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A Brief Introduction

Dec. 31st, 2015 | 11:59 pm

This LJ is a small repository of stories and ficlets which will hopefully become part of my planned novel, Eregion, something of a James Michener-meets-Middle-earth family saga. Some stuff is public, some isn't. Due to the heretical nature of the material, keys of the city are given to those who are familiar with the Pandë!verse, in particular, Trinity, The Apprentice, Cat's Paws, Broken Star, and Risk Assessment. There will be a quiz. ;^) Also keep in mind that some spoilers for The Elendilmir are contained therein, too.

To hear my opinionated nattering on OFCs in Tolkien fandom, please see (and listen to) this Podcast in which spiced_wine "interviews" me.

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Motivations for heresy and the flagrantly non-canonical

Dec. 30th, 2015 | 05:39 pm

This is something of a testing ground for the next stage of the Pandë!verse. The inspiration is complex, and includes the peculiar confluence in my mind of American Prometheus (the J. Robert Oppenheimer biography) and Tolkien's legendarium.

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Untitled Not Fade Away-Pandë!verse crossover

Jul. 28th, 2013 | 01:16 pm

A Not Fade Away — contemporary Pandë!verse crossover. I highly recommend Jael's Not Fade Away 'verse, which follows Thranduil, a.k.a. "Aaron Rivers", and his clan through the centuries. This was written as a birthday fic for Jael in July 2012 and has seen a few revisions since then. I deeply appreciate Jael's permission to use her Aaron, Felice, and Hal.

The contemporary Pandë!verse is not as developed as Jael's Not Fade Away 'verse, but by way of background, Sauron (contrary to Gandalf's conjecture, re: ..."he will be maimed for ever, becoming a mere spirit of malice that gnaws itself in the shadows, but cannot again grow or take shape" [LotR, The Return of the King]) does not become the aforementioned gnawing spirit. Instead, thanks to planning ahead in the event that his ring technology might not work as he predicts, he has forged a failsafe during the height of the crafting of the Rings of Power, so that when the One Ring is destroyed, his spirit takes refuge in this failsafe (also a ring), which Gandalf then transports to Valinor where at last, Sauron faces judgment by the Valar.Read on (if you wanna) for interminable yammering and the fic itselfCollapse )

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A Cautionary Tale

Dec. 26th, 2012 | 08:42 pm

Meriadoc Brandybuck has taken a winter's reprieve from the tasks of the Master of Brandy Hall to come to Rivendell so that he might study for his next project — The Tale of Years. He brings his wife, Estella, their son, daughters, and their Took cousin with him. It is shortly before Yule during the waning days of the Year 1454 by Shire Reckoning (Fourth Age, 32). The young hobbits quickly have become thick with the sons and daughters of the Istyanis and Glorfindel and cause something of a ruckus during an evening supper, aided and abetted by bottles of Old Winyards. Glorfindel invites the hobbits to join him and his family for an after-dinner brandy, and there in his family quarters, he spins a tale from his boyhood in Aman — a cautionary tale of purloined black powder and faulty fuses.

Warning: Pandë!verse-centric. PG for consumption of copious amounts of wine, apple brandy, and mildly inebriated Elves and Hobbits. Also warning for un-beta'ed state. Nits abound, and thus, the fic is subject to tweaking.

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A Place to Rest

Dec. 24th, 2011 | 09:37 pm

Please forgive the fluff, but I experienced something fairly traumatizing earlier this week (not work-related, family's fine, but a friend is in dire straits), and reaching into the heart of darkness is a little too much right now.  So the Dark Muse allowed me to indulge. This was written in haste, so I will repent at leisure.  I'd warn for this being highly Pandë!verse-centric, too, but hey, if you're reading this here, then you should be well aware of that.

As in Inner Light (see below), the Istyanis considers Yule customs from another culture, but this time, the setting is Ost-in-Edhil during the mid-Second Age and long before she earns that title.  A very young Mélamírë (perhaps 5 years old or so),  helps Lygnel, the family housekeeper, prepare decorations, and Lygnel tells her of the traditions of her folk — a tribe of the Silvan Elves — and why a tree is needed in the house.

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Dec. 1st, 2011 | 06:13 am

Written for the lotr_community November 2011 Challenge

Author: pandemonium_213
Title: Abundance
Rating: PG-13 (language; sexual references)
Theme: Feast
Elements: Sieve
Beta: Many thanks to Core Lizards drummerwench, grey_gazania, heartofoshun, nelyo_russandol, and surgicalsteelfor feedback and careful nitpicking. Linguistic assistance kindly provided by elvses, a.k.a. Darth Fingon and nelyo_russandol.
Author's Notes:  Abundant thanks to Steel for allowing me to borrow her OMC, Haldanar.  Also, please see foreword and end notes below the cut.
Summary:  During the waning of the Third Age, an elven-smith returns to northern Eriador after a long absence. There she receives a cold reception initially, which unfolds into an abundantly warm welcome. 
Word Count:  approx. 8035, including foreword, end notes, and recipe.

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The Glitter of Swords, Chapters 4/5 and 5/5

Nov. 12th, 2011 | 04:01 pm

The Glitter of Swords, Chapters 4, Light Born of Dark and Chapter 5, Andúril, below the cutCollapse )

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The Glitter of Swords, Chapters 1/5, 2/5 and 3/5

Nov. 12th, 2011 | 03:40 pm


The Sword of Elendil was forged anew by Elvish smiths, and on its blade was traced a device of seven stars set between the crescent Moon and the rayed Sun, and about them was written many runes; for Aragorn son of Arathorn was going to war upon the marches of Mordor. Very bright was that sword when it was made whole again; the light of the sun shone redly in it, and the light of the moon shone cold, and its edge was hard and keen.

—  Frodo Baggins, The Red Book of Westmarch

Despite its current (and deplorable) appearance, Andúril was a mighty sword of great significance during the late Third Age and well into our own time.  However, little is mentioned in The Red Book of Westmarch of the smiths who forged the Sword of Elendil anew.  It is my scholarly opinion that this derives from a number of factors, primarily that our ancestors of the Third Age Shire were averse to many aspects of curwë, including the practice of the deep arts, holding these in great suspicion, and deeming them to be more often than not of evil nature.  

The other factor may be that the smith who forged the sword was a woman.  Unlike our own enlightened culture, women's achievements were of lesser note among many scholars of the Men of Númenor and those whom they influenced.  It must be noted that even the very names of the wives of Elros, Elendil, and Isildur have been lost to history.  It must also be acknowledged that, for all their wisdom and knowledge, our Noldorin forebears were little different.  But the smith who forged Andúril was none other than the foremother of myself and of our current Magistrate,  the Honorable Curulaurë of the House of the Star and Flower, who has requested that the House of Lore provide the translation that sets history aright as the smiths of the Gwaith-i-Mírdain, under the supervision of Guildmaster Míriel Cánafinion, prepare to restore the blade to its original condition.

Istyar Mairon Took, Guildmaster, The House of Lore, 1223 Fourth Age, New Ost-in-Edhil, The Republic of Eregion

(See end notes of Chapters 4 and 5 for background and credits; a much earlier version of this now revised story appeared under filter.)

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Red Herring

Nov. 12th, 2011 | 01:35 pm

Rating: PG13-to very soft R for sexual references.

This short piece was inspired by the seeming contradiction between Glorfindel's remarks during the Council of Elrond (Lord of the Rings, Fellowship of the Ring);Read onCollapse )

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Happy Birthday, surgicalsteel! A birthday fic...

Dec. 29th, 2010 | 09:22 am

Snow and sun. Elven and mortal. In the early years of the Fourth Age, Serindë and Halbarad are at very different points in their lives than Mélamírë and Laurefin, but each couple has the common desire of sharing a quiet moment and adult beverages.

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