Penname: Michelle [Contact] Real name:
Member Since: 15/12/05
Membership status: Member
Bio:

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.


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Summary: AU In a much darker Middle Earth than the one we know, Legolas sacrifices everything for Hope.
Categories: Movie-verse
Characters: Aragorn, Legolas
Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama, Tragedy
Warnings: AU (alternate universe)
Series: None
Chapters: 2 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 123158 Read Count: 3918
[Report This] Published: 28/05/07 Updated: 27/09/07
Reviewer: Michelle Signed
Date: 21/09/07 Title: Chapter 1: Wherever the Surge May Sweep

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! 



Author's Response: Thank you so much for taking time to read and review! This story was a labor of love that wouldn\'t leave me alone even after I had moved onto new fandoms.\r\n\r\nOne of the big things I tried to do in this story was keep it close to canon - to make sure I stayed as close to Tolkien as possible so that the places I diverged would have all the more impact. I really wanted to make people see where Elrond was coming from, he was never evil, just determined to do what was right in his mind. The character of Legolas was tricky because I had to take more of a leap with him growth wise than any other character. Book/Movie Legolas is much lighter than this one - and that\'s just the beginning. So thank you so much for saying you liked his character. I have to admit, he frustrated me in this story and even now, I see more of his faults than strengths.\r\n\r\nThis story is plotted all the way through since pretty much chapter three - though it has changed greatly since then. The final scene is definitely planned - something I hope will wrap up my story and pay homage to the original end. \r\n\r\nOnce again, thanks so much for your kind words. It\'s always nice to know that someone else in enjoys what you\'re writing!

Reviewer: Michelle Signed
Date: 27/09/07 Title: Chapter 1: Wherever the Surge May Sweep

Hi back!

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:) 

Hunted by Silivren Tinu Rated: PG-13 [Reviews - 18]
Summary: A horde of orcs is sent out from Dol Guldur on a deadly mission, and when Legolas and Aragorn cross paths with them it soon becomes clear that not only their lives are at stake, but also the fate of the entire Woodland Realm. Friendship, angst, h/c. Pre-LotR.
Categories: Movie-verse
Characters: Aragorn, Legolas, Thranduil
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst
Warnings: Violence
Series: None
Chapters: 14 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 55912 Read Count: 12622
[Report This] Published: 02/07/07 Updated: 07/10/07
Reviewer: Michelle Signed
Date: 27/08/07 Title: Chapter 1: Trapped

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!

Summary: What actually became of the Blue Wizards: a response to Susan's Wizard Robes challenge.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: None
Genres: Humor
Warnings: None
Series: The Affairs of Wizards
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 337 Read Count: 1407
[Report This] Published: 14/07/07 Updated: 14/07/07
Reviewer: Michelle Signed
Date: 14/07/07 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

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.

Reviewer: Michelle Signed
Date: 14/07/07 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

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.

The Weaver's Duty by Ria Rated: PG [Reviews - 4]
Summary: How do the elves of Mirkwood get their lovely clothes? The weavers use locally produced silk -- at some risk. Written for the Teitho Contest "Maidens of Middle Earth" prompt.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Legolas
Genres: Drama
Warnings: None
Series: Saturday's Children
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 2731 Read Count: 1343
[Report This] Published: 16/08/07 Updated: 16/08/07
Reviewer: Michelle Signed
Date: 18/08/07 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

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.

Rainy Day Romance by Ria Rated: PG [Reviews - 3]
Summary: A mildly AU crossover of Tom Bombadil's courtship. Goldberry doesn't quite seem to be part of Tolkien's standard mythos anyway.
Categories: Crossovers
Characters: Goldberry, Tom Bombadil
Genres: Romance
Warnings: AU (alternate universe)
Series: Sillier Stories
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 399 Read Count: 1923
[Report This] Published: 15/09/07 Updated: 15/09/07
Reviewer: Michelle Signed
Date: 15/09/07 Title: Chapter 1: Tom and Polly

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

Reviewer: Michelle Signed
Date: 15/09/07 Title: Chapter 1: Tom and Polly

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.

Summary: Written for the Teitho "Skills" Challenge. What skill does Aragorn need around him when he settles down in Gondor?
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Aragorn, Arwen, Gaffer Gamgee
Genres: None
Warnings: None
Series: "Become who you were meant to be"
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 819 Read Count: 1606
[Report This] Published: 15/09/07 Updated: 15/09/07
Reviewer: Michelle Signed
Date: 15/09/07 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

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.

All That Is Gold by Ria Rated: G [Reviews - 8]
Summary: Bilbo faces another dragon . . . with the help of a new friend.

Winner of the 2nd place in the Teitho Challenge.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Aragorn, Bilbo, Lobelia Sackville-Baggins
Genres: General
Warnings: None
Challenges: Not Another Elf Fic
Series: "Become who you were meant to be"
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1811 Read Count: 1944
[Report This] Published: 17/10/07 Updated: 17/10/07
Reviewer: Michelle Signed
Date: 17/10/07 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

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.

Facing Death by White Wolf Rated: PG [Reviews - 6]
Summary: How does an immortal face death? Let Legolas tell you in his own words.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Legolas
Genres: Drama
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 2235 Read Count: 1611
[Report This] Published: 17/10/07 Updated: 17/10/07
Reviewer: Michelle Signed
Date: 17/10/07 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter One

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)

Summary: What should have been a routine crossing of the Misty Mountains turns into a harrowing and baffling ordeal for Legolas, Aragorn and the twins.
Categories: Book-verse, Movie-verse
Characters: Aragorn, Elladan, Elrohir, Legolas
Genres: Action/Adventure
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 2 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 4000 Read Count: 3212
[Report This] Published: 20/02/08 Updated: 29/02/08
Reviewer: Michelle Signed
Date: 08/03/08 Title: Chapter 2: Chapter Two

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.

Beauty by Carcharoth Rated: NC-17 [Reviews - 1]
Summary: When the battle is over, Legolas must come to terms with the death and destruction.
Categories: Lord of the Rings Slash
Characters: Aragorn, Legolas
Genres: Angst, Erotica, Romance
Warnings: Graphic Sex, Slash (same sex pairing)
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 2336 Read Count: 1932
[Report This] Published: 10/11/08 Updated: 10/11/08
Reviewer: Michelle Signed
Date: 14/12/08 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

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!

Beside the Well by Ria Rated: G [Reviews - 3]
Summary: On his first trip into the South, Aragorn learns more of Harad.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Aragorn, Original Character
Genres: General
Warnings: None
Series: "Become who you were meant to be"
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1356 Read Count: 1029
[Report This] Published: 16/08/09 Updated: 16/08/09
Reviewer: Michelle Signed
Date: 16/08/09 Title: Chapter 1: In the Dust

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).

Summary: Legolas and Gimli were each suffering from an unpleasant experience. What’s the best way to forget those unpleasantries? They engage in a little competition.
Categories: Book-verse, Movie-verse
Characters: Gimli, Legolas, Thranduil
Genres: General, Humor
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 2932 Read Count: 801
[Report This] Published: 27/08/09 Updated: 27/08/09
Reviewer: Michelle Signed
Date: 28/08/09 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter One

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.