10. Pride and Prejudice – LOTR, May 2010, 2623 words, 117 hits, 1 kudos, 0 comments
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.
9. Pride and Despair: A Defense of Ecthelion's Son – LOTR, August 2008, 16104 words, 119 hits, 1 kudos, 0 comments
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.
8. Full Circle – LOTR, March 2011, 412 words, 126 hits, 1 kudos, 0 comments
Aragorn and Arwen must have returned to Rivendell at some point after the war. How might it have changed?
7. Things That Yet May Be – LOTR/Silmarillion, April 2011, 2062 words, 130 hits, 3 kudos, 0 comments
Galadriel warns against using the Mirror as a guide because "the Mirror shows many things, and not all have yet come to pass. Some never come to be, unless those that beheld the visions turn aside from their path to prevent them. The Mirror is dangerous as a guide of deeds." It sounds like Galadriel has had bad experiences with using the Mirror "as a guide of deeds." But when?
6. Ten Thousand Years – LOTR, March 2011, 2736 words, 130 hits, 3 kudos, 0 comments
A few days after the Council of Elrond, Boromir stumbles into a room he thought was his own, and meets someone quite unexpected.
5. The Fraternity of Strangers – LOTR, April 2011, 2204 words, 141 hits, 1 kudos, 0 comments
Eowyn would probably not have been the easiest of patients. A moment from the Houses of Healing. (Also features Lothiriel.
4. When Winter first Begins to Bite – LOTR, December 2010, 142 hits, 1 kudos, 0 comments
Several years after the War of the Ring, Eowyn seeks out an old healer-woman to whom she owes a debt of gratitude.
3. Spring's First Thaw – LOTR, March 2009, 166 hits, 803 words, 0 kudos, 0 comments
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?
2. In the Depths of Winter – LOTR, December 2010, 168 hits, 786 words, 0 kudos, 0 comments
Aragorn, as the new king of Gondor and Arnor Reunited, ushered in a new age of peace – and, Gondor quite naturally hoped, the beginnings of a new dynasty. But just because something is expected does not mean it will come easily. (Arwen-centric.)
1. Twice Bound – HP, March 2011, 868 words, 6 kudos, 2 comments.
A careless comment on James's part upsets a rather pregnant Lily. Because pureblood/Muggle-born relationships would probably have all the stresses of inter-racial or inter-religious marriages in our own world.
Two take-away messages? I need to write more Harry Potter fic,and a good number of AO3 readers check out older fic. I had stories backdated to 2005 and 2006 (when they were originally posted) that had received lots of hits, even though I didn't join AO3 until much later.