Penname: Irial [Contact] Real name: Tam Batista
Member Since: 22/02/11
Membership status: Member
Bio:
I've always had a love of writing and fantasy books but most importantly LOTR and all it's loveable characters! My best friend and I started writing fanfiction in Year 8 to amuse each other. Nine years later I finally got the courage to post something up!!

Additionally I love ice skating, Labradors, art, music and hanging out with my friends.

I have to add a big shout out to a lovely author by the name of L8Bleumr. Any and all works by this amazingly talented author are awe-inspiring and such a pleasure to read. Seriously. If you haven't read her works, please make haste to her penname and embark on journeys rich with life, love and laughter.
Beta-reader: Yes
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Reviews by Irial
Summary: From time to time we feel the need to say what's on our mind. This is my bit of advice.
Categories: Off Topic
Characters: None
Genres: Essay
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1075 Read Count: 1556
[Report This] Published: 30/06/10 Updated: 30/06/10
Reviewer: Irial Signed
Date: 03/04/11 Title: Chapter 1: A Bit Of Advice

Hear hear! L8Bleumr, your honesty and insight is spot on. I love reading your reviews (and all others) including the ones where you've kindly pointed out an error or two! I totally agree, it helps us as authors to grow and develope and encourages us, and us as reviewers to understand that authors are not fishing for compliments, but rather trying to get a feel for what readers like about our style/story etc. Very true and great advice here. - Iri

Author's Response: I'm glad you agree. Of course we would be lying if we said we didn't care about reviews, but you're right, they are about more than praise. I have learned quite a bit from some of my reviewers and it has helped me to improve. We're all in this together and we should help support one another.

Summary: This is a drabble. Perhaps this is a death, maybe a vision.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Original Character
Genres: Drama
Warnings: AU (alternate universe)
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 100 Read Count: 987
[Report This] Published: 11/07/10 Updated: 11/07/10
Reviewer: Irial Signed
Date: 05/01/12 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Such emotion in so few words! What a talent! ~ Iri

Author's Response: You are way too kind!

Summary: In this drabble, Glorfindel is newly returned to ME after his time in Mandos.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Glorfindel
Genres: Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 100 Read Count: 972
[Report This] Published: 12/07/10 Updated: 12/07/10
Reviewer: Irial Signed
Date: 05/01/12 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

This is a gorgeous depiction! I love how he checks to make sure there are no witnesses to an innocent yet childish act. Beautiful work! ~ Iri

Author's Response: Thank you very much. I have wanted to expand this. Do you enjoy slash? I imagine Erestor or one of the twins watching Glorfindel here and falling in love. I would!

Summary: Just three strands of hair... The gift of Galadriel through Gimli's eyes.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Galadriel, Gimli
Genres: Poetry, Romance
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 176 Read Count: 885
[Report This] Published: 26/07/10 Updated: 26/07/10
Reviewer: Irial Signed
Date: 03/04/11 Title: Chapter 1: Galadriel's Gift

Hi NessaMahtar. Great structure and imagery. Who knew Gimli was such a poetic soul? : D No seriously, this is really nice. xx

Author's Response: Haha such a lyricist, that one ;) And thanks! =)

Summary: To understand this, if you are not familiar with Fly Leaf and their Song "Cassie" it can be found on You Tube. I investigated out of curiosity and found Daewn's challenge could not be denied in light of that song.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: None
Genres: Tragedy
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 141 Read Count: 949
[Report This] Published: 28/07/10 Updated: 28/07/10
Reviewer: Irial Signed
Date: 05/01/12 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Lisse, in all honesty if your work ever extends beyond these short teasers I think you're going to make a wonderful author. After all if you can convey so much emotion, meaning and intent and capture one's attention so vividly in 100 words or less, imagine what you'll do with an entire tale?! ~Iri

Author's Response: lol Your review is better than My drabble!

Why Review? by Lisse Rated: G [Reviews - 9]
Summary: take the time to comment. It means so much.
Categories: Off Topic
Characters: None
Genres: Essay
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 333 Read Count: 892
[Report This] Published: 05/08/10 Updated: 05/08/10
Reviewer: Irial Signed
Date: 05/01/12 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Agreed! I also agree with Spiced Wine: when I first came to this site I was a timid little reader, always too terrified to write anything and never dreamed that I'd ever post anything of my own here. Well, how things have changed. I consider myself a chronic reviewer now, there are just some things that I can't leave unsaid. If I think of it whilst I'm reading something I usually comment. Even if it's the tiniest word (I believe I once left a comment for L8Bleumr that consisted wholly of the word 'Yay'). But I love to let others know how much I'm enjoying their works and how I appreciate their efforts. It's little shout-outs like these that remind me I might think I'm being a pain in the rear but I'm pretty sure most authors won't complain!! So well done for getting it out there and I hope more people tell YOU about your wonderful work ~ Iri

Author's Response: Thank you for taking the time to read and review all of my little bits of stuff. Good luck to you in your own writing. I want to and plan to read you too!

Wildflowers by Whisper Rated: R [Reviews - 16]
Summary: Response to Lisse's The Mummers' Dance Challenge. Double Drabbles set in Mirkwood during the 3rd Age. Beneath the moon, two elves danced a dance.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Original Character
Genres: Romance
Warnings: AU (alternate universe)
Series: None
Chapters: 9 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1781 Read Count: 6227
[Report This] Published: 10/08/10 Updated: 12/08/10
Reviewer: Irial Signed
Date: 08/04/12 Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 2

Hello Whisper. We've not met yet I think. I'm Irial, a relative newcomer to this sight. I've heard of you through Lisse and L8Bleumr and I must say I'm surprised that I haven't heard your name tossed around more!! I'm in awe of how much emotion you can pack into such short chapters (it takes me ten years to say anything) and your literacy skills and vocabulary leave me envious. A pleasure to read and be assured that I will be reading the rest of your works!! ~ Iri

Reviewer: Irial Signed
Date: 08/04/12 Title: Chapter 6: Chapter 6

*beneath the unfurling leaves of the re-awoken trees*
That kind of imagery and vocab could keep me hooked for days on end. Wonderful! ~ Iri

Worth The Risk by L8Bleumr Rated: NC-17 [Reviews - 5]
Summary: An Elf and a Shieldmaiden fall in forbidden love.
Categories: Movie-verse
Characters: Eowyn, Legolas
Genres: Romance
Warnings: Graphic Sex
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 8809 Read Count: 1814
[Report This] Published: 10/08/10 Updated: 10/08/10
Reviewer: Irial Signed
Date: 19/02/13 Title: Chapter 1: Worth The Risk

That 'one kiss' sent little shivers running up my spine! So sweet! 'Eowyn's stare alone would have taken down a cave troll' - hahaha I love this phrase!

A beautiful re-imagination of the relationship between Eowyn and Legolas. Wonderfully written as always. I now have sweaty palms lol!! ~ Iri

Author's Response: omg, this is such an old story. I'm almost embarrassed for you to read it, but it's who I was back then. I sure hope I've improved. Still, I'm glad you enjoyed it. I just want to say thank you for all these reviews you've left. It's been fun to open my emails and see a bunch of alerts. It's very thoughtful of you to take the time to read and review them all. I wish there were more people like you, who knew the importance of a few kind words.

Blue Moon by L8Bleumr Rated: NC-17 [Reviews - 5]
Summary: She has admired Orophin from afar. But when she finally meets him, can she tell him her true feelings? A story of distant love.
Categories: Off Topic
Characters: Original Character, Orophin
Genres: Romance
Warnings: Graphic Sex
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 4471 Read Count: 1716
[Report This] Published: 23/08/10 Updated: 23/08/10
Reviewer: Irial Signed
Date: 07/04/12 Title: Chapter 1: Blue Moon

I'm so jealous of you! No matter what you are writing - epic adventures or shrot sidetales - you have an amazing ability to draw in your readers and dazzle them! If I was any more jealous I'd be turning green and bursting out of my shirt! ~ Iri

Author's Response: LOL. Well, don't lose your shirt over it. Gosh I wrote this so long ago. I'm afraid to go back and read these older stories. I know I'll see all kinds of things that will make me cringe, but that was my best at the time. Glad you enjoyed it though.

Summary: What would you do if you found elves hiding in your closet?
Categories: Off Topic
Characters: Haldir, Legolas, Orophin, Rúmil
Genres: Fantasy, Mystery, Romance
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 840 Read Count: 1603
[Report This] Published: 27/08/10 Updated: 27/08/10
Reviewer: Irial Signed
Date: 28/04/11 Title: Chapter 1: Inspiration In The Closet

Oh so *that's* where you get your inspiration. Funny, mine lives under my bed. Another one hides in the car. Isn't it random where they pop up? What a great, fun little side-story!

Author's Response: Well, I try to keep them in control by shutting them in there, but they always manage to escape at the most inconvenient times, usually when I am nowhere near my computer.

A Duel with Destiny by L8Bleumr Rated: NC-17 [Reviews - 7]
Summary: Thranduil meets his future love, but she sees things differently. A duel ensues and it's anyone's game.
Categories: Off Topic
Characters: Thranduil
Genres: Romance
Warnings: Graphic Sex
Series: None
Chapters: 4 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 9475 Read Count: 6493
[Report This] Published: 30/09/10 Updated: 14/10/10
Reviewer: Irial Signed
Date: 05/01/12 Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 2

Ah the price one pays for over-confidence and underestimating... Like father like Son? :D This and the previous chapter have your magic sprinkled all over them. ~ Iri

Author's Response: Legi learned from the best! Thranduil's charm definitely spilled over onto his son I think.

Reviewer: Irial Signed
Date: 05/01/12 Title: Chapter 4: Chapter 4

Aww, what a beautiful untold tale. Loved it! ~ Iri

Author's Response: Thanks Iri. It's nice to see a new review on an old tale. It was pleasantly unexpected.

Behind the Mask by L8Bleumr Rated: NC-17 [Reviews - 21]
Summary: COMPLETE Three Lothlorien brothers hope to find love or desire at the Harvest Festival. Magic is in the air and they hope to join with the elleth that has captured each of their attention.
Categories: Off Topic
Characters: Haldir, Original Character, Orophin, Rúmil
Genres: Fantasy, Mystery, Romance
Warnings: Graphic Sex
Series: None
Chapters: 9 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 13360 Read Count: 10137
[Report This] Published: 12/10/10 Updated: 20/10/10
Reviewer: Irial Signed
Date: 06/04/12 Title: Chapter 2: Wine and Conversation

Hello there! I have found another one of your tales to amuse me while I wait for you to update. This is a lovely concept, the masquerade! I can only imagine how events are going to turn out! Wonderful descriptions of the brothers. It's nice to see familiar names and traits, especially ones that I love! ~ Iri

Author's Response: Hi Iri. I haven't had a review on an old story in a long time. It's always a pleasure. I wrote this piece during a Haldir phase I think.

Reviewer: Irial Signed
Date: 06/04/12 Title: Chapter 3: Introductions

Three brothers - same hearts, different heads! It's amazing how siblings can be so close and similar and yet so entirely different! I like this style of the story, the short transitions between each of the brothers as their stories unfold. Very clever structure! ~ Iri

Author's Response: Thank you. Being an only child, I use my husband and his 5 siblings as an example as how different they can be. But when it comes to family, they are always together.

Reviewer: Irial Signed
Date: 06/04/12 Title: Chapter 4: Choices

I've got a strange feeling about this... there seems to be a lot of confusion going on... which of course adds to the suspense and mystery that you are the master of! ~ Iri

Author's Response: Oh, they are confused alright and with good reason.

Reviewer: Irial Signed
Date: 06/04/12 Title: Chapter 6: Exposed

Nope. I actually thought Aranel was going to end up with Orophin, Haldir with Gliriel and Rumil and Laerwen were going to find their happy ever after. Nice twists! ~ Iri

Author's Response: Hehehe, I hoped it wouldn't be too obvious.

Reviewer: Irial Signed
Date: 06/04/12 Title: Chapter 8: The More Things Change The More They Stay The Same

Beautiful. What a precious way to end the story. Of course Rumil would be first to marry. I like that as soon as they found each other they just knew it was right. And it's nice to see Orophin finally in a place where he feels the world is right to start his own family. As for Haldir - well some things never change right? ~ Iri

Author's Response: I've always thought of the brother's like this. Rumil is the sweetheart. Haldir is the sexy sly one and Oropphin is somewhere in between. And of all three, I never want Hal to change, lol.

Reviewer: Irial Signed
Date: 06/04/12 Title: Chapter 9: Author's Alternate Ending

Hahahaha! Definitely a pleasing alternate ending! ~ Iri

Author's Response: This came about after some friends and I got into a discussion about the servant, aka . . . the wine wench. We all agreed that we would settle for being her and hoped to get thrown across a table by Hal. LOL, such a naughty elf he is. Thanks so much for these reviews. It's always such a gift to read them.

The Sons of Thunder by ziggy Rated: NC-17 [Reviews - 280]
Summary: They are called the Sons of Thunder by the Orcs of the Mountains. A storm erupts between one Son of Elrond and one Son of Thranduil. In the aftermath of the battle of the Morannon, Elrohir has one final battle.
Categories: Book-verse, Book Verse Slash, Lord of the Rings Slash
Characters: Legolas
Genres: General
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 46 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 314756 Read Count: 54100
[Report This] Published: 15/10/10 Updated: 15/06/12
Reviewer: Irial Signed
Date: 11/04/12 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Keeping Watch

Hi ziggy. I'm new to your tale but not your works. I'm looking forward to reading this promisingly magnificent tale and I'm a little glad that I've found it late because it means there are endless chapters for me to immerse myself into. I admire your prose, structure, vocabulary and imagination. And I love your Gimli. There's just something about him :D ~ Iri

Author's Response: Hi Irial- great to hear from you! And thank you- no pressure then:) I have recently started reading it through again in preparation for re-posting it on Faerie (a newer site where lots of writers have migrated from here) and found lots of things that need tweaking. So I hope this will not be disappointing!