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Medium: Books/Film
Fandom: The Hobbit
Subject: The Company of Thorin Oakenshield
Title: Lost Graces
Warnings: Possibly spoilery if you haven't read the book.
Notes: I have no idea and no excuse.

I've been meaning to post this for about a month, it's been up on 8tracks for a while, and on tumblr, but I keep forgetting to put it here.

Listen here at 8tracks

The Hurlers - Seth Lakeman
Tall, straight and stubborn, we face the sky
That lightening pierced us, our voices cried out
Bloody silver, our hearts of stone,
We make no shadows, we stand alone

Pride is their downfall, for all of them, though Thorin most of all. They refuse to listen to wiser council, reject those who would lay claim to knowing better, ignore those who would help them.
Balin may counsel caution, but he is determined and as blinded as any of them.
Do as I say, not as I do.
Their stubbornness is what keeps them going, but it will be their downfall as well.
"You know this is madness." His brother reminds him as they clear the Hobbit's pantry, waiting for the others.
"Aye," he replies, "but what can I do when my king commands?"

Between the Wars - Billy Bragg
Go find the young men never to fight again
Bring up the banners from the days gone by
Sweet moderation
Heart of this nation
Desert us not, we are
Between the wars.

Bofur never knew Erebor. He was a babe when Smaug came, he remembers his ma's stories though, and the odd glitter of something shining and wonderous when he closes his eyes.
He works hard for something he doesn't really remember because he needs to do something. He signs up to Thorin's mad quest because he needs to give his family a chance; they weren't royalty or wealthy even before the dragon came, and after, they weren't so quick to find their place in the world. He does it because he believes in something that doesn't really exist. He does it because he wants something better.

Wild Boys - Duran Duran
Wild boys never lose it
Wild boys never chose this way
Wild boys never close your eyes
Wild boys always shine

It’s not really his call to answer, when Thorin sends word that he’s looking to reclaim Erebor. He remembers the city, remembers its glory, but he’s seen so much since then that it isn’t home anymore.
When he realises Dwalin will be there, he almost backs out, no doubt Thorin’s faithful hound would rather see him strung up, but that never comes to pass. He’s there for his brothers, the ones who this really means something to; they’ll have a home again, and he can go back to his wandering ways without worrying about where their next meal will come from.

Where the Truth Lies - Exchange
Sometimes I lie awake
I dream of everyone
Who walked the path I take
Who ran beneath the sun
And I believe it's my destiny

Ori is curious. He's not like his brothers; like Dori who is content to live at home, or Nori who is too wild to settle, but too cynical to care about where he goes. He wants to see the world, but he wants to have a purpose while he does it. He wants to be part of something bigger, and he really believes that reclaiming Erebor is that thing.
He knows that he isn't much to look at, isn't much in a fight, but he intends to give the dragon something to think about, and woe betide anyone who gets in his way. So long as they're not too terrifying.

This is War - 30 Seconds to Mars
To the right, To the left
We will fight to the death!
To the edge of the earth
It's a brave new world

Dwalin has tried. He's talked to his brother, he's shouted at Thorin, and he's pleaded with Dis. He knows deep in his bones that this won't end well, he knows something like this can only end in needless death.
But every word has fallen on deaf ears. He misses Erebor, he dearly wishes he could go home, but as part of an army, not a rag tag group of tinkers and princes who haven't seen war outside the odd skirmish, and who see only victory and a return to their home.
He believes in the cause, he just wants a better plan.

Brothers in Arms - Dire Straits
Through these fields of destruction
Baptisms of fire
I've witnessed all your suffering
As the battle raged higher
And though they did hurt me so bad
In the fear and alarm
You did not desert me
My brothers in arms

He doesn’t belong. He knows that much right from the start, as he watches them. He doesn’t belong, but at the same time, neither to they.
Balin was right, that they were old soldiers, or not soldiers at all, and while they all come together to fight, its not like the old stories where each knows what the other is doing.
He wants this for them, because he sees how much they want it, ned it, and h sees how they cling to each other.
He knows that he’ll have to part company with them in the end, but he doesn’t know then, in the cheer of Beorn’s hall, how it will come to pass, and in the end, just how much he will have come to belong more to them than to the Shire.

Animals - Nickelback
No, we're never gonna quit
Ain't nothing wrong with it
Just acting like we're animals
No, no matter where we go
'Cause everybody knows
We're just a couple of animals

Young and without a care in the world, they run for the joy of it, sing for the pleasure and fight for the glory. The future is far away and for other people to worry about, this, today, is for glory, and they’ll take it in both hands and revel in it.
They leave their mother with flighty promises and trail after their uncle, lapping up his plans as they have done the stories of the glory of Erebor.
How much is the truth of it, how much is an act is debatable. Fili’s been heir since he was old enough to understand, and even Kili knows enough statecraft to be considered fit to lead. With tensions riding so high though, no one’s going to question youthful exuberance; let them let off steam, for when Erebor is reclaimed, they’ll have to act their parts properly.

Secret World - Peter Gabriel
Making it up in our secret world
Seeing things that were not there
On a wing on a prayer
In this state of disrepair

Older Chests - Damien Rice
And we always seem to need the help
Of someone else
To mend that shelf
Too many books
Read me your favourite line

Zombie - The Cranberries
Another mother's breakin',
Heart is taking over.
When the vi'lence causes silence,
We must be mistaken.


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