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Summary: The story of Maedhros' captivity in Angband, his rescue and his recovery is in the Silmarillion treated in a few paragraphs. This is a fleshed-out account of the events that may have befallen between Maedhros' imprisonment and his return to his old life... as far as that is possible.
Occasionally drifting into AU territory, depending on how closely you follow the source (WHICH source? :P).
The usual warnings apply - particularly to chapters marked with an asterisk.
Part One completed.
Part Two completed.
Part Three, Chapter 10 added: In which the reconciled Noldor make plans for the future. End of the trilogy.
Characters: Aegnor, Amras, Angrod, Aredhel, Celebrimbor, Celegorm, Curufin, Fingolfin, Fingon, Finrod Felagund, Galadriel, ĂŤrimë, Lalwen, Maedhros, Maglor, Melkor, Original Character(s), Thorondor
Challenges: Turning Point
Warnings: ***Torture, Character Death, Mature Themes, Violence--Graphic
Chapters: 31 Completed: Yes
Word count: 112703 Read: 80515
Published: April 13, 2010 Updated: November 16, 2013
Story Notes: Thanks go to Elleth and Dawn for their beta-ing patience and encouragement on Part I. Thanks also go to SurgicalSteel for medical fact-checking.
Many thanks to Dawn for the nomination - and a huge thank you to all who reviewed!
Due to the great number of (Quenya) names, a list may be helpful:
Nelyafinwë, Nelyo, Maitimo, Russandol = Maedhros
Cánafinwë, Cáno, Macalaurë = Maglor
Turcafinwë, Turko, Tyelkormo = Celegorm
Morifinwë, Moryo, Carnistir = Caranthir
Curufinwë, Curvo, Atarinkë = Curufin
Pityafinwë, Pityo, Ambarussa, Ambarto, Umbarto = Amrod †
Telufinwë, Telvo, Ambarussa = Amras
Tyelperinquar, Tyelpo = Celebrimbor
Nolofinwë = Fingolfin
Írimë = Finvain
Írien, Lalwende = Lalwen
Findekáno, Findo = Fingon
Turukáno = Turgon
Irissë = Aredhel
Arakáno = Argon †
Elenwë, wife of Turgon and mother of Idril †
Itarilde = Idril
Arafinwë = Finarfin
Findaráto = Finrod
Angaráto = Angrod
Aikanáro = Aegnor
Artanis, Altariel = Galadriel
Moringotto = Morgoth
Sorontar, Thorontar = Thorondor
Roccalaurë = Rochallor
Angamando = Angband
Mistaringë = Mithrim (Lake)
Hisilomë, Hithilomë = Hithlum
In the Fëanorian camp
Tánarámë, warrior †
Pelalassë, elder daughter of Amallë and Tánalindo
Anarórë, younger daughter of Amallë and Tánalindo
Encaitar, master silk weaver
Nacilmë, dancing tutor
Ohtalmion, master of the horses
Corintur, master of the warriors' training
In the Fingolfinian camp
Oricon, son of Lótilossë and Calimon
I hope I didn't forget anyone! Yes, Orodreth is as yet missing on purpose.
9. Part I, Chapter IX* by Lyra [Reviews - 5] (1770 words)
In which the cliffhanger situation is finally resolved. End of Part One.
* Extra warning for reasonably graphic description of injuries and impromptu field operations. May not be suitable for the blood-phobic.
10. Part II, Chapter I* by Lyra [Reviews - 2] (3752 words)
In which the Fingolfinian healers have a busy night.
*Warning for blood and some medical detail.
Many thanks to SurgicalSteel for her invaluable advice on how not to have Maedhros killed by unskilled healers.
26. Part III, Chapter VI by Lyra [Reviews - 2] (3124 words)
In which Fingon tries to settle back in among his own folk, and in which diplomatic tricks are applied, and in which the Fingolfinian host have a counter-feast.