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Back to Middle-earth Month 2010 Stories by Dawn Felagund

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Fixed-length ficlets written in response to the Back to Middle-earth Month 2010 challenges. Please see the Table of Contents for summaries and warnings for each.

Updated with:
The Pendant in the Stream, in which Nerdanel considers her life had she never married FŽanor.
Delvers, in which Maedhros recalls a superstition of the captives in Angband (warning for dark themes).

Rated: Teens
Characters: Curufin, FŽanor, Finarfin, Fingolfin, Fingon, FinwŽ, Maedhros, Maglor, Mandos, Nerdanel
Challenges: None
Genres: Experimental, Fixed-length Ficlet, General
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 9 Completed: No
Word count: 1619 Read: 14847
Published: March 29, 2010 Updated: April 25, 2010

Story Notes:

As the owner/admin and a moderator of the SWG, I don't usually get to participate creatively in our events. This year's Back to Middle-earth Month was no exception but, as the event winds down and I find myself with not only time but muses not wholly reluctant, I have decided to write ficlets for as many of the B2MeM challenges as I can manage. The full list of challenges may be found here.

Each ficlet has its own summary in the Table of Contents. I am keeping the series as a whole rated for Teens; if a particular ficlet has potentially troublesome or disturbing content, then its title will be marked with an asterisk (*) and I will provide additional warnings in the Chapter Notes.

(And a better title is forthcoming as well! I just wanted to start getting these posted! :)

1. Idle Pleasure by Dawn Felagund [Comments - 3] (196 words)

FŽanor in exile in Formenos, on diligence and futility. A double-drabble.

Challenge: They say music soothes the savage beast. Or does it? Write a story surrounding the idea of music and music-making as something that does not calm and soothe but, rather, energizes or antagonizes.

2. To Fingon by Dawn Felagund [Comments - 3] (51 words)

After drinking too much wine one night, Maedhros confesses his deepest desires in a letter to his cousin Fingon. Implied slash. 50 words.

Challenge: Write a story, poem, or create an artwork from the point of view of a character who is drunk or otherwise under the influence.

3. One Thousand Times* by Dawn Felagund [Comments - 2] (101 words)

Maedhros in Angband. A drabble. Warning for implication of torture and death.

Challenge: Show us a character having or coming to terms in the aftermath of a near-death experience.

4. A King in Paradise by Dawn Felagund [Comments - 3] (100 words)

Finarfin imagines what his life would be like if he had taken his brother's road. A drabble.

Challenge: Choose a character. She or he wakes up to find she or he is in the body of another character. It can be someone of a total different race, sex, or even time period. Your character, however, retains her or his own thoughts and memories. How does your character deal with this sudden unexpected event?

5. Temperance by Dawn Felagund [Comments - 2] (204 words)

As tempers heat among the Finwions leading up to FŽanor's threat of Fingolfin, FinwŽ fails to appreciate the full weight of what is happening. A double drabble.

Challenge: Different cultures deal with their elders in very different ways. Write a story, poem or create an artwork where a society's view of old age is shown.

I was challenged to write this topic by Elleth as part of the Week Five collaborative challenge for B2MeM 2010.

6. Ash to Ash by Dawn Felagund [Comments - 2] (118 words)

After FŽanor's death, Curufin experiences his own form of denial in grief. A drabble.

Challenge: Shoes: some people love them and others wear them because they have to. Choose a character: How does she or he feel about shoes? Does your character even wear them? Maybe she or he has a curiosity about these strange things worn upon feet and hoarded in wardrobes. Maybe your character has an interesting tale to tell about a certain pair of shoes.

Elleth challenged me to write for this prompt as part of Week Five's B2MeM challenge.

7. Battle Strategy by Dawn Felagund [Comments - 3] (205 words)

FinwŽ teaches chess to his young sons. A double drabble.

Challenge: Name a sport or game that you think might have been played in Tolkien's world--it can be a real game or one of your invention. Show a character playing that sport or game.

I was challenged by Elleth to write this prompt for the B2MeM Week Five challenge. 2011 MEFA nominee--thank you, Rhapsody! :)

8. The Pendant in the Stream by Dawn Felagund [Comments - 3] (299 words)

Did Nerdanel ever regret her marriage to FŽanor? Fandom is full of Nerdanels without regrets, but I wanted to consider how she would feel if she'd glimpsed her life as it would have been, had she never met FŽanor. A triple drabble.

Challenge: Your character has a chance to change a single event in his or her past, but doing such will forever alter the future. What will your character choose? What would they change, if anything? And how do you think his or her future would change?

9. Delvers* by Dawn Felagund [Comments - 2] (345 words)

Maedhros recalls a superstition of the captives in Angband. 350 words. Warning for dark themes.

Challenge: Are you superstitious? Do you hold beliefs based on magic rather than reason? Write a story, poem or create an artwork where characters' behavior is dictated by some kind of superstition.