For none now live who remember it.

It began with the forging of the Great Rings. Three were given to the Elves, immortal, wisest and fairest of all beings. Seven to the Dwarf lords, great miners and craftsmen of the mountain halls. And nine, nine rings were gifted to the race of men, who, above all else, desire power. But they were, all of them, deceived, for another Ring was made. In the land of Mordor, in the fires of Mount Doom, the Dark Lord Sauron forged in secret a master Ring, to control all others. And into this Ring he poured his cruelty, his malice and his will to dominate all life. One Ring to rule them all.

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Middle-earth History Meme: 1/3 Quotes:

"We have sworn, and not lightly. This oath we will keep. We are threatened with many evils, and treason not least; but one thing is not said: that we shall suffer from cowardice, from cravens or the fear of cravens. Therefore I say that we will go on, and this doom I add: the deeds that we shall do shall be the matter of song until the last days of Arda."

- Fëanor, Of the Flight of the Noldor - The Silmarillion

'And the doom of Fëanor was true-spoken also.'
- The Annals of Aman, Morgoth’s Ring - HoMe

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O Boromir! From the high walls westward I looked afar,
But you come not from the empty lands where no men are.

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The runes in the top picture are Anglo-Saxon. The runes on the bottom are Khuzdul. Practically the same. I’m not sure why I just now figured this out.

Actually Khuzdul is the name for the language of Dwarves; the runes in the picture are Cirth (though it’s a bit mixed up, which is weird: some runes are cirth erebor and others are cirth moria)

However, Tolkien used a different combination of rune-sound when he wrote The Hobbit, and this one looks even closer to Futhark

Tolkien does note in his Letters (and in some Hobbit forewards, depending on the edition) that he uses Anglo-Saxon runes so that children could parse them out.

Cirth—an alphabet that was originally a written form used by the Elves and then later adapted by the Dwarves—is a mishmash combination of various rune alphabets, as Tolkien was proficient in many.

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just one mistake 
is all it will take 
we’ll go down in history 
remember me for centuries

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Q What's your thoughts on the new banner that came out on Monday? Sorry, can't link it, but it's all over movie sites. (Anonymous)


I am… underwhelmed. (Everything that follows is basically just my own opinion, so of course feel free to disagree, etc etc)

First of all, I think the “let’s shove seven different posters together and call it a ‘tapestry’” thing is hilariously symbolic of the almost painfully under-edited movies themselves. It’s not my favorite look. So, since it just makes more sense, I’ll be talking about the “tapestry” as if it were actually seven separate posters. Most of them are cool. You know, action movie posters, about what you’d expect. I especially liked the Smaug/Bard one. Very epic.

But a couple of them sort of stood out to me. And not in a good way. If you’ve been anywhere near Tumblr’s Hobbit fandom today, you probably already know what I’m getting at, but here are the posters in question:


Ah, yes, our leading ladies. On the left we have Galadriel, the most powerful woman in Middle Earth (and, depending on which books you’re citing, arguably the most powerful elf in history, and contender for the position of most powerful person in Middle Earth overall.) And on the right we have Tauriel, captain of the guard, whose bad-ass cred PJ spent half of the last movie establishing. And for some reason, neither of them seem to be capable of standing on their own two feet.

Now, if you’re feeling argumentative, you’ll probably point out that Gandalf too is feeling a little upright-challenged right now. But his “moment of weakness” is redeemed in the far right of the full “tapestry” (this site has a great close-up version of the whole image) standing fully upright and holding trusty Glamdring. So his image is balanced out. You might also argue that there’s no shame in falling down sometimes, and that the greatest heroes are in fact known for their ability to pick themselves up again. Also true. I’ve no problem with Tauriel and Galadriel having their more vulnerable moments in the film itself. But this tapestry isn’t a movie. It’s a split-second representation of the movie that not only reveals how the movie-makers feel about their characters, but also shapes the preconceptions of the viewers before they ever see the movie.

I’ll be honest, I was hoping for a lot more from Peter Jackson and company. Seeing them succumb to Hollywood’s tired and sexist tactic of emphasizing the vulnerability of female characters, while literally surrounding them with confident and strong males is… disappointing. A picture’s worth a thousand words, but today I only feel like giving this one 424.

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  1. "Dwarves take only one wife or husband each in their lives, and are jealous, as in all matters of their rights…"
  2. "[Gimli] was named Elf-friend because of the great love that grew between him and Legolas, son of King Thranduil…"

I’m not saying these two facts are related but they’re in successive paragraphs so wait yes these two facts are definitely related.

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Racebent LOTR characters by Changinghand

oh man, Éomer is in Mongol armor because he’s a horse lord. it’s so perfect I want to cry. 



Racebent LOTR characters by Changinghand

oh man, Éomer is in Mongol armor because he’s a horse lord. it’s so perfect I want to cry. 

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