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The Silmarillion is great, but it doesn't delve deep into why it's characters did what they did. In this story, I'll write about key events from Maedhros' perspective, covering his time in Aman all the way to his eventual suicide and exploring the reasons why he did what he did, and how he became one of the only two elves to ever attempt to take their own life.
This will feature all of the headcanons I have for him as a character, as well as a few miscellaneous ones! Warning: this is written through a Russingon lens, however my interpretation of their relationship isn't as common (or at least, I haven't found other people who feel the same way about it yet) so I hope it will still be interesting and compelling!
Characters: Amras, Amrod, Celegorm, Elves, FŽanor, Fingon, Maedhros, Maglor, ManwŽ, Sons of FŽanor
Warnings: Author Chooses Not to Warn, Character Death, Expletive Language, Mature Themes, Violence--Mild
Series: Alternative Perspective Character Studies
Chapters: 3 Completed: No
Word count: 1927 Read: 77
Published: January 29, 2018 Updated: February 04, 2018
I haven't warned incest, though in this story, Russingon is pretty much explicit and they're just short of married, though there's absolutely no NSFW. As for the other warnings, I'm updating them as I'm writing the story to cover what happens in each chapter.
So this is part one, which was originally going to cover the death of Finwë, but then I thought it'd be nice to have a 'before' section, since this is about his development as a character throughout the story. It's not so much a before, though, rather than a 'very immediately before when things are not great but they are going to be so, so much worse and all this will seem trivial later' sort of thing.
Also! Maedhros is roughly the maturity level of a 21 year old here- so able to do all the cool stuff, but still not fully grown. Since I've never been 21, I don't know if that will come across as authentic (while I reread I actually thought he sounded YOUNGER than me so whoops) but then again, he's supposed to read as rather privileged.
The other instillations in this series will cover his development from here until his death (and maybe rebirth? I haven't decided, since Tolkien never makes reference to him being reborn, though he did technically keep his oath.)
Anyway, I hope you enjoy watching him grow up and develop as much as enjoyed writing it!
This will feature a description of Finwë's corpse, so if you aren't into descriptions of death, you may want to avoid this!
Maedhros experiences the aftermath of battle for the first time, as well as serious injury and homesickness.