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The Lord of the Rings Meme | ten scenes (2/10)
Farewell to Lórien.
This is my favorite fucking scene.
If you’ve read the Silmarillion, you know who Fëanor was. If you don’t, Fëanor was the dickhead who created the Silmarils: three indescribably beautiful and magical jewels that contained the light and essence of the world before it became flawed. They were the catalyst for basically every important thing that happened in the First Age of Middle Earth.
It is thought that the inspiration for the Silmarils came to Fëanor from the sight of Galadriel’s shining, silver-gold hair.
He begged her three times for single strand of her beautiful hair. And every time, Galadriel refused him. Even when she was young, Galadriel’s ability to see into other’s hearts was very strong, and she knew that Fëanor was filled with nothing but fire and greed.
Fast forward to the end of the Third Age.
Gimli, visiting Lorien, is also struck by Galadriel’s beauty. During the scene where she’s passing out her parting gifts to the Fellowship, Galadriel stops empty-handed in front of Gimli, because she doesn’t know what to offer a Dwarf. Gimli tells her: no gold, no treasure… just a single strand of hair to remember her beauty by.
She gives him three. Three.
And this is why Gimli gets to be an Elf Friend, people. Because Galadriel looks at him and thinks he deserves what she refused the greatest Elf who ever lived—- and then twice that. And because he has no idea of the significance of what she’s just given him, but he’s going to treasure it the rest of his life anyway.
Just look at that smile on Legolas’s face in the last panel. He gets it. He knows the backstory. And I’m pretty sure this is the moment he reconsiders whether Elves and Dwarves can’t be friends after all.
Everyone look at this great fucking post
There are posts and then there are posts
one day I will love a female character who is consistently treated well by the writers and the fandom
do you ever look through old pictures and think
where the hell did that shirt go
things that should be allowed to be used in essays:
- i shit you not
- you feel me
- no but get this
- i’m just sayin
- let me explain you a thing
- and yeah
- listen here you little shit
and so elementary proves once again that it can manage to meet all the qualifications of a procedural while giving us, week after week, an incredibly satisfying character arc that’s satisfying from both an intratextual and metanarrative perspective which is all basically a long way of saying oh my babies
because here’s this wonderful character-building episode, quietly tucked into the season lineup, that parallels so nicely with the pilot — most clearly in the jail scene, of course, but it goes so far beyond that.
because when joan meets sherlock — and this is so important in this adaptation — she’s skeptical of his talents and his assertions, and she absolutely should be. the thing about the “sherlock holmes” cachet is that its audience comes with the built-in supposition that sherlock is extraordinary. we were pre-programmed to accept his eccentricities as brilliance. joan, though, is absolutely, rightfully not — and this episode just absolutely nails that notion to the wall. i mean, there’s no more perfect way to have slyly conveyed that than “what kind of a name is sherlock?”
here, as opposed to the pilot, it’s joan’s friends who are skeptical of her job, joan who is derided and doubted (much is made of how cbs’ holmes is constantly called on his shit vs. other adaptations, and i won’t get into that here, but let’s note how the tables are turned here on joan — not the first time she’s been doubted since she took on holmes as a client, but certainly a time when the parallels are made painfully clear).
it’s a testament to their relationship that sherlock feels the key is for joan to help him with “his” case and quid pro quo — that they are better, as professionals (and perhaps
most definitelyas people) together — and it’s rewarded from a narrative perspective by the fact that those cases intersect and lead to the crimes’ resolution.
so basically, this show is really fucking clever by giving us a case and a scenario that a) mirrors the pilot so well and b) gives joan such a great arc and validation in her new role. but THEN. THEN. this show’s got to go just a little further. it’s got to have sherlock (after deferentially knocking, of course) further challenging joan, and joan pleased about taking on that challenge. there’s room for so much growth, for both of them, but at the same time they’re emotional equals, each getting something invaluable from the other.
and THEN. joan looks back at what appears to be a social networking/dating website and changes her JOB STATUS. and maybe it’s out there, but i can’t recall the last time i saw a show/movie/etc where a woman called up her faux facebook/match.com website for any reason other than to change her relationship status. and if that’s not both a fucking brilliant commentary on how this show constantly subverts expectations and a fucking brilliant metacommentary on people who doubted and still doubt this show for fear that a ~female john watson~ was just an excuse to hook up holmes and watson then i don’t know what to say, except that i’m still shaking my head at how many different levels this show can sometimes manage to get absolutely right for me.
DO YOU EVER JUST GET UNREASONABLY EMOTIONAL OVER LORD OF THE RINGS MUSIC