“But your way through Mirkwood is dark, dangerous and difficult [...] in there the wild things are, dark, queer and savage. I will provide you with some skins for carrying water, and I will give you some bows and arrows. But I doubt very much whether anything you find in Mirkwood will be wholesome to eat or to drink. There is one stream there, I know, black and strong which crosses the path. That you should neither drink of, nor bathe in; for I have heard that it carries enchantment and a great drowsiness and forgetfulness. And in the dim shadows of that place I don’t think you will shoot anything, wholesome or unwholesome, without straying from the path. That you MUST NOT do, for any reason.”
@aspecardaweek day five | relationships | queerplatonic gimli + legolas
We have heard tell that Legolas took Gimli Glóin's son with him because of their great friendship, greater than any that has been between Elf and Dwarf. If this is true, then it is strange indeed: that a Dwarf should be willing to leave Middle-earth for any love, or that the Eldar should receive him, or that the Lords of the West should permit it.
—The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, “Appendix A: Durin’s Folk”
@aspecardaweek day four | worldbuilding | bijebtorva dwarves
Less than a third of dwarves wed; their sexes are of imbalanced proportions, and their populations are slow to grow. But where the folk of other races may mourn the absence of heart’s love, many dwarves do not desire marriage, choosing instead their crafts. In Khzudul this affinity for craft over marriage is termed bijebtorva, meaning “choose-craft.”