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For Jenni, a more realistic interpretation of Luthien's story, how she came to enter her people's legends, how she met Beren, and how Finrod got himself into deep trouble. MEFA 2008 nominee.
Characters: Beren, Elu Thingol, Finrod Felagund, Lúthien Tinúviel
Challenges: Gift of a Story, Strong Women
Genres: General, Humor
Warnings: Sexual Content--Mild
Series: To Give in Return
Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Word count: 3817 Read: 2119
Published: January 27, 2008 Updated: January 27, 2008
This story is for Jenni, who aside from being a co-moderator of SWG and one of our founding members has been one of my dearest online friends across the years.
Jenni asked for,
[A] story that features both Luthien and Finrod ... Luthien would be seeking some advice from Finrod. Perhaps reference to some friction between Luthien and her father as well as a disagreement between Finrod and Thingol could make for an interesting subplot ... In the story, I'd like to see that Finrod inherited some of his own father's diplomatic sense, but also--unlike his father--has a fatal flaw--that which caused him to make a foolish judgement, perhaps--that led to his own death.
This was quite a challenge! Reading it, I could easily imagine that it could be a mini soap opera unto itself. But, of course, this wasn't really possible, given the project and the number of requests that I received. So I needed a way to get all of these things into a story of reasonable length.
I should mention also that Jenni's request was inspired by a journal entry that I made looking at the early Tale of Tinuviel from BoLT2. In this post, I put forth some of my pet theories about the tale of Beren and Luthien, especially in keeping with my larger interpretation of Tolkien's works as historical sources. This gave me the idea to explore this story from that perspective: What if Luthien was actually an ordinary woman who was made larger than life by ignorant loremasters wanting only a good tale to tell? This story begins to answer that question.