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The Tempered Steel by Lyra

Rated: Adult | [Comments - 84]
Summary: The story of Maedhros' captivity in Angband, his rescue and his recovery is in the Silmarillion treated in a few paragraphs. This is a fleshed-out account of the events that may have befallen between Maedhros' imprisonment and his return to his old life... as far as that is possible.

Occasionally drifting into AU territory, depending on how closely you follow the source (WHICH source? :P).

The usual warnings apply - particularly to chapters marked with an asterisk.

Part One completed.
Part Two completed.

Part Three, Chapter 10 added: In which the reconciled Noldor make plans for the future. End of the trilogy.

Characters: Aegnor, Amras, Angrod, Aredhel, Celebrimbor, Celegorm, Curufin, Fingolfin, Fingon, Finrod Felagund, Galadriel, Írimë, Lalwen, Maedhros, Maglor, Melkor, Original Character(s), Thorondor
Challenges: Turning Point
Genres: Drama
Warnings: ***Torture, Character Death, Mature Themes, Violence--Graphic
Series: None
Chapters: 31 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 112703     Read Count: 84818
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Published: April 13, 2010     Updated: November 16, 2013

The Elendilmir by pandemonium_213

Rated: Adult | [Comments - 191]

A young child of Men befriends Sámaril, the troubled master smith of Imladris. The Noldorin craftsman experiences the joy and pain born of friendships between the Eldar and mortal Men and comes to question his people’s values as his life becomes entwined with Isildur’s youngest son and two powerful women of the Dúnedain. A sequel to The Apprentice.

Chapter 38 - The Crow's Nest:  While Elerina establishes her informal seat of power in Gaillond, thus revealing to Sámaril her former role as Isildur's queen,  the elven-smith quickly becomes bored with trade negotiations and resolution of disputes among the local nobility.  The reminders of Isildur continue to exert a negative effect on Sámaril, causing frustration between the couple.  But Sámaril also begins to dream of the Sea, which sparks a desire to take ship out on to the open waters, ostensibly to learn more about the working men of the Númenórean exiles.   He finds the ship on which he wishes to sail and meets its captain.  

Characters: Elendil, Elrond, Glorfindel, Original Character(s), Sauron, Valandil
Challenges: Strong Women
Genres: Alternate Universe, Drama
Warnings: Mature Themes, Sexual Content--Moderate
Series: None
Chapters: 39 Table of Contents
Completed: No
Word count: 175533     Read Count: 77749
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Published: January 12, 2008     Updated: January 15, 2012

The Apprentice by pandemonium_213

Rated: Adult | [Comments - 73]

An ambitious young Noldorin man of Ost-in-Edhil lands a coveted appointment as an apprentice to the most skilled master smith of the Gwaith-i-Mirdain: Istyar Aulendil. The apprentice's mentor, a prodigy of the Aulënossë, has been sent to Middle-earth by the Valar and has knowledge of exotic and wondrous technology. Istyar Aulendil also has notoriously high standards. The apprentice must meet his mentor's expectations if he is to become a journeyman and work on an important new initiative.

MEFA 2008: First Place, Villains, General.


Characters: Celebrimbor, Original Character(s), Sauron
Challenges: None
Genres: Drama, General, Science Fiction
Warnings: ***Rape/Non-consensual Sex, Expletive Language, Violence--Moderate
Series: None
Chapters: 13 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 37101     Read Count: 34037
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Published: August 04, 2007     Updated: August 04, 2007

Golden Days by Lyra

Rated: Teens | [Comments - 54]

Nerdanel recounts the development of her relationship with Fëanor - from their first proper meeting to married life. A fantasy of manners, pride, prejudice, love and craftsmanship.
Characters: Aulë, Írimë, Fëanor, Findis, Fingolfin, Finwë, Indis, Mahtan, Nerdanel, Original Character(s), Yavanna
Challenges: None
Genres: Romance
Warnings: Sexual Content--Mild
Series: None
Chapters: 23 Table of Contents
Completed: No
Word count: 93591     Read Count: 30605
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Published: January 25, 2009     Updated: June 26, 2016

Chasing Mirages by Russandol

Rated: Adult | [Comments - 98]

The story of Eönwë, Maia of Manwë, and Mairon Aulendil after the War of Wrath. A tale of darkness, light, love and betrayal over the Ages of Eä.

Tolkien simply told us that [Sauron] fell back into evil, for the bonds that Morgoth had laid upon him were very strong. But this line is unsatisfactory on so many levels that it became a challenge to create a plausible background story for Sauron's fall, from the time Eönwë returns to Aman to face the Valar over his decision to free one of Morgoth's most dreaded minions to Sauron's final fate, long after the destruction of the Ring.

MEFA 2011 1st Place - Incomplete: Drama & Smaug's Treasure (but complete since then!)

B2MeM 2011 and 2012 participant 


Characters: Anárion, Celebrimbor, Elrond, Erestor, Eönwë, Finarfin, Galadriel, Gandalf, Gil-galad, Glorfindel, Maglor, Mandos, Manwë, Melian, Melkor, Original Character(s), Sauron
Challenges: B2MeM 2011, B2MeM 2012, Fifth Birthday Celebration
Genres: Adventure, Drama, Slash/Femslash
Warnings: ***Rape/Non-consensual Sex, ***Torture, Character Death, Expletive Language, Mature Themes, Sexual Content--Graphic, Violence--Graphic
Series: The Secret Chronicles of the Ainur
Chapters: 40 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 171311     Read Count: 70056
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Published: July 12, 2010     Updated: July 31, 2012

Another Man's Cage by Dawn Felagund

Rated: Adult | [Comments - 64]

In the Time of the Trees, during the Bliss of Valinor, the young family of Fëanor experience the everyday triumphs and tragedies of life in paradise. But as Fëanor's genius blossoms and his sons grow into their roles in Tirion society, tensions build that will sunder the House of Finwë and drive the House of Fëanor to open rebellion.


Characters: Anairë, Caranthir, Celegorm, Eärwen, Fëanor, Finarfin, Fingolfin, Fingon, Finwë, Indis, Maedhros, Maglor, Nerdanel, Original Character(s), Valar
Challenges: None
Genres: Drama, General
Warnings: ***Torture, Mature Themes, Sexual Content--Moderate, Violence--Moderate
Series: None
Chapters: 53 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 355782     Read Count: 122361
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Published: September 25, 2011     Updated: March 10, 2013

A New Day by oshun

Rated: Adult | [Comments - 33]

(New: see illustration by Robinka, added as Chapter 12.) This is a sequel to my first tale, (Maitimo and Findekáno), in my cycle of stories recounting the life-long relationship between Fingon and Maedhros. It occurs after the definitive fracture between the Houses of Feanor and Fingolfin and the flight of the Noldor to Middle-earth. Beginning immediately after Fingon’s rescue of Maedhros from the cliffs of Thangorodrim, it tells of how Fingon and Maedhros reunite and together resolve to heal the divisions among the Noldor. (Slash.)

MEFA 2008 First Place, Longer Works: General
MEFA 2007 2nd Place, Elves: Incomplete

Characters: Amras, Amrod, Aredhel, Celegorm, Curufin, Fingolfin, Fingon, Finrod Felagund, Galadriel, Idril, Maedhros, Maglor, Turgon
Challenges: Love Conquers All, New Beginnings, One True Love
Genres: Slash/Femslash
Warnings: Mature Themes
Series: Maitimo and Findekáno
Chapters: 12 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 52811     Read Count: 31974
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Published: June 15, 2007     Updated: April 15, 2009

Lessons from the Mountain by MithLuin

Rated: General | [Comments - 23]

What happened to the spirit of Maedhros when he died?

Characters: Maedhros, Mandos
Challenges: Halls of Mystery
Genres: General
Warnings: Character Death, Violence--Moderate
Series: None
Chapters: 16 Table of Contents
Completed: No
Word count: 65034     Read Count: 32862
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Published: January 27, 2008     Updated: June 04, 2012

Elegy for Númenor - Volume 1: Journey to Umbar by elfscribe

Rated: Adult | [Comments - 64]

The Númenórean King Ar-Pharazôn thinks he has won an easy victory when Sauron surrenders to him and becomes his prisoner. But the march back to Umbar with the conniving Dark Lord turns out to have many unanticipated twists and turns through a nest of politics and intrigue, including Sauron's attempted seduction of Ar-Pharazôn's favorite male courtesan.

This is volume I of a planned trilogy. An epic tale of political intrigue, the desire for immortality and love, sorcery, hubris, loyalty, lust, and catastropic amounts of water.

MEFA 2009 First Place winner in Genres: Longer Works: Incomplete  (Vol. I is now complete)

This fic was recommended in USA Today, May 20, 2015! (They have a fanfiction section. Who knew?)  Thank you to Uvatha the Horseman for the rec!

Characters: Amandil, Ar-Pharazôn, Elendil, Númenóreans, Original Character(s), Sauron
Challenges: Akallabêth in August
Genres: Adventure, Drama, Slash/Femslash
Warnings: ***Rape/Non-consensual Sex, ***Torture, Expletive Language, Mature Themes, Sexual Content--Moderate, Violence--Moderate
Series: None
Chapters: 32 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 185070     Read Count: 59723
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Published: April 22, 2009     Updated: July 23, 2012

Rise Again From Ashes by Independence1776

Rated: Teens | [Comments - 50]

After spending millennia wandering Middle-earth, Maglor returns to Valinor, where he attempts to adjust to both his Valar-imposed restrictions and living once more with the Eldar.

Characters: Celebrían, Elrond, Eärendil, Glorfindel, Maglor, Original Character(s), Valar
Challenges: None
Genres: Drama, General
Warnings: Expletive Language, Sexual Content--Mild
Series: RAFA 'verse
Chapters: 27 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 61027     Read Count: 50716
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Published: May 29, 2010     Updated: February 27, 2011