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jozhua: mist and shadow cloud and shade all shall fade all shall fade
One piece of meta I’ve really wanted to write is that Thorin may actually be an “odd” dwarf in much the same way that Bilbo is an odd hobbit, and for many of the same reasons.
I mean, look at the other dwarves. They’re so boisterous and out there and loud and uncomplicated. Look at Dain, Thorin’s closest equal in rank as well as family. Look at Gimli. Heck, look at any member of the family. Even the ones who are slightly less craggy and “dwarvish” like Fili and Kili are uncomplicated, straightforward, and not really given to such melancholy or solemnity. Even more “rational” dwarves like Balin are stubborn against outsiders and don’t really have this air of tragedy about them. You never really see a “tragic” dwarf. They experience tragedy, and they weep long and loud and unashamed, but they don’t carry their grief with them.
I think Thorin may have been changed by Erebor’s fall and by his responsibilities before and after in a very profound way. Balin was old enough to be his own person, to maybe have a more realistic view of Erebor as just a place, a wonderful place, but still not any more worthy than the Blue Mountains as far as a good life. Thorin was young enough to idealize it, to this day.
Thorin was young when he was thrust into the world on the most difficult of terms. He is experienced in the world of Men and experienced with the treachery of elves. He lost so much of his family. He has no brothers to turn to, or father figures like the other dwarves do. He is very self contained.
So I guess I’m wondering… to the other dwarves, is Thorin ‘odd’? He fights well, but does he glory in fighting the way Dwalin does? It seems to me he approaches battle with a grim sort of fatalism. He shares quiet moments with his kin, even triumphant moments, but he has no one he really casually confides in. He has Dwalin, I don’t want to take that away, but in a moment of peak stress Dwalin still refers to Thorin as his king, when in my opinion Thorin most needed a friend and an equal at that point, someone who allowed him to step down from the figurative dais and be “Thorin Oakenshield”, when being king was destroying him on every level.
Bilbo is considered odd because of his interest in the outside world. He goes away, and is changed by it. I’ve always believed that Thorin and Bilbo have almost all the same qualities, they just approach them from completely opposite directions due to the circumstances of their lives. Matters of home, of adventure, of the expectations of society on them are both huge parts of them, but Bilbo has what Thorin does not and vice versa in almost every respect on those points. Bilbo is odd in his drive to leave home, Thorin is odd in his single-minded drive to return home, even to other dwarves. In short, Bilbo is a bit of a wild hobbit by the end. Thorin is a bit of a quiet dwarf, intense in totally different ways than his kin. I feel like his kin would notice this, they would know this about him, hence Balin’s attempt to reassure him in Bag End about Ered Luin. Or his assertion of Thorin’s bravery at Azanulbizar. Or the fact they can’t really reach him in the dragon sickness, or really understand how to be a “true friend” to him.
I don’t know, I don’t know if we have enough material to go on, as such. But it’s just this lingering sense I have. That maybe to Bilbo, at least at first, he doesn’t pick up on the fact that Thorin is perhaps as out of place amongst his own people, though he still loves them, as Bilbo is amongst hobbits once he comes home.
*whispers* this is the kind of thinking that made me write the role reversal fic with Bilbo as the Dwarven king and Thorin as the Hobbit
A long-term friend of mine had been lamenting that while there seems to be a lot of push to diversify elves and ‘get them out of the forest’ but everybody seems content to leave the dwarves in their mountains. In my campaign world I do have dwarves still in the mountains, but I have a particular reason.
Dwarves, as a fantasy or rpg race typically have the following traits:
- Short, stocky or round with a low center of gravity
- Facial hair and plenty of it, sometimes on females as well
- The Axe. If there’s no axe, there will be a hammer
- Smiths, craftsmen and great builders
- Beer, mead, ale… it’s all good as long as it’s not wine
- Underground. Not just a little hole, but deep underground.
That’s a phenotype you can pick up and move anywhere, provided you can grow something you can then ferment and make into booze. So let’s see how they might fit in different environments.
- Desert. If you’re going to live in the desert you have to worry about water and maintaining your body temperature, as it can get both unreasonably hot and cold in the desert, often switching from one extreme to another from day to night. Lots of animals have figured out that the temperature is much more stable underground and burrow, and the trees that survive find the water table. There are two very good reasons to build your home underground, and from there you expand your home into a city with networks etc. You can ferment the cacti. Darkvision would be handy as you’re not going to come up in the day if you can avoid it. I imagine they’d build large ventilation columns, a bit like termite mounds, reaching above the dunes, the only evidence of the city below.
- Sea edge. I’m thinking cliffs, harsh and windswept towering above the churning waters. The windchill can be lethal, and the saltwater of the ocean is all but undrinkable without specialized processing. (Maybe they have that technology, maybe salt is a major export. Everybody needs salt before refrigeration.) Not much lives on sea cliffs aside from some agile birds that nest there, far out of reach of predators. Building your fortress into the side of the sea cliffs is a very defensible position, and there’s a huge amount of energy to be potentially harnessed in the wind and waves. Branching out into ships is difficult from cliffs, it may be easier to use underwater channels, if such a clever dwarf could devise a vessel to travel entirely beneath the waves. The lower tunnels of an sea cliff fortress are prone to flooding, so these dwarves are likely to be better at balancing and swimming than their inland brethren.
- Ice. Where do you expect to find a phenotype that has a reduced body surface area to volume ratio (approaching spherical), comfortable insulating body fat and extra hair? Somewhere very cold. You can dig down into solid ice, which will be relatively more comfortable out of the wind chill, but if you build up with the excavated ice it will likely end up with snow accumulating on at least one side, eventually looking like a hill. Fireballs obviously strongly discouraged, and layered furs prefered over open flame for heat to preserve structural integrity.
- Old forest. Nobody ever said anything about getting the dwarves out of the forest. I don’t mean your standard, idyllic, meadow filled forest. I mean the dark, overgrown, ancient, creaking forest with trees so old, massive and twisted that you can’t be certain they don’t have faces. The sort of forest where you can barely see the sky, and the hairs stand up on the back of your neck for no clear reason, but you can’t help but trust your instinct that something, somewhere is patiently waiting to eat you. Here it’s probably much safer underground, where you can at least establish a defensible position. I imagine large halls, edged with the passive roots of the still living trees, and probably a significant mushroom proportion in the diet. Elves above may not even know they’re there.
Really they can make themselves at home anywhere you need a defensible position. Break some stereotypes, throw some dwarves around.
(But you cannot toss them)
…Desert dwarves fermenting cacti for booze. So you’re saying… dwarves with tequila? XD
Not mine originally: Coped and pasted:
I am 500% in on this. Let’s have a party.
On March 15th, each of us will mail Donald Trump a postcard that
publicly expresses our opposition to him. And we, in vast numbers, from
all corners of the world, will overwhelm the man with his unpopularity
and failure. We will show the media and the politicians what standing
with him — and against us — means. And most importantly, we will bury
the White House post office in pink slips, all informing Donnie that he’s fired.
Each of us — every protester from every march, each congress calling
citizen, every boycotter, volunteer, donor, and petition signer — if
each of us writes even a single postcard and we put them all in the mail
on the same day, March 15th, well: you do the math.
fact or Russian translation will explain away our record-breaking,
officially-verifiable, warehouse-filling flood of fury. Hank Aaron
currently holds the record for fan mail, having received 900,000 pieces
in a year. We’re setting a new record: over a million pieces in a day,
with not a single nice thing to say.
So sharpen your wit,
unsheathe your writing implements, and see if your sincerest ill-wishes
can pierce Donald’s famously thin skin.
Prepare for March 15th, 2017, a day hereafter to be known as #TheIdesOfTrump
Write one postcard. Write a dozen! Take a picture and post it on social
media tagged with #TheIdesOfTrump ! Spread the word! Everyone on Earth
should let Donnie know how he’s doing. They can’t build a wall high
enough to stop the mail.
Then, on March 15th, mail your messages to:
Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
It might just be enough to make him crack.
Not my original post but someone else’s great idea!
Copy and repost.
How to tape up your hands before a fight
Let’s go beat someone up! But no seriously, does this prevent pain or something ? What do these bandages actually serve ?
It keeps your bones aligned to prevent injury, compresses soft tissue to make the fist more rigid, and pads the knuckles. Skull bones are sturdier than hand bones, and even if you know what you’re doing there’s a high risk of damaging your metacarpals if you punch someone barehanded. It’s why they recommend if you find yourself in a fight unprepared to bunt their nose with the butt of your palm, because if the other person tucks their head and you end up hitting their forehead instead it’ll do a lot less damage to your palm than your knuckles.
Tumblr teach’n you how to fucks someone’s shit up.
Does anyone else get really caught up on the small details in their writing? Like you can be really good at writing situations and feelings and characters, but you get to a point when you’re writing something small like what they’re making for dinner and before you know it, you’re googling recipes with tomatoes because you think the scene won’t be convincing unless you know the cooking time and temp??
“Look for the Force, and you will find me” and the Giant Middle Finger towards
the Chinese Inequalities
So a couple of weeks back, I saw this
video of an interview of Donnie Yen and Jiang Wen, in which someone asked them
about Baze and Chirrut’s relationship. They said a lot of things, mostly
teasing, but the video ended with Donnie smiling and saying, “They’re very good
My immediate, visceral reaction is bull-fucking-shit. And a sense of
absolute glee because I know he knows
that he’s talking bullshit.
I’ve been thinking for the last couple
of weeks about why it’s bullshit.
This post is the result. It’s pretty long, so: tl;dr Chinese culture is about extremely structured and strict societal
relationships, and Baze and Chirrut’s smashes that all into pieces to show how
people can be equal and not fit into boxes.
grew up in a staunchly Chinese family in a Chinese-majority country and grew up consuming media from China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. But I did not grow up in any
of those places. My country of origin is pretty damned Westernised. If I get
anything wrong, please tell me.
I have brought my tl;dr to a new fandom and I still keep it under a cut.