Reviews by Kitt Otter
Summary: Big John, a slave on a plantation in Virginia, is hung for an accused theft
By some mysterious means he is brought to Middle Earth and is helped by...a goblin? They join the Fellowship in their quest to destroy the Ring. Chapter 7 is up! Please Review!
Categories: Movie-verse Characters: The Fellowship
Genres: Action/Adventure
Warnings: AU (alternate universe)
Series: None
Chapters: 7 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 12905 Read Count: 7289
Published: Jan 23 2009 Updated: Feb 12 2009 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 3: Chapter 3: Prophesy Reviewer: Kitt Otter Signed
You’re right; I was shocked!
What I like most is the parallel between Scratt and John’s lives – both once slaves, both “different” from the rest of those who are “good”.
I do like Scratt; he makes me somehow cheerful like in Redwall, when one the rats or ferrets turns out to be nice.
I have a suggestion: instead of right away explaining he is good, first let him seem as gritty any other goblin. That’ll add suspense. The reader will not know that Scratt is any different till he sees Scratt is actually trying to help John, then the reader will judge for himself that Scratt is good and wonder why… Then that’s when the flashback would come in.
Gandalf’s gift’s were cool. Will the goblin speech come in handy? Elrond’s reaction to his guests was to be expected but still I was shocked by his - understandable – outrage. Seems even Elrond can still learn something: do not be too quick to judge!
-Kitt : )

Author's Response: I am glad you like Scratt. And yes the goblin speech will be useful, because Mor will then be able to understand what any goblin says. Scratt will play a big role somewhere in the story, I have a good idea, but I don't want to spill the beans, so to speak! i will try to update my other stories soon, so please keep reading! D.R.O.T.N. P.S.: I really like your name, Kitt Otter, did you get that name from Redwall?
Date: Jan 24 2009
Title: Chapter 5: Chapter 5: Caradhras Reviewer: Kitt Otter Signed
Yeah, odd, so Scratt doesn't feel the ring's power at all? Just before he mentioned it I was thinking about it.
Scratt is right to teach Frodo some swordsmanship!
Hehe, friction between the Dwarf and Goblin. I'm dreading too his next meeting with his kind. It sounds as though it will be Not Pretty.
*nods* I bet Morion would be cold after being born and raised in the warm South.
-Kitt : )

Author's Response: I had to add some tension in the story. So, um, sorry to nag, but when are you going to place your second chapter. (Smiles weakly) hey I said I was sorry about nagging ok! Hey thanks for encouraging Ar-feiniel, to do the challenge. I will try to keep updating my stories when I find the time, so please keep looking! Thanks, Dune
Date: Jan 29 2009
Title: Chapter 6: Chapter 6: Moria Reviewer: Kitt Otter Signed
Scratt’s sniffing added a lot of tension to the scene. If that had been in the movie, I'd have been biting my nails; even just the approaching ripples in the lake could not compare to Scratt's certain knowledge of danger.
Oh, that’s very practical! It had crossed my mind that in a battle Scratt might by accident loose a limb from Anduril or Glamdring. Yes, most goblins would avoid like poison a dwarvishly adorned helm. Wait a minute, goblins like poison, so they’d avoid it like… flowers! Better comparison.
“Nay, Scratt, I still despise you, I just think better of you now than before” – Now that’s the Gimli I love! Gruff to the core, never frankly reveals his emotions.
That’s good they’ve learned something about Scratt’s sense of smell… but will they learn to make use of it before it is too late? The next chapter, I expect, will be tense, with the goblins and all. *eager grin*
-Kitt

Author's Response: Just wait and see! wait and see! Dune
Date: Feb 04 2009
Title: Chapter 7: Chapter 7: Goblins! Run! Reviewer: Kitt Otter Signed
I like the chapter's title. Very explicit!
A goblin with tears in his eyes - almost an oxymoron, but the image is a beautiful one.
So Scratt was able to stand up to his kind again! You know, I think it would be interesting if he could have a long interview with another goblin in a later chapter, like a discussion of orcish philosophy. (Wow, orcs + philosophy is weird.) : D
-Kitt

Author's Response: Glad you liked it Kitt, Thanks for the Review! I just Might do that! Dune
Date: Feb 14 2009
Summary: Another LotR-Civil War, Crossover! Sergeant Henry and his three best cavalrymen: Josh, Tom, and Mac are sent to Middle Earth not only to protect the realm of Arnor, but all of Middle Earth! If you are Members, please review, I want to know what you think! Chapter 6 is up!
Categories: Book-verse, Movie-verse Characters: The Fellowship
Genres: Action/Adventure
Warnings: AU (alternate universe)
Series: None
Chapters: 6 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 11959 Read Count: 5974
Published: Jan 28 2009 Updated: Feb 21 2009 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1: Ambush Reviewer: Kitt Otter Signed
Inspiration seems to be treating you well!
I do love the calvary, in part because I have a softspot for JEB… though I admit, I really don’t know much about the Union calvary.
Liked their different reactions to nervousness.
Oooh. Owe. Painful way to die. It *looks* worse than being shot, but I assume it’s quicker than wasting away from a bullet wound.
Seriously, you are getting better and better with your descriptions. And YES, you know how to write something touching, I admire that a lot! That was a tough thing to break to them, that they’ll never see their families again.
I'm about done with the first chapter for your challenge... but I must warn you again, it's ridiculous. : )
-Kitt

Author's Response: I am glad you like this new story. And I still can't wait to read your story! chapter two is up as well for Riders of Arnor! D.R.O.T.N.
Date: Jan 28 2009
Title: Chapter 4: Chapter 4: Fight on Weathertop Reviewer: Kitt Otter Signed
I don’t mind being nagged! : ) I hope to have more fanfiction time this weekend but I must finish homework I’ve, uh, been neglecting.
Hey, cool bio picture! Did you draw it? It took me months to figure out how to get my picture up… (hmm, and we’re supposed to be the Digital Generation.)
Surprising revelation about Henry and Josh! That’s like when ‘Lawrence’ scolded Tom for, you know, calling him Lawrence. Very wise: you shouldn’t be choosing favorites in a group of men, all ready to die for you.
Now splitting up is a good idea. I thought they might be a little conspicuous all together.
“Merry and Pippin both nodded as if they understood” – *laughs* Even I get confused, between Scots and Irish I mean. You’ve got the accent down. I can almost do it… but it doesn’t come easy.
I like to see them all with distinct personalities, even the horses. Their bantering is fun. But of all of them I especially adore quiet Mac. His song was… beyond moving.
*squeaks* Well, shooting an arrow at them IS one way to get their attentions. *whispers aside* Boys…
Worried about Josh. Being thrown into a rock by a Wraith is not, to say the least, healthy.
-Kitt

Author's Response: Well my roommate has a Scotch-Irish heritage, so he was my inspiration for Mac. I didn't realize that I was making a "Lawrence" example, I should have known that. Glad you liked this chapter. Can't wait for your next chapter! Dune
Date: Jan 30 2009
Title: Chapter 5: Chapter 5: Rivendell Reviewer: Kitt Otter Signed
Hehe, Arwen's fiesty!
I like that: it's not Glorfindel, nor Arwen, it's Tom (and let's not forget Nightshade) who make the flight to Rivendell.
I hope there's no lasting damage to Josh, like, uh Morgul bruises. Seriously, I was very happy to see him up. *grinning*
Hopefully Tom can take it easy now... oh *choking back yawn* he's making me tired, though. : )
-Kitt

Author's Response: Well I would imagine chasing horses for many miles, you would be tired to! And also not to mention that, not getting a wink of sleep in 10 hours, I mean he would have fallen off of the horse sooner or latter! Thanks for the review! Dune
Date: Feb 08 2009
Title: Chapter 6: Chapter 6: Council of Elrond Reviewer: Kitt Otter Signed
"while Mac cracked his knuckles." - I thought that was kinda funny, really. *claps hands excidedly* A fist fight in the Council! Yeah! Oh, why'd they have to hold Tom back... *pouts*
13 companions! Sounds a little unlucky. Perhaps they could use Bilbo to be the Lucky Number again! Ok, so that may not work... :D
-Kitt

Author's Response: I am not that suspicious so thirteen companions is ok with me! Glad you liked this chapter! Dune
Date: Feb 21 2009
Daddy by meerkatalex Rated: G [Reviews - 3]
Summary: Everyone says that blood is thicker than water, but water's one of the strongest substances on earth.
Categories: Off Topic Characters: None
Genres: General, Other
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 81 Read Count: 1265
Published: Jan 31 2009 Updated: Jan 31 2009 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Reviewer: Kitt Otter Signed
This was beautiful. I can't begin to express how, exactly, but I see you put your whole heart into it. : )
-Kitt

Author's Response: Yes, I did. Thanks for reviewing it - I tried really hard on trying to get it right! meerkatalex
Date: Feb 01 2009
Mummy by meerkatalex Rated: G [Reviews - 2]
Summary: Everyone says that blood is thicker than water, but water's one of the strongest substances on earth. Paired story to Daddy.
Categories: Off Topic Characters: None
Genres: General, Other
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 119 Read Count: 1234
Published: Jan 31 2009 Updated: Jan 31 2009 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Reviewer: Kitt Otter Signed
This was wonderful in its own way, like its companion poem. Precisely how I feel about my mom. How can we ever really appreciate all they do - birthing, raising, worrying, loving us?
I'm truly touched by this. *sniffle*
-Kitt

Author's Response: I hope that I worded it right, and I'm glad it touched you. I was trying so hard to put it in words that were right and grateful enough. Thank you for reviewing! meerkatalex
Date: Feb 01 2009
Summary: A rather uninterestingly boring essay on why I choose "Ar-feiniel" as my penname and 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: 806 Read Count: 1326
Published: Jan 31 2009 Updated: Jan 31 2009 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Nothing's in my Name... Reviewer: Kitt Otter Signed
I was wondering! I had thought it sounded like Aradhel, but I then I thought with the Ar- it was Numenoric.
Maeglin *is* such an ungrateful little jerk, isn't he? I really like Aradhel too. Some say Tolkien never made strong female characters, and I'm like, nuh-uh!!! Every one of his female characters was strong: Galadriel, Lobelia, Shelob, on and on... But Aradhel's still one of the best.
You didn't tell Maedhros about Marilla Vanilla, did you? And DON'T tell Ulmo; he'll never get over it. (I won't tell.)
My name, Catherine is supposed to be Greek too. I never looked up what "pure" is supposed to be in Elvish. (Anyone except a teacher who calls me that must die. *Realizes sink is on. Turns around to see Lord of Wates dripping over shoulder. Slam of fishy-breath: "Catherine? Catherine! HOHOHOHO!" Ugh.* )
Really, I always thought "Fei" was a very cool nickname because it's so fun to say "Hi Fei!"
Uh, hi Fei!!!
-Kitt : )

Author's Response: I know, right! I’d slap Maeglin if I could. He has too much of his Daddy in him. *Shakes head sadly* Such a pity for Aredhel. No, I didn’t tell Maedhros about Marilla Vanilla. We haven’t been talking to each other lately. We’ve been fighting a lot. *Shrugs* Drama, drama, drama. Catherine = Manwathiel in Elvish. That sounds a lot better than Marilla. Actually, now that I think of it, Marilla kinda sounds Italian. Well, if you try to say it with an Italian accent. Which, I am terrible at. I’ll get Van to say it with the accent. That should be amusing. (Oh, you know what Ulmo? *Scowls at the laughing Vala, and then exchanges a mischievous look with Kitt. Kitt tries unsuccessfully to repress a smile. Fei’s scowl turns into a smirk when she runs to closet down the hall. Ulmo shrugs in her absence then throws his head back and chuckles so hard that Kitt falls out of her chair. Fei now returns with a The Ghost Busters Vacuum-cleaner thingy. “Suck on this Lord of the Waters!” Fei exclaims, flipping the “On” switch. The Vala that once swallowed Cirdan is now swallowed by Fei’s Vacuum-cleaner thingy, but before he is gone completely he growls, “I’ll get my comeuppance on you, Marilla Vanilla and Catherine!” Fei and Kitt’s eyes widen as they exchange a worried look*) Kitt’s fun to say, “Hey Kitt!” to… Hey Kitt! Danke!!
Date: Feb 01 2009
Summary: Mark, a 19 year old from our time, finds a strange website that brings him to Middle Earth. He wakes up in the body of a wolf pup and is found by Gimli, who takes him in. Little does he know he will go on the adventure of his new life. Chapter 7 is up! Please review!!
Categories: Book-verse, Movie-verse Characters: The Fellowship
Genres: Action/Adventure
Warnings: AU (alternate universe)
Series: None
Chapters: 7 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 9966 Read Count: 7166
Published: Feb 04 2009 Updated: Feb 20 2009 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1: Wolf Pup Reviewer: Kitt Otter Signed
Fun answer to your own challenge! Hmm, don’t we all wish to find websites like that?

Whew, that’s weird having sudden memories of - what can they be called? – not-real-memories. That’s original that he didn’t just APPEAR in Middle-earth, but that he had an actual other life there that he’s only just recalled.

Mark is hugably-squeasably cute! *sappy grin. smacks self. ahem* And Gimli’s cool!!! How many modern-day people are ever found by that (wonderful) Dwarf?

I’ve a cat named Mith, short for Mithien – grey-lady, though in practice she’s Mimi. I don’t think Mark would appreciate THAT nickname.

I look forward to Mith and Gimli's adventures!

-Kitt : )

Author's Response: Glad you liked it, Kitt! I am also adding chapter 2 tonight as well so hope you can read it soon! God Bless, Dune
Date: Feb 04 2009
Title: Chapter 3: Chapter 3: Council of Elrond Reviewer: Kitt Otter Signed
Seeing Gimli so sentimental is something different. But it’s so sweet. Hmm, Gimli + cute is almost abnormal… : )
I’m almost waiting for Gimli to send Mith after Legolas. Hehe… *imagines Legolas running up a tree, screaming like a girl, Mith at his heels*
In Mith’s place I’d probably yawn too. I’m sure almost everyone on this site can honestly say they’ve watched the movies enough to be able to recite the Council word-for-word. (But isn’t reciting it so much fun? : ) )
Interesting that he cannot remember his life before becoming a wolf. I hate when I just can’t remember something I ought to; (makes me want to tear at my brain) I can relate to Mith’s frustration!
-Kitt

Author's Response: Glad you liked it Kitt, I may add another chapter tonight or tomorrow morning! Thanks for the review! Dune
Date: Feb 05 2009
Title: Chapter 4: Chapter 4: A Quest Begins Reviewer: Kitt Otter Signed
Hey, Gandalf's an.... internet wizard! I really liked him here. He was so kindly and, well, wise. And yes, to Aragorn, he'd be doing his riddle-speech! *sighs* Gandalf just doesn't realize people can't understand half of what he says. Of course, he could just be talking out loud. : )
I thinks that's cool that Legolas is softened toward Gimli by seeing his relationship with Mith.
That really is scary that Mith's memories are real! But that makes this story very, very interesting. *high five*
-Kitt : )

Author's Response: Thanks! I wanted to put something in there that would confuse some people. I am glad you liked it! But Gandalf is not an Internet geek, he just knows what the website is (Hint: remember he did say Valar) Riddle me this, riddle me that, that is usually Gandalf's way(laughs) Thanks for the review! (High fives Kitt, but she slaps his hand to hard) YEEOOWWCH! not so hard, (smiles and laughs) just kidding, thanks again! :) Dune
Date: Feb 06 2009
Title: Chapter 5: Chapter 5: Caradhras part 1 Reviewer: Kitt Otter Signed
Ah! Frightening: more memories! Sam’s not the only whose going to cry if those keep up. It really is so sad!
Interesting that Mith knew Balin. I enjoyed Frodo and Sam’s teasing. *laughs* Sam is right, though, Mith is acting like an overgrown puppy. :D
So, what is Gandalf’s secret plan? It’s suspenseful; you just can never tell what he’s up to. *pouts thoughtfully* I give up. I can’t guess.
-Kitt : )

Author's Response: Well what do you expect, here in Middle earth, Mith is only 5 years old! But when it comes to fighting, well, you will have to wait and see! Gandalf always has something on his mind, this one is actually pretty simple, (Hint: What are all of Mith's memories about?) Think about that and then think about what Gandalf could do to make Mith feel more at home in Middle Earth. I will leave you at that! Thanks for reading. The next chapter should be up soon( I am working on it right now). Farewell! Dune
Date: Feb 07 2009
Title: Chapter 6: Chapter 6: Caradhras part 2 Reviewer: Kitt Otter Signed
I don't mind short chapters. : )
You had be scared for a minute when Mith was buried in the snow. I like mountains, but avalanches just freak me out. *shivers*
I can picture poor Mith, cold and miserable... makes me want to give him a... big hug! *dodges Gimli's iceballs "Stay away from my wolf, you fangirl lunatic!"
Kitt starts waving white flag "Alright! I give up! Can't I at least give him a pat?"
Gimli grumbles, considering.
"I'll give you, uh, Galadriel's comb!"
Gimli squeals: "Done!"
Kitt pats Mith's scratchy-spot. "Hehe. (I don't have access to Galadriel's hair utensiles, after all.)"*
-Kitt

Author's Response: (Snickers) Shhh, don't let Gimli hear you say that! But I am glad that you liked this chapter and even though I wrote it, I really wanted to help Mith myself, YEEOOWWCH! (Glares at Gimli) what was that for? "For talking about my wolf like he is yours!"(I laugh) Uh, Gimli, he relly is mine, this is MY story and all! Wait what are you doing? put that ax down! Hey come on let's not be hasty! (ducks under a swing) Oh, crap! (Turns and runs away with an ax wielding Gimli chasing him). (Turns and shuts back to Kitt) Glad you reviewed Kitt, but I've got to run! OOWW! Gimli watch it! Dune
Date: Feb 08 2009
Title: Chapter 7: Chapter 7: Gates of Moria Reviewer: Kitt Otter Signed
I really liked the first part. We got to see Frodo, Sam, Legolas talking; I thought it was well done. Sam's relationship with Mith is sweet - well, his with Gimli is too, but Sam's is in a, equal yet different way. : D
I'm curious about how Mith will get along in the Mines. I'm just thinking about in the Books where Tolkien describes deep trenches they had to jump over. *shivers* Scary stuff. But then Mith is a wolf... he'll probably have an easier time of it than any of the Hobbits.
-Kitt

Author's Response: Yes he probably would have an easier time in the mines than the others. I am glad that you like his friendship with Sam. How are you liking Friends Till the End, my Redwall fan Fiction? thanks for the review! Dune
Date: Feb 21 2009
Summary: Alex finds himself in Middle-Earth, but isn't exactly... Human?! Response to the challenge 'Animal Transformations' by Dunedain ranger of the North.
Categories: Movie-verse Characters: The Fellowship
Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, General, Humor
Warnings: AU (alternate universe), Violence
Challenges: Animal Transformations
Series: None
Chapters: 3 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 1322 Read Count: 3755
Published: Feb 05 2009 Updated: Feb 16 2009 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Reviewer: Kitt Otter Signed
Ooh, scary female voice! I liked this image you gave us of the empty room with the book's pages "waving in an invisible breeze."
Interesting you make the point that Gandalf and Frodo look waaay different from their movie counterparts.
I'm in suspense to know what animal Alex turns into. : )
-Kitt

Author's Response: Thank you for reviewing - I made that point as the story will run along movie and book verse - Arwen will not rescue Frodo, Glorfindel will. I don't like it that they changed that in the movies. Oh, by the way, despite what some people will think, (*points to anonymous person, glaring,*) Alex will not turn into a meerkat, and he is not based on me! Keep reading and reviewing, please! Thanks again, meerkatalex
Date: Feb 05 2009
Title: Chapter 2: What is it? Reviewer: Kitt Otter Signed
*laughs histerically* A lemur!!!
I liked how Alex gave Sam the fright of his life! Seems to have completely wrecked Sam's spying plan, though.
I wonder how you can keep yourself dignified with a lemur on your head? This is wonderful! :D
-Kitt

Author's Response: It did wreck Sam's spying plan, teehee. Anyway, just to tell you that Legolas does not manage to keep himself dignified with a lemur on his head. ;-) Please keep reviewing, Kitt! Thanks! meerkatalex
Date: Feb 07 2009
Summary: For anybody else who has ever felt that they need to hide their fanfic habit. Rated PG for one instance of bad language.
Categories: Off Topic Characters: None
Genres: Essay
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 12 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 10094 Read Count: 16040
Published: Feb 08 2009 Updated: Oct 14 2010 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 2 Reviewer: Kitt Otter Signed
Amazing essays.
That's true. I feel a secret shame in fanfiction and I don't know why. It's a giant chunk in my life, after all. What you both said about fanfiction being like a training ground is just one of the many things I find apealing about it. There shouldn't be shame. Hmm. Err. I know, we should declare an out of the closet fanfiction writers day! All fanficion writers should go out into the streets and shout out what they do. Yeah! Ok, maybe not. But I HAVE been encouraged by this. Next time someone asks what I'm doing all the time online, I'm going to (try to) say it and proudly. Hah!
Thanks to both of you for putting out your thoughts. : )
-Kitt
Date: Feb 08 2009
Ashanti by evenstar_17 Rated: G [Reviews - 18]
Summary: Response to Dunadan ranger of the North
Animal Transformation. It's a dog story. DISCONTINUED
Categories: Movie-verse Characters: The Fellowship
Genres: General
Warnings: None
Challenges: Animal Transformations
Series: None
Chapters: 9 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 4488 Read Count: 9972
Published: Feb 09 2009 Updated: Sep 10 2011 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 9: Chapter 9 Reviewer: Kitt Otter Signed
Welcome back! I'm glad you are continuing this!

I love the battering between Shadowfax and Ashanti. Yes, only Shadowfax could come out of a battle with a few flakes of mud to show for it! :)

Sweet to see Legolas and Ashanti's relationship grow closer. I think counted as an apology and then some!
Date: Sep 10 2011
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Reviewer: Kitt Otter Signed
A very imaginative response to the challenge! Ashanti is such a pretty name.
Lovely details about the dogs and the speaker's ambition to be a vet. (An ambition of your own? :) )
I like creepy forests, what can I say... but devilish creatures I do not. *shivers*
I cannot wait to see what happens next. : D
-Kitt

Author's Response: Thanks, and the vet thing just worked out in the story. But I've thought about it.
Date: Feb 10 2009
Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 2 Reviewer: Kitt Otter Signed
Interesting observations. I would like to think collars are comfortable.
Gandalf is cool - I liked their hand-paw shake! : D
-Kitt
Date: Feb 11 2009
Title: Chapter 4: Chapter 4 Reviewer: Kitt Otter Signed
Oh, so Gandalf had just become Gandalf the White! I just didn't catch on before. :)
I still like his grandfatherly-banter tone.
You get into the dog state of mind well: energetic, curious, sniffing.... She would consider the hobbits children and Treebeard just a tree! Shadowfax's eyeroll was too funny.
-Kitt :D
Date: Mar 13 2009
Title: Chapter 5: The Elf Reviewer: Kitt Otter Signed
This chapter was so cute... I like the tension between the Elf and Ashanti. The little "battle" between her and Shadowfax was priceless.
My favorite line is "if he didn't have his axes I would play tug-of-war with his beard."
Do you know how to use italics? It would be smoother to read if the thoughts and animal talk were put in them. Or you could set them off between something like /think/.
Again, lovely chapter. I will look forward to seeing Ashanti's ongoing reaction to Legolas. :)
-Kitt

Author's Response: Thank you for the review.When I typed it up on Wordpad I used italics, but when I copy and pasted it to the website they went away, so I'll change it to the /think/ thing. Thanks again!
Date: Apr 20 2009