For my money, Thranduil is the best option—not necessarily to kill Bolg, but to be in that helping-Thorn/parallel fight position. Because seriously, that conflict between Thorin and Thranduil needs a resolution.
Unfortunately, I suspect this never occurred to the PTB because they don’t see Thranduil as a person. More a device. And his purpose in AUJ and DOS was make Thorin look like the most put-upon underdog, who is just treated so unfairly.
But if they’d treated Thranduil like the significant supporting character that he is, developed that conflict between him and Thorin—and all it implied—then keeping Thranduil on Ravenhill (alone or with his army), provides optimal fulfillment/resolution to what came before.
Even without development, though, Thranduil going up to Ravenhill sooner just has more oomph than whatever they think they’re doing with Legolas.
I got a request for an imagine in which the reader is a new arrival in Kattegatt and the Ragnarssons take an interest in her. One night she asks one of the brothers if she can borrow a shirt to sleep in. The next day, the other brothers notice this and become jealous.
Sorry it took so long to finish.
You x one of the Ragnarssons
Warnings / tags: Flirting, drinking, drunken groping, partying with the Ragnarssons
You turn your head to see who is calling for you. Hvitserk comes
sauntering towards you, a wide smile decorating his face.
Hvitserk. You seem to be in a good mood today.”
certainly am now that I’m talking to you.” He replies. You feel
yourself blush lightly at the comment.
brothers and I are having a small gathering tonight, to celebrate
that our call to earls and kings has turned out to be so successful.
You should come.” You hesitate for a second; in the few days that
you’ve been in Kattegatt almost all of the Ragnarssons have shown an
interest in you. Going to this celebration will likely just increase
the tension between the brothers and according to rumours they
already have a very strained relationship. On the other hand, he
will be there. You realize that you’ve been quiet for quite some time
and that Hvitserk is staring at you.
come.” You answer, maybe a bit too eagerly.
He turns on his heel and begins to walk away again. After a few steps
he turns to face you and grins like a wolf.
to get shit faced.” He takes off running before you can answer.
I’ve been thinking a lot about how the boys gathered this great
army, and there is really so much richness for fanfiction that they never get
into on the show.
First of all let’s not forget that in this scene, the Great
Army was Sigurd’s idea first, which Ivar immediately hijacks as it gets his
brain working. Ubbe seemed content to halfass the whole thing with a small
force against Aelle, then he gets swept up in Ivar’s plan; it was Sigurd’s idea
but he doesn’t talk much once Ivar starts planning.
And what is the plan? “We call in favors. We do deals with
kings and earls that we hate. We promise them whatever we need to promise them.
And in the end, we assemble an army twice the size of the army our father took
….and they never show us what those deals and promises might
have been. So much fanfic potential! [Possibly they’ll come back to this for a
season 5 plot too.]
So what fascinates me right now is how all of this happened.
They just cut to armies arriving. Realistically it took months of messages,
possibly the brothers travelling to talk to people and convince them… I would
say we missed a lot of scenes of the boys growing into leaders here.
Also, who do you think did all the talking, worked out these
deals? The way I imagine it, Ubbe was kind of the figurehead/face as the oldest
brother, but Ivar was all up in the strategies and decisions, though he’d be
fighting an uphill battle as the youngest and a cripple. Maybe I’m biased but I
see Ivar as the mind behind most of the Army, and I wonder how many people he
already impressed by this point. His request to lead the Great Army seemed to
come out of left field on the show, but maybe he already felt he had some
support in that. All these people arriving to join the army did NOT deal with
Bjorn to get there; they worked with the younger sons. I see Sigurd as being
involved too, but hanging around the fringes of a lot of this, he’s not as
pushy with his opinions as Ivar.
And if we’re talking leadership potential, I’m also thinking
about who ran Kattegat for the near-decade that Ragnar was missing. Had to be
Aslaug, and who is always sitting next to her at official functions? Little
Ivar, always thinking, always watching. Even if Lagertha tried to state that
Aslaug did a shitty job of running the kingdom, somebody had to be running it,
and I bet Ivar was paying attention to all those audiences and peasant disputes
and treaty negotiations…