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Yay for FFEX!

You know what, I am SO not posting the next chapter of Love Her and Despair, even though I'm just going through the final polish-tuck-smooth-poke-at-prose right now. (3300 words AFTER trimming; I will continue to trim, if I can bear it, though I'm having to balance character goo with action sequence).

All the challenges for ff_exchange are getting posted, and there's some real gems there.

Go read them!

I will wait a few days until the hubbub dies down, because otherwise my own post will get lost in the flood.


trekqueen, someday, I will lure you back to LHAD. I say this with utter selfishness, except that I know you will enjoy how "the tale has grown in the telling."


I guess since I've already stolen a Galadriel quote for the story title, it's a little late to be asking, but I suddenly noticed the action of my latest chapter is mapping to a Tolkien beat.

It was an accident. I can't help it; he's my Shakespeare.


Aug. 17th, 2009 05:11 pm (UTC)
See, I don't want to read it while I'm in a rush, because I'm sure it is awesomesocks and, y'know, rushing through Tolkien is not the way to appreciate it. But I will! Swears!

Oooh, hey, chapter title idea: I dunno if you share my truly erratic memory for Tolkien poetry, but the last line of the Rohirric poem about the Pelennor is "red fell the dew in Rammas Echor", and I thought that maybe "Red Fell the Dew" might give the tone you're looking for without being quiiiite as blatant a Tolkienism. Just a random thought, as I am wont to have.
Aug. 17th, 2009 09:32 pm (UTC)
A little too beautiful for the chapter, which is flowing away from the focus it had to start with, so I may wind up needing a different title after all. But thank you!

(I can't tell if Auron's playing Aragorn or Théoden in this chapter, whee, but Paine has definitely got the Éowyn thing going.)

Ahhh, now I have the musical rendition of "red fell the dew at Rammas Echor" stuck in my head. Not a bad thing to have stuck, as I love the arrangement.

Have you sampled the old BBC audio play version of LOTR, with Ian Holm as Frodo? To me it's still the "real" dramatization. For the battle of the Pelennor, they use the Mounds of Mundburg poem starting with "Forth rode Théoden, fear behind him" in snippets, performed by a musician who did not stink, as links between scenes within the battle they chose to highlight. They added in lines from Tolkien's description of parts of the battle slightly re-edited for meter ("crashed to the ground with the king crushed beneath him") to cover parts of the battle that the original poem didn't. It was an amazing way to dramatize the battle as audio-only, focusing on individual moment's like Éowyn vs. the Witch King while giving the general sweep of the battle in the background, and a very epic, old-saga feel.

Luckily the music was very well done, so it did NOT have a "Frodo... of the nine fingers...and the RING OF DOOM!" feel to it. (Curse thee, Rankin and Bass)

Edited at 2009-08-17 09:34 pm (UTC)
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