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Wealth and Want

Wealth and Want – Linda Hoyland

"Wealth and want equally harden the human heart." - Theodore Parker

Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. – The Bible – Luke 6.38

Rating G

The named characters belong to Tolkien and his heirs. Only the OCs are mine.

With thanks to Deandra.

Written for the Teitho "Money" challenge where it was placed second.

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Danger in Ithilien

Danger in Ithilien

Disclaimer - These characters all belong to the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien. This story was written for pleasure and not for financial gain

With grateful thanks to Raksha and Ellynn.

A/n This story was written several years ago and I have only just decided to edit and post it. It is a multi- chaptered story in much the same style as "Shadow and Thought".

Rating PG13

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July Teitho Challenge

Light and darkness, black and white, hot and cold, love and hate... July in Teitho will be a month of Opposites!
There are different kind of opposites that you can explore in both persons and objects - properties and character traits, feelings and actions... The opposing forces of good and evil, light vs. darkness is the base on which the whole history of Middle-earth stands. It is the driving force of all great stories: without the sacrifice and sadness, there would be no greatness and nobility. Without light, there would be no shadow, and without the darkness, the brightness of light would not be appreciated. Some characters stand directly against each other in this struggle, like true opposites: Manwe and Melkor, for example. The relations of others are not that clear, but in certain aspects and decisions, they can be counterparts: like Aragorn and Ar-Pharazon in the acceptance of death or Frodo and Isildur in the decision about the Ring. Even Elrond created an opposite when sending Nine Walkers against the Nine Riders.

"Opposites attract" is an old saying, but not always true. It might be intriguing though to meet someone who is different from you in every aspect. You can take a look at the couples and friendships of Middle-earth, and see how much truth is there for them in this saying. It is certainly valid for Aule and Yavanna, but not that much for Aragorn and Arwen, it would seem. Or?... And the friendship of Legolas and Gimli would also fall into the cathegory of relations confirming this saying.

But the opposites are not always perfect: there can be shades of grey between black and white, and even the most evil and most good characters are not just one-dimensional. There can be points when light turns into darkness or hate turns into love, a warrior becomes a healer. (Or maybe something a bit less dramatic, like when you hated broccoli as a child, and suddenly find out you love it...) These points of one opposite turning into the other would be also interesting to explore in writing or art.

The deadline for this challenge is July 25th, but can be extended until the end of the month. If you need an extension to finish your story or picture, just write to the email below!

For writers: send your stories to The contest is anonymous and the story can't be posted publicly until the results of the challenge are announced. Aragorn or Legolas don't have to be main characters, but at least one of them must be mentioned in the story.

For artists: Submit your picture into the Teitho gallery folder of Arda-Inspired at deviantArt. The picture should be new, drawn specifically for the challenge. State that you are submitting it to the contest in the artist's comments.
Happy writing and drawing!

Your Teitho-moderator,

Burning the Midnight Oil

Author: Linda Hoyland

Title: Burning the Midnight Oil

Rating: G

Theme: Wisdom

Elements: No man can be a good ruler unless he has first been ruled.

Author's Notes:

Summary: Faramir is concerned that Aragorn is working too hard.

Word Count: 928

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Wedding Bell Blues

Wedding Bell Blues by Raksha the Demon and Linda Hoyland

Rating PG

Disclaimer: The characters and places of the Lord of the Rings are the creation of J.R.R. Tolkien.
Written for the Teitho Alphabet Challenge

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Author's Note from Raksha: Frodo's line "Happy is the bridegroom the sun shines upon" is paraphrased (and slightly changed) from a line in the novel "Hornblower and the Hotspur."

Author's Note from Linda; I consider this story AU as in the book, the Hobbits seem to be unaware of Aragorn's impending marriage until Arwen actually arrives. This is a standalone story and not part of my usual interconnected series. I think only a select view knew of Arwen's impending arrival. I also think it highly unlikely Aragorn would over indulge the night before his bride arrived (unless of course nerves got the better of him.) This story was written for the "Teitho" Alphabet challenge, which I found almost impossible. The bulk of the story was skilfully written by Raksha.

I thought it would be seasonal to publish it now around the time of the wedding.

Arwen's arrival as imagined within my sub universe is described in "Somewhat Grim to look upon" from Pippin's point of view and the wedding from Aragorn's point of view in "I Do".

Something for opera lovers

My opera loving friends might enjoy this. Those in the UK can watch on BBC4, but it is available worldwide this year.

I'm especially enjoying seeing singers from countries you don't usually associate with opera such as Mongolia and Congo as well as Germany, the USA and many other lands.

Teitho voting

The stories for the "Money" challenge are now posted and voting is open until June 15th.

A Must Read Story

This story by the awesomely talented Rhymer has me gripped already. It is being published a chapter a day for 26 days.

We are only up to chapter 3 but I'm eagerly awaiting tomorrow's installment.

If you want a good read and lots of excitement go and check it out.

Summary: It's fourteen years since the fall of Sauron, and Gondor is at peace. But old enemies are stirring beyond her borders, and some have infiltrated Minas Tirith itself, and are waiting for the time to strike…



Author: Linda Hoyland
Title: Imperfection
Rating: G
Theme: Adolescent Angst
Elements: Worry about personal appearance (Could be anything from worrying about a blemish, to fear of being too heavy or too thin, too tall or short, or anything that makes him or her different.)
Author's Notes: With thanks to Deandra
Summary: Gilraen is puzzled by Estel’s strange behaviour
Word Count: 1046

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Silken Peril


Silken Peril by Linda Hoyland

Rating T

Prompt - Faramir is poisoned by something meant to hurt Aragorn (food, drink, hidden needle, cloth soaked in something...) and Aragorn uses his power to heal him.

All recognisable characters are Tolkien's, not mine. I make no money from writing this.

Summary- A helpful gesture has dire consequences.

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A/n Written for the Teitho "Raiment" Challenge where it was placed third.

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