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Title: darkness veiled his eyes
Fandom: Greek Mythology
Subject: Achilles/Patroclus
Notes: Made for [ profile] waywardmixes's eleventh challenge: mythology. Most of the Iliad is really fucking boring, lbr, but Achilles and Patroclus are one of the few good bits, and by good I mean crying tears of blood over their fate. I might be biased but I think this is one of my favourite mixes that I made for this comm, I can't stop listening to it. I'm afraid Achilles stole the show like the drama queen that he is so more than a shippy mix this is about Achilles's feelings for Patroclus and how he fucks up everything and gets Patroclus killed and then cries about it. It's Greek mythology, so you know the warnings: people slaughter each other brutally and everyone dies in the end.

Achilles is the son of the sea nymph Thetis and king Peleus, and he's described like the greatest Greek hero. "Hero" is Greek for "acts like a big jerk". Patroclus is his older cousin some scholars argue that "cousin" is Greek for "they were fucking like bunnies", proving that some very serious people have been arguing for centuries over whether their favourite ship was canon or not, one of the few characters in Greek mythology portrayed as sweet and caring.

Their story has several sources, but I based this mix on the events of the Iliad, an epic poem allegedly composed by Homer some three thousand years ago. The Iliad is about the Greeks laying siege to the city of Troy. A central theme in the poem is Achilles's rage: feeling that his pride was hurt by the other Greek captains, Achilles refuses to continue fighting. Patroclus is moved when he sees their comrades wounded and killed by the Trojans, and leads the army into battle wearing Achilles's armour. He manages to push the Trojans away from the Greek camp but he's killed by Hector. Achilles is devastated by his friend's death. He's warned that if he avenges Patroclus his own death will soon follow, but he doesn't care. He rejoins the fighting and kills Hector in revenge, and only after many days his rage is placated.

Hover over the song text for more info about each of my choices.

Lover/Soldier (Washington)
Lover, you're a soldier
You're a long, long way from home
A long way from your mother and you do it on your own
We can take our chances because we knew it going in
There'd be lots of dancing but we'd never, ever play to win

King And Lionheart (Of Monsters And Men)
And in the winter night sky ships are sailing
Looking down on these bright blue city lights
And they won't wait, and they won't wait, and they won't wait
We're here to stay, we're here to stay, we're here to stay

Howling ghosts they reappear
In mountains that are stacked with fear
But you're a king and I'm a lionheart
A lionheart

Flesh And Bone (The Killers)
Somewhere outside that finish line
I square up and break through the chains
And I hit like a raging bull
Anointed by the blood, I take the reins
Cut from the cloth, of a flag that
Bears the name of "Battle Born"
They'll call me the contender
They'll listen for the bell
With my face flashing crimson from the fires of hell

My Blood (Ellie Goulding)
Alarms will ring for eternity
The waves will break every chain on me
My bones will bleach
My flesh will flee
So help my lifeless frame to breathe

And God knows I'm not dying but I breathe now
And God knows it's the only way to heal now
With all the blood I lost with you
It drowns the love I thought I knew

Never Let Me Go (Florence + the Machine)
Looking up from underneath
Fractured moonlight light on the sea
Reflections still look the same to me
As before I went under

And it's breaking over me
A thousand miles down to the sea bed
I found the place to rest my head
Never let me go, never let me go

And the arms of the ocean are carrying me
And all this devotion was rushing over me
And the crashes are heavy for a sinner like me
But the arms of the ocean deliver me

Lover's Eyes (Mumford And Sons)
Love was kind, for a time
Now just aches, and it makes me blind
This mirrors haunts, by eyes too bright
That I can't see the others in my life

But we're too young, heads too strong
To bear the weight of these lover's eyes
Cause I feel numb beneath her tongue
beneath the curse of these lover's eyes
Do not ask the price I pay for I must live with my quiet rage
Tame the ghosts in my head that run wild and wish me dead

Should you shake my ash to the wind
Lord forget all of my sins
Oh let me die where I lie beneath the curse of my lover's eyes

Memories (Within Temptation)
In this world you tried
Not leaving me alone behind
There's no other way
I'll pray to the gods: let him stay
The memories ease the pain inside
Now I know why

All of my memories
Keep you near
In silent moments
Imagine you'd be here
All of my memories
Keep you near
The silent whispers, silent tears

Made me promise I'd try
To find my way back in this life
I hope there is a way
To give me a sign you're okay

Sea Of Regrets (I Like Trains)
Some things are better left forgotten
Or the weight of the world will crush your bones
In an ideal situation
This will all be over soon

And I will leave this world in pieces
I will leave it to the scarab and the crows
Under seas and under soil
In a million years our bones will be your oil

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Date: 2013-01-19 08:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
perfect ship, perfect song choices, perfect reasons, perfect everything ugh.

this is so great, i love it ♥ (Achilles look at your life, look at your choices kind of sums up fucking everything god daMN IT ACHILLES).

Date: 2013-01-20 04:13 pm (UTC)
klingonlady: (Medusa & Athena)
From: [personal profile] klingonlady
I love this.. I love all the ones of this pairing.. ha! Bloody brilliant!

Can't wait for the download link!

Date: 2013-01-20 07:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh the manly man pain. This is so gorgeous! And I love your explanations for the songs and how you set that out - it's neat and super interesting. <3

Date: 2013-01-21 08:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Downloading; thank you! =)
This looks awesome! I really like the hover feature you used; liked reading your explanations.

proving that some very serious people have been arguing for centuries over whether their favourite ship was canon or not...
Haha! ^^
Edited Date: 2013-01-21 08:49 am (UTC)

Date: 2013-01-21 03:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Looks gorgeous! Downloading, thanks :)

Date: 2013-01-24 05:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Really, really great song choices and explanations. Downloading and looking forward to listening!

Date: 2013-02-02 05:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
seriously though i'm sobbing about these two and i haven't read anything featuring them
this round has ruined me. ugh ♥ lovely song choices and they really tell the story beautifully.

Date: 2013-05-07 02:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks for this fanmix, it's perfect! The song choices are all wonderful and all your explanations of them. I read The Song of Achilles a while ago and basically drowned in all the Achilles/Patroclus feelings.


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