Penname: Celeritas [Contact]
Real name: Celeritas
Member Since: 06/11/09
Membership status: Administrator

Biography:

Persnickety young woman who takes canon a little too seriously, enjoys flaunting The Establishment if she can make a good case that said flaunting is still faithful to Tolkien, and maintains in the face of all opposition that Frodo should have brown eyes.


Practicing Lutheran from the American Midwest.  Oh, and she's a mod now, too. 

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Reviews by Celeritas

Feature Arrival in Avallone by Rhyselle

Rated G
[Reviews - 4]
Table of Contents

A set of Drabbles depicting an exceptional day in the life of Elladan.

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: None
Genres: None
Places: None
Times: None
Warnings: None
Series: 21. 2009 December Challenge: Yule Fic Exchange
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 1047    |    Read Count: 2271
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 01/07/10    |    Published: 01/07/10
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Reviewer: Celeritassagittae (Signed)
01/27/10
Chapter 1: Chapter 1 "Elladan in Elvenhome"

I really enjoyed this, Rhyselle.  The way you managed to pace the entire set in drabble form really helped, though I'm not entirely sure how or why (maybe I'll get back to you on that).  Earendil and Olorin both get bonus points just for showing up.


Feature Proud Duinhir by nautika

Rated G
[Reviews - 1]
Table of Contents

Another drabble. This one is dedicated to Lucia, who suggested a story about Duinhir and his sons for my self-challenge.

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Gondorian: Duinhir
Genres: Drabble or Drabble series
Places: Gondor
Times: 3-Third Age: late
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 100    |    Read Count: 1076
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 06/30/10    |    Published: 06/30/10
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Reviewer: Celeritassagittae (Signed)
11/18/10
Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Just ran into this on the randomometer, and I was really impressed!  What a creative choice of character, and a bit of background to what little we get in canon!



Author's Response:

Thanks for your very generous review, Cel. I decided last July that I would try to write something every day during the month about a lesser seen character. I didnt make it a full week, but I did enjoy the experience. Maybe I'll try again sometime.

nautika


Feature The Unexpected by Peregrin Ionad

Rated G
[Reviews - 2]
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Two short ficlets, separated in time, and featuring different characters, but dealing with the same idea.

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Hobbit: Brandybuck: Merry (Master)
Genres: Friendship
Places: The Shire: Hobbiton
Times: Multi-age
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 916    |    Read Count: 1609
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 07/14/10    |    Published: 07/14/10
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Reviewer: Celeritassagittae (Signed)
01/27/10
Chapter 1: Chapter 1

This is a lovely set of fics, Lily!  I liked the way you were able to fit the request to two quite different situations!


Ainulindalë - I by Idril_Vanimedle

Rated G
[Reviews - 2]
Table of Contents

An interesting attempt at creating a poem that can be read in more than one way. About the destruction of the Lamps and the flight of the Valar from Middle Earth.

Can be for the SWG 5th birthday challenge "The Lays of Beleriand Reloaded".

Categories: The Silmarillion
Characters: As a Group: The Valar
Genres: Poetry
Places: Undying Lands: Aman
Times: 0-Pre-First Age
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 37    |    Read Count: 1340
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 08/24/10    |    Published: 08/24/10
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Reviewer: Celeritassagittae (Signed)
08/27/10
Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Holy Elbereth, that was creative, clever, and moving!  I really appreciated the ambiguity of both interpretations.



Author's Response:

Thank you Cel! I believe you are the first person ever to give me feedback on this! I'm glad you enjoyed it. It's not easy making this! It's only 25 words long, and it took me a whole day to make it.


Feature Characterization in Fanfic: Using Canon as the DNA for Your Characters by Dreamflower

Rated G
[Reviews - 7]
Table of Contents

2012 Tree & Flower awards; 2nd essay

An essay on characterization: constructing your characters to fit into Middle-earth.

Categories: Essay--Canon, Essay--Writing
Characters: None
Genres: Essay (non-fiction)
Places: None
Times: None
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 4337    |    Read Count: 3667
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 09/15/10    |    Published: 09/15/10
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Reviewer: Celeritassagittae (Signed)
09/15/10
Chapter 1: Characterization in Fanfic: Using Canon as the DNA for Your Characters

Wow!!!

This was excellent--eminently readable, and quite comprehensive.  I really enjoyed all the examples you used--both of your own works and of other authors', and I found myself nodding in agreement plenty of times.

I would, of course, like to point out that a number of writers take pride in contradicting fanons (and not just myself--Kinder, Gentler Denethor started out as a contradiction as well as the recent much more sympathetic portrayals of Silmarillion characters such as Feanor).  They may not be comforting, but in quite a few cases they can be intellectually stimulating, especially if they drive the reader back to the text to see how realistic the contradiction would be.

The point is, as you point out, careful analysis and application of the source text.

Anyway, excellent job!  (And I totally see what you mean about Merry almost hijacking the entire essay, lol!)



Author's Response:

I had a nice lengthy answer and then something ate it.  I will try to see if I can recall what I said.

I'm very glad that you liked it, and that you thought the examples were appropriate.

Contradicting fanon can sometimes create its own fanon.  For example, Kinder Gentler Denethor now has a number of adherents, and they have created their own conventions around that characterization.  Another I can think of is Stern!Frodo, created to counteract Wilting!Frodo, who was popularized in movie-verse.  Stern!Frodo has also got a number of fanon characteristics, such as The Look! (I confess to a fondness for that one-- I do believe I was one of its earliest adherents, before it had become more popular.)

I always recommend examining fanon by the light of canon. If it is in any way contradictory, it should be avoided.  If it has any slender connection to canon, then it can be embraced, but judiciously and carefully.  And if it has no evidence one way or the other, then choose as suits you, to use it or not.

I think of fanon as seasoning.  A few sprinkles can go a long way to enhance something. But too much will overpower the dish and may render it inedible.

And yes, Merry was certainly enthusiastic about making his presence known! *grin*

 


Feature A Journey through Arda by Larner

Rated PG13
[Reviews - 10]
Table of Contents

To house the ficlets written for the 2011 B2MEM challenges.  This will wind probably through all the ages of Arda as well as throughout its geography.  Shall we see where the prompts take us?

Beta by RiverOtter.

Categories: Challenge Stories, The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, The Children of Hurin, History of Middle-earth, Unfinished Tales
Characters: As a Group: The Valar, As a Group: Dwarves, As a Group: Elves, As a Group: Ents, As a Group: Gondorians, As a Group: Hobbits, Dwarf: Gimli son of Glóin, Dwarf: Thorin Oakenshield, Elf: Celeborn, Elf: Celebrian, Elf: Elu Thingol, Elf: Finrod Felagund, Elf: Galadriel/Artanis, Elf: Glorfindel, Elf: Maglor, Gondorian: Denethor, Steward of Gondor, Half-Elven: Elrond, Hobbit: Baggins: Bilbo, Hobbit: Baggins: Frodo, Hobbit: Gamgee: Rose (Cotton), Hobbit: Gamgee: Samwise, Northern Dúnedain: Aragorn/Strider, Northern Dúnedain: Dírhael, Northern Dúnedain: Halbarad, Northern Dúnedain: Ivorwen, Númenórean: Isildur, Other: Radagast the Brown/Aiwendil
Genres: Angst, Character study, Drama, Family, Friendship, Gapfiller, General, Horror, Hurt/Comfort, Romance-het, Short story, Vignette
Places: Annúminas, Bree, Lothlórien, Rivendell/Imladris, Arnor, Beleriand, Caradhras, Erebor, Eriador, Gondor, Gondor: Minas Tirith/Minas Anor, Mirkwood/Eryn Lasgalen/Greenwood the Great, Mordor, Mordor: Barad-dûr, Mordor: the Black Gate/Morannon, Númenor, Rohan: Eastfold, The Misty Mountains, The Shire, Undying Lands: Valinor
Times: 0-Pre-First Age, 1-First Age, 2-Second Age, 3-Third Age, 4-Fourth Age
Warnings: 3. violence, 6. adult themes, 8. character death
Series: None
Chapters: 28    |    Word count: 20444    |    Read Count: 2168
Completed: No    |    Updated: 04/01/11    |    Published: 03/01/11
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Reviewer: Celeritassagittae (Signed)
03/01/11
Chapter 1: Caught in a Web

I always loved this image in the Silm.  Thanks for sharing this.



Author's Response:

And thank you for the response!


Feature Charmed! by Dreamflower

Rated G
[Reviews - 2]
Table of Contents

At the wedding of Aragorn and Arwen, Elrond and Galadriel discuss four of the guests...(written for B2MeM 2011)

Categories: Challenge Stories, The Lord of the Rings
Characters: As a Group: The Travellers (Frodo, Sam, Merry, Pippin), Dwarf: Gimli son of Glóin, Elf: Galadriel/Artanis, Half-Elven: Arwen Undómiel, Half-Elven: Elrond, Northern Dúnedain: Aragorn/Strider
Genres: Character study, Fixed-length Ficlet (other than drabble), Friendship, Humor, Vignette
Places: Gondor: Minas Tirith/Minas Anor
Times: 3-Third Age: Post-War of the Ring
Warnings: None
Series: If It's Trewsday It Must Be Buckland...
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 307    |    Read Count: 1397
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 03/01/11    |    Published: 03/01/11
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Reviewer: Celeritassagittae (Signed)
03/01/11
Chapter 1: Charmed!

Oh, I like this!  Just the image of the hobbits leading the Big Folk in a Tangle Dance was really all that it needed, but the commentary was lovely, too!



Author's Response:

Well, of course, the commentary was necessary to bring today's theme in, LOL!  But yes, I love the idea of hobbits and Big Folk dancing that dance together! 


Feature Eleven Walkers by Dreamflower

Rated G
[Reviews - 5]
Table of Contents

AU: What if Elrond had refused to take Gandalf's advice to allow Merry and Pippin to continue on the journey with Frodo?

Categories: Challenge Stories, The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Elf: Erestor, Half-Elven: Elrond, Hobbit: Baggins: Bilbo, Hobbit: Brandybuck: Merry (Master), Hobbit: Took: Pippin (Thain)
Genres: Alternate Universe, Character study, Vignette
Places: Rivendell/Imladris, Eriador
Times: None
Warnings: None
Series: If It's Trewsday It Must Be Buckland...
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 603    |    Read Count: 1882
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 03/03/11    |    Published: 03/03/11
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Reviewer: Celeritassagittae (Signed)
03/03/11
Chapter 1: Eleven Walkers

Oh, you know this is exactly what would happen!

*grin*



Author's Response:

Of course it was.  I can just imagine Merry remembering Bilbo's tales, and thinking that it probably would not be too difficult to escape and follow after, if only he plans carefully enough.  And Pippin had no intention of going home-- tied up in a sack or not.  And most definitely Bilbo would aid and abet them!


Feature Believe It or Not! by Dreamflower

Rated G
[Reviews - 3]
Table of Contents

Sam's older brother finds certain news hard to believe. (A double drabble)

Categories: The Lord of the Rings, Challenge Stories
Characters: None
Genres: Family, Fixed-length Ficlet (other than drabble), Gapfiller, Humor
Places: The Shire: Hobbiton
Times: 4-Fourth Age
Warnings: None
Series: If It's Trewsday It Must Be Buckland...
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 214    |    Read Count: 953
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 03/03/11    |    Published: 03/03/11
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Reviewer: Celeritassagittae (Signed)
03/03/11
Chapter 1: Believe It or Not!

Long absences do funny things to your perception of a person.  Nice fulfilling of the prompt!



Author's Response:

No matter how many times I see my own younger sister and brother as adults, in my head, my sister is always about 18 and my brother is always about 14.  I know better, but it's so.  I think a lot of people have that experience.

Thanks!


Feature Merry Waits... by Dreamflower

Rated G
[Reviews - 4]
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A poem about Merry's long and fearful wait to learn of his friends' fates...(Written for B2MeM, day 4)

Categories: Challenge Stories, The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Hobbit: Brandybuck: Merry (Master)
Genres: Angst, Character study, Friendship, Poetry
Places: Gondor: Ithilien, Gondor: Minas Tirith/Minas Anor
Times: 3-Third Age: Post-War of the Ring
Warnings: None
Series: If It's Trewsday It Must Be Buckland...
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 314    |    Read Count: 1410
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 03/04/11    |    Published: 03/04/11
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Reviewer: Celeritassagittae (Signed)
03/04/11
Chapter 1: Merry Waits...

This was really well done, especially for a fixed poem like that, on such a short notice!  I think stanzas four and five had the most impact for me.



Author's Response:

It was pretty time-consuming, but an engaging challenge, all the same.

Four and five of course, were about the most difficult time of all, that uncertainty, that waiting, to know if he'd be the only one of them left alive!  I always find that thought moving, that he was somehow able to cope with that burden.


Feature Babe in the Woods by Dreamflower

Rated G
[Reviews - 4]
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Aragorn and Halbarad find themselves on a mission of mercy as they travel through Staddle. (Written for the B2MEM March 7, 2011 challenge.)

Categories: Challenge Stories, The Lord of the Rings
Characters: As a Group: Hobbits, Northern Dúnedain: Halbarad, Original Male Character
Genres: Friendship, General, Short story
Places: Bree
Times: 3-Third Age: late
Warnings: None
Series: If It's Trewsday It Must Be Buckland...
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 2049    |    Read Count: 2158
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 03/07/11    |    Published: 03/07/11
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Reviewer: Celeritassagittae (Signed)
03/07/11
Chapter 1: Babe in the Woods

This was a real treat to read, Dreamflower!  I loved the way you emphasized the smallness of Neddy by our standards--tiny enough that a fox would be a threat, and that a nine-year-old would fit into a grown Man's arms like a baby!  The reminder makes, I think, the distrust hobbits showed to the Rangers much more understandable, and the trust they eventually show much more remarkable.

 

And Rover, eh?  I don't think I've heard that one before!



Author's Response:

Yes-- just think, if a full grown hobbit is only around 3 feet tall, give or take, then imagine how tiny their children and babies were!  They would be considered prey by any number of small predators: foxes, hawks, owls!  And yes, it does make the mistrust understandable!

I used it once before, in a previous B2MEM. It was in "An Alphabet for Middle-earth", "H: Like a Hale Halbarad".


Feature Turned Away by Dreamflower

Rated G
[Reviews - 3]
Table of Contents

Conducting business in post-War Arnor can be complicated...(written for B2MEM March 13 Challenge)

Categories: Challenge Stories, The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Original Male Character
Genres: Gapfiller
Places: The Shire
Times: 3-Third Age: Post-War of the Ring
Warnings: None
Series: If It's Trewsday It Must Be Buckland...
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 580    |    Read Count: 1935
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 03/14/11    |    Published: 03/14/11
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Reviewer: Celeritassagittae (Signed)
03/14/11
Chapter 1: Turned Away

Great point of view for this one!  And I love how the hobbits at the inn and the gate regret the Edict just as much as the tinker!



Author's Response:

I think perhaps there would have been other hobbits more within the Shire who did not regret it, but (at least in "my" Shire-universe) the hobbits in Bridgefields had been "softened up" a bit by the King's Men who had been there before, and knew all Men weren't Ruffians.


Feature A Question of Gratitude by Dreamflower

Rated G
[Reviews - 3]
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Bilbo has Aunt Dora over for dinner and Disturbing Conversation...(written for B2MEM March 14 challenge)

Categories: Challenge Stories, The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Hobbit: Baggins: Bilbo, Hobbit: Baggins: Dora, Hobbit: Baggins: Frodo
Genres: Character study, Family, Vignette
Places: The Shire: Bag End
Times: 3-Third Age: late
Warnings: None
Series: If It's Trewsday It Must Be Buckland...
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 698    |    Read Count: 2031
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 03/14/11    |    Published: 03/14/11
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Reviewer: Celeritassagittae (Signed)
03/14/11
Chapter 1: A Question of Gratitude

Wonderful use of the prompt!  *grin*



Author's Response:

Thanks! As we discussed, that was a hard prompt to fit into hobbits and the Shire.  I'm glad you think I succeeded!


Feature What Goes Around by Dreamflower

Rated G
[Reviews - 2]
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Sometimes history repeats itself (written for B2MEM March 25 Challenge)

Categories: Challenge Stories, The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Hobbit: Brandybuck: Merry (Master), Hobbit: Took: Pippin (Thain)
Genres: Family, Fluff, Humor
Places: The Shire: Brandy Hall
Times: 4-Fourth Age
Warnings: None
Series: If It's Trewsday It Must Be Buckland...
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 889    |    Read Count: 1861
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 03/26/11    |    Published: 03/26/11
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Reviewer: Celeritassagittae (Signed)
03/26/11
Chapter 1: What Goes Around

This was delightful!  First--reading the title and then seeing the names of the characters, I wondered if this was another "Merry and Pippin's children get into one of 'their' mishaps" fics.  Then I read it and find out that no, it's their grandchildren!  And the spyglass, and the reference to Elanor's fic (which I immediately got, of course).  Now I'm really curious as to what your extended family tree of the Travellers' descendents looks like!



Author's Response:

*grin* So very glad you enjoyed it!  This is the first of their grandchildren I've written about-- but as you may or may not know, Primrose is Pippin's eldest, and she is, of course married to Periadoc, Merry's son.

That spyglass has quite developed a life of its own-- as soon as I read the prompt I thought "Uh-oh, that spyglass got broken!"


Feature Fey by Thundera Tiger

Rated PG13
[Reviews - 25]
Table of Contents

Faramir is dreaming. Or sick. Or mad. Aragorn and Legolas aren't sure which. The only thing anyone does know for certain is this: They're all running out of time. (Written for the LOTR Big Bang challenge.)

The swamp below the Falls of Rauros

Tree and Flower Awards, 1st, Faramir

 

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Elf: Legolas Thranduilion, Gondorian: Faramir son of Denethor, Northern Dúnedain: Aragorn/Strider
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama, Horror, Hurt/Comfort, Mystery
Places: Gondor
Times: 3-Third Age: Post-War of the Ring
Warnings: 3. violence
Series: None
Chapters: 7    |    Word count: 36164    |    Read Count: 6490
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 08/01/11    |    Published: 08/01/11
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Reviewer: Celeritassagittae (Signed)
08/01/11
Chapter 1: Dreaming

Eeeep!

Holy cow, this is creepy and mysterious and suspenseful...

I like the way that Aragorn and Faramir are familiar with each other, yet treat each other as their station warrants (if that makes any sense).

I'm looking forward to the rest of the fic already; for not having any pages, this is a real pageturner!



Author's Response:

Oh, here's another review! I'll respond to this one, too. Backwards go I. I'm so glad you like the way Aragorn and Faramir come across. I didn't want to be TOO formal, but we're still pertty early in this new kingdom and I figured a certain camaraderie would have been reached but they would still be respectful of one another's stations. So glad you like the atmosphere, too, you who peeks! (See my response from your other review if that doesn't make sense.)


Reviewer: Celeritassagittae (Signed)
08/01/11
Chapter 2: Ailing

I'm wondering if Faramir is dreaming as himself?  Could he be dreaming from the perspective of some malicious spirit, or someone affected by the swamp?  Gimli's disappointment seems to be more along the lines of, "No, you're not getting it yet" rather than "No, you're not Faramir yet."

Also, if the Mewlips are involved at all I am going to be so happy!



Author's Response:

You peeked! When did you sneak onto my harddrive??!! ;)

I won't say which of your guesses is right. One of them is close in a strange kind fo way. The other is dead on. I'm afraid you're ahead of me, too, because I haven't even begun to read the other Big Bang stories. I'm recovering from my all-night-finish-this-story-NOW-marathon. But it worked! I finished!


Reviewer: Celeritassagittae (Signed)
08/01/11
Chapter 3: Burning

FYI, there's a little "14" at the end of this chapter, and I'm not sure if it's an error or a secret message...

It was inevitable that Faramir would try to get to the swamp, but at least he's starting to make sense of this!  The ruins are delightfully creepy, Mablung's knowingness is uncanny, and I especially liked Faramir's scruples about manipulating Beregond into letting him get to the swamp.

I'm really getting the sense of circling around the answer, right along with Faramir!



Author's Response:

FYI, there's a little "14" at the end of this chapter, and I'm not sure if it's an error or a secret message...

Secret message. So far, no one's decoded it. Little do they know that it's representative of the Ents' secret written language...

Beregond gave me fits this chapter. He kept trying to get into the swamp himself, and I really wanted to keep it focused on Faramir. I was having enough problems with present tense as it was. Grrr...


Reviewer: Celeritassagittae (Signed)
08/01/11
Chapter 4: Searching (Part 1)

Me, reading this chapter: "Ooh, they found a sword, I bet it's a ruined old--

"Anduril?  HOLY ----!!!"

And is Legolas hearing the Sea because he fears it?  Or is it something else?



Author's Response:

The story kind of built itself around a couple of moments and lines. Finding Anduril like that was one of them, so I'm glad it worked.


Reviewer: Celeritassagittae (Signed)
08/01/11
Chapter 5: Searching (Part 2)

Aaaaaaaah!!!!

Also, this sentence made Faramir sound unbelievably sexy: "Another man would have wilted before it, but Faramir knows a Nazgûl's scream. "



Author's Response:

::grins:: Who can resist sexy Faramir? (Definitely not me)


Reviewer: Celeritassagittae (Signed)
08/01/11
Chapter 6: Waking

Well, now I know which one was "dead on"...

I'm starting to wonder if the one who is outside Nindalf but can help Faramir if he returns to Faramir is Denethor...



Author's Response:

Nice pinpoint of Denethor. See, you keep peeking! It's not fair!


Reviewer: Celeritassagittae (Signed)
08/01/11
Chapter 7: Being

*grin*  Great ending!

I think my favorite bit in here was the creepy implication that Faramir, too, sought his own end, and then...

GANDALF EX MACHINA!!

Nope, didn't see that one at all.

This story seriously kicked some major donkey.  Congratulations!!!



Author's Response:

I actually had a long list of reasons for the how/why/what-in-the-world questions of Gandalf's involvement. But told from Faramir's perspective, they never made it into the story. Ah well. As for Faramir, shades of Denethor. Which was the whole point, but he surprised everyone with just how similar he and his father are. Many thanks for reading and commenting!


Feature The Prisoner and the Hobbit by pandemonium_213, Dreamflower

Rated PG13
[Reviews - 25]
Table of Contents

2012 Tree & Flower Award: 2nd place, W.I.P.

A prisoner in the Halls of Mandos, although grateful to be alive, nonetheless finds his days to be monotonous, that is, until a most unusual person, and one whose life was affected greatly by the prisoner's masterwork, accepts an offer to begin a correspondence.        

Categories: The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, History of Middle-earth
Characters: Hobbit: Baggins: Bilbo, Other: Sauron/Annatar/the Dark Lord
Genres: Character study, Drama, Humor
Places: Undying Lands: Aman, Undying Lands: Tol Eressëa
Times: 4-Fourth Age
Warnings: 1. use of profane or obscene language, 6. adult themes
Series: None
Chapters: 9    |    Word count: 62174    |    Read Count: 4896
Completed: No    |    Updated: 09/20/12    |    Published: 08/28/11
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Reviewer: Celeritas (Signed)
08/28/11
Chapter 2: Chapter 2: On Language

This is a good deal of fun!

I must admit I'm a bit intrigued by the (possibly?) contradictory reactions of Frodo to Sauron in chapters one and two.  Both of them could work, depending on your interpretation of the character, although since he's already done the whole "I officially pity you because you are a Bad Person" thing with Saruman, who did hurt him personally by specifically targeting his homeland in revenge, I suspect that it won't be too much of a stretch for him to Officially Pity Sauron (who, I suspect, would not take that too kindly!).  Unless you want to argue that the West is starting to make him feel like enough of his old self that, for a time, he becomes a little prickly again.  The easiest explanation, of course, is that this is a fic written by two people, but now I'm starting to wonder how the conversation between Frodo and Bilbo went before Frodo gave his blessing to the correspondence, and how he changed tack from invective to "actually, you didn't wrong me individually so okay."  Feels like there's a lot going behind the scenes here, which is always enjoyable.  And a part of me hopes that Frodo will re-enter the storyline, if only tangentially, for the sake of a completed character arc/healing/whatnot.

As far as the material itself--delightful!  The little goodies are really what get me here--Sauron sensing his jailors by smell, "Quenyan," linguistic geekery, tonal languages, and the like.  More please!



Author's Response:

Thanks muchly, Celeritas, for having a read and leaving the thoughtful comment.  

Re: the contradictory reactions of Frodo..."The easiest explanation, of course, is that this is a fic written by two people."  

Yes.  Exactly this.  That's integral to the challenge of two people writing, and one that I certainly enjoy.  Now, I would see Frodo as being hurt at such a deep, fundamental level that an act of personal forgiveness toward the one responsible for his suffering would be nearly impossible to give, and who could blame him?  I certainly wouldn't.  Yet as you and Dreamflower point out, Frodo did Officially Pity Saruman.  Bilbo's interactions with the Ring were more constructive, at least initially, so his view may be colored by that as well as being spurred on by his inherent curiosity.  But your observation is spot-on.

"Unless you want to argue that the West is starting to make him feel like enough of his old self that, for a time, he becomes a little prickly again."

Oh, be assured he remains prickly.  A leopard doesn't change his spots. It's not much of a spoiler to say that having been burned badly by Sauron's former boss, the Valar are not inclined to let a repentant Sauron wander freely around Aman, but they have an ingenious solution, addressed in the latter days of the Pandë!verse.


Reviewer: Celeritas (Signed)
09/05/11
Chapter 3: Chapter 3: Of Rings

I loved:

I'd like to know a lot more about the nature of Sauron's repentance, and how much he will become a dynamic character over the course of this fic (if very much at all!).
Also, the sheer thought of Bilbo learning Greek!!



Author's Response:

Thanks so much, Celeritas!  It's good to know you're continuing to enjoy this out-on-a-limb epistolary.  Dreamflower's portrayal of Bilbo and his thoroughly understandable reaction of anger is excellent.

"I'd like to know a lot more about the nature of Sauron's repentance..."

That's a story unto itself and likely will be written in the unfolding Pandë!verse.  I suspect that his repentance is likely not 100% complete, and that the nature of it shall be colored by the secular humanism of this particular fan fic writer. ;^)

"...and how much he will become a dynamic character over the course of this fic (if very much at all!)."

I'm not sure what to make of this comment.  Given that he is not only imprisoned, but also isolated, there's little room for more than limited interactions with others.    In the greater arc of my fan fiction,  all of which is interconnected, this epistolary represents a reflective stage in his long life, thus, relatively "static" in that sense.  Or, uh, perhaps he is boring?  I'd say he's plenty dynamic in other offerings, e.g.,  The Apprentice,  Into This Wild Abyss, etc.


A Purpose in Life by Dreamflower

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Nibs Cotton wonders what his future will bring when an unexpected visitor comes to call at the Cotton farm.

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Hobbit: Cotton: Carl "Nibs", Hobbit: Took: Pippin (Thain)
Genres: Character study, Coming of Age, Friendship
Places: The Shire
Times: 3-Third Age: Post-War of the Ring
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 1198    |    Read Count: 1302
Completed: No    |    Updated: 08/31/11    |    Published: 08/31/11
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Reviewer: Celeritas (Signed)
08/31/11
Chapter 1: A Purpose in Life

Haven't come across this one before, but it's quite lovely!  Everyone always seems to forget about Nibs...



Author's Response:

Oh thank you! I'm coming across many of my older fics I have almost forgotten as I upload them over here!

I thought Nibs and Pippin would have a lot in common...