Newsletter: August 2015

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SWG News

Happy Tenth Birthday, SWG: Our Birthday Party Goes On!

On July 28th, the SWG turned ten! These years have been full of wonderful stories, thoughtful discussions and most important, fantastic friends. We are looking forward to many more years of Silmarillion love! Dawn has recorded a brief birthday greeting message via video.

Writing Contest

But the celebration is not over: We have extended the writing contest until August 15, so if you haven’t yet participated, there’s still time. All stories written in that period using the Silmfic prompt generator and posted to the SWG archive at are eligible for participation in a drawing. On August 15 at midnight Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) the contest will close and on August 16 we will draw winners.

There are three prizes:

The full 10th birthday contest rules can be found here.

Birthday Cards

A very brief extension has been given to send birthday cards. The form will be disabled on August 2 so that the mods can finalize putting together albums for card recipients. Links to albums should be sent out by August 5 at the latest; if we require longer, we will post to our various satellite groups to let members know. Links will be sent to the email address members have registered with the site, so please check that this is up-to-date and watch that account for your album!

Akallabêth in August

As is our annual tradition, every August we celebrate the Second Age. Elves and Men fill this Age with wonderful tales of soaring ambition and tragic downfalls, and we have authors who have written superb stories about them. Why not add to our collection? If you’re in need of inspiration, check out one of the many Second Age stories already on our Archive.

In 2009, we hosted a special event focused on the Akallabêth. Read the 2009 Akallabêth in August collection here.

Each year, we put together a list of Second Age stories, poems, and essays appearing on our Archive Read the list of Second Age stories in our Akallabêth in August section below. While we do our best to catch all of the Second Age stories on our site, sifting through 2,126 stories (and counting!) on our archive is no small task, and we sometimes overlook a story or few by accident. If you've archived a Second Age story and it's missing from the list, please let us know at, and we will correct the list.

Welcome to Our New Members!

This month we welcome Cheeky, Nibeneth, SevenMagpies, eldawisdom, ern, Calithiel, Earos, and Moria to the Silmarillion Writers' Guild.

We hope you enjoy reading the stories, poems, and reference material, and listening to the podcasts you can find in our site. If something moved you or gave you food for thought, write a review to let its author know. If you are a writer, we hope to see you posting soon.

What brought you to the Silmarillion fandom, and to the SWG? If you wish to share your Tolkien-related interests, or tell us a bit more about your fandom persona, go ahead and update your bio.

Our Frequently Asked Questions provide a lot of useful information about the archive, like challenges, reviews, ratings, our definition of "Silmfic", and much more, but if you can't find what you are after, do not hesitate to contact the SWG mods at

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New at the Archive

Completed Works

A Song for My Beloved by Cheeky [Teens] (4341 words)
Summary: Erestor has a crush, Maglor has a harp and Fingon's singing is really, really bad. Just who is the song for? That's what we all want to know. The beginning of Maglor and Erestor's story.

A Stitch in Time by grey_gazania (1715 words)
Summary: The quilt stayed with him — first on Balar, then in Lindon, then in Rivendell. It kept his children warm at night and, later, covered the bed of a small boy named Estel. And when Sauron was finally defeated — the One Ring destroyed at the tiny hands of two brave Hobbits — and it was time for the Ringbearers to depart Middle-earth forever, Elrond took the quilt, worn and threadbare though it was, with him.

And Every Single One of Us Still Left in Want of Mercy by grey_gazania [Author Chooses Not to Rate] (1417 words)
Summary: Parmë's voice was calm, but when she turned, Canyanis saw that her face was ashen and her hands were trembling. "Parmë?" Something clenched in her chest, and she walked over and took hold of Parmë's shaking hands. Something was horribly, horribly wrong.

Cut Ten To One by Nibeneth † [General] (2003 words)
Summary: It isn't the first time things got bad for Maedhros, but it is the first time that Elrond and Elros notice.

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner by oshun (1153 words)
Summary: It’s a Years of the Trees’ story of Finrod and Amarië as young lovers, long before the rebellion of the Noldor separates them.

Impromptu Song by Scribe of Mirrormere [General] (1213 words)
Summary: Prideful young Maglor finds inspiration for a new song.

In His Absence by Elleth [Adult] (3098 words)
Summary: After the Nirnaeth Arnoediad and its losses, two desperately lonely people find comfort with each other.

Something Back by Keiliss [General] (4663 words)
Summary: Because life is full of unlikely surprises, Market day on the island of Balar brings a few unexpected guests.

Reflection by Nibeneth [General] (2671 words)
Summary: Maedhros' hand is hurting him. Elrond has an idea that might help.

The Council by Silver Trails [General] (1127 words)
Summary: Ingwë, Arafinwë and Olwë, along with their eldest sons, discuss about the opening of the Straight Road

The Soldier by Fadesintothewest [General] (2133 words)
Summary: Fingon finds the bones of an unknown soldier. The short story that follows is what he does with those bones.

Under the Tree by Agelast [General] (1139 words)
Summary: Elrond tells a story.

Works in Progress

Approaching Rivendell by Ysilme [Teens]
Summary: 100 drabbles with Elrond Half-Elven through the ages, focussing on the creation of and the living in Rivendell.
Chapter added this month: Experience.

Bloody silmarils by Dilly [Teens]
Summary: In Gondolin, Turgon is depressed...
Chapters added this month: The Round Table and The Knight of the Fountain.

Burning Bright: Answers in the Dark by Keiliss [Adult]
Summary: In which Galadriel goes to Lórien, Erestor visits Númenor, Elrond is under siege in a valley somewhere in the Misty Mountains, and Glorfindel doesn't get to go anywhere.
Chapters added this month: New Directions and Seeking Shelter.

By Love or at Least Free Will by grey_gazania [Author Chooses Not to Rate]
Summary: Short scenes in the life of Fingon and Ianneth, his wife.
Chapter added this month: Though They Be Dim, Yet She Is Light Enough.

Darken Me by Nibeneth [General]
Summary: On one of his good days, Maitimo airs his grievances with that new horror they call the "sun."
Chapter added this month: Chapter 1.

Daughter of Kings, Part I by grey_gazania [General]
Summary: Fingolfin has been killed by Morgoth, and Fingon finds himself the High King of a people still reeling from the carnage of the Dagor Bragollach. Concerned for the safety of his family, he arranges for his daughter, Ereiniel, to move to Círdan's coastal city, Eglarest. A Gil-galad genderswap AU. (Characters and warnings will be updated as the story progresses.)
Chapter added this month: Chapter II .

*Emissary by Uvatha the Horseman [Teens]
Summary: 60 years before the War of the Ring, The Mouth of Sauron is being raised as an illegitimate son in the house of his father. More than anything, he craves security and a title of his own.
Chapters added this month: Book 1: Haven of Umbar - The Foundling, An Aristocratic Upbringing, The First Day of Class, Student Life, Silver Penny (rated M), A Minor Skirmish, Mortal Flesh, Poverty, Slipping Grades, Difficult People, Leaving School, The Yule Banquet, The Merchant, The City of the Dead, The Shipyard, The Seminary, Book 2: Mordor - A Newly Anointed Priest, A Scrap of Parchment, The Pillar, The Delegation, First Contact, Regrets, Homecoming, The Letter, Enter on Duty, Minas Morgul, The Trip to Khand (rated M), Cirith Ungol, Tent City and Behind the Veil.

Finding Home by Independence1776 [Teens]
Summary: A loosely related collection of stories about Elrond and Celebrían in Aman. Chapter 1: Celebrían and Elrond discuss mourning for Arwen.
Chapter added this month: A Midnight Picnic.

Footnotes by grey_gazania [General]
Summary: Short scenes set in my "Wrapped Up in Books" series.
Chapter added this month: Dancing All Alone.

Forgiveness by Silver Trails [General]
Summary: What happens after Morgoth dies and Feanor breaks the Silmarils?
Chapter added this month: Chapter 3.

From door to door by Chiara Cadrich [General]
Summary: From a doorstep to another, a hobbit tale and petty fairy romance.
Chapters added this month: The door of childhood, The gate of dispair and The chime of courage.

Half Past Ten in the Rose Garden by grey_gazania [Author Chooses Not to Rate]
Summary: Caranthir discovers that this romance thing is a lot harder than it looks.
Chapter added this month: Chapter 1.

How Short Is Too Short? by by oshun [Teens]
Summary: Collection of ficlets too short to stand alone, which do seem to fit comfortably into my existing collections.
Chapter added this month: With Roses Budding Everywhere?

In Dor-Cuarthol by Himring [Author Chooses Not to Rate]
Summary: They were former outlaws who under the leadership of Turin and Beleg, the Elf from Doriath, turned to fight against the Shadow in the North. It was more of an idea, really, than a homeland--or a period of time, too short to call an era--but they gave it the name of Dor-Cuarthol, the Land of Helm and Bow. Those former outlaws--Algund was one of them. He and Beleg had something in common, but there was more that divided them from each other.
Chapter added this month: Chapter 1.

Jewels by Silver Trails [Teens]
Summary: This is a series of short stories about the making of the Silmarils and the effect this had on the members of the House of Finwë.
Chapter added this month: Chapter 10.

Loyalty: A Tale in Three Voices by grey_gazania [Author Chooses Not to Rate]
Summary: Who were Ulfang's people, and why did they betray the Elves? The truth as seen by Uldor, Caranthir, and Ulfang's granddaughter.
Chapters added this month: Chapter I (Tókhesh), Chapter II (Uldor), Chapter III (Tókhesh), Chapter IV (Caranthir), Chapter V (Uldor), Chapter VI (Tókhesh), and Chapter VII (Caranthir).

Loyalty Outtakes by grey_gazania [Author Chooses Not to Rate]
Summary: Short scenes that didn't make it into Loyalty.
Chapters added this month: It Will Be a Long Trip; He Will Be a New Chief and Mother Tongue.

Morning Mist and Silver Sun by StarSpray [Teens]
Summary: A place to store drabbles and drabble-series; most written for tolkien_weekly prompts.
Chapters added this month: Theater and Water.

Numenor That Was by Himring [Author Chooses Not to Rate]
Summary: A new anthology for stories set in Numenor or involving Numenoreans
Chapter added this month: A Love Song (Imladris Collection of Numenorean Songs No. 72A).

Remembrance Is All by Agelast [Adult]
Summary: Here lies ficlets, meme responses, and things that are too short to post on their own.
Chapters added this month: To The Immortal Memory of the Tea-cake, Sphallolalia and all the flesh inherits.

Sharpen your swords, O Elves of Nargothrond by maeglin [General]
Summary: Sundry tales of Elven politics.
Chapters added this month: Failure and Behind the Chair

Short Tales of Arda by grey_gazania [General]
Summary: Various short pieces.
Chapters added this month: Flaws and Pray for the Foxes.

Strangers in a Strange Land by My blue rose [General]
Summary: “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.” This is the tale of what happen to Amandil’s embassy.
Chapters added this month: Chapter Five: Debate, Chapter Six: Defense and Chapter Seven: Doom.

The Condensed Silmarillion by Cheeky [General]
Summary: The Silm you read when you are not really reading the Silm. Everything you wanted to know without all the boring bits.
Chapters added this month: In The Beginning, Aulë and the Dwarves, The Elves, The Sundering of the Elves, The Fins, Feanor: Problem Child , The Silmarils, The Darkening of Valinor, The Oath of Feanor, The Kinslaying no. 1 and The Sad Tale of Maedhros and Fingon: Part 1.

The Master of Puppets by Makalaure [Teens]
Summary: Maglor finds himself in a difficult position at the Gap, and is forced to make decisions that will affect the lives of his people.
Chapter added this month: Chapter 2.

Unbroken by Olthaen [Teens]
Summary: Beleriand stands upon the edge of strife. After his home was razed, an elf finds himself entrusted with a secret that could destroy his family. Far away, another elf-maiden awoke after a massacre, challenged to overcome her fear and find herself. Set across the years of the First Age, the tale entwines the threads of courage, friendship and love.
Chapters added this month: Chapter 22, Chapter 23, Chapter 24, Chapter 25, Chapter 26 and Chapter 27 - The 2nd Interlude .

You're the Only One I Trust to Do This by Writing Gecko [General]
Summary: Aule is the only one Mairon trusts to help him.
Chapter added this month: Chapter 1.

Short Works

And So Say The Laws by The Wavesinger [General] (493 words)
Summary: Indis and Nerdanel wait for the return of the host of the Valar after the War of the Jewels, but when the people they hope for do not arrive, they turn to each other for comfort. Written for silmladylove's 2015 Tolkien Femslash Week on tumblr.

For as Long as It Takes by oshun [General] (599 words)
Summary: A significant encounter between Nerdanel and Indis introduces a new chapter in their lives. Written for silmladylove’s second annual 2015 Tolkien Femslash Week on Tumblr. The romance herein is not explicit, but foreshadowed. I do have an untold story of these two women rattling around in my head that I will continue. I had hopes when I wrote my story A Kindred Heart that the astute reader would guess it could contain the seeds of something like this. Many thanks to Elleth and also to Everyonelovesaloser for Beta reading this ficlet for me.

Rian's Only Metal Hit by Amy Fortuna [Teens] (863 words)
Summary: The Elves make no song of Fingolfin's last stand. One of the Edain, however, did.

Telpelindë by Silver Trails [Teens] (448 words)
Summary: Telpelindë says goodbye to her son and to her husband (Curufin)

The Straight Road by Silver Trails [General] (413 words)
Summary: The Song changes, and Eru commands the Valar to open the straight road again

Turn at Last to Home by StarSpray [General] (593 words)
Summary: Idril returns to Tirion.

Woman of the Secret Shadow by King Naugladur [General] (350 words)
Summary: Thuringwethil's thoughts as she prepares to attack Luthien.

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Akallabêth in August

Second Age Writing Archived on the 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 more than 2,100 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! Stories marked with an asterisk were added or updated within the last year.

Admission by SurgicalSteel
Zamîn and Nemir (two of my OCs) meet after the Last Alliance and discuss their losses.

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 Anatomy of Orcs by MisbehavingMaiar
An academic essay composed by an unnamed Numenorian naturalist; (an open-minded lady of the court of Ar-Adûnakhôr) concerning the biology and habits of Orcs. (Illustrated)

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.

Annatar's triumph by Dilly
Annatar thoughts after Celebrimbor's death. Ficlet, english and french.

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.

Approaching Rivendell by Winterwitch
Summary: 100 drabbles with Elrond Half-Elven through the ages, focussing on the creation of and the living in Rivendell.

Allies by Silver Trails
Elrond tries to stop Thranduil from leaving the council before the last battle against Sauron.

*Approaching Rivendell by Ysilme
100 drabbles with Elrond Half-Elven through the ages, focussing on the creation of and the living in Rivendell.

The Army of the North by darthfingon
The armies of the Last Alliance gather in Rivendell to prepare for their assault on Mordor. Elrond worries, Oropher weasels, and nothing goes according to plan.

The Art of Long-Distance Grandparenting by Kaz
Why did Glorfindel return to Middle-earth? Maybe the Valar decided they needed a messenger. Maybe he felt he still had something to do there and begged them to let him return. Or maybe it went something like this...

It's the early Second Age and Idril is worried about her grandsons. In the course of this she waylays new arrivals to Valinor, tries to find her footing with her own grandmother, schemes with Tuor, Finrod and Glorfindel, and finally sets a plan into motion.

*As Through a Lit Window by Elleth
The story of Galadriel, Nimrodel, and the land that would become Lothlórien.

Atalantë by Dwimordene
Always read between the lines.

Aldarion, the Guild of Venturers, OCs, political economy. Inspired by the "Arda Underground" challenge, but could probably also pass for the "Fanon Inverted" challenge.

The Axes of a Soul by wind rider
The last survivor of the drowning Númenor reflects on herself, her life and her decisions as she struggles to avoid certain death. What will she get in the end? Does she dare to face it like the proud daughter of the Island that she is?

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.

*The Birds of the Temple Garden by Huinare
Mairon kickstarts the new Cult of Melkor in Armenelos. What does one do with inept acolytes, heretics, and abandoned gardens?

The Book of Short Tales by Lyra
A place to store short stories, ficlets and challenge responses that don't really warrant being archived on their own.

Broken by Keiliss
Maglor has his sources.

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.

*Burning Bright: Answers in the Dark by Keiliss
In which Galadriel goes to Lórien, Erestor visits Númenor, Elrond is under siege in a valley somewhere in the Misty Mountains, and Glorfindel doesn't get to go anywhere.

Burning Bright: The Road by Keiliss
The outbreak of war in Eregion and the hiding of the rings of power as experienced by a musician, a lord with an agenda set beyond the sea, an exiled Noldorin princess and an elf with an uneasy conscience. Cameos by Durin the Deathless, Ereinion Gil-galad, Celebrimbor, and Annatar the Giver of not always welcome Gifts...

*A Call in the Night by Silver Trails
Oropher realizes that there is something still lingering in the forest

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.

Character Biography: Amandil by Russandol

Character Biography: Ar-Pharazôn by Russandol

*Character Biography: Arvedui by oshun

*Character Biography: Beregar of Númenor by oshun

*Character Biography: Elendur of Númenor by oshun

Character Biography: Elros Tar-Minyatur by oshun

Character Biography: Erendis, the Mariner's Wife by oshun

*Character Biography: Núneth by oshun

Character Biography: Sauron by Marta

Character Biography: Tar-Aldarion by oshun

*Character Biography: Tar-Meneldur by oshun

Character Biography: Thranduil by Scarlet10

Character Biography: Vëantur by oshun

Chasing Mirages by Russandol
A tale of darkness, light, love and betrayal over the Ages of Eä.

"When Thangorodrim was broken and Morgoth overthrown, Sauron put on his fair hue again and did obeisance to Eönwë the herald of Manwë, and abjured all his evil deeds. And some hold that this was not at first falsely done, but that Sauron in truth repented, if only out of fear..." This is the story of Eönwë, Maia of Manwë, and Mairon Aulendil after the War of Wrath.

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.

Choices by Silver Trails
Gil-galad and Elrond speak about Maglor.

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 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?

The Crossroads of Eriador by Kitt Otter
So a shipwright, a high-king, and a seriously miffed Galdor walk into a bar ...

Crowns of Holly by Kitt Otter
Gil-galad and Círdan attend mid-summer festivities in Eregion. An unwelcome guest crashes the party.

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

Dark Ships by Erurainon
A lamentation for The Doom of Men by a Bard of Numenor

Darkness by Silver Trails
Oropher mourns the death of his wife.

Day's End by Elisif
At the end of his life, Elros recieves an unanticipated visitor.

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.

Deterioration by Astris
The fall of Númenor: a soldier of the King in the Caves of the Forgotten, slowly losing his mind. (Indirectly about how terrible the Valar are.)

The Downfall by Marta
"Nine ships there were: four for Elendil, and for Isildur three, and for Anarion two; and they fled before the gale out of the twilight of doom into the darkness of the world. [...] And all the coasts and seaward regions of the western world suffered great change and ruin in that time; for the seas invaded the lands, and shores foundered."

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

Dual Number by Acharion
We all know about the twins Elladan and Elrohir. But what about the other twins in Middle Earth? Erestor has encountered not one, but four sets of twins while serving the Noldor: The sons of Fëanor, Dior, Eärendil, and Elrond.

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 - Volume 1: Journey to Umbar 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.

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.

Embers by Elleth
Elleth's stories, drabbles and double-drabbles for Seven in '07 and B2MeM 2008. Please refer to the chapter summaries for further info.

Emotions-- A series of vignettes by MisbehavingMaiar
A study in sentiments over time; a collection of moments surrounding Melkor and Sauron, from the Spring of Arda to the fall of the Third Age.

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.

Erendis: A Love Story by oshun
A more intimate recounting of aspects of the story of Erendis and Aldarion. Third chapter is posted now.

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.

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.

Fall of Sauron by xxxVilda
Sauron the bad guy was good in the end, wasn't he? A take on Sauron's kin's feelings about his fall.

Fame to Fill the Void by mangacrack
Everything I'll never ever tell you.

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.

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)

*Five Things That Never Happened to Sauron by Aiwen
Different decisions by Sauron lead to startlingly different futures, while chance causes the best-laid of plans to go awry.

Five Things That Never Happened to Sauron by Russandol
Five short scenes with a twist, in five different locations. Each of them harder to write than the previous one!

Flawed yet Precious by Khaosity
The life story of a certain fallen Maia, told from his perspective. Dark, or rather will be.

*Flowers in Amber by IgnobleBard
Elrond travels to Ost-in-Edhil to warn Celebrimbor to be wary of strangers bearing gifts.

Folly by SurgicalSteel
Could the downfall of Númenor have been prevented had the Valar acted differently?

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

The Forging of the Ring by Uvatha the Horseman
Sauron forges the Ring

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

A Fragile Chalice by pandemonium_213
In spite of weariness and stress, Tyelperinquar (a.k.a. Celebrimbor) hosts a gathering in his home: a supper followed by what we might call a salon for the elite of Ost-in-Edhil. Musicians, rival poets, and lively conversation among the guests, which includes Erestor, the visiting emissary from Gil-galad's realm, provide the evening's entertainment. An elven poetry slam causes Tyelpo to become immersed in deep memories -- some poignant, some painful, and one dark and strange yet vaguely familiar.

*Fragment: In the long days of Darkness by losselen
Found in the personal collections of Barahir, transcribed and translated into Westron from its original Adûnaic. A fragment of a poem for Ancalimë, from a poetess who loved her.

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 Chess by Uvatha the Horseman
Sauron went to Umbar wearing the Ring, not expecting to be captured and taken to Númenor. How did the Ring get back to Barad-dûr?

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.

The Great Divide by ALark
The Avari of Taur Romen find themselves caught in the turmoil of the Third age just before the War of the Ring gets in full swing. In ages passed they were able to avoid the conflict between Sauron and the Free Peoples of Middle Earth,but that time is long past. the War of the Ring is on the horizon, leaving their leader, Hensilien, only one ultimatum: solicit the help of their kin in the west of whom they have habored resentment for since the First Sundering or watch their forest die at the hands of the shadow and count down to their own annihilation by the forces of Sauron.

*Hands Wide Open by Elleth
A group of Easterlings, the rambunctious young High King of the Noldor, and Eglarest in winter may not make for quite as disastrous a day as Galdor of the Havens initially suspected.

*Harbinger by Keiliss
“It feels like someone has a leash around the world and is pulling tight.” As Númenor sinks and the seas are bent, a storm lashes Lindon’s coast and Elrond has a vision of destruction.

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

Hospitality by Russandol
A man with a perilous mission arrives at the shores of Númenor, where he meets two strangers. A (most likely AU) crossover between my own Chasing Mirages and elfscribe's novel Elegy for Númenor.

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

*"The House of a Friend" & other drabbles by Himring
The friendship of Narvi and Celebrimbor:Narvi and Celebrimbor work on the Doors of Moria--and other scenes.

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.

In Amon Lanc by Silver Trails
King Amdir visits King Oropher in Amon Lanc during the Second Age.

Industry by mistrali
Erendis is kept busy.

In Lindon by Silver Trails
While they wait for news from Eregion, Erestor helps Gil-galad to relax.

In the Interest of Historical Accuracy by Duilwen
In Eregion in the mid-Second Age, an ambitious young scholar sets out to understand the last remaining followers of the House of Fëanor.

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.

The Jinn by pandemonium_213
While leading his tribe into the deep desert to escape the inevitable war between the Zigûr and the Sea-kings, Sharif finds a woman -- injured and unconscious -- among the rocks. He discovers this is not a mortal woman, but one of the pale-skinned immortal demons of the north. He is ready to kill her, but the tribe's priestess stays his hand, warning him that slaying the jinn would bring terrible misfortune to his tribe. His wives care for the jinn, who recovers and aids the tribe as they journey to the East in search of a mysterious land where they hope to find sanctuary, the jinn no less than Sharif and his tribe as she flees from the Zigûr.

A Kingly Gift by Russandol
Ten years of faithful service are rewarded. A double drabble.

A gift for elfscribe on her 10th Fandom Anniversary.

Lalwen's Box by Silver Trails
Erestor dreams of a possible future.

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 Hope of the Last Alliance by ESBonline
If Sauron was more powerful at the end of the Second Age than was Morgoth at the end of the First, just how did the Last Alliance defeat him?

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

The Last Whose Realm Was Fair and Free by Dwimordene
Gil-galad was an Elven King. We all know what this means, right?

Political economy does Second Age Elven (and other) kingdoms. Features Gil-galad, Galadriel, Celeborn, Celebrimbor, and Aldarion, primarily. Gives the other side, in a way, of Atalantë.

The Last Temptation (Rewritten) 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.

Lending a Hand - Redux by Erulisse
I wanted this to be sharper and to explain Isildur's feelings towards the elves with greater clarity. So I refined this a bit more. This is what I came up with. What thoughts are passing through Isildur’s mind after his defeat of Sauron? A bit of gallows humor in response to the prompt “lend”.

Lesion by pandemonium_213
Something is rotten within the heartwood of Nimloth.

Likeness by Agelast
They share a marvelous likeness. (Celebrimbor/Annatar, and all that entails.)

Lighter than Vanity by Agelast
From the birth of Annatar to the seduction of Celebrimbor.

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 Lonely Isle by sithisit
of the invasion and downfall of Tol Eressëa

Lord of Gifts by lindahoyland
Sauron has plans for the future.

The Lords That Fell by Taylor17387
Tells the story of the rise and fall of the two dark lords, from the collapse of the fortress in Tol-in-Gaurhoth, to the collapse of Barad-dûr, and what came next. Mainly told from Melkor and Sauron's perspective. Continuation of my other fic: "The Burnt God", though it may be read separately. Occasional slash.

Lost Home by Silver Trails
Gil-galad stops Gildor from leaving the Isle of Balar.

*The Maia and the Aulendili by Huinare
It seems likely that a Maia of Aulë would have been on friendly terms with Mahtan's household. Most of the time. Curumo and four generations of one family. Update: Final chapter, "The Spike." Saruman sees Celebrimbor, and possibly wishes he hadn't.

Many Journeys by Elleth
A gathering place for ficlets of varying length written in response to prompts, prods and as gift ficlets.

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.

The Mariner's Wife by Odinsbard
The lament of Erendis, after Aldarion Prince of Numenor rideth hence from Erendis' country-home when returning from a long journey; and she realises what hath truly become of life. It is written in 1st person as Erendis speaking and thus neither of their names are actually mentioned.

Written in alliterative verse, after the style of the ancient Anglo-Saxon metres...

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.

Moving Forward by StarSpray
A drabble series written for Tolkien Weekly's "Trees" challenge, centered around the beginning of the Second Age.

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

*Nightfall in the West by Corsair_Caruso
Sauron assassinates Ar-Pharazôn before the Great Armament can be sent against Valinor, and takes power as Steward, turning the military might of Numenor and Mordor against the Eldar and Faithful; the history of Arda is altered forever.

The Night the Sea Came In by Keiliss
After Beleriand is broken and drowned, the elves on Balar have little choice but to set out in search of a safe haven. Prophecy by Galadriel, leadership by Gil-galad and Cirdan, music by Lindir, off-screen lunacy by Erestor and Gildor.

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.

Oath Renewed by Inglor
Narsil was 3000 years old before it came to Elendil, how did he get it?

Of Anbor And Azruphel by gamil-zirak
A tale of romance between a wild man of Middle earth and a lady of Numenor, told with the epic backdrop of the last 2 years of Numenor. A study in the politics and relations of the time. Hope you enjoy it!

*Of Night and Light and the Half-Light by oshun
This is a place for short contributions or graphics (mostly but not all from Back-to-Middle-earth Month 2012). The title is from "He Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven" by William Butler Yeats. Some are serious and some are silly. Added "Death of Arvedui" graphic.

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.

The Old Eagle by Agelast
In Númenor, Elros tells his children a tale from his long-ago childhood. Written for B2MeM 2014.

*The Old Maid’s Tale by Elleth
Tar-Míriel takes on a new handmaiden, and tells her part in the history of Númenor.

One more minute by ford_of_bruinen
Another poem about Gil-Galad following his death.

Orcling by pandemonium_213
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

Ossë's Gift by elfscribe
Glorfindel and Erestor's sea voyage from Umbar to Lindon is filled with intrigue and suppressed yearnings.

Peer Review by sithisit
Annatar and Celebrimbor being bad, bad scientists in the name of gene therapy and scientific progress.

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!

Pillar of Stillness by PerpetuaLilium
On the slopes of Meneltarma, Tar-Míriel the Queen remembers in anger.

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

A Plain, Simple Love Story by Keiliss
The king and the archivist. Respect, friendship, misunderstanding, making up - all the good things that build a forever kind of love..

Price of a Broken Promise by Himring
Erendis has given up on her errant husband and is no longer waiting for Aldarion to return from his voyage to Middle-earth. Or so she says.

Originally written for B2MeM 2012, but posted here for Akallabeth-in-August and to go with Oshun's excellent new biography of Erendis.

The Prisoner and the Hobbit by pandemonium_213 and Dreamflower
A prisoner in the Halls of Mandos, although grateful to be alive, nonetheless finds his days to be monotonous, that is, until a most unusual person, and one whose life was affected greatly by the prisoner's masterwork, accepts an offer to begin a correspondence.

Prodigal Son by Silver Trails
Oropher's younger son comes back home.

The Promised Land by Rhapsody
Isildur and Anárion standing on the bow, hoping what good will come after the destruction of Númenor.

Pyrrhic Wedding: Loss All Around by Himring
The future of her ladies-in-waiting becomes a counter in the marital conflict between Tar-Ancalime and her estranged husband Hallacar. Hallacar shames Tar-Ancalime into permitting them to marry. We are allowed to assume that they all were unreservedly grateful for this opportunity. But were they?

A Rare Gift by Elisif
At the end of his life, Elros recieves an unexpected visitor.

Reborn by Gadira
A conversation that will change the fate of Númenor forever. Written for B2MEM Day 14, "Armenelos", on the subject of religion. Based on my Full of Wisdom verse, though it can be read on its own.

Retreat by avanti_90
As Ar-Pharazôn's fleet approaches the shores of Aman, Finarfin and Nerdanel prepare to leave Tirion behind.

The Ring by Silver Trails
Oropher writes to Amdir after the sack of Eregion.

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.

Round Two by Independence1776
Lúthien survived the First Age and has spent much of the time in the East. When she arrives in Imladris on a random visit to her descendants, she learns Sauron is hunting for the Ring. Lúthien and Huan take it upon themselves to help Frodo to Mordor.

SA 1856 (ii): Something Like Being a Consort by Ilye
Glorfindel, Gil-galad and a reflective moment on the beach. Irrepressibly fluffy, and slightly damp.

SA 1856 (i): Something Like Being a King by Ilye
A contrast of constants and motion. Glorfindel reflects on his homes, his lives and his king - oh, and on sex in unusual places.

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

A Scrap of Parchment by Uvatha the Horseman
Sauron returns to Mordor and openly declares himself, and Umbar declares its allegiance to him. Told by Urzahil of Umbar, who later becomes the Mouth of Sauron.

The Sea and King Meet in Treachery by Adonnen Estenniel
'Tis treachery, they told Ar-Pharazôn, 'tis foolish pride. Perhaps it was, perhaps. But still he set his course for the West.

Seed of Hope by lindahoyland
Isildur's deeds continue to inspire his descendants.

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?

The Shipwright Shrugs by Kitt Otter
Short whatnots and nonsense about Círdan, spanning from Cuiviénen to Forever.

*The Sindar Encampment by Silver Trails
Oropher and his captains discuss the Siege of Mordor

Single Combat by Uvatha the Horseman
Sauron accepts Gil-galad's challenge of single combat to end the siege of Barad-dur.

*Some Futile Hope by Friendsheyho
It is the Second Age of Middle-earth. Sauron is regrouping, the Rings are being forged, the Numenorians are beginning their descent into madness, and Glorfindel has been sent back to Middle-earth for...for what? Only time will tell, and when it does, all of Middle-earth will rise up to fight.

*Songs of Stone and Mountain by pandemonium_213
I have previously alluded to the deep friendship between Dísa, the noble Dwarf-woman of the House of Narvi, and Mélamírë, the Second Age elven-smith of Ost-in-Edhil, e.g., Chapter 28 of The Elendilmir and Chapter 4 of The Writhen Pool. This is a collection of stories about these two OFCs of the Pandë!verse. So. OFCs. Pandë!verse. That's fair warning. Probably of interest to a limited audience.

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
On the eve of the Numenorean-landing at the shores of Aman, Mahtan comes to see Nerdanel in her home by the coast to persuade her to come with him to Valimar.

Snowed In by Keiliss
Gil-galad, his Herald and his SO (Senior Organiser?) are separated from their hunting party by a blizzard and are forced to spend the night in a cave.

Some Futile Hope by Friendsheyho
It is the Second Age of Middle-earth. Sauron is regrouping, the Rings are being forged, the Numenorians are beginning their descent into madness, and Glorfindel has been sent back to Middle-earth for...for what? Only time will tell, and when it does, all of Middle-earth will rise up to fight.

Sons of the Damned by Erurainon
Servents of the Valar warn the lords of Numenor.

Stones of Seeing 1. Vardamir Nólimon by Clotho 123
At the end of his reign Elros receives a visitor. How the palantíri came into Númenor.

Stones of Seeing 2. Tar Míriel by Clotho 123
Second in a trilogy telling the history of the palantiri. In the dying days of Númenor the stones come into the keeping of Elendil's line.

A storm to break the world by ford_of_bruinen
for lignata - Isildur, not about the One Ring

On the ships fleeing Numenor

Storm Tossed by Levade
She was his, his bright-eyed, noisy, always-hungry lovely, until the day the sea called her home. Ereinion, Círdan and a quick look at life in 2nd Age Lindon.

Strange Fates by PerpetuaLilium
Eregriel and Síreth are two young elves of Lothlórien in the later years of the Watchful Peace. They are in love and in fact betrothed, yet they have chosen to put their ceremonies off for many years, until they can come to some conclusion about what implications the unusual features of their union may have for its validity, in accordance with the local application of the Laws and Customs. Then, during a sudden spate of instability, Síreth, with Eregriel, is chosen to take part in Lórien's first extensive diplomatic interaction with the realms of Men in centuries. They must manage their relationship and cultural expectations across the years and leagues that follow.

A Struggle with Darkness by Fireworks
Construction has begun on Sauron's temple in Armenelos, but strange, dark afflictions are plaguing those who go near ...

Súlimëo Quentar: March Stories by Elleth
Elleth's stories, drabbles and double-drabbles for Seven in '07 and B2MeM 2008. Please refer to the chapter summaries for further info.

Survivors of the Downfall by SurgicalSteel
Sailors from Umbar realize that Numenor is no more.

*The Swan's Song by Kimberleighe
Chapter 9 includes: challenges and Idhreniel accepting a new position.

The tales and travels of Gil-galad's chief counselor during the Second Age.

The Talisman by Keiliss
Gil-galad rides to Forlond on an important errand which may not turn out quite as he, Elrond or Erestor expect.

The Temptation of Knowledge by Erulisse
In response to the prompt “borrow”, what did Celebrimbor think about when he was facing Annatar for the first time? Did he think he was borrowing trouble?

Tenn' Ambar-Metta by Fiondil
Elrond receives a final letter from his brother.

Their Uncle's Letter by Himring
Elrond receives Elros's last letter.

This Distant Shore by Rasksha the Demon
When much is lost, there still remains much to do. A Thanksgiving-inspired look at some special immigrants in the late Second Age.

Through Darkness Unescapable by Valiniel
The Alkallabeth was written as a history, but histories rarely reveal the whole truth. What was the truth behind the life of Tar Miriel, last queen of Numenor?

Till Fire Purge All Things New by Pandemonium_213
Sauron has a moment of doubt in the Sammath Naur.

Time of Trial by Lyra
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...

A Time to Heal by clotho123
At the beginning of the Second Age Gil-galad must decide what to do about the surviving Feanorian followers. Can the Noldor be reconciled?

To Linger by LadyBrooke
After Beleriand sinks, Celeborn and Oropher have one last discussion before parting.

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
Tar-Palantir makes a decision upon receiving the Sceptre of Númenor, a decision that does not meet with universal approval.

Touch of a Vanished Hand by elfscribe
When Elendil and his group of Númenóreans wash up on Lindon's shores, Elrond's past comes back to haunt him.

To Move a Star by Kimberleighe
A brief glimpse into the moments before Gil-galad's combat with Sauron.

To Ward Winter's Chill by elfscribe
Sometimes it takes more than one night of passion to start a relationship on a sound footing. (Glorfindel/Erestor) Sequel to Osse's Gift.

*The Trees of Numenor by Himring
A sequence of eight drabbles spanning the history of Numenor, with a particular focus on the period of Aldarion.

Le trône de papier by Dilly
Extrait des "Vies des Noldor Illustres", de l’historien controversé Amilcar de Númenor. Un passage du chapitre consacré à Fingon, cinquième roi des Noldor.

True Gift by Tarion Anarore
An old, old Celebrimbor drabble, written once upon a time ago for the HASA Word of the Day challenge.

Volcano by SurgicalSteel
Late Second Age. Ar-Zimraphel struggles up the mountain.

Character death.

The Walls Will Serve by Himring
A series of three vignettes, set beside the springs of Little Gelion below Himring Hill, written for Gwailome.
i. Maedhros decides to build a fortress on Himring Hill (Maedhros, original characters)
ii. After the Dagor Bragollach, Maedhros shows Himring to his cousin (Maedhros/Fingon)
iii. In the Second Age, Elrond visits Tol Himling (Elrond, Arminas, Erestor)

War Children by Fireworks
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
Second fic in my arc about a certain Númenórean family of notorious traitors. This time I give you Melkorbazer, a character who also gets mentioned in my fic Full of Wisdom.

When We Were Very Young by Marta
"And it came to pass that Tar-Palantir grew weary of grief and died. He had no son, but a daughter only, whom he named Míriel in the Elven-tongue; and to her now by right and the laws of the Númenóreans came the sceptre. But Pharazôn took her to wife against her will..." (The Akallabeth)

While These Visions Did Appear by oshun
These are my responses in graphic format to B2MeM 2013 prompts.

If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumber'd here
While these visions did appear.
--Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream

*Winged Voices: Birds of Middle-earth by Himring
Drabble sequence written for bird prompts: various kinds of cross-overs between the Silmarillion and The Lord of the Rings and/or The Hobbit.

*Winterlights by Elleth
A series of femslash drabbles based around the daily prompts of the 2013 Femslash Yuletide project. Some ficlets for the 2014 run have been added.

Winter's Drums by pandemonium_213, Huinare
Story by pandemonium_213: The grisly banner having served its purpose, Sauron enlists the assistance of his soldiers and bodyguard to bear Celebrimbor's corpse to its final resting place in the foothills of the Misty Mountains while a snowstorm approaches from the southwest.
Illustrations by Huinárë: Title: 1. "Examining His Work" / 2. "Thundersnow" Pencil illustration / Construction paper collage. Rating: G

The Wisdom of Isildur by Marnie
After Gil-Galad's death, Elrond and Celeborn talk power, allegiances and rings.

Without a War by Erurainon
A man of Numenor meets a woman of the Faithful ere the deluge and reflects upon war and peace.

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.

*The Work of Wings by Elleth
While the War of the Elves and Sauron rages in Middle-earth, Finduilas welcomes Elwing on Tol Eressëa to let her seek out news about her son. Neither woman expected to have her feelings thrown into turmoil by the visit. Written for Calima at AinA 2014.

*The Writhen Pool by pandemonium_213
When the Istyari of Second Age Ost-in-Edhil deny her a place in an important new initiative to be taken up by the Gwaith-i-Mírdain, a young master smith struggles to make her mark in the man's realm of the forges. An opportunity arrives when the smith is offered a commission that will present challenges of both mind and heart.


Rated Adult as a precautionary measure. Specific advisories will be posted per chapter as needed.

Chapter 7, Ballain's Tale now added.

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



Tar-Meneldur, the fifth king of Númenor, was born of the House or Line of Elros (a direct descendant of the brother of Elrond and first king of Númenor).1 He was the third child and only son of King Tar-Elendil and received the given name of Írimon.2 During that period of Númenórean history, the line of descent of the kings of Númenor passed through the eldest male heir. So the elder daughters of Tar-Elendil, Silmariën and Isilmë (who become significant in the later history of Númenor in their own right), were not eligible to inherit the throne.

In anticipation of a long reign on the part of his father, the young heir Írimon had ample time and resources to pursue other interests.

Meneldur was a man of gentle mood, without pride, whose exercise was rather in thought than in deeds of the body. He loved dearly the land of Númenor and all things in it, but he gave no heed to the Sea that lay all about it; for his mind looked further than Middle-earth: he was enamoured of the stars and the heavens.3

He was to become well-known for his interest in astronomy, and it was from that abiding fascination that he acquired the name Elentirmo, which means "Watcher of the Stars."4 At some point in his young adulthood, Írimon withdrew to the mountains at the far north of the island where he was able to study the heavens.

The Forostar was the least fertile part; stony, with few trees, save that on the westward slopes of the high heather-covered moors there were woods of fir and larch. Towards the North Cape the land rose to rocky heights, and there great Sorontil rose sheer from the sea in tremendous cliffs. Here was the abode of many eagles; and in this region Tar-Meneldur Elentirmo built a tall tower, from which he could observe the motions of the stars.5

He took for himself the name Meneldur, a Quenya name like all of his others, which meant "Heaven-servant."6

It is interesting to note that this great love for star-gazing by this gentle and modest king-to-be was at the very least somewhat out of sync with the direction in which the realm was moving. This is the period of the beginning of the great Númenórean Age of Sail. At the same time that Írimon was lamenting the fact that he would have to eventually relinquish his study of celestial objects to attend to the business of governance, his compatriots were looking to the sea and Middle-earth to satisfy their curiosity about their world.

There is, among ancient mariners of our primary world, a close and necessary connection between the study of the movements of the stars and sailing, especially when sailors move beyond journeys from port to port along a coastline and begin long journeys upon the open sea. These ancient seafarers developed systems of celestial navigation, reference points for north or south, and "evidence suggests that ancient seafarers utilized guide stars and 'star paths' (a Polynesian practice) to point them in the direction of their navigation."7

Tolkien mentions no such motivation spurring Írimon/Meneldur's great interest in the heavens, nor does he anywhere imply that the royal stargazer's desires extend beyond an abstract acquisition of knowledge to cross over into potential usefulness during the increasingly outward-looking period into which he was born. It is most frustrating that we are not told what exactly fascinated Meneldur. Did he approach his astronomical studies as a mystic/poet or a scientist? Or perhaps a little of both? We do not know what he discovered or how he interpreted it. One might assume, rightly or wrongly, that Tolkien did not develop these themes in his legendarium related to the golden age of Númenor because of the unresolved status of the cosmology of his created world at the time of the composition of this narrative (i.e., the Round World vs. Flat World concept of the physical reality of Arda).8 Tolkien does, however, include in the tale of Aldarion and Erendis tantalizing hints that they do live in a round world. For example,

Thus it came to pass that on a morning of fair sun and white wind, in the bright spring of the seven hundred and twenty-fifth year of the Second Age, the son of the King's Heir of Númenor sailed from the land; and ere day was over he saw it sink shimmering into the sea, and last of all the peak of the Meneltarma as a dark finger against the sunset.9 [Emphasis added.]

And further down that same page one finds another instance.

There was joy in Rómenna and Armenelos when men saw the great ship Númerrámar (which signifies 'West-wings') coming up from the sea, her golden sails reddened in the sunset.10 [Emphasis added.]

This sinking into or rising out of the sea is what one perceives when watching a ship on the horizon or a landmark on a coastline in a round world. In flat world, the watcher would only see the object of their attention grow smaller or larger. The text does not lead one to believe that Meneldur was studying the skies to enhance the science of navigation, quite the contrary.

He loved dearly the land of Númenor and all things in it, but he gave no heed to the Sea that lay all about it; for his mind looked further than Middle-earth: he was enamoured of the stars and the heavens. All that he could gather of the lore of the Eldar and Edain concerning Ea and the deeps that lay about the Kingdom of Arda he studied, and his chief delight was in the watching of the stars . . . where the airs were clearest, from which by night he would survey the heavens and observe all the movements of the light of the firmament.11

Nonetheless, Meneldur could not have been unaware of the rapid and dramatic changes occurring in the world into which he had been born. Númenórean seafarers continued to venture farther and farther. Their ships became more seaworthy and capable of longer voyages. A wanderlust that left Meneldur untouched drove their technological development. (The Valar's second attempt to isolate and protect a favored group was no more successful than their first in bringing the Eldar to Aman where they would be "safe." It appears to be part of the yearning shared by Elves and Men to try to shape their own destiny, which pushes them to strain against the bounds of the gilded cages the Valar build for them.)

When six hundred years had passed from the beginning of the Second Age Vëantur, Captain of the King's Ships under Tar-Elendil, first achieved the voyage to Middle-earth. He brought his ship Entulessë (which signifies 'Return') into Mithlond on the spring winds blowing from the west; and he returned in the autumn of the following year. Thereafter seafaring became the chief enterprise for daring and hardihood among the men of Númenor. . . .12

Meanwhile, Meneldur's choice of spouse will be a matter of great significance in the development of Númenor because of the influence of his father-in-law upon his son and heir. He marries Almarian--the daughter of that very same Vëantur mentioned in the citation directly above--first among navigators and explorers in Númenor and the driving force behind the politics, technology, and industry surrounding Númenórean seafaring.

Almarian bore Meneldur three children: his heir Anardil (who would later ascend to the throne as Tar-Aldarion) and two younger daughters Ailinel and Almiel.13 Now, Almarian is said to be a "beauty," but of further relevance to the future of Númenor and to Meneldur himself, she brings with her, in the form of her father, a powerful mentor for their son. Vëantur will instill within Aldarion an unshakeable passion for the sea: "[T]hough she herself loved ships and the sea no more than most women of the land , her son followed after Vëantur her father." 14

Strangely enough, Meneldur, the dreamy stargazer and would-be scholar, has produced a son who will become known as one of the most relentless voyagers and navigators to sail out of Númenor. Aldarion will continue to further develop and renew the connections made by his maternal grandfather--diplomatic, strategic, and otherwise--between the island of Númenor and Middle-earth. Through the inspiration and tutelage which Aldarion received from Vëantur, the people of Númenor are able to renew their friendship with Círdan and Gil-galad and build mutual alliances, which will serve them in the future.

One assumes that the three children of Meneldur and Almarian were born in the far north in that period when the heir to the throne was still his own man, i.e., studying the night sky and making notes on his observations. But, as one will read later, in his dealings with his son and his thoughts upon the task and responsibilities of the king of Númenor, Meneldur always put duty before personal preference.

When Meneldur received the Sceptre he removed, as he must, from the Forostar, and dwelt in the great house of the Kings in Armenelos. He proved a good and wise king, though he never ceased to yearn for days in which he might enrich his knowledge of the heavens.15

Meneldur obeys the conventions he had been taught demarcating the limits within which a good ruler should exist. He marries a beautiful, appropriate woman and together they produce two lovely daughters, and, most importantly by their standards, the son and heir that is expected of them. Meneldur does allow his son, albeit somewhat reluctantly, to learn of the sea and sailing from his grandfather and, not without misgiving, allows him to make his first voyage to Middle-earth as a young man with Vëantur. When his son returns, Meneldur is aware that he is definitely infected by sea-fever.

For Aldarion had become enamoured of the Great Sea, and of a ship riding there alone without sight of land, borne by the winds with foam at its throat to coasts and havens unguessed; and that love and desire never left him until his life's end.16

It must have seemed paradoxical to Meneldur at times that he had given up his studies of the stars to serve what he saw as the greater good of his country and yet raised a son who refused to do the same when it came to his abiding passion for seafaring and the sea.

Meneldur features largely in the tale of Aldarion and Erendis, which Tolkien describes in a letter to be the "the story of Aldarion and his tragic relations with his father and his wife."17 These so-called 'tragic relations' concern a decades-long struggle between Meneldur and his son over Aldarion's perceived lack of interest in his father's concerns—the welfare of Númenor and its governance—and his obsession with exploring and the sea. Meneldur's disapproval of Aldarion's constant and frequently years-long absences on voyages to Middle-earth leads to an often rancorous relationship between the king and his heir. Simultaneously, Aldarion falls in and out of love with Erendis, who shares Meneldur's disgruntlement with his obsessive focus upon shipbuilding, the sea, and Middle-earth. The woman who will eventually marry Aldarion loathes the sea as much as he loves it. If it were not complicated enough, Meneldur's daughter-in-law-to-be antagonizes his son with near identical complaints to his own. Meneldur wants to see Aldarion safely married and producing children—the clichéd heir and a spare at the very least. Aldarion often views his wife and his father as unified in their disapproval of him and determination to keep him land-bound.

Finally, after arguably the longest and rockiest road to a wedding in all of Tolkien's tales, Aldarion marries Erendis. Their respite (and the readers') of marital bliss is frustratingly short. Erendis presents Aldarion with a girl-child, and unconscionably, by the Númenóreans' Elvish child-rearing practices, a few short years later he takes to sea again.

It is stated that the Númenóreans, like the Eldar, avoided the begetting of children if they foresaw any separation likely between husband and wife between the conception of the child and at least its very early years. Aldarion stayed in his house for a very brief time after the birth of his daughter, according to the Númenóreans' idea of the fitness of things.18

During his absence, far longer than he had promised, Erendis withdraws to the central part of the island, as far from the sea as one could be on that star-shaped island, to the bucolic fields of Emerië.

. . . her love of Aldarion was wounded to the quick. She hated the Sea; and now even trees, that once she had loved, she desired to look upon no more, for they recalled to her the masts of great ships. Therefore ere long she left Armenelos, and went to Emerië in the midst of the Isle, where ever, far and near, the bleating of sheep was borne upon the wind. 'Sweeter it is to my ears than the mewing of gulls,' she said, as she stood at the doors of her white house, the gift of the King; and that was upon a downside, facing west, with great lawns all about that merged without wall or hedge into the pastures. Thither she took Ancalimë, and they were all the company that either had.19

When Aldarion returns, he bears with him an urgent letter from the High King Gil-galad, addressed to his father the king. His father greets him with the admonition to attend to his own house, asserting that he has neglected his personal life and it needs serious and immediate attention. Aldarion rides to Emerië, where he finds that he is no longer welcomed by Erendis. This last voyage and his delayed return have finally tested Erendis beyond what she is able to bear. They are never to live together again.

Angry and thwarted, Aldarion travels back to the court to harangue his father for supposedly supporting Erendis against him once again. He expects to receive the usual tongue-lashing from his father but encounters instead an unexpectedly altered attitude. In his absence, Tar-Meneldur has read and carefully considered the letter from Gil-galad, telling of Aldarion's usefulness to him and asking the king to give military aid and succor to the beleaguered peoples of Middle-earth. The language of the letter itself explains Gil-galad's respect for Aldarion and the situation in Middle-earth better than any summary:

Ereinion Gil-galad son of Fingon to Tar-Meneldur of the line of Eärendil, greeting: the Valar keep you and may no shadow fall upon the Isle of Kings.

Long I have owed you thanks, for you have so many times sent to me your son Anardil Aldarion: the greatest Elf-friend that now is among Men, as I deem. At this time I ask your pardon, if I have detained him overlong in my service; for I had great need of the knowledge of Men and their tongues which he alone possesses. He has dared many perils to bring me counsel. Of my need he will speak to you; yet he does not guess how great it is, being young and full of hope. Therefore I write this for the eyes of the King of Númenórë only.

A new shadow arises in the East. It is no tyranny of evil Men, as your son believes; but a servant of Morgoth is stirring, and evil things wake again. Each year it gains in strength, for most Men are ripe to its purpose. Not far off is the day, I judge, when it will become too great for the Eldar unaided to withstand. Therefore, whenever I behold a tall ship of the Kings of Men, my heart is eased. And now I make bold to seek your help. If you have any strength of Men to spare, lend it to me, I beg.20

As Meneldur reads on, the letter explains how much Aldarion has done in Middle-earth, how great is the remaining need, and makes it clear that war may be the only possible response to their situation while begging the military support of the King of Númenor. Gil-galad ends with a warning to the king.

Behold! The darkness that is to come is filled with hatred for us, but it hates you no less. The Great Sea will not be too wide for its wings, if it is suffered to come to full growth.21

For Tar-Meneldur, this is a moment of incandescent understanding. He has underestimated his son and understood almost nothing of how his time has been spent across the sea.

With his usual modesty and sincerity, Meneldur admits first to himself and then to Aldarion that he does not feel competent to make a decision and respond to Gil-galad's letter. He does not let Aldarion off the hook for not explaining better what has kept him so long in Middle-earth in the past, but he does recognize (or believe) that he himself is not suited to continue to rule. He explains to Aldarion:

"Nevertheless, the King, though he has now ruled the land of Númenor for one hundred and forty-two years, has no certainty that his understanding of the matter is sufficient for a just decision in matters of such high import and peril." He paused, and taking up a parchment written in his own hand he read from it in a clear voice:
Therefore: first for the honour of his well-beloved son; and second for the better direction of the realm in courses which his son more clearly understands, the King has resolved: that he will forthwith resign the Sceptre to his son, who shall now become Tar-Aldarion, the King.
"This," said Meneldur, "when it is proclaimed, will make known to all my thought concerning this present pass. It will raise you above scorn; and it will set free your powers so that other losses may seem more easy to endure. The letter of Gil-galad, when you are King, you shall answer as seems fit to the holder of the Sceptre."22

Thus, in acknowledgement of his duty, honestly, and without bitterness or spite, Meneldur relinquishes his kingship to his son. Aldarion accepts the challenge of leadership from his father in the spirit in which it is given. He appears to have followed his father's example in the end: to be a good and diligent king, although not without at least a few more sometimes controversial returns to Middle-earth.

In a letter, Tolkien notes that the tale of Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife

is supposed to have been preserved in the Downfall, when most of Númenórean lore was lost except that that dealt with the First Age, because it tells how Númenor became involved in the politics of Middle-earth.23

This is a particularly noteworthy and poignant detail, because, without the preservation of this tale, the reader would know nothing about Tar-Meneldur aside perhaps from dates and names in an index or genealogical table. And his story is a worthy one, not simply a personal tragedy, but the story of a good man, who did the best he could in a transitional period under realistic and believable familial and governmental challenges. His tale is a rich addition to Tolkien's legendarium.

Works Cited

  1. Unfinished Tales, "The Line of Elros: Kings of Númenor."
  2. Unfinished Tales, Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife, "The earlier generations of the Line of Elros."
  3. Unfinished Tales, Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife.
  4. Unfinished Tales, Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife, Note 1.
  5. Tales, Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife.
  6. Ibid.
  7. Davis, Danny Lee. Navigation in the Ancient Eastern Mediterranean. College Station, Texas: Office of Graduate Studies of Texas A&M University, 2001. Online.
  8. For further information about Tolkien's evolving conceptions of his cosmology see: Morgoth's Ring, Myths Transformed and The Peoples of Middle-earth, Last Writings.
  9. Unfinished Tales, Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife.
  10. Ibid.
  11. Ibid.
  12. Unfinished Tales, "A Description of the Isle of Númenor."
  13. Unfinished Tales, Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife.
  14. Ibid.
  15. Unfinished Tales, Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife.
  16. Ibid.
  17. The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, "276 To Dick Plotz, 'Thain' of the Tolkien Society of America."
  18. Unfinished Tales, Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife. Note 22.
  19. Unfinished Tales, Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife.
  20. Ibid.
  21. Ibid.
  22. Unfinished Tales, Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife.
  23. The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, "276 To Dick Plotz, 'Thain' of the Tolkien Society of America."

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Of Stories Left Untold

A story must be told or there'll be no story, yet it is the untold stories that are most moving.
Letter to his son Christopher (30 January 1945) - in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien (1981), p. 110

In The Silmarillion, many things get a slight mention but are never properly explored. We challenge you to create a gap-filler where you explore an event, a character, or perhaps an item that The Silmarillion makes clear must have existed but where the full story is never told. Think about an adult character's childhood, for example, or how a famous weapon or treasure came into the hands that won it renown. All art forms are welcomed.

Challenges Revisited: Akallabêth in August

This month, we focus on one of the most tumultuous times in Arda's history: the Second Age and the rise and fall of Númenor. But even as Númenor was the central player during these times, the whole of Arda was affected by the events that affected the prideful and unfortunates alike of this doomed island.

Any story that is or might conceivably be part of the Akallabêth is acceptable for this challenge. If it's been a while since you've read the tales of the Second Age of Arda, why not crack open this oft-neglected chapter and see if inspiration finds you? Here are a few plotbunnies that might find a home in this challenge:

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World War II Site Offers Hints of J.R.R. Tolkien

In 1916, a 24-year-old British soldier named J.R.R. Tolkien went off to fight in World War I. He was stationed near the village of Bouzincourt, took part in the nearby Battle of the Somme and writes about the area in his diaries. Jeff Gusky, an explorer and photographer who maintains a site called The Hidden World of World War I, believes Tolkien may have visited Bouzincourt's caves, places where hundreds of soldiers took refuge during the Somme -- and that some of his impressions ended up in The Lord of the Rings. Read the rest of "World War II Site Offers Hints of J.R.R. Tolkien" on CNN.

Heretic Loremaster: What the Valar Reveal about Gender Roles in Tolkien’s Legendarium

The Valar make for an interesting case study of gender in Arda, as they are most directly in contact with and influenced by Eru and also wield considerable influence over other peoples of Arda. While there are early glimmers of hope for gender equality among the Valar, their roles in The Silmarillion quickly fall into the troubling patterns well-recognized when Tolkien writes about women. Read the rest of "What the Valar Reveal about Gender Roles in Tolkien’s Legendarium" on the Heretic Loremaster.

"Tolkien and Final Fantasy" By Jared Mithrandir-Olorin

SWG member Jared Mithrandir-Olorin looks at connections and patterns between Tolkien's world the the Final Fantasy series.

"Wisdom from J.R.R. Tolkien's Works": Tolkien Proverbs

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How C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien Responded to 'Environmental Holocaust'

World War I took a massive toll on human lives but also left the surrounding environment in ruin. This article on CNN explores how Tolkien and Lewis discussed the theme of environmental degradation in their works.

"The Unquiet Voice of Saruman" by Jeff LaSala

This article reviews what we know about Saruman and also discusses the complexity of a character described as literally multifaceted and about whom we have thousands of years of unknowns.

"Dear Storytellers: Gay Characters Aren't Going to Show Up 'Organically' in Your Stories" by Andrew Wheeler

This article from the Comics Alliance rebuts the idea that LGBTQ+ characters will appear "organically" in stories and media, like seeds sprouting after a rain. Instead, Wheeler argues, writers must make an effort to include more diversity with respect to orientation, an approach that the fanfic community has been doing for years with some success.


Terrifying Tolkien Week: August 1 through 7

Tumblr Tolkien fandom is celebrating a Terrifying Tolkien Week during the first week of August. The goal is to use one of the myriad creepy, spooky, or downright bone-chilling elements from Tolkien's books to inspire stories. Use the tag #terrifying tolkien week on Tumblr if you participate, and look out for a possible collection on AO3. See the Terrifying Tolkien Week post on Tumblr for more information!

Many Paths to Tread: Tree and Flower Awards

The Many Paths to Tread archive is hosting their annual ticky-box awards to honor stories and art posted on their archive. They have a number of categories, including those open to Silmarillion-based work. The Tree and Flower Award post has more information on how to nominate stories and art for this award. The Tree and Flower Award rules can be found here.

And a Very Happy 6th Anniversary, MPTT!

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Fandom Growth Exchange

This fic exchange celebrates rare pairings--of which there are many in The Silmarillion--defined as fewer than ten complete fics (or fewer than five contributing authors) on AO3. Nominations for relationships run until August 7, and sign-ups open on August 10 and close on August 22. See the Fandom Growth Exchange page for more details.

Fall Mythgard Courses, Including "Tolkien's Wars and Middle-earth"

The Mythgard Institute is offering three new graduate courses this fall, including a course entitled Tolkien's Wars and Middle-earth, taught by Professor John Garth. This course will look at how Tolkien's war-time experiences shaped his legendarium. Also on offer is a course on Anglo-Saxon (Old English) taught by Tolkien scholar Michael Drout, and "The Force of Star Wars: Examining the Epic," taught by Dr. Amy Sturgis. See the Mythgard Fall 2015 course page for more information.

A New Tolkien Book The Story of Kullervo to Be Published!

In August, HarperCollins will publish another of Tolkien's unfinished scholarly endeavors: The Story of Kullervo, the dark tale from the Finnish Kalevala that deeply inspired the tale of Túrin Turambar. Tolkien's love for the Finnish languages also influenced his development of Quenya. OrissaPost has the full story on the forthcoming Story of Kullervo here.

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Calls for Papers

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