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Penname: Lyra [Contact]
Real name: Christiane
Member Since: January 01, 2009
Membership status: Member

Bio:

Lyra is a Hobbit in all but size, but much more interested in the First and Second Age than actual Hobbit lore. A journalist by trade and philologist and cultural scientist by training, she has been struggling with plotbunnies and the relentless demands of real life ever since she discovered the fandom. Family life with two kids in an old farmhouse that desperately needs renovation doesn't make things easier, although it provides plenty of inspiration.

Lyra is obsessed with Nerdanel and her boys, N˙menor, Elwing and Eńrendil, Maglor (+ Daeron) through the ages, and the occasional footnote. Other interests include philology, the various aspects of living history/ experimental archaeology, as well as the broad spectrum of anthropology. This tends to show in her stories. What can you do? Lyra's attempts at producing fanart can be found at her deviantArt account.


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Stories by Lyra

The Snakes and the Flowers by Lyra

Rated: General | [Reviews - 7]
Summary: A young Vanyarin poet makes some clever observations, the relevance of which only grows apparent in good time.
Inspired by Oshun's character biography of Barahir, and written for the "New Directions" challenge... and a different character altogether.
Characters: AmariŰ
Challenges: New Directions
Genres: None
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 2 Table of Contents
Completed: No
Word count: 1257     Read Count: 201
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Published: July 06, 2017     Updated: August 02, 2017


The Tempered Steel by Lyra

Rated: Adult | [Reviews - 84]
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, ├ŹrimŰ, Lalwen, Maedhros, Maglor, Melkor, Original Character(s), Thorondor
Challenges: Turning Point
Genres: Drama
Warnings: ***Torture, Character Death, Mature Themes, Violence--Graphic
Series: None
Chapters: 31 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 112703     Read Count: 80547
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Published: April 13, 2010     Updated: November 16, 2013


The Thoughts of Trees by Lyra

Rated: General | [Reviews - 2]
Summary:

Daeron finds that his silent listeners have grown tired of silence.

Triple drabble (Tribble?) written for the B2MeM 2009 prompt, "Imagine this! You are walking in the woods and sudden a tree whispers to you ..."

 


Characters: Daeron
Challenges: B2MeM 2009
Genres: Fixed-length Ficlet, General
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 300     Read Count: 442
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Published: May 27, 2009     Updated: May 27, 2009


There was battle in the air by Lyra

Rated: Teens | [Reviews - 4]
Summary:

"But Eńrendil came, shining with white flame, and about Vingilot were gathered all the great birds of heaven and Thorondor was their captain, and there was battle in the air all the day and through a dark night of doubt. Before the rising of the sun Eńrendil slew Ancalagon the Black, the mightiest of the dragon-host, and cast him from the sky; and he fell upon the towers of Thangorodrim, and they were broken in his ruin." (Artwork)


Characters: Ancalagon, Eńrendil, Thorondor
Challenges: None
Genres: None
Warnings: Violence--Mild
Series: Silmarillion40
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 6     Read Count: 63
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Published: October 17, 2017     Updated: October 17, 2017


Time of Trial by Lyra

Rated: Adult | [Reviews - 0]
Summary:

Sauron has become Ar-Pharazôn's most trusted advisor, but it is not an easy job even for a cunning Maia. An unknown intruder in the palace gardens, however, enables him to set some of his more ambitious plans in motion...


Characters: Ar-Pharaz˘n, Elentir, Sauron
Challenges: Akallabŕth in August, Fifth Birthday Celebration
Genres: Drama
Warnings: ***Torture, Mature Themes, Violence--Mild
Series: None
Chapters: 6 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 7467     Read Count: 5719
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Published: August 24, 2010     Updated: August 24, 2010


Unprecedented by Lyra

Rated: General | [Reviews - 11]
Summary:

At Finarfin's wedding feast, young Fingon surprises his family by announcing that he intends to marry Maedhros.

For the SWG 5th Birthday Celebration, Do Something That's Never Been Done theme.


Characters: AnairŰ, FŰanor, Finarfin, Fingolfin, Fingon, FinwŰ, Indis, Maedhros
Challenges: Fifth Birthday Celebration
Genres: General
Warnings: None
Series: Laws and Customs Revisited
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 678     Read Count: 3011
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Published: August 17, 2010     Updated: August 17, 2010


Up Where They Belong by Lyra

Rated: General | [Reviews - 2]
Summary: Justifying a Homoromantic Reading of Maedhros and Fingon.

Written for the SWG's July challenge, "Just an Old-fashioned Love Song", inspired by the song prompt "Up Where We Belong" by Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes.

With gratitude to Elleth, who gave me the idea long ago, but who is not responsible for any errors I committed herein.
Characters: Fingon, Maedhros
Challenges: Just an Old-Fashioned Love Song
Genres: Non-fiction/Essay
Warnings: Mature Themes, Sexual Content--Moderate
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 4387     Read Count: 136
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Published: August 08, 2017     Updated: August 08, 2017


Upon these shores by Lyra

Rated: Teens | [Reviews - 19]
Summary: The fate of Maglor, after he cast away the Silmaril, is pretty much open for speculation. Here are some glimpses at his adventures throughout human history, in no particular order.

Newly added: Exiles. In the Roman province of Macedonia, two exiles meet. Written for the August 2017 challenge, Song of Exile.
Characters: Historical Character(s), Maglor
Challenges: Around the Fire, B2MeM 2009, B2MeM 2012, B2MeM 2016, Song of Exile
Genres: Drama
Warnings: Mature Themes
Series: None
Chapters: 6 Table of Contents
Completed: No
Word count: 16253     Read Count: 3163
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Published: May 21, 2010     Updated: September 07, 2017


Watching the Dance by Lyra

Rated: General | [Reviews - 3]
Summary:

Out in the woods, young T˙rin makes a new friend - and learns not to fear thunderstorms.

Written for Elleth - Happy Birthday!


Characters: Nellas, T˙rin
Challenges: None
Genres: General
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 1747     Read Count: 738
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Published: September 06, 2010     Updated: September 06, 2010


We were not born in CuiviÚnen by Lyra

Rated: Author Chooses Not to Rate | [Reviews - 8]
Summary:

MorwŰ tells OromŰ about the origins of his people, contradicting some stories the Vala has heard earlier.


Characters: MorwŰ
Challenges: None
Genres: None
Warnings: Author Chooses Not to Warn
Series: Silmarillion40
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 894     Read Count: 42
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Published: September 18, 2017     Updated: September 18, 2017