The fan fiction lovers among you will be familiar with the term “cross over”. Today’s shrine is one such thing – a piece of fan
fiction art which draws from two works of fiction. The hint is in the name. But before I present this little piece of fiction, let me tell you that this was a particularly satisfying shrine project for me. Not just because it combines two particularly well-loved chaRActers, but because of the reason I made it.
A while ago I received a message from our fellow friend Circusgifs on tumblr. You probably know her name because she has often appeared in my Weekly Armitage Round-ups with her fabulous gifs. (Her latest one made me laugh so much.) She said “On XXX there will be the birthday of a friend, Pollysthings & I thought that she might like one of your RAPS. We have a thing, Pollysthings & me, with Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde but replaced by Thornton & Thorin (or as I like to call him, Master Thorinton) So do you think you would be able to make & send something to her?” This was an irresistible commission and I immediately jumped at it. Not only because Circusgifs had made it pretty easy for me to find inspiRAtion for a shrine with her keywords Master Thorinton and Jekyll/Hyde, but more so because I love playing fan-on-fan Cupid. There is something extremely gratifying in creating something that will be given as a gift – not from me, but from someone else. It may contain my creativity, but it carries the message of friendship and care from someone else to the recipient. I take a lot of pleasure from that. In this case even more so because I have communicated with both Circusgifs and Pollysthings BTS and therefore felt I “knew” both of them.
Is that what is called “empathy”? However, I’d like to emphasize here that I am open to such requests any time – for entirely selfish reasons, of course. Doesn’t matter whether I know requester and recipient or not – it just makes me feel good creating something that is the tangible expression of friendship and appreciation.
So, with Circusgifs’ stipulated Master Thorinton theme in mind, I created this:
There’s a bit of Circusgifs on the cover of the RAPS – her brilliant RArmy coat of arms. It felt fitting to incorporate that into the shrine.
Inside I took up Circusgifs’ Jekyll/Hyde explanation as a starting point.
That leaves the question who is the master by day and the master by night? And thank cod for the famous smoulder pose that RA has perfected, the slightly tilted-down face with the fierce look – Thorin and Thornton fitted together perfectly! (I somewhere have a picture to prove it even better…)
Difficult to see, but the little red book is entitled “Master Thorinton”. It also contains a tiny little message from Circusgifs to Pollysthings. Finding images where “Master Thorinton” looks directly *at* the viewer are few and far between, particularly when it comes to Mr Thornton. The official promo shots are the solution. Luckily they make both Thorin and Thornton look quite assertive – he demands to be the “Master of Your Heart”. The red heart is a magnet, btw, and when it is removed, Mr Thornton comes off and reveals Thorin. So Pollysthings can adapt her RAPS according to her preferences of the minute 😉
So there we are. Fandom love at its finest. Thank you to Circusgifs for involving me, and happy birthday to Pollysthings. If you feel like it, give both of them your love and attention – their tumblr blogs are worth visiting as they both exclusively/frequently post Armitage!
And if you have a particular friend in the fandom whom you want to surprise with a gift or whom you want to show that you care, my inbox is always open! I am sure we can out suss some sort of “exchange” – I am open to all suggestions, and if push comes to shove, it is always more valuable to me to put the fruits of my labour into the service of fan-relations than to receive personal gain. My shrine fairies behind the scenes continuously replenish the stash of material and they have expressly stipulated that I am also to make some shrines for free, too, so that *anyone*, regardless of their own financial situation, can afford one. Thank you to my patrons!
PS: It’s *that* time of year. Yes, the Crucible anniversary! And what I call “The Summer of Love”. It seems so long ago, somehow… And yet time has passed quickly when it comes to my other anniversary which will come up for the first time on Friday. For the latter reason I am heading home to Germany tomorrow, for a few days. I’ll probably not have the opportunity to post the round-up as I’ll be travelling back on Saturday. But I might be able to post late.
Just so you know that I am not going through another fandom-related crisis if I am silent over the next few days ❤