return of the black kings





Direct visual inspiration drawn from the Rider Waite Tarot deck.

Lord of the Rings Reread: The Black Gate Opens

The Captains mounted again and rode back, and from the host of Mordor there went up a jeering yell. Dust rose smothering the air, as from nearby there marched up an army of Easterlings that had waited for the signal in the shadows of Ered Lithui beyond the further Tower. Down from the hills on either side of the Morannon poured Orcs innumerable. The men of the West were trapped, and soon. all about the grey mounds where they stood, forces ten times and more than ten times their match would ring them in a sea of enemies. Sauron had taken the proffered bait in jaws of steel.

Little time was left to Aragorn for the ordering of his battle. Upon the one hill he stood with Gandalf, and there fair and desperate was raised the banner of the Tree and Stars. Upon the other hill hard by stood the banners of Rohan and Dol Amroth, White Horse and Silver Swan. And about each hill a ring was made facing all ways, bristling with spear and sword. But in the front towards Mordor where the first bitter assault would come there stood the sons of Elrond on the left with the Dúnedain about them, and on the right the Prince Imrahil with the men of Dol Amroth tall and fair, and picked men of the Tower of Guard.

The wind blew, and the trumpets sang, and arrows whined; but the sun now climbing towards the South was veiled in the reeks of Mordor, and through a threatening haze it gleamed, remote, a sullen red, as if it were the ending of the day, or the end maybe of all the world of light. And out of the gathering mirk the Nazgûl came with. their cold voices crying words of death; and then all hope was quenched.


Mouth of Sauron was a lieutenant of Sauron and diplomat of Mordor. He is a Black Númenórean whose true name was lost, as he himself had forgotten it. He joined Sauron when the tower of Barad-dûr first rose again, which put his service since the rebuilding of the tower after the War of the Last Alliance. He answers Aragorn’s call for negotiations during his march on the Black Gate, following the Battle of Minas Tirith. During the discussion he is arrogant, haughty, and cautious. He called for the complete disbanding of the Alliance army, all lands east of the Anduin surrender to Sauron, and west of the Anduin to the Misty Mountain become vassals. This includes Isengard which the Mouth of Sauron wishes to control; “But they shall help rebuild Isengard which they wantonly destroyed, and that shall be Sauron’s, and there his lieutenant shall dwell: not Saruman, but one more worthy of trust” (ROTK, The Black Gate Opens). He backed up his demands with the captured equipment of Frodo and Sam, including a mithril coat, Sam’s sword, and a grey cloak of elven-make, leading the Western emissaries to believe they were still captured. Gandalf responded to these terms by withdrawing his sword, taking back the captured weaponry, and outright denying Sauron’s offer. The Mouth of Sauron fled back into Mordor, and released the armies of Mordor on the Host of the West. He was not seen again, presumably destroyed or having fled into the East.

“’So!’ said the Messenger. ‘Then thou art the spokesman, old greybeard? Have we not heard of thee at whiles, and of they wanderings, ever hatching plots and mischief at a safe distance? But this time thou hast stuck out thy nose too far, Master Gandalf; and thou shalt see what comes to him who sets his foolish webs before the feet of Sauron The Great.’” - Mouth of Sauron mocking Gandalf during their meeting outside the Morannon. Return of the King, The Black Gate Opens.

anonymous asked:

Somebody in my TV watching class did a presentation on the Boondocks and I was really uncomfortable @ the white people laughing at some of the jokes; particularly Dr. King in "Return of the King" and Ruckus' mom being beat...

Here’s the thing, I too feel uncomfortable when I hear white people say stuff like: “I love The Boondocks sooo much, I find it sooo funny”.

In the back of my mind I’m always like, “You love it but do you actually understand it?”. Cause not only does the show heavily reference elements within black culture, but the truth is a fair amount of the show underlined themes go above some people’s head, specially the truths Huey Freeman spits time and time again (which is the reason for this specific URL).

The show original premise is about a black family moving to the whitest of suburbs, the most thought-provoking scenes of both the series and comic strips are when the pro-black Huey Freeman clashes with white America.

Also, to tell the truth it makes me even more uncomfortable when white people say they find The Boondocks “oh sooo hilarious”.

The Boondocks is about black people experiences in America, and most of that experience is defined by racism, and institutions heavily rooted in anti-blackness so when white people say they find the show “soooo funny”, I sometimes wonder what are they actually laughing at, what do they find so funny? The overuse of the N-Word? Uncle Ruckus horrific anti-black comments?! Huey’s gripping social commentary? What do THEY find so funny about a black show?!

You were talking about the “Return of The King” episode, how many white people actually understood that episode?

What’s brilliant about the episode is that Aaron McGruder finds a way to put in opposition the picture of MLK we have been given since were little with a closer representation of what MLK was really about by using a “what if?” scenario:
What if Martin Luther King Jr hadn’t been killed that fateful day in Memphis but gravely injured and consequently spend the next 40 years in a coma?

When the MLK from the episode wakes up from his coma he finds out that his legacy, his life work has been reduced to three words “I have a dream”, and as he is invited on talk shows and news stations the hosts expect from him to be the whitewashed, almost sanctified version of Martin Luther King Jr we have been taught and are horrified by the anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist, ardent critic of America’s over-militarism he actually was. And yet when remembering this episode most people only remember that speech near the end of the episode. (I won’t delve into how that speech ends up being a sermon in politics of respectability, but you know…)

I’m not saying of course that all of the comedy in The Boondocks relates to the main characters skin color but it is still very much a black show, and as such some of the issues it address are issues that are specific to black people. So when white people quotes Riley (often saying the N-Word along the way) they are not laughing at Riley’s idiocies but making a mockery of the character who’s much too complex to be reduced to just a wannabe “thug”.

When white people laugh at The Boondocks I can’t help but feel that in some way, they are laughing AT black people in a almost dismissive way, like “black people are crazy”, rather than reflecting on why situations such as the one being played out on The Boondocks can hit so close to home for many black people.

That most of us know someone who can be compared to one of the archetype of black people the main characters represent (the cynical freedom fighter, the rebellious kid with a IDGAF attitude, the benevolent elder family member, the “Uncle Tom”, etc.)

The Boondocks is a satire of social issues and race relations as they influence a black family immersed in white America, that satire is of course taken to ridiculous extremes but the sad truth is (over-repeating) recent events have shown that the actual state of those relations in today’s America is often far worse than what’s being portrayed on screen…

There rode a tall and evil shape, mounted upon a black horse, if horse it was; for it was huge and hideous, and its face was a frightful mask, more like a skull than a living head, and in the sockets of its eyes and in its nostrils there burned a flame. The rider was robed all in black, and black was his lofty helm; yet this was no Ringwraith but a living man. The Lieutenant of the Tower of Barad-dûr he was, and his name is remembered in no tale; for he himself had forgotten it, and he said: ‘I am the Mouth of Sauron.’
—  at the Black Gate, The Return of the King

anonymous asked:

Alo, Latin for nourish, cherish, support, sustain, maintain, keep. (I just really like Latin tbh)

“Tuum cor meum servare
Mea custodiat cor tuum ad
Ut altera vita per amorem posse.”

There were tears streaming over Prompto’s cheeks as the latin phrase was repeated carefully. Noctis smiling at him gently as he spoke, squeezing his hands. The dark suit he wore offset his blue eyes and Prompto swallowed hard, it was his turn.

In tradition he spoke the words in English, lips shaping around them as confidently as he’d ever said anything.

“Thy heart, I have committed; To keep my heart In order to love in the next life.“

The formality would’ve made him laugh in any other situation but he couldn’t find it in himself to do now. The silver band that Noctis slipped into place, and the black one he returned to the King, anchored him.

Something that became especially important as Noctis cupped his cheeks carefully, thumbs rubbing over his freckles to clear the tears. Prompto shivered at the intensity of Noctis’ gaze and found himself amazed as he realized crystal blue tears were rolling down Noctis’ cheeks and hitting the floor with musical tinkles.

The King dipped his head and pressed a gentle kiss too Prompto’s lips. He tried to keep it chaste but the singing in his blood, the call that he had felt since the very start, made it impossible. He flung his arms around Noctis’ neck, uncaring of his elegant white suit, and kissed him hard. Tongue pushing at the seam of his lips, which Noctis indulged with a smile that Prompto felt.

The sound of a throat lightly clearing reminds Prompto of where they are and he pulls away with a sheepish smile. Noctis though just presses their foreheads together and clasps his hand.

“Ready, King of mine?”

Prompto huffs but smiles just the same and they turn as one to face the room, married, at last,