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Melkor

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“When therefore Earth was yet young and full of flame Melkor coveted it, and he said to the other Valar: ‘This shall be my own kingdom; and I name it unto myself!’ … And he descended upon Arda in power and majesty greater than any other of the Valar, as a mountain that wades in the sea and has its head above the clouds and is clad in ice and crowned with smoke and fire; and the light of the eyes of Melkor was like a flame that withers with head and pierces with a deadly cold.” — Silmarillion, Ainulindalië

This particular image isn’t entirely aligned with the vision of Melkor’s first incarnation within Arda, he comes amongst the other Valar  in a form “dark and terrible”, but is hearkening back to Varda’s knowing of Melkor before the music and having rejected him. There is some ambiguity as to what sort of rejection, romantic or otherwise. I think the idea of Manwë and Melkor being “as brothers” in the mind of Illuvatar and Melkor’s spurned love ending up with his “brother” is an interesting one. Even though Melkor is the more powerful of the two, it cannot grant him fulfillment of all of his desires. It’s a little melodramatic, and I’m sure has spawned a thousand fanfics, but is not without merit.

Melkor, later Morgoth, is usually associated with the darkness. There is, however, reason to read the 3 “great” Lords of the Valar as alchemical elements which would place Melkor as fire. One big hint for this is the type of Maiar each Valar is associated with. Ulmo, who is unarguably associated with water has Ossë and Uinen, Maiar in charge of the tides and storms upon the seas. Melkor’s Maiar are the Balrogs and Sauron. The Balrogs are all fire spirits, although tainted with darkness — Gandalf describes Durin’s Bane as being “shadow and flame” — however not all of the fire spirits are tainted with that darkness, the sun is held by a Maiar of Melkor who defied him. It’s a little glimpse into what could have been had Melkor not fallen.

Funko Pop Sauron

I spend a lot of time realistically defending Peter Jackson, the man is no saint but I don’t abhor the work he’s done with Tolkien’s world for the most part. However, seeing this Sauron being sold as “The Hobbit 3” was a bit too far. The extremely heavy handed “foreshadowing” of the Necromancer as Sauron was acceptable, but not having outright Sauron in The Hobbit. I was relieved when I purchased it to learn that it’s actually from the Lord of the Rings line.

My funko collection #funko #pop #hobbit #gollum #sauron #smaug #bilbo #got #youknownothing #arya

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I’ve gone a little overboard on buying Pop figures, and some of the Funko plushies. Stuffed Gandalf is my favorite, I like him a lot more than the Pop Gandalf, it makes sense to me that Gandalf would be fuzzy as opposed to hard plastic. On the other hand, Pop Gollum makes more sense than plush Gollum.

Pop Smaug is missing a scale, much like the movie. I also have the ridiculous Smaug covered in gold figure. I wholeheartedly wish that sequence had been left on the cutting room floor, but the visual of a dragon covered in molten gold and shaking it off in midair is a beautiful one. I just wish there hadn’t been a terrible Rube Goldberg-esque battle to net that result.

Bonus Game of Thrones figures. Arya, Jon Snow, and Ghost of course.

DragonCon 2014

I live in Atlanta, and around Labor Day that means one thing: DragonCon. Surprisingly, though I have lived in Atlanta since 2002 and went to art school here, I had never been to DragonCon until this year. If the art school comment needs explanation, there is no higher concentration of tabletop & video game/comic/renaissance faire nerds than came be found… Read more →