I really loved this being a huge Maitimo fan. People often forget Feanaro was more than just a rebel and I believed he loved all his sons. You portrayed this tender moment with dignity and grace.
Thank you for sharing it!
I really enjoyed the idea that Feanor and Melian had once held converse. It seems in The Silmarillion that everyone has their place and yet as the book progresses we find a more of a mixture occuring between, elves, gods and men.
I think this story did nicely to bridge the gap between the entities in the book. And I really liked the dialogue between Feanor and Melian. It is always nice to see another side to Feanor.
Maitimo is my favorite character, love of my life. It was a pleasant surprise to find him written with a woman instead of slash or should I say Fingon. The story was romantic and it made me melt.
My favorite line:
Had she been wearing armour, of course, he could have had her out of it in a moment…
I giggled my head off!
Thank you so much for writing him in such a lovely light, yet portraying some of his pain. I really enjoyed it :DDD
Thanks! I have a weakness for the odd bit of Maedhros/Fingon myself, but I also like a change now and again. The idea for this actually came from role-play - the more I played with Maedhros the more I realised he could do with a woman to knock some sense into him! *grin* And then when I visited a friend and we drove past a Clootie Well in the north of Scotland, it made me wonder how that could be worked into a fic...and so the story was born!
I'm glad you enjoyed it! I wanted to write a fic that didn't shy away from the horror of what he had done and seen, but at the same time offered a little hope and redemption and a chance for him to undo some of his actions. Thanks for the review!
Oh I love this! This made me laugh from beginning to end. It's so fun and nice to see a humorous side to Curufinwe and Tyelkormo :)
This made me laugh especially at the beginning because it is so very much how children would react to something they hated. It doesn't mean anything to them in their own little world.
I aksi really loved how he describes the statue and how he sneaks to get the saw and his penchant for food :)
Author's Response: Thank you, Los Gloriol, for the feedback. I'm very happy that you enjoyed the story so much.
This story is very inventive and original. I love that combination. The character are realistic and charismatic as if they have been plucked out of the LOTR.
This is the first time I have come across this story, but it was a wonderful treat!
Looking forward to more.
Author's Response: Thank you for your kind words! Well, I try to aim for realism (or, realism as it adapts to Middle-Earth). I'm going to update this as soon as I can, now that my little writer's block has been cleared.
Very funny! I snorted when Legolas said Tor’g-la’ther! You really capture people and their interaction very well.
I think my brothers had one or two or three of these lectures in their days. Boys of that age are too testosterone filled and you really captured that.
I enjoyed it immensly!
Author's Response: Yep, Iíve seen too many brothers/boy cousins go through that age. Itís rubbed off on me; but on the good side, it has made writing boy characters easy. Thanks so much for your review! - Kitt : )
The portrayal of Maitimo was great! I see him like that, but then I get confused and change my mind. I'm insecure when it comes to him, but your feelings for him shone through and I loved it.
I alway like it when people can put a part of them in the story, be serious and add humor. You did that well.
I think you should continue this. I'd like to see more of them together.
Author's Response: Wow, I cannot believe another Maedhros (Iíll go with Maitimo, since you prefer it) fan actually liked this! I have to admit Ė as soon as I saw that there was a new review for this story, I just about wanted to sink into the ground because I wrote this so long ago and Iím super embarrassed by my first-written stories. I cannot thank you enough for this review! I read it on my birthday (the 27th) and it cheered me up so much! Iím beaming. Thank you! :D I just re-read it and I think I made it a bit confusing in some parts. I canít change a lot of it because this was originally a dream I had, so thatís what makes it weird. I switch from thinking outside the dream and actually being a character in it. Thatís also why Maitimo has brown eyes instead of his grey (I say silver) eyes. It was just that way in the dream. Aw, thanks! :) I was kind of shy and unsure about writing my feelings in, but itís so hard NOT to love Maitimo. :) Yeah, itís really fun mixing humor and seriousness. I canít get too drone-y without adding Show Tunes ;). A few weeks after this was posted, I ironically dreamed of the ending to this. You know, if I die or not. I didnít write it because itís kinda a let down, and to go the other wayÖI canít really do anything further because (other than the healing stage) nothing significant happens for hundreds of years (and we all know I canít push much past three digits). But then again, I could always improviseÖthatís always fun! Hmm, Iíll have to get back to you on that. Youíve got my creative horse a runniní. A million thanks, Fei. :P | P.S. Oh, and Iím reading your, A The Tale of the Feantur. Ugh, itís so strange itís epically amazing! I love Celegormís and Maglorís relationship and the thought-shots and the dialogueóitís all so impeccable! I absolutely LOVE it! It must have been tough on the membrane to write, thoughÖ:D
I have to admit – as soon as I saw that there was a new review for this story, I just about wanted to sink into the ground because I wrote this so long ago and I’m super embarrassed by my first-written stories.
Some of the stuff I have written in the past and now makes me cringe. But honestly, you have no reason to be embarrassed. It was really a joy to read.
I read it on my birthday (the 27th) and it cheered me up so much! I’m beaming.
I'm glad I could cheer you up, especially on your birthday. *Hugs* :D I wish I had read it sooner.
I was kind of shy and unsure about writing my feelings in, but it’s so hard NOT to love Maitimo. :)
Your feelings come through and that was one of the things I liked most about it. You should always write with your heart.
ironically dreamed of the ending to this. You know, if I die or not. I didn’t write it because it’s kinda a let down, and to go the other way…I can’t really do anything further because (other than the healing stage) nothing significant happens for hundreds of years (and we all know I can’t push much past three digits). But then again, I could always improvise…that’s always fun!
Well, maybe she ends up being counted among the Elves, like Tuor. You could have her do something that pleases the Valar or maybe they take pity on her and decide she should be with Maitimo. I tend to ramble, so hehehehe just ignore me.
Keep writing, hon. It's a real treat for me to know I've got your creative cogs going.
LoL! The Feantur is insane, but it nagged me for five years so I decided to write it. Mae will be showing up soon. Thank you so much for the compliment. :D And thank you for writing such a fun and thoughtful story. :D
Author's Response: Okay, I am going to respond to this, even though technically you arenít allowed to review-reply. Forgive me Ė I got in some trouble on this site and Iím trying to warn as many people as I can who are violating rules so they wonít have to go through what I did. If you find anything to respond to from this, then you have to contact me. Thank you SO, so much! Sorry, itís a bad habit of mine to immediately hate my work just after Iíve written it. I donít normally go back and re-read it or edit it because Iím just too lazy or embarrassed to fix it. Valar, it feels like FOREVER since Iíve written something that wasnít solely humor, and now that Iíve gotten your encouragement, Iím really thinking about picking up where I left off on a few stories and starting new ones. I canít wait! Grr, now I just need the time. *Hugs back* Aww, thanks. :) You didnít have to read it sooner, Iím just glad you read it at all! And donít worry about my birthday, it still kinda feels like the 27th because Iím still recovering from birthday-punches (never, ever tell Maitimo itís your birthday Ė his birthday punches KILL! Well, tell him at your own risk Ė just keep in mind youíll have six other sets waiting for you if you do :P)! Thanks! I think one of major problems of my earlier stories was that I didnít know *how* to weave my heart into the story. It was the most difficult thing for me. Writing from the heart. As much as I love Arda (characters and all), it was so awkward to put it in words. Hmm, thatís probably why Iím so embarrassed about this story itís not that itís written poorly, it was the beginning of understanding the true and realistic feelings of the characters. You ramble?! Iíve gone on for half a page just thinking aloud. Iíd never ignore you; your words have truly inspirational. Thank you. Actually, I was thinking randomly a few days ago and I came up with this random/silly scene between Fingon and I at our first meeting (reactions and whatnot), but Iím debating on writing because I donít think heíd really have enough time to stop and share a funny/awkward dialogue with me when Maitimo is bleeding to death. So yeahÖCool! The Valar taking pity on me Ė thatís a disquieting thought. Iíll have to elaborate on that. If I were in Arda, Iíd worry more about mistakenly insulting them rather than pleasing them. Hanginí out with Maedhros is already on the No-no List. Letís seeÖrrr, my brain just disconnected. Sorry, Iíll have to back to you with some ideas on whatís to happen next. Alright, one last time, THANK YOU! Youíve been most wonderful to me and I highly, highly appreciate it. Iíd say peace as in a ďsee ya aroundĒ but youíll be seeiní me soon in a review for the Tale of the Feantur. I see youíve added two more chapters, but unfortunately didnít get around to reading them. Peace but not peace! Fei. :P
As I read this I felt anticipation. I actually skipped to the end to see who this story concerned. The mounting anticipation really kept me hanging on every word.
I have considered how convienant it was for Celebrian to marry Elrond and thus uniting the two elven realms. I've often found that a bit of a flaw.
So it was refreshing to imagine that for a moment she had another lover and that the whole affair was extremely complicated. I really liked your take and the poetic flow of the piece.
Thanks for sharing :)
Author's Response: Thank you for such a lovely review. :) It was slightly tricky to avoid names the whole fic! It seemed odd to me too, especially considering her apparant ease at leaving her family. It makes you want to think of 'what ifs'! Thanks again, glad you liked it. :)
I was fascinated by the idea everything is from an animal's point of view. I've decided you are as bonkers as me.
Those pasties had me hungry, but then with one mention of Gandalf's breath, I pretty much went off the thought of food.
I think Frodo obsessed more about Odi than the ring.
My favorite part was the council meeting and Galdor. You made him sound so sexy! I agree, Elrond is boring.
Maedhros Feanorian eh? I wouldn't mind if he happened to make an appearance ;)
I'm really enjoying it! Please write more my crazy little otter. :D
Author's Response: As bonkers as you? Really? COOL! :D It was Duneís idea for an animal-transformation; I just donít think this is what he had in mind when he created that challenge. Definitely - Frodoís just about forgotten the Ring, which turns out to be pretty bad in later chapters. Heehee. If I really wrote Maedhros Feanorion on my lab notes Iíd Ė wow, I wish I tried it now. Oooh, I wish heíd show up too. I always thought Galdor was sexy, just not so much as CŪrdan. Yes, if one considers eating strawberry and chocolate pie for dinner as fun, my Motherís Day was wonderful! Thanks so much for reading!
This was interesting because I had a similar discussion with my husband the other day.
I told him I feel like an outcast because I love writing fanfiction, yet I don't feel like I can share that with people I come in contact with everyday. Being a mother you are always worried what people are going to think.
My husband said to me that writing fanfiction is no different than people who are heavily into sports statistics, sewing, model railways, fashion, any form of obesession or passion or any hobby.
Your friend will no doubt have a hobby or an obsession that others might raise an eyebrow at or think boring or geeky. It's all relative.
But you really brought it home in your essay and I loved all the points you made. And books like Harry Potter borrow devices from Tolkien's own writing, hell almost every fantasy novel has borrowed his ideas.
Many of these people who write on this site, like Xfanarix could be published in my opinion. Just because it happens to fall within a predefined world really doesn't matter. It is still excellent writing regardless. But some people aren't adventurous and they want to be part of the accepted norm, even if it stifles creativity. And it does.
And I agree about the Mary-Sues. The whole name Mary-Sue pisses me off, because it's just label given by someone who wants to feel superior. People need an outlet for their writing, especially teens, and they should be allowed to express themselves in any manner they choose. Those who make fun of them are obviously childish and have an inferiority complex. I say that as a mother who nurtures a child, so should we nurture writers and support our fellow fanfiction writers.
Many of them grow and learn from the seasoned writers and produce outstanding stories. Even if they continue to write Legolas romances so what? There are no rules and if we restrict them then we are now stifling the very creativity we value.
I started by writing Mary-Sues. I still write them when the mood takes me, but I call it romance because Mary-Sue is just a stupid name. Internet speak has a lot to answer for in my opinion.
In the end, we do this for the love of it and like you said we keep the Professor's memory alive. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
There is no such thing as a purist. Tolkien is the only purist and his writing the only canon. Anything outside of what he wrote, no matter how supposedly true to the character or his ideas, is fanfiction, because we do not know if he would have agreed with our assessment of the character. I say this as one who writes mostly within the framework of his stories, but never would I have the ego to say that is canon. It is simply an interpretation and so it is with everyone else.
I hope your essay gives strength to those who waver because someone has judged them by what they write or want to write. It inspired me and I thank you for sticking up for what you believe in :DDD
Author's Response: Hi!! I'm really sorry it took so long to respond to your review, I didn't realise it was there. I must have missed the email notification; as I've said on LJ, my hotmail account's been playing up something chronic over the last few days. I'm really glad you enjoyed the essay and agreed with the points; I'm amazed at the number of people who've posted their own thoughts, both on the Round Robin and in the review section. It seems to have struck a chord, which I'm really pleased about; I thought there must be a fair few people out there who were scared of what people would think about their fanfic hobby, but you're right that it's no more geeky than sports stats or making model railways. It's something that gives us all a lot of pleasure, and we should be proud of what we do because (as Pink said in her contribution) we are all writers here - REAL writers, whatever others may say. Thank you for your review, and I'm sorry it took me so long to respond!
Nice introduction! It leaves me wanting more. I had meant, for some time to read this.
I like solitairy verbs describing what Izzy is feeling really put me in her frame of mind.
Author's Response: Oh, thank you! :) I'm glad you like the intro, hope you continue to enjoy it.
Poor Anna. It is just heartbreaking what she is going through, but it is really well done. I love it when I can feel for a character.
I feel like Anna is almost being haunted by Izzy. But I loved how you described her grief, though I know that sounds morbid. It felt real and not soppy like I read so many times in other stories.
Suddenly, Anna was seized by an urge to see her sister again – even if it was just in a photograph, she had to see her face. She switched on her lamp and sat up. Her hair, salty and damp from tears, clung in tendrils to her cheek as she scrabbled about in the bedside drawer for one of the few family pictures she kept in her bedroom, a snap of her, Izzy and their cousin on a beach in Spain. Having found it, she gazed hungrily at the scene, her eyes devouring the flawless blue sky and the sugar-soft sand and the smiles on everybody’s faces, but most of all they feasted on the girl in the middle, tall and slender, tanned and truly beautiful in her white bikini. And yet...something wasn’t right. Izzy. That was it. Izzy didn’t look right. Her nose was a little longer than that, surely? And her legs a little slimmer? Or maybe the picture was right, maybe Izzy had looked that way. Maybe Anna’s mind was already playing tricks on her, even after a mere matter of days, warping the image of the sister she had loved more than anybody or anything else in the world. Feeling cheated, she flung the photograph to the floor, jabbed at the switch of her lamp until it turned off and lay back down.
The description was beautiful and the need to hold onto the sister just heartbreaking. I loved that part.
Strangely I like Aldhem's imperfection. It was realistic.
Is this based on the LOTR movie plot or Tolkien's original?
I'm not sure about them leaving the mare to foal alone?
Now I'm intrigued about the blue eyes!
Author's Response: Thank you again! There are elements of this story that are movieverse, but I use material from the books too, so it's kind of both. And as for the foaling, I'm not a horsey person myself, so I did some reading around, but if it's not accurately written then I apologise. Any suggestions for improving it would be greatly appreciated :)
Sitting in a Latin test yesterday, the rest of this story attacked me and demanded to be written; it hasn't ended up going in the direction I thought it would but then that's half the fun of writing! Hope you like it.
LoL! I keep seeing on your LJ that is a recurring problem for you. Can't blame you. Latin ewwww.
I kept laughing at the discussion the parents were having about the forty year old man interested in their daughter. Mid-life crisis? The balding part was genius.
The family dynamic was wonderfully done. It felt like a real family, one I've been privy to many times.
Author's Response: Oh, that's not the last you'll hear of Aiken :) and yes, I do have an issue with stories taking off in their own directions! I started this thinking it was going to be about 5000 words long...ah well. And I've dropped Latin now, thank goodness - it was killing me! :p thank you so much for reading and reviewing, take care!
The Silmarils... the three Jewels that of old Feanor wrought, blending the light of the Two Trees within them; around which the fate of Arda and the Children of Iluvatar are woven...
This beloved tale of beauty, hatred, love, light, darkness and hope comes to you in poetry format.
This is simply breathtaking! I absolutely loved it. Thank you for sharing :)I look forward to more.
Author's Response: Thank you so much for reading!!!! Im posting more soon.
I'm sorry I kept deleting my review. I found there was something else I wanted to say. LoL! Nutso here.
There are so many fine writers on this site. I have had the joy of reading their excellent fanfiction and getting to know many of them. Making new friends through a common interest is always a plus and blessing :)
Oh hon. Don't delay your writing! I know how hard it is to take the first step. I failed high school English, so trust me when I say I know how hard it is to publish what you write.
I have been exactly where you are now many times. I still am! Every time I post something I expect it to be a complete failure. And in my mind it always is, no matter what anyone says, because of many factors I won't mention here. I took a writing class and the guy was a complete idiot. He had an ego the size of the Atlantic. I wanted to be prepared and have my ducks in a row so to speak. I put my trust in another person because I wanted approval and it knocked me back. Writing is a passion and you can't deny it. Someone once told me that when it comes to art there is no wrong. Writing, in my opinion is a form of art. There is no wrong! Let it out or it will eat you up. Don't second guess yourself, hon. Just write for yourself and not what you think people expect. By the way you had me in absolute tears. Hugs you. You are so very kind.
Lots of love and hugs, Kim
Author's Response: Thank you for the encouragement. It means more than you know! I will post something soon.
It is a pleasure to read such wonderful and inspiring verse. I found this beautiful the first time I read it and again I continue to find it extraordinary writing. You have a gift. I hope you will continue to embrace it.
Author's Response: If there is any gift, it was awakened by a good friend without whom I would never have attempted to write anything. Friends like this are more valuable than anything Eru might bestow, and the only reason to hope for eternity. However if Eru would like to bestow my own personal Elf Lord, that may be a reason to want to stick around eternally also.