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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Why? by iggybaby Rated: G [Reviews - 4]
Summary: And yet another poem. this tells of Eowyn's point of view when Aragorn says he doesn't love her.
Categories: Movie-verse
Characters: Aragorn
Genres: Poetry
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 226 Read Count: 1438
[Report This] Published: 24/07/06 Updated: 24/07/06
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 01/01/07 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

It's very Catullan!

Author's Response: \"Catullan\"? *takes out dictionary* ahh! I get it now. Thank you. A wonderful complement. iggybaby

Summary: Aragorn's life in short pieces: about him, the people who knew him, and/or the significance of his life. Some are funny, some are sad; some deal with great events, some are family portraits--but you will not find scenes Tolkien already wrote, such as the coronation or the betrothal at Cerin Amroth. Each drabble or vignette can stand on its own, but taken together they paint a broader portrait of the man. The stories appear in order as they would fall in Aragorn's lifetime.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Elrond, Faramir, Frodo, Galadriel, Gandalf / Olorin, Gilraen, Halbarad, Legolas, Original Character, Sam
Genres: Drama, Humor, Romance
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 19 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 6186 Read Count: 16044
[Report This] Published: 12/09/06 Updated: 09/01/07
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 29/10/06 Title: Chapter 13: Hobbits and Husbands (Halbarad)

I really like the physical details of your stories (especially that the last one ends with a map of the Shire, which takes me back to the beginning of the Fellowship). You also chose a really interesting variety of perspectives on Aragorn.

RS

Author's Response: There will be more in this series--in fact, I doubt it will ever end! I keep thinking of more to write. Thanks for reviewing! G.A.

Summary: A brief, oneshot thing I wrote when I was feeling incredibly cross with the way things were going on Earth. Not intended to offend anyone. This has nothing to do with LOTR, sorry =)
Categories: Off Topic
Characters: None
Genres: Angst, Horror, Tragedy
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 177 Read Count: 1229
[Report This] Published: 24/09/06 Updated: 24/09/06
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 01/10/07 Title: Chapter 1: One Week

Definitely not sadistic; I'd say, cynical.

Haikus by faramiriel Rated: G [Reviews - 5]
Summary: A bunch of haikus I wrote about various characters.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Arwen, Faramir, Frodo
Genres: Angst, General, Poetry, Romance, Tragedy
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 10 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 136 Read Count: 10127
[Report This] Published: 26/09/06 Updated: 05/02/07
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 30/01/07 Title: Chapter 8: Under the Sunlit Sky

The red binding cracks
and dust frosts the sere parchment --
but the words glow fresh.

Those are nice evocations of LOTR moments.

Author's Response: Thanks, that was cool!

Summary: Eowyn's thoughts before riding out for battle. Keep in mind that this is before she meets Faramir. Enjoy, and review!
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Aragorn
Genres: Angst, Poetry
Warnings: None
Series: Healed Emotions, Loved Always
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 160 Read Count: 1400
[Report This] Published: 29/09/06 Updated: 29/09/06
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 25/10/06 Title: Chapter 1: My Heart Cries Out

Very nice. I share your fondness for Eowyn and Faramir.

RS

Author's Response: Thanks!

Summary: A golden-haired shieldmaiden and former captain of Gondor exchange final fairwells.


A short, yet sweet view into the lovers' final moments.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Faramir
Genres: Drama, General
Warnings: Character Death
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 468 Read Count: 1414
[Report This] Published: 02/10/06 Updated: 02/10/06
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 09/10/06 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

This is one of my favorite pairings as well . . . it's a lovely scene.
I read your bio info. It seems to me that a Gondorian Grammar Guard ought to be formed.

RS

Author's Response: Amen to that, hon. A-men-to-that.

Summary: The Age of the Elves has passed; the Dominion of Men is passing. And it's just another day in Anytown, America, in the twenty-first century C.E.
Categories: Crossovers
Characters: Original Character
Genres: General
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1624 Read Count: 1228
[Report This] Published: 04/10/06 Updated: 04/10/06
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 27/07/07 Title: Chapter 1: Inheriting the Earth

Heheh. Up until the very end of the story, the name "Master Li" made me think of Li Kao of The Bridge of Birds -- then I got it at last. Master 'Li, of course. I like the idea that the Valar might not have entirely abandoned us to our own destruction.

Summary: A mother has a strange experience in the California woods.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Tom Bombadil
Genres: Angst, Mystery
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1482 Read Count: 1427
[Report This] Published: 09/10/06 Updated: 09/10/06
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 01/04/07 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Since this is the second time I've read and enjoyed this story, my review is overdue. It's both cleverly constructed and canonical, though modern. I feel for Jimmy, though.

Author's Response: Poor Jimmy! He hardly deserves to be eaten by a Huorn, just for being a rude teenager. My challenge here was to write a piece with a twist at the end. I\'m glad you enjoyed it. G.A.

Summary: Follows the tradition of ROTK; Faramir and Eowyn have been given Emyn Arnen to rule, but there are still some wounds that take time to heal...
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Eowyn, Faramir
Genres: Angst, Romance
Warnings: Rape
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1271 Read Count: 3808
[Report This] Published: 19/10/06 Updated: 19/10/06
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 25/01/07 Title: Chapter 1: A Picture in the Mind

Excellent! They are some of my favorite characters, and you captured them very well.

The Lost Prince by earthsprite Rated: PG-13 [Reviews - 20]
Summary: What if a very young Legolas was kidnapped in a raid on Mirkwood and grew up not knowing who he was? How would things be different? Ratting and warning for latter chapters (ie 6 and latter)
Categories: Book-verse, Movie-verse
Characters: Celebrían, Elladan, Elrohir, Elrond, Erestor, Glorfindel
Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama, Tragedy
Warnings: AU (alternate universe), Slash (same sex pairing)
Series: None
Chapters: 6 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 16182 Read Count: 6813
[Report This] Published: 20/10/06 Updated: 19/10/07
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 17/04/07 Title: Chapter 5: Chapter 5 Pride

I like the picture of the household at Imladris you have in this chapter.

Given the story concept, you should label your story "AU".

Summary: leggy meets a fangirl in lorien when he's trying to sleep...pure OOC!
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: None
Genres: None
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 417 Read Count: 1188
[Report This] Published: 23/10/06 Updated: 23/10/06
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 14/04/07 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

It's a funny idea. What song is it from?

I have two notes: 1. You could easily improve the spelling. 2. Prarie is grassland, which they wouldn't have much of in Lothlorien.

Author's Response: i got the song from a song generator on the web. It\'s not mine. And as to the grassland thing, just go with me on it. Thanx for the review, and when ismy spelling ever good? Thanx again

A Calling by Anuradha Rated: R [Reviews - 8]
Summary: Alan and Sarah lead normal lives. Well, as normal as you could when you are two orphans trying to make ends meet. They have no clue where they come from, or who there family is. But all that is about to change. A car crash and a spell sends then hurdling back to Middle Earth, four years before Frodo and the other hobbits leave for Rivendell. Now they must figure out what they are, and what to make of this new life. Please Read and Review!
Categories: Movie-verse, Lord of the Rings Slash
Characters: Arwen, Bilbo, Elrond, Legolas, The Fellowship
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama, Humor, Romance
Warnings: Character Death, Slash (same sex pairing), Torture
Series: None
Chapters: 7 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 17984 Read Count: 12344
[Report This] Published: 28/10/06 Updated: 20/03/07
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 25/03/07 Title: Chapter 1: A Crash

I think it's fine to use a plot that others have used before -- only you will write your characters and ideas.

On a side note, you should edit your summary a little more: the spelling errors in the summary misrepresent the quality of your work.

Author's Response: thanks for the tip, i\'ll check into that.

Summary: A little fic about B&F, though more of a flash back for Faramir as he's marching out to make his last stand for Osgiliath. He reflects upon his father and now dead brother.
Categories: Movie-verse
Characters: None
Genres: None
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 712 Read Count: 1188
[Report This] Published: 31/10/06 Updated: 31/10/06
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 03/07/08 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

This is a great start -- I hope you continue it at some point. It could use a little typo-editing, also.

Good Night by Sivan Rated: PG [Reviews - 3]
Summary: Halloween fic. A good night is hard to come by... especially with a full moon. Princeling Legolas is the only one who senses something not quite right.

Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Legolas, Thranduil
Genres: Angst, Drama, Horror, Mystery
Warnings: AU (alternate universe), Character Death
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 643 Read Count: 1300
[Report This] Published: 01/11/06 Updated: 01/11/06
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 27/10/07 Title: Chapter 1: 1/1

Ooh, that's very dark, definitely the stuff of nightmares. Thanks for responding to the challenge so creatively.

Summary: Three vignettes from the journey of the Fellowship about the choices Aragorn must make: The Heir of Isildur discusses the Denethor situation with Gandalf; Boromir makes a discovery about a hero from Gondor's past; at Amon Hen, death takes a son of Gondor.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Aragorn, Boromir, Gandalf / Olorin
Genres: Drama
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 2217 Read Count: 1031
[Report This] Published: 06/11/06 Updated: 06/11/06
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 17/02/08 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

This is nuanced and moving. I particularly like the idea that Boromir would feel hero worship towards Thorongil.

Author's Response: I always thought Boromir would be very serious as a student of military science, and after all, who better to study than the great Thorongil?\r\n\r\nThanks for reviewing!\r\n\r\nG.A.

O. Cruel Fate by greywing Rated: PG-13 [Reviews - 32]
Summary: A reclusive, timorous botanist gets whisked unceremoniously into Middle Earth... in the form of the studliest male elf to ever walk the face of Arda. Featuring a hysterical Vaire, an unscrupulous healer, and a completely clueless Cirdan.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Glorfindel
Genres: Drama, Humor
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 11 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 18802 Read Count: 12053
[Report This] Published: 14/11/06 Updated: 02/11/07
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 02/11/07 Title: Chapter 11: Of Gardens and Plots

Well, I feel as giggly as Haneth to have a new chapter of OCF. I loved the description of Elrond's continuing horse troubles, and I'm impatient to discover what new complications Ellie's reimbodiment will cause.

Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 23/03/07 Title: Chapter 8: Of Plots and Prey

Great chapter! It's very like the movie _Seven_Chances_, and very funny.

Author's Response: Thank you, Ria! I haven\'t seen \"Seven Chances\" though, who\'s the director?

Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 24/03/07 Title: Chapter 1: A Series of Unfortunate Accidents

I don't know who the director was, but it's a Buster Keaton movie, the one where he's being chased by a horde of brides (a covey? a tantrum? What's the collective noun for brides?) It has some truly hilarious moments, far better than the Chris O'Donnell remake.

Author's Response: *winces in sympathy* I shall go look for it when I\'m back home. Thanks!

Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 18/04/07 Title: Chapter 10: Intimations of Flammability

I've been waiting for this update! I love Neldor's dedication to scientific treatment. I'm sure Ellie would admire it too, if she weren't exposed to all of his experiments.

It should be "transpired" rather than "transgressed" if you mean "what happened".

Author's Response: I thank you. I must have been asleep!

Summary: ONE SHOT! As a snowball fight commences among brothers, Elrond thinks about his human son, and reflects on a neardeath situation that little Estel Aragorn went through.
Categories: Book-verse, Movie-verse
Characters: Aragorn, Aragorn, Elladan, Elladan, Elrohir, Elrohir, Elrond, Elrond
Genres: Drama, Humor
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1585 Read Count: 1733
[Report This] Published: 16/11/06 Updated: 16/11/06
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 29/02/08 Title: Chapter 1: Ada's Little Human

The interplay between the brothers is funny in this story. I found the severity of Estel's injuries quite shocking after the light tone of the beginning -- quite a surprise twist.

On a formatting note, I think you could make the story easier to read on screen by adding an extra space between paragraphs, and more friendly to this site's code by breaking up the repeated strings of characters that you use for dividers, since those sometimes cause code problems.