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A gathering place for ficlets of varying length written in response to prompts, prods and as gift ficlets.
New (added January 2018)
Strength of Mountains: Nerdanel and Curufin's wife, through the ages.
Re-Singing: After the Darkening of Valinor, Findis and Elemmírë set out to do their part in the restoration of Valinor.
Sweeter Blessings: As summer nears harvest, Morwen and Aerin dance in the meadows. NSFW.
In Exchange: Whatever happened to the Lady of the Blue Brooch?
An Exercise: Some magic is altogether wordly. NSFW.
A Better Lot: Aerin and Rían change their stories.
Rated: Author Chooses Not to Rate
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: 94 Completed: No
Word count: 26257 Read: 120154
Published: August 20, 2007 Updated: January 05, 2018
Originally, this was meant to harbour Elleth's own feeble attempt at drabbling, based on Dawn Felagund's idea to write daily drabbles using the word of the day from www.dictionary.com as inspiration. However, since the drabbles haven't been updated since September 2007, I decided to make this a gathering place for various ficlets and ficbits that won't stand so well on their own.
As of February 2014, all future fics over 1000 words are going to be posted as standalones rather than in this collection.
A small note for the squeamish... I am was, when this started, incapable of writing anything more explicit than what is generally considered appropriate for a teen audience. Nonetheless I will mark stories containing violence or other possibly objectionable content with an asterisk (*) in the chapter title so they can be avoided.
The title of this series was taken from The Later Quenta Silmarillion as printed in Morgoth's Ring (History of Middle-earth Volume 10):
"In her youth she [Nerdanel] loved to wander far from the dwellings of the Noldor, either beside the Sea or in the hills; and thus she and Fëanor had met and were companions in many journeys."
That said, I would dearly love constructive criticism... and now please have fun reading.
Caught in Angband, Maedhros receives comfort from an unexpected source. (Implied torture, but nothing graphic.)
21. Hair and Ink by Elleth [Comments - 1] (1134 words)
15_minute_fic, some silliness for a change. Warning, language, slash and non-con incest of a very mild nature that should render it completely harmless.
A double-drabble AU featuring Fëanor for the lovely Allie Meril who gave me a wonderful quote to work with:
For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. But for those of us who can't readily accept the God formula, the big answers don't remain stone-written. We adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command or faith a dictum. I am my own God. We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state, and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.
- Charles Bukowski
Prompted by Aria: What if Morgoth had stolen the Silmarils but Finwë had lived? A mini-AU in three drabbles according Open Office, and an experiment with PoVs. Warning for character death if you want to read it that way. Thank you for the 2010 MEFA nomination, Dawn Felagund!
25. Solstice, Sunrise by Elleth [Comments - 0] (199 words)
Two drabbles according to Open Office. For the Blizzard Challenge at the tolkien_weekly LJ community, a response to clodia_metelli's Dawn & Dusk, with her kind permission: The prelude to and aftermath of the attack on Doriath as seen from a Fëanorian point of view. Implicit character deaths in the second drabble.
During the Dagor Bragollach, Fingon's first official act as High King. A double-drabble according to Open Office.
For Dawn's summer solstice challenge, a drabble (according to Open Office) for each of the solstices and equinoxes, centering around the Nirnaeth Arnoediad.
A drabble according to Open Office, written for a Mini Challenge during Dewey's 24-hour Read-a-Thon: Maglor had one perpetual listener during his wanderings. What might she be thinking of him?
We hear a great deal about Elendil and his sons after the Fall of Númenor, but not so much from the other side... a drabble from the far future, written for Zdenka at fic_promptly on DW; many thanks to GG and the Lizards for nitpicking and feedback.
Elwing's last moments at the Havens of Sirion. Written for Zdenka at fic_promptly on DW, picked over excellently by GG and the Lizard Council. Many thanks.
Prompted in moetushie's one-sentence fic meme, "Prodigal - you have given me love - therefore I to you give love! O unspeakable passionate love." Violence briefly mentioned.
Also for Moetushie's one-sentence fic meme, and the prompt: "Show me a hero and I'll write you a tragedy." Mentions character death.
A three-sentence ficlet. Finrod and Curufin in Nargothrond. Not altogether friendly rivalry. Can be implied slash, or not, as you like it.
A brief, schmoopy curtain fic moment for Maedhros and Fingon, happily ever after. A drabble according to Open Office (even though it apparently went quite wrong this time).
Fëanor and Nerdanel's relationship, in three-sentence form. Expands on an idea from my fic "In-Betweens".
The Noldor welcome the first sunrise. It is a more eerie experience for others.
Finrod and Amarië's last moments together. Double Drabble.
Finarfin's reunion with Galadriel when they meet during the War of Wrath. (Double Drabble.)
What ever became of Daeron? (Double Drabble.)
The news of Fingon's death drive Maedhros to madness. Intended to be disturbing; blood, violence, OC character death. (Double Drabble.)
Galadriel fights alongside the Elves of Doriath against the Sons of Fëanor, who sent her brother to his death. Potentially AU; violence and blood, character death. (Double Drabble.)
Curufin visits Losgar to seek closure only to find that Amras had been waiting for him. A horror ficlet, features character death and general unpleasantness.
Elves-in-History AU: Amras and Nellas in the 1920s Chicago gangster era.
Fingon/Maedhros: The Mermaid AU. (Crack!)
Nerdanel, Fëanor, a stranger in a blue box, and just what the title says. Crossover, humor.
A young female dwarf is initiated into the customs of her foremothers, and has a surprising encounter.
Idril and Aredhel, and some of their attempts to escape the laws and customs of society.
Anairë has been watching Nerdanel for a long time. (Fluff of the femslashy variety).
Written for Maure on tumblr; strongly referencing the lovely birthday fic she wrote me. After Indis comforted Míriel, Míriel returns the favour.
A year after the Dagor Bragollach, Maglor has a peculiar experience at a celebration.
After his return to Aman, Maglor's wife tries to help him unlearn his distrust.
Gwindor and Finduilas, one evening after his return from Angband.
A sort of Maglor-in-History fic, written for Indy for fandom_stocking 2012 and not posted here before. (Mentions of war and injuries, but nothing graphic.)
Written for Idleleaves for the 2011 fandom_stocking. Maedhros, Fingon, and ways to deal with nightmares. Fluff.
Written for Indy for fandom_stocking 2011. Finwë/Míriel/Indis in a Happy AU that isn't quite our A Kind of Poetry 'verse.
Nellas, Niënor, and a summer night in Doriath. For Elvie, who suggested "Nellas and Niënor doing something adorable" as a prompt. (Can be considered a gapfiller for "Sweet Water and Gold").
This started with a suggestion for Lúthien as a dark queen by Orvandill on tumblr, and continued through a set of graphics. Asking me to resist drabbling in the same universe was practically pointless.
Three loosely connected ficlets, some grisly images.
Elenwë and Írissë share a private moment. Written for Anna for Fandom Stocking 2013.
I would seek Queen Míriel and pay my respects, for she was dear to me. Indis braves the borders of Lórien to seek her heart's desire.
Míriel and Indis, and an understanding - of sorts. Inspired by Vienna Teng's The Last Snowfall. Mild femslash.
Written for Agelast's fic Of Light Beguiled, for Remix Redux. I'd recommend reading her fic beforehand to get context of what's discussed here, and why.
Aerin faces the arrival of the Easterlings in Dor-lómin.
Young Finduilas learns her first lesson in politics.
Idril, Ecthelion, and the matter of Gondolin's sustainability.
A little exercise fro the meme currently going around on LJ. Femslash edition insofar they're all femslash in idea, even if it's not spelled out obviously in all of them.
After the Darkening and the Exile of the Noldor, Nerdanel makes a new home for those left behind.
Míriel and Indis, on a sad anniversary. For Tolkien Femslash Week on tumblr.
How Lúthien swayed Mandos. Written for Indy at Trick or Treat 2015.
Written for Tolkien Femslash Week 2016, for the prompts:
Story Elements: A flute
Tolkien Quotes: "And Indis hath my love", "May I not now spend my life as I will?"
Book Title: Girl Walking Backwards
Formats/Genres: True Drabble
Lyrics and Poetry: “Let me find you and the song (forever) between us”
Set in the "The Beautiful Ones" 'verse, although a long time after that story takes place. (And yes, I fully intend to pick it up again to finish, although I don't want to make estimates on when that'll be.)
Also for Tolkien Femslash Week, for the prompts:
For July 16:
Book Titles: Send My Roots Rain
Clichés: Flowers, Hand-holding
Four Words: “Charade, amber, colony, moment” and “limit, daisies, cotton, hopeful”
For Tolkien Femslash Week, for the prompts:
Formats and Genres: Sapphic Stanza
Tolkien Quotes: “Who now shall refill the cup for me?”
Galadriel to Varda, more or less obliquely NSFW.
For the July 16 prompts of Tolkien Femslash Week
Emotions: Confidence, Courage
Story Elements: Violets
Tolkien Quotes: “Mithrellas, one of the companions of Nimrodel…"
For the prompts:
Clichés: Breakfast in Bed, Curtain Fic, Gift-Giving, Domesticity
Lyrics and Poetry: “I sing for love, I sing for me, I'll shout it out like a bird set free”
Nellas and Niënor wander in Doriath in summer. References Sweet Water and Gold, where Nellas re-named Niënor Ninglor.
For the prompt:
Lyrics and Poetry: “And all my swords have turned to words that blow like poems in the wind”
For the prompts:
Formats/Genres: Drabble Series
Four Words: ocean, thousand, ceramic, fever
Tar-Míriel after the Fall of Númenor. Dubiously NSFW. I think?
For the prompts:
Book Titles: Songs of Silk
Four Words: battalion, unsure, headstart, bliss
Morwen and Aerin perform a necessary exercise. (CW for implied abuse as reason for this scene. NSFW.)
Formats/Genres: Fanon Subverted (the fanon being that there’d be requited feelings for Aredhel if Elenwë had survived Helcaraxë)
Four Words: below, ankle, invisible, glacier
Unrequited Aredhel/Elenwë on Helcaraxë.
For the prompts:
Book Titles: The Stone Gods, I Can’t Think Straight
Lyrics and Poetry: "You were the first person on Earth"
Tolkien Quotes: "What is the name of this thing? For in my darkness I lost it." and "Those who hearken to her learn pity and endurance in hope"
NSFW: Comfort sex
Story Elements: A gold vein
After Fëanor’s death, Nienna offers comfort to Nerdanel. Mildly NSFW, with implied Fëanor/Nerdanel.
For the prompts:
Book Titles: Spring Fire, The Paying Guests
Clichés: Slow Dancing, Forehead Touching
Story Elements: Autumn Light
(Also Fíriel on the Women of Númenor because I was stumped for a character.)
The prayer that Fíriel sings is from her appearance in The Lost Road, but I updated Herendil's name to Isildur as Elendil's son to make this a little less bewildering.
For the prompts:
Formats and Genres: AU
Four Words: Early, skyline, almost, mask and proposal, drifting, lock, mortal
Idril has a proposal for Rían. (AU; Rían lives.)
For the prompts:
Book Titles: The Grass Widow, Waiting in the Wings
Lyrics and Poetry: “And I said Venice and you heard Vegas”
Tolkien Quotes: “Their robes the wind, their raiment air…”
Erendis and her maid steal a moment in the country.
For the prompts:
Story Elements: A will-o’-the-wisp, Thunder
Four Words: Thunder, fragment, apple, arch and silver, tangle, rainfall, dormant
Lyrics and Poetry: “But the rain is full of ghosts tonight”
The Lady of the Blue Brooch dreams of her lover.
For the prompts:
Lyrics and Poetry: “Love until we burn up”
Four Words: Bloom, devour, blinding, alliance and humble, linear, comet, marble
Arwen at the end of her days. Arien will have none of it. (Character death of sorts; the title is from the LotR Musical’s Song of Hope.)
Nerdanel and Curufin's wife, through the ages. Triple-drabble as per GDocs, written for AmyFortuna for Multifandom Drabble 2017.
After the Darkening of Valinor, Findis and Elemmírë set out to do their part in the restoration of Valinor. Triple-drabble.
As summer nears harvest, Morwen and Aerin dance in the meadows. NSFW, for AmyFortuna for Fandom Giftbox 2017.
Whatever happened to the Lady of the Blue Brooch? For Starspray, for Innumerable Stars 2017.
Some magic is altogether worldly; Melian/Galadriel, NSFW. Written for AmyFortuna for Innumerable Stars 2017.
Aerin and Rían change their stories. AU, triple-drabble for Zdenka for Innumerable Stars 2017.