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Fill for the Tolkien Weekly prompt "net".

Fishers Fishing (100 words) by Himring
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Silmarillion and other histories of Middle-Earth - J. R. R. Tolkien, TOLKIEN J. R. R. - Works & Related Fandoms
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Maedhros | Maitimo, Maglor | Makalaurë, Elrond Peredhel, Elros Tar-Minyatur
Additional Tags: Drabble
Series: Part 3 of Kingfishers

Maedhros and Maglor with the two boys on the bank of a stream.
Some time after events at the Havens of Sirion, but they don't know each other all that well yet.

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Tolkien Femslash week is doing a challenge which invites you to make prompts from a list of Sappho quotations (or fragments).
The current SWG challenge suggests combining the song prompts with the Femslash challenge, if it works for you.

I like Sappho so I thought this  was a lovely idea. I made up some prompts, in case anyone is interested, i.e. I picked quotations and added a f/f pairing from the Legendarium that came to mind.(I'm afraid some of the more popular pairings are not included.)

They are posted to Tumblr but I'll also copy them in below.

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I quite thought I was about to fail this SWG challenge as well, but managed to get this written, right on the day of the deadline.

Of Voronwe's Parents (1146 words) by Himring
Chapters: 2/2
Fandom: The Silmarillion and other histories of Middle-Earth - J. R. R. Tolkien, TOLKIEN J. R. R. - Works & Related Fandoms
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Major Character Death
Relationships: Aranwe/Voronwe's mother
Characters: Voronwë (Tolkien), Aranwë (Tolkien), Voronwe's mother, Turgon of Gondolin
Additional Tags: Textual Ghost, House of Fingolfin, Fall of Gondolin, The Sindar, The Noldor, Challenge Response

Vignettes featuring the parents of Voronwe.
Inspired by Oshun's character bio of Aranwe on the Silmarillion Writers' Guild Archive.

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Belated fill for a Tolkien Weekly challenge, which I had been thinking about at the time, but did not manage to write. 
I suppose, in some fashion, a coda to Such Great Deeds, which features Mablung and alludes to the wolf-hunting scene from Beleg's POV.

Last One Standing
(200 words) by Himring
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Silmarillion and other histories of Middle-Earth - J. R. R. Tolkien
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Major Character Death
Characters: Mablung of Doriath
Additional Tags: Battle of the Thousand Caves, Double Drabble, Sindar, Doriath

Mablung's last stand before the Treasury of Menegroth during the Battle of the Thousand Caves.

ETA: This had a couple of the kind of errors in it that happen when you try and write fic in the early hours of the morning. I think I've caught them now, but if you spot any that I overlooked let me know, please. I should post more slowly, really, rather than editing online, but sometimes I need to hurry to escape my inner censor who is doing his best to cut me off.
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My bio of Brodda is now up on the SWG Archive and to be featured in the July newsletter. I would have preferred to wait with the SSP until the newsletter itself was up, but I think I might not have the time, later in the week.

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This possibly looks a bit ridiculous...
Really, it just means I'm a bit stuck and don't know which bit of this WIP I'll manage to work on next...
So I posted the first couple of hundred words to AO3 and parked the other fragments of the draft invisibly behind it, 
It makes me feel more organized, somehow.

The Songs (289 words) by Himring
Chapters: 1/?
Fandom: The Silmarillion and other histories of Middle-Earth - J. R. R. Tolkien
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Minor or Background Relationship(s), Other Relationship Tags to Be Added
Characters: Maedhros | Maitimo, Original Female Character(s), Original Male Character(s), Other Character Tags to Be Added
Additional Tags: Himring, Cross-cultural, Angst, Other Additional Tags to Be Added, Work In Progress
Series: Part 101 of Gloom, Doom and Maedhros
Summary: In the early days of the Noldorin settlement in East Beleriand, an unexpected event disturbs the peace of mind of Maedhros and his people.
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Balcony Scene (200 words) by Himring
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Silmarillion and other histories of Middle-Earth - J. R. R. Tolkien, TOLKIEN J. R. R. - Works & Related Fandoms
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Fingon | Findekáno/Maedhros | Maitimo
Characters: Maedhros | Maitimo, Fingon | Findekáno
Additional Tags: Valinor, Romance, Fluff, Romeo & Juliet - Freeform, Moon

In Valinor, after Maedhros and Fingon's re-embodiment.
A light and fluffy variation on the famous rescue, with a little bit of help from the Bard.

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I failed the Matryoshka challenge myself, but I managed to beta a great fic that Robinka has written for it.
It features a lovely Beleg, both brave and kind, not without a sense of humour.
It is entitled "A Hero of the Day" and she posted it to the SWG Archive yesterday.

LJ issues

May. 29th, 2017 08:58 am
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There are stories going round that on LJ journals and comms have been suspended and deleted without warning for including links in their posts to sites outside LJ.
If this happens, apparently it is possible to get the suspension revoked, if you immediately contact LJ support and explain that you are not a spambot. However, apparently there have been occasions when this appeal has failed, too. I don't know the particulars.
I myself had a cross-post from DW to my LJ journal blocked recently as spam because it contained an external link. I think it was a link to the SWG Archive.
I don't think it can be links to all external sites that are targeted--the algorithm they are using must have some kind of whitelist, but it is clearly worryingly short and the results do not seem to be vetted by humans, unless you appeal.
The reason I think they may be using a whitelist, although a very inadequate whitelist, is that in the cross-posts links to AO3 have been going through okay (as have the standard links to DW). But clearly the suspensions are hitting even links to big and well-known sites.
It would also be rash to assume that links to AO3 cannot be targeted, as there appears to be no information how the algorithm really works.
So far it looks as if the algorithm reacts equally to links in locked posts as well as public posts, which seems rather ridiculous. Who ever heard of a spambot locking their posts?
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Another WIP that was a long time in the writing.
Because Angst with a capital A.
Also, I'm anxious about the raging Elwing debates--there's just been another round on Tumblr.
Anyway, it is here.

Fugue (2360 words) by Himring
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Silmarillion and other histories of Middle-Earth - J. R. R. Tolkien, TOLKIEN J. R. R. - Works & Related Fandoms
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Major Character Death
Characters: Maedhros | Maitimo, Elwing (Tolkien), Maglor | Makalaurë, Elrond Peredhel
Additional Tags: Third Kinslaying, Suicide, Havens of Sirion, Mental Health Issues, Canon-Typical Violence
Series: Part 100 of Gloom, Doom and Maedhros

Maedhros faces Elwing at the Havens of Sirion.
Chiefly from Maedhros's point of view.

With a cameo of little Elrond taking charge.

Links above go to AO3.
Also posted to SWG.

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I've unlocked my draft version for the final chapter on AO3 and posted it (links below).
The version on SWG is not updated yet.
I think maybe the summary needs a tweak, but I'm not sure what to add.

Such Great Deeds (12619 words) by Himring
Chapters: 6/6
Fandom: The Silmarillion and other histories of Middle-Earth - J. R. R. Tolkien
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Major Character Death
Relationships: Fingon/Maedhros
Characters: Beleg, Fingon, Mablung, Círdan, Gwindor
Additional Tags: Friendship, Cross-cultural, Noldor - Freeform, Sindar, Grief/Mourning

A friendship fic featuring Beleg and Fingon, from the Mereth Aderthad to the Dagor Nirnaeth Arnoediad.
With various guest appearances and a great deal of conversation on a number of different subjects.

The stand-alone version just featuring Beleg and Mablung immediately after the Nirnaeth is called "Even So the Reeds Hissed in Serech at Sunset" and is here:
It's also cross-posted to Many Paths to Tread.

Thank you very much to everyone who has already found either of these and commented!
I'm behindhand with comments and replies, but hope to catch up soon.

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The final scene of "Words" developed out of a response to a prompt on Tolkien Weekly (Terms of address challenge: my love), so I went on to write an alternative drabble version of the scene, posted here:

I've also cross-posted this double drabble to Faerie.
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Words (836 words) by Himring
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Silmarillion and other histories of Middle-Earth - J. R. R. Tolkien, TOLKIEN J. R. R. - Works & Related Fandoms
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Aegnor | Ambaráto/Andreth | Saelind
Characters: Finrod Felagund | Findaráto, Andreth | Saelind
Additional Tags: Athrabeth Finrod ah Andreth, Languages and Linguistics, Cross-cultural, House of Bëor

Finrod and Andreth discuss matters of language.
A short extra scene for the "Athrabeth Finrod ah Andreth".

This is my entry for the latest SWG Challenge.
Links above go to AO3.

Here at the SWG Archive: http://www.silmarillionwritersguild.org/archive/home/viewstory.php?sid=3204
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 In case anyone missed it, the May Newsletter over at the SWG Archive has been posted and contains Oshun's bio of Barahir, among other interesting things.
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Multi-tasking with prompts - I submitted this double drabble to Tolkien Weekly for "Terms of Address (My Lord; My Lady)" and to Legendarium Ladies April for "Intercultural Relations" and " "Skills".
It's actually another bit of the WIP "The Songs" of which I posted a part for B2MeM: (here on DW: https://hhimring.dreamwidth.org/79310.html)
So eventually, hopefully, I will incorporate it.
Celvandil, Maedhros's stable master is a recurring original character.

Title: Negotiating with the Healer
Characters: Maedhros, son of Feanor, Celvandil (OMC), Grey Elven healer (OFC)
Rating: PG
Warnings: hints of a darker background

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In Praise of the Feast at Ivrin (192 words) by Himring
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Silmarillion and other histories of Middle-Earth - J. R. R. Tolkien, TOLKIEN J. R. R. - Works & Related Fandoms
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Fingolfin | Ñolofinwë, Elf | Elves, Noldo | Noldor, Sinda | Sindar
Additional Tags: Mereth Aderthad, Reunions, Beleriand, First Age, Poetry, Cross-cultural

Of the Feast of Reuniting at the pools of Ivrin it is said that the joy of that feast was long remembered in later days of sorrow.

Links above go to AO3.

Originally posted to the LOTR Community on LJ here: http://lotr-community.livejournal.com/392558.html

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Three Mariners (399 words) by Himring
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Silmarillion and other histories of Middle-Earth - J. R. R. Tolkien, TOLKIEN J. R. R. - Works & Related Fandoms
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Erellont (Tolkien), Falathar (Tolkien), Aerandir (Tolkien)
Additional Tags: First Age, Earendil's voyages, Vingilot, Drabble Sequence

The three mariners that accompanied Earendil and Elwing on their voyage to Valinor were ordered by him to stay behind on Vingilot and are bewildered by subsequent events.

Written for Legendarium Ladies April  (with a female Erellont) and for Tolkien Weekly. 
Links go to LLA collection. Tolkien Weekly post is here: http://tolkien-weekly.livejournal.com/1171938.html
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Last Light and First (384 words) by Himring
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Silmarillion and other histories of Middle-Earth - J. R. R. Tolkien, TOLKIEN J. R. R. - Works & Related Fandoms
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Vána (Tolkien), Original Elf Character(s), Original Female Character(s)
Additional Tags: The Two Trees of Valinor, Female Protagonist, Valier, Childhood, Inspired by Art

Vana the Ever-Young learns from a child.
A vignette set during the events surrounding the Creation of the Sun and Moon.

Links go to AO3, but the b2mem entry is here: http://b2mem.livejournal.com/485869.html

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The Elf at the Bottom of the Garden (1596 words) by Himring
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Silmarillion and other histories of Middle-Earth - J. R. R. Tolkien, TOLKIEN J. R. R. - Works & Related Fandoms
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Amras (Tolkien), Haldar (Tolkien), Haleth the Hunter, Haldad
Additional Tags: Haladin | House of Haleth, Cross-cultural, Druedain - Freeform, sons of feanor - Freeform, Childhood

Could Amras, son of Feanor, and Haldar, Haleth's brother, have met?
I think they could--well, in my 'verse, at any rate.
Another glimpse of the early history of the Haladin, also featuring a very young Haleth.
Written both for the "Strength and Beauty" challenge at SWG and for the Ambarussa day of Feanorian Week (Tumblr), although it features only Amras.

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I finally managed to make a start on "The Songs" for B2MeM, but only by dint on starting in the middle. 
It's a story I had planned for some time and two drabble sequences I've written about OCs are basically setting out background for it.
The difficulty has been that it has an extremely angsty start that I could not bring myself to tackle straight on.

I've also posted some rec lists for B2MeM that are basically link collections:Read more... )
Rating: Teens
Warnings: veiled references to torture
Characters: Maedhros, OMC (Celvandil)
Pairings: Maedhros/Fingon (background, hint only)
Creator’s Notes: This is a chapter from the middle, I'm afraid. The story has been in planning for quite a while and forms part of my Maedhros Saga, in which Celvandil, Maedhros's stablemaster is a recurring OC.
Summary: In the early days of the settlement of Eastern Beleriand, Himring is still in the process of being built, when disaster strikes, in the form of an escapee from Angband, who has not in truth escaped, leaving Maedhros and all his people deeply disturbed and a woman among them in urgent need of Sindarin healing arts. Maedhros, who owes the victim a great debt, insists on setting off himself to try and find a Sindarin healer. Celvandil, his stable-master, accompanies him on his search.

They rode south-west all day, towards the location where the scouts had reported meeting the Sindar a couple of weeks ago. It was very unlikely that the Sindar had not moved on since and they had not shared their plans with Maedhros's scouts. They could have moved in any direction.

So, as Maedhros and Celvandil rode, they were watching for any signs that might indicate a Sindarin presence--knowing full well that the people they were looking for had developed not letting themselves be seen to the point of a form of art. They were also watching out, as always, anywhere in this land, for signs of danger--forces of the Enemy or sources of danger hitherto unknown. Already, they had moved beyond the area in the immediate vicinity of Himring in which they were familiar with every feature, every patch of ground. This was country they had explored but were not yet at home in.

It was a tiring ride, with the need for haste constantly in their minds as much as the need to be alert, and the weather somewhat insidious, not nearly as bitterly cold as the Marches could easily become, but a damp seeping chill that made itself felt more and more as the evening drew on. By the time they stopped, after nightfall, there were patches of thin mist drifting in the hollows. It was a comfortless halt--a trickling stream large enough to water the horses, a couple of scraggy bushes.

Maedhros felt wretched, far more than he should have, after what was, after all, no more than some hours of riding without serious incident and a bit of damp that he might otherwise not even have taken notice of. He crouched on the ground, suddenly feeling acutely remnants of physical pain that for the most part he had learned to tune out just by ignoring them. Worse, he was feeling strongly, once again, the malignancy of Morgoth's will beating on his brain from the North.

As the fortress of Himring took shape in Maedhros's mind and its walls, slowly enough, rose in actuality, stone by stone, on the ground, he had found it a serviceable defence, a mental one, even before its physical walls were strong or complete enough to keep out a single orc. He could focus on Himring and wall Morgoth out. If he was not inside the future walls or even some way away from the hill where they would eventually be, that had made no difference, in the past months--the mere concept of Himring in Maedhros's mind, the hope he had invested in the fortress and the protection it could offer his people had been shield enough.

But now Morgoth had broken through that defence--so easily. He had not had to send an army, he had just sent Targlin. And the message had been very clear.

I can break you. All of you. And I will.

Maedhros had already failed to protect his people before, exposing them to all this, and he had failed to protect them once again. And now he had compounded his failures by insisting on going off on this wild-goose chase for an unknown Sindarin healer who would have little interest in letting herself be found and might be unable to help in any case--just because, apparently, Maedhros could not learn to live with his mistakes.

Now here he was, sitting out here in the wilderness, feeling sick and sorry for himself, without Maglor to lend his aid, prop him up and gloss over his deficiencies until Maedhros regained his grip, as Maglor had so reliably done in the past. It had seemed the better plan to send Maglor with Caranthir on his explorations eastward, into unknown territory--Caranthir to sense intentions and threats, Maglor to soothe the feelings of any sentient beings that Caranthir's approach and manner might ruffle. It still seemed the better plan if only Maedhros had been as strong as he should have been, as strong as he had thought he was, but now Maedhros missed Maglor's support painfully.

In Maglor's absence he turned his thoughts the other way and allowed himself to think of Fingon. If Fingon could see him now, what would he think of this pathetic show his cousin was making? He would not tolerate it for long. He would do, as he had done in Mithrim: with gentle persistence bully him until Maedhros got up and got on with things, for the sake of the Noldor.

For the Noldor...

Maedhros's eyes pricked with tears. This was not working. He had tried to visualize Fingon's dear determined face, imagine Fingon's strong grip on his shoulders--but instead of feeling encouraged, he was assailed by an aching sense of separation and loss. Focusing on anything inside his head was clearly the wrong thing to do, tonight, and so he made himself look around for Celvandil.

Celvandil was still wholly occupied in taking care of their horses--talking to them softly, praising them for their cooperation and endurance today, checking their hooves one by one to make sure they were taking no damage on this extended journey. That was fortunate, thought Maedhros, it meant that Celvandil probably had not noticed anything, just now, and also that Maedhros had not been lost in misery as long as it had seemed, to him.

He considered Celvandil, his bent back, Noldorin black hair tied back simply but efficiently, his hands sure and gentle as he checked the grey mare's hoof. Maedhros could never have spoken as frankly to Celvandil, he thought, as he could speak to Maglor or as he could have spoken to Fingon, if circumstances had permitted it. He could not have revealed the extent of his weakness to Celvandil or the extent of his lingering pain or confessed his fears and flaws. It was not that he felt any specific doubt or distrust. His whole instincts were against it. He could make exceptions for Maglor and Fingon, nobody else.

And Celvandil would not have wanted him to. He surely would have been horrified if his prince had begun to unburden himself to him. Maedhros needed to remain a leader in the eyes of his people. He need the mantle of authority. If at any time, the fault lines became too obvious, at least his people needed to be able to avert their eyes.

Maedhros could not speak frankly to Celvandil, no. But nevertheless, Maedhros thought, Celvandil had without complaint accompanied Maedhros on his wild-goose chase in the wilds of East Beleriand, just as, before that, he had followed him loyally on the way from Mithrim to Himring and, before that, from Valinor to Middle-earth.

Maedhros remembered Celvandil as he had known him in Valinor. He had been the son of a successful horse-breeder who counted the royal family and the nobility among his patrons. Celvandil, as his son, had owned his own horses. When the Feanorians had reached Beleriand, all the horses anyone owned had been impounded by the crown, by military necessity, as had any other property that was too important to the war effort to be left in private hands. Celvandil's horses, the ones he had brought along on the journey from Tirion, were among them--not that they were taken away from him, at that point, as he was still employed in looking after them, but they were no longer officially his.

Celvandil had accepted it--nor had he shown any resentment, later, when Maedhros gave away so many horses to Fingolfin, accepting that necessity also, even though some of Celvandil's horses were among them. Fingolfin could be given only the best after all. How could peace among them otherwise be achieved? Celvandil had not understood, however, thought Maedhros, why Maedhros had also given Allinte away to Fingon, at the same time--whether Fingon had saved Maedhros from Thangorodrim or not. Allinte was Maedhros's own mare and so she had been his to give, as Maedhros, that is, as well as in his role as the head of the House of Feanor--but she was also the mare that Celvandil had trained specially to carry Maedhros when he first began to ride again, after Thangorodrim, and in that way she had been Celvandil's also.

Maedhros had been aware of an injustice, in that, although Celvandil never said anything and Maedhros could not offer any explanation that would not have shamed and embarrassed them both. Yet, Celvandil followed him still, ever since, and had given unstintingly of his loyalty as before and on this day, also.

'I will see to it that you have horses of your own again, one day, Celvandil' said Maedhros, suddenly.

Celvandil looked up, startled, carefully set down the last hoof and turned around.

'Thank you very much,' he answered. 'It is not really of so much concern to me, at present.'

Of course it wasn't, thought Maedhros. Celvandil's main concern at present was surely stopping his fool prince from running off and falling into a ditch and maybe dying there, when his people needed him in Himring.

But the idea of getting horses for Celvandil helped. It might in truth be as unattainable a goal, in their current situation, as ensuring the survival of the Noldor in Beleriand or defending Himring against everything Morgoth could throw against it or finding a healer out here in time to save an unconscious woman, but it felt more manageable, somehow.

'I will,' he insisted. 'One day. You will see.'

'Yes, of course,' said Celvandil, clearly humouring him, but nevertheless touched by the vehemence with which he insisted.

They spoke little further that night, rested until dawn and set out again as soon as it was light enough to see any tracks that might cross their path. Maedhros was filled with new determination. It was not possible that Maedhros Feanorion should allow a woman who had saved his life to die without doing his utmost to prevent it. They would find that healer.

More Author's Notes:
Targlin is the name I chose for the escapee of the Angband mentioned in the summary. The preceding chapters have in fact not been written yet, but at least he now has a name, which was somehow a major sticking point for me.
The whole story will be called "The Songs", when it is finished; at any rate that is the plan.
Also, the Sindarin healer Maedhros is looking for is a woman, but I'm not quite sure whether Maedhros knows this, at this point, or not.

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