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My mother once told me that trauma is like Lord of the Rings. You go through this crazy, life-altering thing that almost kills you (like say having to drop the one ring into Mount Doom), and that thing by definition cannot possibly be understood by someone who hasn’t gone through it. They can sympathize sure, but they’ll never really know, and more than likely they’ll expect you to move on from the thing fairly quickly. And they can’t be blamed, people are just like that, but that’s not how it works.

Some lucky people are like Sam. They can go straight home, get married, have a whole bunch of curly headed Hobbit babies and pick up their gardening right where they left off, content to forget the whole thing and live out their days in peace. Lots of people however, are like Frodo, and they don’t come home the same person they were when they left, and everything is more horrible and more hard then it ever was before. The old wounds sting and the ghost of the weight of the one ring still weighs heavy on their minds, and they don’t fit in at home anymore, so they get on boats go sailing away to the Undying West to look for the sort of peace that can only come from within. Frodos can’t cope, and most of us are Frodos when we start out.

But if we move past the urge to hide or lash out, my mother always told me, we can become Pippin and Merry. They never ignored what had happened to them, but they were malleable and receptive to change. They became civic leaders and great storytellers; they we able to turn all that fear and anger and grief into narratives that others could delight in and learn from, and they used the skills they had learned in battle to protect their homeland. They were fortified by what had happened to them, they wore it like armor and used it to their advantage.

It is our trauma that turns us into guardians, my mother told me, it is suffering that strengthens our skin and softens our hearts, and if we learn to live with the ghosts of what had been done to us, we just may be able to save others from the same fate.

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S.T.Gibson  (via modernhepburn)

First time I’ve ever heard the advice, “be more like Pippin.”

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LotR was meant as an analogy for what it was like to go through war and come home, so this metaphor was absolutely intentional on the author’s part.

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childrenofasgard:

Still WIP. Thank gods the tumblr compression is better than facebook’s. 

Reblaaaag from art tumblr. 

childrenofasgard:

Still WIP. Thank gods the tumblr compression is better than facebook’s. 

Reblaaaag from art tumblr. 


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dharmagun:

atswim-twocows:

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poryqon:

it bothers me that Kansas and Arkansas are not pronounced the same

I’m from the UK and I have been pronouncing Arkansas as Ar-Kansas my whole life

For all my non-american friends, Arkansas is pronounced ark-an-saw

WHAT?!?!?

it’s like cockburn’s port. sometimes it’s just fun to make people mispronounce shit.

Hey

hey

non-new englanders

try pronouncing Worcester. 

Go ahead. 

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literarysins:

In light of the 50 Shades of Grey trailer coming out today, quick reminder that that book is about an abusive and controlling relationship, not BDSM.

Fanfiction (published or not) is important for women of all ages to explore gender roles and sexuality in a way that is less stigmatized and more accessible. 

But do not do the BDSM community a disservice by calling the relationship described in the book a BDSM experience. 

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thecutestofthecute:

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flatsound:

i wanna feel how dogs feel when you let them go in a big field 

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This is it.This is what true happiness looks like.

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lunarobverse:

A brilliant metaphor

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sunworldstories:

by Chiara Bautista

We are absolutely in love!

amazng

wow! it’s perfect

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Sundog Running

Wandering idiot who sometimes has the gumption to MAKE things.