book: the road goes ever on and on

To the woods I go…

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life and see if I could not learn what it has to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”   - Thoreau

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The Hobbit Into Darkness (by Sean Keller)

THIS IS EPIC

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.

The Road goes ever on and on
Out from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
Let others follow it who can!
Let them a journey new begin,
But I at last with weary feet
Will turn towards the lighted inn,
My evening-rest and sleep to meet.

—   J.R.R. Tolkien

Where now the horse and the rider?
Where is the helm and the hauberk, and the bright hair flowing?
Where is the hand on the harp-string, and the red fire glowing?
Where is the spring and the harvest and the tall corn growing?
They have passed like rain in the mountain, like a wind in the meadow;
The days have gone down in the West behind the hills into shadow.
Who shall gather the smoke of the dead wood burning?
Or behold the flowing years from the Sea returning?

anonymous asked:

Shipping meme- The Hobbit? Or just Middle Earth/Tolkien in general.

I’m gonna do The Hobbit specifically, because Tolkien is too big! 

  • lowkey otp

Thorin/Bilbo, where Thorin = Richard Armitage and Bilbo = Angel Coulby, or maybe Daniela Denby Ashe. Martin Freeman’s face grosses me out. 

  • highkey notp

Fíli/Kíli was a thing, and I have no moral high ground over here in Star Wars fandom with my twincest and probably cousincest ships, but I still noped hard at that. Probably because Fíli/Kíli was usually written as a healthy and well-adjusted relationship that was Prejudiced Against By Society, and that sets off all the eek in my brain. Just, like. eek. 

Also, apparently people cared about knockoff Will Turner. I aggressively do not care about knockoff Will Turner. 

OH ALSO. I am going to take this opportunity to kinkshame Bilbo/Smaug. I know the actors were in that show. I know dragon stories are weird and sexy and hard to categorize, which is why His Majesty’s Dragon is half an adoption story and half a romance novel and one of my favorite books. BUT STILL. FOR SHAME. 

  • [softly] don’t notp

Thranduil/Tauriel, maybe? I still feel no shame, but it’s not my first or second Tauriel ship, so I’m gonna say it counts. (The appeal here is hatesex and power differentials and weird mutual sexual manipulation that culminates in Tauriel angrily taking over Thranduil’s kingdom for him and running it with integrity and efficiency and ultimately being crowned queen.) 

  • highkey otp but i’m scared of saying it because it’s not a very popular choice

I don’t fear it, and it’s not exactly unpopular, but given that I have had actual real life fights over it, I guess Kíli/Tauriel counts? The execution was stupid and the dialogue was shit, but Aiden Turner and Evangeline Lilly sold that crap with their faces so hard, and even given the givens it’s still cute and compelling, fight me. 

  • highkey otp and anyone on my tumblr knows it