Category: Endórë

Mélamarnya, an enduring passion, and where my heart truly belongs — Middle-earth.

he of the star-dome

I…actually just had a weird revelation (for lack of a better word) about The Rings of Power.

I’m absolutely fascinated by Elrond Tarantino* — weirdly enough, it was seeing Robert Aramayo in action that solidified that; the man is poetry in motion and perfect for Elrond, even if the costume department keeps dragging its ass! And that voice, oh goodness — and am so looking forward to seeing his character really, really dug into. We only got glimpses of that in PJ’s Middle-earth movies, which is totally understandable, because he was such a minor character in those. And it’s a testament to how powerful an actor Hugo Weaving is that his movie depiction pretty much became the depiction of Elrond that I saw when I read the literature, but.

So. I got into a relationship that lead to engagement a few months after FotR’s release, and my then (now extremely ex) fiancée was completely obsessed with Elrond — well, really, she was obsessed with Hugo Weaving, and thus Elrond followed (and six months later when she had her brain eaten by Harry frickin’ Potter of all things, said “obsessions” were dropped like hot po-tay-toes, but hey, that’s what she does). I always wanted to like, dig into his character from a fandom perspective, you know? Like fic, art, opinion pieces, research, all that kinda stuff. But…I never really did, because the image of Elrond was always slightly tainted by this toxic waste spill pretending to be a person.

(Look, she lied about have cancer in order to passive-aggressively get me to be the one to break up with her. Then cheated on me, twice. And then had the fucking gall to email me several years later wailing about how I was her “greatest love story”. I do not have to spare her feelings whatsoever.)

But now…what with Elrond Tarantino…it’s like…not like a new Elrond, because I think Aramayo really captures that same essence that Weaving did, but like…it’s like the bad associations have been removed from him? So it’s like I can dive into fangirling without the bad memories (or just the exasperating ones). And I absolutely love that idea. Maybe I’ll make that Elrond fansite after all.

 

 

* yes, this was mocking, originally. now it’s pure hopeful fondness! ♥ (yup, I’m one of those annoyances that mocks the things she likes, with no mercy. y’all know how much I adore Nicky Wire from the sheer amount of times I’ve made fun of his dramatic cranky gorgeous ass.)

you have not seen what I have seen!

so. my thoughts on the new Rings of Power teaser:

  • yay, much better than the first, but oof, it’s still dreadfully CGI-heavy…
  • Galadriel is literally perfect. negl, Morfydd Clark is 100% more like the Artanis I imagined when first reading the books than Cate Blanchett. s̶t̶e̶p̶ ̶o̶n̶ ̶m̶e̶ ̶m̶o̶m̶m̶y̶
  • all my problems with Elrond Tarantino (fucking cannot unsee that now, thanks Alex XD) are just aesthetic, basically. he has the right air about him and his voice is gorgeous! just give him long dark hair already.
  • I think, apart from the ACTUAL lore problems (and no, POC in Middle-earth do not subvert the lore, you racist jackasses), costume design is probably what bugs me the most. some of it is so uninspiring and some is just silly. Nothing’s made me gasp and think “omg, that’s beautiful” — the elven fashion actually is kinda boring. Which is just. I mean. What?
  • actual lore problem example: dear everyone, Harfoots ARE hobbits, okay. they are Harfoot hobbits. Harfoot is just a breed. (which is a squicky word to use for sentient beings, but…) Saying “Harfoots are the ancestors of hobbits!” is like saying “Labradors are ancestors of dogs”. it’s nonsensical and untrue. stop. dear god please stop.
  • giggling at the neckbeards moaning about baww Galadriel’s a badass but she’s a GIRL it’s not FAIR on MEN is my new favourite hobby

out of death, life!

This…considering what a tiny budget it must have had, this is incredible. Something about the visuals and the beautiful music that played when Yavanna began the re-greening of the world actually made me tear up. Amazing, amazing!