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I've started reading the Farscape comics (the Boom version, not the earlier, short-lived one), thanks to some recent encouragement. The art, sadly though not unexpectedly, is atrocious. The writing, however, is quite good. In particular, the characters' voices and interactions are spot-on. So far the comics are making me quite happy.

The main writer seems to be Keith R.A. DeCandido - whom I mainly remember as a member of a DS9 message board I used to frequent in 1999/2000, so on some level of my mind this feels rather like reading fan fiction. *g* For that matter, he's written a good deal of fanfic, if I remember correctly - though that was mostly Hercules and Xena, I think. Some Highlander as well (crossed with Hercules and/or Xena, I think). I know he's also written Farscape tie-in novels. Maybe I should check those out... I think I actually may have one of them lying around somewhere, though I think that may be the second part of a two-parter.

Speaking of tie-in stuff. There's a series of Highlander audio plays from the same company that does the often rather good Doctor Who audio stuff. Does anyone here know anything about those? Are they worth checking out? (How much Methos is there in them? ;-))

Oh, and does anyone know anything about the Farscape "minisodes" that are supposed to air sometime this year on the Nerdist youtube channel? I haven't been able to find much info, but the little I've found says they're "classic" ones, not new ones. I don't remember any previous Farscape "minisodes", though. Did I miss something? (Were they really terrible, maybe, and I've blanked them out? ;-))
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I've decided I need to post this before I edit it to death. Concrit, up to and including full betaing, is very welcome - this is *far* from perfect. It's basically a really early example of my writing, about eleven years old. I edited the shit out of it, and I do mean that literally. (ETA: This doesn't mean that it's good now, though. Just... less shit.)

In case some of the memories in here feel familiar: yes, all my Methos fics, but in particular this one here, Endure, and 68 Wives, are set in the same universe. And there is, theoretically, a story that ties them all together, more or less, if I ever get around to picking that one up again. (That unfinished story was literally my very first fic, and is therefore not even in active development anymore, as my writing has changed so much since 1999 that I'd need to rewrite it completely if I were to pick it up again. So that probably won't happen.)

Title: Epilogue
Author: Hmpf MacSlow
Fandom: Highlander
Characters: Methos, OC
Summary: A Quickening, seen from both sides.
Notes: A Lyric Wheel story from 2001, much revised.
Read more... )
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My Post-Gathering Highlander fic from 2003(?), Endure, has been available in a revamped version on AO3 for a little while now. I didn't mention it before because I wanted to reread it first. I have now done so, and have decided that it's fit to be more widely shared. I really do think it's much improved; a lot of the things that bothered me about it are gone now (yeah, I went the editing-by-machete way again. What can I say - it works!)

Here it is. Update your bookmarks, or whatever.


Mar. 19th, 2011 03:37 am
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I've been bad. I've gone and read some fic. HL, Methos, my eternal number one fic reading fandom, the one I always keep coming back to.

And... there was some really nice characterisation there and all. And yet... suddenly, a bit of romance creeps in, and takes me right out of it, and I can't get back into the story, afterwards.

Why am I so bloody allergic to romance? It's not even like it would be out of character for Methos (unlike Sam and Gene, whom I really can't see having candlelight dinners and giving each other flowers)! Methos' entire relationship with Alexa is straight out of a romance novel. And I've written some bad romantic angst for him myself, in my very first fic, way back... Yet I can't read that kind of thing.


I also notice that I - hypocritically - tend to avoid fics featuring OFCs, and to some degree even OMCs. Hypocritically, because I've written both - in particular, I've written an OFC who's only a hair's breadth away from being a Mary Sue (maybe even is a Mary Sue) - and in a Horsemen fic, no less! I really should give some of those fics a chance.
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Still just under 5,300, because of course I had to go and cut a lot today before I went and added something new.

Seeing now that a lot of what I wrote so quickly in the last few days still needs a whole lot of work. Not sure of my characterisation in a few places; that Sam's been weird ever since the War doesn't help. It's difficult to gauge how weird, and in which specific ways, he would be in any given situation...

I thought I'd killed younger!Sam, the day before yesterday, but now I think he's actually still alive. That's good - even though the news of his death didn't seem to faze older!Sam much at all (though maybe it partly inspired his casual cruelty against the creepy crawlies in his garden - I dunno). Still, there's really been enough death in this story.

I think I found the ending today. Haven't written it yet, but I really know what's going to happen. I think.

I also think I wrote the first of two missing transitions today, though that may not be quite done yet.


And now, a note on another fic - one I wrote years ago and am about to revise a bit before I post it on AO3. That fic's set on another planet, whose surface I described, at the time, thus: ... there is no horizon, the emptiness of the ground melting into the emptiness of the sky. I'd never actually seen anything like that, but a few days ago I found this photo from Antarctica:

Yep, that's sky meeting ground there, although you can't see any horizon. It looks almost like I imagined it, except in my story the sky and the ground were much closer in colour, so the effect would be even more confusing.


And, courtesy of Improv Everywhere, via boingboing, here's what would happen if an Immortal went to an art gallery and stood in front of his own portrait:

Take-home message: immortals really need to stop worrying about being recognised. The public doesn't give a shit. :D


Going flat hunting tomorrow.

Fic recs?

Jan. 8th, 2011 11:20 pm
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I have no time for this now, really, but just for bookmarking purposes: anybody know of any good crossovers in which Methos meets the Doctor? (I was planning to write one myself, at one time, titled "The Doctor and Doctor Adams", but never really got around to developing anything approaching a plot for that...)


Extra points if it's the Ninth Doctor!

Or one of the classic Doctors.

(Also, any kind of spectacular Ninth Doctor fic would be welcome. I kind of miss him, still.)
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than the Star Wars extended universe would be Highlander, I just realised. Loads of potential in the basic concept; some stellar moments, a *lot* of meh, and some absolutely atrocious moments, but you kind of have to slog through the bad stuff to catch the good stuff.

Speaking of Highlander, I think the RTD Doctor is going through his Methos-as-a-Horseman phase. Less overtly barbarian, but just as much about power tripping. And at roughly the same age as Methos was when he became a Horseman, too! (Based on Cassandra's age, and the assumption that Methos was probably nearer the end of his time as a Horseman than near the beginning when he 'met' her, I've always assumed he started his Horseman phase at roundabout age 1000, and stopped around age 2000. The Doctor's a bit younger than 1000, but not by much.

BTW, the Doctor seems to have been around 900 years of age a long time, by our standards, doesn't he? I mean, considering he's gone through nearly all the regenerations available to a Timelord since the beginning of the show, shouldn't he be much older by now? Or are we to assume he's actually using up the lion's share of his regenerations in just, what, a hundred years or so? (How long has he been giving his age as around 900 anyway? ETA: Just looked it up. It seems he's been around 900 since he was the Sixth Doctor. So, he's basically regenerated five or six times in the last decade or two(?) of his life. That's rather alarming... ETA2: Reading on, I encountered the "he simply has no clue" theory. Which makes a lot of sense. *g*)
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Anybody wanna help me fix a very old (2001!) story with an interesting concept (a quickening, seen from both sides) and somewhat flawed execution? I just noticed that I took this offline for a rewrite *years* ago, but I haven't managed to improve it so far, so I guess I need help.
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Which means we get beautiful scans like this in the online Simm sphere.

Highlander crossover. NOW. (Well, okay, maybe not now. Maybe it can wait until after the show has actually aired. But, uhm, yes. It's definitely a crossover that *needs* to be written. Sexby meets Methos. Slash optional - you know me, I prefer gen. ... Please? Pretty please with a cherry on top?
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Two and a half years ago I had the bright idea of revising some of my oldest stories that I liked in principle, but not in execution. I asked fabulous Highlander fic writer [ profile] amonitrate for help, which she provided. I got about halfway through revising the stupidly titled Sometimes We Believe, got stuck, and promptly sort of forgot about it.

Well, today I felt like *finishing* something for a change, and since nothing else I'm working on is close to finishing at the moment, I decided to give the old story another try. And I think this is about as good as I can make it, or rather, it is as good as I can be *bothered* to make it, now. I don't want to invest any more time and energy in this; I have too many other writing projects that I care more about.

This was my second story (as in: second story, ever). It was written for a Highlander Lyric Wheel in August 2000, I think. Any traces of the Lyric Wheel song have been removed, however. I should probably run this version by [ profile] amonitrate or some other native speaker again, but to be honest, I just want it off my to do list, and also, I feel it would be a bit ridiculous to bother [ profile] amonitrate with it again, after two and a half years. So, instead of sending it to anyone in particular, I put my hope in the collective constructive crit forces of my flist. (Not that I'm not aware of a lot of the problems already; some of them are structural and I'm completely stumped as to how to fix them. Anyway, if you have suggestions...)

Well, here we go:

Title: Sometimes We Believe
Fandom: Highlander
Characters: Methos, Kronos, Silas, Caspian, OC
Rating: R-17
Summary: Some jobs require a certain amount of fanatism.
Thanks to: [ profile] exorcizo_te, who was this story's first beta, many a year ago. [ profile] amonitrate, who was its second beta, somewhat more recently, though still a few years ago. Heh.
Note: Is the Watchers' plan stupid in the extreme? Yes. You got a better one? *g*

This way to the Bronze Age )
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Okay. This is *slightly* premature, which in Hmpf!speak means it's 'only' been in betaing and revising stage for *gasp* a year! Clearly, that is *much* too short for such a long fic. */sarcasm*

Well, actually, I *am* posting a bit prematurely, because one last issue isn't quite taken care of yet. But, you know... only one of my two betas thought it was an issue in the first place, and while I tend to agree that it is, there is also the possibility that we both just need to... relax a bit or whatever, so... here's me giving in to my impatient side for once!

Anyway, if you read this, remember there's one sentence in there that I'm not entirely happy with, and that may change a bit yet. For what it's worth.

So, here goes. First *really* new HL fic by me since 2002 (I think), and first fic finished since April/May 2007, too.

Title: 68 Wives
Author: Hmpf MacSlow
Betas: [ profile] amonitrate, [ profile] beccatoria
Fandom: Highlander
Characters: Methos, OFCs
Wordcount: 1333
Warnings: None, really. Mild references to sex and violence, nothing particularly explicit.

Leave feedback here.


How to Love a Madman will probably take a couple more days. It's mostly finished, really (I think now), but I still need a medical beta for some details.
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You know, I have only the vaguest idea what the show Life is about (it sounds interesting, but I have enough TV in my life ATM), but I'm enormously amused whenever I see the words "Fandom: Life" pop up on my flist. I'm a fan of life, too. It sure beats death.


I ramble a bit about my difficult relationship with Life on Mars fandom here. It's kind of the exact opposite of my relationship with Highlander fandom, where I've always loved the fandom more unreservedly than the source (with the exception of the Really Old Guy). I kept my distance, to some degree, in HL fandom, too - because close interaction with fen of something you feel only lukewarm about can be a bit awkward. Being able to join in with the squee is essential to really joining a fandom actively, IMO. But I always really loved the fandom and what it was doing.

In Life on Mars fandom, I still love the source (except for the last episode) to bits, but the fandom now makes me deeply uneasy. Which, yeah, I am aware is unfair of me, but it's the irrational part of me that's in charge of this emotion.

(Farscape fandom is the only fandom I ever had where I could simply love the show and the people who loved it, really.)


Rapunzel almond spread. Food of the gods.
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- Dexter: I want to read an AU fic in which... hmm, how to write about this in a non-spoilery way? ... ah yes. I want to read a fic in which Dexter follows through on what he said in 2.11 to Doakes he was considering, and what Doakes was encouraging him to do. And I want Doakes to be there, and the two of them to (continue to) develop this strange almost-but-not-quite buddy relationship. Yes. I know. Deeply AU. But I so want to read that. (Did I mention I loved Dexter and Doakes to bits in season 2? *Almost* in a slashy way, even.)

- There are cat cafés in Japan. I need to move to Japan, clearly.

- Fennel is good. I didn't know that.

- A huge percentage of press articles about comics really do have titles like "Pow! Bang! Zap! Comics [grow up/go online/aren't just for kids anymore/get Japanese competition/aren't just for boys anymore/...]"

- Recent discussions about the DVD release of the latest Highlander movie on the one big HL list I'm still lurking on have demonstrated to me again that HL can be an extremely strange fandom. The fandom, including the list, was pretty unanimous in its hatred of the movie. Yet now everybody seems to be eager to buy the DVD. WTF, people? Stop buying crap that you recognise as crap, or the producers of said crap will *never* stop producing it!

I mean, I realise it's none of my business what other people do with their money. But, still. *shakes head*

- Since I mentioned cats above: Proof that the laws of nature only apply to cats in a very loose sense:

- Actually tried restarting my social life, these past few days, meeting with a couple of friends and with my old jewellery making 'mentor'.

- My meeting with one of these friends showed me that I can only watch LoM series 2 in the company of extremely patient (and thoroughly spoiled) people, because I tend to rant at the screen now.

- I'm sick as a dog.
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[ profile] beccadg reports that she saw me in a featurette about the Leeds con that is apparently included on the HL anime DVD. (The anime's supposed to be quite good, btw, from all I've read - I'm not going to say that it's better than any of the movies the franchise has produced in years, because that practically goes without saying. Maybe I should ask my anime-savy friend about it; he may even have it, for all I know.)

It feels decidedly weird to know that my (moving) image is 'immortalised' on a HL DVD, though, seeing as how I'm such a decidedly lukewarm HL 'fan'.

Well. At least it's not on the DVD of 'HL : The SauceSource'.


I've been mostly absent here in the last few days because uni is a bit frantic at the moment. It's just occurred to me, too, that maybe I should explain my extended absence from LJ this past summer/beginning of autumn (or have I already done that?). I've actually been offline a fair bit of time, something like nine weeks total. And I was already behind on LJ before that; in fact, I hadn't really finished my *last* attempt to catch up, which was sometime around April/May, I think. So, yeah.


I have the meta from hell brewing in my brain. It's already cost me several nights' sleep, and for once, I'm treating it like an essay instead ofsimple, off-the-cuff rambling. I've got pages of notes already, and will take more, and then take some time to organise them into something coherent. If this goes well, it will be my final word on angst and sexeroticism and writing. Well, okay, probably not. But at least it will unify everything I've said on the subject in a variety of places, and everything I've been thinking about it. (Be afraid!)


I just noticed that my two most recent entries were apparently written in the future. The date says they're from late November. I've changed the date back to October now, but of course that means that the entries will have flown completely under everybody's radar, being first from the future, and now from the past. Since one of them is a - possibly interesting to some - meta thingie and the other concerns my catching up 'method', you may want to go directly to my journal main page and check them out there. Or not, as you wish. *g*
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Title: Names
Fandom: Highlander
Characters: Methos, OC
Rating: general audience
Word count: 3450
Summary: Methos enjoys being Adam Pierson; Flavius is alarmed by how much he enjoys being Karl-Heinz Müller.
Link: Names

Title: Starving on the Jump Down
Fandom: Life On Mars
Characters: Sam, Ruth, Maya
Rating: errr, somewhere between PG13 and NC17? I dunno.
Warning: spoilers for 2.08
Word count: 369
Summary: three seconds of joy, and the aftermath
Link: Starving on the Jump Down
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When cleaning up my old notes and paperwork recently, I found several abandoned drafts for - sadly unfinished - meta posts. I don't really have the time to clean them up and make them presentable (or add substance to the 'thinner' ones), but I also don't quite feel like simply throwing them away. So, maybe, I'll be posting a few of them here. Or at least I'll be posting one today. It's a - fairly unspectacular, really - bit of Methos meta, but I think it may actually be of some interest for Life on Mars fandom, too, as it deals with canon inconsistencies/insufficiencies and fannish reactions to those. Essentially, it's a bit like the 'canon vs. fanon' situation we have in LoM now, only that in LoM we're still struggling with declaring our mental independence from canon. HL fandom has a lot more practice in that department, as large parts of HL canon have sucked, or at least been severely disappointing, throughout the history of the franchise, and the fandom has been feverishly 'fixing' things for more than fifteen years now... (There's a difference, though, in the fact that the *majority* of HL fandom sees a need to fix things, whereas in LoM fandom only a very small minority feels that way.)

Anyway, this particular bit of meta is not really about the fixing of HL canon in general, but about one character who, arguably, is so very fascinating to fans because he was probably not planned but rather improvised by the writers, which shows in his characterisation... i.e., our fascination, and the fanon versions of his character that we love, are *based* heavily on the fact that *the source text is flawed*.

Here goes the old, abandoned Methos meta. )

ETA: This really hardly even deserves the title 'draft'. It needs fleshing out, it needs structure, it needs lots of things... but I don't have the time.

ETA2: I think the point I was trying to make was that, no matter *how* we interpret him, a certain degree of 'fixing things' is always involved in developing a fannish relationship with Methos.

Gah. My brain is completely fried today. I need to think more about the parallels and differences here - because there *are* differences between the LoM and the HL situation, though I can't quite put my finger on them yet.
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After two abortive attempts in 1999 and 2000(?) I'm finally going to a Highlander con, it seems. Like the last time, I bought the ticket off someone who couldn't go - ((([ profile] rasmizar))) - but unlike the last time, the con will (I hope!) actually take place (last time it was cancelled just a couple of weeks after I bought the ticket, and I never saw my money again). Weird thing - [ profile] rasmizar's ticket is for preferred seating and includes autographs. That's weird for me because I'm really not interested in autographs, and asking anybody for one is an activity that's not exactly high on my list of priorities. If it hadn't been for [ profile] rasmizar's need to sell the ticket, I would probably have gotten the cheaper version, without autographs. But, hey, I guess I could simply get the autographs and give them to her, so she won't feel quite as bad about not being able to go there. :-)

Well... [ profile] fleta-BABE and [ profile] beccadg-BABE, you still looking for someone to share a room with? ;-) (Or, if that's not an option, I'll have to find my own room.)

Got a cheap deal on the plane ticket, too, so that's nice.

So, who else is going to be there? I'm a bit of a latecomer to this party...


To Whom It May Concern: I will be in Britain from the evening of March 7, leaving for Germany again on the 17th. I'll probably be in Plymouth for the first third of my stay, then go to Leeds for the con (10.-12.). I have no set plans for what I'm going to do after the con yet. That means: if you would like to meet me, drop me a mail or a reply here, and we can try to work something out. It's not a lot of time, but I'm better rested now than I was in August, when I basically slept all through my visits at [ profile] ommadon's, [ profile] aminspace's and [ profile] torneledhwen's, so maybe I can see you all in one frantic round-trip without falling into a coma again. ;-)
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I've been meaning to do many constructive things these past two days, but I was distracted in a major way by a meta party going on at [ profile] unovis_lj's place and elsewhere.

Arrgh! Need. To. Start. Working. On. University. Stuff!!! And read, and write, and arrgh... too little time. Frell.

Here's [ profile] unovis_lj's meta party - it's a bit difficult to sum up what it is all about because by now it's evolved in ten different directions - not all of them even Highlander-related anymore. There's a guide to the discussions here.

Then, there's the *brilliant* essay on why Methos is PIE by [ profile] melannen on [ profile] highlander_lj. Both educational and highly entertaining, so head over there if you want to learn why 'Methos' could mean both 'I am God' and 'Suck me!' Really, I can't recommend this essay enough. Hehe.

Oh, and I couldn't resist making that 'meta' icon I talked about. For those who missed it before, this is from the comic 'Shade the Changing Man' by Peter Milligan, and Shade's an alien from planet Meta. The icon was just screaming to be made.

[Edited to fix the link to [ profile] melannen's post.]
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What is it that fascinates me so much about this particular kind of situation? And is it a fascination that is particular to me, or does everybody feel it? In all Farscape ‘Coming Home’ fics the most fascinating moment for me is the one that, almost inevitably, comes when John’s family or friends notice he is not who he was. That is a moment of sudden estrangement, or rather, sudden recognition of estrangement. There’s traces of it already in the season 1 ep, ‘A Human Reaction’, and more definite traces, of course, in the latest season 4 ep, ‘Terra Firma’.

Another such situation that fascinates me, in another universe, is also a coming home situation: Frodo returning to the Shire in Lord of the Rings. There is a moment when Saruman and Frodo face each other, surrounded by a host of hobbits who have no idea of what’s going on between those two. Saruman looks at Frodo and says, ‘You have grown, halfling, you have grown very much. You are wise and cruel....’ He is wrong about the ‘cruel’, of course, mistaking mercy for cruelty– yet still, the fallen wizard probably sees Frodo more clearly than most of his fellow hobbits are able to see him. He sees greatness and wisdom, both beyond the comprehension of ordinary hobbits.
There are a few more moments like that in Lord of the Rings, in fact, more than a few. Sudden recognition of hidden greatness is almost a theme of the book. Aragorn drawing his sword in Bree; Frodo looking at Aragorn as they pass the Argonath, and seeing the king, not the ranger in him; Sam looking at Frodo as he talks to Gollum about swearing on the ring, and so on.
There’s an element of alienation here, too, and I wonder if that, maybe, is an essential feature of the kind of moment I’m talking about.

It’s definitely alienating when MacLeod, in Highlander’s ‘Comes A Horseman’, finds out about Methos’ past. Moments of recognition can induce awe, admiration, but also horror, as in Methos’ case. Another recognition comes one ep later, when Methos confronts Silas who, shocked, appeals to their brotherhood. Methos denies it – and Silas understands that Methos has changed. Kronos has to recognise just a few minutes later that his brother has turned on him. . .

There’s a number of such moments in the Borribles, too. I already quoted a few, further down. Let’s have some of them:

>>’Cripes,’ said Twilight, ‘you can’t do that; it’ll be you against all of them.’
Spiff turned his head very slowly and looked at the Bangladeshi, his blue eyes blazing with the bright love of danger. It was a light fuelled by hatred and Chalotte blinked in the glare of it.
‘You’re mad, Spiff,’ she said very quietly, ‘you’re raving bonkers.’
But although she meant it there was a note of admiration in her voice. His bravery burnt like a beacon.<<

Chalotte recognises what may be Spiff’s main drive(s) in life: hatred, and bravery – in short, madness. The reader shudders but cannot help a certain admiration, just like Chalotte. . . it’s a complicated admiration, mixed with a very acute awareness of Spiff’s morally dubious nature.

>>They drew breath, their heartbeats slowed and they regained their composure while Napoleon knelt at the front of the leading raft, still paddling as he stared into the gloom, his body swaying gracefully, his face beautiful with excitement. He loved the river.
Sydney, who was next to the Wendle, felt a shiver go down her spine.<<

This time, we see Napoleon, through Sydney’s eyes. What we see is something we don’t expect to see in Napoleon: beauty. It’s touching, because we get an idea of the ‘other’ Napoleon hidden behind the rough outside. We also see his love for the river, a defining element of his character that doesn’t come out too often since we mostly see the Borribles on land.

Well, there’s more, but I don’t want to spoil people here who might like to read the Borribles for themselves too much. ;-)

I think what I’ve been tracing here is actually an aspect of, what shall we call it, narrative mechanics? There may even be a word for it in literary theory. For me, it’s definitely a very powerful element, though I suspect that my reaction is not typical of the average reader, and probably linked to something more personal than just a common feature of the human psyche.
There seem to be a few basic constellations, what they all have in common is that at least two people are involved. These two people either have a history together or have something else in common (Saruman and Frodo don’t have much of a history together, but they have both been touched by Sauron’s evil and are both of a certain greatness.) They either meet after a period of separation and one (or both) of them recognises that the other has changed, that what they had in common is in the past now; or, in cases where there hasn’t been a separation, one of them suddenly sees the other one in a new light, suddenly ‘recognises’ the other. These are moments in which a person’s true being or inner motivations shine through for others (in most cases, just for *one* other) to see. The result can be awe, admiration, even love, but also horror, hatred etc.

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