Reviews by Ariel
Summary: “It is not to be wondered at that he became very unpopular . . . they called him Gollum, and cursed him, and told him to go far away; and his grandmother, desiring peace, expelled him from the family and turned him out of her hole.” – Gandalf, FotR
Categories: Book-verse Characters: Original Character, Other, Gollum
Genres: Horror, Tragedy
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1311 Read Count: 1450
Published: Mar 18 2005 Updated: Mar 18 2005 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: The Banishing of Sméagol Reviewer: Ariel Signed
Ah... I do find your stories very compelling and masterfully written. Thank you for this!
Date: Mar 25 2005
Summary: Written for the HASA Challenge "Show Me Fear!" In the tradition of campfire dares and spooky stories, I give you a Harrowdale Halloween, in which Hama learns the meaning of some old tales.... Drama and fireside banter abound.
Categories: Book-verse Characters: Original Character
Genres: Other
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 8457 Read Count: 1525
Published: Mar 26 2005 Updated: Mar 26 2005 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Gastings Night Reviewer: Ariel Signed
I read this one ages ago and don't think I ever reviewed it - wonderfully atmospheric and detailed - an elegant read. Thank you.

Author's Response: Hi Ariel, I\'m glad you enjoyed the story. I had a lot of fun writing it, so it makes my day to hear how readers reacted to it. Dwim
Date: Mar 28 2006
Threshold by Mechtild Rated: NC-17 [Reviews - 3]
Summary: As Frodo grows up, so does his childhood affection for a grown-up friend. Adolescent desire becomes passion, and passion deepens into love.

Note: Chapter ratings vary from mild Mature to Adult; somewhat explicit but not tasteless or extraneous.
Categories: Book-verse Characters: Bilbo, Frodo
Genres: Drama, Erotica, Romance
Warnings: Graphic Sex
Series: None
Chapters: 14 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 132986 Read Count: 13930
Published: Feb 13 2006 Updated: Jun 27 2006 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 12: In the Morning Light Reviewer: Ariel Signed
*Contented sigh* See? And I wasn't even the first to review. *Grin* As I have told you many times before, this is a lovely story with a hook for those of us with a few more years on us that most fanfiction stories can't achieve. It's a compelling and surprisingly real feeling story, brings me 'in' to their world by providing a heroine that sounds a lot like what looks back at me from the mirror each morning. *Grin* I like Rosamunda very much and I hope to see this story complete someday.
Date: Feb 15 2006
Courtly Love by gythia Rated: R [Reviews - 3]
Summary: Aragorn as an inexperienced youth, with vastly more experienced Arwen.
Categories: Book-verse Characters: Aragorn, Arwen
Genres: Romance, Erotica
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 5 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 5608 Read Count: 10950
Published: Feb 22 2006 Updated: Feb 23 2006 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Imladris Reviewer: Ariel Signed
Very compelling! I look forward to seeing what you do with it! (and good for you, Aragorn!) *snicker*
Date: Apr 10 2006
Nine For Mortal Men by gythia Rated: PG-13 [Reviews - 35]
Summary: What happened to the Nine Rings?
Categories: Book-verse Characters: Merry, Original Character, Pippin, Sam, Aragorn, Frodo
Genres: Drama, Horror, Angst
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 18 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 36366 Read Count: 13955
Published: Feb 25 2006 Updated: Mar 19 2006 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: part one Reviewer: Ariel Signed
Finally get a chance to come back and review this! I really like it! You've got a Frodo with cojones! Yeah! I get so tired of fanfic's 'wimpy Frodo' - and while I wonder at him giving the rings to Pippin without worrying more about his cousin, you are absolutely right, there's no one else who could take them. Luckily they've got a retinue this time - with dancing girls! LOL! Pip would love that! I am going to enjoy this, I can tell. Angst and cojones and you write well. I am looking forward to reading the rest of this!

Author's Response: Thanks Ariel! (grins) hope you like the rest too.
Date: Apr 01 2006
Title: Chapter 2: Part Two Reviewer: Ariel Signed
I can't tell you how nice it is to see a strong Frodo. Maybe it's the genres I read, but I've read so many where he is treated like a child, or a wuss or an invalid that seeing your portrayal is a breath of fresh air. Very nicely done.
Date: Apr 01 2006
Title: Chapter 3: part three Reviewer: Ariel Signed
Hoping I can read more than a chapter tomorrow - I love your combination of very hobbitish humor with deceptively sinister angst. It's chilling. Thank you!
Date: Apr 01 2006
Title: Chapter 5: Part Five Reviewer: Ariel Signed
This is a very interesting concept and your mastery of canon supports it perfectly. I also like that you have made all of the characters sympathetic - not sacrificed one to make your storyline work, if you know what I mean. I like that!
Date: Apr 02 2006
Title: Chapter 6: Part Six Reviewer: Ariel Signed
Ooo! Frodo has indeed become the 'Diminutive Dark Lord' eh? I like this twist and am very eager to see what you have done with this!
Date: Apr 02 2006
Title: Chapter 7: Part Seven Reviewer: Ariel Signed
Eeep! Not Aragorn too! *bites nails!* This is absolutely gripping. I think I am going to be recommending this on a fanfiction group I belong to. It's very good.
Date: Apr 02 2006
Title: Chapter 8: Part Eight Reviewer: Ariel Signed
oo! Again! And I like how your Pippin is a grown up, with a little bit of a darker streak than Tolkien gave him, but I find that quite credible considering the context. Pip was the one who lied to Uglúk iniitially, right? Very credible indeed.
Date: Apr 02 2006
Title: Chapter 9: Part Nine Reviewer: Ariel Signed
Gads, he's calm about that! Though, as you've read my 'In the Dark' you know I think Frodo must have thought this too. What a glib proclamation from the little guy!
Date: Apr 02 2006
Title: Chapter 10: Part Ten Reviewer: Ariel Signed
eeP! NO! Don't do it, Pip! Ai! Too late!
Date: Apr 02 2006
Title: Chapter 11: Part Eleven Reviewer: Ariel Signed
Whew! That was lucky! I hope Pip is not permanently damaged though!
Date: Apr 02 2006
Title: Chapter 12: Chapter Twelve Reviewer: Ariel Signed
You getum, Merry! hehehe!
Date: Apr 02 2006
Title: Chapter 13: Part Thirteen Reviewer: Ariel Signed
oo! I'd smack those silly soldiers silly! Grr... Faramir needs to slam some sense into their heads!
Date: Apr 02 2006
Title: Chapter 14: Part Fourteen Reviewer: Ariel Signed
eep! Poor Pip! Again! LOL! I do think the Pippin Healers group would enjoy this one. Hehehe!

Author's Response: ooh, there\'s a group devoted to Pippin? Is there a cache of stories to read? Can I join, huh huh huh?
Date: Apr 02 2006
Title: Chapter 15: Part Fifteen Reviewer: Ariel Signed
Hmm... a decided pickle. I am curious to see how you got Pippin back (which you will, hopefully!).
Date: Apr 02 2006
Title: Chapter 16: Part Sixteen Reviewer: Ariel Signed
Hehehe! Pip trumps all! I'm more of a Frodo fan, but Pip is a definite second fav. It's nice to see someone write him in such a way that he is not a fool, simple or a child. Thank you!
Date: Apr 02 2006
Title: Chapter 17: Part Seventeen Reviewer: Ariel Signed
LOL! Cute!
Date: Apr 02 2006
Title: Chapter 18: Part Eighteen Reviewer: Ariel Signed
You have a most unique touch - it's not the heavy, burdensome angst that I tend to put into my stories, but neither is it the pure fluff of someone like Dreamflower will write. It remains light in tone and timbre but is definitely concerning darker subjects. Very compelling and very well done. Thank you for sharing this with us!

Author's Response: Thanks, Ariel, for the chapter by chapter reviews. hee hee hee now I am going to re-read my own story so I can see which parts you were talking about with each. This is fun!
Date: Apr 02 2006
Summary: This is a sequel to Ariel and Aratlithiel's story Autumn's Requiem, with Ariel's permission. Major angst. Characters: Sam, Frodo, Rosie, Merry & Pippin. Yup, it's hobbits, isn't that a surprise?
Categories: Movie-verse Characters: None
Genres: Angst, Drama
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 2 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 6260 Read Count: 2783
Published: Apr 06 2006 Updated: Apr 19 2006 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Reviewer: Ariel Signed
Now that I have finished it, I can give a more constructive response. :p

œEven if you and he had never gone away, it was always you I meant to have. I wanted to marry an equal, Sam. Not someone I felt inferior to. What kind of marriage would that be, with one of the partners always feeling less than the other? It would be hellish, no matter how hard he tried to bend himself around to fit me. No, Sam, it could never be. I was always meant for you. I love you, Sam.

Yes, this is more of what I was getting at. Though I tended to think that the 'distance' between Frodo and the others was as much a spiritual distance as a status one. By the time they returned, he had become sanctified by fire, so to speak. He had almost become divine, and so beyond any kind of physical love. AR was my opportunity to contrast Frodo at the pinnacle of his virility with how he was after he had been consumed by the quest.

I think you've hit on a really interesting moment here. There's something about this story that makes people want to write sequels to it for some reason. Another gal has written a whole series of pieces where Rosie and Frodo continue to have trysts, but I really don't see that occurring. She's having fun though, so I don't see the harm in it. In your case, I can see how this event can bring Sam even closer to his wife, knowing that she did choose him and not as a consolation prize. I always saw him as a very masculine, almost redneck guy; very traditional in his view of family but with a good, generous heart. He would be disturbed by the thought that his best friend had once slept with his wife. He might love Frodo very much, but there is a difference between a friend you would die for and your wife, neither love is greater than the other, but they aren't the same. I don't see many women writers expressing that, but you ask men and they will tell you they would rather be respected than loved. Women would rather be loved than respected.

I'm going to try and delete the above comment, as it might be inflammatory. I am known as being 'brutally direct' and my bluntness can offend. I realize slashers don't feel belittled at that kind of sentiment, but being as my take is such a minority view, I often overenthusiastically try and explain it.

Author's Response: Thanks Ariel! I am so glad so feel that passage with Sam and Rosie goes along with what you intended in Autumn\'s Requiem, I was wondering if I might have seen something that wasn\'t there, now I know it was the right approach, I couldn\'t be happier! Now I just have to figure out how to fix things in the second chapter. Unless you want a crack at it?
Date: Apr 10 2006