Penname: WendWriter [Contact]
Real name: Wendy C-
Member Since: 11/16/09
Membership status: Member

Biography:

My love of Tolkien began in childhood, but only recently have I discovered the world of fanfiction and the opportunities it gives to those of us who are creative and love the world the Professor made. Top Commenter


The stories I write tend to be angst, but I've had a bit of fun with fluff, romance and comedy, too. While canon is important to me, I do like to play with it and have got a fanon of my own.


I am active on other websites, including fanfiction.net and LiveJournal, and have created two websites of my own to indulge my love of quality anfiction and to celebrate those writers whose talent and skill deserves to be recognised.


On the Archives of Excellence, great stories from a variety of fandoms is listed and linked, though I will host stuff from time to time.  Every month, there is a writing challenge open to all writers. I run it through fanfiction.net, but if I find people with no account there wanting to take part, I can set up the poll somewhere else.


The Golden Quill Awards is an The Golden Quill Awardsannual event to celebrate great writers from different fandoms. I'm hoping to generate interest in this so that the competition will grow in the coming years. Awards are offered by genre rather than fandom to give everyone a chance to win.


Given my personal bias, it's not surprising that LOTR/Silmarillion fanfiction dominates those sites - for now - so I've joined this one to slake my thirst for quality Tolkien fanfiction.

Live Journal: http://wendwriter.livejournal.com/.livejournal.com

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Feature Wedding Night by Dreamflower

Rated PG
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A brief and discreet glimpse of the aftermath of a Yule wedding...

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Hobbit: Brandybuck: Estella (Bolger), Hobbit: Brandybuck: Merry (Master)
Genres: Drabble or Drabble series, Fluff, Romance-het
Places: The Shire: Brandy Hall
Times: 4-Fourth Age
Warnings: 4. sexual content implied
Series: Shire Yule
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 101    |    Read Count: 1024
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 12/05/09    |    Published: 12/05/09
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Reviewer: WendWriter (Signed)
12/08/09
Chapter 1: Wedding Night

That was sweet and atmospheric. Nicely done! :D



Author's Response:

Thank you!  I find Merry and Estella to be a sweet couple.


Feature Two Yuletide Carols of the Shire by Dreamflower

Rated G
[Reviews - 2]
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Two traditional carols sung in the Shire at Yuletide.  (Written for Marigold's Challenge #24)

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: None
Genres: Family, Poetry
Places: The Shire
Times: 3-Third Age
Warnings: None
Series: Shire Yule
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 229    |    Read Count: 1347
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 12/07/09    |    Published: 12/07/09
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Reviewer: WendWriter (Signed)
12/08/09
Chapter 1: Two Yuletide Carols of the Shire

This scans nicely, and the lyrics conjure up images of a hall full of happy people  caroling away, perhaps with sprigs of holly pinned to their clothes. :D



Author's Response:

*grin* That's much the sort of image I had hoped to convey! Thank you, dear!


Feature Hot Buns in the Morning by Kaylee Arafinwiel

Rated G
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The heirs of Elessar and his Steward run amok before dawn. Catastrophe ensues.

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Gondorian: Eldarion, Original Male Character
Genres: Childhood, Comedy, Family, Fluff, Humor
Places: Gondor: Ithilien
Times: 4-Fourth Age
Warnings: None
Series: 20. 2009 November Challenge: Dialogue
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 207    |    Read Count: 993
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 01/29/10    |    Published: 01/29/10
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Reviewer: WendWriter (Signed)
02/05/10
Chapter 1: Hot Buns in the Morning

A vastly amusing tale of youthful naughtiness. Nice work!



Author's Response:

Thanks WendWriter! It was fun to do. *grin*

Your review is much appreciated!

Kaylee


Feature Aragorn - a feminist's nightmare? by Virtuella

Rated G
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A slightly tongue-in-cheek look at Aragorn's attitude towards women.

Categories: Essay--Canon, The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Northern Dúnedain: Aragorn/Strider
Genres: Essay (non-fiction)
Places: None
Times: None
Warnings: None
Series: Virtuella's Idiosyncratic Literary Criticisms
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 1533    |    Read Count: 4556
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 02/04/10    |    Published: 02/04/10
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Reviewer: WendWriter (Signed)
02/05/10
Chapter 1: Chapter 1

I won't argue with your findings, but why would Elrond permit his daughter to enter a loveless union, then be parted from him, perhaps forever?

Now the counsel for the defence begs leave to present her case, your honour.

Eowyn

In "The Passing of the Grey Company," the Grey Company stops off at Edoras and receives this response: "Then it was kindly done, lord, to ride so many miles out of your way to bring tidings to Eowyn... in her exile."

When they argue about her following them to the Paths of the Dead, Aragorn reminds Eowyn of her responsibilities: "...did you not accept the charge to govern the people until their lord's return?"

He goes on to chide her that a marshal or captain wouldn't pout at being left behind - he'd make no excuses, but get on with the job. Aragorn isn't talking down to her, he's trying to yank her out of that self-destructive rut she's in. Then he slaps her down for seeking glory in battle: "A time may come soon," said he, "when none will return. Then there will be need of valour without renown..."

The argument ends with Eowyn saying, "I would not see a thing that is high and excellent cast away needlessly."

He replies, "Nor would I."

To me, that looks like respect because he is addressing the leader of her people, and calling her to serve them as acting queen instead of getting herself killed on a faraway battlefield. At no point does he infer that she can't do the job. He just reminds her that she undertook the leadership of her people, and shouldn't cast it away on some childish adventure fantasy. Battle will come soon enough, and there'll be plenty of time for heroics then.

Arwen

Why would Arwen marry a guy like this? Why would she give up her immortality for someone who thought of her as an object?

Since she has a canopied chair at the table and holds the status of the Lady of Rivendell, she doesn't seem to be treated as an object: that title carried some responsibilities, including the running of the household and assisting with the rule of the realm.

Elrond says Aragorn can take no woman as his wife - that's a tall order - until he is found worthy.

Aragorn will have no other woman - that's the key, right there. If he thought of them only as objects, Elrond would have horsewhipped Aragorn out of the Hidden Valley when he asked for Arwen's hand!

After they marry, he's happy to sit with her and listen to her sing by the fountain in front of Frodo. He is never depicted as trying to shut her up.

In the Appendices, she is said to have dwelt in great glory and bliss as Queen of Elves and Men, then just before Aragorn croaks, he tries to persuade her to go to the Havens and take ship for Valinor. She is still in love with him, and announces that she can't. But Legolas could have taken her with him on his ship! *Kicks plot bunny away*

Others

Ioreth is gobby, and Aragorn was in a hurry. He wanted athelas, not her life story.

He tried to comfort his mother - he declared he wanted her to see the light beyond the darkness and be glad.

He shows great reverence towards Galadriel.

That's the best I can do. The defence rests, your honour.



Author's Response: Wow, I got you to disagree with me, Wendy! *glee* You’re making some very pertinent points. Let me address them: I didn’t say Aragorn didn’t love Arwen. It’s perfectly possible to love someone who is (in fact or just in our perception) inferior to us and/or dependent. Just think of parent’s love for their children. And traditionally men have thought of women as some kind of overgrown children, not as independent adults, regardless of how much they loved them. As for Elrond allowing the match – he gives a very clear condition, and that condition is not aimed at emotional depth, but at social status. Aragorn must become King of Gondor. Now, one could argue that in achieving that, he has proven his love for Arwen, but that argument falls short, because he could succeed without loving her (driven by ambition, for example) and he could love her deeply and still fail. Eowyn’s conversation with Aragorn is indeed crucial, but I think you have left out the central idea. Eowyn argues that the task might have been given to a man, but de facto has been given to her. The operative term here is “been given.” It wasn’t her own choice, but a role appointed to her, by men. What Aragorn does is demand that she submits to the role chosen for her by others. What Eowyn does is demand that she would choose her role herself. And, very importantly, through the way the plot develops, with her slaying the Witch King and winning the honour she sought, Tolkien vindicates not Aragorn’s viewpoint, but Eowyn’s. When I say “treat like an object” I do not mean treat like, say, a potato peeler. I don’t mean “inanimate object”, but object in the grammatical sense - to treat a someone not as an independent person, as a subject of their own life, but as an object to the decisions of others. Elrond himself does this to Arwen when he sets the conditions for her marriage, rather than accepting her choice. That Arwen sits under a canopy in Imladris can be read as a sign of respect, as you suggest. But I think another reading is more convincing: She is on display as an ornament of Elrond’s household. Note that she is present at the meal but not at the council meeting, even though the matter debated there concerns her intimately. It would have been a much better sign of respect, in my opinion, if her views had been asked at the council. But her voice is not heard. In fact, the appendices aside, she doesn’t have a single line of dialogue in the whole book. We hear that Aragorn listens to her singing, which is a traditional female accomplishment designed for the entertainment of men. We don’t hear that he makes her a member of his council. Why would she marry him? Don’t ask me. It mystifies me why women marry men who don’t treat them as equals, but it’s happening all the time. She’s not been treated as an equal by her father, so why would she expect anything different in a husband? She doesn’t know any better. She is the archetype of the idealised woman, the woman who is put on a pedestal and hence nicely out of the way of the real life of men. Eowyn demands her share of the real world. She is everything that Arwen isn’t. And Eowyn gets plenty of page space, plenty of dialogue and a real kiss. It looks very much as if Tolkien approved of Eowyn a good deal more than of Arwen. Ioreth does indeed have the audacity to utter half a dozen consecutive sentences, most of which are, BTW, concerned with making sure which herb exactly Aragorn means. It’s fine to urge her to make haste, but it’s not fine to basically call her a gossip. Aragorn himself talks plenty on all sorts of occasions, and shortly after Ioreth leaves has a conversation with Imrahil. He has no occasion to comment on the amount of talk emitted by other people, and he doesn’t, as long as the talkers are men. Gilraen: Aragorn says a pretty sentence about her seeing the light. But he leaves her to die alone. Fair enough, he had important things to do, but he could have made sure that she was taken care of by others. Galadriel: I would like to see the quotations where Aragorn shows “great reverence towards her.” He tells Boromir that she isn’t an evil witch, but a goodie. Big deal, that can hardly be called reverence. His speeches with her in Lorien are fairly businesslike. When she gifts him with the sheath, his response is almost rude, he basically tells her that she has nothing to give that he actually wants. And then he says “O Lady of Lorien of whom were sprung Celebrian and Arwen Evenstar. What praise could I say more?” What else indeed? Maybe something about all the things Galadriel has done in the course of several millennia, apart from having a daughter and a granddaughter? This is Galadriel who has just been offered the One Ring and who has resisted. Galadriel, who has defended the Realm of Lorien against Sauron for centuries and centuries. She’s not just someone’s granny!