so you know the lines from Bilbo’s traveling song:
Eyes that fire and sword have seen/And horror in the halls of stone/Look at last on meadows green/And trees and hills they long have known.
and now I’m thinking about Tolkien and World War I and coming home from it where almost all his friends died and now I’m emotional
so much of Tolkien’s ethos of war is this and the idea that he simply “glorifies war” is so frustrating to me because it’s like…no, where Tolkien’s heart is isn’t in the battles, it’s in the coming home, trees and hills they long have known.
wow suddenly I’m super emotional about this whoops
I wanted to try out @ohmyarda’s fabulous design of Dior Eluchil. I hope I did him some justice.
Dior is possibly the most underrated character in the Silm. Everyone looks at him like ‘oh he is the beautiful Doriath king who got killed’ while in reality he is the sassiest King who ever lived (Thranduil goes next to him.)
“Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky, Seven for the Dwarf-lords in halls of stone, Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die, One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie. One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
No. Do you want to know how done I am right now? Because I’ll tell you. I have walked all over this Mahaldamned earth, I nearly froze to death, on more than one occasion I almost got eaten, Durin’s Fucking Bane almost set me on fucking fire, I got to go on the world’s worst cross country marathon, human politics nearly got me locked up, I just had the worst night ever, AND NOW THERE ARE FUCKING EYES IN THE FUCKING TREES, LEGOLAS, DO YOU KNOW HOW EXCITED I WOULD BE TO NEVER THINK OF THAT AGAIN?
- Gimli, to Legolas, book III of The Lord of the Rings, chapter VIII
RAVENCLAW: “What more do you want to know?” “The names of all the stars, and of all living things, and the whole history of Middle-earth and Over-heaven and of the Sundering Seas,” laughed Pippin. “Of course! What less? But I am not in a hurry tonight.” –J.R.R. Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers) (tag Gandalf and Peregrin Took)
He says he found a bunch of tiny hairy people in the woods that get wrinkly and die in a few decades. No, I don’t know what he’s been drinking, and yes, I did tell him to sober up and get back here and do his job.
- Galadriel, to her uncle Fingolfin, explaining where exactly her brother Finrod has been these past years, the Silmarillion