okay imagine you're on a cross country road trip with a trio of dumb cousins, one of their childhood friends, their four gay uncles (you're one of them), and also your great uncle. however your great uncle hurt himself when you went cliff diving in florida, so he had to stay behind in a hospital.
you're stopped at a gas station when it gets set on fire. shit! in your rush to get all the uncles and kids out, you realize you're missing two of them. gay uncle #1 runs to look for the kids when he is hit by a bus and ran over by like seven more cars in a row. fuck. all four kids are nowhere to be seen, even though you SWEAR you just had the other two. the remaining three uncles begin to journey to look for them. you get a phone call from your great uncle, who says he thinks he saw the og two kids get picked up by a hippie trucker. great.
you drive god knows how long and get sidetracked by a gang of bikers who threaten you but let you go when they realize you're your great uncle's friends, an old homeless man who's secretly a rich guy pretending to be homeless for more money, and another crazy old guy predicting the end of the world.
finally, starving, the three of you stop at a mcdonalds, and as you're walking out with your food, you spy the two og missing kids sitting in the PlayPlace™, dangling their feet between the bars, eating chicken nuggets and smoking weed. hi I'm aragorn son of arathorn and you're watching disney channel
in a couple of weeks the weird rich old man in my village who has always reminded me of bilbo baggins is going to have a party to celebrate the whole area being vaccinated and having no cases in months and he's invited the whole village
there'll be ceilidh dancing, fireworks, beer, a buffet
am i literally about to go to a replica of bilbo's 111th birthday party
I just watched this video and will never be able to watch the Mines of Moria scene the same ever again. 10/10, must watch. It’s the fight scene with the cave troll, but Mamma Mia plays in the background.
lotr modern roadtrip au where nothing bad happens, the fellowship is just going on a trip.
arwen is also there cause her and aragorn are trying to see every corner of middle earth before getting married and settling down. legolas is in his rebel phase and went out backpacking on his own. gimli is also a backpacker and they meet in some cheap inn and decide to travel together cause it'd make thranduil angry. pippin and merry are insane and decided to become tornado hunters for funsies so frodo and sam are travelling with them to make sure they dont get blasted to the other side of the globe. boromir is there for some reason, no one knows who picked him up but he's there and he wont leave.
Crop thieves having a feast! Pip’s zigzagoon is really proud of his pickup abilities, he has found the greatest shroom. Merry is so jealous and Sam is not sure about all the stealing, but Raticate does want that turnip
Lets talk about the Fellowship for a second. They’re all kinda outcasts, all very different from the rest of their races or family. Lets dig a little deeper into each one, looking at both their movie and book selves.
Frodo: Frodo’s an orphan, his parents drown and he went to live with Bilbo. Bilbo was already thought of as weirdo by the other hobbits because of his adventure, so Frodo, they thought, must be just as odd. Also movie Frodo is much to thin to be considered pretty by hobbit standers and both Frodos are a bit to adventurous.
Sam: Not much to say here, as Sam is an exemplary hobbit. His looks are hobbity enough and he enjoys gardening. The two things that set him apart are, his desire to meet the elves, and, of course, his association with the Baggins.
Merry: Merry is a Brandybuck, which are not all that respectable to the hobbits of Hobbiton, they go out in boats after all. Also he and Pippin definitely are a bit adventurous for hobbits.
Pippin: Pippin is very curious, and curiosity leads to adventure. He is a Took, an outcast from the hobbits of Hobbiton. Like I said befor, he and Merry are definitely a bit adventurous for hobbits.
Aragorn: Aragron is a ranger, lives on the outskirts of civilization. As we see in Bree, people are a bit afraid of him, he’s just too odd, too different. Aragorn also lived in Rivendell, but he was a man among elves, also too different. He’s too human for the elves, yet to elven for the humans.
Legolas: Legolas is the prince of Mirkwood. His father is Thranduil, who, after the death of his wife, turns cold and distant. Legolas also associates himself with humans, unlike the other Mirkwood elves.
Gimli: Gimli is entirely respectable before the quest. I can’t really think of any thing to say about him. (edit: Milkywhoreos is corenct, Gimli is to diplomatic and poetic.)
Boromir: Boromir is respected and loved by Gondor, but his family life? He probably had to raise his brother and loves him more than anything, but his father is a big jerk.
Gandalf: Do I even have to say anything here? Gandalf is completely bonkers (But, like, in a good way.)
So, in conclusion? Each member of the Fellowship was practically alone before they found each other. They had small, broken or non-existing families, and/or were un-liked by others. Then they found these other alone people, and said “I didn’t really have anyone, and they all didn’t ether. But now we got each other, and I don’t care if you’re an elf, or a dwarf, or a hobbit,or a wizard,or a human, we’re now family.” They didn’t have family, so they found one.