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In Neldoreth, the Muddy Season by PerpetuaLilium

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Doom falls on Tinúviel, and it is at least as earthbound as ethereal.

Rated: General
Characters: Beren, Lúthien Tinúviel
Challenges: None
Genres: Drama
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Word count: 2720 Read: 369
Published: March 03, 2013 Updated: March 03, 2013

1. Chapter 1 by PerpetuaLilium [Comments - 2] (2720 words)

I grew up in Vermont, where winters that melt to springs as suddenly as that described in the story of Beren and Lúthien happen quite a bit—although for presumably non-supernatural reasons. This creates so much meltwater and thaws so much ground frost at once that the slopes of the Green Mountains experience an effective fifth season delineated solely by extreme amounts of mud. ‘Mud season’ traditionally occurred in very late March and early-to-mid-April but now tends to start somewhat earlier for obvious (and unfortunate) global climatic reasons; experience of mud season is used as something of a cultural marker for people from Vermont and neighbouring parts of the Northern Appalachians.

And so, I decided to give Doriath a mud season, because that made the entire story of Beren and Lúthien’s meeting feel—to me—a lot more immediate and real. Also, Lúthien here can dance in snowshoes. Considering what else she’s capable of, I don’t really think this is a bridge too far.

This is my first work in the Tolkien fandom since I was ten and wrote Aragorn as a space adventurer. Many thanks to my wonderful beta reader.