yet it's so underrated

There she knelt. Red leaves rustled. Red eyes peered inside her. The eyes of the gods. “Tell me what to do, you gods,” she prayed. For a long moment there was no sound but the wind and the water and the creak of leaf and limb. And then, far far off, beyond the godswood and the haunted towers and the immense stone walls of Harrenhal, from somewhere out in the world, came the long lonely howl of a wolf. (ACOK)

He had a weirwood’s eyes. Red eyes, red mouth, white fur. Blood and bone, like a heart tree. He belongs to the old gods, this one. And he alone of all the direwolves was white. Six pups they’d found in the late summer snows, him and Robb; five that were grey and black and brown, for the five Starks, and one white, as white as Snow. He had his answer then. (ASOS) 

theres a lot to compare and contrast between these scenes where both arya and jon are presented with choices and the answer is found in their wolves and their religion; intertwined symbols of their identities. which means very different things. but when lost and confused they’re both guided by the old gods as well as nymeria and ghost 

when arya is trapped in harrenhal, grieving over the death of her brothers and loss of her home, she prays to the old gods to guide her. and they do. the gods remind arya that she is a stark so her responsibility is to her family and her place is in the north. all the while arya might be far from nymeria but she can still feel her wolf and that connection is enough to give her strength to act. arya makes the decision to escape from harrenhal so she can find her pack and return home to winterfell 

but it has the opposite effect on jon. ghost’s presence reminds him that he was never truly a stark and therefore he feels he has no right to winterfell. which is what stannis has offered him. its a huge temptation. jon deeply wants that future but when ghost returns to him, with white fur and red eyes, jon realizes he cannot accept. it would mean burning winterfell’s heart tree and turning his back on the gods. so jon rejects stannis’ and instead he chooses to stay on the wall. 

they’ve both struggled with feeling like they didnt belong in winterfell but, ultimately, arya is a true born stark. jon is a bastard. their wolves represent this as much as anything. so they make different choices despite their shared faith and missing their home, families and each other. but “different roads sometimes lead to the same castle” and for all the twists and turns arya and jon will be together again like they always wanted. 

When the tale of their journeyings was told, there were other tales, and yet more tales, tales of long ago, and tales of new things, and tales of no time at all, till Bilbo’s head fell forward on his chest, and he snored comfortably in a corner.

He woke to find himself in a white bed, and the moon shining through an open window. Below it many elves were singing loud and clear on the banks of the stream.

Sing all ye joyful, now sing all together

The wind’s in the tree-top, the wind’s in the heather;

The stars are in blossom, the moon is in flower,

And bright are the windows of Night in her tower.

Dance all ye joyful, now dance all together!

Soft is the grass, and let foot be like feather!

The river is silver, the shadows are fleeting;

Merry is May-time, and merry our meeting.

Sing we now softly, and dreams let us weave him!

Wind him in slumber and there let us leave him!

The wanderer sleepeth. Now soft be his pillow!

Lullaby! Lullaby! Alder and Willow!

Sigh no more Pine, till the wind of the morn!

Fall Moon! Dark be the land!

Hush! Hush! Oak, Ash, and Thorn!

Hushed be all water, till dawn is at hand!

“Well, Merry People!” said Bilbo looking out. “What time by the moon is this? Your lullaby would waken a drunken goblin! Yet I thank you.”

“And your snores would waken a stone dragon - yet we thank you,” they answered with laughter. “It is drawing towards dawn, and you have slept now since the night’s beginning. Tomorrow, perhaps, you will be cured of weariness.”

-The Hobbit, “The Last Stage”

anonymous asked:

Could I make a request when Exo finds out that their girlfriend is actually the youngest phd student in a very prestigious university and that the reason she kept it from them is because she didn't want to make them feel inferior or insecure? Hope that this is somewhat coherent :( btw, love ur blog! ^_^ It's one of the best I know yet it's so underrated :(

Aw, thank you so much! :) I’ll work hard to make this blog more attention worthy c:


Xiumin:

Him: “How can someone be so smart at your age?” *overwhelmed*

Luhan:

Him: *genuinely shocked* “Seriously? Why am I only hearing about this now?”

Originally posted by meiren-menglu

Kris:

You both were eating together when you decided to tell him what school you were attending. He didn’t expect to hear one of the top schools in the city, resulting in him choking on his drink.

Originally posted by yooneroos

Suho:

Him: “Whoa there. I’m supposed to be the one in this relationship who has the most money from their career.”

Originally posted by secrethideoutme

*after seeing that you got slightly offended*

Him: “I’m just kidding, Jagiya. I’m so proud of you.”

Lay:

Him: “That’s amazing, Jagi! You should have told me sooner! Let’s go celebrate.”

Baekhyun:

Him: “Ah, I knew there was a brain in there somewhere.”

Originally posted by wugalaxy

Chen:

*He’s serious for once*

Him: “You shouldn’t have kept such an important thing like this from me, Jagi. I don’t feel bad at all that you’re possibly way smarter than me. I’m so proud of you. Good job.”

Originally posted by kyunqdae

Chanyeol:

You explain some of the lessons you’ve been learning.

Him: “That’s, um, really complicated. Are you sure this is as easy as you say it is?”

Originally posted by essentyeol

Kyungsoo:

Him: “How are you so smart? Even I can’t tell what this word means.”

Originally posted by themorningwolf

Tao:

Literally brags to everyone, saying how he’s dating a genius.

Him: “Yeah, you heard right. Prestigious school.”


Kai:

Him: “Wah, really? I thought you were in cooking school because of how good you cook.”

Originally posted by kaibility

Sehun:

Him: “Okay, but I’m pretty sure you’re not as smart as me.”

Originally posted by vanemachuca