Merry: Éowyn kissed me!
Pippin: Oh my God! Oh my God! Oh my God!
Merry: It was unbelievable!
Merry: Oh my God! Oh my God! Oh my God!
Frodo: Okay, we wanna hear everything. Sam, get the snacks and unplug the phone. Merry, does this end well or do we need tissues?
Merry: Oh, it ended very well.
Sam: Do not start without me! Do not start without me!
Frodo: Okay, alright, let’s hear about the kiss. Was it a soft brush against your lips or was it like a, you know, “I gotta have you now” kind of thing?
Merry: Well, at first it was really intense, you know? And then, oh God, and then we just sort of sunk into it.
Frodo: Ohh... So, okay, was she holding you? Or were her hands on your back?
Merry: First she started out on my waist and then she slid up and then she were in my hair.
Pippin, Sam, and Frodo: Ohhh.
Éowyn eating pizza in her house: And, uh, and then I kissed him.
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Éomer: Do you ever think about what your future husband is doing?
Éowyn: Why, what is Merry doing?
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Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms
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a proposal: mearas are kelpies.
think about it. a race of extraordinary horses, enhanced in every way compared to “normal” equines, intelligent enough to understand human speech, described as exceptionally beautiful, and only a very specific group of people may ride them (with the exception of Gandalf)? I believe environmentally Rohan is even supposed to have fenlands, especially close to the river Entwash (kelpies are water-spirits and technically they would inhabit lakes and rivers, but fen is still a wetland, right?).
(yeah yeah, I know, Eorl tamed Félarof not in Rohan but in the ancient homeland of Éothéod in the north of Rhovanion, but bear with me - there could be wetlands in the north, too.)
so Eorl the Young, the first king and founder of the royal house of the Riddermark, tamed this pretty awesome horse - partly as some kind of a revenge because that same horse had just killed his father, Léod. but even then, the bond that grew between Eorl and this horse Félarof was so special that the white horse became the symbol of a whole people, and only Eorl’s own descendants could ride this breed of horses (which were inherently magical/supernatural because the Vala Oromë himself had brought them to Middle-earth).
(Gandalf, being originally a Maia himself, probably rang up to his buddies in Valinor to get a special access.)
a magical, wetland dwelling, potentially deadly race of horses that are apparently bound to the family/descendants of the one guy who tamed one of them? kelpies.
(which would make for an interesting Éothiriel story, because Éomer is a master of horses, a descendant of Eorl but not a son of the King and so maybe has some doubts about whether he truly has a right to the throne, and in extension, to mearas as a symbol of legitimacy of Eorl’s line, and Lothíriel is daughter of a Númenórean family, with a strong connection to sea/water.)
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karl urban is so delicious in lotr like damn. damn. every time i watch these movies i go a little more nuts for him
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every now and then both Éomer and Éowyn will go absolutely feral and that is never not going to be hilarious but also a little unnerving for their Gondorian spouses/families. is it a Rohirric thing? or just a House of Eorl thing? nobody knows.
(not that a Proper Lady like Lothíriel would ever admit out loud it but she thinks it’s also kind of hot.)
(which Éomer knows, and will not hesitate to exploit.)
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Éomer is the I LOVE MY WIFE guy to Lothíriel's (ʘ‿ʘ)／✿ babe hold my flower (I'm not taking criticism at this time)
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Happy birthday to Karl Urban!! Éomer was such a huge part of my childhood and he will never not be a badass ⚔️🐴
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having a wife who is educated in finer things in life is fascinating, because it’s not like Éomer really had time to have fun before the War of the Ring or during the first couple years before he marries Lothíriel.
he still is busy as a king, but at least now he gets to enjoy the occasional picnic, breakfasts in bed or outside in sunlight, singing and poetry contests in Edoras, games with his kids, tourneys on high days, and sometimes maybe even a new book she has purchased from Gondor.
he’s had a pretty mad and noisy life, which is why he appreciates the simple (and sometimes not so simple) pleasures so much.
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So I am back on my Boromir/Théodred bullshit and I am compelled to point out that Éomer is the biggest follower of The Bro Code.
Boromir, talking about Rohan:
"Only from Rohan now will any men ride to us when we call."
"I know the Men of Rohan; true and valiant, our allies, dwelling still in the lands that we gave them long ago."
"If we cannot cross the mountains, let us journey southwards, until we come to the Gap of Rohan, where men are friendly to my people, taking the road that I followed on my way hither."
"I have myself been at whiles in Rohan."
Théoden, literally the first thing he says when waking:
"Alas!' he said, 'that these evil days should be mine, and should come in my old age instead of that peace which I have earned. Alas for Boromir the brave!"
Faramir, lamenting his brother:
"`Boromir, O Boromir!' he cried. `What did she say to you, the Lady that dies not? What did she see? What woke in your heart then? Why went you ever to Laurelindórenan, and came not by your own road, upon the horses of Rohan riding home in the morning?"
"That was a worthy man! All spoke his praise. He came seldom to the Mark, for he was ever in the wars on the East-borders; but I have seen him."
Boromir: Rohan? Did someone mention Rohan? I love Rohan, I am always in Rohan, I spend all my time in Rohan, Rohan is the best.
Théoden: I just woke up from being bewitched and the first thing I think of is Boromir.
Faramir: We all expected Boromir to show up with the Rohirrim like always.
Éomer: Boromir! We all know and love him! My very good friend who I...I mean, right, who I barely know. He was certainly never in Rohan. I mean, I've seen him.
the only conclusion I am willing to draw from this with my very prejudiced view is that Boromir was in Rohan constantly, everyone knew him, but Éomer is still trying to cover for his cousin's affair.
Also this line from Éomer: "More like to the swift sons of Eorl than to the grave Men of Gondor he seemed to me." I'm sorry you expect me to believe that you have only barely met him, this man that was so huge that Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli could hardly move his body, you saw this enormous tall dark-haired man and you were like "Yes he seems like Us."
Leading to @absynthe--minded and I wondering if perhaps this is a case of, "Is he....you know....more like to the swift sons of Eorl?" wink wink.
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Follow up, sort of. More of a comment than a question per se. But how about Imrahil's company being the ones to ride out and reinforce Faramir's retreat from Osgilliath and carrying him up to the citadel? And then Imrahil also being the one to realize Eowyn's still alive? As complex as the politics might make that whole relationship I feel like on a personal level Imrahil would feel a certain level of connection or at least responsibility or fondness towards them
Yeah I mean that’s the big thing, eh? The period of emotional catharsis that they each go through (Faramir’s being Osgiliath -> princedom; Éowyn’s being Dunharrow -> proposal) is incumbent on Imrahil having done what he did. And surely he must’ve been aware of that, which, not to make him sound egotistical or whatever (because I don’t think it is that) but he must’ve felt so unbelievably attached to them because of that. Like, knowing that you are responsible in some small way for this incredible joy and love in other people’s lives? Damn dude, that’s gotta be amazing.
Not to mention. Imrahil’s going to be present for this great crisis in Éomer’s life too. There’s no way he’s not constantly worried about Éowyn on the way to and from Morannon (and at the Cormallen, and her snubbing him!), so already Imrahil’s going to be aware of this amazing outpouring of love for Éowyn before he even properly meets her. That’s gotta… that’s gotta really stir some affection there.
Also, like, imagine hearing these stories about the incredible bravery of Lady Wraithbane, this beautiful and beloved warrior who committed the single greatest martial act of the entire war, and then coming back to find out she’s fallen in love with your nephew, the nephew who loathes war and the culture of war. He’s definitely going to be impressed with her right off the bat lol
thinking of Éomer/Lothíriel’s childhoods again and can you imagine him visiting Dol Amroth (for whatever convenient diplomatic reason) when he’s like fourteen or fifteen and she’s around seven, and being highly uncomfortable in the chaotic but loving family situation there (not that Théoden and Théodred don’t love the orphans; Théoden is just too busy to make home for the kids, Théodred is often away, and Éomer himself has to spend most of his time training or taking care of Éowyn) and the Amrothians being well-meaning but a little tactless because he tries not to show how painful it all is and they don’t realise the extent of his trauma over his parents; and it happens that she is the one who gets it, so she invites him to her secret pillow fort to get away from everything, where she shows him some cool rocks and shells she found on the beach, and somehow that’s the most comforting thing that has happened to him ever since his mum died?
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Éomer: What did you do last night?
Merry: *walks in*
Éomer: Hey Homework!
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some people are surprised to learn that it is Éomer, not Lothíriel, who is the ‘mother hen’ of the family. you wouldn’t believe the fuss he is able to make over his wife and kids.
(although it’s not really so surprising after all. Lothíriel had a big family growing up, and her childhood/youth was safe and happy. she thinks children are pretty resilient and occasional accidents are just a part of learning what your boundaries are. of course, she also had three older brothers looking out for her, so that does impact her perspective heavily.
meanwhile there’s Éomer, who was orphaned and watched most of his family die or leave him. life in Rohan especially in times of war could be much more dangerous than in sheltered Dol Amroth. he was certainly a strong and resilient child, but he thinks it was out of necessity, not just because of his parents but also because he was second in line to the throne, and that no child should have to be as tough as he had to be.
is he an overprotective fool sometimes? absolutely.)
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I already have one person to tag, but does anyone else want me to tag them when I release the fic I am working on? (It's a collection of oneshots, and you'll be able to send in requests for future oneshots you'd like me to write). They're based off the post @bilbobagginsbrainrotblog made concerning Boromir and Éomer.
Anyway, if you'd like to be tagged, please let me know, whether by comment or ask!
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Karl Urban and Viggo Mortensen
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Charge at the Pelennor Fields by Mischievouslittleelf
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Éowyn [helping Merry climb through her window]:
Théoden [shouting from downstairs]: Éowyn, you okay? Need me to come upstairs?
Éowyn: I'm fine, that was my shirt.
Éomer [also shouting]: Your shirt fell on the floor and made that sound?
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there is no battle scene, written or filmed, quite like the Battle of Pelennor fields.
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Théoden, seeing Éowyn's hickey: Éowyn, what is that on your neck??
Éowyn: Mosquito bite.
*Merry walks by*
Éomer: Hey there, mosquito!
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