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Golden Days by Lyra

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Summary:

Nerdanel recounts the development of her relationship with Fëanor - from their first proper meeting to married life. A fantasy of manners, pride, prejudice, love and craftsmanship.
Rated: Teens
Characters: Aulë, Írimë, Fëanor, Findis, Fingolfin, Finwë, Indis, Mahtan, Nerdanel, Original Character(s), Yavanna
Challenges: None
Genres: Romance
Warnings: Sexual Content--Mild
Challenges:
Series: None
Chapters: 23 Completed: No
Word count: 93591 Read: 25600
Published: January 25, 2009 Updated: June 26, 2016

Story Notes:
I'm starting to loose track of characters and my gentle readers may have the same problem, so here is a probably not comprehensive list.

DRAMATIS PERSONAE

In the House of Mahtan
Nerdanel, a young craftswoman of the Noldor
Mahtan, a master smith and sculptor, her father
Istarnië, a master scribe and scholar, her mother
Erenwen, an apprentice scribe, their middle daughter
Sarnië, their youngest daughter
Alcarincë son of Alcaráco, an apprentice sculptor
Sailatulco son of Veurotulco, an apprentice sculptor
Helyanwë son of Ristando, an apprentice smith
Lindanolvion son of Lindanolvë, an apprentice smith
Roitariel daughter of Tanárion, an apprentice scribe
Lisanto son of Tanárion, an apprentice scribe


In the City of Tirion
Aimíriel, a master sculptress
Palatáro, a master smith, her husband
Nieninquë, her younger sister
Númiel daughter of Númaitë, an apprentice bookbinder
Arinseldë daughter of Númaitë, her younger sister
Ataralassë daughter of Hallantar, an apprentice potter
Lanyalossë daughter of Nusírilo, an apprentice weaver and seamstress
Carnissiel daughter of Carnildo, an apprentice weaver, her best friend
Númaitë, a master bookbinder
Nusírilo, a master tailor
Carnildo, a master sculptor
Wilwarindë, a master weaver, his wife
Cermion, apprentice to Master Carnildo
Timosanwë, apprentice to Master Carnildo
Tanárion, a master scribe
Ercoirë, a master sculptor
Yánanto, a master sculptor
Quantuvar, a master sculptor


In the Royal House of the Noldor
Finwë, King of the Noldor
Indis of the Vanyar, Queen of the Noldor, his second wife
Fëanáro, Crown Prince of the Noldor, an apprentice smith
Findis, Princess of the Noldor, an apprentice poet
Nolofinwë, Prince of the Noldor, an apprentice scholar
Írimë, Princess of the Noldor
Wintillo, a servant
Quessincë, a master scribe and scholar
Parmandil, an apprentice scribe
Alcaráco, a master sculptor


In the Quarry of Alastondo
Lótoreo, a master quarrier
Ravië, a horticulturist


In the Fields of Yavanna
Sirillë, a farmer
Umbas, a farmer
Elwendo, a farmer


In the City of Alqualondë
Volabrandë, a sculptress


Others
Aulë, Lord of Stone and Ore, a god
Yavanna, Lady of Plants and Beasts, a goddess


A big thank you to Whitewave for nominating this for the MEFAs, to Elleth for the banner, and to everyone who read and voted!

The Tirion Mothers Against Oath-Taking Public Service Award


1. Chapter 1 by Lyra [Reviews - 5] (4570 words)

2. Chapter 2 by Lyra [Reviews - 2] (4290 words)

3. Chapter 3 by Lyra [Reviews - 2] (4337 words)

4. Chapter 4 by Lyra [Reviews - 1] (2726 words)
I meant to be much further along with the story at this point - but somehow things that appear as brief keywords on my plot outline turn into full chapters in the execution. O.ó I am beginning to suspect that this will end up much, much longer than planned.

5. Chapter 5 by Lyra [Reviews - 1] (4605 words)
Plot is finally on track again. Yay.

6. Chapter 6 by Lyra [Reviews - 2] (4855 words)

7. Chapter 7 by Lyra [Reviews - 1] (5623 words)

8. Chapter 8 by Lyra [Reviews - 3] (4197 words)
My goodness! It's an update! And once again the story refuses to behave as planned. Oh well.

9. Chapter 9 by Lyra [Reviews - 4] (4259 words)
Another update! And we are still not moving from the spot. Instead, we're having dinner. Oh well, what can you do?

10. Chapter 10 by Lyra [Reviews - 3] (4972 words)
Holy crap, I can't believe I haven't worked on this story in almost two years! That's disgraceful. Have a new chapter.

11. Chapter 11 by Lyra [Reviews - 2] (3889 words)

12. Chapter 12 by Lyra [Reviews - 2] (3660 words)

13. Chapter 13 by Lyra [Reviews - 3] (3000 words)
Nerdanel is clueless, and I seem to be on a roll. I hope it lasts!

14. Chapter 14 by Lyra [Reviews - 4] (2703 words)

15. Chapter 15 by Lyra [Reviews - 3] (2494 words)
Wow, two years again? And all I have to show is this ridiculously short chapter. Oh well. Let's hope the words will come more easily for the next chapters...

16. Chapter 16 by Lyra [Reviews - 2] (3947 words)
Nerdanel finally finishes her work for Finwë's family. What a relief.

17. Chapter 17 by Lyra [Reviews - 2] (4560 words)
Aaand it's time for Nerdanel's exam to start... not yet.

18. Chapter 18 by Lyra [Reviews - 2] (4904 words)
Nerdanel finally gets to take her exam.

19. Chapter 19 by Lyra [Reviews - 2] (4235 words)

20. Chapter 20 by Lyra [Reviews - 2] (4065 words)

21. Chapter 21 by Lyra [Reviews - 1] (4835 words)
This chapter just kept on getting longer and longer, so I decided to split it.

22. Chapter 22 by Lyra [Reviews - 2] (3787 words)
I really have no excuse for this. It's like the "Twilight" chapter. I'm so sorry. The Elves made me do it.

23. Chapter 23 by Lyra [Reviews - 3] (3078 words)
In which Elves spit out watermelon seeds. They're clearly only human.