Author's Response: Thanks! I kept writing in rapid succession because the ideas kept hitting me like a truck. Thousands of them keep flying in and out of my head. Sometimes this gets annoying. Other times, it's the best thing ever. Thanks for the review! I'm glad you like the story!
Author's Response: Thank you!
Author's Response: That's why I have two stories going...when my creativity on one dies, I turn to the other and work on that one. It's like farming. One field is always lying fallow. Thanks for the advice though. I'm sure you haven't used up all your creativity. Someone as creative as you can't possibly be out of creativity. You just need time to "recharge" the creative part of your brain. Don't worry! Thanks for the praise and the review!
Thanks! This chapter was brought to you by a pain-induced nightmare...got my braces tightened yesterday and OUUUUCH! I always have weird dreams when I'm in pain. I never had the chance to harness them for creative writing though.
I'm glad you liked the chapter. The next one will be out shortly.
A Legostalker? *image of Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas stalking Legos*
Haha...well, lego stalking aside, don't worry about ideas that did or did not come to you. Those two stories were absolutely wonderful, and if everyone had the same ideas, then creativity wouldn't exist! Your stories and ideas are wonderfully unique, and I'm glad you thought of them!
More is coming, I'm writing the next chapter as we speak.
If you look at Boromir's behavior in the books, you see that his mood shifts easily. That, and after walking for over an hour (from Rivendell to the moor overlooking it, and onwards) he would have time to cool off. But yes, as the saying goes, praise in public...chastise in private. Boromir forgot that one.
I myself love the hobbits best in the books. Maybe I've put too much of that into Brandon? Oh well. It feels right! Thanks for reviewing!
Author's Response: Thanks! Yes, Appendix B of Return of the King has been my BEST FRIEND. That, and different quotes from the books. I'm working on the next chapter right now, so you'll see where the cliff hanger leaves off...mwahahaha....
Author's Response: Thanks! I'm glad you picked up on it. I felt silly putting that in there, but I figured it couldn't hurt. Thanks for the review!
Yeah, Boromir isn't exactly happy about Brandon joining. I mean, it's understandable. The fate of the world is in the hands of the Fellowship and now, they're essentially babysitting this strange teen-age boy in addition to saving Middle-earth. To add insult to injury, he isn't even going to Gondor. He's being taken to Edoras. Boromir probably doesn't like that at all either. But the fact that Boromir questioned Elrond's judgement is where things get dicey. You'd think that after thousands of years of dealing with the enemy, Elrond would know what he's doing. Well, he does. But Boromir doesn't think so.
Thanks for the review, and keep reading!
Author's Response: Hmm...lucky? I don't know about that... he is trapped in a different world, and he's about to embark on a journey that will "kill" Gandalf and slay Boromir. Not to mention some possible temptation as the ring gets closer to Mordor...but I'll let you decide as I keep updating. I imagine he'd get in plenty of trouble for cruising around Kansas City without clothes. You know, disturbing the peace, lewdness, etc. Thank you for the reveiw!
This isn't to say I'm against strong language or anything - well, you're read my fics, you know I'm not! In fact, I think the story would be worse without it; it's in context and appropriate. You just need to warn people, that's all.
Author's Response: Thanks Narya! I forgot about the rating...thank you thank you thank you.
I've sent you an email with more detailed thoughts on the story, but I thought I'd leave you a review too, since I know how nice it is to get them :) keep up the good work!
Author's Response: Thanks! I'm actually checking my email right now...and making the corrections! Thanks so much for being a wonderful Beta reader.
Snow is pretty, but it isn't all it's cracked up to be. School goes into late (and I mean very late) June, and my school has no air conditioning. We'd get out earlier, but can't because of snow days. The twenties are balmy for New England this time of year. But I know how you feel about the cold. Brrr. Keep warm, and when all else fails, laugh at the frost because it isn't snow.
I keep forgetting you're from Australia...it's really warm there now, but here in New England, there's snow everywhere and it's the coldest it's been all winter, haha. I'm glad my story is refreshing! I don't like walking home either. It's freezing here. Brandon in the wilderness will be intersting. It'll be interesting writing about his interactions with the Fellowship as well. You have fun doing what you're doing as well!
Author's Response: I don't know who wouldn't like staying in Rivendell, I imagine it's absolutely b-e-a-utiful. Journeying with the Fellowship is bound to be exciting and scary. I'm already plotting...mwahaha....thank you for the review!
*laughs* Well, Pippin is a hobbit, so he would naturally want to know where to find stuff to eat, haha.
More is on the way. I've been really busy as of late, so I haven't had time to write much.
Thank you very much! The three of them like eating, so I'm sure they'll get along fine.
I'm glad the story has held your interest, and I hope you continue to read it! Thanks again for the review!
Keep up the good work, and I'll see you soon!
I don't think I'll be able to continue with "Story of Seven". I know that you and Dad liked it a lot, but now that it's been deleted, I really don't remember how I wrote it and I can't bring back the original sound of the story. Seven sounds very different from how I remember him each time I try to start over. It makes me sad, but I can't do anything aside from move on. Maybe I'll try again some time in the future. I'll let you know if I do.
Thanks for the praise. It takes about two days to write a chapter for this story since it's so hard to stop telling Brandon's story! I'm more excited about this story than I've ever been about any other thing I've ever written in my entire life.
Can't wait to see you! Yay February break! GLEE!
*laughs*The elf was just kind hanging out...he was more of an extra...but he can be Lindir if you want. Merry and Pippin are great. I was worried about the dialogue between them because it's really hard to talk like a hobbit after you've been talking like an elf for most of the story. I hope I was accurate enough with how I made them talk.
The scene between Brandon and Arwen was fun to write. Hehe..."eat the tasty food"...that made me laugh. I had that scene between Harry and Cho in the fourth book in my head when I wrote that.
Author's Response: I feel honored!!! Thanks! I'm glad you like it!
Tolkien was a linguist, he invented languages, fortunately you don't need to ask him, as he left a lifetime of work on Middle-earth.
The Common Tongue of Middle-earth was Westron.
Elrond would have known Westron, Sindarin Elvish and also the High Tongue ( Quenya ) although that was like Latin today and rarely used save in Valinor.
The one thing many Falls-into-Middle-earth writers don't explain is how some-one can communicate. Pink Siamese in Hobbitland is writing that her character did not understand the Fellowship, but gradually learned it, as Westron words had roots which were similar to Anglo-Saxon ( unlike for instance Chinese ).
Tolkien wrote in a letter to Walt Whitman,
"I would draw some of the great tales in fullness,
and leave many only placed in the scheme, and sketched.
The cycles should be linked to a majestic whole,
and yet leave scope for other minds and hands,
wielding paint and music and drama..."
-- J. R. R. Tolkien.
That sounds like an invitation to write fanfic. :)
Of course, he was assuming that ' other minds and hands ' would have read his work and play within ' the majestic whole ', not completely change it, as some people do who have not read his books. I can tell if some-one has read the books within about two paragraphs - unless it's movie-verse which I don't like as I much prefer the books.
Oh, I see! I completely forgot about Westron! Now I feel stupid, haha.
I agree with you on the movie verse. The one thing I did like about the movies, however, was that it helped me to "see" some characters that I was having a hard time visualizing. For instance, I had no idea how to picture Lord Denethor, or even Grima Wormtongue.
Though there were descriptions of Icthellion and The Paths of the Dead, I had a hard time visualising them as well.
But still, the books are better. Much better.
Actually, that hadn't even crossed my mind. Everworld and L.O.T.R are two completely seperate pieces of my brain. Next time I get ideas, I'll cross-reference them with my library and see if they're too repetitive.
Poor Brandon, yes. He has no clue as to what's going on.
I like the fact that he began to check things out, Googling Imladris and then looking for the books. He may be young but he can still think quite clearly.
He also has the typical rashness of a young person in taking four sleeping tablets! O_o. If any-one took for of mine they would be out a good long time!
This made me smile, with ( very old ) memories.
Brandon wasn't the smartest, but he did know that if Elrond read the trilogy, history in Middle Earth could change for the better or for the worse in the blink of an eye.
"Knowledge may be power, but it can destroy people too," Brandon thought to himself.
I attempted a Tolkien fanfic about 18 years ago, but set in the Elder Days where the character was supposed to go back to the First Age and live through until the War of the Ring knowing everything, but unable to change anything. The OC took back a copy of the Silmarillion which she kept referring to, but knew no-one must see. I would agree, Elrond reading LOTR ( let's assume in some way he could read English ) could cause a paradox, or actually cause a complete F.U.B.A.R situation. Tampering with events causes all sorts of problems.
I am still impressed with your portrayal of Elrond, he seems more like the Elrond of the book than of the films, and I appreciate that a great deal. He is acting in with wisdom, caution and the experience borne of his long life.
I was actually thinking about what I would do once I stopped panicking/rejoicing that I was in Middle Earth when I slept. I once had an especially cryptic dream, so I googled some of the different symbols and things mentioned in the dream. Of course, I wasn't worrying about my sanity or dealing with mysterious rope burn around my wrists and ankles...
I'm glad that my portrayal of Brandon is realistic enough!
I do think Elrond would be able to read English...I think that English is the assumed common tongue in most stories including Tolkien's. Ah, I wish there was a way that I could ask Tolkien himself! Oh well. He'd probably flip out on reading some of these stories. I think if he read Arwen's diaries he'd yell at me, haha.
I agree whole-heartedly with you say about Elrond finding out all this. I love that word, F.U.B.A.R...tampering with time and outcomes seems to be a problem.
Thanks for the praise on my portrayal of Elrond. I'm trying to keep him closer to the original book-type Elrond, and I'm so glad to hear that I'm succeeding! Thanks!
Author's Response: Thanks! I will!
Reflected in the mirror were signs of a rope burn around his wrists.
Oh pants, a cliffie!
Very good! :)
Author's Response: Thank you again for the praise! I hold your reviews in very very very high esteem :)