Penname: Karlmir Stonewain [Contact] Real name: Karl W. Ploran
Member Since: 23/05/07
Membership status: Member
Born in Holyoke, Mass. Presently residing with my cats in Chester, Mass.
I am a retired tool maker. My main interests are reading, building stone walls and Lepidoptera. I also have a taste for Classical Music and Classicist paintings. My favorite artist is John William Godward.

Trivia challenge for LotR movie fans: Identify the genus and species of the silk moth which Gandalf speaks to on the top of Orthanc Tower.

I first read Lord of the Rings in 1970 while in Vietnam. At the time, I was a big fan of Sci-Fi and fantasy novels. My interest in LotR was reinvigorated by the release of Peter Jackson's films, encouraging me to read the trilogy again.

I am presently working on a Middle Earth novel, set during the decade following the War of the Ring, as well as short stories featuring original characters created for the novel.

My favorite character is Arwen.

Some favorite quotes:

"The world is my country, humanity are my bretheren, and to do good deeds is my religion."
--Thomas Paine

"The mariner does not pray for wind. He learns to sail."
--Gustav Lindborg

"There is no expedient to which man will not resort in order to avoid the necessary labor of thinking."
--Sir Joshua Reynolds

"Men fear time. Time fears the Pyramids."
--Egyptian Proverb

"If you wish to be a writer--write!"

"Soldiers fight and die to advance the wealth and luxury of the great, and they are called masters of the world without having a clod of earth to call their own."
--Tiberius Sempronius Gracchus

I would like to correspond with other members. I can be reached at

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Reviews by Karlmir Stonewain
Summary: A short one shot ficlet from the perspective of Arwen set during the war of the ring.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Arwen, Elrond
Genres: Romance, Angst
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 844 Read Count: 2611
[Report This] Published: 13/12/05 Updated: 13/12/05
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 08/04/08 Title: Chapter 1: Where the Shadows Lie

You posted this short fic about a year and a half before I joined. It got my attention when it recently became the Story of the Moment and featured Arwen as the main character. I found it to be highly enjoyable.

Author's Response: Thank you Karlmir. This is actually the very first piece of Lord of the Rings fanfiction I ever wrote. \r\nIt was writen when I was only 15 and no one has ever bothered to review it either here or at

Summary: In the early days of Elessar's reign, Faramir and Aragorn make a surprising discovery in Rath Dinen.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Faramir
Genres: General
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1123 Read Count: 1436
[Report This] Published: 31/03/06 Updated: 31/03/06
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 30/05/07 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

As a cat-lover myself (I have two), I couldn't help but find the story enjoyable.

Summary: What does the Elfstone mean for Aragorn? By the shores of Anduin under the stars, the heir of Isildur and the prince of Mirkwood have a talk as if to comfort each other.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Aragorn, Arwen, Legolas
Genres: Angst, Romance
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1110 Read Count: 2338
[Report This] Published: 06/09/06 Updated: 06/09/06
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 01/12/07 Title: Chapter 1: A Star to Steer Him By

That was nice. I could picture the Fellowship, sitting around their fires in little groups.

Summary: I wrote this ballad about the two lovers some time ago.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Aragorn, Arwen, Elrond
Genres: Poetry
Warnings: Character Death
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 398 Read Count: 1970
[Report This] Published: 09/09/06 Updated: 09/09/06
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 29/11/12 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

I love this poem. Arwen is my muse.

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: 57523
[Report This] Published: 22/11/06 Updated: 19/04/08
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 07/07/07 Title: Chapter 2: Eagle Poop and Bad Elvish

Good grief! You've hit the nail right on the head, Jules. Thank goodness Disney never did Tolkien. Only kids under 10 would have enjoyed it, but few of them would have figured out what the story was really about.

Summary: Tokien finally gets a chance to watch the Lord of the Rings movies and react with amazement and horror at what has become of his books.
Categories: Book-verse, Movie-verse, Crossovers
Characters: Other Canon Character
Genres: Humor
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 4 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 4086 Read Count: 5677
[Report This] Published: 03/12/06 Updated: 19/05/08
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 09/01/08 Title: Tolkien's Discoveries

This is pretty good, so far.

Author's Response: quite quite

Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 09/01/08 Title: Chapter 1: The Fellowship of the Ring

I have to agree with Tolkien on Tom Bombadil. I too was a bit miffed that the scenes with the old Maia were omitted.

Author's Response: thanks. mm, I forgot to write about the Maia

Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 20/05/08 Title: Chapter 3: Return of the King

Tolkien didn't notice that there were more signal fires lit than the number of beacon towers. The last one, observed by Aragorn, seemed to be on Irensaga, so maybe there were a few more along the peaks of Rohan that didn't have names. Also, he didn't spot the canon error at the Grey Havens where Celeborn gets on the ship with Galadriel. I thought he would surely have jumped all over that one.

Author's Response: Sorry about that. I wrote the last bit late at night, so I was apt to forget a couple things. I\'ll fix it.

Summary: This story is about Arwen and a young maiden. Arwen's fate is tied to the Ring and she is slowly dying. A young maiden named Sanya decided to stay with Arwen and try and keep her well. The maiden worries of her dear Lady.

The doubt lingers in their hearts,the question is... will it ever go away?
Categories: Movie-verse
Characters: Arwen
Genres: Drama
Warnings: AU (alternate universe)
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 1228 Read Count: 5440
[Report This] Published: 24/12/06 Updated: 24/12/06
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 25/05/07 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

It stands to reason that Elrond wouldn't have left his daughter alone at Imladris unless she was in the care of a handmaid, relative or close friend. Uruviel of Rivendell explores this situation creatively. The relationship between Sanya and Galandir could be an interesting subject for another short story.

Arda Dreams by jules14 Rated: G [Reviews - 42]
Summary: Has anybody had any dreams about Tolkien's world that were funny, scary, or just plain bizarre? I know I sure as Morgoth have! If you have, and you want to put them in this collection, send them to me in an email or a review.
Categories: Off Topic
Characters: Aragorn, Arwen, Bilbo, Billy Boyd, Boromir, Celebrían, Denethor, Dominic Monaghan, Eldarion, Elijah Wood, Elladan, Elrohir, Eowyn, Erestor, Faramir, Frodo, Galadriel, Gandalf / Olorin, Gilraen, Gimli, Gollum, Ian Mckellen, Legolas, Liv Tyler, Lúthien Tinúviel, Maedhros, Maeglin, Merry, Morgoth / Melkor, Orcs/Uruk-Hai, Other Canon Character, Peter Jackson, Pippin, Radagast, Sam, Saruman, Théoden, Viggo Mortensen, Will Turner
Genres: Humor
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 70 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 14771 Read Count: 137055
[Report This] Published: 27/05/07 Updated: 14/09/13
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 19/12/07 Title: Chapter 24: The Evenstar Pendant--On Sale

Carol recently told me that she bought an Evenstar pendant from The Noble Collection, but paid a much heftier price than a discount store would have charged. I guess she really does have a weakness for LotR jewelry.

Author's Response: Wow, that\'s for sure.

Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 28/08/13 Title: Chapter 68: Peter Jackson, Dark Lord

I thought this series was all done. Thanks for posting another chapter.

Author's Response: This series will continue as long as people continue to have Tolkien dreams, or until I die, whichever comes first. ;)

Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 18/02/08 Title: Chapter 33: Gimli's Wife?

Isn't that always the way it is with a good dream? You almost always wake up before the adventure reaches a satisfactory conclusion.

Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 13/05/08 Title: Chapter 45: The Mouth of Sauron and a Lousy Jeep

This was quite an interesting dream. I haven't heard anyone talk about Black Watch Coronas since I was in college back in 1967. They were expensive. On my budget, I could only afford one or two a week. It's too bad Formegil woke up before Pippin could buy him one.

Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 28/12/08 Title: Chapter 48: Elijah's Interview

Gandalf bald? I'll bet that was a surprise.

Author's Response: Most likely, but I didn't have the dream.

Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 31/01/09 Title: Chapter 55: A Fanfic Author's Worst Nightmare

Shucks! I hope I never have a dream like this one. That's truly scary and sad.

Author's Response: It was. I actually thought it was real too when I first woke up; I was so relieved to find out it was a dream.

Summary: Arwen finds things unexpectedly out of her control. A crossover with Terry Pratchett's Discworld series.
Categories: Crossovers
Characters: Arwen
Genres: Humor
Warnings: AU (alternate universe)
Series: Elves in the Elements
Chapters: 3 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1969 Read Count: 5150
[Report This] Published: 23/06/07 Updated: 21/11/07
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 20/11/07 Title: Chapter 2: Surprise is the Fifth Element

I hope you're going to finish this. It's just starting to get interesting. Is the time period just before the War of the Ring?

Author's Response: Apparently you and I had the same thought at the same time ;) , since I finally decided to finish it just as you wrote your review. rnrnArwen's bath begins not long after Aragorn arrives in Rohan, and ends almost twenty years later, in about 2979. The final piece of the story takes place in March of 3019.

Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 21/11/07 Title: Chapter 3: A Pinch of History -- in Time

A very interesting crossover. I love Arwen (sigh).

Show Me the Way by Sommer Rated: NC-17 [Reviews - 9]
Summary: COMPLETE!
When you travelled to Arda only to seek adventure, how do you field the mysterious attentions of Imrahil's descendant, the knowing stare of Legolas, and the accusations of a powerful healer – all while taunting Tolkien's written fate?

A story from after the War, when paths become faded and Tolkien’s intentions become unclear. And an exploration of what really happened the year Legolas sailed.

Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Celeborn, Gimli, Legolas
Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama, Erotica, Fantasy, General, Romance
Warnings: Character Death, Graphic Sex, Violence
Series: None
Chapters: 26 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 131890 Read Count: 33532
[Report This] Published: 21/07/07 Updated: 14/10/07
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 24/09/07 Title: Chapter 1: Prologue

Very engrossing and well written. I've been reading a chapter each evening over supper.

Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 14/10/07 Title: Chapter 26: Namárië

A wonderful ending. Will the story go on?

Author's Response: Hi Karlmir. At this point I have no plans for a sequel, but I might fancy the idea at some point down the line... :)

Worlds Collide by Ellenflower Rated: NC-17 [Reviews - 12]
Summary: Possible Mary Sue, AU, non-canon, gratuitus smut, poor spelling, and everything Tolkien would hate. I write to gratify my need for elf romance and to pitifully complete what is missing from my life.
Categories: Movie-verse
Characters: Haldir
Genres: Romance
Warnings: Graphic Sex
Series: None
Chapters: 11 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 9051 Read Count: 18429
[Report This] Published: 22/07/07 Updated: 06/02/11
Reviewer: Karlmir Stonewain Signed
Date: 20/07/08 Title: Chapter 10: Chapter 10

You seem to be hitting your stride now. Your writing has improved well. I look forward to the next chapter.