Story [The Lord of the Rings] Insights of Middle-Earth (50 sentences) - COMPLETED! 03/08/2012

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  1. laurethiel1138 Force Ghost

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    Amazing sets, as usual
    I do try to live up to expectations...

    >01. Quest
    >?Anyway, you need people of intelligence on this sort of mission... quest... thing...?
    I love Pippin

    He's a wonderful lad, that's for sure.

    >02. Forgotten
    >In the remnants of the forgotten realm of Arnor, in the cold lands of the north, there dwelt the Rangers, fiercely protecting the unbroken line of the Kings.
    Yay!!

    All that is gold does not glitter...

    >08. Steel
    >Steel met steel as Boromir and Faramir enjoyed a rare moment of unadulterated brotherly bonding, otherwise known as combat training.
    Aww

    That EE scene in Osgiliath gets me every single time.

    >13. Archer
    >In perfect synchronism, the Elven archers from Lothlorien turned to salute Theoden King upon their arrival at Helm?s Deep.
    The elves arriving at Helm?s Deep is one of my favorite scenes in the movies.

    A spiffy reminder that Elves are more than pretty creatures, and that their legendary counterparts (the Tuatha de Danan) were mighty in their own right. Even if this sequence was a strong deviation from the book, I could not help but see its effectiveness.

    >15. Pursuit
    >In the end, Sam?s pursuit of Rosie was impressively short and sweet, as, after he mustered the courage to invite her for a stroll, she simply smiled and said, ?Samwise Gamgee, what on earth took you so long??
    Sam and Rosie are really cute

    And an example showing us that sometimes simple is really the best.

    >17. Middle
    >Boromir soon lost count of the times he had had to intervene between his father and brother, placating the one while consoling the other.
    Poor Faramir. He really drew the short stick. It?s nice to see a bond between him and Boromir, even though it ends in tragedy.

    Damn Denethor anyway. And even then, he himself was but a victim of Sauron's machinations. An ill-fated family, to be sure.

    >32. Humanity
    >It was without regrets or second thoughts that Eowyn pledged her troth to Faramir, for in Aragorn she had but loved an ideal, while she had fallen deeply in love with the man who had courted her so patiently, unexpectedly stealing a heart she had thought well-armoured.
    The one thing I wish the movies had shown more was the Eowyn/Faramir stuff.

    You and I both. They're just too handsome together.

    >50. Legend
    >And the tale of the War of the Ring grew in the telling, until fact became history, history became legend, and legend became myth.
    Which, as we?ve seen, can be dangerous. But I love this end mirroring the beginning of the movies.

    Indeed, for then crucial details can be forgotten. And I'm glad you caught the movie reference there...


    Mira_Jade:

    Now, how did I know that you would use this table?
    Mayhap because you made it apurpose? Not that I'm complaining, mind you...

    Friendship: Beautifully expressed! And really, when it boils down to it, that is the whole truth of the matter.
    Yes, for friendship does not count the give-and-take (or not much, anyway). It's not about power, it's about what's right to do.

    Steel: And boys will be boys.
    Of course! Nothing like a contest to draw them closer, isn't it?

    Sight: Sure you do. Oh, that was one of my favorite parts of the movie.
    Gimli's just too much for words, really. He's such a trip.

    Reign: I liked the historian POV kinda taken on this one. Great sentence here!
    I do like to vary the point of view of these sentences. It sometimes makes for interesting surprises.

    Right: It's a villain thing.
    Unfortunately. If only this attitude weren't so widespread, the world would be a much better place.

    Bearer: Isn't that the truth.
    Indeed, for who else can understand the psychological burden which comes with the Ring?

    Consume: I know it's twisted and wrong, but Grima's character fascinates me in a reeeally convoluted way. And I liked this one particularly.
    I have to say that this sentence was one of those who just
  2. laurethiel1138 Force Ghost

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    Table I ? bring me that horizon

    01. Treasure
    Gollum watched Frodo as he succumbed to an all too brief slumber, itching to recapture his long-lost treasure, but, as always, Sam stood between him and the Precious.

    02. Pirate
    The Corsairs of Umbar reigned supreme over the Bay of Belfalas, fully occupying Prince Imrahil and his sons, rendering them unable to lend any aid to the capital city of Minas Tirith.

    03. Sail
    As Frodo set sail from the Grey Havens, he could not help but look back towards Middle-Earth, his heart filled with bittersweet sorrow even as he knew that he would soon behold the bounty of Valinor.

    04. Wake
    The Ents resolved to restore the beauty of Isengard, and to erase all trace of the destruction strewn in Saruman?s wake.

    05. Flagship
    And Aragorn unfurled the banner of Gondor, formally taking possession of the Corsairs? flagship.

    06. Waves
    The people of Minas Tirith resisted Mordor?s assault as best they could, but wave after wave of Orcs still amassed before the White City?s gates in a seemingly unlimited supply of troops.

    07. Crest
    The Rohirrim rode over the last hill crest before the Pelennor Fields, ready to do battle for Minas Tirith and thus uphold the Oath of Eorl.

    08. Medallion
    Arwen laid down her medallion in Aragorn?s palm, saying, ?It is mine to give to whom I will... like my heart.?

    09. Captain
    ?I would have followed you... my brother, my captain, my king.?

    10. Sand
    And power over Isengard slipped through Saruman?s fingers like so many grains of fine sand.

    11. Tides
    Princess Lothiriel had taken to standing upon the battlements of Dol Amroth, watching the tides come and go, as she anxiously waited for the return of her father and brothers.

    12. Shore
    After many millennia of exile, Galadriel beheld the shores of the Undying Lands, eager to know again the country of her youth.

    13. Anchor
    Through the troubled times that immediately preceded his ascension to the throne of Gondor, Aragorn kept Arwen?s love close to his heart, as an anchor against temptation and hardship.

    14. Colours
    And the colours of the King, a tree of silver over a field of sable, were hoisted again on the topmost mast of the Tower of Ecthelion, and the people of Gondor rejoiced.

    15. Footwork
    Aragorn watched the Hobbits train with Boromir, and gave them some pointers on their footwork.

    16. Locket
    Before he left for the Undying Lands where he would at last be reunited with his beloved Celebrian, Lord Elrond gave his daughter his most precious treasure, a mithril locket with a few strands of her mother?s hair, so that she would find comfort and solace even with the Great Sea separating them.

    17. Commandeer
    Gimli took great delight at commandeering the Corsairs? ships, happy to let his axe tell his disgust for their uncouth practices.

    18. Treason
    Gandalf stood aghast as he realised the full extent of Saruman?s treason.

    19. Skeletal
    And the skeletal army swept through the land, striking fear into the heart of Gondor?s enemies.

    20. Grudge
    ?Tricksy little Hobbits... they stole it from us; they stole our Precious, and we wants it back!?

    21. Depths
    Aragorn saw the Hobbits throw stones in the pool before the Gates of Moria, and cautioned them against it, for still waters ran deep and hid many things from view.

    22. Hoist
    Aragorn hoisted Gimli, ready to toss him over to the ramp in front of the gates to Helm?s Deep.

    23. Pardon
    And the heir of Isildur granted the Oathbrakers their pardon, allowing their weary souls to at last know the peace of the Halls of Mandos.

    24. Chest
    Princess Lothiriel of Dol Amroth felt her heart all but stop beating in her chest as her gaze crossed the one of Eomer King of Rohan.

    25. Offspring
    Arwen?s breath hitched as, before her eyes, appeared the vision of Aragorn lifting his son ? no, their son ? to behold the splendours of Minas Tirith, proof that Hope would survive this test, and she knew she would not sail West as her father wanted.

    26. Curse
    As he was escorted, manu militari, from the city of Edora
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    An excellently lyrical set. =D= =D= @};-
  4. Mira_Jade The NSWFF Manager With The Cape

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    I'll have you know that these are quickly becoming a highlight of my month. [face_love]


    Medalion: Oh, lucky fangirl me to be able to go into a squee fit this early into the set. [face_love]

    Shore: I loved this glimpse. There was a wonderful mystical element to it. :)

    Locket: Elrond! How I adore him. His relationship with Arwen (and Celebrian, for that matter) was nicely showcased here. :) I would love to see a few sentences further on this vein (how the locket gave him solace, or even his reunion with Celebrian). You could totally do so. :D

    Grudge: Great job getting Gollum's voice down! :)

    Offspring: Best. Sentence. Ever. Yep - nothing more needs to be said. [face_love]

    Tide: Total and complete boo-yah! moment. :cool:

    Gusto: I loved seeing Gimli get his due here. :D

    Temptress: Tempted, indeed. [face_love]

    Horizon: The lyrics fit perfectly into the end of these. =D=


    Well done, as always. :)


    ~MJ @};-
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  6. Idrelle_Miocovani Force Ghost

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    I always love the lyricism with which you write and the way your sentences invite us into Middle-earth. This is, again, a very wonderful set. It's always great to see what you can do with the prompts inspired by a different film for a specific one of your choosing - and even though the prompts by themselves scream POTC, all I can think of now is LOTR. :p

    Wonderful! @};-

    (Would you ever consider expanding to writing about the many facets of stories within The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, The Hobbit and the like?)
  7. laurethiel1138 Force Ghost

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    An excellently lyrical set.
    Thank you! I'm glad you liked it!


    Mira_Jade:

    I'll have you know that these are quickly becoming a highlight of my month.
    It's all give and take, I assure you. The comments I receive from you all are becoming quite addictive too...

    Medalion: Oh, lucky fangirl me to be able to go into a squee fit this early into the set.
    Admittedly, Arwen and Aragorn are quite wonderful to write about. They're just awesome, really.

    Shore: I loved this glimpse. There was a wonderful mystical element to it.
    To the risk of sounding a bit cliché, there is no place like home, and it felt right to have Galadriel as the central figure of this sentence.

    Locket: Elrond! How I adore him. His relationship with Arwen (and Celebrian, for that matter) was nicely showcased here. I would love to see a few sentences further on this vein (how the locket gave him solace, or even his reunion with Celebrian). You could totally do so.
    He's not in an easy position, that's for sure. To love is to know when to let go, and it was especially poignant for him. And as for other sentences in that vein, we'll see what the muse has in store...

    Grudge: Great job getting Gollum's voice down!
    You should hear me sometimes. Apparently, I imitate him so well I scare even my friends...

    Offspring: Best. Sentence. Ever. Yep - nothing more needs to be said.
    Best. Movie. Moment. Ever. I had my heart in my throat at that point, and a few tears in my eyes, too.

    Tide: Total and complete boo-yah! moment.
    Do you know, even with the preview we got in the trailer (and having read the books, too), the scene still managed to take my breath away.

    Gusto: I loved seeing Gimli get his due here.
    Though he oft served as a comic relief in the movies, Gimli is still very much a major badass.

    Temptress: Tempted, indeed.
    And it makes absolute sense that Faramir's eye would be caught by an exceptional woman. Quite discerning, that lad.

    Horizon: The lyrics fit perfectly into the end of these.
    Honestly, I just could not let this opportunity pass, savvy?

    Well done, as always.
    Thank you!


    NYCitygurl:

    Gorgeous as always!!
    Thanks! I hoped you'd like this set!


    Idrelle_Miocovani:

    I always love the lyricism with which you write and the way your sentences invite us into Middle-earth. This is, again, a very wonderful set.
    Again, thank you for your kind comments. I do strive to capture the scope and lyricism of Tolkien, and it's always a pleasure to know it comes across well.

    It's always great to see what you can do with the prompts inspired by a different film for a specific one of your choosing - and even though the prompts by themselves scream POTC, all I can think of now is LOTR.
    So long as the themes can be adapted, I say, why not? I think it's but yet another example of the universality of human experiences, that the terms inspired by one situation can also be applied to another.

    Wonderful!
    Thanks!

    (Would you ever consider expanding to writing about the many facets of stories within The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, The Hobbit and the like?)
    I shall try, but it really depends on the prompts and whatever the muse comes up with. We'll see how the future sets go.
  8. laurethiel1138 Force Ghost

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    Note The First: With this post, the number 500, I'm celebrating my new star Hobbit-style with a wee gift to you all.

    Note The Second: I shall be away for the summer with very little time for myself, so I do not know if I will be able to post the July set in due time. But do not be troubled by this small hiatus, as I will keep the prompts safe for a future publication.


    Table I: as knights crowd the table round

    01. Allegiance
    Even as he was serving under Morgoth, Sauron held no allegiance but to himself.

    02. Bode
    ?A Balrog,? Gandalf said, closing his eyes in silent acknowledgement, knowing the appearance of such a fell creature bode ill for his continued presence with the Fellowship.

    03. Scourge
    In Galadriel?s Mirror, visions came to Frodo of his dear Shire being brought to naught, and he knew the full price they would have to bear should his quest come to failure.

    04. Melee
    ?For the Shire!? cried Pippin, tripping Boromir up and joining him and Merry in a friendly melee.

    05. Tournament
    The great Gil-Galad saw the hosts of Sauron amassed at the foot of Mount Doom, and he knew this battle, the test of a lifetime, would be beyond what any of them had expected, and certainly not like the practice tournaments Men were so uncommonly fond of.

    06. Pyre
    Denethor, a man broken, ordered the building of Faramir?s pyre, preferring death by fire to dishonour at the feet of Sauron.

    07. Solecism
    ?Supid, fat, nasty Hobbitses; they are keeping our Precious from us, but we wants it back, and we will gets it!?

    08. Battlement
    And Eowyn stood on the battlements of Edoras, a lone white figure against the dark of the sky and the grey of the weathered thatch covering the wooden structures beyond.

    09. Circlet
    Aragorn had to wait many weeks after his coronation for Arwen to arrive at Minas Tirith, and there was no moment more desired than the one when the mithril circlet was laid upon her white brow and she became his wife in truth.

    10. Gird
    And Melian fashioned an enchantment which circled the realm of her husband, Elu Thingol, King of Doriath, forbidding entry to those who had not been granted his welcome.

    11. Blessing
    For the immortal Elves, who were sometimes tired of their unending lives, the gift of mortality granted to the Men was indeed perceived as a blessing.

    12. Sorcery
    And Sauron searched through the spell books of Morgoth, his erstwhile master, for the darkest sorcery in the land, the formula which would ensure his mastery over Middle-Earth.

    13. Cluster
    The Hobbits clustered together at the summit of Weathertop, afraid of the approaching Nazgul and without the means or skill to fight back.

    14. Steady
    Arwen had ever been steadfast in her resolution to bind herself to him, and in the dark times before his ascension as King, Aragorn drew on that certainty when despair took him and hope seemed to wane.

    15. Nefast
    And the noxious fumes poisoned the air of Mordor until no tree would grow and no flower would bloom, a nefast omen for the rest of Middle-Earth.

    16. Enchantment
    It took but one glance for Beren to be wholly enchanted by Luthien Tinuviel, and he despaired of ever being able to even court her, for he was a Man and she was Elf-kind.

    17. Gallant
    Galadriel found in Gimli an unlikely admirer, but she was glad of his gallantry, for it reminded her of times when friendship between Dwarves and Elves was a matter of course, and made her hope that the Quest of the Nine would bring about a new understanding between the peoples of Middle-Earth.

    18. Charge
    And Faramir, doing what he could to placate his father, took up his brother?s mantle and led the ill-fated charge to Osgiliath.

    19. Laud
    ?When dawn comes, I will bid men sound Helm?s Horn, and I will ride forth; maybe we shall cleave a road, or make such an end as to be worthy of song ? if any be left to sing of us hereafter.?

    20. Joust
    Boromir and Faramir were sometimes wont to share barbs and insults, but these verbal jousts were belied by the obvious affection they/>
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    Superb!! Particular favorites: Knight, Damsel, Banner & Equal.

  10. NYCitygurl NSWFF Manager

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    I love the last one!! But this one cracked me up:

    32. Damsel
    Whatever she was, Eowyn refused to be considered as a damsel in distress; she would do her own rescuing, thank you very much.


    Go Eowyn!! :D
  11. Mira_Jade The NSWFF Manager With The Cape

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    Oh, but these were lovely! I think that this was one of my favorite sets yet - the prompts fit this fandom to a T. [face_love]


    Particular gems:


    Bode: A great look at his thoughts in that moment. =D=

    Blessing: It's truly ironic how the idea of mortality differs from curse and blessing between who bears it, and who covets it. [face_thinking]

    Steady: [face_love]!

    Gallant: Your Galadriel sentences were off the chart with this set, and this one in particular brought such a smile to my face.

    Joust: [face_laugh] A perfect glimpse, and all too true fact there.

    Sword: Aaaaand the inner fangirl is off with a squee. [face_love]

    Mead: [face_laugh]!

    Damsel: Oh, you have her voice down flat! [face_laugh]

    Callus: Best of both worlds, methinks.

    Pagan: A very nice look into Galadriel with this one! It had an ancient, lovely feel to it that was lovely to read - sometimes its easy to forget just how very old she is, and how much she has seen.

    Banner: This one was my favorite of the set! You captured the bittersweet sorrow that Elrond must have been feeling perfectly. [face_love] =D=

    Equal: Oh! [face_love]

    Odium: Can't say that I blame her! A nice look at a very disparing situation. [face_thinking]



    Well done, as always! [:D]


    ~MJ @};-
  12. laurethiel1138 Force Ghost

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    By the Valar!

    All my thanks for the wonderful nominations for the NSWFF Awards. I truly did not expect anything the like, and in two caterories, as well! All I can say is that I am truly honoured, especially considering the awesome company, with established authors such as Salacious_Drabb, FelsGoddess, RX_Sith, Mira_Jade, Idrelle_Miocovani and Master_Jaina1011.

    This is at once too much, unexpected, and incredibly sweet. Whoever you are, you have made my day.

    And now I need your help in selecting the excerpts. By the very nature of the 50 Sentences Challenge, I am able to choose from among a good selection of quotes, and would like to know if there are any reader's favourites. I have a few preferred entries, but I am open to suggestions, which can be made either here or by PM.

    Once again, thank you for your consideration. If I ever needed a reason to keep up with this challenge until the very end, you have given me a strong encouragement. As soon as I am done with my summer hiatus, I will post the sets for both July (if ever belated) and August.

    Namarië,

    Lauré :)
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    Congratulations on your nominations for this lyrically excellent exploration of the myriad prismatic edges of Middle Earth =D=

    My faves are anything featuring Galadriel, Arwen, or Eowyn on the ladies side ;) or Aragorn, Faramir on the guys side :D For the bromancy side, anything featuring the stalwart Halflings :D and Mithrandir is always cool!!!

    [:D] !!!

  14. NYCitygurl NSWFF Manager

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    Congrats on the noms!!

    Without looking at anything specific, I'd say the sentences that people commented on specifically would be a good place to start, since they're often readers' favorites :)
  15. Mira_Jade The NSWFF Manager With The Cape

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    You deserved every single one of them. [face_love] =D=

    As for suggestions, I'd have to echo Nat's thoughts - anything specifically commented on before struck hard enough to move a reader to pick it out of a bunch. I'd start with those - and you sure have quite a few to pick from. [face_laugh]


    [:D]


    ~MJ @};-
  16. laurethiel1138 Force Ghost

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    Note the First: I would like to give you my thanks for the wonderful NSWFF Awards wins. I hardly dared believe I would get nominated in two categories, let alone win in both of them. It's an honour, truly, which I hope I'll be able to live up to.

    Note the Second: I would also like to apologize for my absence from the boards lately, but I was caught up in the tangles of DRL (mostly about the *ahem* joys of academia). But rest assured that I did not forget you.

    Note the Third: I know there are a few replies I have yet to comment on, but I thought you'd be happier with a few new Sentences set. So without further ado, I give you July, August and September in one post. October and November will come in due course.

    Table I - to be or not to be

    01. Apparition
    The first time Aragorn saw Arwen, he dared not breathe, dared not touch, dared not speak, for fear that this otherworldly apparition would vanish into thin air.

    02. Task
    The Fellowship?s task, to bear the Ring to Mount Doom and there melt it, was quite simple; its achievement, however, was altogether more complex.

    03. Beget
    Eowyn looked down at her swollen belly, wondering that such a mundane occurrence (for it was certainly the lot of most women), so far removed from her feats as Shieldmaiden, could fill her with such joy.

    04. Ratify
    After the War of the Ring, King Aragorn brought all his negotiation skills to the fore to broker a peace treaty with the Haradrim.

    05. Formerly
    Aragorn of the Dunedain, formerly known as Estel of Imladris, Strider the Ranger (or Wingfoot as would be Eomer?s wont), Captain Thorongil in his youthful travels to Rohan and Gondor, officially became upon his crowning King Elessar of the House of Telcontar, his most glorious title.

    06. Usurper
    And so Grima plotted to usurp Rohan?s throne, blissfully unaware that Saruman would never allow him to rule over the land of the Horse Lords.

    07. Hidden
    ?Is it secret, is it safe?? Gandalf asked Frodo, fearing the worst.

    08. Rest
    At long last, the heroes of Middle-Earth savoured a well-earned rest in the Field of Cormallen.

    09. Peace
    And there they also breathed an air which carried, for the first time in so many years, the elusive yet potent perfume of peace.

    10. Wane
    Though the power of the Elves would ultimately wane throughout the Fourth Age, no one ever forgot their contribution to peace, nor indeed to the continuation of the line of the Kings.

    11. Chary
    In his travels with Frodo, Sam remained ever chary of Gollum ? or Smeagol if one were punctilious ? and of his sneaky, underhanded ways.

    12. Retribution
    In Eomer?s very humble opinion, Grima?s exile was altogether not near enough retribution for the havoc and misery the Wormtongue had wrought upon the land; indeed, he longed to make this pitiful excuse of a man feel the business end of his sword.

    13. Afoot
    If one thing was ever certain for the people of Bree, it was that there were strange things happening beyond the town?s walls, that strange plans were afoot, and that they didn?t want to have any part of it, so long as they could congregate at the Prancing Pony.

    14. Brood
    It didn?t matter which way one put it: to say the least, the Uruk-Hai were a wholly unnatural brood.

    15. Purgatory
    Sometimes it seemed to Aragorn that one of his roles in life was to redress the wrong done to Middle-Earth by his forefather Isildur, the War of the Ring but the culmination of one long purgatory which had lasted a full Age in the histories of Arda.

    16. Brazen
    Well, there was no help for it, Sam thought as he set down his flagon of ale at the Red Dragon, being shy didn?t win the day at Mount Doom, and if he had enough courage to go with Frodo on his improbable quest, come what may, he should be able to brazen it out with Rosie.

    17. Falsehood
    And so Grima whispered falsehood upon falsehood in Theoden King?s ear, further poisoning a mind rendered weak by the death of his wife, his sister and his son.

    18. Players
    In the great game played by Wizards, Elves, Stew/>
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    Beautiful, lyrical, and insightful sets =D= =D= I adored the idea of Galadriel making such a tapestry :cool: and Celeborn still drowning in those radiant eyes of hers.

    I did enjoy the portraits drawn of Eowyn and Faramir separate and together. How they do complement and enhance and enrich one another.

    Arwen/Aragorn - their story is one of patience rewarded and a love to last through many hard choices. [face_thinking]

  18. Mira_Jade The NSWFF Manager With The Cape

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    I literally squeed out loud when I saw these up. There was clapping involved. No joke. :p

    As always, you have to know that these were superbly written. I enjoyed each and every one. But some particular favorites are . . .


    [face_dancing]


    Apparition: And we start out with a squee! I approve on every possible level. [face_love]

    Beget: I loved the idea of her so content, and with child! How adorable. [face_love]

    Brazen: I adored his reasoning here. :p

    Carnal: Just epic awesomeness here. :D

    Akin: A great comparison. =D=

    Tapestry: I LOVED the idea of this. A fitting gift, perfectly portrayed.

    Drown: [face_love]

    Confession: [face_laugh]

    Muse: Aww, I loved this snippet. :)

    Splatter: A great carrying out of the prompt. The black humour was fitting. :(

    Aim: A great character moment! We always see the finished piece, not what once started . . .

    Tisk: Out of all of these, the glimpses of what comes after the tale are wonderful to see. This one in particular brought a smile to my face. :)

    Toddle: [face_love]

    Terse: :p A great dynamic here.

    Tenebrous: GREAT use of the prompt. =D=



    I have missed reading these from you, and I look forward to anything you have to come up with yet. =D=


    ~MJ @};-
  19. laurethiel1138 Force Ghost

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    Author's Note:

    I must beg your indulgence again, as I am swept under the currents of DRL (writing a Ph.D. thesis will do that to you, apparently) and I have big deadlines coming up before the Holidays. I have barely enough time to speed-read through my favourite stories, let alone reply or write my own. But never fear, I have not abandoned this challenge, and will post the remaining months as soon as humanely possible.

    Cheers,

    Lauré :)
  20. laurethiel1138 Force Ghost

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    Feb 6, 2003
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    Note: Because a promise is a promise, and it's better late than never, here are the remaining sets to complete this challenge. I swear I'll get around to doing replies eventually.


    Table I: perhaps I'll try defying gravity

    01. Green
    In time, even King Thranduil was helpless to resist Sauron?s corruption of his beloved Greenwood, and by the time of the War of the Ring, the once glorious forest was only known as Mirkwood.

    02. Deed
    Faced with the slow corruption wrought by Grima, Eowyn dreamed of heroic deeds, to wash away the stain left by the Wormtongue?s ill influence.

    03. Reputation
    The Nazgul?s reputation preceded them, and often their presence alone was enough to sway a battle?s course in the Dark Lord?s favour.

    04. Unconventional
    As they recuperated in the Houses of Healing, the first notion that struck Eowyn and Faramir was how both had very unconventional aspirations: he, the scholarly warrior, and she, the fiery shieldmaiden.

    05. Beauty
    There was many a debate between Eomer and Gimli as to which Elf held the more beauty, and in the end they were content to call it a draw between Galadriel, who embodied the regal radiance of the dawn, and Arwen, who carried the queenly grace of the stars.

    06. Misunderstood
    When all was said and done, Frodo refused to let anyone speak ill of Gollum; he alone, as a Ringbearer, could have an inkling of the weight of the One, and a grasp of how misunderstood Smeagol?s role had been in the great scheme of things.

    07. Cripple
    Frodo was quite surprised when he met Bilbo in Imladris; though not precisely a cripple, his bodily strength had much diminished since he had departed the Shire and relinquished the Ring.

    08. Mindless
    Years afterwards, Eomer would be hard-pressed to describe his state after he had found his sister?s apparently lifeless body draped over his dead uncle?s, for a mindless rage had seized him then, and he had expended his grief and sorrow in the most brutal and primitive of ways, sometimes having even difficulties in telling friend from foe.

    09. Heartless
    Denethor was thought to be heartless by the men in Minas Tirith, and, in a way, it was true, for his heart had stopped beating with anything even remotely resembling joy from the moment he had felt his wife?s hand grow cold in his own, her soul long departed for the Halls of Mandos.

    10. Coward
    He was certainly no coward, but Sam often reflected that it had been a good thing that he had had absolutely no notion of what the quest to Mount Doom would entail; otherwise he might never have been brave enough to set the foot out of the Shire and follow Frodo on his journey.

    11. Clever
    In the end, Saruman?s great failing was to think himself far too clever, and to believe he could outwit the master of deception at his own game, for Sauron never shared power with anyone.

    12. Campus
    And there, on the Fields of Pelennor, was laid the battle for Minas Tirith, which saw the return of hope in the hearts of men.

    13. Roommate
    It was with great trepidation that Frodo booked a room for himself and his three companions, giving Barliman Butterbur the assumed name of ?Mister Underhill?.

    14. Ostracized
    He had never been precisely ostracized, but it was made very clear to Faramir from an early age in which direction, between himself and his brother, his father?s concern chiefly lay.

    15. Adored
    To say that Aragorn adored Arwen was to fall quite short off the mark, and no one in Gondor was left with the slightest doubt as to the devotion of their King to their Queen.

    16. Glitter
    Though the event had indeed been foreseen, it was with unparalleled emotion that Arwen shyly took hold of Aragorn?s hand to lay it upon her stomach, eyes glittering with unshed tears as she nodded in confirmation to her husband?s wordless question, at last elucidating the when of the matter.

    17. Glamour
    And Galadriel summoned all the lost glamour of the Noldor, invoking her full power as she proclaimed, ?In place of a Dark Lord you would set up a Queen, not Dark, but beautiful and terrible as the Dawn, treacherous as the Sea, stron/>
  21. NYCitygurl NSWFF Manager

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    These are all so beautiful!! I can't pick a favorite, though the last one was the perfect way to finish. They're all so good! I'm really going to miss these sentences; you're a fabulous writer. Please write more LOTR stories!!
  22. Mira_Jade The NSWFF Manager With The Cape

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    I am so glad you decided to gift us with these! I am kind of staring at my computer screen with a big grin on my face, and my heart has that swept away feeling that I get every time I finish re-reading Tolkien's masterpiece. You have such a fantastic way with words, and an epic scope within this fandom, and I thank-you for sharing!



    Alrighty then, some particulars:


    Unconventional: And yet, they fit together so perfectly. [face_love]

    Beauty: I would agree with that. [face_love] I just love the mental image of those two having that conversation. :p

    Glitter: Simple and tender, and may I fall apart into a mess of fangirl emotion, now? [face_love]

    Dancing: I loved that little detail. Just . . . perfect. [face_love]

    City: You captured his passion and his vision here, that's for sure, this was a character I was so sad to see go . . . :(

    Slippers: Too true. :p

    Solo: It was called a Fellowship for a reason, that's for sure. Still, so much love for him here with keeping his head small and his heart big. [face_love]

    Gravity: One of my top sentences here - I loved the bittersweetness that could be associated with Arwen's choice, and Elrond's devotion to his daughter is just for the win.

    Wicked: [face_laugh] I bet he can. [face_devil][face_whistling]

    Prejudice: An automatic smile comes to face at that one. :D

    Scandal: Kick-butt Eowyn at her best. :cool:

    Hoyden: And that love continues here! ;)

    Lord and Lady: Both of these had a quiet power to it - once again, great job in exploring the differences between greed and humility that ultimately decided the fate of their world.

    Governess: And my heartstrings ached at that one, in the best of ways. [face_love]

    Correspondence: The horrors of paperwork. :p

    Handsome: Gimli the Casanova of dwarves! I like it. :cool: :p

    Bonnet: [face_love]

    Mistress: Perfectly worded. [face_love]

    Proof: Another one of my top favorites for this set! Very loving, and too true besides. :p

    Brawn: Another great character look. =D=

    Befriend: Aww. [face_love]

    Breathe: I love how monsters and battles do not quicken her heart, but her wedding day of all things sets her breath tight. [face_love]

    Bond: And the perfect end to an amazing series.



    Thank-you for taking us on this journey throughout the year, it has been an enriching and rewarding read. =D=


    ~MJ @};-
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