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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, Nķmenor, Elwing and Ešrendil, 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

A Game of Risk by Lyra

Rated: Teens | [Reviews - 3]
Summary:

Isildur said no word, but went out by night and did a deed for which he was afterwards renowned.

Isildur discovers that heroic deeds are not nearly as simple as the poets make it sound.


Characters: Isildur
Challenges: AkallabÍth in August
Genres: Drama, Suspense
Warnings: Violence--Moderate
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 4695     Read Count: 499
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Published: August 19, 2009     Updated: August 19, 2009


A Minor Talent by Lyra

Rated: General | [Reviews - 5]
Summary:

Young FindekŠno develops a passion for a song that continues to follow him as the events of the Silmarillion unfold.


Characters: Fingon
Challenges: Fifth Birthday Celebration
Genres: General
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 3 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 4453     Read Count: 3623
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Published: August 30, 2010     Updated: August 30, 2010


Aftermath by Lyra

Rated: Adult | [Reviews - 11]
Summary: After the Darkening, Nerdanel struggles to pick up the pieces of her life - a difficult job with the legacy her husband has left her.
Characters: Finarfin, Findis, Indis, Nerdanel, Original Female Character(s)
Challenges: Taboo
Genres: Alternate Universe, Drama
Warnings: Character Death, Mature Themes, Sexual Content--Moderate, Violence--Graphic
Series: None
Chapters: 8 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 8709     Read Count: 1763
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Published: February 07, 2017     Updated: February 12, 2017


As Time Unrolls by Lyra

Rated: General | [Reviews - 21]
Summary: Chronicling history is never an easy job. It is even harder when you don't always agree with the management - and cannot quit...
Characters: VairŽ
Challenges: B2MeM 2012, Fifth Birthday Celebration
Genres: Experimental
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 11 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 4423     Read Count: 11906
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Published: September 14, 2010     Updated: March 03, 2014


Ashes of the Past by Lyra

Rated: General | [Reviews - 5]
Summary: On the eve of her wedding, a young Sinda makes a shocking discovery about her family history.
Characters: Original Character(s)
Challenges: Ancestors
Genres: General
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 1370     Read Count: 100
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Published: September 25, 2017     Updated: September 25, 2017


Disturbance by Lyra

Rated: General | [Reviews - 1]
Summary:

Manwë has to deal with unexpected doubts, and... disturbs the universe.

Written for the B2MeM prompt, "Do I dare disturb the universe?"


Characters: ManwŽ
Challenges: B2MeM 2009
Genres: Fixed-length Ficlet
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 333     Read Count: 654
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Published: May 28, 2009     Updated: May 28, 2009


Endorenna by Lyra

Rated: Author Chooses Not to Rate | [Reviews - 3]
Summary:

"But when the devouring wave rolled over the land and Númenor toppled to its fall, then [Elendil] would have been overwhelmed and would have deemed it the lesser grief to perish, for no wrench of death could be more bitter than the loss and agony of that day; but the great wind took him, wilder than any wind that Men had known, roaring from the west, and it swept his ships far away; and it rent their sails and snapped their masts, hunting the unhappy men like straws upon the water." (Artwork)


Characters: Nķmenůreans
Challenges: None
Genres: None
Warnings: Author Chooses Not to Warn
Series: Silmarillion40
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 6     Read Count: 30
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Published: October 21, 2017     Updated: October 21, 2017


Expeditions into Anti-Fanon by Lyra

Rated: Teens | [Reviews - 1]
Summary: Mostly prompt responses and other random things that take beloved fanon assumptions and flout them.
Inverted fanons so far: - Maglor + Daeron = BFF
Characters: Daeron, Maglor
Challenges: B2MeM 2012, Fanon Inverted
Genres: None
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: No
Word count: 206     Read Count: 543
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Published: August 08, 2013     Updated: August 08, 2013


Golden Days by Lyra

Rated: Teens | [Reviews - 54]
Summary:

Nerdanel recounts the development of her relationship with FŽanor - from their first proper meeting to married life. A fantasy of manners, pride, prejudice, love and craftsmanship.
Characters: AulŽ, √ćrimŽ, FŽanor, Findis, Fingolfin, FinwŽ, Indis, Mahtan, Nerdanel, Original Character(s), Yavanna
Challenges: None
Genres: Romance
Warnings: Sexual Content--Mild
Series: None
Chapters: 23 Table of Contents
Completed: No
Word count: 93591     Read Count: 26502
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Published: January 25, 2009     Updated: June 26, 2016


Honi soit... by Lyra

Rated: General | [Reviews - 4]
Summary:

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is by many considered one of the greatest works of English medieval literature, yet its author is sadly unknown. Of course, a brilliant work of poetry must have been authored by a brilliant poet...
A crossover between The Silmarillion and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.


Characters: Daeron, Maglor
Challenges: Fifth Birthday Celebration
Genres: Crossover, Humor
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 2645     Read Count: 853
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Published: August 21, 2010     Updated: August 21, 2010


If their skill were great enough by Lyra

Rated: General | [Reviews - 2]
Summary:

The Dwarves decide how to go about setting a Silmaril in the NauglamŪr. (Ficlet)


Characters: Dwarves
Challenges: None
Genres: None
Warnings: None
Series: Subcreation: A Collection
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 490     Read Count: 16
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Published: September 14, 2017     Updated: September 14, 2017


Inside the Fire by Lyra

Rated: General | [Reviews - 4]
Summary:

Feanor ponders the price of his gift. (One-shot)


Characters: FŽanor
Challenges: None
Genres: None
Warnings: None
Series: Subcreation: A Collection
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 932     Read Count: 35
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Published: September 14, 2017     Updated: September 14, 2017


Learning to make a fire by Lyra

Rated: Teens | [Reviews - 6]
Summary:

Young Maedhros learns more than just one lesson on a soggy camping trip - and remembers these lessons much later.

Written for the B2MeM 2009 prompt, "learning to make a fire".


Characters: FŽanor, Maedhros, Maglor, Nerdanel
Challenges: B2MeM 2009
Genres: General
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 3061     Read Count: 1255
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Published: May 26, 2009     Updated: May 26, 2009


Lives Apart by Lyra

Rated: General | [Reviews - 6]
Summary: After the War of Wrath, Ešrendil has a chance to meet his sons. The reunion doesn't quite go as expected.
Possibly AU, but your mileage may vary on that.
Characters: Elrond, Elros, Ešrendil
Challenges: None
Genres: Drama
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 2643     Read Count: 1200
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Published: April 05, 2010     Updated: April 05, 2010


Looking Up by Lyra

Rated: General | [Reviews - 7]
Summary: Andreth muses on the present, the past, and a potential future.

Contains incredibly unsubtle allusions to the Athrabeth Finrod ah Andreth and implications of character death.
Characters: Andreth
Challenges: A Woman's Sceptre
Genres: None
Warnings: Character Death
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 1498     Read Count: 116
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Published: April 23, 2017     Updated: April 23, 2017


Making the Gift by Lyra

Rated: General | [Reviews - 3]
Summary:

The Valar create the realm of Numenor. (Ficlet)


Characters: AulŽ, VŠna, Yavanna
Challenges: None
Genres: None
Warnings: None
Series: Subcreation: A Collection
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 540     Read Count: 22
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Published: September 14, 2017     Updated: September 14, 2017


One woman's journey by Lyra

Rated: General | [Reviews - 2]
Summary: From the bliss of Valinor to the turbulent shores of Middle-earth, the life of Galadriel never gets boring.

A series of vignettes following my set of prompts for the Matryoshka challenge.
Characters: Galadriel
Challenges: Hero's Journey
Genres: Experimental
Warnings: Character Death
Series: None
Chapters: 2 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 4138     Read Count: 91
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Published: June 08, 2017     Updated: June 08, 2017


Pillow Talk by Lyra

Rated: Teens | [Reviews - 4]
Summary: FŽanor can't keep some heretical thoughts concerning certain customs of the Eldar to himself. His newly-wedded wife is less than amused... at first.
Originally written for the SWG B2MeM project, for the "Great Sea" challenge: Create a story, poem, or artwork that responds to the following quote: "God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh." -- Voltaire
Characters: FŽanor, Nerdanel
Challenges: None
Genres: Humor, Romance
Warnings: Sexual Content--Mild
Series: Laws and Customs Revisited
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 2020     Read Count: 1304
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Published: December 17, 2010     Updated: December 17, 2010


Tedium by Lyra

Rated: General | [Reviews - 2]
Summary:

Young Celegorm would rather have someone else do his chores.

Written for the B2MeM 2009 prompt, "What is the most tedious, routine work that you have to do?"

Apparently that was the month of young Fëanorians...

 


Characters: Celegorm
Challenges: B2MeM 2009
Genres: Humor
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 1137     Read Count: 712
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Published: May 27, 2009     Updated: May 27, 2009


The Book of Short Tales by Lyra

Rated: Adult | [Reviews - 85]
Summary: A place to store short stories, ficlets and challenge responses that don't really warrant being archived on their own.

Newly Added: "A bittersweet reunion". While preparing for the War of Wrath, Finarfin has the most important meeting of them all.
Characters: Amandil, Aredhel, AulŽ, Azagh‚l, Beren, Caranthir, Curufin, Daeron, Durin, Dwarves, Elwing, FŽanor, Finarfin, Fingolfin, Finrod Felagund, Galadriel, Haleth, Idril, Maedhros, Maglor, Melian, Melkor, Nerdanel, OlwŽ, Original Character(s), Sons of FŽanor, Ungoliant, VairŽ, Varda
Challenges: B2MeM 2010, B2MeM 2011, B2MeM 2012, B2MeM 2013, With a Bit of Fairy Dust
Genres: Crossover, Drama, Experimental, General
Warnings: Violence--Mild, Violence--Moderate
Series: None
Chapters: 31 Table of Contents
Completed: No
Word count: 28070     Read Count: 41627
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Published: March 08, 2011     Updated: March 31, 2016


The Embalmer's Apprentice by Lyra

Rated: Adult | [Reviews - 41]
Summary:

Faced with the choice between execution or working on the preservation of dead people, young Azruh‚r finds himself drawn into the increasingly political struggle between progress and tradition, science and superstition.


Characters: Original Character(s), Tar-Ancalimon, Tar-TelemmaitŽ
Challenges: AkallabÍth in August, Arda Underground
Genres: Drama
Warnings: ***Torture, Expletive Language, Mature Themes, Violence--Moderate
Series: None
Chapters: 19 Table of Contents
Completed: No
Word count: 141379     Read Count: 11828
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Published: February 04, 2010     Updated: May 31, 2017


The Golden Dancer by Lyra

Rated: General | [Reviews - 4]
Summary: FŽanor first sees Indis as she practices a traditional Vanyarin spear-dance. Fascination turns into life-long antipathy.

Inspired by the B2MeM prompt, "when he first stood near her and recognized her dimly through the shadows, like one who, at the beginning of the month, either sees or thinks he has seen the moon rise through clouds." ~Vergil, The Aenid
Characters: FŽanor, FinwŽ, Indis
Challenges: B2MeM 2017, Strength and Beauty
Genres: None
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 1084     Read Count: 104
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Published: March 30, 2017     Updated: March 30, 2017


The Longest Day by Lyra

Rated: General | [Reviews - 5]
Summary: During the Midsummer festivities of 472 F.A., AnairŽ is struck by a wrenching sense of dread. Nerdanel helps her to make sense of it.
Characters: AnairŽ, Nerdanel
Challenges: Behind the Scenes
Genres: General
Warnings: Character Death
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 1700     Read Count: 55
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Published: October 30, 2017     Updated: October 30, 2017


The New World by Lyra

Rated: General | [Reviews - 5]
Summary:

Fingon experiences the first-ever sunrise. Originally published for the "30 years Silmarillion" celebrations on LJ.


Characters: Fingon
Challenges: None
Genres: None
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 1107     Read Count: 732
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Published: May 17, 2009     Updated: May 17, 2009


The Parting of the Ways by Lyra

Rated: General | [Reviews - 5]
Summary: On the eve of the Great Journey, MorwŽ discusses his doubts with FinwŽ.
Characters: FinwŽ, MorwŽ
Challenges: Revolution
Genres: None
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes
Word count: 2021     Read Count: 98
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Published: March 09, 2017     Updated: March 09, 2017