Some people measure their success in wealth, that’s cool. But no need to look down at people with a different set of values. Be you homie. I’m chasing a different throne. I’m coming for what’s mine, unconventional or otherwise. The idea that the only valid dream or career goal in life must be associated with law, business, medicine or some other form of science is frankly outdated. It’s bizarre and narrow minded. It’s 2016 – such antiquated thought bears no weight or validity. Honestly, you have to find your passion and fight like hell to protect it. There’s no limit to how big you can dream and don’t you ever let anyone make you feel otherwise. And always remember: “You mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.” – Eames (Tom Hardy), Inception (Nolan 2010).
I’m still so in love with a lot of the cultural shifts I dreamed up while thinking about fancasts for you look upon a woman. I don’t write about it a lot because I don’t want to fuck up and take what isn’t mine to borrow, but I still really love the idea of swapping out Tolkien’s proto-Europe analogue for something a little bigger.
Like–it’s so easy to see Rohan as the mounted archers of the Parthian Empire, rather than Anglo-Saxon horselords. Numenor as Tang Dynasty China, this flourishing of administration and military might, art and culture, still mythologized centuries later (with bonus Ancalime as a Wu Zetian parallel!)
The elves as natural griots, the poet-historian-musicians of the medieval Mali Empire–instead of the White Council, you’d have the Gbara, Finwe as a Sundiata figure, Gil-galad as the last mansa. Galadriel as a Sufi-like saint.
Gondor as a confederation of Native American tribes instead of Italian city-states, with the Shire as a modern Oxfordshire, in a modern UK, with all the spectrum that implies.
I really believe in the mythic universality of Tolkien’s stories, I really really do, and I am prepared to push it until it breaks.