Dedication/Author's Note

Possession is dedicated to my good friend, and fellow webmistress, Phase. Her LOTR obsession has made her an invaluable resource, and I can't begin to count the number of times I went to her with stupid little questions about the books and movies. She always takes the time to give me detailed answers, sometimes including Tolkien's actual words. Her continued support and encouragement keeps me going when I hit that dreaded brick wall of writer's block, and her enthusiasm for my project seems to have no limit.

Her friendship is precious to me...

A Note From the Author

To be honest, I can't say that I've ever read more than a couple "alternate universe" fanfics, so I'm not sure I'm doing it right...or even if there is a "right" way to do it. I've approached writing Possession with the idea that I'd take certain X-Men, place them in a completely different situation, and watch what they become. They're not the same exact characters they are in the "normal" universe...how could they be? But I think I've stayed true to the essence of the characters, and I hope you think so as well.

The most noticeable change will be the lack of accents. I was going to try writing the first chapter two ways - with accents and without - but when I wrote it without, it felt right. Rogue's southern drawl simply doesn't fit in this universe. There will be some exceptions (I can't imagine Gambit not calling Rogue "chere"), but for the most part, I'll stick to the kind of accent (or lack thereof) found in the LOTR movies.

I've also changed some names slightly so they fit better with the times - like calling Irene Adler "Irina" - but again, I don't think this changes who the characters are.

All of the characters in this fic have some aspects of LOTR characters to them, though for the most part they are the X-Men we know and love. I think Rogue is the exception to this rule, as she is by far the most influenced by a LOTR character...although I have to wonder if, given the same situation, she would not react the same way (without the inspiration of the LOTR).

This world is based almost entirely on the LOTR movies, and as such, I have been using actual Elvish words to name places to give it more of an authentic feel. I did some basic research on both Elvish languages, and chose words that I thought were apropos to the places they name. So if you have the time or inclination to look them up (keeping in mind that most of these names are a combination of two Elvish words), I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

And now, without further ado, go ahead and read the preface.