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Member since: October 06, 2011
I write for the most part in Tolkien's world, so that is the primary, but not the only, fandom you will find here.
Whether you're a vet who read the books way back when or are a newcomer to the movies (I fall somewhere in-between, having read the Hobbit at a tender age but really sinking into it after the first movies came out), there's something for everyone.
Part of what makes Tolkien's mythos so wonderful to write in is the rich and unmined potential of all the things he left unexplored: the backstories and events, relationships and characters that might only have received passing mention in the tales themselves.
I try to bring something new to Tolkien's world when I write in it. So whether you are in search of a more traditional fantasy-action-adventure or a quiet drama or something in-the-middle, you've come to the right little corner.
Some adventure, some romance, some slash, even a bit of fluff mixed in with a whole lot of drama, and a deeper exploration of characters as relatively obscure as Aerin from the Children of Hurin to Aragorn. My portfolio grows every year, and I continue to strive for quality and to uncover the stories behind the story we know and love so well.
Whatever you're looking for, I hope you find something here. Comments, questions and criticism are always appreciated.
A slightly more detailed profile as well as more of my works can be found here at https://www.fanfiction.net/u/283693/Marchwriter or on my livejournal: http://marchwriter.livejournal.com.
Rated: General Audiences [Reviews - 4]
Chapters: 1 | Completed: Yes | Word count: 437 | Read count: 2080
Published: July 08, 2011 | Updated: July 08, 2011
Date: January 31, 2012 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1
Haunting. Truly, the wind will be the only thing left when we too are gone.
Author's Response: Only the wind can remember and mourn. Thanks for your words, the fact that you found this haunting has just made my day. - Erulisse (one L)
Rated: Mature [Reviews - 12]
Gimli was not the only member of the Fellowship to receive hair as a gift in Lórien. What was the true significance of Legolas’ gift?
Characters: Elrohir, Galadriel, Gimli, Legolas
Chapters: 1 | Completed: Yes | Word count: 2016 | Read count: 4642
Published: July 26, 2011 | Updated: July 26, 2011
Date: October 26, 2011 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1
A beautiful little story.
I'm sorry I missed your review at the time - I've only just spotted it now! Thanks for taking the time to comment and I'm glad you enjoyed it :)
Rated: Teen [Reviews - 8]
Characters: Aragorn, Legolas, Thranduil
Series: The JaelVerse
Chapters: 2 | Completed: Yes | Word count: 14646 | Read count: 4061
Published: September 05, 2011 | Updated: September 09, 2011
Date: February 06, 2012 Title: Chapter 1: Into the Trees
My goodness! If I'm not careful, I'm going to spend more than half the night engrossed in your tales instead of attending to my own as I should. I have only glanced at half a dozen or so and read two, but they are rich in detail, enchanting, and wonderfully refreshing compared to some of the all-too-stale fare to be found elsewhere. Jael, why did I not discover you sooner?
Your Legolas is deliciously irreverent and so very /Silvan./ Aragorn is decidedly drawn, and I look forward to reading the rest of this very much.
Thank you for a wonderful read!
Author's Response: Wow -- reviews don't get much better than that! Thank you! Even though this story is in the middle of the pack historically/chronologically, it was the second piece of LOTR fanfiction I wrote. It was the first time in my fanfiction writing career that Thranduil appeared onstage. Kind of ironic, considering what followed. :)
Rated: General Audiences [Reviews - 13]
Characters: Legolas, Thranduil
Content: Gen, Humor
Series: The JaelVerse
Chapters: 1 | Completed: Yes | Word count: 1576 | Read count: 1911
Published: September 21, 2011 | Updated: September 21, 2011
Date: February 11, 2012 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1
Loved the line "whacked him a good one." Your Thranduil is such an approachable fellow for being so formidable in the Hobbit. I love the father-son dynamic, the detail, and this fic answers a very good question indeed.
Author's Response: Yes, right in the mouth. Better than right in the family jewels like poor Thranduil got. I used that incident in Return of the King, in a less humorous light. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment!
Rated: Teen [Reviews - 14]
Characters: Legolas, Thranduil
Content: Angst, AU
Series: The JaelVerse
Chapters: 6 | Completed: Yes | Word count: 18323 | Read count: 13063
Published: November 09, 2011 | Updated: November 14, 2011
Date: February 14, 2012 Title: Chapter 6: Falls the Remorseless Day
Jael, these stories of yours are proving addictive. :) I loved this very gritty, bittersweet AU. The butterfly effect indeed!
This fic actually answers a question that flitted through my mind when I read the Gift (regarding Elladan's feelings for Gilraen).
And I loved the whole Sauron = Satan piece, tempting Legolas with a future he decides he can never have, for the sake of the greater good.
Author's Response: Thank you so much. Technically, this story is AU, but it dovetails with all the rest of my stories nonetheless, as you shall see. :)
Rated: Teen [Reviews - 22]
Characters: OFC, OMC, Thranduil
Chapters: 10 | Completed: Yes | Word count: 19560 | Read count: 18833
Published: November 10, 2011 | Updated: January 22, 2012
Date: December 03, 2011 Title: Chapter 1: Prologue
What an engaging read! I haven't been able to sink into a story like this in a long time. But the atmosphere, your attention to detail and the beautifully-drawn characters that breathe on the page have kept me up past my bedtijme. A treat. I will look forward to the next chapter.
Author's Response: Hi, and thank you for your lovely review! I'm always glad to hear the feedback of new readers, and happy that you're enjoying this story so far. Now, off to bed! :P WSB
Rated: General Audiences [Reviews - 6]
Characters: Arwen, Glorfindel
Chapters: 1 | Completed: Yes | Word count: 1977 | Read count: 1752
Published: January 19, 2012 | Updated: January 19, 2012
Date: January 20, 2012 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1
This was the cutest, most engaging story I've read in a long while. Poor Glorfindel. A Balrog couldn't faze him, but red-headed dolls could.
Author's Response: Well thank you! You just made my day :-) I'm delighted that you had an enjoyable time reading about a very young Arwen and her protector, our resolute Balrog Slayer. In fact, the next doll teaparty he attends will be back in Valinor, many years from now. Thank you for letting me know that I brightened your day. - Erulisse (one L)
Rated: Explicit [Reviews - 15]
Characters: Aragorn, Arwen, Legolas
Content: Explicit Sex, Slash
Series: The JaelVerse
Chapters: 12 | Completed: Yes | Word count: 35101 | Read count: 23563
Published: January 23, 2012 | Updated: February 04, 2012
Date: January 25, 2012 Title: Chapter 2: The Courtesan's Story
This is magnificent: rich characterization, sparkling prose, a compelling and plausible storyline that I cannot wait to see unfold. You drew me right in from the very beginning and didn't let me go. I look forward to seeing the next chapter.
Author's Response: Thank you so much! The real trick here was keeping the scenario plausible and Legolas in character. I hope you'll continue to enjoy!
Date: February 05, 2012 Title: Chapter 12: Chapter 12
I reviewed this story in more detail on Henneth Anun, but since I found it here, I might as well. This was absolutely gorgeous, every inch. I rewarded myself with a chapter or two after a long day of editing a challenge-fic and preparing lessons for classes this week. A beautiful story. Legolas remains true to himself throughout, despite the distinctly uneasy situations he gets himself into. And I love that he doesn't breathe a word of it when he gets back "home" to Aragorn.
There is so much of this story worth remembering, but the epilogue really stands out and Legolas' subtly-touched-on feelings for Aragorn, as murky and indistinct as that which we feel in our own lives.
Thank you, Jael, for such an engrossing read. I will remember this for a long time.
Author's Response: Thank you! When I had this plot idea, which was in response to a story that put Legolas in a similar situation and did not keep him in character (or so I thought), I knew I was taking a big risk to write the story and include it in my own established 'verse'. It even changed for me while I was in the process of writing it. Huzun revealed himself to me as not a complete villain, and Legolas decided to keep the tattoo. Of course Legolas would decide not to trouble his friend by revealing the lengths to which he'd gone -- in my universe, that's the way he is. Gentle, self-sacrificing, and very, very strong in spirit. I'm very glad you liked this. Thank you for taking the time to let me know.
Rated: Mature [Reviews - 101]
A Dark Lord who seeks to bind the Elves to him, mightier servants even than the Nazg
Characters: Elladan, Elrohir, Elrond, Erestor, Glorfindel, Legolas, OMC, Sauron, Thranduil
Content: Angst, AU, Drama, Erotica, Incest, Rape/Non-con, Slash
Chapters: 17 | Completed: No | Word count: 76423 | Read count: 28955
Published: January 26, 2012 | Updated: January 24, 2015
Date: January 28, 2012 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 ~
A very powerful opening chapter, Spiced Wine. You really don’t hold back and plunge us right into the midst of the action and suspense.
I’m not very familiar with your Dark Prince stories, but the relationship between Sauron and Vanimore is very chilling, that bridle…Is the question of Sauron’s physical form answered in any of your earlier stories? I was under the impression that after Numenor, Sauron could no longer take a fair or physical form at all. Or is that part of the AU? I’m assuming they’re in Dol Guldur at this point, though, I’m not sure; it’s a little vague.
The same thing happens in the scene with Elrohir, Elladan and Haldir which makes me think the dearth of grounding setting details is purposeful in order to make Mirkwood seem even more “real” and “present” than the outside world.
The POV is similarly indistinct: first it’s a rather distant, omniscient POV all the way until we hit upon Elrohir. Then we’re close up for a little while, then at the line, “The shadows deepened as the sun set beyond the Hithaeglir,” we’re distant again. If we’re in here Elrohir’s head, he can’t see the sun setting over the Hithaeglir, being ensconced in Mirkwood. It seems like a small thing, but it made me wonder what POV you’re aiming for. (Here’s where I confess my bias and fondness of close third-person but…author’s choice, of course).
You have a very poetic writing style, full of sensual details that really draw me right in, especially in the middle. Mirkwood is richly rendered and almost doubly so from the lack of setting details before. You really capture the dankness, the fungi, the phantom spores (really nice touch). Having just reread the Hobbit, I love this even more. Very Grimms' fairy tales.
And Elrohir and Elladan are perfect to inhabit this dark world: nothing like two, strong warriors confronting the literal and metaphysical shadows of their surroundings and minds. Definitely not Weasley twins. At all. (And a brief cameo from Haldir really tops it off :))
(On that note, I had a lingering question, small, idle and probably pointless, but I’m curious, so I ask. Why do Galadriel and Celeborn address him with “thee?” It’s strange—or devilishly interesting depending on how you look at it—considering Sauron addresses his son the same way. Perhaps, this has something to do with the only slightly throwaway comment where Elrohir mentions that his grandame dwells on Dol Guldur [I’m assuming in thought although the wording at first made me think that Galadriel actually lived on Dol Guldur. Silly me.]
Another little thing: lead = metal; led = past tense of “lead [leed],” to direct, guide. Drat those homophones. One of many things spell-check fails at.
A very interesting premise, an exciting characterization of Elrond’s sons, a dark and loathsome setting ripe with possibility. Most o fthem painful for our characters. The end of this chapter just leaves me full of questions. I’ll look forward to finding out the answers.
Author's Response: Hi there Marchwriter, thank-you for your comments.
I was under the impression that after Numenor, Sauron could no longer take a fair or physical form at all. Or is that part of the AU?
In this AU he can, it's something that run's through all of it; I suppose I thought only people who had read the Dark Prince 'verse would read this, and an explanation would be a bit redundant. It's really to do with what Vanim
Date: January 28, 2012 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 ~
Thank you! That clears up a lot. I knew I was missing something for not having read the earlier stories. Still and all, this snagged my interest. I have come across very few stories that deal with Dol Guldur, so I'm really looking forward to this.
(On a completely different note: yay! A fellow Shakespeare-lover! There is something indefinably beautiful about the old archaic words and phrases that he and others use. Did you know that before the Bible and Shakespeare, thee and thou were actually the informal means of address? Sometimes they were even used to insult somebody. Whereas "you" was considered more formal. How things change.)
Author's Response: I knew I was missing something for not having read the earlier stories.
That's the difficulty with writing a crossover. Lots of people read Ziggy who will never read me, but it seems tedious and unnecessary to 're-write' certain things which the recipient already knows, and I can only approach writing a 'gift' story with the recipient in my mind as the reader. Well, I have only written such stories for two people (and some charity fics that were part of an existing storyline) and know that *they* know some of my 'verse. My readership is small, so I tend to assume any-one who is going to read me is already familiar with the verse, though sometimes gift-fics written for a popular author might draw people who think what the heck is going on here? XD So I don't mind explaining.
Did you know that before the Bible and Shakespeare, thee and thou were actually the informal means of address? Sometimes they were even used to insult somebody. Whereas "you" was considered more formal. How things change.)
Yes, I did know that. :) (Tolkien of course used it correctly in the Silmarillion, and when the Mouth of Sauron addressed Gandalf and the others at the Morannon) I decided at the beginning, simply because I liked the antique formality of the speech so much, that it would be *the way* people did speak in this 'verse (if they were born in the Elder Days) just as now we use you/your.
Rated: General Audiences [Reviews - 4]
Content: Angst, Humor
Chapters: 1 | Completed: Yes | Word count: 1823 | Read count: 1965
Published: January 29, 2012 | Updated: January 29, 2012
Date: February 01, 2012 Title: Chapter 1: Ships That Pass In the Night
A nice little bit of meta-fiction there. Nice to see so many "familiar" faces. Artfully done.
Author's Response: Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review!
Rated: Mature [Reviews - 15]
Characters: Elrond, Elros, Erestor, Gil-galad, OMC
Content: Angst, Romance, Slash
Chapters: 6 | Completed: No | Word count: 22578 | Read count: 9042
Published: February 01, 2012 | Updated: August 04, 2012
Date: February 05, 2012 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1
This is exquisite. I have just spent the better part of a few hours preparing lessons for classes this week, but I couldn't help pausing every now and again to reward myself with more of this story. Elrond and Gil-galad fit so very well together, and I love how they leap off the page here: Gil-galad with his capriciousness, Elrond fighting a losing battle of keeping himself apart from the one he...loves? I will have to savor this story.
Author's Response: Thank you so much! You make me blush. I hope you'll like the rest of it too.
Rated: General Audiences [Reviews - 13]
Date: February 02, 2012 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1
Beautiful. Powerfully evocative (more the Silmarillion quotes than Dicken's...still). I could nearly hear the music.
Author's Response: Thank you so much. Yes, I also agree that the Silmarillion quotes were by far superior to Dickens but it seemed perfect for the story. I really wanted you to feel what he felt and I love Maedhros and Maglor. So you have no idea what it means to me when you said you could hear the music. Once again, thank you so much for taking the time to review. Your response is what keeps me going.
Rated: Teen [Reviews - 4]
Characters: OFC, OMC
Chapters: 1 | Completed: Yes | Word count: 3328 | Read count: 1952
Published: April 08, 2012 | Updated: April 08, 2012
Date: April 09, 2012 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1
Author's Response: Thank you so very much for letting me know. I appreciate it very much. - Erulisse (one L)
Rated: General Audiences [Reviews - 10]
Content: AU, Humor
Chapters: 1 | Completed: Yes | Word count: 1252 | Read count: 1916
Published: April 22, 2012 | Updated: April 22, 2012
Date: April 22, 2012 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1
Haha! Never thought I'd feel sorry for a Nazgul. :) Hilarious. Bad pun, but hilarious.
Author's Response: Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed it :) the pun actually comes from a long-running family joke that if someone had just made Sauron a trifle in the first place, so much hassle could have been avoided...
Rated: Teen [Reviews - 5]
Date: August 07, 2012 Title: Chapter 1: Feather and Fetch
So very lovely.
Rated: Teen [Reviews - 7]
Characters: Legolas, OMC
Content: Hurt/Comfort, Slash
Series: The Returnverse Stories.
Chapters: 1 | Completed: Yes | Word count: 1603 | Read count: 1808
Published: August 23, 2012 | Updated: August 23, 2012
Date: August 23, 2012 Title: Chapter 1: Taking Comfort
Beautiful and subtle. I liked that quite a lot, and the exposed differences between Men and Elves, even Men raised by Elves like Aragorn. You really show the "otherwordliness" of your characters here. It really gave me something to think about.
Author's Response: Thank you so much - what a lovely review. I do worry sometimes that my Elves are not quite otherworldly enough and so I am so pleased that this did come over to you.
Rated: Teen [Reviews - 1]
Date: August 28, 2012 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1
Haha! As always, brilliant! I love it from top to tail. The sly con man in a Middle-earth setting. What more could one want in a story?
Author's Response: I'm glad you enjoyed this one as much as I enjoyed writing it, Marchwriter. Thanks for your comments.
Rated: Mature [Reviews - 8]
Characters: Haldir, Legolas, OMC, Thranduil
Content: Drama, Slash
Chapters: 2 | Completed: Yes | Word count: 8926 | Read count: 3846
Published: January 03, 2013 | Updated: January 03, 2013
Date: April 02, 2013 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1
I should be working, but I stumbled across this tale by pure happenstance, and I am extraordinarily grateful I did. The prose is rich but lean, evocative and enchanting. It drew me right in. I felt part of the story from the first line.
I love your Haldir. His characterization in this story is very much as I imagine him--sharp, troubled, melancholy but possessed of a keen wit and a deep sense of honor (or martyrdom, depending). The little details from the feel of the snow storm to the painful debridement of Haldir's wound and the subtext under every line of dialogue really make this story a beautiful read. Every word, every action mattered. Every emotion was fully realized without being explicitly stated.
Even your secondary characters like Thranduil and Edraith were fully realized. The writer in me was taking hefty notes even while the reader was swooning. :) Yes, swooning.
I will have to look for more of yours.
Thank you for writing this.
Rated: General Audiences [Reviews - 154]
Thranduil strikes a bargain with his fiery neighbour.
Smaug is dead and Esgaroth is devastated. Thranduil arrives with help
The story of how the black arrow that killed Smaug came to Bard. 'Black Arrow!" said the bowman. "Black arrow! I have saved you to the last. You have never failed me and always I have recovered you. I had you from my father and he from of old. If ever you came from the forges of the true King under the Mountain, go now and speed well!"
It was brought from the Lonely Mountain, from the forges of the true King under the Mountain. But it was taken from Smaug’s horde by someone quite unexpected.
The story of how the Black Arrow came to be in Bard’s hands, and how Legolas got his tattoo.
Chapters: 30 | Completed: No | Word count: 129206 | Read count: 18371
Published: November 01, 2013 | Updated: December 21, 2017
Date: November 03, 2013 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1
This is mesmerizing, Ziggy. Smaug (and Glaurung, for that matter) are fascinating characters--urbane, charismatic, and deadly. You evoke that so well alongside Thranduil's dangerous mission, and the tension rises as Thranduil bargains for peace--and his sons' lives in the process. I never thought of that--what the Elves of Mirkwood must have had to sacrifice to their dangerous neighbor to the East.
I've been lax in reviewing MDLW--but I have been reading off and on. I look forward to seeing where that's going as well.
HelloMarchwriter! Lovely to hear from you - I have missed you.
Do you know, I never thought much about them before until the DoS trailer and I did think Smaug deserved more - and although Tolkien writes those wonderful descriptions, his SMaug is rather arrogant and a bit childish in some ways- so it would be interesting to expore more. But Glaurung- now that would be a challenge!
I am really glad you've been reading MD. It's always nice to hear from you.
Rated: Teen [Reviews - 6]
A chain of mysterious events lead Erestor and Elladan to Mirkwood in search of answers. There they and Gildor face deadly danger that has nothing to do with orcs or giant spiders. With more than a passing nod to Chris Carter's incomparable X-Files.
Characters: Celebrían, Círdan, Elladan, Elrohir, Elrond, Erestor, Gildor
Content: AU, Horror, Mystery, Slash
Series: The M Files
Chapters: 7 | Completed: Yes | Word count: 29310 | Read count: 5592
Published: March 03, 2014 | Updated: March 28, 2014
Date: March 23, 2014 Title: Chapter 1: Prologue
What a gem of a story! I have devoured this and thoroughly enjoyed everything from the witty dialogue to the secret affair between Elrohir and Elladan, to the drunk Gildor and the mystery of these wicked plants and the shadowy "Madame." The writing just captured me and held me for all the right reasons. I sincerely hope a sequel is planned. Just a brilliant piece of work!
Thank you so much, this review absolutely made my day :) (loved the typo btw, though Elrohir would be horrified *g*). I'll post the final chapter, sort of an epilogue, tonight, and after that there's a stand alone that feels like the prelude to the next story... There are so many loose ends to follow up that I can't imagine not writing more eventually - it's such fun to play with.
Date: March 29, 2014 Title: Chapter 7: Epilogue
Elladan and ERESTOR (argh!! It's my writing of Elrohir lately--too used to typing his name.)
But WOW Cirdan and Madame! Such a dark (darker) turn.
Nice bit of lampshade hanging there: "It sounds too far fetched. And he’s old fashioned, he would never believe elves could work against other elves.” (No, and most fanfiction assumes the same.)
I love how you push the boundaries canon without breaking suspension of disbelief. I am typing-fail trying to express my joy. This story just begs continuation.
I just did one of those writer's memes on LJ and had a few people gently suggest I should get on with writing more of this *g*. Cirdan - I couldn't resist in the end. The idea that good, honest Cirdan could be one of the Extremely Bad guys is so far away from anything I've ever read, it just had to happen!
Abd U beed to gush here - just a tiny bit - and tell you how blown away I am that you enjoyed this! Thank you!!
Rated: General Audiences [Reviews - 2]
Characters: Amroth, Haldir, Rúmil
Content: Drama, Gen
Chapters: 1 | Completed: Yes | Word count: 5157 | Read count: 1296
Published: August 05, 2014 | Updated: August 05, 2014
Date: August 05, 2014 Title: Chapter 1: The Dark Side Of The Sun
Still love this! So nice to read about Haldir again. Thanks so much for such a great fic!
Author's Response: Aw, you're very kind. It was my pleasure! I'm really glad the story struck the right chord.