Stirring Rings

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Story Summary

Five were sent to teach and cajole, but one thought to rule, causing contention amongst the Istari. The making (and breaking) of Wizards.

Beta by Fiondil.



Chapter List

Ch# Title Words Com. Updated
1 Prologue 1,517 0 21 Jan 12
2 Debate in Valinor 4,170 4 24 Jan 12
3 Marching Orders 2,742 3 09 Feb 12
4 The Voyage 3,045 0 09 Feb 12
5 Choices Made 3,811 0 15 Feb 12
6 Journey Begun 3,019 2 28 Feb 12
7 Arrivals 3,429 1 28 Feb 12
8 Competition 6,782 0 07 Mar 12
9 The Coming of the Periannath 4,145 2 13 Mar 12
10 A Friend Among Hobbits 7,341 0 11 Apr 12
11 The Free Peoples Meet in Council 6,902 0 11 Apr 12
12 Kin-strife 6,454 0 11 Apr 12
13 The Taste of the Enemy 5,675 1 26 Jun 12
14 The Granting of the Shire 7,021 1 27 Apr 12
15 Journey North 5,260 0 03 May 12
16 Call to Council 3,137 0 26 Jun 12
17 Fireworks and Protocol 5,912 2 26 Jun 12
18 Seeking Cooperation 7,375 0 08 Aug 12
19 Fighting Fire With Fire 4,394 1 30 May 12
20 Wainriders 6,378 1 26 Jun 12
21 Royal Marriage 4,393 0 26 Jun 12
22 Gondor Loses her King 5,277 0 26 Jun 12
23 A Crown in Question 4,182 1 27 Jun 12
24 The Deep Breath Before the Plunge 8,700 2 05 Jul 12
25 The Siege of Fornost 8,829 0 17 Jul 12
26 The Battle of the Queen's Tower 4,297 0 19 Jul 12
27 Angmar Bested 10,487 0 25 Jul 12
28 The Flight of Nimrodel 6,397 0 08 Aug 12
29 Terror Released 6,057 1 23 Aug 12
30 A Find Amidst the Mountains 2,680 0 28 Aug 12
31 Kingless is Crown 3,920 1 06 Sep 12
32 Seeking to Answer Questions of Identity 6,019 1 26 Sep 12
33 The Watchful Peace 6,899 1 10 Oct 12
34 The Return of the Shadow 4,977 1 30 Oct 12
35 Galadriel Calls for a Council 3,750 1 05 Dec 12
36 Rumors of Evil Returning to the Deep Places 4,626 0 13 Mar 13
37 Evil in Ascendance 5,982 0 31 Jan 14
38 Claiming Wergild 5,642 0 31 Jan 14
39 Darkness Beneath the Mountains 5,040 0 12 Jul 14
40 Failure to Heal 8,386 0 20 Nov 14
Appx. Word Count 215,049 27  



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Stirring Rings

dwelf - 02 Sep 06 - 4:27 AM

General Comment


I'd like to take that opportunity to thank you for all your stories. You write beautifully but most of all you wander deep in the mind all your characters and Tolkien's. It's always such a wonderfull experience to travel at your side in Middle Earth. I fell in love with your Frodo and your Sam, and the Shire as you see it, so real and yet a piece of paradise. Aragorn is not anymore a character of legends but a man of incredible proportions. Thank you a thousand times for all the time and energy you spend writing about all of them. Also congratulation for going so far, so deep, over the boundaries of the unknown of ME, in Harad with the "Lesser Rings", in Tol Eressëa, places where few dare wandering. That brings me to "Stirring Rings".

Much is unsaid of the 5 istari, and I can't tell you how excited I am to read your vision of them.

It's interesting that Finarfin and Finrod are the one asking for help for their sister/daughter, and the one starting the snowball. I would not have thought of that. But it makes sense, there are few still alive in Ennor who have relatives in the Blessed Realms, who can "plead their case" and who needs it more than Galadriel.

Why am I not surprised by Curumo's attitude? But I'm sure he had good intentions at the beginning. We have a saying : "Hell is paved with good intentions", I think it is so true, for humans, but when I look at Sauron and what he was, it is true for many others too. And pride!

I was surprised by Manwë, more by his position in fact. I always thought that there was no stated lord in Valinor, that all look up to Manwë and seek his council because he was so more knowledgable and more powerfull than the others, and afterall he heard more of the Song than anyone else but Eru. But not as a leader or lord.


Finally, isn't Olórin facinating?! I love the idea that he did not have one "field" but a more complexe nature and many interests, and loved and appreciated all things. And where we recognise your style is in those little things that reveale so much and synthesise all of their personnality: the proud Curumo, the humble Aiwendil and the faithful Olórin who in the end only asked for blessing (small and humble request but such a powerfull one).

Thanks Larner. I shall follow you in this adventure.

Stirring Rings

Aiwendiel - 05 Sep 12 - 6:47 PM

General Comment

I've just started re-reading your new version of this wonderful tale. And it has not yet failed to intrigue and entertain me! You do a wonderful job with the characterizations of Gandalf and Saruman, of course, but all the rest of the characters, minor, major and everything in between! And that goes doubly for your Hobbits. Thanks for this work of art in progress. 

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Story Information

Author: Larner

Status: General

Completion: Work in Progress

Era: Multi-Age

Genre: Drama

Rating: Adult

Last Updated: 11/20/14

Original Post: 08/28/06

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