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My introduction to The Lord of the Rings took place quite late. I first tried reading it when I was about sixteen, but between Harfoots and Stoors and pipe-weed, I got quite lost, and I did not try again until a couple of years later. And when I did, I cursed myself for not having been more persistent earlier, for now indeed I saw what I had been missing. Till date, LOTR remains firmly fixed at the top of my list of favourite books. The characters I liked most when I read the books were Faramir, Aragorn and Sam, but after watching the movies, I kind of have a soft spot of massive proportions for Karl Urb- I mean, Eomer!

The movies, well... I like them insofar as they provide great visuals (think Helm's Deep and Minas Tirith, among others), and the cast is awesome (and not just because of Karl Urban!), as is the soundtrack. In themselves, they are great, but when I think of them as adaptations of the books, I am not really satisfied. It's fine to omit, condense or otherwise tweak the events of the books to fit in 6 hours of film or to render them more dramatic, but I do not see why they had to mangle characters like Faramir, Theoden and even Denethor. And don't get me started on the strain in Frodo and Sam's friendship in ROTK!

I have discovered just a few weeks ago, while browsing for images for Lothiriel because I was thinking of writing something about Eomer and Lothiriel (and I mistakenly and rather foolishly believed at that time that it was SUCH an original idea, because where I live, LOTR books are not that popular. Yeah, I know!). And then, gasp, I come across a story - a whole story - called 'Lothiriel', which is - gasp, gasp - about Eomer and Lothiriel! And so I became acquainted with the wonderful place that is

After seeing the quality of some of the fics here, I have put my own pathetic little story on hold, and I am reading and observing and learning. I am particularly intrigued by that creature called Mary Sue, and am learning to identify it, so that if I eventually start to write again, I might avoid Mary Sue contamination!

Finally, I have to mention this: I was quite content with merely reading and learning, and had no intention of signing up (being, quite frankly, rather intimidated by the depth of talent on this site), but one story compelled me to do it. That story is 'Where the Grass Grows Green' by Ragnelle, which has moved me in a way I would not have thought possible. I have signed up with only one intention: to review that story and tell the author what a phenomenally good work she has done and what an amazing writer she is.

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Where the Grass Grows Green II: On Bended Knee by Ragnelle reviews
AU. The Quest failed and darkness rules the lands of Middle-earth. For the captives in the Land of Shadow, hope is bleak, and at best they strive to stand, even if only on their knees. And Sauron is set on bending Elessar to his will. Book two of six.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 16 - Words: 94,969 - Reviews: 209 - Favs: 57 - Follows: 89 - Updated: 10/4/2015 - Published: 6/12/2012 - Aragorn, Faramir, Eomer, Imrahil
Azruphel by whyyouacknsocraycray reviews
A young girl raised to follow Sauron and the Nazgûl gets a chance to see the other side when she meets a prisoner named Strider.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Friendship - Chapters: 22 - Words: 35,165 - Reviews: 148 - Favs: 90 - Follows: 105 - Updated: 1/6/2015 - Published: 10/29/2012 - Aragorn, Nazgul - Complete
Arandil, Princess of Mirkwood by Arandil reviews
We've all seen the girl-falls-into-middle-earth story. In fact, I may be guilty of having written one... But what happens to that tried and true story when the girl is unexpectedly accompanied by...her husband? Humor. Not MarySue bashing.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K+ - English - Humor - Chapters: 21 - Words: 41,318 - Reviews: 170 - Favs: 56 - Follows: 78 - Updated: 12/11/2014 - Published: 11/29/2004 - Legolas, Elrond, OC
An Elven Tale by yellowroses007 reviews
Felicity Johanson can't seem to remember what happened to her that landed her in the Mirkwood forest but in order for her to survive long enough to get the answers, she must join forces with Thranduil, Tauriel, and Legolas as they find dark times up ahead. It's easy until affections for Legolas become increasingly difficult to ignore. Legolas/OC.
Hobbit - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Adventure - Chapters: 24 - Words: 34,130 - Reviews: 213 - Favs: 180 - Follows: 228 - Updated: 11/4/2014 - Published: 11/5/2013 - Legolas, Elvenking Thranduil, Tauriel, OC
Prisoners of Isengard by Auset's Tears reviews
Saruman's Uruk breeding program is in full swing. Tara, a pickpocket from Osgiliath, is about to become a part of it, setting in motion changes no one can yet imagine. Rated a strong 'M'. Followed by WIP "A Kingdom of Ice and Blood"
Lord of the Rings - Rated: M - English - Horror/Angst - Chapters: 55 - Words: 116,408 - Reviews: 221 - Favs: 218 - Follows: 190 - Updated: 5/24/2014 - Published: 12/19/2012 - Uruk-hai, Human - Complete
Beyond Broken by crittle247 reviews
"The feeling of everything that he ever loved and cared for being taken away from him still echoed in his soul, despite the fact that the sands of time had given it all back to him." How do you fix something that is beyond broken?
Prince of Persia - Rated: K+ - English - Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 16 - Words: 51,669 - Reviews: 137 - Favs: 311 - Follows: 194 - Updated: 5/6/2014 - Published: 7/24/2012 - Dastan - Complete
Erebor, 3022: Ravenspeakers, A Courtship Year Story 2 by summerald reviews
Post-LOTR AU! Prince Kili manages the challenges of keeping Erebor safe through a winter with heavy snowfall, relying on the ravens for news. But when the much needed Ravenspeaker in Dale can't be found, Kili investigates. What he finds threatens those he wants desperately to protect.
Hobbit - Rated: T - English - Romance/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 18 - Words: 34,577 - Reviews: 106 - Favs: 71 - Follows: 40 - Updated: 3/1/2014 - Published: 1/17/2014 - Fíli, Kíli - Complete
Kingsfoil by StarryEve17 reviews
What is Kili's "orc wound" really? What actually happened? And what happened in between the scenes? I will write about Kili's own storyline and character development throughout the movie. Major hurt!Kili.
Hobbit - Rated: K+ - English - Hurt/Comfort/Adventure - Chapters: 29 - Words: 28,546 - Reviews: 631 - Favs: 340 - Follows: 439 - Updated: 2/25/2014 - Published: 12/9/2013 - Thorin, Fíli, Kíli, Tauriel
The Mary Sue and Average Allison by DubiousInfinity reviews
Dropped into an unfamiliar world beyond their understanding, two confused and very different young women find themselves, upon meeting, naturally disliking each the other on the spot. But by some horrible twist of fate, they are forced to work together in a journey to save the world.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: T - English - Humor/Adventure - Chapters: 7 - Words: 36,002 - Reviews: 30 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 12 - Updated: 9/1/2013 - Published: 8/22/2010
Nobility is Not a Birth-Right by mellowenglishgal reviews
'It is defined by one's actions'. Ilá, shield-maiden of the Dúnedain and Ranger, is commissioned by Gandalf to bring common sense on the dwarves' quest to reclaim Erebor. Cousin to Aragorn, Ilá's knowledge of the Wild aids the dwarves, and teaches the young princes what it means to be royalty. On their journey, Fíli becomes obsessed with 'treasure'.
Hobbit - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 8 - Words: 46,036 - Reviews: 177 - Favs: 269 - Follows: 378 - Updated: 1/7/2013 - Published: 12/23/2012 - Fíli
A Light of Darkness by Auset's Tears reviews
When Sauron falls, Rakhan the Uruk-hai flees the world, finding unlikely refuge in dangerous forest. As a lifelong slave of darkness, freedom is both terrifying and beautiful to the renegade warrior. He wants nothing more than to forget the outside world, until a shocking discovery brings Rakhan face to face with his violent past, and offers him a future beyond his imagining.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 18 - Words: 31,157 - Reviews: 100 - Favs: 126 - Follows: 68 - Updated: 12/21/2012 - Published: 12/6/2012 - Uruk-hai, Human - Complete
Where the Grass Grows Green I: We May Yet Stand by Ragnelle reviews
AU. The Quest failed. Sam killed Gollum before the Ring was destroyed and now darkness rules the lands of Middle-earth. A small group from the resistance battles both hunger and mistrust, to keep hope alive. But will the sacrifices outweigh the gain? Book one of six. MEFA 3rd place 2011, incomplete stories.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: T - English - Adventure - Chapters: 22 - Words: 144,100 - Reviews: 197 - Favs: 86 - Follows: 57 - Updated: 5/23/2012 - Published: 3/25/2010 - Eomer, Aragorn, Faramir - Complete
Brothers and a Birthday by Anjaden reviews
It's Dastan's first birthday in the family, and Tus is making Garsiv spend time with his little brother. One-shot. "There were days where Garsiv wondered why he even bothered getting out of bed."
Prince of Persia - Rated: T - English - Family/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,983 - Reviews: 21 - Favs: 118 - Follows: 15 - Published: 6/18/2010 - Garsiv, Dastan - Complete
In Imladris by Evergreene reviews
A tale of the Fellowship in Rivendell. They had to meet sometime...
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K+ - English - Humor - Chapters: 9 - Words: 44,952 - Reviews: 317 - Favs: 574 - Follows: 108 - Updated: 9/7/2006 - Published: 6/5/2005 - Aragorn, Legolas - Complete
Never Leave Fanfiction Lying Around by crazyroninchic reviews
Several members of the Fellowship come across a Marysue Legomance. Chaos ensues…A bit of light humor and MS satire. If for nothing else, read to imagine the looks on Leggie’s face…COMPLETED
Lord of the Rings - Rated: T - English - Humor/Parody - Chapters: 45 - Words: 49,741 - Reviews: 2198 - Favs: 854 - Follows: 159 - Updated: 8/3/2005 - Published: 1/22/2005 - Complete