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.

Yahoo IM: Certh
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Stories by Certh

Under Trees of Gold by Certh

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*OVERHAULED as of 12/2016* *canonically aligned* Part II of the Moments In Time series. After a war, the healing of hurts begins with simple things.

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Hobbit: Brandybuck: Merry (Master), Hobbit: Took: Pippin (Thain), Northern Dúnedain: Aragorn/Strider, Original Female Character, Original Male Character, Other: Gandalf/Mithrandir/Ólorin, Rohirrim: Éothain
Genres: Drama, Family, Friendship
Places: Gondor: Ithilien
Times: 3-Third Age: Post-War of the Ring
Warnings: None
Series: Moments In Time
Chapters: 6    |    Word count: 12369    |    Read Count: 3083
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 01/02/17    |    Published: 10/23/12
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Costume and Armour of the Peoples of Arda by Certh

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An in-depth look into the dress of the peoples of Arda.

Categories: Research, Essay--Canon
Characters: None
Genres: Essay (non-fiction), Research (non-fiction)
Places: None
Times: Multi-age
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 3488    |    Read Count: 415
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 11/28/16    |    Published: 11/28/16
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Shieldmaidens In Rohan by Certh

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A piece examining the nature of Tolkien's shieldmaidens.

Categories: Essay--Canon, Research
Characters: Rohirrim: Éowyn
Genres: Essay (non-fiction), Research (non-fiction)
Places: None
Times: None
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 1422    |    Read Count: 390
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 08/24/16    |    Published: 08/24/16
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Diminutive Name-Forms In Arda by Certh

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An in-depth look into pet-forms as used in JRR Tolkien's legendarium.

Categories: Research, Essay--Canon
Characters: None
Genres: Essay (non-fiction), Research (non-fiction)
Places: None
Times: None
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 2363    |    Read Count: 1057
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 03/04/16    |    Published: 03/04/16
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Titles and Forms of Address In JRR Tolkien's Legendarium by Certh

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An in-depth look into the titles and forms of address used in JRR Tolkien's legendarium.

Categories: Essay--Canon, Research
Characters: None
Genres: Essay (non-fiction), Research (non-fiction)
Places: None
Times: None
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 2810    |    Read Count: 1436
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 01/26/16    |    Published: 01/26/16
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Feature Before the Last Battle by Certh

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*OVERHAULED as of 01/2016* Part I in the Moments In Time series. The Guarded City is in the clutches of war, yet not all stories unfold on a battlefield.

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Gondorian: Beregond, Gondorian: Bergil son of Beregond, Gondorian: Faramir son of Denethor, Gondorians: Denethor's sisters, Hobbit: Brandybuck: Merry (Master), Hobbit: Took: Pippin (Thain), Northern Dúnedain: Aragorn/Strider, Original Female Character, Original Male Character, Other: Gandalf/Mithrandir/Ólorin, Rohirrim: Éomer, Rohirrim: Éothain
Genres: Drama, Family, Friendship, General
Places: Gondor: Minas Tirith/Minas Anor
Times: 3-Third Age: the War of the Ring
Warnings: None
Series: Moments In Time
Chapters: 12    |    Word count: 25565    |    Read Count: 11857
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 01/26/16    |    Published: 08/06/12
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Canonical Trivia: Éothain by Certh

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Fanfiction authors are given greater artistic licence when writing minor canonical characters. This short piece examines the published trilogy and its drafts to draw out ldetails concerning the minor canon character Éothain.

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Rohirrim: Éothain
Genres: Essay (non-fiction), General, Research (non-fiction)
Places: None
Times: 3-Third Age: the War of the Ring
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 1510    |    Read Count: 1187
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 10/24/15    |    Published: 10/24/15
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Alfirin, Simbelmynë, Uilos by Certh

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Almost every encyclopaedia focusing on JRR Tolkien's legendarium states that these three terms are simply different names for the same flower. This short essay compares all the available information we have on the subject.

Categories: Research
Characters: None
Genres: Essay (non-fiction), Research (non-fiction)
Places: None
Times: None
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 1344    |    Read Count: 723
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 09/08/15    |    Published: 09/08/15
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A Bit of History by Certh

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 *canonical gapfiller* During a rainy day at Great Smials, two hobbit-children question their elders about history. Companion piece to “Bedtime Stories”. With many thanks to shirebound for inspiring this.

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Hobbit: Brandybuck: Merry (Master), Hobbit: Took: Pippin (Thain), Original Female Character, Original Male Character
Genres: Drama, Family, Gapfiller, General
Places: The Shire: Great Smials
Times: 4-Fourth Age
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 620    |    Read Count: 843
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 08/05/15    |    Published: 08/05/15
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Beyond the North Stair by Certh

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*canonical gapfiller* During his watch at Parth Galen, Aragorn lets his mind wander.

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Northern Dúnedain: Aragorn/Strider
Genres: Drama, Gapfiller
Places: The Anduin
Times: 3-Third Age: the War of the Ring
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 311    |    Read Count: 816
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 05/30/15    |    Published: 05/30/15
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Hallowed Waters by Certh

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Even the purest of enchantments may be broken.

Categories: The Silmarillion
Characters: Edain: Beren, Other: Melian
Genres: Drama, Gapfiller, General
Places: Beleriand
Times: 1-First Age: early
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 381    |    Read Count: 753
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 01/04/15    |    Published: 01/04/15
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Bedtime Stories by Certh

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Sometimes the simplest question is the beginning of a wondrous tale.

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Hobbit: Brandybuck: Estella (Bolger), Hobbit: Brandybuck: Merry (Master), Hobbit: Other Canon Hobbit
Genres: Family, Gapfiller, General, Vignette
Places: The Shire: Brandy Hall
Times: 4-Fourth Age
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 407    |    Read Count: 929
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 01/03/15    |    Published: 01/03/15
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Packing Clouds Away by Certh

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Part IV of the Moments In Time series. 

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Gondorian: Amrothos of Dol Amroth, Gondorian: Faramir son of Denethor, Gondorian: Imrahil, Prince of Dol Amroth, Gondorian: Lothíriel of Dol Amroth, Half-Elven: Arwen Undómiel, Original Female Character, Original Male Character, Rohirrim: Éomer, Rohirrim: Éothain, Rohirrim: Éowyn
Genres: Drama
Places: Other place in Arda, Rohan: Edoras
Times: 3-Third Age: Post-War of the Ring
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 2    |    Read Count: 719
Completed: No    |    Updated: 08/07/14    |    Published: 08/07/14
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Weaving Peace by Certh

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*canonically aligned* Part III of the Moments In Time series. The threat of the Shadow is no more, and the land begins to settle into tranquility.

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Gondorian: Faramir son of Denethor, Gondorian: Lothíriel of Dol Amroth, Original Female Character, Original Male Character, Rohirrim: Éothain, Rohirrim: Éowyn
Genres: Drama, Friendship
Places: Gondor: Minas Tirith/Minas Anor
Times: 3-Third Age: the War of the Ring
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 6    |    Word count: 10410    |    Read Count: 3104
Completed: No    |    Updated: 04/02/14    |    Published: 07/28/13
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The Fifth Day by Certh

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The White Lady of Rohan considers the new Steward of Gondor.

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Gondorian: Faramir son of Denethor, Rohirrim: Éowyn
Genres: Drama, Gapfiller, General, Vignette
Places: Gondor: Minas Tirith/Minas Anor
Times: 3-Third Age: the War of the Ring
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 250    |    Read Count: 748
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 12/25/13    |    Published: 12/25/13
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The Sails are Set by Certh

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Bilbo waits by the water at the Grey Havens.

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Hobbit: Baggins: Bilbo
Genres: Drama, Gapfiller, General, Vignette
Places: The Grey Havens/Mithlond
Times: 3-Third Age: Post-War of the Ring
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 414    |    Read Count: 1050
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 02/27/13    |    Published: 02/27/13
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Of Glass and Stars by Certh

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Sam thinks back on the Mirrormere.

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Hobbit: Gamgee: Samwise
Genres: Drama, Gapfiller, General, Vignette
Places: Other place in Arda
Times: 3-Third Age: the War of the Ring
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 413    |    Read Count: 702
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 02/18/13    |    Published: 02/18/13
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The Wings of Blue Butterflies by Certh

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*edited* Tom Bombadil recalls glimpses of a blue brooch from years past.

Categories: The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion
Characters: Elf: Lúthien, Númenórean: Elros, Other: Melian, Other: Tom Bombadil
Genres: Drama, Gapfiller, General, Vignette
Places: Arnor, Beleriand
Times: 0-Pre-First Age, 1-First Age, 2-Second Age: late, 3-Third Age: late
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 795    |    Read Count: 1446
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 02/09/13    |    Published: 02/09/13
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