Wayfarer
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Joined 04-05-02, id: 194922, Profile Updated: 12-11-10
Author has written 10 stories for Lord of the Rings.

A word of thanks to readers who have been patient with the slow update rate for our Magnus Opus, "Unwritten Tales: Into The Dark Again", ITDA. Rest assured, musie may be slow in updates, but we have no intention of giving up. All the more appreciated is your patience and continued interest in ITDA.

musie's derangement is also on display at the stories of arda story archive (SoA). In fact, except for "The Twelve Days of Precious", every one of our for-public-display-works is there... even ones not published here on ffnet.

Click here to find musie on SoA

~W

PROFILE

The purpose of this space is to hold my bio, so here it is: "We write fan fiction. However, despite enthusiasm, real-life gets in the way a lot and so I've an update-rate that may rival the bristle-cone's growth rate."

Beyond that, I would rather try to talk about the whys of my fan-fictionalisation stance. So ready?

Let's see: the beginning - I began picking up the pen in early 2002, when the combined lure of LotR the movie and LotR the book, proved irresistible. I've had ideas and plot-bunnies running amok in my head since, no thanks to musie, who has succeeded in his sedition attempts and staked a part of my mind for his own.

Despite all my whining and whinging, I can’t help but be taken along for the ride, clambering back on even when the seat of my pants' all worn out.

Creepy feelings of fatal affliction prompted worry about my devolution into an imitation wannabe.

What I truly want is to write serious, seriously funny that is. But I've come to accept that despite RL staples of skewered humour, pervy fancying, self-deprecation and cynicism, writing humour is beyond musie's best bunny spawning ploys, simply because he’s a stiff-necked canon stickler.

Thankfully, for my sanity, I find that how musie means gets some high-fives from this hefty quote:

""Serious reading is designed to bring the readers to a common experience outside the story, by writing papers that attempt to persuade others that this is the (or a) "meaning" of this or that item in the tale or (or attribute of the text).

But "escapist" reading brings readers together only when they are inside the story: and the more closely they compare notes, the clearer it becomes that they have not had the same experience, not in detail."

Orson Scott Card: "How Tolkien Means" (Meditations On Middle-earth, edited by Karen Haber, 2001).

Stale lembas closet attempts at “farnie” aside, I find the above quote apt and to the point because it describes the “Power of the Story” in Tolkien's work. In short, said Story is to be experienced, not studied or analysed. Enter the Story, go for the ride, don't rationalise or attempt to, as Card says in the same article, "decode" it.

Paradoxical it may be for someone who has both feet and hands poked deep in the fan-ficcing beast, groping and feeling the innards and insisting on calling a liver... well, a liver instead of changing it into a heart just because I don’t like the taste or look of it: I believe that’s called sticking by canon.

I'm not looking to contort a great work I love and respect into a vehicle for expression of my own unsated desires, or "righting" dissatisfactions about it. What I do hope to achieve is to enjoy my forays into canon, take nothing with me when I leave, and leave nothing behind save environment-save footprints, and if it’s a liver I see, a liver it is. *everyone say "BLECHEESE!" now*

No alternative reality or thesis-grade paper about that certain plotpoint. No, no, that’ll be creating that dreaded "common experience outside the story". What I want to do is take all those plot-bunnies going "well, this could have happened to lead to this here exposition by this guy" or ""looks like this may have happened on the side of this here event" to offer plausible plotlines which, if successful, look like they just might have been part of the Story, story-lets within the established framework: tales that hopefully manages, in their own small ways, to "brings readers together only when they are inside the story".

Big talk, much? I reckon so myself. But the truth is, the Tolkien world(s) are almost complete in, and perhaps inspite of, their reality as fictional creations.

Much as professionals like paleontologists, astronomers, archaelogists, and historians (even forensic pathologists and law enforcement agents) speculate, formulate, theorise and debate, thereby filling their chosen fields or causes with the colour, depth and dimensions – who is to say how right or wrong they are? Certainly, the dinosaurs, celestial beings, and even the characters out of our history aren’t going to sue the pros for their speculations. The key, is in the operative word – plausibility.

In Tolkienese, the appendices are great allies – though I'll admit I don’t know what I’m gonna do if I should ever be told that my own has to go.

Anyway, in finding my own voice in writing, I've cracked my head over a name that will fit me as well as I hope to fit it. After a few trials, I settled on the pen-name of Wayfarer: nicely anonymous, nicely evocative of travelling and yarn-spinning. Later I would discover that was what Bilbo was called in the narrative for the third age in the Silm. A sort of benediction, if I may be so bold, that my own small attempts are not adversely looked upon by the powers that be. There is hope yet...

I'm still lost in the labyrinth of Tolkien's creations, but I do hope to find time eventually to take a few leaps of faith into other fantasy and SF worlds I've grown up with. Some day, I might even find the nerve to get into and showcase original efforts. Perhaps I’ll even muster enough guts to tell the liver to mimic a different organ for a change - "hey you blood cleansing thingy, suck it in like the guts are told to!"

~Wayfarer~

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So You Want to Write a Tolkien Fanfic? by SickleYield reviews
Humorous guide to writing like a neurotic misogynist Englishman. Not that I think all Englishmen are neurotic misogynists. I freely admit that all the neurotic misogynists I know are American. Complete with one or two expansions.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K+ - English - Humor/Parody - Chapters: 5 - Words: 4,331 - Reviews: 85 - Favs: 125 - Follows: 30 - Updated: 9/15/2005 - Published: 9/13/2005 - Complete
Gimli and Boromir Strike Back by Dodendans reviews
Tired of being abused by Sues and their authors, Gimli and Boromir decide that for once they will get revenge. ON HOLD
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K+ - English - Parody/Humor - Chapters: 21 - Words: 59,319 - Reviews: 4863 - Favs: 119 - Follows: 29 - Updated: 2/7/2005 - Published: 12/30/2003 - Boromir, Gimli
Regeneration and Immortality by bryn bnw reviews
Regenerative properties in the Common Lorien Wood-Elf (Telerius galadhrima) and mortality inducement in the Royal Half-Elf (Noldorius royalhalfsies).' Answering what you never thought to ask:
Lord of the Rings - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,314 - Reviews: 15 - Favs: 12 - Follows: 2 - Published: 2/21/2004 - Haldir
The Game of the Gods by Limyaael reviews
COMPLETE Morgoth and Varda are playing a little game. Morgoth's weapon: Mary Sues. Varda's weapon: Reality. Rated for violence and Vala OOCness.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: T - English - Parody/Adventure - Chapters: 35 - Words: 73,692 - Reviews: 850 - Favs: 909 - Follows: 124 - Updated: 11/25/2003 - Published: 9/13/2003 - Complete
Notes From the Field by bryn bnw reviews
[COMPLETE] Alas, there are no fairy tale endings in Nature... Tolkien never wrote of Thranduil's fate. Unfortunately, the task falls to bumbling researchers of the SRDM. Of hair braiding, migratory patterns, and a plea to Save the Common Wood-Elf.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 4 - Words: 10,205 - Reviews: 81 - Favs: 48 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 9/8/2003 - Published: 2/9/2003 - Complete
Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Fire by bryn bnw reviews
Prior to their journey, the Fellowship remained in Rivendell for two months. Let them not be accused of "lounging around." Botched scouting missions, misunderstandings, and enemies home and abroad. Proof that when in doubt, things can ALWAYS get worse.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K+ - English - Adventure/Humor - Chapters: 40 - Words: 141,110 - Reviews: 932 - Favs: 387 - Follows: 53 - Updated: 8/3/2003 - Published: 4/16/2002
I, Grûsbálk by Simbelmyne reviews
*AU* All Amy wanted was a movie-based Middle-earth, where everyone spoke English and she was a lovely elf-maid. Sadly, she had a sadist for a writer. Read about her saga of pain, love, and despair. But mostly pain. [7/7: 9/9 & epilogue] *COMPLETE!*
Lord of the Rings - Rated: T - English - Parody/Humor - Chapters: 12 - Words: 21,071 - Reviews: 132 - Favs: 46 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 7/6/2003 - Published: 10/24/2002 - Complete
The Betrothal by Windfola reviews
a dramatised version of the time following the betrothal of Aragorn and Arwen, along the lines of The French Lieutenant's Woman
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 5 - Words: 17,046 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 6/14/2003 - Published: 6/3/2003 - Aragorn, Arwen U.
Trapped As A Mary Sue by o0-Key-0o reviews
Flashing hair and a captivating stare...What are Mary Sues made of? If you're a dedicated canon-lover, the answer may not be pretty... (Complete. Sequel: Trapped As A Mary Sue II)
Lord of the Rings - Rated: T - English - Humor/Adventure - Chapters: 20 - Words: 58,621 - Reviews: 506 - Favs: 125 - Follows: 13 - Updated: 6/4/2003 - Published: 7/13/2002 - Complete
The Naming by Windfola reviews
A short vignette illustrating a well known event as it may have occurred at Rivendell during the Fellowship's stay there
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 978 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 1 - Published: 4/12/2003 - Aragorn, Elrond
Exile by Miss Padfoot reviews
Somewhere in the back of my mind I had assumed that the life of a Ranger would be full of traveling in strange countries, tracking evil men and orcs, and fighting often. This, I thought, would not allow me much time to think of all I had lost, and all I
Lord of the Rings - Rated: M - English - Angst/Adventure - Chapters: 9 - Words: 41,246 - Reviews: 72 - Favs: 32 - Follows: 7 - Updated: 10/1/2002 - Published: 1/29/2002
Reparation by Windfola reviews
An unexpected summons by the Valar leaves an old man slightly shellshocked. My first foray into Tolkien humour. Hope you find it funny too! Feedback welcomed.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K - English - Humor/Parody - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,765 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 9/14/2002 - Published: 9/1/2002
The Jewel in the Crown by Alawa reviews
The Crown of Eärnur receives a final polish on the morning Aragorn becomes King
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,473 - Reviews: 15 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 2 - Published: 8/16/2002
A Strange Meeting by Windfola reviews
Now completed first three chapters relating the arrival of Aragorn in Gondor during the stewardship of Ecthelion. Feedback warmly appreciated!
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K - English - Drama/Adventure - Chapters: 3 - Words: 22,633 - Reviews: 23 - Favs: 25 - Follows: 8 - Updated: 8/12/2002 - Published: 5/29/2002 - Aragorn - Complete
Weregild by Kielle reviews
Seduced by a sparkly piece of jewelry? Hardly. Isildur son of Elendil has his own reasons for keeping the One Ring... Vignette/moodpiece.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K+ - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 703 - Reviews: 25 - Favs: 16 - Follows: 2 - Published: 7/16/2002
The Romance That Never Was by bryn bnw reviews
~ COMPLETE ~ Some love stories are warm and fuzzy. Others are just plain twisted.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Horror - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,764 - Reviews: 44 - Favs: 17 - Follows: 1 - Published: 6/30/2002 - Complete
A Maiden From a Distant World by CNell reviews
A modern-day girl is dropped into Middle-earth. How will the Fellowship react? Please R&R.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 762 - Reviews: 68 - Favs: 56 - Follows: 5 - Published: 5/27/2002
Skadi In Shadow by Kielle reviews
Osgiliath is a cold, wet, unfriendly place for a foreign queen... Meet Beruthiel of Gondor and her ten cats, from Tolkien's Unfinished Tales.
Silmarillion - Rated: K - English - Angst/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,572 - Reviews: 1638 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 1 - Published: 5/16/2002
Second to a Stranger by Falmarien reviews
Denethor, heir to the stewardship of Gondor, perceives a rival to his position. Set approx. 40 years before LotR.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,158 - Reviews: 17 - Favs: 17 - Follows: 6 - Published: 4/15/2002 - Aragorn, Denethor - Complete
The Diary of Lobelia Sackville-Baggins by Eledhwen reviews
So what did Lobelia think of it all?
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,598 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 5 - Published: 3/13/2002
How Isildur *really* died by The Evil Old Woman reviews
How Isildur *really* died - it wasn't from an Orc-arrow! 99% canon, proofread, and hopefully funny.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K+ - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,102 - Reviews: 39 - Favs: 11 - Follows: 1 - Published: 3/6/2002
What the Thunder Said by Altariel reviews
Faramir and the retreat from Osgiliath. Mithril Awards - Runner-up, Best LoTR.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K - English - Drama - Chapters: 3 - Words: 3,677 - Reviews: 42 - Favs: 32 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 2/11/2002 - Published: 2/9/2002 - Faramir
Death by Water by Altariel reviews
Faramir, Boromir, Denethor. Mithril Awards - Runner-up, Best LoTR.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K - English - Drama - Chapters: 4 - Words: 6,175 - Reviews: 69 - Favs: 46 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 2/7/2002 - Published: 2/5/2002 - Faramir, Boromir
Nine Men And A Little Lady by Kielle reviews
Once upon a time a mysterious girl joined the Fellowship...damn her! Sick of annoying Mary Sues? Actually READ Tolkien? This may cheer you up.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K+ - English - Parody/Horror - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,725 - Reviews: 1297 - Favs: 2,544 - Follows: 299 - Published: 1/8/2002
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Meetings And Counsel: Drabbling CoE's Aftermath reviews
FULL TITLE: Meetings and Counsel: Drabbling the Aftermath of the Council of Elrond. The CoE brings many many characters together, almost like a ME equivalent of a UN conference. This series fills some of the gaps left for us to ponder. Chronology random.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 8 - Words: 2,788 - Reviews: 6 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 12/25/2006 - Published: 12/31/2005
The Twelve Days Of Precious reviews
Carol Parodies: Something about the thought of snow and the Yule season makes musie bawl out whacked up carols, ME style! Canon safe.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K - English - Humor/Parody - Chapters: 4 - Words: 1,196 - Reviews: 16 - Updated: 12/24/2006 - Published: 12/16/2002 - Gollum, Gimli - Complete
Unwritten Tales: Into The Dark Again reviews
GapFiller: At Gandalf's behest, the relentless Aragorn finds Gollum and brings him to the Elvenking's Halls after a long search. Left in the Mirkwood Elves' care after Gandalf's 'interview', Gollum is restive … while the shadows stir.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Drama - Chapters: 6 - Words: 34,405 - Reviews: 52 - Favs: 18 - Follows: 9 - Updated: 12/29/2005 - Published: 8/25/2002 - Gandalf, Aragorn, Gollum
A Moment Between Brethren reviews
After Aragorn refuses Eowyn's request to join the Grey Company's ride, a brief conversation between him and his foster brothers follows. Canonfriendly short story
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,600 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 9 - Published: 5/16/2005 - Aragorn, Elrohir - Complete
Dust Of Snow reviews
Short story: While in Gondor, Rohan’s new king goes on a rare ride beyond her walls, and finds his mood lightened by an encounter with a raven and a lady. Fluff, 500 words
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 756 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 1 - Published: 10/11/2004 - Eomer, Lothíriel - Complete
Ever Mine reviews
Grima's private musings as he watches Eowyn, from the shadows as expected and tainted by a morbid fascination with a certain flower. Of course it's not in good taste. An attempt at villanelle. Rated for disturbing premise.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: T - English - Poetry/Horror - Chapters: 1 - Words: 222 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 2 - Published: 6/2/2004 - Grima W., Eowyn - Complete
Paired Drabble: A Kindling Of Kindred Spirits reviews
Paired drabble: The Lord and Lady of Ithilien before their union. Characters: Faramir, Eowyn.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 291 - Reviews: 3 - Published: 5/29/2004 - Faramir, Eowyn - Complete
Unwritten Tales: The Taste of Blood reviews
Amidst the aftermath of Eomer's first watch on the Rohan borders, Theodred shares a few thoughts with his young cousin. Based on the narrative concerning Rohan in LotR’s appendix A.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,621 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 2 - Published: 7/15/2003 - Eomer - Complete
Unwritten Tales: Mela En' Coiamin reviews
GapFiller: Estel has learnt his birthright. He presents himself as Aragorn to Arwen. As he leaves Imladris to begin life as a Dúnadan, she watches, recalling their first meeting and Elrond's words to her after. Based on LotR's appendices. Rewritten
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K - English - Drama - Chapters: 2 - Words: 2,670 - Reviews: 19 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 7/13/2003 - Published: 6/7/2002 - Arwen U. - Complete
Unwritten Tales: Second Son reviews
Denethor meets his newborn son and is troubled. He upsets Finduilas by presenting the child as Faramir to Ecthelion. And of course, Boromir now has a brother. Various characters’ firstperson narrative in selected events through to Faramir’s youth.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K+ - English - Drama - Chapters: 2 - Words: 6,081 - Reviews: 16 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 1/12/2003 - Published: 12/16/2002 - Faramir, Denethor