rip tolkien

honestly the high fantasy genre is suffering because authors can’t stop ripping off tolkien and basing their worlds off the same few shitty medieval european countries complete with Historically Accurate Misogyny™, HF has so much untapped potential for creating beautiful and diverse and interesting worlds and authors just squander it by rehashing middle earth over and over

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Star Wars Age!Squash AU, Comic #02

Initiate Era - Master Dooku & Qui-Gon

Master Dooku has the highest standards and only chooses the most elite of the elite as his apprentices. Initiate Jinn is a prodigy and looks perfect on the records and is also exceptionally gifted in sensing the Living Force. Master Dooku thought he would make the perfect Padawan. Sometimes, Master Dooku is wrong.

Or, Master Dooku has to bribe a young Padawan Qui-Gon with Obi-Wan’s company in order to get him to do anything.

[A/N] In this AU where everyone is happy, almost no one is evil and everyone lives, Master Dooku is that grumpy grandpa who looks super scary but is actually ridiculously soft once you get to know him. Qui-Gon is his third apprentice, and all three of his Padawans are ridiculously rebellious (and spoiled) in their own ways. You’ll meet the other two soon <3

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I am utterly shocked and saddened by the news of Christopher Lee’s death. May he rest in peace and travel back into the west. For all my life, he has been such a beautiful presence, not only being such a fantastic portrayer of Saruman but that of the countless roles he played.I remember growing up to LOTR and Star Wars, and my dad telling me about growing up to Dracula. His bravery, courage and resilience in life is a quality that he held highly. The very fact that he chose to act in The Hobbit at 92 is credit to the love of life he held. I really do not know what to say, this is heartbreaking. Utterly heartbreaking.

R.I.P. Sir Christopher Lee

Canticle of the Haunted

Chapter 1: Exodus Revisited

Art by the super amazing Tosquinha 

Pairing: Galadriel/Celeborn
Characters:
   Major - Galadriel, Celeborn, Círdan, Gil-galad, Finarfin, Eärwen, Oropher
   Secondary - Idril, Tuor, Elwing, Eärendil, Thranduil, Olwë, Treebeard, Elrond,
   Amdir, Amroth
Fandom: Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales
Genre: Action-adventure, Romance, Political thriller
Total Words: 9,907
Rating: M
Summary: The world has changed in the wake of Doriath’s fall and various contenders strive to fill the power vacuum left behind. Celeborn and Galadriel must contend with the looming threat of war even as factionalism amongst the Sindar and resentment for the elves of Doriath amongst the Avari and Green Elves threatens to shatter the delicate ties binding Beleriand’s survivors together. Meanwhile, they privately struggle to cope with the painful effects of Doriath’s fall and with the fear that their still-new marriage will splinter beneath the pressure of the growing animosity between their peoples.

Sequel to: In Cavern’s Shade

Chapter 1: X

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R.I.P. Christopher Lee.
We will always remember you and your work. As a tribute, I’m sharing this song he performed with the Tolkien Ensemble, singing as Treebeard.

“In the willow-meads of Tasarinan I walked in the Spring.
Ah ! the sight and the smell of the Spring in Nan-tasarion !
And I said that was good.

I wandered in Summer in the elm-woods of Ossiriand.
Ah ! the light and the music in the Summer by the Seven Rivers of Ossir !
And I thought that was best.

To the beeches of Neldoreth I came in the Autumn.
Ah ! the gold and the red and the sighing of leaves in the Autumn in Taur-na-neldor!
It was more than my desire.

To the pine-trees upon the highland of Dorthonion I climbed in the Winter.
Ah ! the wind and the whiteness and the black branches of Winter upon Orod-na-Thön !
My voice went up and sang in the sky.

And now all those lands lie under the wave,
And I walk in Ambaróna, in Tauremorna, in Aldalómë,
In my own land, in the country of Fangorn,
Where the roots are long,
And the years lie thicker than the leaves
In Tauremornalómë.“

~ J.R.R. Tolkien

Funny thing about orcs...

Talk to a lot of pencil and paper RPG players, and many prefer them as cannon fodder bad guys. Talk to a World of Warcraft or Elder Scrolls player, and find out real quickly that orcs aren’t just another ugly monster to smash. Talk to a Warhammer/40k player and things get weird.

Orcs have inherited many of the racial stereotypes that early 20th century pulp fantasy writers used to describe Africans or other (inappropriately labeled) “savage” races used as generic bad guys. I prefer WoW’s or Elder Scrolls’ approach - give the bad guys an actual culture instead of something unoriginal and boring. Or at least rip off Tolkien, where orcs were once elves before their corruption as a blatant parallel representing angels falling from grace to become demons.