Penname: Narya [Contact] Real name: Alex
Member Since: 25/10/08
Membership status: Member
Bio:
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 Berničres's Captain Corelli's Mandolin and the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm, as well as anything by any of the following writers:

Chaucer
Shakespeare
Dickens
Austen
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.

Disclaimer:

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.


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SOME NOTES ON MY STORIES

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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Let Us Be Friends by sylc Rated: G [Reviews - 6]
Summary: Lindir is the only elfling in Imladris and is lonely. However, when Glorfindel tries to befriend him, Lindir refuses on account of Glorfindel's great age.
Categories: Book-verse, Movie-verse
Characters: Glorfindel, Lindir
Genres: General, Humor
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 788 Read Count: 943
[Report This] Published: 01/11/08 Updated: 01/11/08
Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 02/11/08 Title: Chapter 1: Let Us Be Friends

Aww! I enjoyed this a lot, especially the way you've given each character a distinctive voice. Well done :)

Author's Response: Thanks Narya! I'm happy you enjoyed it.

Summary: An essay of how this site has affected my life. Response to challenge from Karlmir Stonewain
Categories: Off Topic
Characters: None
Genres: Essay
Warnings: None
Challenges: My Portal to Middle Earth
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 427 Read Count: 1183
[Report This] Published: 17/11/08 Updated: 17/11/08
Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 17/11/08 Title: Chapter 1: My Middle Earth Portal

I also found this site through google, I was totally bored one afternoon in Freshers' Week, and hey presto...a new obsession was born. I agree with your comments about how supportive other authors are too - they've really encouraged me.

One thing - I think you mean "spurred," not "spurned" - "spurned" means "rejected" as in "I spurned his love."

Take care! :)

Author's Response: Thanks for the review! Oops hehe yeah thanks :D i'll change that.

Alter-Egos by owlett Rated: PG-13 [Reviews - 12]
Summary: What if all the main characters were women? Response to callerofcrows challenge.
Categories: Movie-verse, Off Topic
Characters: Aragorn, Boromir, Elrond, Frodo, Gimli, Glóin, Legolas, Merry, Other Canon Character, Pippin, Sam, Sauron, The Fellowship
Genres: Humor
Warnings: AU (alternate universe), Violence
Challenges: Alter-egos
Series: My Crossovers
Chapters: 3 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 1535 Read Count: 4217
[Report This] Published: 18/11/08 Updated: 23/11/08
Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 26/11/08 Title: Chapter 1: Froda and the Ring

Haha, some nice touches in here...I especially liked the Ladyship of the Ring, Lass's bow, and Saruwoman. Good work, Owlett; keep it up, this is fun!

Summary: Young Sam Gamgee is playing with the Cotton children. Set between 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lord of the RIngs'.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Sam
Genres: General
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 399 Read Count: 983
[Report This] Published: 22/11/08 Updated: 22/11/08
Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 14/02/09 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Aw :) this put a smile on my face. I especially liked young Rosie, though Sam was cute too.

Summary: On a late summer night, young Estel offers words of comfort to a grieving Legolas. Non-slash oneshot/drabble.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Legolas
Genres: Angst
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 615 Read Count: 1753
[Report This] Published: 24/11/08 Updated: 24/11/08
Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 24/11/08 Title: Chapter 1: A Child's Wisdom

Aww. That was lovely. You captured Estel's voice really well; I love reading fics with Legolas and young Estel, and this one was particularly cute.

Summary: Gilraen reflects on how Estel his like his father.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Aragorn, Gilraen
Genres: Other
Warnings: None
Series: Christmas Themes
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 410 Read Count: 1360
[Report This] Published: 02/12/08 Updated: 02/12/08
Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 23/01/09 Title: Chapter 1: Just Like You

Absolutely gorgeous. This is such a touching story; I love young Estel! Sweet without being mawkish or sentimental, and you've structured it very well. Thanks for this.

Author's Response: You're welcome. A lot of people don't show the way Gilraen would have felt. I will probably explore that a little more in the future.

Summary: Extremely dramatic and slight AU. Legolas, Gimli, Frodo and Sam are now in the Undying Lands and they are each dealing with their own problems. This story also gives Merry's and Pippin's views from back in the Shire as they learn to deal with new difficulties and their feelings. As Sam learns to grieve, Frodo copes with his illness, Legolas has bad dreams and Gimli is asked for advice, they are all put through trauma in an unexpected conclusion.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Frodo, Gandalf / Olorin, Gimli, Legolas, Merry, Pippin, Sam
Genres: Angst, Mystery
Warnings: AU (alternate universe), Violence
Series: Cute Merry-Pippin stories!
Chapters: 10 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 17260 Read Count: 9855
[Report This] Published: 20/12/08 Updated: 09/02/09
Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 14/01/09 Title: Chapter 1: Arrival

I'm really enjoying this so far - I really like your writing style and I think you capture your characters perfectly. The only thing I would criticise is your summary; I think you're seriously underselling a well-written story by putting that it's "not as dramatic as it sounds"!!

Keep up the good work.

Author's Response: Ok then, thanks for the critisism! Looking back, it is really dramatic! I'm glad you've reviewed and that you think it's well-written! The new chapter is up as soon as I've applied the finishing touches! Thanks again, meerkatalex

Kissing Rain by Anwyn Rated: PG-13 [Reviews - 2]
Summary: If you truly love something, you must also be prepared to let it go.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Elphir
Genres: Angst, Romance
Warnings: AU (alternate universe)
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 2815 Read Count: 1247
[Report This] Published: 31/12/08 Updated: 31/12/08
Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 21/02/09 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

I read this without having read "Child of Storms," but even so I still loved it! It was structured perfectly, and your descriptions are absolutely gorgeous. The subject matter is something we can all identify with, too - those moments that we forever look back on and think "what if...?"

I guess in your AU these two end up together? Actually, no, don't tell me. I'll read it and find out :)

Take care,
Narya

Author's Response: First I must applogize for not responding to this sooner, usually I am quicker as I feel if someone is kind enough to leave a review for something I have written a response is the very least I can do! I don't get an e-mail or anything telling me when I have a new review so I didn't even realize before now, so I applogize. Thank you so much, It pleases me to no end to know that you enjoyed this and it was strongly inspired by the song that it is named after which I think it so vivid in it lyrics that it drew such a strong 'What if?" situation in my mind that I could not help but read it. It also seemed to suit the characters in my mind. Oh yes I have had countless moments that I have looked back upon and wondered "What if?" What if I had acted differently, what if I had gone instead of staying and vice versa and that is what part of this story is. I do love drappling in the "What if?" aspect of my stories at times becuase one event can potentially have so many intresting outcomes. It is also funny, writing an AU of an AU! Alright, I shall not ruin the story for then and you can find out what happens for yourself! Thank you so much for your lovely review, It means alot! All the best, Anwyn.

Author's Response: First I must applogize for not responding to this sooner, usually I am quicker as I feel if someone is kind enough to leave a review for something I have written a response is the very least I can do! I don't get an e-mail or anything telling me when I have a new review so I didn't even realize before now, so I applogize. Thank you so much, It pleases me to no end to know that you enjoyed this and it was strongly inspired by the song that it is named after which I think it so vivid in it lyrics that it drew such a strong 'What if?" situation in my mind that I could not help but read it. It also seemed to suit the characters in my mind. Oh yes I have had countless moments that I have looked back upon and wondered "What if?" What if I had acted differently, what if I had gone instead of staying and vice versa and that is what part of this story is. I do love drappling in the "What if?" aspect of my stories at times becuase one event can potentially have so many intresting outcomes. It is also funny, writing an AU of an AU! Alright, I shall not ruin the story for then and you can find out what happens for yourself! Thank you so much for your lovely review, It means alot! All the best, Anwyn.

Summary: I think the title explains it all.
Categories: Off Topic
Characters: Aragorn, Arwen, Asfaloth, Bilbo, Boromir, Celeborn, Celebrían, Eldarion, Elladan, Elrohir, Elrond, Galadriel, Haldir, Merry, Nazgűl, Other Canon Character, Sam, Saruman, Sauron, The Fellowship, Witch King
Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, General, Humor, Mystery, Other, Parody, Romance
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 34 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 13470 Read Count: 35142
[Report This] Published: 09/01/09 Updated: 21/06/10
Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 22/03/09 Title: Chapter 1: Entry 1 (Ada says to put the date but I don't feel like it now.)

Oh, that was so funny! :D nice to see an update to this - I'll send you a more detailed message later on, but for now suffice to say that this entry put a huge grin on my face!

Author's Response: Thanks!

Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 21/04/09 Title: Chapter 1: Entry 1 (Ada says to put the date but I don't feel like it now.)

Totally agree with ladygreensleeves about Johnny Cash ^-^ ahem, this is another lovely chapter...I have an idea what's coming up next, but I won't spoil it for everyone else! I'm just fiddling with the next chapter of Trapped (planning to post that later this evening) and once that's done and up I'll send you an email and we can have a proper discussion!

Very romantic wedding scene, though. Nice job :-)

Author's Response:

Yes, Johnny Cash played a little bit of a role in helping me find the title of WTL, haha :). Thanks for th praise. I'm pretty sure you do know what's going to happen next, but if you're thinking what I'm thinking, then there are a few events between that and the current entry that need to happen first. Looking forward to your email!

Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 23/06/10 Title: Chapter 33: July 2508

Aw, cute update! The peeping tom...I wonder who he could be...?

One small thing - "undoubtably " should be undoubtedly :)

Author's Response: Thanks for the review and correction! Honestly, I don't know what I'd do without your help!

Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 23/06/10 Title: Chapter 34: July 2508

AWWWW! Even cuter :) yay for baby Elves!

Author's Response: Yay baby Elves! :D

Summary: Eleven Walkers/ Alex and James, are both soldiers of the Union army during the Civil War, they had never had a chance to show their courage on the field of battle, have been sent to Middle Earth after a cannon ball took their lives.
This is their second chance, with the help of some new friends, they will be sent on an adventure in a world they had never heard of
Categories: Book-verse, Movie-verse
Characters: The Fellowship
Genres: Action/Adventure
Warnings: AU (alternate universe)
Series: None
Chapters: 18 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 31515 Read Count: 13353
[Report This] Published: 12/01/09 Updated: 28/01/09
Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 05/02/09 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1: The Soldier

Well, first off I'm bound to like any story about someone called Alex...:p no, seriously, this is good, it's interesting to have OC's from a different period of history than modern day. Also, you can really see your technique as a writer improving as the story goes on. Keep it up!

PS I have a couple of thoughts on what I might do for your challenge, though they're a bit random...

Author's Response: Hey I don't mind randomness at all! I mean look at Kitt's story for my challenge, its a humorous story about her turning into an otter. So again I don't mind! Dune

Summary: Poem about animal cruelty.
Categories: Off Topic
Characters: None
Genres: Poetry, Tragedy
Warnings: Character Death
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 162 Read Count: 928
[Report This] Published: 19/01/09 Updated: 19/01/09
Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 19/01/09 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Ohhh I have a lump in my throat!! Beautiful and moving; I like your pararhymes and abstract structure, a lot of WW1 poets like Owen and Sassoon used similar techniques to help convey the complexity of what they were writing about. Just a minor typo in the fourth verse (sorry, I know I'm being picky) - in the line "Everything i've known," you need to capitalize your i. That's a small thing though; this is a really lovely piece of work.

If you haven't already read it, might I suggest you Google the essay/short story "How Could You?" by Jim Willis. I have never known anyone to read it and remain dry-eyed, and it deals with similar issues to your poem.

Hope to see more from you soon.

Author's Response: Thank you and it's no problem I do have a bit of a problem with grammer so any tips are helpful. I've never read that poem before i'll go check ti out thanks for the recomendation.

Summary:

2009 MEFA Third Place Winner in the Adventure Category. 

Brandon wakes up in the middle of a forest in another world. Is it a dream? Or is he stuck in an unfamiliar place where his life might no longer matter? Please read and review!


Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Arwen, Balrog, Bill the Pony, Celeborn, Galadriel, Orcs/Uruk-Hai, Original Character, Sauron, The Fellowship
Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama, General, Humor
Warnings: Violence
Series: None
Chapters: 31 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 50612 Read Count: 29945
[Report This] Published: 24/01/09 Updated: 08/07/09
Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 08/07/09 Title: Chapter 31: Goodbye, Brother

Oh...what a way to end!

This is perfectly paced, the emotions are utterly convincing and your descriptions just keep on getting better - I loved "the blood red sun grinning at him over the rocky shores", fabulous stuff! And yes, you made me cry. Boromir's goodbye plea to Brandon was really touching, and I was in agony right along with Brandon when he wanted to tell Boromir about his fate. The line that made me really choke up, though, was "His brother was dead." It's so simple and bleak and final - an A-grade heartbreaker indeed.

I can't wait for the gapfiller, and I look forwards to reading the beginning of book two when I get home :-)

Will email shortly and say more - for now, though, well done. You should be extremely proud.

Author's Response:

Thank you! You know, this story wouldn't be half of what it is without your help. If WTL was a published work, the entire series would be dedicated to you as well as my family. I am proud of completeing the first book...this is the first time I've completed something that wasn't a short story. Thank you so so so so much for helping me along the way.

The gapfiller will be out possibly after next week, book two will be longer in the making!

Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 06/06/09 Title: Chapter 27: Brother to Brother

Cannot. Stop. Crying.

No criticism, no nitpicks - just bloody fantastic writing. Congratulations. Utterly wonderful.

Author's Response: *absolutely beaming* You have no idea how happy this review made me!!! As soon as I read this I got a huge smile on my face an did a gigantic happy dance. Sorry that the chapter made you so weepy, even though that was the intent! Thanks for the review!

Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 29/05/09 Title: Chapter 26: Heavy Thoughts

"My kingdom for a horse. My brother for a secret. Is this what Judas felt like?"

*Goosebumps run up arm*

This is brilliant! What a chapter :-D and gosh, when he finds out about Boromir...your description of his reaction is vivid and moving, and I have to admit I had a lump in my throat. These next few chapters are going to be major tear-jerkers, aren't they?

Well done!

Author's Response:

Not major tear-jerkers...maybe a little saddening, but nothing huge. Not yet, anyways. There's still quite a few chapters between now and the breaking of the Fellowship.

Thank you so much for the review! I'm happy that it came out well! Writing is like baking...too much or too little of something makes the finished product nasty. I thought I had overdone it!

Thanks for the review and talk to you soon!

Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 12/02/09 Title: Chapter 1: Not in Kansas Anymore...

Loving this, callerofcrows - hilarious and touching, and Brandon's really easy to identify with. Poor guy, I feel so sorry for him!

I've sent you an email with more detailed thoughts on the story, but I thought I'd leave you a review too, since I know how nice it is to get them :) keep up the good work!

Author's Response: Thanks! I'm actually checking my email right now...and making the corrections! Thanks so much for being a wonderful Beta reader.

Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 13/02/09 Title: Chapter 1: Not in Kansas Anymore...

Hey again...sorry, I only just picked up on this, but I noticed this story is rated G. With the language Brandon's coming out with, I think it needs to be upped to either PG13 or R...I think I'd go with R, just to be on the safe side. I think Adora's general advice on this issue is to rate your story higher than it needs to be, rather than risk offending anyone.

This isn't to say I'm against strong language or anything - well, you're read my fics, you know I'm not! In fact, I think the story would be worse without it; it's in context and appropriate. You just need to warn people, that's all.

Take care,
Narya

Author's Response: Thanks Narya! I forgot about the rating...thank you thank you thank you.

Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 18/02/09 Title: Chapter 6: Leaving Imladris

Haha yeah I caught the reference...nice little in-joke :) speak soon.

Author's Response: Thanks! I'm glad you picked up on it. I felt silly putting that in there, but I figured it couldn't hurt. Thanks for the review!