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Tenar, Arha

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Calling to the Wind by Leaf Litter

'"My mother named me Tenar after all, and I am still Tenar, I have returned to being Tenar. But she is Apple now, and then she won't be Apple later. Not, ha, not right at her core."' Thoughtful piece about mothers & daughters, with interesting insights into how the meaning of names might change after the events of The Other Wind

[Added 27/05/2012; Drama; 2500-6000; Earthsea; Characters: Tenar, Apple, Pippin]

The Dark of the Moon by Daegaer

'"You danced so fast at the Dark of the Moon that no one could see how you would not be cut," Thar said. "You should practice more, you are not yet as fast as Arha-that-was."' A short but powerful piece that encompasses Arha's past, present & future

[Added 25/04/2009; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Earthsea; Characters: Tenar, Penthe, Thar, Arha-that-was, Kossil]

The Eaten One by Daegaer

'In years to come, Tenar will look back on her days here at the Place, will see the years of her youth with a certain longing.' There isn't a lot of Earthsea fanfiction, and this unusual little vignette is among the best I've encountered

[Added 15/12/2004; Character Piece; <1000; Earthsea; Characters: Tenar, Penthe]

in silence, and in splendor by mjules

'She thinks it was neater the first time, the way she grew inside her grave-clothes, inside the rituals of the Nameless Ones.' A beautifully written study of Tenar after Tombs that retreads some old ground, but emerges somewhere fresh by the end

[Added 29/10/2014; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Earthsea; Characters: Tenar, Ogion, Moss]

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]

To Market by Antosha

'Betimes, when he woke in their bed in the morning, he thought that he could smell her. But all that came to his mind when he tried to remember the sound of her voice was a dry land. Mountains like cut glass.' A subtle, well-shaped vignette which turns the ghost that is Flint in canon into a living breathing character

[Added 25/04/2009; Romance/Erotica; 1000-2500; Earthsea; Characters: Flint, Tenar, Ogion, OCs]

Unbinding by Lila Futuransky

'The line of eaten girls, the line she broke, stretches behind her.' This tiny ficlet packs a great deal of thought into its short space

[Added 19/01/2011; Character Piece; <1000; Earthsea; Characters: Tenar, Therru]

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]