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Joined 07-06-06, id: 1083484, Profile Updated: 09-25-11
Author has written 14 stories for Silmarillion.

I first came across Tolkien at the age of nine. I used to really enjoy reading C.S. Lewis’ ‘Narnia Chronicles’, and so a friend recommended ‘The Hobbit’ to me. I didn’t like it! I didn’t understand Hobbits and I didn’t like Dwarves. Most of the Dwarves I had read about in Narnia were not that pleasant.

Never trust a Dwarf!

When I was fifteen, I realised that many folk had, or were reading ‘The Lord of the Rings’. One of my fellow students had ‘Frodo Lives’ written on his pencil case. I was curious. But then he started talking about the Wizard and the Balrog. That had me hooked. Gandalf was my hero! So I read ‘The Lord of the Rings’, finishing the final chapters on a long, stormy night, and wishing I had only just picked it up. I loved the sense of ancient beauty and tragedy Tolkien had captured in his writing; the scope of his storytelling, the lands of Middle-Earth, the characters – and I began to understand Hobbits at last. I also revised my opinion on Dwarves. I am not sure when I began to admire the character of Gimli – but it was during my first reading.

So then I went back and re-read ‘The Hobbit’ – and fell in love with it.

But it was ‘The Silmarillion’ that sealed my fate.

Both a cousin and I both bought a copy of ‘The Silmarillion’. We read it enthusiastically, and compared notes. I don’t know what I was expecting, probably more of ‘The Lord of the Rings’. Some folk told me not to bother – ‘The Silmarillion’ was a difficult book, and a disappointment after Professor Tolkien’s other works. I was not disappointed. ‘The Silmarillion’ was certainly very different to anything else I had ever read, but I was totally enthralled by it. It was the combination of beauty, myth, history, theology and yes, Elves, that finally made me a Tolkien ‘fan’.

Since then I have read ‘Unfinished Tales’; ‘Smith of Wootten Major’; ‘Farmer Giles of Ham’, ‘Leaf by Niggle’ (which I thought was wonderful) and the ‘History of Middle-Earth’ books. I have also read a few works on Tolkien, including ‘Tolkien and the Great War’, and a couple of books by Verlyn Flieger. I am still working my way through Humphrey Carpenter’s biography, and Tom Shippey’s ‘Road to Middle-Earth’ I have recently acquired ‘The Children of Húrin’.

I must say that I enjoyed the films, particularly the first one. Within their scope, they portrayed much of what had long been in my mind so very well. They gave me further food for thought. But I still prefer the books by far.

Fanfiction writing began for me as a creative outlet to counter all the reports I had to produce each term at work. They were the sort where I had to select sentences from a list of approved statements, rather that actually write anything specific or meaningful to anyone. I started 'Nerdanel's Story' just over a year and a half ago, (Spring 2005) as a refuge from being stifled, and the obsession took over from there. I am still a 'new' writer, although I have recently re-edited 'Nerdanel's Story' story considerably - with help from my friends - before putting it on this site. All the other things I have written just seem to have flowed from that.

Almost all of my writing is from Nerdanel's point of view - I have always found her such a fascinating character. A few stories, such as 'Flame Rekindled', are Fëanor's thoughts, and one, 'Maglor's Song,' is obviously about Maglor ;-) I may write about other characters in the future, though they will still be Silmarillion based - the Valar and Maiar hold my interest a lot - but for now I will continue finishing my longer stories about the Fëanorians and a few one-shots that I have in mind.

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There is always hope by Ellynn reviews
Movie–inspired. The battle in Helm's Deep seen through the eyes of a young man–Haleth, son of Hama.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,746 - Reviews: 21 - Favs: 11 - Published: 4/1/2008 - Aragorn - Complete
Flowers of Nimloth by geek-chick reviews
This is a tale from Isildur's early life in Numenor, told from the perspective of his future wife. Rated T for violence only. Nominated for the 2007 MEFA's!
Silmarillion - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 20 - Words: 60,094 - Reviews: 44 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 5 - Updated: 8/7/2007 - Published: 11/18/2006 - Complete
Lost love by Ellynn reviews
In the last moments of his life, facing death in battle, an elf from Doriath remembers the love of his life–Nienor. 2007 MEFA Nominee.
Silmarillion - Rated: T - English - Tragedy/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 6,977 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 1 - Published: 2/21/2007 - Complete
Bonfires of Trust, Flash Floods of Pain by Klose reviews
The loss of innocence at Alqualondë, the invocation of Doom at the very edges of Arda, and then... the bitter parting of Fingolfin and Anairë. Who walked away from whom, and was Anairë's friendship with Eärwen really the main reason for the separation?
Silmarillion - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,829 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 8 - Published: 2/6/2007 - Complete
A New Life by Ellynn reviews
A few moments of a celebration in a village in Gondor, a year after the War of the Ring, seen through the eyes of a young girl.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,105 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 3 - Published: 1/8/2007 - Faramir, Eowyn - Complete
Valaquenta by Elwing-Evenstar reviews
The story of the Valaquenta, told entirely in verse. This will be a multichaptered work.
Silmarillion - Rated: K - English - Poetry/Spiritual - Chapters: 2 - Words: 1,042 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 2 - Updated: 11/28/2006 - Published: 9/4/2006
A Weary Mind by sizzler reviews
Short reflection on Commodus' character.
Gladiator - Rated: K+ - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 751 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 1 - Published: 10/10/2006 - Complete
No other choice by Ellynn reviews
At the end of his life, Hurin looks back and in despair wonders if he could have done anything different to save his family.
Silmarillion - Rated: T - English - Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 835 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 1 - Published: 10/8/2006 - Complete
Crossroads of Time by Ellfine reviews
A pupil of Elrond's from another world and time is faced with the opportunity and plenty of incentive to change Arda's past, but finds herself becoming a part of it instead. Glorfindel figures prominently in this. 2006 MPA Nominee.
Silmarillion - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 24 - Words: 140,337 - Reviews: 102 - Favs: 74 - Follows: 20 - Updated: 10/6/2006 - Published: 10/1/2004 - Glorfindel, Idril C. - Complete
Dance of Desire by Ellfine reviews
Rumil lives his dream, but all is not as it would seem. 3rd place winner in 2007 My Precious Awards.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 708 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 6 - Published: 9/8/2006 - Haldir - Complete
Lightly Sings the Wind by Ellfine reviews
Upon Finarfin’s return to Valinor after the War of Wrath at the end of the First Age, Earwen must try to come to terms with her loss. 2006 MiddleEarth Fanfiction Award winner.
Silmarillion - Rated: T - English - Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,362 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 11 - Published: 4/22/2006 - Eärwen, Finarfin - Complete
Raven Hair and Silver Eyes by Ellfine reviews
Fingolfin's wife Anairë reflects on her life with Fingolfin from the first time she saw him until she finally left him. 2006 MiddleEarth Fanfiction Award winner.
Silmarillion - Rated: T - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,762 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 1 - Published: 4/7/2006 - Complete
Whispers on the Wind by Ellfine reviews
Earwen, Galadriel's mother, awaits her husband Finarfin's return from the war against Morgoth in Middle Earth.
Silmarillion - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,203 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 6 - Published: 5/21/2005 - Eärwen - Complete
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Letter from Formenos reviews
During the early time of his banishment from Tirion, Fëanor struggles with Nerdanel's decision to dwell with Indis.
Silmarillion - Rated: T - English - Angst/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,833 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 1 - Published: 7/2/2008 - Complete
Nerdanel's Story reviews
Nerdanel records her memories of her early life, and her relationship with Fëanor.
Silmarillion - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 6 - Words: 30,655 - Reviews: 16 - Favs: 11 - Follows: 7 - Updated: 7/31/2007 - Published: 7/11/2006
Nerdanel's Sons reviews
Nerdanel records a series of memories of each of her sons, and the manner of their final parting from her.
Silmarillion - Rated: T - English - Drama/Angst - Chapters: 6 - Words: 24,530 - Reviews: 26 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 5/4/2007 - Published: 3/2/2007
The Fëanorieli reviews
Fëanor awakens from a bad dream.
Silmarillion - Rated: K+ - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 733 - Reviews: 15 - Favs: 7 - Published: 4/9/2007 - Complete
Of the Redemption of Fëanor reviews
An unexpected encounter in the Halls of Awaiting leads Fëanor to freedom. This oneshot was written prior to 'Flame Rekindled'.
Silmarillion - Rated: K+ - English - Drama/Spiritual - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,861 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 4 - Published: 4/6/2007 - Complete
Flame Rekindled reviews
Fëanor reflects upon his time spent in the Halls of Awaiting, and his encounters with Námo Mandos.
Silmarillion - Rated: T - English - Angst/Drama - Chapters: 6 - Words: 27,209 - Reviews: 25 - Favs: 15 - Follows: 12 - Updated: 3/17/2007 - Published: 7/16/2006
The Heart of a Dragon reviews
Of Nerdanel's thoughts before Fëanor leaves for Formenos.
Silmarillion - Rated: T - English - Drama/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,081 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Published: 1/5/2007 - Complete
Maglor's Song reviews
Maglor's song of the 'Battle of Unnumbered Tears' has far reaching consequences. He finds himself the object of pursuit by those he would rather avoid.
Silmarillion - Rated: T - English - Drama/Adventure - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,170 - Reviews: 15 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 10 - Published: 12/28/2006
Awed in the Presence of Beauty reviews
Nerdanel ponders the beauty of her companion.
Silmarillion - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 470 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 1 - Published: 11/16/2006 - Complete
The Master Smith's Daughter reviews
The only daughter of the Master Smith considers making a gift.
Silmarillion - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 726 - Reviews: 4 - Published: 11/16/2006 - Complete
Father and Son reviews
A short meeting between Fëanor and Maedhros after the burning of the ships at Losgar. This story is based on events in 'The History of Middle Earth Volume 12', rather than 'The Silmarillion'.
Silmarillion - Rated: T - English - Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,296 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 4 - Published: 10/27/2006 - Complete
Safe reviews
Early thoughts on the release of Melkor from imprisonment.
Silmarillion - Rated: K+ - English - Drama/Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 660 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 2 - Published: 10/25/2006 - Complete
Flame reviews
Nerdanel finds her bond with Fëanor is not totally sundered until his death.
Silmarillion - Rated: T - English - Tragedy/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,928 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 9 - Published: 10/20/2006 - Complete
The Fire and the Sea reviews
A one part account of the First Kinslaying, looking back from the time of preparation for the War of Wrath.
Silmarillion - Rated: T - English - Angst/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 8,861 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 1 - Published: 8/10/2006 - Complete
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