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Taking Readings II by Himring

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Anthology for short pieces that don't fit anywhere else. 

Now posted: "Under her Feet" (Tuor/Idril)

Rated: Author Chooses Not to Rate
Characters: Aerandir, Beleg, Celebrían, Elemmírë, Erellont, Estë, Falathar, Finarfin, Gil-galad, Gwindor, Idril, Ingwion, Tuor, Turgon, Vána, Vanyar
Challenges: B2MeM 2017
Genres: Fixed-length Ficlet, General
Warnings: Author Chooses Not to Warn
Series: Subcreation: A Collection
Chapters: 9 Completed: No
Word count: 2220 Read: 1854
Published: January 08, 2017 Updated: January 06, 2018

Story Notes:

For the equivalent previous anthology (containing pieces written from 2012 to 2016) see Taking Readings I.

1. Darkest Time by Himring [Comments - 1] (198 words)

The Vanyar experience the darkness after Melkor's attack on the Trees.

(Ingwion; Elemmire)

Double drabble (2 x 100 words in MS Word).

Teens for some angst.


2. But There Was Tea by Himring [Comments - 1] (304 words)

Celebrian's first encounter with Este in Lorien.

Written as a gift for FandomStocking 2016 for DeCarabas, who had requested a story about Este.

Rating: Teens, for references to what canonically happened to Celebrian.

3. In Taur-nu-fuin by Himring [Comments - 0] (378 words)

Before Mirkwood, there was another great forest that fell under nightshade and Sauron himself, who was in those days but the servant of the Black Foe in the North, invaded it with fire and darkness and corrupted it. Treebeard knew it, before its fall, and sings with regret of the pine trees of Dorthonion. It was here that Beleg, who had once wandered freely in all the forests of the land, found Gwindor, who had only just escaped from thralldom in the Iron Hells of Angband, and, aiding him, persuaded him to turn around, in an attempt to rescue another man from the threat of the same thralldom.
Here is a conversation between them.

Written for the B2MeM 2017 prompt: “It was the possibility of darkness that made the day seem so bright.” Stephen King
I was originally aiming to follow the spirit of the prompt quite straightforwardly, but I ended up giving it a bit of a twist.

Rating: PG (Teens) for references to darker canon background

4. Last Light and First by Himring [Comments - 0] (375 words)

Vana the Ever-Young learns from a child.
A vignette set during the events surrounding the Creation of the Sun and Moon.

Gen (no warnings)

This ficlet was inspired by a lovely artwork created by Mithrial for B2MeM 2017, linked with her permission: "Again Yavanna Sang and Nienna Wept".

The Creation of the Sun and the Moon also featured among this year's B2MeM prompts:
"The gods were gathered on guarded heights, of doom and death deep they pondered. Sun they rekindled, and silver Moon they set to sail on seas of stars." JRR Tolkien, Völsungakvida en Nÿja

5. Three Mariners by Himring [Comments - 0] (394 words)

The three mariners that accompanied Earendil and Elwing on their voyage to Valinor were ordered by him to stay behind on Vingilot and are bewildered by subsequent events.

General Audiences.

An older plot bunny originally from the Waiting challenge at LOTR community), which was finally written taking up a Legendarium Ladies April prompt suggesting that Falathar and/or Erellont could have been women. Apparently, in these two names the second element is not etymologically analyzable (says Tolkien Gateway) so that, unlike with Aerandir, the gender is not evident from the name. I have made Erellont be female. (Falathar's gender isn't specified and, although that wasn't deliberate, I don't feel I want to specify it independently either, at present.)
Also for the Tolkien Weekly Taking to the Water challenge (prompts: boat, craft, ship, raft, log, adrift).

6. Hearing the Music by Himring [Comments - 2] (66 words)

At Cuivienen, the first Eldar hear the echo of the Music of the Ainur in the waters.

Ficlet for the sub-compilation "Subcreation" for Silm40.

General - no warnings.

7. The Second Dawn in Middle-earth by Himring [Comments - 0] (201 words)

Tolkien describes the first rising of the Sun, Himring imagined his elves waiting for it to rise again.

Characters: Turgon, Idril

Rating: General

8. An Honourable Leader by Himring [Comments - 1] (201 words)

Finarfin has assembled an army from the remnant of his people left in Valinor and led it to Middle-earth to help defeat Morgoth, who has so killed many of his family and his people.
On his arrival in Middle-earth, he encounters Gil-galad, his great-nephew, for the first time.

Rating: Teens. Warning for references to canon-typical violence.

9. Under her Feet by Himring [Comments - 0] (103 words)

A short exchange of letters beween Tuor and Idril during their courtship.

A bit of flirting and banter alluding to Idril's nickname.
Could be read as mildly kinky, if you really want to.

Rating: Teens