Real name: JK
Membership status: Member
Member since: August 07, 2011
I am a Finnish man with a long-standing love for J.R.R. Tolkien's works. I first became interested in the Middle-Earth legendarium in 2001 when I got a ticket to the movie The Fellowship Of The Ring as a Christmas present. I was instantly fascinated and immediately read the book, closely followed by the Silmarillion. After that there was no return.
I first started to write fanfiction in 2008. I strive to build and maintain a style unique to me but it still can perhaps be said to have echoes of Alexandre Dumas, Karl May and H. Rider Haggard, all authors that have given me hours upon hours of excitement during the last ten years.
My interests include but are not limited to:
-history in general (I actually study it in university)
-military history and weaponry from Antiquity to the present day
-classical music, with Sibelius, Wagner and Tchaikovsky as some of my favourites
-literature, particularly 19th Century novels
-I was a Boy Scout for many years, which time taught me to love the beauty and peace of nature
-I've been a private of infantry for six months (military service of 6 to 12 months is obligatory for males here), an experience that reflects into a few of my stories set in Gondor
I appreciate reviews very much and would like to receive constructive criticism so that I can hone my skills.
Rated: Mature [Reviews - 7]
Definitely not to be taken seriously. Warning; as anyone who knows me from elsewhere will be aware, I'm a Gimli/Galadriel shipper.
Characters: Aragorn, Elrond, Éomer, Galadriel, Gimli, Imrahil, Legolas, Lothiriel, Saruman, Theoden
Content: Crossover, Drabble, Humor
Chapters: 1 | Completed: Yes | Word count: 1312 | Read count: 4659
Published: July 29, 2011 | Updated: July 29, 2011
Date: August 09, 2011 Title: Chapter 1: or, Bear and Back Again
This story is an absolute work of genius! While reading I actually laughed so hard I must've broken something. The SaruMander part especially was hilarious. And who could have believed Galadriel was so very... licentious? Or that she had a thing for short and hairy men? Pure comedic gold, I say! After reading this, I'm afraid that my own take on the subject shall be rather gloomy and serious in comparison.
Author's Response: Thank you! I've always been something of a Gimli/Galadriel shipper, especially for comedic effect, and when I started writing this it occurred to me that Pooh was also short and hairy. The rest is history.
Rated: General Audiences [Reviews - 9]
Thranduil has an important decision to make. He seeks inspiration from a very special place.
Characters: Legolas, Thranduil
Chapters: 1 | Completed: Yes | Word count: 1064 | Read count: 2631
Published: August 06, 2011 | Updated: August 06, 2011
Date: August 08, 2011 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1
A wonderful story! I love the way you describe the glade, I can vividly see the place and its beauty in my mind when reading. Also, the Elves are very elven-like. Very fitting that the Eldar, the people of stars, would regard as hallowed the only place nearby where they could both see the stars and delight in the beauty of nature. Lastly, the symbolism of the name is a great idea. It's just so readily apparent that Elves would appreciate the meaning.
Oh thank you! I'm glad you could picture the glade - I worked so hard to describe what I was seeing in my mind. When I was trying to imagine what kind of place a Wood-elf would find sacred, it struck me that it would have to be somewhere where they could see the stars as well as trees - hence the glade.
I'm glad you picked up on the symbolism of the name. I've always felt that Legolas was born when his people were recovering from Dagorlad, because the name Greenleaf suggests to me a time of renewal. I wanted to reflect that in this story.
Thanks for reviewing :)
Rated: General Audiences [Reviews - 14]
Date: November 15, 2011 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 ~ Reviewing ~
This is a very well-thought essay. Especially the parts of about the gift aspect of writing and about the passion needing reciprocation are worth mulling over.
There was one aspect of reviews you might have touched, though. They are gifts, yes, but sometimes also rather bitter pills of medicine. I say this because I was actually just thinking about it, after having received the most critical review on another site I've ever got. After initial humiliation I had no option but admit she was absolutely right. But now that I'm planning a complete rewrite for the story, I see I have the makings of a story ten times better than the original. So, in the end, the reviewer's honesty was a gift, too.
But, again, a fine essay. The list of excuses of not reviewing at the end made me smile wryly, by the way, since almost all of them are all too familiar to me. Hopefully this makes people who read this review more often.
Author's Response: Hi there, Formegil, and than-you for commenting, lol!
after having received the most critical review on another site I've ever got.
I didn't actually touch concrit (which your review sounds like) in this at all, as Dawn's Live Journal post is open to look at, and people discuss concrit much better there. It's a thorny issue, and I rarely give it unless an author has expressed a definite desire for it. For one thing, concrit bleeds too easily into a criticism of the authors plot or characters, and the author may have very definite ideas about that, and aspects he or she does not intend to reveal until later. If such a review helped you, then that's great, but I personally would not be swayed by it because I know what I want to do. The most I would say is 'If you want a story like that, you write it.' :)
Plot and character is one area of my writing that is unchangeable unless I change it as I write, because I do know what I want to do.
I am also uneasy with the idea of people publicly giving concrit. I feel it's rather rude, and should be done privately or within a writers group, but then my main reason for reviewing is to say what I like about a story, not what I think could be done differently, to praise, not to pick. I love reading, I love stories and that is the base I operate from. I do also tend to trust authors to be able to write their story without me making suggestions d;-).
Dawn's poll interested a lot of people including me. Sites like FFN can be very review-friendly, but although I have never posted there, I imagine that the read/comment discrepancy is even larger than on smaller sites, and it simply looks like there are a lot of reviews.
Yes, in the end, fandom is a gift-economy, and for it to thrive, there needs to be a lot of generosity and appreciation. And I certainly do appreciate it, because I could read stories set in Middle-earth for the next 40 years and not get tired of it.