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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Chapter 12 of Threshold completed

Posted on 2005.08.04 at 20:20


Chapter 12 of Threshold is finally UP!!!!!

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~ Dante Gabriel Rossetti's Fair Rosamond, c. 1861. (How appropriately named!)

It's posted at its usual places:

Frodo's Harem Fanfiction Archives (black text of light background, wide margins):


Open Scrolls Archives (white text on black background, no margins):


I apologize to you who are followers of the story for making you wait so long. It's been four months since the last chapter was posted! Shees! But apart from crises in the family during the spring, it really was a difficult, long struggle for some reason. But I am extremely happy with the final product.

Warm, effusive praise and thanks to my faithful beta readers, Scarlet, Lady Wendy and Pearl (aka Diamond of Long Cleeve). Without their support and advice, the story just wouldn't be what it is. Scarlet, especially, worked extensively with me on the fine-tuning of this chapter, which is another long one.

Muse Frodo is very pleased, too. It's been difficult for him being cooped up in my writing room for months on end (the poor halfling prince), but he's young and hale. It's a good thing he is ubiquitous, too, since so many of us call upon his services at the same time. What a hobbit!

Frodo Baggins, Muse Extraordinaire....

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If you enjoy your reading, please let me know. Hearing from readers really helps me, especially during the periods of hard-going.

Thanks so much.

P.S. I have a new email address: mechtild1@gmail.com

~ Mechtild


aussiepeach at 2005-08-05 03:12 (UTC) (Link)
Another wonderful chapter! *throws roses*

Guh, that pic of Frolijah and Roisin. GUH GUH GUH.
mechtild at 2005-08-05 04:33 (UTC) (Link)


Peachy, do you mean you already read it? All 34 Microsoft Word Times New Roman 12 pt. type pages? After I slaved over it for months and months? Why, you were supposed to read it one or two sentences a day -- to match my rate of production! *winky face*

Or were you throwing roses in anticipation? *second winky face*

Yes, that picture with Roisin McCarty is wonderful. (Mommy: "What do you want to be when you grow up, Buffy?" Buffy, her eyes glued to the DVD Extras for FotR: "A dialect coach, Mommy.") Blossom did a GIF of it which I am sure you have seen. I have it stored, I think. Should I link it? I could swooooon for what a charming flirt Frolijah looks in that picture. Alas, I suspect the encounter looked far more dreamy than it actually was. He was probably droning on about arcane rock groups, or thanking her for getting him that extra pack of cigs.

~ Mechtild
pearlette at 2005-08-05 08:13 (UTC) (Link)
He was probably droning on about arcane rock groups, or thanking her for getting him that extra pack of cigs.

*snort* :D

I adore that pic. Flirty Frolijah!!!! I wants me some of that!!!!!

mechtild at 2005-08-05 12:14 (UTC) (Link)
I adore that pic. Flirty Frolijah!!!! I wants me some of that!!!!!

Me, too, Pearl. But some of that, not what shows up on Ellen or Leno (though that isn't half bad *grin*).

Yesterday I was helping supervise the audience gathered for a special children's show at the library where I work (hundreds of screaming kids watching a talented woman do songs and skits playing opposite her array of puppets operated by a co-actor. She was very good, although, with Tolkien, I prefer a real story rather than her thinly veiled homily on how to be good boys and girls -- even though I approved the values being promoted ("Woofy wants to help take care of our planet, and so do we, don't we, boys and girls? Everyone who wants to take care of the planet, raise your hands!" -I wouldn't raise mine, just to be contrary.)

Anyway, for a good portion of it, I was talking with a young father I know from church who happened to be there, too. He was standing next to me. "Hmmmm," I eyeing him as we spoke. "He who would be about Frolijah's size (lightly built and shorter than me)". For the rest of the time that we stood there, this munassuming little fellow was transformed as I imagined him as "flirty Frolijah," instead, as if I were a worker on set. Poor fellow - he was mere fodder for my Frodo-heated imagination. *rolls eyes*
aussiepeach at 2005-08-05 11:22 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Already?????

Oh yeah, I read fast. I know you sweated for months and months but too bad, I LOVE IT, so hawt and touching and yeah. :D

Frolijah could tell me to clean his bathroom with that expression and I'd giggle like he'd asked me for my phone number.
mechtild at 2005-08-05 11:59 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Already?????

Frolijah could tell me to clean his bathroom with that expression and I'd giggle like he'd asked me for my phone number.

Heck, I'd clean his bathroom no matter what his expression was like, just to be snoopy. *grin* (cf. to Ch. 12 laundreses).
ylla999 at 2005-08-05 06:15 (UTC) (Link)
Oh Mech...what a lovely chapter. It nearly broke my heart. You are such a gorgeous writer..lovely imagery..and such eloquence.
Her desire to give him a child is heartbreaking.You have truly captured the essence of the Frodo I feel I know, and love. This was really worth the long wait! Thank You also for the pm over in KD. You are always so thoughtful!
mechtild at 2005-08-05 12:15 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, Ylla, what kind words -- and I so appreciate them. When you say such things, the work seems entirely worth it. *smooch*
maewyn_2 at 2005-08-05 08:44 (UTC) (Link)
Yes!!! It was definitely well worth the wait!

Your Frodo and Rosamunda shine through as real people, not just characters on the page. You write so well! I can see expressions flitting over their faces. I can see the sunlight shining through the window. I can see... ;)

just_ann_now at 2005-08-05 09:16 (UTC) (Link)
You write so beautifully and expressively in your descriptions! Summertimme, haymaking, Frodo and Rosamunda...everything is so vivid!

And veryinsightful re: snoopy laundresses. I was assigned to temporary duty one summer at a very small military post; daily cleaning services were provided but I was very disconcerted to realize that every detail of my personal life (since I lived there for 5 months) was examined and discussed. And there was no way to complain, of course. I haven't thought about it in years but now, remembering, I am angry. Fie on gossips!
mechtild at 2005-08-05 17:33 (UTC) (Link)
Maewyn, you are a fast reader, too! I am thrilled and pleased that you enjoyed it. I had hoped to make it vivid; the chapter is so full of things I wanted to "bring to light" before I moved on. ((((Thank you.))))

Ann, yes, laundresses and cleaners of homes can be very snoopy. I certainly would be, although I would not gossip. But "snoopiness" or "nosiness" seem part of the package when one is interested in writing stories that are primarily character stories. What do people do? What are they like, really? It's always interesting, especially when there is a pronounced disparity between their public and private selves.

My mother was so prudish, she locked the bathroom door to pee and never, I don't think, went to bed with my father without wearing (and staying in) her modest nightgown. She loathed any sort of "deviant" sex, which would include everything oral. We never ever heard them making love. But I was shocked (and amused) one day, grown up, to overhear an old friend saying to her over their coffee in the next room, "Oh, I am at my wit's end, trying to get [her husband] excited about me. How will we ever have another baby? I've tried naughty negligees; I've worn nothing -- he's just not interested. What do you do, [my mother's name], to keep [my father's name] so interested?" My mother, embarrassed, hemmed and hawed, admitting she didn't wear anything special. And it was a darned good thing for [condoms], since she "seemed to get pregnant if he walked by the bed."

My chin was on my chest. But I suppose most children are amazed when they find out their parent's have lives apart from them, lives that include sex, even if it takes until they are in their thirties to discover it. *winky face*
breelee10 at 2005-08-09 17:02 (UTC) (Link)
Mech, you know, I've raved over every chapter to date, but I'll say it again and really mean it, I really do think this is my favorite thus far. All the emotions are out there, and they came through my computer screen and hit me hard. I cried with Rosa--almost felt as if I could feel what Rosa was feeling. You did an absolutely amazing job! Of course.. this means we can start looking forward to Ch. 13... but perhaps I'm getting a little ahead of myself. :)

Oh... and wait... hold on-stop the press!! Are you saying I wasn't delivered by a stork?? My parents did/do WHAT!? ;)
mechtild at 2005-08-09 17:50 (UTC) (Link)
Aw, Bree. *smooch* You are really generous to post this, and I appreciate it. I cannot deny I am lapping it all up. I was so worried the chapter would be a let down after Ch. 11. I think I may love this chapter best, too. (Yes, I say that about every chapter, also.)

I had been thinking about the issues that came out in this chapter for over a year, now, and am extremely happy to see how the characters have managed to get them out into full view, when I, the author, was at my wit's end. I hear that sort of thing from other fic writers, too: that the characters are better at writing their own material than are their creators.

As for Ch. 13, I am taking a break for a couple of weeks to do get my bearings, story-wise. Periodically, I do a big read-through, as a refresher. This time around I am also making a chapter summary. I need to be able to keep track of what I have invented, with the details, so I won't confuse things, later. And, during this read-through I decided I was unhappy with some of the writing in the earlier chapters, so I am "cleaning it up" a bit (or, a lot, in some cases).

I also plan to re-organize the early chapter divisions (Chs. 1-7), in a way that may help it scan better and hang together better for the first-time reader. I'll post a notice when I am finished.

Again, thanks so much for commenting.
mechtild at 2005-08-09 18:55 (UTC) (Link)

Thanks, Ereshkigal

Some of you may know Ereshkigal of TORc and K-D. She has been reading Threshold since I posted Chs. 1-7 over a year ago. Anyway, sent me this note via email, 8-05. I asked her if I could post it here. It makes my bosom swell with happiness, of course, but also it cracks me up.


Your Oh Linda:

I just loved it! The dream was compelling, and made the events near the end that much sadder--like Rosamunda, I want something of Frodo's to survive in this world. Of course, this is made all the more poignant because we all know Frodo's trials to come and his eventual fate.

You have quite the gift as a writer of erotica as well. Perhaps it is your subject matter--and I'll freely admit bias here--but I never tire of descriptions, and I usually do with such fiction. I giggle like a schoolgirl, oftentimes, and I hope you know my irreverent sense of humor well enough to know that when I shouted out, "Frodo's doing it doggy style!" I meant no ill will towards you. I just had to say that out loud, for some reason.

Also, although I know you have book Frodo in mind and not actually the One Lad, I do think he would be flattered by this depiction. He is quite the randy youth, no? And here, thankfully, he is hetero.

Great going. Keep it coming. Remember, no writing is wasted.



Arf, arf, Ereshkigal! (*pant; slobber*)

~ Mechtild
duchess_of_dill at 2005-08-17 21:56 (UTC) (Link)
I don't usually like reading works in progress but for SO long I've heard good thigs about this story, so I'm going to have to cave to the pressure soon, I think. Just gotta remember where it is. Would you mind if I friend you, mechtild?
mechtild at 2005-08-17 22:50 (UTC) (Link)
Please do friend me, duchess of dill. From whom have you heard of it? Do you have another name on a thread I visit? If so, what might it be (unless you had rather not reveal it)?

Above, in the journal entry, I have put the links to the archives where it is hosted. Personally, I much prefer reading it in the Harem Archives, with its very eye-friendly format. But, it does not give updates for new chapters, I don't think. Still, I will always post chapter announcements here. I email the people who read it, whose emails I know. It takes me a very long time to produce a new chapter, though. Think months, not weeks, for each one. *sigh* Plus, I am in the middle of a massive revision of the whole thing, at the moment -- stalling getting started on Ch. 13, but also trying to refresh myself. I just finished revising ch. 4, which I will re-post in the sites tonight.

I really hope you like it, duchess. I have loved imagining and creating it.

P.S. Niiiiiice icon!

~ Mechtild
duchess_of_dill at 2005-08-17 23:46 (UTC) (Link)
Actually, I've been a long-time harem lurker. The only time I pop up long enough to say anything is when it gets very quiet in there. I hate to see it that way so I figure if I start chatting someone else will! Oh, and if I post I post under Taurendil. So I probably heard of this story there. And maybe around LJ, too. Don't worry about it taking so long to write! Just think, it took Tolkien twelve years to write LotR and it's brilliant! Some things take time, that's all. Good luck on those revisions! I'm sure I'll like what I read--it sounds wonderful!
mechtild at 2005-08-18 00:35 (UTC) (Link)
Ah, ha! "Taurendil." That is lurking -- I cannot remember the last time I saw that name! *grin* You wrote,

Just think, it took Tolkien twelve years to write LotR and it's brilliant!

That was very sweet of you to quote that, duchess of dill (Taurendil -- duchess of dill... is there a connection?) My fanfic is neither LotR nor brilliant, but I do want it to be good, and, I want it to be what I want -- both of which are time-consuming for me to produce.

Do drop in The Harem amore frequently! I only have been posting there since this time last year, and it has been a lot of fun. But, it is very much in the doldrums during the summer;definitely, it could use your voice.
duchess_of_dill at 2005-08-18 18:09 (UTC) (Link)
I didn't even realize my two names had that in common! No, no connection. Taurendil means forest-friend in....um, can't remember if it was Sindarin or Quenya. And duchess of dill is a sort of spin-off of my last name with an extra added title in there. It's complicated. Yeah, I'll consider paying a non-lurker visit to the harem. I haven't been there much lately. As for your fanfic not being brilliant -- ah, I bet it is in its own little way. Otherwise no one would want to read it!
mechtild at 2005-08-18 23:12 (UTC) (Link)
As for your fanfic not being brilliant -- ah, I bet it is in its own little way. Otherwise no one would want to read it!

Awwwww, shucks. *blush* But duchess, I didn't mean to say it wasn't really good, I only meant it wasn't, "brilliant." But maybe you said, "brilliant," the way Dom Monaghan would say, "brilliant." *grin*
duchess_of_dill at 2005-08-19 19:08 (UTC) (Link)
Okay, communication error here! Really good and brilliant are the same thing, aren't they? Maybe brilliant is a little bit better, but not that much, I don't think. Yes, Dom does say that a lot, doesn't he? I can hear him saying it right now.
mechtild at 2005-08-19 23:07 (UTC) (Link)
Hey, duchess. I have a favour to ask. I really, really like the Frodo shot in your icon. But, cropped like that, I can't quite place it. Do you know what the larger shot is? I want to look at the full cap, if possible. Thanks!
duchess_of_dill at 2005-08-20 03:33 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, it's just a shot of Elijah in costume (and presumably in character) with a white background. I'll have to go find it and figure out how to post it. I'll get back to you on that.
mechtild at 2005-08-20 04:01 (UTC) (Link)
duchess_of_dill at 2005-08-20 18:53 (UTC) (Link)
I have found the pic! However, since it appears I have to host the pic online in order to post it and I don't have a place where I host pics online perhaps I can e-mail it to you?
mechtild at 2005-08-20 21:36 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, I would be happy for your to email it to me, duchess. Thank you so much for the offer!

My email address is:

duchess_of_dill at 2005-08-20 22:25 (UTC) (Link)
You're quite welcome! Check your mail.
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