Okay, kiddos, opinion question. After reading Arlen Hansen’s excellent book Gentleman Volunteers, all about the american contributions to Ambulance services during the Great War, I’ve found out that driving an ambulance was a rather touch and go activity, and I’m thinking my American Downton OC needs to be a little more in the thick of it, possibly as a nurse. Is that too stereotypical? (There were a great many American women who volunteered for the French Red Cross and other voluntary aid organizations prior to the American Declaration of war in 1917.) Is being an ambulance driver on jitney duty too far out there anyway? Really, I want Virginia to have a car because that makes her more mobile as a character — able to be in lots of things. Am I really just over-thinking this?

"Without hesitating, Theoden. He’s a fascinating character. Mistreated by his own people during his illness, and condemned as a bad person, he remains loyal and courageous for the people of Rohan. Some say that Thorin, my character, is like Boromir. They definitely have similarities, but I prefer to identify with Theoden."
"If you had to be one of the characters from The Lord of the Rings, who would you be?" asked to Richard Armitage by melty.fr via richardarmitagecentral.co.uk (via sahraobsessed)

darthstitch:

bead-bead:

jeza-red:

fruityadobo:

flixchatter:

Just realized how much Richard Armitage’s Thorin reminds me of Gerard Butler as Attila The Hun and Beowulf. Both are gorgeous + bad ass Brits who look good in scruff and sporting ANY haircut.

FRERIN IS THAT YOU

Yes it is!

HEADCANON ACCEPTED.

The Frerin Is Alive And Being Thorin’s Personal Pain In the Arse Headcanons

1.  Of course, a list like this would not be complete without an answer to the question Who is the better looking brother?  Dwalin has personally opined that both Durin brothers look like “tree-shagging Elf-spawn with barely a beard between them so the answer is moot” in which case, this will always devolve into a brawl because “our mother wouldn’t even dream of touching an Elf, you orc-spawned Fundinul!”   Dis has declared that her brothers are both idiots.  Balin has washed his hands of all of them.  

2.  In truth, Thorin simply rolls his eyes heavenwards and will openly ask Mahal Himself for heavenly strength.  Frerin just offers a cocky grin and naturally asserts that he is the better looking brother, seeing as “Thorin here’s just naturally a grumpypuss all the time!” 

3.  If a Certain Hobbit, whose opinion is certainly Not Biased Nope Nope Nope, were to be asked, the answer is quite obvious.  Yes, Frerin, Thorin is a Grumpypuss.  He is also breathtakingly handsome when he forgets to be grumpy and actually smiles.  In fact, said Smiles should really be re-classified as Weapons of Mass Destruction, as Hobbit Sensibilities and various forms of underwear turn tail and flee when said Smiles are aimed in their general direction. 

4.  The problem with having two Uncles who were, in their own right, the Original Terrors of Erebor, is that they are aware of any and all tricks and pranks that Fili and Kili might dream of and may have even been responsible for teaching the Young Terrors of Ered Luin a trick or two or three. 

5.  Nope, it was not Frerin who told little Gimli that a long time ago, Cousin Thorin had a wee crush on the Lady Galadriel, who had visited Erebor a time or two.  And thus, little Gimli, who rather idolized his elder cousin and king, would follow in his footsteps and not actually outgrow the “Elf Phase” that most wee dwarf badgers went through.

6.  Gloin swore that he’d have Frerin’s beard for this when little Gimli eventually charmed and made friends with that “poncy git Thranduil’s son!” 

7.  Frerin knew within a minute of meeting the fellow that he playfully referred to as “Thorin’s Hobbit” (even if said Hobbit huffed and originally protested he wasn’t Thorin’s anything and then relented when confronted with Thorin’s Patented Heartbroken Puppy Expression and would later claim Thorin as his Dwarf, please and thank you), that Bilbo Baggins was his brother’s One.  Small, comely and sassy was exactly Thorin’s type after all.  That didn’t stop Frerin from doing his brotherly duty and investigating whether or not Thorin’s feelings would be reciprocated.  Frerin figured it all out immediately once he saw Bilbo’s reaction to Thorin’s Infamous Smiles of Mass Destruction. 

8.  Frerin’s favored weapons were the bow and twin axes.  His chosen craft was actually engineering and he was responsible for ensuring that his family had a roof over their heads that wouldn’t collapse and a stronghold that would hold fast against attacks even by armies of Orcs.  However, he spent a lot of time figuring out how to “Dragon-proof” their homes in Belegost because he’d be damned before he’d let another Dragon drive the Dwarves of the Sigin-tarâg away from their homes again.  That meant he was quite, quite serious when he offered to make the improvements to Bag End.  

9.  Bilbo actually took Frerin up on that offer.  And then set him loose upon Tookland and Buckland, who would appreciate his work even more. 

10.  It was said of Thrain’s sons that the eldest had magic in his voice and the youngest had the same in his fingers once a fiddle was placed in them.  For a very long time, due to the various sorrows that their people and family had endured, Thorin could barely raise his voice in song.  It was Frerin who coaxed the music back into his brother and the Song of the Misty Mountains, the same song that had captured the heart of one Bilbo Baggins, was one that they had both written both as a lament for what was lost and a hope for what may yet be reclaimed.

klokwerkheart:

thefilmstage:

The first images of Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard in Justin Kurzel's Macbeth.

See more details, including the release window, here.


oh jayzuz!

Hey There (You With the Stars In Your Eyes)

You know how sometimes you randomly remember a song and it’s absolutely perfect for whatever story/fic/ship you’re in the middle of?

"Hey There (You With the Stars In Your Eyes)" from the Pajama Game just surfaced in my head the other day and it hit me like a ton of bricks that 

a) this is the theme song for every guy who’s ever liked Mary Crawley 

and

b) Julian Ovenden totally needs to sing it. Like, now.

In lieu of Julian, have Harry Connick Jr. in the interim.

 I should start compiling a few selections for Downton Abbey: The Musical. The Stately Homes of England will be the opening number.

"Irked fans produce fanfic like irritated oysters produce pearls."

Jacqueline Lichtenberg in Fic by Anne Jamison (via treizquatorz)

Love it.

(via marybegone)

OMG, the next fanfic gathering or workshop or blog should totally be called The Irritated Oyster.  I’m getting bunnies for the logo as I type. 

(via drinkingcocoa-tpp)

Chris Evans talking about Captain America’s 1940’s setting.

absentlyabbie:

shinykari:

legete:

haipollai:

ok, idk how easy this is to read but since everyone is discussing dates, i went to the movie to check. this is steve’s rejection from the beginning, his birthday is in the upper right corner and there’s ANOTHEr date in the lower left which I think is supposed to be a today’s date kind of thing and it looks to be June 14 1943
so there we go, steve enlists in mid 1943

#this feels late for bucky to be enlisting #but that isn’t the issue
How interesting that you would mention this, because I’ve recently been thinking he didn’t enlist. His serial number, which he’s heard muttering when Steve comes to rescue him, starts “32557.”
According to this fabulous WWII serial number generator, an enlisted man from New York should have a serial number starting with the numbers “12.”
A New York man with a serial number starting with “32”? Drafted. What we may be dealing with here is a Bucky who didn’t choose to go to war but was instead compelled to do so versus a Steve who is desperate to get in. I think it opens up a lot of different and interesting storylines for the two of them.

There’s been some great meta/discussion about this in the last couple days, which I think is great.

Makes you wonder if Bucky got the draft, and then, knowing how Steve felt about things, told his best buddy he was “enlisting.” Because how do you face this skinny, brave idiot who just won’t stop trying to volunteer that you wouldn’t be going if you didn’t have to?

absentlyabbie:

shinykari:

legete:

haipollai:

ok, idk how easy this is to read but since everyone is discussing dates, i went to the movie to check. this is steve’s rejection from the beginning, his birthday is in the upper right corner and there’s ANOTHEr date in the lower left which I think is supposed to be a today’s date kind of thing and it looks to be June 14 1943

so there we go, steve enlists in mid 1943

#this feels late for bucky to be enlisting #but that isn’t the issue

How interesting that you would mention this, because I’ve recently been thinking he didn’t enlist. His serial number, which he’s heard muttering when Steve comes to rescue him, starts “32557.”

According to this fabulous WWII serial number generator, an enlisted man from New York should have a serial number starting with the numbers “12.”

A New York man with a serial number starting with “32”? Drafted. What we may be dealing with here is a Bucky who didn’t choose to go to war but was instead compelled to do so versus a Steve who is desperate to get in. I think it opens up a lot of different and interesting storylines for the two of them.

There’s been some great meta/discussion about this in the last couple days, which I think is great.

Makes you wonder if Bucky got the draft, and then, knowing how Steve felt about things, told his best buddy he was “enlisting.” Because how do you face this skinny, brave idiot who just won’t stop trying to volunteer that you wouldn’t be going if you didn’t have to?