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Espresso Recommendations

Innovative and stylish fanfiction, showcasing the very best across multiple sf, fantasy & literature fandoms. Good writing in all its forms can be found here, including gen, het, slash, OCs, AUs, crossovers, future fics, humour & pastiche

Contents: 976 recs in 229 fandoms; 64 links

The Silmarillion

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Aglarrâma by Zimraphel

This engaging vignette gives a rare glimpse of the last days of some of the ordinary inhabitants of Numenor, blithely going about their business as history prepares to overtake them

[Added 13/06/2005; Drama; 1000-2500; The Silmarillion; Characters: Tar-Miriel, Ar-Pharazôn, Sauron, OCs]

Carving a Bond by Finch

A meeting of races during the construction of Nargothrond. A great laconic narrative voice together with well-drawn minor characters make this a highly engaging read

[Added 16/12/2003; Drama; 2500-6000; The Silmarillion; Characters: Finrod Felagund, Orodreth, OC]

Of Durin and Kibil-nâla by Mantida

'When Durin awoke from the sleep the Maker laid him, the world was still young, and the light unsullied.' A beautiful little vignette with an unexpected answer to one of the fandom's more commonly asked questions

[Added 26/06/2004; Drama; 1000-2500; The Silmarillion; Characters: Durin, Cirdan, OCs]

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, Fëanor, Ungoliant; Crossover]

Oh Lift Me as a Wave by Zdenka

'Elwing breathed deeply, taking in the scent of salt, the sense of joyous flight and untrammeled freedom. She almost thought the wind spoke to her sometimes, saying her name in a voice full of affection.' A novel take on Elwing's motivations when she casts herself out of the window

[Added 26/10/2017; Romance/Erotica; 1000-2500; The Silmarillion; Characters: Elwing, Elrond, Elros, OC]

One Word by Joan Milligan

A moving vignette bringing home the effects of Thingol's ban on Quenya on the exiled Noldor

[Added 13/01/2005; Drama; <1000; The Silmarillion; Characters: OCs]

Slouching toward Gondolin by Fileg

'We know where we stand -- squarely on the ground. We have no promises of time or of the West. We have to take what we want now.' A unique insight into the thoughts of a First Age orc in this beautifully written vignette. (Based in the Book of Lost Tales II)

[Added 06/07/2004; Drama; <1000; The Silmarillion; Characters: OCs]