December 12th, 2009


Nothing of Note

Because Tolkien tells us in the intervening years, 'nothing of note' happened.

Might as well kick off this listing with the behemoth that started it all (yes, I went from mostly just writing poetry to deciding to write a 'story' to it turning into a novel that took a year and a half to finish - I've since learned to yank on the Muse's reins a little better). This led to my discovery of and other jolly places for writers.

Title: Nothing of Note
Wordcount: 171,634 (or thereabouts)
Summary: Bilbo Baggins faces his 98th year with a local adventure that leads to his eventual selection and adoption of an heir.

At Stories of Arda:

Or here it is at, if you prefer:

Like the later Stone of Erebor this was one of my "gapfiller" pet projects, a look at the process that led up to Bilbo deciding to make the (rather notable) step of choosing an heir, then following through with it. It is Bilbo-centric and includes an extended spring journey to the three Towers and back again, as well as an interlude in Buckland, a Dwarvish visit and other events, all within the bounds of the Shire.

I have intent to eventually go back through and provide some much-needed editing, but for now it has to wait. Fair warning, this is a whopping 70 chapters plus an Epilogue.


Old friends who have fought battles before this one

Title: Approach
Characters: Elrond, Gandalf
Wordcount: 603
Summary: A vignette that takes a look at the thoughts of Elrond and Gandalf as they wait in Rivendell, knowing the Nazgul, and the Ring, are near.

A/N: An early work that resulted from a challenge that I no longer recall.

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A Bit More

But it's so cold

Title: A Bit More
Characters: Sam, Bill the Pony
Wordcount: 838
Summary: Sam Gamgee's view of what looks to be a bad time on Caradhras, shared with the sympathetic Bill.

A/N: This is an introspective sort of vignette I discovered hadn't been posted anywhere but the rarely-visited Scrapbook. It is brought out and dusted off for inclusion here, the result of a prompt challenge to write something based on the verse at the beginning.

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The Birthday Guest

Let's make another toast

Title: The Birthday Guest
Wordcount: 417
Summary: Another short scene as the result of a challenge to spring off of a bit of Tolkien's own verse. In this case, the viewpoint of a guest at the next September's birthday party.

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