Reviews by Luna

This is the continuing saga of a 36 year old female soldier who finds herself in Middle Earth during The Return of the King. This is part three of a series which will follow the plot of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings books. She is not a tenth walker and the events as written by Professor Tolkien will not be rewritten to accommodate her. Her part in the story and her interactions with the main characters will occur in places and times that Tolkien did not include in his writings.

I claim ownership of none of J.R.R. Tolkien's original plot or characters; however, Elaura and her story Typically Atypical are Copyrighted © 2006.

Categories: Book-verse Characters: Asfaloth, Aule, Beorn, Beregond, Bergil, Blue Wizards, Celeborn, Celebrían, Dain Ironfoot, Denethor, Elladan, Elrohir, Elrond, Eomer, Eowyn, Erestor, Faramir, Feanor, Galadriel, Glóin, Glorfindel, Gollum, Gríma, Gwaihir, Halbarad, Haldir, Imrahil, Ioreth, Landroval, Lindir, Lothiriel, Maglor, Manwe, Mouth of Sauron, Namo / Mandos, Nazgûl, Original Character, Oromë, Orophin, Other Canon Character, Radagast, Rúmil, Saruman, Sauron, The Fellowship, Théoden, Théodred, Thranduil, Treebeard, Vaire, Yavanna
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama, Fantasy, General, Horror, Humor, Mystery, Other, Romance, Tragedy
Warnings: Character Death, Violence
Series: Typically Atypical
Chapters: 127 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 1589851 Read Count: 278988
Published: 11/19/06 Updated: 08/24/09 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 104: Monday, Monday * Reviewer: Luna Signed
Elaura, I have no idea how on earth you can continues to fuel your stories with such creative plots... Your skill with writing is truly baffling and I greatly admire it. This newest twist with the attempted murder is quite intruiging. Of course, the minor plotlines between Elaura's relationship with the other characters is also always amazing. And I *love* her conversations with Namo and Melkor... 'Its a Smal World'- you clever girl you.

The only thing I am sad about is I realized i am soon coming to the end... Well, I know you are continuing with the story, but regardless I will be sad when I won't be able to just read chapter after chapter of new material. I was never one for patience :)

Thank you, as always, for sharing your world with us!

Author's Response: The characters keep talking and I keep writing. It helps that I'm a little nuts. My brother keeps asking me when I'm going to publish, but I'm afraid writing for money would sour it. Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to let me know how I'm doing. I can't really put into words how much it means to hear from all of my readers.

Well, as for patience, I do have two other books in the series going as well as some more chapters of this one. If you find you truly can't wait, I can send them to you, but they are still rough drafts and because they depend a lot on the main story, they are constantly changing. Use the 'contact' link on my account page if you'd like me to send them to you, but be prepared for typos and some continuity issues, since they are rough drafts. Otherwise, I've made arrangements for them to be posted even if I'm not around to do it. I'm not expecting anything to keep me from getting them out, but I have no intention of leaving my loyal readers hanging.

Rest assured, as long as people are reading my stories, I'll keep writing. Thanks again!
Date: 03/16/09
Title: Chapter 73: Rescue! Reviewer: Luna Signed
I love that you've given Legolas such a wonderful sense of humor; the bantor between him and Aragorn was great!

Author's Response: It would be pretty sad if they couldn't laugh, wouldn't it? I mean, what's the point of being blessed if it isn't any fun? Thanks for the review!
Date: 02/27/09
Title: Chapter 119: Storytime Reviewer: Luna Signed

Aw, I do find it adorable that Elaura is more 'feminine' and how everyone is reacting to her. Admittingly, I don't like the idea of ever becoming pregnant and dealing with all the negatives that go with it, but you do present a blessful side to it.

I know its been a while since I've been on this site, but I am so happy that you are continuing to write! I will continue to read and may take you up on that offer to e-mail you and ask for your draft... Thank you for being an awesome author!!!

Author's Response: That's sweet, thank you. You needn't apologize; as you can see, I've been away a while myself. Real life has a way of getting between us and our passions. I appreciate very much the fact you are reading and have taken the time to review. I'm still writing, I hope you will continue to read.
Date: 05/15/09
Title: Chapter 120: So What if Elaura Can’t Knit? Reviewer: Luna Signed

I enjoyed Eowyn's sense of humor as much as Elaura :)


And I'm quite pleased to see there is still danger and battle in Elaura's future... I really dislike the idea of her knitting haha. I'm SO glad she gave that up!

Author's Response: Hi Luna! LOL @ knitting. It just isn't her style, is it? Yes, there shall be more adventures to come. Thank you for reading and reviewing and please forgive me my tardiness in responding and posting.
Date: 05/16/09
Title: Chapter 123: Elaura’s Trip gets Trippier Reviewer: Luna Signed

Elaura & Legolas not remembering each other- I was not expecting that. But their reunion was so cute.

I love that the Ent fruit made the babies be born! I was wondering how soon it would be until we'd see them! Loved the whole setting of the birth and its circumstance.

Elaura's mom being there- Wonderful! So sweet. As to how/why she is there, very creative. I didn't know if you would transport her into Middle Earth like Elaura, but the 'death' and Gandalf delivering the journals was a great concept.

As always, I love this story. Looking forward to upcoming chapters!

Author's Response: You know nothing ever happens in Elaura's life as she expects! Can't you just picture Gimli wanting to knock Legolas over the head and drag him out of there? Thanks for your support with the little twists and turns. I do try not to get out of the realm of belief. Thanks again for reviewing. More to come . . . much more!
Date: 05/17/09
Title: Chapter 124: Double the pleasure, double the fun Reviewer: Luna Signed
Yay!yay!yay! 3 updates! How delightful! You have made my week. I enjoyed reading about Radagast's wife and the 3 of them (Her, Galadriel, Elaura's mom) were a fun get-together and her mom's joke about Maglor- Freaking amazing, I loved it!

Author's Response: I have to say it is a good feeling that my writing makes you so happy! Thank you very much for the review. I am currently eaiting for my beta reader (Mom) to wake up so I can edit and post 127. Things are picking up and my characters are speaking to me again . . . a lot. Hopefully they will keep the writers' block at bay!
Date: 08/18/09
Title: Chapter 125: Rhosgobel Reviewer: Luna Signed
What an interesting chapter; getting to know the bears! I am not that familiar on the Beornings so thank you for the pieces of information (I know some of it is your own thoughts but I love how you explore more of Arda with each chapter. Please keep it up!

Author's Response: Thanks! If I had any plan at all when I started writing, it was to explore the different aspects of Tolkien's works that he didn't go into great detail about. I really appreciate the feedback. P.S. in my last reply, I meant 'waiting for' not 'eaiting'. However, Mom isn't feeling well tonight and I'm trying to decide whether to re-read and post 127 anyway and just fix any errors reported to me after the fact, or wait. Any preference?
Date: 08/18/09
Title: Chapter 126: Another Feast, Bear Style Reviewer: Luna Signed

Legolas playing with teddy bears- how cute. Really, all the scenes involving the little bears was adorable. And interesting to look into what it must be like for a bear-child to start to change limbs into human limbs. That *would* be a difficult process. I also liked how Eluara said something to Thranduil about the clothing issue. Honestly, Legolas is 2,000 years old and doesn't need a mommy after all. lol

 Once again, I am saddened that I have reach the end (for now) of your story. Sorry to hear that life is rough; I hope you overcome whatever is going on. Regardless, it is in my humble opinion you have really created a work of art in this story. I thoroughly enjoy going through Elaura's journey and getting to know all aspects of Middle-Earth through her eyes. Also, thank you for showing me a different kind of Girl in Middle-Earth story- Since I started reading this story (starting in Feb?) its gotten me thinking about storywriting and you've helped inspire me to throw some creative thoughts out and begun creating my own story (also GIME but it features an OC from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer universe). But your character really got me thinking about how to avoid common Mary Sue pitfalls . So thank you! Your time and effort into this story is greatly appreciated. I hope I will see more updates soon. In the meantime, take care!

Author's Response: Yes, and we think human adolescence and pre-adolescence is hard! Yes, Legolas doesn't need a mommy, but he sure needs a wife.

Not to worry, life is good as long as it doesn't end abruptly. I really appreciate your kind words and I'm so glad you've found something in my style you are able to use in your own writing. Keep in mind, by the strict definition, most heroes and heroines of literature are Mary Sue's and Gary Stu's. For example, Agatha Christie undoubtedly identified with Miss Marple, Arthur Conan Doyle probably put a lot of himself into Sherlock Holmes. The same can be said for James Bond and even Superman. There is nothing wrong with it; maybe someone like J.K. Rowling can write books about being a teenage boy in wizard school (something she clearly has never experienced) but most writers stick with what they know and you know yourself better than anyone. I'll be sure to check in on your story, I've always like the Buffy stories.

As always, thank you for reading and reviewing.
Date: 08/19/09
Title: Chapter 127: Eryn Lasgalen Reviewer: Luna Signed

Wow, so many updates in such a short amount of time! Yay! Thank you for deciding to post this chapter even without your beta. I didn't find any problems in it and really enjoyed the following: the joke about the use of the geese feathers, Taeniôn thinking about adopting (to me love is love, and I appreciate you giving that perspective with those four characters), background on what happened to Elaura's fam when she left them, the twins beating up Maglor and Legolas (HILARIOUS!!), Elaura using magic to give us the babie's perspectives, the babies being able to see/do magic, and some more background on the Castle place.


Woo! That's a lot of things to like I guess :)


As for you earlier comments on my last reviews, thanks. You're right about the Mary Sue thing and authors identifying with their characters. To be honest, I never really thought about it until I got into reading fanfiction and saw so many people demonizing it. But I am certainly learning the difference between a ‘bad' Mary Sue and a ‘good' one.  


Yes, please be sure to check in on my story :) It's funny... I only meant it to be a drabble to get my brain back into writing but I've become unexpectantly dedicated to it... I'm up to 28 chapters now and over 50,000 words. Funny thing is not only is it already longer than expected, but I have a while to go until my major plotline gets resolved so it will be pretty long if I can finish it!


As always, thank you for continuing to write. I am happy to see them reach Legolas' home and I am interested where you plan to leave off Book 3 and how the twins will develop. I am enjoying seeing the soft version of Elaura and the cute things with the babies, but I miss her warrior side!! Oh, and I cannot wait until the begetting day celebration!! My favorite moments are when everyone (Fellowship and Elaura's other friends) are together.

Author's Response: Oh and now imagine my utter embarrassment at just stopping there! I'm glad you enjoyed it all. It was a fun chapter to write and I truly had no intention of it being the last one for over a year! I'm a bad, bad person. I really am sorry. Life got in the way, but now I'm feeling a bit more on an even keel and I'm ready to continue the saga. Of course I intend to finish this book, then write the story of Amlug, but there are two more books in the series that will be posted, too. [/p] I had that same conversation about Mary-Sues with my niece. She was caught up in the backlash against the TWilight series and I had to explain to her that writers don't write with a movie deal in mind. They write what they feel like writing and whether or not it becomes a best-seller or a hit movie is not up to the author, nor a true reflection of his or her talent. It's a reflection of what the market wants at that time. Most artists are unappreciated by the masses until long after they've passed on. Art is made first and appreciated much later. If you happen to become a legend in your own time, you've won the lottery. Enjoy![/p] Thank you for taking the time to review.[/p] - Elaura[/p] P.S. I will keep your expectations in mind, I promise.
Date: 08/29/09
Title: Chapter 1: The Mysteries of the Bloodstone Reviewer: Luna Signed
Hey!! Its been a while... Any chance you'll give us a delicious Christmas present of another chapter?? :) Hope things are going well in your life... I miss Elaura's adventures!

Author's Response: I'm so sorry. Thanks for keeping an eye out for me. I'll be back soon. I can't believe It's been over a year since my last post. Where does the time go? I wonder if elves aske themselves that? /br testing format
Date: 12/19/09
Title: Chapter 1: The Mysteries of the Bloodstone Reviewer: Luna Signed

Hi Elaura :)


I don't get on this site very often anymore but I wanted to let yo know that when you get a chance to update I will quickly return to read and review! :)

Author's Response: Hey Luna! Thanks for reviewing again! As usual, real life is keeping me ffrom concentrating on writing, however, two barriers have recently come down for me. The first was that the email I was using here was hacked and I lost it. The effect of that was that I wasn't getting any more emails for reviews, which made it sort of out of sight, out of mind. The second was that I just recently was given a tutorial on how to put my books in E-reader format! YAY! Now I can re-read on my Kindle and get my head back to where the story left off. For some reason, sitting in front of my computer reading isn't as appealing as it was when I lived in the barracks. I look forward to seeing you again when the writing resumes. Thanks for writing!
Date: 11/24/10
A Test of Faith by AliDawne Rated: NC-17 [Reviews - 17]
Summary: Haldir meets someone who will challenge him. How will he react?
Categories: Movie-verse Characters: Aragorn, Arwen, Celeborn, Elrohir, Elrond, Faramir, Galadriel, Gandalf / Olorin, Gimli, Glorfindel, Haldir, Legolas, Lindir, Lindir, Original Character, Orophin, Thranduil
Genres: Romance
Warnings: Graphic Sex
Series: None
Chapters: 3 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 9210 Read Count: 15738
Published: 12/30/06 Updated: 12/31/06 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 3: Chapter 3 Reviewer: Luna Signed
I know you said you were rethinking the story, but I really like it so far!! Anything with Haldir is fantastic and having her be Aragorn's cousin is a fun fit.

Date: 01/14/09
What It Means To Be by Shiloh Rated: PG-13 [Reviews - 12]
Summary: Once upon a time, Legolas and Eleina were "Legolas and Eleina." Things changed, time passed, a war happened, and now two strangers are trapped in an inescapable marriage that wasn't even their idea. The new Fourth Age means a fresh start for all of Middle Earth, but does everyone really want a fresh start? When is it time to stop kicking a dead horse?
Categories: Movie-verse Characters: Aragorn, Arwen, Gimli, Legolas
Genres: General, Romance
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 7 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 14952 Read Count: 6959
Published: 01/06/07 Updated: 12/12/10 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Reviewer: Luna Signed


Date: 09/25/09
Summary: When Tol Sirion is captured, the vampire Thuringwethil takes an unnamed elf as her captive for food.
Categories: Book-verse Characters: Original Character, Thuringwethil
Genres: Angst, Romance, Tragedy
Warnings: AU (alternate universe), Character Death
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1035 Read Count: 2669
Published: 03/06/07 Updated: 03/06/07 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: A Love For Thuringwethil Reviewer: Luna Signed
Wonderful, short, sweet, story. So sad and the pain feels so fresh.

Author's Response: Thank you so much, Luna, for your review. I'm so glad you enjoyed the story so much and I appreciate the positive feedback.
Date: 09/07/09
Title: Chapter 1: A Love For Thuringwethil Reviewer: Luna Signed
I love this story so much! Thank you for sharing!!
Date: 05/11/12
Summary: An Elf has long resided in the Halls of King Theoden. When the Fellowship comes to Rohan, will she be drawn to her kindred or will she stay faithful to the man she has loved for so long?
Categories: Movie-verse Characters: Aragorn, Eomer, Gandalf / Olorin, Legolas, Original Character, The Fellowship, Théoden
Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Warnings: AU (alternate universe)
Series: None
Chapters: 8 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 18537 Read Count: 12087
Published: 05/14/07 Updated: 05/31/11 [Report This]
Title: The Banished Princess Reviewer: Luna Signed
Interesting cncept- an elf princess living in Rohan. I like your story so far (I've only read ch 1 :)
Date: 01/11/09
Title: Chapter 2: A Night's Whisper Reviewer: Luna Signed
oooh I like how she identifies with the Rohan; I like the idea that elves are *not* perfect and she prefers another culture. and the Eomer things; interesting...
Date: 09/13/09
Orlando's Muse by Elaura Rated: G [Reviews - 12]
Summary: A one-shot that came to mind while I was waiting for my muse to return. I am fairly ignorant of modern British slang; if you find errors, just be glad I didn't call the girls "birds".
Categories: Actor Fics Characters: Legolas, Orlando Bloom
Genres: General
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1697 Read Count: 1696
Published: 06/16/07 Updated: 06/16/07 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Orlando's Muse Reviewer: Luna Signed
This is very cute. I enjoyed the little twist at the end.

Author's Response: Wow! I can't believe I missed your review. I have it set to inform me, but this must have been lost in transit or I accidentally deleted it without reading it. I'm glad you found it, Luna. Thanks for the review!
Date: 02/26/09
Summary: Answering my own challenge as to why I write LotR fan fiction
Categories: Off Topic Characters: None
Genres: Essay, Humor
Warnings: None
Challenges: Middle Earth Forever!
Series: None
Chapters: 2 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1467 Read Count: 3410
Published: 01/21/08 Updated: 01/23/08 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 2 Reviewer: Luna Signed

Very interesting story of why you write fanfiction! The road does go ever onward... Always good to see others passionate about Tolkien's world and committed to writing good fiction.

I haven't had the opportunity to read your work but I'll definitely have to take a look-see :) One of my favorite stories on this site is Typically Atypical by Elaura mostly because it deals with life after the war and what that looks like. Sounds like yours would be equally interesting.

Author's Response: Thanks for your interest, Luna. I haven't written much over the past several months due to health issues. I'm presently getting my fall chores done. Late fall and winter are usually my best times for writing because I don't care for outdoor activities when it gets really cold. I hope you enjoy my stories and I look forward to hearing from you.
Date: 10/05/09
Summary: In Moria, Legolas takes his watch and something watches him. MEFA 2008 nominee.
Categories: Book-verse Characters: Aragorn, Gollum, Legolas
Genres: Drama
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 725 Read Count: 1951
Published: 07/03/08 Updated: 07/03/08 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Hidden Watcher Reviewer: Luna Signed
Ooooh, I enjoy the atmosphere of this story. I could easily imagine it in my mind. Well done.

Author's Response: Danke for reading! Ah, the atmosphere. I scared myself while writing it... Really, the way Tolkien wrote the Moria chapters was so *haunting*, isn't it? I wanted to stem off of it, buuut it comes no where near as good as Tolkien's. Again, thank you!!! :D
Date: 03/27/09