Terry Pratchett, “Witches Abroad”
When the witches met Gollum.
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Owen was the first to break the silence. He looked up at Lord Wyldon, tears running down his face. ”My lord, I’m sorry, but I got Happy killed. I didn’t mean to - he fought as hard as any knight - but he got killed anyway, and I never wanted that.”
"Is that all you have to say to me, that your horse is dead?" Kel heard that familiar, cool, measured voice say over her head.
"No, my lord." Owen bowed his head. "I disobeyed you. I betrayed you. And I’d do it again, under the circumstances, not meaning any disrespect, sir. But I miss Happy."
"And you, Sir Nealan, have you any comments?" Lord Wyldon enquired, his voice quite mild.
"No, my lord," Neal replied.
"I believe, Owen, that you are familiar with my dislike of needless dramatics," Lord Wyldon said. "I am not about to declare you a traitor because the mount I gave you was killed in battle. He did what he was trained to do. I am sad for the loss of the horse - he was one of the best I’ve raised - but I would be sorrier still for the loss of a squire in whom I can take pride."
Wyldon looked at Owen, then at Neal. “I would like a moment alone with the lady knight,” he said more formally. “Go with your friends.”
Slowly Neal withdrew his hand as Owen looked suspiciously at his knight-master. “You’re not going to yell at her, are you, sir?” he asked. “Because you can’t.”
Wyldon looked at the younger man, brows raised. “I beg your pardon?” he enquired. Kel expected frost to issue from his mouth with the words.
The Owen of a month ago might have ducked his head and fled. This Owen remained where he was, meeting Wyldon’s stare with resolve. “She doesn’t deserve to be yelled at, not after losing so many people and killing Blayce and being wounded and keeping us alive.”
Wyldon sighed, and fingered the raised scar on his temple. “I do not intend to yell at her. Now will you go away?”
on a similar note, i get disgustingly emotional whenever Owen and Wyldon have a conversation in this book
"My lord said it, and I agree - you’re a wonderful training master," she replied, worried for him. "You can’t go."
"I can, and I will," replied Wyldon. "I must." He sighed, rubbing the arm that had been raked by a savage winged horse called a hurrok. It always bothered him when snow was about to fall. "Come in and close the door," he ordered. "Did you hear why?"
"No, sir," Kel replied, doing as he bid. It felt odd to sit in his presence. She perched on the edge of the chair, a compromise between standing and being comfortable. "I gave them something to drink and left."
He wrapped a stone hawk figure in cloth and stowed it in his crate. “Two failures in one year - it’s never happened. I think my training, my approach, is flawed. Maybe I’ve done this for too long - fifteen years, after all. It’s time for someone new.”
"But sir, you can’t blame yourself," Kel protested. "Joren and Vinson…" She stopped, suddenly unsure. She had often thought that Wyldon ignored the bullying of first-year pages, encouraging boys to fight and to use their strength without thinking.
"You see?" Wyldon asked, sardonic. "You aren’t sure that I didn’t help to create Vinson and Joren either. I told lads to be aggressive, to concentrate on the goal. Mindelan, it may be that the best thing said of my tenure is that you were my student. Should that be the case, I am the wrong man for this post. I did all I could to get rid of you. Your probation was wrong. You know that, I know it. I was harder on you than any lad. Thank Mithros I remembered my honor and let you stay when you met the conditions - but it was a near thing. Next time I might not heed the voice of honor."
ah yes this is exactly what i was looking for
Does anyone else find it deliciously ironic that the student Wyldon simply couldn’t make quit was the one who in the end made him quit?
This isn’t quite accurate, though. It’s the students he should have made quit who instead made him quit. His decision to quit being training master wasn’t really about Kel; it was about Joren and Vinson, and their failures confronting him with his own in a way he couldn’t gloss over the way he could Kel’s successes.
I think the delicious irony is that the student Wyldon couldn’t make quit is the one who inspired him to be more flexible and encouraging. He wanted to be a Stump standing in her path, but instead she made him grow.
My thoughts also. The scene where Kel visits Wyldon after hearing of his resignation is one of my favorite parts of the entire series. He doesn’t quit because Kel convinced him to quit, he leaves because he comes to understand that he is no longer the best person to serve as training master. He realizes that was wrong about Kel and his inflexibility had nearly cost him his honor and the realm a great knight.
"Sir, I learned so much from you," [Kel] said at last. "You’re the kind of knight I want to be."
He regarded her with the strangest expression in his eyes. “I am not,” he said. “But that you believe it is the greatest compliment I will ever receive.”
I can die like quarry in the woods or I can die here beside Gale.
audible sobbing yells about agency u no that thing katniss everdeen has very very little of? these are the five minutes in which katniss everdeen was a soldier of her own design because the capitol tried to destroy the one thing she has that does not belong to them it belongs to her gale is mine anything else is unthinkable i have chosen gale and the revolution the secret of course being that they’re the same thing this relationship was created in rebellion as individuals they crafted different aspects of the revolution she was the symbol and he was the soldier and then the revolution burned them to the ground when they kissed in the woods the president of the country showed up at her house it is a national security risk for her to kiss another boy because that makes the berries an act of rebellion not an act of trying to save peeta kissing gale is evidence of rebellion and we can’t have that this relationship is a national security risk everyone get out of my goddamn way
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1) coffee or tea? Tea for sure
2) if you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? Recife
3) favourite animal? Cats, or maybe loons
4) what was the one defining moment in your life? I don’t know…one of them was probably my mom putting me in choir when I was nine.
5) are you left-handed or right-handed? Right-handed.
6) what is your favourite quote? Hm, this is very difficult, but probably something from Discworld? It’s so quotable.
This is probably one of my favorites (from The Wee Free Men)
All witches are selfish, the Queen had said. But Tiffany’s Third Thoughts said: Then turn selfishness into a weapon! Make all things yours! Make other lives and dreams and hopes yours! Protect them! Save them! Bring them into the sheepfold! Walk the gale for them! Keep away the wolf! My dreams! My brother! My family! My land! My world! How dare you try to take these things, because they are mine!
7) favourite actor? I have no clue (my favorite actress currently is probably Sophie Turner though)
8) dogs or cats? Cats!
9) why did I join tumblr? It was xoraq's fault for introducing me to the website :) I initially joined so I would have an outlet for my newly-developed Star Trek obsession. After a little while I realized there was a Silmarillion fandom (I'd been a fan for years but had never managed to find anyone else irl who was as into it as I was) and I gradually ended up devoting most of my blog to that.
10) Luke Skywalker or Han Solo? I like them both a lot, but I don’t really have a preference.
11) your favourite fanfic? Oh man, I’ll have to list a couple
I know some fantastically talented people so obviously there are lots more fics I could list, but there you go.
But in that hour Finarfin forsook the march, and turned back, being filled with grief, and with bitterness against the House of Feanor, because of his kinship with Olwe of Alqualonde; […] and so came at last to Valinor. There they received the pardon of the Valar, and Finarfin was set to rule the remnant of the Noldor in the Blessed Realm.
- The Silmarillion: Of the Flight of the Noldor
I don’t think we’re ever told whether Earwen went with Finarfin on the march, but I like to think that she didn’t. After all, Tolkien’s Elven ladies often showed greater wisdom than the men in this sort of thing (see also: Nerdanel and Galadriel - who did go on the march, but she wisely refrained from taking the oath along with her cousins). I imagine Earwen was pretty distraught when Finarfin chose to follow Fingolfin and Feanor, but she must’ve been so happy to see him when he reappeared.
(I wanted to make the outfits more intricate and have better shading on this, but I didn’t have time for it today. Maybe I’ll redo this another day…)
finished a thing i have had lying around for a couple of days now
Would it help if I got out and pushed!?