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spacebabe51 · 3 days ago
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sometimes you gotta go back and read the ultra cringe fanfiction.net story you wrote in jr high instead of working through your emotional issues, just to keep yourself humble
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everytime i log in and see people thirsting over thorin fucking oakensheild it radicalizes me. radicalizes me to what you ask? idk stay tuned. either ill finally become a full lesbian or ill join a monastary or smnth.
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look a LOT of things in the lotr series make me emo but nothing quite makes me as emo as the usage of Bilbo's "A Walking Song" aka "Edge of Night".
In the books, we first hear it in the Shire as Sam, Frodo and Pippin are traveling to the Brandywine. They haven't really experienced a lot of danger yet and they're still very hopeful, and the lyrics reflect the sense of adventure and intrigue ahead:
Upon the hearth the fire is red,
Beneath the roof there is a bed;
But not yet weary are our feet,
Still round the corner we may meet
A sudden tree or standing stone
That none have seen but we alone.
Tree and flower and leaf and grass,
  Let them pass! Let them pass!
 Hill and water, under sky,
  Pass them by! Pass them by!
Still round the corner there may wait
A new road or a secret gate,
And though we pass them by today,
Tomorrow we may come this way
And take the hidden paths that run
Towards the Moon or to the Sun.
  Apple, thorn, and nut and sloe,
  Let them go! Let them go!
  Sand and stone and pool and dell,
  Fare you well! Fare you well!
These lyrics were written by Bilbo, whose adventure was less urgent- they reflect a sense of wanderlust that we know was innate to him, of wishing to see new places and things and really take your time as you journey. But Frodo, Pippin and Sam are on a much more pressing quest, and it also reflects that. The last stanza takes a turn to a slightly darker tone, and this is the verse we hear in RotK, with some small changes to help it fit the sombre moment (Denethor sending Faramir to die):
Home is behind, the world ahead,
And there are many paths to tread
Through shadows to the edge of night,
Until the stars are all alight.
Then world behind and home ahead,
We'll wander back to home and bed.
  Mist and twilight, cloud and shade,
  Away shall fade! Away shall fade!
  Fire and lamp, and meat and bread,
  And then to bed! And then to bed!
The small changes to the words in the film make this seem slightly more hopeless, which makes perfect sense for the time and place it was performed: but the essential point of this stanza in the book is "yes we expect there will be terrible things ahead of us, but when it's all over there will always be home to come back to!"
Which is a heartbreaking sentiment, because for these three and Merry, it isn't true. The Shire won't be there waiting for them, the same as it was, when they return. Unlike with Bilbo's adventure, the shadows follow them home. The last time we hear a variation of this, is when Frodo is leaving the Shire for the very last time:
It was evening, and the stars were glimmering in the eastern sky as they passed the ruined oak and turned and went on down the hill between the hazel-thickets. Sam was silent, deep in his memories. Presently he became aware that Frodo was singing softly to himself, singing the old walking-song, but the words were not quite the same:
Still round the corner there may wait
A new road or a secret gate;
And though I oft have passed them by,
A day will come at last when I
Shall take the hidden paths that run
West of the Moon, East of the Sun.
Sam doesn't yet know that Frodo is leaving forever, and to me, revisiting this motif is Frodo's way of telling him. The change to the lyrics from "we" to "I" reflect that this is something he intends to do alone- he's going somewhere Sam can't follow, somewhere he knew his path was going to lead eventually.
The original song that Annie Lennox had penned for the end of the trilogy, instead of "Into the West", was called "Use Well the Days", and it utilized this stanza as it's first verse. This song was a less epic, softer track specifically from Frodo to Sam- thanking him for his love and urging him to enjoy the life he had.
"Into the West" is a beautiful song, and in the end I'm kind of glad it was chosen instead of the other because I'm not sure I could have handled "Use Well the Days", emotionally. But all that said, "A Walking Song" and all its variants are such a poignant resonating theme thoughout Frodo's journey and it kills me everytime I think about it.
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You ever go to look at someone's blog to see if you wanna follow them and its like. The genre of posts they reblog are all the ones you just kinda skipped over, and the characterizations they seem to enjoy, though not ones you totally loathe, are the ones that just kinda make you wrinkle your nose for a minute and go "ok." and its like- yes you are enjoying this thing too but in a totally different flavor then i am. We are ships that pass in the night. Farewell.
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I've started trying to queue posts more so i dont spam my followers (particularly my non lotr mutuals from other fandoms you know you have my entire heart and soul) but im not always great abt remembering to add the 'queuetiful' tag, so if you see me posting stuff but not replying to your posts or answering messages it may be that im not actually online
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spacebabe51 · 12 days ago
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literally what did i ever do to my amazon music to make it think im this boring. My discovery playlist sounds like a local coffee bar that advertises live music but its wednsday night and they just have one white alt kid with a ukulele
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spacebabe51 · 20 days ago
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Me @ 8:25 AM: ok for real time to knock out this essay
Me @ 11:40 AM: ok for real time to knock out this essay
Me @ 1:25 PM: ok for real time to knock out this essay
Me @ 3:25 PM: ok for real time t
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spacebabe51 · 26 days ago
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good morning gamers today i felt super groggy and for some reason i couldn't remember eric andre's name to save my life. My brain just kept saying "andre johnson" over and over even though i knew that wasnt right. I thought about it during my entire commute and then in the Starbucks line my synapses finally made a connection and i whispered "eric andre" out loud by accident, in a very awed voice, and the businessman in front of me starting looking around in terror
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Hi!! Welcome to my messy lotr/tolkien sideblog!
About me:
I'm 25! I won't ever put untagged/hard nsfw on this blog but nontheless please interact cautiously if you are a minor 😊
I go by she/her
Some people call me Spacey
My main blog is spacebabe51 and I follow back/reply from there!
DNI if:
You support MAPS/ship any minor/adult ships or believe "its just fiction it doesn't affect reality"
General homophobia, acephobia, transphobia, biphobia/other bigotry
You ship Merry/Pippin, Merry/Frodo, Pippin/Frodo or any other incestuous ships
Less important stuff:
I ship: Sam/Frodo, Legolas/Gimli, Faramir/Eowyn, Arwen/Aragorn, Beren/Luthien. If you bash any of these I probably wont follow you (to be clear, i I have nothing against potraying them platonically! That's cool and fine and I would love to see that)
I do not ship: Bilbo/Thorin. I didn't like their portrayals in the films and the ship dynamic makes me 😬 so I probably won't follow if you post it, and I appreciate proper tagging as I have that tag filtered
And that's it! My inbox is always open to rant/talk tolkien/whatever! If you need anything tagged please let me know and thanks for reading this! :)
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spacebabe51 · a month ago
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Treasured mutuals help me decided whether to keep my bangs or grow them out bc they're at a super awkward length rn 🙏🙏
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fineanimesideblog · 2 months ago
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flirting with a breakdown this lovely morning because, on top of everything else, i put on some old perfume by accident that reminds me of a really terrible time in my life. Is this normal? Do normal people hold onto perfumes that take them back to other depressive episodes? Or have i Officially Lost It For Real?
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fineanimesideblog · 2 months ago
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Well xaio never came home. After more than 150 rolls and getting every other character on his banner. If anyone needs me, I'll be wallowing in the depths of despair
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fineanimesideblog · 2 months ago
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I know its all been said before but the fact that orochimaru slaughtered and abused a whole clan of people and murderered children without a second thought and the person who was closest to those people gets to spend the rest of his life watching him not only be allowed to live but continue his work i just
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fineanimesideblog · 2 months ago
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sometimes this show is sad and thought provoking and sometimes its comedy gold like kakashi turning around to combat giant pillars of wood by flailing two tiny shurikens at them like a one man woodchipper all while running backwards on the spine of a roof
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fineanimesideblog · 2 months ago
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Ok joke's over. Tenzo's sister just looking him in the eyes and realizing her excitement over meeting him again is going to be one sided because he's been emotionally broken and doesn't know how to be a child is. Profoundly sad.
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fineanimesideblog · 2 months ago
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AGOUGHHH I cant he's so SMALLL 😭😭
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fineanimesideblog · 2 months ago
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Not sure if its a continuity error or not that kakashi is just strolling abt town with his anbu tattoo clearly showing when I thought the masks were to keep their identities secret but ehh
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fineanimesideblog · 2 months ago
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"you are light and I am darkness" says danzo as though they arent just two old geezers in adult diapers playing the world's dumbest military mindgames in ninja north korea
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fineanimesideblog · 2 months ago
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FHSUSUDBEBSH NOT danzo sitting in the fucking hokage's seat after attempting an assasination of hiruzen waiting on the news that he's dead like HOW were you planning to explain that one
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fineanimesideblog · 2 months ago
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Shdhdjeje FUCKS sake there have literally been 60 kidnappings of anbu, civilians and infants in the leaf and hiruzen knows all abt it and knows that it's for fucked up deadly experiments and suspects who's behind it but he's like "¯\_(ツ)_/¯ what caaaan you do? Anyway how's that clinical depression at age 12 doing for you kakashi?"
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