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


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.

The Power and the Passion

B2MeM Passport

Season of Writing Dangerously 2013 Impetuous Participant Back to Middle-earth Month 2013

Season of Writing Dangerously 2013 Winner B2MeM 2012 Participant

Lyra's 2017 SWG Challenge Stamp Collection
Taboo challenge creator

first challenge creator

Taboo Bingo Row Completed

first challenge reviewer

Taboo challenge reviewer

Taboo challenge reviewed 5 fanworks

Revolution challenge creator

Revolution challenge created a fanwork about revolution

Revolution challenge created protest art

International Day of Fanworks

Revolution challenge created a fanwork with people of color or underrepresented cultural groups

Revolution challenge reviewer

Revolution challenge reviewed 5 fanworks

Strength and Beauty challenge creator

March 2017 Back to Middle-earth Month

Strength and beauty challenge reviewer

Women's sceptre challenge creator

Women's sceptre challenge major female character

Women's sceptre challenge reviewer

Woman's sceptre challenge reviewed 5 fanworks

Woman's sceptre challenge reviewed 10 fanworks

Hero's journey challenge creator

Hero's journey challenge reviewer

Hero's journey completed difficult-level challenge

New Directions challenge creator

New Directions challenge reviewer

New Directions reviewed a character bio

Just an Old-Fashioned Love Song challenge creator

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Just an Old-Fashioned Love Song challenge reviewer

Just an Old-Fashioned Love Song challenge reviewed 5 fanworks

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Stories by Lyra

The Thoughts of Trees by Lyra

Rated: General | [Reviews - 2]

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: 418
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Published: May 27, 2009     Updated: May 27, 2009

Time of Trial by Lyra

Rated: Adult | [Reviews - 0]

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: 5343
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Published: August 24, 2010     Updated: August 24, 2010

Unprecedented by Lyra

Rated: General | [Reviews - 11]

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: 2925
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Published: August 17, 2010     Updated: August 17, 2010

Up Where They Belong by Lyra

Rated: General | [Reviews - 2]
Summary: A Justification of 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: 122
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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: 2843
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Published: May 21, 2010     Updated: September 07, 2017

Watching the Dance by Lyra

Rated: General | [Reviews - 3]

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: 720
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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 - 7]

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

Characters: MorwŰ, OromŰ
Challenges: None
Genres: None
Warnings: Author Chooses Not to Warn
Series: Silmarillion40
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 894     Read Count: 31
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Published: September 18, 2017     Updated: September 18, 2017