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Espresso Recommendations

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Contents: 976 recs in 229 fandoms; 64 links

The Silmarillion


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Across Dark Waters by Zimraphel

Maeglin meets his match in this unique take on the Halls of Mandos, with a decided Greek flavour. Highly recommended

[Added 24/06/2004; Drama; 2500-6000; The Silmarillion; Characters: Maeglin, FŽanor]

At Losgar by Wild Iris

I don't often recommend fan poetry; in the Tolkien fandom, especially, it's hard to find the line between rhyming doggerel & free verse that feels rather disconnected from the source. Wild Iris writes some of the best Tolkien-inspired poetry I've encountered, and this understated lament on the Kinslaying (part of a sequence which can be found at Speak Again) is among my favourites

[Added 27/10/2005; Poetry; <1000; The Silmarillion; Characters: FŽanor]

The Gift by Ithilwen

Maedhros learns lessons about glass-blowing and other matters. Delicate characterisation of the young elf makes this a poignant and memorable story. First part in the author's Maedhros Saga, but can be read independently

[Added 16/12/2003; Character Piece; 2500-6000; The Silmarillion; Characters: Maedhros, FŽanor, Maglor, Nerdanel]

Leaving Bliss by Penknife

'Grandpa Finny (and if you're confusing him already with Uncle Fenny and his brothers Fin and Little Finny, you aren't from Bliss yourself) was always keen on having sons. Definitely sons plural; he had his heart set on populating our little corner of Bliss all by himself.' Southern Gothic retelling of The Silmarillion, with Galadriel as a small-town Southern girl. It works amazingly well

[Added 05/08/2015; Drama; 2500-6000; The Silmarillion; Characters: Galadriel, Celeborn, FŽanor, FinwŽ, Morgoth, Melian, Miriel, Fingolfin, Finarfin, Thingol, Celebrian, Arwen, Aragorn]

Of Leaves of Gold and Petals Red by Ithilwen

A deft mixture of Silmarillion canon, Scottish myth and modern practicalities provides an occasionally tongue-in-cheek but always engaging story. Not one for the Mary-Sue police

[Added 20/02/2003; Romance/Erotica; 6000-20,000; The Silmarillion; Characters: OC, FŽanor, Ungoliant; Crossover]

Sand and Flame by Tehta

A clever & funny retelling of a classic fairy tale, in which Fëanor meets his match

[Added 21/01/2005; Humour; 1000-2500; The Silmarillion; Characters: FŽanor, Nerdanel, Melkor, Indis]