Thorin sonata: or, facing the dragon-sickness

Friday night, I went to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey for the fourth time, and I was heavily preoccupied with thinking about issues of leadership and heritage in the dwarf world. I had been thinking and writing all day, and my response was mostly too confused to record. I jotted down some notes and went to bed, thinking I’d write about it Saturday.


Friday night, my parents went to the Christmas party of one of the chief enablers of my father’s alcoholism through my teens. It’s no understatement so say that I hate this man so severely that if I saw his face again I’d have to physically restrain myself. It’s an ongoing, three-decade stressor in my relationship with my father that since I’ve owned my own cars, I haven’t let this jerk touch them.

In the morning, I asked my mother not to go. She pointed out that she was feeling a little better and that she might not have many more parties to go to.

When I got home at midnight, the car was in the garage and all the lights were off, so I assumed they were home, safe in bed. (Months of living away desensitized me and I didn’t think to look for the truck. I assumed it was in the backyard.) I came in the house, made sure all the doors were locked, turned off all of the lights, and went to bed.

At 3:41 a.m., I heard a crash upstairs. Time noted as I fumbled for my glasses. I waited a second, then grabbed my robe. I ran upstairs barefoot. I heard another crash, and then the heavy back porch door opening.

It is my father.

“Honey, why the hell did you lock the front door?”

I should be happy my mother decided to leave without him. I should be happy he stays alive.

My mother didn’t emerge from her bedroom to witness any of this. My father took off his outside clothes and collapsed on the living room sofa.

I fell back into bed.


For months, my waking fantasies have involved either John Porter or Richard Armitage himself.

Through the haze this morning, the first image I saw in my brain: Thorin Oakenshield.


Sunday morning waking fantasy: Thorin Oakenshield.

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~ by Servetus on December 23, 2012.

6 Responses to “Thorin sonata: or, facing the dragon-sickness”

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