Reviews by Melda
Summary: Second part of the series, A Time of Healing. Must read Ancient Wounds to understand events. After the battle against Dol Guldur and Sauron, the Shadow is at long last defeated. Thranduil, though victorious, now grieves his heavy loss. As Middle-earth learns to breathe freedom and rejoice in all that was gained, the Elves must accept their waning sun in the light of the Men's dawn. What now becomes of the Firstborn?

In Valinor, the tidings borne by Vanimë's diary are being met with resistance. Unable to bear the loss of her daughter, Nolwi embarks on a journey to seek comfort and hope. Will she finally be able to rise above her shadows, or will she fall as before, marred by the secrets she and her husband keep from one another?
Categories: Book-verse Characters: Aragorn, Arwen, Celeborn, Celebrían, Elladan, Elrohir, Elrond, Galadriel, Glorfindel, Haldir, Legolas, Namo / Mandos, Nerdanel, Nienna, Original Character, Oropher, Orophin, Rúmil, Thranduil, Vaire
Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort, Romance, Suspense, Tragedy
Warnings: First Draft, Graphic Sex
Series: A Time of Healing
Chapters: 11 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 37752 Read Count: 10718
Published: May 13 2011 Updated: Jan 01 2014 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Secrets Untold Reviewer: Melda Signed
Very sad, but very powerful.

Author's Response: Thank you Melda. I hope you enjoy this. Not all laughter like your wonderful story, but I hope it entertains you.
Date: May 13 2011
Maglor by Barazinbar Rated: G [Reviews - 1]
Summary: A poem in the (probably) Fourth Age about Maglor, with particular emphasis on the Oath of Feanor and its consequences.
Categories: Book-verse Characters: Maedhros, Maglor
Genres: Poetry, Tragedy
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 160 Read Count: 1624
Published: May 29 2011 Updated: May 29 2011 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 Reviewer: Melda Signed
Awww. I love Maglor. SO very sad, but I liked it a lot. Good job! You're a poet, but you should definitly know it!

Author's Response: Thanks! I've always wondered what happened to Maglor. He isn't mentioned at all in The Lord of the Rings, and you'd think he'd at least be mentioned if he was in Rivendell or at the Council of Elrond. Who knows...
Date: May 29 2011
Summary: A woman from our world finds her fate among the orcs, the tormented yet proud race of Middle Earth. And though she's saved by elves, she finds that her destiny isn't with the one she comes to love, but with the race she alone seems to understand. LegolasxOC.
Categories: Book-verse, Movie-verse Characters: Bilbo, Elladan, Elrohir, Elrond, Erestor, Eru / Iluvatar, Gandalf / Olorin, Gimli, Glorfindel, Legolas, Orcs/Uruk-Hai, Original Character
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama, Fantasy, Friendship, Romance
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 5 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 16438 Read Count: 6350
Published: Jul 23 2011 Updated: Sep 06 2011 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 1: The Pages Unwritten Reviewer: Melda Signed
I like how you seem to be seeing the Lord of the Rings from a different view. It is..refreshing, to say the least. It's a bit strange, but everyone has their own thoughts and tastes and you've started to write something that shows quite a bit of promise. Keep it up. :)

Author's Response: Yes, it is a bit strange isn't it? I actually got the idea from two things. My own (sort of) empathy for the orcs and from part of a letter written by Tolkien about the orcs. He said in that letter that the orcs were not past redemption, and that since evil (i.e. Sauron) couldn't make life orcs were a part of Eru, a part of His whole creation. That they were used as tools, controlled by Sauron by their own fear. Of course, I will explain more in further chapters. Thank you for the review!
Date: Jul 26 2011
Title: Chapter 3: A Fated Meeting Reviewer: Melda Signed
Liked this chapter. Legolas was acting kinda creepy :) heehehe.

Author's Response: Creepy, eh? Haha. Well, I'm glad I've gotten your attention. I hope he isn't too creepy. :P Thanks for the review!
Date: Jul 29 2011
Summary: Time heals not every wound, but every wound needs time to heal. If only we could stop looking at the past.
(Elrond/Celebrían; Elrond/Glorfindel)
Categories: Lord of the Rings Slash Characters: Arwen, Celeborn, Celebrían, Elladan, Elrohir, Elrond, Erestor, Galadriel, Glorfindel, Lindir, Melpomaen
Genres: Friendship, Hurt/Comfort, Romance
Warnings: AU (alternate universe), Slash (same sex pairing), Violence
Series: The Bitter Glass
Chapters: 5 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 33091 Read Count: 5474
Published: Aug 13 2011 Updated: Aug 15 2011 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 5: Chapter 5: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back Reviewer: Melda Signed
Yay! Things are getting happy again. Hmmm, I may not be the best at predicting things but I'm sensing a future pairing of Glorfindel/Erestor/Elrond. Don't tell me if I'm right. I wanna read it for myself! Great chapter by the way. And I do have a suggestion for the title of this chapter. How about 2 steps forward, 1 step back? The 'two steps forward' would refer to Glorfindel and Elrond furthering their relationship, and the 'one step back' would refer to Erestor falling back into the clutches of the Elven sickness. Tell me if you like it. :) And, also, I'm always happy to review!

Author's Response: I am really glad you liked it as it was my first attempt of writing romance and I was afraid it would come out awkward. The title is really fitting and I like it a lot, it perfectly captures the feeling I wanted to get with this 'prologue', therefore you'll find it already implemented ;-) ... thanks once again!
Date: Aug 15 2011
Title: Chapter 4: Chapter 4: Este's Lessons Reviewer: Melda Signed
Erestor is so stubborn! But you can't help but love him for it. :D Or to feel sympathy for him.

Author's Response: ;-) That trait is even going to get worse... and sorry for yesterday, the dice obviously didn't favour you :-) But I am really anxious to get to the second part and it is so nice of you to keep commenting ... so here goes the last chapter!
Date: Aug 15 2011
Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 2: Moments In Time Reviewer: Melda Signed
Uh oh. I smell trouble. Poor Elrond and Celebrian. The worst things always seem to happen to the best people. :(

Author's Response: Yeah, I know. Actually after promising you that it would get better I reread the story and ... well it *will* get better, but ... not really until the last chapter I guess. I really feel bad now. Hm, but the sequel is already finished and that has a happy ending! As I mentioned, "The Bitter Glass" was just meant as a prologue and merely meant to explain the situation in which the sequel (I'll probably name it "Scarred Fate") starts. Hope you'll keep reading nonetheless ;-)
Date: Aug 14 2011
Title: Chapter 3: Chapter 3: Broken Reviewer: Melda Signed
Awww. Such a sad'll get better,though,right?

Author's Response: Grrrrr ... You really give me a bad conscience ;-) ... now I'll have to throw a dice to decide if I give you the next chapter now or tomorrow! Anyway,I know, killing Dírhael so soon was quiete ... insensitive and what I did to Celebrían and Elrond ... But to get Glorfindel and Elrond together one needs to offer an explanation as to why Celebrían is not waiting for her husband to join her in Aman. And I hate it when someone starts to turn a wonderful character of Tolkien's into something despicable and I didn't like the idea of an arranged marriage between the two, so I came up with this version. What do you think of it?
Date: Aug 14 2011
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1: Ithilion Reviewer: Melda Signed
I really like this story! It's so sad, but I want to know what happens next! :D

Author's Response: Wow, that was fast ... ;-) Anyway, thank you very much and as I take it that you liked the story and the writing style, I'll upload the next part unchanged right now just for you ... But I'm afraid that it is maybe even more depressing than the first part, but it'll get better, I promise.
Date: Aug 13 2011
Scarred Fate by Massanie Rated: NC-17 half-star [Reviews - 95]
Summary: He is the youngest chief advisor in the history of Middle Earth; he is intelligent, calculating, secretive ... and highly manipulating.
No one realises the extent of this ability until suddenly all around him disaster is coming thick and fast and a well-planned chaos breaks out.

I might add that none of the original characters are evil as one might expect after reading the summary.
Categories: Lord of the Rings Slash Characters: Arwen, Celeborn, Elladan, Elrohir, Elrond, Erestor, Galadriel, Gandalf / Olorin, Glorfindel, Gwaihir, Haldir, Landroval, Lindir, Melpomaen
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: AU (alternate universe), Rape, Slash (same sex pairing), Torture, Violence
Series: The Bitter Glass
Chapters: 55 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 106338 Read Count: 64212
Published: Aug 16 2011 Updated: Jan 11 2012 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 23: Chapter 23: An Error Of Judgement Reviewer: Melda Signed
How about 'Diary of a mad darkling'? It's a parody of Diary of a Mad Black Woman an is still relevent since it concerns the diary. :) Whew, I really had to wrack my brains for one this time.

Author's Response: ;-) Yeah, for this chapter it was really hard to find a suitable title, wasn't it? I wanted something that had to do with both parts of the chapter and when I couldn't find anything I chose to take one for the second part because it is more relevant for the story line. But I like the idea and remembering his mad expression from just before the avalanche, that really made me smile. Do you have an idea for the whole chapter? Maybe something concerning Arwen & Galadriel? I don't know ...
Date: Sep 01 2011
Title: Chapter 21: Chapter 21: Found Reviewer: Melda Signed
Erestor! He's finally back!

Author's Response: ... and gone again. So sorry ;-) but at least Elladan is with him now. Thank you for your comment, Melda ;-)
Date: Aug 31 2011
Title: Chapter 22: Chapter 22: Wolves Are In Disguise Reviewer: Melda Signed
Hmm. This is getting complicated again. I wonder if the knots will ever untangle themselves. And really? You're not a native English speaker? I am, and I've noticed very few mistakes. If I may ask, what was your original language? I love languages, I'm studying German and Italian and I've got a bit of Spanish under my belt right now. The Latin languages are easier to learn if you know a little of some of each because they are so similar. :)

Author's Response: As I said when uploading the Timeline chapter, the complicated part starts just now ;-) . But the knots will untangle all in time, I just hope you're not getting irritated by the continuous turns, I was wondering if maybe I overdid it... I'm actually German, but I have close family in the United States and I started to learn English at the age of 9, which is rather early in Germany. But I admire you for learning it, compared to English, German is rather complicated. I found Spanish rather easy ;-) . It is right though, the Latin languages are rather similar, although never learning Italian, I can understand the written words just fine. Hope you keep it up, I love languages, too and even considered learning Sindarin... ;-)
Date: Aug 31 2011
Title: Chapter 38: Chapter 38: Welcome Home Reviewer: Melda Signed
And you should be :D Stories get so boring when they're no longer fun to write, don't you think? That's why I usually do comedies, they're entertaining for both the reader and writer.

Author's Response: Very true! A story won't be worth reading if the author didn't find it worth writing.
But I found that I suck at humor... my attempts at it have been nothing but pitiful at best, so I stay with angst and my awkward attempts at romance for the moment ;-). I love to read it though...
Date: Dec 02 2011
Title: Chapter 42: Chapter 42: A Trial of Strength Reviewer: Melda Signed
Oh, finally! I was getting kinda worried that Erestor wouldn't get out of this! :) By the by, I just sent the letter for the autograph. Thanks so much for your help (I know I must have said it thousands of times by now, but I just had to say it once again). Happy Holidays!

Author's Response: But I promised I'd save him :D and I always keep my promises!
Anyway, I'm not finished yet, some chaos is still on the way, but I'm working on saving everyone ;-)

And you're very welcome, I am glad I was able to help and I hope your friend is going to like your gift.
Happy Holidays to you, too, and thank you very much for the review, Massanie
Date: Dec 15 2011
Title: Chapter 32: Chapter 32: Duty Reviewer: Melda Signed
Yes, I'm still reading! Sorry I haven't been on for such a long time! I really apreciated the little graceful nod you gave me for my suspicions! I would like you to know that as soon as I saw that, I did indeed do a bit of a Yay-me jig...just a bit. :D I still love the story, I just have a lot of..real-world probs, you know how that place works ;)

Author's Response: Welcome back then ;-) Don't worry, I know how that is. Life just has a habit of getting in the way. Glad that you are still reading, and that you still like it even though it is getting more brutal with every other chapter. Anyway, I am currently writing your happy end and have now just finished the first well deserved NC-17 chapter that did not earn that rating due to violence ;-) It's the first slash scene I've ever written and I find myself nervous to send it to my beta, let alone post it ... I am not going to reveal the pairing, though. Want to make a guess in hope of getting the chance to do another 'Yay-me jig'? :D
Date: Nov 14 2011
Title: Chapter 13: Chapter 13: You Always Meet Twice Reviewer: Melda Signed
Nice. Loved these last two chapters! Hmmm. I wonder if they'll get to Erestor in time. Oh, and I have recomendation to make. I read a Glorfindel/Erestor fanfiction a few weeks ago and I really liked it. It was called By the Grace of the Valar. Check it out. :)

Author's Response: Thank you very much, glad you enjoyed it! I read By the Grace of the Valar some time ago and loved it, too. They just are one of my favorite pairings ... My absolute favorite so far was "No Remedy" by LittleMouse. You can't find it here but in the Library of Moria. It's really great, so angsty and hilarious at the same time... just brilliant!
Date: Aug 25 2011
Title: Chapter 33: Chapter 33: Lalaith's son Reviewer: Melda Signed
As for the pairing..hmm...I think Haldir and Lindir should be up next. And, as for this plot twist. I'd have to say that it wasn't unbelievable. I mean, there has been a pairing of an Elf and a Maiar before in Canon, so who's to say it can't have happened again? I thought it surprising, but not absurd. :D

Author's Response: Thanks! You're right, there was still Melian ... I have to admit that I didn't really think of that ... still it's not that common in the LotR fanfiction world and I was not sure how you all would react to that. So I'm glad about the positive feedback!

And your guess is duly received, you'll see in time ;-)
Date: Nov 16 2011
Title: Chapter 14: Chapter 14: Isn't Someone Missing? Reviewer: Melda Signed
YAY! Another pairing...I hope. Keep on truckin' my friend, I predict good times ahead. :)

Author's Response: I thought you would like that ;-) Just give me some time to get to the happy ending :D It's darkest just before dawn...
Date: Aug 26 2011
Title: Chapter 4: Chapter 4: Curses Reviewer: Melda Signed
Now here's an interesting dilemma. I wonder what Erestor could be planning? I have an idea, but I'm not sure.... Keep updating, please! Can't wait to read more!

Author's Response: Then I'll give you another two chapters. And I promise to finish this story. I hate it myself when I start reading a story that I find interesting which is then never finished by the author, there are just too many promising stories like that.
Date: Aug 20 2011
Title: Chapter 3: Chapter 3: Suspicion Reviewer: Melda Signed
Erestor's got a plan, I think. He's probably been two steps ahead of Fin this entire time.:) Good story, my friend! I enjoyed this chapter.

Author's Response: Thank you very much, I enjoyed writing it :-) I feel so giddy with excitement, knowing Erestor's scheming, and wanting to know how you react to it, that it is hard not to update it all at once; but then I have no chance to write the third part...
Date: Aug 18 2011
Title: Chapter 6: Chapter 6: No Regret Reviewer: Melda Signed
Whoa. Suicide? Poor Erestor. I kind of expected it though.

Author's Response: Hmm, yes ... I only hope it's not too predictable ... ah, just wait, it's long from being over. Anyway I am fired up for your opinion on the next chapter, so I am going to update right now ;-)
Date: Aug 21 2011
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1: Leave Me A Lie Reviewer: Melda Signed
Hmmm..a little dark, but I'm curious about those letters. So I can't wait for the next chapter, even if it's super tragic!

Author's Response: Hey Melda, I am so sorry that I can't really promise you a cheery part ... for quite some time ... but I promised you a happy ending, and I'll stick to that ;-)
Date: Aug 17 2011
Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 2: Presentiment Reviewer: Melda Signed
Wow. Meow. Erestor jost got so p.o.ed that his eyes changed color. I guess I can relate to that! I'm usually nice and cheery, but I've had people tell me that when I'm mad, my eyes seem to flash and the yellow marbling (which is outstandingly common in people with green eyes like mine or even hazel ones) seems to become pronounced so that it looks really weird. I freaked out two guys who made me mad when I was in freshman year so badly that they avoided me until graduation!

Author's Response: ;-) I was told that I have a 'devilish gleam' in my eyes when I am angry. That went so far as to my fellow students trying to be around by all means necessary when I needed to give someone a tongue lashing (that person had tried to steal my work and I needed him to go to my prof and admit to it or I would have been accused of plagiarism...). But I wish my eyes would change colour, too, I find that pretty cool.
Date: Aug 17 2011
Title: Chapter 11: Chapter 11: Poison Reviewer: Melda Signed
And there's a SECOND plot twist???? Darn, you're going to give me a kind of reading whiplash, with all these violent tists and turns and starts and stops. But I love it. It's like a rollar coaster and I LOVE rollar coasters. :D Keep up the good work!

Author's Response: OK, now that definitely IS the nicest thing anyone ever said about something I wrote! Thank you very much, I hope I won't let you down...
Date: Aug 23 2011
Title: Chapter 10: Chapter 10: The Gift Reviewer: Melda Signed
DUN DUN DUN! And there's the most amazing plot twist I've ever read in a fanfiction! :D Serious genius.

Author's Response: Damn it, I didn't see this comment ... well that's even nicer than the other one! I so hoped I wouldn't lose you on the way because Scarred Fate has some rather violent scenes and you seemed to prefer the parts that were more benign. But still: I promised you a happy ending, didn't I?
Date: Aug 23 2011