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Drabble sequence written for the Fellowship Challenge at Tolkien Weekly.
Originally this was an independent plot bunny, which involved a frame story in which Maedhros, returning to Valinor, finds out that the Eldar have distrusted all Men except the Edain since the First Age and attempts to write in defence of the Easterlings or at least his loyal allies among them.
(I had also envisaged a different ending to this drabble sequence. The prompt series ended more abruptly than I expected.)


Characters: Maedhros, son of Feanor;  Bor, chieftain of an Easterling tribe; his sons Borlach, Borlad and Borthand; his aunt Borgun (OFC)
Rating: PG to PG13
Length: four single drabbles, one double drabble

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There's that writing meme going round--it's all very interesting, but I guess I'm sort of superstitious and afraid that if I talk too much about it, whatever it is that works will stop working...


Anyway, I got this moving again (I guess it was the bank holiday!). Another chunk of conversation!

Characters: Beleg,  Fingon,
Rating: Teens
Warnings: consumption of alcohol, angst 
Word Count: c.850

The story so far: In the run-up to the Battle of the Nirnaeth Arnoediad: Mablung and Beleg have arrived in Barad Eithel and are waiting for the call to action, but the host of Hithlum has not quite finished assembling and there is still a bit of a lull before the storm.
During  a chance encounter, Beleg has been alerted by Captain Berion that the local innkeeper has sent for help in dealing with Gwindor, who is drinking heavily in her establishment. He has offered to go and keep an eye on things while Berion goes looking for a friend of Gwindor's to come and fetch him back safely to his quarters. When Beleg arrives at the inn, Gwindor turns out to be seemingly volatile and by no means completely lucid, but not actually physically aggressive. Berion arrives with Gwindor's friend. To Beleg's surprise, Fingon is also with them. He persuades Gwindor to leave. Fingon discusses Gwindor's past history with Beleg.


 


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Now posted to AO3.

Winged Voices: Birds of Middle-earth (527 words) by Himring
Chapters: 5/5
Fandom: The Silmarillion and other histories of Middle-Earth - J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit - J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkien
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Celeborn/Galadriel
Characters: Galadriel, Celeborn, Caranthir, Celegorm, Bard of Laketown, Dáin Ironfoot, Landroval, Meneldor, Arwen, Daeron (Tolkien)
Additional Tags: Multi-Era, Cross-cultural, Elves, Dwarves, Birds
Summary:

Drabble sequence written for a sequence of bird prompts at Tolkien Weekly on LiveJournal:
various kinds of cross-overs between the Silmarillion and The Lord of the Rings and/or The Hobbit.
The birds get their own say in some, but not all of the drabbles.

1) Swan: Galadrlel & Celeborn; 2) Thrush: Celegorm, Caranthir, Bard; 3) Raven: Caranthir, Dain; 4) Nightingale: Arwen, Daeron; 5) Eagle: Landroval, Meneldor

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Essentially a housekeeping task (and incomplete), but perhaps of interest... (ETA: updated)

 

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Named minor OCs:

Aranwe: Noldo known to Maedhros, dead by the end of the First Age (a follower of Celegorm who remained in Nargothrond? Or identical with the canon character Aranwe?)

Anveryon:  one of the followers of Celegorm who left Elured and Elurin in the forest in Doriath, turned outlaw

Ardil: Noldo, escaped or freed prisoner of Morgoth, disappeared again

Cirnur: young boat-wright in Lothlorien

Ebor: head of the council of the elders of the Haladin before the Haladin joined Elros

Elvea: Erien and Naurthoniel’s cousin, broke her leg on the Helcaraxe and died

Enedrion:  one of Finrod’s followers who died in Tol-in Gaurhoth, friend to Beleg

Forgam:  cousin of Enedrion, friend and follower of Gwindor

Melimo: Noldo who served Fingon and Fingolfin as engineer, dead by the end of the First Age 

Ninde: follower of Finrod, relative of Erien, died very early on the Helcaraxe

Minyo: guard in Feanorian camp in Mithrim

Nolemir: born of a Noldorin father and a Sindarin mother, follower of Caranthir, survived Doriath

Rusco: Elvea’s young son, died on the Helcaraxe

Sandohtar: one of the followers of Celegorm who left Elured and Elurin in the forest in Doriath, died of wounds received in Doriath

Saron: Noldo, escaped or freed prisoner of Morgoth who killed himself and his family

Tercano: Maedhros’s herald, fallen at the Nirnaeth

Viresse: Fingon’s housekeeper in Dor-lomin, dead by the end of the War of Wrath

Yavien: Guilin’s wife, drowned in a spring flood in Sirion

 

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Another instalment.
Perhaps I should not post this part separately, as it ends in the middle of a conversation--but the conversation is a long one and I fear that, due to RL goings-on, the story might be about to get stalled again. I don't want to leave posting it until it gets cold, as it were.

Characters: Beleg, Gwindor, Fingon, Forgam (OMC), Berion (OMC)
Rating: Teens
Warnings: consumption of alcohol, angst of the Dagor Bragollach variety, slightly dubious canonicity
Word Count: c.1700

The plot so far: In the run-up to the Battle of the Nirnaeth Arnoediad: Mablung and Beleg have arrived in Barad Eithel and are waiting for the call to action, but the host of Hithlum has not quite finished assembling and there is still a bit of a lull before the storm.
During  a chance encounter, Beleg has been alerted by Captain Berion that the local innkeeper has sent for help in dealing with Gwindor, who is drinking heavily in her establishment. He has offered to go and keep an eye on things while Berion goes looking for a friend of Gwindor's to come and fetch him back safely to his quarters. When Beleg arrives at the inn, Gwindor turns out to be seemingly volatile and by no means completely lucid, but not actually physically aggressive. Berion arrives with Gwindor's friend. To Beleg's surprise, Fingon is also with them.



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A drabble sequence on Brandir of Brethil and his family.
Written for the prompt sequence "Celebrate" at Tolkien Weekly, but despite this somewhat dark in parts.
The drabbles are here given in the chronological sequence of the events described.
(I may perhaps expand the sequence later to get a more satisfactory arc.)

Characters: Brandir the Lame, healer and (later) Warden of Brethil; his paternal grandmother Gloredhel (House of Hador); his mother Beldis (House of Beor); his elder cousin Hunleth; his younger cousin Hunthor; Dorlas of Brethil; Finduilas of Nargothrond; Turin, son of Hurin (the Mormegil).
Rating: PG13
Warnings: canonical character deaths, allusion to Gwindor's sufferings in Angband and other mature themes.

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Managed to get this moving again!
Still a little way  to go, though, before Beleg and Fingon can have that one-on-one conversation they've been heading for for ages...
At least here's Beleg inside the inn, finally, coming to salvage Gwindor from the shipwreck of the evening.


Characters: Beleg, Gwindor
Rating: Teens
Warning: consumption of alcohol
Word Count: c. 775 words





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This is my fic for [personal profile] huinare's June of Doom & Gloom Challenge.
It is actually not the gloomiest plot bunny I could come up with, but the gloomiest I felt able to commit to writing this month.
It may still need a bit of tweaking, but I decided to go ahead and post it, the way you do (or maybe you don't), to prove I could.
It's got some characters I never tried my hand at before and a thrilling absence of plot centred on a non-event.

Title: Maedhros and the Palantir
Characters: Maedhros (Nelyafinwe Maitimo), Saruman (Curumo), Feanor (Feanaro), Mahtan, Gandalf (Olorin)
Setting: Valinor
Summary: Maedhros has just finished collaborating with Feanor on the first Palantir. The Palantir is launched at a major reception in Feanor's house.
Rating: General (i.e. no sex, no violence, but probably entirely unsuitable for young kids)
Gloom rating: c. 5/10; Doom rating: c. 7/10
Length:  2100+ words

Perilous to us all are the devices of an art deeper than we possess ourselves.
Gandalf in: The Palantir (The Two Towers)

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From a conversation on Tehta's LJ.
Archived for possible further reference.

Fingolfin & Aredhel, in Hithlum, discussing the weather.
No warnings
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(A little gloomy for Easter, I'm afraid. Sorry!)

The following quote was a B2MeM prompt in 2013. At the time, I sort of cheated and wrote "A Little Slow", which is wholly set in Tirion.
Then recently, during the Silm Re-Read, the quote came up again:

"Fëanor and his sons abode seldom in one place for long, but travelled far and wide upon the confines of Valinor, going even to the borders of the Dark and the cold shores of the Outer Sea, seeking the unknown".

Characters: Fingon, Maedhros
Setting: Valinor
Rating: General
Word Count: c.370 words

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Sorry, spamming my f-list relentlessly today (three posts!) I promise this is the last one!

I wrote the following for the prompt "Old English Writings: Riddle" over at Tolkien Weekly.
It qualifies for "Legendarium Ladies April", so I'll be cross-posting it without waiting to see how the rest of that drabble challenge goes, as I would otherwise do.

Title: Two Rohirrim
Characters/Pairing: Two female characters from Rohan
Rating: PG
Warnings: generalized summary of canon violence and related dark themes.
Book/Source: LotR (and LotR Appendices)

Link: http://tolkien-weekly.livejournal.com/1045261.html

A pair of semi-drabbles that are riddles (the first one is very easy). Check out Lignota's excellent solutions in verse (!) under the spoiler cut in her comment!
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A second drabble sequence, written to the prompts of the Tolkien Weekly Sounds Like challenge.
The original sequence is here (on SWG): http://www.silmarillionwritersguild.org/archive/home/viewstory.php?sid=1912

Summary:  The story of Aerin of the House of Hador and Broddun of the Easterlings, Brodda's sister. After the crushing defeat of the Edain in the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, the Easterlings have occupied Dor-lomin. Brodda has taken Aerin to wife by force. Aerin and Broddun find ways of dealing with it and with each other. Their friendship grows and survives amid difficulties, but the end is bitter.

Characters: Aerin, Broddun (Brodda’s sister, OFC), Brodda, Morwen, Sador, Lorgan, Ragnir, Turin
Warnings: violence, character death, self-induced miscarriage (abortion)
Rating: Teens
Length: seven double drabbles

Prompts: Sounds Like (Hair): hare, hare-brained, hair-breadth, hair-raising, err, heir, heirloom, hair

 

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I posted my final B2MeM non-compilation piece and it has had its reveal date today.
It's based on a story in the LOTR Appendices and grew out of a conversation with Lignota.

Title: Snowdrops
Author Name: Himring
Prompt: flowers peeking above the snow (Seasons of Middle-earth: Spring)
Summary: Valacar, prince of Gondor, is sent to Rhovanion to learn the ways of his father’s allies and falls in love with Vidumavi, the daughter of his host
Rating: PG
Warnings: none (except for a bit of geekishness)
Author's Notes: Simultaneously written for the current challenge at LOTR Community. The requirements were that the story should contain no dialogue and that one of the characters should point at something.

Link: http://b2mem.livejournal.com/273815.html

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My compilation piece has had its reveal date.
Anyone on my f-list who happens to read it--would this piece benefit from more geeky footnotage? I figured that an Author's Note that mentioned Quenya and "mother's name" might already be off-putting enough, so I sat on my hands. But if anything puzzles you and you'd like it explained, don't be shy and ask!

Title: Forging Gold
Prompt: (B2MeM 2014: Winter) Use the following song to inspire your writing or artwork: "Crystal Forest" by Nox Arcana
Summary:  Maglor and three of his brothers on a day towards the end of the Fell Winter (First Age).
Rating: General
Warnings: none
Author's Notes: The title alludes to the alleged meaning of Maglor’s mother name (Quenya Makalaure, also rendered as “Gold-cleaver”).  Maglor’s father name Kanafinwe is also mentioned, as is the shortened form Kano.

Link to post on b2mem community:
http://b2mem.livejournal.com/265429.html



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Some very kind people have already spotted it, but my second non-compilation B2MeM piece was unveiled today:
This was basically a comment fic that ran away with me a little. The ultimate inspiration was Tehta's lovely little piece, The Snake, now posted on AO3 here: http://archiveofourown.org/works/705754/chapters/2712421 (and a discussion on her LJ). 
At first, I was feeling a bit uneasy about my use of the B2MeM prompt, but that final para has been growing on me.

Title: Maglor Tunes a Guitar
Prompt: Durin's Day (Seasons of Middle-earth: Autumn)
Summary: In Umbar, Maglor tunes a guitar in the Feanorian manner. (No, not what you think: nobody dies!)
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: moderate violence (very much non-graphic)
Author's Notes: With thanks for inspiration to Tehta and Anna Wing (Apologies for the way I used the prompt; the Dwarves refused to talk.)

http://b2mem.livejournal.com/259949.html


Autumn produced a goodly harvest! Next week, it will be winter in Middle-earth and there are a lot more good things to look forward to.
My own compilation piece should be unveiled at some point during the week.

Still doing the review challenge, although behindhand with reporting the reviews and matching them up with specific challenges.


B2MeM Review Challenge stamp 2

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My short non-compilation piece on Goldberry had its reveal date at the B2MeM community today.

Title: I Who Am Water
B2MeM Challenge: Seasons of Middle-earth, Summer (non-compilation)
Prompt: "Each year at summer’s end I go to find them for her, In a wide pool, deep and clear…" (Fellowship of the Ring, "In the House of Tom Bombadil")
Summary: Goldberry is the River-daughter
Rating: PG
Warnings: none
Format / Genre: ficlet (108 words); character study (first-person)
Characters/ Pairings: Goldberry (Goldberry / Tom Bombadil)

Link to ficlet on LJ:
http://b2mem.livejournal.com/255484.html


I'm doing the B2MeM review challenge (see stamp below) and there are plenty of contributions worth reviewing. It's not really fair to the rest to recommend any single one over the others, but yesterday's stories are fresh in my memory and were both excellent:

Children's Game
, by Elleth: : http://b2mem.livejournal.com/254984.html
Last Summer, by Rhymer: http://b2mem.livejournal.com/254766.html


Review Challenge Stamp 6

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Advancing in baby steps...

Summary: In the run-up to the Battle of the Nirnaeth Arnoediad. Mablung and Beleg have arrived in Barad Eithel. They have been cordially received by Fingon, discussed the situation with Cirdan and met Hurin and Huor again. Now they are waiting for the call to action, but the host of Hithlum has not quite finished assembling and there is still a bit of a lull before the storm.

Characters: Beleg, Gwindor, Berion (OMC)
Word Count: c. 775 words
Rating: Teens (this part: General)
Warning: reference to consumption of alcohol




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Just a short scene, but I decided to post it on its own.


Characters: Mablung, Beleg (and reference to Hurin)

Rating: Teens (this part perhaps General)

Word Count: c. 440 words

Summary: In the run-up to the Battle of the Nirnaeth Arnoediad. Mablung and Beleg have arrived in Barad Eithel and have been received by Fingon and talked about the situation with Cirdan. On the way back from a meeting with Hurin and Huor, they have a conversation.

 

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It's three months since I posted the last instalment! Tough going...

Characters: Mablung, Fingon, Beleg, Cirdan
Warnings: a bit angsty
Rating: Teens
Word count: c.950

Summary: Beleg and Fingon met at Ivrin, just before the Mereth Aderthad. Beleg took a liking to Fingon and Fingon revealed that Beleg was a childhood hero of this. However, even then, things were somewhat strained by the diplomatic situation between the Noldor and Doriath--and not  long afterwards Angrod revealed the secret of the Kinslaying at Alqualonde, in which Fingon was also involved, although less culpably so than the Sons of Feanor.
However, rather than dealing directly with the consequences of that revelation, I'm skipping straight ahead to the period just before the Nirnaeth Arnoediad. Beleg and Mablung arrive in Barad Eithel...

 

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You can tell I've been reading the B2MeM prompts list.
This drabble incorporates two B2MeM prompts I did not sign up for. (Yes, three prompts, almost more prompt than fic!)

Title: A Merry Feast
Author: Himring
Challenge/Prompt: Tolkien Weekly - Mulled Wine: Wine
Characters/Pairing: Hurin/Morwen
Rating: Teens
Warnings: all implied only and everything canonical (but you do know what happened to Hurin, don't you?)
Word Count: 100 Words by MS Word

http://tolkien-weekly.livejournal.com/1032981.html

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