Happy International Women’s Day!
"Nine companions. So be it. You shall be the Fellowship of the Ring."
for the time will soon come when hobbits will shape the fortunes of all…
And thus it was. A fourth age of middle-earth began. And the fellowship of the ring… though eternally bound by friendship and love… was ended.
so in LOTR’s appendices it says that legolas eventually builds a boat and takes gimli across the seas and into the west, the gray havens. you know, the place arwen isn’t allowed to go because she’s in love with a…
mist and shadow, cloud and shade
all shall fade, all shall fade
favourite denethor moments — asked by nobody
it’s a dangerous business frodo,
going out your door
“You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” (insp. x)
i am SO MAD RIGHT NOW. like. FURIOUS. just. ugh
did you know that Arwen was supposed to show up in the Two Towers and fight at Helm’s Deep?
Because I didn’t know. Arwen was my entry point into fandom, period. Arwen was. Like, I can’t even begin to tell you how important Arwen is to me, or how important she was to me when I was eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen. And, and she entered into the movie sword-first, guys. She was brave and strong and a faster rider than Aragorn and a healer and I loved her so much and I wanted to grow up and be her so badly. But cortue and I were just talking the other day about how once Elrond shows up at Aragorn’s camp in the third movie, Arwen loses the ability to speak. She shows up in flashback, lying in bed, and she shows up at the wedding, smiling and happy, but she doesn’t get even one more line. “Every time I watch it, I hope against hope that the elf under the cloak is going to be Arwen.”
We got an extra, “non-canon” book scene in which Arwen lay upon a fainting couch and was going to die because of Reasons, and then after that she fades out of the story, except as a smiling face at Aragorn’s coronation.
And she was supposed to be in the battle of Helm’s Deep? She was supposed to show up grim and beautiful and dangerous and save Aragorn’s life? She wasn’t just supposed to choose Middle-Earth, she was supposed to fight for it?
I can’t begin to tell you what that would have meant to me. I can’t begin to tell you how furious I am that this scene was cut, even from the extended editions.
hey, do you know why Arwen at Helm’s Deep was cut? Three guesses, and the first two don’t count. Fucking fanboys. Fucking Tolkien purists. Apparently they threw such a big shitfit when news of this storyline was leaked that Jackson et al scrapped it.
The website I found this on said that the internet outrage was so personal and vicious that it made Liv Tyler cry. I don’t know if that’s true, but if I’d known that this was a possibility, eleven year old me definitely would have cried. ten years later I still kind of feel like crying.
like, not just deleted from the movie. not just deleted from the fucking director’s cut. deleted so well that, like. well. a girl who’s been in love with Arwen for half her life never heard of it. I feel robbed.
and, it’s just. it’s been ten years, and people are still at that exact same level of outrage about Tauriel.
I’m so angry I’m not even angry, I’m just sad.
arwen the lord of the rings the battle of helms deep arwen undomiel if you hate tauriel then fuck you if you hate ladies because they weren’t in the books then fuck you if you hate ladies because they’re doing things they didn’t do in the books then FUCK YOU
I am mad I’m speechless, and I’ve been staring at this post for a good ten minutes.