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This is my first LOTR/silmarillion fanfiction account so, basically what I hope for is to be able to put into writing and have the courage to post online my daydreams about one of the most beautiful pieces of literature I have ever read.

Now that that is out of the way, I am a student who fell in love with LOTR a couple of years ago and since then, have tried to make something out of that - apart from day dreaming that is.

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Title: ~ A Far, Fierce Sky ~ by Spiced Wine
Rated: Mature [ - ]
Summary:

Book II of of A Crucible Of Stars

Following on from events in A Light in the East, Legolas continues his journey south with Vanimórë, Maglor and the warriors of Sud Sicanna. Sauron hopes to separate the young prince and his son from Vanimórë, and continues to hide behind his assumed identity, and unbeknownst to him, the Mother's concealing power.

Further north, Glorfindel travels with Tindómion and Thranduil, knowing he is acting unwisely, nevertheless sets out with Bainalph to find his son.

This is their journey to A Far, Fierce Sky.




Category: Fiction
Characters: Glorfindel, Legolas, OFC, OMC, Sauron, Thranduil
Content: Action/Adventure, Angst, AU, BDSM, Drama, Dubcon, Erotica, Explicit Sex, Hurt/Comfort, Mpreg, Rape/Non-con, Slash
Challenge: None
Series: A Crucible Of Stars
Chapters: 37 | Completed: No | Word count: 184387 | Read count: 165534

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Published: June 30, 2011 | Updated: June 04, 2016


Reviewer: Elvewen Signed
Date: October 28, 2012 Title: Chapter 14: Chapter 14 ~ Songs in the Wasteland ~

I really had forgotten about this verse. And I have nothing else to say save that reading this verse again, it is even more beautiful that it was the first time.

I honestly like Magnificent better but this was just lovely. You show many different facets of Legolas' personality on this chapter and it is wonderful to see him learning that sexual domination does not necessarily mean pain and humiliation.

But Sian, Maglor!! It had been so long since I read Lords of Light so I did not remember where the Noldolante ref came from but Oh it was magnificent. My heart breaks(really it does), every time I read about him. His confusion is almost physically painful to read but somehow, I do not want him to remember - is that aweful of me? What will happen between him and Van when he does?

And death, I really hate reading about it sometimes. Especially death due to illness. And I honestly cried when I read about Shemar and Tanout. I really want them to survive.

Maglor and Legolas, what a beautiful image. It was enchanting to read Sian, especially at the end, the tenderness he felt for Legolas.

Here and there, we can catch glimpses of the future, or do I think this beacause I read the future, so to speak? I missed Tindomion in this chapter but honestly, Thranduil and Glorfindel are best dealt with later. I do not know if I can stomach them yet. You really do know how to make me hate someone!!

As always, Sian, I loved this. It was wonderful to read and I really look forward to an update in any of the stories you are writing.

"This too, had been a song in the waste." - I disagree. Nothing he sings could ever truly go to waste or is it simply because you made it so hmmm?

Utterly beautiful and an example of what real writing should look like.

Author's Response: I honestly like Magnificent better but this was just lovely

Aww, thank-you. I know people have fovourites, so I am glad, at times like this, that I am writing more than one story.

But Sian, Maglor!! It had been so long since I read Lords of Light so I did not remember where the Noldolante ref came from but Oh it was magnificent. My heart breaks(really it does), every time I read about him. His confusion is almost physically painful to read but somehow, I do not want him to remember - is that aweful of me? What will happen between him and Van when he does?

At some point he has to remember, really because in my 'verse, Elves can't forget forever; with their lifespans it would be awkward and difficult, but at this time, it would cause a furor. I don't think he could forgive Vanimórë, (and does not, for a very long time) out of pride. But the plot needs him to remember, I'm afraid! I think he and Legolas both deserved this time, though, as the next chapter will be rather more um...interesting. The delay was 'meant' to happen for a reason, that being those who are following.

Don't worry about Tanout and Shemar; it's only 'flu, but for some reason 'flu sounds too modern for me, so I called it ague, (which also applies to malaria, but it isn't malaria in this case). You probably know how a bad dose of 'flu makes you feel, and being jolted along a road on a waggon would not help them to recover more quickly. Ruling a city of Mortals, Van has seen waves of seasonal 'flu before, even if he does not get it himself, so he knows how ill it can make people, and won't move Tanout and Shemar.

Here and there, we can catch glimpses of the future, or do I think this beacause I read the future, so to speak? I missed Tindomion in this chapter but honestly, Thranduil and Glorfindel are best dealt with later. I do not know if I can stomach them yet. You really do know how to make me hate someone!!

That's writing out of my comfort zone, as I like Thranduil and Glorfindel (although not in this story, no, or not yet!) so writing them as flawed is a challenge. They will have their time soon, but they have to go through some pain, because their anger is still too much to the forefront at the moment. There are some glimpses of the future, yes. (:

"This too, had been a song in the waste." - I disagree. Nothing he sings could ever truly go to waste or is it simply because you made it so hmmm?

Well, I agree with the former suggestion (: It could never be a waste, and the Noldolantë must be enough to make stone weep. I am very glad you liked that part.
Thank-you so much for your support, and taking the time to read when you've been off for so long. I really encourage you to write what you are writing, even if it is outside your comfort zone, as it can be very good for a writer - and it often produces some amazing work. Hugs, and thank-you!



Reviewer: Elvewen Signed
Date: April 09, 2013 Title: Chapter 16: Chapter 16 ~ Convergence ~

Ah Sian, I really wanted more Tindomion in this:(

But really, another amazing chapter. I loved that you gave Maglor a little more insight as far as Van is concerned. Another Van finally figured out who Osulf was.

"He gouged mercilessly into his memories, every interaction with Osulf, reinterpreted each conversation, look, smile. Sauron had known how to act, what to say, feeding Vanimórë the lies he would always hearken to: driven from his home for protecting a woman, coming to the East to be used for sex until he fought his way into a new life. And all the time watching his son, taunting him, walking on the edge, and, doubtless, laughing." - I found this heart breaking actually. It was the most beautiful part of this chapter for me. It caught my eyes today morning at 3 am when I was supposed to be studying for today' psychology exam. I mean, he acts so jaded right, but he can't help it and Sauron knew exactly how to play on his sympathy. I honestly don't know whether to hate him for his cruelty or admire his cunning.

I loved that you brought Gil's resistance to scorcery into the story, about his mind struggling to wake. And Legolas was magnificent. I think its in Esteliel's verse, where he fights Haldir in Lothlorien, it was beautiful, the way he fought. Despite his obvious lack of knowledge and inferior training and skill in comparison to Haldir, Legolas was lovely. That was exactly what I felt for him when I read this. The desperation and fear and the overwhelming concern and love he had for his child came out wonderfully. And the cliffs, Sian, that scene was amazing. I never though I would say this, but everyone in this verse, Van, Maglor, Glorfindel, Thranduil, everyone, pales in comparison to him in this moment.

Honestly, I don't like the Thranduil in this verse. I muc prefer the one in Magnificent. At least he is not such a prat towards his son! And lets not get started about Bainalph! I prefer your Magnificent verse Glorfindel too actually. But this is a crossover so I can live with it. Truth be told, it took me a very long time to appreciate Esteliel's work. A very long time and repeated reading of it.

Ungoliath?? Okey, I am not sure I even want to continue that line of thought. I was hiding behind my sister for most of the scene with Ungoliath and Frodo in Return of the King. And you can do horror quite well, if Dark Lands and Dark Blood are any indication. *looks wryly at screeen*

If I have any complaints, its that I really didn't understand Shemar' and Tanout's roles in this chapter. What where they doing exactly?

But other than that, Sian, another woderful addition to your AFFS. And I am begging (nagging) for more:)

Author's Response: Hiya Elvewen, sorry for not much Tindómion. There will be more of *every-one* the next couple of chapters at least.

There was not much room to explain more about what Tanout and Shemar were doing, without making the chapter longer than it already was, and it wasn't really vital, but will be explained further on anyhow. Basically, it was not Vanimórë who warned Legolas to leave, but Sauron imitating Vanimórë, which is why Tanout questioned Legolas, said it seemed sloppy. He found it hard to believe Van would want every-one to go their own way rather than stay together and he was right, but he wouldn't let Legolas go on his own. As it was, he and Shemar couldn't have followed Legolas over those internal walls, and so they had to try and get to the postern which is in the south wall, so the opposite direction to that which Sauron was taking. Tanout couldn't stop Legolas; how could you stop some-one going after their child?

Vanimórë mentioned Ungoliant (in Quenya) as that was what the Elves he knew in Angband called her, although Sauron knows Shelob isn't Ungoliant, thus so does Van, and either knows or guesses her to be Ungoliant's offspring. But she's bad enough. o_O
Ungoliant would be yeah, horrific, and she's way south in Tanith at this point :)

I found this heart breaking actually. It was the most beautiful part of this chapter for me. It caught my eyes today morning at 3 am when I was supposed to be studying for today' psychology exam. I mean, he acts so jaded right, but he can't help it and Sauron knew exactly how to play on his sympathy. I honestly don't know whether to hate him for his cruelty or admire his cunning.

Unfortunately Sauron does know every single chink in his son's armour. :( Even so, he did have to use a trace of his power, as Van would have known at first sight it was his father without that 'cushioning' glamour. No doubt Van will continue to feel stupid, but Sauron is good at making him feel like a fool, too. Van always feels like he is mentally fencing with some-one better than him, and getting wounded.

And Legolas was magnificent. I think its in Esteliel's verse, where he fights Haldir in Lothlorien, it was beautiful, the way he fought. Despite his obvious lack of knowledge and inferior training and skill in comparison to Haldir, Legolas was lovely. That was exactly what I felt for him when I read this. The desperation and fear and the overwhelming concern and love he had for his child came out wonderfully. And the cliffs, Sian, that scene was amazing. I never though I would say this, but everyone in this verse, Van, Maglor, Glorfindel, Thranduil, everyone, pales in comparison to him in this moment.

I am glad you liked that, as it was incredibly difficult to write (and I know exactly what you mean about Legolas fighting Haldir in Cuil Eden). The thought of heights just makes my knees wobble, and I had to keep getting up and doing something else, as I was close to a panic attack, which Legolas was too, and which would have been the end; he would have fallen.
He has a lot more inner strength than he thinks, even for an Elf who is not afraid of heights. The Men of Gondor built extremely well, and the outer wall would have been impossible for any-one to climb up or down without help(apart from an Elf) which was its purpose, really. And imagining Legolas frantic for his son at the same time really did me in; I was almost sweating blood by the time he reached terra firma, so I am really pleased that part caught your eye.

Honestly, I don't like the Thranduil in this verse. I muc prefer the one in Magnificent. At least he is not such a prat towards his son! And lets not get started about Bainalph! I prefer your Magnificent verse Glorfindel too actually. But this is a crossover so I can live with it. Truth be told, it took me a very long time to appreciate Esteliel's work. A very long time and repeated reading of it.

Yes, I think now, that I like the mental challenge of sometimes writing people who are just not really likable, to see if they change during the story. Some might remain unlikable! but when I read, I really quite enjoy characters who make me spit. For instance, reading Encairion's Irimë in The Price of Vengeance; I absolutely couldn't stand her, but it provided me with a sort of balance, since I was so sympathetic toward/liked most of the others. To be able to curse and hate some-one was rather refreshing :)

I am finding it interesting to write people whose actions I don't care for, (even hate) and at the same time it stretches my boundaries, since these characters like Thranduil and Glorfindel are not supposed to be ambiguous or evil, but on the 'good' side (unlike Sauron). Esteliel handled that brilliantly in her series with Glorfindel, and I think maybe it's a newer phase of my writing life, to explore apparently 'good' people behaving reprehensibly, rather than 'baddies' who we *expect* to behave reprehensibly. Grey areas are intriguing. And there is a template, (so to speak) for this, since Glorfindel and Thranduil did what they did in Esteliel's 'verse, and it remains to be seen (in this story) if they can ultimately be forgiven.
I hope you'll bear with me (:

Thank-you so much for reading (as I know how busy you are, and I hope all is going well with the exams) and taking time to write a review!



Title: Fael Amrûn by Esteliel
Rated: Mature [ - ]
Summary: Legolas and Glorfindel return to Imladris to continue to explore the depths of love, passion, desire - but also to teach other compassion and forgiveness. Legolas has made allies among Glorfindel's men, but will their support and his Lord's obvious love for him be enough to sway the hearts of most of the inhabitants of the valley of Imladris?
Category: Fiction
Characters: Arwen, Elrond, Erestor, Glorfindel, Legolas
Content: AU, BDSM, Erotica, Explicit Sex, Kink, Mpreg, Romance, Slash
Challenge: None
Series: Anestel series
Chapters: 5 | Completed: No | Word count: 13825 | Read count: 30480

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Published: June 30, 2011 | Updated: August 02, 2011


Reviewer: Elvewen Signed
Date: February 03, 2012 Title: Chapter 5: Chapter 5

I was to much of a coward to write this before. Actually, I did not think I had the right to even review your work without putting up something myself. But now that it is out of the way, I have to say - Every story you write, every character you bring to life, every situation you put them in, simply goes to prove that your writing is matched by precious few writers, let alone bettered by them. I am way too scared to write intimacy myself but what you write is so much more than 'intimacy'. It is tenderness, affection, passion, lust, desire, and somewhere in all that, you brought in love. There is way to much of your work for me to write of here but for this chapter, I love Itaril and I love Legolas even more. In all your work, even more than Legolas's transformation, Glorfindel's is even amazing. You took up the battle hardened, embittered, pained warrior and brought out the kindness and tenderness hidden underneath the years of grief and despair. It was absolutely brilliant. It was beautiful. It is an inspiration to read work like this. I would also humbly make a request of you - an update. PLEASE.



Title: Cook Wanted by Alquien
Rated: General Audiences [ - ]
Summary: Cooking for a large family is harder than it may seem.
Category: Fiction
Characters: Amras, Amrod, Caranthir, Celegorm, Curufin, Fëanor, Maedhros, Maglor, Nerdanel
Content: Gen
Challenge: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 | Completed: Yes | Word count: 1463 | Read count: 2901

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Published: July 01, 2011 | Updated: July 01, 2011


Reviewer: Elvewen Signed
Date: February 19, 2012 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Another wonderful piece that offers a glimpse at the life of the Feanorians that has nothing to do with death, doom, madness, grief or anything like that.

I agree with your interpretation of Maedhros and Maglor - they would definitely have worked as a team and so would the twins but the um, middle brothers..........

I would love to read what happened with the laundry - lol. Maybe you could whip up something?

Author's Response: I am so glad you enjoyed this. I do love to write the Feanorians before "the troubles" began. For some reason I always think of the middle brothers as not working well as a team; they all seem too independent for that. (Which sounds odd, I know but it's true.) As for the laundry incident, I have a few ideas but nothing definite. Perhaps now I can think on it some more -- we'll see. Thank you so much for your kind words.



Title: ~ Magnificat of the Damned Book I: Starfall. ~ by Spiced Wine
Rated: Mature [ - ]
Summary:

Tears unnumbered they would shed, yet still they would live, and love and defy Darkness.
And they would die. Yet as Fëanor prophesied, their deeds would “be the matter of song until the last days of Arda.

The Arc of Fire, the blazing thread of forbidden love and desire which began with Fëanor and Fingolfin spanned three generations and thousands of years.
I Will Lead And Thou Shalt Follow. told of the birth of that passion. This story continues the Arc, telling of the ultimately doomed love between Fingon and Maedhros, Fingon's son Gil-galad and Tindómion, son of Maglor, in an Arda where the love of one's own gender was seen as an offense in the eyes of the the Valar – and punished by banishment into the Everlasting Dark.

“I, Tindómion Maglorion do so swear, sire.” His voice shook a little. “My fealty and all my service is thine, Gil-galad of House Fingolfin. From now until the day of my death.”

“Or mine,” said Gil-galad, quite softly.


Book One of the Arc of Fire, and set within the Dark Prince AU, this story also includes Vanimórë, son of Sauron, parts of his earlier life, and the forging of the bond between himself and the Elves which would last for eternity.


Category: Fiction
Characters: Aredhel, Caranthir, Ecthelion, Elrond, Erestor, Fingolfin, Fingon, Gil-galad, Glorfindel, Gothmog, Maglor, Melkor/Morgoth, OFC, OMC, Orc, Sauron
Content: Angst, AU, Character Death, Drama, Erotica, Incest, Rape/Non-con, Slash
Challenge: None
Series: Magnificat Of The Damned
Chapters: 49 | Completed: Yes | Word count: 177761 | Read count: 147159

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Published: July 01, 2011 | Updated: July 04, 2011


Reviewer: Elvewen Signed
Date: March 03, 2012 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 ~ Beautiful, Beloved Betrayer ~

Sian, on your profile you said, "I am not a good writer. I write a lot, which is not the same thing at all" I agree, you do write a lot and completely disagree with the rest of that statement. You siad something similar to me in my first review to me and I wanted to disagree(but did not have the courage then). Your work is riveting, beautiful and utterly bewitching! You are an amazing writer and you should be proud of it.

I loved Lords of the Light for so many reasons. Maedhros/Fingon is one of my most favourite pairings in Silmarillion. And your portrayal of them shows all the elements that made them my favourite - the beauty of their love, the depth of it and the tragedy that it was. Fanari has a limited role this piece but she was perfect. I loved her for the support she showed them and the open mindedness with which she saw their love for each other. Another wonderful aspect of this story, Glorfindel and Ecthelion. I loved them and their ultimately doomed relationship and the courage it must have taken to be open about their relationship. Caranthir in your verse is full of surprises! Most authors tend to show him as the dour, ruthless, slow witted brother. He is so much more and I love that you showed it. And I love Maglor in everything and your Maglor is just as I imagined him to be - patient, supportive, self effacing, utterly heart breaking and loves like a flame. and how can I forget - Maedhros giving Gil Galad his epesse - BRILLIANT! I really do believe that Fingon's relationship with Maedhros paved the way for Gil Galad's with Tindomion.

I do not know if your intention was to get your readers to detest Rosriel but if it was you succeeded! Her behaviour is nauseating and her perception of the Feanorians alone would have made me hate her. But, ultimately, it was her behaviour to Gil Galad that did - I do not know how any mother can treat their child like that, that ridiculous, stupid lady! I really wished in Magnificent that Maglor and the others would just tell her the truth about her wedding night. She deserves it, even of it is under handed. Fanari is well, the exact opposite of Rosriel and so, the even though I love Fanari, her's and Rosriel's charcters seem just a little one dimensional but Rosriel changes drastically in Magnificent so I am fine with that.

You have a talent for creating beautiful OCs and Tindomion is just another lovely example! His hatred of his father is very easy to understand, even though I love said father and Fanari was wonderful in it. More than anything, I wished Gil Galad had a mother like her. I loved that Gil Galad used Tindomion's patronymic, even when he would not do so himself. Elrond and Glorfindel were amazing as always. The maturation of Gil Galad and Tindomion's relationship was stunningly portrayed. I brought me to tears so many times! I loved their passion and restraint even when it was killing them, actually, make that, especially when it was killing them:) and truly you made me hate the Valar!

So, summing up, Sian,Your stories(all the others as well) have astounding depth and a clarity of emotion that few others possess. Your work enriches the world of Tolkien because, unlike LOTR, Silamrillion offers us only skeleton characters - there is so much more you can fill in!

I have read other reviews of your stories, telling you it was a good one. I completely disagree - You do not just tell a good story, you tell a brilliant one with grand, passionate characters.

Thank you for sharing this piece!

Author's Response: Oh, wow! What a review! Thank-you! (I have this number for B2Me too :)
I said to the previous reviewer yesterday, this story is one of my favourites. ( I don't mean I want to plant kisses all over it, lol, I mean that it allowed me to tackle my version of the Noldor, and had been in my mind a very long time, whereas Dark Prince was primarily about Vanimórë.)

I always rather liked Caranthir. I think because I had a head-canon for the Fëanorions long before the internet, I was never influenced by reading fanfic. I see him as swift tempered, maybe dour at times, but not slow-witted - I doubt any of them were slow of wit with such parents.
Maedhros and Fingon, Glorfindel and Ecthelion, as well as Fëanor and Fingolfin were my head canon for years, although Glorfindel's relationship with Ecthelion was always touched by Fëanor, they were very close. Maedhros and Fingon is just a tearjerker. :(

I love Maglor in everything and your Maglor is just as I imagined him to be - patient, supportive, self effacing, utterly heart breaking and loves like a flame. and how can I forget - Maedhros giving Gil Galad his epesse - BRILLIANT! I really do believe that Fingon's relationship with Maedhros paved the way for Gil Galad's with Tindomion.

I am so glad you see Maglor like that; I always have. And I did love the idea of Maedhros naming Ereinion Gil-galad. 'Scion of Kings' does sound rather a cold name, but Starlight is a name with love behind it. I have a deep love of symmetry, poetry, whatever you wish to call it, with generation following generation. It is obvious, I think, that Tindómion and Gil-galad mirror Maedhros and Fingon, but they were supposed to, and they were not reflections, but individuals.

ultimately, it was her behaviour to Gil Galad that did - I do not know how any mother can treat their child like that, that ridiculous, stupid lady! I really wished in Magnificent that Maglor and the others would just tell her the truth about her wedding night. She deserves it, even of it is under handed. Fanari is well, the exact opposite of Rosriel and so, the even though I love Fanari, her's and Rosriel's charcters seem just a little one dimensional but Rosriel changes drastically in Magnificent so I am fine with that.

I didn't see how an Elven woman could treat a child like that unless she were being influenced by some-one else, which of course she was. It makes her rather to be pitied than anything else, though because Varda's influence was unknown in this story, I could not show much sympathy for her, or hint too much. It was one reason I wanted to have her eventually love Gil-galad, as I believe she would have done, and in Magnificat, she does. Tindómion at least had a mother who loved him; Gil-galad had no-one after Fingon died, or no any-one as important to him as his father had been.
And I totally agree that she and Fanari are one dimensional! I knew it when I was writing it. A good author would have developed them, but at that time, I was just far too interested in the story of Maedhros and Fingon, Tindómion and Gil-galad to explore them; Rosriel and Fanari were important, but they weren't central.

The maturation of Gil Galad and Tindomion's relationship was stunningly portrayed. I brought me to tears so many times! I loved their passion and restraint even when it was killing them, actually, make that, especially when it was killing them:) and truly you made me hate the Valar!

I felt for them, writing this, and of course the restraint spilled over into their new life. I still love them; probably the most UST-ridden characters in anything I have written, but when I came to Gil-galad's death, I really cried.


I have read other reviews of your stories, telling you it was a good one. I completely disagree - You do not just tell a good story, you tell a brilliant one with grand, passionate characters.

What a lovely thing to say! That is what I want to do, and I do feel so passionately about the characters I write, whether OC or canon, that I am so glad if that passion makes its way from my heart into the story. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your taking the time to review at such length, and in such depth. I am so very grateful that you took the time! Hugs, and thank-you so much!



Title: The Sons of Thunder by ziggy
Rated: Mature [ - ]
Summary:

The Sons of Thunder meet a storm in the son of Thranduil, one of violence and desire. Warning for this chapter. Explicit sex and undercurrent of violence


Category: Fiction
Characters: Legolas
Content: Slash
Challenge: None
Series: None
Chapters: 46 | Completed: Yes | Word count: 315298 | Read count: 114955

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Published: July 02, 2011 | Updated: January 20, 2013


Reviewer: Elvewen Signed
Date: January 31, 2012 Title: Chapter 10: Chapter 10

I have read this story on FF.net and the comment on your 42nd chapter said that reviews would help you write the next one soonest. I do not have an account on FF.net and was not inclined to create one because, 5 years ago at the age of 12, I submitted my first story there and got comments calling me a menace to society, embarrassment to LOTR fan fiction and my work as an utter waste of time etc. So, you see, the only way I could reach you was on faerie and write an essay length review to make up for 42 chapters worth of it and tell you that your story is utterly amazing. Your portrayal of Elrohir is riveting. It is so very different from and far more realistic that all the others I have read. Perhaps because here at least, Elrohir is not incapable of erring. It makes it easier to sympathise with and relate to him. Mithrandir does have a knack for sending people to their doom does he not? Your Elrohir is beautiful. passionate and utterly heartbreaking. He is one of those rare characters who we love even though we are not really sure if he is the good guy. There are very few others that can be compared to your portrayal of his - Tolkien's (and other well written) portrayal of Feanor, Spiced Wine's Coldagnir, Maedhros and Maglor(in whatever story I read of them) and just a handful of others. Before I end this, I would like to ask, would it not have been kinder to pair Legolas with your Elladan? I must once again beg you to put up the next chapter as soon as you possibly can - the wait is driving me mad. Finally, your work has an almost physical quality to it, as though the characters come to life before my eyes and an astounding emotional clarity to it. I await your next entry - chapter 43(that is). Also, are there any word limits for reviews, I do not want to write an essay length review and waste your time or that of anyone else.

Author's Response:

Ah, Elvewen- I am so sorry. I have only just picked this up!! Faerie always gets shoved into my junk mail for some reason adn no matter how much I unjunk it, it just keeps doing that!

 

ffnet is a really odd place- I have had flames that have been really horrible there. Oddly enough they have been for Rohan's Gold from people who think Eowyn is only for Faramir and that I am committing a heinous crime by writing ehr with Legolas, or from weird and scary Legomaniacs who hate me for giving him anyone but them!!! It is particualry upsetting I htink because it comes inot your home on email and feels like a really violent infringement. You just hav eto luagh at them, delete their ravings and pour scorn on them- I keep the worst ones and wind them up until they leave me alone. I have also on occasion refused unsigned reviews for this reason but they have left e alone for a while now.

12 is such a tender age to publish and it speaks vloumes that you had the guts to publish then- I would not have had the courage. Don't let other people put you off and I am glad to see you have posted here. 

So it is lovely to ge tthis review so unexpectedly- I am facing a bit of block at the moment- they cant decide whose going to tell the next bit of the story and Elrohir and Legoals are faffing about round each other. I cant get them sorted in my head until I have some time- and I do now so should be able to crack on with the next chapter.

I am so pleased you feel Elrohir is realsitic- he is so flawed and senstive and hurting. But horrible with it- and his sexuality really messes him up of course because of the Noldor LACE. Unlike Legoals who just does whatever he likes! I am very flatterd that you compare Elrohir with Spiced Wine's wonderful characters- she blows me away!

Ah, Elladan- pure and sweet and fierce too. Can you see how lovely they would be together... but Legoals would hurt  him. Not intentionally. And elrohir needs to be healed and really, only a woodelf can do that with their unashmaed sensuailty... but Legoals will hurt Elrohir too, because he is promiscuus and I wonder if he can be monogamous as Elrohir is goin ot demand in the end, isnt he?

Revews NEVER waste a wrter's time- you know that. It is like meat and drink, food for the muse and the soul. The only reward and more precious because of it!!

Thank you for the essay- it is really so intersting to get other people's take on what you have written, isnt it?

Thank you again. 

Ziggy

Yes- Mithrandir does do that! He does in the book if you think about it, and he does feel it too but there was 'never much hope' !!



Reviewer: Elvewen Signed
Date: February 27, 2012 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

For Chapter 43

Ziggy, I am utterly speechless. This is beautiful. Elladan! He was so wonderful in this - gentle, pure and fierce. The conclusion of the battle was awesome as was the Void in the previous chapter. And of course, Elrohir's desire to continue fighting - every time I read about him, it brings tears to my eyes and I feel so desperately sorry for him, so badly want to give him some relief from the past that holds him in its death grip. There are so many situations in which you contrast the twins and it is incredible, just how I have always imagined them!!

"Elrohir smiled tenderly, gently. 'Do not fear for me, Elladan,' he said softly and the irony was not lost on Elladan that it was Elrohir who sought to comfort him now. 'I am not lost. Not yet...I need to purge myself of this...this darkness.' He smiled tenderly, touched Elladan's cheek. Elladan found that harder to bear than his anger or coldness." - this has got to be the most wonderful line in this story. They are both so tortured.

Aragorn has never been a favorite or Imrahil for that matter. But your Eomer was lovely as always. His reaction on seeing them highlights his youth making it far easier to relate to him.

I really hate seeing Legolas suffer, but your description of it powerful beyond words. His confusion, his fear and genuine concern were so wonderfully portrayed. And I am seriously beginning to hate Mithrandir!

But above all else, Elrohir! So many times in this story, we have had cause to shun him but his character draws you to him like no other. The tenderness in him is so beautiful to visualize - more so because it is so rare. And his desperation on seeing Legolas, his command of himself, his fortitude and self sacrifice, to see Elrohir caught in darkness is one thing, to see him command it, quite another.

I was in tears by the time I got to the end of the chapter.

The only thing I would ask you is this - to grant him some peace, because he deserves it so, and because he cannot have it.

There is no one who has brought the twins to life like you have - I only wish I had found this story sooner. A wonderful, brilliant story that seriously challenges my vocabulary as far as adjectives are concerned:)I can hardly wait for the next chapter!

Author's Response:

I am so sorry, Elvewen- again, this got lost and only when I saw your SHOUT did I realise. 

 

Your review is for Ch 43 so I assume you have read it over on ffnet - I am posting the rest here and you already know he finds piece. I hope the ending was what you wanted. 

And as for Elladan, well, yes- he has Imrahil. For now.

 

I am sort of covering that in MDLW and will be shwoing you what is going on in Imladris before Sons, and Songs incidentally. I hope to show more of Elladan's story I suppose as that seems to be the way the characters want to play it:)

Thank you so much for reviewing- it really encourages me to keep writing.



Title: Good Morning by Alquien
Rated: Explicit [ - ]
Summary: The House of Finwë continues a tradition of complicated relationships.
Category: Fiction
Characters: Amras, Amrod, Caranthir, Celegorm, Curufin, Glorfindel, Maedhros, Maglor
Content: Erotica, Explicit Sex
Challenge: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 | Completed: Yes | Word count: 2485 | Read count: 2448

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Published: July 03, 2011 | Updated: July 03, 2011


Reviewer: Elvewen Signed
Date: February 19, 2012 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

So very cute! I burst out laughing when I read the summary of the story and then again when I read the story. And your descriptions of both Glorfindel and Maedhros were gorgeous.

A lovely piece!

Author's Response: I am so glad that you enjoyed reading this. I had a lot of fun writing it, especially Glorfindel and Maedhros. Thank you for the kind words.



Title: West of the Moon, East of the Sun by Kenaz
Rated: Teen [ - ]
Summary: Near the ruins of the Hornburg, Halbarad has stories to tell.
Category: Fiction
Characters: Aragorn, Halbarad
Content: Drama, Slash, Vignette
Challenge: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 | Completed: Yes | Word count: 3827 | Read count: 6110

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Published: July 03, 2011 | Updated: July 03, 2011


Reviewer: Elvewen Signed
Date: March 13, 2012 Title: Chapter 1: West of the Moon, East of the Sun

This story was beautiful and utterly heart breaking.

There are so many things about it that deserve praise - the way you portrayed Aragron and pictured him. It was lovely, I could see the hornburg and the two men smoking there so clearly.

But your Halbarad was the one that truly took my breath away. The sensitivity, courage and unswerving devotion all speak of the Halbarad that I came to love in the books. I loved how you brought humour into this story, the tale he said was wonderful to read especially because it connects so well with the story.

'The man's heart had been well and truly given long ago by one who would forsake her own kind to stand at his side; he had nothing to offer that would compare.' - that Halbarad still stuck with Aragorn after all this, says everything we need to know about his character.

I was trying not to cry throughout the story. And then, I read this - "'Now I know what you bear,' you said to me last night as we traveled, though in truth you knew only what I carried in my hands and not what I carry-- what I have always carried..."' and failed entirely.

Well Done. This truly is the best Aragron Halbrard story I have ever read and has the most beautiful portrayal of Halbarad.

Thank you for sharing this story - it really did deserve the MEFA.

Author's Response:

Wow, thank you so much for your kind words! I am truly flattered!  I have to admit that this one is a personal favorite of mine, and that Halbarad is one of my favorite characters because it's so easy to imagine him as a man who is honest, strong, brave even in the face of his death, and loyal to Aragorn to his last breath. Tolkien created so many heroes-- but some of them really didn't get their due in his work.  I'm really glad you enjoyed it, and that you enjoyed my Halbarad, and that you see his heroism as I do.

Best,

K.



Title: ~ Magnificat of the Damned. Book III. Fire ~ by Spiced Wine
Rated: Mature [ - ]
Summary:

They had been damned for their pride.
Damned for their passions.
Damned by the Valar and by Morgoth Bauglir.
Hated and envied by both.

~~~


Reborn into an older world and freedom, they had discovered that the jealousy of Gods does not fade, and that damnation has an agelong reach.

~~~


In dark Angmar, the Mouth of Sauron feeds his ambitions with unspeakable acts. Coldagnir the Balrog begins to learn what freedom is, whilst in New Cuiviénen the Noldor battle with their own pride and passions.

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Every inner eye in the encampment was bent on the drama unfolding to the south, but Fëanor's mind seemed to focus all of them like a lens. There was no sound. This was the center. Fëanor's eyes were blank and blazing with impossible, unearthly light.

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The Age of Powers and Kings. Fourth Age Map and Avatars.






Category: Fiction
Characters: Aegnor, Aredhel, Balrog, Beleg, Celegorm, Daeron, Elladan, Elrohir, Eluréd, Elurín, Eru, Fëanor, Fingolfin, Finrod, Gil-galad, Glorfindel, Gothmog, Huan, Legolas, Maeglin, Maglor, Mouth of sauron, OFC, OMC, Orc, Thranduil, Túrin, Uruk-Hai
Content: Action/Adventure, Angst, AU, Drama, Erotica, Explicit Sex, Horror, Hurt/Comfort, Incest, Kink, Rape/Non-con, Slash
Challenge: None
Series: Magnificat Of The Damned
Chapters: 69 | Completed: No | Word count: 312382 | Read count: 213244

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Published: July 05, 2011 | Updated: May 14, 2016


Reviewer: Elvewen Signed
Date: January 24, 2012 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 ~ The White Light Of Madness ~

Oh my God - I am sooo happy to finally get in touch with you. I have been following your work for ages and could just never find the courage to review it - yours and a couple of others like esteliel, alpha ori, russandol, oshun to name a few. I followed the link you put on SWG to get here and now that I am on this site, I might as well tell you - you have got to be one of the most amazing writers whose work I have ever had the pleasure of reading. I have read and reread so much of your work. I must admit that before reading your stories, I did not read much of slash but wow! Your writing is so expressive. You made me love all sorts of characters - the most significant being a balrog! And I have seldom read a more perfect portrayal of Feanor. He has got to be the most brilliant of all your characters. Well, the main reason I wrote this is to ask, plead, beg you to write another chapter for magnificent of the damned 2. I love those 2 stories beyond all the others - probably because it features so many feanarions so prominently. And before I end this, I wanted to clarify, how did Glorfindel become a Vala? And why does Thranduil detest Bainalph? And finally, what is Elgalad? I thank you for the words of welcome - I saw them in the shout box. I truly hope to be able to post something soon however horrendous it may be - and hope you will help me. The last time I posted something was on fanfiction.net and got some of the most horrible reviews. Since then, I stopped writing. I hope I have not bored you over much with this essay:)

Author's Response: Wow! I am happy you found me too, and decided to review! Authors are such a hot mess of self-doubt -- I certainly am, that if you were to review the other writers you mention, I can promise you, they would be as delighted as me. They're all lovely people, too.

I must admit that before reading your stories, I did not read much of slash but wow! Your writing is so expressive. You made me love all sorts of characters - the most significant being a balrog! And I have seldom read a more perfect portrayal of Feanor. He has got to be the most brilliant of all your characters

I love that you love Fëanor's portrayal. :D Thank-you! Of course I adore him, but many people seem to think him a villain. Also Coldagnir, :) it surprises me endlessly that readers like him. Re: the slash, you are the third or fourth person who's told me they didn't read much (or any)slash before they read me. The hatred against it in the fandom is vicious, and I am just very pleased some people are open-minded enough to give it a chance. To me, it is about the relationships, and the gender does not matter.

Oh, I am writing Magnificat at the moment, I just got derailed by a stomach bug. And the forthcoming chapter does feature Fëanor, Fingolfin etc, as well as what is happening in Angmar.

And before I end this, I wanted to clarify, how did Glorfindel become a Vala? And why does Thranduil detest Bainalph? And finally, what is Elgalad?

I will give you a couple of links. All the stories I write, save 'A Light in the East, and A Far, Fierce Sky', are one big ongoing story in the same 'verse, so the answers are always 'somewhere'. (unless I have not yet written them) Glorfindel became a Vala here Dark Prince: Chapter Seventy-two ~ the Chosen.
Dark Prince is the first story, and one can read that and then Magnificat Book I, really. Of course Dark Prince was written four years ago, so it's easy to forget what happened in it. Glorfindel was chosen by Eru to be a Vala to all the Elves, as he was an Elf and could understand them better than the original Valar.

As for Thranduil hating Bainalph...some of it is here: Magnificat of the Damned: Book II ~ Hate is the Dark Twin of Love, also a quote here, from Chapter thirty-six, The King's Duty.

(Sorry for the length of the quote, but it'll save you reading all the chapter.)
'Oropher clung to duty, or to an ideal,” Glorfindel mused. “to what he saw as his honour, and raised his son to believe the same. And Thranduil, though he loved his wife, saw that among the Silvans, whom he loved, he alone was unfree. And his marriage was a blood-binding, Legolas. Didst thou not know?”

Legolas' eyes widened with understanding. “No,” he said on a revelatory breath. “Ah. I have never known it to happen.”

“What is a blood binding?” Celegorm asked impatiently.

“It is something like the Blood-kiss, but binding one to the land through marriage,” Legolas explained. “If one clan moved into the territory of another and desired to dwell there in peace, mingling their blood, they could be accepted by a blood-binding marriage.”

“Oropher saw that it would be a way of binding his son irrevocably to the Silvans, and ensuring Thranduil would succeed him were he to die,” Glorfindel murmured. “Thranduil was young, and took the marriage, and his vows, very seriously.”

“So he truly did believe he had offended against my mother?”

“In his eyes, he did, he profaned something ancient and holy. Hells, what we do for duty's sake!” Glorfindel flashed. “Even love and pleasure are warped by it. And love...” He saw the perturbation in Legolas' expression, and said quickly, “Thy parents were happy, Legolas. Their marriage was joyful, never regretted. Thranduil blamed Bainalph because he believed that he always could have been.”

In A Light in the East, and A Far, Fierce Sky, the reason is a little different, because it's a crossover with Esteliel's work, of course. And I will write more about Thranduil's love-hate toward Bainalph in Magnificat.

As for what is Elgalad. Although some people (such as Coldagnir) know or recognize *something* remarkable about him, no-one will truly know for thousands of years. It's explained here Weapons of the Gods: Chapter Four ~ Lights in the Darkness, and Chapter Five, Son of Eru, Son of Love.
'Weapons' is set thousands of years in the future, and so really I shouldn't have begun it, but the first few chapters were mad to be written, so I had to set them down while they were burning in my mind. I suppose they're spoilers really, but it does not make any real difference to the actual story I am writing now.

I am so sorry that your experience with FF.Net was a horrible one. There is a culture of hating and flaming on there which I find obnoxious, and I really have no time for that site. No-one will do that on here as Esteliel, and all the members are completely against that kind of bullying, and won't tolerate it.

Again, I want to thank-you so much for finding me and reviewing. you have got to be one of the most amazing writers whose work I have ever had the pleasure of reading.

While I could name off the top of my head many writers who are much better than I am, a compliment like that is a weeks-worth of confidence for me, and helps me to keep going. Hugs to you for making me feel more confident! I am just amazed that I have *silent* readers, when I am convinced I have about five, who review me.

Oh, and if you have not read it, I must recommend you Sons of Thunder, by Ziggy, which is truly magnificent. It is a Fellowship story, and I know you love the Fëanorions, but Elrohir is very Fëanorion in her story. (She is uploading it on here, but it's very nearly completed, and uncensored, on LOTRFF.com. )



Reviewer: Elvewen Signed
Date: March 19, 2012 Title: Chapter 40: Chapter 40 ~ Indifference Has No Place ~

Oh good Lord! This was gorgeous!

I loved Tindomion in this but then again, I love him in all your works. He is in a really hard place right now, isn't he? I sort of expected him to do something, simply to get away from it all for a while. Not because he does not care (indifference has no place there after all:)) but because I think he needs sometime to come to terms with it all - the Feanorians in general and Gil Galad in particular. And he did spend a lot of time in Imladris. The reason you gave for his affection for the twins was beautiful. I can just imagine it and it makes me feel so sorry for him, actually, it is not 'sorry', but I do not have any better word for it and I always imagined the twins in such a relationship anyway. I suppose he was so used to being the only one of that bloodline that to have so many of that, his family around must be overwhelming to say the least. And Feanor does not make it easier. And then there is the situation between him and Gil.

The soul drinking part was something that I really did not understand - is it release from bondage so to speak? How is that possible? How could elves even recognise their kindred after all the torture they were put through? And above all, how were elves made into orcs anyway? Tolkien was rather vague about it. All his works have showed elves have a violent hatred towards orcs and the orcs 'feel' likewise, if not more so.
So, in short, I can't wait to see what Beleg will tell him, after all, he would know better than most save Coldagnir and their perspectives of the matter would be *very* different.

"“Always.” There came exasperated laughter. “I was jealous of every-one he smiled at, every man and woman who followed him, all those he loved, even his sons for a time."

I never considered this aspect of their relationship. And now that I do, it makes me love Fingolfin all the more. But he never will be enough for Feanor will he? I really do not want to see him put through more grief so let me ask - why? Why can he not satisfy Feanor? Maedhros and Fingon do not have this problem and are they not also of the same two houses? And his reason for going with them to Finrod was heartbreaking. I do not think Feanor immune to jealousy. He just had not reason till now, to feel jealous as far as Fingolfin and Maglor are concerned.

Poor Van - I wish he was not so hard on himself. He blames himself for everything. I wonder where it will end for the men though. The horror and pain of their experience will never leave them and they will never forget it.

It was Tindomion that contacted Vanimore in the last line wasn't it? Brilliant!

Sian, in short, this was yet another amazing chapter. I loved everything about it. If there was anything I missed in this chapter, it would be Coldagnir and Maglor. Other than that, all my beloved characters were there, in all their beautiful, arrogant, self assured, sexually frustrated and all together magnificent glory:)

Author's Response: Thank-you so very much, Elvewen. I was thinking of you when I was writing this, as you have mentioned Tindómion before.
I think he is - hmm, overwhelmed does not seem quite right, as he can certainly hold his place, but crowded perhaps, with so many legendary figure, and all so close, and the very peculiar relationships that interlock the two Houses in this 'verse. Not that he would use that as an excuse to leave, because he does care about Elladan and Elrohir deeply, but what happened in this chapter proved a 'push' -- both learning about the raid on Angmar (but not the worse; what is happening there) and with Fingolfin. And yes, he did call Vanimórë, as his grandfather had all but ordered him not to ask Glorfindel. And Tindómion probably thinks that Glorfindel has enough on his plate - he and Fëanor do have to work together, so to set them at odds would be a bit conscienceless.

What the orcs think of as soul-drinking, yes, that I will go into more deeply. This is not something that the Elves would do with orcs now that they're a race who breeds as Elves and Men, but in the very beginning, when the first Elves were corrupted, somehow, the Elves that met them knew what they had been. This is a quite occult and perhaps a bit dark kind of practice, perhaps not much spoken of, even back in the ancient times, but as Beleg is one of the unbegotten, he would know about it.

With beautiful Fingolfin :) I don't think it's true that he can't satisfy Fëanor, though he's looking at the relationship from a very personal, conflicted and jealous standpoint. he and Fëanor are inked by chains of fire, and Fëanor loves him far more than his teasing and flirting would seem to show. Neither can ever get away from the other. The problem is not Fingolfin, but what Fëanor truly is, which we haven't even come to yet. In a sense, he does want all the Noldor, but even he does not yet understand why. When he does know what he is, it will still be Fingolfin he burns for. It's very hard to describe their relationship in words, as to me it goes deeper than love, or lust, or kinship, although it's also all those things. But Fingolfin is himself magnificent and glorious, and Fëanor is obsessed by him, even if Fingolfin thinks he is too self-assured to be jealous.
No, Maedhros and Fingon don't have this 'problem', but they're not half-brothers, therefore Fingon is not riddled by incestuous guilt. (Fëanor isn't, but I think he likes the idea of it being taboo, so plays along with secrecy, but in his heart, he believes he is above societal norms.

we will have more of these, and Maglor and Coldagnir - and Vanimórë and the others soon.
Thank-you again for a lovely review. It makes my day to know people enjoy reading!



Reviewer: Elvewen Signed
Date: January 01, 2013 Title: Chapter 44: Chapter 44 ~ A Clouded Gem ~

Oh good Lord Sian!!! I was not well for the past few days, and was not allowed to leave the house so I have been dying to read the new chapter and as always, your work never disappoints! Oh, where to start, okey, first off, save Coldagnir, I saw all my dearly beloved characters again:). I read the previous chapter once more to get my bearings as far as the story is concerned and loved it once again.

But, this is the first time; I have taken any interest in Edenel. Bainalph was gorgeous in this chapter. His reluctance to get between Thranduil and Timdomion is absolutely understandable – better to err on the side of caution;). And in maybe 3 or so lines, you managed to bring for the overwhelming tension between them again. Edenel intrigues me. He was wonderful to Bainalph, so very understanding, but I keep getting the feeling that he is more that what he seems. I am not very happy with Thranduil in general, at the moment but his sacrifice is heart wrenching, more so because of the depths of passion between him and Bainalph. A mutually destructive relationship if there ever was one.

“You cannot slay the sorcerer,” he breathed. “It is Túrin's fate.”

“Fear can be destroyed in many ways. One need not wield the weapon.”

I did not understand this, who is saying this to whom? And Edenel, what role does he have in all this? Who did he face? What power, what darkness touched him? Does Van know? How much does Edenel know about what has happened, with Malantur?

My heart goes out to Maeglin. I know his past and what he has done but, “What had he become, grasping at every dry stalk of attention, resenting how the others gathered around Tindómion? Disgusted at himself, he walked away.” This line, is heartbreaking. There is so much violence and self loathing in him, it is difficult not to pity him. But considering his lineage, I am pretty sure he would resent pity. Glorfindel played with him and I can understand why he hated him for it but had Glorfindel returned his affections, would it really have made any difference? And given that there are so many incestuous relationships among the Finwi, why was Maeglin’s with Idril frowned upon?

The conversation between Feanor, Fingolfin and Maeglin was breathtaking Sian. I love how Maeglin surrendered to Fingolfin only to have him stopped by Feanor. And yes, Feanor, of all people, would understand the madness that possessed Maeglin. He was held by the same, after all. Maeglin is your most well written charcter Sian, not because of your description of him or anything, but because you managed to made this reader pity one of the most hated charcters in elven history. His obsessive determination to rewrite his part makes him so beautiful and all the more loved because of it. I did not matter to him that no one would know of his deeds, he would finally attain some semblance of peace. It is beautiful to read.

Yep, Feanor would definitely have bound Maeglin thusly. But not everyone wants to be bound do they? I think that was one of Tindomion’s reasons. I do not think any of Finglofin’s actions and words towards Maeglin were born of calculation, seduction. It is as you wrote, simply the natural order of things. And whatever else, every conversation you write with either Feanor or Fingolfin (or both!) is loaded with so much meaning, and I am constantly trying to read between the lines.

Will Fingolfin ever truly forgive Feanor? Because, I can see hope for Maeglin in the future. But will it spare him a violent death, I don’t really think so.

But anyway, what a beautiful chapter Sian!!! Well worth the wait. I loved every part of it. And I have a new favourite character:) Like all your work, this chapet flows so well with your story and your verse and it is absolutely gorgeous. As I am sure many others will tell you, it was bloody brilliant and I can’t wait to read more.

Author's Response: I am so sorry you are not well, Elvewen. Sending you good thoughts for this year! Thank-you for reviewing when you are under the weather.

A mutually destructive relationship could be exactly what Thranduil and Bainalph find themselves in, unfortunately. We'll see; not every relationship runs smoothly, and most of the ones I write, don't. d;-)
Edenel has a story, (and back-story) but because this chapter was supposed to be mostly about Maeglin, I didn't go into it further - it'll come in the next one, (which yes, Coldagnir will also be in (: It's ancient, and I think quite deep; looking at something I've been wondering about for some time. The Gwaith-en-Ithilvorn, his people, are not the same as the Silvans or Sindar, but they chose to make the Greenwood their home; they're still a people apart though, and keep their secrets.

Does Van know? How much does Edenel know about what has happened, with Malantur?

Van would know if he looked; both Van and Glorfindel could open their minds to every piece of information in the world, past and future, and beyond the world, but no-one could live any semblance of a 'human' life like that, and so they close it off unless they need to (also because Van especially knows what it's like to have his mind read and be vulnerable to Morgoth, he tends not to intrude on people unless he has to). Edenel too was touched by power, and so he's open to others who have been, like Bainalph, although it's an empathic thing, not sorcerous or really magical. His story will come.

you managed to made this reader pity one of the most hated charcters in elven history. His obsessive determination to rewrite his part makes him so beautiful and all the more loved because of it. I did not matter to him that no one would know of his deeds, he would finally attain some semblance of peace. It is beautiful to read.

I am really humbled and thrilled by this comment. I've come across a lot of Tolkien fans who despise Fëanor, but even people who love him do tend to loathe Maeglin, because what he did was despicable, but even Tolkien wrote of what was behind that: ambition and thwarted love. (As to the canon fact that marrying such close kin was not practiced among the Noldor, I have to go with that, since it is part of Maeglin's story, but in my head-canon, Elves don't have to worry about inbreeding, so the Elves of Valinor were the only ones who adhered to this law; I write it was part of the Valarin Laws, probably because the Valar were kin themselves, but 'paired up' and some became ashamed of it. But that will all have to be written in another story, when I return to Valinor)

Anyhow, thank-you so very much for finding sympathy for Maeglin.

Will Fingolfin ever truly forgive Feanor? Because, I can see hope for Maeglin in the future. But will it spare him a violent death, I don’t really think so.

In his heart, I am not sure Fingolfin ever will forgive Fëanor, though he loves him. It's a very tangled thing, love, with the Finwions; I doubt Finrod and Celegorm ever truly forgive one another either. There is just no easy path with this family (: As for Maeglin, I do want him to have the chance to rewrite his 'treachery', but that whole last war with Angmar will be explosive and violent, and tragic, and is still some way in the future. At least Maeglin now sees acceptance, not only one path into death, though that path will lead him back to Carn Dûm, yes.

Thank-you again, so much, for following, and for supporting, Elvewen!



Title: ~ Fragments of Fate And Fire ~ by Spiced Wine
Rated: Mature [ - ]
Summary:

This will be a collection of fics, commissioned art, and gapfillers to flesh out events within my Dark Prince/Magnificat 'verse.
All will mesh with I Will Lead And Thou Shalt Follow, the pre-Third Age chapters of Dark Prince and Magnificat of the Damned.


They will not necessarily be in chronological order.




Category: Fiction
Characters: Balrog, Celegorm, Fëanor, Finarfin, Fingolfin, Fingon, Finrod, Gil-galad, Glorfindel, Ingwë, Maedhros, Maglor, Melkor/Morgoth, OMC, Sauron
Content: Angst, AU, Drama, Erotica, Incest, Rape/Non-con, Slash
Challenge: None
Series: None
Chapters: 19 | Completed: No | Word count: 29947 | Read count: 56980

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Published: July 05, 2011 | Updated: May 21, 2016


Reviewer: Elvewen Signed
Date: March 04, 2012 Title: ~ Fragments of Fate And Fire ~

I think you know how much I love Coldagnir!(stares dreamily at screen). This is gorgeous Sian!

Author's Response: Aww, thank-you so much, Elvewen. How are you?
Unfortunately I can't claim the amazing Heise artwork, but that picture, is very like how I imagine Coldagnir :).
Thank-you so much for your comment!



Reviewer: Elvewen Signed
Date: March 04, 2012 Title: Chapter 8: Chapter 8 ~ Maglor the Mighty ~

Now that is poetry! I was in tears at the end of this.

"Thus I shall hold them, And sing the truth, Of glory, And of love."

This is so lovely. It really draws out the fact that Maglor is indeed left behind, with all the pain and grief that accompanies it. Beautiful!

Author's Response: Thank-you, Elvewen! I posted this on Live Journal, and some people were very kind about it, so I thought I would add it to this collection. I do see him as remembering everything, and the sorrow, but still loving those who were gone.



Reviewer: Elvewen Signed
Date: March 08, 2012 Title: Chapter 9: Chapter 12 ~ Whispers and Footsteps ~

This is heart breaking, desperate and so lovely!

Whenever I read you descriptions of Angband, I think of Maedhros's torment there as well - and I choke up, every time.

Author's Response: Oh, yes, poor Maedhros. He was an incredible character to survive it.
Van has these dreams all his life, and few people know it. I expect Maedhros did, too.



Reviewer: Elvewen Signed
Date: March 09, 2012 Title: Chapter 10: Chapter 13 ~ Love: Through All the Ages of Arda

YES! Elgalad! Did I ever mention that I absolutely adore him?? There is this bit in one of your stories - not sure which one though - where he gathers Van's soul in his hands, bringing it to him with so much love and reading that, I am constantly reduced to beaming at the screen with teary eyes!

I love him in all your works Sian! Especially because somehow, I always felt there was more to him than which meets the eye. And Weapon of the Gods proved that!

Although, I really think you should have waited a while before you put up weapons - it is really far ahead in your verse.

You know, I thought Fragments would feature new stories(and I really wanted that) but instead, it ended up reminding me why I love your work so much! The most beautiful quotes from all my beloved characters covering the length and breadth of your own mythology - thank you Sian!

Author's Response: I am so glad you like Elgalad, Elvewen. He had to be 'less' than he was for such a long time. i think that was why I put 'Weapons' up although it's so far ahead, just to show there was something for Vanimórë and Elgalad after Elgalad's death. I keep thinking I shouldn't have put it up really -- I don't know whether to take it down or not, but I myself get sad at the thought of Van and Elgalad separated, and the more I write of Magnificat, the sadder I get, for some reason, perhaps because I am exploring their relationship in more depth. Weapons reminds me that there is a future for them.

I am going to use some of the prompts on the B2Me bingo cards in the stories, but this week has been a moving train wreck. My b/f contracted stomach 'flu Monday night, and since then I've been acting as a carer. He's never had it before, and it completely felled him. I've had so little time that I couldn't concentrate, so doing these quotes and images was all I really had time for, at least all I could complete, though I'm just picking over the next chapter of Magnificat. I hope things calm down over the weekend.

Thank-you so much for your lovely and encouraging comment. What a nice way to finish a ghastly week! Hugs!



Title: Unseen, Unheard, Not Forgotten by WindSurfBabe
Rated: General Audiences [ - ]
Summary: One need not be a house to be haunted - E. Dickinson. 3rd place in July 2010 Teitho challenge "Five Ingredients". Nominated for the 2011 MEFAs.
Category: Fiction
Characters: Elladan, Elrohir, Legolas, Maglor, OMC
Content: Drama
Challenge: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 | Completed: Yes | Word count: 3102 | Read count: 2694

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Published: July 05, 2011 | Updated: July 05, 2011


Reviewer: Elvewen Signed
Date: February 12, 2012 Title: Chapter 1: Unseen, Unheard, Not Forgotten

One of the most beautiful stories I have ever read featuring some of the most wonderful of Tolkien's characters. What is so perfect about this is that it is unexpectedly sad, a truly heart rending piece. A brilliant job:)

Author's Response: Thank you, Elvewen! I am glad you enjoyed this piece and - or despite - its sadness, and I'm taking you saying it's one of the most beautiful ones you have read as a truly great compliment. Thanks again for reading! WSB



Title: The Protege by Alpha Ori
Rated: Explicit [ - ]
Summary: Legolas makes his first visit to the Spring Festival at Imladris. A diplomatic and cultural exchange between elven realms that proves to be one of the most memorable.
Category: Fiction
Characters: Elladan, Elrohir, Elrond, Erestor, Galadriel, Gandalf, Glorfindel, Haldir, Legolas
Content: AU, Explicit Sex, Hurt/Comfort, Romance, Slash
Challenges: Inaugural Glorfindel/Legolas Challenge
Challenge: Inaugural Glorfindel/Legolas Challenge
Series: The Protege
Chapters: 23 | Completed: Yes | Word count: 92714 | Read count: 131699

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Published: July 06, 2011 | Updated: April 11, 2012


Reviewer: Elvewen Signed
Date: March 02, 2012 Title: Chapter 1: The Noldor

Hello my friend! I sat and read this awesome story in one ago, all 14 chapters and now, I really no longer know what to say.

This story was gorgeous! Not only the character depiction but also the raw sensuality that oozes from every line. I absolutely love Legolas in this! And your descriptions of him raised the room temperature by more than a few degrees!! He is very much the self assured, beguilingly handsome and lovable character that we see in the first few chapters of Arcane Land. Glorfindel is magnificent. Apart from the physical descriptions, the way you portrayed his first steps in his relationship with Legolas was lovely. I am not even going to comment on Elrond and Erestor!

Of all the aspects of this story, I find Mithrandir connection with Legolas absolutely wonderful. But my personal favorite - the revival of Celebrian gardens. The mood you created for the incident, the gorgeous visuals and the sentries, it was lively. Almost heartbreaking so.

If I have any complaints, it is that once you read Arcane Land, it really spoils this story for you:)

But I love it nonetheless!

Author's Response: Wow, what a marathon! There are still some chapters to come. The story is finished but I am putting together the original 5 separate stories to make one, longer Protege. So there are still more than 10 chapters to post. I am taking advantage and reediting. The Protege is the first book in the series, so no wonder it's a spoiler - you jumped straight to Arcane Land, and it's actually quite interesting to see that it wasn't absolutely necessary to read The Protege to be able to understand the goings on of Arcane Land. However, I am sure the Protege has shed some light on a few things you may not have understood from AL. I am glad you are enjoying it, and I hope you will continue reading the following, re-edited chapters, and of course let me know what you think!!



Title: The Wanderers We Are by Laurelin
Rated: Explicit [ - ]
Summary: The Ring of Power surfaces and Legolas is chosen to represent the Elves in the Company of Nine. This experience will test him in ways he has not been tested before, and bring him face to face with the greatest of evils. Not knowing whether he will ever see his loved ones again, Legolas has to walk the road to know what awaits him at the end of it... as all pilgrims do.
Category: Fiction
Characters: Aragorn, Arwen, Bilbo, Boromir, Celeborn, Elladan, Elrohir, Elrond, Éomer, Éowyn, Erestor, Faramir, Frodo, Galadriel, Gandalf, Gimli, Glorfindel, Gríma Wormtongue, Haldir, Legolas, Meriadoc "Merry" Brandybuck, OFC, OMC, Orophin, Peregrin "Pippin" Took, Rúmil, Samwise "Sam" Gamgee, Theoden, Thranduil, Varda/Elbereth
Content: Angst, Character Death, Drama, Explicit Sex, Hurt/Comfort, Incest, Romance, Slash
Challenge: None
Series: Pilgrim
Chapters: 30 | Completed: Yes | Word count: 214602 | Read count: 89915

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Published: July 16, 2011 | Updated: July 23, 2011


Reviewer: Elvewen Signed
Date: February 02, 2012 Title: Chapter 30: Farewell

I am really sorry for reviewing so late. I love your work and it has been a pleasure reading it. I only recently joined faerie. I love your Legolas and Haldir. Haldir is so sweet and generous but the weary nature that existed under that - the way the past kept interfering in everything. Legolas was amazing and so were Thranduil and Anyriand. I would request that you continue to write because, the way you write and the way your characters leap of the page - it is truly magical. Congratulations on an amazing job (though rather belatedly) and I truly hope to read more of your fantastic work.

Author's Response: Late reviews are just as welcome! Quite a few years of my life went into writing this saga, and it was mainly my love for these characters that was the driving force behind it all, so I appreciate your kind comments very much. I enjoyed creating these stories and it is nice to know that people continue to enjoy reading them. I do not currently have any concrete ideas for new stories, but if and when the writing bug bites again, you will of course see the results here on this site. Thanks again!



Title: Maglor’s Last Journey. by Glorfindel
Rated: General Audiences [ - ]
Summary: Maglor travels towards Imladris to see Elrond one last time. There is a warg stalking him...
Category: Fiction
Characters: Elrond, Glorfindel, Maglor, Manwë, Oromë
Content: Action/Adventure, Angst, Character Death, Drama
Challenge: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 | Completed: Yes | Word count: 2696 | Read count: 4090

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Published: August 24, 2011 | Updated: August 24, 2011


Reviewer: Elvewen Signed
Date: March 05, 2012 Title: Chapter 1: Maglor's Last Journey

This was absolutely wonderful! I love Maglor and so any story featuring him reaches out to me. I hated the fact that Tolkien left his story unfinished. But in this, you gave him absolution...and a peaceful death.

A thoroughly moving and very emotional peace! Well Done!

Author's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely comments :D The story, in its entirety, came to me in a dream so I quickly wrote it down. I am really pleased you enjoyed it, Fin x



Title: Arcane Land by Alpha Ori
Rated: Explicit [ - ]
Summary: Elladan and Melven travel to the Greenwood on the warrior exchange program, to serve with Legolas in The Company. Follow them through hardship and sacrifice, friendship and love as they journey into Arcane Land and beyond.

Category: Fiction
Characters: Elladan, Elrohir, Elrond, Erestor, Galion, Glorfindel, Legolas, OMC, Radagast, Thranduil
Content: Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama, Erotica, Explicit Sex, Het, Hurt/Comfort, Romance, Slash
Challenge: None
Series: The Protege
Chapters: 45 | Completed: Yes | Word count: 220130 | Read count: 108491

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Published: September 21, 2011 | Updated: May 11, 2012


Reviewer: Elvewen Signed
Date: January 27, 2012 Title: Chapter 25: A New Life

Hello Alpha Ori. This is the first review I am writing for your story and well, it is awesome. I come on the site almost every other day to simply see if there is any update. Every chapter is as wonderful or even more so than the previous. But my most favourite part was the way you introduced Sidhoneth. It was so poignant, so emotional. And the way you portrayed Legolas's reluctance and his heart wrenching acceptance of his role. And I loved even more how Tui's mother put Legolas's idiot cousin in his place. And what really made me tear up - "The swallow has taken flight". Simply beautiful.

Author's Response: Your words are most generous, Elvewen. I am so glad you are enjoying the tale and that you have taken the time to review - it is what will make the story so much better, the motivation that comes from knowing your stories are read and appreciated. I should be updating either today or tomorrow, and there is lots of action coming up. I hope you continue to read, enjoy, and if you so wish, review.



Reviewer: Elvewen Signed
Date: January 31, 2012 Title: Chapter 26: Red Fang

A PC that refused to co-operate, my final term exams and a fever was what kept me from telling you earlier - this was an utterly amazing chapter. I felt from the beginning that Barathon would do something we would all regret & that Lindo would be caught in its midst(that line about Lindo and Glammo and something becoming clear said it all) but I never imagined it would be this bad. Please, please let them recover. Especially Lindo - he is so sweet and I d not want to imagine how Melven will take it if he died. And can something really bad happen to Barathon - that thick headed dolt! Apart from this, are yellow bellies and red fangs canon? Or another of your devious creations? Whatever the case maybe, thank you for yet another amazing chapter. It was the perfect blend of drama, action, helplessness(Dima was so sweet), rage and fear. as always, the emotional depth of your characters leave me breathless.

Author's Response: Well, the odds were certainly against you, and I hope you are recovered from it all. Once more, thank you so much for your generous words. Indeed it was coming, and Barathon has finally gone and done it - as to whether they will recover, that remains to be seen - there is no anti-toxin for Red Fang, as Balentar well knows. As for Barathon, well, you might just end up feeling sorry for him - or maybe not, you will have to let me know about that a little later on, when his story unfolds a little more. Red Fangs and Yellow Bellies are not canon - not these particular ones - and if they are that would be an amazing coincidence! They are the result of my own strange imagination :) I am also glad that the emotions came across clearly as it is such a central part of this story, in which there are many new characters that will reappear in later stories, and so there is a lot of ground work necessary in order to effectively establish each personality. I am tweeking the next chapter and should be finished fiddling with it by tomorrow, so I will not be leaving you with palpitations for long!! Thank you!!



Reviewer: Elvewen Signed
Date: February 02, 2012 Title: Chapter 27: The Deafening Silence

HE CANNOT DIE!!!!!

And why could you not let Ram'en kill Barathon? This is terrible. I cannot bear to think about what Glorfindel is feeling. I was holding my breath throughout the chapter and them, you left me hanging at the end!!! Lindo and Legolas cannot die. I do not know how I will deal with that let alone the characters of the story. Elladan was amazing and my heart goes out to Glammo - this must be horrible for him. also, Ram'en's behaviour was perfect for the situation. I wish the others had not interfered. Above all, Dima was awesome. Dealing with personal loss and trying to fill Hwindo's shoes, it was so moving. Apart from the complaints that I expressed in the beginning of the review, this chapter was, like all the others, absolutely amazing. I await the next one with baited breath.

Author's Response: Oh no!!! Now I actually feel bad about that evil cliff-hanger. I don't usually write them, but it just happened that way, and - well, I will try to get chapter 28 out for Sunday, just to make up for it! I am glad that Elladan and Dima's personalities came out for you, and that Ram en's reaction to Barathon was credible, I rewrote that sequence ad nauseum. I couldn't let Ram en' kill Barathon (sorry), because he would have gotten himself into trouble, and also because Barathon's destiny is not to be killed by a company member... Thanks for reviewing, and I will now get tweaking on the next chaper.



Reviewer: Elvewen Signed
Date: February 06, 2012 Title: Chapter 28: Bless Your Sylvan Blood

Thank you my friend. You have given me new hope. If Ram'en does not kill Barathon, surely Glammo will. Yes!!!

And I saw your comments in the shout box. More Glorfindel - awesome. How soon do we get to see him again?

I truly do not know whether I should laugh or cry at this point. I am so very happy you gave Hwindo that lifeline but Lindo? Is there no plant solution for him? Or any solution? What about a break through in Balentar's potion? Anything? And poor Glammo. I feel so sorry for him. Pengon and Thranduil were particularly wonderful in this chapter. Elladan and Galdition as well, but that goes without saying. Their courage, concern, loyalty and willingness to help are wonderful and truly exemplary. Melven should be applauded for his will power and fortitude in such dire straits. And above all, you should be applauded for yet another awesome, brilliant and sensitive chapter and the quick update.

Till the next update.

Author's Response: Um, funny you should say that ... Glammo and barathon. And more Glorfindel you say? Oh absolutely coming right up, just give me a few more chapters, and your wish is my command! Indeed Melven is up for some major suffering, and although Balentar has made good progress with his cure, will it be quick enough coming? keep your hankies close by, just in case. I am glad you are enjoying this story, your words are most generous and so much appreciated.



Reviewer: Elvewen Signed
Date: February 10, 2012 Title: Chapter 29: Alas, Sweet Bard

I waited a while before I wrote my review for this chapter. As soon as I saw the title in the 'Recent' column - I knew all hope was lost. But you really did no have to kill him. He was so sweet. I used up an entire packet of tissues while I read this chapter and I still cannot get over it. I loved how you depicted Lindo's and Legolas's final meeting. It was so beautiful and I cried all the time.

You know, I now read your work with the same apprehension with which I read George Martin - you both have the same character killing tendency. He managed to kill or maim all my favourite characters in the space of 3 books. Even after reading them, I still do not know how he managed that.

Anyway, I am sorry to tell you my friend that I am running out of adjectives to describe this story. So you will to settle for amazing, awesome, beautiful and brilliant:)

Until the next update.

Author's Response: Your remaining adjectives are more than I deserve, perhaps one day I will merit them, I will certainly do my best. Now, I have really only killed Beria and Lindo so far, which turn out to be your favourites, so I must appologize - I will try not to do it again, but I make no promises... I am glad you enjoyed the parting scene and hope you didn't get through too many tissues!! The next few chapters will be less - intense, shall we say. There is much to clarify and feelings to explore before the action can continue, so I hope you enjoy them too, in a different way perhaps. Thank you once more for your wonderful support.