Reviews by Spiced Wine
Summary: Why I write fanfiction.
Categories: Off Topic Characters: None
Genres: Angst, Essay, General, Poetry
Warnings: First Draft
Series: None
Chapters: 2 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1137 Read Count: 3805
Published: Jan 07 2008 Updated: Jan 25 2008 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 2 Reviewer: xFanarix Signed
Books were my refuge when I was young too, although not for any sad/bad reasons until I was ten and older. I suppose my stories started off as role play too, although gradually became [ mainly ] written by me, it was a case of '' any-one wants to join in, go ahead '' really. 8-) Glad you have a lot more planned. I'm amazed at the way you plan ahead with your stories, I just get a glimpse of a scene in a dream and '' flesh it out '' although I always have a solid outline, just nothing to '' pulp '' it out at the time.
I never actually read Tolkien until I was 16 and finished school, the day after I left I started the Hobbit. It was just as well, as my studying would have bombed off the edge of the planet and even my Maths exam would have somehow ended up as an essay on how fabulous Tolkien is. >.< No joke!

Author's Response: lol, yeah, LOTR seriously crashes studying time. LOL, I used to write LOTR FF in the back of my math book\r\n(Now I have a seperate notbook XD) \r\nBook are a wonderful refuge :) And I suppose all children do some form of role-play...I remember me and some\r\nof the oher kids used to re-inact the Lion King...me being the evil lioness from Lion King 2 ¬_¬
Date: Jan 25 2008
Summary: Few know of the true story behind the men that became the Ringwraiths. After gaining power, their fate was set. They were forever changed. Oneshot
Categories: Book-verse Characters: Nazgűl
Genres: Horror
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 440 Read Count: 2522
Published: Jan 07 2008 Updated: Jan 07 2008 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Reviewer: xFanarix Signed
That is remarkable Phantom's Daughter ; I have only read one other piece of work from the viewpoint of the Nazgűl. They do seem to lack the glamor people wish to write about, although once they were men and we forget that.

Author's Response: Thank you so much for the review! Yes, I wanted to write about them in a more subtle way, and I\'m glad that it turned out well!
Date: Jan 12 2008
Summary: Phoenix is a member of the fire immortal race. As her name suggests she was once a mythical bird with beautiful gold and red plumage. After she was wounded by an ancient evil, she was turned entombed in human form. With only one escape, defeat an evil which haunts middle-earth and then may she be free once again. Even though she still has power over fire, she yearns to be free once more.
Categories: Movie-verse, Book-verse Characters: The Fellowship
Genres: Romance
Warnings: AU (alternate universe)
Series: None
Chapters: 3 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 838 Read Count: 4054
Published: Jan 09 2008 Updated: Feb 10 2008 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Introduction Reviewer: xFanarix Signed
Well done for posting a '' First ''. It does sound more like an '' off topic '' story, however, as Phoenix , Angel etc are not Tolkien. It could be an original fiction, I think and does not need to be set in Middle-earth. They are basically too powerful to join with the Fellowship, and would just take it over which is simply not a good thing. The Fellowship moved in secrecy and with stealth, not with three powerful females, there is just no right way to write that. And I have to agree about the clothing; Eowyn went into battle in Rohirric armor, which was probably pretty heavy and uncomfertable; no female warrior would wear a skirt and corset, it is simply not practical for anything. However as an original fic in your own invented world, you could make a good story around the characters. Take care!

Author's Response: Heya thanks for commenting, this group wont bejoining the fellowship, for some reason my computer had a hissy fit and put down \'The fellowship\' instead of \'original character\'. Thanxz for the points!Trinity-Rose
Date: Jan 09 2008
Summary: Where I talk about Elvish translations of English names. I've been thinking of it for a while now, so i just had to get it out there.
Categories: Off Topic Characters: None
Genres: Essay, General, Other
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 443 Read Count: 4070
Published: Jan 10 2008 Updated: Jan 10 2008 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: On to the Rant Reviewer: xFanarix Signed
I wouldn't really trust a name generator unless it was by Ardalambion or RealElvish.net. I tend to use the latter to find names for characters, but I have no idea what mine is, it would have to be translated into English first then into Elvish I suppose. When LOTR first came out a lot of people were finding really bad name generators which used Grelvish and were squeeing! about their names, which meant absolutely nothing in Sindarin or Quenyan. Which one to you use? I wouldn't use mine in a story as it's too self-insert-y, and I rarely write females anyway But my nephews and nieces would think it great if I wrote their birthdays cards with Elvish names, so would my sister come to that. And if my partner's was nice enough he could use it on LOTRO. He's asked me to find about 4 names for that so far. >.

Author's Response: I use www.arwen-undomiel.com, and from the main page, Elvish, and then Elvish names. Its not a generator, thats why I have trouble finding a lot of names probably. But, I just dont trust generators and the way its done on that site seems pretty good. They do it by taking the name meaning of the English version and then finding the Elvish word for it, and then changing it to a name. Something like that, anyway I like that site the best for names. Thanks for the review!
Date: Jan 11 2008
Summary: Stearcwyn is finding herself more and more attracted to the mysterious Eomer of Edoras. When Beorn gives her the cryptic message warning her against this attraction, can she pull her heart away before it is too late? Slight AU
Categories: Movie-verse Characters: Eomer, Original Character
Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama, Romance
Warnings: AU (alternate universe)
Series: None
Chapters: 8 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 12055 Read Count: 7930
Published: Jan 14 2008 Updated: Jan 20 2008 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Reviewer: xFanarix Signed
A bit of a Sue, as you immediately slammed her amazing beauty at the reader which makes most readers think '' Sue. '' Better to introduce her looks gradually, possibly? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, after all. There have been times in history when to be fair was the epitome of beauty and dark haired women were unfashionable, and even some-one like Liv Tyler would not have been considered lovely. And the opposite applies. To an Elf a Mortal woman would be nothing special. Still it is nice to see Mortal-Mortal pairings, because of the above, since Elves have so rarely found Mortal females attractive I can hold one finger up [ Aegnor and Andreth ]. Writers of OFC's always have to work twice as hard to not fall into the Sue trap, unfair perhaps but there are so many out there. It's no crime for any-one to write a OFC as being beautiful, but most readers will not feel any connection unless she has recognizable flaws, and thus not really care about her. She's not horribly Sue-ish though. With some flaws [ and not having every guy attracted to her another Sue red flag ] like Nazgrrl said, it could be a great story. It's not Mortal-Elf, so that makes it already 20 times better than the Legolas OFC's out there. Plus, your writing has a nice flow to it,and you are not using modernisms, it sounds authentic, so all in all, thumbs up. Take care, happy writing!

Author's Response: Yeah, I had actually changed it, but I forgot to put the changes up here. Thanks for noticing. =)
Date: Jan 15 2008
Summary: Response to Karlmir Stonewain's challenge: What's In A Name? R&R
Categories: Off Topic Characters: None
Genres: Essay
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 352 Read Count: 1412
Published: Jan 19 2008 Updated: Jan 19 2008 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: What's In A Name? Reviewer: xFanarix Signed
How are you getting on with the Silmarillion? I don't actually read your work, not because of you! I just find het romance boring not just in Tolkien ff but to read in general. I've OD'd on it after about * mumble-mumble * years, and it was either read and write slash and friendship or stick a bread-knife through my left eye out of terminal boredom. I don't read it at all now, so that is not personal, just my own taste, a lot of people don't read slash, which is entirely up to them ; I feel the same about het. I've found some fabulous friendship stories though, which surprised me, I initially thought they would not grab me, but some have.
The closer something is to canon the more I love it, although my own stuff is AU and I am not a canon nazi, as that would be really hypocritical, no? But I notice that my favorite stories are very canon oriented and written by people who obviously know it very well, so well that it rolls of their keyboards like silk. [ In the matter of LACE - I look at with some cynicism, rather like a marriage vow. Yes, I know it - I just don't believe it. ] I do think all writing is important, just to read and write as much as you can, and you are a very prolific writer, so you obviously love the act of creating '' new worlds '' [ within Tolkien's ] , which is great. Creativity is a Good Thing. Have you written any original stuff? I would encourage any-one to write. It's a good thing I don't have kids as I would be strapping them down in front of a pc and making them write. d;-) [ At age 3 ] The more you write, and read the better you become according to one of my favorite [ published ] author's. I hope that applies to me too, I've been reading til my eyes fall out the last few days. Take care.

Author's Response: I\'m about a third of the way through the Silmarillion, i got it the day i went to NZ last year but i got some other books and i kinda dropped away from it but after i\'ve finished Children of Hurin i might finish it. I don\'t write slash and i don\'t read it that often either, just the random occassion.\r\n\r\nI have a couple of original stories but they could be better than what they are. I\'ve gained lots more experience since i joined this site so one day i shall rewrite my own stories but until then i think i\'ll stick to fanfiction until i\'m ready to make the jump again. It\'s just that i have so many ideas for LOTRFF that i keep forgetting about my own stuff which i probably shouldn\'t do. If you wanna read one of my original stories, there\'s one i posted on here called \'iPod iDol\' which is completely random, something i wrote for english. Thanks for reviewing - Li
Date: Jan 20 2008
Summary: A response to Karlmir Stonewain's challenge: What's in a Name?
Categories: Off Topic Characters: None
Genres: Essay
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 785 Read Count: 1959
Published: Jan 20 2008 Updated: Jan 20 2008 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Reviewer: xFanarix Signed
That's interesting indeed. I was a bit like you. I remember starting a new school at 13 after running away from three due to bullying and this one I could not run from as one of my uncles had taught there for over 20 years and I could not let him down. I was first into the class on the first day of term and gradually it filled up with noisy, swearing kids and I read. I had a book with me - not Tolkien but it was a superb book. And I refused to speak to them, or even acknowledge them when they stuck their faces in mine and shouted was I deaf|? I might have to go to the school but I was not, ever again going to be intimidated or try to fit it with a bunch of orc-mannered cretins. So I didn't and I was like that all through the next three years and when I left I forgot it and the kids. I was glad to leave school, as I don't like noise, crowds, and being forced into false camaraderie. Group activities still make me cringe. I am a loner by nature, although friendly enough, just not pushy or social. The friends I consider '' friends '' now, I've met via Tolkien sites, as I have something in common with them, but I doubt I'll ever see them in the flesh. It's just nice to exchange views with people who love Tolkien and it is an education in itself to read some of their work. I'm sorry for the bad time you had, I was bullied both physically and emotionally and stepped on for being very shy and preferring books to people, but those kids didn't deserve one minute of time spent on considering them. After I read Tolkien at 16 I made my theory that that was what had happened to the orcs; they had interbred with humans, which was why society had so many problems. [ I still like that theory d;-) ] I rarely saw any-one from school after leaving and just closed a door on it. I am glad you came through it! Take care.

Author's Response: You know, it sounds like you had almost more of a traumatic experience than I did. I like your theory about orcs. Now that I think about it, the mortals at that school behaved a lot like orcs. 8-) I suppose there were alright times at that school, but when ever I think back to that period of my life, I can only imagine bad times. NZ
Date: Jan 20 2008
Moving away by linlize, Adora Rated: G [Reviews - 7]
Summary: Erana is a young elven girl from Lothlorien who is moving with her father to Mirkwood. Her mother has sailed away and her father is going to find new life. Once she is there she finds out that the ways of Mirkwood are different then she is used to.
Categories: Book-verse Characters: Haldir, Other Canon Character
Genres: Fantasy
Warnings: AU (alternate universe)
Series: None
Chapters: 3 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 5053 Read Count: 4896
Published: Jan 21 2008 Updated: Jan 22 2008 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Reviewer: xFanarix Signed
All Elves reach adulthood at the same age, which is 50, it does not matter which Elf Kingdom they are born in. She would be able to marry then if she wished, but remember, no Elf is forced into marriage, so why would she be nervous? They marry for love or at least of free will. I think a good beta could make some of your sentences less short and choppy, don't be afraid to make them a little longer . For instance: '' Erana had enough. She put her plate down and walked to her pack. She grabed [ grabbed ] her knife and walked away from the group. '' This could flow a lot more smoothly if you wrote something like: '' Erana had had enough. Putting down her plate she went to her pack, picked up her knife and walked away from the group. '' Very short sentences are jarring, just as run-on ones are rather confusing. A good proofreader would show you how to make the writing more fluid. Please, please do not use OK in fanficition, OK was not invented until the 19th Century, and it sounds just so * off * in Tolkien, [ AU or not ] he did not use it and the best rule of thumb is to read what he wrote and have your characters speak like that. He used language beautifully. There are also some authors on here who know exactly how Elves and Mortals and Dwarves speak. Since I won't direct you to NC17 writers, I would say go and check out Ria and Nieriel Raina's stories for wonderful dialogue and authentic Tolkienesque atmosphere. Take care.

Author's Response: Well I checked before I wrote it down and I read that elves reach adulthood at the age of hundred. They come into puberty at the age of 50. I thought I should make it right if I write a story. :) But internet isn\'t so reliable, so thank you for your correction. \r\nABout the nervouseness, she isn\'t nervouse about marriage, she is nervouse because all of the talk of marriage. She won\'t be forced into a marriage because I know that elves can die from that. but maybe I have to tell that. \r\nI do apreceate your review. I never writen stories before, and I am dutch, so my Enlish is not that good. \r\nMaybe you can help me with something else too. I have absolutely no clue what NC-17 PG-17 or any of that means. \r\nI realy want this to be a good story and not a Mary Sue, but it is hard. do you know anyone who can read it for me? \r\nI\'ll change the ok :P Sorry about that.. you are absolutely right. :D\r\n\r\nTHank you for your review.\r\n\r\nLinlize
Date: Jan 23 2008
Summary: Answering my own challenge as to why I write LotR fan fiction
Categories: Off Topic Characters: None
Genres: Essay, Humor
Warnings: None
Challenges: Middle Earth Forever!
Series: None
Chapters: 2 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1467 Read Count: 3940
Published: Jan 21 2008 Updated: Jan 23 2008 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Reviewer: xFanarix Signed
That reminds me a little of Terry Pratchett saying he would read books on '' anything '', say the 19th century London sewage system and suddenly would be thinking of a story. Inspiration strikes through unlikely things! Ancient Rome is an interest of mine too, and can be seen a little in Van's Empire, his army, road building schemes etc. I think we all incorporate other interests with a story, especially if we're older and do have other things which we've been studying for some years. But no, no-one in the films inspired me whatsoever, all the characters I loved were gone by the Last Alliance, save for Maglor's unknown fate, so there was nothing for it but start at the First Age and work up.
I admittedly have always had a downer on Men since Isildur refused to destroy the Ring, not listening even to Elrond or Cirdan. Aragorn and Faramir in the book settled some scores, [ Faramir was my favorite book character and PJ really destroyed him ] but I knew I could only write Fourth Age if I was writing '' outside '' the Re-United Kingdom.
I've always been intrigued by the Ottoman Empire also , so I looked further, into the Harad. - which is Africa. I was interested in the hints that Tolkien was going to work on a sequel to LOTR where the people of the re-United Kingdom turned to '' dark practices '', perhaps in Eldarion's reign, so I am going to hint at that, with a bit of a twist.
It always seemed to me there was something of hubris in the Numenoreans, and if they could screw something up they would.
I think the Fourth Age was a great Renaissance for Men, but like the splendor of Rome, all was not well under the glitter and glamor; as it never is in RL and Tolkien meant his '' histories '' to be realistic, after all.
I don't think any society is Eutopian [ save Valinor, for some ] .
I also find myself getting interested in more practicalities, like you. About 4 years ago when I was writing a proto-story, I had proto Van building great sewage systems and teaching hospitals and orphanages in his cities. Nothing new under the Sun, as Solomon said! I rarely write '' within '' the re-united Kingdom, as I'm Elf-centric, but I do write that things were not like the Waltons for Aragorn and his family, as I simply don't believe they were. Plus, look at the problems which surfaced in almost all the Royal families in Europe, due to inbreeding and such. Not saying Aragron's line is inbred, but there were not so many Dunadain and I bet a lot were related, and thinking of the scandals and troubles in all Royal Courts, I think his would have been no different.
I've never really seen any-one concentrate on a social-political side of Gondor, and it's interesting. I do consider it a little, but not for long, and what I mention is usually culled from '' true '' history to fit in with what I want to be in the story. Take care!

Author's Response: Thanks for the great commentary. I appeciate your attention. I\'ll have to respond to your discussion by Email, though, because I don\'t want to turn my review page into a forum.
Date: Jan 21 2008
Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 2 Reviewer: xFanarix Signed
Don't you think the story has generated much interest? It has been read a great deal. I think that stories which get read the most are generally ones where Elves feature heavily. It's definitely the most popular subject for FF writers, and probably readers too - you only have to look on FF.net to see the new stories going up which are almost always centered around Elves. Four of the one's I am looking at now on the right hand side of the screen as '' latest stories '' feature Elves.
I think one can read your story without being a huge LOTR nerd , wlthough it's always nice to know the history behind the main characters. But some fanficition works can stand alone in certain ways, especially those written after Tolkien finished.
If it's especially about the re-United Kingdom there's a certain amount of freedom, after all. There are another two stories on this site '' The Triumph of the Shadow '' and '' Shadows over Rhudaur '' which both feature Men more than Elves and in my opinion are excellent, but don't get many reviews as people may skip them since Elves don't play a very big role in them. Authors who concentrate a lot on the Mannish cultures are much rarer, and start off with the disadvantage that Elf fanciers simply don't get their fix. On the other hand, the writing is often a lot better than the thousands of Elf fanciers who churn out girl-falls-into-Middle-earth or a Legomance, so I wouldn't be discouraged. There are less of you but the overall quality is better - every good story I have found featuring Elves has been an accident, save two authors who were kindly pointed out to me by some-one on here. And I must admit I read them over and over, since once I've found something good I am like a man clinging to a spar of wood after his ship's gone down. I think I have seen sites mentioned where the writing is primarily about Men, but I'm dashed if I can remember now - because there you are, it was not a site I could have posted in and I never made a note! >.< It's a '' corner '' of fanficition which is often lost among the rest, but produces some good stuff, it's just finding the audience who leans more toward the Mortal's in Middle-earth than the Elves. What you normally get is Aragorn as the token Man and his stories are set when he is younger, and guess what - around Elves.
I have not read another story set when you set yours, save for '' The Triumph of the Shadow ''. There must be some, but yours and Angmar and Elfhild's are the only two I have come across so far.

Author's Response: Arwen’s Journey has been read a great deal, but according to the statistics page, most of the readers are giving up after Chapter 15. The read count drops off sharply after the first few chapters. I can’t honestly fault younger readers for this because the plot is somewhat convoluted. Arwen’s Journey is, after all, supposed to be an adult story. It may have been somewhat naďve of me, but I had thought there would be more adults visiting and/or belonging to this website. In addition, the story contains female slash, which probably puts most young women off from reading it.\r\n\r\nAs you have pointed out, a lot of the popular stories now being posted are oriented toward Elf fanciers. Arwen’s Journey features a few Elves, but the only two that get top billing are Arwen, her handmaid Elweena, and her girlhood friend Luthillia. Most of the action scenes are dominated by Men and Orcs, although a couple of rival Shield-Maidens have recently made their debut. Surely, this is also a factor in the number of readers the story attracts.\r\n\r\nNow, am I disappointed with all of this? I must admit to getting a wee bit jealous when I see someone get 20+ reviews on the first couple of chapters of their book. But then, enough people are still reading mine to meet my satisfaction. The fact that even a few persons are enjoying it is enough of a complement in itself.\r\n\r\nMy short stories and poetry, on the other hand, have seemed to caught a few more readers’ fancies. My thanks again to those who have reviewed them. Needless to say, I have a two or three more short fics in the works.\r\n\r\nThanks, xFanarix, for your reviews and insightful observations.\r\n
Date: Jan 23 2008
Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 2 Reviewer: xFanarix Signed
Fanficiton in general, does have a younger reader base. My favorite authors however, are mature [ Some are older than me, whoa! ] and one younger writer who I feel may become an authoress. And some younger readers just won't follow long and complex stories - heck, some have not even read LOTR , I've had people telling me '' it's too big '', yet they want to write Tolkien fanficition. O.o

It probably does not occur to a lot of avid readers that there is a goldmine on the Internet. I didn't know myself until two years ago. Now, I don't buy books, I read stories on here, it's Tolkien, which is what I want to read. The poor man would have had to have the life span of an Elf to satisfy my thirst, so it is as well that some authors have carried on!
I have a real weakness for long stories, and am interested in '' martial matters '' since I am not familiar with them. Femme slash, I admit, does not interest me, just as MM slash does not interest many people. And fair enough, I say, I respect that completely.
I do not mind any amount of intimacy in a story, as long as it is not simply gratuitous, but is an essential part of the plot. I will skip femme slash however and read the rest. It does not offend me, I'm too old for that, but some things don't grab me, and so I'll go on to things which do. They can be in the same story, I do that with books too, skip the parts where - for instance - some-one is deactivating a bomb, all I need to know is the person has done it. And I like there to be a point, or a genuine reason, not PWP. And not fluff, I feel fluffiness should be reserved for the end where two people '' walk into the sunset '' . A steady diet of it does not grip me as I don't care if two people are in love and happy, I'm only interested if they're in love and it's all angst and jealousy and being ripped apart d;-) , although hopefully not literally!
[ I'm jaded, lol ]
I've had two characters who were '' in love '' not consummate it as it was necessary both for the plot and because of the main OC's character and his feelings. He had a reason to refrain, so he did. If I had just wanted pointless intimacy, I would have not bothered with the UST [ Unresolved Sexual Tension ] I actually prefer that kind of story to one where there is a lot of '' togetherness ''. However, I couldn't maintain it indefinitely as the resolution was also part of the plot and determines the fate of one of the OC's.

But, yes, there is a lot less femme slash than M/M slash on most sites. I think because most authors are female, and I personally couldn't write femme-slash as I like men. I think it's that simple. I like males and like to read about them. For me, reading's a gift from others imagination and a great joy, so I choose what I like to read about. I suppose I have been curdled by too many Mary Sue's - a lot in the last few months, so now I tend to avoid stories with females as a main character . No doubt that will change as the feeling of having been mugged en masse by Mary-Sue's wears off. [ Just read a great one shot about Galadriel by Ria, actually ]

As for reviews - some people seem to use reviews almost like a chat-box, whereas I think they should be used just if some-one has something to say about the story. And don't forget the truism that people are more inclined to login and review something they don't like than something they do. I have no idea why that is, but apparently it is true. Perhaps people feel a need to get something off their chest if they hate something, or disagree with it. If they like it, they may just treat it as a book and pick it up, put it down and appreciate it, but not post any comment. I did not myself for two years. I thought one had to post stories to be a member and so was reading and would have liked to express my appreciation but was not a member as I was too much of a coward to post anything.
I do review now, but still not as much as I should, as there are many works I love, but sometimes I can't think of what to say, save: '' wow I love it '' which seems rather shallow. I'd rather speak of why I like it and the writing, and some I do really go overboard for and get so excited I can't stop typing . They're all stories of Elves though, since I love it when people write Elves as I see them, not as just humans with long hair and pointed ears. [ Just thinking of some role-plays I have seen there really, although some stories on ff.net too. ] Plus, you know, as I have said, that I love it when the language and dialogue used is as Tolkien wrote it, not interlarded with modernisms, although if people do feel more comfortable writing in that way - well, that's not for me to judge, it is just a personal thing with me. I think if one reads the books enough Tolkien's way of writing sort of sinks in to the brain. But I know when OK was invented and it was not around in Middle-earth d;-). That is such a pet peeve of mine >.<

Author's Response: Thanks for another wonderful essay, but you\'re wasting stuff like this on the review pages. You should putting your enjoyable commentaries in the \'Most Recent\' file for everyone to read and review. Thanks for the tip on Ria\'s short fic about Galadriel. I\'ll have to check that one out.
Date: Jan 24 2008
Wild Horses by Anwyn, Adora Rated: PG-13 [Reviews - 4]
Summary: *Sonfic* Inspired completely by the song "Wild Horses" Which is beatifully performed by Natasha Bedingfield. This is my first attempt at doing a songfic, but I was so completely taken by the lyrics I couldn't help but give this a shot, I hope you enjoy it.
Categories: Off Topic Characters: Eowyn
Genres: Other
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1070 Read Count: 1764
Published: Jan 22 2008 Updated: Jan 22 2008 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1: "I'll run free too..." Reviewer: xFanarix Signed
That's lovely Anwyn. I must admit I don't know the song, but it fits very well! { I didn't know what a songfic was either, sorry! ]

Author's Response: Thank you! :) I hadn\'t even heard of the song until I was doing a search on iTunes not too long ago for a different song \r\nand that one came up instead. Its never been on the radio or anything so I doubt it would be a song anyone has hearrd \r\nunless you seek out of specifically. I am not completely certain this should be called a songfic either, lol, I always thought\r\nsongfics were short stories set to song, I am proably completely wrong but didn\'t want to mislead anyone, lol. \r\nThanks for the review! :)
Date: Jan 22 2008
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: 2308
Published: Jan 23 2008 Updated: Jan 23 2008 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Reviewer: xFanarix Signed
How beautiful, and how sad, so many memories. I love the part about her memories of Finrod and the Ring of Barahir; a lot of people don't realize it's history or how old it was when Aragron bore it.
I would like to read more stories of Galadriel in Doriath, I think I have only read one, on SWG, something that tells of when she was young and first in love, before fighting the '' long defeat ''. How sad the Celeborn's '' treasure '' did not stay with him '' until the end.''
A lovely bit of writing!

Author's Response: I\'ve always thought that Celeborn\'s parting words to Aragorn were magnificently sad too -- another moment of Tolkien\'s brilliance. I\'m flattered that you connect them with my story!
Date: Jan 24 2008
Summary: A one shot response to the challenge "300." It got slightly off topic, so it is a discussion between a fan of Tolkien and a fan of H.G. Wells ( they're discussing fanfiction).
Categories: Off Topic, Crossovers Characters: None
Genres: General
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 92 Read Count: 1985
Published: Jan 26 2008 Updated: Jan 26 2008 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Reviewer: xFanarix Signed
Ooh I am such a fan of 300, [ or rather the sheer brutal poetry-in-motion of the way they fought, just the sight of them locking shields gave me goosebumps.. ] Actually, I think that's very clever. 8-)

Author's Response: Thank you. I never really paid attention to the movie, as I prefer reading the history rather than watching a dramatization, but I\'m glad you liked it. P.S. NZ P.S. I hope I didn\'t mangle the quote too badly!
Date: Jan 26 2008
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Reviewer: xFanarix Signed
I read a book a couple of years before the film came out called '' Gates of Fire '' which had apparently been well researched by the author, and yes, was not that much like the film, but much more historically accurate. I've re-read it a few times, as I enjoyed it so much. The film was [ like the LOTR films ] a cinematic '' feast '' but not to be taken as historical fact. [ Anwyn said the blood spatter was all wrong, lol, and she's a nurse in operating theaters so she has seen a few! ] I don't think you mangled the quotes - I just looked at a clip on YouTube d;-). Gosh I have not read Wells for years , I read him before Tolkien.

Author's Response: Wells is pretty good. As a fan of SF/F, I enjoy reading both Tolkien and Wells, but Tolkien definitely trumps/pwns Wells. NZ
Date: Jan 26 2008
Summary: Rewritten first three chapters and hopefully the rest will be up to the same standard that i am trying to set so i might stop using contractions now. Neithan, an elf who was abandoned at a young age, has finally left his home of long. When he finds that he is not the son of Dior, his friend is killed and Fëanor’s sons attack his home of Doriath, the darker side of Neithan is revealed and he begins to search for what he wants. But what does he want? R&R

Set in the First Age of Middle-Earth in Beleriand. Title may change but I’m not sure yet
Categories: Book-verse, Off Topic Characters: Amras, Amrod, Caranthir, Celegorm, Curufin, Dior, Elwing, Gil-Galad, Glorfindel, Maedhros, Maglor, Morgoth / Melkor, Orcs/Uruk-Hai, Original Character, Oropher, Other Canon Character, Thranduil
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama, Mystery, Other, Tragedy
Warnings: Character Death, Violence
Challenges: First Age Fic
Series: Neithan, Things I'll Never Finish
Chapters: 10 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 12282 Read Count: 13176
Published: Jan 28 2008 Updated: Feb 05 2008 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 2 - The Warrior Reviewer: xFanarix Signed
Canon-ish issues: Their language would be much more formal - Elves don't speak in contractions in Tolkien's works. It takes away all their Elvishness, somehow, makes them sound like '' men '' [ Yuck - just me, I am very anti Mortals in general except Turin ]
Look at the language in the Silmarillion, it is elegant and beautiful. And beating Fingon? I can't buy that, sorry. An Aman born Elf? Son of Fingolfin? I write Fingon and he's not happy. I write Maglor and he's also very, very important to me. Look after him.
Not in an Age or even four would some-one easily beat Fingon, he faced Glaurung with mounted archers, he only died as Gothmog enwrapped him with a whip.Which happened before the Sack of Doriath, so he is not alive at this time. Nirnaeth Arnoediad was before Doriath was attacked. So those are canon issues, but if this is AU, well, then, it's AU. I was very surprised to see Fingon, actually and so was he. d;-)

But that is not a reflection on your writing talents, for some-one so young you have a heck of a future, so I hope, like Gemini Elf you also work on some stories which could be published as original, or it would be a great waste. Don't let people tell you writing is a '' waste of time '' as they told me. Grrr.

All writing is great practice, but at least with original works you have a chance of actual publication, and some of the writers on here - it makes me cry thinking their work is '' bound by copyright ''. You know my '' vision ''? Probably after I am dead, is a whole lot of what will be called '' Alternative Tolkien '' actually being published. Purists would know it was AU and wouldn't have to buy it, but a whole lot of people would, who don't even know FF exists at the moment. Good luck.

Author's Response: Yeah i\'ve seen you say that before and i completely forgot about that, i\'ll try and fix it. If this sounds very broken up, it\'s because i\'m reading a bit of the review, then writing a response to it, i\'ll do a new paragraph for each response perhaps.\r\n\r\nI try to make it as believable as possible and your not the only one who thinks this needs some work so i might actually go back to square one and start over and try to finish the Silmarillion as well, i\'m taking my time.\r\n\r\nWhen i chose Fingon, i thought it was right but i might have not been reading properly, i\'ll see if i can find when the sons of Feanor attacked Doriath and go on from there, find another elf.\r\n\r\nHannon le. That\'s what everybody says to me and arulia34 except our old English teacher told us to expand genres and i\'m just like \'Er, sorry, can\'t do that, not even if you gave me detention for absolutely every word of fantasy i write. It\'s MY passion.\'\r\n\r\nTrue, all writing is a great practice and i\'m kind of sad that my original work has slowly become second best to fanfiction but you kind of get to try originality with fanfiction because most people have their own plots, characters sme have there own places and herbs and what not. Maybe someone should get onto making a book filled with LOTR fanfiction because when ya think about it, there ar probably some Tolkien fans who don\'t have access to the internet and stuff so they probably don\'t know about it either.\r\n\r\nThanks for the review anyways, hopefully when i rewrite this it\'ll be better. Thanks for constructive criticism as well - Li
Date: Jan 30 2008
Summary: Two decades after the War of the Ring, the Bombadils bid farewell to an old friend of the forest.
Categories: Book-verse Characters: Goldberry, Original Character, Tom Bombadil
Genres: Angst, Drama, Poetry
Warnings: Character Death
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 3098 Read Count: 2507
Published: Jan 28 2008 Updated: Jan 28 2008 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: King Oak Reviewer: xFanarix Signed
There is probably more debate on who Tom Bombadil was - on various sites - than the continuous '' Do Balrogs have wings? '' discussion. [ No, I will not start a debate on that, as I don't care, lol ]
Some people have even postulated he is Manwe, or Tolkien himself. He and Goldberry do not entirely fit in with any other race or creature in Middle-earth; that both are Maia seems most likely to me. Therefore they would never '' become mortal '' that cannot happen.
I like the thought that somewhere they are still around, as Jules 14 wrote in her Search for Middle-earth.
I do not think they would be so easily accessible by Mortal's, and I would hate to think it, that disturbs me more than his thinking his power is declining , although Tom apparently knew Farmer Maggot and rather respected him and I believe it was at least hinted that he knew of Barliman Butterbur if not him personally. I suppose he looked enough like a Breelander - fairly short - to pass as a man if he ever went there. But I'd still like to think of them as being rather '' isolationist '', not having people visit them and know where they are, that thought makes me extremely sad, so I won't think it.
I think I will still imagine Tom around somewhere, perhaps not in his Old Forest, but a wild little nook of remote Mid Wales or Scotland; there are still plenty of places he could be. Since he saw the very first Elves pass West to Valinor on the Great Journey and before the Sun and Moon I think he would remain in Middle-earth somewhere, despite everything, as he seemed to love it. Interesting story, thankyou.

Author's Response: As I pointed out in the footnote, Tom Bombadil\'s race is really unknown. In composing a Bombadil fic, one cannot really abide by the canon, since Tolkien himself left the field nearly wide open for speculation. I spoke of Tom as a Maia-gone-native only in the speculative sense, as is the implication that he and Goldberry would lose the ability to influence the world as it changed at the dawn of the Fourth Age. Again, I invite my readers to read the relevant discussion in the online \"Encylopedia of Arda\" and draw their own conclusions. Thank you, xFanarix for adding to the discussion and thanks for the review.
Date: Jan 29 2008
Summary: She was born last of all, both in age and power. The weakest of the Ainur she was, yet to her Eru All Father had given the greatest gift : freedom.
Here is the story of Dia, the smallest of the Maďa and companion of Annatar, whose loyalty always dwelt only to men and ultimatly Iluvatar.
Categories: Book-verse Characters: Eru / Iluvatar, Feanor, Míriel, Morgoth / Melkor, Namo / Mandos, Original Character, Sauron
Genres: General
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 8 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 8835 Read Count: 11081
Published: Jan 31 2008 Updated: Oct 15 2010 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 3: Forbidden fruits Reviewer: xFanarix Signed
This is extremely compelling, and so mystical, I've never read anything like it before, and I'm more than glad you decided to publish your story on a site. It's an epic theme and you have the mind to encompass that. Love the ending too, and the poetry in your writing.
Date: Feb 09 2008
Title: Chapter 2: Ëa ! Reviewer: xFanarix Signed
I like the dreamlike, mystical writing of their thoughts and feelings very much, it's certainly not anything I've tackled, the Ainur themselves.
I really am enjoying it.
Like Nazgrrl I would say just be careful with the modern terms, as it does jar. It is only a couple of instances, but just think of the Silmarillion and how Tolkien wrote it and you can't go wrong.
This ' understream ''. Love it, extremely esoteric, and it fits excellently . Take care!

Author's Response: I really did not knew how to describe the \"understream\", which is kind of a melting between humain unconscious part of the spirit, and the orë of the Ainur. Finally I just abandonned and created some word which might fit, it was easier than to describe everything. \"Innerstream\" would also work, maybe even better than \"understream\", especially when the Ainur will take bodies.\r\n\r\nThank your for your comments and take care,\r\nAurwendë
Date: Feb 02 2008
Title: Chapter 1: Ainulindalë Reviewer: xFanarix Signed
Your writing always makes me feel dreamlike, - I don't mean tired, lol. It has that mystical, not-quite-real quality which goes amazingly well with who Dia is and dealing with the Ainur.
[ You may wish to amend * shinning * to shining ] Don't worry, since I upgraded Firefox, I keep having to go and amend my chapters, as the typo's come up underlined in red now.

Author's Response: Your Firefox does correct english ? Lucky one ! Mine is in french and does NOT want to switch to any other language. \r\nWell, if I only have one mistake (which I doubt), then it\'s better than what I thought. Mistake corrected !\r\n
Date: Mar 01 2008
Title: Chapter 5: And the Children came ! Reviewer: xFanarix Signed
This remains one of the most unusual works I have ever read - in a good way - and I think your style of writing it is very apt for it. It just has that mystical quality; the Ainur come across as what they are, different to Elves or Men. Good luck with RL and the next chapter.
Date: Mar 25 2008
Title: Chapter 6: "You who have no task" Reviewer: Spiced Wine Signed
Oh, I have been thinking of this story recently and wondering how you were (I am Fanari, I changed my name) Still think this is unusual and lovely. Good to see that you are working on it again.

Author's Response: I'm well ^_^ I spent a bit of time away from Tolkien... and actually thought of this fic when I stumbled on yours on the Silm Guild. I was impressed by what I had written, so it's a dare now : I want to prove myself I'm still able to write as I did XD
Date: Oct 08 2010
Summary: A response to Karlmir Stonewain's challenge.
Categories: Off Topic Characters: None
Genres: Essay
Warnings: First Draft
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 280 Read Count: 1616
Published: Feb 04 2008 Updated: Feb 04 2008 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Reviewer: xFanarix Signed
Obsessed with Elves? Me to, for 20 years. Once they get you, they don't let go. d;-)

Author's Response: Which is probably a good thing 8-) OEG
Date: Feb 04 2008
Summary: Another response written again to answear one of Karlimir Stonewain's wonderful challenges, this time its "Whats in a name"
Categories: Off Topic Characters: None
Genres: Other
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1083 Read Count: 2697
Published: Feb 04 2008 Updated: Feb 04 2008 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Reviewer: xFanarix Signed
You know, I do know your real name, but I always call you Anwyn, as it just seems to fit very well. Like you say, it's not like calling some-one IsuckLegolasLollipops, or BeautifulElvenPrincessofLothlorien. I think it suits your character very well and it's stuck now; I do try to remember that I know your real name, but I've rarely written it, except in the disclaimer as Anwyn has just became, like you say, your alter-ego. I am not sure whether I am speaking to her or you, just that either way it gets there. :)

Author's Response: Its abseloutely alright becuase I don\'t mind being called Anwyn becuase really, few people call me by my actual name\r\nanyways. Only the Surgeons I should say call me by my name, all the nurses call me Bay and some of the surgeons get \r\nconfused and call me Brandy, lol, which is funny becuase I went through Nursing school with a Brandy and our teachers\r\nalways used to mix it up too so its really nothing new. \r\nLOL, You can address either of us as I do get the message sooner or later ;)
Date: Feb 05 2008
Summary: Written for oelberethgilthoniel. Basic summary? A poem and a spoof.
Categories: Movie-verse, Book-verse Characters: None
Genres: Poetry
Warnings: None
Series: Three things were given to the Elves under the Sun: Poetry, Prose, and Song
Chapters: 2 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 177 Read Count: 3169
Published: Feb 05 2008 Updated: Feb 05 2008 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Of Elves Reviewer: xFanarix Signed
That is very beautiful, and incredibly sad, in a most poignant way.

Author's Response: Thank you. When I met oelberethgilthoniel this weekend, I was inspired. NZ
Date: Feb 05 2008