elftrash + rec   46

Form and Function by penknife
They come to know each other very well indeed, in time.
celebrimbor/narvi  celebrimbor  narvi  2-5K  rec 
6 weeks ago by elftrash
A Passion for Mushrooms by chrononautical
There are many trials for a hobbit attempting to make a life among dwarves. A hobbit wants a garden. A hobbit wants to eat regular meals. A hobbit wants friends, good books, and comfortable chairs. Bilbo does his best to carve out a life for himself in the mountain. If only there were not one final obstacle. For a hobbit heart wants love, and among dwarves that is a sticky subject.
100-150K  bilbo  thorin  thorin/bilbo  rec 
april 2019 by elftrash
The Battle of the Golden Wood by potboy
An account of the battles between Dol Guldur and Lothlorien during the Wars of the Ring. Sequel to Oak and Willow.
celeborn  galadriel  60K  gen  haldir  thranduil  rec 
january 2019 by elftrash
Seeds of Old Trees by potboy
Suppose Celeborn eventually did go to Valinor - would he like it there? And would Galadriel really be meekly waiting for him at the dock?

Sequel to Oak and Willow and The Battle of the Golden Wood, as all potboy's stories are.
celeborn  celeborn/galadriel  celebrian  elrohir  elladan  amroth  thingol  30-40K  melian  rec 
january 2019 by elftrash
Oak and Willow by potboy
The story of Celeborn and Galadriel - with the difference that this time it's told from the Sindar perspective.
celeborn  galadriel  celeborn/galadriel  thingol  melian  angrod  finrod  daeron  doriath  50K  rec 
january 2019 by elftrash
And What Happened After by thearrogantemu
“My dear Mr. Baggins, you cannot possibly imagine I have brought you across the boundaries of the sundered world, bending every law of gods and men, over land and over sea and through the fathomless heights, for your health? Well, I did, of course I did, and I’d do it again. But it was not for your own good only that I brought you here. I have been on this world a very long time, Mr. Baggins, and if there is one thing that I have learned about the Wise and the Great, it’s that they benefit from the company of hobbits, and it’s the wisest and greatest who have most need of them."
bilbo  frodo  valar  elrond  70K  gen  rec  feanor  fingolfin  maglor  sam  celebrimbor  fixit 
january 2019 by elftrash
Beyond The Western World by thearrogantemu
“Come into the light,” he said slowly.

“You don’t need it to see me.” The voice was so familiar, so unbearably familiar.

“Nonetheless.”

After a moment there was motion among the trees, and the firelight fell on the figure of a solitary man, his feet bare and his hair unbound, wrapped in plain grey. Finrod didn’t rise to greet him, but lifted his head and looked him up and down: the slender frame, the tension in his bearing, the features whose fineness bordered on delicacy.

“Curufinwë Atarinkë,” he said at last, giving each syllable of the name its full weight. “You look awful.”

Curufin and Finrod finally have it out, thousands of years after Nargothrond and their deaths.
finrod  curufin  gen  rec  10-15K 
january 2019 by elftrash
in-between days by lordnelson100
Eowyn and Faramir go riding and confess their pasts. “Well, Steward, you have certainly behaved very badly. I will forgive you, on one condition,” Eowyn said, glancing at him from under her pale lashes.
eowyn/faramir  rec  2-5K 
january 2019 by elftrash
The Embalmer's Apprentice by lyra
Faced with the choice between execution or working on the preservation of dead people, young Azruhâr finds himself drawn into the increasingly political struggle between faith and loyalty to the king, science and superstition.

My note: I'm amazed she hasn't filed the numbers off and published this as an excellent novel - Numenor is isolated enough from Tolkien's Middle Earth that not many strings would need cutting. Complete world and picture of Numenor as it was beginning its long fall and to resent elves and the Valar, to seek to conquer death rather than welcome it as the Gift.
rec  gen  numenor  200+K  wip 
november 2018 by elftrash
Golden Days by lyra
Nerdanel and Fëanor: a fantasy of manners, pride, prejudice, love and craftsmanship.
feanor  nerdanel  feanor/nerdanel  100-150K  rec  wip 
november 2018 by elftrash
The Tempered Steel by Lyra
The story of Maedhros' captivity in Angband, his rescue and his recovery is in the Silmarillion treated in a few paragraphs. This is a fleshed-out account of the events that may have befallen between Maedhros' imprisonment and his return to his old life... as far as that is possible.

Classic h/c without being too edgy about Maedhros's capture/torture. Excellent comfort. Trembles on the brink of Fingon/Maedhros without quite falling.
maedhros  fingon  100-150K  warnings  rec 
november 2018 by elftrash
Magweth Pengolodh: The Question of Pengolod by tyellas
In the Second Age, on his way to Tol Eresseä, Pengolod gets off the boat in Númenor during the reign of Tar-Minastir. Enjoying Númenor at its zenith, he lingers in Rómenna for a time, tells many stories, and exacerbates tensions between mortals and elves, high and low.
pengolodh  80K  numenor  gondolin  rec  gen 
november 2018 by elftrash
Conditional Release by anna_wing
In an alternate universe, Melkor is Sentenced to Three Ages in the form of a cat, rather than loosed to work his malice among the Noldor in the Time of the Trees, and Sauron becomes spider-lunch long before he has a chance to become Sauron.
valar  fixit  20-30K  rec  au 
november 2018 by elftrash
Undying by tanarill
Elves were immortal, tied to the circles of Arda until the end of time and the Second Music. Only very few ever dared to love humans, whose quick-burning lives ended with a permanent separation - unless something extraordinary occurred. And only one ever dared love a dwarf.

Something extraordinary occurred.

My note: The Legolas in the Undying Lands casually fixing all the problems and feuds of Ages past and revitalising everything with Middle Earth knowledge story I never knew I always wanted. DEEPLY HELPS TO BE SILMARILLION-CONVERSANT. Or look up 'Celebrimbor', 'Narvi', 'First Kinslaying' on Tolkien Gateway.
legolas  legolas/gimli  fixit  celebrimbor  galadriel  ingwe  olwe  30-40K  rec  narvi 
november 2018 by elftrash
The Work of Small Hands by dawn felagund
Valinor has been plunged into darkness, most of the Noldor have gone into exile, and the Teleri grieve for those lost in the kinslaying. The Valar have turned their backs on the remaining Noldor--left without a king--and chaos rules the streets of Tirion. The women are left to pick up the pieces, and Eärwen, the quiet wife of a third-born prince, must find the courage and strength to save her husband's people.

my note: noldor dudes ruin everything and leave valinor, and the women who don't follow have to pull everything together. ilit.
earwen  anaire  30-40K  rec  gen 
november 2018 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
first age by grundy
Elwing jumped expecting to die. She wasn't sure what would happen after.
Series
60K  elrond  elros  maedhros  maglor  elwing  galadriel  gil-gilad  gen  dysfunctionalfoundfamily  rec 
november 2018 by elftrash
The Sovereign and the Priest by DawnFelagund
Long ago in Valinor, Finrod and Celegorm faced opposing expectations, one a symbol of Eldarin potential and the other abandoned to a life of leisure, and neither fully certain of his place among the Noldor. Now, after the Dagor Bragollach, their fates collide when Celegorm and Curufin, fleeing the destruction of their realm, take harbor in Nargothrond. As both work to mend the myriad hurts between their houses, each discovers a secret about the other and, most surprising of all, the desire that grows between them. But as each of their oaths begin to call, their growing love might not survive the inevitability of their fates.
30-40K  finrod/celegorm  rec  finrod  celegorm 
october 2018 by elftrash
a sliver of light by peasantswhy
Erestor arrives in Mithlond on the eve of the Last Alliance.

my note: IDEAL elftrash pining romance
gil-gilad/erestor  erestor  gil-gilad  elrond  100-150K  rec  secondage 
october 2018 by elftrash
nothing gold can stay by penknife
The rise and fall of Eregion in the Second Age (or, in which Celeborn has a tragic love affair with a city.)
galadriel  celeborn  celeborn/galadriel  celeborn/galadriel/celebrimbor  celebrimbor  celebrimbor/sauron  5-10K  rec  secondage 
october 2018 by elftrash
The Republic of Tirion by Dawn Felagund
It is Valinor. It is the Fifth Age. Finally left to his own devices, Finarfin has decided to show his own radical streak, unkinged himself, and established representative democracy in Tirion against the will of the Valar. Adding to the crazy, all his exiled, slain relatives are beginning to return from Mandos. Tirion has developed suburban sprawl, and psychotherapists are in high demand.

NB: all names are in Quenya not Sindarin, so Fingon = Findekáno, Finrod = Findaráto, Caranthir = Carnistir, Maedhros = Maitimo or Nelyo, etc.
finrod  finrod/amarie  caranthir  maedhros  fingon  fingon/maedhros  50K  rec  amarie 
october 2018 by elftrash
The Loneliness of the Fishermouse by Clodia
In 2509, Celebrían wife of Elrond was journeying to Lórien... the rest, everyone knows. But this isn't about her. Not really. What remains for the bereaved but need and anger?

NB: start with Goldilocks and the Three Balrogs and then read all Clodia's fic in posting order, they're a series. This is the last story.
15-20K  gen  rec  rivendell  erestor  elrond  arwen  glorfindel  celebrian 
september 2018 by elftrash
Goldilocks and the Three Balrogs by Clodia
Ca. 1000 TA, Glorfindel finds himself unexpectedly alive and on a ship to Middle-earth in the company of five not-quite-Men. Where next? Imladris, of course...

NB: start with this and then read Clodia's fic in posting order, they're a series. This is the most elaborate backstory for explaining who Erestor is and how Erestor came to be Elrond's counsellor and I love it.
rec  glorfindel  erestor  gen  20-30K 
september 2018 by elftrash
To Morning Through the Shadow by thearrogantemu
“Think about it. What if you get everything you want? What if this works? What if, in pain and in the fear of pain, I yield to your will? Where you once had a friend, you will now have a cringing slave. Then, Annatar, and only then, will we both be lost beyond recall.”

Alternate Ending for These Gifts That You Have Given Me where Sauron actually gives in as well as loses.
rec  celebrimbor/sauron  celebrimbor  fixit  80K 
september 2018 by elftrash
The Marchwarden Arc by kenaz
"The line of life is a ragged diagonal between duty and desire."
rec  haldir  haldir/elemmakil  haldir/omc  elemmakil/ecthelion  glorfindel  lothlorien  100-150K 
september 2018 by elftrash
Discussions upon Translations from the Elvish by bunn
Stories about history and transmission of story in Middle-earth focussing on Bilbo Baggins in later life; his role as a scholar and Elf-friend after his adventure, and the writing that he did in Rivendell: 'Translations from the Elvish'; a work of great scholarship, compiled with the help of the Elves of Rivendell, which later passed to Elanor Gamgee and from there to Gondor. Some of the stories from the Silmarillion and the History of Middle-earth series are here re-told in a more hobbitish form.
rec  gen  elrond  bilbo  frodo  sam  rivendell  feanor  20-30K 
september 2018 by elftrash
These Gifts You Have Given Me by thearrogantemu
"We are not so foolish as to believe that evil is ended forever. But we do not place our hope in secrecy, but in strength. Strength is found in trust, and trust in openness. So be welcome among us, Annatar Aulendil."

The story of the meeting between Celebrimbor and Sauron, of the trust that grew between them and how it was broken.

+ additional 100k of stories in this universe not centered on them. HIGH REC.
rec  gen  celebrimbor/sauron  celebrimbor  feanor  finrod  familydrama  200+K 
september 2018 by elftrash
The Dragon-helm of Discord by Sath
How the Helm of Hador found its proper head, explored through letters.

Now with a confession of misdeeds by Finrod Felagund.
rec  fingon/maedhros  familydrama  maedhros  fingon  maglor  finrod  1-2K 
september 2018 by elftrash
Who's the Scabbard? by sath
Out of all the difficulties Maedhros expected from re-embodiment in Valinor, Finarfin's sleuthing around for the family newsletter was not among them.
fingon/maedhros  rec  familydrama  finrod  fingon  maedhros  feanor  1-2K 
september 2018 by elftrash
Quenta Narquelion by bunn
"...[Fëanor] died; but he had neither burial nor tomb, for so fiery was his spirit that as it sped his body fell to ash, and was borne away like smoke; and his likeness has never again appeared in Arda, neither has his spirit left the halls of Mandos."

What if his spirit has never left the halls of Mandos because it never went there in the first place?

Fëanor, dead, watches the First Age unfold, and his children endure. A detailed account of Maedhros and Maglor's time on the Eastern Front of the War of Wrath, with Elrond and Elros growing up.

series sequel: https://archiveofourown.org/series/1055339
feanor  maglor  maedhros  dysfunctionalfoundfamily  curufin  elros  elrond  nerdanel  gen  rec  100-150K 
september 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
The Theban Band of Gondolin (Size: Two) by tehta
When Aredhel leaves Gondolin, Ecthelion is part of her escort. During the journey, he will have to deal with Finwe's grandchild, spitting Sindar, orcs, unlight, giant spiders -- and his unnatural feelings for Glorfindel.
rec  ecthelion  glorfindel  gondolin  100-150K  glorfindel/ecthelion 
september 2018 by elftrash
Return to Aman by bunn
A series of stories about Elrond's return to the Undying Lands at the end of the Third Age, if Maglor son of Fëanor was one of the other unnamed Elves who accompanied Elrond, Galadriel, Gandalf, Frodo and Bilbo on the ship when they left Middle-earth.

(This series is a sequel to the Mandos series (https://archiveofourown.org/series/694407) about the experiences of Feanor, Fingolfin, Fingon and Curufin in the Halls of Mandos, but it can stand alone.)

Series sequel: https://archiveofourown.org/works/14092014
rec  gen  dysfunctionalfoundfamily  elrond  maglor  fixit  familydrama  100-150K 
september 2018 by elftrash
The Wolf Sheds His Coat by sath
A predictable skirmish with Orcs ends with Beleg and Túrin spending a fraught night trapped in a ravine.
rec  beleg/turin  5-10K  beleg  turin 
september 2018 by elftrash
Missed Connections by Sath
Finrod's effort to be respectful of Bëor's age goes awry.
rec  finrod/beor  finrod  1-2K 
september 2018 by elftrash
Traveling Bodies by lordnelson100
Bodies, sex, gender, culture, politics: everything is different between them, and nothing fits.

(I like it, Legolas thinks. How he looks, how he is. And it’s just too strange a thought to handle.)
legolas/gimli  rec  10-15K  legolas  gimli 
september 2018 by elftrash
Alizarin by Simaetha
Noldorin fashion trends are not particularly subtle.
rec  gen  feanor  1-2K 
september 2018 by elftrash
From One Age to Another by determamfidd
Upon their return to Eryn Lasgalen and Erebor respectively, Legolas and Gimli each have a new adornment. Their fathers would like an explanation.



(They're not going to like it.)
legolas/gimli  rec  10-15K  legolas  gimli 
september 2018 by elftrash
Sansûkh by determamfidd
The battle was over, and Thorin Oakenshield awoke, naked and shivering, in the Halls of his Ancestors. The novelty of being dead fades quickly, and watching over his companions soon fills him with grief and guilt. Oddly, a faint flicker of hope arises in the form of his youngest kinsman, a Dwarf of Durin's line with bright red hair.
legolas/gimli  thorin/bilbo  500+K  rec  legolas  gimli  thorin  bilbo  aragorn 
september 2018 by elftrash
A Good Man's Hard to Find by Sath
After Bëor died of old age, Finrod tried to put more distance between himself and the Secondborn. When he allows Barahir to swear fealty to him against his better judgment, Barahir's eagerness to serve pushes past Finrod's defenses.
rec  finrod  finrod/barahir  2-5K  barahir 
september 2018 by elftrash
Feast by Emilyenrose
Even when the Eagle came, even with Fingon’s blade at his wrist, Maedhros had neither hoped nor desired to live.

So he held his breath: and then Maedhros cried, “There you are!”
fingon/maedhros  rec  fingon  maedhros  5-10K 
september 2018 by elftrash
Pantië by Emilyenrose
“It is not my body that imprisons me,” Maedhros said with a pointed look at the shackles around his wrists.

Sauron laughed. “You are quite mistaken. Take, for example, the – what is it your people call it? – the blossoming, I believe, is the local term; an interesting metaphor; the Sindar are of course very florally minded. It is most tiresome. Ah, I remember – opening.” He smirked. “Avoiding metaphor altogether, for of course it is an opening. There is the obvious if rather undignified physical action, of course, but what is strange to me is the effect that then has on the spirit – which opens, which yields. Therefore your body compels a subjection not merely to your own flesh but even to the flesh of another – and thus, of course, to the spirit of another. Now that is imprisonment, if you like!”
fingon/maedhros  rec  warnings  maedhros/sauron  sexpollen  15-20K  fingon  maedhros 
september 2018 by elftrash
Age Before Beauty by Emilyenrose
He seemed to feel her staring. He rolled over and regarded her, heavy-lidded. The eyes beneath the long lashes were glittering dark and knowing, the eyes of a grown man in the face of a beardless youth fair as a girl. It was the face of a young god or a dream-vision. Were they all like this, the Elves of this west country? Ye gods! This ill-spoken prince hadn’t even been the prettiest one at the party.
rec  caranthir/haleth  caranthir  haleth  1-2K 
september 2018 by elftrash
The Starless Road by Emilyenrose
"Maedhros sought destruction body and spirit, and found both. When Mandos summoned him, he refused, and first of them all he has been taken by the void that they swore themselves to. He is not in the world, and will not come again. Deeper darknesses are there than that which Morgoth made below Thangorodrim!” Fingon paused and looked at Finrod. “Should I not then have killed him as he asked me?”

“No!” said Finrod, but Turgon said nothing.

Sam grew even more upset. “Now that’s not right,” he said, “that can’t be right! Just or not – and I don’t know that it is, begging your pardon, sir – still, no story should end that way!”
rec  fingon/maedhros  fixit  60K  fingon  maedhros  elrond  elros 
september 2018 by elftrash
Less Than Kind by Emilyenrose
“I hardly believed it,” said Maedhros. “What are you doing here?”

"I bring a message from my father."

Maedhros blinked. "Really?"

Fingon grinned. "I believe his exact words were: you're visiting who, well if you must you must, say something suitable, something something friendship something something kinsmen, tell him good job keeping my brother's sons out of trouble, I'd rather wrestle another ice bear myself – but don't say it like that!"
_

Fingon goes to visit Maedhros, accidentally arrives during a Fëanorion family reunion, and quickly regrets many (but not all) of his life choices.
fingon/maedhros  rec  10-15K  fingon  maedhros  maglor 
september 2018 by elftrash

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