Please I need season2 of DGHDA to have an episode in which Dirk and Todd get stuck inside a passage with low roof and I want Dirk to hit the roof with his head and complain and I want Todd to make a joke saying Dirk’s “too tall” and I want to see Dirk replying with “I’m not that tall, maybe you’d hit your head too if you were not hobbit-sized” and then I want to see the horrified look on Elijah Wood’s face.
At times you come across people in Tolkien fandom who seem to think
Éowyn’s ending, her becoming the Princess of Ithilien and marrying Faramir, is somehow not a good conclusion to her story. To tell you the truth I often I get the feeling it’s because people are projecting what they want her to be instead of
observing what her motivations actually are and what is her storyline. In good part, her marrying Faramir and moving to live in Ithilien
being somehow a lacking ending seems to stem from this idea that’s
prevalent in a lot of fiction that you can only be strong and badass and
worthwhile if you’re this mighty soldier type who slays left and right.
In this point of view, being - or becoming - soft and kind and
committing yourself to healing doesn’t bring much glory, and thus it
must be a bad ending especially for a woman. I guess it’s inevitable in
this age when films and tv seem to be striving to create the ultimate
epic scene with maximum drama and huge explosions all around.
is really against what Tolkien is about. In the core of his story, what
his heroes are fighting for, is the celebration of the simple and quiet
life. Yes, Tolkien describes some massive battles, but they are not the
endgame (Frodo and Sam are), and they are not what the story really is
about. Tolkien’s heroes are not heroes because they strive for glory - they achieve greatness because they do what they must, sometimes even at a great personal cost. Éowyn
doesn’t become a hero because she rode to the Pelennor fields - she’s a
hero because she tries to protect her beloved uncle against an overwhelming enemy. Another notable instance of Tolkien’s described heroism are those four
little hobbits coming to save the world not because they are great and
powerful, but because they are trying to save their Shire and their
seemingly small way of life.
And why does
Éowyn go to the battlefield before the walls of Minas Tirith? It’s
because she’s so full of despair, because she feels caged in her life,
and because she thirsts for the idea of glory in battle (which makes sense, considering Rohirrim are a warrior people). It’s also the idea of glory that she loves in Aragorn. But though she wins the greatest renown in
the Battle of Pelennor fields when she slays the Witch-king, she doesn’t feel any less empty when she wakes up in the Houses of Healing. War
doesn’t end her unhappiness, and how could it, anyway? Only when she
starts to seek peace and a life of healing does she find a way out of
her despair. And that is a beautiful thing in itself. The ending of
Sauron doesn’t mean that she spends rest of her days in idleness. It’s
told Ithilien has long been neglected and parts of it are stained by
Sauron and his servants. But together with Faramir, Éowyn settles down
there and wishes to become a healer in a land that needs just that:
healing. And who can understand it better than her? She went into
darkness but came back and was healed. As such, Éowyn has an unique
perspective to mending what has been broken by and in war.
think a lot of people who live now don’t really understand where Éowyn
comes from and what her change of heart signifies – what it means that
she desires to put aside the sword and tend to living things. Tolkien
was a veteran of the First World War and he had seen what war could be.
He saw the other side of the idea of battle glory. But in later years he
took pleasure in nature and simple joys of life, be it a pipe or a pint
of good beer. He even stated he’s a hobbit in all but size. In my
opinion, this is very telling if you consider Éowyn’s character.
this is also where, I think, one of the things Lord of the Rings draws
its beauty and its bittersweet spirit. It is also another way in which
Tolkien’s legendarium is unique not just in fantasy genre. This is a
story that, in the end, celebrates the value of peace and good, simple
things in life, but at the same time it shows just how fragile they are
and how easily they can be lost. Tolkien had witnessed this intimately,
both in his personal life and in a larger scale. In fact, if you
consider Éowyn’s character arc as a whole you might argue she gets one
of the happiest endings in the entire story. Éowyn begins as this
dissatisfied, shut-in-herself, trapped person whose despair grows so bad
that it becomes a deathwish. However, after her ordeals she gets to
heal, to leave behind her despair and darkness. She learns to understand
herself and her feelings, and she rediscovers the joy of living. She
doesn’t need glory any more to validate herself. She goes to live in a
beautiful, rich land where she can work to make it better not just for
herself but others, too. She gets to love a wonderful man who returns
her feelings, and she is given a chance to be a part of rebuilding the
world. How this can be considered a “poor ending” for her, I will never
Éowyn deserves happiness, and that is
exactly what Tolkien gives her, never mind people who think a
woman’s story can’t be valid and good if she marries a man and settles down to live a life of peace.
Bilbo and Thorin simultaneously realise that the last time they had sex may be the last time they EVER have sex, with Smaug waiting just around the corner. There is only one problem where can they find short folk that are interested in sex with males in the middle of Laketown??! Sexy times ensue.
‘I can think of someone who’s your height and male.’ Bilbo said slowly, that drink may have been stronger than he had thought, this was crazy. Was he being a little too obvious?
‘I’m not having sex with Dwalin, he’s my best friend.’ Thorin snapped.
Fucking really? Bilbo sighed; it was a good job Thorin was pretty.
Bilbo had taken some pride when Thorin had stated he was surprised the hobbit was so well endowed. He joked saying, “Well you know what they say about people with big feet,” which had earned a small laugh from Thorin. Bilbo’s pride quickly diminished the moment he saw exactly how large Thorin was.
Thorin has a bit of a fixation on something Bilbo is very self conscious about. How long before the stoic dwarf’s legendary control finally unravels and how long before Bilbo realizes that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes?