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Title: A Clever Man ?
Author: Mira Took
Pairing: Faramir/Grima ?
Rating: R
Summary: Grima Wormtongue meets a young Captain Faramir at Edoras. Slash.
Disclaimer: The characters and settings are Professor Tolkien's. I have no permissions and make no profits.
Notes: I was inspired by the request to write a story about a younger Faramir paired with Grima, in an (arguably) one-sided relationship. I hope the result is something the requester will like.
I've not tried to put an exact date on this story, but please note that although Faramir is still young in whatever year this is, he is most certainly of age (otherwise he couldn't be a captain). Also, he has dark hair and grey eyes as in the books.

Written for the "2009 Midwinter Swap":http://www.faramirfiction.com/news/midwinter-swap-2009.?

Request by "Bell Witch":http://www.faramirfiction.com/authors/bell-witch?: _Prefer human pairings. I like darkfic, though a cute/sweet/fluff perhaps with an OC would be nice. Faramir and Evil!Aragorn, or Eomer. A younger Faramir with Grima (one-sided slash either way? Admiring the older adviser from Rohan or being taken with the charming young man works--dark or otherwise.) Inappropriate feelings for one of his men, though I'd prefer Faramir not give in to temptation on that._?

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h3. Chapter 1?

Grima moved quickly down the Golden Hall, hugging the edict to his chest. It had taken far longer than usual to convince Theoden of its necessity; the old man was distracted by the endless haggling over horses with the party from Gondor. Grima had kept himself well clear of it. Lord Saruman did not desire to rouse the Steward's interest in Rohan before his plans came to fruition. And debates over geldings held little of interest for a clever man. Grima had other schemes to occupy his time. ?

It was a pity, though, that the Steward's second son was out of favor. True, he bore the style of Captain of the White Tower (but then every captain in the forces of Minas Tirith had a right to be called that) and the somewhat more descriptive title of Captain of the Ithilien Rangers (but they seemed to have stayed in Ithilien, whoever they were). Yet it was hardly a secret that the young captain had no real importance in his own land. One merely had to look at his companions' body language to see that. Grima had seen it at once. The way the negotiations were handled just confirmed it. Everyone would talk for a while, and the captain of Gondor would ask a quiet question or two – insightful ones, someone must be coaching him – and then, with appearances upheld, the two older men in the visiting party would begin to bargain with the horsemasters. He was a beautiful young man, however, and Grima would have welcomed instructions to put an idea or two in his head. A great pity that he had no influence and little chance of inheriting the stewardship.

Although... but no. Not only was the Steward a hale and canny man, but the older son was a great warrior and much-loved. Even his slighted younger brother loved him, judging by way he spoke of his elder's battle victories in the Hall at night. Grima had enough to handle with kings and marshals without thinking about stewards and their sons.

As he came out into the bright sunlight, Grima narrowly avoided running into the object of his thoughts. The young man had evidently been riding with a group of warriors, who still stood talking on the lower stairs. His face was flushed with the exercise and the wind had blown his dark hair back in furrows. Dark hair. All the horse-lovers had hair bleached as colorless as their drafty Hall. Grima himself had been sneered at for the black curls he inherited from his Dunlending grandfather. As though black hair were not a sure sign that he was descended from the ancient Houses of Men. One had only to look at the nobility and beauty of the captain of Gondor's face to remember that.

With a start, Grima realized he had indeed been looking at the young man's face, for far longer than he intended. He ducked his head again as he hurried down the steps. With luck, he could get by the strawheads and post his new edict before he was forced to spend much time in the eye-watering sun.

***?

h5. Portion of a letter from the Captain of the Ithilien Rangers to the High Warden of the White Tower: ?

bq. ?...every night. The music in the Hall is magnificent: very different from our own, but bold and stirring like the brisk north wind. I'd not realized how much the Rohirrim rely on their songs to remember their history – and even to tell their news. They seem to write far less than we do. Indeed, there was rather a nasty incident this morning about that. A group of warriors was taunting one of Theoden King's counselors or clerks, deriding him for 'needing scribbled lines to remember his own lineage – if he had any.' As far as I could see, the poor man had simply copied out an edict the king wanted posted. My sympathies were naturally with the clerk, but I was not about to disgrace our father by speaking out on a matter of local debate. Nor have I shown my own love for the written word. In truth, I've had no time for anything but horses during the day, so I've contented myself with reading from the two (only two, brother!) books I brought with me by candlelight, after the rest of our company is abed. So you see, I indulge my private pleasures with far greater discretion than some others I could name. Did you truly...

[page]?

h3. Chapter 2?

Faramir clapped loudly as the saga came to an exuberant end. The story – half-spoken, half-sung – had immediately followed supper and had been accompanied by several rounds of ale. Faramir had had his cup filled far more often than usual, due to the attentiveness of the man to his right. Grima, whom Faramir now knew to be chief counselor to Theoden King, had regularly motioned to the pot boy to serve his master's guest, though the counselor himself drank only mead poured from a small silver flask sitting by his elbow.

In the wake of the applause, the young Captain turned to his companion. "I have not heard such a tale before. In Gondor there are ballads for minstrels and songs for common folk, but not such a mixing of both. Here it seems that every man can add his voice to the warriors' chant whenever the story tells of it."

"I do not know that more voices improve the tune. That particular chant has always reminded me of a cold, driving rain: bold and unsettling. But come, let us drink to the continued exchange of ideas between your land and ours. And to the exchange of horses, hmm?" The counselor quirked his lips in a smile.

"To horses indeed!" Faramir laughed in response, though he had little felt like smiling at the negotiations this morning. The rest of the delegation had ignored his questions, as always, not even following up on the answers the horsemasters gave. Boromir would be livid if he knew Faramir was being treated so; he had petitioned their father strenuously to be sure that Faramir got this chance to be an emissary for Gondor. Faramir himself would have dealt swiftly with any of his own rangers who overlooked their commander's words, but with his father's men it was different. They did not see him as a captain of Gondor, but as a bookish boy still. Faramir thought perhaps he understood why Grima, a learned man, disliked the warrior's resounding chorus. Obviously the counselor's intelligence was as little respected by the Riders as Faramir's was by his fellows.

The saga was succeeded by a legend of the mearas, attributing their origin to the Huntsman, Bema, whom Faramir recognized as Orome of the Valar. According to the storyteller, the great horses had been brought from the West when the world was young, and the sun had not yet shone, and the lands looked so different that no man alive now would recognize a map of them.

"I doubt any man was alive then to map those lands," the young captain remarked idly to his companion.

"Perhaps not then, but map-making is an ancient art. I have seen a chart of Middle Earth showing its mountains and plains in the Elder Days. That map was made by men, and it is certain no one in this Hall could find Rohan or Gondor upon it."

"A map from before the ending of the First Age? Wherever did you find such a thing?" Faramir asked eagerly.

The king's counselor turned to face him fully, looking slightly surprised at his interest.

"Why, it was – it must have been in tower of Saruman, Rohan's wise ally to the north. He has many such things in his keeping."

"I would give much to see such a map! The libraries of Gondor hold countless treasures, but so many things are lost or decay over the centuries. A map from that time would show lands truly different from our own, with mountains where islands now stand," the young man said wistfully. "I wonder how it would compare to our own ranges and coastlines."

"Perhaps I may find it again, when next the king's business takes me that way," suggested the counselor. "I would be happy to ask the lord wizard if he would allow me to make a copy for you."

"You are kind, but I wouldn't like to trouble you." It was Faramir's turn to be somewhat surprised. He hadn't meant his words to hint at such a favor.

"Not at all. Such a lively interest deserves to be pursued," replied Grima with an approbation Faramir seldom heard for his intellectual pursuits. "I shall send a copy to you in Minas Tirith."

"That is most kind of you," Faramir said again. He doubted whether the counselor would even remember his offer, much less fulfill it, but Faramir appreciated it nonetheless. Enjoying the company of another scholarly man, he turned the talk to other things.

After a time, Faramir realized that most of the Rohirrim had left the Hall and those who remained were obviously planning to drink till the dawn. Here and there a few had even slipped quietly into sleep, lying on the wooden benches or with their heads resting against the tables.

"The hour is late, and I fear I must sleep before the meeting tomorrow. If you will excuse me, counselor." Faramir rose and then put out a hand to steady himself. Grima caught it.

"Allow me to see you to your room, captain."

When they got to there, it was Grima who pushed open the door to the large chamber where a servant had lit a welcoming fire. Faramir walked in behind him, trying to call to his mind an appropriate farewell through the low hum of the ale. But Grima had moved back around him and was closing the door and bolting it. From Faramir's side of the door.

"Faramir," the counselor said in a low tone like honey mead, which harmonized with the ale's hum and drowned any thought of speech. "Let me help you with your belt and mantle."

Grima came up behind Faramir and put his arms around his waist to reach the belt where it was knotted around its buckle. Faramir's breathing became labored as his belt slowly came undone. His own hands still hung uselessly at his sides, but Grima's hands were at his shoulders, pulling his mantle off in a movement that contrived to rub against the whole length of his back. Faramir could hear the other's breathing above his own as Grima moved his face close to breathe in the scent of Faramir's hair.

And then the older man's mouth was against his neck as Faramir stumbled forward a few paces, propelled by the force of the hands on his shoulders. Faramir's forehead gently met the stone of the wall in front of him, so that he was leaning on it with Grima pressed close against him. The other man was shorter, but what did that matter so long as his hands could reach around to stroke Faramir's chest above his heart and – ah, just there – the jutting bone of his right hip. The younger man sucked in a sharp breath as the two hands moved together to a place dangerously low on his belly.

"Tell me something, lovely one," said that low, smooth voice. "Would you recommend traveling at speed across unknown terrain or taking time to study it, to map it, first?"

"I- to map – ah." Curved fingers had begun to rake Faramir's thighs.

"I thought you would."

Later, they lay on their backs across Faramir's bed, with the fur-lined cover dragged across their naked bodies. They had, ironically enough, undressed fully only after the fact, tossing two sets of soiled leggings onto the stone floor. Their tunics had long since been discarded; Grima had seemed to delight in using his hands and mouth all across Faramir's chest. Faramir had done his best to return the favor, paying particular attention to his lover's throat. Although, now that the effects of the ale and of his body's euphoria were wearing off, Faramir began to wonder how well he had truly pleased his partner. He had been so overcome with blissful sensation that his own hesitant caresses might have failed to inspire the same pleasure.

"Still awake I see." Grima had propped himself up on one elbow and was looking down at him with a conspiratorial half-smile that made Faramir feel that he may have done something right after all.

Grima moved now to partially cover him, with his chest bearing down on Faramir's. The older man's hand held the back of his neck in a grip that was almost too tight, but all the more exciting for that. The kiss they shared was not deep, but fierce, and caused ripples of heat to slither up Faramir's legs and spine.

"Shall we try something else?"

Faramir looked up eagerly, even as his body tensed. Certainly, his lover deserved to have whatever he wished. Perhaps Grima would want them to do something Faramir had read of in that book from Harad; perhaps he simply wanted to possess Faramir completely in the way soldiers snickered about – and engaged in – in the camps. The young man prepared to show his willingness, even as he worried that he would not live up to expectations. He had no experience of this sort of thing and if, after the amazing way in which the older man had coaxed him to bed, he failed to give satisfaction...

Grima's voice interrupted his anxieties. "I'll show you how I want you, then."

Faramir's heart began to beat very fast.

"Close your eyes."

And still faster.

With his eyes shut, Faramir felt Grima's weight shift on the bed as the older man knelt up beside him. Then hands descended upon his shoulders, pressing him down firmly. Such a simple touch and yet the young man felt something shifting inside him. The hands pushed harder, pinning Faramir to the linen beneath his back. Faramir began to pant slightly once more. As Grima brought his full weight to bear, Faramir drew a sharp breath and then let it out at once, all his muscles loosening.

"Good. Very good. Now lie still, my lovely one, and just breathe." The voice was soft, almost absent-minded, and Faramir did as it bade him.

The first touch was to his throat, in a place he had kissed the other man earlier: lips, then the tip of a tongue, then a light scrape of teeth. A warm puff of air and then the mouth moved away. The next touch was just a finger, tracing Faramir's lips until he parted them. Two fingers, bending his lower lip as if in a pout. That touch was followed by a quick, teasing tweak of his right nipple that left it throbbing and the other feeling oddly cold.

The touches continued – lips on the center of his forehead, fingers along the sides of his chest, a hand molding his inner thigh, a foot twining round his own – there was no pattern to them. Just when Faramir thought the touches were leading somewhere, they would wander away. He tensed a little in between each one, waiting to discover whether the next movement would bring a soothing warmth or a delicious wave of heat. Or even a flare of pain, as nails and teeth marked his nipples, his stomach, and the insides of his knees. The anticipation itself was setting him on fire. Faramir lay and trembled and knew only the contact between his flesh and Grima's mouth, Grima's hands, Grima's chest as it moved along his own.

And then a warm, wet mouth engulfed him and Faramir was no longer panting but crying out with an abandon he had rarely known. For a few precious moments, nothing mattered but what that mouth and the hand that had joined it were making him feel. He opened his eyes at last, as relaxation washed through him and threatened to ease them shut again.

"That – I..."

"Mmm." Grima was smiling at him and stretching out once more.

"Do you, I mean, don't you want me to..." Faramir tried to rouse his sated body to move toward his lover.

"Mmm," Grima murmured again and rolled them both to face the dying fire. "I took my pleasure in seeing yours, my lovely one."

Faramir lay on his side with his lover warm behind him and a possessive arm heavy against his waist. The young captain drifted into sleep confident he was in the embrace of one who understood him and put Faramir's needs above his own.

***?

h5.? Contents of a scroll delivered, without a messenger, to Grima’s locked chambers:

bq. You have exceeded your orders, little worm, dallying with Denethor's whelp. Cut him loose.?

[page]?

h3. Chapter 3?

Grima had spent the better part of the morning bent over the trestle table that served him as a desk, composing and discarding letters to his master. How to get Saruman to see that consorting with the young man of Gondor would further the wizard's plans? How to tell him Grima was clever enough to seduce the steward's son without letting Faramir discover Grima's ends? Saruman was ever quick to issue commands, but Grima was more than capable of taking action on his own, without the meddling of that old... Grima had buried that thought out of engrained caution toward the wizard, even in the privacy of his own thoughts.

At this moment, however, Grima was not thinking of wizards, but of captains. He had hovered in the corridors until the party from Gondor passed by on their way to the noonday meal. He caught Faramir's eye and turned, leading the young man down a staircase and from there out a back door toward the stables. The smaller tack shed was usually deserted this time of day; it was a good place for private meetings with informants, and it possessed also a loft filled with soft hay. Grima intended to make the most of the short time the delegation would remain at Edoras.

"After you, Captain Faramir," he said, holding the door to the shed open with one hand and gesturing with the other. "A poor alternative to your chambers, but a place far less likely to be entered by a serving maid or an envoy in search of his leader."

Faramir smiled ruefully as Grima joined him in the shed. "If you had heard them this morning, you would not name me captain. The bargaining for the horses is well on its way to being settled, without the dubious benefit of my leadership. I fear I, like you, have trouble convincing some of my fellows to heed my advice."

"Yet you are a captain, and – if you will forgive my saying it – you have advanced to that rank very young. Surely a Captain of Gondor and of the White Tower deserves to have his title spoken."

"As to that, they are almost the same thing. At least, they are for any captain who serves under the Captain-General, my brother. We come from the City and so we are of the White Tower, to distinguish us from officers of Dol Amroth or other parts of Gondor. When my father gave me the captainship of Ithilien, the other styles came with it."

"And to be a captain of rangers is not an honor?"

"It is! And a great trust in these troubled times. The rangers face much peril in our labors to the south. I think my father gave me that task to season me for days to come. He told me not all of Middle Earth's wisdom can be found in old archives – and he is right, of course."

Grima nodded his understanding, thinking to himself that the steward had done a great deal of his work for him. It was apparent from Faramir's tone that the young man wanted his father's trust and that his father was late in giving it to him. Soft-spoken and untried the young man may be, but a clever man did not underestimate his mark. There was a burden of responsibility on this young man's shoulders, one he had taken willingly on himself, and the grace to carry it. Here was not a man who would be swayed by any selfish purpose Grima tried to put in his head. He would not try. All he need do was show Faramir that in him, Grima son of Galmod, the young captain had found a friend who could see his worth.

"Take honor, then, in the work that you are doing. You are a Captain of the Ithilien Rangers, leading your men, a Captain of the White Tower, defending your City, and a Captain of Gondor, showing forth the strength of your land. From what I have heard of the negotiations, you show forth her wisdom as well. Do not be worried that some men ignore good counsel when they hear it. Perhaps when you have gained a few of my wrinkles you will find they are men who respect only years, not knowledge."

"Do you have wrinkles?" asked Faramir with a grin. "I hadn't noticed any, but perhaps I was not looking closely enough last night."

Faramir stepped closer and raised his hands to draw Grima's head toward him for a kiss. It was deeper and more leisurely than the ones they had exchanged the night before, with Faramir controlling the pace. Grima was enjoying the younger man's burst of confidence when a noise close by caused them to draw apart. Standing in the doorway of the shed was young Eomer, whom Grima had thought still with his sister in Aldburg. They had been away since Eomer's coming-of-age in the spring, but judging from the look on his face the boy's feelings toward Grima hadn't changed. There was a pause as the three men stared at each other.

"You filthy, rutting sons of trolls!" Eomer shouted. He strode forward, shoved Grima to one side, and punched Faramir squarely in the jaw. "How dare you dishonor my uncle's hospitality this way? Did you think no one would notice if you snuck around with this little leach? Is this the way Gondor conducts her alliances, hiding in the stables? And you, Grima, what have you been planning? Do not think to tell me you are here for the company. I know well you have some other design. Do you look to him for power? Did you think you could get through him the kind of riches you have been trying to wrest from Rohan?"

Faramir had straightened himself as Eomer was speaking and half-turned so that he was looking at both Grima and the angry Rider. Grima lifted his chin, preparing to answer the accusations leveled against him. And then Faramir met Grima's gaze with his clear grey eyes that had the ability to read much of the hearts of men. Grima could find nothing to say in the light of that keen regard.

Faramir turned then to Eomer and said, in a tone of cool authority his rangers would have recognized: "Hold a moment. Let us speak soberly about this matter. What do you say I have done?"

Eomer glared at him, but lowered his fists. "I suppose you didn't know that this fork-tongued old man has been courting my sister? That would have suited your plans, would it not, if your fellow plotter became kinsmen to Theoden King?"

Thinking that the boy looked ready to explode again, Grima took his chance to leave. A clever man, he had always told himself, need not be a fighter, if he was intelligent enough to avoid fighting. He moved quickly, though he knew Eomer's attention would still be on the man of Gondor. The young hothead would want to expend his rage on someone who at least looked as though he could stand up to it. Grima had never been a target for anything but Eomer's contempt. Still, Grima hurried, fleeing the angry words to come as though he might be hurt by them.

***?

h5. Fragments from a burnt parchment that was never sent to Gondor:?

bq. ...seeing only that someone was listening and perhaps understood. I deserved the blow the Lord Eomer dealt me – I deserve far worse for being so simple, so orcs-take-it eager, as though I were just asking to be fooled. Did he even fool me? Or did I fool myself, flattering my vanity that an older man, a counselor to a king, would be interested in me. In truth, I should be proud to know that someone so power-hungry saw enough potential in me that he would even want to seduce me. For he does lust for power, I could see that in his eyes as we gazed at each other. I suppose he lusted for power more than...?

bq. ...and yet, brother, I could have sworn there was something honest about him, about his own eagerness. Or am I just trying to believe I am less to blame? Certainly it is to my discredit if my actions caused the nephew of Rohan's king to think me treacherous; shall I be glad that I convinced him I was merely deceived in a lover?...?

bq. ...Gondor at least will have no trouble over my folly. I persuaded Eomer that what he saw was nothing more than the fancy of a moment. I would not have the counselor accused of conspiracy with foreigners when all he was guilty of was taking advantage of my inexperience. Whatever his hopes for the Lady Eowyn may be, he should not have to answer to his king for deluding one who wanted to be believe that...?

bq. ...Will I learn someday to disregard it when others disregard me? Discovering that another cared not a whit for the joy I thought we shared, how do I bear that? I do not ask where to find one who does care, for I begin to see that I shall not...?

[page]?

h3. Chapter 4?

When Grima found him in his chambers, he was already armed and cloaked in green. Captain Faramir did not refer to what he must have seen in Grima's eyes at the moment of Eomer's accusation, nor to whatever had been said afterwards in that shed. He said only, "If I have done anything to make your position in Rohan difficult, then I apologize for the fault."

"You did nothing that could be faulted!" It was perhaps the most truthful thing Grima Wormtongue had uttered in a long time, but he did not care for truth, one way or the other. All that mattered to him at that moment was the look on Faramir's face, which slowly softened from chilly formality to a strange regretfulness.

Faramir held out his hand. Grima took it, clasped it, and held it for a while, looking at their hands instead of at the other man's face. He didn't know how to say that it had been different with the captain than with the king's sister-daughter. Had it been different? And what did such a difference avail him? A clever man wouldn't have come to this room again, when it could hardly profit him. But then Grima had always known, in his most secret heart, that he was not as clever as he wanted to be. Not clever enough to lead men openly, without lies. Not clever enough to break free of a master he feared and worshipped and loathed. Not clever enough to keep a man of Faramir's quality. If Eomer hadn't revealed what Grima truly was, Faramir would have figured it out before long. He was far more wise and more masterful a man than he himself or that Uruk of a father gave him credit for.

"I'll send a copy of that map to you in Gondor." Ridiculous thing to say, but Grima could not simply let go of the young man's hand in silence. Of his voice, at least, he could be certain: smooth and low and implying more than was said.

Faramir's grip tightened, causing Grima to realize he had in fact not let go, and then their hands came gently apart.

"Thank you." Faramir's tone also conveyed more than his words. There was understanding there and some other emotion that matched the one which Grima himself had tried to put behind his promise.

Grima left the chamber first, moving quickly away so that Faramir could not have caught up with him in the corridor.

***?

h5. Written on a map case in the libraries of Minas Tirith:?

bq. To Faramir, Captain of Gondor, of the White Tower, and of the Ithilien Rangers

The complete guide to entering CHALLENGES

Entering Challenges

Of course, you’re also welcome to email in you challenge!

To enter a plot bunny for our challenge section, there are only five fields on the Edit screen you need to touch: title, body, pairings, summary and, most importantly of all, section.

Section: Change the section to post in to ‘Challenges’.

Title: Enter a title for your challenge.

Body: Enter the challenge itself.

Pairings: Enter the pairing(s) relevant for your challenge. Notice there is an “Unknown” pairing if you want to leave it up to the author.

Summary: If you want, you can enter a short (one sentence) teaser for you challenge to be displayed on the challenges listings. If you leave the summary field empty, the first few lines of your challenge will be displayed instead.

Hit the save button when you’re happy with what you’ve entered. The message ‘Article Posted’ appears at the top of the screen.

Should you get a message that your challenge is posted as ‘pending’ because another article with the same title already exists, you can change the URL of your challenge in the ‘URL-only title’ field under Advanced Options. You only need to do this in case of such a conflict.
Posts by newly registered authors are always marked as ‘pending’ to prevent spammers flooding the site. If you’re not a spammer, an archivist will OK your post within a day or two, and upgrade your account so your next posts go through without intervention.

The complete guide to entering PICTURES

First of all, this manual looks elaborate, but that's just because it explains every option. Posting is really quite easy. Read this page once, and you'll know what applies to you. And remember, we are happy to post your work for you: just email us at admin@faramirfiction.com.

If you don't have a password yet, get one first.

Log in here, and you'll land right on the form where you can enter all the data for your picture. However, you'll first need to upload it. Compare it to posting your artwork on a blog: first you upload it somewhere, then you create a new post about the picture to show it off.

Notice that there is a link to these instructions whenever you need them: the tab in the top right corner that reads 'posting help'. The link opens in a new window or tab.
There are also hints to go with each item: just click on the ? next to it!


There are two parts to posting a picture: (1) you have to upload it, and then you have to (2) post an article about it that holds all the information such as the title and rating, and that will receive any comments.

1. Uploading your picture

There are two ways to upload your image: from the 'Edit' screen (the page you use to post story and picture articles), or from the 'Image' screen.

Using the upload box on the 'Edit' screen (just below the big 'Body' box) is quickest and easiest if you don't need anything special. Just find your image and upload. You'll notice that an image ID will automatically appear in the Article Image ID box.

However, if you need to upload a custom thumbnail (e.g., because your image is too explicit to be simply scaled down), or if you want to replace your image with an updated version, you'll need to use the 'Image' screen. Click on the tab that says 'images' in the navigational part at the top of the (two to the right of the 'Edit' tab).

Upload your file using the 'upload file' box. When it's uploaded, you'll be redirected to a page displaying your image, where you can enter more details about it. Here you need to either create or upload a thumbnail.

Thumbnails

All thumbnails at the Faramir Fiction Archive are 71 by 71 pixels in size. You can either choose to make a thumbnail yourself and upload it using the upload thumbnail box, or have a thumbnail automatically created. If you want to generate one, enter "71" in both the 'Width' and 'Height' boxes under 'Create thumbnail', tick the 'crop' box, and click 'create'.
NB: If your picture is explicit in any way, please make your own thumbnail and use a non-offending detail of your picture as thumbnail. Do not use the automatically generated thumbnail, as this will create a miniature version of the full picture.

You do not need to change anything else in this screen. An alt text or caption will not appear on the site. Hit 'save' and you'll be returned to the 'images' tab. If your image list is sorted by date, your picture should be top of the list. Remember its ID number (first column in the table) - you'll need to enter it later.

External Images

You can also enter a picture to the archive that is hosted on your own site. In that case the title and the thumbnail link to the URL you enter. But you will still have to upload that thumbnail. The easiest way to do this upload an thumbnail image using the upload box on the 'Edit' screen. It will automatically be scaled down to a 71 by 71 px thumbnail, so when you prepare your thumb, don't make it too large (no bigger than 100 by 100px), or the results may be disappointing.


Entering the details

Now return to the 'Edit' tab. The form consists of three columns, as marked in the screenshot. The middle one (circled in blue) is the most important: this is where your pic's title and image go. On the left (the red section) you can enter more details, such as the pairings, warnings (where applicable). The section on the right (here in green) are mostly settings that have to do with the working of the site, such as the status, the section, and the date. In most cases, all you need to change in the green section is set the section to 'Pictures'.


Step 1: The basics

Title: Enter the title of your picture in the title field.

Body: Not used for pictures - please leave blank.

Article Image ID: If you uploaded your image on the 'Image' screen, enter that image ID remembered from earlier. Just the number, nothing else. If you upload your image using the 'Upload new image' box just below, it will enter an Image ID here automatically.


Step 2a: The details

Pairings: You can select a pairing. This will appear with your picture as for example "with Boromir". You can also leave these blank.

Rating: Please select an appropriate rating for your picture.

Warnings: Please warnings for your picture when appropriate, or leave empty.

Work in Progress: Not used for pictures.

Summary: You can enter a description of your picture or any additional notes here.

External Address: If you want to link to (a page that features) your picture on your own site instead of archiving a full version in the archive, fill in the address to link to here. Remember to leave the body text box empty, but fill out the rest of the form as normal.
If you want to store your picture at the archive, leave this field blank.


Step 2b: The details - Advanced

Click on 'Advanced Options' to access the second set of boxes on the left of the screen.

Secondary Author: Not used for pictures - please leave blank.

Third / Fourth / Fifth Pairing: See 'Pairings'.

Language (if not English): Not used for pictures - please leave blank.


Step 3: Site Settings

Section: The section you're posting to. Change this on 'Pictures'.

Click on "Advanced Settings " if you want to change those settings.

Status: If you want to post your story right away, select 'Live' (default). If you want the administrators to give it the once over first, select 'Pending'. If it's not ready for posting yet, select 'Draft'.
'Hidden' and 'Sticky' are for admin use only.

Use Textile: The default editing mode is 'Textile'. This is a simplified way of adding formatting to text. For example, it turns *bold* into bold and _italic_ into italic. Click on 'Textile Help' on the left for more instructions. If you want to work in HTML in your description, select 'Leave text untouched' for excerpt.

URL-only title: By default, all articles receive an URL that matches their title. Should you get an error message saying your story was saved as a draft because there was already an entry with the same name in the archive, you can here change the URL. You could, for example, add your name to the end.

Comments: If you do not want visitors to comment on your story, you can select off. Then no comment box will appear.

Set timestamp to now: If you're publishing a new picture, this will be on by default. Leave it on.

Or publish at: With this function you can either make it appear as if you have entered your picture at some time in the past (if you set the time to some point in the past, or 'backdate' the entry), or already post a picture that you do not want to appear for some time still (if you set the time to some point in the future).


Step 4: Saving & Entering the next Picture

Click the red 'Publish' button to save your picture. Notice that the text 'Article posted' appears at the top of the screen.

To enter another picture, click 'create new'. This will give you a clean, empty form.
NB: if you enter a new picture by editing a freshly saved one, you will replace the earlier picture!! Always start with a new form by clicking 'create new'.


Editing Pictures


Editing the details

If you want to edit any of the details (description, rating, etc.) of your picture later on, you'll first have to locate it. If it's not in the list of 'Your Recent Articles' (bottom left), click on the content » articles tab - the tab just to the right of the Edit tab, where you'll find all your articles.

Besides all your fiction, you'll also find a article in the 'artists' section with your name as title. This is the article that lists all your work. Feel free to edit the body text of this article - you may want to include a link to your site, a short bio, or even the URL to an (external) avatar in the _Article image ID_ field. Just make sure you leave all the settings other than the body text and article image as they are.

Click on any of the titles to edit the article. Notice you can also click on the articles of others, and you will be directed to the Edit screen, but only your own articles have a 'Save' button. You may want to use this possibility if you're unsure about how something is done: sometimes it helps to sneak a peak at another article to see how they did things.

Now editing is just like posting the article in the first place.


Editing the picture itself

If you want to change the picture itself, or change the thumbnail, go to the 'images' tab and click on the name of the picture you want to update. You'll land on on a page that displays your picture plus the picture's details. Right under your picture you'll find a 'Replace image' box where you can upload a new version of your picture. You can do the same for the thumbnail. If you replace your picture in this way, the image ID will remain the same, so you don't have to edit the picture article in the Edit tab.

The complete guide to entering FICTION

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First of all, this manual looks elaborate, but that's just because it explains every possible option. And of course, you can also just email us your work instead.
Posting is really very easy: if you're posting the full story here you'll need to fill in the Title, Body, Summary, Pairings and Rating fields, and perhaps also add a warning and mark your work as a WIP. The same applies if you're posting your story as a link to your own site, only leave out the Body and enter your link in the External Address field.
Read this page once, and you'll know what applies to you.

If you don't have a password yet, get one first.

Log in here (there's a link to the user area at the bottom of each page), and you'll land right on the form where you can enter your story. The form consists of three columns, as marked in the screenshot. The middle one (circled in blue) is the most important: this is where your story's title and body. On the left (the red section) you can enter details for the story listings, such as the pairings, warnings, and whether your story is finished or a work in progress. The section on the right (here in green) are mostly settings that have to do with the working of the site, such as the status, the section, and the date. In most cases, you will not have to change anything in the green section.

Also note that there is a link to these instructions whenever you need them: there's a row of links at to top of the screen, where it says 'Need help?'. The links open in a new window or tab.
There are also hints to go with each item: just click on the ? next to it!


Step 1: The essentials

Title: Enter the title of your story in the title field.
NB: Should you receive a warning when you save your story, saying another with the same title already exists, you do not have to change the title of your story (displayed in listings and on the story page), only the URL-only title (used to make up the URL). Read more here.

Header: You can choose to either use our standard header, compiled from the information you enter in step 2, or to enter your own custom header in the body field, at the start of your story. The first is quick and easy; the second gives you full control on how you structure your header.

Body: If you want to link to the story on your own site, you can leave this field empty. Otherwise, this big text box will obviously hold your story text, but you can also enter anything else that you want to appear with your story in this box. As you can see from the example in the screenshot, you can enter full headers, as you would when you'd post your story to a blog such as LiveJournal, or to a mailinglist.
In order to ensure you'll have maximum control over the way your work is displayed, the only details that are automatically displayed with the full version of your story are the title, the rating, and the author, so you do not have to include those. Everything else is up to you.

Alternatively, you can set the header option (see above) to "Auto generate a header for me", and the auto header will be displayed. In that case, the body field should only contain the text of your story.

If your story has multiple chapters, or want to display it on multiple pages for another reason, you can do so by typing the code [page] (with a white line before and after) at the points where split should be made.

NB:This example shows a complete form.

Pictures: Not used for fiction. The pictures box (right underneath the body) is used for pictures only. Uploading an image or entering an Article image ID will not add a picture to your story. If you want to illustrate your story, please insert an image in the text of the body field using normal HTML code.


Step 2a: The details

Pairings: The pairing(s) you select here determine on which pairing page(s) your story will be listed. We always refer to a 'pairing' by the character other than Faramir; so if your story features Faramir/Boromir, select 'Boromir'. So the two boxes here means space for two pairings; if you need more, click on 'More Options', further down on the left hand side.
If your story has one pairing only, leave the second field empty. However, if your story does not have any pairing at all, please do not leave both fields empty but select No Pairing as your first pairing. This will ensure your story is listed on the No Pairing page.
If your character is not listed here, let us know, and we'll create a new entry. We'll only do this for Tolkien's characters though; if you've created your own, or borrow someone else's creation, please list them under Original Male Character (OMC) or Original Female Character (OFC). Also note that there are a few bulk characters: 'Rangers' includes all the Ithilien Rangers such as Mablung and Damrod, and 'Beasts' everything from orcs, to Nazgûl, to The Watcher in The Water.
If your story features any non-Faramir pairings, say Aragorn/Boromir, you can list these in the headers you enter in the body of your story, but since we do not have a page listing all Aragorn/Boromir fics, you don't have to enter those pairings here.

At this site, we sort stories by 'pairing', with Faramir always as one half of that pairing. We use 'pairings' in the broadest possible sense of the word. There is no need for any relationship or romance between the characters: even if in your story Faramir and Éowyn just have a casual chat, it will be of interest for people looking for stories with Faramir and Éowyn, and therefore deserves to be listed on the Éowyn page.
If, however, Éowyn and Faramir never meet, speak to, or even think of each other, and Éowyn only appears in your story only to share that casual chat with Éomer (who happens to madly in love with Faramir), then Éowyn's part in the story is not all that relevant to this archive. Of course you can mention her in your headings, but better list your story on Éomer page only -- listing your story with the Éowyn fics may leave people with false expectations. (Yes, we're a very, very Faramir-centric archive...)

Rating: Please select an appropriate rating for your story.

Warnings: Please enter appropriate warnings for your story. If your story needs no warnings, please leave this box empty, and no 'Warnings' line will appear in the listings. Hence, there is no need to fill in 'None', as you may have seen people do at one of the cookie-cutter archives.

Work in Progress: Tick the box if your story is not yet finished.
NB: When you come back later to add to your story, remember to tick the 'Reset time to now' box so the timestamp will be updated and your story will appear at the top of the list on the news and fiction pages. See step 3 for details.

Summary: Enter a short summary of your story here. This summary will be used on all pages where lists of stories are displayed.

External Address: If you want to link to your story on your own site instead of archiving a full version in the archive, fill in the address to link to here. Remember to leave the body text box empty, but fill out the rest of the form as normal.
If you want to archive your story at the archive, leave this field blank.

If you have more than two pairings, a second author, or wrote your fic in a language other than English - click on 'More Options' and continue below.
Otherwise, skip forward to Step 3.


Step 2b: The details - Advanced

Secondary Author: If you have a co-author, you can enter her (his) name here. If this author already has one or more stories in the archive, make sure you enter the name exactly as she (he) is credited elsewhere, or the link to the author's page will not work. If it's a new author, drop us a line so we can make a new author's page.

Third / Fourth / Fifth Pairing: See 'Pairings'.

Language (if not English): If your story is not in English, please select the language. If your language is not listed, please get in get in touch - we'd be very very happy to add a new language!
When you're adding a story in a language other than English, it'd help us if you still use English in your warnings (you can add warnings in your own language to the 'body' field. Also please provide a translation of your summary.

Additional info for the auto-generated headers: If you've chosen for the auto generated header rather than entering your own, custom header, it is possible to add extra information such as Author's Notes, thanks to your beta, etc. Please use html to create linebreaks etc.


Step 3: Site Settings

On most occasions, you will not need to change anything on this side of the screen. The only exception is 'Reset time to now' which you might have to change when updating a story.

Section: The section you're posting to. If you're posting a story, leave this on 'Fiction'.

Click on 'Advanced Settings' to reveal the settings below.

Status: If you want to post your story right away, select 'Live' (default). If you want the administrators to give it the once over first, select 'Pending'. If it's not ready for posting yet, select 'Draft'.
'Hidden' and 'Sticky' are for admin use only.

Textile or HTML: The default editing mode is 'Textile'. This is a simplified way of adding formatting to text. For example, it turns *bold* into bold and _italic_ into italic, though you can also still use <b> and <i> as well. Click on 'Textile Help' on the left for more instructions. If you want to work in pure HTML (that is, start each paragraph with <p> and so on), select 'Leave text untouched' for article and/or summary.
NB: Note that all texts moved over from the old site by the administrators are in HTML mode.

URL-only title: Stories, by default, receive an URL that matches their title. Should you get an error message saying your story was saved as a draft because there was already a story with the same name in the archive, you can change the URL here. You could, for example, add your name to the end.

Comments: If you do not want visitors to comment on your story, you can select off. Then no comment box will appear at the bottom of your story. If you want, you can also enter a custom invitation to replace the standard 'Comment' to, say, 'Please let me know what you think.'

Set timestamp to now: If you're publishing a new story, you don't have to worry about the timestamp: it will be set to the system time at which you post.
If you're editing an existing story, the 'reset timestamp to now' box will be off by default, so the original timestamp will not be changed if you save your edited story. This is great if you just edited to clean up some typos or change the layout, but if adding a new chapter, do tick this box so your story will appear at the top of the recent additions and recent fiction lists again.

Or publish at: With this function you can set the timestamp of your story to any point in time. Note that when you choose a future date, your story will not appear on the site until that date is reached. We use this function for our Midwinter and Midsummer Swaps, to make all stories appear simultaneously. Please avoid changing the timestamp unless you have a special reason to do so.


Step 4: Saving & Entering the next Story

Click the red 'Publish' button to save your story. Notice that the text 'Article posted' appears at the top of the screen, and a "View" link next to the title, that links to your story on the site.

NB: Note that if you are entering your first ever story, it'll have to be approved by one of the archivists before it appears on the site. A warning will appear near the top of the screen saying your article was saved as pending. We don't censor stories in any way (everything with Faramir in it is welcome!); we use this precaution to prevent spammers from registering and then flooding the site with ads. Once you've posted your first story, we will know you're a genuine author and not an evil spammer, and upgrade your account so your next stories will appear without intervention.

To enter another story, click on "Create New" (or the 'Edit' tab). This will give you a clean, empty form.
NB: if you enter a new story by editing a freshly saved one, you will replace the earlier story!! Always start with a new form by clicking "Create new" or the 'Edit' tab.


Editing Existing Stories

If you want to edit your story later on, you'll first have to locate it. "Your Recent Articles" (bottom left on the Edit page) - lists your 10 most recently edited stories. If the story you want to edit is not there, go to the articles tab - the tab just to the right of the Edit tab: there all your stories are listed.

Besides all your fiction, you'll also find an article in the 'authors' section with your name as title. This is the article that lists all your work (www.faramirfiction.com/authors/you). Feel free to edit the body text of this article - you may want to include a link to your site, a short bio, or even the URL to an (external) avatar in the article image field. Just make sure you leave all the settings other than the body text and article image as they are.

Click on any of the titles to edit the article. Now editing is just like posting the article in the first place. If you're adding a new part to your story, remember to tick the 'reset time to now' box to update the timestamp and place your story at the top of the New Additions and Fiction pages; if you're just clearing up some mistakes, leave it empty. And if you're adding the final chapter to your story, don't forget to un-tick 'Work in Progress'.

A note on Style and Formatting

If you are a regular reader at this site, you've probably noticed we try to maintain a uniform style for all stories. This is not only easy on the eye, it will also make it easy to change to a different site layout, should we want to, at some point in the future. If all chapter heading are marked with the same styling code, all we need to do is change that style (font, size, colour, ...) once. If all chapter headings are styled individually (ie, marked as bold/italic/larger/centred, instead of heading 3), we'd have to edit all stories. Needless to say, we prefer the first scenario.

When you click 'Help' at the top of the left column on the writing screen, a list of the most commonly used formatting codes pops open. This table will give an overview of how those codes will look in practise. Note that the corresponding HTML code (<i> for italic etc.) will also work for all formatting in this table.

If you have trouble with any of these codes not turning into their corresponding formatting, check the following:
  • Make sure you never start a line with a space, tab or other type of indentation.
  • Make sure you have a blank line before and after headers etc. (completely blank: check for spaces!)
  • Avoid using 'curly' quotes and other fancy characters around formatting: use ' " ... -- and not ‘’ “” … — . Our system will make them fancy again. Learn about disabling Word's autocorrect option.

What you type

What shows up

h3. Chapter Heading

Chapter Heading

h4. Section Heading

Section Heading

h5. Sub-section Heading
Sub-section Heading

(We use this heading for notes at the start of new sections, things like “One week later…” or “Meanwhile, elsewhere”)
bq. blockquote for epigraphs, notes, letters, poems, songs
blockquote for epigraphs, notes, letters, poems, songs
bq.. With two dots after the bq tag, not only the first paragraph becomes a blockquote.

All following paragraphs are included in the blockquote.

You end the blockquote by starting the first normal paragraph with a p tag.

p. New normal paragraph
With two dots after the bq tag, not only the first paragraph becomes a blockquote.

All following paragraphs are included in the blockquote.

You end the blockquote by starting the first normal paragraph with a p tag.
New normal paragraph
_italic_ italic
*bold* bold
(Please avoid as much as possible in favour of italic: remember, italic is used to make a word stand out in a sentence; bold is used to make a word stand out on a page.)
??alternative italic for quotes, thoughts and such?? alternative italic for quotes, thoughts and such
-deleted text- and +inserted text+ deleted text and inserted text
^superscript^ and ~subscript~ superscript and subscript

footnote in text[1]

fn1. explanation below text

footnote in text1

1 explanation below text

"link text":http://linklocation link text
!http://imagelocation.com/image.jpg!

* one

* two

  1. one
  2. one
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(three underscores; or [line])

(simple horizontal rule - after heading)
***
(three asterisks; or [break])

(fancy centered rule - between sections)
[page] (page break; for multi-chaptered stories)
"quotes", 'quotes' ..., em -- dash, en - dash, etc. “quotes”,‘quotes’, …, em — dash, en – dash
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We receive a lot of requests from authors for beta readers – that is, someone to give their story a critical look before it’s published on the site. Or, perhaps, someone to bounce ideas off of when they’re stuck.

If you enjoy reading the stories at this site, and want to help out an author while getting a sneak preview at a yet unpublished story, please join our beta readers pool. Just complete the form below with the kind of stuff you like to read (favourite pairings, etc), and —perhaps more importantly— the stuff you don’t like to read (think violence, non-con, incest, and so on).

We won’t bury you in proof reading material right away, but hope to build a pool of proof readers whom we may contact every once in a while when a story comes along that fits her preferences. We’ll always first ask you, the beta reader, if you’re interested in a particular assignment, and only pass on your details to the author if you accept.

And if you’re an author looking for someone to beta read your work, do get in touch with us at admin@faramirfiction.com. Please let us know at least the essential characteristics of your fic such as pairing, rating, length and possible squicks.

NB: To any one who drifted on to this page via a search engine and have never been at the Faramir Fiction Archive before: please have a look around the site before you sign up to join our beta readers pool. The authors for whom we look for beta readers contact us because they will publish their work (once beta-ed) on this site, and thus this work will always involve Faramir. If you don’t know who that is, try registering to be a beta reader in your favourite fandom at FanFiction.Net. FanFiction.net also allows under-aged readers, whereas this is a site for adults only!


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