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Surely, if there’s one thing you can take away from the original Star Wars trilogy, it’s that Darth Vader never runs – he menacingly walks towards you with the calm perseverance of a freight train. Runner Jonathan Rice didn’t come away from the movies with the same impression, as he became the founder of the Darth Valley Challenge, in which he runs a mile in Death Valley at the hottest possible time of year, dressed in full Darth Vader get-up.
While Rice (AKA Vader) has described the run as “pointless,” it has set the Guinness record for the “hottest verified run.” Though, to be fair, once you’ve had several limbs burnt off by the fiery molten lake of Mustafar, a light jog through a dry heat must be like a walk in the park.
Kai Parker x Reader word count : 4 009 warning : smut summary : Kai has set rules when it comes to him and Reader doing things and Reader breaks one of them.😈 * gif by pipesmleah ___________________________
Kai couldn’t help but smile seeing her curled up on the bed next to him just as the sun was starting to seep through the curtains. It had been seven months since they had met , almost five since they became a couple and during this entire time his life had changed completely , all because of her. Y/N had been the only one to give him a chance and somehow she had found her way into his heart. He loved her more than anything and was pretty sure he’d die if it meant saving her. That’s how much he loved her and knew what he felt was real and the most strongest thing he had felt in his entire life. “So absolutely beautiful —” he whispered , kissing her forehead gently before slipping out of their bed to surprise her with breakfast in bed , listening to her heart beating the entire time. He loved listening to her heart beat. It was the most important sound to him because as long as her heart beats , there was a reason for him to be. Without his Y/N , he just felt so damn lost and he never wanted to go back to the person he was without her. “So hot in that black shirt and those boxers.” said Y/N biting her lip returning him to reality. “I can’t even - ” Kai had gotten so lost in his thoughts about the night before while arranging the food tray , he hadn’t even noticed he was no longer alone in the kitchen. He turned around , seeing her push herself off the door frame taking a step inside wearing nothing but his t-shirt barely covering her body. Her hair was still messy and she looked so hot in that moment for a second he forgot what he was doing was a surprise. “No , no , no. You are ruining my surprise.” said Kai pushing her out the door, trying very hard not to think how she is 100% naked underneath. “Go back to bed. I’ll be there in five - “ Y/N grabbed the door frame trying her best not to get pushed outside. Last thing she wanted was to sit alone two doors down when what she wanted was right there. Their activities the night before had her so eager to stay in the kitchen with him , it was completely out of her hands. Kai was like a drug to her - the more she had the more she wanted and could never get enough of his touch or his kisses or him in general. “Fine. I’ll go.” “You will ?” he replied taking a step back from her , studying her face. “You are lying.” “Damn right I am.” she said jumping up into his arms , wounding her legs around his waist before smashing her lips against his. Lately his girl just couldn’t keep her hands to herself anymore and he didn’t protest. Kai couldn’t get enough of her or her surprises lately , like sneaking into the shower with him when she was supposed to be at college or pulling him somewhere they could be alone every chance she got. “Mmmm I love it when you do that.” he said , shoving her against the wall by the door. Kai’s lips crashed against hers more greedy than ever pulling the air out of her lungs as always. Her fingers tangled in his hair , pulling him closer to her as if there was anywhere to go. Kai could barely make himself let go off her, specially after the way his girl tugged at his lip at the end of the kiss. He let her go on the ground gently watching her walk out the door , running into the kitchen not a second later. "I thought you were going back to bed ?” he bit his lip watching her bend over , looking for something inside the fridge. Kai couldn’t help but stare at her slim legs and her core right there waiting for him. Was the light playing tricks on him or had she started to get wet? “Where is it ? Did you eat the last piece of cake for breakfast?” "No.” he shortened the distance between them in a few short steps. "As much as I love chocolate , I love having you for breakfast way more. And what is so wrong with my pancakes that you don’t want them this morning?” “Who said I don’t want them ? I am starving , why can’t I have both ?” “Anything you want , sweetheart.” he said softly , bending over her. Kai snaked one of his hands around her waist while pointing at the chocolate cake with the other , swiping some of the frosting with his finger. Y/N closed her eyes for a moment trying not to think about what they could be doing in that moment , but it was too late for her to even try. She gripped his wrist cleaning out the frosting from his finger pushing her ass back at him while she did. Kai traced his fingertips on her thigh , innocently brushing them against her clit a moment later. He pushed the fridge door closed sliding one of his hands down to her core while the other went the other way , cupping her breasts through his shirt. “You are such a naughty girl.” he whispered , sucking on a spot on her neck. “I haven’t even touched you yet and you are already wet. You haven’t played by yourself have you?” Y/N moaned softly , closing her eyes for a moment when his fingers began drawing soft figure eights on her clit turning her skin on fire again. Ever since Kai and she became a couple and moved in together , her skin rarely had a normal temperature. Not to mention his rules. There was something about ‘rules’ and ‘punishments’ that just did something to her and Kai was being so dominant when it came to them being intimate , it was all driving her completely insane. "No.” she moaned, pushing her hips down on his fingers. "But we are not doing this now.” “Aren’t we ?” he whispered in her ear. “I think we are. I want you – ” “Mmmm no.” “ - I always get what I want.” he nibbled on her earlobe , spinning her around a second later. “And right now I want to eat you .” Kai’s lips smashed against hers , slowly backing her against the fridge taking her breath away completely just like always. He knew what his kiss did to her because the second he pulled away resting his forehead on hers , her heart rate had gone off the charts and her breathing just wasn’t there. Y/N demanded mouth to mouth after every kiss which was more than exciting for him since he felt the same way. Her hands moved up his chest until they hooked around his neck and their lips meet again in a deep passionate kiss just as his crotch pressed against hers, right before he pulled away leaving her breathless again. “You look a little dizzy. Are you feeling okay?” he said innocently , lifting her up onto the kitchen counter. His fingers brushed against her cheek and he leaned in a little closer to her. "Maybe you should sit down … or lay down — with me on top of you – while I make you scream my name.” “I c-cant breath - ” she grinned for a second before their lips collided again in a hungry demanding kiss. Y/N’s legs wrapped around his waist , pulling herself closer to him while her hands tugged on his shirt pulling it over his head. Five months together and the sight of his bare chest always made her feel tingly on the inside. Y/N bit her lip for a second and she reached her hands towards him wanting to trace every inch of it but Kai held them behind her back. “No , no , no.” Y/N sighed. Out of all the rules the ‘no touching’ one was the one she didn’t like the most. How was she even supposed to keep her hands off him when he looks like that ?! Not possible. There wasn’t even time for her to protest before Kai’s fingers found their way inside her making her moan out , going in to the last knuckle curling around slowly before pulling out and doing it all over again without taking his eyes away for a second. "God you look so fucking hot moaning my name while wearing my shirt I just want to bend you over and have my way with you right here.” he whispered resting his forehead on hers. "So do it.” “You have classes. How are you going to go there if you can’t walk?” “Fuck me Malachai –” she moaned not a split second later. “Mmmm my sweet little Y/N – You know what happens when you call me that. No way I am letting you go anywhere today. Remember the rules ?” His girl nodded and he pulled her by the thighs towards him until she was almost completely off the counter. Y/N looked down at him as he placed his hands on her inner thighs parting them a little wider , darting his tongue out , flicking her clit with it without breaking eye contact with her. “So delicious - ” he said, pushing his tongue inside her. No matter how many times he did that , every time felt more intense and magnified that the last. There was something about the way his tongue curled inside her while his nose brushed against her clit that just got her so crazy.
Kai blew a light stream of air onto her clit , dipping his fingers inside her feeling every inch as they curled around before pulling out while he sucked and nibbled on her clit making her feel like she had high fever. His eyes were fixed on hers , darkening with each passing second until they were completely black with lust. Y/N loved that look in his eyes , seeing all the devils dancing in them each time he flicked her clit or his fingers hit her spot. "FUck , this feels so good –” she moaned , struggling to keep her eyes open. Kai couldn’t get enough of seeing his girl looking like that - her mouth semi open , moans mixed with whimpers leaving her lips and the thing that turned him on the most — his name rolling off her tongue constantly while he devoured her hungrily unable to stop even if he wanted to. He loved how her body responded to every touch , to very curl of his fingers - "Look at those walls clench around my fingers.” he cooed. “I could never get enough of having them do that around me. ” Y/N bit her lip slipping down towards him. Kai’s fingers pumped in an out so fast and combined with the way he was eating her out , moaning and groaning while sucking on her clit - it was all too much. Her walls clenched around his fingers again making her skin feel like it was on fire. All she wanted was to reach her hands towards him and push his mouth further on her but that wasn’t an option unless she wanted to get punished. Yet the thought of getting punished by him was turning her on like crazy in that moment for a moment her hands nearly reached for him. "Kai — I am so c-close.” she whimpered. "Hold it.” he demanded , slowing down his fingers’ movements delaying her release while pushing his boxers down. Y/N nodded , struggling to keep her hands away from him in that moment. She wanted to wrap her fingers around his hard lenght and drive him just as crazy as he was driving hers. "Please let me touch you –” she moaned , barely able to keep her eyelids from drooping. Each curl was pushing her closer and closer to the edge until she almost slipped. So many rules to keep. He wasn’t making it easy on her and sometimes she wondered if he invoked like 5 of them each time to see when she’d break. “No.” he scooped her up , letting her down on the kitchen table. Kai pinned her hands over her head , brushing his fingers against her cheek and slowly trailing his fingertips down her neck feeling her blood. pulsating in her veins. Her heart was beating like crazy , the heart beats almost visible through her skin. “So freaking hot with that look in your eyes.” he moaned , teasing her entrance with the tip of his lenght before entering her slowly , making her feel every inch on the way in. “It drives me completely insane.” For a moment he waited , giving her a little time to catch her breath. Everything was downhill from there. Kai’s thrusts were fast and hard right from the start , making her body jolt forward each time his lenght filled her in to the brim , withdrawing and going in harder and deeper hitting her spot every time. “Fuck you are so tight around me – ” he groaned. Kai knew she was right at the edge with her walls clenching that frequently around him. He wondered how she was so damn good at keeping control. It was driving him nuts. Purple black veins flashed under his eyes and he picked up the pace, watching her hands ball into fists and could smell her blood which meant yet again her nails had dug into her palms. “Please let me c-cum.” she whimpered. Kai slowed down slightly - withdrawing almost completely before going in slow driving her completely insane. It was a torture but the sweetest kind , thing was this time felt different. He had never said that many ‘no’s to her and she could barely hold it , or keep her eyes open. Y/N’s back kept arching off the table even though he held her down and his touch was only pushing her further towards the edge. "No.” said Kai with a devilish grin on his face , listening to her whimpers and moans turn into small screams colliding with his moans and groans. His hand slipped under her shirt , grazing his fingertips over and over around her belly button , slipping down towards her clit. Holding it was becoming harder with each passing moment , he could tell but he wanted to push her limits this time. "Fuck–” she begged again. “P-please — I c-cant hold it m-much longer.” "Yes, you can and you will unless you want me to punish you again.” he grinned at her. Kai’s thrusts got even faster and Y/N couldn’t hold it no matter how much she wanted to. His lenght entered her so hard , hitting her spot while his thumb drew rough eights on her clit , pushing her right over the edge before she had had the time to blink. "OH FUCk Kai –” she screamed , feeling an intense wave of orgasm tear through her body. Kai watched her thrash before him , barely able to suppress the smile on his face. He didn’t mind mind her eyes were closed. He didn’t mind her hands not being over her head as he had demanded either. A louder moan tumbled off his lips when her walls clenching around him triggered his orgasm , riding through both of them until they were finished. “I was wondering when your self control will snap in two." "Kai I -” “Shhh sweetheart.” he said softly , pressing his lips against hers for a moment. “I understand. I really do. Only you did break a rule.” Y/N’s lips crashed with his pulling out the air out of his lungs completely. Kai looked confused as to why she had kissed him specially since he had just said there was a punishment in her future.
"I love you –”
"I love you too sweet cheeks , but that’s not going to save you now.” He brushed his thumb against her cheek , gently touching her lips right after , scooping her up a moment later. Kai carried her to their room, unable to take his eyes away from her the entire time. Y/N’s heart was beating so fast he was afraid it might burst or something and the way she was looking at him – how were her eyes doing that ? It was like they had turned into hearts just like in cartoons. He let her down on the bed gently and pulled out two ties from the nightstand’s drawer. Y/N braced herself on her elbows watching him play with them in his hands before tying one of them around her eyes and using the other to tie her wrists over her head. "What are you going to do to me?” she rolled on the bed. "I haven’t decided yet.” he thought out loud. “Funny , when I set the rules I had so many ideas but now - it’s all blank. I wonder -” Y/N could hear him pacing around her , adrenaline and excitement but also a hint of fear flowing through her body. What could he have in mind for her now ? Being blind folded wasn’t knew - Kai had started to do that to her the night before he had set up the rules. It was exciting - the anticipation, not knowing what’s going to happen next … "Feet apart.” he said leaning in towards her with some buzzing sound around him. “You are going to love this one. I know , I will. One , two , three –”Y/N wondered what he was counting , her mind slowly processing how the buzzing sound got louder after each number and then she found out what it was , moaning so loud the sound was almost a scream. Kai pressed the vibrator against her clit and she felt her entire body light up in flames at once. When had he gotten one of those? "A fitting punishment.” he thought out loud , placing his hand on her stomach to hold her down. “You wanted to cum so badly — now you get to cum , over and over again. Weird , that sounds more like a reward doesn’t it ? There is a catch though -”Y/N squirmed , whimpered and moaned or more like screamed as another orgasm tore through her body. Kai kept his hand on her stomach , holding her down while playing with the vibrator’s settings switching between speeds but keeping it mostly to the highest one. There was no control over the sounds coming out of her mouth - it was all a mixture of whimpers , moans , screams and syllables not really forming words. "Oh shit – oh – FUCK —”Kai listened and watched unable to take his eyes off her as another orgasm tore through her body , making her thrash and squirm on the bed. Seeing his girl’s back arch off the bed while he tried to hold her steady on the bed was such a big turn on for him , Kai hadn’t even realised when he had gotten this hard again. His fingers wrapped around his lenght and he stroked himself for a few moments before ditching the vibrator giving her a few moments to catch her breath listening to her heart rate trying to calm down. "So wet. There is even a wet spot on the bed.” he grinned tearing his shirt off her and lifting her legs over her head. “I think I even made you squirt."He teased her entrance with the tip for a few moments before entering her slowly , making her feel every inch of his hard lenght before withdrawing almost completely and filling her in again. At first his thrusts were slow and deep , picking up speed every time getting her mind foggier by the second. No matter how much on fire she had felt with the vibrator , Kai was the one who made her feel like her skin was literally fire. The way he somehow always found the right angle to enter her and hit her spot was more than enough to make her lose it. Her back kept arching off the bed , her head throwing back again and again as another orgasm approached. Y/N had lost count how many there had been. Four ? Five ? Everything was a blur and she felt like she was floating on a cloud made out of fire. Her heart was pounding like crazy and she could barely breath , every sense in her body had been magnified off the charts . "I can-t — K-Kai st-stop ….” "Mmmm no.” he moaned thrusting inside her even faster using his vampirism to cheat. Y/N’s hands reached for him trying to push him off but he pinned them over her head again , slowly leaning in until his forehead rested on hers , feeling her walls clench around him almost at the same time his lenght twitched. His vampirism showed and he sank his fangs in her neck for a few seconds almost pushing her off the edge again. "Kai – I cant “ she whimpered. “S-stop , p-please.” "And there is your catch , sweetheart.” he moaned untying her hands and pushing off her blindfolds from her eyes. “That wonderful magical word I love hearing you say so much.”Kai’s thrusts slowed down so suddenly Y/N had no time to process what was happening around her. Or maybe her mind was too clouded at the moment to process it. There was no way to tell which one it was , specially with her boyfriend looking at her the way he was in that moment. "You mean to say that — I should’ve just added — 'please’ for you to — stop?” "Yes. That easy.” he grinned at her , pulling out of her when she gripped his wrists mouthing 'Don’t.’ Kai brushed his fingers against her cheek giving her a small smile , continuing to enter her very slowly. He could hear her heart and breathing trying to do the impossible and catch up with each other and failing every time. “Wait – are you going to do this every time I — cum without permission?” she struggled to take a breath. “Cuz that was – awesome.” "You weren’t supposed to like it.“ he said a little amused , not even caring how her eyes had closed or that her hands had tangled in his hair pulling him down for a deep passionate kiss. "Whoops.” she said innocently. “You know you can go a little faster now right ? I’m perfect– fuckk "Y/N held onto his biceps while Kai’s lips pressed against hers , muffling her small scream when another orgasm tore through her body triggering his. Her eyes rolled in the back of her head while he rode through both their highs before collapsing on the bed next to her. "I — I think I’ll stay here. Can’t feel - my legs.” she laughed. Kai laughed with her. “I’ll be back in a moment. I think you need ice -” "Ice ? Wh-what ?“ she asked confused just as Kai whooshed himself out and in of the room. "Kai ?” Y/N watched her boyfriend play with the ice cube in his hands before slowly trailing it all the way from her core up her body towards her neck , not taking his eyes off her. A small smile spread across his face seeing her bite her lip for and throw her head back at the feeling before his lips collided with hers. “Feeling less on fire ?” he whispered. "Not even close.“
Imagine after having been the Doctor’s companion a year ago, your time, he finds you at a swing set. He has a new face, and doesn’t tell you it’s him, somehow you know it’s him immediately. You go along with his little game and pretend to not recognize him, confusing him immensely when you casually call him “Doctor”.
“You know how it is, Doctor.”
“Yes, I suppose so.”
(He looks around for a minute, then slowly looks back at you, a smile grows across his face)
“… *smirking* How’d you know it was me?”
“It’s like that feeling when you’re randomly attracted to a stranger. I just kind of felt it.”
(If any of you are wondering why I haven’t removed the “hiatus” from the blog title yet, it’s because I feel like once I remove it I’ll stop posting again XD. It’s like a challenge for myself. Like AM I REALLLLLYYY IN A HIATUS? NO. GUESS NOT TODAY.)
(Funnily enough, I keep forgetting to put #imagine on all of my past few imagines. I took way too long of a break.)
A/N: Uhh this one may or may not be new? We’ll never know. Merry Christmas. x *thanks gif source*
Sometimes, you think you can connect to someone who you later realize you’re only attached to because they fill sort of emptiness that needs to be taken care of. This connection can reach to great lengths from playful dates around the block to sudden heated bedroom games under the covers. I never knew I, myself was doing it until I saw her. I always announced that I liked someone anonymous to avoid any further confrontation about my love life. I finally had my anonymous person.
I was a house party thrown by a close friend and was sharing a drink with Olivia, a former fling who I had been hanging a lot with recently. She was one of the few people I was comfortable around and no matter what people said, I still enjoyed her company and it sort of shifted into a whole new direction when I noticed her acting different. All of a sudden, she always wanted to be around me and it got a little overwhelming. I was never one to know to handle someone’s feelings so I didn’t give myself any other choice but to keep whatever it is she thought this was, going. We were having what I thought was a stifling conversation when she leaned in and kissed me. With no warning, just went straight for it. I pulled away, not even a second later and looked puzzled into her eyes as she looked back at me in dismay. “I’m sorry.” She muttered and walked away, flustered.
I sighed and took giant swig from my beer when I felt a forceful thump against my back, pushing me forward, leaning on the skinny table beside me for stability. Feminine giggles heard behind me as I saw another friend of mine with a new girl I hadn’t recognized but was responsible for breaking me out of trance from her clumsy actions. “Oh, I’m so sorry!” She spoke, unable to contain herself. Her smile was the first thing I noticed, it was different; Her eyes, with a hint of nervous and unamusement. “Sorry Cal.” my friend, Blaire, pat my upper arm, smiling and ran off with the mysterious brunette, who quickly turned her gaze back at me and back. I downed more of my drink, furrowing my eyebrows and headed slowly in their direction. I momentarily made small conversation with people along the way so I wouldn’t make it too obvious I was following her. I tried to forget her but she kept reappearing wherever I went. With every person I spoke to, eye contact was rarely given because I could not stop looking at her. Her face was now plastered in my mind and so was her smile. She was definitely not afraid to let it stretch across her face. Her nose crinkled and she leaned slightly forward, sometimes covering her mouth to hide her insane smile. Before I knew it, the person whom I was supposed to be engaging in a conversation with was gone. I should’ve expected that.
My beer bottle was conveniently empty and I approached the table with the cooler in which they were provided and popped off the cap without an opener with my savvy skills. “Excuse me.” That familiar voice spoke behind me. She gave me that smile, for some reason, made me feel so different inside. I smiled back and stepped aside as she reached into the cooler and retrieved a bottle. Her body’s searching motions made me assume she was looking for a bottle opener and I turned momentarily to set my own bottle down to help her in attempt to potentially start a conversation. “Hey, I can open that for you, if you’d-” Pop “-like,” I chuckled, still finishing my offer to see her sipping from her self opened bottle already. “Thank you, but I think I’m all set.” She smiled through her teeth and turned to walk away. My first thought was what just happened as if it wasn’t simple enough. I furrowed my eyebrows and sat down. I felt a tap on my shoulder and saw Olivia standing there, fiddling her fingers.
“Oh hey…” “Cal, about what happened earlier tonight,” “You know what, don’t even mention it. We don’t have to dive into that. We both know we had a little too much to drink and shit happens.” Her eyes narrowed slowly down, sulking. “It’s alright.” I gave a small smile, patting her arm and her walking away. I broke out my trance once again as I felt a tap on the opposite shoulder. “excuse me… you must really like beer to always be blocking this cooler,” the voice spoke sarcastically. “I could say the same about you, you can really ingest a bottle,” “Actually, it’s for Blaire.” “What? Blaire can’t walk anymore and help herself like a big girl now?” I said shaking my head in Blaire’s direction while she stuck the middle finger at me grinning. She, however, smiled politely and shook her head. “Well, she can’t really open a bottle quite yet so I guess that’s why she has me.” Pop She set the water bottle I was drinking aside and tossed the beer cap in the basket. “Where did you learn how to do that?” “It’s an ancient technique.” “And I thought I was the only one who conquered the bottle cap trick.” “You must be Calum.” I blinked, taken back by her sudden knowledge of who I was. “I’m sorry, have we met?” I furrowed my eyebrows at her. “Uh no, Blaire just mentions who her friends are casually. She refers to you as, um, beer boy? And I assumed that meant it was cause of something like this.” “Nice. You know me, who are you?” “Y/N.” I held out my hand to shake hers and for the first time, I was feeling awkward around a stranger. “Thanks Y/N. I’m glad I can count on you.” Blaire bumped her shoulder, taking the bottle from her. “So… Have you met-” “Yeah, Blaire you’re about 4 minutes late. Thanks for trying though.” I sipped my beer, shaking my head. “Beer boy?” She broke out laughing. “Sorry I didn’t think that’d come up but since it did, now I know you guys talked plenty. I hate to break this up but our ride is outside sooo, I’ll catch you later.” She fist bumped me, clicking her teeth and pulled her away as she gave that familiar soft smile and mouthed a goodbye. I sat back down and started clearing bottles out of courtesy and I noticed a black rubber object peeking from between a few empty bottles. I pulled it out and saw it was a miniature bottle opener attached to few keys. I looked them over and saw Y/N scribbled onto the handle in silver ink. That little sneak. I quickly slid it into my coat pocket and with a smirk and walked away before anyone saw.
I’d like to bring a bit of attention to Gimli’s last shot (see: Figure 1) in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). It’s lovely, it’s joyous, it’s brief, but it’s also terribly clever.
“Why” you’re probably wondering, “is a shot of Gimli in awe offalling petals… clever?”
It seems strange, I know, but with the help of The Silmarillion (1977), and a bit of patience for long text posts, all will become clear!
To those who have not read The Silmarillion, which is entirely understandable because of it’s admittedly Biblical writing style and swift pace, I’m going to provide a summary of relevant points. You can read the bolded lettering and understand the basics of what I’m conveying, but try to read the unbolded bits as well if only to further your understanding.
Eru Ilúvatar (God)is the all-powerful being who creates Eä, or existence.This means that he is the only one who can create other beings without answering to a higher power because he is the highest power.
He creates: the Ainur, the Maiar, Elves, and Men, respective to time of creation and power.
The Valar, the fourteen Ainur who shape Eru’s Eä into Arda, the world of which Middle-earth is only a continent (see: Figure 2), can create other beingsonly with Eru’s consent.
Eru keeps secret from the Ainur and Maiar the dates he has set for Elves and Men to “wake”, or come to be, in Arda.
Note: Eru doesn’t create the Dwarves.
“Then who does?” you’re likely wondering.
Aulë - the Valar known asthe Smith for his dominion over the “substances of which Arda [i]s composed” as well as his ability to forge those substances - is intrinsically creative.
This is an excellent trait for making the Two Lamps or Melkor’s Chain, Angainor. However, Aulë growsimpatient of waiting for the awakening of Elves and Men because he simply wants “learners to whom he [can] teach his lore and his crafts” (Tolkien 49).
Thus, Aulë is driven to create dwarves, an unauthorized creation of sentient beings,upsetting Ilúvatar.
In order to appease Ilúvatar, Aulë nearly destroys his beloved creations via hammer-blow.(see: Figure 3 below)
Luckily, Ilúvatar has mercy on both the Dwarves and Aulë. Seeing that the Dwarves are independent of Aulë because they cower in fear of destruction via hammer-blow, Ilúvatar deems their destruction unethical.
Of course, everyone is not so forgiving.
“[F]earing that the other Valar might blame his work”, Aulë makes the Seven Fathers of the Dwarves “in secret” (Tolkien 49). Secrecy - which indicates a lack of trust - is how he upsets his wife Yavanna Kementári,who holds dominion over all living things, including all flora and fauna. The latter of which involves trees.
Let’s play: “How mad is she?”!
Yavanna is not as mad as she could be, but upset enough to inform Aulë that “because [he] hid this thought from [her] until its achievement, [his] children [the Dwarves] will have little love for the things of [her] love” (Tolkien 51).
She also says, “[Let] thy children beware! For there shall walk a power in the forests [Ents and the trees they protect] whose wrath [the Dwarves] will arouse at their peril” (Tolkien 53).
Let’s play: “What could be the worst possible response?”! What Aulë says, of course:
“Nonetheless they [the Dwarves] will have need of wood” (Tolkien 53).
This powerful familial and marital conflict is why Dwarves and organic beings - such as trees and Ents - are not fond of one another in any way.
Trees do not appreciate being felled by Dwarvish axes.
Consequently, Dwarves do not appreciate being physically destroyed by the same timber they need to fuel their forges.
Recall: the very pillars of Moria are hewn into the shapes of trees because Dwarves, unlike Elves and Men, cannot walk through a forest safely. Therefore, imitation is the closest Aulë’s folk will come to experiencing a walk through the woods.
Indeed, we can use Gimli himself as an example of the result of this hatred, for in The Two Towers (1954), he claims that it is madness which drives Merry and Pippin beneath the boughs of Fangorn Forest, home to - you guessed it - trees and Ents! He has been taught by Gloin that one must be psychologically disturbed if they desire to willingly interact with trees outside of exploitation.
This is a hatred deeper even than that which divides Elves and Dwarves because it is caused by mutual fear.
Now. Hopefully, I haven’t lost you, because we’re returning to the original point I was attempting to enforce: the above shot of Gimli the Dwarf (see: Figure 1) is terribly clever.
If you are a fan of Tolkien’s works - as I suspect you are if you have reached this line of my incredibly lengthy text post - you are aware that Gimli undergoes a plethora of character development.
The distrustful, bigoted, and materialistic Dwarf we first encounter…
…becomes the Dwarf who would willingly die fighting beside an Elf in battle.
Indeed, Legolas of the Woodland Realm becomes Gimli’s dearest friend. The two explore one another’s worlds after the War of the Ring concludes.
Legolas visits the Glittering Caves at Helm’s Deep at Gimli’s request, and Gimli visits Fangorn Forest at Legolas’s request.
Even more so, when Legolas sets sail for Aman, Gimli is permitted to come with him.
This is possibly the largest light-hearted middle-finger that has ever been given to Aulë, Yavanna, or any of the Valar. Permission for any race besides Elves to visit Valinor has never been granted before to a Dwarf.
“But Leah…when do we really start to see this change?”
Evidence of this change is conveyed in The Return of the King via Gimli’s last shot, or Figure 1.
Peter Jackson may have cut out the scenes showing Legolas and Gimli defying social norms by experiencing one another’s worlds, but he implied that it happened in a single shot:
Gimli son of Gloin, a Dwarf, is shown appreciating the petals falling from a tree. And just like that, it is implied that an Ages-old conflict between Dwarves and the natural world…may be coming to a close.