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Jul 10

Reason #214 to Fall in Love With The Madness Method’s Tarik/Shade

As if we needed to count off reasons, right?

Anyway, I was just over enjoying Pinterest…obsessively pinning Doctor Who and Sherlock and Tolkien pins to my geeky fandom boards, when I noticed a trend…

I’ve pinned a lot of Thranduil and Thorin pins. Like, a LOT. Maybe because they’re two of my favorite film characters recently (talking just about the films here, people). They are so different from each other, but they’re both just. so. awesome. And they glory in their awesomeness in a way that is just sublime to watch….

Ahem.

Anyway, that’s when I realized it. If you needed one more reason to love Tarik/Shade in The Madness Method, it’s that he is like the perfect blend of Thorin badassery and Thranduil fabulosity. Sure, the hair colors are backwards, and Thorin/Thranduil are like…hundreds or thousands of years too old…and Thranduil is a bit colder than Tarik…and Thorin is a bit….shorter…than Shade…;-) But still, there are some qualities they share which may explain why I’m so in love with Th/Th…and why, if you love Th/Th, you may just love Tarik/Shade too.

So, what are the common qualities?

Tarik

Let’s take Prince Tarik. He’s kind of a bit like this:

He’s elegant…

thranduil_what

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He’s also suave and a bit of a heartthrob…the Cavnish ladies all love him or love to hate him, and the Cavnish gents all wish they were him…

fabulous

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He’s a bit of a rogue…

thranduil_rogue2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And he knows it.

thranduil_fabulous

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He’s also just a bit arrogant, but who can blame him?

thranduil_oh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And a bit of a sass…

Thranduil_sword2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But behind the arrogance, behind the rogue, he’s really hiding a deep loneliness that he can’t let the world see…

thranduil_sad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And despite being all elegant and royal, he’s really not a wimp…

thranduil_fight2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And he would do anything for the people he loves.

thranduil_stride

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shade

Then we have Shade, who is kind of Tarik’s Thorin-esque alter-ego…

Shade has his own kind of untouchable pride.

thorin_attitude

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And you’re never quite sure what he’s thinking…

thorin_look

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But he’s the king of badassery, and you kind of want to follow him just to see where he goes.

thorin_badass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He’s also the fiercer fighter.

Thorin_fight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even when his reality falls apart around him, he’s a survivor.

thorin_majestic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And you know that once he sets his mind on something, he’ll never stop,

thorin_deathwish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He’s stern and fierce, but when you can get a smile out of him, it could turn the rain to sun.

thorin_smile 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But he’s got a terrible burden of his own. The fate of a kingdom…and the fate of his friends…depends on him.

thorin_Sad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So there you have it. If you like the strong, fierce, proud, stubborn warrior Thorin and the elegant, aloof, silently-suffering Thranduil, you will probably also fall in love with Shade/Tarik.

The End.

Okay, maybe this blog post was mostly an excuse to put a whole lot of Thorin/Thranduil gifs together in one place, but hey, it wasn’t just an excuse…;-)

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