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I don’t know what to say…so I thought I’d share this quote.

“I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy. How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something. Even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something. “

Cool Depressing Fellowship of The Ring “Easter Egg”

During Boromir’s death scene in the Fellowship of the Ring film, you a hear a choir in the soundtrack. The choir isn’t singing random vowel sounds; they’re actually singing in Elvish.


The English translation of the lyrics? It’s a line from the books: “I do not love the sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only what they defend.”


For bonus hurt points– in the book, those lines were said by his little brother Faramir.

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“A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of wolves and shattered shields, when the age of men comes crashing down! But it is not this day! This day we fight!”

-The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

“Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory….

…If a soldier is imprisioned by the enemy, don’t we consider it his duty to escape?….

If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we’re partisans of liberty, then…

..it’s our plain duty to escape…

And to take as many people with us as we can!”  

―    J.R.R. Tolkien


@just-ann-now reminded me today that this week is the 15th anniversary of the release of The Fellowship of the Rings. Overwhelmed with nostalgia! I was a decades-long LotR geek, but I had no idea the catalyst these films would be in launching me into an intense involvement in fanfiction, fandom, online friends who’ve become real-friends, Tolkien academia, etc., etc.

It’s been thrilling and I still love you all so much.

Gandalf: -turns to legolas- go, find strider.

Legolas leaves.

Gandalf: my otp begins.

-Visits them 30 years later-

Gandalf: so…. Settled now?

Legolas and Aragorn confused.

Another 30 years later.

Gandalf: -shortly before fight with balrog- why the fuck won’t you two hitch up?!

Aragorn: we… Our horses aren’t with us.

Gandalf: fuck you, you piece of shit, I send you a hottie and you go for a different elf, wasting my hard work!

Aragorn: I do not understand.

Gandalf: you were the chosen ones!!! My OTP!!! Mine!!!!!

Legolas used Swag Ass on Gimli.

It was super effective.

Gimli used harden.

Legolas is in love.

Gandalf: never going to happen…. Burn…… -Sobs as he runs to tell on legolas to Thranduil-
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Aragon: -doing king duties -

Aragorn son: why does Gandalf don’t visit so much and when he does just sits there and glares at you?

Aragorn: -pauses- long story son.
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Gandalf sobbing in the arms of Thranduil-

Thranduil: I understand Gandalf, I too was unhappy with my son’s choice and tastes in men. I have no idea where he gets it from. -Hugs Gandalf as sees Thorin coming over and waves his hands in panic for him to not come over.-