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The King's Commission by larner
The King Elessar wishes to commission a memorial to the Pheriannath who helped win the War of the Ring. But how to do one of Frodo, who is no longer in Middle Earth?

My note: amazing how some of the young frodo backstory clearly comes from a neverending million word wip I followed in high school. It can't be found anywhere but by wayback now, but apparently it lives on.

This fic is about 200k too long. If it stopped after the Shire it would be good, but it NEVER STOPS and the sculptor's interest in Frodo gets creepy and there is Easterling politics and a deranged pedohile sculptor raping all his boy apprentices and burying them in the garden, and look, I love French ancien regime court etiquette more than most people, but I DO NOT BELIEVE that Arwen would have to give birth in front of a crowd, or that Aragorn would pause while she's crowning to lecture a midwife on hygiene. And yet up until the OC leaves the Shire this is a very good fic! It falls off SUCH a cliff.
aragorn  gimli  sam  merry  pippin  legolas  arwen  300+K  gen 
11 weeks ago by elftrash
Sons of Thunder by Ziggy
As the Grey Company cross the mountains and come to Pelargir and beyond, Elrohir can no longer contain his inexplicable enmity towards Legolas Thranduillion, and for Legolas, his oath to follow Aragorn in spite of everything, leads him perilously close to the Sea, and bait for the Nazgûl.

my note: Very of its time but on the still-enjoyable side of early 00s melodrama. Has a good plot and a great Legolas and Gimli friendship even if tragically blind to their love. Prequel and sequel(s) not recommended unless you're into past-the-line melodrama and Ringwraith-possessed Man-vampires.
elrohir  elrohir/legolas  legolas  gimli  300+K 
june 2019 by elftrash
Another Man's Cage by dawn felagund
The fandom classic, pre-Silmarils, House of Finwë familydrama novel. Probably the most influential Silmarillion fic of all time, in terms of setting up Finwean family drama. Unfortunately the updated version is at SWG (linked), and the version on Ao3 is the unedited original from c.2005, so it should be read on SWG. I really do love this but in my head it's a prequel to later Beleriand-era Fingon/Maedhros.
feanor  feanor/nerdanel  maedhros  maglor  celegorm  caranthir  fingon  300+K  rec  nerdanel 
november 2018 by elftrash
The Golden and the Black by Alystraea
Maeglin, the traitor of Gondolin. Lusted for his first cousin, betrayed and destroyed the secret kingdom, died a villain’s death, and probably will languish in the Halls of the Dead for all eternity.

But wait. It’s been 6000 years, and Námo does something unheard of. Maeglin awakens in a new body in Middle Earth. It is the late Third Age. There's a valley of elves, and a reborn, much-hated golden-haired balrog slayer...

And Maeglin is now... an elfmaid.
maeglin/glorfindel  maeglin  glorfindel  rivendell  gondolin  rec  300+K 
september 2018 by elftrash

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