Appreciation Post

I agonized over this for a few days, so I’m just gonna keep it short and sweet. The aspect I love about Violetscented’s work is how she nails the character’s voices. From Canon Divergence like (my personal favorite) Culltown or or A Secret for a Secret or the AUs of This Unkindness of Ravens and Whitewater Palace, VS always excels at the awkward tension of Emma and Regina’s relationship and how that awkwardness slowly fades. TUOR and Culltown are my favorites because that aspect is explored and deconstructed as they learn more about each other. The plots of TUOR and Culltown are also well constructed and it’s easy to get sucked into the mystery. I’m done incoherently rambling, so I’ll finish up by saying that she has been a gift to this fandom and her talent is off the charts. Thank you for sharing your talent with us.

- submitted by the magnificent @dragondeathcab

A Boon

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by featherloom

After Tuor delivers Ulmo’s message to Turgon in Gondolin, the elf king grants Tuor a boon. Awkwardness ensues, Voronwë worries for no reason, and Tuor wins over everyone by simply being himself.

This story was originally posted on Tumblr during the Silmarillion Read-Along.

Words: 2079, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

Series: Part 1 of Followers on the Road to Gondolin



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MY FAVOURITE TOLKIEN CHARACTERS | [6/15] » Tuor

∟ Then Tuor stood before Turgon son of Fingolfin, High King of the Noldor, and upon the King’s right hand there stood Maeglin his sister-son, but upon his left hand sat Idril Celebrindal his daughter; and all that heard the voice of Tuor marvelled, doubting that this were in truth a Man of mortal race, for his words were the words of the Lord of Waters that came to him in that hour.

And as they waited one came through the trees, and they saw that he was a tall Man, armed, clad in black, with a long sword drawn; and they wondered, for the blade of the sword also was black, but the edges shone bright and cold. Woe was graven in his face, and when he beheld the ruin of Ivrin he cried aloud in grief, saying: ‘Ivrin, Faelivrin! Gwindor and Beleg! Here once I was healed. But now never shall I drink the draught of peace again.’

-Unfinished Tales of Numenor and Middle-Earth

i drew one of my fav scenes in Unfinished Tales, when Tuor sees Turin in the distance.

Sea-Longing

Sea-longing is deep-seated part of the elvish condition. The best description we get of it is from Legolas’s point of view. Having lived in Mirkwood, he didn’t have any experience with the sea until the events of Return of the King, when he hear seagulls calling (seagulls being strongly associated with the sea in elvish culture, this nearly counts as actually seeing the sea.) Legolas is strongly affected by the experience, as seen especially in this quote:

‘Look!’ he cried. 'Gulls! They are flying far inland. A wonder they are to me and a  trouble to my heart. Never in all my life had I met them, until we came to Pelargir, and there I heard them crying in the air as we rode to the battle of the ships. Then I stood still, forgetting war in Middle-earth; for their wailing voices spoke to me of the Sea. The Sea! Alas! I have not yet beheld it. But deep in the hearts of all my kindred lies the sea-longing, which it is perilous to stir. Alas! for the gulls. No peace shall I have again under beech or under elm.’

And this reaction isn’t limited only to Legolas, but I think it is a bit more dramatic than we’d see in other elves. Many of the elves in Middle Earth either lived along the shore, or had crossed over the sea to get to Middle Earth in the first place. So, for these elves, the sea-longing was always a part of them. But Legolas, having not seen the sea before, is feeling this all at once.

But what exactly is this sea-longing? And why do elves feel it? While the exact feeling isn’t described in much detail, sea-longing seems to be just that: elves feel a longing to be by the sea (and, as I’ll explain in a moment, preferably sailing over it.) There seem to be two causes to sea-longing: one historical/practical, and one theological/philosophical.

On the historical/practical side, you have to remember that Valinor is west over the sea (well… sort of. After the destruction of Numenor, it’s technically “removed” from the world, but the point is that, culturally, elves associate the western sea with their journey to Valinor.) So, in a lot of ways, elves associate the sea with going/returning home. Legolas clearly has this on his mind when he thinks of the sea, as seen in the song he sings about it:

To the Sea, to the Sea! The white gulls are crying,
The wind is blowing, and the white foam is flying.
West, west away, the round sun is falling.
Grey ship, grey ship, do you hear them calling.
The voices of my people that have gone before me?
I will leave, I will leave the woods that bore me;
For our days are ending and our years failing.
I will pass the wide waters lonely sailing.
Long are the waves on the Last Shore falling,
Sweet are the voices in the Lost Isle calling,
In Eressea, in Elvenhome that no man can discover,
Where the leaves fall not: land of my people for ever!’

The theological/philosophical cause of sea-longing isn’t mentioned as much in Lord of the Rings itself, but is more important in The Silmarillion. When the world was first created, Tolkien says:

It is said by the Eldar that in water there lives yet the echo of the Music of the Ainur more than in any substance else that is in this Earth; and many of the Children of Iluvatar hearken still unsated to the voices of the Sea, and yet know not for what they listen.

What Tolkien’s saying here, basically, is that in the ocean there exists still the echo of the song that made the world - the song of the Valar, the Maiar, and Iluvatar. So, even though the elves don’t necessarily recognize this, they’re drawn to the sea because of this music.

Interestingly enough, it seems that sea-longing was not solely experienced by elves. Tuor was often described as experiencing “an unquiet” when it came to the sea, and eventually felt drawn to sail west towards Valinor, even though he was mortal. And several Numenoreans are described the same way. I think this has more to do with the theological significance of the sea, since sea-longing is never attributed to “normal” men - the Numenoreans were taught a great deal by the Maiar, and so might have been more “spiritually sensitive”. And Tuor was chosen to be a messenger for Ulmo, the Vala who was the “Lord of Waters.” I think that the men who experienced sea-longing did so because they were sensitive enough to such things to be affected by the echo of the Music of the Ainur/etc.

SOURCES: LOTR, The Silmarillion, The Unfinished Tales (“Aldarion and Erendis”)