”I think the burden of taking his people back to their homeland, which is so massive, makes him a lonely figure, I think. Knowing that his grandfather failed, and his father failed, so if he doesn’t do it, there’s no other member of his line that will ever do this. So he will continue through history as the king that failed to achieve the potential for his people. That’s something, again, which is a huge burden to carry. And I think that’s what drives him, but it’s also the thing that he fears, that he will fail.” — RA
Notice that little bubble of pride burst every time someone doubts him and his face slumps in defeat because it’s not like he’s carrying a mountain worth of self-doubt on his shoulders already ahaha i’ll be in my corner
This is a (very long) post about the massive cock-up leading to the Battle of the Five Armies. A cock-up in which everyone one (dwarves, elves, and men) played a huge role. Mostly because I’m sick of the gross simplification of the politics and economics surrounding the cock-up; also, Hobbit Fandom (esp. fanfics) has this huge thing for Thorin being ill with gold sickness, which is really arguable, but also totally not the reason for the cock-up.
This post is going to be divided into four parts. First, the characterization of Thranduil, Bard, Thorin, and Bilbo in relationship to treasure and specifically Smaug’s hoard. Second, the history of the dwarves and their surrounding allies in the Erebor region, and the effects of the loss of Erebor. Third, the interaction of Thorin’s dwarves with the elves and men. Fourth, the numerous confrontations at the front gate of Erebor. If this looks like it’s going to be pseudo-academic, that’s because, well, it is. I’m bored, and also I was rereading parts of The Hobbit today, while at the dentist. There’s even going to be quotations and potentially endnotes. Fuck yeah.
[Note: there’s cursing, as there always is when I talk; also, this is over 7,600 words long, so it’s—very long.]
Kalagyi Anaila Kaziri - Bear McCreary - Defiance
Be brave, she told herself. Be brave, like a lady in a song.
I’m going on an adventure!
the important thing to remember about sansa stark is that she truly is a good person at heart: many characters in the series, even ones who try to strive for good, end up doing questionable things or immoral things or downright cruel things at some point. sansa stark has never intentionally hurt another human being. she never did anything so terrible that she tried to make up for her mistakes or needed to. she grieved for her father, but she did not cause his death. he tied his noose himself by telling cersei his plans and sansa begged for his life and still watched him die.
sansa only wishes bad things on the people who she trusted and who betrayed her in every way: joffrey, cersei, etc. she was once very naive to be so trusting, but remember she thought she COULD trust these people, so when they turned on her only then did she wish ill on them. but after all the things that have happened to her, she still tries to see the good in people, and learns to try harder to see the good qualities in those she used to stick her nose up at such as tyrion and sandor.
once her innocence is gone, she stays on her toes and is less trusting, but keeps her emotions in check, and becomes the smartest stark playing the game. while some characters grow more hateful and violent as the series progresses, sansa stark is doing the opposite and still has good intentions for most people except those who have hurt her or her family, no more, no less. and i feel that’s an important detail about her that most overlook.
We have done the impossible, and that makes us mighty.
"All of this has happened before, and all of it will happen again..."
Battlestar Galactica, Game of Thrones / ASOIAF, The Hobbit, Lost Girl, Orphan Black, Pretty Little Liars, Elementary, Nikita, Spartacus, Legend of the Seeker, all things Whedonverse, and many other interests.