Penname: Ria [Contact] Real name:
Member Since: 08/04/06
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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.
Beta-reader: Yes
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Reviews by Ria
Summary: In the near future, as the Age of Men begins to crumble, the truth is revealed about a long-vanished world that no one, except perhaps a few, even knows existed. MEFA 2008 third-place winner, incomplete AU category.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Elladan, Elrohir, Gandalf / Olorin, Maglor, Original Character
Genres: Drama, Mystery
Warnings: AU (alternate universe)
Series: None
Chapters: 30 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 52101 Read Count: 37976
[Report This] Published: 20/11/06 Updated: 06/08/08
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 15/07/07 Title: Chapter 15: The Elf's Tale

Yes! Resolution and absolution for Maglor.

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Date: 07/04/07 Title: Chapter 7: Peredhil

Nice developments! I like the seriousness of the quest that's drawing Gandalf out.

Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 18/05/07 Title: Chapter 13: Comb, Knife, and Rope

You've sustained the dramatic tension of this story, while constantly introducing new elements. It really seems epic, Jules.

Author's Response: Thank you. To me, the middle seems like an interlude.

Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 18/08/07 Title: Chapter 16: The Betrayal

Oh, drama! I feel greatly for Maglor. It sounds as if you are planning to work in the Silmarils -- hmm . . .

Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 28/01/08 Title: Chapter 20: Faris

With every chapter, you keep my interest piqued. This is a truly original tale.

Faris seems like a Faramir figure, and not only because of the coincidence of sound between their names.

Author's Response: Hmmm...this is actually the first time I noticed the similarity of their names. But yes, I wanted to make Faris into somebody like Faramir or Beleg Cuthalion--brave, loyal, and truly dedicated. He\'s meant to almost be a contrast with Robert Tilton who, despite his original enthusiasm for Gandalf\'s work, goes the wrong way about expressing his enthusiasm--i.e. ignoring his family\'s displeasure--and, in the end, loses interest completely because he feels that \"his job is done.\"

Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 03/08/08 Title: Chapter 29: Being Had

I like your use of the phrase "the end of all things," though, to my shame, I can't remember whether it's from the book as well as the movie.

Author's Response: I think it is, but I'll have to check again to be sure. It's a little cliched, but it seemed a usable cliche, so I put it in.

Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 25/12/07 Title: Chapter 18: The Wraiths in the Rock

That's a sad way to see the hobbits at last. How do they know that those are the last hobbits in the world, though?

Author's Response: I suppose I shouldn\'t have said \"know,\" but \"feel.\" Because you\'re right that they wouldn\'t know for sure. I can change it pretty quickly.

Summary: There are many diehard Tolkien fans that complain that either Peter Jackson's films destroyed their cherished images of Middle Earth or didn't capture the spirit of Middle Earth. My answer? It could have been a thousand times worse.
Categories: Movie-verse
Characters: Arwen, Bilbo, Bill the Pony, Denethor, Elrond, Eomer, Eowyn, Faramir, Galadriel, Gollum, Gríma, Nazgûl, Orcs/Uruk-Hai, Original Character, Other Canon Character, Sauron, The Fellowship, Théoden, Witch King
Genres: Horror, Parody
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 12 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 27966 Read Count: 58893
[Report This] Published: 22/11/06 Updated: 19/04/08
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Date: 14/05/07 Title: Chapter 8: The Plot Thickens

I love the thoughtfulness and sly wit of this story. When you begin to describe the musical cues and stock Disney characters, I can really envision it in all its awful pageantry.

Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 07/06/07 Title: Chapter 9: Ominous Scenes

I'm glad that the Disney version includes Denethor's palantir, even though I KNOW he's not going to burn. Great story so far.

Author's Response: Yeah...isn\'t it sad to know that Disney actually did something better than PJ did?

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Date: 14/07/08 Title: Chapter 12: The Triumph of True Love...and Money

I can't believe I've been so out of it that I missed reading this as soon as you updated. It's a great finish to a very clever (and fiendishly believable) parody.

Author's Response: Thank you. I just hope it's not so believable that Disney comes across it!

Summary: The Fellowship never had it so bad. Ever!
Categories: Movie-verse
Characters: Original Character, The Fellowship
Genres: Humor, Parody
Warnings: AU (alternate universe), None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 688 Read Count: 1518
[Report This] Published: 23/11/06 Updated: 23/11/06
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Date: 07/04/07 Title: Chapter 1: Where Legolas meets The Creature

Very funny, Anais!

Summary: Looking back, Glorfindel remembers the pain of the Fall of Gondolin, but he weeps not only for his old home. Rated PG-13 to be safe.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Glorfindel, Idril, Original Character, Other, Tuor, Turgon
Genres: None
Warnings: AU (alternate universe), Character Death, Torture
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1722 Read Count: 1565
[Report This] Published: 24/11/06 Updated: 24/11/06
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 07/01/07 Title: Chapter 1: The Truth Unfolds

You completed the challenge very efficiently -- and movingly.

Author's Response: Thank you. :) Glad you enjoyed it enough to comment it.

Summary: A poem about Elu and Melian in both Sindarin and English.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Melian, Other
Genres: Poetry
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 205 Read Count: 1756
[Report This] Published: 24/11/06 Updated: 24/11/06
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 04/02/07 Title: Chapter 1: Melian and Elu

It's good. You should add it to Ithildin's challenge, "The Fair Words of Elves".

Author's Response: Thanks. :) I will, now that you mention it.

In Flux by GreenWoodElleth Rated: PG-13 [Reviews - 33]
Summary: Yeah, sure. I'd thought about it. I'd totally considered it. Going to Middle Earth by some magical means...yada, yada, yada the whole nine yards(with sexy elves to boot.) It was something I considered much in the way somebody would consider a holiday they hoped to but knew hey would never have.
I hadn't thought about dying in a bus accident. I hadn't thought about my friends being there. I hadn't thought about waking up with a new body, a new name, and a new history.
And to make it all the more dramatic...I am soo dead if I don't get my Latin homework in on time.
Categories: Movie-verse
Characters: Celeborn, Galadriel, Gandalf / Olorin, Haldir, Legolas
Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama, Romance, Tragedy
Warnings: AU (alternate universe), Character Death
Series: None
Chapters: 8 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 11188 Read Count: 25502
[Report This] Published: 30/11/06 Updated: 11/09/07
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 16/08/07 Title: Chapter 5: emotional break down

I like it that you made the language barrier real. I'm still feeling a little challenged by sorting out all of the friends.

Author's Response: Yeah, I\'m going to have to work on that. At first I was only going to have three friends, then five then I thought I\'d just pick nine. it seemed tolkieny enough. Nine ring wraiths nine fellowship members, that sort of thing. Thanks for the review

Summary: Tokien finally gets a chance to watch the Lord of the Rings movies and react with amazement and horror at what has become of his books.
Categories: Book-verse, Movie-verse, Crossovers
Characters: Other Canon Character
Genres: Humor
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 4 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 4086 Read Count: 5704
[Report This] Published: 03/12/06 Updated: 19/05/08
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Date: 14/06/07 Title: Chapter 1: The Fellowship of the Ring

I think Tolkien would be able to handle the cutting out of Tom Bombadil . . . it's so like the flexibility of oral epics. I like the way that he figures out the changes, even though he doesn't like them all. Me, I've never gotten over the fact that Frodo figures out the riddle of the doors instead of Merry, even though I know why.

I'm looking forward to what you have to say about the second and third movies -- I think Tolkien would hate the glorification of the battle for Helm's Deep: It always seemed like a backdrop for the Legolas-Gimli friendship in the book.

Author's Response: Yeah, I think that went on way too long, it only took up one chapter in the book, but I guess it appealed to a lot of people. I\'m trying to decide how Tolkien should deal with the whole \"Aragorn fell\" sequence. I\'m updating soon!

Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 23/06/07 Title: Chapter 2: The Two Towers

Good chapter -- I like the way you continue to make Tolkien a believable character.

I think that Tolkien would see the Aragorn fell sequence as a swipe from the story of Beren and Luthien. It seems to me that Beren gets knocked out or wounded nearly to death several times, only to be revived by Luthien's love and magic.

Author's Response: Thanks for the advice.

Soap Bubbles by Le Rouret Rated: G [Reviews - 5]
Summary: Of the members of the Fellowship, we are privy to the interrelationships of all of them save Legolas and Boromir. This little fic, concocted of equal parts saccharine and lime, attempts to elucidate the lack of information contained in canon.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: The Fellowship
Genres: Angst
Warnings: None
Series: The Green Knight
Chapters: 6 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 12420 Read Count: 6025
[Report This] Published: 15/12/06 Updated: 15/12/06
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 17/04/07 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1. Imladris

You write from Legolas' point of view very well. I'm reading this story for the second time, and I enjoyed both the narrative and the soap bubble motif very much.

Summary: A parody of Irving Berlin's song "White Christmas."
Categories: Off Topic
Characters: None
Genres: Humor, Parody, Poetry
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 64 Read Count: 1388
[Report This] Published: 21/12/06 Updated: 21/12/06
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Date: 01/01/07 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

That's entertaining -- and it scans right too! Nice one.

The Actor by Ophelia Rated: G [Reviews - 4]
Summary: hard to summarize- read my author's note.
Categories: Off Topic
Characters: None
Genres: Essay
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 484 Read Count: 1274
[Report This] Published: 27/12/06 Updated: 27/12/06
Reviewer: Ria Signed
Date: 07/04/07 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Ophelia, this is a great turning-point scene. I just read your author info and two things came to mind.

1. Cape Cod! My family used to go to Cape Cod in the summers -- Wellfleet, especially. You're right: It really is its own world.

2. You're also right that it can be hard to write fanfiction, but I think it's a great writing workshop environment. When you're doing completely original work, you have to create everything, while when you write fanfiction, the world and many of its characters are pre-made, giving you more time to focus on your technique.

Good luck and keep writing!

Author's Response: Thanks for the review! I\'m glad you liked the scene- it really does seem like more of a scene than a stand-alone, essay doesn\'t it? I just need to write a story around it... That\'s cool that you know the Cape. I used to live sort-of near Wellfleet. It\'s a pretty town. Thanks for your advice concerning fanfiction, though personally, I disagree. As much as I love playing around in Tolkien\'s world, I always have the distinct feeling that I\'m jamming an extra puzzle piece into an already-completed puzzle. I do it for fun, but the original creative spark isn\'t there. The world isn\'t mine. I guess that\'s probably just a personal feeling, though, because I\'ve certainly read a lot of fantastic writing on this site, yours included. Anyway, thanks for the review! Ophelia

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Categories: Orphan
Characters: None
Genres: None
Warnings: None
Series: Into the West
Chapters: 0 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 0 Read Count: 0
[Report This] Published: 01/01/70 Updated: 01/01/70
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Date: 02/04/07 Title: None

This is a really good story concept, and so full of dramatic irony. It makes me wonder what would have happened if Smeagol hadn't been there . . . would Deagol have become Gollum?

Author's Response: I\'d always wondered that myself you see. That\'s what inspired me to attempt at writing this, I guess. Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment! I really appreciate it! Keep safe...SK xxx