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Pen Name:Marta
Name:Marta Layton
Joined:March 22, 2005

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Alas, for the Singing of the Trees
General Rated:All
Haldir watches Legolas and Gimli sail from Middle-earth, and wonders if he will ever sail West himself. Some Silmarillion knowledge helpful. (Please read the "Notes" chapter for helpful background information if you are not familiar with this book.)
Updated:May 18, 2018 Chapters:2 Words:1670 Reviews: 0
The Age of Men
Drama Rated:All
Treebeard's rather rambling thoughts just before his final parting with Merry and Pippin. A short vignette written for the third anniversary of the founding of Henneth_Annun.
Updated:May 18, 2018 Chapters:1 Words:673 Reviews: 0
Dulce Et Decorum Est
Drama Rated:Teens
Beregond reflects on his role in preventing Faramir's death, and justifies why he calls Denethor one of the "victorious dead".
Updated:May 18, 2018 Chapters:6 Words:5620 Reviews: 2
Summer Nights
Drama Rated:Adult
Faramir, on the cusp of manhood, stumbles into an inn in Dol Amroth and discover that certain things are handled differently than they are in Minas Tirith. Later, he learns something about his brother he never knew and must make an important decision. <br><br>WARNINGS: implied sex, prostitution, adult themes.
Updated:May 18, 2018 Chapters:4 Words:7581 Reviews: 0
Songbook of Middle-earth, The
Poetry Serial Rated:Teens
A series of filks based on <i>The Lord of the RIngs</i> and the other books in the Tolkien canon.
Updated:May 18, 2018 Chapters:3 Words:665 Reviews: 0
Stock and Stone
Drama Rated:All
Ten years after the events of The Hobbit a girl from the Lonely Mountain and a boy from Dale meet for the first time. OCs only, obviously, though draws heavily from both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. No objectionable material.
Updated:May 18, 2018 Chapters:1 Words:4110 Reviews: 2
Of Hope, Stars, and Fate
Drama Rated:Teens
A short Fourth Age vignette: Beregond muses on the steward who shares his name, how the two of them were different, and how they were similar. (Rated 'teen' for astrology, which some parents may consider inappropriate.)
Updated:May 18, 2018 Chapters:1 Words:693 Reviews: 0
Until the King Returns
Drama Rated:Teens
"Then Mardil could no longer restrain [Eärnur], and he rode with a small escort of knights to the gate of Minas Morgul." But why would any competent steward let a childless king confront such a dangerous enemy, and with such a small escort?

Perhaps just a little AU -- this doesn't (to my knowledge) contradict anything Tolkien wrote, but some people might find my Mardil a bit more jaded than the one they imagined.
Updated:May 18, 2018 Chapters:1 Words:2515 Reviews: 1
Marta's Assorted Drabbles
General Serial Rated:Teens
Various drabbles written by request of HASA members, for their birthdays.

NEW: "That Immortal Sea"- Faramir dreams of Númenor; written for Dwim. "A New Age"- Celeborn and Thranduil meet in Mirkwood after the Ring War; written for Arandil.
Updated:May 18, 2018 Chapters:43 Words:5231 Reviews: 0
Ships Passing
Drama Rated:Teens
In the days between the Battle of the Pelennor and the Battle of the Black Gate, Faramir spends some time at Halbarad's bier in the Citadel. A vignette. (Rated PG for reference to sexual situations and mature themes.)
Updated:May 18, 2018 Chapters:1 Words:1216 Reviews: 0
The Shield-maid's Song
Poetry Rated:Teens
Just what was Eowyn thinking, in the moments before her battle with the Witch-king? A poem based on Michael Longcor's "Swordsman". (Rated PG for violent imagery and generally fatalistic outlook.)
Updated:May 18, 2018 Chapters:1 Words:317 Reviews: 1
Beware the Sea
Drama Rated:Teens
Sea-longing takes many different forms. A series of drabbles featuring an elf from Alqualonde, Maglor, Aldarion, Elrond, Legolas, and Sam.
Updated:May 18, 2018 Chapters:6 Words:615 Reviews: 2
General Rated:Teens
Aragorn was serving in Gondor under Denethor's father Ecthelion when Boromir was born. What would the Heir of Isildur have thought of the child who might grow up to become Steward? (Thanks to Tanaqui, RiverOtter, and Gwynnyd for their beta assistance.)
Updated:May 18, 2018 Chapters:1 Words:1291 Reviews: 0
The Worst of All Evils
Drama Rated:Teens
On the night after the battle of the Pelennor Fields, Éomer and Elfhelm share words in the Houses of Healing.
Updated:May 18, 2018 Chapters:1 Words:1866 Reviews: 1
Night Phantoms
Drama Rated:Teens
Faramir helps Éowyn cope with a nightmare.
Updated:May 18, 2018 Chapters:1 Words:916 Reviews: 0
Before the Gate
Drama Rated:Teens
Sometimes past deeds and memories simply do not bear sharing with those untouched by them. A short vignette: Elfhelm, Merry, a grave set apart, and a conversation at Helm's Deep on the journey home after the War.

Thank you to Annmarwalk, Llinos, and Marigold for the beta assistance; originally written for Marigold's challenge #37.
Updated:May 18, 2018 Chapters:1 Words:1530 Reviews: 2
Faint Heart Never Won Fair Lady
Drama Rated:All
Faramir discusses his growing attraction for a certain White Lady with an old family friend. (Beta: annmarwalk)
Updated:May 18, 2018 Chapters:1 Words:1832 Reviews: 0
Summer Daze
Erotica Rated:Adult
While visiting family in Dol Amroth, Faramir's encounter with a prostitute leads him to question some of the values he grew up with. A gap-filler for my story "Summer Nights", though this should be readable without knowledge of the previous story. (Note, contains sexual content and deals with theme of prostitution.)
Updated:May 18, 2018 Chapters:3 Words:6154 Reviews: 0
Life Lessons
General Rated:All
On a quiet afternoon in Ithilien, Arwen nearly reveals too much of herself to Eowyn.
Updated:May 18, 2018 Chapters:1 Words:921 Reviews: 1
Romance Rated:Adult
When news reached Rohan of the death of Dol Amroth's ruling prince, Théodred rode for Gondor as quickly as his horse would carry him. Of course he would come; Boromir needed him.

(This story contains explicit m/m slash as well as discussion of homosexuality in Gondor and Rohan. Please, use discretion when deciding whether to read at work or at all.)
Updated:May 18, 2018 Chapters:1 Words:3553 Reviews: 1
Ten Thousand Years
Drama Rated:All
A few days after the Council of Elrond, Boromir stumbles into a room he thought was his own, and meets someone quite unexpected.
Updated:May 18, 2018 Chapters:1 Words:2329 Reviews: 3
Estel I Was Called
General Rated:Teens
"Estel I was called, but I am Aragorn, Arathorn's son, Isildur's Heir, Lord of the Dunedain." Aragorn takes up his place among the Dunedain after learning his true heritage.
Updated:May 18, 2018 Chapters:1 Words:1731 Reviews: 1
Giving Gifts
Humor Rated:All
Of Denethor, Imrahil, and creative gift-giving. (Ficlet)
Updated:May 18, 2018 Chapters:1 Words:417 Reviews: 2
Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair
Romance Rated:Adult
A series of vignettes involving Denethor and Aragorn. Each vignette is inspired by one of the five elements of classical philosophy. Slash. Beta'ed by agape4gondor
Updated:May 18, 2018 Chapters:5 Words:5492 Reviews: 1
They Also Serve
Drama Rated:All
Arwen spends some time in the kitchens of Rivendell. (Betas: annmarwalk, agape4gondor)
Updated:May 18, 2018 Chapters:1 Words:1483 Reviews: 0
Drama Rated:All
After the destruction of the Two Trees, Yavanna reflects.
Updated:May 18, 2018 Chapters:2 Words:888 Reviews: 1
Míquan Mélavë
Romance Rated:Adult
Boromir and Theodred discuss the nature of love - specifically, the possibility of love between two men. Slash.
Updated:May 18, 2018 Chapters:2 Words:3790 Reviews: 1
Past Deeds
Drama Rated:Teens
During the attack on Sirion, Maglor is reminded of past deeds. (300 words)
Updated:May 18, 2018 Chapters:1 Words:314 Reviews: 0
First Sight
Romance Rated:Teens
The night after their wedding, Arwen marvels at the thing of beauty that is her husband. (250 words.)
Updated:May 18, 2018 Chapters:1 Words:257 Reviews: 0
Drama Rated:All
Isildur's theft of the fruit of the White Tree, from a different perspective. Slightly AU. (Beta: annmarwalk)
Updated:May 18, 2018 Chapters:2 Words:1809 Reviews: 0
A Bird in the Hand
Drama Rated:Teens
In the Fourth Age, Gondor grapples with the legacy of Numenor that was. (Old story, substantially edited and posted here for the first time.)
Updated:May 18, 2018 Chapters:1 Words:2596 Reviews: 0
That Which They Defend
Humor Rated:All
"Isildur gave this counsel to Meneldil, that the King should visit the hallow from time to time, and especially when he felt the need of wisdom in days of danger or distress; and thither also he should bring his heir, when he was full-grown to manhood, and tell him of the making of the hallow, and reveal to him the secrets of the realm and other matters that he should know." Faramir tries to follow an ancient custom, with some difficulty.
Updated:May 18, 2018 Chapters:1 Words:1601 Reviews: 1
The Days of the King
Humor Rated:All
"Behold the king!" Faramir's perspective on Aragorn's coronation.
Updated:May 18, 2018 Chapters:1 Words:1303 Reviews: 0
The King Has Come Unto His Hall
Drama Rated:Teens
After the Battle of the Five Armies, Bilbo and Gloin consider legend's due.
Updated:May 18, 2018 Chapters:1 Words:2017 Reviews: 1
When We Were Very Young
Drama Rated:Teens
"And it came to pass that Tar-Palantir grew weary of grief and died. He had no son, but a daughter only, whom he named Míriel in the Elven-tongue; and to her now by right and the laws of the Númenóreans came the sceptre. But Pharazôn took her to wife against her will..." (The Akallabeth)
Updated:May 18, 2018 Chapters:1 Words:2251 Reviews: 0
The Downfall
Tragedy Rated:Adult
"Nine ships there were: four for Elendil, and for Isildur three, and for Anarion two; and they fled before the gale out of the twilight of doom into the darkness of the world. [...] And all the coasts and seaward regions of the western world suffered great change and ruin in that time; for the seas invaded the lands, and shores foundered."
Updated:May 18, 2018 Chapters:1 Words:914 Reviews: 0
Lords of the West
Drama Rated:Adult
Olwe and Fingolfin had more cause than most to resent the Valar's tendency to leave dark lords unchallenged. A meditation on courgae, tragedy, and divine inaction.
Updated:May 18, 2018 Chapters:1 Words:4364 Reviews: 0

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