Oh, how far you are from home.
The scene I expected in The desolation of smaug….
I bet they’re listening to Pompeii by Bastille, remembering the good old days
And so it begins..
So I was talking to one of my younger sisters about this last night. We both knew this scene was coming, but the wording of “Orc mutant” had surprised me. You don’t really hear the word mutant thrown around in high fantasy very often! But my sis is the LoTR master (a step below Stephen Colbert), and she reminded me that Orcs are mutants. They’re elves that have been mutilated and warped into an entirely different species. So Legolas is saying that Gimli is an Orc TWICE OVER. Vicious.
But man, this just gets me even more hyped thinkin’ about their friendship in LoTR. I think it’s one of the most important plots going on in the series, and it perfectly fits into the overall theme of small acts of kindness and love being more powerful than hatred.
I mean, we go from this
Their friendship undoes centuries and generations worth of built-up hatred and mistrust between their races. Hatred that was passed on from their fathers and forefathers. And after the War of the Ring? They went back and rebuilt their kingdoms together, and Legolas invited Gimli to cross the sea into the Undying Lands.
It may not be the most important story going on in this series, but it’s my personal favorite.
Fili is willing to give up the glory of taking back Erebor to stay with his brother. For creatures that are supposed to be shown as greedy and selfless and only care about riches, Fili does a really good job at showing us that not all dwarves are like that, and that he truly loves his brother. I’m so emotional over them together it hurts so much.