I'm afraid that I'm not going to have the presence that I used to have in the fanfiction world. I might be coming back for a little Tolkien-advice now and then, but in all reality, I'm married, and I'm double-majoring, and I have little time left for fun stuff like this. I'm not dying, so don't morn me. I will continue work on my website, so that resource will still be around even if I'm not here. I might come back in a few years; after my life has quieted down. But who knows? I did fanfiction because I was bored out of my mind in highschool, and I had no way to really practice my writing and linguistic analysis skills. Fanfiction really taught me how to write. Fanfiction started me on my linguistic path. Fanfiction taught me how to critique others. I owe my future to fanfiction.
So, after writing that solemn message, I decided to lighten the mood by sharing with y'all my secret of success as a reviewer. When I was reviewing, I was doing 10-20 stories a day. How? I had a reviewing form. I'd make a short hand list of all of the problem areas of a story, then copy and paste from my form. You'd be surprised by how little I had to write extra material for a review. It goes to show how repetitive fanfiction can be. I also suggest that other reviewers use this trick. Mostly, it helps you keep your cool when leaving reviews. Even if a story really pisses you off, the review can still end up sounding calm and helpful. Garo 'lass!
Hi! I’m a Tolkien-language scholar, so that’s what my reviews normally focus on.
Before we get into the review, I'm going to give you a tip about links. The URL's will be spaced out so this website won't know they're links and automatically delete them. Why it does this I have no idea, but it's as annoying as heck. So, before you try to use the links, remove the spaces in "com", "net", "edu", "org", and so on and so on. If the links still don't work, e-mail me.
Since you are writing this type of story, you should check out this forum. It discusses the bamf plot, and you may find the discussions interesting and useful for your fanfiction. (http://www.fanfiction.net/f/221160/)
Figure out a reason for the Elven child to be in Earth and a reason that her aging would speed up so much. An Elf at 13 years old has about the same maturity and appearance of a three-year-old human child. It takes about 50 years for an Elf to reach physical maturity, and about 100 years to reach mental maturity.
Figure out how Legolas ended up in our world.
Give a more detailed description of how she fell into Middle-earth. How and why was she put there? I don't get it!
When she drops into Middle-earth, no one should be able to understand her. She speaks English, and the common tongue of Middle-earth is Westron. There are many ways around this problem. If you have an excuse for their understanding, just ignore this paragraph.
To improve the story, you could give your character a more realistic reaction to finding herself in Middle-earth. This is a place full of danger and a lack of modern conveniences. (Who knew that toilet paper could be so sorely missed?) Her family and friends aren't there. Won't she miss them or mourn never being able to see them again?
Why does anyone trust her? They don’t know her, and she knows too much about them. They have no reason to trust her. She could be a spy. They aren’t just going to tell her everything and let her into their secret business.
A young, unwise girl with no ties to Middle-earth would not be allowed into the council of Elrond. If Sam, Merry, and Pippin weren't, she wouldn't either.
Having pointed ears proves nothing, I’m afraid. It’s one of the most common birth defects amongst us humans.
Fellowship of Many
This can be a more interesting story if you consider the effects on the plot if more characters joined the Fellowship. To keep the rule of nine (nine walkers against nine riders with nine rings of power) who would not be in the Fellowship for these extra characters to join on this death-mission? How would the plot change? For instance, if Merry and Pippin hadn't come, would they ever have gotten into Moria without Merry to figure out the password? Would Gandalf ever have become Gandalf the White? Would Saruman ever have been defeated?
Elrond made the Fellowship with NINE members for a reason. Nine walkers against nine riders with nine rings of power.
A Mary Sue is a character that sucks the life out of a story by forcing it to be focused on her. All of the characters' personalities change to her every whim. She often has unbelievable powers, romance with a main character, and a very tragic past. Why does she do this? Because she's the author's version of herself, living out the author's fantasies.
You can't just add a new race to Tolkien's creation. Tolkien created Arda from the very moment that its gods were born. Its history is very well thought out, and the races there make sense because they all fit into Eru Ilúvatar's (the "One Father of All", something like the Christian god) master plan. All of the races have an awakening and a designer. You have to make a believable beginning for your new race and a believable impact. A race to exist and have no impact on the world around it is just ridiculous - so you have to re-write history involving the race. I see no evidence of any forethought being put into this race of yours, making your new race look like it was hastily pasted on with cheep Elmer's Glue. Think, would there be a War of the Ring if your race existed?
Please make the Elves a little more mature and, well, Elf-like.
Observe what magic is in Middle-earth. In Middle-earth, it is a state of sacredness. What we would call "magic" is reserved for the Maiar. The Elves must sing for several hours to get anything to happen at all. Even Lúthien, the daughter of Melian the Maia, had to sing from dusk to dawn in order to make her hair grow several feet. Everyone else just can't do it. Here's an in-depth essay on it:
I think you misunderstand the Elven political system.
There is no worrying about who will be the heir to the throne because Elves are immortal.
They don’t have much in the way of formal laws, just understood ones, and their hierarchy is very loose.
Basically, those who own land are Lords and Ladies; those who rule land are kings and queens, and those who govern land but still answer to a king or queen are princes and princesses. We could call Galadriel a Queen, but she refused that title, insisting that she would go back to Valinor someday.
There is very little of what we would call a standing army. Take Lothlórien for example. There, we learn that Lady Galadriel’s Ring of Power and volunteer patrols, like that which Haldir and his brothers took part in, keep the borders safe.
Boromir wasn’t some idiotic, hypocritical woman-hater! He was a proud and brave man trying to save his country. It’s not his fault the One Ring found a weak spot – the love of his country. That goes for Denethor as well.
They don't have schools like we do in Middle-earth. Teaching was done at home, and if a lore-master was nearby and someone wanted to become a scholar, they could be an apprentice lore-master, but not formal schools in Middle-earth.
Research family trees before adding to them. Your character's family history is implausible.
There are no royalty of Rivendell. Rivendell is Elrond's private property, not a kingdom.
Elrond isn't a king. He's lord of the valley with his house in it. The only kings in Middle-earth at this time are Théoden and Thranduil.
Rivendell is Elrond's private property, not a city.
Mirkwood is not a happy little forest. Remember The Hobbit? It is incredibly dark and foreboding and infested with huge spiders.
King Thranduil has no palace. He lives in an underground complex of caves.
Please find a beta reader (an editor) because there are a few grammatical and spelling errors in your story.
Please double-space your paragraphs! It’s really hard to read when they are all run together like this.
Here is a quick grammar lesson. These are the correct ways to write quotes:
Did you know that girls can be blonde; boys can be blond; and hair can be blond? Look at the way the word "blond(e)" is spelled. Now you know how to use this word.
Look up the names of characters and places in Middle-earth; you spelled a few of them wrong.
Don’t call elven women “she-elves”. In the first place, Tolkien never used that word, and second, in the movie, it was used as a derogatory term. Liken it to calling someone a bitch. In its place use “elven woman”, “elf-maid” or even, “elleth”.
You are using "lord" and "lady" incorrectly. Those words aren't like "Miss", "Mrs.", "Ms." and "Mr." in English. The titles "lord" and "lady" are reserved for landowners and very high political titles.
You ought to find a better way to transition between the characters’ Point Of View. Instead of announcing the POV shift, write it into the story. For example:
You are forgetting the accent in "nîn". "Nin" means "me" not "my". "Nîn" means "my". I wouldn't have a problem with the missing accents if they didn't change the meaning of the phrase so much. Because of the understood verb "to be" in Sindarin, "ion nin" means "son is me", and that's not what you want.
I know that adding Elvish to your story is a cool gimmick, but alas, you aren't using one of Tolkien's Elven languages. You were using a language made up by a couple of role players on Grey-company.org for their own made up world, which has nothing to do with Tolkien or The Lord of the Rings. Their language is called "Grelvish" by the rest of us. It is often mistaken for Tolkien's language because it has a few similarities to it. Here are a few phrase books of real, Tolkien-Elvish. You'll want Sindarin, because the other Elven languages have died out of usage by this time period.
I know that adding Elvish to your story is a cool gimmick, but alas, you are using Elvish from Arwen-Undómiel.com. The person who made the phrasebook of the website plagiarized a few other phrasebooks of questionable quality and mixed them with other sources of good quality without labeling where she got what. Therefore, you have no idea how to tell what is good and what isn't or what is Sindarin and what is Quenya either. Its name lists are even worse. The maker admits to changing Elven words randomly to make them sound "more Elvish", giving masculine names a feminine name ending, and mixing Elven languages haphazardly without labeling anything. Here are a few good sources for Elvish. You'll want Sindarin, because the other Elven languages have died out of usage by this time period.
Names are sacred things to Elves, and Elves name in Elvish, so your character should have an Elvish name. If you need help making one, e-mail me and we'll get good names figured out, or check out this website:
The people of Gondor name in Elvish, so your character should have an Elvish name. If you need help making one, e-mail me and we'll get good names figured out, or check out this website:
No Elf takes a name from something or someone else. To do so would be trying to make yourself the person you are stealing the name from, in other words, identity theft Elven-style. If you need help making an original name for your character e-mail me and we'll get a few good names figured out, or check out this website:
The Rohirrim name in Westron (replaced by Old English). If you need help making a name, e-mail me and we'll get a good name figured out, or check out this website:
Elves don't call each other by nicknames; it would be rude. Names are sacred to the Elves; to call someone by only part of their name would be saying, "I don't care enough about you to say your name." Hobbits were the only creatures to use nicknames in Middle-earth. Elves give Lore Names instead.
After King Thingol banned Quenya, Quenya names died out of usage in Middle-earth. Just translate the names into a dialect of Sindarin. E-mail me if you need help.
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Don’t put song lyrics into the story that are not in public domain (a Christmas carol is in public domain) or that you didn’t write. That’s plagiarism, and this website will remove your story if it is reported. http://www.fanfiction.net/guidelines/
Please write your own story. All I see here is the movie script with a few words changed here and there. We're tired of getting the movie recited to us. It is boring and blatant plagiarism. http://www.fanfiction.net/guidelines/
Galu a teithad vain! (Good fortune and fair writing!)
The moral of the story:
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