Penname: Ithildin [Contact] Real name: Kathleen
Member Since: 19/10/06
Membership status: Member
Bio:
I'm an ardent LOTR fan, especially of the books. Most of my work involves more obscure/little-covered areas of the stories, like, "Of Elrond and Celebrian," which was inspired when I read The Unfinished Tales. I'm not a big fan of slash; I usually stick to the more "classic" stuff when I write, but I try to edit/critique with an open mind—what works for me doesn't necessarily work for everyone else. I am listed as an aspiring beta-reader for writers who would like me to read their stuff.
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Reviews by Ithildin
A Little Night Music by Ariel Rated: NC-17 [Reviews - 11]
Summary: Sam and his Rosie in a rare moment to themselves.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Rosie, Sam
Genres: Romance, Erotica
Warnings: Graphic Sex
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 4519 Read Count: 4388
[Report This] Published: 10/10/04 Updated: 10/10/04
Reviewer: Ithildin Signed
Date: 22/11/06 Title: Chapter 1: A Little Night Music

A lot of the concepts here are very good, and rare finds in the stuff I've read. Loved it!

Summary: No plot outside tumbling dear sweet Elrond into bed.
Categories: Movie-verse
Characters: Elrond
Genres: Erotica, Romance
Warnings: Graphic Sex
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 2823 Read Count: 1734
[Report This] Published: 12/10/04 Updated: 12/10/04
Reviewer: Ithildin Signed
Date: 31/05/07 Title: Chapter 1: How the Moon Wooed the Stars

I've read this a couple of times, and the only part I don't like is the reference to Celebrian; Arwen, Elladan, and Elrohir's mother. Tolkien explains in Fellowship that she was "torment[ed] in the dens of the orcs." I know it's a small detail, but it changes the mood a little. Other than that, I LOVE it.

Summary: All you ever needed (but perhaps didn't want) to know about GRÍMA WORMTONGUE! This Guide has been said to be more reliable than a Palantír!

Voted best Humor/Parody at the Flame of Anor Awards 2006.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: None
Genres: Humor, Parody
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1796 Read Count: 5569
[Report This] Published: 06/12/04 Updated: 06/12/04
Reviewer: Ithildin Signed
Date: 19/11/06 Title: Chapter 1: The Owner's Guide

Very creative; enjoyed the pieces about SARUMAN, THEODEN, and EOWYN units. Certailny sounds like it was fun to write.

Summary: Sexual initiation and the transmitting of knowledge is an ancient elven tradition that is about to happen in Legolas life. Elrond, the wise, powerful elf of Rivendell is to be in charge of taking Legolas. But... what if the aloof, uneasy, wild prince of Mirkwood is not willing to let it happen?...

Categories: Lord of the Rings Slash
Characters: Elrond, Legolas
Genres: Drama, Erotica, Romance
Warnings: AU (alternate universe), Graphic Sex, Slash (same sex pairing)
Series: None
Chapters: 52 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 160451 Read Count: 76787
[Report This] Published: 10/01/05 Updated: 22/11/06
Reviewer: Ithildin Signed
Date: 19/11/06 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Continue to other chapters until it is completed. You have a very good start as far as plot is concerned, but the language, especially the dialogue, is too informal and modern. *Tolkien's style of archaic words works for a reason*- but that's just how I like LOTR, other people like modern dialogue.
You have the whole story set up very nicely, so run with it!

Author's Response: Hey, I don\'t know if you will keep reading the story, which I have just finished, but here\'s something you should know: I totally agree with you on the too informal language stuff. I\'m sorry for that. I too admire Tolkien\'s work, and I understand why the formal language works, and I confess I like it this way, and I wish I could write it this way. Unfortuntately, I don\'t have intimacy with that. First of all, I\'m from Brazil, I\'m not english speaking, so I do have difficulties with the language already. Plus, I have not read the books, only the movies. Then, I write BSB slash, not LOTRs slash. I decided to write this one because of an insistent dream I kept having. And I\'m glad I decided to write it and share this story with people. The response has been great! And I understand that I should learn how to write in the more formal Tolkien way, but honestly, I don\'t think I\'ll be ever writing LOTRs fics again (though I will definitely continue reading them), so I didn\'t really think it was necessary. Thanks for the review!!

Reviewer: Ithildin Signed
Date: 13/03/07 Title: Chapter 52: Chapter 51

OMG...this took me forever, but it was worth it. I especially love the development of Elrond's character...call me nuts, but he's, like, my favorite.

Summary: Ramdom Ramblings about writen while I was bored. The plot bunnies made me do it!
Categories: Movie-verse
Characters: Other
Genres: Humor
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 879 Read Count: 1196
[Report This] Published: 02/01/06 Updated: 02/01/06
Reviewer: Ithildin Signed
Date: 25/10/07 Title: Chapter 1: one shot

Oh my gosh,,,this is HILARIOUS!

Hand in Marriage by gythia Rated: G [Reviews - 5]
Summary: Galadriel/Celeborn het erotica, non-graphic. Set after the end of the War of the Ring.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Celeborn, Galadriel
Genres: Erotica
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1190 Read Count: 1569
[Report This] Published: 17/05/06 Updated: 17/05/06
Reviewer: Ithildin Signed
Date: 01/06/08 Title: Chapter 1: Hand in Marriage

Very nice, and refreshing to read after the piles of slash fiction. They're two of my favorite characters.

Author's Response: thanks!

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: 1202
[Report This] Published: 27/12/06 Updated: 27/12/06
Reviewer: Ithildin Signed
Date: 07/08/07 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

It is a good start, and one that I like.

There is an old rule of writing, in any form: show, don't tell. Telling usually involves the verb "to be" and its conjugates. Someone telling me a story is not the same as being there—the same is true of reading. The best books I have read are those that made me forget that the author was trying to tell me a story. I became a part of the story, and the story became a part of me.

There are a lot of things that readers can relate to in this, but it sounds a little expository to me.

Do please keep the iine, "To hell with California. I'm going home."

Smoke and Shadow by Selene Rated: R [Reviews - 4]
Summary: Éomer did not know his bride. She did not know him. It seemed that they were the only married couple who had not married for love. But a tragedy will bring them together and strengthen their country...
Categories: Movie-verse
Characters: None
Genres: Romance
Warnings: Graphic Sex
Series: None
Chapters: 9 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 16801 Read Count: 6726
[Report This] Published: 07/01/07 Updated: 12/01/07
Reviewer: Ithildin Signed
Date: 24/05/07 Title: Chapter 9: Closeness

I love that you've created a multi-dimensional character for Eomer (and one with flaws...bravo!). SO many people turn the men in these into flawless phantoms. It's refreshing to see a change.

Summary: title says it all. for best results, quote these at completely irrelevant moments.
Categories: Movie-verse
Characters: None
Genres: Humor
Warnings: None
Series: The 10 songs/dances etc That Would Confuse/Scare etc the LOTR Characters
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 172 Read Count: 4888
[Report This] Published: 23/01/07 Updated: 23/01/07
Reviewer: Ithildin Signed
Date: 07/08/07 Title: Chapter 1: Quotable Quotes

OMG Monty Python! I laughed so hard I cried.

Author's Response: I\'m really glad. That you liked it that much, that is. Thank you so much for reviewing! ^__^

The First Kiss by Ria Rated: PG [Reviews - 6]
Summary: Written for the Teitho Challenge, "The First Time". Aragorn and Faramir help Eomer with his pre-wedding worries.

Now edited to remove unCanon.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Aragorn, Eomer, Eowyn, Faramir
Genres: None
Warnings: None
Series: Faramir and Eowyn: Dusk and Dawn
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1055 Read Count: 2090
[Report This] Published: 17/03/07 Updated: 17/03/07
Reviewer: Ithildin Signed
Date: 07/08/07 Title: Chapter 1: Edoras

Certainly an interesting twist on Eomer, and not one that I would hve expected. I did expect it of Aragorn though, but in a good way.

Author's Response: Thanks. I just wondered whether the heritage-y and part-elven royalty of Dol Amroth would be somewhat intimidating.

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: 1818
[Report This] Published: 24/03/07 Updated: 24/03/07
Reviewer: Ithildin Signed
Date: 31/05/07 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

OMG...THANK YOU for getting the bit about Celebrian right. And I LOVE the characterization of Elrond (my favorite elf, by the way). Seriously outstanding job!

Author's Response: Thanks a lot!!

Labels by Celestial Rated: PG [Reviews - 3]
Summary: Responding to Karlmir Stonewain's challenge of What's in a Name?
How I threw away others labels and made a name for myself.
Categories: Off Topic
Characters: None
Genres: Essay
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 388 Read Count: 1511
[Report This] Published: 20/01/08 Updated: 20/01/08
Reviewer: Ithildin Signed
Date: 27/01/08 Title: Chapter 1: Overcoming Labels

A worthy name, but have you written stories about the Celestials yet?

Author's Response: No, not yet. I\'ve actually never thought about writing a story about them...\r\nYeah! Another story idea! I\'ll look into that...

Summary: Galadriel has seen time both as a force of decline and as an inescapable and repetitive cycle. Looking back on the past, she makes a decision for the future.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Aragorn, Celeborn, Galadriel
Genres: Fantasy
Warnings: None
Series: A Challenging Face, But What a View!
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1226 Read Count: 1648
[Report This] Published: 24/01/08 Updated: 24/01/08
Reviewer: Ithildin Signed
Date: 01/06/08 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Very nice. I like the end reference to Celeborn and Galadriel's history—it might encourage more people to read Tolkien's other work.

Author's Response: Thanks. I had to go back and reread a little myself to write it, since I'm not as familiar as I ought to be.