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The Star-kindler's Daughters

Title: The Star-kindler's Daughters
Author: Dwimordene
Characters: OC Dúnedain of the North, Halbarad, Aragorn.
Sources: LOTR, Appendices for setting;
Semper Fidelis, Triage, and Violations for the back-story of Thorondis and Eledhril (modified timeline, because it just works better this way…)
Warnings: shifting metaphors, it’s a society under siege…
Rating: T
Summary: “War must be while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all.” And all must war in every way needed if there is to be deliverance. Thanks,
aliana1 for helping make this one possible.

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The War and the Weaver, by Dwimordene

The War and the Weaver
Author: Dwimordene
Challenge: Female Protagonist Challenge
Characters: Arwen, Aravorn
Warnings: Revisionism run rampant

Rating: K+
Summary: In which Arwen learns her part in war, with a little help from abroad.
Disclaimer: Not JRRT, not related, making no money, please don't sue.

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Fic: Within the Walls, by Dwimordene

Title: Within the Walls
Author: Dwimordene
Characters/Pairing: OFC/OMC
Rating: K+
Warnings: None
Book/Source: LOTR: ROTK; posting inspired by tolkien_weekly's "Female Protagonist" challenge.
Summary: Of all the trees in the woods, the holly bears the crown... and no wall stands without the people who stand upon it.
Disclaimer: Not JRRT, not related, broke, not making money from this, please don’t sue.

Notes: This drabble diptych was something I’d written a while ago as part of a series called The Holly and the Ivy, which was Yavanna-centered and based on a favorite rendition of a Christmas Carol, but I couldn’t really make it go far enough to get me where I wanted to go for that series. But it works for this one!

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Note: 'And as for counsel, to you I would say that you are over-late in repairing the wall of the Pelennor. Courage will now be your best defence against the storm that is at hand…” – Gandalf, to Ingold, “Minas Tirith,” Return of the King
Title: Underground
Author: Dwimordene
Characters/Pairing: Hobbit lass OC
Rating: T
Warnings: It’s the Scouring, so, you know…
Book/Source: LOTR: ROTK
Disclaimer: Not JRRT, not related, broke, not making money from this, please don’t sue.

When Sharkey’s men first came, the Thain sent them packing from Tuckborough.

But respite was brief: when they returned one night, they brought fire and rape, murder and thieving.

Violet stumbled into the darkness, blistered by the heat of the blazing townstead, and she sheltered her young sisters amid the reek of the latrines.

The Ruffians had passed with the night; so had her parents, and her sisters wept over the ashes.

But from the ash, Violet drew their mother’s butchering knife; and she dried her sisters’ tears, saying, “Hush, now, we’ll find friends. Then those Ruffians shall fear us!”
“…And when Lotho sent his Men they got no change out of him. Tooks are lucky, they've got those deep holes in the Green Hills, the Great Smials and all, and the ruffians can't come at 'em; and they won't let the ruffians come on their land. If they do, Tooks hunt 'em. Tooks shot three for prowling and robbing. After that the ruffians turned nastier.” – Farmer Cotton, on the Tookish resistance, “The Scouring of the Shire,” Return of the King. Go, partisan hobbit lasses!
You can always get me with the opportunity to make female characters awesome.
Personal homophone challenge: weak/week

*surfaces* Wordplay got me again... hope you're all well! *resubmerges*

Title: Steward, Captain, and King
Author: Dwimordene
Challenge: Homophones: weak/week: personal homophone challenge
Rating: T

Characters: Ulmo, Faramir, Boromir, Aragorn
Summary: One call, many answers.
Disclaimers: Not Tolkien, not related, broke, not making money. Don't sue please.

What the Water Gave Us
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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".


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!


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.


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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