Author has written 15 stories for Lord of the Rings, Silmarillion, and Lloyd Alexander.
Ever tried? Ever failed? No matter! Try again, fail again. Fail better.
I am a great fan of Tolkien's books, so you will find me mostly in that section. The LotR-movies I am a bit ambivalent towards; they have some great scenes and the visuals are spectacular, but there are a lot of choices made that I do not agree with. These are mainly the changes made to a lot of the characters, the changes in Aragorn among those that irritated me most. Probably because I like him the most. I particulary missed Andúril, and the scene with Háma where Aragorn refuses to give up his sword - but as he did not have Andúril there in the movies, it would not have made sense. I spent the second half of the first movie scolding Aragorn for leaving his sword behind, and that sort of ruined it for me. After that they had lost me, and never really chaught me again. Sorry, all movie-fans, but swords are importaint. ;-)
Of Silmarillion characters, Húrin Thallion holds my main interest and I wish Tolkien had finished the story of him after his release from Morgoth. Alas, that is not the case. Of the different peoples of Middle-earth, it is the Eorlingas I idetify with most.
Among things about me that might be of interest here, is my profession; I am an oral stroy-teller and that will probably be reflected in my writing and in my reviews. I also ride, and have been for closer to twenty years now, and I got my first horse, a Trakener gelding, seven years ago come November. And I got a young mare about a year ago; a two year old of mixed breeds - her father a pure-bred Lusitano, her mother a mixture of three different breeds. They decided on breeding without consulting the humans...
I ride mainly dresage, and am especially interested in the conection between the classical dresage and mounted combat. I've joined a groop that reserches mounted combat buring the late Middle-ages, but have not been able to participate much yet. When I do, that may influence both my writings and reviews.
I've studied History of Ideas, Litterature and Drama & Theatre. And at the moment I am studying Theology.
English is not my first language and I am dyslextic, so I might have some misspellings and grammer-mistakes, but I try to get it right and am not offended but rather thankful if anyone points them out to me.
This Tolkien-quote I find helpful whenever I try to write in Tolkien's world; it helps me remeber to respect the work of the man that created the world and characters we love:
"I should resent perversion of the characters (and do resent it, so far as it appears in this sketch) even more than the spoiling of the plot and scenery." (The Letters of J.R.R Tolkien # 210)
Besides, I totaly agree with it.
I am, unfortunately, a bad reviewer in that I do not review as often as I think I should. When I do review, I try to leave the kind of review I want to receive; namely one that point out things that can be improved if I find that something in the story don't quite work for me. I don't go looking for faults, though, unless the author asks me, so what I comment on will usually be something that pulled me out of the story. That is: it made me remember that I am just reading a story and distracted me from the story itself. I can overlook quite a lot if the story is engaging enough. Please feel free to offer critique if you find anything of the sort in my own stories. I always listen, even if I do not always follow the advice. More often that not I find myself following the advice, though. Or I find another way of solving the problem.
I find the rhythm and sound of words to be an important part of the way I write, and that sometimes bleed into what I look for when I read as well. I can obsess about rhythm even in my long story, so those times I don't take advice on rephrasing, it is usually because the suggestion messes up my rhythm. It is a flaw I have reconciled myself with.
That said: please let me know if there is any problems, or something strange happening to the format. I usually only use the preview-function to check the stories/chapters, and I have been made aware that it don't always show the same thing as the posted chapter.
For list of names for my story Where the Grass Grows Green, see the bottom of the profile.
I have begun post on some other sites, but this is the most up to date site when it comes to posted stories. I use the same username on them all, and if you come across a Ragnelle, there is a chance that it is me. I don't know whether there are many others that use that name. But my fanfic are so far on these sites:
I am no longer sure if I am able to update before New Year. Mostly because I am going away for Christmas, and don't know if I will have the internet access to post when I am there, and the nest chapter is giving me problems. I don't know if I will get it finished before I leave.
I also need a new beta, as RL has caught up with the one I had.
I did post a new chapter in June, as promised. In case anyone wonder about the next update, and comes here to see, I don't know exactly when, but I have more or less written the next chapter, and the one after. I need to do some editing, and have betas look at it, and don't quite know when that process will be finished.
I have not abandoned Where the Grass Grows Green, but can't promise a date for the next chapter. A combination of RL and a chapter which is somehow difficult to write makes any predictions difficult, but I think it will be ready to post before the end of June. Hopefully sooner, but I have exams coming up, and they have to have priority. I am sorry for the wait.
Chapter eight (nine counting the prologue), is now up. I am also very happy that my submission for December's Teitho -- Last Words -- won first place. The story is called "The Scent of Safety" and I hope to post it -- and earlier Teitho-stories I have not had time to edit to my satisfaction -- here in a not too distant future.
I have now revised and updated all the posted chapters of WGGG: On Bended Knee (except the prologue). The revision of the last chapter has some consequence for the further plot and character development, but the other changes were made to make the story-telling more efficient and the pace a little less crawling. I hope I have managed to improve.
I have posted the first chapter(s) of Where the Grass Grows Green II: On Bended Knee. The first chapter is but a short teaser/ note from the scribe, which is why I have posted both chapters at once. The note/prologue will, eventually, also be posted in the first book, as it introduces the whole series.
Book 1 of Where the Grass Grows Green is now complete, and the last chapter posted!
I will, as time allows, go through the first book an clean it up a bit (I have received some corrections I have not had time to fix yet), but my main focus is to get the next book written and posted. I have come to about chapter nine in drafts, and have some more material written that will go in later chapters as well. I also have the book planed, so I know where it will end, and more or less how I am going to get there ;)
Where the Grass Grows Green received third place in its category in the MEAFs! I am very happy about that: Thanks to The Lauderdale for nominating me.
I am planning to record of some of my stories. It is taking some time to get the quality I want, but I'll put the links to the podfics here when I get them posted. First story out is First Sorrow. I have made a trial-reccoding but I want to get some better equipment before the final recording. And Mirach has graciously granted me permission to make a podfic of her Crossroads of Light and Shadow, so I am working on that as well.
I don't know much about the bombing in Oslo, but I am safe myself. I was not in town when it happened. For those of you that might worry.
The first chapter in a new AU-story, Where the grass grows green, has been posted. I will try to post monthly. It is a WIP, but I do have the plot planed out and a few chapters written, though they need some polishing up before they can be posted. I hope to be able to keep my schedule this way.
First Sorrow won first place in the February writing challenge on Can We Talk/ run by Wendwriter. The challenge was "Before the Beginning"
Memories of battle won first place in its category in the MEFAs! I am very happy for that, and I want to thank everyone that reviewed me, and especially Virtuella for nominating me. :D
List of characters for Where the Grass Grows Green:
The list will be updated when further characters of note is added.
I have only included lesser known canon characters here, or characters I have made significant changes to. Writing in italics are changes made due to my story.
Alphros son of Elphir – Imrahil’s grandson and heir.
Bádon – One of the company following Éomer.
Haldor - one of the rangers that followed Halbarad. Captured at the Black Gate. (Book II)
Southern Dúnedain (Gondor):
Aduiar of Harondor – The Mayor of Calembel. A double agent for the Faithful, known only to Targon, Éomer and Glorfindel
Faron - Footsoldier from Dol Amroth, prisoner with Aragorn in the mine (Book II)
Alric – One of the Riders in the company of Éomer
Hengest - Rider captured at the Black Gate, one of the prisoners in the mine (Book II)
Glirthor – scout in the escort through Fangorn. Refugee from Rivendell.
Ha’jini – Haradrim captain.
Rafa' - Old Haradim healer (Book II)
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