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The moment you start to question everything Sarah J Maas writes as foreshadowing because she’s just so good at it

Key to avoiding pain in a SJM book

Only ship the main character with the brooding and mysterious tattooed stranger who gives also the main character tattoos.

Seriously

The next time someone ask me why I prefer Rowan over Chaol I’ll just refer to the first time they saw Aelin’s scars. I mean Chaol just looked down at her and actually asked what she did to deserve those, like there was nothing wrong with that. While Rowan (even being the asshole he was back then) recognized that a girl that young shouldn’t go through that kind of stuff and was genuinely disturbed .

I know there are a lot of other reasons but this one… it’s just stuck in my head   

guys, we need to talk about eowyn

So I get really narky when people pull the whole ‘oh Eowyn’s storyline came to such a sucky ending; she was really cool going around killing orcs and Witch-Kings and then she got shoved into a traditional girly role by marrying Faramir and becoming a healer’ thing, because no. No-no-no-no-no. Not only does that stray dangerously into the territory of ‘women only have worth if they’re doing traditionally blokey things’, but that misses almost the entire point of Lord of the Rings.

Tolkien was in the trenches in the first world war, right? He got all that ‘for death and glory’ shit shoved down his throat, that was the whole point about the war, it was when so many people came to see how awful and misleading all the propaganda about winning glory through violence and death was. And Tolkien’s work completely shows that: it’s why the hobbits, who’ve never craved power or battle the way men do, are the heroes of the book; it’s why strong men like Aragorn and Faramir are shown to be lovers of peace rather than war. It’s why the quote - but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory; I love only that which they defend – is so poignant and beautiful, when seen in the context of all Tolkien had gone through. He’d seen all but one of his closest friends die in an utterly pointless war; the prevalent message in his books is ‘if you’re going to have that many people die, let it be for something worth dying for.’ (Like defending your home from the lord of all darkness, for example.)

And Eowyn might be a fantastic female character, but she’s also got so much development to go through, and she’s by no means perfect. I find it really interesting that when Eowyn talks to Aragorn about wanting to go off and fight she never really actually mentions protecting her people, but speaks about wanting to ‘face peril and battle’, and to do ‘great deeds’. And it’s not that Eowyn doesn’t want to protect her people, because of course she does, but she’s also got such a driving motivation within her to do glorious and fell deeds simply for the sake of valour and renown. It’s one of her defining features, having an attitude that got so many young men killed in the war and which, obviously, Tolkien would have been very wary of.

(Also, I think, there’s so much in Eowyn that wants to prove herself to be more than ‘a mere woman’; because twice in that conversation she asserts that she’s no mere ‘dry-nurse’ or ‘serving-woman’, but a member of the house of Eorl and therefore capable of greater things. There’s almost this slight sense of Eowyn considering herself more than ‘just’ a domesticated woman that I sometimes get from her in the books? Which is very sad - the idea of Eowyn having less regard for others of her sex who do mind the house or raise the children - and why I so love that ‘I am no man’ moment in RotK. Eowyn’s no longer hiding herself, or dismissing fellow women as the weaker sex, but acknowledging and embracing the fact that women in all their forms can fuck you up.)

And then we reach the Houses of Healing, and Eowyn yearning for death in battle just like her Uncle Theoden, and basically buying into that whole world war one ethos that Tolkien would have considered so poisonous. Which is why her friendship and courtship with Faramir is so fricking beautiful. Remember that quote I wrote earlier? That’s from Faramir. He’s not backing down from conflict, he’s in no way less of a ‘real man’ than anyone else; he’s just saying there needs to be more to the fight than simply having a fight. There needs to be a reason; something worth fighting for. Eowyn recognises that Faramir is a good man in every sense of the word: he’s strong and valiant, but he doesn’t fight simply to prove himself or for the sake of winning glory, he fights for other people. And Faramir gently challenges Eowyn on her idolisation of battle-glory and encourages her not to scorn gentleness or peace, and he’s so freaking good for her.

(Seriously. Can we just stop for a moment and think about how wonderful Eowyn and Faramir are for each other: Faramir encouraging Eowyn to turn towards life and healing and openness while never denying her strength or courage, and Eowyn giving Faramir the validation and security he never got after so many years of an awful relationship with his father? I honestly don’t know why I don’t get all giddy about these two more often, because they make the very best otp.)

And the result of the departure of the Shadow and her friendship with Faramir is Eowyn’s decision that ‘I will be a shieldmaiden no longer, nor vie with the great Riders, nor take joy only in the songs of slaying. I will be a healer, and love all things that grow and are not barren.’

I think that last bit is so important because I’m certain that Tolkien doesn’t mean for Eowyn to immediately pack up her sword and shield and become a good girl sitting at home with her knitting and waiting for the men to return home after the fight – after all, she’s going to be the wife of the Steward of Gondor and there’s a lot of mess to clean up after the War of the Ring. Eowyn’s probably still going to find herself defending hearth and home from time to time. But the important thing is that she’s no longer defining herself simply by the doing of valiant deeds; she’ll no longer compare herself to the great warriors of her house and feel lacking simply because she hasn’t killed as many men. Most importantly, she’s not going to take joy only in the songs of the slaying, in destruction and death. Tolkien was all about healers symbolising life and rebirth, and Eowyn’s decision to become one – to aid in the preservation of life rather than the taking of it – is so beautiful. I don’t think Tolkien ever wrote Eowyn’s ending to make her reclaim her ‘lost femininity’; I think it’s a lovely way of adding to the ever-present theme in Lord of the Rings of hope and frailty and healing and friendship over glory and battle and strife.

  • Cassian: Are you in the mood for a quickie?
  • Nesta: *Blushes* What?!
  • Cassian: A quickie. You know, one of those tart things.
  • Nesta:
  • Cassian:
  • Nesta:
  • Cassian:
  • Nesta: IT'S PRONOUNCED QUICHE!
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I think I just found Chaol Westfall. The name is Batuhan Karacakaya he’s a Turkish actor. He’s 20 years old, yeah 20 years old. He’s ripped af I’m telling you (I stalked his ig don’t judge me I know all of you do this..) plus his hair and his face is perfect for Chaol and you can imagine CHAOL with a beard.

Yesterday I went to the Sarah J. Maas signing in Pennsylvania. I wasn’t able to have anything signed by her, but I still got to see and hear her speak !!!! eeekkk.

So here are some things that she mentioned that I think were worth mentioning

  • Throne of Glass has had multiple ending over the years
    • A Court Of Thons And Roses’ ending hasn’t changed for the most part 
  • If the characters were food Cassian would be Nachos and Azriel would be dark chocolate and wine
  • Yrene has a major POV in Tower of Dawn
  • Tower of Dawn is basically ToG 6
    • YOU NEED TO READ THAT IN ORDER TO UNDERSTAND TOG7
  • Tower of Dawn is basically the same length as EoS and QoS
  • Her advice for perspective authors:
    • Dry shampoo
  • She loves mac & cheese
    • Sometimes baked (mother in law makes it the best) other times with white chetter
    • Mac & Cheese is basiacally a food group in her house
  • If she had to choose a Court it wouldn’t be Summer cause she doesn’t like outdoors so maybe the Autumn Court
    • Cause it’s her favorites season
      • Though she did make note of the people
  • Miryam and Drakon may be one of the “short stories
  • The short stories expand on the world
  • The first short story is set after ACOWAR but some of them might be set before 😉
    • She knows what the first two are about
    • And for the others as well as the length of them, “We’ll see what happens”
  • They sould be published in autumn of 2018 … maybe
Throne of Glass characters and their cakes

1.       AELIN

NOT ONLY DOES SHE CLAIM ROWAN WHITETHORN, SHE TOO CLAIMS ALL THE FUCKING CAKES IN THE WORLD. CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT CAKE? Check. CHOCOLATE CAKE? Check. CHOCOLATE? Check. CAKE? Check.

2.       ROWAN

“CAKE IS NOT GOOD FOR YOUR BODY AND YOUR MUSCLE, CHILDREN.” says Rowan while eating these cute cakes.

3.       LYSANDRA

MATCHA AND OREO CAKE SUITS HER. BESIDES, IT IS A GORGEOUS CAKE.

But don’t be fooled, she secretly has this gargantuan cake in her bedroom. BECAUSE WHY NOT??

4.       AEDION

HE’S NOT AMUSED WITH HIS CAKE. (Look at the wolf’s expression, it’s similar to a FUCKING MIECZYSLAW FUCKING STILES STILINSKI in Motel California in the bus when he’s about to make his friend puke)

5.       DORIAN

HE IS THE PUREST THING IN THE WORLD SO HE DOES NOT EAT HIS CAKE WITH HIS OWN HAND. PHANTOM HANDS, PREFERABLY. WITH CERTAIN WITCH, PREFERABLY.

6.       MANON

BECAUSE SHE LOVES HER BABY ABRAXOS SO SHE HAS A WYVERN IN HER CAKE. And if you so much look at her cake, the wyvern will spit a fire down your face.

7.       GAVRIEL

BECAUSE HE IS THE UNCLE KITTY CAT, HE HAS TO WATCH ALL THESE IRRESPONSIBLE CHILDREN AROUND HIM.

8.       CHAOL

YO, WHAT IS THE MOST EFFICIENT WAY TO PROTECT YOURSELF WHILE EATING CAKE? Yup, have a fucking sword on the cake. HANDY.

9.       NESRYN

DELICIOUS CAKE, BEAUTIFUL ARROW. EASY TO EAT, EASY TO USE.

10.   LORCAN

“I am death, I am destruction, I am blessed by Hella himself, my cake is bitter and as dark as my soul, HERE ELIDE TAKE MY CAKE”

11.   ELIDE

HONESTLY, SHE ONLY WANTS TO ENJOY HER CAKE. ISN’T IT PRETTY?

12.   FENRYS AND CONNAL

WHAT IS CUTER THAN THESE 2 BABIES? LET THEM HAVE THE CAKE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD

13.   MAEVE

LET HER EATING A FUCKING MOSS, DISGUISED IN A CAKE. WE DON’T CARE.

14.   ERAWAN

ERAWAN WHO? Oh that lil MONSTER bitch


BONUS CAKE FOR FREE


15.   ABRAXOS

CAUSE HE’S THE CUTEST THING IN THE WORLD, AND DESERVES THIS CAKE FOR HIS OWN.

Tagging these cuties: @arya-drottning @illyrian-high-lord @fiery-feyre @iamthebonecarver @highladyofshadowhunters @dasai-h @littlehoneyybee @tog-trash

ALSO, ACOTAR CHARACTERS AND THEIR CAKE HERE!

I think we can all agree that

“Castle” by Halsey is the unofficial theme song of the Throne of Glass series