Penname: Rhapsody [Contact]
Real name: Rhapsody the Bard
Member Since: 07/28/09
Membership status: Member

Biography:


This bard writes a lot, loves to read a lot and likes to muse about a huge variety of ideas that firmly takes root in Tolkien's world. Foremost a Silmarillion writer (Maglor & Celegorm the most), but I love to read a hobbity story (especially Bilbo) once a while.


However, after two draining and very eventful years, I decided to take a fannish sabbatical of an unknown duration. The rollercoaster has not come to an end yet, so you will not see me around with new works, or reviews coming from me. You might encounter me as I work behind the scenes of an archive, but that is it. Of course it does make sense that someone with two children that young (and one with pdd-nos) doesn't have much time to write (unless you get me more hours in a day). Rest assured, I will still reply to reviews, will finish some works that needs to be finished, some day...


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Reviews by Rhapsody

Feature A Lesson in the Library by Pearl Took

Rated G
[Reviews - 1]
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Written for the September 2008 LOTR Community Challenge's Young/Old challenge ----
Pippin is feeling out of sorts. An elderly Hobbit helps him to think through his troubles. 

MEFA banner: Honorable Mention: Time: Pre-Ring War: General

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Hobbit: Took: Pippin (Thain), Original Male Character
Genres: Drama
Places: The Shire: Tookland
Times: 3-Third Age: late
Warnings: None
Series: 06. 2008 September Challenge: Young/Old
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 2213    |    Read Count: 1450
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 06/11/09    |    Published: 06/11/09
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Reviewer: Rhapsody (Signed)
09/20/10
Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Oh I really loves this little tale! I was browsing through your story list and of course, a title with library in it caught my attention! I will admit that I am very intrigued now about Basso's adventures and what your take is on what happened to Isengar (if you already have written that, do point me towards that story!). Anyways, what a very pleasant short story, very rounded and you brought Basso to life to me, while keeping Pippin as an eager tween with his own opinion's formed, to me the characterisations are very sound and this little tale just flows, leaving me curious for more!

 

And.... happy birthday dear Pearl! I wish you many many happy returns with lots of love, laughter and creativity!



Author's Response:

Thank you so very much, Rhapsody! I'm honored that you enjoyed it so much.

It's strange, I guess, but I so rarely think beyond the story as it comes to me and I write it down. Most of my short stories, and many of my longer ones as well, come to me pretty much fully formed and I just write them out with no or few changes. For how little I seem to think about "Why?" or "What if?" or "Gee, I wonder what happened to _____?" I'm often amazed that I write at all. I never wondered about Basso's adventures at all, nor my take on Isengar. Perhaps something will come to me though.

Thank you also for the birthday wishes! :-) You helped make it a wonderful day. :-)


Feature The Fabled Courtship of Elanor the Fair by the_arc5

Rated G
[Reviews - 11]
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Everybody wants to court Elanor the Fair. Elanor the Fair has rather different plans.

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: None
Genres: Coming of Age, Family, Friendship, Gapfiller, Humor, Romance-het
Places: The Shire
Times: 4-Fourth Age
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 5    |    Word count: 10136    |    Read Count: 7404
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 07/26/09    |    Published: 07/26/09
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Reviewer: Rhapsody (Signed)
02/17/10
Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Oh gosh, what a wonderful easy read, it just rolls along so smoothly and it leaves me to wonder if Elanor indeed fancies someone else. Hmmm, must continue to read on to find out!

Before I go to chapter two, I really like the regency vibe of manners and expressions (you have to forgive me, I have been reading a lot of regency romance novels of late), this combined with the immense humorous touches like the visual of Samwise being that desperate that he has to rest his head on the table. Ok, clickytity click I go.

 


Reviewer: Rhapsody (Signed)
02/17/10
Chapter 2: Chapter 2

Awww, what a struggle between rationality, loyalty and falling in love. I love how you can paint such a reading scene so vividly, the details are so gorgeously and well done!


Reviewer: Rhapsody (Signed)
02/17/10
Chapter 3: Chapter 3

Oooo, Ruby and May take charge. I am loving this so much. The 'spin' at the end had me wondering before how Elanor would take this twist and if she'd think thusly of Fastred. Frodo is so sensible and practical here and yeah, I agree with him fully. One can't stop toddlers/faunts when they have their mind set on something :D


Reviewer: Rhapsody (Signed)
02/17/10
Chapter 5: Chapter 5

Oh, I am so so so happy to read this ending. I am sorry for not reviewing chapter 4 (which I liked, but I had to read on). I will admit that I haven't read anything hobbity for a long time now and it just felt... like returning home. You bring them to life so well and your characterisation is brilliantly done: it is rich but not overly done. I do wish to read more of these two (and don't be surprised if I managed to squeek in more reading time for your other stuff).

This is so romantic, gently written and ah well. More please?


Leaf and Twig by Marta

Rated G
[Reviews - 3]
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Because even the greatest of elf-lords were children, once upon a time... A wee moment of adventure, from the journey from Cuivienen.

 

(A triple-drabble - exactly 300 words.)

Categories: The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion
Characters: As a Group: Ents, Elf: Celeborn
Genres: Childhood, Fixed-length Ficlet (other than drabble)
Places: Beleriand
Times: 0-Pre-First Age
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 2    |    Word count: 397    |    Read Count: 2901
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 08/15/09    |    Published: 08/15/09
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Reviewer: Rhapsody (Signed)
03/10/12
Chapter 1: Chapter 1

I dare say that Celeborn would have figured it out how he eventually could to talk with trees. I am just so curious now what the ent will do: will it hide the elfling or betray it to his guards? And what would the greeting be? Is he on treebeard’s branches?

I am only wondering about one thing: wouldn't he have known about ents growing in Doriath (or perhaps elsewhere) there? I can imagine that Melian – given her tasks in Lorien on Valinor in Vaná’s and Yavanna’s service - would have made sure that the ents, being the children of Yavanna, had a safe place to remain within her girdle. But oh for the elfing’s impishness here, you kept his thoughts and reasoning fitting his age as he is utterly unaware of the consequences that he could end up in. Perhaps Melian would see to it herself to have him properly educated in Entish lore and care? I love how you use the scene from lord of the Rings and put it to good use in the years of the trees (my assumption).

This is a delightful drabble, fuel for the muses and plot Nazgul’s I’d say. Unintentional, I swear!



Author's Response:

Thanks for the review, Rhapsody. It's so nice that people are still enjoying my short little ficlet so long after I posted it. As for Celeborn's knowledge of ents, I actually imagine this to take place before the elves settled in Doriath. The thought was it happened while they're all camped out near the coast waiting for Thingol to turn up again. Or perhaps even before Thingol gets lost, after they've arrived but before they've decided whether or not to leave for Valinor. I couldn't make all of that perfectly clear given the length. 

I may want to revisit how Celeborn actually learned about the Ents. There are, after all, nearly twenty more days of BMEM prompts to fill. We shall see.

Thanks in any case for reading. :-)


Feature Campfire Tales by Meneleth

Rated G
[Reviews - 4]
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Bilbo is telling stories again.

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: None
Genres: Anthology
Places: None
Times: None
Warnings: None
Series: 07. 2008 October Challenge: Halloween/Harvest
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 624    |    Read Count: 1394
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 08/31/09    |    Published: 08/31/09
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Reviewer: Rhapsody (Signed)
02/22/10
Chapter 1: Chapter 1 "Campfire Tales"

This is delightfully cute with that tinge of foreshadowing on Frodo's behalf. I love the descriptions of the party, the meals and how modest means even in our modern views quite a copious meal. In your narrative the Shire and all it stands for shows through so well. Short, sweet and very enjoyable!


Leaf Subsides to Leaf by IgnobleBard

Rated G
[Reviews - 5]
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Thranduil and Legolas say their last farewells.

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Elf: Legolas Thranduilion, Elf: Thranduil
Genres: Angst, Family
Places: Mirkwood/Eryn Lasgalen/Greenwood the Great
Times: 3-Third Age: Post-War of the Ring
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 1827    |    Read Count: 1860
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 01/09/10    |    Published: 01/09/10
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Reviewer: Rhapsody (Signed)
03/06/10
Chapter 1: Leaf Subsides to Leaf

Dear Mike,

I wish I could express better what this story does to me whenever I (re-)read it and I am so glad that you posted it to this archive.

Again I was drawn into this short work.

Again I had to wipe away tears.

Again I am just stunned, silent and am sitting her thinking that the love there is between them is so strong, just as strong as it is that both can let the other go, one of the most difficult virtues of love one has to master. Both can do it, trusting that no matter what, the other will love them still. The week before I learnt of the passing of a teen, his father said: love even triumphs death and this piece clearly shows the love, the purity of it that makes it so.

Thank you.

 



Author's Response:

Thanks so much, Rhapsody! I always like to picture Thranduil and Legolas as having a very close relationship, each having strong personalites but with different paths in life. I'm glad you continue to find this story touching as I am touched by your quote about love triuphing over death. I truly believe that as well.


Feature The Importance of Being Bilbo by Dreamflower

Rated G
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MEFA 2008 HM

Bilbo is sometimes undervalued as a character, and his Adventure considered "less important" than Frodo's-- but would Frodo have ever had his own adventure without Bilbo?

 

Categories: Essay--Canon, The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, Research, The Lord of the Rings, History of Middle-earth
Characters: Hobbit: Baggins: Bilbo
Genres: Character study, Essay (non-fiction), Research (non-fiction)
Places: None
Times: 3-Third Age: late
Warnings: None
Series: Bilbo Baggins, Esquire
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 1833    |    Read Count: 1469
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 02/07/10    |    Published: 02/07/10
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Reviewer: Rhapsody (Signed)
02/22/10
Chapter 1: The Importance of Being Bilbo

I really adore Bilbo and whenever I see a fic with him, I have to read it. I have some bunnies hanging around, but I better make a run for it before yours latch on. Regarding the similarities, I was wondering about Laketown compared to Minas Tirith, both were sieged and under attack, one person stood up firmly and took down a mighty foe. One might say that Bard could compare to Éowyn/Merry in that sense. One thing that might stand out is Gandalf, the dwarves and Bilbo hiding in the trees while the wolves try to get to them and oh the three trolls.. Hmm. I wonder how that would compare to Lotr.

Anyway, I love this passionate speech/essay on behalf of Bilbo and I do hope that more stories will follow once people read your short piece (because like Bilbo, we could go on, stressing his finer qualities). :)

 



Author's Response:

Ooh! Laketown=Minas Tirith! That is a kind of cool similarity I didn't spot!  And while I thought of Bard as more or less fulfilling (a) Gollum's role (he put an end to the enemy) and (b) Aragorn's role (he was of royal lineage and re-established a royal dynasty), there is certainly a good argument that he also fills the Merry/Eowyn role in saving the besieged city!

And I wish at the time I wrote this that I'd had access to The History of The Hobbit, because there are things in there that really shed light on Bilbo and his Adventure!

This essay is posted here at MPTT as part of my "Bilbo Baggins, Esquire" series, in which I've collected nearly all my  Bilbo-centric stories!  (I love the "series" function e-fiction provides!)  They are in more or less chronological order, so you can follow Bilbo from his birth on! LOL!

I'd love to see tons and tons of Bilbo-centric stories written BEFORE The Hobbit movie comes out!  That way we will have a lot of book-verse Bilbo all ready to counter any movie-verse inaccuracies!


Feature Hearts in Stone by Raksha The Demon

Rated PG
[Reviews - 4]
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When the love story ends, and the beloved is laid to rest, how does the lover face a lonelier world? Faramir wrestles with grief in this Fourth Age story.

Third Place, Favorite story featuring Men, 2012 Tree & Flower Awards.  

First Place, Genres: Drama: Gondor or Rohan, 2010 MEFA (Middle-earth Fanfiction Awards).

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Gondorian: Faramir son of Denethor, Northern Dúnedain: Aragorn/Strider
Genres: Angst, Character study, Drama, Friendship, Short story
Places: Gondor, Gondor: Minas Tirith/Minas Anor
Times: 4-Fourth Age
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 1216    |    Read Count: 1717
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 02/21/10    |    Published: 02/21/10
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Reviewer: Rhapsody (Signed)
02/26/10
Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Oh Raksha, this is so beautiful that I read it a couple of times to let it sink in properly. It just feels as if she has been cut of from Faramir before her time and that emotion nearly breaks him. Just that scene at the end, the lily who was plucked before her time and Faramir wearing it, leaves me in tears over and over. Beautifully done!



Author's Response:

 

Oops; posted this as a review the other day...

Thanx much for reading and reviewing, Rhapsody.  I visualized Eowyn dying in her old age; but Faramir not ready to part from her and now feeling terribly shocked and bereft.  I suppose she could have died in her 50's or 60's; but I surmise that at least 25 years would have passed; since Bergil is now Captain of the Prince of Ithilien's White Company rather than his father Beregond.

In any case, I'm so pleased that you found the story 'beautiful' - I did want to do justice to what had to be a shattering event in Faramir's life.


Feature Farewell to Dol Amroth by nautika

Rated G
[Reviews - 3]
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Imrahil returns from his daughter's wedding in Rohan to find the following on his desk.

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: None
Genres: Character study, Family
Places: Gondor: Dol Amroth
Times: 3-Third Age: Post-War of the Ring
Warnings: None
Series: 23. 2010 February Challenge: Send It in a Letter
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 199    |    Read Count: 1192
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 02/25/10    |    Published: 02/25/10
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Reviewer: Rhapsody (Signed)
02/26/10
Chapter 1: Farewell to Dol Amroth

This is just so poignant Nautika, the first line immediately gets to you, but foremost this letter speaks of a love of a daughter for her father, the care and duty she still feels she has, but not out of duty...

This moment is so wonderfully and beautifully conveyed, I can almost imagine how Imrahil stands there, his hands probably shaking and yet and maybe experiencing that jolt of pride because of his daughter he's so proud of. Yeps I am getting carried away, but well can you blame me after reading this magnificent piece?


Feature Slipped under the Door of the Master Bedroom, September 25, 1444 by Celeritas

Rated G
[Reviews - 3]
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A heated argument with her father leads Elanor to some serious self-examination.

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: None
Genres: Angst, Character study, Coming of Age, Family
Places: The Shire: Bag End
Times: 4-Fourth Age
Warnings: None
Series: 23. 2010 February Challenge: Send It in a Letter
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 1184    |    Read Count: 1979
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 02/25/10    |    Published: 02/25/10
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Reviewer: Rhapsody (Signed)
02/26/10
Chapter 1: Slipped under the Door of the Master Bedroom, September 25, 1444

Aww, even though I haven't read the story to which this one is tied to, this letter is so well done. Knowing that you are of a certain generation, still longing to belong in the generation that came before because it makes more sense to you. It just makes you wanna wrap your arms around this lass and just say nothing for a bit.

This is wonderfully done!



Author's Response:

The linked story only made as brief a reference to the argument (unwritten) as this letter did, as a throwaway.  I wanted to try to do a little more with it here and I'm pleased it succeeded.  Elanor must have had a very, very special time as a tween, and realizing she doesn't actually belong to the generation she understands has got to be just a little heartbreaking.  Thanks for reading!


Into Darkness Falls A Star by IgnobleBard

Rated PG
[Reviews - 4]
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Written for the LOTR BigBang

Legolas gets more than he bargained for when he runs away to join the circus.

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Elf: Legolas Thranduilion
Genres: General, Mystery
Places: None
Times: 3-Third Age: late
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 2    |    Word count: 8710    |    Read Count: 2195
Completed: No    |    Updated: 08/14/11    |    Published: 08/07/11
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Reviewer: Rhapsody (Signed)
03/03/12
Chapter 2: The Road to Adventure

Oh my, someone ended up in a heap of trouble. I just love how you captured the childish thinking of Legolas here, just travelling with the circus with no afterthought how his father would feel right now, searching frantically for his heir (I as a mom of two would be!). All this young elf thinks off is his freedom (however I do think Eledlen had a point there), hopefully discovering the secrets of the conjurer oh and learning some more tricks here and there... where is the danger after all right? I do hope to read the rest of it!



Author's Response:

Thanks so much Rhapsody, I appreciate your comments. I liked the idea of a young Legolas going on his first adventure, one of many I like to think he might have had. I'm glad you like how I'm working it. I was afraid he might come off as too thoughtless. I *am* planning on finishing this. It's just taken me much longer than I expected. :-)