lotr parallels

anonymous asked:

Hello, Tink! I heard rumours that it claimed that on Mark's instagram he said that Misha was going to play a character called, "The Wanderer". I don't have an Instagram so I can't check, but I was wondering if this was true? It probably wasn't, but just in case...

Dude, yeah, ok, I have feelings about this.

It’s just an IMDB credit, which anyone can do, so it is no way official. However, it fits completely with our theories about AU Cas and how it would be another addition to the millions of expositions of Destiel and also Cas’s humanity arc.

Of COURSE Cas would be called “The Wanderer” in that AU. Just because Sam and Dean aren’t born doesn’t mean he isn’t still a rebel, still the Angel with a chink in his chassis, never quite right, always having to be reprogrammed…

So yeah “The Wanderer” is exactly what I would expect to see in this world where he would have given up on the Angels, rebelled and be wandering the world trying to help where he can but also living in disillusionment…

And what a parallel with another extremely famous wanderer …

Originally posted by just-lotr

Strider/Wanderer… this is immediately what sprung to my mind. Not just the name, but the concept, the character, the behaviour, the life story and the love story. 

We already had a very clear link to the Aragorn/Arwen story with the mixtape, the “it’s a gift, you keep those” and of course many of us have always paralleled their story with Dean and Cas, given the whole immortal / mortal love story and many of their characteristics.

I’m going to bastardise some of the wonderful @margarittet‘s post here for reference:


source: @mulpix 

Cas giving up his life to end it with Dean:

Originally posted by flydestiel

Originally posted by randomfandomstuff

And now Dean giving a meaningful, romantic gift to Cas and choosing not to take it back:

Originally posted by aborddelimpala

“ … you keep those”

Generally, due to the immortal/mortal parallel Dean is Aragorn and Arwen is Cas, but here obviously the link is reversed for narrative purposes, but the link is still nonetheless there.

So yeah, the wanderer, another link to this story, which in itself is a standard romantic trope too, the immortal who falls in love with a mortal and chooses to live a mortal life with them, while the mortal begs them not to do it just for them because they don’t deserve it, but the immortal not only loves the human, but humanity too, so it fits their story in more than just the love aspect…

*Tink looks directly into the camera*

Oh, also, “strider” is a Led Zeppelin song

“Well, if the sun shines so bright… Ah can your love be so strong, when so many loves go wrong, will our love go on and on and on and on and on and on… Ain’t no companion like a blue eyed merle… So, of one thing I am sure, it’s a friendship so pure, Angels singing all around my door so fine.”


The Wolf Bit and Banners: Parallels between Jon/Aragorn and Sansa/Arwen

“I like the wolf bit” is probably one of my favorite moments of the show. It came in episode 5 of season 6 which gave us ‘Hold the Door’.  It is the episode in which Bran becomes the three-eyed raven and Jon becomes a Stark, beginning to define their roles for the war to come.

Maybe because of the moment’s simplicity. Sansa’s proud of what she made and nervous because she wants Jon to like it. Jon is in full 'I can’t talk to girls’ awkward form. The language is simple, 'like my new dress and I made you something to match’. The meaning is deep. She is giving him the sigil of House Stark, something he never believed he was entitled too. She is telling he is a Stark. It’s a point she will continue to hammer home to everyone, to herself, to him.

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anonymous asked:

Octavia is a badass and all but that scene was 100% copied from lord of the rings down to the way she sat on the horse. Pretty lame coming from a show we all love!

My dude my guy my buddy my pal.

My lovely my honey my bunny rabbit my doll.

Baby child. 

It’s called an ALLUSION. It’s an HOMAGE. This show has been doing it since the pilot where they crossed Battlestar Galactica with Lord of the Flies.

It’s awesome and FUN to see them taking old science fiction and fantasy and mythology and religion and classic literature and fairytales and sliding those stories into this one. 

It’s not a BAD thing to bring classic or cult stories into the new story. Its the way they do it that is interesting. So the grounders are all getting fantasy story comparisons, and the sky people get science fiction comparisons, Clarke and Bellamy get mythology and classic hero comparisons, the delinquents get adventure comparisons. Bellarke get romance and fairy tale comparisons.  Lxa got shakespeare comparisons. The apocalypse gets biblical comparisons. Did you somehow avoid that shot by shot comparison of Bellamy and Clarke in 3.02 to Tangled?

Lighten up, my little potato dumpling. What you are calling out as a criticism is actually an awesome thing. Have some fun.

I like how Shakespeare tried to trick audiences back in the day with the whole “No man born of woman can kill me!!!1!!” bullshit prophecy of invincibility by weakass writing some other dudebro born by ancient C-section(?) to come & kill Macbeth? Like 1) still technically born of woman so….? And 2) Clever idea but not smart enough to solve his own riddle.

Fast forward 500 years and one J.R.R. Tolkien looks at the same “No man born of woman can kill me!” bullshit and immediately thinks the one thought that APPARENTLY NEVER OCCURRED to Shakespeare: “So….. a Woman?”

SO I have just finished ACOWAR and this is what I have concluded..

(chronologically from my notes)

-Feyre is so badass at being undercover

-long distance relationship feels

-Ianthe is a piece of SHIT

-Dagden and Brannagh are like Desda and Eska from Legend of Korra

-Some similarities between Tamlin/the wall/Hybern early in the book are looking reeeeeeal relevant to some certain *ahem* political things going on in the USA rn


-Eris makes me suspicious considering he is literally named after the goddess of Discord who famously sowed the seeds of the Trojan War

-more invisible hands!?!? *wink wink* hey Manorian i c u

-Feysand being the ultimate relationship in YA/New Adult lit to look up to because C H O I C E  and  E Q U A L I T Y dammit!


-Amren Nesta friendship

-omg could you imagine them and Manon all hanging out.holy mother

-Rhys’s self sacrificing tendencies hurt my heart

-i want to see stuff from Rhys’ perspective while Feyre was undercover

-The library reminds me of the Guggenheim museum and if you disagree you’re wrong

-Rhys is the Mom Friend™

-in ACOMAF i thought the bone carver was just baby Rhys but OMG its their future kid. holy shit

-When it was mentioned that a Fae warrior’s blood ran into a human line.. HMM who could that possibly mean??

-Seraphim interesting interesting

-Elain is PSYCHIC 

-Feyre falls face first into mud when she falls asleep sitting up. DEAD

-”You are selfless, and brave and kind.” p 376 OH INTERESTING RHYSAND ARE YOU DIVERGENT

- “…wear that crown to bed. only the crown.” p. 402

- “You bow to no one” p 402- this made me think of LOTR but alsoooooo of a certain someone who is heir of ash and fire and will bow to no one….

-Helion makes me think of Apollo

-Helion’s thighs

-feminism for all the wives/mates to become HIGH LADIES fuck yeah

- “50 years of Gossip”

-When Tamlin rolls into the meeting

- “The sun was shining when I left you”

-Amren being attached to the blood ruby 

-Amren and Varian


-Azriel attacking Eris

- more with the GENDER EQUALITY PLS (Viviane, yas girl)

- “I shall Consider” remember in EoS…. Remember???

- Helion’s bisexuality

-Helion is LUCIEN’s baby daddy

-Helion’s thighs

-Elazriel !!!

-Bryaxis is bae

-Nesta the witch

-the focus on how being narrow minded is bad!!!! very relevant

-Cassian reminded me of Achilles during the first battle scene

-when nesta detects Cassian’s injuries: Maaaaaaaaates


-a few pages later:


-”I need to-to die for it to be stopped?” 529. NO SARAH NOT AGAIN PLEASE

-crying because the suriel died

-p 552-3, the cauldron looking back at them reminded me a lot of the Palantir and of the Eye of Sauron. loved the LOTR parallels whether or not they were intentional.


-when Elain got kidnapped by the Cauldron i just pictured it skirting up to their camp and her getting in and it driving away like nyooom nyoom

-it was late at night dont judge my sleep deprived brain

-aw Tamlin did something right for once



-i didnt seee that coming but omg it makes so much sense

-Andromache, again a reference to the Iliad (Andromache was the wife of Hector)

-p 600- when they are gonna have the big battle while the Made ones nullify the king’s power over the cauldron- LOTR parallel to when the Rohan and Gondor forces draw out the orcs and the Eye while frodo and sam Do the Thing™

-in short… Feyre is Frodo


-YAY monsters

-When Spring and Autumn show up!!! love that trope

-oh shit more Hybern… theyre all fucked…

-AcCePt!!! Seraphim and MR ARCHERON

-and VASSA

-sidebar, Vassa being the firebird is an interesting parallel to Russian folklore and history. not to mention the Weaver reminds me of Baba Yaga a little bit but ANYWAYS



-Enchanted Cauldron Journeys™ 2.0

-The entire scene between Nesta Cassian and Mr. Hybern King


-ugh yes.

-punt that bitches head like a deflated football!!!!!!

-yeah i said it.

-Amren is….. Satan?

-That was the Lucifer story, right? Are we all in agreement there??

-The cauldron is a big ol womb

-Mother+Cauldron=life, gift of life

-its the universe

-Rhys dying literally ruined my life

-even tho i knew it was gonna happen ( i saw a spoiler by accident)

- “Be happy, Feyre” Tamlin redemption arc?

-Rhys’s first words when he is Rhysurrected™

-Oops dont overcook Amren!!

-Nesta spat on Hybern’s corpse

- “We’re opening the fancy bottles”


-one more time for good measure:

Helion’s thighs

ugh. This book i swear to god


what are you doing to me sarah!??!!??

“Ruling is hard. This was maybe my answer to Tolkien, whom, as much as I admire him, I do quibble with. Lord of the Rings had a very medieval philosophy: that if the king was a good man, the land would prosper. We look at real history and it’s not that simple. Tolkien can say that Aragorn became king and reigned for a hundred years, and he was wise and good. But Tolkien doesn’t ask the question: What was Aragorn’s tax policy? Did he maintain a standing army? What did he do in times of flood and famine? And what about all these orcs? By the end of the war, Sauron is gone but all of the orcs aren’t gone – they’re in the mountains. Did Aragorn pursue a policy of systematic genocide and kill them? Even the little baby orcs, in their little orc cradles?”


First of all, LOL NO. Gondor’s history is full of terrible things happening with absolutely no relation to their rulers’ virtue. This is also true of other places in Middle-earth (Exhibit A: Arnor!). Gondor doesn’t prosper under Aragorn because he’s a good person. It prospers because he’s MAGIC.

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last movie I watched: god i.. honestly don’t know? i watched the handmaid’s tale recently though

last song I listened to: smth by hildegard of bingen

last book I read: portrait of an alcoholic by kaveh akbar

last thing I ate: chinese, for lunch

where would you like to time travel to: iceland! 

fictional character I would hang out with for a day: this is difficult.. probably bilbo or galadriel, because galadriel would have a ton of metal stories and bilbo is a salt demon in hobbit form

if I could be anywhere right now where would I be: reykjavík, iceland

current fandom obsession: textual parallels in lotr

tagging @apaleflame, @thymetraveler, @ramainen-elvie, @maybe-queen-of-numenor, @mrsjadecurtiss, @striders-walk, @complexitiesareme, @ridddermark, @thuringwcthil, @finarfiniel, @rodansey


                                     I couldn’t get the boy to kill me,

                              but I wore his jacket for the longest time.

Fan fiction Recommendations III

Third round of Barduil fics that I fully recommend

♔Bard & Thranduil ♔

✯Completed ✯

Calm The Fire by maricharde

“Bard is sure he would enjoy his visit in Mirkwood immensely if only he was able to sleep through one whole night without having nightmares… “

Rated G, Post Bofta

Short and sweet, I really enjoyed this fic, because of the delicious undercurrent of slow-burn. Reserved interactions between Bard and Thranduil are my favourite, and there are lots of those in this fic.

To Thrandy, With Love by ohmyloki

“5 times Bard drank a little too much and 1 time he didn’t.”

Rated G, part of a Series and later E 

A hillarious 5+1 fic. Exactly as the summary says - Bard getting wasted and saying a bit too much. I really enjoyed this one and chuckled almost through the entire thing :D

King of the Forest by breathingbarduil

“ Based on the prompt “Bard’s a zookeeper and Thranduil is the drunk who climbs in into the elks closure and tries to ride one, declaring loudly, “I AM KING OF THE FOREST!””

Rated T, modern AU and written by the lovely breathingbarduil

Another short and sweet story, that’s just too precious to be real - hilarious, fluffy, and at the same time a little angsty under the surface, but with a sweet hopefulness towards the end - a perfect mix of feels. Even though it’s modern au, which is not my perfect cup of tea, I still really enjoyed this one.

Out of Step by Vyc

“ Bard has been invited to King Thranduil’s halls alone, without his council. For what reason, he does not know–the Elvenking’s thoughts have always been beyond Bard’s ability to guess. “

Rated T and part of an ongoing-series ( Sharing the Path) yey!!! 

Beautiful writing, combined with an everyone-lives post-bofta universe and delicious slow burn. I really loved this one, because of the amount of attention to Bard’s character and how IC he is. Don’t wanna give away spoilers, so just read it :D

Long Way Down by goddamnhella

“ A year after the Battle of the Five Armies, two dwarves, a man and an elf fall down a mine shaft in Erebor. “

Rated T

I loved goddamnhella’s writing in other fandoms and I was ecstatic to see her join our barduil trash squad. As always her writing style is top-notch, perfect timing, and oh, just the right amount of everything that I sorely need in order to give me all the feels. It’s a cuddly blanket fic, I know, but it’s a goddamn well written cuddly blanket fic :D

No other women like them. by DeathTrapDaisy

“Bard finds himself in an odd situation after a feast in Erebor when Thranduil surprises the Bowman with a visit to his room.“

Rated E for obvious reasons

There is just something steamy hot about this one, as well as a nice angst-y undertone, which I really enjoyed. Great writing is a given :D

The Wounding and Healing of Man by northerntrash

“ There is a tin of letters tucked into his chest pocket, his heart aches for home, and all that is getting Bard through the stinking mess that is this war is the thought of his children laughing and happy, picking flowers in Thranduil’s gardens. “

Is anybody surprised by this rec? Probably not :D

Rated T, World War II AU

Wonderful writing and a really engaging story. I am not a big fan of AUs but this one won me over from the start with it’s attention to detail and well-crafted story arc. This fic moved me to tears. I deeply recommend it if you haven’t read it yet.

Tie by yeaka

“Bard offers himself to the Elf King in exchange for aid.“

Rated E 

I really loved this fic, because of all the feels, the surprises and of course, the sexy hotness towards the end. Great writing as well - I liked the way the story’s arch unfolded and the fact that it managed to surprise me.

The One Percent by  JennaCupcakes

“Bard takes over Dale Archery supplies, and Thranduil sets out to make his life just that much more difficult. He can get away with it, though, because he does look amazing in a suit.“

Rated E

I’ve said a million times that I’m not a big fan of AUs, however this corporate AU really made some great character parallels from lotr to modern, from Bard’s newly inherited position to Thranduil’s fucked-up personal life. There is also just the right amount of angst and feels. I would rate it M, rather than E, because there isn’t that much sex in it, but it’s still very hot :D

✯Previous Rounds of Recs✯

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