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I've been a born-again Christian since childhood, and a Southern Baptist by denomination since I was in the 7th grade. Therefore, I am very careful to neither read nor write slash, and I'm also careful as to what elements I will include in a story. With that said, I have long enjoyed the fantasy stories in which people from our world visit other worlds (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, etc.), but until recent years, I never expected to enjoy a fantasy novel that was set completely in another world. Those kinds of fantasy held no interest for me. Then, in December, 2012, Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey came out in the theaters, and Wal-Mart began a massive campaign of advertising and selling Tolkien's works (The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings) and the Peter Jackson movies that are based on his works. It also sold a number of promotional items that are also based on his works (posters, Legos, etc.). Since I didn't want to read a fantasy novel set totally in another world without also reading one in which someone from our world travels to another, I decided that I would read Tolkien's novels and The Chronicles of Narnia side by side; it just seemed fitting that I should read them together. (Before I had my own copies of those books, I didn't realize just how fitting that would be!) I began to read them in January, 2013.

Suffice it to say that reading The Lord of the Rings, in particular, converted me into a diehard Tolkien fan; I have since purchased and read other books by him, as well as a number of books about him, along with books about C.S. Lewis. (I have read The Hobbit, or There and Back Again; The Annotated Hobbit; The Lord of the Rings; The Silmarillion; Unfinished Tales: The Lost Lore of Middle-earth; The Children of Hurin; Beren and Luthien; The Fall of Gondolin; the entire The Histories of Middle-earth series: The Book of Lost Tales, Parts 1 and 2, The Lays of Beleriand, The Shaping of Middle-earth, The Lost Road and Other Writings, The Return of the Shadow, The Treason of Isengard, The War of the Ring, Sauron Defeated, Morgoth's Ring, The War of the Jewels, and The Peoples of Middle-Earth; Bilbo's Last Song; The Tolkien Reader; Smith of Wootton Major; Roverandom; Tales from the Perilous Realm; The Atlas of Middle-Earth; The Inklings: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, and Their Friends; J.R.R. Tolkien: a Biography; The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien; and Letters from Father Christmas, as well as some informational and devotional books about Tolkien's Middle-earth.) In addition, I've purchased and watched all of the movies based on The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings: both the original animated versions by Arthur Rankin and Jules Bass and by Ralph Bakshi, and the more recent epic live-action versions produced and directed by Peter Jackson, both his theater editions and extended editions (as well as the animated and live-action movies of The Chronicles of Narnia series). And I have also since started writing my own Tolkien fanfiction based on The Lord of the Rings.

I have posted my Tolkien stories on this forum, in the hopes that others will enjoy reading them; if and when I have completed any more, I will post them here as well, if they're allowed here. It took me a long time to be accepted as a story author here on SoA once I applied, but I am so glad that I finally am! My fanfiction stories are also posted on a few other Web sites. To access them, go to these URLs: and Archive of Our Own. Some of them are also posted on LiveJournal.

bullet A question for the Stories of Arda administrators Last Updated: 3/18/2024
This is for the administrators of this forum, since there's no longer any other way to contact them. Please read this. When it's no longer needed, I will take it down.
Rating: G Reviews Status: In Progress Chapters: 1 Published: 3/18/2024
bullet An Unexpected Adventure [IN HIATUS] Last Updated: 1/2/2024
1-2-24: I have a request to make of our readers in separate author's note at the bottom of this story. KathyG.
Rating: G Reviews Status: In Progress Chapters: 111 Published: 7/21/2018
bullet Sam's Coming-of-Age Gift Last Updated: 6/21/2017
On Samwise Gamgee’s 33rd birthday, Frodo has a coming-of-age gift for him. This is my contribution to the LOTR Community Challenge’s “Graduation Gifts” challenge, and my prompt is a coin. Thank you, Dreamflower, for beta-reading my story!
Rating: G Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 1 Published: 6/21/2017
bullet Gamgee Gifts Last Updated: 5/12/2017
On the day after Bilbo’s departure from the Shire, Frodo gives Hamfast and Sam their gifts from their former master. Dreamflower, thank you so much for beta-reading my story, and for helping me out with the Gamgees’ speech!
Rating: G Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 1 Published: 5/12/2017
bullet Baby Sam Last Updated: 1/24/2017
During a Yule visit to Bag End following his parents’ death, Frodo meets baby Samwise. Many thanks to Dreamflower for beta-reading my story!
Rating: G Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 1 Published: 1/24/2017
bullet Friendship on the Quest Last Updated: 8/9/2016
This article explores how friendship and loyalty helped the Fellowship to win the War of the Ring. Author’s Notes: The LOTR_community’s August, 2014, challenge was to write an essay, research article, or other nonfictional work related to Tolkien's legendarium. (Thank you, Dreamflower, for beta-reading my article!)
Rating: G Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 1 Published: 8/9/2016
bullet Galadriel's Ring Last Updated: 7/31/2016
On the trip to the Grey Havens with Bilbo and Frodo, Sam can see Galadriel’s ring, and he wonders why.
Rating: G Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 1 Published: 7/31/2016
bullet More Mercy for Beregond Last Updated: 7/23/2016
Beregond has been ordered to leave Minas Tirith, and to serve in Faramir’s new White Company in Ithilien. But has he been banned from Minas Tirith altogether? Faramir intends to find out. (Many thanks to Dreamflower for beta-reading my story!) Disclaimer: Faramir, Aragorn, and Beregond do not belong to me, but to J.R.R. Tolkien. I’m simply making use of them.
Rating: G Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 1 Published: 7/23/2016
bullet Musings in the Land of Shadow Last Updated: 7/17/2016
In my first attempt at a double drabble, I’ve posted what thoughts might have been going through Frodo’s mind after Sam has replicas panerai related everything that he did and went through, from the moment that Gollum attacked him in Shelob’s lair to the time when he finally found Frodo. Disclaimer: Frodo and Sam were not created by me, but by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Rating: G Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 1 Published: 7/17/2016
bullet Close Call Last Updated: 7/10/2016
Summary: During the Quest, Sam falls into a gully at a time when he is so tired, he can hardly keep his eyes open. He lands in a rushing stream, where he almost drowns. Prompt: From B2MeM 2009. Day Two: March 2: Mercurial Monday! For Mercurial Monday, we offer B2MeM participants the choice of two prompts. Participants may choose whichever they prefer. In addition, the second prompt may be used in place of any other prompt in the challenge! Think of the most dangerous situation you c
Rating: G Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 1 Published: 7/10/2016
bullet An Elf? Last Updated: 7/4/2016
In Chapter 2: “The Shadow of the Past,” of The Fellowship of the Ring, it says, “He [Sam] believed he had once seen an elf in the woods, and still hoped to see more one day.” But when and where does that happen? In this pre-Quest double drabble, Sam sees an elf while taking a walk.
Rating: G Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 1 Published: 7/4/2016
bullet Merry and Pippin's Visit Last Updated: 6/26/2016
In this pre-Quest gapfiller based on Mariole’s story, “Bad Step” (which can be found at LiveJournal), Sam is confined to his room and ordered to stay off his feet on the day after he has been outside for the first time since his accident, and he’s feeling cross and out of sorts. Merry and Pippin make an unexpected visit to Bag End to cheer him up and amuse him. Thanks to Mariole for the idea as to the way in which Merry and Pippin attempt
Rating: G Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 1 Published: 6/26/2016
bullet Sunstroke! Last Updated: 6/19/2016
In this pre-Quest story based on The Lord of the Rings, while trying to catch up on his weeding in the Bag End gardens, young Samwise Gamgee suffers a major medical emergency. Author’s Note: Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin are 31, 20, 18, and 9 years old (in the years of Men, 20, 13, 12, and 5½ or 6 years of age). Thanks to Dreamflower for beta-reading my story, and for the work that she did on my behalf: to make the Gaffer’s dialogue authentic, and for the flashback sequence that she suggest
Rating: G Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 1 Published: 6/19/2016
bullet Sam's Gratitude Last Updated: 6/12/2016
In this double-drabble, Sam gets to thinking about how fortunate he is, because he can read. Sam is approaching his tweens, and he’s still receiving an education from Bilbo. (In my head canon, Sam's mother, Bell, is still alive, but the word limit did not allow me to include her as well as Marigold.) Theme: Gratitude.
Rating: G Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 1 Published: 6/12/2016
bullet Where's Frodo? Last Updated: 6/9/2016
How is it that, near the end of the prologue in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Frodo tells Bilbo that he’s going to go off and wait for Gandalf, and then, in the introduction to the extended version of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Bilbo thinks that Frodo is still somewhere in the smial? This little movie-verse gap-filler/missing scene explains how that could have possibly happened. (Thanks a million to Dreamflower for beta-reading my story!)
Rating: G Reviews Status: Complete Chapters: 1 Published: 6/9/2016