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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Stories by Narya
Summary: A vignette exploring the spawning/birth of an Uruk-hai.

Rated PG for violence and general grimness of atmosphere.
Categories: Movie-verse
Characters: Orcs/Uruk-Hai, Saruman
Genres: Angst, Drama, Horror
Warnings: Character Death, Violence
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 837 Read Count: 2489
[Report This] Published: 22/03/09 Updated: 22/03/09
A Friend In Need by Narya Rated: G [Reviews - 13]
Summary: Eowyn and Eomer are grieving for their parents; can anyone in their new home offer comfort?
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Eomer, Eowyn, Théodred
Genres: General
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1210 Read Count: 2061
[Report This] Published: 26/10/08 Updated: 26/10/08
Summary: Khamûl, the Witch-king's second-in-command, misunderstands his orders. Chaos ensues.

A tongue-in-cheek (alright, extremely silly) look at life in Mordor.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Mouth of Sauron, Nazgûl, Witch King
Genres: Humor, Parody
Warnings: AU (alternate universe)
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1276 Read Count: 1585
[Report This] Published: 01/07/09 Updated: 01/07/09
Summary: Sequel to Second Chance.

"Middle-earth is real. It's just...I don't know...hiding."

Anna and Derry try to understand their connection to Middle-earth while Beomia adjusts to married life. Better summary to come ;)
Categories: Book-verse, Movie-verse, Crossovers
Characters: Original Character
Genres: Angst, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Friendship, Romance
Warnings: AU (alternate universe)
Series: Second Chance
Chapters: 3 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 2668 Read Count: 3367
[Report This] Published: 13/05/10 Updated: 30/03/11
Anniversary by Narya Rated: G [Reviews - 4]
Summary: Drabble, set in the Second Chance storyverse. Aiken fears a shadow from his wife's past.
Categories: Book-verse, Movie-verse, Crossovers
Characters: Original Character
Genres: General
Warnings: AU (alternate universe)
Series: Second Chance
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 103 Read Count: 918
[Report This] Published: 23/04/10 Updated: 23/04/10
At first sight? by Narya Rated: G [Reviews - 12]
Summary: Flashfic; Eowyn and Faramir's first meeting in the gardens of the Houses of Healing.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Eowyn, Faramir
Genres: General
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 270 Read Count: 1869
[Report This] Published: 29/10/08 Updated: 29/10/08
Summary: For anybody else who has ever felt that they need to hide their fanfic habit. Rated PG for one instance of bad language.
Categories: Off Topic
Characters: None
Genres: Essay
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 12 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 10094 Read Count: 13891
[Report This] Published: 08/02/09 Updated: 15/10/10
Summary: An essay describing how I came to Tolkien and the role it played in my childhood. Round Robin - please do add your own thoughts and experiences!
Categories: Off Topic
Characters: None
Genres: Essay
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 8 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 11572 Read Count: 7299
[Report This] Published: 12/05/09 Updated: 02/06/09
Sam's Last Gift by Narya Rated: G [Reviews - 1]
Summary: After Rosie's death, Sam pays a visit to his daughter Elanor and her husband Fastred at Undertowers. A drabble.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Elanor Gamgee, Sam
Genres: General
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 103 Read Count: 1389
[Report This] Published: 23/03/09 Updated: 23/03/09
Second Chance by Narya Rated: PG-13 [Reviews - 135]
Summary: When fifteen-year-old Anna loses her sister in a freak horseriding accident, she has no way of knowing that Izzy has been given another chance to live and love. However, the afterlife works in mysterious ways; soon Anna is plagued by dreams that link her to a young woman from an age long, long forgotten, and to a blue-eyed foal that she has a nagging feeling she should recognise...

A response to Dunedain Ranger of the North's "Animal Transformations" challenge. Rated PG-13 for character death, emotional content and some mild language.
Categories: Book-verse, Movie-verse, Crossovers
Characters: Original Character
Genres: Angst, Drama, Family, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort, Other
Warnings: Character Death
Challenges: Animal Transformations
Series: Second Chance
Chapters: 31 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 64189 Read Count: 28121
[Report This] Published: 12/02/09 Updated: 16/04/10
Spoiling Nice Fish by Narya Rated: PG [Reviews - 7]
Summary: Sméagol contemplates Sam's offer of a plate of fish and chips. MEFA 2009 Honourable Mention - Genres: Character Study: General.
Categories: Book-verse
Characters: Gollum
Genres: General
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 582 Read Count: 1140
[Report This] Published: 15/05/09 Updated: 15/05/09
Summary: Maglor Fëanorion is sad to discover what has become of a place he once loved.

Loosely based on phrases from the song Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell. Rated PG for references to drug abuse and prostitution.
Categories: Crossovers, Book-verse
Characters: Maglor
Genres: General
Warnings: AU (alternate universe)
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 728 Read Count: 1075
[Report This] Published: 08/11/09 Updated: 08/11/09
Three by Narya Rated: R [Reviews - 26]
Summary: As children, Filwyn, Haddan and Leofwyne of Rohan barely spent a moment apart - but as they grow up and the War of the Ring approaches, what will become of their friendship?

Originally begun with Chaotic Demon's 100 Themes challenge in mind, then sort of took off by itself!
Categories: Book-verse, Movie-verse
Characters: Aragorn, Eomer, Eowyn, Gandalf / Olorin, Gimli, Legolas, Original Character, Théoden, Théodred
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama, Romance
Warnings: First Draft, Slash (same sex pairing), Violence
Challenges: 100 Themes, It's Tolkien's World, I Just Live In It
Series: None
Chapters: 10 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 13237 Read Count: 10813
[Report This] Published: 21/11/08 Updated: 24/03/11