After years of being a subpar fantasy fan, I’ve finally gotten around to listening to Fellowship of the Ring on audiobook because I have a very boring summer job and a kindle unlimited free trial. I’ve watched the movies, but it’s been long enough that I only remember vague important plot points. I have very mixed feelings, many of which have been affected by recently finishing ASOIAF. In no particular order:
@2 weeks ago
#LOTR #Observations #spoilers
- Wow, Mordor needs to fire whoever is in charge of promoting tourism.
- Why is Mordor so bad anyways? I mean, Iceland is also dark during the winter and covered in volcanoes, but everybody loves Iceland.
- What are Sauron’s motivations? No one really mentions his political goals other than conquest. Maybe he wants to overthrow a class-based, patriarchal and segregated society? It seems to me like everyone’s just afraid of a little “oversight”.
- All of Gandalf’s praises for the hobbits are backhanded compliments. Gandalf isn’t a very nice friend.
- Speaking of hobbits, how is Frodo 50?!?
- I do like all the hobbit characters, even if they are overly trusting.
- Aragorn is pretty wise about stranger danger though.
- The Elves are pretty full of themselves, but they’re also really interesting.
- What is Tom Bombadill? Shouldn’t he be more important?
- Why are there so few female characters? It’s also a bit odd that all the cultures reckon kinship patrilineally.
- I still do like the book. The level of world-building is pretty incredible
@2 weeks ago with 2081 notes
Tumblr posts + classics references
I may or may not have jumped on a certain bandwagon.
References (In case the pictures weren’t clear enough):
- Catullus 85, “Odi et amo…”
- Lesbia’s “sparrow”
- L. Caecilius Iucundus (Cambridge Latin Course)
this is beautiful.
Ita vero! Sic est!
@1 month ago with 21530 notes
The concept is bizarre, combining a building material from the time of Julius Caesar with a Jetsons aesthetic, but the approach has already worked before.
This newly-revived technique could provide low-cost housing for refugees and displaced people, and generally provide architects with a cost-effective way to explore convex construction.
tellatubbies knew it all along
(Source: Wired, via mohja)