13. For new readers: notes and summary of first book
Notes and summary of first book: Feel free to skip.
What has gone before:
This work is the second book of "Where the Grass Grows Green", a dark AU of which I have planned six books, corresponding more or less to the books of LotR. The main premise of this tale of "what if", is the question: "What would have happened if Sam killed Gollum before he entered Mount Doom?"
My answer is rather dark, as I believe the quest would have failed and Sauron regained his Ring. Yet not completely without hope.
The first book follows those that escaped from the Battle of the Black Gate and later Minas Tirith. A group, taking the name of the Faithful, resisted the Dark Lord. Their leaders took refuge in Fangorn Forest. Ten years after the defeat, a small group of the Faithful, led by Éomer, travel to the town of Calembel in the south of Gondor in search of food. There they hear news that brings them new hope. Leaving their task of buying food for their people in Fangorn, they hasten to Minas Tirith in a desperate bid to save that hope.
We left them as they had penetrated the dungeons underneath the Citadel and finally found the cell of the one they sought:
Book one can be found in my profile under the name Where the Grass Grows Green I: We May Yet Stand. While knowledge of the fist book is not needed for the first part of this, the whole work is intended as one, continuous story — rather like LotR itself — and in later parts, characters and the story arch from the first book will merge with this. Reading just book two will feel at bit like reading only the story of Frodo and Sam, with no knowledge of what happens to the rest of the Fellowship once they have parted.
Warnings: Rated for violence, torture, and character deaths. Mostly non-graphic.
I have received help from quite a lot of people in the writing of these books. First and foremost, the people on The Garden of Ithilien for help with development, planning and the first drafts, and my beta JAUL for final nitpicks.
I also owe thanks to reviewers on FFnet who have made me take a new look on my writing and the style I've used, and that have spotted those mistakes that slipped past my otherwise vigilant beta. Isao Fujita and Phalanx in particular helped me revise to the better.
The first six chapters or so are already posed on other sites, and I will try to post them quickly. Once I have caught op, I will post about once a month.
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