as all my jewish followers and friends know, we have a holiday coming up! the featival of purim is this sunday. purim celebrates hidden miracles and hidden beauty and hidden saviours. there’s a lot of hiding. that’s why we dress up!
i’m aware that the vast majority of gentiles and a lot of jews don’t fully know the story of purim, which is recorded in the scroll of esther, or megillat esther. the megillah’s my favourite story, and has so many amazing midrashim (bit like rabbinical fanfiction) that i study year round. this story, which is the story of how a young jewish woman saved our people from a genocide, has a lot of parallels with our current political situation in the u.s., so i thought now would be a great time to tell the story!
Set after 7x04. Daenerys finally agreed to help Jon in the
fight against the White Walkers. They travel north by ship and should
concentrate on the task ahead. But somehow they can’t stop thinking
about each other …
was tired. Not in the way you could make up for with a nice bath and
a long rest but in a different way. His bones ached, yes, but his
mind and his heart did too. He was tired of fighting and being
strong. In his heart was a deep longing for happiness and peace but
he didn’t know how to reach it. His head was filled with strategies,
battle techniques and a repetitive image of the Night King and his
ice cold eyes. He would die in the war against him, Jon was sure of
it. So the only way left for him to get his happiness and peace would
be in death.
was past midnight and he sat at a table in the belly of the ship that
would carry him back north. He had already discarded his armor and
was sitting there in nothing but his pants and his tunic. He felt the
waves crashing against it and heard the groan of the wood as he
studied the drink standing before him. Strong alcohol Tyrion
recommended. Surely the liquid would make his throat burn and let him
forget some of his problems for the night. But he couldn’t convince
himself to drink it. He had never been particularly fond of alcohol
and especially in a time like this he liked to keep his mind sharp.
in his mind all the strategies, techniques and ice cold eyes merged
to one never ending sequence of images, one which he was forced to
think about at day and dream of at night. But underneath it crept one
soft one. At first it had been just eyes. Not ice cold ones like the
Night Kings but a pair of violet eyes, which were kind but also
strong. Then lips, so soft that he yearned to touch them. And they
could shape a smile so bright that, for a moment, it was capable to
illuminate all the darkness in his heart. And then hair, a veil of
silver hair, that would surely feel like silk in his hands. It all
came together to form one perfect image of the woman, -the queen he
corrected himself, who lay in her cabin just a few rooms distance
were so many things in his life that he didn’t see coming. His death
for starters, his resurrection, his coronation as King in the North.
But of all these things she was the one he didn’t see coming at all.
All his dreams about love shattered to pieces the moment Ygritte died
in his arms. But here he was, so trapped in the dark, that he nearly
forgot that there was something like love in the world.
King Xerxes: Some would call you foolish, indeed. As they would call your Jacob. Of all commodities, love is the easiest… and the most cheaply purchased. Queen Esther: If it is for sale, my lord. It is not love. King Xerxes: Even you… Even you must have a price. Queen Esther: I am neither a buyer nor a seller of love. King Xerxes: Suppose, my lady. A man offered you a more treasured gift. Say a kingdom. Queen Esther: The only gift I would accept is your heart. King Xerxes: Then it is yours. And you didn’t have to serve 7 years to get it. Tell me, Esther of Susa. Who are you really? Tell me of your people. Teach me of your ways. Queen Esther: My father told me it takes the glory of God to conceal a matter. And it takes the honor of Kings to search it out. King Xerxes: Then marry me and we shall spend an eternity discovering this ‘truth’… together.
This is my favorite lines from the movie One Nigh With the King–from the Biblical story of Queen Esther.
Ah! I can’t understand the reason for my tears! I was nearly in tears when we watched it this afternoon in church. And when I searched for these lines when I got home, I went straight to my room after reading it and… cried!!
I know that God is the source of all love. JESUS, is my prince. I’ve read the book of Esther but after watching this, hope arose. It has given me hope in having true human love.
And I guess, the story of Esther has really a special part in my heart. I’ve been prophesied once to be like Esther–the favor of God in my life. I admire the courage of Esther for entering the king’s court without an appointment.
As Mordecai said to Esther, “You were chosen for such a time as this…” So am I. God knows what tomorrow holds for me. All my strengths and weaknesses, my hopes and desires. My God, the Author of all romance, has in stored a far greater story for me–nothing I could ever imagine. :’)
For those of you who’ve been following me for years, you’re already aware of my 2nd biggest fandom, Game of Thrones. And luckily, there’s enough cross-over between the two for great mash-ups each year for the new season’s premiere!
Have you seen "One Night With The King"? If so, what are your thoughts on it.
I have seen it, actually, but I’ll preface this with the fact that a) it’s been a long while and b) I never read the book.
I think that it’s a very… pretty movie. I’ve heard a lot of people say it is not a fair adaptation to the book, but as I haven’t read it, I don’t think I can comment on that aspect at all.
Um, I remember the directing of it was pretty well done, but that the dialogue was lacking in areas. It was really melodramatic? Which, like, it was supposed to be, so I guess? XD I remember thinking it was a pretty decent adaptation of Biblical events, even with its fair share of embellishment (the whole thing with Haman’s family legacy and all that? idk), and a decently made movie. I watched it two or three times, you’d think I could remember more lol.
I do recall really liking parts of it and being “wait what” for others, so. If I watch it again, I’ll try to do some sort of review post (especially in light of my Issues on the Subject) but honestly that’s about all I can say. (sorry!)
This fictionalised version of Esther’s story was incredibly touching and felt true to the Word. Hadassah is written in such a way that it is easy to fall in love with her, no small accomplishment. The underpinning story of familial love and sacrifice between Mordecai and Hadassah was touching and genuine. The relationships between Hegai and Hadassah, and Jesse and Hadassah were also beautifully done.
In short, though not without it’s faults, One Night With The King brought the story of Esther to life. Worth a read.