Penname: Ariel [Contact] Real name: Ariel
Member Since: 10/10/04
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Bio:
I've been writing fanfiction on and off for nearly 30 years and publishing non-fiction research and essays for 15. I have been a fan of these books since I first read them at the age of 14 and, though I enjoyed the films immensely, I will forever love the characters as I saw them first, in text and in my mind's eye.
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Summary: Faramir finds out that there is something his heroic wife never learned, and teaching it to her is not the easiest of things... A humorous, erotic ficlet, Post-Quest
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Faramir
Genres: Romance
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 2277 Read Count: 1257
[Report This] Published: 10/10/04 Updated: 10/10/04
Reviewer: Ariel Signed
Date: 11/10/04 Title: Chapter 1: Sun on the Water

Ah ha! You were invited here too, I see! Lovely story, as I said before. I think the relationship is presented so organically it just seethes comfort and security. You know they were happy all the rest of their lives. :)

Dark by MelanyeBaggins Rated: G [Reviews - 4]
Summary: In the dark of the Mines of Moria, Merry is plagued by nightmares.
Categories: Movie-verse
Characters: Legolas, Merry
Genres: Angst
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1031 Read Count: 1656
[Report This] Published: 20/10/04 Updated: 20/10/04
Reviewer: Ariel Signed
Date: 21/10/04 Title: Chapter 1: Dark

I am always up for a Merry story and this one was a very sweet interlude. Of course Legolas would know of Tom B. - Iarwain, and though I have little interest in elves, anyone who praises Bombadil gains immeasurably in my respect! Nicely done!

Author's Response: I was challenged to write a story from the point of view of one of the hobbits in Moria, and I just *had* to have Legolas in there somehow! Thank you so much for your review!

Summary: Merry and Frodo have a conversation after the famous Birthday Party. Written for the hobbit_ficathon Birthday Party challenge
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Merry, Frodo
Genres: General
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1262 Read Count: 2321
[Report This] Published: 21/11/04 Updated: 21/11/04
Reviewer: Ariel Signed
Date: 05/02/05 Title: Chapter 1: A Fireside Chat

A nice touch. I've only recently discovered your pieces and I like them very much. You have a gentle touch and your characterizations are very well done. Thank you for this.

Summary: AU. Hi, I'm Andy, and this is the one-shot that made me cry.
Categories: Movie-verse
Characters: Frodo, Sam, Gollum
Genres: Horror, Angst
Warnings: Character Death, AU (alternate universe)
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 2262 Read Count: 1283
[Report This] Published: 18/01/05 Updated: 18/01/05
Reviewer: Ariel Signed
Date: 18/01/05 Title: Chapter 1: The Dark Night Seems Endless

Well, after your review, and reading your bio, I had to see what you wrote yourself. Nicely done and very dark. Coincidently the webgroup I belong to (Frodo's Harem) were just discussing this - how Jackson made much more of this similarity between Frodo and Smeagol than Tolkien himself did - and that there were some very fundamental differences between them that Jackson doesn't seem to acknowledge. My reading of this fic is very timely to that discussion. Anyway, very interesting story, well written and disturbing. Thank you for it!

Author's Response: Thank you! It disturbs me as well. One of the things that captured my attention the most in the stories was the long-lasting effect the Ring has on people, especially Frodo. I've been reading your stories for a great deal of this evening, and I must say it's all awesome, and I'm really flattered you took the time to review something of mine. Thank you very much! And Frodo's Harem? Sounds very intriguing. In fact I'm at the webpage right now. And just have to say, "Finally! Other people who understand!" Dude, this makes my night.

Earth's Daughter by Aramel Rated: G [Reviews - 3]
Summary: Fíriel had rejected the passage into the west, and in Middle-earth all things age... A story of Fíriel, set seventy years after the tale told in Tolkien's poem "The Last Ship".
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Other
Genres: General
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1853 Read Count: 1899
[Report This] Published: 23/01/05 Updated: 23/01/05
Reviewer: Ariel Signed
Date: 11/04/06 Title: Chapter 1: Earth's Daughter

You've got some very wise and heartwarming stuff in this little story. Very nicely done.

Eggses by Andy Longwood Rated: G [Reviews - 5]
Summary: “. . . suddenly Gollum remembered thieving from nests long ago, and sitting under the riverbank teaching his grandmother, teaching his grandmother to suck – ‘Eggses!’ he hissed. ‘Eggses, it is!’"
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Other
Genres: Humor, General
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 2770 Read Count: 3107
[Report This] Published: 02/02/05 Updated: 02/02/05
Reviewer: Ariel Signed
Date: 08/02/05 Title: Chapter 1: Eggses

oo! This was nicely done! Very skillfully drawn and believable. I have always found Smeagol to be a fascinating, underexplored character and your works, at least the ones I have read, do a lovely (if I could use that term! LOL!) job of it.

Summary: Ilúvatar’s gift does not always seem a blessing. When the Ringbearer comes to Valinor to find peace, he is a reminder that mortality can be a cause for mourning – and that to truly know happiness, one must also know sorrow.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Original Character, Frodo
Genres: Romance, Angst
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 2736 Read Count: 1615
[Report This] Published: 16/02/05 Updated: 16/02/05
Reviewer: Ariel Signed
Date: 11/03/05 Title: Chapter 1: I Will Know Suffering

Oh, this is astonishingly beautiful! Thank you for this lovely piece!

Summary: While fleeing Shelob in the Pass of Cirith Ungol, Frodo and Sam discover a mysterious portal that leads them to a place they never imagined existed: a starship. A Lord of the Rings / Star Trek: Enterprise crossover story.
Categories: Crossovers
Characters: Frodo, Other, Sam
Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama, General, Other
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 12 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 57663 Read Count: 10419
[Report This] Published: 19/02/05 Updated: 04/05/06
Reviewer: Ariel Signed
Date: 20/04/06 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1: Out of the Frying Pan...

oo! This is VERY interesting! Two of my favorite fanfic subjects!

Did you know about the tons of ST fanfic that used to be around? That was my first introduction to the medium way back in the 70's. It remains one of my favorite fanfic subjects though I tend to read only LOTR these days. Thank you for bringing the two of them together!

Author's Response: I\'ve heard about the ST fanfic, but I would\'ve been much too young for most of that decade to have read it, or read anything at all, then. I\'m glad you like the story ...

Reviewer: Ariel Signed
Date: 20/04/06 Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 2: ...Into the Fire

Very good! I am wondering if the sensors wouldn't be able to pick Frodo out, especially since they have Sam already to get sensor readings from. Hmmm! Reading on eagerly!

Reviewer: Ariel Signed
Date: 20/04/06 Title: Chapter 3: Chapter 3: Detained

Blast, I have to go to work, but you write a compelling tale that I want to finish. I think I'll have to let Adora know that her site doesn't let you print pages very easily, nor copy text to paste it. Grrr... and just when I was getting into it!

Author's Response: Oh, I\'m so happy you\'re enjoying it. You do realize it\'s not completed yet? And really long.

Reviewer: Ariel Signed
Date: 21/04/06 Title: Chapter 4: Chapter 4: The Council

Frodo saw his cousin's blade burn to nothingness, even as his own must have done on Weathertop.

Actually, Frodo's blade did not burn up at Weathertop. Aragorn makes a point of saying that it is unharmed.

Yes, I am a pill. I must tell you, I have RARELY read a fanfic that I found easier to read and more enjoyable! Really! Your story logic is excellent and the characters are in character. I am just delighted to find you! A writer I can just read and enjoy! yeah!

Author's Response: Really? Oops. How embarassing. I\'ll check that out and make the necessary corrections. Thank you!

Reviewer: Ariel Signed
Date: 21/04/06 Title: Chapter 5: Chapter 5: Inside Information

Oh, I love the dream(nightmare) that Frodo has! So telling. Such a well thought out story too - I do wonder if they could destroy the ring on the Enterprise. Possibly with a phaser? Hmmm.

Reviewer: Ariel Signed
Date: 22/04/06 Title: Chapter 6: Chapter 6: Unexpected

I always get leery when I see someone trying to 'explain' the relationship Frodo and Sam have. I prefer the one that Tolkien described, but few others do, preferring to twist or change it to meet their particular bent or indiocyncracy. This one is close enough to book for me to be happy with it. Thank you for keeping the characters in character.

Author's Response: I\'m so glad that came off all right. I forget how many times I rewrote that conversation between Sam and Archer.

Reviewer: Ariel Signed
Date: 22/04/06 Title: Chapter 7: Chapter 7: The Forge

Oh, I like Trip-as-Boromir! That does so work. And thank you for NOT making Frodo into the wuss and whimp of many fanfics. Gads, that burns me! Haven't these people read the book? Or have they too bought into the 'you can only be macho if you fight in battles' trap that so many of the teen boys coming to this story only through the film have? Ack. You have given him the backbone he always had. Thank you!

Author's Response: Well, I figured Trip would be the one most likely to act like that, given how the Xindi attacks affected him. And I totally agree with you about Frodo. I don\'t know what they were thinking when they changed his character so much in the films. Anyway, thanks so much for the review!

Reviewer: Ariel Signed
Date: 22/04/06 Title: Chapter 8: Chapter 8: A Short Rest

I imagine we'll see a pair of 'coneys' on the fire soon, eh? Heheheh! Good chapter.

Reviewer: Ariel Signed
Date: 22/04/06 Title: Chapter 9: Chapter 9:Strange New World

oo! What did they find?! I am really enjoying this, I have to tell you. I hope you are quick at posting updates. LOL!

Reviewer: Ariel Signed
Date: 22/04/06 Title: Chapter 10: Chapter 10: The Communicator

Ooo! T'Pol has been overcome as well! heheheh! You can never trust them Vulcans, can ya? Hehheeh! Only one chapter left! (sob!)

Reviewer: Ariel Signed
Date: 22/04/06 Title: Chapter 11: Chapter 11: On the Doorstep

OH! This is getting VERY exciting! Honestly, I have rarely found a fanfic that I read with such unrestrained delight! Most of them take such a strange tack, assuming things about the characters that I never did, describing the characters in ways that I can't even recognize them from the text, but this is great! You have Tolkien's Frodo and Sam in a world the author would never have envisaged, but they are spot on! And the story has the intrigue and complexity that always made Star Trek tales so interesting. Bravo! I will heartily recommend this - I only wish I had read it before the nominations closed for the Flame of Arda Awards - I'd have most definitely nominated this!

Author's Response: Well, I hope you\'ll enjoy the rest of the story as much! Thanks so very much for all of your reviews; I never expected so many all at once. I\'m hoping to have a lot more time to work on this during the summer, so look out for the updates.

Summary: During a lull in the action of a Middle-earth roleplay, Riot the ranger tells the timeless tale of the forbidden love between an elven maiden and a mortal man...
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Beren
Genres: Humor, Parody
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 885 Read Count: 1665
[Report This] Published: 21/02/05 Updated: 21/02/05
Reviewer: Ariel Signed
Date: 25/02/05 Title: Chapter 1: The Tale of Beren and Luthien

*Snort* Yeah, that's about the gyst of it. Someone once wrote a synopsis of the Tolkien stories as 'A tale of jewery theft and the ensuing hand injuries' - I LMAO over that one...

Summary: The Ring wasn’t the only thing Sméagol and Déagol fought over.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Other
Genres: Action/Adventure, Humor
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 5228 Read Count: 1293
[Report This] Published: 28/02/05 Updated: 28/02/05
Reviewer: Ariel Signed
Date: 03/03/05 Title: Chapter 1: Minor Battles

An utterly convincing and skillfully presented tale. This is what they were like, no question, and the hints of their future fate that you weave into the story are eerie. I've always been fascinated with these characters' early lives, and reading your well developed tales satisfies my curiosity fully. Very well done.