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Somebody Has Some 'Splainin To Do!

I see here that The Battling Bard has had her poem, Felagund's Requiem, accepted by Amon Hen, the Journal of the Tolkien Society. Kudos to The Battling Bard. However . . .



(Edit, May 18, 2008 I see that, since this entry was posted, The Battling Bard has edited her original entry to change the name of her work allegedly accepted by Amon Hen from the plagiarised Felagund's Requiem to her own work, Desires of the Hroa. You will find a screencap of the entry in its original form here.)

Curiosity led me to find this poem to see what kind of work makes it into Amon Hen, and what should I discover?

Arwen's Requiem at Fanfiction.net:

Undomiel! Undomiel! Of thee we sadly sing,
Thy hair of jet, thy eyes of steel, thy shiny necklace thing.
Elven lady so fair and tall, renowned as such a hottie . . .




Felagund's Requiem at Open Scrolls Archive, under the name of Callisto:

Felagund, o Felagund, of thee we sadly sing,
Thy shining sword, thy gallant bow, thy Dwarvish-necklace-thing.
Elvish king so fair and tall, renowned as such a hottie . . .



And the same poem at another site unter the name of The Battling Bard herself, in which she describes it as a re-do of Arwen's Requiem:

Copyright: Me: Steal and die
Content Rating: PG
Disclaimer:
I disclaim


Author's Note:
This is a re-write of Arwen's Requiem, and I personally think it's much better


And here's where it gets interesting -- a story from 2003 entitled Don't Look Back, Look Left by Terachi Kaishaku, and the poem the story contains. Note the most recent review, and the date.

Felagund, o Felagund, of thee we sadly sing,
Thy shining sword, thy gallant bow, thy Dwarvish-necklace-thing.
Elvish king so fair and tall, renowned as such a hottie,



Now, lest I be accused of libel or lj harrassment, I will leave any conclusions to the reader. However, unless The Battling Bard is actually another sock of Terachi Kaishaku (which seems unlikely) she has some explaining to do, both to Fanfiction Net and to the Tolkien Society, for posting a piece with such an uncanny similarity to another person's work.

If Battling Bard is Terachi Kaishaku, she has no business accusing other people of having sock accounts and disparaging them for allegedly conversing between them.

Now, since I have a great respect for impending motherhood, I want no comments at her Live Journal from anyone on my Friends list. Let's just have a good laugh from the sidelines and ask ourselves -- is this a person whose word we want to believe when she insists someone hacked her old email account?

I will be editing this post further to provide screencaps of all the quotes, since The Battling Bard's stories are likely to disappear once word of this gets out. Until that time, the pertinent screencaps will be found here at the Live Journal of maiafay.

Update: Maiafay took this case to the lj community stop_plagiarism, and the discussion may be found here.

Many thanks to the wonderful person who played Woodward to my Bernstein by Googling most of these quotes, and who prefers, hereafter, to be known as Deep Throat.

Update: The final disposition of The Battling Bard's case can be found here at the lj community Stop_Plagiarism.

Comments

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lexin
Mar. 19th, 2008 09:53 pm (UTC)
Oooh, that's.... [wince]


randy_o
Mar. 19th, 2008 10:07 pm (UTC)
*nods sagely* Currently, someone with a FictionPress account is attempting to contact Terachi Kaishaku, whose Yahoo profile indicates she lives in Japan rather than the UK. Whether we'll get a response is anybody's guess. Stay tuned.
crowdaughter
Mar. 19th, 2008 10:33 pm (UTC)
You know, you should have waited until the poem really was published in the Amon Hen journal. And then give them a hint.

The fallout should have been most interesting...

BTW, I've made screencaps from all these quotes, now, too. :)

And to think that people have been accused of plagiarism for using large portions of text in their fics even when it was correctly attributed!...
randy_o
Mar. 19th, 2008 10:56 pm (UTC)
You know, you should have waited until the poem really was published in the Amon Hen journal. And then give them a hint.

Ouch -- and allow the Tolkien Society to be embarrassed by a plagiarism scandal? They'd confiscate my Dorwinion. LOL

As it is, neither FFN or the Tolkien Society have been notified. Not until I've heard from the real author. We shall see. ;)
(Anonymous)
Mar. 22nd, 2008 06:21 am (UTC)
Naughty Bard
Copying someone else's work is no joke.
randy_o
Mar. 22nd, 2008 05:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Naughty Bard
Copying someone else's work is no joke.

No, Anonymous, copying and taking credit for someone else's work is no joke, even though her chief apologistdefender is treating it like one here, with her chirpy remarks about Fearless Net Girl Detectives, and giving the incident a quasi-humorous name of The Great Story Stealing Caper of '08.

Wendwriter is letting her dislike of certain individuals cloud her judgement and keep her in bed with a plagiarist. I note that this morning, she has even begun to respond 'anon' on her own Live Journal.
(Anonymous)
Mar. 23rd, 2008 11:09 am (UTC)
Re: Naughty Bard
Well, the Bard is being exposed as a fraud and a liar, the evidence presented by people is accurate and I don't see how Bard can get herself out of this one. The excuse "I pregnant" what a bunch of lies. Just because she has a supposed baby in her stomach doesn't mean she can't answer the questions people are putting to her? If she didn't want drama, then why did she start it in the first place?
randy_o
Mar. 24th, 2008 06:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Naughty Bard
Well, the Bard is being exposed as a fraud and a liar, the evidence presented by people is accurate and I don't see how Bard can get herself out of this one.

She can't. End of story. The current excuse is that impending motherhood has gotten her priorities straight and she can't be bothered to look to see what her enemies have cooked up about her now. And no one should believe it because these people have it in for her.

Oddly enough, while The Battling Bard claims ignorance of the charges, the evidence is quietly disappearing. Thank goodness for screencaps!

If she didn't want drama, then why did she start it in the first place?

The Battling Bard does many self-destructive things that I find incomprehensible. She is like the criminal who writes letters to the police daring to be caught.
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