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Penname: Lyra [Contact]
Real name: Christiane
Member Since: January 01, 2009
Membership status: Member

Bio:

Lyra is a Hobbit in all but size, but much more interested in the First and Second Age than actual Hobbit lore. A journalist by trade and philologist and cultural scientist by training, she has been struggling with plotbunnies and the relentless demands of real life ever since she discovered the fandom. Family life with two kids in an old farmhouse that desperately needs renovation doesn't make things easier, although it provides plenty of inspiration.

Lyra is obsessed with Nerdanel and her boys, Númenor, Elwing and Eärendil, Maglor (+ Daeron) through the ages, and the occasional footnote. Other interests include philology, the various aspects of living history/ experimental archaeology, as well as the broad spectrum of anthropology. This tends to show in her stories. What can you do? Lyra's attempts at producing fanart can be found at her deviantArt account.


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Many Journeys by Elleth

Rated: Teens | [Reviews - 50]
Summary:

A gathering place for ficlets of varying length written in response to prompts, prods and as gift ficlets.

New (added July):

The Song (Forever): Indis and Kalrê meet again. No time might have passed at all.
White-Flowered Also: Tar-Míriel receives hope even in the darkest of times.
As A Cup Yielding: Galadriel to Varda, in Sapphic Stanzas. NSFW.
River's Voice: How Mithrellas became Nimrodel's companion.
Make a Bird of Me: Nellas and Niënor, one summer in Doriath.
Hilt-First: Aredhel wanders, and finds the Haladin.
Breath for Breaking: Tar-Míriel, after the Fall of Númenor. NSFW.
Steeling: Morwen and Aerin perform a necessary exercise. NSFW.
Icy: Unrequited Aredhel/Elenwë on Helcaraxë.
Stone to Pity: After Fëanor’s death, Nienna offers comfort to Nerdanel. NSFW.
Resteth Not Here: Fíriel and her lover make plans to elope from Númenor.
Crown-Gift: Idril has a proposal for Rían.
My Fairest Bed: Erendis and her maid steal a moment in the country.
On Nights of Rain: The Lady of the Blue Brooch dreams of her lover.
Sunlight Free the Heart: Arwen at the end of her days. Arien will have none of it.

All were written for Tolkien Femslash Week 2016.


Characters: Aerin, Amarië, Amras, Amrod, Anairë, Aredhel, Arien, Aulë, Belen, Brodda, Caranthir, Celegorm, Curufin, Daeron, Dwarves, Ecthelion, Elemmírë, Elenwë, Elwing, Erendis, Eärwen, Fëanor, Finarfin, Findis, Finduilas, Fingolfin, Fingon, Finrod Felagund, Finwë, Galadriel, Gwindor, Haleth, Idril, Indis, Lalwen, Lúthien Tinúviel, Maedhros, Maglor, Mahtan, Mandos, Meleth, Melian, Meril, Míriel Serindë, Mithrellas, Morwen, Nellas, Nerdanel, Nienna, Nienor, Nimloth, Nimrodel, Númenóreans, Original Character(s), Original Female Character(s), Rían, Sons of Fëanor, Tar-Míriel, Thuringwethil, Uinen, Vairë, Valar, Varda, Yavanna
Challenges: International Day of Femslash, Tolkien Femslash Week Bingo
Genres: Adventure, Alternate Universe, Crossover, Drama, Erotica, Experimental, Fixed-length Ficlet, General, Het, Horror, Humor, Romance, Slash/Femslash
Warnings: Character Death, Mature Themes, Sexual Content--Mild, Sexual Content--Moderate, Violence--Mild, Violence--Moderate
Series: Daily Drabbles (or Taming the Recalcitrant Muses)
Chapters: 88 Table of Contents
Completed: No
Word count: 24238     Read Count: 105214
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Published: August 20, 2007     Updated: July 25, 2016


Reviewer: Lyra Signed
Date: October 14, 2013
Title: Chapter 55: The Best He Still Could Hope For

A mind awash with faeries! I love that description. I like this whole little peace - it's a fascinating idea that Maglor feels the need to have the story "live on" before he can rest! It certainly explains why he spent all those long years wandering and singing.

Author's Response:

Yes, I definitely agree - in fact, that was part of my understanding of Maglor's wandering and singing for a while - I can't conceive of him as a completely inactive character, especially since his casting the Silmaril away always sounded to me like he did it with much more purpose than just to get rid of it - it's woe unto world's end for afar casting it, not just by wandering but also by keeping alive and known what transpired, and if he doesn't feel like it's being understood any longer, then it's good to have a philologist with similar interests on hand, I guess... (and then there also is this bit that I'll still need write at some point, about the intersection of a mythical 'age of heroes' and present reality and how Maglor really is a figure straying from one into the other, but that's only hinted at here, and it probably going to work better in a fic than a review reply). Either way, I'm thrilled you like this! :D

Of Leaves of Gold and Petals Red: A Faery Tale by Ithilwen

Rated: General | [Reviews - 5]
Summary: A Silmarillion-based adaptation of a classic Scottish folk ballad
Characters: Fëanor, Original Character(s), Ungoliant
Challenges: None
Genres: Crossover, Humor, Romance
Warnings: Sexual Content--Mild, Violence--Mild
Series: None
Chapters: 3 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 11046     Read Count: 2219
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Published: May 11, 2009     Updated: May 11, 2009


Reviewer: Lyra Signed
Date: May 12, 2009
Title: Chapter 1: A Walk in the Woods

When I saw that the protagonist was called Janet, I thought of Tam Lin immediately... now I'm all proud I guessed right ^__^

 A lovely faery tale - I really liked your interpretation of the "everlasting dark", as well as the faery tale/Tolkien hybrid. And dammit, I'm slightly jealous of Janet ;)

 



Author's Response: I'm glad you enjoyed the story.  I had a great time writing it.  Janet was an absolute blast to write - and I suspect she and now-mortal Feanor had the traditional fairytale "appily ever after" ending.  (I hope she's up for six more kids, though!)

Judgement by Independence1776

Rated: Teens | [Reviews - 7]
Summary: AU. After the War of Wrath, Maglor surrenders to Eönwë. Nominated in the 2009 MEFAs.
Characters: Elrond, Elros, Eönwë, Maglor, Original Character(s), Valar
Challenges: None
Genres: Alternate Universe
Warnings: Violence--Mild
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 1979     Read Count: 1559
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Published: June 04, 2009     Updated: June 04, 2009


Reviewer: Lyra Signed
Date: June 04, 2009
Title: Chapter 1: Judgement

Wow, this was chilling, in a good way. Poor Maglor! I love how , even though he did the "right thing" this time, his predicament hasn't truly changed. Very nicely done!

 



Author's Response: Aww, thank you! No, his predicament didn\'t, for he had to live with his actions and the reactions of everyone around him. He may have a chance at healing sooner in Valinor than Middle-earth, but it still wouldn\'t be easy.

Do Not Go Gentle by Elleth

Rated: Adult | [Reviews - 5]
Summary:

The death of Fëanor and its immediate aftermath as narrated by Maedhros, and how the story took its shape as we know it. MEFA Nominee 2009. Thank you, Lyra! Won: Second Place in Times: First Age and Prior: Featuring Maedhros or Maglor. Thank you to all who reviewed.


Characters: Curufin, Fëanor, Maedhros, Sons of Fëanor
Challenges: None
Genres: Drama
Warnings: Character Death, Mature Themes, Violence--Moderate
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 3606     Read Count: 1431
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Published: June 26, 2009     Updated: June 26, 2009


Reviewer: Lyra Signed
Date: June 29, 2009
Title: Chapter 1: Do Not Go Gentle

I already told you that I liked this, but I suppose repeating it can't hurt! This is a wonderful (well, in a terrible way. but you know what I mean), gritty, convincing take on a scene that is handled much too briefly in the <i>Silmarillion</i>, I think. And you wrote it so well that I can see it happen before my eyes as I read, like a movie (and we all agree that there <i>should</i> be a movie, right?) scene. You managed to write it sympathetically and without drifting into either the pathetic or the gruesome. Great work.



Author's Response: Indeed, it doesn't hurt. Quite the contrary... but once more, thank you - not only for writing the review but also for pointing out the thing that I worried about most, the reception. As per usual I wasn't sure if what I was trying to get down on the page wouldn't be either too gruesome, bland or sappy (no, I really couldn't tell), but if it wasn't, and brought the DVD along (and yes, there should be a movie/series of movies!), that is more than good to know. Thanks for commenting, and thanks for the nomination. :))

Chance's Strange Arithmetic by Ithilwen

Rated: Teens | [Reviews - 6]
Summary: In the trenches of a French battlefield, two young British officers and a forgotten figure from the dim past have a fateful encounter.  Violence, character death.
Characters: Maglor, Original Character(s)
Challenges: None
Genres: Alternate Universe, Crossover, Drama
Warnings: Character Death, Violence--Moderate
Series: None
Chapters: 4 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 7221     Read Count: 3551
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Published: June 28, 2009     Updated: June 28, 2009


Reviewer: Lyra Signed
Date: June 29, 2009
Title: Chapter 1: The Scholar

I adored this story when I first read it on your website, and still do, despite the unhappy ending. I love the idea that Maglor went on through the ages (doubtlessly meeting lots of important people and witnessing lots of important events for the sake of fanfic writers ;)), and this kind of-almost-encounter with Tolkien is both heartbreaking and strangely satisfying in that line. Thank you for reminding me of this story!

 



Author's Response: I'm glad you liked this story; it's one of my personal favorites as well.  To me, it's Tolkien who has the sad ending here, coming so close to meeting one of the sons of Feanor only to miss the chance because of a fluke of fate.  Maglor at least gets to go home and rest (even if the actual going process is painful).

Anadûnai by darthfingon

Rated: Teens | [Reviews - 14]
Summary: 163 years after their parting in Middle-earth, Elrond travels to Númenor to see his brother again.
Characters: Elrond, Elros, Original Character(s)
Challenges: Akallabêth in August
Genres: General
Warnings: Character Death
Series: None
Chapters: 2 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 28576     Read Count: 2818
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Published: August 03, 2009     Updated: August 03, 2009


Reviewer: Lyra Signed
Date: September 08, 2009
Title: Chapter 2: Anadûnai 2

Wow, this was brilliant. I love it when a story really brings a foreign culture to life, and that's what this story did. All the little details - from the shabby guesthouse and the day in the baths, the currency system, the attempts to appear "Elvish", the dentist - paint a vivid picture of early Númenorean culture. Elrond's surprise and confusion were very convincing, and his difficulties to come to terms with his brother's fate were heart-breaking. At the same time this was also a highly entertaining read - not just for the anthropology  geek in me. Thank you!

 

Into This Wild Abyss by pandemonium_213

Rated: Adult | [Reviews - 57]
Summary:

A series of contributions for Akallabêth in August 2009 in response to the following prompts: 1) Sauron fortifies Mordor; 2) Sauron begins to afflict Númenórean settlements to the south; 3) Sauron convinces Ar-Pharazôn to break the Ban of the Valar; 4) storms from the West strike Númenor; and 5) Sauron returns to Middle-earth.

MEFA 2010. Winner, First Place; Genres: Character Study: The Silmarillion.


Characters: Ar-Pharazôn, Sauron
Challenges: Akallabêth in August
Genres: Alternate Universe, Drama, General, Science Fiction
Warnings: Expletive Language, Mature Themes, Sexual Content--Moderate, Violence--Moderate
Series: None
Chapters: 5 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 14917     Read Count: 8266
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Published: August 06, 2009     Updated: September 03, 2009


Reviewer: Lyra Signed
Date: August 25, 2009
Title: Chapter 3: Chapter 3: This Mortal Coil

This was strangely heart-breaking. I love how you portrayed Ar-Pharazon as a perfectly normal, even loveable human - I refuse to believe that he would have been the all-around monster many stories make him, so all the AinA stories that portray him sympathetically make me very happy. And all the cultural details - the surf-fishing, the baths of purification, the fishing barbs, the cookery recipe - are wonderful! I had to snicker when I read about Sauron's irritation at the way Pharazon cut the fennel, or the overcooked fish! The day on the beach was so wonderfully banal and yet, with Pharazon's decision to invade Aman, such a turning point.

In conclusion, great job!



Author's Response:

Thank you very much for having a read and for the kind words, Lyra!

"I refuse to believe that he would have been the all-around monster many stories make him..."

Exactly my sentiments!  Ever since we met during MEFA08, Surgical Steel and I have been synergistically bouncing ideas and plots off one another, often driven by our mutual views of the complexity of human nature in both "the bad guys" and "the good guys." I recommend her "Alliance" here on the SWG. Heck, I don't see Sauron as "wholly evil" either (as should be evident), a position that is actually consistent with JRRT's writings about this character.   Some of the most reprehensible men of our primary world effectively compartmentalized their lives (Stalin and Pol Pot spring to mind) so as uncomfortable as it might be for some to contemplate this, the "villains" of Tolkien's secondary world might very well have done the same.  That doesn't exonerate them, but it is the human condition. 

I'm tickled that you enjoyed the turning point amidst the banality! :^D  That's exactly what I was trying to achieve here.  As I mentioned to Clodia in my response to her review, having witnessed how some very powerful men in my line of work operate, momentous decisions are often reached under more prosaic circumstances than in a board room. 

Reviewer: Lyra Signed
Date: August 30, 2009
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1: The Measure of Dreams

What a great take on a scene that's powerful even in the short paragraph Tolkien gives it, but even more powerful in this long version! I loved the combination of mythological and scientific elements - the Faraday cage was (dare I say it?) classy. And despite the darkness of the tale there were so many elements that made me snicker. Rain of fish! Scurvy! Rum! Very nice.

And Sauron's defiance of the storm was brilliant... ly written, I mean. He certainly knows how to impress!



Author's Response:

Lyra, thanks a million for reading and the kind words!  I'm thrilled that the combination of science and myth worked for you.  That can be an uneasy mix in Tolkien's world, but it's one that I cannot resist.  Likewise, I can't resist sneaking in some dark humor so I'm tickled that you picked up on these.

"And Sauron's defiance of the storm was brilliant... ly written, I mean."

:^D  You're too kind to me.  Speaking of "brilliantly written," I'm eagerly awaiting more of "The Embalmer's Apprentice"  but will follow the advice of "all good things come to those who wait."  You have me snared with that. 

Reviewer: Lyra Signed
Date: September 07, 2009
Title: Chapter 5: Chapter 5: On the Perilous Edge

Again, what a wonderful and thought-provoking chapter! I loved how you brought across that Sauron's goal was never annihilation, "only" rulership - and his impulse to save the falling was a great touch. The description of the cataclysm was very well done - I knew what was going to happen, and yet I was on the edge of my seat! I also loved Sauron's ponderings while waiting for his minions - and the origin of his "passing like a black cloud over the sea" legend. Great combination of "realism" and myth once again!

Author's Response:

Thanks so much, Lyra, and my apologies for being so tardy in responding.  Be assured your compliments were (and are) immediately appreciated.  

"his impulse to save the falling was a great touch."

And thanks for noting this!  I take something of a hardline biologist's viewpoint here: if a Maia assumes a human form, then it's not like putting on a sweater or coat.  The Maia's behavior and emotions will be affected, too, by the human component.  And humans -- along with other animals -- possess altruism as part of their inherent behavior.  So as bad as he is -- and becomes -- Sauron still has his altruistic moments, some even kind of bizarre and certainly capricious. 

"I loved how you brought across that Sauron's goal was never annihilation"

Yep, and I'd like to think that fits into what Tolkien wrote of his character in "Myths Transformed," HoMe vol X. 

"The description of the cataclysm was very well done"

Oh, thankyouthankyouthankyou!  I was concerned about that! 

"Great combination of "realism" and myth once again!"

And thanks again!  That's my modus operandi! :^)

I have so many stories to catch up on with reviews myself, including yours, but let me say for now that I cannot begin to tell you how much I love "The Embalmer's Apprentice."  What a fantastic story! 

The Day the Numenoreans Left by Aiwen

Rated: Teens | [Reviews - 7]
Summary:

Pharazôn and Amandil's diplomatic mission to Middle-earth may do more harm than good ...


Characters: Amandil, Ar-Pharazôn, Círdan, Gil-galad, Glorfindel, Original Character(s)
Challenges: Akallabêth in August
Genres: Drama
Warnings: Sexual Content--Mild
Series: None
Chapters: 6 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 6102     Read Count: 4244
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Published: August 15, 2009     Updated: August 15, 2009


Reviewer: Lyra Signed
Date: August 17, 2009
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1: I Came

What a wonderful depiction of a diplomatic mission! The awkwardness feels very believable, and the parrot had me snickering madly! Seeing Amandil and Pharazon in their youth was a treat also. Great job!

 



Author's Response: I'm glad you enjoyed it.  This story grew in dribs and drabs in my head for several months before I wrote it down.  Diplomacy afflicted by ill will and Murphy's law...

Hostage by SurgicalSteel

Rated: Teens | [Reviews - 6]
Summary:

Ar-Pharazon takes Sauron as a hostage for the good behavior of his people.


Characters: Amandil, Ar-Pharazôn, Sauron
Challenges: Akallabêth in August
Genres: Drama
Warnings: Expletive Language
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 2071     Read Count: 736
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Published: August 17, 2009     Updated: August 17, 2009


Reviewer: Lyra Signed
Date: August 18, 2009
Title: Chapter 1: Hostage

I don't even know where to start with what I love about this. First, I suppose, that you chose to write from Ar-Pharazôn's perspective, and without turning him into the usual megalomaniac bastard. (And just after I ranted in chat how much I was annoyed by the frequent clear-cut division between pure, perfect Faithful and evil King('s men) yesterday, too!) Seeing events from his side is very interesting.

Second, un-cowed Míriel. Even with the short page-time she gets here, you make it quite clear that she's neither a mere victim of her cousin's lust nor resigned to a shadow nor hating him. I quite like the thought. The biased chronicler of the Silmarillion would doubtlessly style her a saint who would never have loved Pharazôn of her own will, but that doesn't mean it's true... ;)

Third, un-perfect Amandil. Not that I hate the guy; I just can't believe that he was the perfectly meek, kind, gentle, poor unloved Faithful he's occasionally styled to be. Your version was very believable. And Sauron mistaking him for the King at first was priceless! (That scene was over way too quickly!)

Well, and all the small things. The description of Umbar and its workings was fascinating, and the allusions to Pharazôn's height (or lack thereof) were highly entertaining. And I liked the frequent italics in Pharazôn's thought. I could practically hear his voice!

In conclusion, wonderful work!



Author's Response:

Thanks very much, Lyra - I'd actually attempted to write this whole thing several times from different POVs, and it just didn't feel right until I crawled into Pharazon's head. I've been sort of curious on other perspectives of the 'histories' we're presented really ever since I read the Silm for the first time - it was right around then that I realized that the history books taught one thing about the Mexican-American War in the 1840s, but the Mexican people themselves had a very different take on things (my Spanish teachers didn't like the history books very much). That made me sort of look at the Silm and say 'but what would Pharazon say?' or for that matter at LOTR and ask 'but were the Southrons really that evil?'

I'm very glad you enjoyed this!

Sacrifice by SurgicalSteel

Rated: Adult | [Reviews - 11]
Summary:

Not everyone involved with the sacrifices at Armenelos were believers.


Characters: Original Character(s), Sauron
Challenges: Akallabêth in August
Genres: Drama, Horror
Warnings: Mature Themes, Violence--Graphic
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 1847     Read Count: 702
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Published: August 22, 2009     Updated: August 22, 2009


Reviewer: Lyra Signed
Date: August 25, 2009
Title: Chapter 1: Sacrifice

Another fascinating, if uncomfortable look at the events of the Akallabêth from an unusual POV! The idea that people from the colonies would seek to study in Númenor is great. And Nemir's decision, horrifying though it is, doesn't lack a certain logic. If these people are going to die anyway, why not use the chance to find out a bit more about how the human body works? *shudders* I think that's part of the effect of this story: To think that even reasonably good people might, for all kinds of reasons, participate in something horrible. (Ah, one of the recurring themes of human history...)

Thank you for sharing!

 



Author's Response:

Thank you very much - I'm pleased this worked for you!

The Man Who Grew Tomatoes by pandemonium_213

Rated: General | [Reviews - 8]
Summary:

Navin, a young boy living in a mystical land in the East of Middle-earth, a civilization as rich in lore and magic as any in the West, visits family friends while his mother prepares to give birth to a new sister or brother. There in the hills, Navin helps his elderly friend in his garden and later, his friend -- a man from a distant land now gone -- tells Navin the story of how tomatoes came to Bharat.

MEFA 2010 Winner, First Place; Races: Cross-Cultural: Gapfiller.  


Characters: Amandil, Original Character(s)
Challenges: Akallabêth in August, Strangers in Strange Lands
Genres: Alternate Universe, Crossover, General
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 6031     Read Count: 841
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Published: September 06, 2009     Updated: September 06, 2009


Reviewer: Lyra Signed
Date: September 07, 2009
Title: Chapter 1: The Man Who Grew Tomatoes

I really enjoyed this story. While I like the tragedy of Amandil's hopeless attempt to reach the West, I also like the thought that maybe he made a new home somewhere - and your take on where it took him was unique and very satisfying. Thank you for sharing this!

 



Author's Response: And thank you for the kind words!  My thanks is terribly belated but the feeling of gratitude that you liked this is still fresh.  As much as I love The Silmarillion and tend to dwell on one of its darker characters, the unrelenting sturm und drang can get to be wearing, so in my alternatie history, I decided to give Amandil a second chance.  Having him wash up on the shores of Middle-earth India gives me a good excuse to write more in this setting.

Character of the Month Biographies by oshun

Rated: General | [Reviews - 155]
Summary:

Each month, the SWG features a different character from The Silmarillion. For ease of reading and research, all Character of the Month biographies written by various authors are eventually all collected here: Character of the Month Biographies

 

If you know you are looking for one of mine, check the chapter list here. [Largely, but not entirely, in alphabetical order. The very newest few are at the end of the list--long story as to why which I will skip here! We do our best within the confines of the medium.]

 

 


Characters: Aegnor, Alatar, Amarië, Amdir, Anairë, Anárion, Angrod, Aranwë, Aredhel, Argon, Arvedui, Arwen, Aulë, Azaghâl, Baragund, Barahir (First Age), Beleg, Bëor, Beregar, Celebrimbor, Círdan, Daeron, Denethor, Durin, Ecthelion, Edrahil, Elendur, Elenwë, Elrond, Elros, Elu Thingol, Eluréd, Elurín, Elwing, Erellont, Erendis, Eärendil, Eärwen, Eöl, Fëanor, Finarfin, Fingolfin, Fingon, Finrod Felagund, Finwë, Gil-galad, Gildor, Glaurung, Glorfindel, Guilin, Haldad, Haleth, Huan, Indis, Lalaith, Lalwen, Legolas of Gondolin, Lórien, Mablung, Mîm, Míriel Serindë, Morwë, Morwen, Nahar, Nellas, Nessa, Nienna, Nimloth, Núneth, Oromë, Pallando, Radagast, Rochallor
Challenges: None
Genres: Non-fiction/Essay
Warnings: None
Series: Reference Library: Periodicals
Chapters: 86 Table of Contents
Completed: No
Word count: 139     Read Count: 71656
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Published: August 01, 2007     Updated: September 04, 2017


Reviewer: Lyra Signed
Date: April 05, 2017
Title: Chapter 82: Arwen Undómiel

You know, after the movies have pretty much killed every interest I had in Arwen's character - I am NOT a fan of what PJ did with her, and definitely not a fan of Liv Tyler's quivering lips - you managed to bring it back. So a huge thank you for that! I should say more, because your essay has given me a lot of ~feels~, but as discussions in SWG reviews are kind of difficult to have, I think I'll carry that over to LJ. But - thank you for another well-researched and well-written character biography!

Author's Response:

I feel bad for Liv Tyler. When she signed on to make the film[s], she was groomed to play an action hero, which she was not very good at, and then the concept of the project morphed from one film to two and then three and the script was totally rewritten, along with her character. So there is a rather a schizophrenic flip-flop from a tough warrior princess Arwen to Arwen the little girl fighting with her daddy over the boyfriend he doesn't like. She really did not have a chance to give a coherent performance. Just my take on it.

Thanks for the comments. If a bio provokes "feels" in either direction probably means I reached the audience! See you on LJ if you get a chance. I had fun doing the research.

Reviewer: Lyra Signed
Date: July 05, 2017
Title: Chapter 2: Amárië of the Vanyar

I wonder which kind of bio is harder to write - those where there are incredible amounts of information on a character (like, say, Galadriel) but at least it's well-documented, or those where there is next to nothing. I'm particularly grateful for the latter sort, like this one, for the most selfish reasons: If you've already done the research, I don't have to! It must be particularly gruelling when there are only one or two throwaway lines about a character, like Amárië, and you have to be doubly careful to find them. Much gratitude, therefore, for having done that work! And thank you for unearthing Darth Fingon's observations about the name; these linguistic tidbits give me so much joy!

Author's Response:

Thanks so much!

I think the ones with very few references are the scariest ones. Because I am afraid I will miss one of three or four mentions. When a character is referenced in the Silm, LotR, and all over HoMe, I am not worried if I do not catch every single mention and I even tell the readers at times that I do not plan to addess every single dispute or preference. But with the short ones, missing any makes one look like a lazy creature.

Reviewer: Lyra Signed
Date: July 05, 2017
Title: Chapter 84: Erellont

I didn't know there was any controversy about Erellont's ethnicity! Somehow I've always assumed that Eärendil's companions would be mortal, since such a point is made of Eärendil going alone to spare the others the wrath of the Valar (which, one presumes, would fall less heavily on Elves, even Noldorin Elves, since Idril seems to have been let in without a fuss earlier)! You learn something new every day. Anyway, thank you for another enlightening bio of a character so minor that it's hard to find any information on them! It must be such a thankless task to do the research on them, but they're serious life-savers when for some reason, one suddenly needs to know more about them. ^^

Author's Response:

Awww! Thanks so much! I have to admit I tackled this one with minimal curiosity and then got interested when I started collecting the facts. It only seems thankless when no one reads or reviews. (Although people do over time! Read them anyway!)

Reviewer: Lyra Signed
Date: September 07, 2017
Title: Chapter 86: Anárion Son of Elendil

I'm so happy you chose Anárion for this month's bio - for entirely selfish reasons, I have to admit! The whole succession drama has always been a source of confusion to me, since obviously Isildur is the elder son of Elendil, and while I understand that Arnor is not Gondor, the amount of hostility Denethor (and some readers) show for the claim of the line of Isildur to the throne has been puzzling. So thank you for unravelling that particular knot.

Of course, I also have to admit that I tend to overlook Anárion in the shadow of his brother - Isildur gets to do all the interesting/stupid stuff, from stealing a fruit of Nimloth to claiming the One Ring, so Anárion rather pales in comparison! So it's good to have the facts about him put together to show that he's not entirely boring, either. ;)

In conclusion, thank you for another helpful and elucidating bio!

Author's Response:

I cannot believe that I read this comment and did not respond! Thank you so much! I wrote it for exactly the reasons that you say you were happy to read it. I did get a bit of an understanding about dispute when I wrote the character bio of Arvedui. I never have understood and still don't why people wanted to deny Isildur his right, unless it was some punitive reaction to him hanging onto the Ring. (Denethor, of course, had a plausible reason! Not a good one, but an understandable one.) People in the LotR need to read more about Isildur. He was never the black and white villain of Peter Jackson's films. I even heard in suggested it my earliest LotR fandom encounters that Elrond should have murdered him! OOC for Elrond and not Tolkien secret wish either!! Wow! A cursory reading of LotR and multiple viewings of the film triology resulted in a lot of funny positions in fandom back in its heyday. (Not that people do not think my interpretations of the Noldor are odd. At least I can support them from various versions of the legendarium.)

Thanks for reading. Forgive me for forgetting to respond!

Linguistic Foolery by darthfingon

Rated: General | [Reviews - 21]
Summary:

Linguistic Foolery answers commonly asked questions about Tolkien's languages. Please view the Table of Contents for a list of articles.


Characters: None
Challenges: None
Genres: Non-fiction/Essay
Warnings: None
Series: Reference Library: Periodicals
Chapters: 13 Table of Contents
Completed: No
Word count: 38     Read Count: 11940
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Published: October 01, 2009     Updated: February 01, 2011


Reviewer: Lyra Signed
Date: October 02, 2009
Title: Chapter 1: Answers from Old Sources: What Does That Name Mean?

Awww! I have to admit that I am the tiniest bit disappointed that Finwe really has nothing to do with fin "hair". This is mostly because I loved the idea that this was all a very complicated in-joke, seeing how Finwe apparently became a sort of prefix for Noldorin kings (as in Fin-arfin and Fin-golfin). Why? Because of course that is just what happened in real-world history. The English word for an emperor is, well, emperor; but in many other European language it is some derivate of caesar (German "Kaiser", Russian "Zar", etc). This of course originates with a particularly famous Roman emperor, Gaius Julius Caesar, whose successors kept the name Caesar as some kind of honorific.

The in-joke comes to play when you look at where the name Caesar originally comes from. It originates with the Latin word caesarius, which means - "hairy".

You probably knew all that. >_>

At any rate, I quite liked the idea that the "Fin-" was some kind of clever reference to that. Apparently not. Oh well...

 

Reviewer: Lyra Signed
Date: January 07, 2010
Title: Chapter 9: Elven Holidays and Festivals: What do we have to work with in the First Age?

Again, a lovely and handy resource for lazy people like me who don't want to look everything up but still want some kind of "but it's in the books!" explanation handy when the canatics come and tear things up ;)

Nost-na-Lothion seems to be a tricky case, though. Your reasons for placing it in early May (in the spot of Beltane/Walpurgis, so to say?) are all valid, but I'm still wondering. The Nost part makes me think more of the time of year when the first flowers appear (pushing Nost-na-Lothion more towards Easter) than of the time of year when there are lots and lots of flowers everywhere. The description of melting snow also suggests March rather than May to me...

Of course, what the question probably boils down to is where to place Beleriand on a map of the world. In England, spring certainly sets in in March (if by "spring" or "birth of flowers" you mean "Yay, the snow is gone, oh look here's a narcissus and there's a crocus and the plum trees start to blossom"); in Skandinavia spring is naturally coming later, and the beginning of spring celebrated on May 1st rather than at the vernal equinox. Oof.

Sorry about all this rambling!

Reviewer: Lyra Signed
Date: November 02, 2010
Title: Chapter 12: All About Accents!

All the ë, ä, or ö does is remind non-native Elvish speakers (that is, all of us) using the Roman alphabet...

Can't help being a bit nitpicky here: While all of us are non-native Elvish speakers (or so I assume), not all non-native English speakers need the reminder. Several languages that use the Roman alphabet would habitually pronounce word-final "e" (as in Ainulindalë, Manwë, what have you) anyway, so the diaereses there wouldn't be strictly necessary. Some of them also wouldn't dream of pronouncing "ea" or "eo" as one sound, so again there actually would be no need for diaereses in the corresponding translations. Italian comes to mind; French would need word-final ë, but none of the rest.

Random anecdote: As a native speaker of German who had only ever read The Silmarillion in English, I used to write "Fëanor" and "Eönwë" and "Eärendil", as that was what I was used to - and was surprised that, even on the German Tolkien Society messageboard (i.e., where the academic hardcore fans are), no one else did. Figures that none of the diaereses made it into the German translation. Which makes perfect sense: ë isn't necessary, since native speakers of German would pronounce "Fëanor" and "Manwë" and all the rest correctly anyway (you don't want to hear how they mangle "Maedhros", though!). ä and ö, on the other hand, would actually lead them to pronounce the words wrongly, since in German these are used to represent entirely different sounds (the lovely Umlauts). The German translator was clever enough to remove the problem (unlike for instance the Finnish or Swedish translators, who kept "Eärendil" etc. even though their respective languages use ä for a sound different from [a]).

At any rate, the diaereses are a service (predominantly) for native speakers of English. Various other languages that also use Roman letters don't need them at all, or need only some.

That said: For English speakers, this is nonetheless a very helpful article, which hopefully helps to clear up some of the accent-based confusion. :)

Author's Response:

Du hast Recht. ;)  I will admit to and apologise for having written this from an Anglocentric perspective.  Oddly enough, I had originally written that line about English speakers, but then changed it in what I can now see is a crappy attempt at being inclusive.

And I can imagine a German rendering of Maedhros.  It wouldn't be as bad as my original assessment of Círdan, though, which came out all horrific and Italian and took months of dedication to correct when I read the name in my head.

The Longest Night by Dawn Felagund

Rated: Teens | [Reviews - 5]
Summary:

In the depths of a bitter winter, Finrod Felagund receives an invitation from Bëor to attend a strange midwinter festival in honor of the longest night of the year. Written for the 2009 Yule Fic Exchange on Many Paths to Tread.


Characters: Bëor, Beren, Finrod Felagund
Challenges: Gift of a Story
Genres: Drama, General
Warnings: Character Death, Mature Themes
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 3817     Read Count: 770
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Published: January 07, 2010     Updated: January 07, 2010


Reviewer: Lyra Signed
Date: January 13, 2010
Title: Chapter 1: The Longest Night

I don't even know where to start - I meant to wait until I could come up with a poignant review, but I think I'll give up on that and just gush incoherently.

Loved your Finrod, loved your Beör, loved the interactions between Finrod and the mortals. The whole piece made my inner anthropologist happy. And the emotional aspects made me happy (because it's so human, and so believable) and wibbly at the same time.

In conclusion,  wonderful.



Author's Response:

Thank you, Lyra! That is a high compliment from someone whom I admire for creating such believable cultures in her own writing. :) I\'m glad you liked Finrod too; he\'s so challenging for me because I generally start characterizations by working out from a character\'s flaws, and JRRT doesn\'t give me a whole lot to work with there! The Edain were challenging too since I don\'t often work with them and very much wanted to show them positively, even when compared to Finrod. Thank you again for the review--you have made my night! :)

In Terror He Reigns by Beatrisu

Rated: Teens | [Reviews - 4]
Summary: A lone inhabitant of Angmar reflects on its terrible king.
Characters: Original Character(s)
Challenges: None
Genres: Experimental, Horror
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 341     Read Count: 425
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Published: January 19, 2010     Updated: January 19, 2010


Reviewer: Lyra Signed
Date: January 20, 2010
Title: Chapter 1: In Terror He Reigns

I quite like this - it's a very interesting idea, and I think it is indeed quite likely that some (perhaps even most) subjects of the witch king may have disagreed with his rule, but had no choice but to serve him out of terror... (after all even the Orcs in LOTR discuss that they don't really like serving Sauron, but don't have much of an option. It is hard to believe that the humans and others in Angmar wouldn't feel likewise!)

That terror came across really well in this short piece. Poor protagonist!



Author's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review! I am very pleased to see that you found my attempt at horror-lite enjoyable, and to hear other people's opinions on whether or not the servants of Angmar served the witch king out of loyalty or fear. In my mind, the idea was always rather simple - you practically feel the horror when the witch king is described in the books, and so I decided that well, humans don't serve that kind of nastiness willingly unless they're horribly nasty - or scared shitless. Which was what I went for. I'm happy it came across well!

Cabbages and the Embarrassment of Being Maedhros by Himring

Rated: Adult | [Reviews - 4]
Summary:

Cabbages, because they are almost entirely unlike Silmarils...
Maedhros has been rescued from Angband by Fingon and has handed over the crown to Fingolfin. He recovers from his ordeals (more or less), sorts out things with his relatives (not quite), and departs with his brothers for points east. Later, after the Dagor Bragollach, he reviews the situation, considers giving up the struggle (not really), and is badly shaken by a presentiment of the Nirnaeth Arnoediad.
Romance (Maedhros/Fingon) and in part a prequel to "Looking at the Stars", but also about Maedhros's relationship with Maglor, the "shadow of pain", etc.
Minor warnings: Non-graphic references to torture and swearing. Non-graphic descriptions of insanity and vomiting. Brief references to prayer.


Characters: Fingolfin, Fingon, Maedhros, Maglor
Challenges: None
Genres: Romance, Slash/Femslash
Warnings: Mature Themes, Sexual Content--Moderate, Violence--Mild
Series: Doom, Gloom and Maedhros, One Week in Himring
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 6688     Read Count: 1489
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Published: January 24, 2010     Updated: January 24, 2010


Reviewer: Lyra Signed
Date: January 27, 2010
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

I enjoyed this story tremendously. You manage to write your characters very sympathetically without turning the story into long introspective emo-fests. I really like your concise writing style and your skill for formulating things so that I find myself going "Yes! Exactly! You nailed it!" Thank you very much for a great (if that can be said, considering the subject matter ;)) read!

 



Author's Response: Thank you very much! I'm happy to be praised for conciseness! I think there might be bits of the series where I indulge in emotional introspection at a little greater length than here, but hope not to have overdone it...

Hastaina by Dawn Felagund

Rated: Teens | [Reviews - 9]
Summary:

While embarking upon an Arctic expedition in hopes of discovering secret knowledge that might relieve the marring of Arda, a loremaster of Tirion makes a much darker discovery that undermines the very foundation of his belief. Inspired by the style and mythology of H.P. Lovecraft.


Characters: Fëanor, Original Character(s), Valar
Challenges: None
Genres: Crossover, Drama, Horror
Warnings: Mature Themes, Violence--Moderate
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 5891     Read Count: 1792
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Published: February 12, 2010     Updated: February 12, 2010


Reviewer: Lyra Signed
Date: February 24, 2010
Title: Chapter 1: Hastaina

Well, what can I say? You surpassed yourself again. This is fantastic - shocking, horrible, terrifying, but fantastic. As usual, I wish I could write a more coherent review, but I'm lost for words. What a brilliant look at the Ainulindale! (And what fodder for dark, heretical stories indeed!)

 



Author's Response:

Lyra, thank you so much--I'm beaming to get such high praise from an author I admire! :D I'll take incoherence any day; I'm glad that you liked it. I didn't expect much at all from this story; I knew it would appeal to Pandemonium (since the original crossover concept was her idea) but have to admit that I am really pleasantly surprised at the reaction otherwise. It was a really fun story to write; a world I might look more at later. (Just what I need--a third 'verse!)

(And I got your cover art; I've just been up to my ears in B2MeM stuff but I love it--here's my turn for incoherence! :D--and will send you a proper email just as soon as I have the mental capacity to do so.) Thank you again for reading and reviewing! *hugs*

Uldor by Himring

Rated: Teens | [Reviews - 4]
Summary:

This is the story of the unequal friendship between Maedhros and Uldor and its bitter end in betrayal and death, told from Uldor’s point of view.

It does not say anywhere that they were friends that I know of, but it seemed a reasonable explanation to me of what happened before Nirnaeth Arnoediad. Otherwise, wouldn’t the sons of Feanor have to have been a bit slow on the uptake or the sons of Ulfang fiendishly clever?

Like the rest of the series, this is, strictly speaking, Maedhros/Fingon, but it is possible to ignore that aspect of it (Uldor himself never guesses), so I’m not marking it.

This story has been nominated for the MEFAs 2010 by Angelica and won Third Place in Races: Cross-Cultural: General. Thank you very much to Angelica and to everyone who reviewed it for the MEFAs!

Now illustrated by the wonderful Alasse:

http://alasse-mirimiel.livejournal.com/20692.html


Characters: Borthand, Caranthir, Maedhros, Maglor, Uldor, Ulfang, Ulfast, Ulwarth
Challenges: None
Genres: Drama, General, Het
Warnings: Character Death, Mature Themes, Sexual Content--Mild, Violence--Graphic
Series: Doom, Gloom and Maedhros
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 6572     Read Count: 1144
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Published: March 27, 2010     Updated: March 27, 2010


Reviewer: Lyra Signed
Date: January 11, 2017
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Now you've gone and made me feel sorry for Uldor! As an outsider to both his people and (of course) the Eldar, it would make sense that he wouldn't be able to make a firm stand once his brothers had gained leverage on him. As I only read this after reading "Left Behind", I knew that something good would come out of this for Ulrica, at least, but that didn't make Uldor's story any less sad. When realisation dawns on him just before his death, that was a really heart-breaking moment.

Author's Response:

Thank you very much, Lyra! I'm glad I convinced you and succeeded in making you feel for Uldor!

(I've been having a bit of a tough week and your commenting on this pair of stories really made my day!)