Penname: Narya [Contact] Real name: Alex
Member Since: 25/10/08
Membership status: Member
I am female, 20 years old, currently living in Scotland and studying for a degree in English; I'm an avid reader and I've loved LOTR ever since my Uncle introduced me to the Bakshi cartoon as a toddler. Apparently, I was a somehwat sadistic child - according to my Uncle, I always wanted to fast-forward to the bit where Frodo got stabbed...make of that what you will.

I developed my fanfiction habit by accident - unpacking my bags when I first arrived at university, I discoverd (gasp!) that I'd left my copies of The Hobbit, LOTR and The Silmarillion at home. Whilst googling to see if there was anywhere I could read them online, I stumbled across this site...and that was it. I was addicted.

I write and read whatever takes my fancy, both in fanfic and original work. Other favourite books include the Harry Potter series, William Golding's Lord of the Flies, Richard Adams' Watership Down, Susan Hill's Strange Meeting, Toni Morrison's Beloved, Sebastian Faulks' Birdsong, Charles Terrot's An Alligator Named Daisy, Chris Woodings's Poison, Winifred Watson's Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Hester Burton's In Spite of All Terror, Louis de Bernières's Captain Corelli's Mandolin and the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm, as well as anything by any of the following writers:

The Brontës
TS Eliot
PG Wodehouse
Thomas Hardy
Elizabeth Gaskell
DH Lawrence
William Faulkner
Rupert Brooke
Evelyn Waugh
Oscar Wilde
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Ian McEwan
Ted Hughes
Haruki Murakami
Kazuo Ishiguro

I can't recommend any of the above works or authors highly enough.

What originally started me writing? Simple - envy. I was a tiny kid just out of nursery. It was the end of the day, and I was sitting on the rug with the rest of my class for show-and-tell, listening to one of the boys talk about the "book" his Mum had helped him make. It was only a few sheets of paper stapled together, with a Power Ranger on the cover and nothing on the inside, but my teacher was thrilled with it - she cooed over it, gave the boy a gold star and put the "book" in pride of place, smack in the middle of the display shelf.

Like a lot of kids, I was an attention seeker. I wasn't happy that the "book" had received so much praise (not to mention a much-coveted gold star) and my "artwork" merely a smile and a well done. I decided to make a book too - except mine would be better. Mine was going to be a proper big girl's book with words inside.

That night, I sat down with my Grandad and dictated a story about a little girl going on an outing to the fair. He found me a sheaf of plain A4 paper and helped me copy my story out, one sentence to a page, left me to illustrate it and then stapled it all together when I was done. Me and Grandad making "books" together became a bit of a weekly tradition. As I got further into school I found I didn't need to dictate the stories to him any more - I could write them myself - but I always gave them to him for approval before I showed anybody else. I've never looked back; I've been writing constantly since then. As I grew up I became more secretive about my work, hiding it from all but my siblings and a few close friends, to whom I often granted cameos - and then my Grandad died. He never got to see the best of my stuff; possibly he was unaware that I still wrote at all.

This coincided with me finding this site. I "lurked" for a while, then eventually decided it was time to start sharing again. I began to post Tolkien-related stories here, followed by original work on TMoA...and that brings me more or less up to date.

I'd like to say some thankyou's before I shut up - firstly, to my readers, for taking the time to check out my work. Secondly, to everyone who's reviewed my stories, for all your help and encouragement - it's greatly appreciated, believe me. Thirdly, to the other authors on this site whose works have given me so much pleasure, especially those who are on my Favourites list. Read their stories; they're all wonderful.

And last but not least, to Grandad, of course. God bless.


I own none of JRR Tolkien's characters or any other product of his extraordinary imagination; all stories are written purely for my own enjoyment (and hopefully the enjoyment of the readers!) and I make no money whatsoever from them.



04/02/2010 - some of you might be wondering where and why Trapped and Under The Greenwood Trees have gone. I'm afraid the answer is purely selfish - I couldn't face all those WIPs staring at me every time I logged on to my account. They have not been abandoned for good - Trapped is about to undergo a re-write to incorporate it into my Second Chance storyverse, after which I will start re-posting. Under The Greenwood Trees has been placed on hiatus thanks to my decision to expand Second Chance into a series; since there were only 1000 words or so of it posted, I didn't think it would be any great loss to anyone. Between my new series, Three, the Trapped re-write, my Harry Potter WIP and my o-fic, I think I've got enough to be going on with - plus I don't think it's fair on the readers to be hanging on for updates that aren't going to come.

So there you go. Anything I've left up that is incomplete is almost certain to be updated in the near future and to keep getting updated. Thank you very much to all the lovely people who reviewed and favourited the stories I've taken down; just because I removed my work doesn't mean that I don't appreciate your support and encouragement hugely.

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Summary: Just a wacky little poem.
Categories: Off Topic
Characters: Gollum
Genres: Humor, Poetry
Warnings: None
Series: Lord of the Haikus
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 12 Read Count: 1559
[Report This] Published: 17/05/09 Updated: 17/05/09
Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 18/05/09 Title: Chapter 1: Gollum--A Haiku

*Snorts* spot on, Caller. Love it.

Author's Response: Thank you!

Summary: A silly poem about everybody's favorite Dunedain.
Categories: Off Topic
Characters: Aragorn
Genres: Humor, Poetry
Warnings: None
Series: Lord of the Haikus
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 13 Read Count: 1527
[Report This] Published: 17/05/09 Updated: 17/05/09
Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 18/05/09 Title: Chapter 1: Aragorn--A Haiku

Actually, though this IS funny, there's a very poignant note to it too. I think it's that last line, "Not that it matters." Maybe it's just me reading too much into things, but that feels like quite a sad, bleak closing line. That's not a criticism; it's a good thing, as getting more than one emotion into so few words is not easy at all! Well done :-)

Author's Response: I see what you mean, the ending can be sad, but I intended for it to be sort of like a shrug after a thought. Aragorn thinks about running, and how he needs to bathe and then is like, "Meh, I'm a ranger, and I'm down-wind." Thanks for the review!


A silly little poem.

Categories: Off Topic
Characters: Sam
Genres: Humor, Poetry
Warnings: None
Series: Lord of the Haikus
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 12 Read Count: 1693
[Report This] Published: 18/05/09 Updated: 18/05/09
Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 18/05/09 Title: Chapter 1: Samwise--A Haiku

Agree with Kitt :-) just like Sam!

Author's Response: Yeah, he really hates Gollum, doesn't he?

Summary: Continuing with the random poetry.
Categories: Off Topic
Characters: Gandalf / Olorin
Genres: Humor, Poetry
Warnings: None
Series: Lord of the Haikus
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 14 Read Count: 1534
[Report This] Published: 18/05/09 Updated: 18/05/09
Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 18/05/09 Title: Chapter 1: Gandalf--A Haiku

"That fool of a Took"...mwahaha! Poor Pip. Lovely job again :-D

Author's Response: Thank you!

Summary: A haiku, this one is a little more serious.
Categories: Off Topic
Characters: Boromir
Genres: Poetry
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 14 Read Count: 1225
[Report This] Published: 19/05/09 Updated: 19/05/09
Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 20/05/09 Title: Chapter 1: Boromir--A Haiku

Oh wow. Very sad.

You've got such a strong sense of Boromir as a character; I'd love to see you write a ficlet or one-shot based around him. But then again I know you're extremely busy.

Anyway, well done on this, it's beautiful!

Author's Response: Thank you! I will write a ficlet about him once I'm done with the other stories I currently have going.

Summary: A random haiku for all of you!
Categories: Off Topic
Characters: Gimli
Genres: Humor, Poetry
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 9 Read Count: 1525
[Report This] Published: 30/05/09 Updated: 30/05/09
Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 31/05/09 Title: Chapter 1: Gimli--A Haiku

LMAO, last line just killed me...awesome work!

Just to let you know, I'm now back at home so computer time is limited, but I will be in touch as often as possible.

Author's Response:

Yeah, I laughed over that line while writing it. I love Gimli, he's such a great character. My favorite character overall is still Boromir, though!

I completely understand the limited computer issue. Good luck getting computer time, and I'll look forward to your emails when they come!


The story continues. Brandon journeys with the Three Hunters as they continue their long quest to free Middle-earth of Sauron. Will Brandon be able to shoulder the new burdens placed upon him? Please read and review!

Categories: Movie-verse, Book-verse
Characters: Aragorn, Eomer, Eowyn, Gandalf / Olorin, Gimli, Háma, Legolas, Merry, Orcs/Uruk-Hai, Original Character, Other Canon Character, Pippin, Saruman, Théoden, Treebeard
Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama, Friendship, General, Humor, Hurt/Comfort, Mystery, Other, Romance, Suspense
Warnings: Violence
Series: None
Chapters: 20 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 22886 Read Count: 16537
[Report This] Published: 20/07/09 Updated: 29/09/10
Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 01/02/10 Title: Chapter 11: Theoden King

"Cold like frozen clay"...what a perfect way to describe Wormtongue's eyes :)

Another great chapter, brimming with atmosphere, perfectly evoking Tolkien's Middle-earth while bringing your own unique perspective to the characters and events. Well done. More, please! :D

Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 03/09/09 Title: Chapter 4: A Haunting

OoOoOh, that was an unexpected twist!! Poor Laura :-( had she really sensed Brandon or was is her imagination? Will they get to talk to him again? Guess I'll just have to keep reading.

Great work, as always :-)

Author's Response:

No, she really sensed him. I don't know if I'm alone on this, but I believe that some bonds span across death, mother-and-child bonds especially. I feel sorrier for his father, who has lost his son and has to deal with the mental and emotional instability of his wife on top of everything.

I'll email some spoilers your way, if you want, regarding possible plot developments.

Thanks for the review! 

Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 03/09/09 Title: Chapter 5: Fangorn

*shudders* ugh, The Ring, I hated that film!

A short but powerful chapter; it was good to see the interaction between Legolas and Aragorn, and their concern for Brandon. Can't wait for the reunion with Gandalf :-D

Author's Response:

I STILL get nightmares from that movie. When I have my glasses off or my contacts out and it's all dark...*shudders* so scary.

Yeah, this chapter was shorter than I wanted it to be. I try to keep all my chapters at least one-thousand words long. This one eluded me, but I'm glad it still packed a punch.

I can't wait for the reunion either. Brandon will be yanked back onto an emotional rollercoaster, poor guy, which will probably result in...

Oh, I'll let you read it for yourself when I post the newest chapter in a few days. :-P

Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 08/09/09 Title: Chapter 6: Gandalf

Oh, wow, what a fantastic chapter! The language and imagery is gorgeous - "the magic of approaching dusk riddled with his senses" - and Brandon's hearbreak that it isn't Boromir who returned is agonising to read. I love the slightly subdued note you end the chapter on, too. It's hopeful, but sad as well.

Author's Response:

Thank you! I'm glad you liked the chapter, even though this particular chapter felt strangely elusive. I wasn't able to fit my thousand-word quota again. :-(

My imagery has nothing on yours, so this is one of the best compliments I could've gotten! Thanks for the review! Hopefully there'll be time to post another chapter started today, ugh.

Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 14/12/09 Title: Chapter 8: Smoke

Oooh. Moody chapter ending.

I like Galadriel's words to Brandon - they feel highly appropriate, and totally in keeping both with canon and with the feel of your Middle-earth.

Will email later with more :)

Author's Response:

Thanks! I spent a good half-hour typing and re-typing what Galadriel was going to say to Brandon. I tried to rhyme it like Aragorn and Legolas's messages, but it ended up sounding trite each time I did it.

Can't wait for your email!

Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 05/01/10 Title: Chapter 10: The Golden Hall

Well, that was a short hiatus :p what was it, 24 hours?

Chicka yeaah.

LMAO. Nice. Really smooth, checking out a pregnant married woman!

Cool cliffie at the end; I await the healing of Theoden and the promised romance with baited breath!

Author's Response:

As soon as I sent you the email, ideas hit me full force. Life is strange! Still have to figure out how Brandon meets her/what her name is/what she looks like.

  Really smooth, checking out a pregnant married woman!

He really didn't notice until after she ran inside. Still, it's awkward, haha. She's most likely going to come back in the story, but not as love interest.

Healing of Theoden is on its way. Maybe after another "hiatus" lol. 


Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 03/02/10 Title: Chapter 12: Decisions

This chapter is just full of win :) I've said it in the email, but I'll say it again - I LOVE the way Brandon's character development is essentially summed up in his speech to Theoden, it really shows how far he's come. I feel so attached to Brandon as a reader; I desperately want all this to turn out well for him, although I know there's a long way to go yet.

Great stuff, as always!

Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 10/02/10 Title: Chapter 13: Brandon of Rohan

Nice touch with Thorostan there, and the observation that Hyld is a dead man's horse. Terrific last line, as well - your chapters always seem to end on the perfect note!

Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 10/02/10 Title: Chapter 14: Berserk

Oh gosh, I hope he's OK! Spoilers please, Caller (via email, of course - don't want anyone accidentally stumbling across them on the review threads). This was really well-written; I love the little details, like your observation that he'd need to hold his sword differently to fight on horseback. I also think that you've described the complex seething surge of emotions perfectly, shifting the balance between fear, anger and grief in all the right places. You create a real sense of chaos and confusion, especially after Brandon's been hurt.

Great work!

Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 12/04/10 Title: Chapter 16: The Caves

The silence was even more agonizing than the noise. It sat heavily upon his shoulders, thick with the promise of slaughter. Brandon felt his hope dissolve in the tension. A keening howl cut through the stillness, followed by the hollow roar of battle.

Absolutely stunning. Powerful, claustrophobic imagery loaded with tension, perfectly phrased and rhythmically satisfying.

Another terrific chapter. Glad to see this updated.

Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 23/06/10 Title: Chapter 19: Healing and Housing

An update well worth waiting for :) I liked your thoughts on the pain of injury outweighing glory in battle; it's an attitude I haven't come across in fanfic before. Your description of the dead was all the more harrowing because you refrained from sentimentality, and Brandon's situation seems to get bleaker all the time. Wonderful writing.

A couple of continuity points - Lynstan seems to become Lynhelm partway through the chapter. Also, it could just be because it's been a while between updates, but I'm not clear on the relationship between Dunnoth, Hilenna, Silwith, Thorostan etc. - who is sibling/cousin to whom? Hilenna is Silwith's daughter I think (I'd go back and check but then I'd lose my review :P ) but how are the others all related? Sorry!!

Author's Response: Thank you! Looking back, it is rather confusing, and I did my best to clear up who's related and who's not. I'll make it clearer in the next update, I promise! Fixed the name issue too...whoops! Again, thank you for finding these mistakes and letting me know! And the review was lovely. :)

Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 15/11/10 Title: Chapter 20: A New Home

Argh! An update! How did I miss this?

Short, but powerful. Poor Brandon - I hope he soon settles in to his new home. Your writing is wonderfully atmospheric, as ever. I wonder how the story is going to change now that he's away from Aragorn and Legolas and Gimli?

First steps by Nerilana Rated: G [Reviews - 3]
Summary: This short story is about Elrohir taking his first steps.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Celebrían, Elrohir
Genres: Family, General, Other
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 180 Read Count: 1284
[Report This] Published: 12/02/10 Updated: 12/02/10
Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 12/02/10 Title: Chapter 1: First steps

Aww, that was cute :) short and sweet! Nice work.