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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: 162693

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


Reviewer: Ten thousand leaves Signed
Date: April 26, 2015 Title: Chapter 29: Chapter 29 ~ Where Shadows Bloom In The Sun ~

A great chapter! You're setting up for several amazing scenes I can see. But first of all, I really want to hug Leggy and wrap him in a blanket. As a character, it's been such an amazing journey for him. He's gone through so much and emerges in total greatness. Thranduil and Glorfindel will have to pick their jaws off the floor when they see him, I'm pretty sure of that. He's getting a little like Bainalph, understanding that submission doesn't equal shame or weakness or lack of self-confidence. And I love Bainalph to pieces.

I also continue loving all the Sauron tidbits. I remember him being a lot more straightforward-villainy in The Dark Prince, and what you are doing to him in this series and also in flashbacks to Maginificat is amazing. It is so compelling to read about him! And you do teeter on that thin line that lies between, I don't know how to say it correctly, him being essentially evil, but having nuances/reasons and making him some kind of a misunderstood Lucifer-type and finding redeeming qualities for some henious offences he's commited. It is brilliant, the way you walk that line and never fall.

I REALLY ADORE Maglor and Tindomion dynamics. They both are so grieving and desperate and see each other as an unexpected ray of sunlight through a thundercloud that are their lives and it is both wonderful and poignant to read - and so well written as well. I wonder if it was Edenel or Ithiledhil in general that Maglor felt as an ancient Darkness in Greenwood and also wonder, if Glorfindel didn't feel it that way because he's fallen so far from what he used to be and should have been. And in light of that, I can't wait to see how it will play out for them, whether they discover Edenel or not. Their scene of welcoming to Greenwood was very powerful.

Overall, an excellent chapter all in all! It made my morning to see this story updated. Thank you again for writing, it's so, so, so appreciated, please know that. 



Author's Response: Hi Ten Thousand Leave :) Thank you so much for reviewing.

But first of all, I really want to hug Leggy and wrap him in a blanket. As a character, it's been such an amazing journey for him. He's gone through so much and emerges in total greatness. Thranduil and Glorfindel will have to pick their jaws off the floor when they see him,

Legolas has been like a plant forced to grow in a hothouse, poor thing. But he came to realise he could no longer run, and that fear would not serve him of his son. Of course he is afraid, but is learning to keep a leash upon it.

I also continue loving all the Sauron tidbits. I remember him being a lot more straightforward-villainy in The Dark Prince, and what you are doing to him in this series and also in flashbacks to Maginificat is amazing. It is so compelling to read about him! And you do teeter on that thin line that lies between, I don't know how to say it correctly, him being essentially evil, but having nuances/reasons and making him some kind of a misunderstood Lucifer-type and finding redeeming qualities for some henious offences he's commited. It is brilliant, the way you walk that line and never fall.

Dark Prince was mainly told from Vanimórë's perspective so of course, his feelings toward Sauron are tantamount. His deeper hidden feelings are more complex, of course, but he believes he should hate his father, and definitely does, while on some level there is a different kind of bond, maybe even respect. And of course Sauron mainly showed him one side, that of his 'master', because Vanimórë was (still is) his 'project. Legolas and Gîl are also is projects, but need to be handled in a different way to Van.

I REALLY ADORE Maglor and Tindomion dynamics. They both are so grieving and desperate and see each other as an unexpected ray of sunlight through a thundercloud that are their lives and it is both wonderful and poignant to read - and so well written as well. I wonder if it was Edenel or Ithiledhil in general that Maglor felt as an ancient Darkness in Greenwood and also wonder, if Glorfindel didn't feel it that way because he's fallen so far from what he used to be and should have been. And in light of that, I can't wait to see how it will play out for them, whether they discover Edenel or not. Their scene of welcoming to Greenwood was very powerful.

These too make me cry - as does all the House of Finwë. They so need one another.
Maglor heard Edenel, yes, and I think him more open because he has spent so much time on what we might call a 'liminal' plane: mad, grieving, in this world but hardly 'of' it. Tindómion isn't as open because all his attention is fixed upon Maglor, and although Glorfindel recognized *something* about Edenel, he is still too self-absorbed to know what it is. So this should be...interesting.

Thank you very much for your kind and encouraging words :)



Reviewer: Ten thousand leaves Signed
Date: February 10, 2015 Title: Chapter 27: Chapter 27 ~ Like Fire And Falling Leaves ~

Dear Spiced Wine!

I've been following your works for a while now at AO3, I reviewed a couple of times under the name of sassynails there, but then I thought I'd move to this cozier place ))

Just wanted to tell you that I'm still always looking forward to your updates like they are the fall of manna from the sky ))) and each time I see one, makes my day a log brighter!

This last chapter was absolutely fantastic, with such a sweet, cathartic taste to Maglor and Tindomion scene. Ah, they way they come together and become close, it was such an emotional thing and so brilliantly executed, as ever.

I'm also very looking forward to see more of Bainalph, the earth rites and Ithiledhil. I love Bainalph! He's such a wonderful character, such a great addition to the Tolkienverse, that it is hard for me by now to think of him as a none!canon character, so well he does fit. But then again, all your OCs give off this feeling.

I loved this chapter to bits and am going to re-read it ten times, probably. Thank you for sharing and may you have a ton of inspiration.

Author's Response: Hiya, Ten Thousand Leaves AKA Sassynails :D You left me lovely reviews on AO3, which I treasure. Thank you!

I am so glad you're enjoying this, and will keep following, and that you liked Maglor and TIndómion. :)

I'm also very looking forward to see more of Bainalph, the earth rites and Ithiledhil. I love Bainalph! He's such a wonderful character, such a great addition to the

Oh, you will get that. (In fact I have written about one of the Earth Rites in Magnificat, although it was Finrod who enacted it in New Cuiviénen, not the wood-Elves, but they're basically the same, so any that are told in this story will be similar.

Thank you for liking Bainalph :) I am so glad that people can read my OC's and enjoy them as part of the fic :) That makes my day.
Again, thank you, and I I really appreciate the review here :)



Reviewer: Ten thousand leaves Signed
Date: March 12, 2015 Title: Chapter 28: Chapter 28 ~ Against The Dying Of The Light ~

I'm late in reviewing this wonderful chapter, but heh, better late than never ))) and it was indeed wonderful, everything I love this story for. First of all, such beautiful, poignant scene of reunion between Maglor, Tindomion and Fanari. I really liked how you did it in the Magnificat series, but this was also wonderful and even though I probably have memorized my fave pieces from the Prince!verse by heart by now, it is never redundant reading about similar events again - you always put some new layer of emotion or a nuance of meaning to them. And awww, how history repeats itself for Maglor! Such a beautifully painful, bittersweet addition you introduced by taking his bond with Tindomion along the similar path his bond with his own father had gone. Now that he knows how absolutely tormenting it was for him to live for thousand of years wishing and longing for all those could-have-beens, I somehow think he will withhold not even a crumb of affection, sexual or not, if Tindomion wants it. Gah, i'm on pins and needles waiting to see how their story unfolds.
I'm also VERY MUCH looking forward to the song of power duel with Sauron ))) Have always been wondering while reading the Silm, why it was that Maglor and Daeron were the greatest minstrels if the old ages, and yet, it is for Fingon and Finrod that songs and music are plot-moving elements. And well, Songs of Power. Such an amazing concept and sooo unsatisfyingly underdeveloped in canon. Well, all the better, so that wonderful ficwriters such as youself can remedy that.

I'm also really into Sauron right now. I love how your Sauron teeters and twinkles on the edge of something almost humane. It is a kink of mine, while reading. One thing that makes even the most popular fanfics boring for me is when their characters are painted black and white, when I can't feel for the villains and get pissed at the protagonists. And ah, I'm loving all the depth you are adding to Sauron. We've already got a few glimpses about him and Celebrimbor and their almost-love in Magnificat and I really, really cherish all the little tidbits showing that he has something in him. Not feeling or compassion or love, but something that can - probably - be hurt and be vulnerable.

And the part with Edenel was BEAUTIFUL, no words can tell.

Thank you again for continuing with this story!

Author's Response: Hello, Ten Thousand Leaves and wow! Thank you for a wonderful review.

And awww, how history repeats itself for Maglor! Such a beautifully painful, bittersweet addition you introduced by taking his bond with Tindomion along the similar path his bond with his own father had gone. Now that he knows how absolutely tormenting it was for him to live for thousand of years wishing and longing for all those could-have-beens, I somehow think he will withhold not even a crumb of affection, sexual or not, if Tindomion wants it. Gah, i'm on pins and needles waiting to see how their story unfolds.

I am so pleased you liked that. And you are right, all those could-have-beens, and yet they and the memories of his father and brothers were the only things that kept Maglor going. And no, I don't think he would withhold anything.

I'm also VERY MUCH looking forward to the song of power duel with Sauron ))) Have always been wondering while reading the Silm, why it was that Maglor and Daeron were the greatest minstrels if the old ages, and yet, it is for Fingon and Finrod that songs and music are plot-moving elements. And well, Songs of Power. Such an amazing concept and sooo unsatisfyingly underdeveloped in canon. Well, all the better, so that wonderful ficwriters such as youself can remedy that.

That idea came from Encairion and her Maglor. I have writtne about Finrod's song duel with the Valar in Magnificat II, but this will be slightly different (initially at least) - more to wave a disguise. :)

And ah, I'm loving all the depth you are adding to Sauron. We've already got a few glimpses about him and Celebrimbor and their almost-love in Magnificat and I really, really cherish all the little tidbits showing that he has something in him. Not feeling or compassion or love, but something that can - probably - be hurt and be vulnerable.

It's much more interesting (for a writer) to try and explore the 'humanity' in characters that can be painted as just 'evil'. I mean, they might not have much! But if they were entirely divorced from anything 'human' they would not be able to rule lands and make them 'work' politically, as Sauron did. He had to have a good understanding of people to be able to do that, and so although he's not human, he's learned about them and can understand.

And the part with Edenel was BEAUTIFUL, no words can tell.

Oh, thank you so much! :)



Title: The Price of Memory by Encairion
Rated: Mature [ - ]
Summary:

Sequel to The Price of Duty.  The continuation of Erestor and Lindir's tale into the Second and Third Age, and the beginning of a woman's from the deep South of Middle-earth who was sold into slavery and taken North.


Category: Fiction
Characters: Aragorn, Elladan, Elrohir, Elrond, Erestor, Gimli, Glorfindel, Legolas, Lindir, Maglor, OFC, OMC, Thranduil
Content: Angst, AU, Character Death, Drama, Dubcon, Explicit Sex, Het, Rape/Non-con, Romance, Slash
Challenge: None
Series: The Price of Eternity
Chapters: 28 | Completed: Yes | Word count: 141357 | Read count: 44935

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Published: May 02, 2012 | Updated: November 21, 2015


Reviewer: Ten thousand leaves Signed
Date: September 05, 2015 Title: Chapter 26: Chapter 26

OMERU, words can't tell how GLAD I am to see this story updated. It was absolutely lovely to see glimpses of affectionate Maglor and Glorfindel,  and I'm very intruigued to read about how they will get to that place of easy comfort and love from where you left them in TPoV2.  And though I was abdolutely delited to see them,  I was all for my favourite couple of Lindir and Erestor, I missed these two and their difficult dynamics something fierce.

I loved to pieces that scene where Lindir can't deal with children. For some reason it is so novel and touching and precious to know that Erion finds him "no fun" and Lindir, though he finds it tedious to play kiddy games with him, still feels so protective about the little lad. 

And all the angst between Erestor and Lindir! I want to push their heads together and growl 'KISS ALREADY' ))))) 

I'm really curious about how the story of Tamar is going to play out. It's obvious that she's in a dark place and doesn't get any better. She's been a great addition to the story, and you've developed her very well as a character.

I'm also loving each time you explore magic and Power in your universe, and the scene where Maglor sings is a very powerful one. I wonder if Lindir is under his sway of sorts right now and how it's going to affect him. He will probably hate himself even more, but maybe do something rash, frayed around the edges that he is, like telling Erestor he loves him and kissing him stupid )))) jk ))

It was a lovely, lovely, infinitely lovely update and god, how glad I am to see you writing again. I'm going to re-read  tRatU with the latest addition now )) Thank you for writing!



Author's Response:

I am glad you enjoyed the chapters so much!  I cannot express how much the response to this story has meant to me, and this showering of love when I came back has just made me so so happy :::hugs:::

“And though I was abdolutely delited to see them,  I was all for my favourite couple of Lindir and Erestor, I missed these two and their difficult dynamics something fierce.”

These two are very dear to me as well, and to tell you the truth, I think some of the scenes in this story have been some of my best writing, at least it felt that way to me.  There is an almost…quietness about their relationship, a steady companionship that is quite a bit different from some of the other relationships I’ve written, and it’s been a journey and pleasure to explore.

“I loved to pieces that scene where Lindir can't deal with children. For some reason it is so novel and touching and precious to know that Erion finds him "no fun" and Lindir, though he finds it tedious to play kiddy games with him, still feels so protective about the little lad.”

I thought briefly about Lindir being able to play with Erion and finding he enjoyed it, but it didn’t feel true to his character.  He truly had the most barren of childhoods and has no experience with children’s games and not the temperament to enjoy their silliness.  But he is a protector.  He can fight for things, he is always fighting for things, it’s just so hard for him to enjoy them too.

“I'm really curious about how the story of Tamar is going to play out. It's obvious that she's in a dark place and doesn't get any better. She's been a great addition to the story, and you've developed her very well as a character.”

I am glad to hear how much you enjoyed her story, she has a tragic one that has been both a sorrow and pleasure to write.  I was actually not thinking of writing much more of her.  From this point on she never leaves Imladris.  She lives her life within its walls and dies there.  She heals in time (a very long time) from what happened to her, but her life there is as happy as I think she can be now, more of a contentment and feeling of safety then happiness.  After I post the next chapter would you do me the favor of telling me if her ending feels to abrupt?  We have been following her for so long, but her story felt pretty much over in my head, and I had no more scenes itching to get written.  But I’d appreciate it if you let me know your impression :)

“I wonder if Lindir is under his sway of sorts right now and how it's going to affect him. He will probably hate himself even more, but maybe do something rash, frayed around the edges that he is, like telling Erestor he loves him and kissing him stupid )))) jk ))”

We wish lol!  Well, I hadn’t actually considered the possibility that Lindir would hate himself for falling a little bit under Maglor’s thrall (as he doesn’t do anything silly like let Maglor know it by declaring his undying love to him :snorts: I bet Maglor got that a lot back in the day!), but I am going to think on this and see if any ideas pop up!

“It was a lovely, lovely, infinitely lovely update and god, how glad I am to see you writing again. I'm going to re-read  tRatU with the latest addition now )) Thank you for writing!”

You are so welcome, but it is you I should thank for all the support you give me!  If I did have you, and the other dear readers who took the time to review, I don’t think I would keep coming back.  There is nothing so terrible for a writer as posting into a black hole, and nothing so wonderful as hearing that the labor they have torn their hair out over and cried over and sworn over has been received with love.

A million hugs and thanks unto world’s ending lol!



Reviewer: Ten thousand leaves Signed
Date: September 12, 2015 Title: Chapter 27: Chapter 27

Oh yay, another chapter, you're spoiling us! But nah, keep doing it!

I loved the opening scene between Erestor and Maglor. They both have gone through such a LONG journey, separately and together in bits of it and at the moment it feels like they have both come full circle about... something, like even though they both have lost so much, paid such a high price for duty and honour, they both gained something precious as well. Their sons, for instance.

Erion already feels like a great character, very compelling, and you do such a believable version of an adolescent, both independent and needy and afraid to show that need. 

As for Tamar, no her ending didn't seem abrupt, because even though you started with her as the focal character for the first few chapters, you have gradually and very smoothly shifted the focus back to Erestor and Lindir, do her story guttered out very graciously. Though I didn't expect her to die so soon in the narrative, yes ))) still, it seemed quite natural to the story. I am sad to see her go, but glad she'd found at least a measure of peace, if not happiness. 

I really loved the look at Ithilien in fourth age, and yes, an incompetent Legs is awwwww-inspiring )))

And I'm really, really sitting here at the edge of my seat literally, watching things unfurl between Lindir and Erestor. It seems like they have finally reached the breaking point and are teetering on the edge where they simply can't stay long. It does feel like that dam's about to break, oh, how I'm looking forward to it. The tension between them could be cut with a knife, like, one paragraph more and one of them would snap already )))

It was a grea chapter, and I didn't even mention how much I enjoy the glimpses of the twins.

Thank you again for writing! 



Author's Response:

“I loved the opening scene between Erestor and Maglor. They both have gone through such a LONG journey, separately and together in bits of it and at the moment it feels like they have both come full circle about... something, like even though they both have lost so much, paid such a high price for duty and honour, they both gained something precious as well. Their sons, for instance.”

I love hearing this!  Yes, they both have suffered so much, and grown, and finally, finally made something good out of their lives again.  They have such bloody-histories, such pain in their pasts, it’s good to see that they have learned how to live again.

“Erion already feels like a great character, very compelling, and you do such a believable version of an adolescent, both independent and needy and afraid to show that need. “

I am thrilled you liked him!  I can’t wait to explore his character more, and take things deeper with him :)

“As for Tamar, no her ending didn't seem abrupt, because even though you started with her as the focal character for the first few chapters, you have gradually and very smoothly shifted the focus back to Erestor and Lindir, do her story guttered out very graciously. Though I didn't expect her to die so soon in the narrative, yes ))) still, it seemed quite natural to the story. I am sad to see her go, but glad she'd found at least a measure of peace, if not happiness. “

It is good to hear her ending didn’t feel too jarring, but the natural ending of her gradual slip from the story’s focus.  She was, in a lot of ways, a quiet, shadowy character after her escape from enslavement.  She had been beaten down and terrorized to the point where she had hunched herself into her protective shell, and a part of her never fully uncurled again.  But she did find peace and safety in Imladris, and that is something, at least.

“It seems like they have finally reached the breaking point and are teetering on the edge where they simply can't stay long. It does feel like that dam's about to break, oh, how I'm looking forward to it. The tension between them could be cut with a knife, like, one paragraph more and one of them would snap already )))”

I love hearing this!  Tension can be one of the hardest things to write, but the funest to read, so it’s great to hear you experienced that while reading the story!  These two are defiantly approaching the breaking point now.  Not too much longer :D

Thank you for your continued support and encouragement!  It is this which keeps bringing me back to writing :hugs:



Reviewer: Ten thousand leaves Signed
Date: November 24, 2015 Title: Chapter 28: Chapter 28

OMG, this was such a great, such a fulfilling, bittersweet, poignant ending to a great story! Lindir and Erestor have my heart, it's my hands down favourite couple in your universe. They have come SUCH a way, their life is such a journey and you held onto them, staying true to the characters and the universe you've created and made them such wholesome, such profound persons. It was a true Journey with a capital J. Seeing this particular story end is like parting with a beloved friend, and I'm so glad we will catch glimpses of them in the stories to follow. I think i may need to re-read their story in its entirety now.

I'm also so, so very excited about your new fic!!! I've just read the two chapters and I'm loving it, coming of age plotlines always shine when done by you, they are all so different, so tangibly real and full of emotion, I'm so happy there's yet another lovely character you're going to gift with a coming of age story. I'm absolutely thrilled about it! Thank you for writing, it's always a slice of pure happiness to pop by faerie and find your name in recent updates. Cheers and lots of love!



Author's Response:

Oh gosh, thank you so much for this lovely review :blushes:  You are too kind!

I have loved writing Erestor and Lindir, it has been a very long journey, that is the truth!  To think, Erestor was the first Elf whose story I wrote, all those years ago when I first took the plunge into fanfiction, it’s so strange to think about!  He is dear to me, and Lindir too, it was so good to final see them achieve some happiness in their lives after all they’d struggled through.  We will see glimpses of them in the stories to come, maybe more, we will see :D

I am excited for the new story, so it’s wonderful to hear you enjoyed what’s there so far!  I hadn’t realized how many coming of age stories I write until you mentioned it, but yeah, I do often start with a character’s youth.  I guess I just find childhoods and teen years to be so formative, they cannot be brushed over…and I don’t know, I like writing teen characters?....now I’ve got myself wondering what the hell?  Teenagers?!!! :snorts:

It is always a pure pleasure and blessing to receive your reviews.  Thank you :hugs:



Title: The Price of Vengeance I by Encairion
Rated: Explicit [ - ]
Summary: Feature

A novella of the House of Finwë from the Darkening of Valinor through the end of the First Age.

“Vengeance calls me hence…Yet I am not the only valiant in the valiant people. And have ye not all lost your King? And what else have ye not lost, cooped here in a narrow land between the mountains and the sea? ...Fair shall the end be, though long and hard shall be the road! Say Farwell to bondage! But say farewell also to ease! Say Farwell to the weak! ... Journey light: but bring with you your swords! For we will go further then Oromë, endure longer then Tulkas: we will never turn back from pursuit. After Morgoth to the ends of the Earth! War shall he have and hatred undying!” –Fëanor


Category: Fiction
Characters: Aredhel, Celebrimbor, Celegorm, Curufin, Eluréd, Elurín, Eöl, Fëanor, Finduilas, Fingolfin, Fingon, Finrod, Galadriel, Gil-galad, Gildor, Glorfindel, Gwindor, Idril, Irimë, Lúthien, Maedhros, Maeglin, Maglor, Melkor/Morgoth, Nienna, OFC, OMC, Orodreth, Tuor, Turgon, Túrin
Content: Angst, AU, Character Death, Drama, Dubcon, Explicit Sex, Femmeslash, Het, Incest, Rape/Non-con, Romance, Slash
Challenge: None
Series: The Price of Eternity
Chapters: 83 | Completed: Yes | Word count: 497286 | Read count: 181732

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Published: May 14, 2012 | Updated: November 15, 2015


Reviewer: Ten thousand leaves Signed
Date: March 16, 2015 Title: Chapter 33: Intermission: Rage, rage against the dying of the light, Part II

OMG where do I start! This was amazing, absolutely soul-sucking, but amazing! You were right, these additions really gave new flesh to the existing story and filled out some parts then did keep me wondering. I'm so really happy that you got back to them. This story is really taking the shape of a whole world of its own, so no wonder you return to some parts to tie a few loose ends in.

The parts with lil' Glorfindel and Irime were hard to read, stunningly written, as always (you do have such way with words!) and very, very raw. And just when I thought I was going to drown under all the Glorfindel feels, there was that intermission with Maedhros. I think this is one of the most harrowing things I've read in your universe (on par with a few other things, such as Maeglin's rape, Curufin's undoing when Beren and Luthien overtook them, Irime choosing to go to the Land when she died and Lindir's heartbreak over Erestor). MY. GOD. It was a good thing I've been reading it in the dead of the night, because I totally bawled my eyes out. It was amazingly done. Especially that you focused not on the torture and horrors itself, but on the dreadful anticipation. You know, one thing that makes a good story for me - a good fanfic, that is, - is when I know already how it all is going to turn out from canon, but reading the fanfic I almost believe that it's going to be ok, he/she's not going to die/suffer something horrible/do this wretched thing - and then you plunge down from that hope. You do it all the time, and it's beautiful. I remember reading about Finrod having actually won over Sauron - and I was like, believing that he's going to be ok, even though I knew he was totally not ))) I don't know if it makes sense or not, it's just the sign of how highly believable all those turns your story takes are. It's even more awesome because in the end you actually stick to the canon.
Ok, now that I've got all that out - there was one thing that made me a real happy little camper here - the tidbit about Orome and how the belief in the Land came to be. This particular cultural addition has alwayw been beyond fascinating to me in your 'verse, and I was absolutely thrilled to know it's origins! Thank you!
And aww, Fingolfin. So much pain and hope and ungh, feeeeels.
(I wonder, who that lover he spoke so tenderly about to Glorfindel was? Will we have a glimpse into it)
These last two intermissions were absolutely beautiful and soul-wrecking and bittersweet and hopeful in a very satisfying way.
Wishing you all the inspiration in the world, as always, and thank you, thank you, thank you for writing!

Author's Response:

I am glad you liked the additions so much!!!  I agree the story needed these additions to flesh it out.  But it took me having written so much of it to be able to go back and fill in the gaps now I am more confident in my understanding of these characters.  I don’t think I could have written the Fingolfin scenes or the one with Maedhros if I hadn’t already written those characters enough to wrestle an understanding out of them on who they are (or at least the tip of who they are, this if Fingolfin and Maedhros we are taking about lol).

Glorfindel’s scenes were hard to write, especially when Fingolfin wasn’t doing enough to help him!  It took me like two weeks to struggle through some of them because my heart kept rebelling, but no, no, that was the way it had to happen and I couldn’t just run away from the truth!  To hear how much they affected you is priceless, the truly best complement, so thank you so much!

“I think this is one of the most harrowing things I've read in your universe (on par with a few other things, such as Maeglin's rape, Curufin's undoing when Beren and Luthien overtook them, Irime choosing to go to the Land when she died and Lindir's heartbreak over Erestor). MY. GOD. It was a good thing I've been reading it in the dead of the night, because I totally bawled my eyes out. It was amazingly done.”

WOW!  Thank you!  Writing Maedhros in Angband was…gosh it was hard to write and yet came quick as if it had to get out.  I have no idea where half the dialogue with him and Morgoth came from, because he sounds pretty clever (in my non-clever eyes), and I am just not that confident in my ability to write highly intelligent people, but I actually think it came out pretty well, so I know it wasn’t me, it was Maedhros just telling it himself lol

“You know, one thing that makes a good story for me - a good fanfic, that is, - is when I know already how it all is going to turn out from canon, but reading the fanfic I almost believe that it's going to be ok, he/she's not going to die/suffer something horrible/do this wretched thing - and then you plunge down from that hope.”

Yes I know exactly what you mean!  I love stories like that too, because you know, its fan fiction, so maybe, maybe something will change from cannon and so and so won’t die or be betrayed or whatever it is and you get hoping and hoping some more and then….they die.  And it’s as awful as it is beautiful!  I live for those stories that make me bawl over them (and scream and rage and laugh and have to get up and pace around or dance around because I can’t keep all these feeling inside!).

“I remember reading about Finrod having actually won over Sauron - and I was like, believing that he's going to be ok, even though I knew he was totally not )))”

Haha, I was totally evil with that one!  But gods did I want Finrod to be able to do what Lúthien could!!  I don’t care if she had Maia-blood, he was this Elf powerful in magic and he had all this hanging on the line, and I wanted him to beat Sauron god damn it! 

“This particular cultural addition has alwayw been beyond fascinating to me in your 'verse, and I was absolutely thrilled to know it's origins!”

I am glad you liked that!  You know, the interesting thing about that was that I had no idea what Power the Land really was until the very week I wrote this.  All I knew was that the Land existed, and I’ve been writing it all these years, and then bam!  The realization that it was the dead Valar all along hit me (and there is nothing better than being taken by surprise by an idea!).  I had been having a discussing with mangacrack about the two dead Valar, and I was leaning towards them not having enough substance left to mean anything to Arda in the long run, but obviously the two dead Valar had other plans :)

“(I wonder, who that lover he spoke so tenderly about to Glorfindel was? Will we have a glimpse into it)”

I am not telling :evil grin: but it will be revealed before too much longer :)

Gosh this review has just made me so happy, thank you so much!  :grabs your review and dances around the room with it:



Reviewer: Ten thousand leaves Signed
Date: March 15, 2015 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

OMG, so many UPDATES! I haven't yet read any of the new additions (but squeeing here and envying my own self because I have an evening of reads ahead of me, but I was really looking forward to an update from you and while I was I thought I'd make something, and here's a Maglor for you. I was totally thinking of wee little young Maglor just freshly come to Tirion from the R&tU when I was making it!
https://41.media.tumblr.com/90928c91d8e6f803cbad9a3baee900fd/tumblr_nl9jqekJ9q1sfs9pro1_540.jpg

Will be back with actual reviews )))

Author's Response:

I love your Maglor!  He's so lovely and pretty, and I am seriously in love with his hands :runs away with them:

I hope you enjoy the updates!



Title: The Price of Vengeance II by Encairion
Rated: Mature [ - ]
Summary:

Sequel to The Price of Vengeance I. A novella of the House of Finwë  from the end of the First Age to the fall of the Last Alliance upon the slopes of Mount Doom.

 


Category: Fiction
Characters: Amdír, Amroth, Caranthir, Celeborn, Celebrían, Celebrimbor, Celegorm, Curufin, Elrond, Eluréd, Elurín, Eärendil, Fëanor, Galadriel, Gil-galad, Gildor, Glorfindel, Maedhros, Maglor, Narvi, OFC, OMC, Oropher, Sauron
Content: AU, Character Death, Drama, Dubcon, Explicit Sex, Het, Incest, Rape/Non-con, Slash
Challenge: None
Series: The Price of Eternity
Chapters: 13 | Completed: No | Word count: 77836 | Read count: 13031

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Published: November 05, 2014 | Updated: October 10, 2015


Reviewer: Ten thousand leaves Signed
Date: January 27, 2015 Title: Chapter 7: Chapter 7

Ah, finally I can write you something comprehensive ))) Just registered here so that I could leave you a review and show some appreciation, though really no words can honestly tell how much I'm enjoying your work and how many hours of pure reading pleasure, biting my nails, sitting at the end of the chair/couch it has brought me. Where do I start, really? I don't know, as usual, when somethig leaves a profound impression, I want to say so much and words just do not come. I really, really love the price series. It is such a profound take on Tolkien verse. You added so much to it, and even though some of your characterizations came as a great surprise to me, mainly because I head!canonned them differently, I can't but admit how well-written and wholesome they are. The sheer psychological profundity of your writing is beyond impressive. And the language. Really, when I think about your writing style, I just want to jump around and yell "it's alive! It's alive!"
All in all, I'm really, really looking forward to seeing you you are going to tie it all up - ah, the last chapter with Maglor and Earendil just about did me in. SO MUCH LOVE. So much beautiful, beautiful angst -by god, you write angst perfectly. I was ever looking forward to seeing more of Maglor since the fist installment of the price. And my, my, you always deliver.

By the way, I might be one of the few readers who really felt for Irime. I think I cried over her bitter ending. Can't say she didn't have it coming, but how terrible it must be, to realize at the end what a waste your life has been and humble yourself with no prospect of ever regaining what was lost. I always fall for such faulty characters and your Irime may not have been likeable, but she was perfect in that way. I loved reading about her.

So, I have probably just left a whole bunch of insipid simpering dribble here, bits of which are totalyl disconnected. I hope you don't mind, this is really because I like your works so much that I can't deal with writing anything coherent about them )))
Thank you so very much and may you have all the inspiration in the world.

Author's Response:

It’s wonderful to see you over here, Ten-thousand-leaves!  I hope you enjoy Faerie :D

I don’t even know where to start with your review; it is honestly one of the best I’ve ever received.  I cannot describe how happy it has made it!  I am all giddy with excitement and joy, and now it’s my turn to not know what to say.  It’s just, WOW!  You’ve left me blushing and grinning my ears off :hugs:

 “I was ever looking forward to seeing more of Maglor since the fist installment of the price.”

And there is more to come!  I know Maglor/Eärendil is an unusual pairing, and I really hadn’t seen them together myself until I started writing.  Well, what can I say, Maglor is irresistible, of course Eärendil ran away with him :grins:  But yep, there’s quite a bit more Maglor to come.  I too had felt like I hadn’t written enough of him (there can never be too much Fëanorions in the world lol).  When I started writing The Price of Vengeance, I wasn’t terribly confident of my portrayal of his character, and really, he has changed quite a bit since I first started writing Vengeance.  I am not sure how long you’ve been following the story, but I wonder if it was in the last few months because I did some editing on his and Irime’s relationship a few months back, and I wonder which version of it you know. 

“By the way, I might be one of the few readers who really felt for Irime. I think I cried over her bitter ending. Can't say she didn't have it coming, but how terrible it must be, to realize at the end what a waste your life has been and humble yourself with no prospect of ever regaining what was lost. I always fall for such faulty characters and your Irime may not have been likeable, but she was perfect in that way. I loved reading about her.”

I think you might be one of the only ones, but I think it’s so cool to hear you had that reaction to her.  It’s really interesting to hear readers who have differing reactions to her them myself.  But actually, I am casting my mind back, and I remember having some sympathy for her as well when I first wrote her ending in Vengeance, even though I knew she’d deserved it after what she did to Glorfindel, but you are so right, it would be hard to be in that position, knowing you have lost everything and being helpless to recover any of it.  I think, after I had some space between the writing and myself (and me knowing more of what all she’d actually done to Glorfindel –which we will see a glimpse of more in the coming chapters) my sympathy dried up.  But again, I think it’s so interesting to read your impressions and emotional reactions to her.

“So, I have probably just left a whole bunch of insipid simpering dribble here, bits of which are totalyl disconnected. I hope you don't mind, this is really because I like your works so much that I can't deal with writing anything coherent about them”

No, not at all.  This was a beautiful review, and it really touched me.  It cannot be measured how much it has meant to me :::hugs:::: I hope you will continue to enjoy the story, thank you so much for taking the time to read and review!



Reviewer: Ten thousand leaves Signed
Date: January 30, 2015 Title: Chapter 7: Chapter 7

Yisss to more Maglor to come )) sorry to spam your review page, but I just had to let you know that. As well as that there is no such thing as an unusual pairing with Maglor. Well, at least for me. I ship him with just about anybody, because there's never too much Maglor love in this fandom. Seriously though, I think the ability of the writer to 'sell' a pairing to the reader often is more important than the pairing itself. And you definitely have that ability in SPADES.

For instance, I have never paid much attention to Curufin, of the seven Feanorions he was always the least interesting one to me. That is, until I read your Nargothrond arc. I think it is one of my favourite ones in the Price series. HE IS SUCH A DELICIOUS SNAKE. I never know whether I want to kick him in the teeth or hide him in my pocket and cherish and never let go. And the way you wrote Curufin/Finrod relationship is just... UNGH, no words here. I was soo hooked, I had to go to all the archives and find me all the Curufin/Finrod fics ASAP and get a fix.

So I don't thing you have anything to worry about when it comes to unusualness of pairings, because within your universe there isn't a pairing that doesn't seem right or logical, the way you write them and weave them into the general storyline.

I don't think I have read the revised version of Irime and Maglor parts yet, though I did read Maedhros/Fingon additions (and god, how delightful all of them were, especially the glimpse of mad Feanor - gawwd, perfect). I'm afraid when I go back, I'll end up re-reading the entire series again - and that means, I won't be able to stop before I'm done. Aka, reading in bathroom, at work when I can, between important things to do or, much likely, instead of them. And Real Life is a bit tough now, so I'm saving (Barely!) myself this pleasure till the end of February, when I get myself a few days off.

OK, I'm shutting up, talking about myself, just had to tell you that your latest installment about Feanor/Fingolfin is brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. And ah, reading the discussion in the comments was a delight in and of itself! YISSS to all sorts of Feanorian incest. Did I tell there's no such thing as too much Feanorian incest? Well, there isn't.

Ok, shutting up for real now.

Thank you again for your wonderful work.

Author's Response:

“sorry to spam your review page, but I just had to let you know that.”

It is never a spam to hear from a reader!  It made me all giddy to see you’d left another review!  I ate it up :D

there's never too much Maglor love in this fandom.”

You are 100% right on that! 

“So I don't thing you have anything to worry about when it comes to unusualness of pairings, because within your universe there isn't a pairing that doesn't seem right or logical, the way you write them and weave them into the general storyline.”

Thank you so much!  I do worry at times about some of the pairings, so it is doubly good to hear this from you :)

“For instance, I have never paid much attention to Curufin, of the seven Feanorions he was always the least interesting one to me. That is, until I read your Nargothrond arc. I think it is one of my favourite ones in the Price series. HE IS SUCH A DELICIOUS SNAKE. I never know whether I want to kick him in the teeth or hide him in my pocket and cherish and never let go. And the way you wrote Curufin/Finrod relationship is just... UNGH, no words here. I was soo hooked, I had to go to all the archives and find me all the Curufin/Finrod fics ASAP and get a fix.”

You know, a few years back I hadn’t given much thought to Curufin either.  I didn’t even think of Finrod/Curufin as a pairing until I read Spiced Wine’s writings of Celegorm/Finrod and then I wanted more and more and I stumbled upon some Finrod/Curufin fics and after the first one I was sold!  Now (unless it’s Spiced Wine’s Celegorm/Finrod) I see these two as pretty much the greatest match for each other, destructive and tragic as it is.

and god, how delightful all of them were, especially the glimpse of mad Feanor - gawwd, perfect”

Oh I am so glad you liked him!  He broke my heart to write!

“I'm afraid when I go back, I'll end up re-reading the entire series again - and that means, I won't be able to stop before I'm done.”

I do that with stories too!  So don’t worry, I completely understand :)  That you would even consider the story that good is a huge compliment, thank you, sweetie :hugs:

“Aka, reading in bathroom”

OMG I thought I was the only one who does this!  When I am sucked into a good story I cannot put my laptop down and I will take it into the kitchen, the bathroom, ect.  It’s surprising it doesn’t have water damage yet or toothpaste stains lol!  (I should not be sharing this publicly should I?  :snorts:)

And Real Life is a bit tough now, so I'm saving (Barely!) myself this pleasure till the end of February, when I get myself a few days off.”

I hope things smooth out for you!  Just keep counting down those days to the off time.  That’s the only thing that makes it doable some days.  I say to myself on Friday: It’s Friday, anything can be endured.  And then for Thursday: Tomorrow’s Friday, anything can be endured lol!  It really only works on Friday though :snorts:

“your latest installment about Feanor/Fingolfin is brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.”

Thank you so much!  It makes my day to hear you enjoyed it!

And please, don’t feel like you can’t talk about yourself.  Fandom can be an isolating place at times, I love connecting with other fans.  Go ahead, let me get to know you, not that I am the coolest bean out there, but I’m never going to tell you to shut up :)

“And ah, reading the discussion in the comments was a delight in and of itself!”

Oh gods I am getting all kinds of embarrassed now.  Like, my stories are usually all serious angst stuff, and then the minute I write something outside of them it all descends to silliness lol!  And my thoughts jump around like crazy things when I am replying to reviews; you probably couldn’t understand half of what I was trying to say lol

YISSS to all sorts of Feanorian incest. Did I tell there's no such thing as too much Feanorian incest? Well, there isn't.”

:fist pump:  Yes!  I want to start a party for all the fans who love Fëanorion incest, it’s pretty much the greatest thing ever and why isn’t there more of it in the world?! 

It was so good to hear from you again :hugs:



Reviewer: Ten thousand leaves Signed
Date: February 02, 2015 Title: Chapter 10: Chapter 10

Oh, man, I woke up today, logged on and thought it must be Christmas or something. Another chapter, yasss!
This had such a cathartic feel to it, I loved it! It did feel right, and if there was a tinge of wrongness - it only added to the rightness. And well, I guess it will complicate matters from now on between Maglor and Glorfindel. And Maglor and Earendil. And Earendil and Glorfindel.I see what you meant saying that power may shift between Maglor and Glorfindel. I'm very much looking forward to see how things unfold.

And oh, Irime. I'm still feeling for her, no matter what. I attribute it to the high quality of your character writing. I really love it when a character leaves me in a confused state of mind. On the one hand, she did have it all coming and did do some real atrocious things in her life. On the other hand...
Still fell utterly sorry for her bitterest end - it was such a WASTE of a life. She had such a start - a princess of a great house, a mother, a rebel. She could be a leader. So many things she could have dome with her life! And oh, how she came to regret it. I remember very well that it broke my heart to read about when she wouldn't even try to mend things with her son in the end - because she couldn't allow herself to inflict herself upon him any longer. What a terrible, terrible thing for a mother to experience. And she did try to do right by wee little Erestor.
No, I'm not justifying her. I'm just appreciating the fact that she's not all black and white. Otherwise it wouldn't have been such a great read. I wonder though, how did she come to be so twisted inside. How she must have suffered. A childhood in a shadow of greater brothers? A loveless marriage? Whatever made her into that icicle? She came across as terribly insecure with Maglor. Maybe she envied him the family backup that he had and she didn't? I can't believe that when she deprived Glorfindel of her motherly touch she didn't suffer it's lack herself. She must have. How awful! Though it doesn't excuse her...still pity her very much.

Your Maglor is absolutely stunning to read about. Such a beautiful, complex character, so many facets to him. I really love how you are taking him all the way outside of general fandom stereotypes about him and hiving him such depths.

Thank you for this unexpected, but absolutely appreciated extra update! Wishing you all the inspiration!

Author's Response:

Oh, I am so excited to hear you liked the chapter, and that things are still feeling right (with a twinge of wrongness :grins:) between Maglor and Glorfindel.  You are so right that things have just gotten more complicated for everyone!

You know, I am taking this as a huge compliment that Irime can inspire pity in you, even after all this.  Thank you for sharing that :D

“Still fell utterly sorry for her bitterest end - it was such a WASTE of a life.”

This is a good point.  She did have so much so could have been.  She had qualities, she did, only they were sunk under the ocean of her bad ones and she felt so far short of the woman she could have become.

“I'm just appreciating the fact that she's not all black and white.”

It is actually really good to hear that you can feel this pity for her end, and that she is not just a black and white character.  I find this so satisfying to hear.  I try not to create characters that are black and white, though I worry at times, with people like Irime who I don’t like, that I am making them just these villains stuck into the story to be mean to my favorites, and that is not at all what I want.  Irime had her own story, terrible choices that she made and all, and I am glad to hear that unforgivable though her actions where, she came off as more then flat :D

“I wonder though, how did she come to be so twisted inside. How she must have suffered. A childhood in a shadow of greater brothers? A loveless marriage? Whatever made her into that icicle? She came across as terribly insecure with Maglor. Maybe she envied him the family backup that he had and she didn't? I can't believe that when she deprived Glorfindel of her motherly touch she didn't suffer it's lack herself. She must have. How awful! Though it doesn't excuse her...still pity her very much.”

I think you are right that envy was one of the roots to her twisting, and it could well have been that she envied Maglor/the Feanorions, she certainly envied Feanor.  Not only was he smart and charismatic and had her father eating out of the palm of his hand (as she saw it), he also had Fingolfin’s love more than her, and I don’t think she ever forgot that.  And then Maglor loved him more too.

I think though, that she didn’t suffer from an absence of her mother’s love or physical affection.  No excuse can be made for what she did to Glorfindel, you are so right, but I will say for an explanation that I doubt she understood the full impact of what denying physical love to a child could do.  I think she had an abundance of her mother’s love growing up, and while her father never gave her the attention he gave Feanor, she was not lacking in the love department, and because she had never lacked herself, she did not understand what it was she was doing to Glorfindel.  I mean, she must have seen how she was hurting him, but she honestly believed (or convinced herself?) she was doing this out of love.  Which made it all the more twisted in my opinion, and her telling him that would have fucked with his head.  No excuse, not by a long shot, but some of the reason behind her actions :shrug:

“Your Maglor is absolutely stunning to read about. Such a beautiful, complex character, so many facets to him. I really love how you are taking him all the way outside of general fandom stereotypes about him and hiving him such depths.”

Thank you, I am so pleased to hear how much you are enjoying him :D

This review was just a treat to read!  Thank you so much, I hope you continue to enjoy ::hugs::



Reviewer: Ten thousand leaves Signed
Date: February 01, 2015 Title: Chapter 9: Chapter 9

Oh, the last two chapters were such a great, satisfying read. The scene on the shelf in the hull of the ship was very much unexpected, but when you think of it, if fits with both their histories very well. I saw it as a kind of very raw, very basic creature comfort. They both have been so deprived of any closeness for such a long time - and I've always head!canonned elves as very tactile beings that derive strength from being in each other's company. It's something akin to abused children seeking attention through the only means they know - sex and violence. An absolute disclosure of some utter inner vulnerability on both their parts - and so sad, so sad for both of them!
Maglor is deliciously mad. Aww, you're giving such depths to his madness. Now that I've read the R&U, and all the discussion in the comments, I'm really excited about the possibility of more of his backstory.

I don't think this scene bothered me as incest. First of all, there's no disbalance in power, at least none of the traditional one. If someone has an upper hand in this relationship so far, it's Glorfindel, I think. He totally has Maglor wrapped around his pinky finger. At least, that's what comes across to me. Second... ah, it's Feanorion incest. And well... I've always thought that that brood had to be more than humane, more than men, more than elves. Sometimes it's not even about social roles, familial ties or tags of 'brother' 'father' and such. It's about being a being of power. And power, to quote a famous guy, is something you have to dare to stoop and pick up and generally thinking that you 'have the right' in the broadest sense of meaning, and it sets you apart from the trembling creatures.

So yeah ))) I'm totally on the incest bandwagon.

But that scene was nonetheless gloriously eerie. And Glorfindel is entertaining the possibilities of leaving Maglor! No, Glorfy, stay with the poor dude a while! Well, at least till he's safe and sound in the hands of Earendil, probably )))

Thank you for a great update, Encairion!

Author's Response:

 “The scene on the shelf in the hull of the ship was very much unexpected, but when you think of it, if fits with both their histories very well.”

It’s wonderful to hear it worked so well for you!  Yes, they had both been very alone for a long time.  Glorfindel, while he had the companionship of his guards, really has been isolated.  There is only so much intimacy one can develop with their prison guards lol  He needed, desperately, to be loved.

“and I've always head!canonned elves as very tactile beings that derive strength from being in each other's company. It's something akin to abused children seeking attention through the only means they know - sex and violence”

Oh, how interesting!  I don’t think I’ve ever read anything like this before, but it’s fascinating!  And it makes Maglor and Glorfindel’s lives up to this point all the more barren :(  And it makes the importance of Elven settlements all the more vital as they would need that community.

“If someone has an upper hand in this relationship so far, it's Glorfindel, I think. He totally has Maglor wrapped around his pinky finger.”

Lol!  But yes, you are right, at this moment it is Maglor who needs Glorfindel more than Glorfindel needs him (well, we shall see how things fall with the return of Glorfindel’s memories).  I am glad that no power imbalance came across, because I didn’t want there to be one, despite Glorfindel’s youth.

And yes, they are Fëanorions, and Fëanorions do what they want :D   There are no laws they will not break if they see the law as in the wrong.  I think Feanor taught his sons his own brand of morality, and that was one based on their own conscious, not one imposed from an outside power.  If it didn’t feel wrong to Maglor, then he wouldn’t see it as wrong by the standards of a law.

“So yeah ))) I'm totally on the incest bandwagon.”

:fist pump:  Come on up, there’s always room for more up here where the party’s at lol!

“And Glorfindel is entertaining the possibilities of leaving Maglor! No, Glorfy, stay with the poor dude a while! Well, at least till he's safe and sound in the hands of Earendil, probably )))”

Don’t worry.  I imagine a few things will be shifting about with Glorfindel now he has his memories back.

Thank you so much for this review, ten-thousand-leaves!  I am so thrilled you enjoyed the chapters :grins:



Reviewer: Ten thousand leaves Signed
Date: October 19, 2015 Title: Chapter 13: Intermission: Do not go gentle into that good night, Part II

I'm late in reviewing this. I loved so much these last two chapters. In all honesty, I'm a terrible sucker for Maglor/Maedhros, in this exact disposition - Maglor being hopelessly smitten since early childhood, Maedhros being blissfully/on choice oblivious and blind to really anyone but Fingon, and them ending up in a horribly, twisted relationship after the Nirnaeth. And oh, how beautifully and poignantly you wrote it, Thank you!

I loved how Maglor's jealousy is both an issue at first and then, not an issue. 

I have to wonder now though, if Maedhros actually knew it was not Fingon he was with at the end, and that particular knowledge, even though he might have been hiding it deep underneath the madness, was what finally drove him to suicide. Could it be that he hated it that he (in his mind, maybe) cheated on the very memory of Fingon and at the same time, he couldn't already have stopped, because it was the only way of escape that was given to him, so he chose to end his life, because he couldn't end what was between them. 

Also - awww, Maglor. My heart bleeds for him. 

Absolutely stunning intermission. 



Author's Response:

“In all honesty, I'm a terrible sucker for Maglor/Maedhros, in this exact disposition - Maglor being hopelessly smitten since early childhood, Maedhros being blissfully/on choice oblivious and blind to really anyone but Fingon, and them ending up in a horribly, twisted relationship after the Nirnaeth.

I am guilty of loving stories just like this too!  Ah, Feanorionian incest, it is a serious weak-spot of mine lol! 

“And oh, how beautifully and poignantly you wrote it, Thank you!

:blushes: Thank you for your kind words!

“I have to wonder now though, if Maedhros actually knew it was not Fingon he was with at the end, and that particular knowledge, even though he might have been hiding it deep underneath the madness, was what finally drove him to suicide. Could it be that he hated it that he (in his mind, maybe) cheated on the very memory of Fingon and at the same time, he couldn't already have stopped, because it was the only way of escape that was given to him, so he chose to end his life, because he couldn't end what was between them. 

I have given this idea some thought.  I like the idea that some part of Maedhros did know it was Maglor he was sleeping with, and that opens up all kinds of doors in my mind.  I wonder if he hadn’t harbored some attraction to his brother all these years, maybe begun during their little mutual-masturbation scene.  Of course he was in love with Fingon, but that doesn’t mean he never noticed another person in his life.  I kind of really like the thought he knew it was Maglor deep down and he reached out to him not only for the forgetfulness/temporary relief of a dead-love but because it was Maglor who he also secretly wanted without ever letting himself think too much about that before (I think he would have fought that attraction). 

I don’t think he killed himself over this –though it is an interesting idea!  I am really loving the thought of a part of Maedhros knowing, and now I really want to write these three –Fingon, Maedhros, Maglor—re-born and see how they interact with each other!

 

Thank you so much for the review :hugs:



Reviewer: Ten thousand leaves Signed
Date: October 09, 2015 Title: Chapter 11: Chapter 11

Oh, I'm sorry for being late in reviewing this, especially since I've probably enjoyed this chapter a few times already. I'm so, so happy to see an update for this story! Your stories are often paced so that there could be years between two chapters, and I'm so very glad that you've decided to linger in this momsnt of Maglor's and Glorfindel's reconnection a bit longer. Their dynamic is lovely and poignant and yet very jerky, but you could already feel that there are the beginnings of the relationship we see in the price of duty in fourth age. 

I think it was a beautiful touch that Maglor sees his brothers in various aspects of Glorfindel, and you described it so lyrically, I loved it. The flashback to Maglor's childhood was so, so sweet, and such a great balance to the chapter's mood.

All in all, I enjoyed this chapter immensely!

Also, I'm so tickled to know that Maglor was the mysterious lover Fingolfin spoke so affectionately about in the other stories! OMG, I'm soooo, soooo anticipating that scen in RaU.

So glad you have your muse back, I'm planning to bribe it with art )))) 

Thank you for writing again, I can't tell how much I love your stories.



Author's Response:

“Oh, I'm sorry for being late in reviewing this, especially since I've probably enjoyed this chapter a few times already.”

Please don’t apologize; I of all people know what it’s like to get behind on reviews/replies.  It’s just wonderful to hear the chapter brought you back again for a re-read!

“Your stories are often paced so that there could be years between two chapters, and I'm so very glad that you've decided to linger in this momsnt of Maglor's and Glorfindel's reconnection a bit longer.”

That’s because I am a lazy writer lol!  Actually, I think I really need to take my time with this, so I plan to explore this early period of their relationship for several more chapters :)

“heir dynamic is lovely and poignant and yet very jerky, but you could already feel that there are the beginnings of the relationship we see in the price of duty in fourth age.”

I liked how you called it jerky, because yes, yes, this is going to be even more apparent in the future.  One step forward and one step back.  They both are so damaged, that it is going to be one hell of a ride!  (I am tearing my hair out just thinking about what a challenge this has been to write and still will be because I am not done yet!).

“The flashback to Maglor's childhood was so, so sweet, and such a great balance to the chapter's mood.”

I loved writing that part :)  Oh those sweet little ones, and getting to write that side of Feanor was wonderful :D

“Also, I'm so tickled to know that Maglor was the mysterious lover Fingolfin spoke so affectionately about in the other stories! OMG, I'm soooo, soooo anticipating that scen in RaU.”

Haha I couldn’t help myself, there is simple too much potential chemistry between those two to pass up :)

“So glad you have your muse back, I'm planning to bribe it with art ))))”

Please do!

Thank you so much for this review, it made me so warm and fuzzy inside, and gets me itching to get back to work :hugs:



Title: The Revolutionary and the Usurper by Encairion
Rated: Mature [ - ]
Summary: Feature

The tale of the boy who stood up to change the world, and the half-brother who wanted to stand at his side, but if he couldn’t have that, let him have everything else.

The tale of the Genius and the Shepherd as they were known by some, the Madman and the Traitor by others, but who were they in each other’s eyes?

The tale of Fëanor and Fingolfin.

“I refuse to accept the Noldor are bound to the starless midnight of these petty lives the Valar have boxed us into.  I refuse to accept we will never walk through these shadows and into the bright daybreak of freedom!” –Fëanor in The Revolutionary and the Usurper


Category: Fiction
Characters: Amras, Amrod, Caranthir, Celegorm, Curufin, Fëanor, Finarfin, Fingolfin, Fingon, Finwë, Indis, Maedhros, Maglor, Melkor/Morgoth, Míriel, Nerdanel, OFC, OMC, Rúmil
Content: Character Death, Drama, Incest, Slash
Challenge: None
Series: The Price of Eternity
Chapters: 23 | Completed: No | Word count: 142478 | Read count: 21399

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Published: December 29, 2014 | Updated: April 03, 2016


Reviewer: Ten thousand leaves Signed
Date: February 08, 2015 Title: Chapter 9: Chapter 9

Awww, this was such a lovely, infinitely lovely chapter! A great little intermission in the ocean of Feanorian angst - not that I don't LOVE your angst with a fire of a thousand suns. And yes, this retrospective into how things used to be (CURUFIN LIKED TO CUDDLE) makes what comes lager an even sadder tragedy. So this chapter has this fines bittersweet taste that makes you cry just as much as angst does.

It was great to see the softer side of Feanor, too, how the fire in him can be channelled in love and creation. Magnificent!

The scene with Melkor was some powerful stuff! I really love how you picture him - trying to manipulate through basic sensuality and sensory overload. It reminded me a bit of how you described Luthien in PoV1. It might just be me and my impression, but this looks to be something of a similarity with Ainur?

And ah, you write beautiful young boys. So charming and genuine and fresh they are. I loved that Maglor is not the shy gangly youth lots of fic-writers make him, but has a bit of swag and all that ego and self-assuredness. I can totally see why Irime wanted him - even though part of her desire must stem from wanting to have power over Feanor through having power over something of his.

I'm very sure I wanted to write about something else, but as usual, your writing leaves me so overwhelmed and excited, I forget half of what I meand to say while reading. Sorry! ))))

I'm very much looking forward to the next chapters, to see what you have in stock for Maedhros and Maglor in Tirion. Or wherever the story takes us )

Author's Response:

“Awww, this was such a lovely, infinitely lovely chapter! A great little intermission in the ocean of Feanorian angst - not that I don't LOVE your angst with a fire of a thousand suns. And yes, this retrospective into how things used to be (CURUFIN LIKED TO CUDDLE) makes what comes lager an even sadder tragedy. So this chapter has this fines bittersweet taste that makes you cry just as much as angst does.”

Thank you so much, I am so glad you liked the chapter :jumps around squealing:

Don’t get me started on young Curufin, I have so many feels and they all end in gross sobbing for the poor baby!  Yes, I totally see Curufin as someone who loved to cuddle, and knowing what he came it….it’s just too much to bear!

“The scene with Melkor was some powerful stuff! I really love how you picture him - trying to manipulate through basic sensuality and sensory overload. It reminded me a bit of how you described Luthien in PoV1. It might just be me and my impression, but this looks to be something of a similarity with Ainur?”

Oh that’s a really interesting comparisons I hadn’t seen!  But yes, there are some similarities between the presence the two give off…I rather think Melkor’s sensual presence is just Melkor being Melkor (he has absolutely no shame lol and does what he wants), where Luthian’s, while natural, was used more as a power over others.  I think Melkor would have considered it a sign of his failure if he had to resort to seducing someone to get what he wanted.  He sees himself as the god of gods, the most powerful being on the planet, and I think he’d look at seducing someone as being reduced to using the power of a woman whose only power is between the sheets –and even that is not power for it is only power through another.  Morgoth would have wanted Feanor to heel to him not because he was overwhelmed with lust, but because he was enticed by the ‘glory’ Melkor was holding out to him.

“I loved that Maglor is not the shy gangly youth lots of fic-writers make him, but has a bit of swag and all that ego and self-assuredness.”

It is all mangacrack’s doing :grins:  If you haven’t read her story A Spark to Ignite, you should.  Maglor is to die for in there, and reading that was what got me thinking about a confident Maglor who knew just how good he was :D

“I'm very sure I wanted to write about something else, but as usual, your writing leaves me so overwhelmed and excited, I forget half of what I meand to say while reading. Sorry! ))))”

No, no, don’t apologize!  To know that story did that is wow!  Thank you so much for this review!  It’s so exciting to hear how much you are enjoying the story :hugs:



Reviewer: Ten thousand leaves Signed
Date: November 19, 2015 Title: Chapter 17: Chapter 17

Ah, I really loved a glimpse into Curufin's back story, the path he trod on the way to becoming what he became later. I love how Feanor is unobtrusive in a way that he's letting his children make their own mistakes and learn from their own (not always good) experiences, and yet, it's such a bittersweet thought to consider still, that having him as a parent/role model, how much they failed later, and how he actually failed to protect most (all?) of them from heartbreak of all sorts from the very start. I think it's very realistic, very life-relatable, that though he gives off that impression of being a too-good-to-be-true-dad, he still fails utterly in so many things concerning his children. In this way his perfect-dad image doesn't chafe.  

I really enjoy how much more complex you are making the backstoried for each character, tangling storylines and relationships into knots that can't be untied but only cut and I'm very curious to see what you will do with Finrod and Caranthir dilemma in the future. Though for myself, I must admit that I'm firmly in the Curufin/Finrod camp. I think it's mostly because of the narrative timeline (not the actual history in your universe timeline, but the sequence in which you chose to unfold the xtory). I remember that the Nargothrond arc was one of my favourites, alongside with Maeglin one, and it was your story that firmly sold me on to that particular ship. It was just so profound, so well-written, you drew a picture so complicated, the characters are so enjoyable - both of them strong, both of them flawed, deep, imperfect and loving so very strongly, that I can't help but loving the dymanics between the two of them. I didn't think at the time of reading (and I still don't) that Finrod didn't match up to Curufin. He did, oh, greatly so. Caranthir wasn't even hinted at at that time and I'm trying to adjust to the fact that he might be the endgame. If you chose to go that path, I'm sure you'll write it in a way where Curufin and Finrod's back story and their love (and I think it was love, twisted and marred by duty and oaths and rivalry and envy that it was, there was something very true at the root) isn't negated. 

Reading your updates is always such immense pleasure! Thank you for writing.



Author's Response:

This was a lovely review!  I am coming to keep reading it over and over again, and think about what you said here :D

I think it's very realistic, very life-relatable, that though he gives off that impression of being a too-good-to-be-true-dad, he still fails utterly in so many things concerning his children. In this way his perfect-dad image doesn't chafe.”

I am glad to hear Feanor did not come off as some perfect being that never made a mistake in his parenting, because that’s not how I think he was, no matter how much I love his character!  I think that while Feanor was an excellent father, he was not a perfect human being.  He couldn’t separate all of his own fears and failings as a person from his influence as a father, so his sons picked up on them and sometimes suffered because of them.  Actually I think most of the hardships Maedhros suffered in Valinor were on account of Feanor (and Fingon not understanding his own heart), though Feanor tried so very very hard to make it not so.

Thank you for those precious words about Finrod/Curufin and their love.  I do still really like these two together, and I like what you said about neither of them being perfect, and their love being flawed but deep and imperfect.  Yes, yes, this describes them so well!  Their love is hella complicated (on both their sides), and they both have lots of issues to work out firstly as individuals and then as lovers.  I would like to see them get to that point where they can truly share something beyond just the physical, because both of them need that. 

You are right there was no hint of Caranthir in Curufin’s thoughts in Nargothrond, and that’s both because I hadn’t known that part of Caranthir’s story yet and because Caranthir never told Curufin how he felt before they died.  What happens in re-birth between these two is still undecided in my mind, but I do think something does happen, at the very least because I think it would be healing for them, though I think the moment Curufin knew his brother both still loved him and loved him so much, he’d want to hold onto that with everything he was, soaking up all the love around him (and loving Caranthir back).  Which is going to make things really complicated with Finrod, but complicated is interesting lol!  The three of them will defiantly have some issues to work out especially since I don’t think Caranthir cares for Finrod at all, and Finrod has no special feeling for Caranthir either so we’ll see if they are even able to hold a civil conversation together lol!

Thank you so much for this review!  You are the best :hugs:



Reviewer: Ten thousand leaves Signed
Date: October 13, 2015 Title: Chapter 14: Chapter 14

Oh, such a sad, sad, beautifully sad chapter. I'm sorry to see Nerdanel go, but I think you handled it with grace and dignity. I'd probably be upset if the blame lay entirely with her, but I'm really happy that your Feanor is not idolized and idealized, that he, too, is to blame for their failed marriage, and probably even to a greater extent than she is. He was always much more invested in his boys, even though she seemed to have a lot of freedom and affection. It must have been really hard for her to handle it all, especially seeing how he wouldn't even budge an inch to accomodate some of her beliefs. Not a compromising man, Feanor. And I'm really enjoying that you're writing him this way, flaws and all, it's realistic on the one hand and anchors the story to how things often go in real life, and on the other hand, it makes his character more complex, manifold, unpredictable. It'm always sad to see how writers paint their characters black and white only, clearly favouring ones and hating on the others and writing them accordingly. I love having mixed feelings about characters, and you always deliver on that )))

So yeah, I sympathize with Nerdanel A LOT, though I'm probably in minority )). Well, I still feel awfully sad for the way it all ended for Irime, and all the could-have-beens, too, despite her being a complete tool for the better part of her life.

Oh, the Caranthir part is so poignant! I'm now so very anxcious to see how it will go from here. It's clear from the further events in your stories, that Caranthir either manages to alienate Curufin again or never even bridges the gap and it only grows. I wonder why. I also remember that scene in the hull of the ship, with Maedhros, Feanor and Fingon and Feanor kissing Maedhros, because 'he already has all he needs from his family' and Maedhros asking him not to do this to any of his brothers, especially Curufin, because he wouldn't understand. By all the rules of storytelling, this is EXACTLY what Feanor would do, in the later stages of insanity, probably, and you also hinted that you're considering going this direction. I wonder if this was one of the factors Caranthir was so estranged that he took one of the furtherst lands away from his brothers. This just raises so many questions!! In leiu of this absolutely marvellous scene with their conversation and his confession to his father, would he consider this an utter betrayal? Would he be the one son in your unverse to hate his father/blame him for something?

And how does Curufin's marriage play into all of this. Did Caranthir confess and Curufin  said 'no', went off and got married? Did Caranthir never confess? If yes, what made him? SO CURIOUS. I love how you pace the story like throwing puzzle pieces here and there and I'm playing around with them, trying to see what fits, but there are still gaps for the chapters to come, and so far there are so many variants.

Loving this story, loving all the sweet family moments and bitter family moments and other moments, thank you for writing!



Author's Response:

 

Oh, such a sad, sad, beautifully sad chapter. I'm sorry to see Nerdanel go, but I think you handled it with grace and dignity. I'd probably be upset if the blame lay entirely with her, but I'm really happy that your Feanor is not idolized and idealized, that he, too, is to blame for their failed marriage, and probably even to a greater extent than she is. He was always much more invested in his boys, even though she seemed to have a lot of freedom and affection. It must have been really hard for her to handle it all, especially seeing how he wouldn't even budge an inch to accomodate some of her beliefs. Not a compromising man, Feanor. And I'm really enjoying that you're writing him this way, flaws and all, it's realistic on the one hand and anchors the story to how things often go in real life, and on the other hand, it makes his character more complex, manifold, unpredictable. It'm always sad to see how writers paint their characters black and white only, clearly favouring ones and hating on the others and writing them accordingly. I love having mixed feelings about characters, and you always deliver on that )))

This makes me happy :D  I sometimes fear that I am not very good at this –making the characters human and flawed—and it means a ton to hear you say this.  And especially about Feanor who I adore, and sometimes fear I take the side of every time.  It is good to hear he is coming off so complex, because I very much think he was.

“So yeah, I sympathize with Nerdanel A LOT, though I'm probably in minority )). Well, I still feel awfully sad for the way it all ended for Irime, and all the could-have-beens, too, despite her being a complete tool for the better part of her life.

Well, I think it’s fascinating to hear how sad you feel for Irime, and how you sympathize with Nerdanel (not that Nerdanel is anything like Irime!).  It’s interesting to see how differently readers respond to the same story/characters.

“Oh, the Caranthir part is so poignant! I'm now so very anxcious to see how it will go from here. It's clear from the further events in your stories, that Caranthir either manages to alienate Curufin again or never even bridges the gap and it only grows. I wonder why. 

I am SO happy with the positive response dear Caranthir received!  You have no idea!  I was actually a bit nervous about this chapter, but everyone has been so lovely, I am so over the moon!  I don’t want to spoil too much, but you are right, Caranthir does manage to push Curufin away again.  It’s the way Caranthir reacts to things: act when he’s hurting inside, push away before they get too close and hurt you first.

By all the rules of storytelling, this is EXACTLY what Feanor would do, in the later stages of insanity, probably, and you also hinted that you're considering going this direction.

I hadn’t remembered that I’d written that in a reply, but yes, yes, I am totally going to go there, and you are write, it is exactly what Feanor would do –seek out love—and with his mind all messed up it makes everything so very complicated (I am not promising I am revealing this in R+ U though, it might only come out after they are reborn….of course now I’ve gone and spilled it all because I can’t control myself :snorts:).

“This just raises so many questions!! In leiu of this absolutely marvellous scene with their conversation and his confession to his father, would he consider this an utter betrayal? Would he be the one son in your unverse to hate his father/blame him for something?

Ah, well, does Caranthir ever find out is a good question.  And what would he feel/do if he did? Hmmm….I don’t think he would stop loving Feanor, but it would hurt him if he knew, though it would hurt him so much more if he didn’t know like all his brothers that their father wasn’t himself.  If Feanor were to turn around now, in Valinor (when Curufin is of age of course) and sleep with Curufin, then that feeling of betrayal might very well be born.  (And if Feanor ever did indicate in Valinor he wanted to sleep with Curufin, then I totally think Curufin would have been down with it.  He would have liked the idea of being the only son Feanor took to his bed.)

“And how does Curufin's marriage play into all of this. Did Caranthir confess and Curufin  said 'no', went off and got married? Did Caranthir never confess? If yes, what made him? SO CURIOUS. I love how you pace the story like throwing puzzle pieces here and there and I'm playing around with them, trying to see what fits, but there are still gaps for the chapters to come, and so far there are so many variants.

And I love how curious you are!  I love that it feels like you are on the edge of your seat!  I just love that!  (and I am going to be evil and not reveal anything!)

 

This was such a wonderful review, thank you a thousand times.  Knowing how much you enjoy the story brings me back again and again to the writing :hugs:



Reviewer: Ten thousand leaves Signed
Date: October 13, 2015 Title: Chapter 14: Chapter 14

Ah, I've just reread my message and realized that I have phrasing problems ))) when I said that "but I'm really happy that your Feanor is not idolized and idealized, that he, too, is to blame for their failed marriage, and probably even to a greater extent than she is." I meant that I'm happy you're writing him this way, not that I'm happy he's to blame ))) sorry!



Author's Response:

Well you had better have clarified because Feanor was over in the corner sharpening his sword lol!  



Title: Beyond the Sea by Keiliss
Rated: Teen [ - ]
Summary:

Erestor sails with Elrond and Galadriel, hoping to make a new life in the land promised as Elvenhome,  a strange, eerie, changeless place where the dead are reborn or rehoused or never return at all, the living become spirit, and no one walks on the beach.



Category: Fiction
Characters: Elrond, Erestor, Galadriel, Gil-galad, OFC, OMC
Content: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Challenge: None
Series: None
Chapters: 9 | Completed: No | Word count: 25123 | Read count: 5250

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Published: May 12, 2015 | Updated: July 17, 2015


Reviewer: Ten thousand leaves Signed
Date: May 26, 2015 Title: Chapter 3: Tirion

I'm really liking this story! I love the slow unhurried pace and the time you devote to all the little details, they really create a full-fletched, fully dimensional world. I love how you introduce all these little alarm bells amidst the sterile tranquility of Valinor and can't wait to see where you take it all. Awesome job, thank you for writing it!



Author's Response:

Aww, I'm glad you're enjoying it. Thank you so much :) I love little details and bits of background informations in fics, so it's pretty much a case of writing what I like reading here. I'm glad the pacing is working for you. I've always thought Valinor would have been a bit creepy and sterile for people used to a different way of life.



Title: Eärendil on the purchasing of whores (or how to convince the Valar to save the world) by Encairion
Rated: General Audiences [ - ]
Summary:

Eärendil’s failure was not that he loved them too little, it was that he didn’t turn the ship around, dive straight into the sea, anything but go on with the mission the moment Elwing told him their boys might not be dead.  It would have been better to die trying to get back to them, then live though what came after. 

This is Eärendil’s story. 

 


Category: Fiction
Characters: Elrond, Elros, Elwing, Eonwë, Eärendil
Content: Drama
Challenge: None
Series: The Price of Eternity
Chapters: 3 | Completed: Yes | Word count: 13799 | Read count: 2174

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Published: August 20, 2015 | Updated: August 20, 2015


Reviewer: Ten thousand leaves Signed
Date: August 24, 2015 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Oh, you're back, you're back, how I missed you and your writing! I really hope you've had a good summer. 

I had such an enjoyable time reading this story, even though it was sad and poignant, very much your style, but there's this glimmer of hope, desperate and small, but unyielding, and it's lovely. Threw me right back into the Price universe (dear god, I had SUCH a widhdrawal after it! I keep comparing most fics I read to it and find them lacking, ahahah )

I really liked your depiction of Elwing, of her descent into madness, and how she did make an attempt to fight it. One thing that seriously intrigues me is the sentient Silmaril and how Feanor willed its actions (and they were actions?) from beyond this world. I was thinking that it tried to will its owner to come find/help his sons and I'm wondering if with time, if there's such a notion as time in Mandos, Feanor learns how to influence and drive people (and gods?) through his Jewels. 

Now I'm doubly curious about the silmaril that is still in Maglor's keeping.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for writing this, Earendil's backstory was something I've wanted to read about within the Price universe and it is a lovely gift. 

Lemme just tell you one more time how glad I am to see you posting and writing again. And I sure as hell hope YOU have fun doing it.

Lots of love!



Author's Response:

“Oh, you're back, you're back, how I missed you and your writing! I really hope you've had a good summer. “

Yes, I am finally back!  Thank you for all the support you gave me this summer, I cannot say it was the best since I was in a bad place, but that is over now, and I am doing much better :)  I hope you are doing fabulously, you deserve it :hugs:

“I had such an enjoyable time reading this story, even though it was sad and poignant, very much your style, but there's this glimmer of hope, desperate and small, but unyielding, and it's lovely.”

I am so happy you enjoyed it!  You are so right that sad is just up my alley lol but, for all my love of angst, I love a happy ending just as much :)

“(dear god, I had SUCH a widhdrawal after it! I keep comparing most fics I read to it and find them lacking, ahahah )”

Thank you :blushes:

“I really liked your depiction of Elwing, of her descent into madness, and how she did make an attempt to fight it.”

She was a challenge to write, because I didn’t like her, but I didn’t want to bash her, as bashing is usually just a lack of character depth.  She must have had reasons for her actions, as much as I hated those actions, and I found that unless she was the kind of terrible person who would willingly choose her vengeance against the Feanorions over her sons and people, she must not have been in her right mind.  With everything I’d already written of the Silmarils, if made sense that she had fallen into obsession with it, like her father did before her.

“One thing that seriously intrigues me is the sentient Silmaril and how Feanor willed its actions (and they were actions?) from beyond this world. I was thinking that it tried to will its owner to come find/help his sons and I'm wondering if with time, if there's such a notion as time in Mandos, Feanor learns how to influence and drive people (and gods?) through his Jewels. “

Wow, this is intriguing!  I guess I never really saw it as Feanor himself acting through the Silmaril, but rather an echo of who he was when he made the Silmarils that had been imprinted into the Silmaril during its forging.  That said, your interpretation is all kinds of interesting!  I was having this really interesting discussion with mangacrack on her review where she pointed out that the Silmaril had been in the possession of a lot of powerful people, and that got me wondering if it could have soaked up some of that power and kind of built it up inside itself until it was able to influence the person possessing it.  The idea that it is Feanor himself who is doing the directing would open up a ton of interesting questions, that’s for sure!  I imagine the Silmaril would want to find its way into the hands of the gods so it could influence them (unless it doesn’t have the power to control a Vala like that?). 

You bring up the question of Maglor’s Silmaril too.  Well, I rather think this one hasn’t ‘developed’ the same way Elwing’s Silmaril did, as it has been with Morgoth all this time, and if there was anyone who could resist the Silmarils (besides Feanor and his blood), then it would be Morgoth, for all he lusted after them.  So, Maglor’s Silmaril hasn’t reached the point of being able to communicate, and then there is the fact the Silmaril pretty much took over Elwings mind and body, and I don’t see it doing that to Maglor or Glorfindel, as they are Feanor’s blood.  But that doesn’t mean it is just a pretty jewel, oh no, we shall see, oh yes we shall lol!

“Thank you, thank you, thank you for writing this, Earendil's backstory was something I've wanted to read about within the Price universe and it is a lovely gift. “

I have honestly been blown away by the wonderful reception this story has received.  I actually wrote it quite a while ago, but never posted it because I didn’t think many people would be interested in reading it.  I wrote it mainly for my own pleasure and curiosity over my new love Eärendil :D  So to see how much you, and other readers, have enjoyed it, has been such an unexpected blessing!

Yes, I promise that I have been enjoying writing again (though it is no less hard work then it has always been, but the hard work is worth it :))  And it is wonderful to be back and connect like this again.  Thank you again for the lovely review :hugs: