Penname: Ria [Contact] Real name:
Member Since: 08/04/06
Membership status: Administrator
Bio:
**CURRENTLY IN THE THRALL OF NANOWRIMO**

Mine is a Callimachean muse, and a relentlessly silly one. That means I tend to write fluff, satire and randomness. "The Campfire" and "A Sweet Snore" are my fluffiest; "Mary Sue Productions" is an example of satire (go figure); and "Radagast Departs" and "Beside the Well" fit into the random bucket.


I have adopted Ithilion the Mini-Balrog.

My favorite pre-modern authors are: Ovid, Sei Shonagon and Shakespeare. My favorite authors from before the midcentury are: Jane Austen, P.J. Wodehouse and Raphael Sabatini. My favorite recent authors (at the moment) are: Harry Turtledove, Lois McMaster Bujold, Judith Merkle Riley and Jennifer Crusie.

Please try my new challenge, Wild in the Woods.
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Reviews by Ria
The Cliff by freakanature06 Rated: PG [Reviews - 8]
Summary: Merry and Pippin discuss their limited future. Sad. Takes place after Lord of the Rings.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Merry, Pippin
Genres: Angst
Warnings: Character Death
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 691 Read Count: 1421
[Report This] Published: 28/02/07 Updated: 28/02/07
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 27/03/07 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Nice angst! The sorrow is believable and not overblown, and the cliff is a great metaphor for their stage of life. (Although, NB, the fall over the cliff is in the movie but not the book.)

Author's Response: I\'m so glad you liked it!!!

White Tree of Gondor by jules14 Rated: PG-13 [Reviews - 6]
Summary: A response to Ria's "Tribute to Jules" challenge. A silly little ficlet showing how a dirty mind can twist someone's words around.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Boromir, Original Character
Genres: Humor
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1137 Read Count: 2760
[Report This] Published: 06/03/07 Updated: 06/03/07
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 06/03/07 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Heheheh. I knew it would be funny -- thanks for rising to the occasion. (Sorry, I couldn't resist the pun.)

Evil Elrond by greywing Rated: PG [Reviews - 5]
Summary: Written for the March Prompt: E-- like an Evil Elrond. Mistreatment of Glorfindel by his lord. Not what it seems, really.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Elrond, Erestor, Glorfindel
Genres: Horror, Humor
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 300 Read Count: 1459
[Report This] Published: 06/03/07 Updated: 06/03/07
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 07/03/07 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

I really enjoyed this. If only I could get Glorfindel to do MY paperwork.

Author's Response: I want him to do my paperwork too! Preferably in a glass enclosure where I can watch.

Resurrection by Dwimordene Rated: G [Reviews - 1]
Summary: Sometimes foresight is false. After Pelennor, the new lease on life is but the beginning. Halbarad, Aragorn, and the journey towards healing. AU.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Aragorn, Halbarad
Genres: Drama
Warnings: AU (alternate universe)
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1336 Read Count: 1077
[Report This] Published: 10/03/07 Updated: 10/03/07
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 10/03/07 Title: Chapter 1: Resurrection

I enjoyed this one. I like the attention to the details of his emotional recovery.

Author's Response: Hi Ria, Sorry for the late reply. But I\'m very pleased you liked this story--it\'s certainly one I have, in a sense, been waiting to write. Dwim

Summary: Peace. Land. Life. Loyalty. A Kin-strife parable.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Original Character
Genres: Tragedy
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 7 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 29518 Read Count: 5762
[Report This] Published: 11/03/07 Updated: 11/03/07
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 24/03/07 Title: Chapter 2: The Eastshore

I like the vividness of your scenes. Also, the people's history approach to Middle Earth is novel -- nice one!

Author's Response: Thanks, Ria! (I think I owe you thanks for another review, too...) Writing from the ground and looking \'up\', as it were, was a useful exercise, and I\'m pleased it\'s paying off for you as a reader. I\'m glad the descriptions are effective, too. Thanks for your comments! Dwim

Summary: Constructed languages are made up languages. An essay explianing why I feel Tolkien was one of the best at making up constructed languages, and why most author's languages don't work.
Categories: Book-verse, Off Topic
Characters: None
Genres: Essay, General
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 2377 Read Count: 1903
[Report This] Published: 14/03/07 Updated: 14/03/07
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 16/03/07 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Thank you for laying out the Quendi language tree: it's an excellent resource, and, as you point out, the very heart of Tolkien's creation. After reading this, I expect I'll never get confused between Sindarin and Silvan again.

I think your argument would ring stronger, however, if you cleaned up the grammar and spelling of the essay.

Author's Response: I\'m glad to know this helps somebody and didn\'t just confuse them more. ;) I\'ve been known to write stuff that makes perfect sense to me, but confuses everybody else. Could you point out any specific problems? Grammar and spelling have never been my strong points, I\'m much better at arguing. My mother would tell you that you can\'t win an arguement with me because I will come up with counter your arguement. Ex. One time I told her which Tolkien characters I wanted to marry and alot of them were elves. SO when she said the law prohibits you from marrying more than one person I countered that person was a term for a mortal and that because they were elves that I would not be breaking the law. Then she told me that Aragorn, Elros, Faramir, and Imahril were all men. I replied that the majority of their blood was mortal, but all of them had a percentage of elven blood in them and that this fraction no matter if it was one one millionth kept them from being classified as fully mortals and then that U.S. law wouldn\'t apply in Middle-Earth anyway, so why were we arguing about U.S. law in the first place. *blinks* What does that story have ot do with your review.

As Was Custom by Zhie Rated: PG [Reviews - 6]
Summary: Glorfindel always gets his way.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Erestor, Glorfindel
Genres: Humor
Warnings: AU (alternate universe)
Series: PPB-AU
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 28 Read Count: 2714
[Report This] Published: 17/03/07 Updated: 17/03/07
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 17/03/07 Title: Chapter 1: -complete story-

What a clever idea of Glorfindel's -- very in the spirit of "When life gives you lemons . . ."

Also, congratulations on breaking 90 stories! You'll be at 100 any day now. *Bows in awe*.

Author's Response: Thanks! This was written in honor of a very special friend and fellow fanfic author who recently passed on (crossed the sea west, as we like to say) and I guess that could be part of how that message got in there. And thanks for the congrats, however, it\'s more a matter of me not being so lazy to get the stories posted, lol... I\'ve been over 300 stories on my own archive (pounce.dreamelf.com) for some time... but... it will be nice to join Sivan up there in the hundred fic club officially ^_^

Unforeseen Circumstances by Zhie Rated: NC-17 [Reviews - 4]
Summary: Galadriel/Surprise;
An oath leads to a journey, with hard times ahead.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Galadriel
Genres: Angst, Erotica, Romance
Warnings: AU (alternate universe), Graphic Sex
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 2002 Read Count: 1695
[Report This] Published: 17/03/07 Updated: 17/03/07
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 15/09/07 Title: Chapter 1: -complete story-

Oh, that IS surprising.

Summary: Arwen's best friend is wandering Middle-Earth 100 years after Aragorn's death. Her family are all dead or bound for Valinor, and she doesn't know what to do.



This is actually book-verse as well as movie-verse, but my computer refuses to die multiple categories at the moment.
Categories: Movie-verse
Characters: Original Character
Genres: Tragedy
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 10 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 2910 Read Count: 10619
[Report This] Published: 18/03/07 Updated: 03/08/07
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 26/04/07 Title: Chapter 5: Chapter 5

This is very poetic, and you're addressing a part of the story that is not often written about. I think there has to be a more elegant way of signalling a flashback than saying "flashback". Roger Zelazney once said that telling the readers less makes the story better, or words to that effect.

Author's Response: thanks foe that, i was never actually happy about the flashbacks. i\'ll do something about it know...

Author's Response: done it! three starry thingys is flashback [***]. one starry thingy is going on. ok?

Summary: former title: Starlight. An elf was raised in our Earth and knew the future of Middle-Earth. Her presence was unknown though she was transported back to Middle Earth 500 years before the Ring War. Now, the war has begun. Will she keep continue on hiding her knowledge and her true identity to her newfound friends? Mary-Sue, NOT tenth walker. Legomance.
Categories: Book-verse, Movie-verse
Characters: Aragorn, Arwen, Celeborn, Elladan, Elrohir, Elrond, Eomer, Eowyn, Faramir, Frodo, Galadriel, Gandalf / Olorin, Gimli, Gollum, Gríma, Haldir, Imrahil, Legolas, Merry, Namo / Mandos, Orcs/Uruk-Hai, Original Character, Orophin, Pippin, Rúmil, Sam, Saruman, Sauron, The Fellowship, Théoden, Thranduil
Genres: Action/Adventure, Romance
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 18 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 37321 Read Count: 19036
[Report This] Published: 18/03/07 Updated: 25/11/07
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 01/04/07 Title: Chapter 2: The Arrival

I like it that your character brings up the book (quite funny). I've reread your bio information and I am !impressed! that you are writing this well in a second language. Nice job, Anariel. Oh, and what languages are the most common in Indonesia?

Author's Response: Everyone speak Bahasa Indonesia here! English was also spoken but usually not in everyday life. We have a completely our own language and we pronounce everything completly different from English. Well, it\'s quite similar to Malaysia\'s Bahasa Malaysia. Thanks for your compliment and review!

Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 18/03/07 Title: Chapter 1: The Time Has Come

Nice start!

Author's Response: thanks! your respond means much to me, especially you are my first reviewers. the next chapter will come soon, i promise. hope you\'ll read it. :)

Homecoming by Aerlinniel Rated: G [Reviews - 2]
Summary: A song about a book I read for English class. Written to the tune of My Immortal by Evanescence.
Categories: Off Topic
Characters: None
Genres: Poetry
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 193 Read Count: 1720
[Report This] Published: 20/03/07 Updated: 20/03/07
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 26/03/07 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

You wrote a great poem about a great book. Thanks very much!

Author's Response: Sure you can! Just don\'t claim it as your own work! *wink wink* Thanks for the review! ~Mel

Justification by HeroinEyes Rated: PG-13 [Reviews - 3]
Summary: A silly litle fic written for a humor challenge.
Categories: Movie-verse
Characters: Legolas, Original Character
Genres: Humor, Parody
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 709 Read Count: 1464
[Report This] Published: 21/03/07 Updated: 21/03/07
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 22/03/07 Title: Chapter 1: Justification

You did ample justice to the challenge. I couldn't wish for the hand buzzer to be in better hands.

Author's Response: *laughs* Wow, thanks so much. And hey, thanks for issuing the challege- definitely a new promter.

Summary: A little ficlet I thought of while reading jules14's MST series. I wondered what would happen if a real teenage girl showed up on the edge of Mirkwood with all the worst traits of the animal.

Rated "R" for language and adult situations.

I did add this as a response to BookLuva7's "MAJOR Mary Sue" challenge, however it doesn't really qualify because the only member of the Fellowship who meets her is Legolas and Elrond is only mentioned. Should I delete it from the Challenge?
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Gandalf / Olorin, Legolas, Namo / Mandos, Original Character, Other, Thranduil
Genres: Horror, Humor
Warnings: Torture
Series: None
Chapters: 3 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 6878 Read Count: 4660
[Report This] Published: 23/03/07 Updated: 23/03/07
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 13/04/07 Title: Chapter 3: What to do with Mary Sue?

What a fabulous ending! "And there was much rejoicing." I also really like the characterization of her as a miniature Balrog.

Author's Response: I\'m a little surprised at how easy it was to create a character with absolutely no redeeming social characteristics whatsoever. Thanks for the feedback!

Back to stay by orleans Rated: R [Reviews - 8]
Summary: Elladan and Elrohir just returned from a hunting trip.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Elladan, Elrohir, Elrond
Genres: Angst, Drama, Tragedy
Warnings: AU (alternate universe)
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 3322 Read Count: 1833
[Report This] Published: 24/03/07 Updated: 24/03/07
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 24/03/07 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

This is well-written. I really enjoyed reading a non-joking treatment of the twins.

I'm not sure it's gritty enough to deserve an NC-17 rating (and that's a good thing!). I think maybe an R would be more accurate.

Author's Response: Thank you very much! I was not sure whether to use R or NC17...but I will heed your advice.

Summary: A quick one-shot for all you gamers out there.
Rated "PG" for suggested sex between husband and wife.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Aragorn, Arwen, Eldarion, Gimli, Legolas
Genres: Humor
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1623 Read Count: 1650
[Report This] Published: 24/03/07 Updated: 24/03/07
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 24/03/07 Title: Chapter 1: Eldarion's Day Off

What an intriguing concept! I imagine the Sue level would be very hard indeed, with as many superpowers as they have. Your story does sort of make me want to go play video games, though. Alas . . .

Author's Response: Glad you were inspired. Look up the \"Cow Level\" in Diablo II sometime. It\'s a scream and incidentally, very hard.

Summary: Response to "A Salute to Jules" challenge by Ria, if I tell you which one, it'll ruin the surprise. Suggested slash, if you believe all orcs are the same sex.
Categories: Book-verse, Book Verse Slash
Characters: Orcs/Uruk-Hai
Genres: Humor, Romance
Warnings: Slash (same sex pairing)
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 863 Read Count: 1760
[Report This] Published: 24/03/07 Updated: 24/03/07
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 25/03/07 Title: Chapter 1: Happy Birthday Shagrat!

I like how you developed some canon characters here. I'm surprised at how much fun the orcs can be.

Author's Response: I prefer canon. Maybe it\'s a crutch to rely on Tolkien to give me characters, but I develop some of my own here and there. I\'ve always been curious about the people Tolkien didn\'t have the chance to introduce to us properly (orcs included), so I\'m really glad I found fanfiction so I can bring them to life as I see them.

Thanks for the review and thanks for the challenge. It was fun!

Romance by greywing Rated: PG-13 [Reviews - 7]
Summary: The shortest romance story, ever. 100 words.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Eomer, Lothiriel
Genres: General
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 101 Read Count: 1590
[Report This] Published: 24/03/07 Updated: 24/03/07
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 25/04/07 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

A most efficient exercise in story-telling, and pleasing too. Maybe you could make a series of similar narrative haiku.

Author's Response: Why, thank you! :) And that sounds like a great idea, only I am not fond of poetry. Perhaps more condensed 100-word stories?

Lindir's Pillow by sylc Rated: PG [Reviews - 3]
Summary: Lindir lurvvvs his Glorfindel pillow.
Categories: Book Verse Slash, Book-verse
Characters: Glorfindel, Lindir
Genres: Humor, Romance
Warnings: AU (alternate universe), Slash (same sex pairing)
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 846 Read Count: 1201
[Report This] Published: 26/03/07 Updated: 26/03/07
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 27/03/07 Title: Chapter 1: Lindir's Pillow

Go! Go! Go for ninety! And does your muse do Tai-Bo or something? 'Cause your productivity kicks butt.

Author's Response: Ha. Thank you. :) I\'ll try. Am currently on the verge of 90 K for Rationalising MPreg too so maybe I\'ll do a double whammy. Hee.

Reminisce by Dragonfly Rated: PG-13 [Reviews - 3]
Summary: In a time when the rule of Middle Earth is open to anyone's hands, the memories of one are could be found crucial and fatal. Whoever has that person in their power contains the key to what the future will bring: Ruin or the remainding light.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Aragorn, Legolas
Genres: Action/Adventure, Mystery
Warnings: AU (alternate universe)
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 2455 Read Count: 993
[Report This] Published: 28/03/07 Updated: 28/03/07
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 28/03/07 Title: Chapter 1: Prologue: Dark Elf

Congratulations on posting your first story here. You've chosen some great characters and a very dramatic start.

In Legolas' last line, do you mean adjoin as in "be next to"?

Author's Response: Ah heh I can see where that could cause confusion... heh... :P he meant join sides with. i\'ll change that... thanks. :)