My book, But since coming
Into it, I’d be damned if you
Weren’t on every page, In
Every sentence, Until the very
oh god I’m leaving tomorrow
[attempts not to freak out]
You were born to the rolling hills and the little rivers of the Shire. But home is now behind you, the world is ahead.
Bilbo Baggins is not a man who craves excitement outside of testing new recipes in his kitchen. And he’s most certainly not a thief of any sort, thank you for asking. Thorin Durin, a man with a once great family torn asunder by tragedy, has no desire for much of anything. At least not until they’re brought together with a ragtag group of gentlemen by a meddling old man to undertake a quest for truth and maybe a little vengeance. With so much to gain, and far more to lose than they realize, it will be a long and dark journey for all.
Graphic credit: X
quick family moment with Vili, husband of Dis. he’s very proud of his royal sons and wife.
"Well, we’ll take it as a sign."
Everybody’s faves are problematic as heck. That’s the sad truth of fangirling over people, and putting them up on pedestals comprised of very high expectations. The sooner you accept that, the sooner you can move on.
I think it’s for everyone to decide whether the distasteful shit their fave spews renders said fave unworthy of their fan adoration. I acknowledge everything that MF has ever said. Does it make me a bit blah about him at times? Yeah, definitely. Am I gonna swear him off for good? Probably not just yet. You decide for yourself if that makes me a blind supporter of his horrendous personality, or just… a person enjoying other person’s work while realizing and accepting not everything the person has ever said or done is a hundred percent awesome. And please, if it makes you uncomfortable, avoid it. The unfollow button is right there.
AND FIERCE IMPATIENT ENDS / an instrumental mix of music, inspired by the general atmosphere of a bronte novel (requested by hallsofvalhalla)
01. String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor (“Death and the Maiden”): I. Allegro - Franz Schubert
02. Préludes op.28, N°24 en ré mineur - Frédéric Chopin
03. In Principio - Ludovico Einaudi
04. Canon per Augmentationem in Contrario Motu - J. S. Bach
05. Suspicion - Javier Navarrete
06. Violin Concerto in A Minor (“L’Estro Armonico #6”): II. Largo - Antonio Vivaldi
07. Hoarfrost - Danny Norbury
08. End Titles - Angelo Badalamenti
09. Les Érinnyes: Élégie for Cello - Jules Massenet
10. The Half Killed - Dario Marianelli
11. Found Song for P. - Max Richter
dedicated to all the anons who continue to feel the need to ‘explain’ to me that I shouldn’t love thorin cause he’s a selfish greedy asshole villain and his death will be justified in the third movie (✿ʘ‿ʘ)
I think Bilbo is a treacherous little thief who not only didn’t meet all the terms of his contract with Thorin, but was the catalyst who drove him to the edge of insanity by hiding the Arkenstone from him, thus cementing The Battle of The Five Armies. So, yes, if I have to choose between the two, I’m Team Thorin. As far as I’m concerned, once they reached the Lonely Mountain, Bilbo became an asshat. I wish Thorin had thrown him down the wall. Bilbo kept Thorin’s Arkenstone, lied to his face about it, then had the gall to hand it over to Bard and Thranduil even though he knew how much it would hurt Thorin and the other dwarves. No, I will not forgive Bilbo. Screw you, Tolkien! You clearly hated the House of Durin and I refuse to forgive you for that either, Professor, even though it is your story and you obviously wrote it the way you wanted. Why did you have to kill all three of them, huh? WHY? *end of rant*
No no no no no no oh my god no.
Bilbo Baggins kept the Arkenstone from Thorin because he believed the Arkenstone would be the catalyst to drive him into total madness. Thorin was clearly consumed with his lust for the stone, and it’s entirely understandable that Bilbo would fear what might happen should he get his hands on it. (In the Desolation of Smaug, Smaug even sets the stage for this, hissing in Bilbo’s ear about his desire to see the stone poison and corrupt Thorin. Why would Bilbo then want to hand such a terrible thing to someone he wanted to protect?)
Bilbo did not “become an asshat”. He was watching a dear friend of his spiral into utter madness and depravity. Someone he had come to cherish, respect, and admire in the months he was on his journey.
Furthermore, he did not blame Thorin for sinking into this madness, but, understood it was something he couldn’t fight. He thought he was doing the right thing by keeping the stone from Thorin.
Even Fili and Kili saw that Thorin was losing his mind, and making poor decisions as a result. That didn’t stop them from loving him, or dying to protect him, and it didn’t stop Bilbo from wanting to help him, either.
Was it the wrong decision to give the stone as a bargaining chip to Bard and Thranduil? Yes, it was, no one is refuting that, but Bilbo made that choice hoping it was the right one. Furthermore, it was likely the only one he could have made with any hopes of a happy ending to this story. He had hoped that Thorin’s bottomless need to have the Arkenstone would trump his hate and distrust for Bard and Thranduil, and prevent a war. That a war broke out regardless was not Bilbo’s fault, but an unhappy result of Thorin’s lust for wealth and power, and distrust for Elves and Men.
He DID NOT give the stone to Bard and Thranduil with the desire to cause harm to Thorin and the dwarves, or to betray them. He was trying to save them from themselves, even if it cost him their friendship and trust.
Because Bilbo fucking Baggins is brave and self sacrificing and would rather find himself banished from Thorin’s side forever than watch him, and all the other dwarves, die for the sake of gold and riches.
He made the choice that NO ONE ELSE was willing to make, or could make. Fili and Kili may have spoken out against what Thorin was doing, but they still followed him as their leader regardless. And yes, it ultimately failed, and war came to Erebor despite his efforts. But Bilbo Baggins is not treacherous. Bilbo Baggins was merely trying to resist the inevitability of Thorin’s fate, and spent the REST of his life knowing that he had failed to save his best friend from his own madness.
Thorin even acknowledges this, on his death bed. He knows Bilbo was only trying to save him from his own self destruction, and forgives him for taking the Arkenstone in a last ditch, desperate attempt to hold off the inevitable.
Bilbo Baggins is a hero and a wonderful character, and I think it’s important for everyone to understand that war would have come to Erebor no matter what he did to try and prevent it. But yet, he still tried, knowing full well it would probably mean he’d never see his dear friends ever again, because it was more important to him that they survive than anything else. THEIR LIVES were more important to him than his own, and he would have accepted Thorin throwing him off the wall if it meant Thorin lived.
This isn’t about Thorin versus Bilbo, or villainizing one over the other. This is about a hobbit who thought he was making the right choice to save his friends, and had to live the rest of his life knowing that nothing he could have done would have prevented the inevitability of Thorin, Fili, and Kili’s deaths.