Title: Heart of Stone
Rating: PG13 for adult themes
Challenge: Hearts and Flowers (GFIC Feb '11)
Word Count: 5,596 + Notes
Elements: brotherly love, heart of stone, hollyhock (ambition)

Summary: "And Mr. Drogo was staying at Brandy Hall with his father-in-law, old Master Gorbadoc, as he often did after his marriage (him being partial to his vittles, and old Gorbadoc keeping a mighty generous table); and he went out boating on the Brandywine River; and he and his wife were drownded, and poor Mr. Frodo only a child and all." (from "A Long-Expected Party")

Part One: Air - October, S.R. 1380 )
Part Two: Air - January, S.R. 1382 )
Part Three: Earth - Midsummer, S.R. 1385 )
Part Four: Fire - October, S.R. 1390 )
Title: Pelendur's Folly
Word Count: 1,558
Rating: General
Fandom: Lord of the Rings
Characters: Elphir (Imrahil's son), Halbeleg (OMC grandson of Halbarad)
Beta: [personal profile] just_ann_now
Challenges: Birthday Giftfic '10, Fanfic100 prompt #25: "Strangers"
Summary: Every story has two sides. A long-lost letter between two lords of the reunited Gondor and Arnor sheds new light on the established history.

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Title: Shoulder the Sky, My Lads
Word Count: 1,029 + Words
Rating: G
Fandom: Lord of the Rings
Characters: Boromir, Gimli
Beta: [personal profile] just_ann_now
Challenges: Birthday Giftfic '10, [profile] fanfic_100 prompt #92 Christmas (or the ME equivalent)
Summary: In Rivendell, Gimli and Boromir spend some time below stairs.

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The troubles of our proud and angry dust
Are from eternity, and shall not fail.
Bear them we can, and if we can we must.
Shoulder the sky, my lad, and drink your ale.
(A.E. Housman)


"Come!" called a gruff voice from a ways ahead. "Elrond keeps his beer-barrels down this way, if Tharkûn spoke truly.”

Boromir squinted in the faint light – there were no torches mounted on the walls of this corridor, and the dwarf carried their only lamp – and he hurried to close the distance between them. The toe of his boot caught on the uneven floor, and he stumbled, catching himself against the frame of a nearby door. He would blame the late hour, or the poor light, if someone else had asked, but to himself he admitted the truth: Elven liquor was more potent than he had thought.

“Tharkûn?” he asked as he righted himself and made his way toward the lamp-light. “I cannot place that name, though I may have heard it once.”

“Tharkûn.” The dwarf turned to face him. “He was at the Council. An old man, to all appearances. Do you know him?”

“Ah,” Boromir said, as he nodded with comprehension. “He lived for some time in my city, when my brother and I were much younger. That is where I have heard the name. Mithrandir among the Elves, Tharkûn to the Dwarves; Olorin I was in my youth in the West that is forgotten; so he said.”

Something about that made the dwarf chuckle to himself. “The world is full enough with strange folk; one name for each is more than enough to remember.

“Aye!” Boromir laughed in earnest at that, for it seemed that he had met too many folk in the last few weeks, and that every time he met them they went by a different name. Gildor, Inglorion. Tharkûn, Gandalf, Mithrandir. Dunadan, Estel, Strider... Aragorn. He wondered at that last one, how a humble ranger came to bear a royal name, but then thought better of it. He must have drained a half-dozen cups of strong wine already, and such questions deserved more delicacy than he could muster just now.

But he could solve another mystery. He had been introduced to the troop of dwarves, just before Elrond's council four weeks hence, but for some reason he could not quite recall his companion's name. Courtesy forbade him ask it again, but perhaps wit would reveal it once more.

“In the south we are known by one name, and one name alone.” He made an over-elaborate bow. “Boromir uin-Gondor, of the House of Húrin.”

“Gimli, son of Glóin, at your service and your family's,” the dwarf countered. Gimli set the lamp down and bowed so low that his beard brushed the packed-dirt floor; Boromir thought the dwarf's lips twitched in a suppressed smile, though he could not be sure under the thick beard. After a moment's pause Gimli added more seriously, “But you have no need of subterfuge, if you could not recall who I was. You met me after a long journey, and alongside many of my kin. Single name or no, I might confuse one of us for the other if we were similarly introduced, and can hold you to no higher a standard.”

Boromir blushed a little at that, and hoped it went unnoticed in the dark. “Your open manner encourages me. Will you allow me one more question?”

“Questions asked on the Longest Night need not be spoken on after-days, by dwarven tradition,” Gimli replied, “but you may ask what you will of me, whenever you wish.”

Boromir marveled at that. He could scarce imagine any of the men of his father's court saying such words, much less meaning them. Yet he sensed he could trust this dwarf, though he hardly knew him. Boromir said, “You spoke earlier of Mithrandir – Tharkûn – you said he told you where the ale was stored. Why him? How did he know?”

Gimli picked up his lamp and walked on down the hall. “Because Tharkûn brought this ale some years ago, in honor of Dain Ironfoot's's fiftieth year as King Under the Mountain. And the Elves will not touch the stuff!” He wrinkled his nose at that. “They seem to prefer wine to richer brews, the fools. Few enough dwarves have passed through Rivendell for years, save this last month, and it was Tharkûn who thought I might enjoy a mug or three.” He drew a key from his pocket and fit it into the door. “But tonight is the Longest Night, and this night should be spent in the company of good friends – so say my people. And I would make you a friend, Boromir of Gondor. This night seems fitting to make a start at that.”

Gimli held open the door, and Boromir walked in. It was a store-room, the kind of place that was the domain of servants in Minas Tirith. He and Faramir had snuck into the Citadel’s cellars once or twice, but they had always had been after contraband of some sort or another, and so Boromir had never taken the time to look closely. But this was a hidden kingdom, full of delicious smells, and Boromir inhaled. Casks large and small lined one wall, with a shelf of pewter plates and mugs overhead. Opposite, barrels of fruit were stacked precariously: apples and pears, and some prickly-skinned plant that Boromir could not even place; dried herbs hung from the rafters. Several stools were stacked out of the way in a corner.

The dwarf retrieved two of them and set them in the small room’s only free space while Boromir saw to the drinks. He took two mugs from a shelf, tapped the beer-barrel, and filled them. He handed Gimli a mug. “Will you teach me a song from your homeland? A song of hearth and dwarf-women?”

Gimli tapped his mug against Boromir's and took the first sip. “I am no teacher,” he said, “but I will trade like for like. Have you songs enough to share?”

Boromir drank half his mug in a mighty gulp and wiped the foam from his lip with his sleeve. “You ask a soldier for drinking songs? I have enough to last till the sun awakes, or at the least till the barrel's drained dry. But I asked first, so the first song must be yours.”
Title: Under a Silent Sky
Word Count: 3x100 + Notes
Rating: PG for adult themes
Fandom: Lord of the Rings
Characters: Gandalf
Beta: [personal profile] just_ann_now
Summary: Slaying the Balrog was the easy part. A drabble series about what came after.

Soundtrack: The Show Must Go On, by Elton John + Queen

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Title: Pride and Prejudice
Word Count: 2,221 + Notes
Rating: G
Fandom: The Silmarillion, Lord of the Rings
Characters: Imrahil, Elrond; mentions Aragorn/Arwen, Faramir
Beta: [personal profile] just_ann_now

Summary: Aragorn, as the first Gondorian king in nearly a thousand years, chose as his wife an unknown lady from an Elven kingdom. Certainly this would create some friction between Arwen and certain elements of Gondor's stratified society. Imrahil has an idea for how to help her, but to put it in motion, he needs help from an unlikely ally - the new queen's father.

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Title: From the Ashes
Summary: A bit of Ioreth angst (because even prattering fools can have deep thoughts)
Timeline: Ring War (shortly after the Siege of Minas Tirith)
Word Count: 200 words exactly

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Title: Contrapposto
Author: Marta
Summary: Where now the horse and the rider? Faramir remembers a statue from his youth.
Length: poetry (398 words)

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[ar] Elleth,[cat] Races: Men


Title: Tomorrows
Fandom: Lord of the rings
Characters: Faramir
Prompt: BMEM09 Day 31; fanfic100 prompt #65, Passing.
Word Count: 100
Rating: General
Summary: For years now, Faramir has longed for tomorrows.

Multimedia Note: A bit obvious, perhaps, but I had the Beatles song Yesterday in mind when writing this.

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Title: Spring's First Thaw
Fandom: Lord of the Rings
Characters: Éowyn (Faramir/Éowyn implied)
Prompt: BMEM09 Day 14; [livejournal.com profile] fanfic100 #62
Word Count: 808
Rating: Teen (for adult concepts)
Summary: In the Houses of Healing, Faramir gave Éowyn a fine mantle that had once belonged to his mother. Just what did Éowyn think of this gift?

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[ar] NiRi,CUSTOMIZED


Title: Catharsis
Fandom: Lord of the Rings
Characters: Boromir
Prompt: BMEM Day 10; fanfic100 prompt #51
Word Count: 857
Rating: General
Warning: Deals with (canonical) character death, and with spiritual themes.
Summary: In "Windows on the West", Faramir tells us that Boromir's funeral boat traveled down Anduin and at last reached the sea. But who's to say it stopped there?

[ar] NiRi,[pl] Gondor,[rc] Men,[ms] Objects,[fm] 350x100

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Thus it was that great mariners among them would still search the empty seas, hoping to come upon the Isle of Meneltarma, and there to see a vision of things that were. But they found it not… (“The Akallabêth,” The Silmarillion)

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Title: The Summons
Summary: Halbarad receives Galadriel's summons to bring the Grey Company to Rohan.
Word Count: 200 + Notes
Characters: Halbarad, Galadriel
Timeline: 3019 T.A. (1419 S.R.)
Rating: General
Beta: [livejournal.com profile] just_ann_now
Notes: Written for [livejournal.com profile] ribby, who asked for Halbarad moments

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Title: Sisterhood
Summary: It is common among the Rohirrim in the days before a wedding for mother and sisters to discuss certain matters with the bride to be. But who can Éowyn turn to?
Word Count: 400 + Notes
Characters: Éowyn, OC
Rating: Teen
Warnings: vague discussion of sexual themes. (not much; the teen rating is rather cautious)
Beta: [livejournal.com profile] just_ann_now
Notes: Written for [livejournal.com profile] rivrea, who requested Éowyn and wedding rites.

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Title: First Sight
Summary: The night after their wedding, Arwen marvels at the thing of beauty that is her husband.
Word Count: 250 + Notes
Characters: Aragorn/Arwen
Timeline: Midsummer, 3019 T.A. (1419 S.R.)
Rating: Teen
Warnings: erotic nudity
Beta: [livejournal.com profile] agape4gondor
Note: Written for [livejournal.com profile] just_ann_now, who requested "the first time Arwen sees her husband naked".

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Title: Pride and Despair: A Defense of Ecthelion's Son - Part I
Rating: Teen
Warning(s): discussion of mature concepts
Summary: Denethor is one of the most-criticized characters in Tolkien fandom. Movie-inspired fanons have certainly not done him any favors, but he is disliked and even hated by fans who had read the books long before the movies came out. In this essay I attempt to address some of the most common criticisms against him, and develop a biography of what his life might have been like.

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I. INTRODUCTION


"Authority is not given to you, Steward of Gondor, to order the hour of your death. And only the heathen kings, under the domination of the Dark Power, did thus, slaying themselves in pride and despair, murdering their kin to ease their own death." (Gandalf, "The Pyre of Denethor," The Lord of the Ring)


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Title: Pride and Despair: A Defense of Ecthelion's Son - Part II
Rating: Teen
Warning(s): discussion of mature concepts
Summary: Denethor is one of the most-criticized characters in Tolkien fandom. Movie-inspired fanons have certainly not done him any favors, but he is disliked and even hated by fans who had read the books long before the movies came out. In this essay I attempt to address some of the most common criticisms against him, and develop a biography of what his life might have been like.

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II. DENETHOR: THE EARLY YEARS


Childhood )
Denethor and Thorongil )
Denethor and Finduilas )
Title: Pride and Despair: A Defense of Ecthelion's Son - Part III
Rating: Teen
Warning(s): discussion of mature concepts
Summary: Denethor is one of the most-criticized characters in Tolkien fandom. Movie-inspired fanons have certainly not done him any favors, but he is disliked and even hated by fans who had read the books long before the movies came out. In this essay I attempt to address some of the most common criticisms against him, and develop a biography of what his life might have been like.

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III. DENETHOR'S CHARACTER STRENGTHS AND FLAWS


Denethor as Lover of Lore )
Denethor's Greatness )
The Problem of Politics )
Denethor as a Numenorean )
Title: Pride and Despair: A Defense of Ecthelion's Son - Part IV
Rating: Teen
Warning(s): discussion of mature concepts
Summary: Denethor is one of the most-criticized characters in Tolkien fandom. Movie-inspired fanons have certainly not done him any favors, but he is disliked and even hated by fans who had read the books long before the movies came out. In this essay I attempt to address some of the most common criticisms against him, and develop a biography of what his life might have been like.

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IV. DENETHOR DURING THE WAR OF THE RING


Denethor and the Palantir )
Denethor and Boromir )
Denethor and Faramir )
The Council Meetings in 'The Siege of Gondor' )
Faramir's Injury and the Pyre of Denethor )
Title: Pride and Despair: A Defense of Ecthelion's Son - Part V
Rating: Teen
Warning(s): discussion of mature concepts
Summary: Denethor is one of the most-criticized characters in Tolkien fandom. Movie-inspired fanons have certainly not done him any favors, but he is disliked and even hated by fans who had read the books long before the movies came out. In this essay I attempt to address some of the most common criticisms against him, and develop a biography of what his life might have been like.

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V. CONCLUSION: IMRAHIL'S FINAL WORD


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Title: Pride and Despair: A Defense of Ecthelion's Son - Notes
Rating: Teen
Warning(s): discussion of mature concepts
Summary: Denethor is one of the most-criticized characters in Tolkien fandom. Movie-inspired fanons have certainly not done him any favors, but he is disliked and even hated by fans who had read the books long before the movies came out. In this essay I attempt to address some of the most common criticisms against him, and develop a biography of what his life might have been like.

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Footnotes )
Supplemental Notes )
Dwim asked for AU drabbles for her birthday. One AU scenario that I've seen attempted several times is Boromir living past Amon Hen - perhaps by taking the Ring. However, there are two scenarios that I have never seen attempted. And you know me - they just couldn't be left undone.

Be forewarned, these are a bit angsty - but this is Dwim's birthday we're talking about, and she taught me all I know on that topic, so perhaps it's fitting. :-)




Title: The Least of Rings
Rating: General
Word Count: 100
Characters: Boromir, Frodo
Summary: Boromir takes the ring.
Warnings: A.U.

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Title: A New Road or a Secret Gate
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 100
Characters: Merry
Summary: Boromir takes the Ring, with unexpected consequences.
Warnings: A.U.; and violence

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