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Penname: IgnobleBard [Contact]
Real name: Mike
Member Since: August 27, 2007
Membership status: Member

Bio:

Ignoble Bard has written in the Tolkien fandom for well over a decade (his origins are lost in the mists of time with many now-defunct websites including Yahoo Groups slash archives). Many of his stories appear on Archive of Our Own (IgnobleBard), the SWG (IgnobleBard), and Faerie: Tolkien Fanfiction (IgnobleBard). He has been one of the most regular participants over the years in the Slashy Santa series of fic swaps. Links to stories nominated and placing in the Middle-earth Fanfiction Awards may be found at that site. He writes everything from comedy and crack to high romance and also writes original short stories.


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No Traveler Returns by IgnobleBard

Rated: General | [Comments - 3]
Summary:

Namo confronts a newly dead Elf.


Read by: Tanis
Reader's comments:

No Traveler Returns was originally published on 21 October 2008 and was the Featured Podfic in the January 2014 newsletterTime: 8:11 File Size: 12.3 MB


Characters: Mandos
Challenges: None
Genres: Drama, General
Warnings: None

Added: January 01, 2014 Completed: Yes

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Reviewer: IgnobleBard Signed
Date: January 08, 2014
Title: No Traveler Returns

Thank you so much for the job you did on this, Tanis. I agree that the character voices are perfect and you brought so much nuance as well. The Elf's world weary sigh, Namo's calm, but not cruel, authority. There's a real art to reading well and you definitely have the knack. You brought a whole new dimension to my story and you have my gratitude.

Prey for the Hunter by Sulriel

Rated: Teens | [Comments - 7]
Summary:

A tale of loss and love in the wilds of Beleriand


Characters: Amras, Amrod, Original Character(s)
Challenges: Anniversary Contest--CLOSED
Genres: Horror, Romance
Warnings: Character Death, Mature Themes, Sexual Content--Mild, Violence--Moderate
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 4124     Read Count: 828
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Published: September 27, 2007     Updated: September 27, 2007


Reviewer: IgnobleBard Signed
Date: September 30, 2007
Title: Chapter 1: Prey for the Hunter

Oh, Sulriel, this is chilling. I love the tension between the brothers, that one is drawn to Lome while the other is distant. Excellent work on the mood and atmosphere and a nice twist at the end as well.

Author's Response: Thank you Bard.  I'm glad you liked it, I know that dark sort of mood is not to everyone's taste!  I find that I enjoy writing the various twins and playing with their alikes and differences. 

Early Winter at Himring Hill by oshun

Rated: Teens | [Comments - 8]
Summary:

Written for Dawn Felagund's 2007 birthday, in response to a request for something about Fingon and Maedhros later in their life than the period I have been covering in my Maitimo and Findekáno story cycle. Fingon visits Maedhros at Himring Hill, after the Dagor Aglareb during the watchful peace of the Siege of Angband.

MEFA 2008, First Place, Romance: Elven Lands

 


Characters: Fingon, Maedhros
Challenges: Anniversary Contest--CLOSED
Genres: General
Warnings: None
Series: Maitimo and Findekáno
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 376     Read Count: 1234
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Published: September 28, 2007     Updated: September 28, 2007


Reviewer: IgnobleBard Signed
Date: September 30, 2007
Title: Chapter 1: Early Winter at Himring Hill

You know how I love your Fingon and Maedhros. It's so nice to see them happy in this peice, the calm before the storm. Your usual great job with descriptions and snappy dialogue makes this a great little interlude.

Author's Response: Thank you so much. I am broken-hearted that you didn't sue your poem. Well, there will be other opportunities for that I hope! (Hey and by the way, your very first readings of my guys greatly contributed to the initial development of their characters (Fingon, in particular, Dawn gets most of the credit for Maedhros and their world--hey wait, shouldn't Tolkien come in their somewhere?)--not to mention your continuing comments!) Gotta get back to the textual complexities of Gil-galad. Thanks.

The last stand by Rhapsody

Rated: Teens | [Comments - 7]
Summary:

During the final moments of the Nírnaeth Arnoediad, a captain and his men rescue two elves during their last and desperate stand.

~MEFA 2008 Second place  in Times: First Age and Prior: General, thank you Pandemonium for nominating it!~


Characters: Beleg, Ecthelion, Mablung
Challenges: Anniversary Contest--CLOSED
Genres: Adventure, Drama
Warnings: Violence--Moderate
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 2936     Read Count: 754
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Published: September 29, 2007     Updated: September 29, 2007


Reviewer: IgnobleBard Signed
Date: October 03, 2007
Title: Chapter 1: The last stand

I can't say I'm familiar with the canon on this one, as I'm still working my way through the Sil. But I like your writing here and the interaction between the Elves and Ecthelion. Nicely done.

Author's Response: Thank you for your review! I hope that once you get to chapter 20 of the book, this story will come across as a small gap-filler. :) I loved to tackle the interaction between Ecthelion who as a Gondolodrim warrior has lived so isolated in the hidden city and the two Sindar elves who could roam freely if they chose to... A somesort of culture clash and yet not.

My Shining Stars by oshun

Rated: General | [Comments - 9]
Summary: And now for something a bit controversial: Elrond stands on the deck of the ship carrying him to Aman writing notes in a journal.
MEFA 2008, Second Place, Elves: House of Elrond
SWG Silmarillion Anniversary Contest, Third Place Winner, Short Works


Characters: Elrond, Elros, Elwing, Eärendil, Maedhros, Maglor
Challenges: Anniversary Contest--CLOSED, Sea Voyages, Wish upon a Star
Genres: Drama
Warnings: None
Series: Maitimo and Findekáno
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 831     Read Count: 1698
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Published: September 29, 2007     Updated: September 29, 2007


Reviewer: IgnobleBard Signed
Date: September 30, 2007
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

I love the way you've gotten inside Elrond's head here. He's a difficult character to write and you did a great job of showing how his past experiences shaped him into the kind of father and person he became. Plus your mastery of language always leaves me in awe. Beautifully done!

Author's Response: YOU are too good to me. Thanks so much for reading the draft also. Doesn't compare to werewolves, but I'll take praise where I can get it!

The Fourth Station by MithLuin

Rated: General | [Comments - 4]
Summary:

Maedhros meets someone he does not expect in the Halls of Mandos. 

First Place (Short Works) - SWG's Silmarillion Anniversary Contest (2007)


Characters: Maedhros, Nerdanel
Challenges: Anniversary Contest--CLOSED, Halls of Mystery
Genres: General
Warnings: Character Death
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 1998     Read Count: 977
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Published: September 29, 2007     Updated: September 29, 2007


Reviewer: IgnobleBard Signed
Date: September 30, 2007
Title: Chapter 1: The Fourth Station

An interesting take on what this meeting might be like. Poor Nerdanel, getting all the information on the events second hand. And yet her heart didn't break until she got the news of Maitimo. The waiting really is the hardest. You handled the situation believably and poignantly.

Author's Response: Thank you for your kind words.  I know that many people consider Nerdanel to have survived.  But in my opinion, if any elf would die of grief...it should be her, the poor woman.  Maitimo alone didn't *really* send her over the edge.  It was just so much bad news, all at once...and that was the last part.  But he is definitely hearing "It's all my fault." 

Philosophia to Philomythus and Misomythus by pandemonium_213

Rated: General | [Comments - 8]
Summary:

For The Duel of Songs challenge: a counterpoint to Tolkien's Mythopoeia.

MEFA 2008: First Place, Poetry, General.

 


Characters: None
Challenges: Duel of Songs
Genres: Poetry
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 2 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 1311     Read Count: 3023
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Published: April 24, 2008     Updated: April 24, 2008


Reviewer: IgnobleBard Signed
Date: April 25, 2008
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1: Mythopoeia by J.R.R. Tolkien

Well, I have no words for something like this so I'll just say I loved both of these, the first like Shakespeare, the second like William Blake. I don't know how you do it, or where it comes from, but these are just incredible. They're beyond any wordsmithing I can do to even properly praise them. If you need me, I'll just be standing over here in awe.

Author's Response: And I'll be over here shuffling my feet and looking up with humility (and a smile) because of your praise.  Thank you so much, Mike!

I Ain't Got No Body by IgnobleBard

Rated: Adult | [Comments - 12]
Summary: Glorfindel can't seem to stay out of Mandos.
Characters: Glorfindel, Mandos
Challenges: None
Genres: Humor
Warnings: Character Death
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 669     Read Count: 909
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Published: June 05, 2008     Updated: June 05, 2008


Reviewer: IgnobleBard Signed
Date: June 05, 2008
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

It was supposed to be a "badfic" remember? lol But I'm glad you like it so much. And I had to throw Fingon in there just for you. *grin* Thanks for liking it and thanks for thinking it's good enough to post.

Do You Believe in Ghosts? by oshun

Rated: Teens | [Comments - 8]
Summary:

Happy 2008 Halloween Birthday to IgnobleBard, dear friend, generous and stalwart Beta, who loves scary stories. Credit goes to DarthFingon for the prompt from a Calvin and Hobbes cartoon of the same name. Warnings: language you might expect from a house filled with testosterone-challenged males; references to sexual intimacy, both het and slash, but no explicit content.

MEFA 2009, First Place - Humor: Children


Characters: Amras, Amrod, Caranthir, Celegorm, Curufin, Fëanor, Fingon, Maedhros, Maglor, Nerdanel
Challenges: Ankle Biters
Genres: Horror, Humor
Warnings: Expletive Language
Series: Maitimo and Findekáno
Chapters: 3 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 2599     Read Count: 5196
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Published: October 21, 2008     Updated: October 21, 2008


Reviewer: IgnobleBard Signed
Date: October 21, 2008
Title: Chapter 1: Anticipation

What a wonderful birthday present! I love this story. It has all my favorite elements, humor, the threat of ghosts, twins, Maitimo and Findekano sneaking off for some nookie... Oops, looks like you owe me another story. *grin*

It's so nice of you to remember my birthday with the best present of all, your writing. Thanks so much!



Author's Response: I am so happy you liked it. I'll have to think about that scene down by the willow tree with Fingon and Maedhros (companion piece? or something like that). You certainly deserve a story and more for what you put up with out of me. Still Beta reading everything when I argue every point! (I think I getting a little better at that. Maybe?) I am grateful though.

Lack of Privacy by oshun

Rated: Adult | [Comments - 4]
Summary: (Maedhros/Fingon) This was written in response to teasing by IgnobleBard that I had cut out the love scene from the story I wrote him for his birthday and Halloween, Do You Believe in Ghosts? So, here it is, only a slightly belated Christmas present. (Warning: it is not really, unlike the Ghosts story that prompted it, a comic piece.)
Characters: Curufin, Fingon, Maedhros, Maglor
Challenges: Family Matters, Gift of a Story, One True Love
Genres: General, Slash/Femslash
Warnings: Mature Themes
Series: Maitimo and Findekáno
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 2241     Read Count: 1319
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Published: December 28, 2008     Updated: December 28, 2008


Reviewer: IgnobleBard Signed
Date: December 29, 2008
Title: Chapter 1: Lack of Privacy

As much as I enjoyed "Do You Believe in Ghosts?" the wonderful story you wrote for my birthday, I also love this Maitimo and Findekano interlude. Only you could take a great little ficlet and get a plot bunny for a gapfiller that moves your M/F story arc along. You're incredible. As always, the two lovers are in top form, sparring and making up amid the swirl of family and the oversight of parents with very different world views. Thanks for this additional present. I'm one lucky guy!

Author's Response: Thank you! But you are not lucky--you earn it. You have helped me so much. Meanwhile, I do still owe you a ficlet/drabble on the topic you gave me. It's a promise. I am so happy that you like it and thanks for causing me to write both stories.

To My Father by oshun

Rated: General | [Comments - 5]
Summary:

Response to prompt for Day Four: March 4 of the Silmarillion Writers Guild observance of Back to Middle-earth Month. Relating to role models, I chose to write a drabble about feelings that Maedhros might have wanted to communicate to his father.

MEFA 2009, Third Place in First Age and Prior: Drabbles

 


Characters: Fëanor, Maedhros
Challenges: B2MeM 2009
Genres: Drama
Warnings: None
Series: Maitimo and Findekáno
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 100     Read Count: 922
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Published: March 04, 2009     Updated: March 04, 2009


Reviewer: IgnobleBard Signed
Date: March 05, 2009
Title: Chapter 1: To My Father

You say you don't do drabbles well, or write to prompts well, but this is beautifully done and gives a lot of insight into the father/son relationship between Maedhros and Feanor.



Author's Response: Thanks! And since you do drabbles, I will consider that quite a compliment. You're too good to me!

Character of the Month Biographies by oshun

Rated: General | [Comments - 159]
Summary:

Each month, the SWG features a different character from The Silmarillion. For ease of reading and research, all Character of the Month biographies written by various authors are eventually all collected here: Character of the Month Biographies

 

If you know you are looking for one of mine, check the chapter list here. [Largely, but not entirely, in alphabetical order. The very newest few are at the end of the list--long story as to why which I will skip here! We do our best within the confines of the medium.]

 

 


Characters: Aegnor, Alatar, Amarië, Amdir, Anairë, Anárion, Angrod, Aranwë, Aredhel, Argon, Arvedui, Arwen, Aulë, Azaghâl, Baragund, Barahir (First Age), Beleg, Bëor, Beregar, Celebrimbor, Círdan, Daeron, Denethor, Durin, Ecthelion, Edrahil, Elemmírë, Elendur, Elenwë, Elrond, Elros, Elu Thingol, Eluréd, Elurín, Elwing, Erellont, Erendis, Eärendil, Eärwen, Eöl, Fëanor, Finarfin, Fingolfin, Fingon, Finrod Felagund, Finwë, Gil-galad, Gildor, Glaurung, Glorfindel, Guilin, Haldad, Haleth, Huan, Indis, Lalaith, Lalwen, Legolas of Gondolin, Lórien, Mablung, Mîm, Míriel Serindë, Morwë, Morwen, Nahar, Nellas, Nessa, Nienna, Nimloth, Núneth, Oromë, Pallando, Radagast, Aerandir
Challenges: None
Genres: Non-fiction/Essay
Warnings: None
Series: Reference Library: Periodicals
Chapters: 88 Table of Contents
Completed: No
Word count: 142     Read Count: 83946
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Published: August 01, 2007     Updated: January 02, 2018


Reviewer: IgnobleBard Signed
Date: July 08, 2014
Title: Chapter 16: Círdan the Shipwright

Very informative and well cited. I enjoy reading about Cirdan because, as you say, he shows up everywhere but I know so little about him. He's such a strong, independent character and played a larger role in events than I ever realized. Nice bio. Looking forward to the next part.



Author's Response:

Thanks you so much! Thanks for reading and for taking the time to comment. I am looking forward to writing the next part! Thanks for the encouragement and also for reading parts of this one before it was finished. I cannot think of him without thinking of your pre-historic elves story (Hearts Like the Sea).

Reviewer: IgnobleBard Signed
Date: November 03, 2015
Title: Chapter 79: Voronwë

This is well worth waiting for. What a great bio. When I read the story of Tuor in the Unfinished Tales I was immediately drawn to Voronwe and wanted to know more about him. I didn't realize he appeared in other sources too. It's always fun to read your bios and find out that Tolkien spent a lot more time with some of these characters than we know.

What great plotbunnies it generates to think of Voronwe and Earendil sailing together to lands that haven't yet been discovered. I always liked the line about the tides washing upon evil shores. Great stuff. You did an amazing job with this one.



Author's Response:

Thanks!

What great plotbunnies it generates to think of Voronwe and Earendil sailing together to lands that haven't yet been discovered.

That sounds terrific! I had not even thought of that; would allow almost as much free rein as original fiction. My plot bunnies around him involve the trek through the wilderness and/or Voronwe trying to provide a soft-landing in Gondolin for Tuor. Acclimating him to the customs and practices of that isolated and somewhat unusual environment.

Reviewer: IgnobleBard Signed
Date: April 10, 2017
Title: Chapter 82: Arwen Undómiel

This may be one of your best essays yet. You did a marvelous job of fleshing out the largely overlooked and misunderstood character of Arwen. despite Tolkien expanding the story of Arwen and Aragron in the Appendicies. You managed to bring out a lot of the aspects of her character I never considered, from her Valkyrie-like inspiration to what it really meant for Aragorn to marry someone of her standing. This is also one of the best essays on women in Tolkien I've read. I can't remember when I've enjoyed a work of nonfiction more. You outdid yourself here.

Reviewer: IgnobleBard Signed
Date: December 03, 2017
Title: Chapter 87: Ancalagon the Black

First off, please forgive me for taking so long to read this. I've been dying to do so since my birthday but haven't been able to be on my computer due to an injury. I'm also honored and humbled that you dedicated this to me. I really love dragons, maybe not quite as much as Tolkien but a lot, and this bio is the best information about Ancalagon I've seen yet.

The size question is particularly interesting as people seem fascinated with pinning down the details on these mythical creatures, which makes for a great thought experiment, but also diminishes the magic of the tales, at least in my mind. I can visualize the battle to a point but I can't wrap my head around how Earendil, even with a Silmaril and a host of great eagles, managed to bring down something that big. 

I also liked how you compared and contrasted Ancalagon the Black with Tolkien's other dragons. I thought the flying dragons were the biggest threat, but Glaurung was the worst of all. Tolkien always manages to twist expectations.

I enjoyed this immensely and will be referencing it often so thanks for this one.



Author's Response:

Awww! I was not trying to bully you into reading it! I know you have been injured and in pain! I was only teasing. It also looks a lot like that little baby black dragon you sent Alex! Thank you so much! It was a lot of fun writing it and I was thinking about you so much while I wrote it. I hope you are feeling better every day! I know how it feels, because I had that exact same shoulder injury! Nothing is worse. Everything one tries to do hurts!

Thanks!!!!!

Bee-Elves by darthfingon

Rated: General | [Comments - 5]
Summary: At the end of the First Age, Finarfin, political missionary, travels across Middle-earth and finds his way to Oropher's court.  Much to his dismay.
Characters: Celeborn, Finarfin, Original Character(s), Oropher
Challenges: None
Genres: Adventure
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 5 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 19912     Read Count: 8953
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Published: February 02, 2010     Updated: February 02, 2010


Reviewer: IgnobleBard Signed
Date: February 06, 2010
Title: Chapter 1: Bee-Elves 1

This story has a lot of hilarious touches, the "bee" language, the naked Nandor, the horrid evergreen liquor, and the cagy, daft Oropher with his made up songs and questionable hospitality. That Celeborn guy was the only sensible one of the bunch. ;-)

I loved the explantion of how Oropher came to be king, and the conversation between Arafinwe and Celeborn at about Galadriel was unexpectedly touching.

"Logic so faulty he might as well have been a son of Feanaro." *snicker*

 

Tears on the Battlefield by Alassante

Rated: General | [Comments - 6]
Summary:

Some of the House of Finwë prepares for The Final Battle.

 

 
Characters: Amras, Amrod, Caranthir, Celebrimbor, Celegorm, Curufin, Fëanor, Fingolfin, Fingon, Maedhros, Maeglin, Maglor, Mandos, Sons of Fëanor
Challenges: None
Genres: General, Humor
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 617     Read Count: 890
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Published: March 22, 2010     Updated: March 22, 2010


Reviewer: IgnobleBard Signed
Date: April 06, 2010
Title: Chapter 1: Tears on the Battlefield

I've been meaning to review this for a few days now, this is the funniest thing I've read in quite awhile. Favorite lines: "Some ice?". "There's no crying in battle!" and of course "The Ai a Balrog guy." ROFL! Poor Legolas gets no respect from those Feanorians. I laughed all the way through this. Hilarious stuff. :-)

 

Tears for the Fallen by pandemonium_213

Rated: General | [Comments - 10]
Summary:

Melkor considers a flower.  

Written for International Poetry Month, April 2010.

MEFA 2010.  Winner, First Place; Genres: Poetry: Drama.

 


Characters: Melkor
Challenges: Duel of Songs
Genres: Poetry
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 266     Read Count: 980
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Published: April 06, 2010     Updated: April 06, 2010


Reviewer: IgnobleBard Signed
Date: April 06, 2010
Title: Chapter 1: Tears for the Fallen

You have a genius for elucidating the soul in the most irredeemable of Tolkien's characters. A beautiful, touching poem that reminds us there is always hope.



Author's Response:

Thanks so much, IgB!  Yes, there is always hope, and with hope, we are also so often presented with choices.  The themes of fate and free will in Tolkien's writings are so powerful in his legendarium.  I probably come down more solidly on the free will side of the balance than fate or doom, and so I see his villains as being continually confronted with choices throughout their heinous careers, rather than just once.

Thanks again!  I'm glad this worked for you! 

Gothmog and Draugluin by pandemonium_213

Rated: Teens | [Comments - 22]
Summary:

“Gothmog and Draugluin” follows the antics of two Tolkienian icons who were not all about smiting and devouring but had fun, too. Little Gothmog lives in Thangorodrim with his mom (Ulbandi Fluithuin) and dad (Melkor, Black Foe of the World). Melkor’s right-hand man and Gothmog’s babysitter -- Professor Thû ("I'm not a babysitter. I'm an observer!") -- makes appearances, too. Gothmog and Draugluin also share this space with “Stinky Pete” Mêshûgganâscar, Maia of Mandos, and his pals.

"Gothmog and Draugluin" appears monthly sporadically in the SWG newsletter. View the Table of Contents for a full listing of comics.


Characters: Draugluin, Fingon, Gothmog, Maedhros, Mandos, Melkor, Original Character(s), Sauron
Challenges: None
Genres: Comic Strip, Humor
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 20 Table of Contents
Completed: No
Word count: 73     Read Count: 19477
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Published: September 19, 2010     Updated: November 23, 2012


Reviewer: IgnobleBard Signed
Date: February 25, 2012
Title: Chapter 15: February 2012

I love that yellow beetle Orodreth is driving. Good thing they get such great gas mileage.

Leaves before the Wind by Dawn Felagund

Rated: Adult | [Comments - 11]
Summary:

Following the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, the sons of Fëanor wandered in the woods of Ossiriand. Maglor and Maedhros travel together, recovering from their physical wounds and slowly succumbing to their emotional ones. Maedhros/Fingon. Dark.


Characters: Caranthir, Fingon, Maedhros, Maglor
Challenges: None
Genres: Drama
Warnings: Character Death, Expletive Language, Mature Themes, Sexual Content--Moderate, Violence--Moderate
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 2438     Read Count: 1149
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Published: July 21, 2012     Updated: July 21, 2012


Reviewer: IgnobleBard Signed
Date: July 21, 2012
Title: Chapter 1: Leaves before the Wind

I saw you asking for prompts today. This is very powerful I really like the dark aspect of the story and the way you've portrayed both the brothers here, the way each is coping in the face of such horrible events. How Maglor keeps pushing on while Maedhros retreats into his own world. How you managed to write something so rich in detail in such a short time is inspirational.



Author's Response:

Thanks, IgB! Sometimes the muses descend in full force. Yesterday was one of those days. (I would love to try it again today, but too much RL stuff is going on. Bleh.) I don't normally write this part of the Silm at all, but Oshun's request caught my fancy. I'm glad I did. Thanks so much for reading and commenting! :)

Love Like Winter, Hands Like Ice by Himring, Agelast

Rated: Teens | [Comments - 5]
Summary:

Summer, winter--some things change, while others never do.

AU: Maedhros and Fingon in Mithrim.

Mild Horror.


Characters: Fingon, Maedhros
Challenges: None
Genres: Horror, Romance
Warnings: Character Death, Mature Themes
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 1343     Read Count: 488
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Published: January 20, 2013     Updated: January 20, 2013


Reviewer: IgnobleBard Signed
Date: January 21, 2013
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

I really love ghost stories and it takes a lot to creep me out, but this really did. I love Fingon's melancholy and Maedhros feeling the numbing cold. There are a lot of nice touches here but I especially liked:

"For, of course, he had known all along: ever since the temperature in the room had plummeted when Fingon entered until it was colder inside than outside, ever since he had seen frost bloom under Fingon’s boots in midsummer, ever since the mere touch of Fingon’s fingers had been enough to cauterize the bleeding stump of his wrist."

Maedhros sees all the signs but denies it because he doesn't want it to be true.

And then this:

"it is a different sort of place, the Grinding Ice. It has an intelligence, a will of its own. I knew that well enough, even before...”

Makes me shudder. Great story.

 

 



Author's Response:

Thank you very much!

We are really happy this worked so well for you!

And I'm especially pleased to see you quoting from both the part that I wrote and the one Zeen wrote, because to me it means that we achieved an organic whole.

Orcling by pandemonium_213

Rated: Teens | [Comments - 14]
Summary:

During a Second Age equivalent of a natural history "field trip" in the upper Vale of the Glanduin River, a young Mélamírë finds her father's penchant for turning everything into a lesson to be stifling. Taking advantage of Father's unexpected nap, she sets off on a little expedition of her own, intending to return by sunset. However, she makes a discovery that turns what she intended as an afternoon's adventure into something far more harrowing and that challenges what she has been taught.

Rated Teen/PG13 equivalent for moderate violence; heads up for Pandë!verse-centrism


Characters: Original Character(s), Sauron
Challenges: None
Genres: Adventure
Warnings: Violence--Moderate
Series: None
Chapters: 4 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 12917     Read Count: 3260
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Published: February 06, 2013     Updated: February 09, 2013


Reviewer: IgnobleBard Signed
Date: February 22, 2013
Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1: An Expedition

Mel had a cool adventure! What especially stands out is Mel coming to understand that orcs are more like people than anyone is willing to admit. "It's best not to think of them as people." That's kind of chilling when you think about it.

Of course I love the spell weaving and shape-shifting which is always a personal favorite. The big werewolf is awesome and it would have been interesing to see him take on the bear. Yes, I know it wouldn't have worked in the context but the idea is exciting.

I also like that the orc girl and Mel both contributed to their survivial with Mel rustling up the food and the orc girl providing the fire. Mel needs to add some flint to her pack. The description of the fossil hunt and fossil is great too. I'm glad Mel ended up with a souvenir of her adventure even if she's denied the great campfire story.



Author's Response:

Hey, thanks for reading and for the most welcome comments, IgBee!  Orcs seemed to present something of a moral dilemma for Tolkien himself, who vacillated as to their origins and their very nature.  He seemed uncomfortable with the idea that they might have souls.  Now me, I'm a diehard humanist and reductionist, so it's impossible for me to look at the orcs and think that they are not human.  Pandë!verse Sauron is equally as aware of their origins, but as typical, he detaches himself so that he can justify his exploitation and cruelty toward his orcish minions.  We've seen the same kind of terrible rationalizations in our primary world, cf. the slave trade.

Glad you picked up on how both girls' contributed to their survival - that was intentional on my part.  Altruism is a fundamental trait of human beings and is thought to be due to evolutionary selection, so for human evolution in the Pandë!verse, which, up until the interference of the Ainur, had been moving along swimmingly in a Darwinian direction, sees those fundamental characteristics of altruism retained, especially within a tribe (orcs, Men, Elves, Hobbits...) 

Oh, good lord, that was a lot of pretentious bloviating.  Anyway, thanks again, IgBee!

Heh.  A bear and Wolf!Sauron confrontation would have been epic! :^D

 

A Kiss Is Never Just a Kiss by oshun

Rated: Teens | [Comments - 7]
Summary:

This is pure and simple crack!fic written for Chaotic Binky’s Valinor Slash Awards. It received the award for Best Kiss. Seriously, every participant receives an award--best award program ever! (I know I belong in kindergarten. I cry when I lose.) Thanks to Binky for the opportunity to have fun and for her brilliant setting for this silly story.

Oops! Just realized that I disgracefully forgot to credit my beta; IgnobleBard went through this one for me (it was a while ago, months I think! that is my excuse anyway for being so late with this thank you).


Characters: Círdan, Fingon, Finwë, Legolas Greenleaf, Maedhros
Challenges: None
Genres: Humor, Slash/Femslash
Warnings: Sexual Content--Mild
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 1445     Read Count: 856
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Published: April 23, 2013     Updated: April 23, 2013


Reviewer: IgnobleBard Signed
Date: April 24, 2013
Title: Chapter 1: Pop Science and the Annoying Neighbor

This is both adorable and a real hoot. I love the curmudgeonly Cirdan and his opinion of Maedhros's reading choices. His teasing Fingon with the Legolas story is a highlight as is the "Prince Valiant" line. And this:

"The kiss had everything that anyone could ever want from a kiss. It engaged the heart, inflamed the senses, brought forward all of the tenderness and warmth of a life of lasting love, of shared victories and horrors, estrangements and reconciliations, all of which had combined to enable them to come out of the other end of the tunnel and reunite in Valinor."

made me melt. I know you prefer to write long but even your ficlets are full of warmth and heart.



Author's Response:

Awww! What a lovely review for this story. I'll just say, 'thank you,' nicely. You are too good to me and thank you for reading it the first time and around and probably weed out dozens of typos--I do not even remember any more. Thank you so very much. I had fun writing it. Painless as one of these ever is.

A Sad Tale's Best for Winter by oshun, Dawn Felagund

Rated: Teens | [Comments - 5]
Summary:

Prompt: B2MeM 2014 - Write a story or create art about the midwinter holiday (Yule or another midwinter holiday of your choosing).

Elrond looks back on Yuletides past at two distinct periods in his life, nearly an Age and a half apart. “The famous saudade of the Portuguese is a vague and constant desire for something that does not and probably cannot exist, for something other than the present, a turning towards the past or towards the future; not an active discontent or poignant sadness but an indolent dreaming wistfulness.” (In Portugal, by AFG Bell, 1912.)

Artwork included is by Dawn Felagund. (Calligraphy and illumination of brief passages from the story. Artist's note: The calligraphy utilizes a script I developed based on Tolkien's own writing in the Tengwar of "Namárië" and "A Elbereth Gilthoniel." The illumination is based on a style used in the 15th-century Bible of Borso d'Este. Ink, acrylic, and gold leaf on Bristol vellum.)


Characters: Celebrían, Elladan, Elrohir, Elrond, Elros, Erestor, Lindir
Challenges: B2MeM 2014
Genres: Drama, General, Slash/Femslash
Warnings: None
Series: Maitimo and Findekáno, Art/graphics
Chapters: 2 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 6386     Read Count: 2005
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Published: March 22, 2014     Updated: March 22, 2014


Reviewer: IgnobleBard Signed
Date: March 23, 2014
Title: Chapter 1: Foothills of the Andram Highlands, Eastern Beleriand, First Age 539

And it was a pleasure every time. You always manage to convey scenes and personalities so well but you did a particularly amazing job with this story. This chapter focusing on Elrond's childhood, his sensitivity and fascination with Maedhros, is poignant and tender. There are many wonderful details, the tattered battle flag, the oven in the forge, Elrond's conversation with Maedhros about Fingon that reflects the epic behind the simplicity of their Yule celebration.



Author's Response:

Thank you so much. You are such an enabler. I am glad you liked it. I appreciate greatly all of your help and encouragement.

Reviewer: IgnobleBard Signed
Date: March 23, 2014
Title: Chapter 2: Imladris, Third Age 195

This chapter set in Imladris is equally impressive. It's so great to see Celebrian as a match for Elrond in personality. She really shines here as a fully realized character in her own right and not as an appendage or tragic memory. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and you did an amazing job balancing these two periods in Elrond's life.

Dawn's calligraphy and illuminations beautifully illustrate some of the best moments as well.



Author's Response:

Thank you again!! Dawn is really, really good at that. I had fun doing Celebrian. I figure as the wife of Elrond, mistress of Imladris, and daughter of Celeborn and Galadriel, she could not be just a big fat zero. I hate the idea of fics in which her role is be only a victim. How flat even that tragic story without her having been a person at all before. I'm tried! Thanks so very much.