there’s more to aredhel’s character than being killed by her husband. there’s more to celebrian’s story than the trauma she suffered. there’s more to amarie and anaire than staying behind, more to elwing than her flight, more to nerdanel than tempering feanor’s fire, and there’s more to miriel than being turned into some kind of symbol of death. there’s so much more to these fascinating women in tolkien’s world than being mere afterthoughts to other protagonists’ tales; than being dead wives, dead daughters, dead mothers; and suffering often violent fates at the hands of men. even if you have to dig deep within the narrative sometimes, it is always worth doing so and I feel like it is always the more rewarding option to explore these aspects than reducing them to passive caricatures of doom and faceless victims. (and even if that would be all we found, I feel like we could still at least ask ‘why’ and 'how’ and 'what if’)
“i’m too used to being rejected” tobio, scarred from being bullied as a child because he was a predator; and a very tiny, very aspirational police officer hina who beat all odds as a trainee but still can’t get recognized.
hey friends here is your tiny bit of encouragement for today:
growing up and Being An Adult ™ is super daunting and scary but for the most part it tends to hit you in reasonable chunks. you learn how to do things bit by bit, even silly things that you think everyone already knows, like how to change a lightbulb. it’s not like one day you wake up and have to face everything at once, it’s usually a steady stream of manageable new things, and you’re going to run into new and different Adult Responsibilities throughout the rest of your life. every little thing you face and overcome helps prepare you for the next thing you have to face, and with time and patience you can get through it. <3
TimMiss Who accidentally pushes a door instead of pulling/vice versa Both of them, but Timmy’s a more frequent offender when he’s With Missy. He likes keeping his attention focused on her and forgets doors really exist Who doodles little hearts all over the desk with their initials inside them Timmy does this all the time, and gets dirty looks from school faculty. Missy has notebooks for that kind of thing but she’s a frequent offender too Who starts the tickle fights Timmy again, mostly to prove that she’s more ticklish than she lets on (she likes to say that she isn’t). When Missy does it’s to cheer him up or wake him up Who starts the pillow fights Missy! Usually when tickling doesn’t make him get out of bed, but mostly on the rare occasions when he doesn’t have his undivided attention on her and she’s Bored Who falls asleep last, watching the other with a small affectionate smile Timmy does. Sleeping isn’t exactly his thing even on his better days and she’s just so gosh darn pretty to look at!! Who mistakes salt for sugar Missy, and that’s how they end up with the weirdest salads on the table. The kitchen is the one place where Timmy’s confident he knows what he’s doing and can mostly back it up Who lets the microwave play the loud beeping sound at 1am in the morning Timmy turns it on and forgets that he did. Missy absolutely refuses to use the darn thing Who comes up with cheesy pick up lines Timmy’s a try hard with flirting, lucky Missy adores that about him Who rearranges the bookshelf in alphabetical order Neither one of them. They have a very small one in the living room and it’s constantly a mess because no one pays attention to order. Sometimes they try to arrange them by color but it never lasts Who licks the spoon when they’re baking brownies Timmy has a habit of leaving the spoon in his mouth when he’s cooking anything and ends up dropping it into what he’s doing when he tries to talk so Missy makes it a habit to steal it from him at every opportunity They give all the left-over dough to the kids when those eventually come along Who buys candles for dinners even though there’s no special occasion Missy likes the scent and aesthetic of candles a lot and has them all over the house, so Timmy goes out of his way when he notices her stash getting smaller Who draws little tattoos on the other with a pen Because she likes having him draw on her skin, Timmy learns to doodle the prettiest flowers on it <3 Missy gets them permanently tattooed on her when she likes them enough Who comes home with a new souvenir magnet every time they go on vacation Timmy does this sometimes, but more often it’s after children enter the picture. They both mostly like dangly souvenirs they can either wear or decorate parts of the house other than the fridge with Who convinces the other to fill out those couple surveys in the back of magazines Timmy, when he’s bored enough. Chloe gets him into those and although Missy doesn’t much see the point, she enjoys any activity he offers. He likes to make fun of the answers.
Who accidentally pushes a door instead of pulling/vice versa Missy, out of pure absent-mindedness. Chloe does it every once in a while too but you’ll never get her to admit it Who doodles little hearts all over the desk with their initials inside them Missy, albeit she usually keeps it in the corners of her notebooks. Chloe is too hyper-focused on school work to let her mind wander like that Who starts the tickle fights/pillow fights These usually mean that they’re either pulling an all-nighter or Chloe needs to be snapped out of focusing on one thing in specific that isn’t Missy. Missy is always the instigator, Chloe always ends up on top of her Who falls asleep last, watching the other with a small affectionate smile Chloe. Sleeping never comes easy but she always feels good watching Missy do it Who mistakes salt for sugar Chloe more than Missy, and Timmy warns them not to leave her in the kitchen unsupervised. Luckily, both of them enjoy the weird things they end up with. Who lets the microwave play the loud beeping sound at 1am in the morning They don’t use a microwave. The last time they tried to, Timmy had to buy a new one Who comes up with cheesy pick up lines Chloe is the self proclaimed Queen of Puns, lucky Missy loves it Who rearranges the bookshelf in alphabetical order Chloe does this with everything. The entire house is neatly organised and Missy sometimes worries about where she’s supposed to put something because she frequently forgets where she took it from Who licks the spoon when they’re baking brownies Missy, when she’s the one who cooks, and when she manages to snatch the spoon up before Chloe drops it in the sink. Who buys candles for dinners even though there’s no special occasion Both of them adore the aesthetic, but Chloe’s the one who remembers to buy more before they run out. Who draws little tattoos on the other with a pen Missy plays connect the dots with Chloe’s freckles when she can Who comes home with a new souvenir magnet every time they go on vacation Chloe adores those and never misses a chance. Their fridge ends up with pictures from all over the world since she travels a bunch Who convinces the other to fill out those couple surveys in the back of magazines Chloe loves those. Missy’s just glad she doesn’t take them seriously enough to worry her.
@yukarishy is having her first ever Dan Phan marathon and while I Could take this wonderful opportunity to gush over how adorable all her reactions to the show are so far, instead, here’s a couple of things I noticed that I didn’t before;
In Splitting Images, Sydney Pointdexter and every other Ghost in grey-colored 50s Casper High are clearly aware of the fact they’re ghosts but none of them seem to be aware of Ghost Powers, and Sydney only figures out how to use them After seeing Danny do it
In Prisoners of Love, whatever was in that pot of food turned Danny’s ghost glow from white to green for a moment
Danny’s Ghost Glow while holding the Fright Night’s Sword is a lot thicker
Jack sucked the house into a parallel dimension at some point before Maternal Instincts, and I am very curious
Jack does needlepoint
Danny sent a bunch of murderous Animal Ghosts after a de-powered Vlad in Maternal Instincts and Vlad survived, and I dunno what that tells me about the animals
i think among the dwellers of middle earth luthien was the prettiest, among the valar/maiar/arda gods it was varda
You’re right of course! There’s this bit “And of the love of Thingol and Melian there came into the world the fairest of all the Children of Ilúvatar that was or shall ever be.” and this bit too: “With Manwë dwelt Varda the most beautiful, […]”. And I’m really sorry I’m going to hijack this message now and digress and repurpose it for my own rambly means. (And disclaimer as always that I have no idea what Im talking about I’m just thinking aloud.) I meant more that - it always seemed to me like terms like ‘beautiful’ and ‘fair’ are used pretty liberally within the narrative and often I think to add and emphasize importance and status (and possibly authorial bias…) just as much as describing physical beauty? Like finarfin is once referred to as the fairest of the three brothers (I don’t think it means ‘the blondest’ in this case XD), galadriel of course as ‘the most beautiful of all the house of finwe’, dior who with the nauglamir is also described as appearing ‘as the fairest of all the children of the world’, Ecthelion fairest of the Noldor etc etc. I think most power players (on the winning side, anyway) have their looks emphasized at one point or another.
Also I just think - the whole ‘most beautiful’ thing is a bit weird, because well, first of all, beauty isn’t anything objective, is it. It’s subject to a lot of things like culture and a whole bunch of outside factors. And then there’s the part, where even in-universe, these tales weren’t told by objective narrators, but people like pengolodh and elfwine and even bilbo and a bunch of others who all had a whole lot of bias which bled into various aspects of their storytelling, and I think would have influenced even relatively small things like this also… So I think these stories would differ a lot if they had been written down by somebody else. And on the topic of beauty here - I highly doubt that if we had heard stories about this era retold by a dwarf or an avar or non-edain men for example they would have singled out Luthien as the most beautiful of that time, you know what I mean? It goes from ‘fairest of all the children’ to ‘fairest of all the children but restrictions apply - like time, place, focusgroup’ pretty quickly. I mean you could say that she was who Eru Illuvatar was personally most proud of creating but then again the opinion of the creator of his own work vs. that of the audience often differs greatly. Things like class also play a role - most stories are told about middle earth revolve around the nobility of that time, but I’m not inclined to believe that amongst ALLLLLLlllllll the peoples of middle-earth of elven and non-elven origins - and I mean that’s a whole lot of people because this world is VAST and we’re talking about entire civilizations and cultures and thousands of years here from which to pick - that there wasn’t ever anyone who wasn’t royalty and didn’t suffer from a severe case of homeliness.
To digress even more - I personally really like the theory that’s been brought up in fandom a couple of times (wish I could find the links rn) that talks about the idea that maybe Luthien really wasn’t as beautiful as all that (though I’m p sure she wasn’t ugly with her genepool), but was just so well-loved and adored by her people (and had such ~ a great personality ~ .. I’m sorry I’m laughing but I don’t know how else to phrase this. You know what I mean) that it let to her being referenced so and even perceived so (because you know how somebody who you like appears more beautiful to you than somebody (who might objectively be) you like less… so, a bit like that).
About Varda - I don’t have much to add there, but basically personally I always found that a bit confusing because basically the valar are just like great blobs of energy, who can choose to appear with their fanar to look like the children (but ~more majestic and splendid /rolls eyes). But since they literally could appear in any manner they chose, what does beauty even mean anymore? Yavanna sometimes was a tree, so if you’re somebody who favours trees, wouldn’t you prefer yavanna then? Or would varda automatically make the prettier tree also? I’m more inclined to interpret that statement about her beauty in terms of greatness … or maybe skill? Maybe Varda was so good at making fanar and had such a sophisticated taste level so her meatsuit was the prettiest by necessity. lmao I don’t even know, I just always thought that was weird.
Anyway, back to the Children’s beauty. There’s also that whole thing about basically the standard of beauty in the Middle-earth tales being always closely related to one’s level of elvishness. Basically all members of the race of men who are said to be good looking are also said to look very elven… I mean I KNOW elves are described as the fairest of all the children of Illuvatar (of which there are.. two. So basically just ‘prettier than men’). And who said that, anyway? The Elves did (and the men who agreed were in close alliance with Elves… so…). I’m just saying there’s a bit of a bias going on however you look at it. Beauty seems to depend an awful lot on things such as 1) how close you were to the valar; 2) how tall you were (as a short person I resent that of course XD) ; 3) on which side of history you found yourself, etc etc. Which of course leaves for example the Dwarves .. .where exactly? Oh right, the stunted, ugly, hairy folk hiding away in their caves being hunted by the epitome of grace and beauty for sport. And I’m pretty sure if you showed a dwarf a picture of Luthien and one of Thror, Thror would win by far. Perspective matters, is all I’m saying. There’s even a point to be made, but by somebody who is better suited to it than I, about how not even the race of men would necessarily have found the Elves to be the epitome of beauty, at least not originally. I think, especially for the Edain, there’s a lot of history to be considered hereI think, and possibly parallels drawn to how colonialism has often led to the foreign beauty ideals of the colonialists being forced on others. But like I said, I’m not the right person to talk about this I think.
I DO find it hard to believe though - and I’m going to try to bring this to an end now - I mean, first of all the elves, many of them, esp. the valinorean exiles, they were all REALLY tall. More often than not, 7feet and up. And I think just in general, being hundreds of years old will have an impact on your general demeanor also. Strangeness abound. I just don’t think that - if somebody who’d never seen an elf in their life met one, their first instinct would be to go ‘DAMN that’s a hot piece of ass’. I think it’d be more like ‘HELP WHO IS THIS UNBLINKING, STRANGELY SMOOTH AND STATUESQUE GIANT WITH HANDS THE SIZE OF SMALL CHILDREN. DEAR ERU I THINK THEIR EYES ARE GLOWING THE END IS NIGH INDEED”
I think you may have been a bit too kind to that last anon. They could have politely let you know that tumblr savior doesn't like apostrophes and politely asked you to change it. But no, they had to be a jerk. They were VERY rude.
I dunno, I admit, I felt a serge of righteous indignation when I first saw the ask, but reading it over, I realised that anon had a point. My self loathing is annoying to deal with, even behind read mores. I dunno, I think maybe it’s time I put that secondary blog function to good use and leave this blog rant-free. What do you think?
Don’t get me wrong though, I do think they could have asked more politely, or even not have been anon and we could have talked it over privately. I actually would have preferred very much if they weren’t anonymous, but what can ya do?
Had he lived, Fili would have been an excellent king. Kind and fair but not above dictating punishment to those deserving of it.
Yes! A strong king and a wise king, fierce and just. There are things he still has to learn but he can grow into it. He has a kind heart. He would listen to his people, to everyone who wants to come and talk to him. And they would love him for that, that he doesn’t want to rule but lead them.
In times of need he would cut down his own expenses as well, not run around in new silk tunics and have five banquets a day when people in the kingdom go hungry.
And he would have Kili at his side to look after him, and his mother as well, so he won’t lose himself in helping other, in leading the kingdom, in making a good life for everyone, but forgetting to look after himself completely.
He’s kindhearted and selfless, but strong and protective as well. Erebor can only grow under such a king. So yes, I think he’d make a great one.