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The Silmarillion


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Bargaining for Beginners by Honesty

Tolkien provided a wealth of names in footnotes, and here one of them is brought to life. Along the way, the reader is treated to details of everyday life for elves and dwarves, thoughts on the nature of craftsbeingship, and glimpses into the very different philosophies of the two races. While the slash subplot doesn't quite work with the rest of the piece, in my opinion, the story is well worth reading anyway

[Added 18/10/2002; Drama; 6000-20,000; The Silmarillion; Characters: Narvi, Celebrimbor, Galadriel, OCs]

In the Halls of Nienna by Artaxastra

'"I need something made which has never been crafted since the beginning of the world," she said firmly. "I need an impossible Thing."' This conversation piece, set in Valinor, has an intriguing take on the problem of orcs (crossover with LotR)

[Added 16/10/2015; Drama; 1000-2500; The Silmarillion; Characters: Celebrimbor, Celebrian; Crossover]

One Ring to Bind Them by Tyellas

An unusual and well-thought-out take on a strangely underwritten corner of canon, the making of the Rings. Consistently strong characterisation and gorgeous details make this a classic

[Added 09/09/2003; Drama; 20,000-50,000; The Silmarillion; Characters: Celebrimbor, Sauron, Celeborn, Galadriel, Elrond, Minor; Adult]

Opening Doors by Adina

Like Honesty's Bargaining for Beginners, this story breathes life into Narvi, co-creator of the Doors of Moria. Like Bargaining, it contains a thoughtful exploration of the complex relationships between different races. Strong characterisations, great details and a dash of humour enrich this story, though I confess to being a little conflicted over the romance plot

[Added 16/12/2003; Romance/Erotica; 2500-6000; The Silmarillion; Characters: Narvi, Galadriel, Celebrimbor]