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Title: The Queen’s Blade

Summary: In an autumn where the Dúnedain face untold losses, a young blacksmith crafts her first blade.

Rating: Teen

Characters/Pairings: Isilmë, Huor, Dirhael, Nethril

Warnings: None

Author's Notes: This fic is for [ profile] pandemonium_213, who requested a fic about Isilme’s first project as an apprentice. Many, many thanks to my betas, Indy and Salvage (especially Salvage, who isn't even in the fandom), and to Elleth for reading bits of this while it was still in workshop stages.

Apparently this fic is too long to post in one LJ entry!!!! (it's only 7,000 words, what the heck). In lieu of reading it here, you can find it at the AO3 here, and at MPTT here. Please check it out if you so desire--I'm particularly proud of this one and it's all I have to show for my summer, fandom-wise :P.
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Title: Made by Maid
Summary: Aragorn and Isilmë discuss the reforging of Narsil.
Rating: General
Characters/Pairings: Aragorn/Arwen, Nethril/Isilmë
Warnings: None

Author's Notes:This fic takes place the morning after the events of my fic, To the Day's Rising, though it's not necessary to have read that first. This fic also crosses over slightly with the Pandë!verse, and i am hoping at least a couple more Pandë!verse/Suz!verse intersections will follow this :). Many thanks to [ profile] pandemonium_213 for letting me borrow a certain lady smith, and to [ profile] ladyelleth and [ profile] zopyrus for the beta.

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 Dear Writer,

First and foremost, thanks in advance for whatever you come up with! I'm really excited to write and receive fic for this exchange. Generally speaking, my preferences range wide--I will read pretty much anything that's pointed in my general direction. So, if the specific prompt ideas I have below don't speak to you and/or you have other ideas that you'd rather write, knock yourself out :). But for reference, my prompt ideas are below:

Fandoms: Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, The Hobbit )
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Title: "It's Only a Paper, Moon"
Summary: Erestor abandons his chief assistant to night duty in Rivendell’s libraries. Merineth and Gilraen discuss history and explore the Noldorin archives.
Author's Note: This fic is a companion, of sorts, to [ profile] zopyrus's story When the Moon Hits Your Eye, and she deserves great thanks for the inspiration, beta, and poaching allowances. Thanks also to [ profile] sigridhr for the beta.

(Cross-posted to the Archive here!)

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Title: Turning
Summary: Adanel, Ivorwen, and Nethril discuss Aragorn's future.
Author's Notes: Thanks to [ profile] zopyrus for the beta!
[I am holding off posting this to the Archive because in theory it's a WIP, with one more scene to go...but I wanted to put this up for Legendarium Ladies April before the Textual Ghosts prompt got too old. And yes, I changed the title from what it is on Tumblr. I'm fickle like that]

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After a week of fucking terrible writer's block, I reblogged a drabble meme on Tumblr, which requested that people send in a word matched with a character as a prompt. Several people sent me prompts (THANK YOU FRIENDS), and now I've got three Tolkien-drabbles, two of which I'm pretty pleased with (I still can't seem to write Glorfindel to my satisfaction?? It's a continual upward struggle). But I digress. If you're interested, they're behind the cut!

Ivorwen, Fascinated )

Asfaloth, Lovesick (THANKS BUNGO :P) )

Gilraen, Warm )

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Hey friends! As a follow-up to the Elvish mixology post I made last night, [ profile] tehta had the idea that we ought to make a list of the "typical" drinks for various time periods and regions, from Gondolin to Gondor and back again. I'm certain there are many people who've developed various headcanons about this sort of thing over the years, and it'd be great to hear them so that we can put together a comprehensive list! This way, not only will people have readily-available fic fodder, but we'll all know exactly what to drink when in need of inspiration :D.

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Two posts in one day, for which I offer a thousand apologies. This one is brought to you by the spontaneous happy hour [ profile] zopyrus and I had this evening, which, as it so often does, led to talk of Boozy Elves. Usually this takes the turn of coming up with ridiculous headcanons about our faves in relation to individual tastes/preferences (We postulated that Finrod, for instance, is not a fan of beer the first time he tries it, but all of his mortal friends really love it so he enthusiastically convinces himself that he loves it after all, and probably later supported all the breweries in Nargothrond), but then it got me thinking about Elves at large.

I don't know at what point this notion wedged itself into my head that Elves primarily prefer wine and hard liquors such as miruvor (I suppose because of all the talk of Dorwinion? And I feel like I rarely read fic of Elves drinking ale?), but it did. But the more I've thought about it I realized that's probably an unfair assumption to make, and slightly hypocritical? given my distaste for the strictly-vegetarian meals we see consumed in PJ's Hobbit film. The Elves are a diverse bunch, and general consumption of wine v. ale probably depends on region/crops grown/etc. So now i am off on a tangent thinking about which groups of Elves preferred which. I'm imagining Lorien was probably more wine-country compared to Rivendell, which at the least probably got ale from the surrounding lands of Eriador?

Also, do you think they developed cocktails?? What kinds?? Cocktails are a pretty recent invention, otoh, immortality gives them time to come up with such things...

I am assuming this has been a topic that has been discussed in other corners of the fandom prior to my coming back aboard, but I do not know where to look, and am curious! 
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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about death of the author w/r/t Tolkien, and how much I deeply, if unconsciously, rely on the concept in the creation of my own stories. Because I do strive, still, to create fic that is (mostly) canon-compliant, even if in many respects I’m going in with the specific agenda to subvert and undermine said canon. And I love the freedom to do that within the Tolkien legendarium, because all the texts we have are established in-universe as being secondary sources of a sort. And as any seasoned history major will tell you, secondary sources are imperfect, and fallible, and thus any inherent “rules” of this mythology are open to vast interpretation.

I find this incredibly freeing. I love the notion of wiggling through the cracks Tolkien left and wedging out a more powerful, fulfilling world in which the women of Middle-Earth are named, powerful, and diverse beings. ALL women, ordinary women, not just the queens and the warriors and the ‘man-hearted.’

But then, of course, no matter howe we choose to interpret the texts, it remains an entire legendarium created by a conservative old man, and the texts reflect that in so many cases that you couldn’t list them on two, much less twenty hands. So I’m also reluctant to fully declare death of the author, because it’s too easy. It lets Tolkien off the hook, and that’s not something that I want to do. He was sexist, he was racist, and that needs to be acknowledged when grappling with the grosser aspects of his legendarium. I don’t want to ignore or discount that even as I’m striving to undermine it and wedge myself between the cracks.

So, I suppose, take both of those contradicting thoughts I’m having into account as I roll out this Dúnedain Matriarchy Manifesto. I recognize that this is hardly the first time these conversations have been had, and I owe a great debt to the fabulous people who have discussed these issues in many forums before me. At the same time, I don’t think I’ve ever actually seen it discussed with regard to the women of the Dúnedain specifically, and I do want to bring that front and center here.

Aaand the rest of this goes behind a cut. )
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Re-reading The Peoples of Middle-Earth lolol )

ETA: [ profile] zopyrus has way better reading comprehension than me and pointed out that there are absolutely two ways to interpret the statement that "Gilraen did not yet desire to be a wife." It never says she's not interested in Arathorn (It also never says she is, but still.), it just says that she sensibly doesn't want to rush into marriage, regardless of her feelings for him. She doesn't turn him down, she goes to her parents for advice, because she feels conflicted. SO none of this in fact does counter my interpretation of the situation/necessarily create a creepiness factor, so I retract some of my capslocked ranting :P
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Sooooo I got some mushy Valentine's Day-inspired emotions about Dirhael and Ivorwen and pounded out ~800 words of a thing. Still debating if I'm actually going to post it up on SoA/AO3, but for now I'll leave it here...

Title: Rambling Man
Summary: As Dírhael anticipates Arathorn's proposal to Gilraen, he and Ivorwen reflect upon their own courtship.
Author's Note: With thanks to Zopyrus for the rapidfire gchat-beta and convincing me this was worth putting up <3.

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Day 14
In your own space, write a love letter. Write it Fandom in general, to a particular fandom, to a trope, a relationship, a character, or to your flist. Share you love and squee as loud as you want to. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I cheated. I wrote four letters. I couldn't help myself.
To Aragorn, to Bruce Banner, to Eowyn, and to Gilraen )
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It seems to be the day for these...'tis a sloooow work-day so I don't feel bad using up my lunch break doing this :). I can't hope to do all the ones I missed so I'm just gonna skip to Day 6 and go from there. Cool? Cool.

Day Six

In your own space, share a book/song/movie/tv show/fanwork/etc that changed your life. Something that impacted on your consciousness in a way that left its mark on your soul. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Behind the cut! )
Day 7

In your own space, create a fanwork. A drabble, a ficlet, a podfic, or an icon, art or meta or a rec list. A picspam. Something. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Kinda cheating, because I created this a few days ago, BUT as it's not going to be posted anytime soon (it's part of a much longer work that I'm still in outlining stages of) I figure why not post it here? Also you'll get thrilling insight into my drafting process, i.e. what I do when i bookmark something I don't feel like researching at that particular moment :P
In which Gilraen comes to watch Estel's archery lessons )
Day 8

In your own space, create a love meme for yourself. Let people tell you how amazing and awesome and loveable you really are. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so. Surf the comments and find people to give love to.

Baah I feel weird about this one, but eh, everyone else is doing it so why not :3.

Skipping Day 9 because most "fics I thought I wouldn't like but then did" were Avenger orgy fics (plus the infamous Les Mis sex-pollen fic) and I am absolutely not tracking down those links on my work computer :P.

Day 10

In your own space, create a list of at least three fannish things you'd love to receive, something you've wanted but were afraid to ask for - a fannish wish-list of sorts. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your wish-list if you feel comfortable doing so. Maybe someone will grant a wish. Check out other people's posts. Maybe you will grant a wish. If any wishes are granted, we'd love it if you link them to this post.

Oooh, this is fun! Okay...

1. A nice layout for my Tumblr page...I have no technological ability whatsoever so I've got one of the stock layouts, but it'd be cool to have something a little fancier :).
2. Backstory fic starring young Ivorwen and young Dirhael :D
3. A nice Laura Roslin icon :)
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Last night on Tumblr someone asked me to include my "top five [subject of choice]," so I did my top five LOTR movie moments...but as today happens to be the anniversary of Tolkien's birth, I thought it would be fitting to post my top five Tolkien book moments here! As the trilogy is still what I've read the most, they wound up all coming from there...

1."But no living man am I! You look upon a woman. Éowyn I am, Éomund's daughter. You stand between me and my lord and kin. Begone, if you be not deathless! For living or dark undead, I will smite you, if you touch him."

2. "'Then tie me on the back of [a horse], or let me hang on a stirrup, or something,' said Merry. 'It is a long way to run, but run I shall, if I cannot ride, even if I wear my feet off and arrive weeks too late.'"

3. Not going to quote it in full, but the song that Aragorn sings in The Departure of Boromir ;_;

4."'Come!' said Aragorn. 'If I am still to lead this company, you must do as I bid. It is hard upon the Dwarf to be thus singled out. We will all be blindfolded, even Legolas. That will be best, though it will make the journey slow and dull.'"

5."'He said that if I had the cheek to make verses about Ëarendil in the house of Elrond, it was my affair. I suppose he was right.'"

None of these are wholly profound, but they all stuck out to me when I first read these books over a dozen years ago, and they've stayed with me ever since.

What about you all? What are your top five Tolkien moments? (they don't have to be quotes...I only did that because I've got the books on hand because of the snow day and it's far more eloquent from the horse's mouth :P)
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 Don't know how many of these I'm going to have a chance to do, but taking advantage of my day off to at least do the first day! 

Day One

In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

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Or, What Suzanne Did With Herself Those Two Months She Was Unemployed. This was my magnum opus of summer 2012, and remains the longest story I've ever completed. In some ways it's extremely self-indulgent (a crossover fic featuring two badass ladies sparring plus a whopping dollop of Bruce Banner angst aaaw yeah), and in other ways it was an active attempt on my part to work on aspects of writing that, at the time, were difficult for me (heavy dialogue, action scenes, sustaining a full plot arc over something that turned out to be novella-length). There are things about it that now make me wince (pretty much all the dialogue I wrote for Tony, and a lot of Lin's internal monologuing), but it's solid, and I remain proud of the structure even if some of the minor details are lacking. Also: LIN BEIFONG JOINS THE AVENGERS remains one of the best ideas I've ever had, no matter how the execution played out :P. 

Put All Your Words Away (Incredible Hulk/Avengers AU)

Brooke Banner's childhood, from the perspective of her aunt.

This is a fic that is so AU I could very easily change just a few tiny details and make it my own original fiction. Which I still might do, someday. I'd written a lot of genderswapped Avengers fic before this, and my pre-occupation with a female Bruce Banner led me to think way too much about her backstory, which then led to the full development of Banner's aunt, Jen Robertson, and everything sort of spiraled from there. Not a lot of people read it, I'm guessing because it was so AU, but it's really important to me both in terms of the development of these characters and in terms of proving to myself that I could write about people who didn't have superpowers :P. Also I'm just really in love with both of these characters. Especially Jen.

A Mother's Gift (Lord of the Rings)

Ivorwen and Gilraen contemplate the nature of foresight.

I got back into LOTR fandom at the end of this summer after a loooong hiatus, almost by chance. I actually don't remember now which came first--seeing Fellowship in theaters again (thank you, MOMA), or if I'd already started working on some fic as a way to procrastinate editing my theater history article. Regardless, the two sort of conflated, and I spent all of August trying to resurrect an Aragorn-centric WIP that I'd begun and then abandoned well over two years ago. It's still not finished and now may never be (unless I can find the inspiration/energy to gut it from the inside out), but I still wanted to be writing Dúnedain stories, and September's Teitho prompt lit the perfect spark. The women of the Dúnedain have captivated me from the beginning, and Ivorwen and Gilraen have long fulfilled that maddening position of "favorite characters and there is so little fic about them." So I went and wrote some myself! This was a hard labor of love and no small amount of "l;aksjdfkljsadf I'm basically a newbie all over again help," but it's one I think I'm going to be proud of for a long time to come.  
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Tumblr's usually the first site I check these days, but today I am rather ashamed of it. For all the supposed nerds I follow not, ONE had an Aragorn birthday post!! Plenty for Ron Weasley, to be sure, but come ON, people!

So I made one myself :D. The photos all come from f [ profile] cairistiona7's Aragorn-a-Day posts!

Happy birthday, my dear good sir. I fell hard and fast for you at age twelve, and ten years later my love has only increased. 
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Happy Birthday, [ profile] cairistiona7!! I hope you have a WONDERFUL day, my friend, and here is my "hypothetical" fic present for you. I hope you enjoy!

(for everyone else: Cairistiona is my usual beta-extraordinaire so I couldn't get this one properly looked at, also it's been a REALLY long time since I've exercised the LOTR fic-muscles so please forgive any mistakes).

Fic behind the cut! )
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Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! Since as per usual I've got nothing particularly special planned for the day, I could spend this post educating you all about Single's Awareness Day...but I'm not going to be bitter about this holiday, for once. Instead, I am going to spam you all with the Top Five OTP meme that was floating around my friends' page the other week =D. Because these five pairs are fandom's proof to the world that True Love exists XD.

Warning to [ profile] marycontraire and anyone else who might not want spoilers for Battlestar Galactica Season 4...this entry includes them.


Top Five OTPs under the cut! Image heavy )
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A lazy Saturday, for sure. Spent two hours on coursework, which I felt was more than sufficient for the first Saturday back. Went for an hour-long walk through the city, then decided I needed to start working on my special Detailed Edition of my "F*** You, She's Awesome" list.

What exactly is a "F*** You, She's Awesome" list? It's a list of female characters one admires immensely, to the point that if anyone tries to degrade said characters in any way, your only responce can be "F*** you! She's awesome!"  My friend Elizabeth, who got me to make this list in the first place, has been working on a detailed version of this list, in which she individually defends each character. So I started doing that, but...I have over twenty women on my list. So today I only got to my top five. I'm hoping to eventually do every woman on the list, but we'll have to start with these for now:
Starting from the top...  )

Funny how I felt more productive for making this list than I did for finishing my history reading =P.


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