Penname: SurgicalSteel [Contact]
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Member Since: 01/20/10
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Native Texan. Surgeon. Former military. Fortysomething.


I've loved The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings since I read first read them at age 10, attempted to tackle Silmarillion for the first time at 12 (successfully got through it for the first time at 14), and once drove through a Category One hurricane to pick up my pre-reserved copy of one of the HoME volumes in college. The Atlas of Middle Earth seems to have found a permanent home by my bed. So, yes, you might say I'm a Tolkien geek.


I also geek out a bit on medical history, especially in three areas. Firstly, the fact that there are techniques and instruments that we think of as modern that in some cases date back thousands of years (rotational flaps going back well over 2000 years in India, attempts to repair bowel injuries being described in Ancient Rome, etc). Secondly, how advances in medicine and surgery have often come out of wars (modern nursing care from Crimea, blood banking out of WWI, repair of vascular injuries out of WWII and Korea, dialysis out of Korea, modern ventilators out of Viet Nam, etc). Thirdly, how things we think of as antique and not useful any longer really are quite useful (medical grade maggots and leeches, use of honey as a dressing material for wounds, etc).


I'm reading and writing fanfic for the love and joy of it.

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Stories by SurgicalSteel

Feature The King's Surgeon - the Happy AU by SurgicalSteel

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An alternate universe for my fic 'The King's Surgeon,' in which most things pan out a bit more happily than they did in the original.

Categories: The Books of J.R.R. Tolkien
Characters: None
Genres: Drama
Places: Bree, Rivendell/Imladris, Arnor, Gondor: Dol Amroth, Gondor: Minas Tirith/Minas Anor, Mordor
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
Series: None
Chapters: 246    |    Word count: 623691    |    Read Count: 49879
Completed: No    |    Updated: 09/29/12    |    Published: 11/21/11
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The Far Side of the World by SurgicalSteel

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During the reign of Tar-Ancalimë, a group of Númenórean mariners find something that surprises and alarms them in their explorations.

Categories: The Silmarillion
Characters: As a Group: Númenóreans
Genres: Action/Adventure
Places: Númenor, Other place in Arda
Times: 2-Second Age: early
Warnings: 6. adult themes
Series: None
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 2375    |    Read Count: 335
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 12/07/11    |    Published: 12/07/11
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Feature Volcano by SurgicalSteel

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Late Second Age. Ar-Zimraphel struggles up the mountain.

Character death.

Categories: The Silmarillion
Characters: Númenórean: Tar-Míriel
Genres: Drama
Places: Númenor
Times: 2-Second Age: late
Warnings: 8. character death
Series: None
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 720    |    Read Count: 525
Completed: No    |    Updated: 04/06/11    |    Published: 04/06/11
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Feature B2MEM 2011 Challenge Responses by SurgicalSteel

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My responses to the B2MEM 2011 Challenge Prompts.

A hodgepodge of genres and characters ranging from late Second Age angst and politics to early Fourth Age tales in Umbar.

Categories: The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion
Characters: Northern Dúnedain: Halbarad, Númenórean: Amandil, Númenórean: Ar-Pharazôn, Númenórean: Isildur, Númenórean: Tar-Míriel, Original Female Character, Original Male Character
Genres: Alternate Universe, Angst, Humor, Romance-het, Romance-slash
Places: Gondor: Minas Tirith/Minas Anor, Númenor, Umbar
Times: 2-Second Age: late, 3-Third Age: late, 4-Fourth Age
Warnings: 1. use of profane or obscene language, 4. sexual content implied, 5. mild sexual content, 6. adult themes
Series: None
Chapters: 31    |    Word count: 21235    |    Read Count: 2989
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 04/01/11    |    Published: 03/16/11
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Stretched On Your Grave by SurgicalSteel

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An AU for the original ending of 'The King's Surgeon.'

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Original Female Character
Genres: Alternate Universe, Angst
Places: Gondor: Minas Tirith/Minas Anor
Times: 4-Fourth Age
Warnings: 1. use of profane or obscene language, 6. adult themes
Series: None
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 3291    |    Read Count: 571
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 03/16/11    |    Published: 03/16/11
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The Siege of Minas Tirith by SurgicalSteel

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Once posted in an abbreviated form as 'A Brief Taste of a Happy AU' on Stories of Arda - a look at how things might have fallen out more happily on March 15, 3019 had a particular canon character survived.

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Original Female Character
Genres: Alternate Universe, Drama
Places: Gondor: Minas Tirith/Minas Anor
Times: 3-Third Age: the War of the Ring
Warnings: 1. use of profane or obscene language, 3. violence, 6. adult themes, 7. sexual content
Series: None
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 6499    |    Read Count: 665
Completed: No    |    Updated: 02/06/11    |    Published: 02/06/11
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Feature The King's Surgeon by SurgicalSteel

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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: 41715
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 12/19/10    |    Published: 12/17/10
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Of Public Humiliation by SurgicalSteel

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A wedding takes place, and Serindë is asked to engage in activities which she finds humiliating.

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Original Female Character, Original Male Character
Genres: Drama
Places: Gondor: Minas Tirith/Minas Anor
Times: 3-Third Age: late
Warnings: 1. use of profane or obscene language, 4. sexual content implied
Series: The King's Surgeon
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 2029    |    Read Count: 411
Completed: No    |    Updated: 02/15/10    |    Published: 02/15/10
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A Brief Holiday Reprieve by SurgicalSteel

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A brief lull in activities at the Houses of Healing in Minas Tirith on a holiday.

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Original Female Character
Genres: Drama
Places: Gondor: Minas Tirith/Minas Anor
Times: 3-Third Age: late
Warnings: 1. use of profane or obscene language
Series: The King's Surgeon
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 1637    |    Read Count: 1388
Completed: No    |    Updated: 02/15/10    |    Published: 02/15/10
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Yule Wish by SurgicalSteel

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Aragorn spends Yule with the family of a fallen Ranger.

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Northern Dúnedain: Aragorn/Strider
Genres: Drama
Places: Eriador
Times: 3-Third Age: late
Warnings: None
Series: The King's Surgeon
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 2026    |    Read Count: 404
Completed: No    |    Updated: 02/15/10    |    Published: 02/15/10
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Feature Dreamer by SurgicalSteel

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In which Aragorn has returned to the North and a young Halbarad makes his acquaintance for the first time.

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Northern Dúnedain: Aragorn/Strider, Original Male Character
Genres: Drama
Places: Eriador
Times: 3-Third Age: late
Warnings: None
Series: The King's Surgeon
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 2174    |    Read Count: 725
Completed: No    |    Updated: 02/15/10    |    Published: 02/15/10
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Feature Promotion by SurgicalSteel

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Serindë meets with the new Warden of the Houses of Healing following her return from Umbar.

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Original Female Character, Original Male Character
Genres: Drama
Places: Gondor: Minas Tirith/Minas Anor
Times: 3-Third Age: late
Warnings: 1. use of profane or obscene language
Series: The King's Surgeon
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 1839    |    Read Count: 423
Completed: No    |    Updated: 02/14/10    |    Published: 02/14/10
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Homecoming by SurgicalSteel

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Serindë returns from the campaign in Umbar to unpleasant surprises.

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Original Female Character, Original Male Character
Genres: Drama
Places: Gondor: Dol Amroth, Gondor: Minas Tirith/Minas Anor
Times: 3-Third Age: the War of the Ring
Warnings: 6. adult themes
Series: The King's Surgeon
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 2258    |    Read Count: 347
Completed: No    |    Updated: 02/14/10    |    Published: 02/14/10
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Planning by SurgicalSteel

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 Plans are made for the attack on Umbar, and Aragorn realizes that he should leave Gondor in the near future. Parallels events in 'Grief and Revenge,' also archived here.

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Northern Dúnedain: Aragorn/Strider, Original Female Character
Genres: Drama
Places: Gondor: Dol Amroth
Times: 3-Third Age: late
Warnings: 1. use of profane or obscene language, 2. mild violence
Series: The King's Surgeon
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 2782    |    Read Count: 335
Completed: No    |    Updated: 01/28/10    |    Published: 01/28/10
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Grief and Revenge by SurgicalSteel

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Serindë recieves word that her father has died, and later goes off to provide medical support to a small force attacking Umbar.

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Northern Dúnedain: Aragorn/Strider, Original Female Character, Original Male Character
Genres: Drama
Places: Gondor: Minas Tirith/Minas Anor, Umbar
Times: 3-Third Age: late
Warnings: 1. use of profane or obscene language, 3. violence, 6. adult themes
Series: The King's Surgeon
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 3935    |    Read Count: 476
Completed: No    |    Updated: 01/28/10    |    Published: 01/28/10
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Weed by SurgicalSteel

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Aragorn is thrown in the Minas Tirith gaol after a cultural misunderstanding.

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Northern Dúnedain: Aragorn/Strider, Original Female Character, Original Male Character
Genres: Drama
Places: Gondor: Minas Tirith/Minas Anor
Times: 3-Third Age: late
Warnings: 1. use of profane or obscene language, 6. adult themes
Series: The King's Surgeon
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 2015    |    Read Count: 455
Completed: No    |    Updated: 01/28/10    |    Published: 01/28/10
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A Lesson in Operative Technique by SurgicalSteel

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Aragorn (in his guise as Thorongil) meets a young surgeon in Minas Tirith, and is taken to task for his perceived lack of skill.

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Northern Dúnedain: Aragorn/Strider, Original Female Character
Genres: Drama
Places: Gondor: Minas Tirith/Minas Anor
Times: 3-Third Age: late
Warnings: 1. use of profane or obscene language, 3. violence, 6. adult themes
Series: The King's Surgeon
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 3435    |    Read Count: 438
Completed: No    |    Updated: 01/27/10    |    Published: 01/27/10
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Consequences of a Prank by SurgicalSteel

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One of Serindë's apprentices is subjected to a nasty prank in the dissection theater.

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Original Female Character, Original Male Character
Genres: Drama
Places: Gondor: Minas Tirith/Minas Anor
Times: 3-Third Age: late
Warnings: 4. sexual content implied
Series: The King's Surgeon
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 1971    |    Read Count: 286
Completed: No    |    Updated: 01/27/10    |    Published: 01/27/10
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Disciplinary Action by SurgicalSteel

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Serindë is dismissed from her service with the Ithilien Rangers for saying the wrong thing to the wrong person.

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Original Female Character, Original Male Character
Genres: Drama
Places: Gondor: Minas Tirith/Minas Anor
Times: 3-Third Age: late
Warnings: None
Series: The King's Surgeon
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 2032    |    Read Count: 351
Completed: No    |    Updated: 01/27/10    |    Published: 01/27/10
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Butcher by SurgicalSteel

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Serindë makes a mistake with awful consequences for one of the Rangers of Ithilien.

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Original Female Character, Original Male Character
Genres: Drama
Places: Gondor: Ithilien
Times: 3-Third Age: late
Warnings: 1. use of profane or obscene language, 3. violence, 6. adult themes
Series: The King's Surgeon
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 2275    |    Read Count: 2389
Completed: No    |    Updated: 01/26/10    |    Published: 01/26/10
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Sorting by SurgicalSteel

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Serindë sees combat for the first time.

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Original Female Character, Original Male Character
Genres: Drama
Places: Gondor: Ithilien
Times: 3-Third Age: late
Warnings: 1. use of profane or obscene language, 3. violence
Series: The King's Surgeon
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 2322    |    Read Count: 251
Completed: No    |    Updated: 01/26/10    |    Published: 01/26/10
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Initiation by SurgicalSteel

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Serindë begins serving as a surgeon with the Rangers of Ithilien.

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Original Female Character, Original Male Character
Genres: Drama
Places: Gondor: Ithilien
Times: 3-Third Age: late
Warnings: 1. use of profane or obscene language
Series: The King's Surgeon
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 2106    |    Read Count: 341
Completed: No    |    Updated: 01/26/10    |    Published: 01/26/10
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Cider at the Corsair's Head by SurgicalSteel

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 In which a young Serinde has entirely too much to drink.

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Original Female Character, Original Male Character
Genres: Drama
Places: Gondor: Minas Tirith/Minas Anor
Times: 3-Third Age: late
Warnings: 6. adult themes
Series: The King's Surgeon
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 1817    |    Read Count: 326
Completed: No    |    Updated: 01/25/10    |    Published: 01/25/10
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Aids to Memory by SurgicalSteel

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Serindë helps Sardos try to learn enough anatomy to pass an important examination.

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Original Female Character, Original Male Character
Genres: Humor
Places: Gondor: Minas Tirith/Minas Anor
Times: 3-Third Age: late
Warnings: 1. use of profane or obscene language, 4. sexual content implied
Series: The King's Surgeon
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 1845    |    Read Count: 328
Completed: No    |    Updated: 01/25/10    |    Published: 01/25/10
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The Incident in the Archives by SurgicalSteel

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 Serindë meets the future Steward of Gondor in an unusual manner.

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Gondorian: Denethor, Steward of Gondor, Original Female Character, Original Male Character
Genres: Drama
Places: Gondor: Minas Tirith/Minas Anor
Times: 3-Third Age: late
Warnings: 1. use of profane or obscene language, 4. sexual content implied
Series: The King's Surgeon
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 2250    |    Read Count: 350
Completed: No    |    Updated: 01/25/10    |    Published: 01/25/10
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