Mary Sue Challenge

Amid the Powers and Chances of the World

Story Summary

"Men..should have a virtue to shape their lives, amid the powers and chances of the world, beyond the Music of the Ainur, which is as fate to all things else" (Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter 1). A mortal woman is brought to Rivendell for healing in the summer of 3018, and thus becomes entangled with both Men and Elves in the events of the War of the Ring. How will destiny and choice shape the lives of the two Kindreds?

This novel-length story travels from Rohan via Rivendell to Gondor and back again, twining itself in and out of the canon events of LoTR as it goes. Gap-filling, drama, humour, a dash of angst and - eventually - romance between the OFC protagonist and a canon character (so don't say you weren't warned!)

Rated General rather than Adult, but should be considered PG-13 for, in later chapters, some fairly explicit descriptions of the aftermath of battle and for some (non-graphic) sexual content.

Thanks to the kind offices of Altariel, e-book versions are now available; .mobi here and .epub here.

Chapter List

Ch# Title Words Updated
1 To Rivendell, Where Elves Yet Dwell 3,405 22 Nov 10
2 Darkness Took Them, Horse and Horseman 2,448 22 Nov 10
3 Out of Doubt, Out of Dark, to the Day's Rising 4,413 11 Apr 11
4 I'll Linger Here, Beneath the Sun 3,185 22 Nov 10
5 With Weary Feet 1,985 22 Nov 10
6 Half-Grown Hobbits, the Hole-Dwellers 4,107 02 Nov 10
7 With Foes Ahead, Behind Us Dread 2,028 11 Apr 11
8 He Will Not Pass The Borders 3,510 03 Nov 10
9 There Shall Be Counsels Taken 4,727 22 Nov 10
10 Fire and Lamp, and Meat and Bread 4,228 11 Apr 11
11 With Dwarf and Hobbit, Elves and Men 2,404 11 Apr 11
12 Deep Roots Are Not Reached by the Frost 4,029 03 Nov 10
13 Many Paths and Errands Meet 5,723 18 Dec 10
14 The Horse and the Rider 2,105 11 Apr 11
15 From the Grey Twilight 3,323 03 Nov 10
16 When Wind is in the Deadly East 1,965 03 Nov 10
17 Till the Snows are Melted 3,442 03 Nov 10
18 Far Over the Misty Mountains Cold 4,446 03 Nov 10
19 In Dwimordene, in Lórien 4,542 19 Dec 10
20 Through Moor and Waste we Ride in Haste 4,082 04 Nov 10
21 Through Rohan over Fen and Field 3,789 04 Nov 10
22 Still Round the Corner We May Meet 3,831 04 Nov 10
23 Farewell We Call to Hearth and Hall 3,706 05 Nov 10
24 Steed went Striding to the Stoningland 2,530 22 Dec 10
25 I'll Look for Thee, And Call to Thee 3,289 05 Nov 10
26 And Starless Night Devour the Sunless Day 2,493 05 Nov 10
27 Over the Land there Lies a Long Shadow 3,396 05 Nov 10
28 The Dead Watch the Road that Leads to the Sea 1,145 05 Dec 10
29 Till the Dark Lord Lifts His Hand 3,174 11 Apr 11
30 Death in the Morning and at Day's Ending 3,674 06 Nov 10
31 Life to the Dying in the King's Hand Lying 3,007 06 Nov 10
32 The White Gulls are Crying 3,268 07 Nov 10
33 The Setting Sun, The Rising Sun 3,060 26 Nov 10
34 Of Times There Were Before 4,033 08 Nov 10
35 Over Death, Over Dread, Over Doom Lifted 3,699 08 Nov 10
36 When Spring Unfolds the Beechen Leaf 4,562 10 Dec 10
37 In This Far Land Beneath The Trees 5,633 11 Apr 11
38 The Crownless Again Shall Be King 5,098 10 Dec 10
39 We Must Away Ere Break of Day 2,856 11 Apr 11
40 Of Folk of Men and Elven-Kin 4,862 09 Nov 10
41 I'll Look for Thee, and Wait for Thee 3,910 25 Nov 10
42 Until the Stars are All Alight 6,078 12 Nov 10
43 Wake and Hear Me Calling 4,284 12 Nov 10
44 He Walked Alone and Sorrowing 4,212 15 Nov 10
45 On Journey Long Without a Word 3,489 11 Apr 11
46 Long was the Way that Fate Them Bore 3,605 13 Apr 11
47 And In a Noon of Gold 5,407 15 Nov 10
48 Beneath the Sky Shall Be Our Bed 5,352 26 Nov 10
49 Epilogue: Our Days Are Ending 3,052 26 Nov 10
50 Appendix - dates etc (Spoilers!!) 1,598 17 May 11
51 Acknowledgements and sources 551 13 Apr 11
Appx. Word Count 182,740  

Challenge Entries by Azalais

Does not include placeholders or non-viewable stories.

Challenge Type Title Entered
Filk Fest 2005! Closed Favourite Rings August 19, 2005
International Legolas Month Song Parody Palooza Closed International Legolas Month July 08, 2004
Carols in Middle-earth Closed Ranger's Carol, A December 07, 2003
Carols in Middle-earth Closed On the Bleak Morannon December 07, 2003
Things That Go Bump In the Night Closed Night and Fog November 16, 2003
LOTR Holiday Carols Closed Come, all ye Fellowship of Nine March 18, 2003
LOTR Holiday Carols Closed Ship Carol March 18, 2003
Mary Sue Challenge Closed Amid the Powers and Chances of the World March 05, 2003

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Story Information

Author: Azalais

Status: Reviewed

Completion: Complete

Rating: General

Last Updated: 08/24/11

Original Post: 07/05/02

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