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The Hobbit - final installment

There's a pattern to my PJ film preferences: 1 = favorite, strong film but I can see where narrative decisions will come back to haunt later, 3 = better than the middle installment by a good margin, 2 = mmm...some good things, but overall not a strong installment.

Things I liked:

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Things I did not like:

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So anyhow, I'd watch it again if I had time. I will enjoy the heck out of the parts I like, and well, then there's the rest. C'est la vie in Hollywood.
For the holiday season, I took on the Tolkien Weekly Homophone challenge, because the ambiguity of a homophone associates nicely in my head with divine ambiguity, which fits the seasonal bill for me.

Some of these work better than others in terms of illustrating the ambiguity of the Valar, and the locus of ambiguity shifts a good deal, but there's a Vala involved somewhere and in some fashion. Think of it as a conceptual 'where's Waldo/Astaldo".

Enjoy!


Title: The Element of Valor
Author: Dwimordene
Challenge: Homophones: through/threw
Rating: T
Summary: Doubt is the element of the divine - as every good captain must know.
Disclaimers: Not Tolkien, not related, broke, not making money. Don't sue please.


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Title: Grief’s Gifts
Author: Dwimordene
Challenge: Homophones: bear/bare
Rating: T
Summary: What the water gives us…
Disclaimers: Not Tolkien, not related, broke, not making money. Don't sue please.


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Title: The Bones of Beleriand
Author: Dwimordene
Challenge: Homophones: beech/beach
Rating: K+

Warnings: I did my best with Nandorin wordlists and conjecture.
Summary: Go tell it on the mountains…
Disclaimers: Not Tolkien, not related, broke, not making money. Don't sue please.


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Title: Impartial offering
Author: Dwimordene
Challenge: Homophones: reign/rain/rein
Rating: T
Summary: Rain falls where it will; water flows even to the lowest point.
Disclaimers: Not Tolkien, not related, broke, not making money. Don't sue please.


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Title: Dark Places
Author: Dwimordene
Challenge: Homophones: ale/ail
Rating: T
Summary: In the wild, you take what grace you get.

Disclaimers: Not Tolkien, not related, broke, not making money. Don't sue please.

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Title: On the Hunt
Author: Dwimordene
Challenge: Homophones: rowed/road/rode
Rating: T
Summary: Oromë taught her to hunt
Disclaimers: Not Tolkien, not related, broke, not making money. Don't sue please.


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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Merry Christmas to all, and best wishes on your way to another year 'round the sun!

I hope the past year has been fruitful, meaningful, and progressive towards your goals. It certainly has been for me a whirlwind, but satisfying.

And in the realm of smaller goals, my family has accomplished one outstanding since 1989: for the first time since grandma died, we'll have her Christmas lumpia - hand-made, because there is no other way - on our table! Woot!

Dwim

HASA closure

Thanks to everyone who e-mailed to try to reach me about HASA's imminent closure. I appreciate your thinking of me. HASA had a good run, and I had a lot of fun there for many years, so I'm sorry it's going to close down.

I'm trying to move some stuff over to FFN - not because of any particular preference for it over other sites, but because I already have an account there, and it's a fairly easy upload process. I'm not going to fuss much with stuff.

I've had one or two people ask if they could repost things I've written - that's fine. Anything you want to repost you can repost, and thank you for your help. I appreciate the offer, and I'm sorry I won't be able to really take care of that myself. I don't have a lot of time to deal with online stuff - other priorities come first over fanfic, and I don't want to spend a ton of time currently on this when I could be visiting with people in RL I don't see but occassionally.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas to those celebrating, and a happy new year.

Dwim

Fic: When She Was A Warrior - Part 2

Title: When She Was A Warrior
Author: Dwimordene
Summary: Of Aredhel. No, seriously.
Rating: T
Warnings: Revisionism gone wild. I blame Oromë.
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Fic: When She Was A Warrior - Part 1

Title: When She Was A Warrior
Author: Dwimordene
Summary: Of Aredhel. No, seriously.
Rating: T
Warnings: Revisionism gone wild. I blame Oromë.


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The New Age

Title: The New Age
Author: Dwimordene
Summary: Bread, battles, and the ending of an era. A late fic for the T_W "Old English" challenge.
Rating: General
Disclaimers: Not Tolkien or related to him – please don’t sue.
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Jan. 7th, 2014

Title: One White Tree
Author: Dwimordene
Summary: Many the fruits, but only one white tree: there shall be no new world. The story of the Númenorean resistance.
Characters: Elendil and the Faithful; Pharazôn and the King’s Men; original characters.
Rating: T
Warnings: ‘Tis the season when Dwim writes genocidal revisionism again. I don’t have access to my Silm copy at the moment, so I’m relying on memory, here.
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A/N: “One white tree”: What brought they from the foundered land/over the sundering sea? /Seven stars and seven stones/ and one white tree. – Gandalf, reciting a line of Dúnedain lore in TTT

I love you, Tolkien. I love you for making Númenor so amenable to the industrial revolution and its failures and hopes. That being said, how on earth did the conservative aristocratic faction manage to reinstate a feudal system after that? That was my question while writing this. Thanks to the TW moderators for the prompts – it wouldn’t be Christmas without tragic drabbles at my house.

And I am sorry if some of this is not quite canonically ordered – I didn’t have my Silm copy to hand while writing this, but I hope I’ve managed not to put anything in there that would immediately betray that fact.

We will not walk in the dark

Hey, check it out. A little bit of time to post!

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Fic: The Fall of Arnor

Title: The Fall of Arnor
Author: Dwimordene
Summary: And if victory is a woman, embrace her.
Characters: Fíriel of Gondor, Arvedui, Aranarth, Eärnil, Eärnur
Warnings: Historical revisionism.
Notes: Squeezed this out after hours. Woot! *resubmerges*


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