Tag Archive | Lord of the Rings

Pretty sure my oldest fandom is The Hobbit.

Going back as far as possible for jesse_the_k’s prompt, “Something you read|watched|listened to before high school that you still think of fondly today.”

(And actually keeping it short this time, for once.)

When I was in kindergarten, my parents told me “hey, you’re going to sit down with the principal and vice principal and read them a chapter of The Hobbit.”

Many, many years later, it clicked that, hey, that was probably a test. Parents were trying to get school to recognize that kid was reading waaaay above grade level, school officials figured parents were being starry-eyed and unrealistic about their kid’s abilities, a proof-of-concept demonstration was arranged.

But they wisely didn’t tell me that, and I just figured, hey, this is a great book and anyone would enjoy having it read to them, so why not?

Bag End

I read chapter 2 — past all the character introduction, but not so far into the adventure that you can’t pick up the continuity. It’s the one where they nearly get eaten by trolls, and are saved by some last-minute Gandalf counter-trolling.

Also, probably the funniest chapter. Not sure whether that was chosen deliberately, but it worked out well — the officials could tell I understood what I was reading, because I laughed at all the right parts.

There are “series I discovered young and still appreciate” that are more kid-accessible — the Oz books, Calvin and Hobbes, the Bailey School Kids, Madeline, Narnia, Aliens Ate My Homework, and half a dozen classic Cartoon Network shows all come to mind. But I didn’t actually discover those first. Whereas Dad was an old-school D&D nerd, so a copy of The Hobbit was right within reach.

(December talking meme.)

Anachronistic references in historical/AU settings

When writing in a setting that is very much Not Our Own, how do you deal with words and phrases that are specifically tied to to our world and its history?

I’m thinking mostly of fantasy worlds (LotR, AtLA, Pokémon) and sci-fi ones that aren’t supposed to be part of Earth’s future (BSG, Star Wars), although the same question can easily come up in historical fiction, too.

Would you write about one of Arwen’s chairs coming with an ottoman, or Gaius Baltar having an Adam’s apple? Would you find a synonym for the term, or try to work around it? Does it make a difference if it’s only in the third-person narration, as opposed to the thoughts/speech of an actual character?

How about phrases that any character could conceivably come up with, but that we recognize as literary allusions? Princess Leia walking in the valley of the shadow of death, for instance. There’s no way to come up with a wholly original phrase that will carry the same weight for readers, even though her galaxy has never seen a King James Bible. Is that a reason to be more lenient?

Discworld does a pretty good job of coming up with its own equivalents for things in our world, and referencing them to similar effect, with the result that it comes off as self-contained, richly detailed, and comfortably familiar, all at once. But that kind of equivalence takes time and investment to construct, which is hard to pull off, especially if you’re writing a short fic and the canon hasn’t already given you something to work with.

One of the quickest and most elegant examples I can think of is in Caprica, which tossed off a quick line about how “polls find that many college students are getting their news from comedian Baxter Sarno.” And now I want to know what Caprican Backtalk With Baxter Sarno RPF looks like. Actually, scratch that, I want stories about Caprican fans putting together illegal mods of their favorite characters and turning them loose in V-World. I bet they have a lot more fangirls into machinima…

Back on topic! Do your standards when reading this sort of thing compare to your standards when writing it? How big a disconnect does there have to be to throw you out of the story? How much does the silliness of the source, and/or the fic, factor in? I’m sure nobody would bat an eye at Team Rocket bursting out with “we’re not in Kansas anymore!” So how cracky would the fic have to be before you would tolerate hearing it from Frodo?

(This slew of questions brought to you by the sudden realization that I tried to use the phrase “lost her train of thought” for a character in a pre-industrial setting, and the unexpected philosophical crisis that followed.)

This Week, 9/6-9/12

Fake News
Pace Yourself For Me (fic/synopsis | Jon/”Stephen”, families | through PG-13)
Strawberry Pajamas (art | Jon/”Stephen” | worksafe)
Timid Stephen sketches (sketchpile | Stephen, Sweetness | worksafe)
Five Ways Stephen Reconciled His Faith And His Sexuality (fic | past “Stephen”/Jonathan; a cat named after Ronald Reagan; “Stephen”/Lorraine; OCs; P. K. Winsome; angel!Feist; Jon/”Stephen” | PG, warnings)
Hypothetically… (old-ish art | Stephen | mildly NSFW)

Fake News/Hellsing
Eat It, Brett Favre (comic panel | Jon, “Stephen”, a broken broom handle | worksafe)

Hellsing
Baby’s First Gun (art | Integra | worksafe)
Baobhan sith prowling (kao-ani | the baobhan sith | worksafe)
Fruit Salad (art | Seras, Helena | worksafe)

Lord of the Rings
From The West (old sketch | OC | worksafe)

Pet Shop of Horrors
Sketch Pile of Horrors (old art | D/Leon, T-chan, Q-chan, Jill, misc | worksafe)

R.O.D
Books Are Sexy (art | Yomiko | worksafe-ish)

Sailor Moon
Moon Faerie Misadventures (old 10-page comic | moon faeries, a kitten | worksafe)

Sailor Neopets
Old sketches, all worksafe: Roll of the Dice | Would You Like Some Toast? | Leslie, Golden Girl | Sailor Neopet Sprite Brigade

General/Miscellaneous
Mika art: TinierMika Expression Sheet | Jane, stage 1 | Mika’s Big Change | Color Tests
You Can’t Take My Toys From Me (a couple of penciled still lifes)
The Trouble With Cats (a penciled not-so-still snoozing cat)
Never Leave Erin A Notecard (doodles | Sailor Moon, Luna, Integra, Stephen, an eagle | worksafe)

Next Week in Shine:
Hasn’t been enough Integra in this strip lately. Let’s fix that.

Website Updates
Fixed/updated download links over at And Shine England Then.
New sneak-preview image over at the TWC voting page!

This Week, 8/16-8/22

Fake News
The Daily Bishownen (art | Jon/”Stephen”, an excess of sparkles | worksafe)
Confusing Bouquet of Emotion (art | “Stephen” | NSFW, warnings)
Liberal Guilt Attack (comic | Jon, liberal!”Stephen” | G)

Hellsing
Grief (old sketches | Integra | worksafe)
Hellreindeer (old sketch | IntegraxAlucard, hellhounds | worksafe)
How To Win A Ship War (art | Pip/Seras/Schroedinger/Rip/Walter/Alucard/Integra/Enrico/Alex/Heinkel/Yumie/Yumiko | worksafe)

Lord of the Rings/Neopets
A Neopian Lord of the Rings (eleven-page comic | Gandalf!Donna, Kacheek!hobbits, Draik!Tom Bombadil, others | G)

Sailor Moon(+Neopets)
The Eternal Pink (old art | Eternal Sailor Chibi-Moon? | worksafe)
Super Moons (old art | Super Sailors Moon + Chibi-Moon | worksafe)
Moon Tier (sculpture | Sailor Cosmos, Chibi Chibi, Small Lady, Princess Serenity, Queen Serenity | worksafe)
Sailor Senshi Display Case (decorated figurine display case | Sailors Mercury through Pluto | worksafe)
Miracle Romance (light-up sculpture | Serenity/Endymion | worksafe)
Super Sailor Tiny Moon (wooden miniature | Super Sailor Moon | worksafe)
Moon Mask (paper-maché sculpture | Sailor Moon | worksafe)
Spectral (a working lamp | Super Sailor Moon, the Spectral Elemental | worksafe)
Palm Sized Chibi Chibi (clay sculpture | Chibi Chibi | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Grass is greener (old pencil drawing of a tree)
Scanning My Cat (what it says on the tin. Oh, cat.)
Never Leave Erin A Placemat 3 (old sketches | Stephen, Korbat!Stephen, Shoyru!Jon, various Sailor Neopets, a parrot | worksafe)
Bunny Girl (wire sculpture of a bunny-girl silhouette in a short skirt)
The Ptah Lighthouse (wood and paper sculpture of, you guessed it, a lighthouse)

Next Week in Shine:
Back in the present, Walter is just starting to reflect on the moral of the flashback when his world turns inside-out.

These Weeks, 6/28-7/11

Fake News
Hearts and Stars (art | “Stephen”, happy!”Stephen” | worksafe)
Five Other Correspondents Jon (Thought He) Seduced (fic | Jon/everybody – specifically, “Stephen”, Sam+Jason, John Hodgman, Aasif (offscreen), and Olivia | PG-13)
Seven (ficlet | “Stephen”, liberal!”Stephen”, happy!”Stephen”, Steve ColberT, Jermaine Maine, Sweetness, Esteban, Jon, Allison | G)
Rug an mhuir fhián é léi (art | “Stephen”/OC | NSFW)

Fake News/Hellsing
TVTropes Will Ruin Your Unlife (meta!art | Jon, Stephen, a TVTropes page | worksafe)

Hellsing
baby Hellsing (art | bb!Alucard, bb!Seras | worksafe)
Blackberry Patch (sketch | Integra | worksafe)

Lord of the Rings
Elwing (old art | Elwing | worksafe)
It Is Fish (old art | Bilbo, Gollum | worksafe)
Departure of the Ringbearers (old art | Gandalf, Elrond, Galadriel, Frodo | worksafe)
Elanor the Fair (old art | Elanor Gamgee | worksafe)

Pet Shop of Horrors
T-chan and Q-chan (art | T-chan, Q-chan | worksafe)

Sailor Moon
Water Wings (art | Ami | mildly NSFW)

The Sailor Neopets
Old sketches, all worksafe:
Adam | Shoyru High | Ninja Vicki | Kara Lynn pinup | Mindcat | Sailor Chibi-Lupe | Greek Girls | Breezy

General/Miscellaneous
Self-portraits (old sketches | me, Reseda | worksafe)

Next Week in Shine:
Tentative coffin cuddling…

The countdown begins…

Having finished the first of my final papers, I have this to say:

1) Final countdown report: 6 pages down, 18 to go.

2) ELROND IS A LABRADOODLE, YOU GUYS.

(His father was a first-generation hybrid, and his mother was a first-generation backcross. Which I guess makes Lúthien a poodle. Gosh, I wonder if I’ve had too many energy drinks today…?)

This Week in Erin, 4/7-4/13

Fake News
A Tiny Version of Himself (fic, PG)
West 54th Street Story (mix)

Hellsing
Fixed links on the sheet music page.
New addition to the Logos Naki World lyrics collection.
Download OVA III and IV extra music, one and two.

Crossovers
The Lord of the Reports: The Fellowship of the Tie, chapter 16: Red, White, and Doomed (fic, fake news/The Lord of the Rings, PG-13)
Meganekkos in Heat (art, Hellsing/Witch Hunter Robin/Read or Die, worksafe)

Next Week in Shine:
After Yumie is knocked out by a Utena-driven Timothy, Yumiko wakes up in the infirmary and has to explain things to her grande soeur.