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Many Journeys by Elleth

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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

Story Notes:

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 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.

1. Ratiocination by Elleth [Comments - 3] (200 words)
Carnistir is going to be a big brother, and Nerdanel offers comfort. A double-drabble.

2. Fractious by Elleth [Comments - 0] (100 words)
Good days and bad days in the House of Fëanor.

3. Carom by Elleth [Comments - 0] (200 words)
Nerdanel and Fëanor, and estrangement.

4. Phantasmagoria by Elleth [Comments - 1] (100 words)
Nerdanel, the Darkening, a candle.

5. Heterodox by Elleth [Comments - 0] (100 words)
Mahtan's apprentices and gossip about certain young lovers.

6. Sere (*) by Elleth [Comments - 0] (100 words)
The death of Fëanor.

7. Acclimate by Elleth [Comments - 0] (100 words)
Nerdanel, Finarfin and Eärwen, and the aftermath of the Darkening.

8. Didactic by Elleth [Comments - 0] (200 words)
A lesson, not only for young Maedhros and Maglor.

9. Betimes by Elleth [Comments - 1] (100 words)
Nerdanel, Fëanor and a promise.

10. Desideratum by Elleth [Comments - 1] (350 words)
Nerdanel, Fëanor, and letters from Formenos. 350 words, recycled from an older drabble I wrote ages ago.

11. Providential by Elleth [Comments - 1] (350 words)
A strange take on the Prophecy of the North, from Fëanor's point of view. Possibly AU.

12. Bibelot by Elleth [Comments - 1] (300 words)
Aulë, Fëanor and Nerdanel. A contest in three pieces of dialogue.

13. Sotto Voce by Elleth [Comments - 0] (100 words)
First shadows gather on the Blessed Realm.

14. Confabulation by Elleth [Comments - 1] (200 words)

Caught in Angband, Maedhros receives comfort from an unexpected source. (Implied torture, but nothing graphic.)

15. Serendipity by Elleth [Comments - 3] (200 words)
Carnistir, and a simple way to restore peace between his parents.

16. Stasis by Elleth [Comments - 0] (600 words)
Nerdanel's story, and her reaction to the Silmarils.

17. Parse by Elleth [Comments - 1] (450 words)
Of songs and joy - young Macalaurë reflects on his parents.

18. Nonage by Elleth [Comments - 0] (100 words)
Young Nerdanel and first run-ins with her feelings.

19. Oath Fulfilled by Elleth [Comments - 2] (403 words)
Originally written for 15_minute_fic at LJ, the prompt was 'acquire'. Maglor, and the Silmarils regained.

20. Cut (*) by Elleth [Comments - 2] (269 words)
Another entry for 15_minute_fic, the prompt being 'cut'. Thangorodrim scenario, not for the squeamish. This owes much to Lyra's The Tempered Steel.

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.

22. Not Set in Stone by Elleth [Comments - 0] (200 words)

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

23. Queen by Elleth [Comments - 0] (172 words)
Galadriel has come into possession of the One Ring. AU set during LotR, but mentions Silmarillion characters and motivations.

24. The Vessel by Elleth [Comments - 1] (301 words)

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.

26. Recall Some Pity by Elleth [Comments - 1] (199 words)

During the Dagor Bragollach, Fingon's first official act as High King. A double-drabble according to Open Office.

27. A Change of Seasons by Elleth [Comments - 0] (402 words)

For Dawn's summer solstice challenge, a drabble (according to Open Office) for each of the solstices and equinoxes, centering around the Nirnaeth Arnoediad.

28. Perpetual by Elleth [Comments - 0] (100 words)

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?

29. Survivors of the Downfall by Elleth [Comments - 1] (100 words)

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.

30. Flight by Elleth [Comments - 0] (98 words)

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.

31. Unspeakable by Elleth [Comments - 1] (78 words)

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.

32. Tragedy by Elleth [Comments - 0] (75 words)

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.

33. Chess Moves by Elleth [Comments - 0] (122 words)

A three-sentence ficlet. Finrod and Curufin in Nargothrond. Not altogether friendly rivalry. Can be implied slash, or not, as you like it.

34. Terrifying Stories by Elleth [Comments - 1] (104 words)

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).

35. The Pendant by Elleth [Comments - 0] (124 words)

Fëanor and Nerdanel's relationship, in three-sentence form. Expands on an idea from my fic "In-Betweens".

36. A Swift Sunrise by Elleth [Comments - 2] (696 words)

The Noldor welcome the first sunrise. It is a more eerie experience for others.

37. Parting Graces by Elleth [Comments - 0] (202 words)

Finrod and Amarië's last moments together. Double Drabble.

38. Nainiër Arafinwëo ar Altariello Falassen Heceldamaro (The Laments of Finarfin and Galadriel on the Shore of Beleriand) by Elleth [Comments - 0] (200 words)

Finarfin's reunion with Galadriel when they meet during the War of Wrath. (Double Drabble.)

39. The Willow and the Shade by Elleth [Comments - 1] (200 words)

What ever became of Daeron? (Double Drabble.)

40. Change of Times by Elleth [Comments - 1] (200 words)

Maglor wanders. (Double Drabble.)

41. The Washerman's Fate (*) by Elleth [Comments - 1] (201 words)

The news of Fingon's death drive Maedhros to madness. Intended to be disturbing; blood, violence, OC character death. (Double Drabble.)

42. Insight (*) by Elleth [Comments - 0] (200 words)

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.)

43. Drowning Troubles (*) by Elleth [Comments - 0] (385 words)

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.

44. Emergence by Elleth [Comments - 0] (142 words)

Fingon emerges from the Halls of Mandos.

45. Roaring Twenties by Elleth [Comments - 0] (106 words)

Elves-in-History AU: Amras and Nellas in the 1920s Chicago gangster era.

46. And Seashells in His Hair by Elleth [Comments - 0] (211 words)

Fingon/Maedhros: The Mermaid AU. (Crack!)

47. Terribly Bad Ideas by Elleth [Comments - 0] (163 words)

Nerdanel, Fëanor, a stranger in a blue box, and just what the title says. Crossover, humor.

48. The Chosen by Elleth [Comments - 0] (408 words)

A young female dwarf is initiated into the customs of her foremothers, and has a surprising encounter.

49. Small Rebellions by Elleth [Comments - 0] (646 words)

Idril and Aredhel, and some of their attempts to escape the laws and customs of society.

50. Freckles (or the Lack of Them) by Elleth [Comments - 0] (542 words)

Anairë has been watching Nerdanel for a long time. (Fluff of the femslashy variety).

51. Love Like Singing by Elleth [Comments - 1] (349 words)

Written for Maure on tumblr; strongly referencing the lovely birthday fic she wrote me. After Indis comforted Míriel, Míriel returns the favour.

52. Ghost Lights by Elleth [Comments - 0] (201 words)

A year after the Dagor Bragollach, Maglor has a peculiar experience at a celebration.

53. Unchanging by Elleth [Comments - 1] (201 words)

After his return to Aman, Maglor's wife tries to help him unlearn his distrust.

54. Candles Out by Elleth [Comments - 1] (200 words)

Gwindor and Finduilas, one evening after his return from Angband.

55. The Best He Still Could Hope For by Elleth [Comments - 2] (662 words)

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.)

56. The Shaking Off of Nightmares by Elleth [Comments - 1] (698 words)

Written for Idleleaves for the 2011 fandom_stocking. Maedhros, Fingon, and ways to deal with nightmares. Fluff.

57. Recalled to Life by Elleth [Comments - 1] (594 words)

Written for Indy for fandom_stocking 2011. Finwë/Míriel/Indis in a Happy AU that isn't quite our A Kind of Poetry 'verse.

58. Light to See You By by Elleth [Comments - 0] (372 words)

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").

59. For Fear and Love of Her by Elleth [Comments - 2] (643 words)

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.

60. Golden Hour by Elleth [Comments - 0] (477 words)

Elenwë and Írissë share a private moment. Written for Anna for Fandom Stocking 2013.

61. A Thread of Red and Silver String by Elleth [Comments - 0] (699 words)

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.

62. That Kind of Grateful by Elleth [Comments - 0] (201 words)

Míriel and Indis, and an understanding - of sorts. Inspired by Vienna Teng's The Last Snowfall. Mild femslash.

63. White Gulls Call (The Light on the Water Remix) by Elleth [Comments - 0] (251 words)

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.

64. Patience and Quiet by Elleth [Comments - 1] (283 words)

Aerin faces the arrival of the Easterlings in Dor-lómin.

65. Resolve by Elleth [Comments - 0] (233 words)

Thuringwethil meets Lúthien.

66. Counsels of the Weak by Elleth [Comments - 0] (366 words)

Young Finduilas learns her first lesson in politics.

67. Not on Hope Alone by Elleth [Comments - 1] (306 words)

Idril, Ecthelion, and the matter of Gondolin's sustainability.

68. 10-Word Ficlets by Elleth [Comments - 0] (126 words)

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.

69. Making a Home by Elleth [Comments - 1] (328 words)

After the Darkening and the Exile of the Noldor, Nerdanel makes a new home for those left behind.

70. Brethil in Winter by Elleth [Comments - 1] (334 words)

Haleth yearns. Or does she?

71. Kindled by Elleth [Comments - 0] (249 words)

Vairë kindles Míriel into flame and colour.

72. Out With Lanterns by Elleth [Comments - 1] (100 words)

Míriel and Indis, on a sad anniversary. For Tolkien Femslash Week on tumblr.

73. A Show of Mastery by Elleth [Comments - 2] (487 words)

How Lúthien swayed Mandos. Written for Indy at Trick or Treat 2015.

74. The Song (Forever) by Elleth [Comments - 2] (100 words)

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
Emotions: Hope
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.)

75. White-Flowered Also by Elleth [Comments - 3] (200 words)

Also for Tolkien Femslash Week, for the prompts: 

For July 16: 
Book Titles: Send My Roots Rain
Clichés: Flowers, Hand-holding
Emotions: Hope
Four Words: “Charade, amber, colony, moment” and “limit, daisies, cotton, hopeful”

76. As a Cup Yielding by Elleth [Comments - 1] (139 words)

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. 


77. River's Voice by Elleth [Comments - 0] (30 words)

For the July 16 prompts of Tolkien Femslash Week

Emotions: Confidence, Courage
Formats: Haiku
Story Elements: Violets
Tolkien Quotes: “Mithrellas, one of the companions of Nimrodel…" 

78. Make a Bird of Me by Elleth [Comments - 0] (367 words)

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.

79. Hilt-First by Elleth [Comments - 0] (102 words)

For the prompt:
Lyrics and Poetry: “And all my swords have turned to words that blow like poems in the wind”

AU; Aredhel/Haleth.

80. Breath for Breaking by Elleth [Comments - 0] (502 words)

For the prompts:

NSFW/Kink: Breathplay
Emotions: Lust 
Formats/Genres: Drabble Series
Four Words: ocean, thousand, ceramic, fever

Tar-Míriel after the Fall of Númenor. Dubiously NSFW. I think?

81. Steeling by Elleth [Comments - 0] (101 words)

For the prompts:

Book Titles: Songs of Silk 
NSFW: Discipline 
Four Words: battalion, unsure, headstart, bliss

Morwen and Aerin perform a necessary exercise. (CW for implied abuse as reason for this scene. NSFW.)

82. Icy by Elleth [Comments - 0] (102 words)

Emotions: Longing
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.

83. Stone to Pity by Elleth [Comments - 0] (394 words)

For the prompts:

Clichés: Insomnia
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.

84. Resteth Not Here by Elleth [Comments - 0] (802 words)

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.

85. Crown-Gift by Elleth [Comments - 0] (203 words)

For the prompts:

Emotions: Joy
Formats and Genres: AU
Four Words: Early, skyline, almost, mask and proposal, drifting, lock, mortal
NSFW: Blindfolds

Idril has a proposal for Rían. (AU; Rían lives.)

86. My Fairest Bed by Elleth [Comments - 0] (101 words)

For the prompts:

Book Titles: The Grass Widow, Waiting in the Wings
NSFW: Foreplay
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.

87. On Nights of Rain by Elleth [Comments - 0] (101 words)

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.

88. Sunlight Free the Heart by Elleth [Comments - 0] (202 words)

For the prompts:

Format: Fix-It
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.)

89. Strength of Mountains by Elleth [Comments - 0] (308 words)

Nerdanel and Curufin's wife, through the ages. Triple-drabble as per GDocs, written for AmyFortuna for Multifandom Drabble 2017.

90. Re-Singing by Elleth [Comments - 0] (300 words)

After the Darkening of Valinor, Findis and Elemmírë set out to do their part in the restoration of Valinor. Triple-drabble.

91. Sweeter Blessings by Elleth [Comments - 0] (501 words)

As summer nears harvest, Morwen and Aerin dance in the meadows. NSFW, for AmyFortuna for Fandom Giftbox 2017.

92. In Exchange by Elleth [Comments - 0] (304 words)

Whatever happened to the Lady of the Blue Brooch? For Starspray, for Innumerable Stars 2017.

93. An Exercise by Elleth [Comments - 0] (304 words)

Some magic is altogether worldly; Melian/Galadriel, NSFW. Written for AmyFortuna for Innumerable Stars 2017.

94. A Better Lot by Elleth [Comments - 0] (302 words)

Aerin and Rían change their stories. AU, triple-drabble for Zdenka for Innumerable Stars 2017.