Reviews by elfenears

This is the continuing saga of a 36 year old female soldier who finds herself in Middle Earth during The Return of the King. This is part three of a series which will follow the plot of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings books. She is not a tenth walker and the events as written by Professor Tolkien will not be rewritten to accommodate her. Her part in the story and her interactions with the main characters will occur in places and times that Tolkien did not include in his writings.

I claim ownership of none of J.R.R. Tolkien's original plot or characters; however, Elaura and her story Typically Atypical are Copyrighted © 2006.

Categories: Book-verse Characters: Asfaloth, Aule, Beorn, Beregond, Bergil, Blue Wizards, Celeborn, Celebrían, Dain Ironfoot, Denethor, Elladan, Elrohir, Elrond, Eomer, Eowyn, Erestor, Faramir, Feanor, Galadriel, Glóin, Glorfindel, Gollum, Gríma, Gwaihir, Halbarad, Haldir, Imrahil, Ioreth, Landroval, Lindir, Lothiriel, Maglor, Manwe, Mouth of Sauron, Namo / Mandos, Nazgûl, Original Character, Oromë, Orophin, Other Canon Character, Radagast, Rúmil, Saruman, Sauron, The Fellowship, Théoden, Théodred, Thranduil, Treebeard, Vaire, Yavanna
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama, Fantasy, General, Horror, Humor, Mystery, Other, Romance, Tragedy
Warnings: Character Death, Violence
Series: Typically Atypical
Chapters: 127 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 1589851 Read Count: 326724
Published: Nov 19 2006 Updated: Aug 24 2009 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 115: Feastus Interruptus Reviewer: elfenears Signed
Great chapter, interesting dream of amlug for us to ponder. love the interactions between the elves and elaura especailly the family side with thranduil.
poor aragorn, elaura and thranduil for suffering as they do, i drink enough milk for all of them in a day.
cannot wait for more, thanks for wriiting. x
did you get my myspace message about my artwork?

Author's Response: Oh shoot! I haven't been on myspace in some time. I'm checking it out now. I'll answer you there.

Good to hear you drink your milk! Personally, I'm not as bad as Elaura; I can drink milk straight, but if I add sugar to my cereal or eat more than a little icecream, I do get pretty sick.

Thanks for the review, chapter 116 is up and now I'm proofing 117. Enjoy!
Date: Feb 11 2009
Title: Chapter 116: Departure of a Hero Reviewer: elfenears Signed
Brilliant chapter again, something about this story makes you absolutly believe while reading it, i get swept up when reading about all the magic stuff and while it could sound so wrong, you do a wonderful job of it.
mant partings indeed in this chapter, i love hallas now but cannot wait to see how you write the funeral and especially mirkwood. keep up the great work x

Author's Response: Thanks! I do try to keep things as down to earth as possible, but I would imagine, in a world so permeated with magic, if there were any time in Middle Earth's history that the Valar could be free with their blessings, this would be it. Theoden certainly deserved it.

I'll have to hit the books again and re-familiarize myself with how Tolkien wrote the last chapters of Return of the King. I'm still debating whether to end Book 3 before or after the Scouring of the Shire (as Elaura won't be there). However, Elaura's tale won't end there by a long shot.

Thanks for reading and reviewing.

P.S. we had a bad storm here this week and I'm having a little trouble accessing myspace and deviantart consistently. I will check them out again before the end of the week.
Date: Feb 11 2009
Title: Chapter 117: A Gift for the Drúedain Reviewer: elfenears Signed
Another great chapter, i'm glad you put in the druedain and the valar's gift for them. i always found them fascinating when i read the books, they have a feel as if they could stilll be out there deep in forests waiting.
grrrr to saruman still mucking about in things, when he should be concerned about his closest companion.
Were the bandits actual canibals or was that just to scare them, if it was they have sunk low.
thanks for writing, i'm looking forward to chapter 118 and no worries about myspace and deviant art, they are sometimes problematic with my computer and we have broadband. x

Author's Response: Ooh! Shoot, I haven't even thought about your art. Another book in the series got in my head and I've been writing on that one. It takes place about forty years after the War of the Ring and has many of the same characters and some new ones. They wouldn't get out on my head.

Yes, the bandits were really going to eat them and Saruman isn't out of Elaura's hair yet.

I believe the Druedain are still out there and since they're just across the river from North Ithilien, we'll probably be seeing them again.

Thanks for reading and reviewing, I'll have chapters 118, 119, and 120 up in the next 24 hours. One thing is for certain, I won't just leave you wondering. It's in my will that my other books be posted if anything ever happens to me. 8-) You will get the end of the story, I promise!
Date: Feb 15 2009
Title: Chapter 122: Elaura’s Trip gets Trippy Reviewer: elfenears Signed
loved this chapter, but when do i not love any chapter of this story :) wasent expecting the twist of having elaura forget legolas. all the elves were really worried and she was quite happy wandering around in the middle even witha big hole in her memories.
off to read chapter 123, thanks for writing xx

Author's Response: That concept didn't start out so good. I argued with my mother about how severe it should be. Originally it was to be a bit more dark and sinister, so I'm glad you like how it turned out. Thanks for the review! I'm off to answer the next one! :)
Date: Apr 24 2009
Title: Chapter 121: Man may work from sun to sun, but Wizard’s work is never done.* Reviewer: elfenears Signed
a great chapter, lots of goodbyes and explanations. i loved how you put the old lady who helped elaura way back, it was so sweet and yet sad how she still believed her son to be writing too her. love the chapter title as well, i've found when writing that titles can be the hardest thing to think of lol x off to read the other chapters, thanks for writing x

Author's Response: No kidding! I'll sometimes go through twenty titles until I find one that fits. I'm glad you liked the part with the old woman. I had originally thought she might be Yavanna in disguise, but all kindness doesn't have to be one of the Valar. The story, after all, is not about them. I'm really sorry for taking SO FREAKING LONG to respond and post. I feel like I should be flogged, but the alternative, unfortunately, is forcing it. As a writer, yourself, I'm sure you know you can't force it. When you try, it turns out rotten. Thanks again for reading and reviewing. It's people like you that keep me from chucking the whole project when I have writer's block.
Date: Apr 23 2009
Title: Chapter 123: Elaura’s Trip gets Trippier Reviewer: elfenears Signed
Cant remember if i reviewed this chapter or not when i read it the first time, ive read it twice now and still finding new little things i love about your writing :)
Please update soon, i'm getting withdrawel symptoms here!!! please please for my birthday (puppy dog eyes) lol,
hope you are well!!!! x

Author's Response: * hangs head in shame* I missed your birthday; I'm sorry. I have been spending my spare time on the story, though. Fixing typos and continuity issues and thinking about what is to come. Thanks for hanging in there! I have promised before I wouldn't leave you hanging, and I won't. Unless death take me and my mother can't figure out how to post what I have already written, it WILL come.
Date: Jun 30 2009
Title: Chapter 124: Double the pleasure, double the fun Reviewer: elfenears Signed
I'm so glad you have updated, i've missed my favourite story these last few months, i know how real life can muck up any writing though, i've not written anything for the last few months, been really busy!!!.
great chapter, i like how we are seeing the twins personality already. legolas smoking gave me a giggle, i kept getting him with a cigar in my head not a pipe :)

off to read and review the next two chapters! thanks for writing, it is very much enjoyed x

P.s please check out my art pages, i've added some new stuff and would love you to look at it. i've added the link to my profile on here to make it easier.

Author's Response: Hello lady! Life goes in those kinds of cycles; sometimes there's plenty of time and sometimes the days are just too short. I can picture Legolas with a cigar better than I can a pipe, actually. Thanks for the review.

Abi, I did finally check out your art and pointed my mom there as well. Of course I love your rendition of Maglor! It's hard to pick out my favorites. You have an incredible eye for fashion; I'd love to wear some of those dresses. The horses, Witch King, and serpents are so detailed, as well as the architecture of Rivendell and Barad-dur. Clearly your skill isn't limited to any particular subject matter. May I suggest you take an anatomical art class if you have the opportunity? I'm positive that with the attention to detail you display, you could do amazing work with the humanoid form. The one titled "A Different kind of Beauty" shows you already have talent in this area. If I had to choose one, I think the Balrog would be my favorite, but it's like choosing a particular flavor of ice-cream . . . I like it all!

Oh, Mom said to tell you she's very impressed too. Also, there was one of your favorites: "Elven path" by ~wrednawiedzma. She said that's how she pictures Elaura riding through Mirkwood with Alfroval and Rhuinsell. That's a mother for you, she sees what she wants to see.
Date: Aug 17 2009
Title: Chapter 125: Rhosgobel Reviewer: elfenears Signed
sorry about the delay in reviewing.
another great chapter, i love how the parents are bringing out all the baby stories, especially loved the one with legolas and oropher! the description of rhosgobel is amazing, i've never given much thought to the beornings before, i like how they are a big part of your story. the cubs with the pillows and legolas were adorable and amazingly written, i wish i had half your imagination.
i liked the quote from lion king, that bit always makes me laugh, i think lion king was the vey first film i saw in the cinema, ah the memories :)

thanks for what you said about my artwork, it means alot as i dont get many comments on them and am usually too shy to show them off in person. i'm glad you liked the dresses, i've got loads of them that aren't up on deviantart, i've always liked designing clothes.
say thanks and get well to your mum
thanks for writing as always to you!

Author's Response: Okie dokie. I'm going to answer each of these reviews one at a time, in order, so I don't miss anything. I'm sorry if I'm reading old news. I've had a few life-changing event which are not settled, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. Delay in reviewing? How about a year to reply? I'm so far past bad, I should have my own lily-pad in a flaming lake. I'm so glad you enjoyed the Beornings. They were a lot of fun to write about. I finally figured out why I wrote this story. There were always things I wanted to know more about in Middle Earth and I figured the only way to find out was to write it myself. Now I know. Soon, I will continue writing, post my other two stories I've been working on and if I have any readers left, they will know "the rest of the story" as well. I've always like that monkey! As for your artwork: I think you have great talent and you should not be afraid to show it. You probably have too much emotional attachment to do it the way I did. Of course my "post it and damn what anyone else thinks" attitude has changed since I became emotionally attached to my writing . . . but it worked well in the beginning. :D Well, from the looks of it, I'm going to be replying to reviews until my fingers fall off, so I better get to the next one. Thanks again! I am just about ready to finish up book three and write the story of Amlug. My characters have enjoyed their rest, but now it's time to get back to work. - Elaura
Date: Aug 25 2009
Title: Chapter 127: Eryn Lasgalen Reviewer: elfenears Signed
hey elaura, just finished reading book 3 through again and thought i'd review to let you know i'm still enjoying it. hope you had a great holiday season! hope you'll update soon x

Author's Response: Thanks. Last Christmas was absolutely insane, with the wedding and all. Thanks for reading and reviewing! - Elaura

still testing format codes
Date: Jan 26 2010
Title: Chapter 31: An Eye for an Eye Socket Reviewer: elfenears Signed
Hey Elaura, hope lifes well, just to let you know i still read this fanfic every now and again and hope to see more sometime. i've realised that its perfect to read a chapter on my smartphone at lunch break at work to save carrying heavy books about, so thanks for cheering up my working days!

Author's Response: Life is good! I appreciate that there are people still reading my stories. I really do intend to finish them and write more. It's about time I returned to my favorite hobby, after all. Wish me luck in finding the time.
Date: Jun 20 2011
Title: Chapter 127: Eryn Lasgalen Reviewer: elfenears Signed
Hey Elaura, its good to see a response, yup i'm always checking in on this site amongst various others (i read too much:) would love any link to your work, you can send it to my art page or to (embarassing email just keep forgetting to change it)
hope your writing muses come back to you, mine are currently on strike, they dont survive working at the hospital well. I'm travelling to Ringcon soon so hopefully being around thousands of like minded people will give me a spark!
All the best to you x

Author's Response: That should definitely help! I wish I could meet you there; I could use a little LOTR boost. You have to let me know how it is. I'll send you the link as soon as I get my stories up. My sub-forum is currently locked because it's empty. I'll drop you a quick email so you'll have my new address. Sadly, I have to recommend you get something other than Hotmail. After my account was hacked, they wouldn't give it back to me because I couldn't prove to their satisfaction I was the real owner. It was the very first email I ever had, and they just gave it to someone else. :(
Date: Oct 01 2011
Title: Chapter 127: Eryn Lasgalen Reviewer: elfenears Signed
i just took a random look at your bio and am so pleased to see something new... i had almost given up hope that we would get more of your wonderful writing (i think i am unheathly addicted to your stories). i am very glad that the delay was from something so good in your life, congratulations on your marriage, Im gelir an le.
looking forward to updates immensely though i won't have quite as much time to read them as before as i have found a full time job finally after a year of looking!! good news all around

Im gelir ceni ad lin

xx abi

Author's Response: Thank you! I realize I was a bit optimistic in my estimations of when I would actually get back to writing, but I have finally caught the bug again. Now all I have to do is introduce my husband to Elaura the author. He knows I write, but since I haven't really done it since we got together, he doesn't have a clue how much time it takes. He's used to our gaming sessions when we can just save and exit any time. He is a writer as well, but unlike his poetry, my chapters will take longer than a few hours to find a stopping point. Eeek! Wish me luck!

Congratulations on your new job! Of course by now, it isn't so new, but I do hope it is still wonderful!

Take care and thanks again for taking your time to write to me!

- Elaura
Date: May 22 2010
Title: Chapter 1: The Mysteries of the Bloodstone Reviewer: elfenears Signed
Just wondering if its ok with you if i nominate Typically atypical in mefawards... i think i need to give them your email so i just wanted to check? let me know soon!

Author's Response: Yes, certainly. Sorry I haven't been around to answer reviews; it is very high on my list of things to do, but this old farmhouse is taking up a lot of my time. Geez, I hope it doesn't look like I only popped back because of the award thing . . . you did say soon. Anyway, I'll be in touch again very soon and The cast of Typically Atypical will be with me. ;)
Date: May 23 2010
Title: Chapter 19: Me, Myself and Legolas Reviewer: elfenears Signed
no worries i'm glad you did get back to me quickly, the only thought i had was that i should have tried nominating you a while ago to get you to reply lol. i've summitted the nomination so you should be getting an email sometime soon about that, middle earth hugs to you x abi

Author's Response: Thanks again for the nomination. It's a very strange concept for me, as I'm not a competitive person. I still find myself checking it every now and then, which makes me feel a little naughty. ;)

I'll be posting an update to my bio here shortly, then the procrastination will be over. I'll have to actually start writing again . . . if my fingers can remember how.

Hope your new job is everything you'd hoped it would be!

- Elaura
Date: May 29 2010
Title: Chapter 1: The Mysteries of the Bloodstone Reviewer: elfenears Signed
If i remember rightly, it was your birthday around this time, so if i'm correct Happy Birthday!! and if not just ignore me lol..

Author's Response: Oh, yes. I turned 40 this past July. Thank you again for the well-wishes. That's just another thing on my list of life-changing events from this past year. It's all working out, though. More life experiences makes it easier to continue Elaura's story. Incidentally, my husband and I adopted two chiweenie puppies last January. No, we didn't name them Laurelin and Telperion, but they are a boy and a girl and they are my babies . . . in a very weird old-lady way that I never expected . . . so I have a bit more to go on with Elaura's growing family, too.

I very much appreciate you keeping up with me, even if I'm undeserving. I hope to reward your perseverance very soon. Thank you again, abi.

- Elaura
Date: Jul 16 2010
Title: Chapter 127: Eryn Lasgalen Reviewer: elfenears Signed
It really is wonderful to see you return, even if it is just to respond to reviews. I had just finished re-reading TA all the way through again, guess what? Enjoyed it just as much the others times... I seem to find little bits that jump out differently each time I read!
I feel like this story has been part of my life forever (cannot imagine how attached you are:)I did do some more Fanart for the story, I shall have to try and find it to show you!

Feel free to drop me an Email if you ever want to chat, I have lots of tales to tell from the last couple of years... Hobbitcon, World Premiere in New Zealand.

Author's Response: I'm so jealous, you wouldn't believe! I dream about going to New Zealand. I've wanted to go there since before they shot the movies, but now, I know exactly where I'd want to go. I'm so pleased you're still enjoying my stories. I'll do my best to get more chapters up. I've changed my email address here on the site and unfortunately lost a few of my contacts from the old one. If you've gotten any spam from that account, I humbly apologize. It was stolen and MS didn't think I had enough info to give it back to me. Anyway, please email me your contact info through the contact link on this sitel I'm definitely interested in your adventures!
Date: Sep 05 2013
Title: Chapter 1: The Mysteries of the Bloodstone Reviewer: elfenears Signed
Hey its good to see you back responding, looking forward to any updates. your welcome for my reviews, your story has given me lots of joy ever since it was one of the first fanfics i read.
currently enjoying the most snow ever for november/ early december, so catching up on fanfic while not at work. any chance of chapters before christmas?? hope your well xx

Author's Response: Back again! Unfortunately, I just don't have as much time on my hands as I used to. As I told Luna in the previous review, I've had a couple of breakthroughs that should help. There's also one more, I'm uploading my stories to another forum and they'll be in a slightly different format. If you still come around, let me know and I'll send you a link.[/p] Anyone else who is interested, I'll send you a link to it as well. I don't want to take traffic away from here, so I won't post the link in my bio. Adora has been good to me and I don't want to repay her that way.
Date: Dec 01 2010
Title: Chapter 127: Eryn Lasgalen Reviewer: elfenears Signed
Hey, just got back from Ringcon, i thought i'd let you know how it went. Amazing is one word that comes to mind. meeting some of the people who were involved in the movies was lovely, they were not star like at all, the guy who played erestor was very sweet also there were Gil-galad, mrs bracegridle, eothain and sauron. Draco from harry potter was the only one who made me a bit star struck. Theres so much more but i won't clutter up your reviews with it, check out the pictures if you have facebook!

Author's Response: I was just wondering, is there really any point to responding to a review that is almost two years old? The answer is . . . yes. You took the time to review, so I owe you a response. I miss you, I miss this story. I have much, much more to upload and I feel like a real heel having not done it. I'll post my life story on my bio, but in the meantime, Thank you. Thank you for reading and I'm sincerely glad you enjoyed it. I hope you will continue to enjoy it when I finally get back to uploading. I'll have to make a facebook account one of these days. If for nothing else but to keep this from disappearing if the site goes down. See you soon!
Date: Oct 22 2011
Title: Chapter 1: The Mysteries of the Bloodstone Reviewer: elfenears Signed
My email address is

If you want to, drop me an email :)

Author's Response: You have mail! Sorry for the delay.
Date: Dec 10 2013
Title: Chapter 127: Eryn Lasgalen Reviewer: elfenears Signed
Hey, just rereading a couple of chapters and thought I'd drop a review. hope you are well, maybe writing?? :) yours is still in my top five fanfics of all time, hope to see more someday!!
All the best

Author's Response: I'm still here. I hope you're still there. I think you are one of my top five favorite readers of all time, too. :D I hope your life is moving on greased grooves.
Date: Jul 03 2012
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: 73330
Published: Nov 22 2006 Updated: Apr 19 2008 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 12: The Triumph of True Love...and Money Reviewer: elfenears Signed
lol i read most of this in one go. i conmend you on your humour and all the references to disney movies. i have to admit i love disney(in certain moods) and adore lord of the rings but i would die if they were ever mixed. the old cartoon versions were ba enough i only managed about half an hour of them before having to turn them off.
made my day this and thanks for writing

Author's Response: That's the way I feel. I'll always love certain Disney movies, but some stories are just never meant to be Disney-fied.
Date: Aug 26 2008
Summary: A poem describing a long struggle I went through. The title should give you a clue. It's fairly angsty, but has a happy end.
Categories: Off Topic Characters: None
Genres: Angst, Poetry
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 359 Read Count: 2014
Published: Nov 25 2006 Updated: Nov 25 2006 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Crying Tears Of Blood Reviewer: elfenears Signed
really good poem
i felt the same when i self harmed wish i could have wrote about it like this

Author's Response: Thank you! So glad you like it.
Date: Dec 13 2006
Summary: 16-year-old elf Elwen was abandoned as a baby and grew up on a remote farm in northern Gondor, raised by humans who treated her cruelly. One night she is cast out into the snow to perish, until a brother she doesn't remember rescues her. Captured by orcs and held in Saruman's tower, she slowly unweaves a web of secrets, discovering why it was critical for her to be abandoned, who her family really was, and what powerful and terrifying talents she has inherited from a mother she never knew. Elwen quickly discovers that she is a mere pawn to dark powers beyond her control- unless she can do anything about it.
Categories: Movie-verse Characters: Saruman
Genres: Drama
Warnings: AU (alternate universe), Character Death, Torture, Violence
Series: None
Chapters: 9 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 7628 Read Count: 11188
Published: Dec 30 2006 Updated: Apr 02 2007 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Reviewer: elfenears Signed
good first chapter can't wait for more

Author's Response: Thanks! Hopefully I\'ll get another chapter written before my christmas break ends.... uh oh. Anyway, thanks for the review and happy new year!
Date: Dec 30 2006
A Test of Faith by AliDawne Rated: NC-17 [Reviews - 21]
Summary: Haldir meets someone who will challenge him. How will he react?
Categories: Movie-verse Characters: Aragorn, Arwen, Celeborn, Elrohir, Elrond, Faramir, Galadriel, Gandalf / Olorin, Gimli, Glorfindel, Haldir, Legolas, Lindir, Lindir, Original Character, Orophin, Thranduil
Genres: Romance
Warnings: Graphic Sex
Series: None
Chapters: 3 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 9210 Read Count: 17549
Published: Dec 30 2006 Updated: Dec 31 2006 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 2 Reviewer: elfenears Signed
ooo can't wait to read more
this is a good start i love haldir fic's
Date: Dec 31 2006
Summary: A response to Sharpe_and_Harper's "The Fellowship Meets the Fellowship." Pretty much the actors fall into Middle Earth and excitement ensues. Not a story I would normally do; I don't really like Actor Fics because I feel weird writing a story about a person who exists but I've never met. Please imagine that I do really know exactly what sort of thoughts Viggo Mortensen has!
Categories: Actor Fics Characters: None
Genres: Action/Adventure
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 15 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 10380 Read Count: 18800
Published: Jan 10 2007 Updated: Feb 20 2008 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Horsemasters Reviewer: elfenears Signed
so cool
you should do more its really good
Date: Jan 11 2007