Penname: Karlmir Stonewain [Contact] Real name: Karl W. Ploran
Member Since: 23/05/07
Membership status: Member
Bio:
Born in Holyoke, Mass. Presently residing with my cats in Chester, Mass.
I am a retired tool maker. My main interests are reading, building stone walls and Lepidoptera. I also have a taste for Classical Music and Classicist paintings. My favorite artist is John William Godward.

Trivia challenge for LotR movie fans: Identify the genus and species of the silk moth which Gandalf speaks to on the top of Orthanc Tower.

I first read Lord of the Rings in 1970 while in Vietnam. At the time, I was a big fan of Sci-Fi and fantasy novels. My interest in LotR was reinvigorated by the release of Peter Jackson's films, encouraging me to read the trilogy again.

I am presently working on a Middle Earth novel, set during the decade following the War of the Ring, as well as short stories featuring original characters created for the novel.

My favorite character is Arwen.

Some favorite quotes:

"The world is my country, humanity are my bretheren, and to do good deeds is my religion."
--Thomas Paine

"The mariner does not pray for wind. He learns to sail."
--Gustav Lindborg

"There is no expedient to which man will not resort in order to avoid the necessary labor of thinking."
--Sir Joshua Reynolds

"Men fear time. Time fears the Pyramids."
--Egyptian Proverb

"If you wish to be a writer--write!"
--Epictetus

"Soldiers fight and die to advance the wealth and luxury of the great, and they are called masters of the world without having a clod of earth to call their own."
--Tiberius Sempronius Gracchus

I would like to correspond with other members. I can be reached at karlmir@verizon.net

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Stories by Karlmir Stonewain
Summary: A poem I wrote for a special Elf at the time of Summer Solstice, 1986. I had painstakingly did it in Calligraphy on parchment and presented it to her in a glassed frame. She was mildly amused. Alas! It did not win her heart. Neither did she notice the message in the vertical column. Ah! The foolish things I did for love when I was younger!
Categories: Off Topic
Characters: None
Genres: Poetry
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 61 Read Count: 2079
[Report This] Published: 22/12/07 Updated: 22/12/07
Summary: During the decade following the War of the Ring, King Elessar and Queen Undómiel work tirelessly to reunify the kingdom and institute governmental reforms. Most of the war-weary population embraces the King’s peacetime policies and building projects as prosperity and opportunity slowly return to Gondor and beyond. Old enemies resurface, however, as four villains emerge to cast covetous eyes upon the southern provinces and form an evil alliance which will threaten the stability of the empire and even the safety of the royal family.

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Categories: Book-verse, Movie-verse
Characters: Aragorn, Arwen, Beregond, Celeborn, Celebrían, Elfwine, Elrond, Eomer, Eowyn, Erkenbrand, Faramir, Gandalf / Olorin, Gimli, Gwaihir, Landroval, Legolas, Lothiriel, Meneldor the Swift, Orcs/Uruk-Hai, Original Character, Sam
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst, Erotica, Romance
Warnings: Character Death, Graphic Sex, Slash (same sex pairing), Torture, Violence
Series: None
Chapters: 42 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 305693 Read Count: 51559
[Report This] Published: 10/09/07 Updated: 05/02/12
Summary: Submitted for your approval: Liv Tyler - award-winning actress, talented singer, mother. A recent trip and somewhat mundane stay in Denver as part of a grueling shooting schedule on her latest film is finally coming to a close. Fond memories of her work on Lord of the Rings and returning home to three-year-old Milo and husband Royston fill her thoughts as she retires for the night. Ahead of her is but one more day of shooting. Unbeknownst to Liv, however, lies an unexpected, albeit brief, journey beyond fanciful thoughts and dreams--a journey which will take her into The Twilight Zone.
Categories: Movie-verse, Crossovers, Actor Fics
Characters: Aragorn, Arwen, Eldarion, Liv Tyler, Original Character
Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama, Mystery
Warnings: AU (alternate universe)
Challenges: A Modern Thing To Middle Earth
Series: None
Chapters: 8 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 37496 Read Count: 9594
[Report This] Published: 07/03/08 Updated: 12/05/08
Summary: Evenstar’s Second Handmaid falls back on her experience as a former scullery wench as an ingenious way to deal with her mistress’ late winter depression. This tale takes place around mid-March, year 48 FO.
Categories: Book-verse, Movie-verse
Characters: Aragorn, Arwen, Eldarion, Original Character
Genres: Humor
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 2 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 12940 Read Count: 2461
[Report This] Published: 16/12/08 Updated: 19/12/08
Summary: In the decades before the War of the Ring, Ithilien was a no man's land, periodically contested and occupied by bands of Orcs from Mordor and troops of rangers from Emyn Arnen and Minas Tirith. Among the rangers' ranks was a young scout, a stalwart lad by the name of Pocosin. He came from a small farming community near the banks of the River Serni in central Lebennin. This story takes place in the Ithilien woods about a dozen years before the War of the Ring. A sequel to The Lucky Arrow.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Orcs/Uruk-Hai, Original Character
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst
Warnings: Character Death, Violence
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 4588 Read Count: 1788
[Report This] Published: 01/01/08 Updated: 01/01/08
Summary: Two decades after the War of the Ring, the Bombadils bid farewell to an old friend of the forest.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Goldberry, Original Character, Tom Bombadil
Genres: Angst, Drama, Poetry
Warnings: Character Death
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 3098 Read Count: 1839
[Report This] Published: 28/01/08 Updated: 28/01/08
Summary: Valinor/Middle Earth communications in the Fourth Age.
Categories: Book-verse, Movie-verse
Characters: Aragorn, Celeborn, Frodo, Galadriel, Sam
Genres: Essay
Warnings: None
Series: Arda Musings
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 507 Read Count: 1603
[Report This] Published: 02/10/08 Updated: 02/10/08
Summary: Submitted for your approval: Liv Tyler has had enough problems over the past year with her recent divorce and inexplicable Elvish appearance. Her closest friends and business associates believe she has acquired her Elvish ears through surgical alteration motivated by a psychological obsession with Middle Earth. A year after her mysterious sojourn in Middle Earth, the enigmatic Evenstar pendant once again falls into her possession──along with unexpected visitors. Will she have the courage to reenter The Twilight Zone and restore the balance between Middle Earth and her own world? Will she find a way to reverse her Elvish appearance? What sort of welcome will she receive in Minas Tirith? One note of caution: In The Twilight Zone, be careful what you wish for. A sequel to Elven Ears.
Categories: Book-verse, Movie-verse, Crossovers, Actor Fics
Characters: Aragorn, Arwen, Eldarion, Elfwine, Eomer, Eowyn, Faramir, Liv Tyler, Lothiriel, Original Character
Genres: Action/Adventure, Mystery
Warnings: Character Death, Violence
Challenges: A Modern Thing To Middle Earth
Series: None
Chapters: 27 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 146001 Read Count: 22406
[Report This] Published: 09/11/08 Updated: 10/02/11
Summary: Pocosin the scout and some of his mates are bivouacked on the Field of Cormallen on a crisp mid-autumn night. Long after his friends have fallen asleep, the fledgling ranger pensively gazes upon a cloudless sky as a crescent moon slowly sinks behind the distant Ered Nimrais. After a hasty breakfast, he buys a sheet of cheap paper from a peddler and eagerly dips his quill.
Categories: Book-verse, Movie-verse
Characters: Original Character
Genres: Poetry
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 124 Read Count: 1928
[Report This] Published: 12/01/08 Updated: 12/01/08
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: 2980
[Report This] Published: 21/01/08 Updated: 23/01/08
Summary: Here is an article from a weekly newspaper published somewhere in the New City Quarter of Minas Tirith during the Fourth Age. This is in response to a challenge by NessaMahtar.
Categories: Book-verse, Movie-verse
Characters: Elladan, Elrohir
Genres: Action/Adventure
Warnings: Character Death, Violence
Challenges: Extra! Extra!
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1594 Read Count: 1110
[Report This] Published: 19/02/11 Updated: 19/02/11
Summary: A brief, modified excerpt from Arwen's Journey answering Shadow Maiden's challenge (sort of) about Estel having to try something on.
Categories: Book-verse, Movie-verse
Characters: Aragorn, Arwen
Genres: Humor
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 613 Read Count: 1217
[Report This] Published: 10/11/08 Updated: 10/11/08
Summary: How I chose a pen name.
Categories: Off Topic
Characters: None
Genres: Essay
Warnings: None
Challenges: What's in a name?
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 405 Read Count: 1791
[Report This] Published: 08/02/08 Updated: 08/02/08
Summary: In the decades before the War of the Ring, Ithilien was a no man's land, periodically contested and occupied by bands of Mordor Orcs and troops of rangers from Emyn Arnen and Minas Tirith. The rangers' brave leader was Captain Faramir, son of Denethor II, Steward of Gondor. This story takes place near the northern fringes of the Ithilien woods about a dozen years before the War (Adapted from a Vietnam experience).
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Faramir, Orcs/Uruk-Hai, Original Character
Genres: Action/Adventure
Warnings: Character Death, Violence
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 2592 Read Count: 1699
[Report This] Published: 11/12/07 Updated: 11/12/07
Summary: Shortly before the War of the Ring, a fledgling ranger prepares to depart from his family in Lebennin. Excerpted from a A View of Anórien, a work in progress, in response to Wind Rider’s 100 Prompts challenge #86: My Weapon’s Name.
Categories: Book-verse, Movie-verse
Characters: Original Character
Genres: Friendship
Warnings: None
Challenges: 100 Prompts
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 875 Read Count: 1152
[Report This] Published: 04/12/09 Updated: 04/12/09
Summary: During the early spring of the year 14 FO, three years after Cromwell’s Rebellion, a pair of teenage boys from Calembel arrive in Minas Tirith, intent on seeking their fortunes. They will quickly find employment and make the acquaintance of an odd, misshapen fellow, a sorry victim of the War of the Ring who has lost most of his long term memory. Who is this strange person and how did he come to live in the New City Quarter?

This is in response to a challenge by Narya.
Categories: Movie-verse
Characters: Gollum, Original Character
Genres: Friendship
Warnings: None
Challenges: Gollum's Fate
Series: None
Chapters: 2 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 12207 Read Count: 1911
[Report This] Published: 01/04/11 Updated: 20/11/11
Summary: Karlmir Stonewain has one of his typical nighttime brainstorms on Middle Earth, with an occasional whispered suggestion from Calliope in the guise of Arwen Evenstar/Liv Tyler.
Categories: Book-verse, Movie-verse
Characters: Arwen, Liv Tyler
Genres: Essay
Warnings: None
Series: Arda Musings
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1503 Read Count: 1260
[Report This] Published: 10/12/08 Updated: 10/12/08