Newsletter: August 2010

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SWG News

Fifth Birthday Event

August is here and many events are under way: SWG has turned five and we're celebrating! Many thanks to the people who have sent us wonderful ideas for themes and tokens, sent work for the compilation, and honored each other with tokens! So that everybody can participate, we have decided to extend the deadlines for turning in work for themes. The birthday event will begin on August 10. The deadline for submitting ideas for themes and tokens will remain the same: August 7, and you can send ideas for themes and tokens on the birthday page or email us directly with your ideas at

Work for the first theme, "Who? A Celebration of Minor and Original Characters," will also be due August 7, and the first theme will be posted on August 10. The schedule might be rearranged depending on how many themes we receive. We will keep you updated in the next few days. But don’t forget! August 10 will definitely be the start date!

Just a reminder: due dates apply only to older work that you are sending in for the compilation! If you are creating something new for one of the themes--"new" meaning that it has not been posted publicly anywhere before--you can send it in at any time during the birthday event, and we will add it to the birthday site. We are doing this so that those of you inspired to create for the earlier themes are not punished by having less time to work than those working on the later themes.

Our current themes and due dates for older works are:

Please see our birthday page for complete descriptions of the themes.

Current tokens, to be awarded to the story or author of your choice, are

Please see our birthday page for complete descriptions of the tokens.

Akallabêth in August

August is also the month we have always dedicated to celebrating Númenor and the beautiful and intriguing world of the Akallabêth. Be sure to check all our stories that take us from Elros and Elrond's fateful choice through to the no less momentous rise of Númenor to world power to its tragic end under the waves. This month's newsletter contains a list of all Second Age stories archived on our site. Be sure to check out last year's Akallabêth in August project, telling the tales of the Second Age in story, art, and song.

Newsletter Changes

This month we are launching a new section where you will be able to find an overview of all the new stories posted the past month. Time to catch up with back stories too! We hope this prove valuable for visitors who don't check the site weekly or our regular members who need to catch up after time offline.

Posting to the LiveJournal Community

We've seen an increase recently in posts to our LiveJournal community, which is great! However, we would like to offer a gentle reminder that all posts should use our posting format at that top of the post, and all content afterward should go underneath an LJ cut.

Yellow Pages Update!

Finally, we want to give our most special and heart-felt thanks to Tevildo for taking over the Yellow Pages project. We will be soon giving you more on this!

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New at the Archive

Completed Works

An Intense Dislike of Elves by Himring [Teens]
Summary: Amlach seems to be the only one of the early Edain who is explicitly said to have entered the service of Maedhros, so he may have been the first of Men to do so and he may have gone to Himring alone. This story imagines the feelings of an Adan who originally opposed the Eldar and now finds himself spending his life among them, all on his own. It also tries to answer the question why he picked Maedhros specifically as his prospective leader and whether Maedhros fulfilled his expectations. I decided it might just about fit the Follow the Leader challenge.

Brighter Than Ten Thousand Suns by anna_wing
Summary: An interlude in Valinor before the War in Beleriand. Something of a prequel to "Before Thangorodrim", which can be found on HASA or in my LJ memories.

Elf Academy by Fiondil [Teens]
Summary: Desperate for employment, six Elves who never left Middle-earth, decide to apply for the one position that is ready-made for them — being Elves. There’s just one catch.

Fire and Smoke by Marta [Teens]
Summary: "Thereafter the fire and smoke went up without ceasing; for the power of Sauron daily increased, and in that temple, with spilling of blood and torment and great wickedness, men made sacrifice to Melkor." (Akallabeth)

Heirs of the Past by clotho123 [General]
Summary: Gil-galad, Celebrimbor and a ring. Not the one you think.

It Seems You Do by Himring [Adult]
Summary: Maedhros arrives from Dorthonion to find out how Fingon's negotiations with Orodreth are progressing. Proceedings that evening are only slightly disrupted by the machinations of a pair of cats and a lot of weather. However, when Orodreth's final answer eventually arrives, his refusal to join the alliance represents a more serious challenge.

Spherical by Himring [Teens]
Summary: Whether it was a vision, a dream or a flight of lunacy—its significance seems to Maedhros too obvious to need discussion. But that is not quite how it is...

The Colors of Elvish: A Linguistic Exploration by Fiondil [General]
Summary: Color is a basic category of language. Every culture has terminology denoting color, but they do not all 'see' the same colors. This is a look at the color terms that Tolkien translated into Quenya and Sindarin and what might be the sociolinguistic implications for these.

The Days have gone Down by clotho123 [General]
Summary: At the very end of the First Age Celebrimbor and Maedhros discuss Silmarils and leadership.

The Findaráto Diaries by Fiondil [Teens]
Summary: A hundred years before Glorfindel was released from Mandos, Finrod Felagund, once King of Nargothrond, was reborn to walk with his father in Eldamar. This is his story. A companion tale to Elf, Interrupted.

Racing Down the Mindon by Himring [Teens]
Summary: As tensions are rising between the factions of Feanor and Fingolfin in Tirion, Celegorm comes to see his brother Maedhros at the palace.

Thou Master of Mischief by Kitt Otter [General]
Summary: Círdan gives a commentary on the Noldor princes, Lúthien has an idea, and Thingol throws pillows.

To Do My Father's Bidding by Lady_Roisin [General]
Summary: Almárëa, the only child of Erenion Gil-galad and his Queen, has always been devoted to her parents and her father's people. But when Gil-galad receives a report from Aldarion he becomes increasingly wary of a growing threat in the east of Middle-earth and he entrusts his daughter with the most important, and difficult, task she has yet to face.

Works in Progress

Chasing Mirages by Russandol [Adult] †
Summary: A 'what if' tale of darkness, light, love and betrayal over the Ages of Eä.
Chapters added this month: Peace and Exile.

Elegy for Númenor by elfscribe [Adult] †
Summary: Chronicles the last days of Númenor from the time Sauron "surrenders" to Ar-Pharazôn to the fall of the empire.
Chapters added this month: Chapter 13 - Arzog's Pass and Chapter 14 - The Demons of War.

Fly Away by Michiru [Teens]
Summary: When the death of his father goes unpunished, Fëanáro takes matters into his own hands and establishes his own dynasty. His half-brothers' children, determined to oppose him, are drawn into a dangerous realm of intrigue as they work to bring his rule to an end. AU..
Chapter added this month: Atta.

For Love or Money by Lady MSM [Teens]
Summary: After an argument with his stepmother, Feanor runs away from home, adopts a new identity, and finds a new life with master craftsman Mahtan and his family. Everything is perfect...that is, as long as they don't find out who he really is.
Chapters added this month: I Run Away From Home and I Lie Like a Rug, I Have Issues with Clothing and Discuss Horses, I Learn to Be Practical and Nerdanel Explains her Dilemma.

Rise Again From Ashes by Independence1776 [Teens]
Summary: After spending millennia wandering Middle-earth, Maglor returns to Valinor, where he attempts to adjust to both his Valar-imposed restrictions and living once more with the Eldar.
Chapters added this month: Chapter 5, Chapter 6, Chapter 7, Chapter 8, and Chapter 9.

She Whom the Queen Favored by Lady_Roisin [Adult]
Summary: Tar-Telperien, the second Queen and tenth ruler of Númenor, never married or bore any children. But Telperien did indeed have a lover, one that caused a great amount of controversy in more ways than one and threatened to destroy an entire dynasty.
Chapter added this month: Chapter 1.

Tainted Light by Eldalie [Teens]
Summary: Silme loved and followed Maedhros from the peace of Valinor to his fiery end. Now Galadriel, her cousin and friend, reads her memories, and the exile and downfall of the Noldorin Elves live again through the tale of this doomed love.
Chapters added this month: Chapter 14: Oath, Chapter 15: Blood, Chapter 16: Doom, Chapter 17: Ice, Chapter 18: Absence, Chapter 19: Call, and Chapter 20: Crooked.

The Consort by Lady_Roisin [Adult] †
Summary: Not every important figure makes it into the historical records and not all the great stories are told from those who lead lives of virtue or did heroic deeds. This is the story of Isilmírë and how she played into the greater history of the late econd and early third age. This is book two of The Prodigal Series and it concerns Isilmírë's arrival in Armanelos and the royal court. She quickly becomes entangled in the dangerous web of events and machinations taking place there, especially after befrending a certain advisor to the King.
Chapter added this month: Chapter 21 and Chapter 22.

The Elendilmir by pandemonium_213 [Adult]
Summary: A young child of Men befriends Sámaril, the troubled master smith of Imladris. The Noldorin craftsman experiences the joy and pain born of friendships between the Eldar and mortal Men and comes to question his people’s values as his life becomes entwined with Isildur’s youngest son and two powerful women of the Dúnedain. A sequel to The Apprentice.
Chapters added this month: Chapter 34 - A Question of Precaution and Chapter 35 - All Good Beasts.

The Embalmer's Apprentice by Lyra [Teens]
Summary: Faced with the choice between execution or working on the preservation of dead people, young Azruhâr finds himself drawn into the increasingly political struggle between progress and tradition, science and superstition.
Chapter added this month: Chapter 7.

THE GREAT TALES OF BELERIAND by Chilled in Hithlum [General]
Summary: Ongoing Screenplays covering Professor Tolkien's epic tales
Chapters added this month: Chapter 1, Chapter 2 and Chapter 3.

The Price of Duty by Encairion [Adult]
Summary: The story of Erestor's life in the service of the sons' of Fëanor, and the tale of Maglor/Irimë and Caranthir/OFC. The story shows the struggles he went through growing up in the shadow of a cursed oath, a bloodstained court, and the Age long consequences this, and his involvement in the kinslayings had upon his life.
Chapters added this month: Chapter 15, Chapter 16, Chapter 17, Chapter 18, Chapter 19 and Chapter 20.

The Silmarillion Gospel by Araloth the Random [Teens]
Summary: What happens when a group of clueless fangirls try to "translate" The Silmarillion into Biblical English? Utter chaos, of course!.
Chapter added this month: The Elves Goeth Marching One By One.

The Tempered Steel by Lyra [Adult]
Summary: Yes, it's yet another variation on the good old "Maedhros in Angband and what happened afterwards" theme! Because the Silmarillion is so brief about it that fleshed-out retellings never get old..
Chapter added this month: Part II, Chapter X.

Vairë's Tapestries by Fiondil [Teens]
Summary: A collection of my short stories originally published on Stories of Arda. Most of the stories are rated for Teens, but any stories that have an "R" rating will be duly noted.
Chapters added this month: RECONCILIATION: Ascent, Sun-in-Eclipse, The Exilic Noldo’s Guide to Coping with Post-Helcaraxë Stress Syndrome (or PHSS), Once Upon a Blizzard and Beyond the Galvorn Door.

Waking Nightmares by Lady_Roisin [Adult] †
Summary: An experimental story exploring the Disaster of the Gladden Fields. What if events did not play out the way they were recalled by the three survivors of the ambush? What if there had been other survivors? How would it change the lives of those affected by the horrific tragedy for better and worse?
Chapter added this month: Chapter 1 - Consumed by Fugue.

Short Works

Diptych by Himring [Teens] †
Summary: Maedhros looks back from Mithrim, remembering his time on Thangorodrim and in the dungeons of Angband..

Voiceless by Noliel [General]
Summary: A young Fëanor is called from sleep by a voice he's almost sure was real. Almost a double-drabble, posted in honour of Míriel Serindë's bio this month.

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Akallabêth in August

Second Age Writing Archived on SWG

We know that our Second Age writers sometimes fall in the shadow of the more popular First Age and Years of the Trees. Because of that, we like to devote the month of August to stories set in the Second Age. Of course, we encourage our members to try their hands at Second Age stories, even if they've never written about the Second Age before. But we also like to honor the existing Second Age stories on our archive and hope that readers will consider checking out a few of them! All links go to the story's table of contents, where you can learn more details about genre, ratings, and characters.

We try to do our best to assure that all Second Age work makes it onto the list, but in the midst of sorting through 800+ stories, sometimes a few get left off. If you see a story that's missing from the list, please contact us and we'll add it!

Adar's New Ship by Lady_Roisin
Isildur takes Anarion's young daughter to see her father's new ship. A rare moment between one of Tolkien's heros and a small child.

Alliance by SurgicalSteel
Míriel considers her options to avert civil war in Númenor as she prepares for her father's funeral.

All Else Lost by Keiliss
In a changed world there was one thing that remained untouched by time or distance.

All Our Yesterdays by Keiliss
The Last Day.

Anadûnai by darthfingon
163 years after their parting in Middle-earth, Elrond travels to Númenor to see his brother again.

The angel that came from the West by ford_of_bruinen
A poem about the elven smiths of Eregion and the making of the Dwarf rings.

The Apprentice by pandemonium_213
An ambitious young Noldorin man of Ost-in-Edhil lands a coveted appointment as an apprentice to the most skilled master smith of the Gwaith-i-Mirdain: Istyar Aulendil. The apprentice's mentor, a prodigy of the Aulënossë, has been sent to Middle-earth by the Valar and has knowledge of exotic and wondrous technology. Istyar Aulendil also has notoriously high standards. The apprentice must meet his mentor's expectations if he is to become a journeyman and work on an important new initiative.

Ashes onto the Water by Lady_Roisin
Anárion grieves alone after the murder of his wife, Anúviel, in the temple in Armenelos. The story is written from 1st person perspective.

At the Edge of the World by Lady Roisin
Amandil sails to the Undying Lands to plead with the Valar. Little does he expect what he encounters.

The Ban of the Valar by Fiondil
The Valar meet to discuss how to prevent the Númenóreans from seeking the Undying Lands.

The Beginning by oshun
Extended drabble on the theme of Elrond and Gil-galad.

Bedtime Tales of the Sun by Dawn Felagund
A young daughter in the House of Anárion asks how the world came to be rounded.

Broken Star by pandemonium_213
Sauron's last request of Celebrimbor. A double drabble epilogue of sorts to Cat's Paws.

Brothers by Dawn Felagund
Two brothers face their father's death and the differences that have arisen between them, for one is of the King's Men and the other of the Elf-friends.

Captain's Orders by Lady Roisin
Isildur entrusts his new wife, Tindalómë, with an important gift. It is through the doubts of others that Tindalómë gains a greater understanding of her husband's faith in her abilities to help him carry on the seafaring legacy of both of their houses.

Cat's Paws by pandemonium_213
Tyelperinquar/Tyelpo (Celebrimbor) and Aulendil (Annatar/Sauron) discuss brotherhood and the secret of the deep arts on an early summer evening in Ost-in-Edhil.

The Choice by Ithilwen
A conversation between a pair of brothers, reflecting on the choices they've made in their lives. Takes place near the beginning of the Second Age.

Chronicles of the Fifth Voyage of the Númerrámar: The Loremaster Arrives by pandemonium_213
Before he became Tar-Aldarion, Anardil, Tar-Meneldur's heir, sailed far and wide on the great ship, the Númerrámar. Before Captain Anardil embarks on his seven year voyage, a young loremaster writes to him, eager to accompany captain and crew in search of strange flora and fauna. In letters exchanged prior to the voyage, Captain Anardil discovers that the loremaster has some unusual ideas.

Coda by Marta
After the fall of Numenor, Nienna ponders the nature of loss. (Also featuring Pengolodh.)

The Consort by Lady Roisin
Not every important figure makes it into the historical records and not all the great stories are told from those who lead lives of virtue or did heroic deeds. This is the story of Isilmírë and how she played into the greater history of the late econd and early third age.

This is book two of The Prodigal Series and it concerns Isilmírë's arrival in Armanelos and the royal court. She quickly becomes entangled in the dangerous web of events and machinations taking place there, especially after befrending a certain advisor to the King.

The Consuming Darkness by Isil Elensar
It is written that Tar-Miriel was too late to reach the supposed safety of the Meneltarma when Numenor sank into the sea. But why was she late? What was so important that she would risk her life, knowing she would not survive?

Coronation of the Past and Future by Lady_Roisin
A short ficlet about the coronation of the first High King of Gondor and Arnor.

Cultural Differences by Keiliss
Cultural differences, a young king, an arrogant Maia, and rather too much wine.

The Day the Numenoreans Left by Aiwen
Pharazôn and Amandil's diplomatic mission to Middle-earth may do more harm than good ...

The Death of a Star by Encairion
Isildur got a little too much credit for Sauron's defeat. A look at Dagorlad from Gil-galad's POV.

Defiance by Marta
Of all the Valar, Ulmo arguably knew the Numenoreans best and it was his waves that were used in their destruction. What must he have thought about the Akallabeth?

The Departure by Keiliss
Departure, to be followed by a return.

Descent by Lady_Roisin
A poem from Tar-Miriel's perspective about her last moments alive.

Downfallen by pandemonium 213
Sauron recounts the first human sacrifice in the temple of Armenelos.

The Eastern Sea (III) by Gadira
Part III of the Númenor Seas series, for the Sea Voyage challenge. Yehimelkor, the last High Priest of Melkor, stares at the sea thar robbed him of a loved one and bears his fate proudly.

Elegy for Númenor by elfscribe
Chronicles the last days of Númenor from the time Sauron "surrenders" to Ar-Pharazôn to the fall of the empire.

The Elendilmir by pandemonium_213
A young child of Men befriends Sámaril, the troubled master smith of Imladris. The Noldorin craftsman experiences the joy and pain born of friendships between the Eldar and mortal Men and comes to question his people’s values as his life becomes entwined with Isildur’s youngest son and two powerful women of the Dúnedain. A sequel to The Apprentice.

Elendur's Hero by Lady_Roisin
Isildur is startled by the sound of shouting, but finds the situation to not be what it first seems.

Elfstone by Gandalfs apprentice
Celebrimbor creates the Elessar.

The Embalmer's Apprentice by Lyra
Faced with the choice between execution or working on the preservation of dead people, young Azruhâr finds himself drawn into the increasingly political struggle between progress and tradition, science and superstition.

Eönwë Among the Edain by Fiondil
Eönwë has been chosen to teach the Edain who will go to Númenor what they need to know to succeed in their new life, but he’s not too happy about the assignment.

Esquire of the King by Lady_Roisin
We know very little about the character known as Ohtar. How is that he was isildur's kinsman? Why was he dear to the King? Why would Isildur entrust him to deliever the Shards of Narsil to Rivendell? This is my take on the conception, birth, and life of this mysterious character. The events of the stories follow canon events leading up to, and a bit beyond, the Disaster of the Gladden Fields.

Even Quicker Than Doubt by Keiliss
Set in the weeks before Elros departs for Númenor, Doubt explores the reason the twins chose different paths, Elrond’s emotional coming of age, the evolving relationship between Gil-galad and Glorfindel, and the reborn Elf’s adjustment to his new life in Second Age Lindon.

Even Roses Have Thorns by Lady Roisin
There was a lady Inzilbêth, renowned for her beauty, and her mother was Lindórië, sister of Eärendur, the Lord of Andúnië in the days of Ar-Sakalthôr father of Ar-Gimilzôr. Gimilzôr took her to wife, though this was little to her liking, for she was in heart one of the Faithful, being taught by her mother; but the kings and their sons were grown proud and not to be gainsaid in their wishes. No love was there between Ar-Gimilzôr and his queen, or between their sons.

The marriage of Inzilbêth and Gimilzôr, as seen through her eyes.

Everlasting Darkness by Cirdan
A depressing tale. Celebrimbor ponders his life just before Sauron begins his attack on Eregion.

Every Wish by Independence1776
Mestië, a Faithful commoner, prepares for her wedding while dealing with Ar-Gimilzôr’s new laws forbidding the speaking of Elvish.

Factions by Marta
Isildur's theft of the fruit of the White Tree, from a different perspective.

Falling Stars by Independence1776
Mestië and Alagos suffer the consequences of breaking Ar-Gimilzôr’s laws. Dark.

The Far-Seeing King by Lady Roisin
Tar-Palantir attempts to quell disquiet among a divided people while tormented by dark visions concerning the fate of his young daughter, Miriel.

The Far Side of the World by SurgicalSteel
During the reign of Tar-Ancalime, a group of Numenorean mariners find something that surprises and alarms them in their explorations.

Fear and Wonder by Lady Roisin
The Faithful prepare to flee Numenor as storms continue to batter the island. Everyone fears what shall transpire. But one couple faces more than just fear.

Finrod's Rematch by Cirdan
Finrod shows up and challenges Sauron to a very different kind of rematch at the end of the Second Age.

Fire and Smoke by Marta
"Thereafter the fire and smoke went up without ceasing; for the power of Sauron daily increased, and in that temple, with spilling of blood and torment and great wickedness, men made sacrifice to Melkor." (Akallabeth)

The First Queen by Lady Roisin
Nothing is known about the wife of Elros Tar-Minyatur, first King of Númenor. A shroud of mystery surrounds a woman of great importance, one who an entire dynasty descended from. This is my attempt to tell her story and give a glimpse into what she may have been like.

The First Sword that was Broken by Lady_Roisin
After giving his young daughter a sword, Anárion has a bit of a humorous accident, one that Isildur takes all too much joy in poking fun at.

Footnote to the Akallabeth by clotho123
The results of the Downfall, from the point of view of the Noldor in Aman. Semi-serious.

Forsaken Knowledge by Rhapsody
In order to finish one of his greatest achievements, Celebrimbor applies a skill he considered forgotten.

Fruit of Life by Lady_Roisin
After a tragic injustice is dealt to Isildur's betrothed and he learns of the imminant destruction of Nimloth, isildur plots what seems like a suicide mission. This story was inspired by canon events in which Isildur steals a fruit from Nimloth.

Full of Wisdom and Perfect in Beauty by Gadira
The History of the Downfall, from Ar-Sakalthôr´s accession to Ar-Pharazôn´s Armada.

A Game of Risk by Lyra
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.

Hands of Evil, Fingers of Life by Lady_Roisin
As Isildur awaits the birth of his firstborn, he is haunted by the decline of Númenor, and the persecution the faithful face. This is a story of contrasts between good and evil.

The Hidden Lady by Rhapsody
Many scribes and bards have claimed that the Valar spared Elendil and his sons, but what is fact and what is myth?

A high-king on his death. by ford_of_bruinen
Gil-Galad after his death...

His Match by Lady_Roisin
On the day of her wedding to Isildur, Tindalómë ponders the reasons why Elendil’s eldest son chose her for his bride, but little does she know she is about to see herself through his eyes.

His Own Dark Designs by Independence1776
Ar-Pharazôn begins to worship Morgoth. Drabble.

Honeymoon is Over by Lady_Roisin
Not even the great heros are immune to the age old battle of the blankets.

Hostage by SurgicalSteel
Ar-Pharazon takes Sauron as a hostage for the good behavior of his people.

How Fleeting These Moments by Lady Roisin
Elendur contimplates his own future on the day his youngest brother, Valandil, is born and realizes what he has longed for was always within reach. His mother also contimplates the future of her sons and the impact impending war may have on her family.

How the East Was Won by pandemonium_213
During the earliest years of the Second Age, Melkor’s great lieutenant puts the destruction of Beleriand behind him and travels to the East...with a plan.

Into Exile by Aiwen
Elendil's arrival in Middle Earth, and his first meeting with the Elves.

Into This Wild Abyss by pandemonium_213
A series of contributions for Akallabêth in August 2009 in response to the following prompts: 1) Sauron fortifies Mordor; 2) Sauron begins to afflict Númenórean settlements to the south; 3) Sauron convinces Ar-Pharazôn to break the Ban of the Valar; 4) storms from the West strike Númenor; and 5) Sauron returns to Middle-earth.

I Won't Dance by Lady_Roisin
Isildur is expected to lead a dance at a court function, unfortunately for him he failed to practice the steps. Thankfully his wife’s sense of humor comes to the rescue.

Lambe, Ando, Lambe by Lady Roisin
It is said that The Akallabêth was written by Elendil. Was it really written by him? Who wrote it, and why?

Landfall by Keiliss

The Land of Gift by Gadira
On the final fate of Tuor and Idril, and the roots of certain important events of the Second Age.

Last Alliance by Isil Elensar
For a few moments in time, a soldier in the Last Alliance remembers the woman he left behind.

The last farewell of you and me by ford_of_bruinen
Elrond's and Elros' last meeting.

The Last Queen by Gadira
The cliché setting for the Downfall of Númenor... or maybe not so much?

The Last Temptation by Fireworks
Sauron has been taken prisoner by Pharazôn but nurtures an ever-growing influence. In the midst of a Númenor increasingly divided, a young Anárion works quietly after rebellion, discovering both love and betrayal in its midst.

A Little More Conversation by Keiliss
A story told through letters of the friendship that grows between Glorfindel, sent to take charge of the newly-discovered valley of Imladris, and Erestor, an assistant to one of Gil-galad's military advisors.

A Lonely Bride by Alquawende
Erendis regrets her actions toward her husband and daughter.

The Man Who Grew Tomatoes by pandemonium_213
Navin, a young boy living in a mystical land in the East of Middle-earth, a civilization as rich in lore and magic as any in the West, visits family friends while his mother prepares to give birth to a new sister or brother. There in the hills, Navin helps his elderly friend in his garden and later, his friend -- a man from a distant land now gone -- tells Navin the story of how tomatoes came to Bharat.

Many Hands by Russandol
The story of a mighty weapon and heirloom, spanning the younger ages of the world.

Mavoinë by Fiondil
On a lonely hill overlooking Andúnië, an Elf watches his mortal friend build a tower and is filled with grave misgivings as to its purpose.

The Men Who Would Be Kings by SurgicalSteel
In the late Second Age, a merchant from Belfalas comes to an agreement with new arrivals from downfallen Numenor.

Midwinter Sweetness by ford_of_bruinen
These are two different stories, the first one was a Christmas tale for Christmas 2004 and retells the Christmas Story in a Second Age setting.

A Mighty Bridge Invisible by Noliel
A mariner finds himself, alone, on the Old Road to the West.

Moon of the Sea by pandemonium_213
There are any number of unnamed women in Tolkien's canon who surely played important roles behind the scenes. One of these women is Elendil's wife, the mother of Isildur and Anárion. She figures as a supporting character in my WIP, The Elendilmir, but this strong woman is taking on a life of her own. So, to keep the bunnies from gnawing my ankles raw, I have been writing ficlets about Isilmë, some of which may blossom into full-fledged stories in the future.

Never Look Back by Independence1776
Elrond has difficulty coming to terms with Elros' choice and their impending seperation.

The Northern Sea (I) by Gadira
Vignette based on Full of Wisdom and Perfect in Beauty. Alissha, entombed in her prison, surrenders to desperation.

No title yet. by ladyoflight
Written to cheer up JDav/JDE who is going through a tough time in RL. Pairing: Gil-Galad/Elrond.

Now Both of You are Safe by Lady_Roisin
Elentir was not the only one who captured the heart of Tar-Míriel. This is a story of passion, sacrifice, and how much one is willing to break the rules of integrity, even love, to save those she adores the most. This is my take on what could have become of Elentir, and why he, and a certain lady in service to the Queen, vanish from written history.

Of Numenor That Was by Marta
The story of the last sacrifice offered to Morgoth by Numenor, told in four true drabbles from the perspectives of four OCs.

Of Sauron and the Lesser Rings by Anlashaq
To an old Friend.

One more minute by ford_of_bruinen
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Past the Walls of Night by Lady_Roisin
A happy reunion beyond the Circles of the World.

Penance by SurgicalSteel
Written in honor of Pandemonium's birthday - during the siege of Barad-dur, a surgeon deals with illness and injury from the various forces in place.

The People of Akallabeth by Hamfast Gamgee
A tale set at time of the end of Numenor, involving original characters, Amandil, Elendil, some Elves a bit of angst and some of my own ideas thrown in, and a bit of poetry!

Pivot Point by Aiwen
Celebrimbor and Annatar meet for the first time.

The Prodigal by Lady Roisin
Not every important figure makes it into the historical records and not all the great stories are told from those who lead lives of virtue or did heroic deeds. This is the story of Isilmírë and how she played into the greater history of the late econd and early third age.

This is book one of The Prodigal Series and it concerns Isilmírë's conception, birth, and early life.

The Promised Land by Rhapsody
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Anárion manages to convince his brother, isildur, to attend a gathering. But little did Isildur expect to have his own kind of fun at the event.

Rings of Pride; Rings of Ruin by Aiwen
Celebrimbor discovers that Annatar has betrayed them all, and has to take responsibility for the situation before total disaster can result.

Rising by Dawn Felagund
Tar-Míriel's final ascent to the Meneltarma. A "dribble" poem.

Risk Assessment by pandemonium_213
Noldorin journeymen and masters of the Gwaith-i-Mírdain discuss the secrets of lembas with a Sindarin apprentice to the Yavannildi.

Sacrifice by SurgicalSteel
Not everyone involved with the sacrifices at Armenelos were believers.

Seek the Horizon, Númenor's Sons by Dawn Felagund
"Above all arts they nourished shipbuilding and sea-craft, and they became mariners whose like shall never be again since the world was diminished; and voyaging upon the wide seas was the chief feat and adventure of their hardy men in the gallant days of their youth"--a Númenórean mariners' chant.

Shards of Courage by Alassante
A squire is trusted with an heirloom of the king but at what cost to his honor?

She Whom the Queen Favored by Lady Roisin
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Stars of Heaven's Dome by Cirdan
At the end of the Second Age, Elrond meets this long lost uncles, Elured and Elurin. They accompany him to see Oropher of Greenwood then decide to join in the War against Sauron.

Spaces of the Heart by Keiliss
Glorfindel's first meeting with Idril's grandson.

Small Expectations by Noliel
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Sailors from Umbar realize that Numenor is no more.

Tenn' Ambar-Metta by Fiondil
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Sauron has a moment of doubt in the Sammath Naur.

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At the beginning of the Second Age Gil-galad must decide what to do about the surviving Feanorian followers. Can the Noldor be reconciled?

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Torn asunder by Rhapsody
What were Mithrellas thoughts on the eve when she left her family behind on Middle Earth?

To Stand Fast Against the Night by Fiondil
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When Elendil and his group of Númenóreans wash up on Lindon's shores, Elrond's past comes back to haunt him.

To Ward Winter's Chill by elfscribe
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True Gift by Tarion Anarore
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Tindalome awaits the return of Isildur and their three eldest sons. Sometimes a small written word is enough to give one a small shred of

Waiting for Hope by Lady_Roisin
The sequel to "Past the Walls of Night". Isildur's lady watches her husband's endless search of the horizon, of news that all hope had not been lost. Isildur's search sees in vain until a ship is seen on the horizon.

Waking Nightmares by Lady Roisin
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While the Númenóreans live in the height of their pride and folly, they leave darkness and ruin in their wake. A young woman in Middle-earth struggles with this legacy.

The Western Sea (II) by Gadira
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Woolgathering by pandemonium_213
In the waning years of Tar-Palantír's reign, a young woman of the Númenórean nobility and a shepherdess of Hyarastorni find pleasure in one another's company. They know that they must guard the nature of their relationship, but Elerína recalls what her grandmother told her of a great queen who loved a woman.

Wreathed in Jewels and Thorns by Lady Roisin
A story about a young Tar- Míriel in the days before she became the last Queen and Ruler of Númenor. Tar-Palantir's daughter is a young woman with a strong will and a desire to be seen not as a naive child, but the Queen she hopes to be. She longs to bring peace to her people yet finds herself squarely in the middle of the alliances to the Faithful that her father and her betrothed, Elentir, bear and the most radical leaders of the King's Men. Even those closest to her seem to be on the lookout for weakness, a chance to bring down the young heir to the sceptre, or bring her under their influence. Míriel feels alone, at least until she meets one like her, one who teaches her far more than she ever bargained for. A story of coming into one's own and that dreams do not always turn out the way one expects them to.

The Wrong Way to the Indies by Fireworks
After a world-changing discovery, a young cartographer in Middle-earth struggles with what he has to tell the world.

"Zimraphel" and "I who loved her" by Noliel and Dawn Felagund
Tar-Miriel faces the wave that will drown Númenor while, in the midst of the forbidden realm of Valinor, Ar-Pharazôn is granted sudden awareness of her fate.

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Character of the Month Biography



Amandil, “friend of Aman” in Quenya, was the last Lord of Andúnië in Númenor, descendant of Elros Tar-Minyatur, and father of Elendil the Tall. When Sauron’s betrayal was revealed and Amandil learnt that his king, Ar-Pharazôn, was preparing an attack on the Valar themselves, he feared their wrath would destroy his land and his people, and sailed towards Aman to plead for mercy. His fate is unknown.

The Lords of Andúnië

The description of Andúnië, a location on the Western shore of Númenor, can be found in Unfinished Tales:

The Andustar was also rocky in its northern parts, with high firwoods looking out upon the sea. Three small bays it had, facing west, cut back into the highlands; but here the cliffs were in many places not at the sea's edge, and there was a shelving land at their feet. The northmost of these was called the Bay of Andúnië, for there was the great haven of Andúnië (Sunset), with its town beside the shore and many other dwellings climb¬ing up the steep slopes behind. (1)

Interestingly, Andúnië was an area of Númenor where “the Elven-tongue [Sindarin] was spoken by high and low” (2) (as opposed to Adûnaic, the native language elsewhere in the island). Tolkien justifies this peculiarity by making the settlers of the north-west part of the Land of Gift descend from the People of Bëor, who “had in Beleriand early abandoned their own speech and adopted Sindarin” (3).

The first Lord of Andúnië was Valandil, son of Elatan of Andúnië and Silmarien, who was the elder daughter of Tar-Elendil, fourth King of Númenor (4). He was “renowned for their friendship with the Eldar” (5).

The Lords of Andúnië were “highest in honour after the house of the kings”. Also, “these lords were loyal to the kings, and revered them; and the Lord of Andúnië was ever among the chief councillors of the Sceptre.”

The "Council of the Sceptre" was formed by representatives from all regions of Númenor, and provided advice to the King (6), but held no ruling power.

Amandil, youthful friend of Ar-Pharazôn

Amandil, son of Numendil and eighteenth Lord of Andúnië (7), shared his name with the third King of Númenor, Tar-Amandil, grandson of Elros (8). His date of birth is not recorded, but we are told that, "In the days of their youth together Amandil had been dear to Pharazôn" (9). Which, given that both came from the line of Elros, makes it likely that they were granted a similar lifespan.

The available dates, however, do not quite support the above statement. Ar-Pharazôn was born in the year 3118 of the Second Age (10), while there is an entry in “The Heirs of Elendil” that records the birth of Elendil (11), Amandil’s son, in 3119, only one year later. If we accepted this date as canon, it would make Amandil closer in age to Ar-Pharazôn’s father than to a youthful friend.

Friend of the Eldar

It was in the times of Ar-Gimilzôr--grandfather of Ar-Pharazôn and the greatest enemy of the Faithful, who punished those that welcomed the ships of Eressëa--that the Eldar began to travel to Númenor in secret, until in the end “the ships of Eressëa came never again out of the sunset, and the havens of Andúnië were forlorn” (12).

Even if Ar-Gimilzôr’s son, Tar-Palantír, attempted to undo the damage, he did not succeed, because we are told that “no ship came ever again from the West to Númenor, and Avallónë was veiled in cloud” (13).

Therefore, in all likelihood, the friendship of Amandil with the Elves must have been forged during his travels to Middle-earth (he was “a mighty captain of the sea” [14]), to the kingdom of Gil-galad. His regard for the Eldar was generously rewarded with the gift of the Palantíri:

These stones were gifts of the Eldar to Amandil, father of Elendil, for the comfort of the Faithful of Númenor in their dark days, when the Elves might come no longer to that land under the shadow of Sauron. They were called the Palantíri, those that watch from afar; but all those that were brought to Middle-earth long ago were lost.

It seems logical that his Eldarin friends might have told him, at least in part, about the events in Eregion, of the death of Celebrimbor and the forging of the Rings of Power, in an attempt to warn him against Sauron. If Amandil knew of this treachery, and if he told Ar-Pharazôn, his warnings were unheeded.

There is no explicit information in The Silmarillion about whether Amandil travelled to Umbar with Ar-Pharazôn during his campaign against Sauron, or whether he might have warned him about the peril of carrying the Dark Lord hostage back to Númenor, in the year 3262 of the Second Age.

Leader of the Faithful

Not surprisingly, once Sauron began to gain the favour of the King, he made sure that Amandil, perhaps the only adversary that could still influence Ar-Pharazôn against his lies, was swiftly removed from the scene:

… all the councillors began to fawn upon him [Sauron], save one alone, Amandil lord of Andúnië. Then slowly a change came over the land, and the hearts of the Elf-friends were sorely troubled, and many fell away out of fear; and although those that remained still called themselves the Faithful, their enemies named them rebels.


Now he [Amandil] was dismissed, for Sauron hated him above all others in Númenor. But he was so noble, and had been so mighty a captain of the sea, that he was still held in honour by many of the people, and neither the King nor Sauron dared to lay hands on him as yet. (14)


Therefore Amandil withdrew to Romenna, and all that he trusted still to be faithful he summoned to come thither in secret; for he feared that evil would now grow apace, and all the Elf-friends were in peril. (15)

The King began to worship the Darkness, the old cult of Melkor, and Amandil learnt of Sauron’s intention to persuade the king to fell Nimloth, and he spoke to Elendil and to his grandsons about his fears that Ar-Pharazôn would finally give way to Sauron. Isildur risked his life to steal a fruit of Nimloth from the courts of the King in Armenelos.

But Isildur came at last hardly back to Rómenna and delivered the fruit to the hands of Amandil, ere his strength failed him. Then the fruit was planted in secret, and it was blessed by Amandil; and a shoot arose from it and sprouted in the spring. (16)

Those years must have been very dark times in Númenor, and it is remarkable that Amandil and his family survived, when whispers of treason seemed reason enough to be condemned to become a sacrifice victim to Melkor in the temple built by Sauron.

Thereafter the fire and smoke went up without ceasing; for the power of Sauron daily increased, and in that temple, with spilling of blood and torment and great wickedness, men made sacrifice to Melkor that he should release them from Death. And most often from among the Faithful they chose their victims; yet never openly on the charge that they would not worship Melkor, the Giver of Freedom, rather was cause sought against them that they hated the King and were his rebels, or that they plotted against their kin, devising lies and poisons. These charges were for the most part false; yet those were bitter days, and hate brings forth hate. (17)

Except for the mention of some possible plots in the above paragraph, there were no recorded uprisings or armed rebellions to oppose Ar-Pharazôn, or at least, Sauron, the true ruler behind the throne. Perhaps the unquestionable loyalty of the Lords of Andúnië to the King of Númenor prevented Amandil from openly fighting him, or perhaps the Faithful were not strong enough to mount an offensive. Though named rebels, there seems to have been very little or no resistance from the Faithful against the evil darkening their land, except perhaps to ensure self-preservation.

It was almost fifty years since the arrival of Sauron to Númenor when the King, beginning to fear the approach of death, began to prepare for war against the Valar, following Sauron’s poisoned advice to wrest immortality from them. At last Amandil, who must have also been feeling his age, if he was at least as old as the King, decided to act.

And Amandil, becoming aware of the purposes of the King, was dismayed and filled with a great dread, for he knew that Men could not vanquish the Valar in war, and that ruin must come upon the world, if this war were not stayed. Therefore he called his son, Elendil, and he said to him:

'The days are dark, and there is no hope for Men, for the Faithful are few. Therefore I am minded to try that counsel which our forefather Eärendil took of old, to sail into the West, be there ban or no, and to speak to the Valar, even to Manwë himself, if may be, and beseech his aid ere all is lost.'

'Would you then betray the King?' said Elendil. 'For you know well the charge that they make against us, that we are traitors and spies, and that until this day it has been false.' (18)

Amandil was willing to face the consequences of breaking the Ban of the Valar and sail westwards, in the hope of persuading them to grant their mercy upon those who still remained faithful.

To protect his family, he proposed he would pretend to sail east instead, and then double back towards Aman when no longer in sight from the shores of Númenor. He advised his son to make secret arrangements to sail with all their people and “all such things as your hearts cannot bear to part with,” and to hide the fact he would be taking many men with him, because they would be required to join the King’s forces against the Valar.

He must have had little hope of returning, or even of succeeding in his mission, because he also said to Elendil:

But it is most like that you shall fly from the Land of the Star with no star to guide you; for that land is defiled. Then you shall lose all that you have loved, foretasting death in life, seeking a land of exile elsewhere. But east or west the Valar alone can say. (19)

Unfortunately, he was right:

It is said that Amandil set sail in a small ship at night, and steered first eastward, and then went about and passed into the west. And he took with him three servants, dear to his heart, and never again were they heard of by word or sign in this world, nor is there any tale or guess of their fate. Men could not a second time be saved by any such embassy, and for the treason of Númenor there was no easy absolving. (20)

Unlike Eärendil’s quest, Amandil’s sacrifice seemed to end in failure, except perhaps for saving his kin and friends; it certainly brought no mercy to the people who were not aboard the ships that Elendil and his sons managed to sail to Middle-earth.

Thus Elendil held himself in readiness, and did not meddle in the evil deeds of those days; and ever he looked for a sign that did not come. Then he journeyed in secret to the western shores and gazed out over the sea, for sorrow and yearning were upon him, and he greatly loved his father. But naught could he descry save the fleets of Ar-Pharazôn gathering in the havens of the west. (21)

Númenor sank under the sea, either because that was the wrathful intention of Ilúvatar, to whom it is said the Valar conveniently deferred when Ar-Pharazôn set foot on their lands, or because it merely collapsed into the abyss created by the removal of Aman from the broken world.

And Andor, the Land of Gift, Númenor of the Kings, Elenna of the Star of Eärendil, was utterly destroyed. For it was nigh to the east of the great rift, and its foundations were overturned, and it fell and went down into darkness, and is no more. And there is not now upon Earth any place abiding where the memory of a time without evil is preserved. For Ilúvatar cast back the Great Seas west of Middle-earth, and the Empty Lands east of it, and new lands and new seas were made; and the world was diminished, for Valinor and Eressëa were taken from it into the realm of hidden things. (22)

To say nothing of Númenor.

The evolution of Amandil as a character in Tolkien’s works

Tolkien agreed with his friend C.S Lewis that he would write a piece on time-travel (23), and he began a tale that would take his hero to witness the drowning of Atlantis, that he called “Numenor, Land in the West”. This seed of an idea evolved into a concept where a series of father-son occurrences would reappear through times in history, as having “memories” or dreams from a distant past, of an original father and son duet (Amandil and Elendil) who had been present at the sinking of the island.

“The Lost Road” was Tolkien’s incomplete time-travel story, in which Tolkien created an almost autobiographical character named Alboin (a precursor of Amandil in that stream of father-son duets re-emerging through history).

Alboin's biography sketched in these chapters is in many respects closely modelled on my father's own life - though Alboin was not an orphan, and my father was not a widower. Dates pencilled on the covering page of the manuscript reinforce the strongly biographical element: Alboin was born on February 4, (1891 >) 1890, two years earlier than my father. Audoin was born in September 1918. (24)

Alboin is a professor of history and old languages, who has dreams of what might be a lost past, and remembers words in an unknown language called Eressean. From his childhood he suffers from a constant longing of travelling back in time along “the lost road” to those remote ages,

… to see with eyes and to hear with ears: to see the lie of old and even forgotten lands, to behold ancient men walking, and hear their languages as they spoke them, in the days before the days, when tongues of forgotten lineage were heard in kingdoms long fallen by the shores of the Atlantic. (25)

His wish is granted, shall I dare say it, in true Mary Sue style: a man called Elendil offers him in a vision the choice to “return” if he takes with him his son Audoin (precursor of Elendil). Of course he accepts.

The evolution of Amandil within the story of Númenor, a key element in Tolkien’s mythology, is fascinating too. In the very first drafts, only Elendil was initially mentioned, and then two brothers, Elendil and Valandil, who fled from the destruction and founded the Númenórean kingdoms in Middle-earth.

Then Amandil was introduced, though the names he appeared under are confusing. He was Valandil in some texts and Arbazan (26) (later Aphanuzir in the final version of “The Drowning of Anadune“), and all other familiar characters and places bore earlier versions of their later Adûnaic names:

Of these the chief was one Arbazan, and his son Nimruzan, great captains of ships; and they were of the line of Indilzar Azrabelo, though not of the elder house, to whom belonged the crown and throne in the city of Arminaleth. (27)

Ar-Pharazôn and Arbazan have an interesting debate about the spherical nature of the world, and the implications of such shape on the ban of the Valar:

And on a time Ar-Pharazon sat with his counsellors in his high house, and he debated the words of the messengers, saying that the shape of the Earth was such that a girdle might be set about it. 'For if we shall believe this,' he said, 'that one who goeth west shall return out of the East, then shall it not also be that one who goeth ever east shall come up at last behind the West, and yet break no ban?' (28)

Arbazan argued that even if it was round, the world may be so big that a man would spend his life travelling around it, but Ar-Pharazôn was not convinced and

… he pondered in his secret thought the building of ships of great draught and burden, and the setting up of outposts of his power upon far shores. (29)

At one point Tolkien gave Amandil a brother, Elentir, but he did not make it to the final version of the Akallabêth, as published in The Silmarillion. Elentir was in love with Zimrahil, Tar-Palantír’s daughter (and in a further sketch Elentir was the older brother and heir to the lordship of Andúnië, and he was betrothed to Zimrahil), until she set her eyes on Ar-Pharazôn and was besotted by him, and married him willingly. Finally, another key difference, later discarded was that:

Therefore Ar-Pharazon persecuted the Faithful, stripping them of any wealth that they had, and he deprived the heirs of Valandil of their lordship. Andunie he took then and made it a chief haven for the king's ship-building, and Amandil who was now the Lord he commanded to move and dwell also in Romenna.

Questions and Musings

For a “friend of Aman” and of the Eldar, it must have been agonising to watch one’s king and country being slowly corrupted by the lies of Sauron, and one wonders how loyalty or fear prevented Amandil and the Faithful from acting more decisively, and far earlier. If he was prepared to risk his life, would it have not been more worthwhile to do it when he may have had a chance of success, perhaps before Sauron completely ensnared Ar-Pharazôn, or while there was still a sizeable proportion of the population of Númenor not yet turned to the worship of Melkor, and maybe willing to rebel against the Sorcerer?

Did Amandil ever arrive at Aman, or was he lost at sea? Why, oh why, did the Valar, or Ilúvatar, withheld all mercy from the deceived people of Númenor, and yet they let Sauron escape to keep plaguing Middle-earth for another age?

Works Cited

  1. “Description of the Island of Númenor”, Unfinished Tales.
  2. “Aldarion and Erendis”, Unfinished Tales.
  3. Ibid.
  4. Ibid.
  5. “The Númenórean Kings”, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
  6. “Aldarion and Erendis”, Unfinished Tales.
  7. “The History of the Akallabeth”, The Peoples of Middle-earth, History of Middle-earth XII.
  8. “The Númenórean Kings”, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
  9. Akallabêth - The Downfall Of Númenor, The Silmarillion.
  10. “Tne Line of Elros: Kings of Númenor”, Unfinished Tales.
  11. “The Heirs of Elendil”, The Peoples of Middle-earth, History of Middle-earth XII.
  12. Ibid.
  13. Ibid.
  14. Akallabêth - The Downfall Of Númenor, The Silmarillion.
  15. Ibid.
  16. Ibid.
  17. Ibid.
  18. Ibid.
  19. Ibid.
  20. Ibid.
  21. Ibid.
  22. Ibid.
  23. Ibid.
  24. “The Lost Road”, The Lost Road and Other Writings, History of Middle-earth V.
  25. Ibid.
  26. Ibid.
  27. “The Drowning of Anadune”, Sauron Defeated, History of Middle-earth IX.
  28. Ibid.
  29. Ibid.
  30. Ibid.

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Gothmog and Draugluin


“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.

Pandemonium_213 issues the standard disclaimer that Gothmog, Draugluin, Melkor, Ulbandi, Professor Thû, all the Elf dudes, Stinky Pete and his Maiarin pals, their Valarin bosses and whoever else shows up are the property of the Tolkien estate, and that this irreverent comic strip is drawn (badly) for fun and games but not for profit.

Gothmog and Draugluin by Pandemonium_213

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    The August Challenge will have the theme "Two Sides to Everything". Stories should include an argument, debate or disagreement between two characters. The element for the challenge will be the topic of the debate. The August challenge stories will be due the weekend of Friday, August 13, and will be revealed on Monday, August 16. Please tag your story "two sides". To request your elements, please leave a comment to this post.

    In most parts of the northern hemisphere, August is a month for taking a vacation and going somewhere to take a break from everyday life. In that spirit, our Teitho theme for this month is Journeys. When Lord of the Rings fans consider a journey, probably the first we think of is the Quest itself. But Tolkien touched on many journeys. How did Strider deal with his prisoner Gollum as they traveled from the Marshes to Mirkwood? What about his earlier journeys, in which he'd shaped his character as leader of the rangers?

    What did it mean to Legolas to leave home behind and move to Gondor? Did he ever wish to turn back? What made many of his elves follow their prince into an unknown world, forsaking the safety of home? And what of those elves who choose to make the ultimate journey - sail and leave Middle-earth forever?

    Of course, there are many journeys of a different nature: passing from childhood to adulthood, turning away from immortality and embracing mortal life, shedding Ranger rags for Royal garb. Our heroes and their loved ones learned much during their time on Arda. Which of them calls to you to write their story?

    As usual, Aragorn and Legolas don’t have to be the main characters, but at least one of them must be mentioned. Send your story to by August 25th.

    A Long-Expected Contest (ALEC)
    For August, I wanted to honor the end of summer by the topic The End of Things. It doesn't have to be based on documented events or need to be based on an actual character in the books (can be an OC in Tolkien's world). Each writer has until August 31 by 11:59 PM PST to turn in the story. See the ALEC website for more information.

    Middle-earth Fanfiction Awards
    Nominations for the 2010 MEFAs are closed and voting is underway! To learn more about participating in the MEFAs, see the Voting FAQ.

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