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who thought it was a solid plan to put Anakin in charge of thousands of impressionable 12-year-olds honestly i ask you

Concerning Hobbits (of Color)

Okay it’s been a whole day and I’m still angry about that hobbit casting thing, so let’s lay down some Tolkien canon here.

Fact 1: Per Tolkien, there were originally three races of hobbit. The Stoors were a small group, they were broad and stocky, they grew facial hair, they liked rivers, and their skin color is not specified, so Tolkien probably meant them to be white (but there’s no reason they have to be, since again, not specified). The Fallohides were a tiny group, they were thin, pale and tall, they were bold and good with languages, and they like trees. The Harfoots were the distinct majority, they lived in holes, they had hairy feet, and they were brown. Tolkien is super clear on this. He explicitly calls out Harfoots as having browner skin than other hobbits when describing the races and he uses phrases like “nut-brown skin” and “long brown fingers” when describing specific hobbits to back it up.

Fact 2: Britain planted its ravenous imperial flag firmly in the soil of India three centuries before Tolkien wrote The Hobbit. He knew what a brown person looked like. He would know he was not evoking a slightly darker shade of Caucasian when he said a person had brown skin.

Fact 3: Bilbo, Frodo, and all of their friends are aristocracy. Sam is the only hobbit we ever meet who is an actual laborer. In Tolkien’s time, laborers worked in the sun and middle class and aristocracy stayed inside where there was something resembling temperature control. Apart from Sam and Aragorn, no one in the Fellowship (or Company) ever voluntarily got a sunburn. If Tolkien talks about brown skin he’s talking about brown skin, not a farmer’s tan.

Where does this leave us?

Well, Tolkien says that after colonizing the Shire, the three hobbit races mingled more closely and became one. This leaves us with two options.

Option A: He’s talking about that thing that sci-fi writers sometimes do where “everyone is mixed race.” So all three races would have smeared together into a single uniform color. What color? Mostly Harfoot, aka brown. The “strong strain of Fallohide” in the Tookish and Brandybuck lines means maybe they’re white-passing, but in this scenario all hobbits are brown.

Option B: He’s talking about a more melting-pot scenario where visual racial distinctions still exist but everyone lives side-by-side in a fairly uniform culure. The Tooks/Brandybucks having a “strong strain of Fallohide” means that they are themselves remaining strains of Fallohide, and are straight-up white. Merry, half Took and half Brandybuck, is thus white (possibly part Stoor, given Brandybuck comfort with water); Pippin, half Took and half Banks, is either white or biracial. The Baggins family, sensible owners of the oldest and most venerable hobbit-hole anyone knows of, are blatantly Harfoot, making Bilbo and Frodo (half Took and half Brandybuck respectively) also biracial. Fallohides being exclusively adventurous high-class types, and the Gamgees being staid low-class homebodies with a distrust of moving water, Sam is obviously Harfoot and thus completely brown. (Smeagol, a Stoor, is probably white, but as discussed above, doesn’t have to be.) In this scenario, a minimum of three of five heroic hobbits are various shades of brown, four out of five of them could be, and most background hobbits are brown.

In conclusion, if you think all hobbits are white, you are canonically wrong. If you geek out over Aragorn wearing the Ring of Barahir, rage about Faramir trying to take the Ring, and do not even notice, much less complain, that Sam, Bilbo and Frodo are being erroneously portrayed by white guys, you need to reexamine the focus of your nerdery.

i want you to smash the idea in your mind that there are “important people” and then, there’s you.  that there are worthy people, special people, and then, on the other hand, there’s you.  nothing is further from the truth.  you are important.  you are just as important as anyone else, and you’re the hero of your story– as heroic and amazing as your favorite heroes from your favorite stories.  you’re the protag.  this is your epic quest.  this is your Test.  and, believe me when i tell you, you’re doing so, so well

So I’m usually pretty quite in class, but last week I threw my pencil case at my English teacher for using “girl” as an insult and he was like super shocked and puzzled and then today at lunch he asked to talk to me, and he asked if I intended for the pencil case to hit him and I said yes, and he was so surprised that I felt so strongly about the girl insult that I chose to assault a teacher, and I said “I’m a feminist” and by the end of the conversation he said “I am very surprised. Keep being a feminist, because there’s not enough people willing to fight like that for gender equality, especially in a building full of teenagers. I think it’s great.” And I am so happy right now

Why I hate LGBTQIA+

Why we should use SAGA (Sexuality And Gender Acceptance) as the new term for the LGBTQIA+ community:

- It includes everyone without having a hundred letters in the acronym.

- Saga means “a long story of heroic achievement” which is an excellent way to describe the movement.

- It sounds cool

I AM 100% SURE THAT VARRIC AND GARRUS WOULD ARGUE OVER WHO'S BEST FRIEND IS BETTER AND TELL HEROIC STORIES WHEN THEY FIRST MEET

No one can tell me otherwise. It would so happen

Nobody’s outlawing stories of heroic straight white males. Nobody’s censoring what you’re allowed to write about. Asking for greater representation doesn’t limit the possibilities of the genre; it expands them. More characters, more cultures, more stories. With that comes more hope; more possibility; more empathy.

Yes, if the only thing you ever write is the Continuing Adventures of WhiteMan McBulgingtrousers, you’ll probably catch some flack. Not because you’re not allowed to write about that guy, but because it’s boring. Because with so much diversity out there, you’re still telling that same old story, and people want more.
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@jimhines on Representation and the Seeds of Possibility over at Suvudu

Another choice excerpt:

“As writers, we make choices. Our characters don’t just happen—we choose who to include in our work, and who to exclude. Maybe we don’t do it deliberately, but when we default again and again to characters who are white, straight, male, neurotypical, physically abled, and so forth, we send a clear message about who does and doesn’t belong in the world. We also betray our own narrow-mindedness about humanity.”

ALL ENDINGS (updated) SPOILERS

Ending 1: Meta Ending
-Pay/Romance/Leave/Yes

(It was a play all along)

Ending 2: Planned So Much
-Pay/Romance/Leave/No

(Awkward)

Ending 3: Vanilla
-Pay/(Romance)/Horror/Freedom/Right

(You kill Darkiplier)

Ending 4: Chocolate
-Pay/(Romance)/Horror/Freedom/Left

(YOU KILLED MARK!!)

Ending 5: Peanut Butter Blues
-Don’t Pay/Attack/Road/PBJ

(Heroic story about how you saved the world after Mark’s death)

Ending 6: Tuna Triumph
-Don’t Pay/Attack/Road/Tuna

(Heroic story about how Mark and you fought all and survived)

Ending 7: Alien Abduction
-Don’t Pay/Attack/Shinning Light

(Mark gets captured by aliens and you forget it all)

Ending 8: The Bid Dig

-Don’t pay/Don’t attack/Dig (And he’s still digging up to this day…)

Ending 9: Mark Ded AF
-Don’t pay/Don’t attack/Pick Lock/Split Up

(You get stuck with the chef, but escape, then you split up and then… WASTED)

Ending 10: True End
-Don’t pay/Don’t attack/Pick Lock/Stay Together/More?

(You defeat the chef and then you’re about to exit, but want to stay and then, Warfstache appears to make you discover YOU WERE CHICA ALL ALONG!)

(Ending 11?)
-Don’t pay/Don’t attack/Pick Lock/Exit (You’re stuck on a loop unless you pick ending 10)

Morioh's hero

This town’s always been called weird, and I can certainly agree. I’ve seen things, both incredible and horrible, that you’d simply never see anywhere else. It has its own story, a somehow secret one. It’s a heroic one anyway, I suppose. I’ve got my own point of view about this adventure, however I’ll start by describing another one’s.
No, it’s not a precise point of view, but what must be remembered here is that it is not my opinion.

First of all, any heroic story has a hero. Or, atleast, more than one. Each one is classical in this one.
A courageous child, a big-hearted idiot, a tired but protective man… For those who’ve heard the story,
you’ll notice I haven’t mentionned THE hero of the story, right?
A “kind” and “gentle” teen who wants the best for everyone and the town itself. It’s hard not to see him.
Heh, certainly not with that big thing on his head…Anyway, we can agree that people see him as kind and gentle,
caring for others and the list of chivalreous qualities goes on.

I don’t.

I’ve wondered for long if there was a being capable of such controversy. His intentions are good, but he lacks empathy just as much as I. He’s twisted, like me. If idiots can recognize idiots, then I can recognize a being worth of being feared. It’s even more creepy because he doesn’t realise it. I’ve kept my distances and here’s why:

Higashikata Josuke isn’t a typically good person. He’s capable of causing traumatism, and he has. People are… toys to him. He manipulates them and “plays” with them whenever he feels so, because…well, he can heal them. It’s gone to a point where he’s just sadist. Twisted, like I’ve said. He’s punched and stabbed people dozens of times with a smirk. Blood and guts splattering all over, topped with his most charming laugh. He can torture his enemy
and have no pity for them, at all, and he’s still a hero.

But as long as they’re not dead, it’s fine, right?
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hey first time writing what the people call a fanfic. It goes back a long way but I was really into the apathetic josuke stuff. Here’s an attempt from Kira’s perspective! Apologies if there are any grammar errors I didn’t see.

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!!! THIS IS A RARE TREAT INDEED, I feel honored that I get to see someone’s first fanfic. I’m really fond of the idea that Kira can see right through the bs here lmao, though he still has that sort of pride that kinda prevents him from seeing himself as worse than Josuke. Do send more if you ever get the urge to write again!

I love the friendship dynamic between Thor and Steve, partially because while they have a great deal in common on the surface, their journeys in their heroic origin stories are the inverse of one another:

Steve Rogers is a good man who becomes a heroic warrior.

Thor is a heroic warrior who becomes a good man. 

Beginning of Sellic Spell, as translated by J.R.R. Tolkien.

I decided that I wanted to share the beginning of the story with you all today. I found it quite captivating despite this segment being only three paragraphs long. I also think that many of us can relate already to Beewolf, who is different and had long been neglected. Still, even as a grown man of great power, he remains somewhat ignored. Though I have not finished reading this myself, I share this section because I feel that it speaks to those who are different and have yet to prove their worth. We are not all heroes from the very beginning. Sometimes, we must prove that our differences are what make us stronger than those without. Do not forget that an odd fellow named Beewolf, who was sluggish and mad for honey, eventually had his story become worth telling.

Source:

Tolkien, J.R.R., trans. Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary together with Sellic Spell. Edited by Christopher Tolkien. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014., 360-361.

  • heteronormative viewer: bucky and steve are like brothers - bucky protected steve like a little brother and they grew up together
  • me: achilles openly kissed (amongst other things) patroclus (in the song of achilles)and protected him like a brother would and they grew up together. also after patroclus died (doing something for achilles because he loved him) achilles avenged his death and let his enemy take his life because he couldn't bare to be away from patroclus and if you can't see the parallels there then I can't help you friend
Can We Keep Her

> Your moirail is very supportive about your heroic misadventure and the stories you relate, and is blessedly also reasonably supportive about your new, possibly-temporary special needs cat, which is good considering she is telepathic and used to be a mortal alternate of Gl’bgolyb’s.

> You think you’re going to spoil her rotten for a day or two until Sparks remembers she exists, and teach her how to walk with limbs that have bones in them.  It’ll be great.

“Sorry Ben Solo, Master Jarrus and young Knight Bridger weren’t on a leave of absence... they died in a terrible sand accident.”

Ben Solo: Makes sense to me, Uncle Luke, I mean, sand can be evil. *crosses out Kanan Jarrus and Ezra Bridger on his list*

MEANWHILE IN WILD SPACE

Kanan: *Playing golf* You know, Ezra. For all our disagreements with Skywalker’s New Order, I sure do miss him.

Ezra: Yeah, I know, he’s probably telling heroic stories about us to the Younglings. 

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In 2006, a Pulitzer Prize-winning account of General Washington’s early military campaign in the Revolution dazzled Americans with its heroic story. The attractive book cover, featuring a version of Leutze’s famous nineteenth-century painting Washington Crossing the Delaware painted by one of his students, Eastman Johnson, captures in vivid color the richness of the story. The central figure of the general standing at the front of a small boat illustrates the valiant image of Washington that is described within the book’s pages. The painting itself is a national treasure. Eastman’s version of Leutze’s masterpiece is an interesting choice; it alters a variety of aspects of the original, including a detail that most might not know - the omission of Washington’s ornamental watch fob, which in the original painting is gold and red, dangling closely to his crotch. Presumably, for Eastman and for contemporary audiences, the object risks taking attention away from the man and the gravitas of the moment and instead bestows it on something trivial and irrelevant, even unseemly.

Eastman Johnson’s copy is perhaps more in circulation today than Leutze’s original. A 2011 special issue of Time magazine devoted to the life of George Washington contains a centerfold reproduction of the famous painting, again with the fob missing. Georgia school administrators might have saved themselves a headache had they been able to ensure that the publisher of their textbooks went with the Johnson version instead of the original Leutze: In 1999, a Georgia school district instructed teacher’s aides to erase the image of the fob by hand-painting twenty-three hundred fifth-grade textbooks. In another county, they tore the page from thousands of copies of the book. In 2002, several editions of the American history high school textbook that contains the image of Leutze’s nineteenth-century masterpiece were also altered because administrators feared that it would draw attention to this private area of Washington’s body or, worse, might actually appear to be his manhood exposed.

- Thomas Foster, Sex and the Founding Fathers