effervescent mind of an ephemera


Well this is my reblogging blog. I just do what i please. Sometimes i voice opinions but i generally dont feel the need. Pretty boring when it comes down to it. In love with Tolkien stuff, marvel, harry potter, SUPERNATURAL, etc. also one of the elusive west wing fans. :) oh and an avid kinda closeted shipper.



school isn’t even about learning anymore, it’s about passing


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Can we talk about how Anne Hathaway’s husband Adam Shulman looks a bit like William Shakespeare… who had a wife named Anne Hathaway?

damn the illuminati’s not even trying anymore

I guess you could say that when Anne hath a Will, Anne Hathaway


okay I have to reblog for that pun


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there are people in the fandom who can

  • write fanfictions
  • draw fanarts
  • create gifs
  • think of theories
  • edit stuff

and then there’s me

But there’s you, who

  • Read our fanfictions
  • Like/Reblog/Commission us for our fanarts
  • View our gifs
  • Support our theories
  • Are amused by our edits

You are just as important as the rest of us.

All the fandoms should see this.

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Happy Birthday, Bilbo Baggins! (September, 22nd )

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#hobbit day 





Reblog if your cramps have ever

  • made you vomit
  • lasted between 2-3 days
  • stopped you from being able to walk or run
  • made you cry

It’s not considered a viable excuse on any occasion, and I would like to know why.


  • woken you up at night the pain was so bad


  • made you pass out

don’t forget

  • made you unable to stand up without doubling over and grabbing onto the closest object for support

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((IMPORTANT: The photoset was acting up last night, so in case that hasn’t been fixed yet, there’s a text-only version of this post coming out in exactly 20 minutes. Super sorry for the weirdness.))

Racism and Middle Earth: Part 4/6: Of Dwarves and Antisemitism

Okay, this is part of an ongoing series, and also a draft (the final, complete version will be offered as a downloadable pdf.) As such there are a couple un-attached pages that you will probably want to know about:

I mentioned this before, but antisemitism isn’t a topic I have a lot of experience with (due to the extremely low Jewish population in all the areas I’ve lived in, it wasn’t a subject that came up much in my own experiences, or something that my professors really focused on.) So if you notice anything that you think I missed or got wrong, please let me know so I can correct it for the final version. Also, many of the major concepts in this section came from "Dwarves are not heroes" by Rebecca Brackmann.

ALSO, good news! I’ve actually already written the rest of this series (just a short section on Tolkien’s personal writings, and an even shorter conclusion), so you should see that posted in just a couple days!

Copying my comments onto this post.

Any feedback from tumblr dwarf nerd Jews? I know I’ve read some really good pieces about the films and Jewish readings of them. 

Also, for more talk about ‘Evil Dwarves’ - this posthttp://askmiddlearth.tumblr.com/post/81768652522/evil-dwarves 

Yes, I must say that I do notice a lot of similarities, though most of them in the movies. Well, first, all points you mentioned above are some I came across are some I agree with (except for the one about speaking the language of the area Jews live in, with their own accent. I have never heard of that and I can’t really say anything about it, since all Jews I know either speak flawless German or have a Russian accent).

When I first watched the movie my cousin pointed out how the ‘reclaim Erebor’ thing reminded her of Jews as well, and zionism. Longing for a country for Jews and ‘going home’ is deeply ingrained in Jewish culture (or at least in the community I grew up in.) Not necessarily the current state of Israel, just a home. I can relate to it a lot, in fact, the way the older Dwarves act in the movies reminds me of my grandpas. 

Also, I don’t speak Hebrew or Yiddish myself, but I had teachers who talked in it randomly, and khuzdul speech melody reminds me of it a lot. Same with the Misty Mountains version during the credits. The ‘ah-ya-ya-yay’ sound is one actually sung in certain prayers. I read that this was deliberate for the movie.

oh, and can I add in something that occurred to me recently, about religion? how Aule was ordered to destroy his Dwarves and he really meant to do it, but Eru saw the Dwarves plead for mercy and allowed them to live (under certain conditions). I was taught that Abraham and Isaac were basically the first Jews as such, and Abraham was commanded to sacrifice his beloved son, as prove of his faith. In the last moment an angel stopped him, since his will to do what his god commanded proved him good and there was no need… well, it does remind me of the Dwarf creation

I think it’s also important to mention that nearly all of the bad stereotypes Tolkien used might have seemed harmless to him? Like people have stereotypes along the lines of ‘English people cook bad’ or whatever… Some people just don’t know better, or think it’s nothing bad

Another thing I’d add is the funerals. Dwarves are buried in stone, and having to burn a bodies is somewhat of a tragedy. It’s like that for Jews as well. The dead are buried without damaging the body further, and corpses aren’t removed from the graves anymore. Some very old jewish graveyards have much higher ground because of that. It’s tradition to put stones over the grave, and each time you visit a relative you put pebbles on the headstone. I’m not sure whether it was his personal belief or a tradition, but our teacher said that you’re not supposed to plant anything on the grave, or put flowers there, since they wilt and stones don’t. 

The fact that bodies were buried in mass graves or burned during the Holocaust is terrible from a religious standpoint. You’re not supposed to burn the bodies of the dead, and as far as I know rabbis are even discussing what implications this has for the future or the dead who were burned. I’m not sure what conclusions were reached, since everyone has their own opinion, of course. 

I’m not sure when Tolkien came up with these traditions for Dwarves, or whether he knew of the same thing in Judaism, but it is a similarity I always think about when somebody mentions it

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#long post  #Read this later 




Why isn’t anyone talking about this?

Watch non black cosplayers and lovers of cosplay stay silent on this.

Man what in the FUCK

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#what the actual hell 


trying to get back into the swing of things; still stuck in ‘baseless expression mode’ but bellatook's hobbit designs are helping me w that. fckin look at how cute they are..

also seen; my own hobs in the prep sketches

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"I don’t write fantasy; I write historical novels about an imaginary place."
Raymond E. Feist (via maxkirin)
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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

25 extra minutes. 9 hours of behind the scene footage.

Come to momma

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