tolkien friendships

But it does not seem that I can trust anyone,’ said Frodo.
Sam looked at him unhappily. ‘It all depends on what you want,’ put in Merry. 'You can trust us to stick with you through thick and thin–to the bitter end. And you can trust us to keep any secret of yours–closer than you keep it yourself. But you cannot trust us to let you face trouble alone, and go off without a word. We are your friends, Frodo.
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J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

I wish I had this.

of a harsh and caustic nature (the root of hope) chapter three: of making a home

Chapters 1: “of idiots” & 2: “of sailing and hunting” completed during my tumblr hiatus, chapter 3 brand new and ready to go!

Rating: T/PG13
Fandom: Tolkien’s Silmarillion
Pairings: Findaráto/Carnistir | Finrod/Caranthir
WARNINGS: realistic hunting, realistic views on death, injury, and disability in Valinor, non-explicit birth scene, alcohol mention, drug mention

You could not find two people cut of a more different cloth than Findaráto Ingoldo Arafinwion and Morifinwë Carnistir Fëanárion. It is, perhaps then, Fate’s cruel whims or the One’s idea of a particularly entertaining joke that they be bound together in a sacred union.

They survive.

Chapter 3: Findaráto gets on with his life. Featuring home restoration projects, moving away from home, weird and unsavory rumors, a mouse infestation, and goats.

‘Master!’ cried Sam, and fell upon his knees. In all that ruin of the world for the moment he felt only joy, great joy. The burden was gone. His master had been saved; he was himself again, he was free. And then Sam caught sight of the maimed and bleeding hand.

'Your poor hand!’ he said. 'And I have nothing to bind it with, or comfort it. I would have spared him a whole hand of mine rather. But he’s gone now beyond recall, gone forever.’

'Yes,’ said Frodo. 'But do you remember Gandalf’s words: Even Gollum may have something yet to do? But for him, Sam, I could not have destroyed the Ring. The Quest would have been in vain, even at the bitter end. So let us forgive him! For the Quest is achieved, and now all is over. I am glad you are here with me. Here at the end of all things, Sam.’

—  The Return of the King, J.R.R. Tolkien
You can trust us to stick to you, through thick and thin – to the bitter end. And you can trust us to keep any secret of yours – closer than you keep it yourself. But you cannot trust us to let you face trouble alone, and go off without a word. We are your friends, Frodo.
—  The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

“No, you do not understand,” said Gimli. “No dwarf could be unmoved by such loveliness. None of Durin’s race would mine those caves for stones or ore, not if diamonds and gold could be got there. Do you cut down groves of blossoming trees in the springtime for firewood? We would tend these glades of flowering stone, not quarry them. With cautious skill, tap by tap — a small chip of rock and no more, perhaps, in a whole anxious day — so we would work, and as the years went by, we should open up new ways, and display far chambers that are still dark, glimpsed only as a void beyond fissures in the rock. And lights, Legolas! We should make lights, such lamps as once shone in Khazad-dum; and when we wished we would drive away the night that has lain there since the hills were made; and when we desired rest, we would let the night return.”

“You move me, Gimli,” said Legolas. “I have never heard you speak like this before. Almost you make me regret that I have not seen these caves. Come! Let us make this bargain — if we both return safe out of the perils that await us, we will journey for a while together. You shall visit Fangorn with me, and then I will come with you to see Helm’s Deep.”

—  The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
Tolkien's Most Beautiful Relationships (Third Age Edition)

(Here’s the original First Age edition, for those who haven’t seen it.) The Second Age is difficult for this, since Tolkien didn’t write much about it (which makes me so sad because there are some great stories from that era that I would love to see fleshed out more.) Just assume that my favorite relationships from the Second Age are Gil-galad and Elendil with everyone around them (and especially with each other.) But anyway, here’s my favorite five from the Third Age, in no particular order:

Cirion and Eorl

  • Why: I have a huge, giant soft spot for selflessly loyal cross-cultural friendships. Thankfully, Tolkien seems to have had a similar soft spot, as he writes quite a few relationships like this. Even so, Cirion and Eorl stand out - not only do they form a friendship through heroic deeds, but they follow through with a political alliance that shapes the region for the rest of the Third Age.
  • The Quote That Gets Me Every Time: Yet beyond wisdom and policy both Cirion and Eorl were moved at that time by the great friendship that bound their people together, and by the love that was between them as true men. On the part of Cirion the love was that of a wise father, old in the cares of the world, for a son in the strength and hope of his youth; while in Cirion Eorl saw the highest and noblest man of the world that he knew, and the wisest, on whom sat the majesty of the Kings of Men of long ago.” - The Unfinished Tales (“Cirion and Eorl”)
  • If You Like Them, Check Out: Finrod and Beren (found in The Silmarillion)

Gandalf and Bilbo

  • Why: Gandalf’s obsession with hobbits has always been adorable to me, and his friendship with Bilbo is sort of the embodiment of the whole trend. These two have been through a lot together, and yet have maintained a sort of “alright, see you same time next week” pattern to their relationship that only emphasizes their level of trust and comfort with each other.
  • The Quote That Gets Me Every Time:I do not give my love or trust lightly, Thorin; but I am fond of this Hobbit, and wish him well. Treat him well, and you shall have my friendship to the end of your days.” - The Unfinished Tales (“The Quest for Erebor”)
  • If You Like Them, Check Out: Gandalf and Frodo? (honestly, most of the hobbit/big folk friendships go this route)

Amroth and Nimrodel

  • Why: Tolkien could write a tragic romance like it was nobody’s business, and the story of Amroth and Nimrodel was some of his best work. The key, I think, is that he convinces you to care about the couple beyond their tragedy, so that even when you know it’s going to end badly, you’re still rooting for them. I like to think that somewhere these two have found each other again.
  • The Quote That Gets Me Every Time:For long years he had loved her, and taken no wife, since she would not wed with him. She loved him indeed, for he was beautiful even for one of the Eldar, and valiant and wise; but she was of the Silvan Elves, and regretted the incoming of the Elves from the West, who (as she said) brought wars and destroyed the peace of old.” - The Unfinished Tales (“The History of Galadriel and Celeborn”)
  • If You Like Them, Check Out: Aegnor and Andreth (found in The Silmarillion and “Athrabeth Finrod ah Andreth”)

Legolas and Gimli

  • Why: Duh.
  • The Quote That Gets Me Every Time:We have heard tell that Legolas took Gimli Glóin’s son with him because of their great friendship, greater than any that has been between Elf and Dwarf. If this is true, then it is strange indeed: that a Dwarf should be willing to leave Middle-earth for any love, or that the Eldar should receive him, or that the Lords of the West should permit it.” - LotR, Appendix A
  • If You Like Them, Check Out: Turin and Beleg (found in The Silmarillion)

Theoden, Eomer, and Eowyn

  • Why: Eomer and Eowyn were quite young when their parents died and they went to live with Theoden and Theodred. We don’t really get to see Theoden interact with his son at all, but if his relationship with his niece and nephew is anything to go by, he was a loving father. Unfortunately fate didn’t seem to want them to stick together.
  • The Quote That Gets Me Every Time:Where is Éomer? For my eyes darken, and I would see him ere I go. He must be king after me. And I would send word to Éowyn. She, she would not have me leave her, and now I shall not see her again, dearer than daughter.” - Return of the King
  • If You Like Them, Check Out: Turgon and Tuor (found in The Silmarillion)