No Man's Child

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What happens when you turn your back on fate, when the intellect of the mind overrides the intuition of the heart? When hope withers in the winter of approaching night, is it an act of courage or cowardice to foreswear the word you had given in its spring? When do you lay aside the dreams for the self in the service of the needs of others? ' "Then bitter will my days be, and I will walk in the wild alone," said Aragorn.' LOTR: Appendix A Book-verse based AU WIP: 1st draft written, posting chapters when reviewed/revised
 

 

Chapter List

Ch# Title Words Com. Updated
1 Prologue 555 0 30 Jul 06
2 Chapter 1 2,014 0 08 Sep 06
3 Chapter 2 5,180 0 09 Aug 06
4 Chapter 3 3,497 0 09 Aug 06
5 Chapter 4 3,763 0 30 Jul 06
6 Chapter 5 3,140 0 30 Jul 06
7 Chapter 6 7,494 0 30 Jul 06
8 Chapter 7 3,582 1 17 Aug 06
9 Chapter 8 2,222 0 19 Aug 06
10 Chapter 9 2,870 2 22 Aug 06
11 Chapter 10 4,158 0 24 Aug 06
12 Chapter 11 4,641 2 26 Aug 06
13 Chapter 12 4,274 4 29 Aug 06
14 Chapter 13 5,058 2 31 Aug 06
15 Chapter 14 3,850 0 02 Sep 06
16 Chapter 15 2,279 2 05 Sep 06
17 Chapter 16 4,404 0 07 Sep 06
18 Chapter 17 4,717 2 09 Sep 06
19 Chapter 18 2,059 0 12 Sep 06
20 Chapter 19 5,195 0 14 Sep 06
21 Chapter 20 3,554 4 16 Sep 06
22 Chapter 21 3,374 2 19 Sep 06
23 Chapter 22 5,080 2 21 Sep 06
24 Chapter 23 4,101 0 23 Sep 06
25 Chapter 24 1,937 0 26 Sep 06
26 Chapter 25 2,924 2 28 Sep 06
27 Chapter 26 2,800 0 30 Sep 06
28 Chapter 27 4,127 2 03 Oct 06
29 Chapter 28 3,399 0 05 Oct 06
30 Chapter 29 4,671 0 07 Oct 06
31 Chapter 30 4,541 2 10 Oct 06
32 Chapter 31 2,811 2 12 Oct 06
33 Chapter 32 3,299 0 14 Oct 06
34 Chapter 33 2,558 4 17 Oct 06
35 Chapter 34 3,101 2 19 Oct 06
36 Chapter 35 5,126 0 21 Oct 06
37 Chapter 36 3,747 2 24 Oct 06
38 Chapter 37 4,425 2 26 Oct 06
39 Chapter 38 4,756 4 28 Oct 06
40 Chapter 39 4,207 0 31 Oct 06
41 Chapter 40 5,939 0 02 Nov 06
42 Chapter 41 3,412 4 07 Nov 06
43 Chapter 42 4,668 0 24 Nov 06
44 Chapter 43 4,518 4 23 Jan 07
45 Chapter 44 4,633 2 18 Apr 07
46 Chapter 45 7,290 0 09 Jul 07
47 Author's Notes: Character List and Reference Material 1,502 0 08 Jul 07
Appx. Word Count 181,452 55  
 

 

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Gandalfs apprentice - 08 Aug 06 - 9:37 AM

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Anoriath: This is a hauntingly beautiful and lyrically sad piece, although I hope there may be some moments of joy before the end. Your characterization is vivid and deft. Your AU is, of course, an all-too-likely one--what would happen if Aragorn's death looked imminent, and he had no heir? My heart bleeds for all the major characters here. Thank you! I will follow your story avidly.

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Anoriath - 08 Aug 06 - 4:06 PM

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Hey there, Gandalf's apprentice!

I am honored. Thank you for your kind comments, and so eloquently expressed, too. They made my day.

~Anoriath (aka Silli Marilli)

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Anoriath - 18 Aug 06 - 3:46 AM

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<i>What a well-wrought scene! The heroine's courage and decency come through in her actions, as does Aragorn's sorrow and conflict. Such a sad story</i>

Thanks for your kind words, Gandalf's Apprentice! 

Tolkien seems to idealize romantic love, and while I enjoy that, I also wonder at the other side of life that lurked unexplored in his writing.  With the political structure of ME that he built, there had to have been arranged marriages, and I can't imagine that the sacrifice that made them necessary was always easy.

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Gwynnyd - 06 Sep 06 - 12:55 PM

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Ahem! Well, that was quite nice. I look forward very much to new chapters.

No, that does not do it justice.

That was WONDERFUL! New chapters? Now, please? Please, please, pretty please???


One really tiny quibble. I know natural dyers. They give me madder to grow for them and assure me they will come for the roots in oh, five or ten or, yeah, probably better to wait fifteen years. No dyer would expect to get a good dye of out one summer's growth.

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Anoriath - 06 Sep 06 - 5:41 PM

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That was WONDERFUL!

Awwww! *blush* Thanks, Gwynnyd!

New chapters? Now, please? Please, please, pretty please???

*huffpuffhuff* *clicketyclick* *baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaackspace* *groan* What IS that word? *click?* nope *clickclacketyclickCLACK* ugh... even worse.

Workin' on it. ;)

assure me they will come for the roots in oh, five or ten or, yeah, probably better to wait fifteen years.

Wow... didn't know that. Good! Good! I've dabbled in fiber arts just enough to know the jargon and have a tactile-kinesthetic sense of it, but I lack that kind of depth of experience that you're talking about. Thanks for the heads-up. And, certainly, if you see anything else like that that jars, please let me know!

Thanks again, Gwynnyd! I'm tickled you're reading and enjoying the story.

~Silli

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Petunia Uphill - 22 Sep 06 - 12:33 PM

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I find this story most delightful. I have often pondered how things might have turned out had Aragorn made the choice he made in this story, though I never could have made my imaginings such a living picture as you have done here.

The first person narrative suits the story and style perfectly, and the old-style language is like icing on the cake. Not many can make it just the right blend, but you appear to be one of those blessed with genuine skill.

I shall wait for the continuation eagerly.

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Anoriath - 23 Sep 06 - 5:25 AM

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The first person narrative suits the story and style perfectly, and the old-style language is like icing on the cake.

Thanks Ms. Uphill. It took a long time to get that "voice" clear in my head. But now it's there, I can't get rid of it so easily. Rather plays havoc with my professional writing. ;)

Thanks, again!

~Silli

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Gwynnyd - 11 Oct 06 - 7:07 AM

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Brava!  I don't manage to comment on every chapter, but I want to let you know that I am avidly reading along and enjoying this immensely. This is one of the best, if not the best, depiction of life for the regular Rangers of the North I have ever read.  Your Aragorn is not quite how I envision him, but I can definitely see him as someone who is capable of being a king when the need arises.  And your love interest is so very much a complete and real person that she comes alive.

 Fantastic job!

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Anoriath - 11 Oct 06 - 6:07 PM

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... I want to let you know that I am avidly reading along and enjoying this immensely. This is one of the best, if not the best, depiction of life for the regular Rangers of the North I have ever read.

Hee! Thanks Gwynnyd!

Your Aragorn is not quite how I envision him, but I can definitely see him as someone who is capable of being a king when the need arises.

Yes, that is rather the danger of fleshing out a character who is so well-loved, but is almost more of a symbol and a myth in the original story. I'm moving him more out of myth and trying to ground him in reality. (eek! You mean he's actually carrying a FUNCTIONAL sword and no longer qualifies as a warrior-monk?? Grin)

I must confess, the more I flesh Aragorn out - put him in situations in which we did not get the chance to see him in LOTR - the more my own view of him changes. I'm glad you're not finding the differences in our visions of him too disconcerting.

And your love interest is so very much a complete and real person that she comes alive.

Good! Thanks! It's been very reassuring to hear things like that. I was terribly worried that I wouldn't be able to create an OFC who could stand up to interacting Aragorn's character and still capture the imagination and empathy of the reader.

Thanks again!

~Silli

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ratcreature - 01 Feb 11 - 2:56 PM

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I enjoyed this a lot, even though it is unfinished and likely abandoned by now. (Not that I would mind miraculous updates years later...)

But as the WIP stands I still enjoyed the OFC, and seeing a version of how everyday life might have been against the backdrop of the increasingly dire situation before the ring war. The AU premise was also quite credible, that Aragorn might have bowed to the pressure to continue his line, even though he still loves Arwen.


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Story Information

Author: Anoriath

Status: General

Completion: Work in Progress

Era: 3rd Age - Ring War

Genre: Drama

Rating: General

Last Updated: 07/08/07

Original Post: 07/30/06

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