even when you self-destruct, you want to fail more, lose more, die more than others, stink more than others.
ok but A King's Speech AU where Thorin has a stutter and Bilbo is his unconventional speech therapist. or maybe they're already married and Gandalf is the wacky teacher, idk. i just need the scene where someone says, "why should I waste my time listening to you?" and Thorin my smol son yells, "Because I have a voice!"