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For the Anniversary Contest: An AU of the what-if persuasion.
Chapter One: After the Darkening, the Kinslaying and the Flight of the Noldor, Nerdanel retreats to Alqualondë. What and whom will she find there, and where will her steps lead afterwards?
Characters: Eärwen, Nerdanel
Challenges: Anniversary Contest--CLOSED
Genres: Drama, Experimental, Romance
Chapters: 1 Completed: No
Word count: 2156 Read: 1064
Published: September 30, 2007 Updated: September 30, 2007
This is it, the AU that has taken over my life. Not in terms of writing (or not yet), but at least in thinking. I will not yet say where this is going, because I myself have little idea, except for the most general direction... revealing what would happen might just kill the suspense.
The title hearkens back to Fëanor's words to the herald of Manwë, slightly altered: "And it may be that Eru has set in me a fire greater than thou knowest." (The Silmarillion, Chapter 9: Of the Flight of the Noldor) - the significance in the course of the story? You will have to wait to find out.
Not yet beta'd, but a revised version will be uploaded soon. I just wanted this up in time to beat the deadline for the Anniversary Contest. Nonetheless, many thanks to Lyra, who read this through and offered first impressions.
As the source material keeps most events in Valinor after the Darkening a secret, this chapter cannot yet be considered more AU than my other stories, but if you are reading carefully, you may just spot foreshadowing in some places.
This chapter, probably, may be considered more of a piece to set the mood for the rest of the story than anything else, but I would dearly love to hear impressions, concrit and other feedback. Thank you.