys way back when...
that does look familiar in the sky

SandyCarlson said...

I wish I knew this story! You make it sound fascinating. You gave me plenty to make your view of these clouds entertaining and convincing. Beautiful clouds!

dot said...

I don't know the story at all but I still enjoyed your cloud pictures. That tractor race sounds interesting also.

Lilli & Nevada said...

never heard of this story but the clouds are pretty

LUIZ SANTILLI JR. said...

Clouds in sky, a view always in mutation!

Luiz

Ida said...

Imaginative SWF.
Great story.
Thank`s for sharing.
Happy weekend!

John said...

Good story, nice pictures.

Old Wom Tigley said...

Hi Dee
This is a great post. I see the dragon now you pointed it out... more so in the first shot. I'm sure I've seen this film.. I will ask Jane later as she would have seen it for sure.

All the best
catch you later
Tom

Anne-Berit said...

Good theme for SWF:o)

quintarantino said...

Good photo!

Daniel J Santos said...

great post, great photo.

Carletta said...

Exactly! I saw someone else's Sky Watch this week that at first reminded of the story but then i decided it was a dragon.
Yours - the floppy ears and the wide tail are there!
Really cool!

Marie said...

Great post and photos!

Lyn said...

i dont know the story but the clouds are amazing!

KOSTAS said...

Very good and informative current post! Good the photograph!

Carole said...

I wonderful cloud and a story! Love it.

gmj said...

:) love cloud watching, teachng my Grandkids to do it to. Thanks for visiting my site .

gmj said...

BTW, I am a Canna. :) I posted this widget on my blog, thanks!!

Misty Dawn said...

You are right. It looks like Falkor! I LOVED The Neverending Story! This is so neat!

imac said...

Greats shots - enhanced by your beautiful words.

the teach said...

How incredible these shots are! Thanks for sharing them and the mythical creature you write about! :)

Craver Vii said...

I've seen that movie numerous times, but haven't delved into the literature. Thanks for the background.

D Herrod said...

Cool photos fit so well with the stor.

Pernille's ting og tang said...

I see a dragon face from the right. Love those photo:)

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Well, I think your clouds will be sending me off to the library. ;-)

leslie said...

This is amazing! I OFTEN see clouds that remind me of Falkor - which, by the way, is a fantastic movie that I used to show my 4th graders at the end of the year for a treat! Even my blonde cocker spaniel reminded me of Falkor. Great post and a great reminder of truly great literature! :D

Small City Scenes said...

Thank you for the great cloud (dragon) sequence and the perfect story. MB

fishing guy said...

Deemom: It does also remind me of Falkor. I remember the story weel and enjoyed the movie.

guild-rez said...

Thank you for the pictures and a great story.
Wonderful clouds.
Now I'll look for the book and read it myself.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Thank you for your visit and comment.
-Cheers

Sharon said...

That cloud does look like Falkor! I've never read the book, but the movie was good. Now I have to find it!

Andrea said...

Interesting. I do not know the story either.

Scotty Graham said...

thanks for visiting my blog. I have had a great time visiting all the blogs from Sky Watch...your photos remind me of when I was little lying on the grass looking up at the clouds and forming characters...not sure if kids still do that anymore...

Cheers,

Scotty

Angie said...

I don't know the film or the story but I can see the dragon in that cloud!

Paulie said...

I thought the clouds looked like a turtle!yvlkv

Kerri said...

Wow Dee Mom....you are ALWAYS a wealth of information! Love your clouds!