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Yuletide Calendar 5 & 6

December 6th, 2011 (09:57 pm)

Days 5 - 6

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5 6

Fandom: The Lord of the Rings, Fourth Age (after the War of the Ring)
Pairing: Legolas/Eowyn
Rating: G
Summary: Why are the trees in Eryn Hollen dying? Legolas and Eowyn investigate.
Disclaimer: The Lord of the Rings and its characters were created by JRR Tolkien and brought to the screen by Peter Jackson. No offence is intended and no profit is being made by borrowing them for use in this story.
Author's Notes: As usual, if you haven't read any of my earlier Legolas/Eowyn stories, this will be crack!fic :-)

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Posted by: curiouswombat (curiouswombat)
Posted at: December 6th, 2011 10:01 pm (UTC)
Advent

How was the weekend?

I am always so in awe of your advent calendar - and this year is certainly well up to standard. I am anxiously awaiting Arador's fate and the significance of the mud...

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: December 8th, 2011 10:29 am (UTC)
yule_2011

Very good and quite bad, LOL! I hope to post about it at the weekend.

Thank you :-) I'm running behind already, but you know me. Things should become a bit clearer in the next part...

Posted by: bunn (bunn)
Posted at: December 7th, 2011 08:18 pm (UTC)

OK, I *haven't* read any of the others, but you are none the less starting to sell me on your sub-creation here... I particularly like the way you do Eowyn point of view. The mud reminded me of Firiel in 'the Last Ship'...

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: December 8th, 2011 10:38 am (UTC)
yule_2011

Hello! Thank you :-)

I like the word sub-creation. I don't think of my stories as AU exactly because, to me, AU means 'Legolas is a football coach and Eowyn is his star player', as per The Eagle fandom, but they're obviously not canon-compliant (except where they are).

I'm glad you like Eowyn. I have a lot invested in her!

I hadn't actually thought about it but, yes, the mud sticks to Eowyn because she isn't an elf, though in one of my earlier stories, she was granted a sort of immortality (really a very efficient immune system).

Posted by: bunn (bunn)
Posted at: December 8th, 2011 11:53 pm (UTC)
Smaug

Sub-creation is Tolkien's word so it seemed appropriate!

This story seems to me (though I know you were starting from the movie end) quite nicely set in the tradition of the 'Note on the Shire records' (which of course sets up the idea that Tolkien is working from dodgy third-generation records transcribed hundreds of years later) and also of that lovely early letter where he says he set out to 'create a new mythology for England'... if you are working with mythology, then you really could not ask for a better license to re-visit and reinvent.

I sometimes think that the young Tolkien, as he shows himself in his letters, would have been rather horrified by the jealous dragon that the Tolkien Estate has become. Though it's very Beowulf: the dead hero and the dragon guarding his word-hoard!

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: December 9th, 2011 10:36 am (UTC)
pair_kiss

'create a new mythology for England'

You're so right.

When I first started writing LOTR (which was the first fanfic I'd ever written) I naively thought that it would be perfectly OK to set my stories in the movie!verse, and to take Tolkien's world an extend it (as, I thought, he might have extended it, had he written the sequel he at one point intended). I soon got my knuckles thoroughly rapped! LOTR is one of those fandoms where the fans don't tolerate much originality and are very vocal about not tolerating it! Several of my stories started as responses to hostile comments (on other people's work), such as, 'There are no mermaids in Middle-earth'. (I gave them a mer-man ;-)

And I have long, long wanted to write a tenth walker story!

I sometimes think that the young Tolkien, as he shows himself in his letters, would have been rather horrified by the jealous dragon that the Tolkien Estate has become.

Yes, he, more than anyone, must have understood how an oral culture (which is basically what fandom is) operates.

Posted by: bunn (bunn)
Posted at: December 9th, 2011 12:04 pm (UTC)

I think the original book fandom had got very used to being its own little insular world, full of people who all knew each other and had their own set of rather academic in-jokes, and were united by being ignored by the general public and somewhat looked down upon by the academic world. At any rate that is what the international Tolkien society seemed like in the 90's (I was briefly a member but found it a bit claustrophobic)

Then the films came along, and suddenly the wide world came smashing in and everyone wanted a piece of it, and it was quite difficult for some of them to deal with. I am reminded of Shire-hobbits : they tried to fence the world out, and only ended up fencing themselves in...

But it is such a huge fandom that I think attitudes may depend on which shore of it you happen to wash up on.

Several of my stories started as responses to hostile comments
This is great inspiration, I have done the same with Eagle ones (though you don't seem to get such hurtful comments as you describe there, maybe because the fandom is so relatively tiny).

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: December 10th, 2011 07:13 am (UTC)
yule_2011

I have done the same with Eagle ones

Really? Which ones?

Posted by: Nebride - Bishie Hunter (nebride)
Posted at: December 10th, 2011 01:57 am (UTC)

Chapter 5 - eep! The ground fell away!? What has Eowyn gotten into? (And I apologize for not commenting lately, I haven't been on LJ) Sorry :(

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: December 10th, 2011 07:09 am (UTC)
yule_2011

What has Eowyn gotten into?

Aha! (I spent a lot of my holiday thinking of a way to distract Legolas and stop him simply rescuing Arador from the humans ;-)

Posted by: Nebride - Bishie Hunter (nebride)
Posted at: December 10th, 2011 01:59 am (UTC)

Chapter 6 - Poor Arador, indeed! However, I got a little lost there thinking about Legolas rinsing the mud off of her... ehem!

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: December 10th, 2011 07:11 am (UTC)
yule_2011

I got a little lost there thinking about Legolas rinsing the mud off of her... ehem!

Yes, I thought that might happen!

(How is His Lordship, btw (looking at icon)? And Adrian?)

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