anghraine: from the 2005 p&p: darcy standing at a piano while georgiana plays it (between the mountains and the sea)
Tumblr user erunyauve made this post, which argued that Tolkien's insistence that Elves are "immensely strong" isn't supported by the suggestion in LOTR that Aragorn and Boromir are the muscle of the Fellowship, or a line in the Silmarillion about the distinction between Sindar and Noldor.

I responded:

Hm, I read the evidence rather differently.

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Nov. 23rd, 2015 08:53 pm
anghraine: from the 2005 p&p: darcy standing at a piano while georgiana plays it (between the mountains and the sea)
For [personal profile] sathari , my meta about Aragorn as an A+ Machiavellian prince.

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anghraine: luke bowing his head over vader's corpse; text: prayer for the dead (luke grieving [prayer for the dead])
Basically, it's a compressed, talky version of the stuff that I was thinking through with my Lothíriel fic all those years ago. This isn't that, I just got to thinking about it when I came across a random reference, and considering where my Lothíriel might have gotten all those seditious ideas from. :)

title: princes of the city
fanverse: canon, more or less

The Lady Ivriniel did not like the King. She did not pretend otherwise—to anything but grudging acknowledgment of his accomplishments, and would have considered it a deplorable weakness of character to let anyone think she approved of this upstart from the North. She only just refrained from muttering usurper under her breath every time his names were mentioned, and that—her kin suspected—sprang more from consideration for her sister-son than actual civility.

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Jun. 8th, 2013 10:17 pm
anghraine: tarrlok glowering through his hair; text: lost (tarrlok [lost])
 Hey, everyone. I've kind of fallen back into Tolkien fandom (!) on Tumblr, which is making me ridiculously happy--I'm trying to kind of maintain a, idk, presence in all my fandoms rather than swerving from one to the other as I've always done, so that I don't completely drift away AND I manage to have a life and all, but still. It's been really fun and everyone's super nice so far (I got an intimidatingly nice ask from a BNF I follow o_O). I've posted some new and mostly old thoughts, and I started a Silmarillion liveblog thing with [personal profile] wyncatastrophe, which is a blast even if I choose fairly random things to focus on. 

I also had a weird but very tempting plotbunny for a sort of alternate version of the Southampton plot in post-ROTK Gondor--shortly before Aragorn heads off on one of his wars (with Faramir as the Earl of March). Political shenanigans! I wrote four whole sentences:

The King did not owe his throne to the Steward. His victories in war, the alliances he had carefully forged, the healing of the wounded—most prominently, Lord Faramir himself—these, as much as the long-rejected claim of the heirs of Isildur, had made him High King. Still, Faramir’s graceful surrender of power had done a great deal to smooth Aragorn’s path. Had he been less accommodating, or had the Lord Denethor survived, Aragorn might still have his throne, but he would have sat upon it far more uneasily. 

Anyway. I was, as I recall, one of the younger people in the fandom when I was really active in it--I was randomly looking at an old fic and I wrote it nine years ago?? It's a cliché, but where did the time go? Now I'm getting reblogged by people who were born when I was in high school. 

anghraine: artist's rendition of faramir; text: i would not take this thing if it lay by the highway (faramir)
I have just finished my last class of the term, which I may or may not pass (statistics, eurgh), and I decided to celebrate my vacation by dredging up what I could from the Wayback Machine's copies of Emyn Arnen -- a Tolkien (specifically, Faramir/Éowyn) site I talked about here.  In particular, the old Purist Rantings threads. 

A number of highly active members of Emyn Arnen, including yours truly, had many, many objections to the LOTR movies.  Oh, we did love them.  We just hated them, too.  This is the purist way.  Since we kept spilling over and offending the somewhat less ... hm, vocal filmfen, I made a thread strictly for ranting about the movies.

And we ranted.  For thirteen pages.  That's when the admins closed it and started a new one.  We maxed that one out, too -- and the next.  It was only on the fourth thread that we began to lose steam. 

It would take hundreds of pages (and hours) to transcribe all of them.  However, since they may vanish at any moment, I wanted to preserve them in some way.  Therefore, I begin to provide the truly exhaustive version of ...

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