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26th-May-2012 01:08 am The Rose in the Fisted Glove by Jael the Scribe
Fandom: THE LORD OF THE RINGS
Pairing: Thranduil/Galion
Length: 5,200ish words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] jael_the_scribe
Author Website: more fic at the LJ linked above
Why this must be read:
Lest you think Galion is an OC, he WAS mentioned in The Hobbit as the elf that fell asleep while drinking with the guard captain, thus allowing Bilbo to steal the jail keys and release the dwarves. :D

Anyway! This is a story set during the War of the Last Alliance of Elves and Men, on the battle plain of Dagorlad before the gates of Mordor, where many Silvan elves fell in what would become the Dead Marshes. Prince Thranduil of Greenwood the Great takes a warrior's comfort in what is freely offered by his squire, Galion. This is a fascinating exploration of the characters, as well as the precursor and aftermath of the battle.

The Rose in the Fisted Glove by Jael the Scribe
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25th-May-2012 11:34 am VID REC: The Lord of the Rings - The Hunt for Gollum
Vidder Website: (Ionia Films), The Hunt for Gollum
Length: 39:07
Why you must watch this vid:
This rec is me bragging on my fandom. The Lord of the Rings OWNZ all other fandoms in terms of sheer creativity. I'm sorry guys, but it's true. The amount of filks, fics, scholarly geekiness, fan movies, tributes, etc, produced by fans of this franchise is... staggering.

And then there is something like THIS. Which is WOW.

From the YouTube description: Award winning unofficial prequel to The Lord Of The Rings dramatising Aragorn & Gandalf's long search for Gollum directed by British filmmaker Chris Bouchard. Based faithfully on the appendices of the books this is a non-profit, serious homage to the writing of J.R.R Tolkien and the films of Peter Jackson.

It was shot on locations in England and Snowdonia with a team of over a hundred people working over the Internet. It took two years to make and was released as a non-profit Internet-only video by agreement with Tolkien Enterprizes.


SERIOUSLY. This should tide you over until The Hobbit comes out later this year. It is THAT good.

The Hunt for Gollum by Ionia Films

(Also, check out another prequel (this one is actually a prequel to The Hunt for Gollum), Born of Hope, which is a 70-minute movie about Aragorn's parents and the Rangers of the North. This one is also fantastic.)
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12th-May-2012 12:42 am Hallelujah: A Love Story by jdav (Adult)
Fandom: THE SILMARILLION
Pairing: Salgant/Ecthelion, Glorfindel/Sauron, Maedhros/Maglor, Celeborn/Galadriel
Length: 19,240 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] j_dav (don't know if the author is still involved in fandom)
Author Website: on FF.net
Why this must be read:
If the Professor had written slash, this is what it would look like. No, really. This was exactly as tragic and heartbreaking as it should be, considering the events surrounding the Kinslaying and the War of Wrath. This is breathtakingly wrenching stuff, but subtly so. Some people have told me that they find reading The Silmarillion too dull and dry (and oh so confusing -- why so many names for everyone, Tolkien, why?), but I'm always breathless with the sheer stupid nobility of it all and usually tear up (particularly at The Battle of Unnumbered Tears, appropriately enough) while reading it. This story? Felt like that. So much understated grief.

Also, read everything this author has written. Jdav has a gift for writing poetic prose.

Hallelujah - A Love Story by jdav
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5th-May-2012 07:30 pm The Falcon: The Adventures of Peregrin Took by Chip of Dale (Adult)
Fandom: THE LORD OF THE RINGS
Pairing: Peregrin Took/Diamond of Long Cleeve, Peregrin/OC
Length: 102,000ish words
Author on LJ: no clue
Author Website: on FF.net, on Hennuth-Annun
Why this must be read:
This story is simply fantastic. I cannot recommend it highly enough. It had drama, adventure, romance, and pathos. The characters we know from the stories are drawn with love and faithfulness to Tolkien's vision and the original characters are well-fleshed out with believable motivations. The plot is unique and well put-together, touching on the history of Middle-Earth. Really, this story is brilliant -- I highly recommend it.

Author's Summary: His father named him wanderer, but everyone called him Pippin. A cheerful and thoughtless hobbit of the Shire, Peregrin Took followed his friend and cousin Frodo Baggins on what would become the Quest of Mount Doom and the War of the Ring, as one of the Fellowship of the Ring, the heroes of the Third Age.

But the Third Age is over. Now, Pippin will travel beyond the edge of the known world, over the Sea and into the depths of Far Harad, coming upon secrets and mysteries known to him only in his dreams. His goal? "The names of all the stars, and of all living things, and the whole histories of Middle-earth and Over-heaven and of the Sundering Seas, of course! What else?" And, maybe, while he's at it, find a way back home.

The Falcon: The Adventures of Peregrin Took by Chip of Dale/Shanghai Jim
(Alternate links to the story can be found on FF.net and Hennuth-Annun.)
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15th-Oct-2009 08:49 am Silmarillion/Shakespeare -- Macbeth (R)
Title: Giver of Gifts by Mirabehn
Pairing: Annatar/Macbeth
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] mirabehn
Author Website: http://www.fluffhouse.org.uk/mirabehn/library.html
Why this must be read: There's not a whole lot of Shakespeare crossovers out there, and most of what is out there consists of crossovers between Shakespeare's plays. But this little snippet -- ahh! Mirabehn has pitted two British literary greats against each other, and it could not be more apropos, especially considering that Tolkien wrote the Ents into The Lord of the Rings precisely because he thought that the solution to Birnham Wood coming to Dunsinane in the Scottish Play was stupid. Mirabehn kind of goes along in that vein, using another of Tolkien's characters to explain the setup to the Scottish Play. Just how did the witches know to waylay Himself on the way home from battle after all?

Be forewarned . . . this is a dark, dark story.

He came to me in the darkness, on the first night of the MacDonwald campaign. )


Giver of Gifts
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31st-Jan-2005 04:50 pm If Your Nightly News Covered The Silmarillion by Erunyauve (PG)
Fandom: SILMARILLION
Pairing: none
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] erunyauve_e
Author Website: Fin Vain & Erunyauve on ff.net
Why this must be read:

I've had a great time careering the Van through the Forests of Beleriand, I hope you've enjoyed it too! If you're hooked, nearly all of the authors I've brought to your attention have a wide portfolio of other Silmfics to delight the reader, and loads more Silm goodies are to be found c/o the links at the end of my fandom summary. Oh, and do please remember to send feedback to the authors if you've enjoyed their stories!

For my last recommendation, I'm going with a 'Sillymarillion' story which succintly summarises many of the events of the First Age---as a television news broadcast. It's one of those all-or-nothing ideas that, in the hands of a less-skilled writer, could so easily have been wince-inducing, but Erunyauve really pulls it off, and the result is hilarious from start to finish.

A sample )

If Your Nightly News Covered The Silmarillion
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27th-Jan-2005 06:14 pm Bringing Gifts by Deborah Judge (G)
Fandom: SILMARILLION
Pairing: none
Author on LJ: [personal profile] deborah_judge
Author Website: Deborah's Stories
Why this must be read:

JRR Tolkien's Catholicism has led several authors to attempt to fit Tolkien's universe into a Christian framework, equating the creator Eru/Iluvatar with the Christian God. To my mind, Deborah's version is the most successful of those I've encountered. 'Bringing Gifts' gives insight not only into a possible future for Maglor but, more profoundly, into the meaning of Christ's life & death. It's also a beautifully written and structured vignette which shows just how much a skilled author can pack into less than a thousand words.

A snippet )

Bringing Gifts
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26th-Jan-2005 02:50 pm Aglarrâma by Zimraphel (PG)
Fandom: SILMARILLION
Pairing: none
Author on LJ: [profile] granamyr
Author Website: Armenelos
Why this must be read:

The Downfall of Numenor is among the most tragic tales of Tolkien's entire mythos. When Ar-Pharazon usurps his wife's throne and uses it to quest for immortality by making war on the gods, his hubris dooms his whole continent, overshadows the entire future race of Men, and even makes it into the RotK-EE.

The majority of the surprisingly scanty fanfiction chooses to view the tragedy through the eyes of the last queen, Tar-Miriel, but this engaging vignette from the doyenne of Numenorean fanfiction gives us a glimpse of the last days of some of the ordinary inhabitants of Numenor, blithely going about their business as history prepares to overtake them.

A snippet )

Aglarrâma
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25th-Jan-2005 10:56 am The Ring and the Crown by A. Vulgarweed (NC-17)
Fandom: SILMARILLION
Pairing: Witch-king/Sauron
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] vulgarweed
Author Website: None, but some other stories by Vulgarweed can be found c/o TFF
Why this must be read:

Who were the Ringwraiths in life? Why did they accept the Rings from Sauron? Vulgarweed gives some chillingly plausible answers in this tale of dark desires and even darker fulfilment. Stylish writing that can't fail to send a shiver down your spine -- 'The Ring and the Crown' is a truly exceptional piece.

Cut for the squeamish... )

The Ring and the Crown
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22nd-Jan-2005 08:10 am Bargaining for Beginners by Honesty (PG-13)
Fandom: SILMARILLION
Pairing: Narvi/Celebrimbor
Author on LJ: n/a
Author Website: Honesty on ff.net
Why this must be read:

Thousands of years before Gimli ever met Legolas, the first canonical friendship between Dwarf and Elf featured Narvi, maker of the west gate of Moria (Khazad-dûm), and Celebrimbor, grandson of Feanor & smith of Eregion (Hollin). Honesty has fleshed out the hints from canon about Narvi into a rich & intriguing character who feels a lot more dwarf-like than many fanfictional portrayals. She also gives us a relatively light portrait of Celebrimbor, who Tolkien describes in Unfinished Tales as 'having an almost "dwarvish" obsession with crafts', without entirely forgetting his family's dark history.

The reader is also treated to delicious details of everyday life for Elves and Dwarves, thoughts on the nature of craftsbeingship, and glimpses into the very different philosophies of the two races. Honesty was the first to write about pre-Third Age Dwarves, as far as I'm aware, and the much-recommended 'Bargaining for Beginners' is a real classic.

A snippet )

Bargaining for Beginners
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21st-Jan-2005 08:40 am One Ring to Bind Them by Tyellas (NC-17)
Fandom: SILMARILLION
Pairing: Sauron/Celebrimbor, Galadriel/Celeborn, Aranwë/Pengolod
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] tyellas
Author Website: Ansereg
Why this must be read:

And so, follow me, Gentle Reader, into the Second Age of Arda (rubs hands)...

Considering their central importance to later writings, there's surprisingly little fanfiction about the making of the Rings. One reason might be that the major source material is buried in the little-read Unfinished Tales (whose title, sadly, puts off all but the more dedicated readers). Another possible reason is that it's tricky to imagine a better rendition than 'One Ring to Bind Them'.

The novel focuses on Celebrimbor, grandson of Feanor & leader of the smiths of Eregion (later known as Hollin), and his seduction by Sauron (Annatar) in a fair form. As the drama unfolds, Galadriel & Celeborn, rulers of the region, play major roles, and various other well-known characters cameo, including High-King Gil-galad, Elrond, Erestor, Celebrian & even Narvi the dwarf. (Readers of my previous Tyellas recommendation, 'The Prince' might like to note that Gondolin survivors Pengolod & Aranwë also feature.)

Tyellas's rather unusual approach to the subject matter is extremely well thought out -- it’s a testament to her authorial authority that she can make her concept of ansereg -- elven BDSM -- feel completely in tune with canon! Her characterisations are uniformly excellent, and I particularly enjoyed her strong take on Celeborn, who is so often reduced to a hen-pecked husband. The novel abounds with gorgeous, vivid little details -- Eregion truly comes alive in her hands -- and everything is impeccably researched.

Dark & compelling, a real page turner, 'One Ring to Bind Them' is one of the few fan-stories I re-read frequently.

A sampler )

One Ring to Bind Them
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20th-Jan-2005 06:39 am Sand and Flame by Tehta (PG)
Fandom: SILMARILLION
Pairing: Feanor/Nerdanel
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] tehta
Author Website: Tehta on ff.net
Why this must be read:

I thought I'd round off my whistlestop tour of the First Age (& before) with some humour. There's quite a bit of Silmarillion-based humour, but much of it requires the reader to have poked around in the more obscure corners of canon in order to really get the jokes. 'Sand and Flame', a cunning retelling of a well-known fairy tale, should make sense without much more than a smattering of Silm knowledge.

There are many things to enjoy in this short tale: the angst-lite characterisations of Feanor & Nerdanel (they get more than their fair share of angst in canon, but many ficcers insist on doling out still more), the clever way that Tehta's used the fairy-story framework, the incongruous flickers of Jane Austen (I kept picturing Feanor as Mr Darcy), the guest appearance by just the right Fairy Godmother ... not to mention one or two one-liners to die for.

(Set in Aman so watch out for the Quenya names. Most of them are obvious, but Feanor's young half-brothers Nolofinwe & Arafinwe are Fingolfin & Finarfin. Oh, and Laurelin is one of the two Trees: an early lighting system for Aman, they operated on an overlapping shift system.)

A snippet )

Sand and Flame
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18th-Jan-2005 11:03 pm Across Dark Waters by Zimraphel (PG)
Fandom: SILMARILLION
Pairing: none
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] granamyr
Author Website: Armenelos
Why this must be read:

Yet another look at everyone's favourite Bad Boy -- but from a rather different viewpoint. Zimraphel's Greek mythology-inspired take on the Halls of Mandos works surprisingly well; the author terms it AU, but I didn't feel the label was essential -- after all, post-death experiences need not be experienced in the same way by everyone. The setting is depicted sparingly yet atmospherically.

It's really a dialogue piece, and the dialogue between Maeglin & ... I shan't spoil the suspense ... is sharp & meaningful. I felt Maeglin's antagonist is particularly well characterised. Maeglin's final comeuppence, and his attitude to it, are simply inspired! Original & memorable, 'Across Dark Waters' deserves the attention that's been heaped upon it.

A taster )

Across Dark Waters
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17th-Jan-2005 09:50 pm The Prince by Tyellas (PG-15)
Fandom: SILMARILLION
Pairing: Maeglin/Aranwë
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] tyellas
Author Website: Ansereg
Why this must be read:

A very different tale of Gondolin, this time predominantly set during a single day, as Maeglin -- the Machiavellian Prince of the title -- schemes to ensure that the bad news Tuor brings to Gondolin will be ignored. The story also gives delicious hints of the ripples of change throughout the entire Hidden City proceeding from Tuor's arrival.

Tyellas has a real gift for creating characters & settings, and this is one of the most convincing pictures of Gondolin society I've seen, complete with politics & gossip, romance & rivalry, and a whole host of characters. She also knows her canon backwards, but you don't need to share her depth of scholarship to enjoy the life she's breathed into the various minor characters Maeglin encounters. I also loved the occasional flashes of ironic humour.

A snippet )

The Prince
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17th-Jan-2005 12:52 am Confessions of a Sharp Glance by Maura Mellon (PG)
Fandom: SILMARILLION
Pairing: Maeglin/Idril
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] maura_mellon
Author Website: Maura Mellon at ff.net
Why this must be read:

Maeglin is one of the darkest characters of The Silmarillion deck -- quite an achievement. Maura Mellon takes the risk of presenting his story from his point of view; she skilfully gains the readers' sympathy for him, without whitewashing any of his actions, and along the way drops some telling insights into his twisted mind. Although the tale is told retrospectively, the tension never lets up, and there's also a great streak of dark humour running through the piece. The whole story makes one of the best introductions to the story of Gondolin I've encountered.

A sample )

Confessions of a Sharp Glance
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14th-Jan-2005 02:01 pm Falling by Maureen Lycaon (PG-13)
Fandom: SILMARILLION
Pairing: None
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] maureenlycaon
Author Website: Maureen Lycaon's Fanfiction & Erotica
Why this must be read:

A completely different take on a scene from the well-known tale of Beren & Luthien -- a vignette this time. I'm a great fan of stories that essay the enemy's viewpoint, and 'Falling' is a good example. It's intriguing to see Luthien & Huan through the eyes -- and nose -- of Draugluin, Sauron's chief werewolf. The author also gives us some plausible speculations into the possible origins of Tolkien's werewolves. Still more impressively, the story forces the reader to empathise with a creature dismissed as Evil Cannon Fodder in the original texts, so that the inevitable end becomes strangely moving.

A taster )

Falling
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12th-Jan-2005 09:24 pm A Boy, A Girl & A Dog: The Leithian Script Project by Philosopher at Large (PG)
Fandom: SILMARILLION
Pairing: Beren/Luthien
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] bellatrys
Author Website: Odd Lots
Why this must be read:

The tale of Beren & Luthien is central to Tolkien's myths, and their travails prefigure those of Aragorn & Arwen. P@L's take on the story is a unique blend of humour and drama; cast in Shakespearean style but using modern informal English, it has simply got to be read to be believed. Interesting characterisations all round, though I'm particularly fond of Celebrimbor and his clock. Technically speaking it's still a WiP, as Act IV remains incomplete, as far as I'm aware, but the parts do stand alone.

A snippet should give the flavour... )

Act I: An Appointment in Menegroth
Act II: The Sojourn in Nargothrond, or Houseguests from Hell
Act III: Tinuviel at Bay: A Caccia of Beleriand
(All three are also available in illustrated PDF form c/o Odd Lots)
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11th-Jan-2005 09:40 pm Captain Tinkerbell by Lipstick (G)
Fandom: SILMARILLION
Pairing: None
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] maelipstick
Author Website: Lipstick at fanfiction.net
Why this must be read:

At the end of the First Age, Maglor casts his Silmaril into the sea, and it is said that 'thereafter he wandered ever upon the shores, singing in pain and regret beside the waves ... but he came never back among the people of the Elves.' Many fine stories have been written about Maglor's wanderings through recorded history, and I hope to draw your attention to some of the others later, but I think 'Captain Tinkerbell' is my favourite. It's written as Maglor (Makalaure)'s diary in the trenches of 1916, and it's quite brilliant. I'll let Lipstick's words speak for themselves...

'When a shell hits, there are no poems. What the men usually say, when they say anything at all, is one word, simple, brutal, monosyllabic and obscene. It strikes me as a fair comment.

Lament would be blasphemy. It is only the lesser words that can convey the experience of routine slaughter.'


If you only read one of my recommendations, I urge you to read this.

Captain Tinkerbell
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10th-Jan-2005 07:22 pm Oak and Willow by Marnie (PG)
Fandom: SILMARILLION
Pairing: Galadriel/Celeborn
Author on LJ: n/a
Author Website: Silver Tree
Why this must be read:

Galadriel was among the most prominent of the Noldor. Her husband Celeborn was a prince at the Sindarin court of Doriath; with the rest of the court, he would be close kin to the Telerin Elves of Alqualonde, massacred by the Noldor in the first Kinslaying. (Thingol the Sindarin King was the brother of Olwe the King of the Teleri.) How the two ever got together is thus a bit of a mystery!

As befits the self-styled defender of Celeborn, Marnie's version of their stormy courtship is the best I've yet encountered, with strong, plausible realisations not only of the couple but also of all their friends and relations. There's a particularly sympathetic look at Celeborn's friend Daeron the Minstrel, who is later key to Beren and Luthien's tale. The novel paints an excellent portrait of life in Doriath, chockful of believable details. It gives a clear idea of the differences between the two Elvish races, the Noldor and the Sindar, the oak and willow of the title. My favourite passage comes before the pair even meet, with the reactions to the coming of the sun and moon....

Snippet )

Oak and Willow
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9th-Jan-2005 07:06 pm Felagund and the Noegyth Nibin by Soledad (G)
Fandom: SILMARILLION
Pairing: None
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] wiseheart
Author Website: Otherworlds
Why this must be read:

First Age dwarf-centric stories are rare. While the Petty Dwarves (a race of dwarves exiled from the main dwarf cities) play a major role in the story of Turin in The Silmarillion & Unfinished Tales, they don't seem to have caught the imagination of fanfiction writers. Indeed, as far as I'm aware, Soledad's story is unique. Soledad gives us a great insight into this neglected race through the eyes of an OC, and incidentally a lovely external peek at one of the Silmarillion's few good guys, Finrod Felagund.

A snippet of a taster )

Felagund and the Noegyth Nibin
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7th-Jan-2005 10:40 pm The Unforgettable Fire by Ithilwen (R)
Fandom: SILMARILLION
Pairing: Caranthir/Haleth
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] ithilwen
Author Website: Ithilwen's Fanfiction
Why this must be read:

Ithilwen is among my favourite Silmficcers. She's written well-known series about Maedhros & Maeglin, but it's one of her standalone stories that I'd like to draw particular attention to now. 'Unforgettable Fire' is one of my very favourite Tolkien-based m/f romances. It features Caranthir, the often-neglected fourth son of Feanor, and Haleth, a strong female character who's the leader of one of the three Houses of Men. Ithilwen creates believable characters from the ciphers in canon, with a great take on Caranthir, who manages to be sympathetic without ever quite losing his initial snootiness.

The story takes a thoughtful look at the difficulties of relationships between different races and cultures, and the conflicts between love and duty. Perhaps because the relationship is considered transgressive, the sex scenes have a raw heat that's often reserved for slash in this fandom.

A taster under the cut... )
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6th-Jan-2005 05:33 pm Under the Curse by Finch (R)
Fandom: SILMARILLION
Pairing: Maedhros/Fingon
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] rcfinch
Author Website: A Medieval Quadrant
Why this must be read:

One of the real Silmfic classics -- ask anyone to recommend some Silmarillion fanfics, and 'Under the Curse' will turn up in their top few. I don't know if it's the first story to feature this slash pairing, but it certainly contributed to making Maedhros/Fingon amongst the most popular pairings in the fandom. It's also an excellent introduction to Silmarillion slash, as most of those around the couple -- particularly Fingon's father, the High King Fingolfin -- regard their relationship as transgressive, which gets round those pesky Tolkien Would Turn in his Grave feelings.

But 'Under the Curse' is far more than just a slash story: Finch cleverly uses the pairing to walk the reader through many of the events of the First Age from the perspective of her Noldorin protagonists. The characterisation of Maedhros successfully walks the tightrope of being sympathetic, but not whitewashed.

A brief taster under the cut... )
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5th-Jan-2005 08:11 pm The Silmarillion: An Overview

Big battles and even bigger baddies, beautiful Elves and rugged Men, strong women and talking dogs -- The Silmarillion's got everything (except hobbits).

An awful lot more detail under the cut )
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5th-Jan-2005 02:21 am Alqualonde by Joan Milligan (PG-13)
Fandom: SILMARILLION
Pairing: None
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] joannie_m
Author Website: The GrayWays (tho' I can't make the links work); her stories are also at fanfiction.net
Why this must be read:

Maglor is one of the most frequently-written Silmarillion characters. I think one of the reasons he fascinates writers is that he's a gifted musician & singer, forced by circumstances to live the life of a warrior. The destruction of the beautiful city of Alqualonde in Aman (the Paradise where the gods dwell), with the massacre of most of its inhabitants, is the first of several terrible deeds done by his family. Joan's moving & thought-provoking vignette asks what an artist might make of the aftermath of the massacre. The poetic writing style is used to good effect to contrast with the horror of the subject matter. A brief taster...

...under the cut )

Alqualonde

[Edited to add ff.net link and LJ user info]
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4th-Jan-2005 01:08 am As Little Might be Thought by Deborah (PG-13)
Hello, I'm Espresso Addict and I'm going to be recommending Silmarillion fiction as one of this month's small fandoms.

Big battles and even bigger baddies, beautiful Elves and rugged Men, strong women and talking dogs -- The Silmarillion's got everything (except hobbits). Written by JRR Tolkien (though only published after his death) The Silmarillion is a compilation of legends from Middle-earth's history before The Lord of the Rings. Various LotR characters such as Elrond, Galadriel, Glorfindel & Celeborn all feature, as well as many of Aragorn's human ancestors. It's a much darker tale than The Lord of the Rings, and the fanfiction reflects that, with an abundance of angst. Much of the fic is slash, and my recs will reflect that, though there are a few juicy het stories which I also hope to interest you in!

I'm working on a Silmarillion outline (no easy feat!) but in the meantime, I thought I'd just wade in with the recs...

Fandom: SILMARILLION
Pairing: mild Elrond/Maglor
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] deborah_judge
Author Website: Deborah's Stories
Why this must be read:

Rather than writing entirely new scenes, much Silmfic takes events documented briefly in The Silmarillion and rewrites them in a more expanded, 'modern' style. 'As Little Might be Thought' is an excellent example of this. It tells the tale of how the young Elrond and Elros were fostered by their enemies Maedhros and Maglor, after the sack of the Havens of Sirion, and is based around the terse comment from the original: 'For Maglor took pity upon Elros and Elrond, and he cherished them, and love grew after between them, as little might be thought'.

The story is compulsively readable with strong characterisations and good dialogue. This was the first Silmfic I read, and I was instantly hooked -- I hope you are too!

As Little Might be Thought

The story forms part of a series, Father Maglor's Star but can profitably be read alone
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