Reviews by NKW
Summary: A Dunedain king still sits upon the throne of Rhudaur, but can he endure when faced with both an upstart hillman chieftain and the Witch-king of Angmar? Northern Kingdom Writers present a tale of intrigues and sorcery, treason and loyalty, cruelty and love will take the readers to Cameth Brin, Amon Sūl and Carn Dūm, letting them experience the dangers of 14 century Arnor. Based on LOTR Appendix A, the story is canon-mindful.
The first Part of the story is complete!
Categories: Book-verse Characters: Frodo, Gandalf / Olorin, Glorfindel, Merry, Nazgūl, Orcs/Uruk-Hai, Pippin, Sam, Witch King
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama, Romance, Tragedy
Warnings: Character Death, Rape, Torture, Violence
Series: The Shadow Over Rhudaur
Chapters: 24 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 56268 Read Count: 49010
Published: May 07 2007 Updated: Aug 06 2007 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: The Prologue -A Story about the Rescue of Princesses Reviewer: NKW Signed
(Sorry Folks. I just gave a response to a Review by Formegil. I wanted to edit my response, but only saw the 'delete' option - and it took away his whole review. Here it was.)
Formegil: This is simply an excellent story! I have always (well, since I first read LotR) been interested in the history of Arnor and its successor states. There are only hints here and there, though, in the books besides the very general account in the Appendix A. This is very good gapfiller. All that happens is quite believable.The characters are also well-done and act convincingly. I will add this to my favourites.

Author's Response: Thank you Formegil! Several of our group of authors are also very interested in Arnor and it\'s daughter Kingdoms - the Northern Dunedain. We try really hard to make our story fit within the boundaries JRRT prescribed as canon... but he sure left a lot of room to work on this subject. And we\'re enjoying \'fleshing out\' this one aspect of it. If you\'re interested in joining in on the fun, stop on by. :)
Date: Apr 14 2008
Summary: Aedil and his elvish polka band on tour in Middle-Earth. Can they struggle their way through sappy lyrics, bad contracts and enthusiastic fangirls? And most importantly, do they get anything but sore feet from their journey to fame? A sequel to The Singsong Sindar.
Categories: Book-verse Characters: Ecthelion, Gandalf / Olorin, Nazgūl, Orcs/Uruk-Hai, Original Character, Other Canon Character
Genres: Humor
Warnings: AU (alternate universe)
Series: None
Chapters: 5 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 13159 Read Count: 5515
Published: Apr 14 2008 Updated: Apr 18 2008 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 3: Chapter 3: The Attack of the Fangirls Reviewer: NKW Signed
I so loved the Dol Guldur chapter! "That fellow Khamūl" with a sharp eye for details and his flu! And orc fangirls! Great fun. Cheers, Gordis

Author's Response: Wow, thank you! I hope you like the other chapters as well.
Date: Apr 18 2008
Summary: A young soldier finds love just before the war of 1944 T.A., but will he survive to enjoy of it? A tale of an invididual soldier in training and in battle.
Categories: Book-verse Characters: Original Character, Other Canon Character
Genres: General, Romance
Warnings: Violence
Series: None
Chapters: 4 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 10816 Read Count: 4484
Published: Apr 21 2008 Updated: Apr 23 2008 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1: The Regiment’s Children Reviewer: NKW Signed
Great story, wonderful characterization.
I am so looking forward to the sequel set in Arthedain. - Gordis

Author's Response: Thanks, Gordis! The first chapter of the sequel On the Paths of the Fathers is already posted, and I hope to finish the whole story within this weekend. The action in Arthedain begins in the third chapter.
Date: Apr 26 2008
Summary: Thaundil son of Ereg joins the army despite his parents' will and takes part in the Battle of Fornost. An independent sequel to Defenders of Gondor.
Categories: Book-verse Characters: Cirdan, Glorfindel, Original Character, Other Canon Character, Witch King
Genres: General
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 4 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 8052 Read Count: 4938
Published: Apr 26 2008 Updated: Apr 27 2008 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 4: Chapter 4: Homecoming Reviewer: NKW Signed
I liked the whole story. You use the meager data in the Appendix A quite aptly - your rendition of the battle of Fornost is quite believable. I like how you depict relationship of the father and the son - no fluffiness at all, but their mutual love still shines through. And the homecoming is sweet!
How about moving on to the events of 2000-2002 and tell how Gondor lost Minas Ithil? *wink-wink*… Cheers, Gordis

Author's Response: Thanks! I tried to avoid clichées while handling the family relationships, but I fear the romance between Ereg and Riliel is still a little sugary. I may rewrite some of it later. In the homecoming scene I tried to close the circle started in Defenders, so to speak. As for Minas Ithil, why not? I actually originally thought about it, Ereg\'s grandson as the main hero, but I think it would be best to change that. I have free time until next Monday and already have started the story. After that, though, I may concentrate for some time on writing of something else than soldiers.
Date: Apr 28 2008
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1: Like Father, Like Son Reviewer: NKW Signed
Good start, Formegil. And the ending is simply brilliant! *grins*. Keep up the good work, Gordis.

Author's Response: Thanks! The advice Ereg quoted was the most heard sentence in the Finnish army. I hope you will like the rest of the story as well.
Date: Apr 26 2008
The Stained Moon by Formegil, Adora Rated: PG-13 [Reviews - 5]
Summary: The last days of Minas Ithil have come, and there is no hope left. Man-at-arms Goerfin fights his last battle as his city falls to the Enemy.
Categories: Book-verse Characters: Nazgūl, Original Character, Witch King
Genres: General
Warnings: Character Death
Series: None
Chapters: 3 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 7951 Read Count: 4004
Published: Apr 28 2008 Updated: May 05 2008 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 2: Growing Despair Reviewer: NKW Signed
Another great story, Formegil. Loved your description of shining Minas Ithil and your account of the battle. I am sure more is to come.
No, we have no exact dates for the siege: only 2000-2002. The shorter it is, the more plausible, IMO - because how come Gondor didn't send an army to deliver the city in 2 full years?
I recommend this thread here:
http://forum.barrowdowns.com/showthread.php?t=13459

Author's Response: Thank you for reviewing! There will be one more chapter to this story. I have assumed that the siege began in spring 2000 (the usual opening of \"warring season\" in Middle Ages) and ended at late autumn 2002. A possible reason for lack of delivering attempt is the size of the enemy army. Blocking all roads to Minas Ithil the Witch-King would have made the attempt very perilous, a possible major defeat to Eärnil would have opened the rest of Gondor for the enemy. But this is only assumption. I\'ll check the thread you mentioned.
Date: Apr 29 2008
Title: Chapter 3: Chapter 3: The Last Stand Reviewer: NKW Signed
The ending is strangely bitter-sweet, despite all the horrors. Good work!

What now? The bitter end of King Earnur in 2050 just cries to be described!

Author's Response: Thanks very much! I thought to lighten the otherwise grim ending, it seems I succeeded. I have thought to write something about Dwarves next, but after that... Who knows?
Date: May 05 2008
Summary: The misery of fate, for Nķniel to discover that her brother is also her husband, and the father of her child.

A drabble based on the story in Unfinished Tales.
Categories: Book-verse Characters: Other Canon Character
Genres: Tragedy
Warnings: Character Death
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 103 Read Count: 3094
Published: Jun 28 2008 Updated: Jun 28 2008 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Reviewer: NKW Signed
Very well written drabble, Elfhild! I like it - Gordis.

Author's Response: Thank you for your kind words. :) Sorry for the delay in responding.
Date: Jul 01 2008
Heart of Rhūn by Formegil Rated: PG-13 [Reviews - 24]
Summary: Two thieves and foster-brothers from Minas Anor get the job of their lives when they are hired to steal the legendary Heart of Rhūn. Or so they thought... The quest proves to be harder than they ever expected, sending them on an eventful and dangerous journey across Middle-Earth. The story starts in late 1304 Third Age (1700 years pre-LOTR).
14/06/2009 - This story is nominated for Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards (MEFA) 2009 competition.


Categories: Book-verse Characters: Gandalf / Olorin, Original Character
Genres: Action/Adventure, General
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 32 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 96924 Read Count: 30321
Published: Jul 01 2008 Updated: Aug 05 2011 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 14: Chapter 14: To the Roads of North Reviewer: NKW Signed
Wow - another great chapter. I am much enjoying the story. Real good old adventure story. And Gandalf's cameo! - Gordis

Author's Response: Nice that you like it! As for Gandalf, I'm not going to spoil the plot, but let's say that's not te last time our heroes see him...
Date: Apr 16 2009
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1: An Unexpected Visitor Reviewer: NKW Signed
Wow - isn't that intriguing? Very captivating description of the main character and the fortune-telling. I can't wait to see what happens next - Gordis

Author's Response: Thank you for reviewing! I did a little research in the fortune-telling before writing this. It felt that it would be a suitable profession for an ex-thief and ex-fraud. Somehow felt I felt it would be a good idea to give the main character a somewhat unusual occupation.
Date: Jul 01 2008
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1: An Unexpected Visitor Reviewer: NKW Signed
That is indeed a page-turner! Ever thought to make a living writing adventure stories? Also loved how you have incorporated this reference to the King favoring those Northmen over his own people... It just neatly ties the story to its time-frame. Keep up the good work - Gordis

Author's Response: Thank you very much! Now that's a new idea to me, to make a living by writing stories. As for the reference, I thought it would be suitable to incorporate a 'voice of the people', so to speak. I am such canon freak that I felt that besides the adventures of the foster-brothers I should write a little also of the political issues in Gondor. Those will remain in sidelines, though.
Date: Jul 07 2008
Title: Chapter 6: Chapter 6: Ill Start For A Journey Reviewer: NKW Signed
Wow! what an unexpected turn of events!

Author's Response: Well, not to spoil anything, this not the last of that kind....
Date: Aug 11 2008
Title: Chapter 7: Chapter 7: Seaward Bound Reviewer: NKW Signed
Very interesting new chapter... So - to Tharbad now? It doesn't bring them closer to Rhun, but I guess they will have some great adventures in places we know well about - like Moria or the High pass. Won't they? *wink*

Author's Response: Oh, yes, they will. Actually that was the reason I asked you the permission of using those Rhudaur place names. A well-known canon character will also appear when they reach Eriador. By the way, thanks for the review.
Date: Sep 04 2008
Title: Chapter 10: Chapter 10: Another Kind of Storm Brewing Reviewer: NKW Signed
Great descriprion of the storm. Loved it.

As for the last chapter, it reminds me of John Silver and Jim in the apple-barrel... Mind you, it is no criticism; a good plot-twist is always great, even if it was done before. Post more, please!

Author's Response: Thanks for your review! I must admit that the resemblance of the scenes is intentional. Stevenson's Treasure Island was one of my favourite books when I was a boy. I had already decided that there would be a mutiny aboard the Sea-Eagle, and after reading Treasure Island after many years' pause I decided to adapt the apple-barrel scene to my story, as a sort of homage to Stevenson for hours of enjoyment with his book. I think I should have mentioned this in my story notes. But as I wrote all the dialogue etc. myself and took only the general setting, I think it can be counted as a literary influence, not plagiarism. Good to see you, too, see it so.
Date: Nov 02 2008
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1: An Unexpected Visitor Reviewer: NKW Signed
Yes, you succeeded perfectly in making it realistic. -Gordis

Author's Response: Thank you very much!
Date: Feb 04 2009
Title: Chapter 15: Chapter 15: Good Runes And Hole-Dwellers Reviewer: NKW Signed
Ahh, so they have acquired a worthy new companion. Something tells me they won't be able to give her a slip anytime soon (he-he!) Seems a bit strange that a woman would travel alone, but then again in 1304 Cardolan was still a prosperous, safe land. Yet in the borderlands along the Great Road that may change. Is there war with Arthedain or Rhudaur at the time?
Your hobbits are delightful and very hobbit-y. Uninteresting objects for a fortune teller.
Cheers,Gordis

Author's Response: Well, Gutrune certainly won't be easy to get rid of. And we'll see soon if one of the brothers even wants that... As for the political situation, I'm going to write it so that there's much tension and bad blood, but not an open war. In general I've planned to present the situation so that Angmar's power is still relatively weak, but already felt and steadily growing at the time period of the story. Nice you liked Sigebert and his family. That sequence was actually quite a random idea out of the blue, but it fit into its place and it was mildly amusing to write, so I included it.
Date: Apr 18 2009
Title: Chapter 16: Chapter 16: Overreacting Over Mead Reviewer: NKW Signed
What a cliff-hanger! Please update soon!

Author's Response: Oh, I will. I'll have a new chapter ready, most probably by this weekend.
Date: Apr 21 2009
Title: Chapter 17: Chapter 17: The Beckoning Hand Reviewer: NKW Signed
Uh, pretty horrible!

Author's Response: Hmm, I guess I should take it you mean the events, not the writing ;)
Date: Apr 29 2009
Title: Chapter 19: Chapter 19: Two Strangers Reviewer: NKW Signed
Sorry I have been remiss in reviewing. The new chapters are as great as usual - real good adventure story. I hope you will get a MEFA award for it!

Author's Response: Thanks for reviewing! Nice to see you like the story. There will be a lot of action in the next few chapters, when I finally find time to type them. And thanks for the well-wishes. I'd be truly proud if I won an award.
Date: Sep 19 2009
Title: Chapter 20: Chapter 20: A Rude Awakening Reviewer: NKW Signed
OWW- what a twist! Our robbers got robbed...funny.

Author's Response: Yeah, Gutrune wasn't so sweet and nice after all. Soon we'll see how our heroes react, and I promise they are not going to just accept the theft calmly.
Date: Sep 24 2009
Summary: Though Midwinter's Eve is oft a time for feasting and making merry - whether celebrating the return of the sun or the longest night of the year - the festive evening does not always bring joy, but sorrow and memories.

'Twas the night before Yule in the City of the Wraiths.
Categories: Book-verse Characters: Nazgūl
Genres: Drama
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1599 Read Count: 2007
Published: Dec 23 2008 Updated: Dec 23 2008 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Ghosts of Midwinters Past... Reviewer: NKW Signed
Great story, Elfhild. Old Skri and his eternal love... I can hear this organ playing in the pale tower, frightening stray ghosts and Gondorian rangers. - Cheers, Gordis.

Author's Response: Ah, yes... often the faint strains of organ music waft out over the valley from the haunted city as Nazgul Skri plays the melodies contained within his melancholy heart... Thanks for your kind words, NKW! :) So for taking so long to reply.
Date: Dec 23 2008
Summary: What really happened to Earnur?
Categories: Book-verse Characters: Witch King
Genres: Drama
Warnings: Violence
Challenges: 9 for 2009!
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 2866 Read Count: 1882
Published: Oct 23 2009 Updated: Oct 23 2009 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Gentlemen's Agreement Reviewer: NKW Signed
A very interesting interpretation of the events. Well-written. -Agan
Date: Nov 02 2009
Elven Arrows by khazarkhum Rated: G [Reviews - 4]
Summary: So Orcs have superstitions? Who knew?
Categories: Book-verse Characters: Orcs/Uruk-Hai
Genres: General
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 325 Read Count: 1092
Published: Oct 29 2009 Updated: Oct 29 2009 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Reviewer: NKW Signed
This is simply marvelous. Loved every word of it!- Agan
Date: Nov 02 2009