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Feature Creativity as an Emulation of the Creator. A Christian Perspective on Tolkien by Virtuella

Rated G
[Reviews - 5]
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A theologian's analysis of the oft-repeated claim that LOTR is a Christian book.

Categories: The Lord of the Rings, Research, The Silmarillion
Characters: None
Genres: Essay (non-fiction)
Places: None
Times: None
Warnings: None
Series: Virtuella's Idiosyncratic Literary Criticisms
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 2319    |    Read Count: 1683
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 02/04/10    |    Published: 02/04/10
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Reviewer: Talullah (Signed)
07/10/15
Chapter 1: Chapter 1

I was a little apprehensive but very curious when I started reading this article because it's a touchy theme. I was very pleasantly surprised by its clarity and depth of analysis. I especially like your closing argument. It makes perfect sense to me, and it expresses one of the most beautiful concepts about Christianity.


Feature The Importance of Being Bilbo by Dreamflower

Rated G
[Reviews - 5]
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MEFA 2008 HM

Bilbo is sometimes undervalued as a character, and his Adventure considered "less important" than Frodo's-- but would Frodo have ever had his own adventure without Bilbo?

 

Categories: Essay--Canon, The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, Research, The Lord of the Rings, History of Middle-earth
Characters: Hobbit: Baggins: Bilbo
Genres: Character study, Essay (non-fiction), Research (non-fiction)
Places: None
Times: 3-Third Age: late
Warnings: None
Series: Bilbo Baggins, Esquire
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 1833    |    Read Count: 1455
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 02/07/10    |    Published: 02/07/10
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Reviewer: Talullah (Signed)
07/11/15
Chapter 1: The Importance of Being Bilbo

Another interesting piece. In fandom, I rarely read about the Hobbits, so I had no idea that Bilbo was not as well explored as a character as Frodo. I hope that The Hobbit movies have changed that, meanwhile, for he has such a rich, interesting life, perhaps one of the most nuanced of the books, along with Gandalf.

Author's Response:

Now there are tons of Bilbo stories, but the vast majority of them are movie-verse rather than book-verse unfortunately, and a large number of them transform Bilbo into someone/something altogether. Still there are also more careful canon compliant versions of Bilbo as well. You just have to look really hard for them.


Feature Toys in the Hall by Dawn Felagund

Rated PG
[Reviews - 1]
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Young Ereinion once sent his father Fingon to bed for a week with a poorly placed toy and learned much about his father as a result. Now, with Fingon dead, his people at war, and his world upended, Ereinion tries a similar tactic to learn something about his new foster-father, Círdan. Written as a remix of Levade's This Ereinion, for the 2010 Remix Challenge. 2011 MEFA nominee.

Categories: Challenge Stories, The Silmarillion
Characters: Elf: Círdan, Elf: Fingon, Elf: Gil-galad
Genres: Remix, Short story
Places: Beleriand
Times: 1-First Age: middle
Warnings: None
Series: 31. 2010 Remix Challenge
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 1789    |    Read Count: 2603
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 10/03/10    |    Published: 10/03/10
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Reviewer: Talullah (Signed)
09/21/14
Chapter 1: Chapter 1

This was nicely done. Children are not too conspicous in Tolkien's fiction and not very proeminent in the fanfic I have read, except, occasionally for Elrond, and yet so many other characters had tough childhoods that deserve to be brought to light. This story was understated and poignant at the same time. Poor Ereinion.



Author's Response:

Thank you, Talullah! I'm glad you liked the story. :) I enjoy writing Tolkien's characters as children; it seems endlessly interesting to me to explore what early experiences might have made them into the characters we see in the books. Also, because I work with troubled children in real life, I tend to see situations, like Ereinion's, in how they might have impacted a child.

Thanks again for reading and taking the time to comment!


A Woman in Few Words: The Character of Nerdanel and Her Treatment in Canon and Fandom by Dawn Felagund

Rated G
[Reviews - 2]
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A review of the canon facts available on Nerdanel and discussion of why she remains so popular with fans despite her scarce appearances in the texts.

Categories: Essay--Canon, The Silmarillion
Characters: Elf: Nerdanel
Genres: Essay (non-fiction)
Places: Undying Lands: Valinor
Times: 0-Pre-First Age
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 3741    |    Read Count: 1226
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 07/16/11    |    Published: 07/16/11
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Reviewer: Talullah (Signed)
07/11/15
Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Hi! This is a great discussion piece about a much loved character. As always, you are thorough in providing references and provide numbers to substantiate your views. I loved reading this piece.

Author's Response:

Thank you! This piece is rather old; it was probably the first time I realized, "Hey, I can take numbers from archives and use them to prove my point!" :D I'm glad you liked it and found it relevant even many years later, and thanks so much for reviewing. :)


Glorfindel by Elf of cave

Rated G
[Reviews - 6]
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"Glorfindel was tall and straight; his hair was of shining gold, his face fair and young and fearless... his eyes were bright and keen... on his brow sat wisdom, and in his hand was strength."

(The Lord of the Rings, FotR, Many Meetings)

Categories: Artwork
Characters: Elf: Glorfindel
Genres: Artwork: drawing
Places: None
Times: 3-Third Age: late
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 2    |    Word count: 4    |    Read Count: 3936
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 05/26/13    |    Published: 08/15/11
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Reviewer: Talullah (Signed)
07/11/15
Chapter 2: Glorfindel (2nd edition)

Lovely. He's very masculine and yet retains the 'elfness'.


Feature On Writing Tolkien's Elves by Oshun

Rated G
[Reviews - 3]
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Better late than never, I hope. I took the opportunity of the August 2012 Non-fiction challenge at the LotR Community Live Journal to write up some very personal thoughts of my own. I spend a part of every month, trying to write a character biography for the Silmarillion Writers Guild. Those are certainly not free of opinion, but are hopefully written in a more objective and overall more scholarly tone than this one. Anyway, for your kind perusal is this piece, halfway between a rant and a whine, but filled with not only with heart, but references to the texts.

Categories: Essay--Canon, Essay--Writing
Characters: As a Group: The Valar, As a Group: Elves
Genres: Essay (non-fiction)
Places: None
Times: Multi-age
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 4752    |    Read Count: 5214
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 08/24/12    |    Published: 08/24/12
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Reviewer: Talullah (Signed)
07/11/15
Chapter 1: On Writing Tolkien's Elves

This passage...

"But I think, like us, the Elves never completely rise above and beyond the influences of the immediacy of physical and emotional responses. ... To live in this unique form, which is the human body, is to remain human."

... really sums up the way I see the Elves. I agree with you that upon reading the Silmarillion, the Elves become very real in a human sense, but that for a Third Age Hobbit, or Man, they would seem otherworldly. And I also get the same sense from that passage with Lindir. He seems to be a bit of an ass. :P And LaCE! Word!

Great piece, well researched, well thought through and soundly founded.


Aragorn Arwen and Frodo by RS9

Rated G
[Reviews - 4]
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A happy moment between Aragorn, Arwen and Frodo

Categories: Artwork
Characters: As a Group: The Fellowship
Genres: Artwork: drawing
Places: Gondor: Minas Tirith/Minas Anor
Times: 3-Third Age: Post-War of the Ring
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 2    |    Read Count: 1360
Completed: No    |    Updated: 08/12/13    |    Published: 08/12/13
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Reviewer: Talullah (Signed)
07/11/15
Chapter 1: Chapter 1

How lovely... and she's wearing pants! FTW!

Author's Response:

Thank you Talullah.  And yes, she's wearing pants!  Can't do much of anything in those beautiful flowing gowns.  I'm sure when she wants to have fun and do "rangerly" things with her hubby the pants appear.  I imagine the royal couple just got back from a lovely afternoon ride and are now laying back with Frodo.  


The Classic Lord of the Rings Gapfiller: How to Keep Folks Reading When They Know How the Story Turns Out by Dreamflower

Rated G
[Reviews - 1]
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Learn the techniques of classic fanfic authors in creating suspenseful gapfillers. (Written for the 2013 Nonfiction challenge.)

Categories: Challenge Stories, Essay--Writing, Tutorial
Characters: None
Genres: Essay (non-fiction)
Places: None
Times: None
Warnings: None
Series: 72. 2013 August Challenge: Non-Fiction
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 1490    |    Read Count: 1841
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 08/16/13    |    Published: 08/16/13
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Reviewer: Talullah (Signed)
07/10/15
Chapter 1: The Classic Lord of the Rings Gapfiller: How to Keep Folks Reading When They Know How the Story Turns Out

Very interesting! The points you make make sense to me as a reader (as I was reading I recalled numerous stories that fit one or more of those points) and as a writer, they force me to think a little. I know I'm stronger on some while on others I barely touch... Food for thought. Thanks.

Author's Response:

Fanfic relies on the reader knowing the characters and canon for the reader to get all of the nuances.

Most of us, as writers tend to do certain things more than others. Finding other ways of doing things can help us stretch. I'm glad I made you think. Thank you.



Author's Response:

Fanfic relies on the reader knowing the characters and canon for the reader to get all of the nuances.

Most of us, as writers tend to do certain things more than others. Finding other ways of doing things can help us stretch. I'm glad I made you think. Thank you.


Without a Pocket Hankerchief by Linaewen

Rated G
[Reviews - 4]
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Deriving encouragement from Bilbo's example in dealing with sudden change.

Categories: Essay--Canon
Characters: Hobbit: Baggins: Bilbo
Genres: Essay (non-fiction)
Places: None
Times: None
Warnings: None
Series: 72. 2013 August Challenge: Non-Fiction
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 670    |    Read Count: 1088
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 08/17/13    |    Published: 08/17/13
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Reviewer: Talullah (Signed)
07/11/15
Chapter 1: Without a Pocket-Hankerchief

Oh my! What a life story. You have taken a very positive view of everything and the comparison with Bilbo is lovely. Hope that everything is settled now.


"Hobbit Sock Dolls" by Dreamflower

Rated G
[Reviews - 4]
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Sam, Frodo, Merry and Pippin as dolls. (Art)

Categories: Artwork, The Lord of the Rings
Characters: As a Group: The Travellers (Frodo, Sam, Merry, Pippin)
Genres: Artwork: crafts
Places: None
Times: 3-Third Age: the War of the Ring
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 888    |    Read Count: 3816
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 04/09/14    |    Published: 04/09/14
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Reviewer: Talullah (Signed)
07/11/15
Chapter 1: Hobbit Sock Dolls

How cute!!! These are so well done. Love them.

Author's Response:

Thank you very much.


The Departure of Boromir by thewildernessyears

Rated PG
[Reviews - 6]
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A collage piece of Boromir as he falls protecting the hobbits.

Magazines + scissors + glue.

Categories: Artwork
Characters: Gondorian: Boromir son of Denethor
Genres: Artwork: general
Places: Other place in Arda
Times: 3-Third Age: late
Warnings: 2. mild violence, 8. character death
Series: None
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 25    |    Read Count: 765
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 07/05/14    |    Published: 07/05/14
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Reviewer: Talullah (Signed)
07/11/15
Chapter 1: Chapter 1

How unusual! I love the different patterns and how you mix them together. The colours against the background and the very posture are so very expressive. Love it.


Over Misty Mountains Cold by Tarlo the Wanderer

Rated G
[Reviews - 9]
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Bilbo's journey to the Lonely Mountain and what he found there.

Acrylic paint on faux leather and goose egg. 

Categories: Artwork
Characters: Hobbit: Baggins: Bilbo, Other: Smaug the Dragon
Genres: Artwork: painting
Places: Other place in Arda
Times: 3-Third Age: late
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 2    |    Word count: 2    |    Read Count: 1306
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 12/05/14    |    Published: 10/02/14
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Reviewer: Talullah (Signed)
07/11/15
Chapter 1: Over Misty Mountains Cold

Wow! That is so cool! What a great idea (and execution).


Reviewer: Talullah (Signed)
07/11/15
Chapter 2: A Dragon is King Under the Mountain

Another cool idea! I love that egg. The way you shot it is also nice - gives a good feelings of all angles.


Lone Ship by Talullah

Rated G
[Reviews - 3]
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One last surprise for Elrond.

Categories: Challenge Stories
Characters: Half-Elven: Elrond
Genres: Family
Places: Undying Lands: Tol Eressëa
Times: 4-Fourth Age
Warnings: None
Series: 87. 2014 November Challenge: Gratitude
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 98    |    Read Count: 659
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 11/19/14    |    Published: 11/19/14
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Reviewer: Talullah (Signed)
11/21/14
Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Thank you - that is so kind. :)


Kingly Portrait by RS9

Rated G
[Reviews - 4]
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The King and his Heir.

Categories: Artwork
Characters: Northern Dúnedain: Aragorn/Strider
Genres: Artwork: drawing
Places: None
Times: 4-Fourth Age
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1    |    Word count: 30    |    Read Count: 702
Completed: No    |    Updated: 06/09/15    |    Published: 06/09/15
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Reviewer: Talullah (Signed)
07/11/15
Chapter 1: Chapter 1

This is so lovely. How relaxed and happy Aragorn looks!

Author's Response:

Thank you!  Domestic bliss becomes him!