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I think most of those interested are aware already, but here's some (mostly slightly older) news.

I'd been thinking for some time it might be good to post a list of "Quenya names", that is, not any names linguistically Quenya, of which there are quite a number in the Lord of the Rings and the Silmarillion, too, but the Quenya versions of characters' names drawn from HoME that fic writers use for Valinorean settings or to describe interactions among the Noldor.

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So, triggered by a review by a floundering reader, I feverishly spent a couple of hours compiling a preliminary list, which is posted here. I'm hoping that, with other people's help, it can be eventually turned into something reliable and then posted to the References section on SWG, like Clotho's chronological compilation (which I use quite a lot).

Also, my bio of Dorlas has been posted in this month's SWG newsletter. Dorlas is that not-very-nice guy in the last section of the Tale of Turin and Tolkien put quite a lot of thought into developing his role, although this is more obvious from the "Children of Hurin" or "Unfinished Tales" than from the "Silmarillion": about the nature of courage, Edain politics, dramatic irony, and so on.

The SWG Ancestors challenge has concluded. There are ten stories, some of which I haven't managed to catch up with yet. 
I wrote a short piece that features Aragorn as well as some of the more usual suspects.
This is now also cross-posted to AO3:

The Witnesses (266 words) by Himring
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Silmarillion and other histories of Middle-Earth - J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkien, TOLKIEN J. R. R. - Works & Related Fandoms
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Aragorn | Estel, Celeborn (Tolkien), Elrond Peredhel, Galadriel | Artanis, Glorfindel (Tolkien)
Additional Tags: Ancestors, Doriath, Gondolin, Nargothrond, Cross-cultural, Edain, Elves
Summary: Aragorn is told about his ancestors by those who saw them with their own eyes.

The next SWG challenge is called Behind the Scenes and is not so much about stuff going on immediately behind the scenes, but things going on somewhere else entirely but exactly at the same time as larger events.

And the Silmarillion40 has been continuing, now considerably past the half-way mark, with excellent contributions, both artwork and fic, although I still need to catch up with some of the fic.




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 My contribution to the sub-compilation on Subcreation for Silm40.

Title: Hearing the Music
Summary: At Cuivienen, the first Eldar hear the echo of the Music of the Ainur in the waters.
Rating: General - no warnings.
 

It is said by the Eldar that in water there lives yet the echo of the Music of the Ainur more than in any substance that is in this Earth. (Ainulindale)

‘Listen, oh listen!’ cried Enelye.
‘The sound of flowing water?’ asked Tatie.
‘It is a world,’ mused Enel.
‘But is it this world?’ asked Iminye.
‘Or another one?’ asked Imin.
‘Can we make it?’ asked Tata.
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Not sure whether anyone wanted or needed more exile prompts, as Dawn had already provided a good selection, but I added to the list yesterday (in comments on the  DW and LJ posts).
Linda has also added a good one (on LJ).

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Now cross-posted to AO3, see below

Far From The World We Know (170 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: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Eärendil/Elwing (Tolkien)
Characters: Elwing (Tolkien), Eärendil (Tolkien)
Additional Tags: Valinor, song prompt
Summary: At the top of Elwing's white tower. Earendil has landed, back from traversing the pathless sky, and Elwing has flown to meet him.
As she un-birds, he un-stars.
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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
Summary:

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
Summary:

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
Summary:

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
Summary:

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
Summary:

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
Summary:

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:
http://lotr-community.livejournal.com/394286.html
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:
http://tolkien-weekly.livejournal.com/1174323.html.

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
Summary:

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.
http://www.silmarillionwritersguild.org/news/newsletter.php
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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
Summary:

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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