Newsletter: June 2013

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SWG News

International Day of Femslash

July is the month when authors of all fandoms write femslash! This is the SWG's fifth year participating in this multi-fandom event. The intent of the project is to set aside a day each July for the celebration and appreciation of femslash. Participants are encouraged to post a femslash story on July 20th. If you’re interested and want to get your creative juices going, you can visit the International Day of Femslash website for more information.

The Library of Tirion

Sadly, our section devoted to classic Silmfics (that is stories written before our archive opened in 2007) has lain dormant for a long time: the last story was added in September 2012. We’re keen to keep adding stories but we ran into trouble contacting authors. If you are in touch with

Philosopher at Large
Lady Peredhel
Le Chat Noir

let us know, if you can help us trying to contact them.

Also if you have any favourite author who’s not included, do let us know. You can either email us at or use the request form on the Library of Tirion page. We will make an attempt to contact the authors you request and hopefully add their work to our archive!

To enjoy the 47 stories we've collected so far, visit the Library of Tirion on our archive.


Every month, we include a Featured Podfic in our newsletter. These stories are selected by our members and recorded by our team of podfic readers to make Silmfic available in a new media. We're going to be planning our next round of Featured Podfics soon and need input from our members to help us select what to record. Visit our podfic page for more information on podfic, including how to get started with podficcing, add your own podfics to our archive, volunteer to read for the Featured Podfic project, or listen to and download podfics on our site.

Welcome to Our New Members!

Another month gone, and May has brought us several new members: mangacrack, Marille-Ancalima, pak40l46, Spartan1117, stevenlore, Strawberry Mongol Elf, and theeventualwinner. Welcome all to the Silmarillion Writers’ Guild!

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New at the Archive

Completed Works

Ashen Tears by Erurainon [Adult] (21932 words)
Summary: An adaptation of The Fall of Gondolin- A vivid retelling capturing all the heart-ache and truth of Tolkien's classic tale.

Atalantë by Dwimordene [General] (4617 words)
Summary: 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.

Don't Let Go by a7s4t6r5i6s [Teens] (2720 words)
Summary: Celegorm once made a promise that he'd always come find his little brother. This is the story of that promise. Oneshot. Celegorm and Caranthir, a friendship/sibling story. Begins in Valinor, ends in Dior's halls, cuts though Nirnaeth Arnoediad.

Drizzle by Silver Trails [Adult] (1052 words)
Summary: Ulmo and Manwë speak after the events of "Storm".

Fissure by Maglor Makalaure [General] (3340 words)
Summary: Elrond meets his father in Valinor.

Five Ways from One by clotho123 [General] (6951 words)
Summary: Five different paths the history of the Noldor might have taken if Fëanor had sworn a different Oath

Forgiveness by LadyBrooke [Teens] (1198 words)
Summary: In the Halls, Dior seeks out Maedhros to speak of family, forgiveness, and children.

House of Finwë drabbles by clotho123 [General] (3300 words)
Summary: Thirty-one drabbles, each from the point of view of a different member of the House of Finwë.

See You Again by a7s4t6r5i6s [General] (2743 words)
Summary: Caranthir visits an aging Haleth years after their first meeting.

Sparks by Independence1776 [Teens] (6087 words)
Summary: Short stories set at any point in the RAFA 'verse, from the Years of the Trees to RAFA itself. Each story has a separate rating.

The Forgotten King by theeventualwinner [General] (1230 words)
Summary: Maglor is faced with a brutal choice; to condemn his brother to Morgoth's torments, or to abandon his oath to reclaim the Silmarils. Either way, will he be able to live with his decision?

The Last Whose Realm Was Fair and Free by Dwimordene [Teens] (3067 words)
Summary: 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 Silver Road by Elleth [Teens] (5172 words)
Summary: After Míriel's release from Mandos, she departs for the House of Vairë, but who - and what - helped her come to that decision?

This Game We Play by theeventualwinner [Adult] (3535 words)
Summary: As the Siege of Angband takes hold, Mairon and Melkor must find ways to occupy their time. But how far does Mairon dare push his master, and will he like what he finds?

Works in Progress

50 Prompts: AU Silmarillion by Urloth [Adult]
Summary: 50 Prompts resulting in 50 AU Silmarillion based or related drabbles or ficlets.
Chapter added this month: Prompt: Justification (Finrod, Celegorm, Curufin, Celebrimbor).

In The Interest of Historical Accuracy by Duilwen [General]
Summary: In Eregion in the mid-Second Age, an ambitious young scholar sets out to understand the last remaining followers of the House of Fëanor.
Chapters added this month: Chapter 3: An oral history of Y.T. 1945 – 1947, which includes (but could not accurately be characterized as) an account of the Kinslaying at Alqualondë and Chapter 4: Regarding the Repurcussions of Alqualonde, the Doom of the Noldor, and the Departure From Aman

Lies and Music by Elisif [Teens]
Summary: Approximately half-way split between Fingon x Maedhros viewed through Maglor’s eyes, and Maglor’s post-Nirnaeth Arnoediad relationship with his brother. Significant deviations from canon throughout, approaching AU in parts.
Chapter added this month: The Nightingale.

Stages of Longing by Strawberry Mongol Elf [General]
Summary: After being re-embodied, Ecthelion learns that his beloved has sailed back to Middle-Earth. How is he supposed to understand it? And more importantly, how is he supposed to carry on now?
Chapter added this month: Chapter 1: The Void.

Straight Road by Strawberry Mongol Elf [General]
Summary: Written by my OC, Rochëru, son of Olwë, during his oh so long banishment in Middle-Earth.
Chapter added this month: Straight Road .

Strange Fates by PerpetuaLilium [Teens]
Summary: 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.
Chapter added this month: Teeming Faces.

Sunday Scriberies by Elleth [Teens]
Summary: A collection of answers and essays originally written as guest contributions to Ask Middle-earth's Scribe Sunday project on tumblr. Will be updated bi-weekly.
Chapters added this month: Morgoth's Elvish Thralls and Slaves and Meril-i-Turinqi.

Tenn' Ambar-metta by Almare † [Teens]
Summary: AU in which the Ainur are a powerful magically/technologically advanced species and Ilúvatar was an invention to aid them in controlling the elves. Nothing that happened before the Awakening is necessarily true.
Chapter added this month: Chapter 1.

The Burnt God by Taylor17387 † [Adult]
Summary: Melkor has been imprisoned in the halls of Mandos for all too long. The day of the trial is approaching, and now he's willing to do almost anything to convince his jailer of his change of heart. From then onwards, everything seems to go downhill for him. Will things improve upon his arrival at Angband?
Chapters added this month: Punishment and Chapter 4

The Writhen Pool by pandemonium_213 [Adult]
Summary: 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. Pandë!verse-centric. Rated Adult as a precautionary measure. Specific advisories will be posted per chapter as needed.
Chapters added this month: Chapter 3: Eagle of Iron , Chapter 4: A Scent of Distant Lands and Chapter 5: The Laws of Eä.

The Great Divide by ALark [Teens]
Summary: 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.
Chapter added this month: Taur Romen.

The Line of Kings by Michiru [Teens]
Summary: Exploring the lives of the Noldorin princes who would eventually produce the final king of the Noldor in Middle-earth.
Chapters added this month: Semantics, Warden of Tol Sirion and Far-reaching Consequence.

Short Works

A Poet's Curse by Elisif [Teens] (778 words)
Summary: A piece of somewhat AU Maglor insanity; dark.

At the Bidding of the Minstrel by Himring [General] (202 words)
Summary: Maglor's brothers: a kind of ghost story. Alternative text for Elleth's powerful artwork At the Bidding of the Minstrel, written as a gift fic for her some time ago but not previously archived here.

Betrayal by Silver Trails [General] (726 words)
Summary: Finrod watching the ships burning in Losgar.

Blessed Thing by Erurainon [General] (477 words)
Summary: Beren gives Luthien the necklase of Doriath to wear bearing the Silmaril.

Fame to fill the Void by mangacrack [Teens] (583 words)
Summary: Everything I'll never ever tell you.

Field of Research by Himring [General] (252 words)
Summary: A wise-woman of the Edain has an unexpected visitor.

Mothers and Daughters by oshun [General] (268 words)
Summary: Just a scrap of not much of anything. For a Femslash Friday submission. Not very slashy even under a microscope. But if I say it is, it is. The requirements are actually flexible. Women liking women is sufficient.

Sing With the Land by The Wavesinger [General] (855 words)
Summary: You call us less wise, but what do you know of Arda, children of Valinor? AKA 'What the Avari really think about the Noldor'

Sons of Stone by The Wavesinger [General] (238 words)
Summary: Aule muses on his creations.

That for which there is no word by avanti_90 [General] (511 words)
Summary: Five languages Rúmil of Tirion learned.

The First Day of my Life by mangacrack [General] (575 words)
Summary: In which Maglor is proud to be self confident enough to hold a grudge and refuse an offer in order to keep watching TV.

To See The Cherry Hung With Snow by Himring [Teens] (724 words)
Summary: Maedhros and Fingon and a cherry tree: first in Mithrim and later in Valinor, outside the gates of Lorien.


A Whisper of the Wood by Erurainon [General](73 words)
Summary: A song of Brethil during the First age.

Ado Night by Erurainon † [Adult] (107 words)
Summary: A song of the death of Turin

Anon He Sleeps by Erurainon [General] (106 words)
Summary: A weary soldier comes upon the place where Huor and the men of Dor Lomen were slain to guard the retreat of Turgon.

Dark Ships by Erurainon [General] (125 words)
Summary: A lamentation for The Doom of Men by a Bard of Numenor

Death at the Havens by Erurainon [General] (94 words)
Summary: The madness of one of Arda's most hated and powerful Noldor and the Eldar perspective on his kin-Slaying.

Ere The Light Faded by Erurainon [General] (62 words)
Summary: The dark and vivid ride of Hurin and his kin unto the Battle of Unnumbered Tears.

Galadriel Learns a Lesson by Erurainon [General] (94 words)
Summary: Young Galadriel learns about the dangers of power through a simple childhood error

Ire Night by Erurainon [General] (33 words)
Summary: An Epitaph For Feanor upon his death

Love We Must Pay by Erurainon [General] (56 words)
Summary: Feanor lashes out at Manwe from afar.

Sacrifice by Erurainon [Adult] (68 words)
Summary: The evil of the dark lord lives on in the wrongs the peoples of Arda commit against each other. This song is not one of light, but of dark horor.

Sons of the Damned by Erurainon [General] (86 words)
Summary: Servents of the Valar warn the lords of Numenor.

The Tearful Heath by Erurainon [General](89 words)
Summary: The sorrow of Finduilas still marks her grave. A stranger wanders through the woodland green and stumbles across the mound.


Trinity by pandemonium_213, read by pandemonium_213 [Teens]
Trinity was originally published in July 2007 and was the Featured Podfic in the May 2013 newsletter. Time: 29:13. File Size: 26.7 MB.
Summary: Three scientists discuss technology and responsibility in the Jornada del Muerto Valley on July 19, 1945.

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Character of the Month Biography

Dior Eluchíl


Dior is the only child born of the union of Beren and Lúthien. He marries an Elf of Doriath, Nimloth,1 and they have three children: two sons, Eluréd and Elurín, and a daughter Elwing, who is to marry Eärendil the Mariner. Tolkien considered the tale of Dior’s parents as one of the principal pillars, if not the most significant one, supporting his extended history of Middle-earth. He wrote several versions of Dior’s story, beginning with the one he presents in The Book of Lost Tales, which is revised and edited to take its final form as the one best known by readers found in the published version of The Silmarillion.

The section in The Book of Lost Tales 2 referred to as The Tale of the Nauglafring is an entire alternative version to the story of Dior, his kingship in Menegroth, his possession of a Silmaril, and his fight to hold onto it. Although the differences between this and the later version are numerous, the most basic roots of the story are set firmly within this account. (For you cat lovers out there: this is one which contains the tale of Tinúviel and the evil cat Tevildo.) Therein, Tolkien writes of Beren as a Gnome (the term in his early tales for the beings who are to evolve into the Eldar or Elves in future emendations of his legendarium). In this version, the son of Beren is also called "Damrod the Gnome" among other names. Later, Tolkien refers to

the son of Beren and Tinúviel, the father of Elwing, by the name Daimord, although in the actual tale as written the son is as he was to remain Dior. Presumably Daimord is to be equated with Damrod.2

In The Book of Lost Tales, Dior is also given the name Ausir (Gnomish for "The Wealthy"). In The Etymologies the name Dior is translated from Doriathrin as "successor.” It is said to have been derived from ndeuro (Primitive Quendian) meaning follower or successor.3

At the tender age of twenty-seven, Dior marries Nimloth, a full-blooded Elda of illustrious parentage. In the Unfinished Tales, Nimloth’s father, as well as Celeborn, are named as sons of

Thingol’s brother Elmo – a shadowy figure about whom nothing is told save that he was the younger brother of Elwë (Thingol) and Olwë, and was ‘beloved of Elwë with whom he remained’. Elmo’s son was named Galadhon, and his sons were Celeborn and Galathil; Galathil was the father of Nimloth, who wedded Dior Thingol’s Heir and was the mother of Elwing.4

After Lúthien dies of grief at the loss of her beloved mortal mate Beren, she is taken to the halls of Mandos where she argues for his return to life at the feet of Námo the Doomsman of the Valar. Námo concedes to her wishes at the cost of her own quasi-immortality. Beren and Lúthien return to Middle-earth as a mortal man and woman, where they settle in Ossiriand on the island of Tol Galen, and there she gives birth to their only child. He is called

Dior Aranel the beautiful, who was after known as Dior Eluchíl, which is Thingol’s Heir. No mortal man spoke ever again with Beren son of Barahir; and none saw Beren or Lúthien leave the world, or marked where at last their bodies lay.5

The Loss and Recapture of the Silmaril

Thingol engages the Dwarves of Nogrod to re-craft the Nauglamír (the Necklace of the Dwarves--of the treasure held in Menegroth, second only in value to the Silmaril itself), fitting the Silmaril into it, so that he might wear it all of the time. The Dwarves who set the stone in the Nauglamir then fell under its enchantment. They demand that, since the Nauglamír had originally been Dwarven-made and one of their greatest treasures, it should be returned to them, Silmaril included. That is met with a predictable response. In the ensuring melee, Thingol is murdered in his treasury and Doriathan Elves chase the Dwarven artisans out of Doriath, killing all but two of them. The surviving two stir up the Dwarves of Nogrod and return with an army to sack Menegroth, no longer protected by Melian’s magic.

When news of the death of Thingol, the theft of the hard-won Silmaril, and the destruction wrought upon the mythic Thousand Caves of Menegroth reach Beren and Lúthien, “[t]hen Beren arose and left Tol Galen, and summoning to him Dior his son they went north to the River Ascar; and with them went many of the Green-elves of Ossiriand.”6 The implication of Beren calling his son to assist him in this quest is that Dior is a trained warrior.

In that battle by Sarn Athrad Beren fought his last fight, and himself slew the Lord of Nogrod, and wrested from him the Necklace of the Dwarves; but he dying laid his curse upon all the treasure. Then Beren gazed in wonder on the selfsame jewel of Fëanor that he had cut from Morgoth’s iron crown . . . . Beren took the Nauglamír and returned to Tol Galen.7

Dior Goes to Menegroth

Now Dior Thingol’s heir bade farewell to Beren and Lúthien, and departing from Lanthir Lamath with Nimloth his wife he came to Menegroth, and abode there; and with them went their young sons Eluréd and Elurín, and Elwing their daughter. Then the Sindar received them with joy, and they arose from the darkness of their grief for fallen kin and King and for the departure of Melian; and Dior Eluchíl set himself to raise anew the glory of the kingdom of Doriath.8

Dior is presented here as a man with a sense of purpose and intent that has no basis in anything obsessive or wrong. He is still young by calculation of either Elves or Men, but he accepts the challenge laid upon him as Thingol’s heir, and he brings hope to a grief-stricken, shattered people.

The Second Kinslaying and the Death of Dior

A short time after Dior begins his work in Doriath, a messenger arrives with the news of the deaths of his parents—a casket containing the fabled jewel. The words that follow are chilling to the reader, bearing a weight of foreshadowing and dread. Lingering beneath the surface here, there is a tone of inexorability that Dior’s strength will not be sufficient to enable to withstand the heavy weight of the presence of a Silmaril.

Dior has come to Doriath to repair and restore his grandfather's wrecked and wasted caverns to their legendary magnificence, taking upon himself simultaneously the mixed legacy of Thingol. Tolkien professor Verlyn Flieger, in her study of Light within in the context of The Silmarillion, points out that, although many are quick to criticize both Dior and Thingol for their lust to hold onto the jewel at such a price, in fact it may be seen as an admirable goal.

Yet through him [Thingol] that Silmaril is recovered to shine upon Middle-earth, to be a sign of hope to Elves and Men. Beren and Lúthien come together, and in their child, Dior, they begin the half-elven race that will combine all that is best of Elves and Men.9

Key to the story of Dior is the fact that few can touch the Silmaril without falling under its spell. Possession of the Silmaril had brought no peace to Thingol.

For as the years passed Thingol’s thought turned unceasingly to the jewel of Fëanor, and became bound to it, and he liked not to let it rest even behind the doors of his inmost treasury; and he was minded now to bear it with him always, waking and sleeping.10

The jewels which give the name to Tolkien’s epic history by this point in the story raise contradictory emotions in the mind of the reader whenever one appears.

Long did Dior gaze upon the Silmaril, which his father and mother had brought beyond hope out of the terror of Morgoth; and his grief was great that death had come upon them so soon. But the wise have said that the Silmaril hastened their end; for the flame of the beauty of Lúthien as she wore it was too bright for mortal lands.

Then Dior arose, and about his neck he clasped the Nauglamír; and now he appeared as the fairest of all the children of the world, of threefold race: of the Edain, and of the Eldar, and of the Maiar of the Blessed Realm.11

Dior’s sudden obsession is transparent in the above lines. The reader senses that his desire to hold the Silmaril to himself will challenge his strength to withstand any ill fate it will bring upon him. Professor Flieger expresses the contradictory power of those stones.

As artifacts, the Silmarils embody light as a physical reality, tangible matter that can be touched, handled, and worked. As jewels, they are a metaphor for the desire of humankind for beauty and for the negative of this desire— possessiveness, covetousness, selfishness, and lust. Since the light of the Silmarils is enclosed in jewels, it does not necessarily shine for all and on all, as does the light of the Trees from which it comes. It can be owned, possessed by a single individual to the exclusion of others; it can be held in the hand, worn as ornament, or hidden away at the owner’s whim. While Fëanor’s motive in making the Silmarils is to preserve the light, his choice of jewels as the containers or bodies for that light leads to misunderstanding and misuse 12

Inevitably the sons of Fëanor become aware that Dior wears and flaunts the Silmaril. Pride of possession, the pull of the stone, and an unbreakable oath all collide under the shadow of the Doom of Mandos and the ill fate that seems to follow all who seek to hold that jewel. Maedhros drafts a letter to Dior demanding the return of the Silmaril. Dior tosses the letter away without even bothering to respond.

Not without dissension in their ranks, the sons of Fëanor descend upon Doriath.

They came at unawares in the middle of winter, and fought with Dior in the Thousand Caves; and so befell the second slaying of Elf by Elf. There fell Celegorm by Dior’s hand, and there fell Curufin, and dark Caranthir; but Dior was slain also, and Nimloth his wife, and the cruel servants of Celegorm seized his young sons and left them to starve in the forest. Of this Maedhros indeed repented, and sought for them long in the woods of Doriath; but his search was unavailing, and of the fate of Eluréd and Elurín13 no tale tells.

Thus Doriath was destroyed, and never rose again. But the sons of Fëanor gained not what they sought; for a remnant of the people fled before them, and with them was Elwing Dior’s daughter, and they escaped, and bearing with them the Silmaril they came in time to the mouths of the River Sirion by the sea.14

Dior’s Legacy

The lasting legacy of Dior comes not from his judgment or wisdom, military or diplomatic, or lack thereof, or even his bravery as a warrior in helping his father regain the Silmaril or his fight to the death to hold defend Doriath against the sons of Fëanor.

True, he did rebuild the Halls of Menegroth, but he could not protect them, with his loyalty divided, between defending his people and holding onto the jewel. There is little good or ill reported of his kingship over the Doriathan Sindar, except that his arrival initially brought them hope. He is, however, remembered as a significant link in the chain of possession of a Silmaril. (Those who have held a Silmaril take upon themselves a similarly unique position and responsibility in The Silmarillion to that of those called Ring-bearers in The Lord of the Rings—and also share the danger of falling under the spell of a magical artifact.) Dior’s daughter Elwing carries the Silmaril won by Beren and Lúthien out of the destruction of Doriath with her into exile. That Silmaril is then used to finally gain the attention of the Valar and persuade them to offer assistance to the peoples of Middle-earth--Elf, Man, and Dwarf--fighting their losing battle against Morgoth.

The deeds of Dior’s progeny through Elwing’s union with Eärendil tie the story of the creation of the Silmarils, the flight of the Noldor from Aman to Middle-earth, and all of the great deeds of the First Age to Tolkien’s account of the waning of the time of the Elves played out to its conclusion in The Lord of the Rings. Dior’s grandson Elros, choosing the path of Men, founds the dynasty of the rulers of Númenor, whose descendants return to aid and later exploit the peoples of Middle-earth. Elrond as an Elf endures the “long defeat,” enabling him to give succor to and to advise those who finally succeed in defeating the shadow of Morgoth in the form of Sauron from Middle-earth.

The narrative threads of the separated descendants of Dior, Elf, and Mortal Man, come back together in the union of Aragorn and Arwen, whose attempt to rebuild their fragmented homeland is not the end of the story begun in The Silmarillion, but a tidy break in an unfinished tale which, according to these legends, will only end in the Dagor Dagorath, the Battles of Battles at the end of Arda.

Works Cited

  1. Unfinished Tales, Index.
  2. The Book of Lost Tales 2, Notes.
  3. The Lost Road and Other Writings, The Etymologies.
  4. Unfinished Tales, The History of Galadriel and Celeborn and Amroth King of Lórien. It is interesting to note here that Christopher Tolkien characterizes this section of his father’s works with the advisory that “[t]here is no part of the history of Middle-earth more full of problems than the story of Galadriel and Celeborn, and it must be admitted that there are severe inconsistencies ‘embedded in the traditions . . . .’”
  5. The Silmarillion, “Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad.”
  6. The Silmarillion, “The Ruin of Doriath.”
  7. Ibid.
  8. Ibid.
  9. Flieger, Verlyn (2002-01-28). Splintered Light: Tolkien's World, Revised Edition. Kent State University Press, Kindle Edition.
  10. The Silmarillion, “The Ruin of Doriath.”
  11. Ibid.
  12. Flieger, Verlyn. Splintered Light: Tolkien's World, Revised Edition.
  13. See the SWG Monthly Character Biography of Eluréd and Elurín. Also, see the biographies of Elwing the White, Nimloth of Doriath, and Thingol.
  14. The Silmarillion, “The Ruin of Doriath.”

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Dawn Felagund (Read by anuhealani)

The people of Tirion learn of Miriel's death. This poignant, award-winning story was written for the SWG Birthday "Five Things" challenge.

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Current Challenge

Arda Underground

Through the imagination and the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien, we have strolled the wide marble avenues of Tirion, welcomed the sun from the walls of Gondolin, and watched the ships of the Eldar moor in the habors of Andúnië. We have kept the company of heroes and kings and seen the great events of history unfold in majesty and splendor. But where the streets grow narrow and rugged, where the torchlight fails and the bright voices fade, what can you discover of the people of Middle-earth?

This challenge asks writers to take the dark back streets of one of Arda's cities, to explore an unsigned tavern or hovel, and to meet the people too insignificant or unsavory to make it into the history books. The piece you create for this challenge should touch on the lives of the ordinary folk; explore an issue like poverty or crime; or consider a subculture, counterculture, or underground in one of Arda's cities.

Challenges Revisited: Many Meetings

In honor of Finarfin Appreciation Month, this month's challenge asks you to consider nonviolent conflict. Can you create tension and conflict without drawing swords? Many of the key turning points of The Silmarillion take place off of the battlefield, in meetings and councils, between individuals and groups, but few are the instances where we are allowed to see and hear what actually transpired. So let us wander there: to the soaring halls of Valinor or the hovels of the Edain, where decisions that would change the history of Middle-earth were made. Entries may be any length and involve any characters; the goal is to create tension and conflict without resorting to overt action.

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Articles of Interest

Each month, the SWG newsletter features links to articles that our members might find interesting. Do you have something you'd like to suggest? An interesting essay or discussion going on in your journal or blog? Drop us a line at and we'll add your article, essay, or post to our next newsletter!

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"Agency at Alqualondë: Materialism, World View, Neither, All, or None?" by pandemonium_213

What caused the kinslaying at Alqualondë? Various theories prevail, and Pandemonium led a discussion on the reasons for the kinslaying at Alqualondë on our LiveJournal community this past month.

"Why did Feanor's sons take the Oath?" by Mistrali

Mistrali leads a discussion on our LiveJournal community about why the Fëanorians swore their oath and whether the details were precisely as reported.

"The History of Middle Earth" by Stormwreath--with Chibis!

Stormwreath's delightfulchibi version of the History of Middle-earth starts at the very beginning with the Ainur being born from the thought of Ilúvatar and is currently covering the awakening of the Elves. Stormwreath currently keeps to a schedule of two episodes per week.

"Elves and Humans: On Speciation of the Firstborn and the Followers" by pandemonium_213

One of the most persistent fanons in the Tolkien fandom is the idea that Elves aren't human. Pandemonium draws on biological concepts and Tolkien's own texts to give a preliminary but nonetheless comprehensive answer to the question: How do we know the Elves are human?

It’s All in the Family: The Elweans and Ingweans

A study of the origins of the three elvish peoples, their great heroes, their ancient kings, and the noble families that shaped the history of the Eldarin race, or at least that part written into The Silmarillion. An Article by Michael Martinez.

Kindle Worlds Link Collection

Fandom got big news from Amazon this May with the announcement of its forthcoming Kindle Worlds. Fandom responded as we always doing: analyzing, arguing, speculating, and debating. Following are links, alphabetical by author, to discussion and more information on this new development.

Amazon + fan fiction = big question mark. by Amber Michelle
The problem with Amazon's new fanfiction platform, Kindle Worlds by Gavia Baker-Whitelaw
Getting Paid for Your Fanfic? Here Comes Kindle Worlds! by Dawn Felagund
Does Kindle Worlds Mean the End of Fandom? And Monster-Shouting by Dawn Felagund
New Information on the Kindle Worlds Contract and Vetting Process by Dawn Felagund
Some else with a scheme to make money off of fanfic ... by Dreamflower
Fan Fiction Is a Different Universe to Kindle Worlds by Mathilda Gregory
Kindle Worlds by Flourish Klink
Amazon to Monetize Fanfic, He Moaned by Dustin Kurtz
Kindle Worlds: Not Bigger on the Inside by Letters from Titan
If you kindle Worlds, will they burn up? by Lyra
OTW Fannews: Kindle Worlds edition by the Organization for Transformative Works
Amazon now wants to pay writers for fanfiction by Oshun
Amazon's Kindle Worlds: Instant Thoughts by John Scalzi
It's Kindle Worlds, we're just living in it? by untitledbychoice and heidi8


Teitho: June Challenge--Weapons

"In this elvish sheath dwells the Blade that was Broken and has been made again. Telchar first wrought it in the deeps of time. Death shall come to any man that draws Elendil's sword save Elendil's heir."

Swords, spears, axes, bows, knives... they are not just pieces of deadly metal in Tolkien's world. Not all of them, at least. Some have names almost as famous as the names of their bearers, and history going centuries back, to the skilled elven or dwarven smiths of old, who first gave shape to the hot metal. "Weapons" is the theme for this month's Teitho challenge. The deadline for this challenge (both art and stories) is June 25th. For instructions on how to submit your work and more information on the topic, visit the “Weapons" challenge page at the Teitho website.

West Virginia University Press:: Tolkien Studies: An Annual Scholarly Review

West Virginia UP produces an annual journal of scholarly Tolkien studies. Visit their website to order back issues or review their submission guidelines.

Bodleian Library: From the Middle Ages to Middle-earth

From 23rd May to 27th October 2013, the Bodleian Library in Oxford will offer an opportunity to see a selection of Tolkien's original artwork for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Visit the Bodleian Library's Upcoming Events page for more details.

JRR Tolkien Ring Goes on Display at The Vyne Exhibition

An ancient gold ring thought to have inspired JRR Tolkien to write The Hobbit is on display for the first time at The Vyne, a Tudor house in Hampshire. The ring, which was found in a farmer's field in Silchester in 1785, is inscribed in Latin and has been linked to a Roman curse tablet.

J.R.R. Tolkien's The Fall of Arthur Available for Purchase!

Christopher Tolkien has resurrected another of his father's abandoned scholarly projects: the translation of a text about King Arthur. The Fall of Arthur was released on May 23, 2013 and is currently available for purchase.

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