VID: "Line of Fire", The Eagle
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Title: Line of Fire
Music: Junip
Characters: Marcus Aquila
Summary: "If put to the test, would you step back from the line of fire?" Marcus-centric vid.

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Tumblr-ing
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Okay I finally caved in and started a Tumblr blog. I'm starting to feel less like an awkward dinosaur using this thing, and more like an Alice going down the rabbit hole. :)



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Man of Steel [insta-reactions]
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It's beyond late, but I've finally watched Man of Steel. It's intimate and powerful at the same time -- massively gorgeous, heartfelt, and deeply heroic. There's just something endlessly stirring to see a whole horde of characters presented at their very best, and just as inspiring as our titular hero. There are so many acts of courage and kindness in this movie, across all spectrum of scale.

Not only from each and every one of the ensemble cast, but also from many of the nameless extras. From the Els & the Kents (I'm tearing up just thinking about them, and the fact that Clark is such a beloved child of both worlds), Lois of course, Colonel Hardy, Dr. Hamilton, Pete, Lana, Perry and Jenny and Steve -- to the crab hunter who instinctively pushed Clark out of harm's way on the boat, the desperate cop who tried to steer the crowd to safety, the terrified priest who still managed to empathize with Clark, the soldiers who held out as far as they could, the Coast Guards and so on.

This is what ultimately makes it a Superman story, the real deal, because it's not only the man who shines, but everyone else around him. There's bravery and determination from the human race from every corner of this movie, they're already in the sun with him. And it's also a punch to the gut -- reminding me that no matter how many fandoms I'm into, this is it. Superman is still #1 for me, and always will be.



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Maglor & his story in the Silmarillion
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There's a proverb of ours which is roughly translated as "don't assume no crocodiles in still waters". That's how I'm beginning to see Maglor, a crocodile in still waters. (I've long perceived Galadriel as this type of character as well, but that's for another post.) He blends in the background so easily, it's terrifying. Except for mentions of his gift in music, his Beleriand stronghold before Dagor Bragollach, and that singular act of vengeance in the Nirnaeth, the Silmarillion is almost completely silent on the specifics of his character. You have to read between the lines very closely to make him come alive.

There are no grand tales about Maglor's deeds and decisions, nor any limelight moment for him, unlike the rest of his illustrious family. Maglor doesn't even have any line of dialogue, not until the War of Wrath chapter. And yet he is unquestionably there -- not only in every heroic sacrifice of the Noldor in their war against Morgoth, but also in every trail of blood and massacre that followed the House of Fëanor. I mean, I used to see Curufin and Celegorm as the most despicable of the Fëanorians, what with their betrayal of Finrod and their ceaseless attempts to murder Lúthien & Beren. But honestly speaking, Maglor totally beats them on the bloodbath scale.

Then, as we neared to the end of the Silmarillion, Tolkien told us these about him:

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Adorableness!
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My dad sent these photos to the family group last night and gushed over them, bless him. I've seen the book buddies story before, but the stuffed wolf was a new one. :)



Left: Nine-year-old Joshua Wade had to undergo for a surgery and brought along his stuffed wolf to keep him company. The wolf had a tear in its leg and Joshua asked his parents if the doctors can make his wolf better as well. They said no, telling him that they will get the wolf fixed when they get home. But when the surgery is over, they found the wolf right next to their son, complete with a surgical mask and the leg all bandaged up with his own set of sutures. The kind, amazing surgical staff has actually taken care of the wolf, knowing just how much it meant to Joshua. [Full story]

(Ngl, I can't help but be reminded of that book scene in the Eo9 when Cub comforted Marcus when he was almost sick with fear thinking of his surgery. Awh Cub!)

Right: Kristi Rodriguez, the coordinator of an animal shelter was inspired by her ten-year-old son, Sean, a struggling reader who practiced by reading to the cats. The cats, in turn find it highly soothing and were a great source of support. The routine helped him out so much and his mom realized that it could work for other children as well. The shelter now has a regular book buddies program, where the kids are encouraged in their reading skills and the cats find comfort in the attention. [Full story]



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My brother's keeper
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Okay, this is giving me major BrOTP feels about Maedhros & Maglor.

I've always latched on to Tolkien's specific mention about Maglor being the one to slay Uldor at Nirnaeth Arnoeniad. Not that anyone should have underestimated him in the first place anyway, just because of the whole harp-playing-singing-poet-remorseful-adoptive-dad thing -- Maglor is as brutal and ruthless as one could ever be.

But for a Fëanorian in a world already full of heroic badassery and epic retributions, this act of delivering swift justice to the traitor, described in the most precise, no-frills manner -- I just can't help but get the sense that Maglor's vengeance here comes from a very personal level, rather than for everyone who eventually falls in that battle.

So, Maglor headcanon time.

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Fic/Art rec: Your Homeless Souls (Galadriel, Maglor)
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Fic by Lise | Art by Houkakyou | Gen

I've always loved Galadriel as a character, probably my favoritest in the entire legends of Tolkien, which is saying something. The thread who holds all the three Ages together. Maglor on the other hand, is just the epitome of pity. He's still one of my favorites from the Silmarillion, but I was beginning to feel a bit detached from him. Then I stumbled upon this fic.

There's something that Fëanor once said as he rallied the Noldor to defy the Valar, about how they don't deserve to "mourn deedless for ever, a shadow-folk, mist-haunting and dropping tears in the thankless sea". It just strikes me that this is exactly the fate of Maglor, his only surviving child. Everyone in the Silmarillion finishes their story, except for him. This fic explores on a possible meeting between Maglor and Galadriel, set around the beginning of the Lord of the Rings.

Galadriel herself had lost so, so much, and Maglor shouldn't have been anything more than a hateful reminder of all that. Of his father, his Oath, and his own choices. Let it not be forgotten just how much blood Maglor has on his hands. But Galadriel forgives him anyway. And she recognizes the honor that he once had, as her own. For such a bleak source material like the Silmarillion -- where love doesn't conquer all, ideals fail and hope disappoints -- forgiveness is really the only thing left for any of them. And I think this little fic encapsulates that perfectly, in this quiet moment between the last son and daughter of the house of Finwë, reaching out to each other.



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VID: "Rusted Wheel", Fringe
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Title: Rusted Wheel
Music: Silversun Pickups
Characters: Olivia Dunham, Peter Bishop
Summary: "So you can't hold a star in your hand, though at least you can move on to that better plan." Olivia & Peter throughout the years.

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Hello again!
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I've forgotten just how much fun it is to be out there with your fandoms. :) It feels good to talk about the things you love and learning new stuff and really, just to hang around and squee at all the wonderful things people do to bring joy to their fellow fans.

My interests are more into movies these days, mostly the MCU & X-Men franchise. I miss keeping up with the comics and DC in general (I haven't even watched Man of Steel yet), but do I hope I can come back at some point. As for TV, I'm following Elementary and The Americans at the moment.

And Tolkien! Now that hasn't cooled down a bit, lol. In fact, I was just re-reading the Silmarillion (or as I fondly call it, In Which Everyone Dies Except Galadriel) the other day and having so many revised thoughts on the characters. Lots of second first impressions! I hope I'm blessed enough to have someone turn the Silm into movies in my lifetime, I can only imagine all that First Age angst and mayhem and broken hearts there on the big screen. *g*

I do have The Eagle movie specifically to credit for bringing me out from lurkdom, though. I just love the film to bits, and I'm now halfway through the book as well. Amazing stuff! I feel quite comforted to know there are lots of Sutcliff's other works to look forward to after I've finished it.



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VID: "Where There is Light", Fringe
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Title: Where There is Light
Music: VNV Nation
Fandom: Fringe, ensemble
Summary: "In want of courage, it is as a shield for me." A little tribute to the show's enduring sense of hope and home.

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VID: "Devotion", North & South
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Title: Devotion
Music: Hurts
Fandom: North & South, ensemble
Summary: "Here's hoping, you'll help me to be brave. You'll help me to resist."

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Fringe 4x05: "Novation"
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"Find us."
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A list of my tv status so far, and I welcome your recs too. :)

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Imagine yourself then imagining yourself now.
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So like the promo says, Baseball Happened. I don't pretend to know exactly how did Texas Rangers losing the game resulted in Fringe getting postponed another week. But anyway. Let me talk about this show for a bit. :)

I've always adored Fringe, but by the end of the last season, it has gotten to the point that sometimes that I would even feel like I don't deserve this show. At the heart of all that universe-crossing, time-breaking & space-bending stuff, is a love story. A rich, quietly magnificent love story, borne with all the hard choices that come with it. People taking care of each other, reaching out, finding a sense of home, of letting go and coming back. Most importantly, the way hope is such a permeating element in the entire show. Olivia's desperate plea to AltBroyles in "Entrada" is one of those countless moments which encapsulates the show perfectly, and is quite possibly one of the most emotionally resonant scenes I've ever come across on television.

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there and back again
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*waves tentatively*

Hello again. :) I don't know if I even remember how to do these things anymore, but we'll see.



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Icon post #12
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Source: Wonder Woman
Characters: Diana of Themyscira, Hippolyta, Artemis, Alexa, Steve Trevor

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Supergirl #56
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This is still my #1 favorite book at the moment, and this issue has the sweetest moment of the week:



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Icon post #11
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Source: Batman: Under the Red Hood
Characters: Bruce Wayne/Batman, Dick Grayson/Nightwing, Jason Todd/Robin/Red Hood

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"As little might be thought..."
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starry_dawn posted a poll a few days ago about your favorite characters in fandom to see if there's a pattern to them, and I'm indeed more inclined towards the good guys. I tend to see things from their POV first and defend it, compared to the villains and anti-heroes characters. But because all good stories are rarely black and white, it's very easy to remember when a hero is doing a bad thing, and when a villain is doing a good thing.

Taking the Silmarillion for example. I love both Maedhros and Finrod equally and for different reasons, but if I simply had to choose just one of them, I'm definitely with Team Finrod all the way. And yet even Finrod Felagund, Mr. Fairest and Most Beloved of the House of Finwë (I say this without sarcasm) is certainly not without his own instances of questionable integrity and decision-making -- i.e. his complicity in covering up the slaughter at Alqualondë from their brethren in Middle-earth (which also reminds me of characters like Atticus Finch and TDK Jim & Bruce), and leaving his own people and kingdom vulnerable, in order to fulfill his oath made to Barahir.

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Welcome to Smallville!
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I love when the comics and movies copy visuals from the show, and vice versa.

A scene from S/B: Apocalypse, when Clark drives Kara to Smallville:



They got it right down to that fascinating population number too.



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