Oberyn Martell meme: (3/3) three outfits → miscellaneous
”(…) and slender Prince Oberyn Martell in flowing robes of striped orange, yellow, and scarlet.”
(I haven’t heard anything about this unseen LotR footage - if you could link me to the interview, maybe the exact wording would give me some ideas as to what he’s talking about? And it looks like elvish archers behind Gandalf - they must be either from Lorien fighting at Dol Goldur, or from Mirkwood fighting at Erebor.)
Ah, Pippin’s song. I loved the use of this song in the trailer. Not only does it fit the Oh Wow This Is Going To Be Depressing tone they’re going for, but it also highlighted a really beautiful parallel between LotR and The Hobbit. I’ve already seen a couple posts on Tumblr with people complaining about the reuse of this song, so I figured it was worth explaining why (at least in my opinion) it was such a good idea to do so.
In Return of the King, Pippin sings this song (called “Edge of Night”) to Denethor while Faramir rides off on a hopeless attempt to reclaim Osgiliath. It’s a pretty dark moment in the movie, and the juxtaposition between Faramir riding to his (assumed) death and Denethor chomping down on his lunch is used to highlight Denethor’s failings as a father, as well as his willingness to sacrifice lives for his pride. (NOTE: This all happens differently in the books, and my description of Denethor’s character only applies to the movie-verse.) All in all, the song seems to reflect the tragic nature of a war fought for pride, or for little real purpose (since everyone knew the soldiers wouldn’t actually be able to re-take Osgiliath.)
This brings us to The Hobbit. While the climactic fight is called the Battle of Five Armies, it actually starts with only three - and instead of fighting for survival, or some noble Good vs. Evil situation, it’s a battle started because of a dispute over money. Thematically, (whether you agree with this characterization or not), it’s largely blamed on Thorin’s pride and greed. The dwarves’ part in this battle is not as hopeless as Faramir’s was (since they’ve got help from Dain Ironfoot and the dwarves of the Iron Hills), but it’s even more pointless because of its petty cause. So, for me, the reuse of Pippin’s song creates a parallel not just between Denethor and Thorin, but more generally it ties in with that earlier theme of the tragedy of pointless war and death.
In the end the shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty forever beyond its reach.
shout-out to that tumblr user that you can’t believe follows you
Oberyn being too preoccupied with Ellaria to focus on anything else. (requested by anonymous)