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The Ghost of Orrimy by Rosie Rues

'Now, it came about that, in the days when there was still an Archmage on Roke, a restless spirit arose in the hills above Orrimy, and came down into the town with the winter.' A lovely fable with a great dash of wry humour

[Added 19/01/2011; Drama; 2500-6000; Earthsea; Characters: Ged, Doorkeeper, OCs]

Lighting the Lamps by Solvent90

'After the desert and the dark, the bright complexity of village life had been a strange new pattern to learn, a maze she stumbled in, feeling young and awkward and foreign.' A quiet, unsentimental vignette, with excellent characterisations, which slots seamlessly into Tehanu

[Added 03/01/2007; Romance/Erotica; 1000-2500; Earthsea; Characters: Tenar, Ged]

Mother Tongue by Elle Dritch

''He is my brother and I love him, and after all you only get one family. But oh! if he doesn't go and be my brother elsewhere very soon, I shall fetch him a clout on the ear he'll not forget!'' This quiet coda to Tehanu reads like a missing chapter from the novel, and brings its narrator, Apple, to life as she tries to understand her family's choices

[Added 04/10/2013; Drama; 6000-20,000; Earthsea; Characters: Apple, Tenar, Ged, Spark, Tehanu, Shinny, Beech, OCs]

The Naming of Names by Victoria P.

'His eyes widen. "Orglath," he whispers, naming them in the Speech of the Making. She shivers involuntarily -- to name a thing is to call it, and the orglath are far too close for such casual mention.' Victoria does a surprisingly convincing job of melding Earthsea and Buffy canon in this short piece. I only wish it were longer!

[Added 15/12/2004; Drama; 1000-2500; Earthsea; Characters: Ged, Ogion, OC; Crossover]

Sparkweed by Minerva McTabby

A new twist to Jasper & Ged's rivalry. Great tense dialogue & dead-accurate characterisations make this encounter slide surprisingly easily into canon

[Added 19/08/2005; Romance/Erotica; 2500-6000; Earthsea; Characters: Ged, Jasper]

Thistledown by Edo no Hana

'"I want to speak to dragons, and sail to the end of the world, and never eat another rutabaga."' This slow-burning vignette does an excellent job of melding the prosaic & the magical

[Added 19/01/2011; Drama; 1000-2500; Earthsea; Characters: Ged, Vetch, Yarrow, OC]

Uneaten by Avanti 90

'"The little woman’s got a stick to walk with, and she tries to hold it like a wizard’s staff!" He came closer, unsheathing the long knife from his belt. "Give us all your money, white lady, and no one hurts you."' A set of plausible alternative futures for Tenar, each of which represents a more feminist choice than the path she embraces in Tehanu. Thoughtful & unusual

[Added 16/07/2012; Character Piece; 2500-6000; Earthsea; Characters: Tenar, Ged, Lebannen, Penthe, Original characters]