Eternally Bound: The Fellowship Reforged

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Zine
Title: Eternally Bound: The Fellowship Reforged
Publisher: MoonGlow Zine Productions
Editor:
Author(s): Moonshine and Glow
Cover Artist(s): The Theban Band
Illustrator(s): The Theban Band
Date(s): May 2005
Medium: print
Size:
Genre: slash
Fandom: The Lord of the Rings
Language: English
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Eternally Bound: The Fellowship Reforged is a 266-page slash Lord of the Rings novel by Glow and Moonshine. The art is by The Theban Band.

It received an Honorable Mention at the 2006 FanQ Awards for Best LOTR Slash Zine.

Note: ten pages (all of chapter 16) are not numbered.

Summary

From the publisher:

This sweeping slash novel opens on the battlefield before the Black Gate. Sauron has been defeated forever, yet Aragorn and the surviving members of the Fellowship of the Ring find themselves torn by grief, believing the fires of Mount Doom have consumed Sam and Frodo. Sorrow for their fallen comrades clouds their hearts, not only for the Ring-bearer and his faithful companion, but for Boromir the Brave as well. Once again split up, each member of the Fellowship must face his own personal demons as they recount tales from their journey that are both painful and loving. As Merry, Pippin, and Gimli accompany Éomer and the armies of Gondor and Rohan back to Minas Tirith, Legolas and Aragorn are summoned by Gandalf to Ithilien...where they are met with a most unexpected discovery. Aragorn must call upon every inner resource in an effort to heal the failing Hobbits who suffer from a malady akin to the Black Breath. During the bedside vigil, Aragorn—plagued by doubts and worn from a more personal grief—has little to do but remember Boromir, the member of his Fellowship he could not save...and, more importantly, the passionate, exasperating man he fell in love with during the Quest... Little does Aragorn know that even as he is overcome with sorrow over his lost love, Pippin is about to make a most startling discover that will forever change all their destinies.

Eternally Bound: The Fellowship Reforged is a story of loyalty, the bonds of fellowship, and the power of love to heal... Set in the movie-verse of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, EB:TFR also relies heavily upon the book-verse for "missing scene" material, place descriptions, and endless inspiration. Encompassing first-times and hurt-comfort, this smoking-hot slash novel takes an alternate-universe turn here and there... most importantly in the final disposition of one of our most beloved characters, Boromir of Gondor.

Editorial from the Zine

Concerning the Middle-earth of this fanzine: The very act of picking up this zine proves that you are at least willing to contemplate a tale set in a Middle-earth not entirely of J.R.R. Tolkien's devising.

While this story is set in the movie-verse of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy, we have relied heavily upon the book-verse for "missing scene" material, place descriptions, and endless inspiration. Without question, this novel takes an alternate-universe turn here and there—most importantly in the final disposition of one of our most beloved characters: Boromir of Gondor. If you do not wish to read a lengthy slash love story that blends these two remarkable masterpieces of entertainment into something new that strives to keep with the spirit of this story we fans love, please close the zine now and return it to our dealer's table.

For those of you who are still reading, know that the creation of this story has been a tremendous journey and, like the dear Hobbits of Tolkien's inspirational work and the young actors of Jackson's films, it has changed us. And just as a certain Oxford professor couldn't have imagined there would be seventeen years of writing between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, we did not imagine that it would take us the better part of three years to complete this fan stoi7— and all of the summer of 2005 just to edit it down to something we would be proud to share with fandom.

We believe the process has been worth it, though. As fans, we are always looking for the stories, emotions, and relationship detail that go beyond what we are shown on the screen. If we wanted only the story as it stands, be it book or movie form, we would not need to seek out fanzines. In telling this story, we have enjoyed coming to know these characters better and giving them more adventures, angst, and amore.

On a more technical note, understand that we have spent hundreds—if not thousands!—of hours researching and writing this tale, coordinating with our editors and artists, laying out and designing the zine, and making innumerable decisions about how to impose order to a text that draws from so many different sources and was composed by two writers over a thirty-month period. The master employed a courtly style of writing and punctuation that is somewhat anachronistic in today's creative writing world, yet is perfect for this universe. We have, for the most part, sought to follow Tolkien's lead when it came to matters of spelling, capitalization, and punctuation. Occasionally, we have made the decision to depart from a certain convention or to apply it more broadly and we take responsibility for such. Uniformity and readability were our final deciding factors and we do not believe we have made any choices that would hinder anyone's enjoyment of the story.

Several folks have made integral contributions to this fanzine. Our sincerest and warmest thanks are reserved for the Theban Band, whose artwork inspired us to write this tale. Thank you for crafting such an illustrative cover and for graciously allowing us to present some of your lovely work in the interior that the reader might also enjoy your beautiful images. In addition, we would like to thank Merlyn, and TigerTyger for their editorial support. We were too close to the manuscript to give it the final polish it certainly needed; thank you for a lengthy job well done. Thank you even more for the emotional support that held two weary, harried writers together. Lastly, we want to thank our family for being patient and for sharing us with fandom—many of the hours spent creating this zine came from your compromises.

Thank you, dear reader, for buying this fanzine. Much appreciation to those in particular who have so patiently waited the lengthy time it took to create something of this breadth. Know that any delay stemmed from a desire to make the best product we could while maintaining real lives that did not neglect the things that count.

This is the story of friendship, loyalty, honor, tragedy, and triumph. More importantly, it is a story of love—love that defies darkness, despair, and even death. While the story within these pages is complete unto itself, the universe is still vast, crying out for more. Just as life can be ended at any given moment... or continued into new days, we see this zine as a finished product, yet also just the beginning of a tale we ache to tell.

If you enjoy the work, let us know. While this is not a work in progress, our intention is to continue this saga. What you hold in your hand is a completed novel. Read it. Enjoy it. Tell a friend about it. Read it again. And please, drop a note to the exhausted writer-publishers so that we may find inspiration and enthusiasm as we travel onward within this world we love.

Sincerely Yours in Fandom, Kath and Moonshine (ZebraCon, October 2005)

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