Beren and Luthien - Donato Giancola
"…it can’t be worse than what i’ve imagined" - "it is"
# I’M REALLY HOPING HER SECRET POWER IS THAT SHE INSPIRES OTHER PEOPLE TO PROTECT HER # TO FIGHT FOR HER # BECAUSE THERE ARE ALL THESE DEAD BODIES THAT HAVE POPPED UP AROUND HER LIFE STORY # THE AGENT WHO TOOK HER TO THE ORPHANAGE # AN ENTIRE VILLAGE WAS FOUND DEAD AROUND HER INFANT SELF # WHO WaS CRADELLED IN THE HANDS OF A DEAD SOLDIER # LIKE THIS IS A LOT OF BODIES # AND THE WAY COULSON AND HIS TEAM ALMOST IMMEDIATELY WARM TO HER # IT FELT FORCED # I WANT IT TO HAVE BEEN FORCED # I WANT HER POWER TO BE THIS DREADFUL BLESSING OF # PEOPLE DYING AROUND HER WHO SHE HASN’T ASKED TO # WHO BARELY GET THEIR OWN CHOICES. # I WANT HER TO TEAR HERSELF APART OVER IT # AND REBUILD INTO SOMETHING NEW. # (CRAZY ISSUES WITH CONSENT HERE # BUT DONE RESPECTFULLY THAT WOULD BE THE POINT) # HAVEN’T SEEN TONIGHT’S EPISODE YET # WILL PROBABLY BE JOSSED # SIGH [X]
Hooooly shit. Headcanon accepted.
Last night’s episode supported this pretty hard. The team went to some crazy lengths to save that girl.
They shot down men who were allies of SHIELD, who were just doing their jobs, and didn’t even blink. May lost control when she thought Skye was dying. Even the new characters went from “losses happen” to “saving her life is the most important thing about this mission” in about twenty fucking minutes. And Jenna, standing by her bedside stroking her hair going “no, I’ve only known her a few months actually. She just matters a lot.”
Woooow. Yeah. I really hope they take this and run with it.
so in LOTR’s appendices it says that legolas eventually builds a boat and takes gimli across the seas and into the west, the gray havens. you know, the place arwen isn’t allowed to go because she’s in love with a human dude bUT LEGOLAS (AKA ‘YOU LITTLE SHIT’) JUST SAYS “FUCK IT” AND SNEAKS GIMLI INTO THE GODDAMN UNDYING LANDS LIKE CONTRABAND TWIZZLERS INTO A MOVIE THEATER
best literary analysis ever
For the record Arwen was never “not allowed” to go to the Grey Havens. She was part human (remember, Elrond is a half elf) and thus able to CHOOSE to give up her immortality and live as a human woman with Aragorn, then leave…well, the cosmology of Middle Earth is complicated.
It’s important to remember that what we call Middle Earth is actually a continent on the planet Arda, and that Valinor (where the Grey Havens are) is actually just another continent, though it’s a really beautiful and special one because of the presence of the Valar (who are like archangels). When elves go to the Havens, they are literally just sailing across the ocean. But if a human were to set sail at the exact same time, from the exact same place as an elf, they’d simply get lost at sea, because of an enchantment or something (Tolkien describes Valinor as “having been removed from the circles of the earth,” so maybe it’s in a pocket dimension or something). When elves die, they go to the halls of Mandos on the western shore of Valinor, to await the return of the Creator and the end of the world. So if you’re an elf, it doesn’t matter if you get stabbed by an orc or sail away in a silver ship, you’re going to Valinor. You may not get to have as much fun there if you go by stabbing, but you’re still going. You don’t really have a choice in the matter.
But humans don’t go to Valinor. Their souls go somewhere else, possibly straight back to the Creator? Nobody knows. This USED to be considered a special gift of Man (the elves really aren’t all that keen on spending thousands of years hanging around Mandos and a bunch of people who all died violently) until Sauron poisoned the minds of the Numenorean kings, Aragorn’s ancestors. The fate of dwarf and hobbit souls are also a mystery, though dwarves believe that their father, the Valar Aule gathers them together and will give them a special role of their own in the end of the world and the remaking that follows. Some elves think dwarves don’t actually have souls at all, because some elves are real dicks.
So when Arwen had to choose between marrying Aragorn or sailing to Valinor, she was literally choosing between untold millenia in Valinor (because nobody knows when the Creator will return) or death and mysterious afterlife with him. She chose to stay with him, through mortal life AND INTO DEATH AFTERWARDS.
THAT’S WHY HER CHOICE WAS SUCH A BIG DEAL. THAT’S WHY SHE DIES LIKE SIX MONTHS AFTER HE DOES.
It was a never a question of Arwen “not being allowed” because she loved a mortal man. It was Arwen loving that mortal man SO MUCH that she gave up eons of bliss JUST TO STAY WITH HIM.
Also this is why Legolas taking Gimli with him is such a big deal, because he KNOWS all these stories. XD He tried to imagine life without Gimli, said nope fuck that, and took him along. This is also a really big deal from Gimli’s POV, cause like I said dwarves believe that when they die they go to be with their ancestors. GIMLI GAVE UP HIS AFTERLIFE TO STAY WITH LEGOLAS.
Like do you understand what a big deal that is???? CAUSE IT’S A REALLY REALLY BIG DEAL. AND THAT’S WHY BOTH PAIRINGS ARE MY FOREVER OTPS.
Thank you for this explanation! Eternal OTPs are the best. <3
One point of clarification: it’s not that Valinor is a pocket dimension. It’s just… in an alternate geological reality.
When Eru (Tolkien’s version of the Judeo-Christian God) first created the universe, the world was as flat as a pancake, and anybody could get on a boat and sail to Valinor if they wanted to. Then, the second age happened, and the Men of Numenor were heretics and fucked up everything forever. (Like actually, the King of Numenor at the time sailed a fleet of warships toward Valinor with the intention of overthrowing the Valar).
So, Eru went all Old Testament on Numenor and drowned the whole damn kingdom, and then he set about making sure that no surviving humans could ever try to reach Valinor again. Basically, he did this by smiting the laws of physics even harder than humanity.
Eru transformed the world from a flat disc into a globe, because when you’re God apparently you can just do ridiculous shit like that. As a result, any mortals who tried to sail to Valinor again would just… keep sailing, until they went all the way around and got back to where they started. But! Eru decreed that if any elf tried to do that, they would be able to find the straight road.
The. Straight. Road.
*teeth grinding noises*
The Straight Road: As in… the route that is literally straight, which does not subscribe to the curvature of the earth, which elves sail on to get to Valinor! And it’s not like this thing takes them up into the sky. Nope! They just sail along on the ocean, and because God loves them so much, their little swan-ships just skull-fuck the universe and reality curves itself around their boat
without anybody noticing?? and they end up somewhere that doesn’t exist at all under other circumstances.
Yup. That straight road.
Honestly, this sounds to me like Somebody spent to much time listening to scientists argue whether the world was flat or not, and was just too indecisive to pick a side.
Really though, can we just take a second to reflect on all this?? According to Tolkien, the world USED TO BE FLAT, and now it’s NOT anymore, EXCEPT TO SOME PEOPLE, all because the rest of us fucked it up. When Gandalf goes on one of his old-man grumbles about ‘before the world was bent’ he’s not being poetic, he’s referring to the literal time before God picked up the world and twisted it around like a soggy piece of inter-dimensional origami. HOW DOES THAT EVEN WORK? SERIOUSLY ERU, YOU CAN’T MAKE A SPHERE OUT OF A FLAT CIRCLE WITHOUT DISTORTING THE SHIT OUT OF IT.
Batman you are my hero.
Oscar nominees Best Animated Feature 2014
Earlier today this article was brought to my attention, in which it becomes clear that some of the Academy voters have little to no respect for the animation industry. They openly admit not having watched the nominated films and/or claiming that animated films are for kids, so they didn’t vote. Even the ones shown in the article that did vote barely motivated their choice.
I find this extremely disrespectful of the animators who poured their heart and soul into making these movies, only to have their work be pushed aside without a second glance by the judges of one of the most prominent and well known film awards out there. As an aspiring animator, I am deeply insulted.
Please note that in this post I am expressing no opinion on whether Frozen should have won or not. I think it’s a wonderful film, just as all the other nominees. I am simply saying that we deserve better.
What they did is disrespectful to the creators of every single one of these films, even Frozen. By barely motivating their choice, they make it look like they voted for Frozen simply because of Disney’s status in the industry. Because it’s Disney, and it made a lot of money, so it had to be at least somewhat good. To me it seems like some of the voters just defaulted to voting for the Disney film, and nobody likes to win by default.
Don’t get me wrong, I too have been guilty of loving Disney simply because it’s Disney, but there is so much more beautiful animation out there and it deserves to be taken into consideration. And if Frozen won, it should have won because the majority of the voters thought it was the best film, not because part of the voters was too lazy to even watch the nominated films.
'But had I known that the Dwarves had stirred up this evil in Moria again, I would have forbidden you to pass the northern borders, you and all that went with you. And if it were possible, one would say that at last Gandalf fell from wisdom into folly, going needlessly into the net of Moria.'
'He would be rash indeed that said that thing,' said Galadriel gravely. 'Needless were none of the deeds of Gandalf in life. Those that followed him knew not his mind and cannot report his full purpose. But however it may be with the guide, the followers are blameless. Do not repent of your welcome to the Dwarf. If our folk had been exiled long and far from Lothlórien, who of the Galadhrim, even Celeborn the Wise, would pass nigh and would not wish to look upon their ancient home, though it had become an abode of dragons?
'Dark is the water of Kheled-zâram, and cold are the springs of Kibil-nâla, and fair were the many-pillared halls of Khazad-dûm in Elder Days before the fall of mighty kings beneath the stone.' She looked upon Gimli, who sat glowering and sad, and she smiled. And the Dwarf, hearing the names given in his own ancient tongue, looked up and met her eyes; and it seemed to him that he looked suddenly into the heart of an enemy and saw there love and understanding."
Lord of the Rings, Book 2, Chapter VII (“The Mirror of Galadriel”)
I will always, always, always love Galadriel for this moment alone
The Painted Garden of the Villa di Livia, Prima Porta, Rome
This lush painted garden covered the walls of a semi-subterranean chamber, probably a cool triclinium (dining room) for summer banquets, in the suburban Villa of Livia Drusilla, the wife of the Emperor Augustus.
This Second style fresco, the most ancient example of continuous garden painting (30 - 20 BCE), presents a variety of plants and birds rendered in a naturalistic way.