I love many fandoms. Most of what you see currently will be The Avengers, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones/ASOIAF, and the NBC Thursday comedies.

 

My mother once told me that trauma is like Lord of the Rings. You go through this crazy, life-altering thing that almost kills you (like say having to drop the one ring into Mount Doom), and that thing by definition cannot possibly be understood by someone who hasn’t gone through it. They can sympathize sure, but they’ll never really know, and more than likely they’ll expect you to move on from the thing fairly quickly. And they can’t be blamed, people are just like that, but that’s not how it works.

Some lucky people are like Sam. They can go straight home, get married, have a whole bunch of curly headed Hobbit babies and pick up their gardening right where they left off, content to forget the whole thing and live out their days in peace. Lots of people however, are like Frodo, and they don’t come home the same person they were when they left, and everything is more horrible and more hard then it ever was before. The old wounds sting and the ghost of the weight of the one ring still weighs heavy on their minds, and they don’t fit in at home anymore, so they get on boats go sailing away to the Undying West to look for the sort of peace that can only come from within. Frodos can’t cope, and most of us are Frodos when we start out.

But if we move past the urge to hide or lash out, my mother always told me, we can become Pippin and Merry. They never ignored what had happened to them, but they were malleable and receptive to change. They became civic leaders and great storytellers; they we able to turn all that fear and anger and grief into narratives that others could delight in and learn from, and they used the skills they had learned in battle to protect their homeland. They were fortified by what had happened to them, they wore it like armor and used it to their advantage.

It is our trauma that turns us into guardians, my mother told me, it is suffering that strengthens our skin and softens our hearts, and if we learn to live with the ghosts of what had been done to us, we just may be able to save others from the same fate.

S.T.Gibson  (via modernhepburn)

First time I’ve ever heard the advice, “be more like Pippin.”

(via padnick)

(Source: sarahtaylorgibson)

“Many that live deserve death. Some that die deserve life. […] The pity of Bilbo may rule the fate of many.”

(Source: inspirationoutlet)

lamamama:

no wonder Legolas left home to join the Fellowship, his dad is super weird and their house is in a spooky old forest full of giant spiders and amnesia rivers.

(Source: broodinghunx)

kungphooey:

my headcanon here is that legolas is just BARELY visibly holding it togetherx

since canon tells us that mirkwood elves like to party and are fully capable of passing out from drunkx
so legolas is using EVERYTHING HE HAS to fuck with gimli and pretend he hasn’t a clue what it’s like to be affected by alcoholx
while inside he’s all ‘sdkla;hgsj you can do this leggles you can do this’x
‘don’t think about that time you blacked out from dorwinion wine while naked in the middle of an impromptu archery contest’x
‘and all your friends drew orc penises on your face’x
‘and when you woke up you were halfway to dale without a clue as to how you got there’x

iamladyloki:

archetypalboner:

kvothetheraving:

i’m so glad about this

okay so especially in the two towers, any time legolas is not the focus of a shot, particularly in Helm’s Deep, he makes the greatest faces

like this one especially

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i’m calling it Background Legolas and i want it to become a thing now

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This is the best post. omg.

kiransingh:

“Mushrooms have thickened his wit and yellowed his teeth”

“Your love of the halflings’ leaf has clearly slowed your mind”

Saruman is remembered for his treachery and betrayal but never for his strong anti-drugs stance

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