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Some months after the Second Wizarding War, Harry wants to get away from the Wizarding World. Dumbledore's portrait offers a destination, and Harry falls into Middle Earth in the year 3014 of the Third Age. Middle Earth is never going to be the same again. At first it seems to follow the usual formula of Harry being part of the Fellowship, then sharply diverges. The Wizard in the Shadows is a crossover between Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings.


It can be read here: The Wizard in the Shadows

Now part of a larger universe, with an incomplete sequel: From Out of the Shadows

And a series of oneshots or outtakes: Snippets from the Shadows

Emrys has also appeared in the mega crossover multi author fic in a chapter written by the author of the Shadowsverse: Of Welsh Sounding Part Immortals

The Shadowsverse Harry also takes centre stage alongside several other crossover Harry's by the same author in: The Seven Potters

Now a Dead Fic, -and apparently Old Shame for the author- with Word of God pretty bluntly stating that it's 'deader than the dodo' and that his muse has moved its attention to Child of the Storm, which is nearly six times the length of The Wizard in the Shadows, and that's only the first book.



  • Abhorrent Admirer:
    • One of these to Harry is in an oft referenced Noodle Incident. Harry was polite until she insulted Ginny. Then he gave her a temporary outbreak of hives.
    • Elladan and Elrohir note that Aragorn had one.
  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: The Sword of Gryffindor natch.
  • Action Girl: Éowyn, Arwen, Ginny, to a lesser extent, Hermione. Eirian grows into this.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Éowyn. First Harry (hinted at in the past), then Aragorn.
  • Always Someone Better: Faramir to the assassin. The trope is practically quoted.
  • And I Must Scream: Wormtongue. Eirian has a really vicious streak. Wormtongue is cursed to have a crippling fear of seven particular people and their swords, to have 3 eternal marks on his face so people can instinctively know what he has done and to forever age and suffer wounds without being able to die until he redeems himself.
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  • Audience Surrogate: Harry serves as one in that he makes all the snarky comments that an LOTR fan would make whilst watching the films:
    Gimli: Fangorn... what madness drove them there?
    Harry: You mean apart from the ferocious battle and certain death behind them?
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: Aside from the original Aragorn example, Harry's investiture as Royal Wizard of Gondor and Arnor. He get's a kickass Simple Staff out of the bargain as well.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Harry and Boromir, Aragorn and Harry, Boromir and Aragorn. Those three have a certain fondness for this trope.
  • Bad Future: What would have happened if Harry hadn't ended up in Middle Earth.
  • Badass Boast: Harry provides one for the entire main cast to the Mouth of Sauron, combined with a vicious "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
  • Badass Crew
  • Badass Family: The House of Eorl, especially since Harry is an honorary little brother.
    • The Ap Derfel family especially since Merlin is it's patriarch and his wife is Nimue..
  • Badass Normal: Any good human/dwarf character.
    • Extra points to Boromir who matches an Olog-Hai blow for blow, then kills it without taking a scratch.
    • Emrys, prior his ascension to Empowered Badass Normal status, killing a troll whilst it's distracted.
  • Balance Between Good and Evil: Why Harry is sent to Middle Earth in the first place. Unfortunately, the Ten Walkers comes back to bite the forces of good in the arse.
  • Battle Aura: Emrys. Ginny to a degree.
  • Battle Couple: Harry and Ginny and Ron and Hermione.
  • Battle-Halting Duel: Harry vs Voldywraith.
  • Bawdy Song: One of Sirius' habits at a party. Including the Ball of Kirriemuir.
  • Beam-O-War: Harry vs Saruman round two.
  • Berserk Button: Do not hurt Harry's friends. Ever. Especially not Aragorn or Boromir or Ginny. He will set you on fire.
    • This one goes for most of the Fellowship.
    • Do not insult his loved ones either.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Harry. Like Spider-Man, if he's fighting you and he isn't snarking, it's generally a good idea to say your prayers and kiss your ass goodbye.
    • Eirian. God help you if you get on her bad side.
  • Beyond the Impossible: Harry performs supposedly impossible feats regularly. Ollivander lampshades it.
  • Big Bad: Sauron in The Wizard in the Shadows.
    • In From Out of the Shadows Morgoth.
  • Bigger Bad: Morgoth.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Aragorn is one to Harry.
  • Big Damn Heroes: The Rohirrim, Gandalf (at Helm's Deep), and Harry and Boromir at the Falls of Rauros.
  • Big Damn Kiss: Harry and Ginny. On several occasions.
  • Big "NO!": Harry after Gandalf dies.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Occasionally in Sindarin and Welsh.
    • The meaning of the surname of Emrys and Eirian (Derfel).
    • Moristar. Word of God outright admits, and credits the Black Wizard for this.
      • Then upgrades it to the Lord Moristar Morinhetar, translating to 'The Lord Black Wizard Darkness Slayer'. The latter part forms a Shout-Out to the Blue Wizards.
  • Black-and-Gray Morality: Chapter 5 of Snippets all but confirms this, with several of the heroes being happy to take newborn orcs away from their parents, as if they are raised away from orcs, they are, in fact, elves. Ginny is the only one who seems worried by it.
  • Bling of War: The Sword of Gryffindor.
    • And Galadriel's gifts to Harry: A surcoat in Gryffindor colours and helmet.
  • Blood Knight: Harry and Sirius. The rest of the cast think they have issues, and since both are probably suffering from PTSD and God knows what else, this isn't surprising.
  • Brain Bleach: several times, always Played for Laughs, and mostly related to what Harry and Ginny do when they are alone. Points go to Ron (who asks for Firewhiskey) and Boromir (who asks Eru to wipe the images caused from some comments made by Ginny out of his mind).
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Harry idly considers if 'The Return of the King' would make a good book or film title.
  • Brick Joke: Éomer in a dress.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: Harry snarks in a moment of dark humour (when keeping the army marching to the Black Gate well hydrated), 'all the better to piss themselves with.'
    • When Harry discovers that the lords of Gondor are detaining Aragorn so that those that were gravely injured in the battle die, thus leaving him with less support, he goes to the meeting and thunders about their treason. One of the noble lords soils himself.
  • Buffy Speak: Harry complains about Aragorn being all 'Rangery' and sneaking up on him.
  • Butt-Monkey: Éomer. Starting a prank war with Harry and Sirius was not his best idea.
  • Call-Back: Théodred orders Emrys never to speak of his face plant ever again in chapter 28. Emrys doesn't, and in chapter 2 of the sequel, the Dramatis Personae reveals that he didn't. He wrote it down. In epic verse, otherwise known as the style of poems such as Beowulf. Then Harry read it out at a feast.
    • In chapter 24 Legolas caustically calls back to the habit of dwarves forgetting the whereabouts of their secret doors.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Boromir to Denethor. In fairly spectacular fashion.
    • In Snippets ('Therapy'), Maglor calls out Fëanor.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: Harry and Boromir.
    • Harry and Ginny. They plan to go out for drinks after the Battle.
    • Draco. When Harry, Sirius, Emrys and Eirian are all poised on the point of attacking him, he calmly performs a Sherlock Scan on all of them, whilst drinking tea.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Faramir to Éowyn, much to Harry's and everyone else's amusement/irritation.
  • Celestial Paragons and Archangels: Námo makes an appearance.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Boromir. The guy is ridiculously tough.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The voice that warns Legolas of a threat to Haldir.
    • Boromir notes, when brushing up Harry's swordsmanship, that Harry's reflexes are faster than any short of an elf, and others note this as well.
    • One functions as a chain, each leading into the other, as far back as Chapter 7 of The Wizard in the Shadows. Boromir mentions a Noodle Incident in his past, someone he failed to save because he froze in battle, and mentions that he made sure that the man's son was looked after and given a commission in Gondor's army. Later, at the siege of Helm's Deep, this man turns out to be a reincarnation of Godric Gryffindor in muggle form. Finally, in Chapter 3 of From Out of the Shadows, the man's son is revealed to have low level magical abilities and becomes moderately important to the plot.
    • Harry routinely breaks one of the laws of magic. This is later explained.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: this series is in love with the trope.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Harry has shades of this. When Haldir is puzzled by this, Aragorn all but says, 'just go with it'.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Harry. He teaches Emrys to be one.
  • Continuity Porn: The many references to events prior to the books, including Aragorn's stint as Thorongil, the War of Wrath (which eventually becomes a plot point in several ways).
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: What happens to Wormtongue.
  • Cool Sword: Andúril. The Sword of Gryffindor.
  • Cool vs. Awesome: Harry Potter hunting Ringwraiths all over Middle Earth? The Sword of Gryffindor being used as a medium for the spirit of Godric Gryffindor and beat off an army of Dementors? Yes, this trope definitely fits.
  • Crack Fic: The main story narrowly avoids descending into this at points. Snippets doesn't bother, and Chapter 4 is a cheerful descent into crack fic madness.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Harry vs Saruman rounds one and one and a half. Round two goes the other way.
  • Darker and Edgier: Arguably functions as this to the Potterverse.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Harry.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Harry notes that Aragorn's been celibate for at least fifty years to get a spit take from Théodred.
    Harry: That's a lot of time for a man to have no comfort but his hand.
    • He gets a Spit Take, much to his glee. Boromir was sitting opposite. He was not pleased.
  • A Day in the Limelight: the Rohirrim, who get a reasonably sized sub plot.
  • Deadpan Snarker: In a cast of these, Harry stands out. He snarks so much that the narration notes it when he restrains himself from snarking.
  • Death from Above: Harry revels in this trope.
  • Death Is Cheap: Where Harry is concerned, at least.
  • Defector from Decadence: Emrys, though he was never loyal to Saruman in the first place, being a low ranked version of a Dragon with an Agenda.
    • Virdraut.
  • Determinator: Boromir.
  • Disney Acid Sequence: Poisoned! Théodred is referred to as having gone through one of these. Dancing horses and a dress wearing Éomer are mentioned.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Pre Pelennor Fields, Harry is angsting over everyone relying on him to save Minas Tirith. He gloomily says that blowing up Weasley Wizard Wheezes couldn't distract him. Ginny takes this as a personal challenge. One dropped Modesty Bedsheet later.
    Harry: *blinks* Wow. Consider me distracted.
  • Dragged into Drag: Éomer.
  • The Dragon: The Witch-King.
  • The Dreaded: The Nazgûl.
    • Harry to Orcs, Wargs, Ringwraiths and other dark creatures (along with Dunlending raiders, though a Dunlending Original Character notes that if the Dunlending raiders stuck to stealing and only did so out of necessity, Harry spared and even helps them).
  • Dual Wielding: This becomes Emrys' signature style.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Denethor. What is not awesome about taking on the Witch-King with no superpowers and special abilities aside from combat experience with the sword of Gryffindor.
    • Harry. It doesn't stick.
  • 11th-Hour Superpower: Emrys.
  • Empathic Weapon: The Sword of Gryffindor. Even more so than usual since Godric Gryffindor uses it as a conduit to occasionally possess Harry.
  • Everybody Lives: Despite the general tendency toward Darker and Edgier, many characters who died in The Lord of the Rings stay alive here, like Theodred and Boromir. Saruman is really the only person who still dies, and, well, he deserved it.
  • Exact Words: Emrys has this down to an artform.
  • Expy: Intentionally done with the Dunlendings being the Welsh and the Rohirrim taking the role of the Anglo Saxons. Both sides are portrayed fairly. The author puts this down to being half Welsh half English and thus 'a walking paradox'.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Sirius, who spent seven years being tortured mentally and physically in Saruman's dungeons
  • A Father to His Men: Boromir
  • Fauxshadow / Foreshadowing: Hermione notes that 'at least he isn't The Sentry' in reference to Harry. Yet, lo and behold, a young male hero with long blonde hair, clean cut good looks and incredible superpowers appears. In the work of an author whose motto might as well be 'Power has a price'. And is a Sentry fan. Coincidence, or Trolling Creator?
  • Five-Man Band
  • Flaming Sword: The Sword of Gryffindor.
  • Fridge Horror: Chapter 5 of Snippets reveals that Eirian was a week away from being taken as a breeder, despite Wormtongue claiming her as his personal whore. A week away, as Emrys notes, from carrying an Uruk child.
    • Furthermore, he adds that if she had given birth to said child, he has no idea what he would have done.
  • Gargle Blaster: Several references to the original one.
  • Genre Savvy: most of the cast.
    • One reviewer noted that despite the author's insistences that the main Original Character wasn't anything special, there were too many coincidences in there. They were right.
  • The Glomp: Everyone pulls this on Harry after his return from the dead.
  • Groin Attack: Harry has a tendency towards this when faced with someone who's either physically stronger or has really pissed him off.
  • Group Hug: in 'Only Mostly Dead'.
  • Growing the Beard: Since this is the fic that the Author has acknowledged as the one he essentially refined his writing on, it steadily gets better, and becomes more and more AU with the introduction of a couple of OC's and more than one character surviving when they would otherwise have died. As this happens, the chapters get longer and longer and there are fewer grammar errors.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Emrys and Eirian, being the grandchildren of Merlin, who happens to half Maia
  • Hand Wave: Harry's personality. While it bears a lot of resemblance to Canon!Harry, it's different because of the years he spent in Middle Earth.
    • The linguistic thing, wherein the Common Tongue and English line up. Ginny explains this in two words: Merlin. Meddling.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Dudley by From Out of the Shadows.
    • Emrys. A Subverted Trope, because he isn't evil in the first place, just trying to find his sister.
  • Heel Realization: Denethor isn't a Heel per se, but he does have one of these when Boromir confronts him.
    • Word of God admits that this is what he reckons would have happened if Boromir had lived.
  • "Hell, Yes!" Moment: When the Riders of Rohan appear at Pelennor Fields.
  • Heroic Blue Screen of Death: Harry and Boromir both go through this at one point or another.
  • Heroic Resolve: Harry and Boromir in particular.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Harry and Aragorn. Harry and Boromir.
  • Heroic Lineage: Lampshaded by Gandalf, when he notes the entire Fellowship has famous ancestors of one form or another. Taken to a nigh ridiculous extent with Harry himself, which the author lampshades in 'Snippets'.
  • Hot Witch: Ginny, Hermione, Eirian.
  • Hurting Hero: Harry has plenty of reason to angst. Until the Grey Company turns up at Edoras.
  • I'm Cold... So Cold...: Harry's death scene. There is a reason why it is filed under Tear Jerker.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Ginny does this to the Mouth of Sauron.
    • Denethor does this to the Witch-King of Angmar. It doesn't bother him much.
    • This happens to Harry when the VoldyWraith skewers him. He returns the favour.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Denethor.
  • Karma Houdini: Subverted with Harry. Whenever he crosses the Moral Event Horizon, he gets called out on it or judged.
  • Kill It with Fire: Harry's favoured tactics.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Happens quite often, and it is immensely satisfying each time.
    • Eirian to Wormtongue.
    • Boromir beating the living shit out of the leaders of a half baked conspiracy who indirectly caused the death of Denethor.
  • Knife Nut: Harry's favoured weapon is an elven dagger prior to getting the Sword of Gryffindor.
  • Knight Templar: Harry has shades of this in respect to orcs, as shown in Chapter 5 of Snippets.
  • Knight Templar Parent: Denethor, to an extent.
  • Large Ham: Harry.
  • Lemony Narrator: On occasion.
    Emrys, like many others with a sobriquet such as 'The Valiant', took the traditional Gryffindor approach to distraction. That is to say, crude insults yelled at the top of one's voice. Sun Tzu would have been proud.
    • The Dramatis Personae in From Out of the Shadows is completely this trope.
  • Lethal Chef: Éowyn.
  • Light 'em Up: Emrys.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Harry and Aragorn. Emrys becomes this.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: There is a cast list near the start of From Out of the Shadows, giving the author the chance to go full Lemony Narrator.
  • Locked into Strangeness: Emrys after a case of Power Dyes Your Hair. It annoys him.
  • Logical Weakness: Ringwraiths are vulnerable to the Patronus charm.
    • Which makes it especially awesome when Harry combines it with Shock and Awe to beat the crap out of the Witch-King.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Aragorn practically quotes this when Harry nearly has a Start of Darkness.
  • Made of Iron: Boromir. Harry to an extent.
    • The Witch-King of Angmar. When you can survive repeated attacks that vaporize a Mûmak as an afterthought, when you are the main focus of them, you know you have achieved this trope.
  • Magic Knight: Harry grows into this after receiving the Sword of Gryffindor.
  • The Matchmaker: Harry has tendencies towards this. Usually Played for Laughs.
  • Manly Tears: Most of the cast when Harry dies.
    • Legolas when Sirius accidentally touches a sore spot.
  • May–December Romance: Eirian and Sirius. Justified in that they spent at least a year in captivity, and bonded. It helps that Sirius only looks about twenty eight years old when he cleans up, and there is implied to be a Time Stop on Saruman's dungeons.
  • Meaningful Name: Emrys. And his and his sister's surname, 'Ap Derfel'.
  • Mega Crossover: In Snippets and the Shadowsverse 'Tales From the Barman', both the Buffyverse and the Marvel Cinematic Universe have featured.
    • Tony Stark and Maglor get on like a house on fire. Kingsley's reaction is Oh, Crap!.
  • Mercy Kill: Emrys pulls one on his dying horse.
    • Virdraut pulls one on the orc born elf that Saruman was studying and threw to the Uruks/orcs when he was bored.
  • Mind Rape: Saruman to Sirius. Harry reacts badly.
  • Moral Dissonance: On hearing the Abhorrent Admirer Noodle Incident, Ron and Hermione note that Harry has changed and is no longer bothered about cursing Muggles when he gets angry.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Harry on a couple of occasions. Since he spends a lot of time on the edge of the Moral Event Horizon, this isn't surprising.
  • Noodle Incident: Several.
  • Nothing Personal: Eirian notes this about Saruman.
  • Obfuscating Insanity: It is suspected that a good deal of Harry's crazy is put on.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Draco lets people think he's merely a harmless aristocrat. He's really Anything but.
  • Oh, Crap!: Several.
    • One by Team Evil when Harry flips at the Witch-King.
    • One by the forces of Good when Harry dies.
    • And one by most people in From Out of the Shadows when Eärendil and Elwing fall from the sky, minus their Silmaril and a dark wizard declares for 'The Iron Crown'.
      • A smaller one by a Gondorian soldier when he realises that what they're facing is a dark wizard. Since Wizards are generally seen as godlike persons of mass destruction, he has good reason to.
  • One-Man Army: Most of the Fellowship. Also, Ron, Ginny, Hermione and Sirius.
  • Only Mostly Dead: The title of Chapter 34. It also features a hurricane of The Princess Bride references.
    Harry: Death cannot stop true love, only delay it for a little while.
  • Parental Substitute: Eirian to Emrys.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Harry, mostly. Usually by setting things on fire or stealing the power of a thunderstorm.
    • Any wizard counts in Middle Earth, just Harry more than most.
  • The Pornomancer: Maglor is revealed to be this in a side story.
    • Justified in that he was raised in Valinor, where young elves were expected to practise their, ahem, abilities before they got married.
      • Since this is exactly what was expected of young noblemen in Mediaeval Europe, this is spot on.
  • Power Glows: Emrys
  • Precision F-Strike: Done by Frodo of all people to cement how serious things are getting in From Out of the Shadows.
  • Pre-Climax Climax: Harry and Ginny.
  • Properly Paranoid: Éomer practically quotes this trope in respect to himself and Théodred.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: To Emrys' eternal irritation as he's Locked into Strangeness. His numerous attempts to change it back from blonde to his previous brown are unsuccessful and a Running Gag.
  • Power of Love: Harry is willing to do almost anything for his friends, and absolutely everything for Ginny.
  • Power of the Storm: Among Harry's and Ginny's other Superpower Lottery numbers when wielding the Sword of Gryffindor. Mostly restricted to Shock and Awe and Blow You Away.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Wormtongue on Eirian. Emrys does his level best to drown Wormtongue before being called off.
    • One Dunlending raiding party does this to an entire family. Harry lets one survive to tell the tale. The rest are burnt to ash and there is a 100 yard wide burnt patch where he caught them.
  • Redemption Equals Death : Saruman speaks a prophecy that warns Harry and company at the end, and is rewarded with a quick and painless death by Harry.
  • The Reveal: The identity of Emrys and Eirian's grandparents.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Given and received by both good and bad guys.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Harry on a couple of occasions, most notably when the Witch-King poisons Ginny with a dart. Also, Ginny when Harry dies.
  • Rousing Speech: Aragorn's 'Men of the West' speech, followed by one from Harry.
  • Running Gag: Harry eliciting a spit take from someone, usually Théodred, by saying something outrageous.
    • Sirius transfiguring drinks and Hermione's numerous attempts to prevent him from doing so.
    • Harry or Aragorn trying to sneak up on each other and elicit a Jump Scare. Harry eventually starts doing this to other people.
    • Something hilariously horrible happening to Legolas' hair.
    • Éomer being tricked into eating a modified Canary Cream and thereafter randomly transforming into a giant canary.
    • Aragorn never carrying his own supply of Athelas.
    • Someone pointing something out to Harry, and Harry responding "... maybe."
    • Everyone, even the narrator, has pointed out that Aragorn has a truly ridiculous number of names:
    King Aragorn I Elessar of Gondor and Arnor also known as Strider, Wingfoot, Thorongil, the heir of Isildur and too many other names to mention because it gets boring
  • Sad Clown: Harry. He outright states, 'sometimes you have to laugh, or you'll cry.'
    • He gets better later on.
  • Security Cling: Eirian to Emrys after he and Harry rescue her from the dungeons of Isengard.
  • Servile Snarker: Emrys.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: the narration slips into this from time to time.
    • Harry also never shuts up.
  • Sherlock Scan: Draco pulls one of these. While surrounded by several extremely dangerous people. And drinking tea.
  • Shock and Awe: The controlling a lightning storm variant. Happens twice, and by God is it spectacular on both occasions.
  • Shout-Out: Oh so many, it has its own page.
  • Shown Their Work: References a lot of the Middle Earth Legendarium, particularly the genealogies.
  • Shrouded in Myth / Famed in Story: Harry. This is repeatedly Lampshaded by the cast.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Emrys and Miriel. Hermione even references Much Ado About Nothing when she sees them.
    • Hermione and Ron, to a lesser extent. Harry even refers to the above couple as 'Ron and Hermione: The Middle Earth edition'.
    • Played straight when Ginny first shows up again.
  • Slasher Smile: Harry and Sirius are prone to these.
    • Éowyn does one.
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: Harry and Aragorn mostly. Also Harry and Boromir.
  • Super Reflexes: Harry. This is noted by several characters, and happens to be a Chekhov's Gun.
  • Superpowerful Genetics: Witches and Wizards, Dúnedain (to an extent) and Emrys and Eirian.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: The Sword of Gryffindor. Théoden points this out.
    Is there anything it doesn't do?
  • Sword and Sorcerer. Harry and whichever member of the Fellowship happens to be nearby. Usually Boromir.
    • By From Out of the Shadows Emrys and Eirian have this dynamic.
  • Take That!: Maglor outright dismisses Harry/Hermione in his assessment of the cast in the final chapter.
    • Also one at the Fanon belief that Elladan and Elrohir are Middle Earth Elf versions of Fred and George.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Multiple times, characters have full conversations while in the middle of a battle. Boromir delivers his entire "my brother, my captain, my king" speech mid-fight.
  • Team Mom: Aragorn has shades of this. Ginny by chapter 5 of Snippets.
  • Tears of Joy
  • Tranquil Fury: Harry when Boromir is shot. When the Witch-King poisons Ginny, he is less tranquil, more furious.
  • Trans Human: Emrys and Eirian. Eventually.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Boromir kills a Warg this way.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Harry's taken about fifty by the time the story starts.
    • Emrys takes several, as does Eirian.
  • Twist Ending: Sort of. There are several twists near the end, but none spectacularly derails the plot.
  • Unkempt Beauty: Eirian, who is noted to be still very attractive despite who knows how long in Saruman's dungeons.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Harry both averts and plays this trope straight. His magic is a lot more precise than it once was, and he can cast complex shields with relative ease, but as compared to Hermione or Ginny, he is far less skilled.
    • Ron plays this fairly straight.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Almost Harry's trademark, as the Witch-King can attest.
  • [Verb] This!: Harry quotes the trope directly (with a This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!) when Lurtz shoots Boromir. And follows it up with the Killing Curse.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Hurt Harry and Ginny will obliterate your army in a fire storm.
    • Lothíriel makes it very clear that anyone who attempts to permanently transfigure Éomer into a giant canary will be castrated. With a hammer and a chisel.
    • Eirian has shades of this.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Sirius.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Hermione. This is when compared to Harry, who is described as a powerhouse.
    • Emrys. And the skilled is less talented swordsman, more sneaky bugger who sneaks up on people. At first.
    • Almost every wizard or witch as compared to Harry
  • Wham Line: when Hermione asks Emrys the name of his grandfather mid battle, he can't remember. But he can remember the name of his grandmother.
    Nimue. Yes, Nimue, that was it.
  • Wham Episode: The author delights in having one of these roughly every three chapters.
  • Word of God: The author is a troper with a certain fondness for messing with his readers heads. Of course this is going to be present.

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