of the valar


— “It’s just a sword,” she said, aloud this time… but it wasn’t. Needle was Robb and Bran and Rickon, her mother and her father, even Sansa. Needle was Winterfell’s grey walls, and the laughter of its people. Needle was the summer snows, Old Nan’s stories, the heart tree with its red leaves and scary face, the warm earthy smell of the glass gardens, the sound of the north wind rattling the shutters of her room. Needle was Jon Snow’s smile. He used to mess my hair and call me “little sister,” she remembered, and suddenly there were tears in her eyes.

(…) The Many-Faced God can have the rest, she thought, he can’t have this.

Also was tagged by @sleepyysalamiri​ for this one
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Name: Kseniya

Nicknames: Crys. Do not ask how it happened. Rather long story.

Gender: Female 

Star Sign: Aquarius

Height: 1.7m

Sexual Orientation: Straight. I guess. Not really interested in that part of life. 

Hogwarts House: Pottermore sent me to Slytherin. Maybe it is. Let’s bee honest. Anything that is not Gryffindor is good. 

Favourite colour: Let’s see. Green. Or maybe aquamarine. Or violet. Or black and white with gold and silver. Why is it so hard to choose?

Favourite Animal: Real-life? Sneks and lizards. Fantasy? Dwaggons. 

Average hours of sleep: Six or seven I guess. 

Cat or Dog Person: Both. Both is good. ©

Favorite Fictional Characters: Oh. Boi. Well. List is never full, so first who came to mind.
Tolkien: Iluvatar, Valar and some Maiar, Luthien. From Valar especially Manwe and Melkor. Glaurung, Ancalagon and Smaug…
SWTOR: Zakuulan royals, a solid part of vanilla companions, Marr, Vowrawn, Vitiate, Dramath, Koth, Bessiker, Watcher One and Two, Praven…
Star Wars in general: Thrawn, Palps, Maul, Dooku, Hondo, Luke, Han, leia, Kylo, Finn, C3PO because finally a character I can relate to, pack of ysalamiri…
Also: Aku from Samurai Jack, Phobos from Witch, Hao and Manta from Shaman King, Orochimaru and Gaara from Naruto, Magnus The Red from WH 40K, Jack of Blades from Fable, almost everyone from mains of Gravity Falls, Eleven, Barb, Benny and mains from Stranger Things, Cyclonis from Storm Hawks.

Number of Blankets I Sleep With: Usually one. 

Favorite Singer/Band: TOO MANY OF THEM. Far too many. But Blind Guardian, Rammstein, A Sound of Thunder, Battlelore, Lind Erebros, Melnitsa, Two Steps From Hell, Audiomachine, Dream Evil, Disturbed, Nightwish, Sabaton… Stop me, please.

Dream Trip: I want to see all cool things my country (Russia) can present. And it would be rather long trip, I guess. 

Dream Job: How it would be great if I could be a good writer or an artist. But I am not. Heh. So something related to my studying. 

Favorite food: Well. It is not really a food. But I am really craving for a good pistachios. And food exactly… I am rather okay with many kinds. 

First Fandom: I guess it was Shaman King. Or Witch. Something like this.

When was this blog created?: Somewhere around 2013. Not really used until recently.

Current Number of Followers: It says 120. Hugging all of you!

When did your blog reach its peak?: Well. It is still growing. I hope. Heh. 

What made you decide to make a Tumblr?: I make this one when it became needed to have a tumblr to browse site. Because I really needed to view quality artworks from here. Now I am posting staff here.

I’m tagging: Not really sure who to tag, so… Anyone who want to do it, I guess.


Here is a kind of “master post” with the full Silmarillion Comic’s first chapter : Ainulindalë ! Again, thanks to all of you guys for the support, I’ll soon be working on how to continue this comic project, and to start next chapter !! :D

My main art blog : Sora Niizu !

The Signs and Corresponding Valar

Aries: Aulë (passionate, creative, temperamental)
Taurus: Yavanna (nurturing, sensual, possessive)
Gemini: Nessa (expressive, dynamic, indecisive)
Cancer: Nienna (empathetic, generous, pessimistic)
Leo: Tulkas (ambitious, honorable, selfish)
Virgo: Manwë (modest, meticulous, reliable)
Libra: Námo (intelligent, just, vacillating)
Scorpio: Melkor (resourceful, dedicated, distrusting)
Sagittarius: Oromë (curious, impatient, adventerous)
Capricorn: Ulmo (conservative, practical, helpful)
Aquarius: Varda (independent, progressive, uncompromising)
Pisces: Irmo (imaginative, thoughtful, impractical)

OK but I think an IMPORTANT THING gets ignored about Game of Thrones.  Everyone is all like “valar morghulis” and it’s basically the catchphrase of the show, right?  Other than “winter is coming,” which, fuck you.  But the tradition, when someone says “valar morghulis” to you, is to respond, “valar dohaerys.”  When someone comes up to you and says “all men must die,” you respond, “all men must serve.”  And that!  Is just as important!  Both to the culture of the Faceless!  And to Westerosi culture!  

It’s the ultimate affirmation of a democratic principle that is treasured but not realized.  If “valar morghulis” is equalizing in its nihilism, then “valar dohaerys” is equalizing in a much more positive, active way.  You might fill in the blank: all men must serve each other.  After all, the Faceless, whose words these originally are, came to be during a slave rebellion.  There’s little question as to which “men” these words are aimed at.  

So fast forward to the timeline of the show & books.  These phrases have become common in Braavos and the south, and have become recognizable even in the Seven Kingdoms.  Which means that, even in the most oppressive places, a little seed of equality is sown.  

So remember that when someone says “valar morghulis,” they’re not just being badass.  They’re not just implying a nihilistic worldview and saying everyone is out for themselves.  They’re also implying, “valar dohaerys.”  And that’s a bit of hope you don’t often see on the show.

Nerdanel working on a statue of Yavanna the way Tolkien described her as a tree crowned by the sun and with her roots reaching into the sea. I want to do a stand alone illustration of Yavanna like that someday, hopefully soon. 

Finally I had time to work on this. I think I made the final sketch back in July of June and then I had other things to focus on. I may have overdone the yellow bit but working on this was the only enjoyable thing today and I didn’t want to be over with it.