So over on /r/books Wheel of Time made it to the top post the other day. I was reading through the comments when the inevitable hit. Some ass hat pulls out the tired statement of all the women being the same. Which is just bullshit. I’m sorry, but if you think that every woman character in the Wheel of Time series is the same then the problem is with you.
Ask five fans who their favorite character in the Wheel of Time series is and you’ll get five different answers. This says something about the writing. The characters are all distinct individuals, both the men and the women. Yes, Robert Jordan had some issues with making a lot of the women sniff in distaste/annoyance/whatever and as much as I love Nynaeve she does tug on her braid a lot. But those are two really superficial things. I mean hell, Nynaeve is the only one that tugs on her braid so fuck you. Also Robert Jordan was a boob man, that much is very clear.
Let’s make a (short) list of the main woman characters.
Nynaeve, Egwene, Min, Elayne, Aviendha, Moiraine, Faile, and Tuon. (I said short and yes I’m missing so many people that could be considered main characters, but I can’t list them all or we’d do nothing else today.) Someone, please, tell me how any two of these awesome women are “the same”.
Let’s take the two who are arguably the most similar, Faile and Min. They both support their love interest more than they drive their own storyline, they both love knives, they both are ready and willing to get down and fight, and I love Min and hate Faile (I’m making an effort to re-evaluate her on this read through).
Min is straightforward in her approach to life, supports and protects Rand with a gentle teasing manner, and will fucking cut an Aes Sedai trying to cause him harm. Min has a love of dense as fuck philosophy books, accidentally starts a fashion trend, and can see the future. And she sure as shit can’t embroider worth a damn.
Faile pushes Perrin to take the leadership role that he is actually really fucking good at, accepts his wolfbrotherness without hesitation, and has a jealous streak a mile wide. Faile is a great spymaster, can run an army camp like no one’s business, and knows how to use gossip to her advantage. She sure as shit can embroider, not that she’ll ever admit to that fact.
You could do the same comparison with Nynaeve and Egwene and Elayne and Tuon. Arguably characters with similar set up, but widely different executions. They share traits,
both small village girls thrust into a scary big world or both next in line for their respective kingdoms thrones. But you have to admit they are widely different characters.
I’m just tired after all these years of stupid fuckers ignoring all of the amazingly different women characters Wheel of Time has.
Are there any written/historical kennings for Fenrir, Angrboda, or Jormungandr? What are your own kennings and epithets for them?
Historical kennings for Angrboda are rare seeing as she’s only mentioned in passing at any one point. However, since kennings can be composed of relationships with others (i.e. the son of ___) there are some that though aren’t specifically named, I think we can safely consider them a historically based kenning. So with that said we’ve got
She Who Offers Sorrow
The Hag/Old Woman/Witch of the Ironwood - from Völuspá st. 40
The Mother of the Wolf
The Mother of Wolves (in Gylfaginning it is said all wolves descend from her)
The Mother of the Serpent
The Mother of Hel
The Mother of Death (hel is often used interchangeably with death)
Consort of Loki
Foreboding (technically more of a heiti but still)
A modern kenning that is popular for her:
“Queen of the Ironwood” - originated with Raven Kaldera. I do not agree with his UPG on the matter but the kenning still stands in use. UPG is that there are multiple tribes within the Ironwood and Angrboda is queen of them afaik.
My own kennings for Angrboda:
She Who Spits Out the Suffer
She of Troll-Women’s Fire
Mother of Monsters
She Whose Children Were Stolen
Matriarch of the Ironwood
She Whose Love is Monstrous
The Mother of the Abandoned
The Lady of Fangs and Thorns
She Who is Brutal and Inevitable
She of Unrelenting Pressure
She Who Haunts the Fen
Mother of the Monstrous Brood
She of the Tirelessly Struggling Mothers
She Who Walks With the Mothers Locked Away
Other kennings are either too personal to share on a resource-type list like this or are things I have the general feeling of but not the talent with words to express. The latter applies to Jorm and Fenrir too because I suck with words.
Historical Kennings for Jormungandr
The Great Serpent - both from Völuspá st. 50
He Whom the Gods Hate
The Foe of the Gods - this and the above are different translations from Hymiskviða st. 22
The Circumscriber of the Earth - Hymiskviða st. 22
The Earth Girdler - Völuspá st. 55
Sea-Wolf - Hymiskviða st. 24
Great Wolf’s Fish - Grímnismál st. 21
The Most Baleful - Hyndluljóð st, 40
Sea Road’s Circler - Skáldskaparmál
Hateful Sea Fish (that the Land Confines) - Skáldskaparmál
The Rain-Beat Snake - Skáldskaparmál
The Snake Encircling the Earth - Skáldskaparmál
The Vast Monster - Skáldskaparmál
Winding Sea-Snake - Skáldskaparmál
Brother of the Wolf
Brother of Death/Hel (context would clarify between Jorm and Fenrir)
Tyr of Serpents - based on info in Skáldskaparmál
Foe of the Thunder-God
Bane of Thor
Son of Loki (context would clarify between Jorm and Fenrir)
Son of Angrboda (context would clarify between Jorm and Fenrir)
My kennings for Jormungandr (I see Jorm as genderless in my workings hence the use of zie/zir pronouns).
Zie of the Turning Tides
Zie Who Sends the Tidal Waves
Zie Who Thrashes With Zir Father’s Pain
Zie Who Watches Silently
Elk of the Sea’s Depths
Zie Who Survives Against All Odds
Zie of the Origin in the Terminus
Zie Who Creates From Destruction
Zie Who Sheds All Sorrows
Long Dog of the Sea
The Greatest Dangernoodle
The Unboopable One
Historical Kennings for Fenrir
The Ravener - Völuspá st. 44
The Wolf - Völuspá st.53
Beast of Slaughter - Völuspá st. 54
Hrodvitnir - Grímnismál st. 39, is actually a heiti but whatever
Famewolf (translation of Hrodvitnir)
Foe of Odin - Skáldskaparmál
Monster of Ván - Skáldskaparmál
Tyr of Wolves - based on info in Skáldskaparmál
Bane of the High-God
The Second Grief of Frigg - Völuspá st. 53
Son of Loki (context would clarify between Jorm and Fenrir)
Son of Angrboda (context would clarify between Jorm and Fenrir)
Brother of Death/Hel (context would clarify between Jorm and Fenrir)
Father of Hati (and Skoll if one decides they believe Skoll and Fenrir are not actually one and the same)
My kennings for Fenrir:
He Who Was Freed Through Chains
He Who is Enslaved By Pride
He Who Stalks the Fen
The Greatest Sedge-Elk
The Bravest Cub of the Ironwood
He Who Devours (All)
He With Teeth Like Obsidian
Gleipnir’s Reluctant Companion
He Who Was Stolen and Then Betrayed
He Who Punishes the Oathbreakers
He Who Lopes Like a Lava Flow
Knowing my brain I’m forgetting some and I can’t my list of notes but hope this helps regardless. :>
I was about to come here and ask when someone was going to write us a GK/Sense 8 AU, but then I remembered that @dsudis already did and it is called Every Marine a wolfbrother and it is practically perfect in every way. Thanks for that.
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How I discuss WoT with my friends (who won't read it):
*starts explaining a thing in Towers of Midnight*
*suddenly remembers I have to introduce the characters*
*explains Perrin and Hopper’s relationship*
*starts explaining the thing with the whitecloaks*
*remembers I have to explain what whitecloaks are*
*explains the thing with the whitecloaks*
*deviates by explaining Perrin’s understanding of tel'aran'rhiod and having no clue other people go there despite Egwene training in tel'aran'rhiod for a super-long time and they’ve just been really really out of touch…*
*finishes explaining the thing in Towers of Midnight*
–two minutes later–
*makes a random comment about the Eelfinn and the Aelfinn and how dumb and crazy Mat is*
“You feel important,” Derek finally blurts out, the tips of his ears going red the second the words are out of his mouth.
Stiles blinks at him. “What?”
Baby-faced Derek bites his lip again, which is… distracting. “Something is wrong,” he finally says, slowly. “I don’t know what, because none of you are telling me anything—” and ah, there’s a hint of the old Derek. Stiles would recognize that scowl anywhere. “—but I know that everything smells wrong. And that I can’t feel mom anymore. I can’t feel anyone, except for you.”
Scott and Derek go off on some two-day wolfbrother spiritual journey in the Preserve that involves shirtlessness and minimal bathing, so Stiles spends a weekend taking hacking lessons from Danny, combing through Deaton’s books with Lydia, and squashing his math homework beneath him when Malia tackles him onto his bed. For once, Stiles isn’t thinking about anything but this, the way she pins him to the bed effortlessly and takes what she wants, how comfortably their bodies fit together. Then she puts her mouth against his ear and says, “Do you want to fuck him?”
“Tell me who you are,” Derek says. He’s been working on not sounding like the little kid everyone still seems to think he is. Everyone except—
“My name’s Stiles,” hands guy says, and finally notices his outstretched hands. “Stilinski,” he adds, before Derek can point out that that doesn’t sound like a name at all. “This is, uh, Malia, Lydia, Kira—” He indicates the three supermodels around him. “The guy who got you out of there is Scott, the girl’s Braeden. I don’t really know what her deal is yet, but you can trust the rest of us.” He considers. “Maybe not Malia. She’s working on it. But, you know, the rest of us.”
“Yeah?” Derek says skeptically. “Why would I do that?”
“Wow, you really haven’t changed a bit,” Stiles says.
Trust Me by theroguesgambit (complete | 10,583 | Rated T)
“We’re friends, right?” Like it was that easy. Like anything with Derek was ever that easy. Stiles cleared his throat, eyes scanning down Derek’s drawn expression, his tense form.
“I’d like to think so.” — post-premiere. Stiles and the group try to earn young Derek’s trust, but the only person Derek knows and can count on is Kate (…isn’t it?) And once Kate gets what she wants out of Derek, can curing his age even solve the problem?
❤If Through a Door - jibrailis (NC-17 |Pretend Relationship |Fake Marriage |Suspense |Wall!sex (Elevator!Sex) |Bottom!Tony |Bottom!Steve |Pining) Tony is accused of murder on an alien planet; Steve marries him to bring him home.
❤as they learned to see - often_adamanta (PG-13 |Post-Avengers |Hurt!Steve |Kidnapped!Steve |Protective!Avengers)
Tony stayed silent through her terse explanation, anger growing. When
Natasha was finished, he asked, “So you’re telling me that Steve’s been
missing for almost two months, most likely kidnapped by an unknown
organization, a force which employs two brilliant but completely crazy
scientists that hate Stark Industries because they were refused jobs on
the basis of their psych evals, and I’m only hearing about this now?”
Come Fly With Me - laulan(PG |Established Relationship |Fluff)
He finally digs the phone Tony foisted onto him out of his pocket.
Flight is canceled because of the mechanical problem. Next one is
tomorrow morning, he types.
Ain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do - copperbadge (NC-17 |AU: No Powers |AU: Historical |Gangster!Tony |Detective!Steve |)
The year is 1930, Prohibition and the Depression are both in full
swing, and Chicago Police Detective Steve Rogers has his hands full.
There’s a dead body on the banks of Lake Michigan, the entire city’s
legal system is corrupt, and the king gangster of the North Side, Tony
Stark, has taken more than a passing interest in him.
The Ghosts of War - scifigrl47 (R |Fantasy!AU |Royalty!AU |Pining)
Steven Rogers never wanted to be king, but he knows his duty, and he
does it well. Lord Tony Stark, the king’s appointed consort, does his
duty as well, even though he’d enjoy his duty more if it actually
involved sleeping with the king. As it doesn’t, he’s just resigned. The
war that made Steve king and cost him nearly everything may be over,
but a meeting of old enemies might stir up some ghosts none of them are
Adventures in Team Bonding -or- Steve Rogers’ Guide to Flirting - Arukou(PG-13 |Get together |Team bonding |Humor)
In a fit of loneliness and poor judgment, Tony Stark agrees to try and
bring his team closer together. He just never realized how impossible
the task might be. At least Captain America’s there to offer advice. If
only he weren’t so distractingly pretty.
Somebody’s hero - EternalSheWolf (PG |GEN |Hurt!Tony |Protective!Avengers |Friendship)
Tony Stark is six when he learns that nobody will come for him. If he
wants to be rescued, he’ll have to take care of it himself.
Steve Rogers’ Guide to Recognizing Your Saints - Amuly(R |Developing Relationship |Angst |Steve-centric |Pining!Steve)
Mary was for mothers. Christopher was for travelers. Michael was for
soldiers. Steve carried his saints with him from his life to this new,
❤All These Things I’ve Said - Amuly(R |Get-together |Pining |Iron Man 3 |CATWS |Hurt/Comfort |Hurt!Steve)
When Tony starts talking in a language Steve can’t understand–the
language of science–Steve figures he’ll retaliate with a little foreign
language knowledge of his own. Only once he starts speaking French
around Tony, Steve finds that sometimes it’s easier to say what he
really wants to say to Tony in a language he can’t understand.
❤Upon Waking - Winterstar(NC-17 |AU: No Powers |Hurt/Comfort |Hurt!Steve |Hurt!Tony |Protective!Avengers)
A story of recovery. In a world without superheroes, Tony Stark, the
disinherited son of a billionaire, goes to Afghanistan as an embedded
media star, only to be held hostage for months until he’s rescued.
During his recovery, his therapist Doctor Bruce Banner prescribes an
unusual treatment; volunteer work at a rehab center. He meets an
eclectic assembled group including a vet who thinks he’s Thor, a
physical therapist who might be a spy, and an all American hero, Steve
Rogers. It is Steve Rogers, the soldier in a coma, who captures his
interest and, eventually, his heart.
From The Past - sara_holmes (NC-17 |Post-CATWS |Hurt/Comfort)
"When Steve turns up at the tower late one night in December, looking
gaunt and exhausted and like he could fall down right there in the
lobby, Tony doesn’t say a word about how long it’s taken.“
❤Your Name on Every Wall - Sineala (PG-13 |Marvel 616 |Time Travel |Angst |Happy Ending)
The Time Gem throws Steve into the past rather than the future, and in
doing so, it gives him the opportunity to undo his past mistakes. But
when it turns out that all of his mistakes involve Tony Stark, Steve
begins to wonder if he’s ever going to be able to mend things between
Slipping off the Page into Your Hands - Sineala(NC-17 |Marvel 616 |Soulmates |Pining |Secret Identity! Iron Man)
Soulmates have their first words to each other written on their
wrists. This should make it easy. For Steve and Tony, it is anything
but. Steve’s problem is that the future he has awoken into is nothing
he was ever expecting: he has a soulmate now. Who might be a robot. And
if his soulmate is Iron Man, how can he be so attracted to Tony Stark?
It should be impossible. Tony’s problem is that he is Iron Man, his
soulmate is a man whom he in no way deserves, and he is going to fight
everything in his heart and do his best to make sure Steve never, ever
finds out the whole truth.
What-if in which Tony doesn’t just simply reboot to get rid of the
Harvester at the end of Captain America and Iron Man: One Night in
Not With a Bang - captainshellhead, vibraniumstark(PG-13 |Marvel 616 AU |Villain!Iron Man)
Iron Man has stolen the Infinity Gauntlet, and Steve wants to know
why. As the Avengers track his movements, and his behavior continues to
get more erratic, Steve begins realize that there is more to this than
Iron Man is willing to let on. Captain America and Iron Man have
history, and in all that time Steve has never truly seen him as the
supervillain SHIELD branded him – until now.
Like a Comet Streaming On - Sineala(NC-17 |Marvel 616 AU |Psychic Wolves |Hurt/Comfort |Hurt!Tony)
Tony escapes Afghanistan with a functioning Iron Man suit and a
perfectly normal heart. He even manages to bring Ho Yinsen home safely
at his side. But he may as well have lost everything… because his
wolfbrother is dead. Six months later, the Avengers find Captain
America, frozen in ice, miraculously alive. Everything and everyone
Steve has ever known is gone – except his wolfsister, the recipient of
the lupine version of the super-soldier serum, who was frozen in his
arms. Tony has everything but his wolf. Steve has only his wolf. This is
how their lives fit together.
Love in a Time of Amnesia - Amuly (PG-13 |Marvel 616)
Carol might have lost all her memories of her friends, but there’s at
least one thing she can know with absolute certainty: Steve and Tony
are a couple. And if the rest of the Avengers insist on saying they’re
not, well: Carol will just have to put her amnesia to use, for the
Tony escapes Afghanistan with a functioning Iron Man suit and a perfectly normal heart. He even manages to bring Ho Yinsen home safely at his side. But he may as well have lost everything… because his wolfbrother is dead. Six months later, the Avengers find Captain America, frozen in ice, miraculously alive. Everything and everyone Steve has ever known is gone — except his wolfsister, the recipient of the lupine version of the super-soldier serum, who was frozen in his arms. Tony has everything but his wolf. Steve has only his wolf. This is how their lives fit together.
The Avengers organize a two month mission to
investigate an anomaly in space that appears to be engulfing planets,
Steve is worried about leaving Tony alone, and Hawkeye is just worried
about being left behind. But then something goes wrong. Steve drags
himself out of the wreckage of their ship, on a planet that shouldn’t
exist, the Avengers are missing, Iron Man is torn to scraps, and Tony
has a lot of explaining to do.
Or, in which Steve has no clue that Tony is Iron Man, and it takes crash-landing on an alien planet for him to find out.
It’s the next year of the weapons expo, and Steve and Tony are back in Madripoor. Where there is one hotel with vacancies. Which has only one available room. Which has only one bed. Also Batroc is after them again. But that’s not really the important part here.
toy soldiers by copperbadge (tiny spy assassin steve!!! 44.2k)
When Steve Rogers, five foot four and a hundred and ten pounds, met Tony Stark in a bar, he didn’t expect it to lead to a relationship. Or that Tony would find out he’s not an art student during a SHIELD rescue mission in Afghanistan.
TEEN WOLF GENUARY is all about making and celebrating gen fanworks!
WHEN IS GENUARY?
January 1-31, 2014!
WHAT CAN I DO?
You can create new fanworks, like fic, art, vids, and podfic; you can also create rec lists for your favorite existing gen fanworks. We’d love to see some gen podfic recs, for example, or a list of awesome gen gifset/photoset AUs!
WHAT COUNTS AS GEN?
Fanworks which do not focus on romantic or sexual relationships. For example, Allison and Lydia as BFFs, Derek and Scott as wolfbrothers, and Stiles and Allison as mystery-solving teens are all excellent areas of focus. You can write casefic, vid character study, draw a pack cuddle pile, and anything in between!
HOW DO I PARTICIPATE?
All you need to do is tag your post #twgenuary or submit it to this blog!
Trans girl wilder-turned-Aes Sedai using Healing to correct her hormones as her wilder trick
Challenging the whole “get naked so we can see there’s no men” tradition
Becoming a Yellow so she can help other people physically transition
Wisdom who knows what plants can change people’s hormones
Closeted trans boy (asha'man maybe?) who’s really fucking confused when he starts accessing Saidin
Genderfluid wilder who can only access Saidar on girl days (I considered having a genderqueer person who can access both but that just seems OP)
Trans boy wolfbrother, trans wolves
Dreamwalker who can only be herself in tel'aran'rhiod