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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]

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, Fëanor, Finwë, Morgoth, Melian, Miriel, Fingolfin, Finarfin, Thingol, Celebrian, Arwen, Aragorn]

A New Song by Mithen

'Beleg Cúthalion heard the airlock decompress behind him with a hiss like an arrow's strike.' A host of unexpected details mark this inventive Elves-in-Space futurefic. It's a bit of a shame the ending goes back to a more Tolkienian mode, but getting there is enormous fun

[Added 15/10/2015; Drama; 2500-6000; The Silmarillion; Characters: Beleg, Túrin, Mablung, Galadriel, Eärendil, Valar, OC]

Oak and Willow by Marnie

Detailed scene setting and solid characterisations make this tale of Galadriel & Celeborn's courtship a winner. But it's more than just a romance -- Marnie sets the budding relationship against the interracial tensions seeded by the Noldor's arrival in Beleriand. The sequel, Seeds of Old Trees, tells the other end of their story

[Added 13/01/2005; Romance/Erotica; >50,000; The Silmarillion; Characters: Celeborn, Galadriel, Elu Thingol, Melian, Luthien, Finrod Felagund, Daeron, Minor]

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]