This is amazing. I am reblogging to have this saved on my main blog so I remember to have my brother make one for our mom.
Reblogging to read later. One of my side interests is Imrahil. And he and Legolas are fascinating as an idea, for obviously sea-related reasons.
Fandom: The Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings - All Media Types, The Lord of the Rings (Movies), TOLKIEN J. R. R. - Works & Related Fandoms
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Legolas Greenleaf & Pippin Took, Gimli (Son of Glóin) & Legolas Greenleaf, Gimli (Son of Glóin & Legolas Greenleaf & Pippin Took
Characters: Legolas Greenleaf, Pippin Took, Gimli (Son of Glóin)
Additional Tags: Asexual Character, Aromantic Character, Aromantic Asexual Character, Demisexual Character, Demiromantic Character, Self-Discovery, pre-Imrahil/Legolas
Series: Part 2 of A Little Piece of the Sea, Part 7 of Hero Worship
At Aragorn and Arwen’s wedding, Legolas and Pippin share their bewilderment at the whole affair, and Legolas begins to open up about the new and somewhat unsettling feelings he has been having since he met the Prince of Dol Amroth in the street after the Battle of the Pelennor Field. And Gimli offers some much-needed information and advice.
Written for @aspecardaweek day 3, Across the A-Spectrum, to a prompt by the ever-awesome @theresonlyzuul who suggested Pip and Legolas bonding over their respective aspec identities. Featuring aroace!Pip, demiromantic-and-demisexual!Legolas (who has just met That Person and is consequently extremely confused) and ace!Gimli, with background cameos from Incorrigible Flirts Merry and Elladan (not flirting with each other, although there’s a thought…)
Interconnects with pretty much everything else I’ve ever written for the Tolkien fandom, because apparently I just really like writing in the same ‘verse all the time. :D
Seeing everyone’s work for @aspecardaweek this week has been really lovely. I started two pieces but have unfortunately not been able to dedicate time to them because of finals, and—I will admit—I’m often worried I understand a-spec things “wrong” or “incorrectly,” even though it’s a spectrum I resonate with. I’ve been in a committed relationship for so long now I sort of just quit thinking about these things, but... It has been nice to be reminded by Aspec Arda Week that just because one stops thinking about them, doesn’t mean they stop existing, or that they stop affecting us personally. If these terms had been around (or I had really been thinking about them/had access to them) when I was a teen and young adult, I think my understanding of self would have been different—kinder, more forgiving, and with more grace, and I probably would have made a lot healthier decisions than I did in my early 20s. Just the idea that in-between is okay, that confusion and bemusement are natural—it’s a paradigm shift, culturally and generationally. (Like, I’m not *that* old, but still.)
Thanks to everyone sharing their headcanons, art, and fics this week. It has really meant a lot to me to see people seeing themselves in the legendarium, and to see myself in it more fully, too.
@aspecardaweek day 5: Relationships → queerplatonic Gigolas
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 recieve him, or that the lords of the West should permit it
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, “Durin’s Folk”
@deheerkonijn and I spontaneously started talking about dwarven true-names this morning, and the way they are typically used in fics (shared only with family and lovers) made me suddenly think: what about people who don’t marry or take a partner? And because it’s worldbuilding day of @aspecardaweek, I thought I would ramble a little and see if anyone else wants to pick up the discussion.
So the way I typically see true-names handled in fic is that it is a very intimate moment when a dwarf shares their true name with a lover, that that is the Only Person they are reserved for aside from maybe family members. But since a lot of aspec stuff is broadening, complicating, or challenging the traditional definition of intimacy, what about when a dwarf doesn’t take a romantic partner in a traditional way? Would dwarves share their true names with their close friends? Would there be younger, maybe less traditional dwarves who might share names in friend groups as a sign of crossing a boundary of trust and intimacy? Would there be dwarves in different kinds of relationships who share names in different contexts? Are there more conservative dwarves who warn about this and distrust the practice?
Might there be specific words for this - insults or derogatory terms about people who give their names away “loosely,” or people who hold onto them tightly? Are there some people who prefer not to share their names with anyone, and how are they viewed? How much do other people know about how this works?
Basically, dwarf true-names as applied to aspec relationships. I’m fascinated and would love to hear other thoughts.
.....usually this blog is just for Tolkien talk, pretty images, and my very gay feelings, but I feel really intensely moved to reblog this because so much of this ahistorical rhetoric is coming from fan communities. Queer is a word that is very important to me.
What is or isn't a slur can be highly contextual, y'all.
"Jonny Sims bummed a fag off my ma" doesn't contain a slur, but "What are you, some kind of fag?" does.
"Queer studies", "the queer community" and "I'm queer"? Not a slur. Some bigot calling you a "dirty queer"? Slur.
"Be gay, do crimes" and "He's gay" ≠ slur, but "Ew, that's so gay" = slur.
In conclusion, stop buying into this fucking "q slur" bullshit. Queer people talking about the queer community aren't using it as a slur any more than a gay man calling himself gay is using that term as a slur.