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The Seven Gates by Laerthel

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The long and weary road from the birth of the Union of Maedhros to the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, the downfall of the Sons of Feanor and the construction of the last Great Gate in Gondolin. (Canonical gap-filler with few liberties taken).

Rated: Teens
Characters: Curufin, Ecthelion, Erestor, Maedhros, Maeglin, Maglor
Challenges: None
Genres: Adventure, Drama, Mystery
Warnings: Character Death, Violence--Graphic
Series: None
Chapters: 22 Completed: No
Word count: 123475 Read: 3929
Published: April 30, 2017 Updated: January 30, 2018

2. A Scandalous Nonsense by Laerthel [Comments - 1] (3671 words)

3. An Earnest Seeker by Laerthel [Comments - 1] (2092 words)

4. A Face From the Past by Laerthel [Comments - 1] (4911 words)

5. Sea-breeze by Laerthel [Comments - 0] (4745 words)

6. The First Betrayal by Laerthel [Comments - 0] (6465 words)

7. Crossroads by Laerthel [Comments - 0] (6883 words)

Erenis is Curufin's OC daughter. This is her first appearance.

8. A Day in the March by Laerthel [Comments - 0] (7563 words)

9. Wells of Pain by Laerthel [Comments - 0] (8899 words)

10. Trisemes and Ladders by Laerthel [Comments - 0] (5633 words)

11. Bats and Werewolves by Laerthel [Comments - 0] (7851 words)

Erestor’s three-round questioning of Anardil about his knowledge is a theft from Christopher Paolini. (I’ve expected this reference even less then any of you).

12. The King's Doom by Laerthel [Comments - 0] (7634 words)

13. The Crows Are Screaming by Laerthel [Comments - 0] (6550 words)

14. A Bitter Cup by Laerthel [Comments - 0] (6392 words)

15. A Practical Arrangement by Laerthel [Comments - 0] (3197 words)

16. He Who Walks In Starlight by Laerthel [Comments - 0] (6384 words)

17. Interruptions by Laerthel [Comments - 0] (5109 words)

Author’s Message on the 23rd of August 2017

It’s strange to be back after such a break – it wasn’t nearly as long as I have imagined it could get. These three months, though, were nothing if not eventful.

To tell you the truth, I’ve been feeling down for a relatively long time, so I wasn’t quite motivated go on publishing this story. Even if I’m writing it ever since, with the same enthusiasm and niggling as before. When I last looked at the stats in May (on Fanfiction(.)net: thousands of views and 28 comments) I suddenly just felt like everyone – save the few, faithful readers I dearly appreciate – clicked on my work, thought ‘this is sh*t’ and moved on.

What changed my mind about publishing was, among other things, a ten days long camping and roleplaying event with the Hungarian Tolkien Association, where my works – and in general, my person – were pretty much appreciated. Moreover, the Legend of Arinion (from the last chapter) has been adapted to drama with our small theatre group, and we brought it onstage. To direct such a thing, and to impersonate Mandos in a play you have written and devised yourself… trust me, it gets you in an artistic mood.

Special thanks to Onach for helping me with the script, and for everyone else who had to bear with my person through the workflow.

Special thanks to that beer I drank one night at 4 am. In fact, I hate beer, but at that moment it was just perfect, and helped me finish a song for the next evening gathering.

Special thanks to my fellow Elves of Lindon and our good lord Círdan (and everyone else in the Council).

…special thanks to the whole association for their love and care. Really.

And now on to our story!

18. Morning Mist by Laerthel [Comments - 0] (6881 words)

19. Steel to Temper by Laerthel [Comments - 0] (4610 words)

20. The Evening Play by Laerthel [Comments - 0] (5490 words)

21. The Oath Awakens by Laerthel [Comments - 1] (5207 words)

A/N: Thank you so much for your many views, my dear readers :) Hope you enjoy the story! If you have time, please let me know what is good, what is bad, or what could be better!

This chapter has been rewritten around 6 times since 2015, and it exists with four different central characters… in the final version, I decided to focus on 1) structure and 2) tension. This is why you may find that 1) the opening and ending scenes of this chapter are matching (and playing with a previously much discussed dynamic between a certain pair of Fëanoreans…) and 2) that there’s a shift of focalizer “in the middle” – I thought that the findings of Maedhros’s war council would seem much more interesting if they were just randomly thrown at you through the eyes of a character who wasn’t involved. Going through them one by one in an endlessly flowing script would somehow kill the thrill…

Other than that, I can only say my usual – ENJOY! :) I’m quite OK with saying goodbye to 2017 with this instalment. Stay safe, and Happy New Year to you all! Stay tuned for the adventures of Counsellor Tyelcano in January!

22. A Dead End Awaits by Laerthel [Comments - 1] (6273 words)

A/N: …we keep telling ourselves that we all make mistakes. Which is very true. Everyone makes mistakes, everyone can get angry and everyone can be disturbed – even Counsellor Tyelcano. That said, please allow me to quote Anakin Skywalker for once: “This is where the fun begins!” ENJOY!

Thank you for the many-many views! Please tell me what you thought :)