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“Ii! Tev-tor morlar ka’a kin-tukh svi’salan, wu-tevunlar fam-su’uth u rala t’laplar. Vesh tevunlar ka’a sahr-mon-tukh t’slor-miid svi’pid-shal t’pla-kur t’Vaarduh svi’wilat welhutau yellar svi’rarav t’oko-savensu spes, vaik heh ko-te’krusu.

I’vi dungi-va’boshau monek na’nash-veh?

I Kihndluhr, Vaarduh, Ko-te-kor t’yellar s’okunel Evuhrwait ki’abu’aberau el’rular t’oko-savensu ka’a wan, heh mastevau glu’svi’duv ek’yut; heh sa’mu’gel’es t’zhai-kur-shasol ti fi’puhshaya-pral sva’etek, heh ihz wein-tor ek’zer t’Kaalasiryuh ek’wak. I pakik, pakik Vahlihmaar na’eifa s’she’nak!

Rom-halan! Sos’eh du dungi-tal-tor Vahlihmaar. Dungi-tal-tor sos’eh ruhm-du. Rom-halan!”

“Ah! Like gold fall the leaves in the wind, long years numberless as the wings of trees! The years have passed like swift draughts of the sweet mead in lofty halls beyond the blue vaults of Varda wherein the stars tremble in the song of her voice, holy and queenly.

Who now shall refill the cup for me?

For now the Kindler, Varda, the Queen of the stars, from Mount Everwhite has uplifted her hands like clouds, and all paths are drowned deep in shadow; and out of a grey country darkness lies on the foaming waves between us, and mist covers the jewels of Calacirya forever. Now lost, lost to those from the East is Valimar!

Farewell! Maybe thou shalt find Valimar. Maybe even thou shalt find it. Farewell!”

Namarie or Galadriel’s lament by Tolkien of course. For @vegan-yeti-strikes

Don't keep the Gods trapped in the past!

You know what I want to see more of? Images of our gods in the modern age. They’re not just our ancestors’ gods, they’re ours too.

I want to see Freyr blessing migrant farmer laborers. I want to see Freyja watching over sex workers. I want to see Odin camped out under an overpass, swapping stories. I want Tyr marching with protesters and Thor fighting tyrants. I want Frigga as a high powered lady executive or attorney, Eir as a nurse in an overcrowded and underfunded inner city hospital

Our gods our more than gleaming steel and mead halls. Humanity has grown and changed, and of course the gods have come along with us!

Vox Machina as Lines of Poetry

Grog
“How many times have my men,  
sworn to stay after dark
And stem that horror with a sweep of their swords.
And then, in the morning, this mead-hall glittering
With new light would be drenched with blood, the benches
Stained red, the floors, all wet from that fiend’s
Savage assault-and my soldiers would be fewer
Still death taking more and more.”
-Beowulf

Vax
“You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.”
-Wild Geese, Mary Oliver

“They say you are made of clouds, they say you
are made of feathers, they say you are everywhere
or nowhere—we know you are both.”
-If This is Your Final Destination, Nick Flynn

Keyleth 
“the last tribute of a daughter, I thought of something
I remembered
I heard once, that the body is, or is
said to be, almost all
water and as I turned southward, that ours is
a city of it,
one in which
every single day the elements begin
a journey towards each other that will never,
given our weather,
fail—”
-And Soul, Eavan Boland

Pike
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!“
-The New Colossus, Emma Lazarus

Scanlan
“Wild Nights – Wild Nights!
Were I with thee
Wild Nights should be
Our luxury!

Futile – the winds –
To a heart in port –
Done with the compass –
Done with the chart!

Rowing in Eden –
Ah, the sea!
Might I moor – Tonight –
In thee!”
-Wild Nights (249), Emily Dickinson

Vex
“No, no, not that,—it’s bad to think of war,
When thoughts you’ve gagged all day come back to scare you;
And it’s been proved that soldiers don’t go mad
Unless they lose control of ugly thoughts
That drive them out to jabber among the trees.”
-Repression of War Experience, Siegfried Sassoon

“My petty greed has often been met
by petty donors
Twice or so I was saved
by the God on my shelf
After safe escape I gave a smirk.”
-My Petty Greed, Choudhuri Sukumar

“Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, –and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of –Wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air…
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark or even eagle flew –”
-High Flight, John Magee

Percy
“No! I am not Prince Hamlet, nor was meant to be;
Am an attendant lord, one that will do
To swell a progress, start a scene or two,
Advise the prince; no doubt, an easy tool,
Deferential, glad to be of use,
Politic, cautious, and meticulous;
Full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse;
At times, indeed, almost ridiculous—
Almost, at times, the Fool.”
-The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, T.S Eliot

Trinket
“[Animals] do not sweat and whine about their condition, 
They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins, 
They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God, 
Not one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with the mania of owning things, 
Not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago, 
Not one is respectable or unhappy over the whole earth.”
-Song of Myself, Walt Whitman

Vox Machina
“The anguish of the earth absolves our eyes
Till beauty shines in all that we can see.
War is our scourge; yet war has made us wise,
And, fighting for our freedom, we are free.

Horror of wounds and anger at the foe,
And loss of things desired; all these must pass.
We are the happy legion, for we know
Time’s but a golden wind that shakes the grass.

There was an hour when we were loth to part
From life we longed to share no less than others.
Now, having claimed this heritage of heart,
What need we more, my comrades and my brothers?”
-Absolution, Siegfried Sassoon

BONUS - A FEW CR SHIPS 

Vaxleth
“i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)”
-[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in], E.E. Cummings

Perc’ahlia
“She took my head between her fingers,
squeezing till the birds began to stir.
And then from out my eyes and ears
a flock came forth — I couldn’t think or hear
or breathe or see within that feather-world
so silently I thanked her.”
-After the Disaster, Abigail Deutsch

“My darling turns to poetry at night.
What began as flirtation, an aside
Between abstract expression and first light

Now finds form as a silent, startled flight
Of commas on her face — a breath, a word …    
My darling turns to poetry at night.”
-Darling Turns to Poetry at Night, Anthony Lawrence

Vaxilmore
“Your absence has gone through me
Like thread through a needle.
Everything I do is stitched with its color.”
-Seperation, M.S. Merwin

Pikelan
“I have to tell you,
there are times when
the sun strikes me
like a gong,
and I remember everything,
even your ears.”
-I Have To Tell You, Dorothea Grossman

anonymous asked:

What do you think Tormunds title of "Mead King of Ruddy Hall" entail? Like how does a tiny little petty kingdom like that function and what would Tormunds actual job be there?

Well, I think Ruddy Hall is Tormund’s holdfast and Mead King indicates that no one can drink him under the table, so I don’t think it’s really a question of government functions. 

Heather: “The nights are the hardest. But then the day comes, and that’s every bit as hard as the night. And then the night comes again.”

Astrid: “The days and nights are hard I get it! Look, Heather I have to start getting ready, I’m getting married today!”

Heather: “I know. At dusk. That’s such a hard time for me.”

Astrid: “We have to go be at Mead Hall in an hour.”

Heather: “WAIT! Let’s go to lunch!”

Astrid: “I can’t!!”

Heather: “Right…”

*When Astrid’s back is turned she runs behind her and drips to the floor*

Heather: “OH, GOOD GODS, I’VE FALLEN DOWN!!!”

Astrid: “What is going on?”

Heather: “Ok, alright, Honey listen, when I tell you what I’m about to tell you I need you to remember that we are all here for you and that we love you.”

Astrid: “You’re really freaking me out.”

Heather: “We can’t find Hiccup-”

*Ruffnut walks in and gives Heather a thumbs up*

Heather: “-’s cape. We can’t find Hiccups cape.”

Astrid: “OH MY GODS! Are you serious?!?!”

Ruffnut: “We have found the cape! But, you know, we’re going to have to keep an eye on it to make sure we don’t lose it again.”

Astrid: “THANK THE GODS!!!

My UK friends, Do you want to be a Viking?

Have you ever wished to experience living in the Viking age?
Experience what its like to live in a viking village?
To live the atmosphere of the Mead Hall with music and sagas?
Trying your hand at many crafts and trades of the Viking world?
Learning to stand and fight in the Shieldwall with with a variety of viking age weaponry?
Or just simply escaping the stresses of everyday life?

If so, then Jorfor’s Hall are always accepting new members :)

the core of the group is based in yorkshire, but we have affiliated groups in several other parts of the country also :)

If anyone is interested then just drop me a PM

Gossip and Mulled Wine

Wrote this today… because I realized I don’t think I’ve ever written a canon fic/drabble for HTTYD. I’ve written tons of au’s, but to be honest, I’m becoming quite discontent with writing au’s. And so I gave writing something that takes place in canon a try. This takes place before HTTYD2. And I’m rather nervous posting this, but I hope you all like it :)


Hidden by one of the large pillars, and their position in a darker corner of the Meade Hall, Hiccup and Astrid took a moment to themselves. They had nothing to say to each other that had not been said before, and so they sat in silence, backs against the great pillar, legs stretched out before them, leisurely relaxing after a long day of energetic festivities.

Anytime the doors opened, though they were situated on the opposite end of the hall, a cold wind blew in. But the heat of the fires and dragons and people crowded in the great room combatted the bitter cold outside.

“We might be stuck in here if things don’t end soon,” Astrid said quietly, holding her mug of mulled wine in her hands. It was only half drunk, which was just as well, as Astrid had drunk her fill throughout the night. And the day. Festivities tended to start rather early, sometimes up to or more than a week, during Snoggletog. And lasted often longer.

“I think people would like that,” was Hiccup’s reply. “An excuse to use up all the food and drinks available in here. What a thrill for my father.”

Keep reading

AU where the twins notice Hiccup through his flailing, disastrous attempts at killing dragons weeks before the Night Fury Incident.

They approach him with their signature, predatory grins slathered across their faces and Hiccup, like a panicked rabbit, slinks away from every attempted thrown arm-over-the-shoulder. The twins find him scarce after that.

They won’t be deterred. Not with the explosive result of a mis-aimed, oil-coated bola into the coals of a pyre still fresh in their minds from the last raid. That sort of power needs to be harnessed. Late at night, with a single candle casting ominous, reaching shadows across the walls of their shared sleeping quarters, they whisper a plan of approach.

The next day they get him while he’s eating, alone, at the corner of a Mead Hall table. As soon as they sit, one on either side, he tries to stand.

“Will you relax?” Ruffnut says, yanking him back down by the side of his tunic. “We wanted to ask you about that thing you used in the last raid.”

Hiccup’s still wary, suspicious, but he settles back down and answers their questions. They’re nice to him–no pinching or poking or making fun. They seem genuinely interested in his work.

So Hiccup allows the twins to hang around as he’s working. They’re amazed by how quickly, how smoothly, his brain comes up with methods of destruction. And he can bring them to life. Well, sort of. They offer their own ideas–most of which he dismisses immediately as purely impossible but, hey, they’ve got time.

The twins start sitting with Hiccup at meals. They invite him to hang-outs. They lift the heavier things in the shop when Hiccup’s working and Gobber’s not around. They convince Stoick to let Hiccup join the Fire Brigade. Ruffnut douses Hiccup by “accident”. Hiccup kicks the bone of her ankle the way he’s seen Tuffnut do it.They both get yanked from the path of a Nightmare flame by Stoick. Tuffnut cackles as they both get lectured about awareness; Snotlout sneers, probably following the lead of Astrid shaking her head, but Hiccup isn’t quite so put out this time around. Ruffnut’s at his side, wincing at the brunt of Stoick’s disappointment, and Hiccup makes a quip about practically being fire-proof being this wet.

Hiccup’s funny, the twins realize. He’s more–what’s the word?–reasonable than them but he’s willing to make jumps. He likes climbing things. He’s fast. He’s not completely hopeless. He doesn’t care much about rules and holy shit their future chief doesn’t care about rules.

If he makes chief. And with that, the twins decide it has to happen. Hiccup has to be chief. They take to training him. Unorthodox though they might be, the twins are still capable fighters. They play ‘target practice’ in the forest and Hiccup gets to utilize his speed and agility in a  more dangerous fashion. They make him eat more meat, carry more weapons, push more wagons full of Thorstons. He whines that they’re torturing them. Sometimes in French, so that they don’t know how nasty that whining gets. But it’s fun, he realizes through a sore body. He feels… included, at least.

Dragon training commences and Hiccup’s a part of it–shocking both him and the twins. The training turns out to be invaluable for the late-afternoon smith sessions. Hiccup knows what to focus on now (wings and tails, sound and blind-spots) and the slow honing of certain designs brings new weapons to fruition. Rather than partnering with each other all the time, the twins take to switching off with Hiccup, where they’d hiss strategies to each other. Ridiculous, hare-brained, only-try-this-if-you’re-nuts strategies. Sometimes they end in disaster, sometimes they end victorious, with a greatly annoyed Astrid scowling at their backs.

They sneak a barrel of Mead into Hiccup’s house when his father is out on the last raid and they drink and draw designs and fool around and Hiccup doesn’t think he’s laughed that much in a long time. He feels encouraged. He’s inspired now–not just with a thirst to prove himself, but with the incredible motivation that someone believes in him. It gives him a boost of confidence that makes a world of a difference. 

He perfects a hand-launcher. The twins help him in dragon training and in return he lends them proto-type weapons to use. Gobber watches, amused. Snotlout complains that they’re cheating. Astrid begrudgingly admits that it at least yields results. Fishlegs is hesitant to be a part of it. He yearns to be included on treading new grounds, but the twins terrify him. The twins, who had taken a more protective stance on their half-friend/half-investment…

Hiccup’s skill improves, as does the accuracy of his weapons. The twins in have a steady hand in his creations and Hiccup, in turn, manages to curb their more destructive tendencies. The village considers it a small blessing in the coming months, even if the initial friendship had everyone nervous. Stoick tolerates the twins, seeing how his son’s life had brightened and that Hiccup now seemed to take the overall safety of the village more seriously… even if his personal life included more tomfoolery.