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In spite of weariness and stress, Tyelperinquar (a.k.a. Celebrimbor) hosts a gathering in his home: a supper followed by what we might call a salon for the elite of Ost-in-Edhil. Musicians, rival poets, and lively conversation among the guests, which includes Erestor, the visiting emissary from Gil-galad's realm, provide the evening's entertainment. An elven poetry slam causes Tyelpo to become immersed in deep memories -- some poignant, some painful, and one dark and strange yet vaguely familiar.
MEFA 2011 Winner: First Place, Elves, General
Characters: Celebrimbor, Erestor, Original Character(s)
Genres: Alternate Universe, Drama, Humor
Warnings: Mature Themes, Sexual Content--Mild
Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Word count: 10310 Read: 1529
Published: November 11, 2010 Updated: November 11, 2010
Banner by Russandol
Setting is Second Age Ost-in-Edhil of the Pandë!verse after Cat's Paws but before The Apprentice, Risk Assessment, and certainly well before Broken Star. Although this is a one-shot, it is part of the larger whole, so if the reader has no familiarity with other works, notably Trinity and the aforementioned fics, then be forewarned there are some significant spoilers in this story. I also jump back and forth between Quenya and Sindarin terms and names, but both languages are spoken in that city of my vision.
This story pays homage to a few of my favorite writers in Tolkien fandom, and I thank them profusely for not only letting me borrow from their respective canon, but also for their friendship and support. Oshun's Ulmo's Palace and No Justice to Yourself sparked the inspiration for this, and I thank her for allowing me to slosh over into her 'verse. Likewise, Dawn Felagund's Stars of the Lesser informs this story strongly. In addition to Stars of the Lesser, I also reference Dawn's magnum opus (and the novel that drew me into Tolkien fan fiction in the first place) Another Man's Cage (see Chapter 3) for the Fëanorian (and Protestant-like) direct communion with Eru. I thank Surgical Steel for allowing me to borrow her original character, Haldanar, who is the surly cook in the House of Elrond (see Improvements, Troublemaker and Healing). A nod to Darth Fingon's Elves is given as well (see The Sun, the Star, and the Other).
Many thanks to the skinks of the Lizard Council for nitpicking and comments, especially Darth Fingon who always keeps me honest. Other credits in end notes.