Penname: Narya [Contact] Real name: Alex
Member Since: 25/10/08
Membership status: Member
Bio:
I am female, 20 years old, currently living in Scotland and studying for a degree in English; I'm an avid reader and I've loved LOTR ever since my Uncle introduced me to the Bakshi cartoon as a toddler. Apparently, I was a somehwat sadistic child - according to my Uncle, I always wanted to fast-forward to the bit where Frodo got stabbed...make of that what you will.

I developed my fanfiction habit by accident - unpacking my bags when I first arrived at university, I discoverd (gasp!) that I'd left my copies of The Hobbit, LOTR and The Silmarillion at home. Whilst googling to see if there was anywhere I could read them online, I stumbled across this site...and that was it. I was addicted.

I write and read whatever takes my fancy, both in fanfic and original work. Other favourite books include the Harry Potter series, William Golding's Lord of the Flies, Richard Adams' Watership Down, Susan Hill's Strange Meeting, Toni Morrison's Beloved, Sebastian Faulks' Birdsong, Charles Terrot's An Alligator Named Daisy, Chris Woodings's Poison, Winifred Watson's Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Hester Burton's In Spite of All Terror, Louis de Bernières's Captain Corelli's Mandolin and the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm, as well as anything by any of the following writers:

Chaucer
Shakespeare
Dickens
Austen
The Brontës
TS Eliot
PG Wodehouse
Thomas Hardy
Elizabeth Gaskell
DH Lawrence
William Faulkner
Rupert Brooke
Evelyn Waugh
Oscar Wilde
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Ian McEwan
Ted Hughes
Haruki Murakami
Kazuo Ishiguro

I can't recommend any of the above works or authors highly enough.


What originally started me writing? Simple - envy. I was a tiny kid just out of nursery. It was the end of the day, and I was sitting on the rug with the rest of my class for show-and-tell, listening to one of the boys talk about the "book" his Mum had helped him make. It was only a few sheets of paper stapled together, with a Power Ranger on the cover and nothing on the inside, but my teacher was thrilled with it - she cooed over it, gave the boy a gold star and put the "book" in pride of place, smack in the middle of the display shelf.

Like a lot of kids, I was an attention seeker. I wasn't happy that the "book" had received so much praise (not to mention a much-coveted gold star) and my "artwork" merely a smile and a well done. I decided to make a book too - except mine would be better. Mine was going to be a proper big girl's book with words inside.

That night, I sat down with my Grandad and dictated a story about a little girl going on an outing to the fair. He found me a sheaf of plain A4 paper and helped me copy my story out, one sentence to a page, left me to illustrate it and then stapled it all together when I was done. Me and Grandad making "books" together became a bit of a weekly tradition. As I got further into school I found I didn't need to dictate the stories to him any more - I could write them myself - but I always gave them to him for approval before I showed anybody else. I've never looked back; I've been writing constantly since then. As I grew up I became more secretive about my work, hiding it from all but my siblings and a few close friends, to whom I often granted cameos - and then my Grandad died. He never got to see the best of my stuff; possibly he was unaware that I still wrote at all.

This coincided with me finding this site. I "lurked" for a while, then eventually decided it was time to start sharing again. I began to post Tolkien-related stories here, followed by original work on TMoA...and that brings me more or less up to date.

I'd like to say some thankyou's before I shut up - firstly, to my readers, for taking the time to check out my work. Secondly, to everyone who's reviewed my stories, for all your help and encouragement - it's greatly appreciated, believe me. Thirdly, to the other authors on this site whose works have given me so much pleasure, especially those who are on my Favourites list. Read their stories; they're all wonderful.

And last but not least, to Grandad, of course. God bless.

Disclaimer:

I own none of JRR Tolkien's characters or any other product of his extraordinary imagination; all stories are written purely for my own enjoyment (and hopefully the enjoyment of the readers!) and I make no money whatsoever from them.


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SOME NOTES ON MY STORIES

04/02/2010 - some of you might be wondering where and why Trapped and Under The Greenwood Trees have gone. I'm afraid the answer is purely selfish - I couldn't face all those WIPs staring at me every time I logged on to my account. They have not been abandoned for good - Trapped is about to undergo a re-write to incorporate it into my Second Chance storyverse, after which I will start re-posting. Under The Greenwood Trees has been placed on hiatus thanks to my decision to expand Second Chance into a series; since there were only 1000 words or so of it posted, I didn't think it would be any great loss to anyone. Between my new series, Three, the Trapped re-write, my Harry Potter WIP and my o-fic, I think I've got enough to be going on with - plus I don't think it's fair on the readers to be hanging on for updates that aren't going to come.

So there you go. Anything I've left up that is incomplete is almost certain to be updated in the near future and to keep getting updated. Thank you very much to all the lovely people who reviewed and favourited the stories I've taken down; just because I removed my work doesn't mean that I don't appreciate your support and encouragement hugely.

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West Wind Over Edoras by Rozzan Rated: NC-17 [Reviews - 75]
Summary: Legolas meets a grieving, virginal shieldmaiden of Rohan and discovers he gets much more than he expected. Follows the course of the film/book initially, then into uncharted territory. Explores Culture Clash, developing relationship, much romance, some angst, hot Elf sex of course and ultimately mortality/immortality. Written from the point of view of the the shieldmaiden interspersed with Legolas. All other characters appear and are friends.
Categories: Movie-verse
Characters: Legolas, Original Character
Genres: Romance, Action/Adventure, Drama, Angst, Erotica
Warnings: Graphic Sex
Series: None
Chapters: 24 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 118877 Read Count: 85214
[Report This] Published: 09/07/04 Updated: 31/03/06
Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 28/10/08 Title: Chapter 1: West Wind

I love this story. It's a truly beautiful, sensitive take on the OC -lover-for-Legolas idea. Your use of language is excellent - you've got a real gift for painting pictures with words, and the relationship betwen Ro and Legolas is realistically developed...and so romantic. Plus you write damn good sex ;p

One tiny, slightly negative comment, something I picked up on a few times during the story. I'm not sure how to explain it, so I'll use an example from your first chapter:

Eowyn lifted her head. Her tears already dry.

If someone knows better then please correct me, but I think this should be:

Eowyn lifted her head, her tears already dry.

I'm pretty sure the two phrases should be linked together in one sentence, as the second phrase has no verb.

However, it doesn't particularly detract from the reading; in fact, I was addicted. I read it all in one night, then overslept the next day and missed one of my classes! I'm so glad you gave Legolas and Rowannen their happy ending and can't wait to read more about their life together. Hannon le for a very enjoyable few hours gaping at my computer screen!!

Leaves of Gold by Lady E Rated: R [Reviews - 2]
Summary: A portrayal of the friendship and love between Aragorn son of Arathorn and Legolas Greenleaf, spanning from the year before the Council of Elrond to Aragorn's death in the Fourth Age.
Categories: Lord of the Rings Slash
Characters: Aragorn, Galadriel, Gimli, Legolas
Genres: Romance, Drama, Angst, Erotica
Warnings: Slash (same sex pairing), Character Death
Series: None
Chapters: 5 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 19101 Read Count: 5660
[Report This] Published: 02/11/04 Updated: 02/11/04
Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 17/11/08 Title: Chapter 5: Across So Wide a Sea

What a beautiful story - I enjoy Aragorn/Legolas slash, and yours is more in keeping with canon than any other I've read. Also, your use of language is gorgeous - so poetic! - and your structure is flawless. I really enjoyed this, so thank you!

I wish by Enismirdal Rated: PG-13 [Reviews - 1]
Summary: Glorfindel remembers, and wishes.
Categories: Lord of the Rings Slash
Characters: Elrohir, Glorfindel
Genres: Romance, Angst, Tragedy
Warnings: Slash (same sex pairing), Character Death
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 518 Read Count: 1545
[Report This] Published: 22/11/04 Updated: 22/11/04
Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 09/02/09 Title: Chapter 1: 1

I can't believe that nobody has reviewed this. It's beautiful. I have a lump in my throat.

Author's Response: Aw, thanks! I'm glad it was able to touch you. It didn't take very long to write...I guess sometimes just picking up the pen is the way to go. A pity the formatting seems to be a bit buggered on this site though...I should go through and clean it up sometime.

Thanks for the review!

Eggses by Andy Longwood Rated: G [Reviews - 5]
Summary: “. . . suddenly Gollum remembered thieving from nests long ago, and sitting under the riverbank teaching his grandmother, teaching his grandmother to suck – ‘Eggses!’ he hissed. ‘Eggses, it is!’"
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Other
Genres: Humor, General
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 2770 Read Count: 3078
[Report This] Published: 02/02/05 Updated: 02/02/05
Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 08/03/09 Title: Chapter 1: Eggses

Fabulous. Gollum/Smeagol is one of my favourite characters, yet when I try to write him I never seem to do him justice. I love seeing what other authors do with him, though, and I think your portrayal of him in his youth is just right. It's also a great little gap filler; I've wondered before about the "teaching his grandmother to suck eggs" line.

Great work.

Summary: This is a book verse with an AU twist. When an emergancy prevents Legolas from fulfilling his obligation to the Fellowship, His sister is sent to take his place. NOT a mary-sue or a 10th member fic.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Legolas, Pippin, Sam, Aragorn, Boromir, Elladan, Elrohir, Elrond, Frodo, Gandalf / Olorin, Gimli, Gollum
Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama, Angst, Tragedy
Warnings: Character Death, AU (alternate universe)
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 985 Read Count: 1157
[Report This] Published: 31/03/05 Updated: 31/03/05
Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 18/01/09 Title: Chapter 1: Hope Fades

Hi Melanye...I stumbled across your story whilst nosying in other people's Favourites, and was surprised to see it hadn't got a review yet, so I thought I'd leave you some feedback.

You've set up the action very well - no messing about, straight into the story. Excellent. I also think you did a good job evoking the panic that would have gripped the elves at such a time, and you leave the chapter on a lovely juicy cliffhanger.

Has this story been abandoned? I know a lot of people get irritated with this kind of story - female members of the Fellowship, OC romances with canon characters etc. - but this has the potential to bring something a little different to the table, as long as you're careful not to let Laileth turn into a Mary-Sue. If you have given up on it, it might be worth giving it another shot. AU's can be great fun to read

Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 18/01/09 Title: Chapter 1: Hope Fades

Oops, I accidentally knocked the mouse before I'd finished typing and it clicked on "Submit."

Anyway, what I was going to say was, AU's can be great fun to read as long as they're properly thought through, and by the sounds of things, yours would be. I'd be interested to see what happens.

Happy writing!

For a Friend by White Wolf Rated: PG [Reviews - 10]
Summary: A potential tragedy involving Legolas early in the Quest severely tests Pippin’s ability to maintain his happy nature. This story won first place in the MC Awards 2006 for Best Fellowship Story.

Categories: Movie-verse
Characters: Legolas, Pippin
Genres: Angst, General
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 2665 Read Count: 1905
[Report This] Published: 13/10/05 Updated: 13/10/05
Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 19/11/08 Title: Chapter 1: Cahpter One

Aww that was lovely! You really captured the bond between all the fellowship.

Author's Response: Thank you. I'm pleased that you liked the way I wrote about the Fellowship's bond with each other.

Summary: On Christmas Eve, Santa pays a trip to Imladris in his sleigh. His intentions, however, are not elf-friendly.
Categories: Crossovers
Characters: Elrond, Maedhros, Maeglin, Maglor
Genres: Parody, Poetry
Warnings: AU (alternate universe)
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 408 Read Count: 4213
[Report This] Published: 22/12/05 Updated: 22/12/05
Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 28/10/08 Title: Chapter 1: 'Twas The Night Before Christmas

Hehe that was fun to read, some great comic touches...but there was a definite dark side there as well. I actually felt quite sad at the end and guilty that I'd been laughing! Well done, great job.

Author's Response: Oh, thank you! This was one my first fan...poems (was about to write fanfiction there - oops). I appreciate the positive feedback and am so happy you had fun with it. I had heaps of fun writing it.

Summary: Faramir, Merry, and Eowyn spend an evening together in the Houses of Healing the evening before the Ring is destroyed.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Faramir, Ioreth, Merry
Genres: None
Warnings: None
Series: Faramir and Eowyn: Dusk and Dawn
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 2592 Read Count: 2058
[Report This] Published: 22/04/06 Updated: 22/04/06
Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 28/10/08 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Very touching, the relationships between all three are beautifully handled.

Author's Response: Thanks -- these are some of my favorite characters

Summary: "Wiser men than Frodo Baggins and Gimli, Glóin’s son, have found that greater deeds often bring the touch of darkness too." At dawn over Minas Tirith, Frodo and Gimli talk of shadows, heroes and greatness.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Frodo Gamgee, Gimli
Genres: Angst, Drama
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 899 Read Count: 2355
[Report This] Published: 10/07/06 Updated: 10/07/06
Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 23/01/09 Title: Chapter 1: Wounds of Greatness

After reading (actually, I think "devouring" would be nearer the mark) "The Official Fanfiction University of Middle Earth," I thought I'd take a look at your other stories, and was pleasantly surprised to find this. I've always had a soft spot for Gimli, and it made a refreshing change to see a Gimli-Frodo friendship story; in fact, I don't recall ever finding any others. I thought it was a particularly interesting touch that Frodo was glad it wasn't Sam who followed him out of the feast - an unusual choice to make, but the right one, I think. This isn't the kind of conversation Frodo could have had with Sam.

Thank you for this lovely, bittersweet little fic, - you've captured Gimli and Frodo perfectly - and thank you for a very enjoyable few days spent at OFUM. I haven't started with "Urple Depths" as I liked the place where you left the original, and I also noticed that "Urple Depths" wasn't completed; I don't want to get attached to/obsessed with the story in the same way I did with "OFUM" only to be left agonising over how it might have ended. Any chance you might finish it off one day, or have you permanently abandoned it?

In the Night by Merry Rated: G [Reviews - 2]
Summary: Merry's thoughts when he was captured by orcs.

Categories: Movie-verse
Characters: Merry
Genres: Angst
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 68 Read Count: 1342
[Report This] Published: 06/09/06 Updated: 06/09/06
Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 07/03/09 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Nice, Merry - this fits exactly with how I'd imagine Merry to be feeling at this point. I like that the thoughts aren't quite coherent, and how very hobbit-like to end on a (fairly) positive note.

*Nitpick* - "probally" should be "probably."

Good job, though - keep it up.

Summary: There are many diehard Tolkien fans that complain that either Peter Jackson's films destroyed their cherished images of Middle Earth or didn't capture the spirit of Middle Earth. My answer? It could have been a thousand times worse.
Categories: Movie-verse
Characters: Arwen, Bilbo, Bill the Pony, Denethor, Elrond, Eomer, Eowyn, Faramir, Galadriel, Gollum, Gríma, Nazgûl, Orcs/Uruk-Hai, Original Character, Other Canon Character, Sauron, The Fellowship, Théoden, Witch King
Genres: Horror, Parody
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 12 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 27966 Read Count: 47095
[Report This] Published: 22/11/06 Updated: 19/04/08
Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 29/10/08 Title: Chapter 1: The Power of Friendship

"I think my readers need a break from the sheer horror."

Not so much from the horror as from the side-splitting laughter, jules14...

Author's Response: Well, I´m glad you thought it was funny. Thanks for the review.

Summary: This is a story about a girl I know that touched me so deeply that I had to write it down. Please read and review, it means a lot to me and her.
Categories: Off Topic
Characters: None
Genres: Other
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 736 Read Count: 1535
[Report This] Published: 31/12/06 Updated: 31/12/06
Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 23/01/09 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Oh, ouch!! I identify completely, with both sides - for a very long time, I had an unrequited crush on my then-boyfriend's best friend (yes, I know, very bad). And I've also recently had to disappoint a friend of fifteen years who told me he was in love with me. Neither situation is easy to be in.

Equicide by faramiriel Rated: PG-13 [Reviews - 10]
Summary: The death of Shadowfax.
Categories: Movie-verse
Characters: Orcs/Uruk-Hai, Other
Genres: Drama, General, Tragedy
Warnings: Character Death, Torture
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 390 Read Count: 1318
[Report This] Published: 03/01/07 Updated: 03/01/07
Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 27/11/08 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Aw no, poor Shadowfax! What an awful way for him to die after all he did in the War of the Ring! Great writing, though, Nazgrrl's spot on about your sentence structure. Well done.

Summary: Legolas finds himself testing the limits of his dignity in an effort to win the approval of the adorable daughter of Sam.
Categories: Movie-verse
Characters: Elanor Gamgee, Frodo, Legolas, Merry, Pippin, Sam
Genres: Humor
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 3452 Read Count: 1460
[Report This] Published: 12/01/07 Updated: 12/01/07
Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 16/02/09 Title: Chapter 1: Fit for a Prince

Aww. That was really sweet. I liked the end especially - it's nice to think that such a little thing might have helped Frodo after all his trials. And Elanor was just so cute.

Elrond!Paperwork by sylc Rated: G [Reviews - 4]
Summary: Elrond dislikes paperwork and so likes to avoid doing it. One day, his avoidance has nasty results.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Elrond
Genres: Humor
Warnings: AU (alternate universe)
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1209 Read Count: 1170
[Report This] Published: 09/02/07 Updated: 09/02/07
Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 26/02/09 Title: Chapter 1: Elrond!Paperwork

LOL aw poor Elrond...that reminds me of myself around exam time...

Author's Response: Argh, you have my sympathies. Thanks very much for the review. I really appreciate it.

The Cliff by freakanature06 Rated: PG [Reviews - 8]
Summary: Merry and Pippin discuss their limited future. Sad. Takes place after Lord of the Rings.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Merry, Pippin
Genres: Angst
Warnings: Character Death
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 691 Read Count: 1418
[Report This] Published: 28/02/07 Updated: 28/02/07
Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 18/02/09 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Lovely. Absolutely lovely. You've captured their voices perfectly; I hope you post more soon.

Author's Response: Thanks so much. ^^ And ... I rather hope to write more LotR soon. *crosses fingers*

Summary: None saw Arwen’s farewell to her father in ROTK after Theoden’s funeral at Edoras. Here, following canon, is how it might have gone.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Arwen, Celebrían, Elrond
Genres: Angst, Tragedy
Warnings: AU (alternate universe), Character Death
Challenges: Deleted Scenes
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1324 Read Count: 1436
[Report This] Published: 04/08/07 Updated: 04/08/07
Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 25/10/08 Title: Chapter 1: The Last Parting

I love this, it's sensitive and emotional without being maudlin, and fits perfectly into canon. Also think you've captured Arwen and Elrond's voices brilliantly. Beautiful.

Author's Response: Excellent. I'm glad you liked it.

Child of Storms by Anwyn Rated: NC-17 [Reviews - 25]
Summary: Twenty and five years have passed since the Great Battle on which the fate of Middle Earth teetered in delicate balance. Much of the darkness has now been purged from the lands which grow green and fertile once more.

Far into the rolling lands of the North a child was born into this time of blossoming peace, to grow as homes are once again rebuilt.

This is the first story of my original character, Anwyn which I am putting together piece by piece, Its already finished but now I am bringing it together.

Please note that this story was written cooperatively with xFanarix whose fanfic is also posted on this site.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Aragorn, Arwen, Eldarion, Elphir, Eomer, Eowyn, Faramir
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Warnings: Incest, Violence
Series: None
Chapters: 87 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 200148 Read Count: 92979
[Report This] Published: 10/09/07 Updated: 18/11/08
Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 23/03/09 Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 2: Riders in the night

"one would need to remember that the blind bald pup could grow into a great hunting hound, or the spindle legged foul one day grow into a strong stallion worthy of carrying Kings into battle" - I loved the imagery in that part! Very Rohirric. I really like the character of Brunhild as well, and her name fits right into the Rohirric culture, it sounds just perfect. I wonder if/when Beorn and Brunhild will find out who their new daughter truly is?

Awesome work, Anwyn; *hugs*!!!

Author's Response: Thank you so much! I am so glad to hear you like the imagery there, You write the Rohirrim incredibly well so it is so flattering to hear :) Well Beorn does know the child is proably the unwanted off spring of some nobilty as I do imagine it was so unheard if a noblewoman found herself not too conviently in a "Family Way" that she would go abroad for a few months until having her child and then coming back and the child would be given to someone though I think since Eomer personally is dealing with this Beorn would have his doubts while Brunhild is just so lovely and maternal that she would not care if the child had simply fallen out of the sky she would be so taken that she would love the baby no matter what...fortunately for that baby ;) Thanks Narya! :D *Hugs*

Reviewer: Narya Signed
Date: 23/03/09 Title: Chapter 3: Chapter 3: Coming home

Awww yay, more brother-sister bonding! I like your OFC; even though we haven't seen much of her yet, she comes across as strong and loyal, but not in a super-cool-warrior-maiden-Mary-Sue--ish way. She just seems like a loving and grounded woman with a quiet kind of strength. I can't wait to read more about her.

Author's Response: Wooo, thank you, It is always a major relief to hear when someone likes my OFC becuase I am always so paranoid tof fall under the sue cloud which hangs over all female characters and that is just not right, It can be a real witch hunt sometimes! Do not worry, Anwyn will certainly make herself more vocal in the following chapters I wanted to ease her into the story at first but she will be in it more and more and yes she is quite strong and loyal but also stubborn to a fault, It proably all balances out somewhere ;) No, she is definately NOT warrior at all as from the beginning I refused to fall into that trap and while I imagine her having some knowledge of weapons and such it was more I can envison Rohirrim woman being responsible for helping clean weapons and mend armour and so on, but not use such things themselves. I always felt Eowyn being a Shieldmaiden was only really said in passing sometimes in the book and too many people seemed to take that as ALL Rohirrim women were trained how to use a sword and since she was raised in relatively peaceful times there would have been less and less need for such a thing. Thank you so much for another incredibly kind review, it honestly makes me so happy to know you are enjoying the story.