Penname: Certh [Contact]
Real name: EC
Member Since: 08/06/12
Membership status: Member

Biography:

I first read the Lord of the Rings in my pre-teen years, got hooked and gradually got my hands on all JRRT books that concern Arda and its wonderful history.
I have been wetting my feet in the waters of Tolkien fanfiction since 2000, although it was in 2011 that I finally became satisfied enough with my ideas to start developing them and eventually share them with others. I like exploring the gaps that Professor Tolkien so graciously left in his works for us to indulge our creative side. I've always feared, however, that my portrayal of canon characters wouldn't do them justice, so I began by creating original characters to fit into those gaps. But, time has passed and as I slowly gain more confidence in portraying canon characters, I begin to have dealings with them and the gaps left in the story in earnest.
My stories may also be found at the Henneth-Annun Story Archive and FanFiction Net.


When managing to pull myself out of the magic of Arda and into the real world, I am a vet with an undying love for cats. I enjoy reading (anything from theatrical plays to science fiction); listening to jazz; watching good films; cooking and experimenting with new recipes; drawing.

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Feature Ancestress by Dreamflower

Rated G
[Reviews - 57]
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MEFA 2009 Nominee

This is to be a set of 300 word fixed-length ficlets, exploring one possible pre-history for the race of hobbits. (The Prologue is a good deal longer than 300 words.)

Categories: The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion
Characters: Hobbit: Baggins: Bilbo, Hobbit: Baggins: Frodo, Original Female Character, Original Male Character, Other: Gandalf/Mithrandir/Ólorin
Genres: Family, Fixed-length Ficlet (other than drabble), Frame story (tale-within-a-tale), Romance-het
Places: Undying Lands: Tol Eressëa
Times: 3-Third Age, 4-Fourth Age
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 66    |    Word count: 20638    |    Read Count: 74050
Completed: No    |    Updated: 11/09/13    |    Published: 07/30/09
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Reviewer: Certh (Signed)
09/12/12
Chapter 59: Watched Over

A very sweet chapter fille with hope.



Author's Response:

Thank you!


Reviewer: Certh (Signed)
09/14/12
Chapter 60: The Upward Path

It's so nice to see Frodo begin to heal!



Author's Response:

Yes, Frodo's healing is a very important part of this story.


Reviewer: Certh (Signed)
09/21/12
Chapter 61: The Sketchbook, part 1

This little chapter just made my day. Such a vivid and perfect imagery, so detailed; it was like watching the scene from a spot in the garden. The merry faces of Gandalf and the hobbits, Frodo laughing - it all made for a truly, wonderfully cheerful picture.



Author's Response:

Thanks! The 300 word count can feel a little constricting at times--I often feel description suffers when I have to cut and cut to get the word count down. But I am so glad that the mood and the scene I hoped to create came through!


Reviewer: Certh (Signed)
10/26/13
Chapter 62: The Sketchbook, part 2

Beautiful. Adamanta recognised Merry, Pippin and Sam because they resembled her own children - their ancestors, correct? And it's only just struck me that kali, raz and ban are shortened forms of Merry, Pippin and Sam's names! What a wonderful way to establish a strong connection between the six Hobbits.



Author's Response:

Yes indeed! And of course you are right about the names. Of course, there was much mingling of the Took line over the centuries, but the implication is that those three are direct descendants. (And BTW, one of her sons was also named "Maura".)


Reviewer: Certh (Signed)
10/26/13
Chapter 63: A Drop of Fancy in the Blood

Oh, perfect! More detail on genealogy. Yes, no doubt Sam will be flabbergasted! :)



Author's Response:

He will be given "an eye-opener and no mistake"!! ;)


Reviewer: Certh (Signed)
10/26/13
Chapter 64: Conversations About the Past, Part 1

I do like the story-teller Bilbo! Looking very much forward to his tale!



Author's Response:

And it looks as though it somehow got skipped. I seem to have accidentally skipped a chapter ahead--though I got the title right.


Reviewer: Certh (Signed)
11/09/13
Chapter 65: Conversations About the Past, Part 2

I rather liked the melancholy tone of this chapter, and the pensive mood was definitely thought-inducing. The permanent parting that is death is never easy to accept. And there was some significance to the fact it was Celebrian Frodo spoke to about his fears, seeing that her ordeal with the Orcs led her to be parted from her family for more than half a millenium. She would know about blessings and callousness. At least that's my interpretation.



Author's Response:

This one was supposed to be "Conversations about the Present, part 1"! I will have to fix that!

I was certainly going for a melancholy and pensive tone; the next few chapters will, I hope maintain that tone. And you have certainly pinpointed one of the reasons I have Frodo and Celebrian become such close friends. There is an understanding between them that being healed does not make the past go away, it just puts it into perspective.


Reviewer: Certh (Signed)
11/09/13
Chapter 65: Conversations About the Past, Part 2

A lovely little chapter of introspection!


Feature Little Dogs Laughed by Dreamflower

Rated G
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A little post-story gapfiller for J.R.R. Tolkien's charming children's story, Roverandom. A dog and his boy have an Adventure.

Categories: Other Fiction of J.R.R. Tolkien
Characters: None
Genres: Action/Adventure, Childhood, Family, Fluff, Friendship, Gapfiller
Places: None
Times: None
Warnings: None
Series: 26. 2010 May Challenge: Tying up Loose Ends
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 3478    |    Read Count: 1329
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 05/28/10    |    Published: 05/28/10
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Reviewer: Certh (Signed)
09/12/12
Chapter 1: Little Dog Laughed

This is positively one of the most charming tales I have read. It was told in a most lovely and skillful way, and the characterisations of all Roverandom, moon-Rover, Little boy two and the Man-in-the-Moon were just wonderful. And, of course, Isilui, seems to be a delightful creature. Everything was very much in line with Tolkien's writings. Enchanting in every way.



Author's Response:

Thank you! Roverrandom is one of my favorite "non-Middle-earth" stories by JRRT, because it truly is so very charming and whimsical! I really wanted to pay tribute to that style, and hope that I somewhat succeeded. I'm so glad you liked it!

I also used my LiveJournal to do a "read-aloud" of the entire book a couple of years ago! That was tremendous fun!


Feature The King's Surgeon by SurgicalSteel

Rated R
[Reviews - 7]
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The life and adventures of a surgeon in the late Third and early Fourth Ages of Middle-earth, from south to north and back again. Winner of MEFAs for Races: Men: Incomplete in 2006 (First Place) and Genres: Longer Works in 2008 (Third Place).

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: As a Group: Gondorians, Dwarf: Gimli son of Glóin, Gondorian: Boromir son of Denethor, Gondorian: Denethor, Steward of Gondor, Gondorian: Faramir son of Denethor, Half-Elven: Arwen Undómiel, Half-Elven: Elrond, Hobbit: Baggins: Bilbo, Hobbit: Baggins: Frodo, Hobbit: Brandybuck: Merry (Master), Hobbit: Gamgee: Samwise, Hobbit: Took: Pippin (Thain), Northern Dúnedain: Aragorn/Strider, Original Female Character, Original Male Character, Other: Gandalf/Mithrandir/Ólorin, Rohirrim: Éomer
Genres: Drama
Places: Bree, Gondor, Gondor: Ithilien, Gondor: Minas Tirith/Minas Anor
Times: 3-Third Age: late, 3-Third Age: the War of the Ring , 3-Third Age: Post-War of the Ring, 4-Fourth Age
Warnings: 1. use of profane or obscene language, 3. violence, 6. adult themes, 7. sexual content , 8. character death
Series: None
Chapters: 123    |    Word count: 257532    |    Read Count: 44997
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 12/19/10    |    Published: 12/17/10
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Reviewer: Certh (Signed)
10/12/12
Chapter 123: EPILOGUE

I came across this story a few months ago and it took me some time to read, but I am honestly glad I read it to the end. It's a truly beautiful tale from beginning to end, filled with such a wide range of wonderfully depicted emotions, such vivid descriptions.

The original characters were all very much believable and realistic. Serinde and her tale were woven into the fabric of canon smoothly and seamlessly. I must say I think her to be one of the most well-rounded original characters I've ever come across. The portrayal of canon characters was nice and I do believe that the human side of each one of them shone through. Also, it was a true delight to read a story in which Halbarad had a main role; he is sadly a character who's overlooked in fanfiction.

Furthermore, the story did an excellent job at familiarising people who aren't in the medical profession with the essence of it. And it was a nice touch to add the achievements of later decades - such as the use of ether as a general anesthetic and the Gigli saw - into the medieval-like setting of Middle-earth.

All in all, a truly enjoyable and very well-crafted story.


Feature First Snow Day. by curiouswombat

Rated G
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For the ordinary folk of the Riddermark the winter after the end of the Ring War was a harsh one... First of The Tales of the Riddermark.

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: As a Group: Rohirrim
Genres: Drabble or Drabble series
Places: Rohan: Westfold
Times: 3-Third Age: Post-War of the Ring
Warnings: None
Series: Tales of The Riddermark
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 615    |    Read Count: 1833
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 02/23/11    |    Published: 02/23/11
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Reviewer: Certh (Signed)
01/05/17
Chapter 1: First Snow Day.

Lovely snapshots of post-War Rohan. This is such a beautiful illustration of how war makes people grow up too soon and take up more responsibilities in order to provide for their families in the absence of parents. And yet, beneath the too-soon-matured exterior lies that carefree nature of one who was still a child the previous year. Very nicely written.


Invocation Of Memory by curiouswombat

Rated PG
[Reviews - 3]
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Tolkien tells us that Aragorn travelled widely in his youth... This is the tale of just one night during those travels.

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Northern Dúnedain: Aragorn/Strider
Genres: Character study
Places: Harad
Times: 3-Third Age: late
Warnings: 5. mild sexual content
Series: None
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 495    |    Read Count: 1559
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 03/07/12    |    Published: 03/07/12
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Reviewer: Certh (Signed)
08/29/12
Chapter 1: Chapter 1

An exceptional little story, filled with so many tantalising scents and vivid imagery.



Author's Response:

Thank you so much - and thank you for taking the time to review - it is really appreciated.


More lessons from the Classroom by curiouswombat

Rated G
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A third drabble set featuring Eldarion, his governess and a couple of family friends.

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Dwarf: Gimli son of Glóin, Elf: Legolas Thranduilion, Gondorian: Eldarion, Original Female Character
Genres: Drabble or Drabble series, Family
Places: Gondor: Minas Tirith/Minas Anor
Times: 4-Fourth Age
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 834    |    Read Count: 1645
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 04/29/12    |    Published: 04/29/12
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Reviewer: Certh (Signed)
08/29/12
Chapter 1: On History... and maths

Quite entertaining and very well-written!



Author's Response:

Thank you - I rather like Eldarion and his governess!


Becoming by Nath

Rated PG
[Reviews - 8]
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A young sentry challenges a stranger coming up the road... the start of a long friendship.

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Northern Dúnedain: Aragorn/Strider, Northern Dúnedain: Dírhael, Northern Dúnedain: Halbarad, Original Female Character, Original Male Character
Genres: General
Places: Eriador
Times: 3-Third Age: late
Warnings: 2. mild violence
Series: Tales of the North
Chapters: 13    |    Word count: 29232    |    Read Count: 5312
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 11/06/16    |    Published: 06/03/12
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Reviewer: Certh (Signed)
02/10/13
Chapter 13: Notes

A nicely in-depth fic, providing with an excellent take on how the friendship between Halbarad and Aragorn began, as well as Aragorn's journeying to the Angle to integrate with the Dunedain and prepare for his role as Chieftain. Both Halbarad and Aragorn were portrayed wonderfully. Aragorn's thoughts especially on his foster family, the home of his childhood and the destiny that awaits him were written out beautifully.



Author's Response:

Thank you - it must have been overwhelming at first for Aragorn.


Feature Menelvagor's Chase by kimberleighe

Rated PG
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The Sindarin tale of Menelvagor, of how he came to the skies and the price he paid.

Categories: The Silmarillion
Characters: Elf: Gil-galad, Half-Elven: Elrond, Original Female Character
Genres: Frame story (tale-within-a-tale), General
Places: The Grey Havens/Mithlond
Times: 2-Second Age: early
Warnings: 2. mild violence
Series: None
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 3495    |    Read Count: 663
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 06/10/12    |    Published: 06/10/12
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Reviewer: Certh (Signed)
08/07/12
Chapter 1: Menelvagor's Chase

Wow. The tale of Menelvagor was beautiful. And that last scene with Idhreniel and Gil-galad was definitely one of the most powerful scenes I have ever read in book or fanfiction. It sent goosebumps down my arms.



Author's Response:

Wow, thank you for such a compliment!  This is me sending a virtual hug your way!  Maybe some cookies too.


Feature Eleventy-One Years: Too Short a Time; Book One by Dreamflower

Rated G
[Reviews - 25]
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 For one-hundred-and-eleven years, Bilbo Baggins dwelt in Bag End, in Hobbiton of the Shire, save for a brief journey into the Wide World. This is his story. Book One: The First Fifty Years.

Categories: The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings
Characters: As a Group: Hobbits, Elf: Gildor Inglorion, Hobbit: Baggins: Belladonna (Took), Hobbit: Baggins: Bilbo, Hobbit: Baggins: Bungo, Hobbit: Baggins: Dora, Hobbit: Baggins: Drogo, Hobbit: Baggins: Dudo, Hobbit: Bolger: Belba (Baggins), Hobbit: Bolger: Pansy (Baggins), Hobbit: Brandybuck: Esmeralda (Took), Hobbit: Brandybuck: Gorbadoc (Master), Hobbit: Brandybuck: Menegilda, Hobbit: Brandybuck: Rorimac, Hobbit: Brandybuck: Saradoc, Hobbit: Farmer Maggot, Hobbit: Gamgee: Bell (Goodchild), Hobbit: Gamgee: Hamfast "the Gaffer", Hobbit: Other Canon Hobbit, Hobbit: Sackville-Baggins: Lobelia, Hobbit: Sackville-Baggins: Lotho, Hobbit: Sackville-Baggins: Otho, Hobbit: Took: Adalgrim, Hobbit: Took: Adamanta (Chubb), Hobbit: Took: Gerontius (Thain), Hobbit: Took: Hildibrand, Hobbit: Took: Hildigrim, Hobbit: Took: Isembard, Hobbit: Took: Isembold, Hobbit: Took: Isengar, Hobbit: Took: Lalia (Clayhanger), Hobbit: Took: Paladin II (Thain), Hobbit: Took: Rosa (Baggins), Hobbit: Took: Sigismund, Hobbits: Took: Paladin's older sisters, Original Female Character, Original Male Character, Other: Gandalf/Mithrandir/Ólorin
Genres: Character study, Childhood, Coming of Age, Drama, Epic, Family, Friendship, Gapfiller, General, Saga
Places: The Shire: Bag End
Times: 1-First Age: middle
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 46    |    Word count: 102612    |    Read Count: 38394
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 05/28/14    |    Published: 06/12/12
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Reviewer: Certh (Signed)
09/04/12
Chapter 14: Chapter 13: Over Snow by Winter Sown

Another very good chapter. I loved how everyone's emotions were portrayed so clearly, showing their worries and innermost fears. The characterisation of Sage was wonderful: despite not feeling very confident herself, it truly showed that she is competent, doing her best and remaining calm. Using dowsing to detect the source of the illness was a nice touch - I had forgotten all about that practice.

Overall, a great chapter, very emotional and poignant.



Author's Response:

The use of the pendulum for my hobbit healers is derived from real Healing Touch practice. My husband, in addition to being an RN for nearly 40 years, is also a Certified HT practioner, and I have often observed him using his pendulum. I've taken a little dramatic license in my stories, making it more exact for my hobbit healers. My idea is that Elven healers and descendants of Isildur are able to see the patient's energy fields, which is how they do much of their healing; but hobbits compensate for the lack of that ability by the use of the pendulum. I used it first in one of my very earliest stories, and it is a practice unique to hobbit healers in my 'verse.

These chapters are so important to my understanding of Bilbo's character-- I was hoping they would come across as emotional without being too angsty! Thank you for your kind words!

 


Reviewer: Certh (Signed)
09/10/12
Chapter 15: Chapter 14: Tidings: An Interlude

Beautiful insights into the characters, especially Gandalf and Isengrim. My heart went out to Gerontius - he was so clearly devastated by the passing of his wife of so many years.

I am looking forward to the next chapter and the appearance of the wolves.



Author's Response:

Yes. I knew it was risky to move away from the Hobbiton POV, but I knew all along that I was going to have to when I got to this part. I'm glad you liked the characterizations!

Ah, yes! Those white wolves!


Reviewer: Certh (Signed)
09/17/12
Chapter 16: Chapter 15: A Gleam of Good Hope

A very uplifting chapter, despite the bad news Bilbo's uncles bring. It's very nice to see Bella and Bungo (and other ill hobbits) are on the mend. And the New Year song was simply beautiful!



Author's Response:

Thank you so much! The year has turned, and Bilbo's parents have taken a turn for the better!

Every year I try to write and post at least one (and sometimes more) "Shire Yule Carol".  I often use them in my stories as well! I'm glad you liked it!


Reviewer: Certh (Signed)
10/16/12
Chapter 17: Chapter 16: Beware the Wolf in Darkness Born, part 1

Welcome back! Beautiful chapter, as usual. Good to read Bilbo wasn't sick too long; and the account of the Hobbits going after the wolves sure is exciting.

Looking forward to the next chapter.



Author's Response:

Yes, Bilbo was pretty sick, but not nearly so sick as his parents had been, and with the special medicine was able to recover more quickly.

I'm glad you found it exciting! I always worry about action/adventure scenes!


Reviewer: Certh (Signed)
10/29/12
Chapter 18: Chapter 17: Beware the Wolf in Darkness Born, part 2

Beautiful chapter. A bit grim, perhaps, but wonderfully written. It's so very nice to read about things Tolkien hinted at, all done in a unique perspective. Hobbits truly shone in this, showing that they are capable of true bravery and great achievements when roused.



Author's Response:

Thank you! I'm glad you think it well-written. It's difficult to put the characters through such hard times--and yet this is just the sort of thing JRRT did hint at! And of course we know how brave hobbits can be "in a pinch".


Reviewer: Certh (Signed)
11/15/12
Chapter 19: Chapter 18: The Wood Was Burning Fast, and the Snow Still Fell

Horrible winter indeed! Very nicely written scenes, very emotional. The effects this interminable winter has on everyone are shown quite clearly and in a way that makes it easy to relate. Like the Hobbits, I can't wait for spring to finally arrive.



Author's Response:

This winter went down in hobbit history, so it needed to have a real impact. Spring is still a little way off, especially in this particular year.

I can tell you though, this author is also ready for spring--it's been difficult to write about such a long winter, and to spread out all of the events that had to occur during it.


Reviewer: Certh (Signed)
11/27/12
Chapter 20: Chapter 19: When Winter Comes Without a Spring

An excellent chapter. It truly takes the reader on a trip through emotions: from feeling dread at every knock on the door, fearing the arrival of more bad news, to the contentment felt after a successful fishing expedition, to Bilbo's excitement when noticing those first blooms peeking shyly from the snow.



Author's Response:

Thank you! I was afraid I was being too "narrative"--telling, not showing enough. But I knew I still had a lot of information to convey from canon, such as the deaths of Bilbo's Great-aunts and -uncles. It was noticing how they all died during the Fell Winter that began to get me thinking along these lines in the first place.

And I was truly as ready to see the end of the winter as the hobbits were!


Reviewer: Certh (Signed)
12/26/12
Chapter 21: Chapter 20: Deep Roots Are Not Reached By the Frost

A chapter full of hope for the present and future. It is very good to see the Hobbits recovering from the Fell Winter.



Author's Response:

I am SO glad to be through with the Fell Winter; it was an awful time for them, and I am so glad to let them have some joy again!


Reviewer: Certh (Signed)
01/23/13
Chapter 22: Chapter 21: You Are Cordially Invited, Part One

A very cheerful chapter. Nicely descriptive and the riddle-game was quite fun to read!



Author's Response:

I'm glad you enjoyed it! It ws fun to imagine what Bilbo would do to while away the hours on a journey like that.


Reviewer: Certh (Signed)
05/09/13
Chapter 23: Chapter 22: Afternoon at the Great Smials

I do like the description of the Great Smials, it feels like a vast but comfortable place. Chop has definitely changed, and his bride does not seem to share much of his previous humour, but no doubt she has other qualities that have endared her to him. I am very much looking forward to the prank!



Author's Response:

Yes, a vast but comfortable place is a good description.

Periwinkle does have some lovely qualities, and her practicality and "propriety" will make a nice balance for her husband.