I'm mostly an archivist and avid reader, but now and then I dabble in writing myself. I've been a fanfiction addict for over five years now and mostly enjoy angst, h/c and slash. Favourite LOTR-characters include Aragorn (above all), Eowyn, Legolas and Gandalf. I maintain two LOTR fanfiction archives, one is Naice a Nilme, a place for Aragorn and/or Legolas angst, and the other Borderland, a site for LOTR crossovers. Additionally, I co-moderate the Aragorn Angst list on yahoogroups.
If you are interested in reading my fanfiction, please visit my Skyehawke profile. You will find there LOTR, LotRPS, Blood Ties, The Road and various crossovers.
When looking for a good story, you know your usual suspects. But then coming across an author whom you've never before seen in fandom, only to find that she managed to write a story with so many fresh and gripping ideas: Priceless! I enjoyed this *so* much - well, apart from the days when I refused to read on because I was a wee bit afraid of where you were going to take the plot. But with me that's always a good sign, storywise, because it's saying a lot about the talent of the writer!
I'm a fan of AUs, and this one was convincing from beginning to end. It's a LOTR in fast-forward, everything happens a lot faster (or much earlier) than it's supposed to be and I guess that factors into the tidalwave of evil and hopelessness. I can see all of that happen, all the characters were in-character for me. And even Elrond, whom I tried NOT to despise so much was a logical extension of his canon-self. But especially I liked Legolas in this. I love when he's written as a strong character. And I guess he doesn't get any stronger than in this story. He's determined and loyal to the point of giving himself up. He's admirable...
I'd love to see more of this. I have a few suspicions about where this story might turn (I tend to believe Arwen in this - a lot of darkness before the light), but I'm sure you already know how the story end. This is such a heavily plotted story, I can't imagine you haven't come up with the final scene yet:)
Thank you for such a fantastic read! Your story blew me away!
I'm definitely with you on the canon question. You don't have to know anything about canon to write AU, but generally what comes up will be something so warped it has nothing to do with the original universe. Not at all interesting, in my opinion. But when someone knows all his facts and *then* sits down and writes an AU something fascinating will surely come out. Because only then you can do the source and the characters justice.
I'm also reccing the hell out of this story, so I hope a few readers will stop by:)
Schau an, Du bist ja auch hier:)
Author's Response: Hallo! :) Ja, ich bin auch hier - wie du siehst breite ich mich unaufhaltsam aus! *g* Sch÷n, dich hier zu treffen!
ROFTL, I always thought most of the stuff the characters are wearing in LOTR is MOST impractical - especially the wizards and the elves. All those hems and long sleeves, they just beg you to dip them in the food you meant to eat. That's probably why they're all immortal. It takes a few lifetimes to managed clothing like that elegantly!
Oh, and do you know the "Istari White" comic? Fits your ficlet perfectly...
Author's Response: I agree! I love long, flowing outfits myself, but as a rather clumsy person, I just don\'t have the time to check my every move for my hem. I don\'t know \"Istari White\" -- I\'ll check it out.
Author's Response: Oh, and it did seem suspicious that the Istari whose color would be difficult to keep dyed in wool were the ones that disappeared.
Found it again: For Istari White, check out this link http://www.tolkien.com.pl/elenai/details.php?image_id=60 and then visit your trusty supermarket and ask for it:)
Author's Response: Ooh, I want it.
Ahhh, I remember Jael mentioned something about spiders' silk in one of her stories. I found it gross even then (you know me, highly arachnophobic). But thinking about it, it does make sense. Humans maybe wouldn't bother. But if you look at the vain elves with all their fancy clothes... they have to get the cloth for it somewhere! And since I don't think they're trading with the Haradrim...;-)
I liked the women in this. They do something that's important to society (or everyone would go naked - as if that was a bad thing *snickers*), but they still seem on the fringe of society. Their interaction with the warriors at least seems to be cut down to the barest necessities. Highly interesting!
Author's Response: Oh, you\'re right. If only Tathariel and the rest went on strike, they\'d all be running around naked. !! Maybe I should write a sequel to my story about Orcs unionizing and add it to the naked elves series. Thanks for the positive response. I think your point is well-observed and true in our society as well. We all need farm workers, but we don\'t interact with them, or spend much time worrying about their exposure to pesticides and industrial accidents.
I truly love the way your mind works!!
Author's Response: Thanks -- this story was inspired by the blank spot after Wizard of Oz on the Borderlands archive
LOL, why is it there anyway? I can't even remember adding it:) But I'm glad I could be of service!
Author's Response: Heheh. Those empty spaces are bunny holes.
Cheers! Ha, I like the contrast between wine and ale here. You always have those pretentious wine drinkers that try stuff and gurgle and spit it out and tell sagas about the taste and the colour and whatever. And then you have ale which you simply drink. Basta. Yes, I can definitely see Aragorn as more of the beer type. Short and to the point!
Author's Response: I was thinking about the lore-master guy from \"In the Houses of Healing\". I thought Gondor might have a lot of fantastically learned, not very down-to-earth types: exactly the kind to swish and spit rather than just hoisting a tankard.
Aragorn/Bilbo fics are my little guilty pleasure - I just enjoy them immensely. This was no different. It was funny, light-hearted and still had a lot of insight on the characters, they were spot on! Additionally, you chose to tell the story from Bilbo's POV, which was very convincing in my opinion. He came across very hobbity, and very Bilbo-like. All the talk about food, about Lobelia, the little mischief he draws Aragorn into; that was pure Bilbo in my opinion. And Aragorn is awefully quiet throughout, I can definitely see him observe everything and stash it away for further use. He does what Gandalf told him to do: He learns everything he can about hobbits. And I bet silently he terribly amused by it!
Author's Response: I hope so. I appreciate your comments. In particular, you put your finger on the thing that I\'m still thinking of editing.
A fic with a wolf - something like this automatically scores with ten points in my book! I liked the idea of their little "community", of two beings (who have nothing in common, who normally would be enemies) coming together to die. And thankfully you ended with a cliffie, a very evil one might I add, so I hope this isn't a story including character death. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for those two!
Author's Response: You must be a wolf lover, too! :o) I\'m glad you liked how I connected elf and wolf. Death is a powerful thing to share, and I wanted them to be a comfort to each other. Since I wrote this for Teitho, I didn\'t go into a longer story, but I\'ve had several requests to continue it, so I just might do that. Do keep your fingers crossed. :o)
Oh, what an ominous ending! Apart from the obvious choice of presenting Sauron as the cause for this aberration it would also be fun to have appear as a portal to *somewhere* else. I just can't shake my love for crossovers:) Still, I always like things that feel a little off and that are not explained in the greatest detail. Gives me something to think about!
Author's Response: Forgive my delay in responding. (I\'ve been working on a story for Teitho!) A portal to another world would have been neat. Too bad I didn\'t think of it. :o) I\'ve never written a crossover before. I\'ll have to try that one of these days. I also like things a little off sometimes. And it\'s fun to leave a bit of a mystery for the readers.
Oh, the last sentence was wonderful. I can just picture Aragorn saying something like that (I always thought he was a closeted romatic *g*). I hope your muses are cooperative and you'll come up with many more scenarios for our elf and ranger. After all, they've fought many battles, so following your logic there should be a lot more sex:)
Author's Response: Thank you! I just love the idea of that rough, gruff (and extrememly sexy) exterior there's a hopless romantic. Thank you for the encouragement, it means a lot. And yes, that's why I love that logic. It leads to lots of fun stuff! :) I do have some more stuff in the works, so we'll see how that goes! Again, thanks a lot for the review!
As I said in my mail, I loved this. A wonderful story about Harad. Just what I always wished for - there is a lot of "colourful" tradition here, very good descriptions and already the opening paragraph had me in stitches. Aragorn is the proverbial tourist - totally useless on his own, because he doesn't know his way around (and doesn't know the dangers, or the language) and his guide takes blatant advantage of that:)
Author's Response: Thanks. I had a lot of fun writing this (and I was being a tourist myself at the time).
They're acting like two five-year olds - inventing a game as they go along and applying new rules all the time. It's just too cute!
Author's Response: You are so right. And it doesn't help that Legolas is pushing Gimli''s buttons. I'm glad you enjoyed my little tale.