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Another Man's Cage by Dawn Felagund

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Summary:

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.

Completed!


Rated: Adult
Characters: AnairŽ, Caranthir, Celegorm, Ešrwen, FŽanor, Finarfin, Fingolfin, Fingon, FinwŽ, Indis, Maedhros, Maglor, Nerdanel, Original Character(s), Valar
Challenges: None
Genres: Drama, General
Warnings: ***Torture, Mature Themes, Sexual Content--Moderate, Violence--Moderate
Challenges:
Series: None
Chapters: 53 Completed: Yes
Word count: 355782 Read: 109202
Published: September 25, 2011 Updated: March 10, 2013

Story Notes:

This was the very first Silmarillion story that I posted and, to date, it is the longest story that I have ever written. I have avoided posting it on the SWG for a long time now, despite requests to do so, because the original was desperately in need of some spit and polish, and it takes a long time to spit on and polish up a 350,000-word novel. One of my goals for the Season of Writing Dangerously was to finally finish editing and polishing this story, so here it is, at last.

Part of me cringes when I read this story--I can write much, much better now--but I also can't deny that this is probably the most important story that I've ever written. This is the story that thrust me headfirst into the Silmarillion fandom, and it is probably the story to credit with inspiring most of my fannish friendships and nearly all of the long-enduring ones. I've also been told that it has helped to encourage others who don't view the world Tolkien created in canatic-compliant ways to share their own heretical visions, and that it has inspired a lot of stories and artwork based on it. I don't know about that, but it's a nice thought. Finally, and perhaps most importantly given the context, the attention I received as the author of this monstrosity was what kindled the SWG.

When I started this story, back in 2005, I never intended to share it. In fact, it started as a series of character studies inspired by a comment on a story on fanfiction.net. By "inspired," I don't mean that said comment encouraged me to look at the House of Fëanor not as villains but as complex humans; I mean that said comment made me so angry (because of its insistence on pure villainy for the pack of Elves that were and are my favorite characters in all of Tolkien's works) that it was either stoop to the level of flaming--a pointless, ignorant endeavor--or take out my anger by showing their side of the story. After a while, these character studies took on a life of their own, picked up something resembling a plot, and became this story. The rest is history.

I'm going to try to post this story a few chapters at a time till the whole thing is up. It's a long story and my real life is a seething maelstrom of chaos, so it might take a little while, but it will get there, I promise.

1. Chapter 1: Tyelkormo by Dawn Felagund [Reviews - 11] (6447 words)

2. Chapter 2: Tyelkormo by Dawn Felagund [Reviews - 1] (5584 words)

3. Chapter 3: Tyelkormo by Dawn Felagund [Reviews - 2] (5102 words)

4. Chapter 4: Carnistir by Dawn Felagund [Reviews - 0] (5194 words)

5. Chapter 5: Carnistir by Dawn Felagund [Reviews - 2] (6828 words)

6. Chapter 6: Maitimo by Dawn Felagund [Reviews - 0] (7084 words)

7. Chapter 7: Maitimo by Dawn Felagund [Reviews - 0] (7332 words)

8. Chapter 8: Maitimo by Dawn Felagund [Reviews - 1] (8128 words)

9. Chapter 9: Maitimo by Dawn Felagund [Reviews - 1] (4986 words)

10. Chapter 10: Nerdanel by Dawn Felagund [Reviews - 1] (5898 words)

11. Chapter 11: Nerdanel by Dawn Felagund [Reviews - 0] (6727 words)

12. Chapter 12: FindekŠno by Dawn Felagund [Reviews - 2] (8169 words)

13. Chapter 13: FindekŠno by Dawn Felagund [Reviews - 1] (7181 words)

14. Chapter 14: Tyelkormo by Dawn Felagund [Reviews - 0] (6254 words)

15. Chapter 15: Tyelkormo by Dawn Felagund [Reviews - 2] (6431 words)

16. Chapter 16: Tyelkormo by Dawn Felagund [Reviews - 1] (4707 words)

17. Chapter 17: MacalaurŽ by Dawn Felagund [Reviews - 1] (8283 words)

18. Chapter 18: MacalaurŽ by Dawn Felagund [Reviews - 1] (6790 words)

19. Chapter 19: Nerdanel by Dawn Felagund [Reviews - 5] (4841 words)

20. Chapter 20: Nerdanel by Dawn Felagund [Reviews - 0] (6431 words)

21. Chapter 21: FindekŠno by Dawn Felagund [Reviews - 1] (8014 words)

22. Chapter 22: Maitimo by Dawn Felagund [Reviews - 0] (5578 words)

23. Chapter 23: Maitimo by Dawn Felagund [Reviews - 2] (7408 words)

24. Chapter 24: NolofinwŽ by Dawn Felagund [Reviews - 0] (9297 words)

25. Chapter 25: Carnistir by Dawn Felagund [Reviews - 3] (8389 words)

26. Chapter 26: MacalaurŽ by Dawn Felagund [Reviews - 0] (6112 words)

27. Chapter 27: MacalaurŽ by Dawn Felagund [Reviews - 1] (7413 words)

28. Chapter 28: FŽanŠro by Dawn Felagund [Reviews - 0] (4883 words)

29. Chapter 29: FŽanŠro by Dawn Felagund [Reviews - 1] (7621 words)

30. Chapter 30: Maitimo by Dawn Felagund [Reviews - 0] (10312 words)

31. Chapter 31: ArafinwŽ by Dawn Felagund [Reviews - 0] (7965 words)

32. Chapter 32: Tyelkormo by Dawn Felagund [Reviews - 2] (10579 words)

33. Chapter 33: Nerdanel by Dawn Felagund [Reviews - 0] (9198 words)

34. Chapter 34: MacalaurŽ by Dawn Felagund [Reviews - 0] (7279 words)

35. Chapter 35: MacalaurŽ by Dawn Felagund [Reviews - 2] (6729 words)

36. Chapter 36: MacalaurŽ by Dawn Felagund [Reviews - 3] (9668 words)

37. Chapter 37: FindekŠno by Dawn Felagund [Reviews - 2] (8299 words)

38. Chapter 38: NolofinwŽ by Dawn Felagund [Reviews - 0] (7846 words)

39. Chapter 39: Maitimo by Dawn Felagund [Reviews - 0] (6933 words)

40. Chapter 40: Maitimo by Dawn Felagund [Reviews - 1] (6275 words)

41. Chapter 41: Maitimo by Dawn Felagund [Reviews - 0] (6313 words)

42. Chapter 42: Carnistir by Dawn Felagund [Reviews - 1] (4050 words)

43. Chapter 43: Carnistir by Dawn Felagund [Reviews - 0] (6388 words)

44. Chapter 44: MacalaurŽ by Dawn Felagund [Reviews - 0] (7225 words)

45. Chapter 45: MacalaurŽ by Dawn Felagund [Reviews - 1] (3744 words)

46. Chapter 46: MacalaurŽ by Dawn Felagund [Reviews - 2] (6248 words)

47. Chapter 47: MacalaurŽ by Dawn Felagund [Reviews - 0] (7290 words)

48. Chapter 48: Maitimo by Dawn Felagund [Reviews - 1] (5766 words)

49. Chapter 49: Maitimo by Dawn Felagund [Reviews - 0] (5481 words)

50. Chapter 50: Maitimo by Dawn Felagund [Reviews - 1] (5927 words)

51. Chapter 51: Maitimo by Dawn Felagund [Reviews - 2] (6621 words)

52. Chapter 52: Maitimo by Dawn Felagund [Reviews - 1] (4983 words)

53. Epilogue: Tyelkormo by Dawn Felagund [Reviews - 4] (1551 words)