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Biography:   I was a bit late in finding this fantastic site, but I've been posting at for... wow, over years now! I'm a Christian and (mildly fanatical) lover of hobbits -- particularly Frodo, as anyone who knows me will tell you. **NOTE, 5/4/06: It is with great reluctance that I must announce that all of my current WIPs have been DROPPED. They will be deleted from and Stories of Arda shortly, and then archived permanantly at my fanfic journal ( I am very sorry that it has come to this, but I just don't have the time or the will to work on them anymore. Perhaps sometime in the near, or not-so-near, future I will take them up again and finish them, but as I enter my senior year of high school and prepare to dual enroll in college, that seems like a remote possibility. To all the faithful readers who stuck through my first, awkward attempts and waited patiently for each new chapter - thank you, so very, very much. Your reviews encouraged and inspired me, and I hope they will continue to do so if I am ever able to pick my stories up again. My one-shots and drabbles, andI willcontinue towrite those, although my interests have expanded far beyond LotR now and most of what I write will probably be for other fandoms. I am trying to concentrate on my non-fanfiction work right now, which you can find here: under the pen name of Taryn McKay). Once again, I'm sorry to disappoint you all, but thank you for everything. It's been fun, and I hope to see you around. God bless! ~Tathar**
Story Favorites
bullet Merry's Errand by Budgielover Last Updated: 8/20/2003
Merry’s routine firewood gathering errand turns dangerous when a band of brigands hunts the hobbits and Strider after Weathertop. Takes place before "A Desperate Race."
Rating: PG Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 4 Published: 8/5/2003
bullet Unlikely Comfort by shirebound Last Updated: 8/17/2003
Between Moria and Lórien, Legolas and Aragorn help Frodo through the shock of Gandalf's death. The healing doesn't stop there, however, as before the group reaches Lórien, bonding and healing have taken place throughout the Fellowship, in quite unexpected ways. (AU, in that the distance between Moria and Lórien is slightly greater than in canon, and, as the story begins, neither Frodo nor Sam were hurt in Moria; therefore, the mithril shirt is still a secret.)
Rating: PG Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 9 Published: 8/17/2003
bullet The Making of a Ringbearer I: Adrift by Henna Gamgee Last Updated: 8/10/2003
A look at what Frodo’s life might have been like at Brandy Hall after his parents' deaths, and the events leading up to his adoption by Bilbo. Frodo is a quiet child whose good intentions sometimes get him into trouble. Saradoc and Esmeralda love him like their own, but something is missing from young Frodo’s life. Can a spirited old bachelor turn things around? The first part in my “Making of a Ringbearer” series, which is pre-LOTR.
Rating: G Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 11 Published: 8/4/2003
bullet Intruder by Budgielover Last Updated: 8/6/2003
In Rivendell, an assassination attempt upon the recovering Ringbearer evolves into a different sort of murder, and mystery. Takes place before "Recovery in Rivendell" and after "Out of All Knowledge."
Rating: PG Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 4 Published: 8/5/2003
bullet Beyond the Havens by jodancingtree Last Updated: 8/5/2003
Frodo sailed West, and Sam was left behind. But he followed - sixty years later, he had not forgotten his Master, and he followed him -
Rating: G Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 6 Published: 8/5/2003
bullet Bronwe athan Harthad by Aratlithiel Last Updated: 8/4/2003
Frodo deals with the loss of the One Ring
Rating: PG Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 1 Published: 8/4/2003
bullet Belts of Silver, Leaves of Gold by shirebound Last Updated: 7/27/2003
When Merry and Pippin were taken by the Orcs, their packs and gear were left behind at Parth Galen. A few years later a box arrives for them from Gondor, full of bittersweet memories.
Rating: G Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 7 Published: 7/27/2003
bullet The Ways Appointed to Us by shirebound Last Updated: 7/26/2003
At Henneth Annűn while Frodo and Sam sleep, Faramir contemplates the powerful call of the Ring and the decision he must make. Three short chapters: Faramir's POV; a short time earlier (Sam's POV); and still earlier (Frodo's POV).
Rating: G Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 3 Published: 7/26/2003
bullet In the Keeping of the King by shirebound Last Updated: 7/24/2003
Frodo awakens at Cormallen to discover that Gandalf is still alive... and so is he. With Frodo caught between joy and shock, Aragorn and Gandalf ponder what has been won -- and what may have been lost.
Rating: G Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 5 Published: 7/23/2003
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