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Penname: oshun [Contact]
Real name: Janet
Member Since: May 22, 2007
Membership status: Member

Bio:

Writer of fanfiction, obsessed with The Silmarillion. My non-Silmarillion-based fiction is posted on Archive of Our Own at Oshun.


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Also, I usually write a monthly biography of characters of The Silmarillion here on the SWG, archived under "Periodicals," Character of the Month Biographies. "Aulë the Smith" placed First in Non-Fiction: Character Studies in the 2008 MEFAs. In the 2009 MEFAs, “Elwing the White” received Second Place in Non-Fiction: General and “Fingon The Valiant” received an Honorable Mention in Non-Fiction: General.





 


  


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A Ponderous Tome by Oshun

Rated: General | [Comments - 1]
Summary:

A short character study of a youthful Elrond and a reflection on an aspect of his relationship with Maedhros and Maglor; in response to Day 26 of the B2MeM challenge. The prompt is: “a teacher who played a key role . . . . write a character who educated his people in some way.”


Read by: Dawn Felagund
Reader's comments:

A Ponderous Tome was originally published in March 2009 and was the Featured Podfic in the March 2013 newsletter. Time: 6:21. File Size: 5.81 MB.


Characters: Elrond, Elros, Maedhros, Maglor
Challenges: B2MeM 2009
Genres: General
Warnings: None

Added: March 02, 2013 Completed: Yes

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Reviewer: oshun Signed
Date: March 03, 2013
Title: A Ponderous Tome

Hey, Dawn! Thanks for reading this. Nice job--I did not make it easy. Note to self: do not forget to read stories aloud before signing off on them. I wanna try one fo these, but I virtually have had a cold or cough since we started doing them.



Author's Response:

Yes, it was challenging, because of the dialogue mostly, I think! I'm glad you liked it, in spite of the complete lack of rehearsal time. :^| Ah well. I can try a re-do further down the line, maybe, and get it better. Yes, you should definitely try it; I think podficcing is fun (and I spend too much time reading out loud each day to my students; one would think I'd be tired of it!) Spring is supposedly here, so hopefully those coughs and colds will soon be a thing of the past ...

The OTHER Lays of Beleriand by Aiwen

Rated: General | [Comments - 2]
Summary:

The Lays JRR Tolkien did not write for very good reasons. Part Eight: The Harp and other poems. MEFA 2010 nominee.


Read by: Aiwen
Reader's comments:

The OTHER Lays of Beleriand was originally published in March 2009 and was the Featured Podfic in the April 2013 newsletter. Click for a chapter listing with times and file sizes for each chapter.


Characters: Celebrimbor, Glorfindel, Sauron
Challenges: None
Genres: Humor, Poetry
Warnings: None

Added: April 07, 2013 Completed: Yes

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Reviewer: oshun Signed
Date: April 07, 2013
Title: The OTHER Lays of Beleriand

I have only listened to two so far--interrupted now. But Glorfindel's Hair (fantastically done) and Sauron's Lament really lend themselves to being enjoyed as pod fics! Nice work!

The Little Boy by LadyBrooke

Rated: General | [Comments - 2]
Summary:

Once upon a time, a little boy made his mother a promise.


Read by: LadyBrooke
Reader's comments:

Story text can be found here

Slight changes from text to speech, since it's my story I wasn't worrying too much about changing the to her, or other similar small changes.


Characters: Eldalótë, Orodreth
Challenges: None
Genres: Experimental
Warnings: Character Death

Added: July 15, 2013 Completed: Yes

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Reviewer: oshun Signed
Date: October 09, 2013
Title: The Little Boy

You read this very well. It was fun for me to listen, because I somehow had missed the story. You also make it sound so easy to do! (Which I know it has not, because I have been trying and not managed to finish one yet!)



Author's Response:

Eek! Somehow I never saw this review. I'm so sorry for how late this reply is!

 

Thank you! I'm glad it was fun for you to listen to. Did I make it sound easy to do? I was shaking like a leaf the entire time I recorded this!

Do You Believe in Ghosts? by oshun

Rated: Teens | [Comments - 2]
Summary:

Fëanor allows Amrod and Amras to sleep outside on a spooky autumn evening and the question of ghosts comes up.


Read by: Dawn Felagund
Reader's comments:

Do You Believe in Ghosts? was originally published in October 2008 and was the Featured Podfic in the October 2013 newsletterTime: 15:58. File Size: 14.6 MB.

Sound Effect Credits:

horse galloping: prosounder
horse neighing: axiyee
door slam: bennstir
footsteps in the leaves: jeseid77
wolf howl: y89312
grunting hedgehogs: soundmary
squealing animal: Motion_S

All credited effects carry Creative Commons licenses that allow their use on this site. All other sound effects are in the public domain.


Characters: Amras, Amrod, Caranthir, Celegorm, Curufin, Fëanor, Fingon, Maedhros, Maglor, Nerdanel
Challenges: None
Genres: Horror, Humor
Warnings: Expletive Language

Added: October 02, 2013 Completed: Yes

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Reviewer: oshun Signed
Date: October 03, 2013
Title: Do You Believe in Ghosts?

Dawn, thank you so much. You did a beautiful job on this. You made it sound better than it did in my head (except for some of those regional vowels, of course! Don't look at gift horse in the mouth, Janet!). Seriously, I love it when you read my stories. You always get my jokes! I've always suspected that was true, but the proof is in a podfic read! Thank you.



Author's Response:

You're welcome! I am always happy (and relieved!) when the author I've read for likes the reading. It's hard to know if what I hear in my head is what you intended.

I used to be rather snooty about the fact that I didn't have a Baltimore accent--and I don't have a <u>hard</u> Baltimore accent!--but fandom has disabused me of that idea. ;)

Do You Believe in Ghosts? by oshun

Rated: Teens | [Comments - 2]
Summary:

Fëanor allows Amrod and Amras to sleep outside on a spooky autumn evening and the question of ghosts comes up.


Read by: Dawn Felagund
Reader's comments:

Do You Believe in Ghosts? was originally published in October 2008 and was the Featured Podfic in the October 2013 newsletterTime: 15:58. File Size: 14.6 MB.

Sound Effect Credits:

horse galloping: prosounder
horse neighing: axiyee
door slam: bennstir
footsteps in the leaves: jeseid77
wolf howl: y89312
grunting hedgehogs: soundmary
squealing animal: Motion_S

All credited effects carry Creative Commons licenses that allow their use on this site. All other sound effects are in the public domain.


Characters: Amras, Amrod, Caranthir, Celegorm, Curufin, Fëanor, Fingon, Maedhros, Maglor, Nerdanel
Challenges: None
Genres: Horror, Humor
Warnings: Expletive Language

Added: October 02, 2013 Completed: Yes

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Reviewer: oshun Signed
Date: October 09, 2013
Title: Do You Believe in Ghosts?

My family think I have a New York accent and my friends in New York think I talk like a hillbilly! Can't win!

I don't think you have a strong accent actually!! Just teasing you a little, because I hear some of those names differently in my head. I have to do one of these so you can hear me! Terrifying thought.



Author's Response:

Please do! I would love to hear you read one. (Hey, I am about to release a list of stories that need readers for the Featured Podfic ... ;) I just replied to another comment of yours suggesting that a great resource would be a podfic that is nothing but reading the Index of Names by someone who knows how to pronounce those names--but like any attempt to figure out "correct canon," I'd imagine it would be contentious and cause as many problems as it solved! :D

When I hear my inlaws talk, I realize my accent isn't bad. But the East Baltimore accent generally gets on my nerves--sorry, Inlaws!--especially some of the grammatical quirks, like the plural "yous" or the use of "seen" for "saw." (Thank goodness Bobby avoided both of those!) But non-Baltimore people hear it, like when Hrymfaxe visited and was amused by how I say "on." So I guess I'm in the same boat as you there!

A Minor Talent by Lyra

Rated: General | [Comments - 3]
Summary:

Young Findekáno develops a passion for a song that continues to follow him as the events of the Silmarillion unfold.


Read by: Dawn Felagund
Reader's comments:

A Minor Talent was originally published in August2010 and was the Featured Podfic in the November 2013 newsletterTime: 24:09. File Size: 22.1 MB.


Characters: Fingon
Challenges: Fifth Birthday Celebration
Genres: General
Warnings: None

Added: November 03, 2013 Completed: Yes

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Reviewer: oshun Signed
Date: November 04, 2013
Title: A Minor Talent

Nice work again, Dawn.  (Is that really how Russandol is pronounced? OMG! I pronounce all Quenya names as though they are Spanish! That is my generic non-English pronunciation of the moment, having replaced the terrible French accent of my youth! A linguist I ain't. Weird because words and verbal expression have always been so important to me.) I love this story anyway. I am on a Lyra kick this week--crashing through her stories which I had read too quickly or not at all. So, this choice was right up my alley. You really do a lovely job with these pod-fics calling my attention to tiny points I might have otherwise missed.



Author's Response:

I have no idea if it is how Russandol is pronounced! I am no linguist either, and while I generally read through the pronunciation guides before beginning a podfic, I can say that, even after that, while attending classes with Tolkien scholars who know better than me (Tom Shippey and Verlyn Flieger! *grovels*), then they pronounce things differently than I do all the time. (For example, I put the emphasis on SinDARin, and the experts I've now heard pronounce it say SINdarin. Trying to fix that ...) But then, I sometimes hear differences in pronounciation between them and certainly others who should know better, like speakers in Peter Jackson movies. I'd imagine, in Russandol, I probably front the "a" with a bit of nasal that most people don't use ... I was born in Baltimore after all. ;) So I'd say a great resource would be nothing but a podfic pronouncing names, correctly, except that people would probably still disagree and it would be like any exercise in prescribing "canon" and ultimately contentious and futile. Anyway, Lyra being one of my favorite authors, I am glad to gained any attention to her work that I can. This piece I definitely loved and it was fun to read. 

A Minor Talent by Lyra

Rated: General | [Comments - 3]
Summary:

Young Findekáno develops a passion for a song that continues to follow him as the events of the Silmarillion unfold.


Read by: Dawn Felagund
Reader's comments:

A Minor Talent was originally published in August2010 and was the Featured Podfic in the November 2013 newsletterTime: 24:09. File Size: 22.1 MB.


Characters: Fingon
Challenges: Fifth Birthday Celebration
Genres: General
Warnings: None

Added: November 03, 2013 Completed: Yes

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Reviewer: oshun Signed
Date: November 14, 2013
Title: A Minor Talent

There is that person on Tolkien Gateway who has recorded some of the major place and character names. He sounds funny to me too. Although I think he puts the emphasis on the right syllables,unlike me. That was rude of me to lead with that remark! Please accept my apology for that. The fact that I loved it almost got lost. I'm such a jerk. I would have read a podfic by now if it was not that I think I could not come close to equalling your skill at it.



Author's Response:

I missed this comment initially, so I'm sorry for the late reply! I did not find you rude at all. I've posted a couple of times (on Tumblr) about how my experiences branching out into Tolkien fandom in ways where we talk about the books rather than write about them has made me realize that everyone says everything differently, and it's really not a big deal. Prior to presenting my "Tree of Tales" paper, I listened to the pronunciation of "Ainulindale" on one of those Tolkien reference sites, and then everyone at the conference said it differently than me. Whatevs. Lyra once made the excellent point that Tolkien wrote out his pronunciations for a lay audience, using English words to describe the sounds versus phonetic symbols, which is great for making pronunciations accessible to all readers but not-so-great when all of those readers say things differently because they all have different accents. She said it was likely that Tolkien was thinking in terms of RP, which I agree with, so I suppose it is possible to translate the English words into English-words-said-in-RP and then apply them to the Elvish languages, but honestly? I'm not an early 1900s BBC broadcaster and I'm not appearing before the Queen. I come with my Baltimore accent. I'll just pretend I'm reading with a Telerin accent or something. ;)

No Traveler Returns by IgnobleBard

Rated: General | [Comments - 3]
Summary:

Namo confronts a newly dead Elf.


Read by: Tanis
Reader's comments:

No Traveler Returns was originally published on 21 October 2008 and was the Featured Podfic in the January 2014 newsletterTime: 8:11 File Size: 12.3 MB


Characters: Mandos
Challenges: None
Genres: Drama, General
Warnings: None

Added: January 01, 2014 Completed: Yes

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Reviewer: oshun Signed
Date: January 04, 2014
Title: No Traveler Returns

This is spectacular. I have always found the story beautifully done. The podfic made me suspend my disbelief. One of the best podfics I have heard.

Gentlemen's Night Out by oshun

Rated: Teens | [Comments - 1]
Summary:

The Hangover Redux set at the victory celebration at the Fields of Cormallen following the Battle of the Morannon, starring Legolas, Elladan, Elrohir, and Prince Erchirion of Dol Amroth. No, seriously, it is a consideration of Laws and Customs of the Eldar, Morgoth’s Ring, Volume 12, History of Middle-earth, with particular attention given to Noldorin, Sindarin, Silvan and Gondorian interpretations of that essay. (Actually, it is really not very serious.)


Read by: Tanis
Reader's comments:

Gentlemen's Night Out was originally published in April 2009 and was the Featured Podfic in the February 2014 newsletterTime: 22:14. File size: 33.0 MB.


Characters: Elrond, Legolas of Gondolin, Thranduil
Challenges: None
Genres: Humor
Warnings: Mature Themes

Added: February 02, 2014 Completed: Yes

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Reviewer: oshun Signed
Date: February 05, 2014
Title: Gentlemen's Night Out

I know I told you personally how much I liked your recording of this story. You made the original sound better. Thank you so much for taking the story on. You are very, very good at this.

Mercy by Tarion Anarore

Rated: Teens | [Comments - 6]
Summary: A drabble on the death of Caranthir Fëanorion.
Characters: Caranthir
Challenges: None
Genres: Fixed-length Ficlet, General
Warnings: Character Death, Violence--Mild
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 100     Read Count: 592
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Published: May 21, 2007     Updated: May 21, 2007


Reviewer: oshun Signed
Date: September 08, 2007
Title: Chapter 1: Mercy

Effective and tragic without a hint of sentimentatlity.

Author's Response:

I somehow missed this when you reviewed initially. Thank you, I am glad it worked for you!

Ascendancy by ford_of_bruinen

Rated: Teens | [Comments - 4]
Summary: This story looks at Fingolfin's last stand and his motivation for challanging Morgoth to single combat.
Characters: Fingolfin, Fingon, Melkor
Challenges: None
Genres: Adventure, Drama, General
Warnings: Character Death, Violence--Moderate
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 2635     Read Count: 780
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Published: May 22, 2007     Updated: May 22, 2007


Reviewer: oshun Signed
Date: August 19, 2007
Title: Chapter 1: Ascendancy

Very powerful. I very much like the characterization of Fingolfin and Fingon in this piece. Extremely plausible scenario of why and how Fingolfin chose to act as he did. I've often asked myself what kind of man would do what Fingon did to rescue Maedhros--a similarly suicidal stunt, but with a purpose that is, despite that, life-affirming. Well, the one answer could be: the kind of man who had a father who would act as Fingolfin did when he called out Morgoth.

Author's Response:

Thank you for another lovely review and once again sorry to take so long to respond.  I had been trying to get into Fingolfin;s head for some time when I started writing this, deciding to start from the end of why he decided to take on a battle he must have known he could never win.

 

I had also seen/heard to many interprentions of FIngolfin as a harsh possibly abusive father and I go stubborn :) A lot of the reason behind wriitng it was a backlash agaisnt that and writing a loving father instead. I am very glad you enjoyed the story, in many ways it was the hardest one I have written so far (I do not do fightscenes well and lost count of the amount of times I was told by my betas that it didn;t work and needed rewritten again :D)

Thanks for the review.

 *hugs*

Uli 

Memories Of Findekáno by ford_of_bruinen

Rated: Adult | [Comments - 1]
Summary: Nirnaeth Arnoediad is over and Maedhros is looking back and remembering his beloved cousin Fingon.
Characters: Fingon, Maedhros, Maglor, Turgon
Challenges: None
Genres: Drama, Romance, Slash/Femslash
Warnings: ***Incest, Character Death, Mature Themes, Sexual Content--Moderate
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 10989     Read Count: 941
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Published: May 22, 2007     Updated: May 22, 2007


Reviewer: oshun Signed
Date: August 19, 2007
Title: Chapter 1: Memories Of Findekáno

I loved this story. It is utterly incompatible with a series of stories that I am writing about Maitimo and Findekáno, but despite my own obsessive-compulsive imaginings of totally a different scenario, I found yours compelling and believable within the context you set up. Heartbreakingly beautiful and painful to read.

Author's Response:

Thank you! I am so glad you liked this story. I think it is the one of my stories that lies closest to my heart, mostly because it completely wrote itself over three days.

 

I have written other stuff with this pairing which are lighter in tone than these but I enjoy playing with different scenarios and possibilities even with my favoured pairings :)

 

Also very sorry it took me so long to get back to you. I really really do appretiate the review.

 

*hugs*

Uli

Torn asunder by Rhapsody

Rated: General | [Comments - 2]
Summary:

What were Mithrellas thoughts on the eve when she left her family behind on Middle Earth?


Characters: Imrazor
Challenges: Strong Women, Untold History
Genres: Drama, Fixed-length Ficlet
Warnings: Mature Themes
Series: Musings in the Sky
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 200     Read Count: 569
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Published: May 25, 2007     Updated: May 25, 2007


Reviewer: oshun Signed
Date: June 13, 2008
Title: Chapter 1: Torn asunder

I don't know why I never saw this before. I have thought about the question and wanted to decide upon an answer for myself. This is an interesting and convincing solution. (I might have missed it because it was a stand-alone drabble. I tend to go for longer stories or related drabbles.) Anyway, so glad I found it. Gave me something to think about.

A Bard's fate by Rhapsody

Rated: Teens | [Comments - 2]
Summary: Maglor watches how Daeron leaves for Valinor.
Characters: Maglor
Challenges: None
Genres: Drama, Fixed-length Ficlet
Warnings: Mature Themes
Series: Musings in the Sky
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 101     Read Count: 757
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Published: May 25, 2007     Updated: May 25, 2007


Reviewer: oshun Signed
Date: September 22, 2008
Title: Chapter 1: A Bard's fate

Just for fun and because you already know I am a heretic and defend the Noldor against the Valar. (No doubt, Tolkien would be disappointed in me.)

Daeron's answer to the unsought honor of Mightest Singer of all in 100 words:

Mightiest singer of all? I graciously accept praise without explaining my opinion. I save my argument for Manwë Súlimo alone. I do not say that my own choices were wrong. How can one judge the answer, if one did not know the question? Mighty Maglor sang for justice, for freedom, and in defense of the weak and beleaguered of Middle-earth. His magnificent voice scored his pain into my heart. His Noldolantë stands unequaled. I refuse this honor. Look to yourself, Manwë. The One will judge who were the victims and who must accept responsibility for the pointless loss of lives.   

The Rising of Eärendil's Star by MithLuin

Rated: General | [Comments - 5]
Summary: Maglor's foster sons learn about the meaning of the new star from the last two Sons of Fëanor. 
Characters: Elrond, Elros, Maedhros, Maglor
Challenges: None
Genres: General
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 879     Read Count: 847
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Published: May 26, 2007     Updated: May 26, 2007


Reviewer: oshun Signed
Date: July 21, 2007
Title: Chapter 1: The Rising of Eärendil's Star

Lovely. Maedhros is convincing to me--held that star in his hand once. I would love the read the entire story. Hope you do work on it. 

Author's Response: Thank you so much for the encouragement!  I have done some more work on it, but the story is very...huge and daunting.  The War of Wrath is such a bleak time, and only the naivete of childhood is preventing my story from being very dark indeed....

Pictures at an Exhibition by Robinka

Rated: Adult | [Comments - 28]
Summary: A series of drabbles, some humorous, other not so much, centered on the Sindar (because they deserve all the praise).

Brand new one, written for the challenge Just an Old-Fashioned Love Song!
Characters: Beleg, Daeron, Elu Thingol, Lúthien Tinúviel, Mablung, Maedhros, Melian, Nellas, Original Character(s), Túrin
Challenges: None
Genres: Drama, Fixed-length Ficlet, Het, Humor, Romance
Warnings: Mature Themes
Series: None
Chapters: 15 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 2031     Read Count: 19279
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Published: June 10, 2007     Updated: August 07, 2017


Reviewer: oshun Signed
Date: March 06, 2009
Title: Chapter 10: Reunion

Very nice, Binka. Lovely contrasts of cultures and musing on solutions to survival under extreme challenges.

Author's Response: Thank you very much for taking the time to read and for leaving a review :D I'm very happy to see that my idea worked!

Reviewer: oshun Signed
Date: February 06, 2014
Title: Chapter 14: Homecoming

You and Beleg are back. Yay! Looking forward to you B2MeM fic.



Author's Response: Beleg will be there, too :) Thank you so much. It's good to be back.

The Small and Secret Things by Dawn Felagund

Rated: Teens | [Comments - 29]
Summary: An attempt at writing a drabble or other short fiction every day, based on the Dictionary.com Word of the Day. Please see the story notes for more information. ETA: This project is on indefinite hiatus. I am working on my second degree as well as working full-time and so have had to tell the muses to take a hike. Hopefully, once my classes end, I'll be able to get back into writing.
Characters: Amandil, Ar-Pharazôn, Aulë, Caranthir, Celegorm, Eärwen, Fëanor, Finarfin, Fingolfin, Finwë, Haleth, Maedhros, Maglor, Mandos, Melkor, Míriel Serindë, Nerdanel, Original Character(s), Tar-Míriel, Tar-Palantir, Turgon
Challenges: Gift of a Story
Genres: Fixed-length Ficlet
Warnings: ***Torture, Mature Themes, Violence--Moderate
Series: Daily Drabbles (or Taming the Recalcitrant Muses)
Chapters: 36 Table of Contents
Completed: No
Word count: 11218     Read Count: 54470
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Published: June 21, 2007     Updated: September 06, 2007


Reviewer: oshun Signed
Date: June 21, 2007
Title: Chapter 1: Evening in Alqualondë

Oh, Dawn. You challenge me. I love your characterization of Arafinwë and Eärwen—that could give you kind of a jump start on the drabble since I already <i>know</i> them and brought that information with me. But, in fact, it would have worked without that knowledge. It still means more to me with it. Maybe I can try to do some with you—I am working on my Feanor thing today though! Soon, very soon, it will be done!

Author's Response: I just posted something about it to the Yahoo! list as well! :^D I used to have a few crazy people drabbling with me every day when I did it on LiveJournal. Even if you don\'t write one every day ... hey, it\'s a fun diversion when the inspiration is there! (And in all honesty, I can never keep up every day either. Some days, there\'s just no inspiration. Or I get a really stupid Word of the Day. Or--Eru help us all!--I actually have to do *work* at my job. o.O)

I\'m about half-finished the Curufin thing. Eru, who knew that there was so much about freakin\' Curufin in the HoMe?? Anyway, we\'re at a good place: only three left to go once you finish Feanor and I finish Curufin. I\'d say we\'re ahead of the game. And I\'ve gotten more stories and artwork in too, w00t! So things are still going better than planned ... in other words, take all the time you need. There\'s still more than two weeks before Feanor is up.

Reviewer: oshun Signed
Date: August 03, 2007
Title: Chapter 22: *Persuasion in Three Drops

Very interesting. Very effective. I should have noticed this drabble earlier since I recently spent a good deal of time thinking about how Maedhros and Maglor each must have thought about not attempting a rescue. I am gratified that it is at very least compatible with how I had thought of it. (I shortened the canon time in my own mind that he was held--I could not wrap my mind around so many years in captivity nor so many years hanging by one hand. So I have chosen to take those numbers as literary/poetic hyperbole.) The concept in your drabble of the counting being part of the torture rang true for me. Don't know if I ever mentioned that my brother-in-law was held in Pinochet's prisons in Chile as a teenager. He told that the waiting for the inevitable next round was so much worse than enduring it when it came. His recounting his experiences to me very much influenced my own perceptions of Maedhros's ordeal and survival, that and things my mother-in-law told me who is a WWII concentration camp survivor.

Author's Response:

Oh my, no, I never knew either about your brother-in-law or mother-in-law! How awful! My area of study in university was post-traumatic stress disorder in victims of political violence, particularly children. Hubby studied terrorism. Between the two of us, we were a real bundle of fun ... but I did learn a lot (too much, sometimes) about such things. Luckily, my own experiences--and those of my family--are so far confined to books.

On the time issue, I tend to favor shorter times myself. I've seen stories that portray Maedhros as having hung for 50 years, and I just have trouble wrapping my brain around this idea. Both physically and psychologically, I don't think this would have been possible.

In my personal view (not to be mistaken for anything resembling canon ;) he was in captivity for many years while Maglor and Morgoth pretty much played political games with each other (and there is an osanwe connection with Maedhros and Caranthir as well; I did a series about this last Christmas). Finally, their combined "intelligence" forces Maglor to realize that rescue will not be possible, nor diplomacy with Morgoth. He knows that Maedhros will be killed (though he's no idea how), but he makes the heartbreaking decision to send final word that he will not be seeking to have his brother returned to him. At which point, Morgoth puts Maedhros up on Thangorodrim.

I don't imagine that he was there long at all; no more than a few weeks. He has to be up there when Fingolfin passes by until the time it takes Fingon to 1) realize what is going on 2) decide to attempt rescue and 3) make the trip from Mithrim to Thangorodrim. This will guide my final decision on how long he hung, when the time comes to write it. In the interim, my muses tell me that some of the brothers who didn't agree with Maglor's decision attempted a rescue, but it failed horribly and they never even found their brother. But apparently, this was a point of contention in the Family Feanaro, so they're not too eager to talk about it. Yet. ;)

Reviewer: oshun Signed
Date: August 06, 2007
Title: Chapter 23: The House of Unexpected Light

Great story--much more than just a ficlet.

Reviewer: oshun Signed
Date: August 11, 2007
Title: Chapter 4: The Venerated

Wow! Loved this one. Snarky, sinister and yet not ranting. Very subtle, Great comment on Mandos and devastating reflection on both Manwe and the Vanyar. Another uniquely Dawn fic. It's hard to write a decent drabble. This one does what they are suypposed to do--actually say something of significance in a few words.

Author's Response:

Thank you, Oshun! I love my Namo muse for this; he gives such great insights. :)

I don\'t think the Valar necessarily invited the Elves with intentions of being venerated. But I don\'t think they protested being loved like that either ... and I do think that they thought themselves \"above\" the Eldar, even as they supposedly counted themselves as friends. The notion that the Eldar could be equally/more happy in a world without the Valar, that wasn\'t manufactured by the Valar: impossible! They just couldn\'t understand this.

I have trouble with perfect drabbles. It is nearly impossible to say something of worth in just 100 words. Hence the fact that my \"daily drabbles\" usually end up much longer!

Reviewer: oshun Signed
Date: August 17, 2007
Title: Chapter 29: The Conscript

Very beautiful. The reference to the book nearly broke my heart. "Awareness of what we will sacrifice for them." That is surely the way this young man would see it. But you are aware of my prejudices--I would argue that there has never been enough written (and that is in no way a criticism of this poignant story) about the cost of what Maedhros sacrificed for them. Loved the description of his impression of what Maedhros looked like--made me all weak-kneed and fan-girly. Love the details you imagine--the vegetable dye numbers! I would never have thought of that.

Author's Response:

I would totally agree about what Maedhros has sacrificed. It was interesting, though, to consider the PoV of someone not as wrapped up in the war as he; maybe not even Noldorin? Of course, it was \"lose one or lose them all,\" and surely, everyone understood this in some sense, even the young OMC.

As for fangirling ... :^D I\'ve been know to do that. Sometimes.

Reviewer: oshun Signed
Date: August 29, 2007
Title: Chapter 31: The Defiant Heart

OMG. That is how I've always imagined Aulë to necessarily feel.

Author's Response: GMTA! ;) I have sympathies for Aule. He was, after all, the only one of the idiot Valar that understood that Feanor might not have been leaping at the chance to forsake his Silmarils to remedy their collective folly.

Reviewer: oshun Signed
Date: August 29, 2007
Title: Chapter 32: Worries

I've been known to serve red wine with fish and chicken. Depends upon the sauce! LOL Maybe I am more like Finarfin than I thought to worry about it!

I have no idea who is speaking. Of course, I am currently fixed on Finrod. I would guess maybe Finrod. Galadriel in my verse is too stubborn and self-centered to understand for a long, long time and the others are not clear enough in my mind as to what they might think. (Except, Orodreth seems too dumb--but that is a blind prejudice.)



Author's Response:

I drink red wine with everything. Because I like red better than white! :^P

Now my personal thought was Galadriel. I couldn\'t see Finrod or Orodreth (esp. Orodreth) possessing that raw ambition ... and I don\'t have Angrod and Aegnor characterized that well yet! (Confessions of a lazy author.)

Reviewer: oshun Signed
Date: September 05, 2007
Title: Chapter 35: The Song

Ill buy the unconventional canon. Made me think of that lovely picture of Kasiopea.

Author's Response:

I nurture a secret love for this particular AU pairing. Having Unsung Heroine as a friend (who always wants more more more of Haleth/Caranthir!) and knowing every rabid Caranthir fangirl in Modern-earth besides is always a good excuse to keep writing it, even if it doesn\'t fit with my own verse.

And I love Kasiopea\'s picture too. (And there\'s another Caranthir fangirl, if you didn\'t know. ;)