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Joined 09-17-08, id: 1695639, Profile Updated: 08-13-14

I am a hobbit, living a quiet, almost respectable life in a comfortable hole. Almost idyllic, if there were no such things as work e-mails at odd hours, invoices to write, slugs in strawberries and unexpected (or long-expected) visits. I was warned not to admit wandering wizards and dwarves: who knows what may happen?

I love reading - those very few stories (in my own language) that I have produced over the years had probably perished with my first computer. I am here as a reader, and a rather picky reader at that. I read the Lord of the Rings more than twenty years ago and it is still the book number one (in fiction) for me: so, for now I mostly read the fan fiction in this category.

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As a translator, I am a strong believer in CANON: a translation cannot significantly alter its source and remain a good translation... and I believe that the same goes for fan fiction as well. A good fan fiction has to respect canon or at least justify differences. For example, there might have been an evil Elrond if he took the Ring instead of Isildur... but not "just because". Alternatively, the writing may be of such a high quality as to establish a new canon. I remember a HP fanfic that was actually more interesting than the original books...

When I read a fan fiction story, it is because I love characters and universe created by a specific author: I want to see more of them and I am not interested in seeing them twisted BEYOND RECOGNITION. No 10th walkers or races more powerful than Ainur, no xenophobic Elrond or something similarly outrageous (no movieverse for me, thank you very much). Also, there is no reason to excuse arbitrary slash: while there are (admittedly very few) fanfics where this motive seems justified enough by the internal rules of those stories, generally it looks rather stupid to make the known characters with known preferences randomly fall in love one with another in strangest combinations. Not to say disrespectful to the author.

Please, when you are not happy to play by the rules established by the author for his universe, do not write fan fiction, create an original story with original characters. Or, at the very least, give proper warnings and ratings. As a reader, I am rather tired of having to sift through mud to find gold nuggets. Although, those gold nuggets are well worth it.

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I admire all those authors, whose stories are clicked as my favorite and many who are not: I ceased to click stories as favorites when I was persuaded that I should better try to review first: clicking a story as a favorite was too easy. But sometimes it is difficult to return to such a story, some are lost for me until I find them again by chance... I would like to THANK all of YOU for a wonderful job. I promise now that I will try to go back to all those unreviewed stories, because you all deserve it.

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Mudded by Stoplight Delight reviews
Cullen Bohannon hated farming. Considering his crop, this is hardly surprising. In 1860 he was the master of a small and struggling tobacco plantation with one eye perpetually on the door – not only dreaming of a way out, but also watching for the wolf.
Hell on Wheels - Rated: T - English - Angst/Family - Chapters: 101 - Words: 778,793 - Reviews: 316 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 9 - Updated: 4/26 - Published: 2/3/2014 - C. Bohannon
The Fading by gauchadeutsche reviews
Long before Aragorn, there was another son of both royal lines. Aranarth routed Angmar from the city of Fornost with Gondor's help, but at what price? What befell the exiles of Numenor as they left their city for camps in the Wild? How did they become so feared in their own land? This is a series of adventures and snapshots of the life of Aranarth, first Chieftain of the North.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K+ - English - Adventure - Chapters: 8 - Words: 15,046 - Reviews: 14 - Favs: 9 - Follows: 11 - Updated: 4/26 - Published: 7/30/2013 - Aragorn, Elrond, Elrohir, Elladan
Arrow by My blue rose reviews
In the 2956 Year of the Third Age, a woman of the Breelands gives shelter to two Rangers against her better judgment, but one is gravely injured and may not last the night. An Aragorn and Halbarad story.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K+ - English - Adventure/Drama - Chapters: 5 - Words: 6,956 - Reviews: 31 - Favs: 22 - Follows: 54 - Updated: 3/11 - Published: 6/25/2013 - Aragorn, Halbarad
Enter the Ranger by Larner reviews
How might Aragorn have chosen to return to his parents' people after learning his proper name, lineage, and possible destiny? Perhaps in this manner...
Lord of the Rings - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Drama - Chapters: 8 - Words: 24,341 - Reviews: 20 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 14 - Updated: 3/1 - Published: 6/17/2014
The Writer of the Story by fantasychica37 reviews
Olórin sees the torches of Tirion in the flames of the Sammath Naur. He is pleasantly surprised. Or: In Which The Seemingly Anticlimactic Ending of ROTK is Explained.
Crossover - Lord of the Rings & Silmarillion - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,373 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 2 - Published: 3/25/2014 - Frodo B., Gandalf, Gollum, Morgoth
The Reins of Power by Eildon Rhymer reviews
At twenty, Aragorn discovers that he is the hereditary captain of a people he has never met, but it will take many years and he will endure many hardships before he becomes a true leader of men.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K+ - English - Drama/Angst - Chapters: 5 - Words: 32,971 - Reviews: 27 - Favs: 37 - Follows: 9 - Updated: 2/11/2014 - Published: 2/6/2014 - Gandalf, Aragorn, Halbarad - Complete
Elves Do Not Celebrate, They Remember by Darkover reviews
Legolas experiences one of the differences between the lives of Elves, and the lives of Men.
Crossover - Lord of the Rings & Hobbit - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,446 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 44 - Follows: 6 - Published: 1/19/2014 - Legolas, Thranduil, Bard, The Master of Lake-Town - Complete
A Long and Weary Way by Canafinwe reviews
After fifteen years of fruitlessly searching for the creature called Gollum, Gandalf forsook the hunt. Though Aragorn persevered for a time, tracking his quarry on the marches of Mordor, he too despaired at last and began his homeward journey...
Lord of the Rings - Rated: T - English - Drama/Adventure - Chapters: 58 - Words: 272,242 - Reviews: 665 - Favs: 122 - Follows: 135 - Updated: 1/18/2014 - Published: 10/21/2009 - Aragorn, Gollum
Waiting on the Wise by Eildon Rhymer reviews
Boromir endured much hardship on his long journey to Rivendell. What comes after, in the quiet and safety of the House of Elrond, could prove yet harder to endure.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K+ - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 6,496 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 6 - Published: 1/11/2014 - Peregrin T., Boromir - Complete
Threads of Kinship by Canafinwe reviews
Pining for her son as he journeys in the far countries, Gilraen does not welcome a visit from she who has ensnared his heart. Yet the Lady Arwen bears an offering of conciliation that she cannot refuse.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K+ - English - Family/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,958 - Reviews: 21 - Favs: 29 - Follows: 1 - Published: 12/16/2013 - Aragorn, Arwen U., Gilraen - Complete
Its Own Reward by Eildon Rhymer reviews
Sometimes even a chieftain of the Dunedain can doubt his people's purpose; but hope and renewal can be found in the smallest, simplest of things.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K+ - English - Angst/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,119 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 13 - Follows: 1 - Published: 11/15/2013 - Aragorn, Halbarad - Complete
Voices at the Door by Eildon Rhymer reviews
Bilbo spent nineteen years in Rivendell, as both he and the world changed. This is those nineteen years charted in scenes between Bilbo and Aragorn, plus occasional letters that remained unsent.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K+ - English - Drama/Friendship - Chapters: 14 - Words: 16,583 - Reviews: 21 - Favs: 19 - Follows: 5 - Updated: 10/29/2013 - Published: 10/25/2013 - Bilbo B., Aragorn - Complete
A Captain and a Cause by Eildon Rhymer reviews
"Daerion was dangling upside-down from an apple tree when the King came for the first time to Minas Tirith." Thorongil touched many lives when he served in Gondor, more than at first he knew. This is a story of Aragorn in Gondor, seen through the eyes of young boy from Minas Tirith.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K+ - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 12,137 - Reviews: 19 - Favs: 51 - Follows: 4 - Published: 10/25/2013 - Aragorn, OC - Complete
Fire in the Sky by MP brennan reviews
The Rangers enjoy Bilbo's party, though only from a distance.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,929 - Reviews: 12 - Favs: 17 - Follows: 1 - Published: 10/17/2013 - Aragorn, Halbarad - Complete
A Thousand Lutes by MP brennan reviews
In the aftermath of the War of the Ring, a captured Haradri encounters a healer who is more than he appears. A time stamp to "Ransom" featuring Ayman.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 8,332 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 28 - Follows: 2 - Published: 7/23/2013 - Complete
The Wizard and the Goatherd by MP brennan reviews
Chance drove Aragorn to Harad, but desperation drove Gandalf to follow him. A fortuitous meeting on the edge of the Haradwaith. A timestamp to "Ransom."
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,505 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 14 - Published: 6/3/2013 - Gandalf - Complete
Ransom by MP brennan reviews
As the son of a poor family in Harad, Hakim thought he knew what to expect from life. But, when a stranger stumbles onto his land after escaping the Mountains of Shadow, he and his family see their lives upended.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 12 - Words: 55,713 - Reviews: 72 - Favs: 75 - Follows: 23 - Updated: 5/1/2013 - Published: 3/24/2013 - Aragorn - Complete
Encounter in Ithilien by dreamflower02 reviews
Mablung has never seen anyone like this before. Mablung's POV of the Rangers' encounter with Frodo and Sam. (Written in 2009 for the LOTR GFIC Community's "Light and Shadow" Challenge.) Four part Quest gapfiller.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K - English - Adventure/Friendship - Chapters: 4 - Words: 5,996 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 4 - Updated: 1/28/2013 - Published: 1/27/2013 - Faramir, Frodo B. - Complete
The Fellow in the Corner by dreamflower02 reviews
There's a mysterious stranger sitting in the corner at the Prancing Pony observing four Shire hobbits newly come to Bree. What were his thoughts as he watched them? (One-shot)
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,211 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 6 - Published: 11/19/2012 - Aragorn, Frodo B. - Complete
To Make a Good Impression by StarLight9 reviews
Aragorn is torn between his duty and helping travelers in need. Teitho First Place Winner
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K+ - English - Friendship/Adventure - Chapters: 1 - Words: 9,193 - Reviews: 14 - Favs: 32 - Follows: 1 - Published: 9/19/2012 - Aragorn - Complete
Once a Ranger by Darkover reviews
Some explanation as to why Faramir was so quick to acknowledge Aragorn as his king.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K - English - Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,612 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 28 - Follows: 3 - Published: 9/17/2012 - Faramir, Aragorn - Complete
The Men with the Stars by Darkover reviews
Barliman Butterbur gets a new perspective on the Rangers. This story was written for the "Stars" Challenge at Teitho, where it received First Place.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,005 - Reviews: 20 - Favs: 45 - Follows: 3 - Published: 8/17/2012 - Aragorn, Halbarad - Complete
Great Things from Small by Darkover reviews
Finding themselves to be objects of suspicion, Strider and Halbarad must find a thief.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,372 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 6 - Published: 2/14/2012 - Aragorn, Halbarad - Complete
The Night Before Yule by Darkover reviews
On the night before Yule, Barliman Butterbur has an unwelcome guest. Written for the "Alcohol" challenge at Teitho, where it received First Place.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,784 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 20 - Follows: 1 - Published: 1/19/2012 - Aragorn - Complete
No Better Name by cairistiona7 reviews
The second in the Rushlight Trilogy, which began with the Teitho story, "By Such a Foolish Name". Bowen Rushlight brings home a Ranger in need and finds his ideas about Rangers tossed to the winds. Rated for mention of childhood trauma.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: T - English - Drama/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 13 - Words: 40,039 - Reviews: 86 - Favs: 76 - Follows: 16 - Updated: 10/25/2011 - Published: 9/13/2011 - Aragorn, Halbarad - Complete
Legend by Darkover reviews
Being the son of a legendary man can be difficult. Written for the "Father and Son" theme at Teitho, where it received Second Place.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K+ - English - Family/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,158 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 19 - Published: 7/20/2011 - Aragorn, Eldarion - Complete
The Abduction of Éomer, King of Rohan by Lialathuveril reviews
Princess Lothíriel of Dol Amroth finds her peace of mind disturbed by the arrival of a courier from Rohan. What she does not realize, however, is the fact that this is only the beginning... A tale of carpets, cabbages and cold water.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: T - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 15 - Words: 49,929 - Reviews: 536 - Favs: 494 - Follows: 110 - Updated: 5/12/2010 - Published: 1/18/2010 - Lothíriel, Eomer - Complete
The Apology of Elrond by Canafinwe reviews
Estel asks an inevitable question. Elrond shares his unique perspective on the nature of filial love.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K+ - English - Family/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,777 - Reviews: 41 - Favs: 121 - Follows: 2 - Published: 10/25/2009 - Elrond, Aragorn - Complete
Gil Estel by Mirach reviews
A story about hope and despair, as Eärendil the Eternal Mariner watches from above the last of Elros' descendants battle for his life. This is a real-time story, updated every day - now complete
Lord of the Rings - Rated: T - English - Angst/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 17 - Words: 20,723 - Reviews: 131 - Favs: 69 - Follows: 19 - Updated: 10/9/2009 - Published: 9/23/2009 - Aragorn, Elrond - Complete
Beneath the Surface by Canafinwe reviews
On a bitterly cold night in Bree, Aragorn reflects upon one of his many secrets.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K+ - English - Angst/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,465 - Reviews: 53 - Favs: 130 - Follows: 4 - Published: 9/3/2009 - Aragorn - Complete
Absolute Horizon by AAmuse reviews
The first five-year mission ended with the most successful Starfleet Bridge crew scattered to the winds. Was it fate? Was it a choice? Or was there a layer to this occurrence which an outside observer could not perceive? COMPLETE
StarTrek: The Original Series - Rated: T - English - Drama/Angst - Chapters: 29 - Words: 121,647 - Reviews: 153 - Favs: 92 - Follows: 15 - Updated: 3/11/2009 - Published: 1/19/2009 - Spock, J. Kirk - Complete
The Riddle Game by KaleidescopeCat reviews
Sent to the North by the King, Faramir stops at Rivendell and there meets someone he did not expect.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,668 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 12 - Published: 6/15/2008 - Faramir, Bilbo B. - Complete
The Legend Of The Grey Riders by Jay of Lasgalen reviews
After the funeral of Théoden, Elladan and Elrohir learn of an ancient legend to which they hold the key. But are some mysteries best left unsolved? A birthday ficlet for Elena Tiriel.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,097 - Reviews: 16 - Favs: 21 - Follows: 1 - Published: 3/16/2008 - Elrohir, Eomer - Complete
Journey's End by Altariel reviews
Inns, beer, folk songs, and Rangers.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,752 - Reviews: 23 - Favs: 54 - Follows: 3 - Published: 6/18/2007 - Faramir, Aragorn - Complete
Ultimatums by Isabeau of Greenlea reviews
A prequel to Captain My Captain. Prince Imrahil's sometimes contentious courtship with the Lady Nimrien. After a really, really long silence, Chapter 13 is up. And you thought this was a dead fic...
Lord of the Rings - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 13 - Words: 59,894 - Reviews: 139 - Favs: 56 - Follows: 24 - Updated: 6/3/2007 - Published: 2/8/2003 - Boromir, Faramir
The Steward and the King by shie1dmaidenofrohan reviews
While contemplating his future after Aragorn's coronation, Faramir receives an unexpected offer. Based on the chapter of Return of the King with the same title.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,052 - Reviews: 15 - Favs: 33 - Follows: 2 - Published: 8/22/2006 - Faramir, Aragorn - Complete
The Return by MistyC reviews
Strider and Edric meet again, after many years have passed. This was written for those who requested a sequel to 'The Stranger', and in response to the Middle earth Express challenge prompt 25: Hunger. 2007 MEFA nominee.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,174 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 26 - Follows: 2 - Published: 8/20/2006 - Aragorn, Arwen U. - Complete
Strange Tales, Or Myths And Misconceptions by Jay of Lasgalen reviews
For a young ranger, dreams and legends spring to life out of the grass when he encounters the legendary Peredhil twins. A lighthearted ficlet written for the 50 Passages challenge, prompt 37: 'I see strange tales are woven about you.'
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 783 - Reviews: 15 - Favs: 22 - Follows: 1 - Published: 3/16/2006 - Elrohir - Complete
Through the Valley by Sadie Elfgirl reviews
Every year on the first of June the twins set out to hunt down their mother's tormentors until one year something goes wrong. Will they survive? Or will they fall into darkness, taking the Hope of Men with them? Complete! Inspired by Someone Reading
Lord of the Rings - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Angst - Chapters: 6 - Words: 20,229 - Reviews: 33 - Favs: 41 - Follows: 9 - Updated: 2/7/2006 - Published: 1/9/2006 - Elrohir, Aragorn - Complete
Imrahil's Daughter by Maddy051280 reviews
Sequel to 'The Healer and the Warrior': returning to Minas Tirith to escort the body of his uncle home, Éomer is in for a surprise when Imrahil introduces him to the fourth of his offspring.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 6 - Words: 37,926 - Reviews: 121 - Favs: 166 - Follows: 32 - Updated: 9/19/2005 - Published: 8/18/2005 - Eomer, Lothíriel - Complete
The Eye of the Beholder by Deandra reviews
What if Lothiriel of Dol Amroth WASN'T dropdead gorgeous? How did she end up with Eomer? Here's the story from his POV.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K - English - Angst/Romance - Chapters: 6 - Words: 17,381 - Reviews: 85 - Favs: 57 - Follows: 8 - Updated: 2/17/2005 - Published: 2/13/2005 - Eomer, Lothíriel - Complete
The King's Study by The Girl in the Red Jacket reviews
Written for a Henneth Annun challenge. An escapade of the youngest prince of Gondor.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,779 - Reviews: 22 - Favs: 17 - Follows: 3 - Published: 10/28/2004 - Aragorn, Faramir
Smiting Ruin by Thundera Tiger reviews
A clash of movie verse and book verse during the scene in which Gandalf the White reunites with Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas. Sometimes changing the words around can change the entire meaning. Fairly inane, but it's short and fun.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K+ - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,059 - Reviews: 60 - Favs: 66 - Follows: 4 - Published: 9/2/2004 - Gandalf, Legolas, Gimli, Aragorn - Complete
Untempered Steel by Nibblepibbly reviews
Elrond decides it is time for Estel to leave Rivendell and take on his duties as Chieftain of the Rangers. The Twins and Legolas go along, but can they protect Aragorn from the dangers waiting in the Wild? Chap. 6 up-- Aragorn is ill...
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K+ - English - Drama/Adventure - Chapters: 6 - Words: 15,485 - Reviews: 89 - Favs: 59 - Follows: 21 - Updated: 2/10/2004 - Published: 7/14/2003 - Aragorn, Legolas
Echoes of the White Horn by Partners in Crime reviews
Pre-LotR: A detour into the white mountains of Gondor while returning home from Dol Amroth proves perilous for Boromir and Faramir, and the only help available is from a complete stranger, AU elements - COMPLETE
Lord of the Rings - Rated: T - English - Adventure - Chapters: 9 - Words: 23,459 - Reviews: 48 - Favs: 28 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 9/7/2003 - Published: 4/15/2003 - Faramir, Boromir - Complete
Encounters with Rangers by Infinitys-End reviews
Some days are more exciting than others. A series of short stories, mildly related to one another.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 3 - Words: 6,491 - Reviews: 14 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 8/30/2003 - Published: 6/1/2003 - Aragorn
For the Road by Alawa reviews
While preparing to depart for the Havens, Bilbo receives a final letter from Aragorn
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,330 - Reviews: 15 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 2 - Published: 10/20/2002 - Bilbo B., Aragorn
Shopping In Dale by GreyLadyBast reviews
COMPLETE! Inspired by one of Evil Old Woman's stories, two unusual patrons ask to hear the story of a shopkeeper in Dale, and the blade that is not for sale.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 11 - Words: 13,056 - Reviews: 64 - Favs: 14 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 8/24/2002 - Published: 5/29/2002 - Complete
The Two Grey Wanderers by Stephantom reviews
Well there's nothing really going on but you might like it if you like Aragorn and Gandalf. It's just them talking one night by the fire as they're travelling together.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,399 - Reviews: 23 - Favs: 12 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 6/4/2002 - Published: 6/3/2002 - Aragorn, Gandalf - Complete
Diary of a School Trip to Minas Tirith by Eledhwen reviews
It's the Fifth Age, and there's a school trip to Minas Tirith.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,298 - Reviews: 18 - Favs: 16 - Published: 3/13/2002