tolkien is god

some thoughts about middle earth
  • elves and dwarves are so confused by men’s gendering?? in both elf and dwarf cultures your gender and physical sex is completely seperate, so when they see a human baby and the parents are like, “yep, this our son, he’s a boy,” the elves and dwarves are so confused?? becaue the child hasn’t gotten a chance to decide for themselves??
  • elf and dwarf children get to feel out different genders until they feel comfortable to call themselves that gender. even then, theyre free to change it later on if they want
  • (aragorn was raised as an elf and therefore also went through this process. he tried out being a girl for a few years, then agender, and eventually decided on calling himself a boy. elrond was super proud)
  • it’s easy to tell with dwarves, bc they have special braids/beads for their gender
  • elves generally ask each other if theyre unsure, bc theyre deathly afraid of making assumptions, since thats like a really big insult
  • elves and dwarves each have very distinct body shapes. its difficult to differentiate between a (physically) female or male dwarf and between a (physically) female or male elf, which is great bc it means the humans cant just assume their gender
  • they dont really gender jobs (eg the woman cant be a guard or the man cant be a cook) bc thats not how elf/dwarf gender works?? theyre like the epitome of gender equality
  • (so dis was actually before dain in succession to the throne of erebor, but she decided to let him rule bc she had just lost the last of her remaining family)
  • elves are usually pansexual
  • dwarves are usually demisexual
  • hobbits are a mix, generally bi or pan, and occasionally polyamorous (theyre very free with their love)
  • humans are the very old school race, heterosexuality is generally preferred bc you can have a baby (theyre still very “a Woman is a Woman and a Man is a Man”). if youre looking for a pretty bigoted race, this is it
  • race (ie the colour of your skin) is not a big thing?? i mean youve got halflings and orcs and talking ravens and shit walking around??
  •  the elves occasionally have this thing about heritage, but its still more about blood (like Noldor or Sinda or w/e) than physical attributes
  • that being said, most dwarves are def poc
  • i mean, they were created in the image of aule and dont even think about telling me he was white
  • also?? hobbits are a farming and gardening race?? they spend the whole day out in the sun, working?? they are not white fam
  • elrond is also not the straight-haired, pale bitch peter jackson showed us?? um dude he was related to like half of beleriand (part of middle earth that got flooded before lotr) and despite what peter jackson tells us, not every fucking elf and human is white jesus fucking christ

My recently updated painting of Varda, Queen of the Starr’s .
Wife to Manwë and most feared by Morgoth.  
Inspired by J.R.R Tolkien’s, The Silmarillion.

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“And out of it the world was made.  For Darkness alone is worshipful, and the Lord thereof may yet make other worlds to be gifts to those that serve him, so the increase of their power shall find no end.  It is he whose name is not now spoken; for the Valar have deceived  concerning him, putting forward the name Eru, a phantom devised in the folly of their hearts, seeking to enchain Men in servitude to themselves.  For they are the oracle of this Eru, which speaks only what they will.  But he that is their master shall yet prevail, and he will deliver you from this phantom; his name is Melkor, Lord of All, Giver of Freedom, and he shall make you stronger than they.”

-Sauron, The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien (Ed. Christopher Tolkien)

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Seven brothers, seven sons.

(there come my fëanorians at last !)

when i was like 11 or so and had just read the hobbit for the first time i remember i was constantly like every day building a mountain out of sand or dirt, bigger and bigger every time but barren all around it, for this was The Lonely Mountain, and i’d go on a hunt to find a small beautiful white stone to be the Arkenstone, so i could bury it inside the mountain. and then i’d stomp the whole thing to pieces, bc i was pissed, i was fucking pissed bc i’d spent my whole life thinking The Hobbit was supposed to be the happy-go-lucky prequel with a super uplifting ending, but instead thorin died and bilbo had to go home and make rlly dumb jokes about how all was well when all was very fucking clearly not well. so i had this ritual almost every day for like a whole summer and i just remembered that.

“Y’know, you’ve been a lot harder to talk to since you did that apprenticeship thing with Nienna..”

Because these little moments that pop into my head that I ultimately have not the slightest chance of explaining make for the best comic practice B)

(Btw, they’re talking about Sauron. The joke is you can’t miss bad people, that is the joke..)

                                 FACECLAIM REFERENCES.

       okay, so i’ve been asked this often! chloe, where do you find your tolkien fcs? well,
     here’s a list of underused faceclaims for races/species which i think they would fit well!

                                                       ELVES.

                                                      HUMANS.

                                                      DWARVES.

                                                       HOBBITS.

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Just a Feanor and a Curufin from my sketchbook. Who needs rulers when you can just draw wobbly lines and pretend they’re straight.

You know what’s cool about doing finished pictures in a sketchbook? That I can just… not care. Like, the pressure for perfection is way lower, If I manage to draw something cool then that’s cool, if I mess up, well, it’s just a drawing in a sketchbook, who cares, I’m not posting most of the stuff from it anyway.