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In Darkness Bound by Fiondil

Rated: Teens | [Reviews - 5]

In the aftermath of the Darkening, three kings search for meaning in the midst of tragedy. One seeks absolution; another, vengeance, while the third merely endeavors to salvage what he can from the disaster and protect his people from future harm. All may find what they are looking for, though not necessarily in the way they expect, for, as always, the Valar have their own agenda. Many thanks go to my betas, Alassiel and Ellie.

Characters: Amarië, Anairë, Elenwë, Eärwen, Fëanor, Finarfin, Findis, Fingolfin, Fingon, Finrod Felagund, Finwë, Galadriel, Gandalf, Ilmarë, Indis, Ingwë, Maedhros, Maglor, Maiar, Melkor, Nerdanel, Olwë, Original Character(s), Turgon, Ungoliant, Valar
Challenges: None
Genres: Drama
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 131 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 466786     Read Count: 172178
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Published: September 06, 2010     Updated: November 25, 2011

Another Man's Cage by Dawn Felagund

Rated: Adult | [Reviews - 63]

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: 112023
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Published: September 25, 2011     Updated: March 10, 2013

Many Journeys by Elleth

Rated: Teens | [Reviews - 50]

A gathering place for ficlets of varying length written in response to prompts, prods and as gift ficlets.

New (added July):

The Song (Forever): Indis and Kalrê meet again. No time might have passed at all.
White-Flowered Also: Tar-Míriel receives hope even in the darkest of times.
As A Cup Yielding: Galadriel to Varda, in Sapphic Stanzas. NSFW.
River's Voice: How Mithrellas became Nimrodel's companion.
Make a Bird of Me: Nellas and Niënor, one summer in Doriath.
Hilt-First: Aredhel wanders, and finds the Haladin.
Breath for Breaking: Tar-Míriel, after the Fall of Númenor. NSFW.
Steeling: Morwen and Aerin perform a necessary exercise. NSFW.
Icy: Unrequited Aredhel/Elenwë on Helcaraxë.
Stone to Pity: After Fëanor’s death, Nienna offers comfort to Nerdanel. NSFW.
Resteth Not Here: Fíriel and her lover make plans to elope from Númenor.
Crown-Gift: Idril has a proposal for Rían.
My Fairest Bed: Erendis and her maid steal a moment in the country.
On Nights of Rain: The Lady of the Blue Brooch dreams of her lover.
Sunlight Free the Heart: Arwen at the end of her days. Arien will have none of it.

All were written for Tolkien Femslash Week 2016.

Characters: Aerin, Amarië, Amras, Amrod, Anairë, Aredhel, Arien, Aulë, Belen, Brodda, Caranthir, Celegorm, Curufin, Daeron, Dwarves, Ecthelion, Elemmírë, Elenwë, Elwing, Erendis, Eärwen, Fëanor, Finarfin, Findis, Finduilas, Fingolfin, Fingon, Finrod Felagund, Finwë, Galadriel, Gwindor, Haleth, Idril, Indis, Lalwen, Lúthien Tinúviel, Maedhros, Maglor, Mahtan, Mandos, Meleth, Melian, Meril, Míriel Serindë, Mithrellas, Morwen, Nellas, Nerdanel, Nienna, Nienor, Nimloth, Nimrodel, Númenóreans, Original Character(s), Original Female Character(s), Rían, Sons of Fëanor, Tar-Míriel, Thuringwethil, Uinen, Vairë, Valar, Varda, Yavanna
Challenges: International Day of Femslash, Tolkien Femslash Week Bingo
Genres: Adventure, Alternate Universe, Crossover, Drama, Erotica, Experimental, Fixed-length Ficlet, General, Het, Horror, Humor, Romance, Slash/Femslash
Warnings: Character Death, Mature Themes, Sexual Content--Mild, Sexual Content--Moderate, Violence--Mild, Violence--Moderate
Series: Daily Drabbles (or Taming the Recalcitrant Muses)
Chapters: 88 Table of Contents
Completed: No
Word count: 24238     Read Count: 107442
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Published: August 20, 2007     Updated: July 25, 2016

The Tempered Steel by Lyra

Rated: Adult | [Reviews - 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: 78682
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Published: April 13, 2010     Updated: November 16, 2013

Character of the Month Biographies by oshun

Rated: General | [Reviews - 156]

Each month, the SWG features a different character from The Silmarillion. For ease of reading and research, all Character of the Month biographies written by various authors are eventually all collected here: Character of the Month Biographies


If you know you are looking for one of mine, check the chapter list here. [Largely, but not entirely, in alphabetical order. The very newest few are at the end of the list--long story as to why which I will skip here! We do our best within the confines of the medium.]



Characters: Aegnor, Alatar, Amarië, Amdir, Anairë, Anárion, Angrod, Aranwë, Aredhel, Argon, Arvedui, Arwen, Aulë, Azaghâl, Baragund, Barahir (First Age), Beleg, Bëor, Beregar, Celebrimbor, Círdan, Daeron, Denethor, Durin, Ecthelion, Edrahil, Elendur, Elenwë, Elrond, Elros, Elu Thingol, Eluréd, Elurín, Elwing, Erellont, Erendis, Eärendil, Eärwen, Eöl, Fëanor, Finarfin, Fingolfin, Fingon, Finrod Felagund, Finwë, Gil-galad, Gildor, Glaurung, Glorfindel, Guilin, Haldad, Haleth, Huan, Indis, Lalaith, Lalwen, Legolas of Gondolin, Lórien, Mablung, Mîm, Míriel Serindë, Morwë, Morwen, Nahar, Nellas, Nessa, Nienna, Nimloth, Núneth, Oromë, Pallando, Radagast, Rochallor
Challenges: None
Genres: Non-fiction/Essay
Warnings: None
Series: Reference Library: Periodicals
Chapters: 87 Table of Contents
Completed: No
Word count: 140     Read Count: 73837
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Published: August 01, 2007     Updated: October 31, 2017

The Elendilmir by pandemonium_213

Rated: Adult | [Reviews - 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: 70185
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Published: January 12, 2008     Updated: January 15, 2012

Chasing Mirages by Russandol

Rated: Adult | [Reviews - 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: 63214
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Published: July 12, 2010     Updated: July 31, 2012

Full of Wisdom and Perfect in Beauty by Gadira

Rated: Adult | [Reviews - 8]

The History of the Downfall, from Ar-Sakalthôr´s accession to Ar-Pharazôn´s Armada. NEW!! Amandil reaches Sor and is waylaid by a group of mysterious strangers.

Characters: Amandil, Anárion, Ar-Gimilzôr, Ar-Pharazôn, Ar-Sakalthôr, Eärendur, Gil-galad, Gimilkhâd, Inzilbêth, Isildur, Lindórië, Original Character(s), Sauron, Tar-Míriel, Tar-Palantir
Challenges: None
Genres: General, Het
Warnings: ***Incest, ***Rape/Non-consensual Sex, ***Suicide, Character Death, Mature Themes, Violence--Moderate
Series: None
Chapters: 48 Table of Contents
Completed: No
Word count: 209948     Read Count: 56035
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Published: June 06, 2007     Updated: August 02, 2012

The Wars of the Valar by Fiondil

Rated: Teens | [Reviews - 0]

Before the Coming of the Children, before Arda was even created, the Valar labored in wastes unmeasured and unexplored, and in ages uncounted and forgotten while Melkor sought to dominate all to his own desires and purposes. This is their story. As always, my thanks go to Alassiel for the beta-read. MEFA 2008: Honorable Mention: Longer Works (General).

Characters: Maiar, Melkor, Valar
Challenges: None
Genres: Drama
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 58 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 163942     Read Count: 55368
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Published: August 08, 2010     Updated: August 14, 2010

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

Rated: Adult | [Reviews - 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: 53752
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Published: April 22, 2009     Updated: July 23, 2012