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An article on Valentine's Day in my local newspaper stated that, in Victorian times, a piece of jewelry shaped liked a snake with its tail in its mouth meant eternal love.

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Why do Aragorn and Legolas always end up in dangerous situations? Will Elrond finally put his foot down?

It's all here: the unbelievable injuries, the angst/humor/healing tea, Elrond's eyebrows, The Els, Aragorn's conveniently-missing mother ("she's just too hard to write").

I enjoy reading Aragorn Legolas friendship fics, but there is a certain amount of cliche that's developed in the fanon, and it's fun to see that exposed.

"The Sacrifices of Friendship" by peredhil lover

2 chapters, 5645 words, all audiences

on ff.net
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3355153/1/
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Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] meneathiel for the rec!

"A Question of Duty" by Daw

The decision to accompany Frodo must have been difficult for Legolas, given that he was needed in Mirkwood.

9 chapters, 32,000 words, all audiences

On Henneth Annun
http://www.henneth-annun.net/stories/chapter.cfm?stid=1698
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Thank you to all the great writers and moderators/organizers who've made LotR/Lotrips Christmas fic exchanges a gift for everyone this year! The stories are particularly good this year. I've had to read very fast just to keep up!

Warning: mostly male/male slash and rated R or NC17 but some general/het stories as well

LotR Fictional Person Slash:

Faramir Fiction Archive Midwinter Swap
http://www.faramirfiction.com/news/midwinter-swap

Lord of the Rings Secret Santa
moderated by [livejournal.com profile] caras_galadhon, [livejournal.com profile] empy, [livejournal.com profile] kimberleigh_, and [livejournal.com profile] shirasade
separate listings for Hobbits/Interspecies and Elves and Men
http://fandomish.net/lotr_sesa/

Eagle of the Star by [livejournal.com profile] alex_quine is an R-rated Denethor/Thorongil with a strong guest star appearance by Ecthelion

Secret Santa Fanfic Swap
Mostly Elves but some Men
http://www.geocities.com/slashysanta/2006decemberfiction.html


LotR Real Person Slash:

ViggOrli Secret Santa
organized/moderated by [livejournal.com profile] lennongirl
http://community.livejournal.com/vo_xmas/

Slasha, Baby
maintainers: [livejournal.com profile] mcee, [livejournal.com profile] msilverstar, [livejournal.com profile] yueni
http://community.livejournal.com/slashababy/
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"The Call of Duty" by MerryKK

While Aragorn is celebrating in Cormallen, Faramir is struggling with the political and moral dilemma of the return of the king in Minas Tirith.

All audiences, 2 chapters + epilogue, 8686 words

on fanfiction.net
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3285975/1/
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"Counsel" by Alassiel

On the eve of his coronation, Aragorn receives advice from a friend.

All audiences; one shot

on Stories of Arda
http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterlistview.asp?SID=5068
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"Despair" by Silivren Tinu

Concerned about the growing tension between Boromir and Aragorn, and the influence of the One Ring on the Gondorian, Legolas decides to intervene and confront Boromir before it may be too late for all of them. FotR gapfiller.

All audiences

on ff.net
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3236540/1/
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Finally had the chance to read the fics in the trick or treat exchange for [livejournal.com profile] sons_of_gondor

Check them out here:
http://community.livejournal.com/sons_of_gondor/374075.html#cutid1

"Fruition" by [livejournal.com profile] edoraslass gets a special mention. Shiver-y AU featuring Thorongil, Finduilas, Imrahil, and others. Very appropriate for Halloween!
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"Jackson, Where's My Paycheck?" by theharshlightofday

A hobbit in dire need of health insurance, a bumbling gardener, a senile wizard, a klutzy ranger, a prissy elf and a horny elf maiden with a speech impediment… it can only be a shameless parody of Peter Jackson’s movie trilogy!

The summary above really doesn't do this fic justice. It's quite funny at pointing out movieverse/bookverse discrepancies and the fangirl factor. I'm glad that I started reading it!

No warnings, 5 chapters so far

ff.net
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3163665/1/


Excerpt:

He pulled down his hood, and revealed a shaggy mane of dark hair, flecked with grey. His silver eyes sparkled with mischief.

“Who are you?” asked Frodo.

He smiled. “Are you frightened?”

The hobbit shrugged. “Not really.”

“Awww,” Strider pouted, “Do I not look all rascally and evil?”

"No,” said Frodo, “You just look extremely hot.”

“Damn.”

The door burst open, and in rushed Sam, Merry and Pippin, ready for a tussle. Strider drew his sword.

“Let him go!” said Sam, fists at the ready, “Or I’ll have you Longshanks!” He paused a second. “Isn’t your sword meant to be all broken and stuff?”

“Err, no” He sheathed it in a hurry. “Anyways, what the hell do you want? This is a private conversation.”

Merry raised a hand.

“We’re here for important plot exposition.”
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"The Haunting of Minas Tirith" by [livejournal.com profile] fawsley

Is it possible that the dead might walk? Or is there a more down-to-earth (with a bump!) explanation?

Fun with Faramir, Aragorn, miraculously!undead Boromir, Bergil, and Jumble the hound.

http://fawsley.livejournal.com/109986.html

Comic!

Oct. 25th, 2006 05:34 am
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"Dungeon Master of the Rings"
Images from Fellowship with words by Shamus Young

Lord of the Rings is more or less the foundation of modern Dungeons and Dragons. The latter rose from the former, although the two are now so estranged that to reunite them would be an act of savage madness. Imagine a gaggle of modern hack-n-slash roleplayers who had somehow never been exposed to the original Tolkien mythos, and then imagine taking those players and trying to introduce them to Tolkien via a D&D campaign.

Work in progress, at least 10 parts; I'm not a gamer, but this is pretty funny

http://www.shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale/?p=612
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Aragorn paper doll
http://www.100megsfree4.com/gogators4/Aragorn.html

More Lord of the Rings paper dolls (Frodoll coming soon! And Freda?! [Is Hama next??])
http://www.100megsfree4.com/gogators4/LordOfTheRings.html

Viggo Mortensen paper doll with green plaid shirt!
http://www.100megsfree4.com/gogators4/ViggoMortenson.html
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"Starveling" by Teekeeus

Aragorn encounters an enigmatic street urchin : demonstrating the delicate inequality between animal and human. But when he falls gravely ill, will the orphan leave his animalistic ways behind to aid the ailing stranger?

Intriguing story, 6 chapters, angst for the first 3 chapters

on fanfiction.net
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3124147/1/
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No time to upload a teaser photo, but do check out the photos of Viggo in Leon with puppies.

on Viggo-Works
http://www.viggo-works.com/index.php?page=243&&offset=0
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"The Lap of Time" by Gwynnyd

How does an elf learn how to die when half of her is gone?

“Aragorn put his hand on Eldarion’s shoulder and said that everything in Arda has more than one purpose. If he looked around him he would see there is nothing that has one use only. When the music sounded, it already contained within it everything that Arda is, in a complexity too great for any mind save Eru’s to comprehend. He turned Eldarion to face him. Taking the rose from my hair, he pressed it into Eldarion’s hand and, smiling at him, said, ‘Eru never wasted so much as a flower or a tree. How can you think he would squander souls? Men will have a part to play, before the new beginning, and after.’”

On Stories of Arda
http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterlistview.asp?SID=5033
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Be afraid, be very afraid!

A few casting changes and pithy commentary by Viggo Mortensen and Christopher Lee. YouTube animation, 8 1/2 minutes long.

Link from [livejournal.com profile] linaelyn
http://linaelyn.livejournal.com/1210115.html
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Viggo Mortensen paperdoll that you can dress up. I'm not making this up.

Sorry, didn't see any of the famous plaid shirts, the football/soccer pajamas, or the green suit, but you can click and drag the Aragorn beard and accessorize (sunglasses!) from there.

http://www.stardoll.com/dolls/235/Viggo_Mortensen.html

From Viggo Obsession
http://www.viggophile.net/welcframes.html

There are also Liv Tyler and Orlando Bloom* stardolls. I didn't see Elijah Wood or Sean Bean, but possibly they take fan requests.

*2 Orlando stardolls, each with different facial hair and underwear; I think that they missed an opportunity here by not including some of his famously gaudy shirts.
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"First Lessons in the Wild" by Larner
The Hobbits and Strider get to know each other a little better on the way to Rivendell.
Moments in Time short stories series

on Stories of Arda
http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterview.asp?sid=3966&cid=20329
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"A Three Hour Cruise" by [livejournal.com profile] shirebound

A quick read. See subject line in lieu of summary. You'll like it!

http://shirebound.livejournal.com/583088.html?view=10516912#t10516912
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"Unused audio commentary" to Return of the King
by "Howard Zinn" and "Noam Chomsky" (not really, but a parody of their political commentary)

[livejournal.com profile] your_own_path found the link!

Excerpt:

CHOMSKY: Did you notice how, before he died, Saruman openly questioned Aragorn's claim to the throne? I couldn't agree more—as far as I'm concerned, Gondor has a ruler, and has had a ruler for a long time, a ruler who represents the people of Gondor, a true nationalist and patriot. His name, of course, is Denethor.

ZINN: A popular leader, moreover, able to keep his people calm when Orcs are visibly massing only several hundred yards away.

CHOMSKY: Yes. There is no better sign of the loyalty he inspires than the fact that he is able to request a funeral pyre for a son who's not even dead and be unquestioningly obeyed. This is not a Man about to be pushed around by Elves or Istari overseers.

Part 1:
http://www.mcsweeneys.net/links/ringcommentary/part1.html
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