Fanfic Recs: The Silmarillion

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Dawn Felagund
  • Recommended by: KitsuneChan
  • Synopsis: A very large number of absolutely amazing Silmarillion fics, ranging from short to ridiculously long. Many of their stories are focused on the House of Feanor, though a large number turn to other characters. Their works include the epic length (350k+ words) Another Man's Cage and the series The Fall of the House of Feanor. Dawn writes one of the best Feanor's this Troper has ever seen. They've won numerous and various rewards for their fics
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  • Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.

    Now Comes The Night by Ashwinder
    • Recommended by: apassingthought
    • Status: Complete
    • Synopsis: The tale of Túrin Turambar and the aftermath of his death as seen through the eyes of a minor character. The author brings a new perspective to the story through utilizing the perspective of the unnamed woman that appears briefly in the Narn i hîn Húrin — and s/he does it brilliantly.
    • Comments: Impressive, creative, and well-crafted. The author did a brilliant job developing a character given only one line of dialogue in the original tale and giving her a voice.
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  • A Boy, a Girl and a Dog: The Leithian Script by the Philosopher at Large
    • Recommended by: Battle Hamster, SRW Fan
    • Status: Dead
    • Synopsis: Exactly What It Says on the Tin - a script version of "The Lay of Leithian." The first act is Beren and Lúthien dealing with her parents in Menegroth; the second is Beren in Nargothrond; the third is Lúthien in Nargothrond; and the fourth is everyone - and I mean everyone - in the Halls of Mandos.
    • Comments: This manages be hilarious and moving at the same time. The writer shows her work in the Tolkienverse and elsewhere, and the result in amazing. The characters and everything are very well developed. The one problem is that it's sadly unfinished.
    • The FF.Net version is incomplete, but all published chapters can be found here.
    • Tropes page needs help
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  • Beyond the Dawn by Olga Chigirinskaya
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  • The Servants Of Ungoliant (link) by Bauglir100
    • Recommended by: Bauglir100
    • Status: Ongoing
    • Synopsis: Ungoliant is the queen of the Dark Lands of the South during the First Age. This story mostly tells the lives of the many people and creatures that act as her servants, and the roles they play during their service, but it also focuses on more "heroic" characters, such as the Elves and the Men of Harad.
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  • Bee-Elves by Darth Fingon
    • Recommended by: Pryderi
    • Status: Complete
    • Synopsis: At the end of the First Age, Finarfin travels far into the backwoods of Middle Earth, hoping to bring the lost tribes of the Moriquendi back to Valinor. Oropher may take some convincing …
    • Comments: A charming comic romp with melancholy undertones at certain points. The use of Finarfin – pompous, clueless and yet still sympathetic – as a narrator is a delight, particularly with the unorthodox Oropher running rings around him at every opportunity. We also get a probably AU but entirely credible origin story for Oropher’s dynasty. Still trying to get the freckle song out of my head!
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  • Rise Again From Ashes by Independence1776
    • Recommended by: Sasha Honeypalm
    • Status: Complete
    • Synopsis: After spending millennia wandering Middle-earth, Maglor returns to Valinor, where he attempts to adjust to both his Valar-imposed restrictions and living once more with the Eldar.
    • Comments: One of the best "Maglor goes home" stories I've come across.

    Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.

    Spiders in the Mist: An Arachnid Love Story by Maggiehoneybite
    • Recommended by: KitsuneChan
    • Status: Complete
    • Synopsis: On a mission to the Valley of Dreadful Death, two giant spiders encounter adventure, tackle moral issues and find love. AU, humour, spider slash.
    • Pairings: OMC/ OMC
    • Comments: Hilarious and oddly heartwarming story of blooming love between two giant spiders in the First Age. Also a great look at spider society (especially of their warriors) and on how they view themselves.
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  • Once in a Fair Green Country by Space Weavil
    • Recommended by: Pryderi
    • Status: Complete
    • Synopsis: Gandalf shares a few glasses of wine (and more) with Elrond, and remembers the life he left behind in Aman.
    • Pairings: Gandalf/Olórin and OFC
    • Comments: Yes, you did read that pairing correctly. From such an unlikely source, the author weaves a haunting and bittersweet love story. We get to see Gandalf long before he became the cantankerous wizard we know, and the characterisation of the youthful Olórin – naïve, curious and compassionate – is one of the triumphs of the story.
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  • Loyalty Unyielding by Zlu and Luff
    • Recommended by: Taylor17387
    • Status: Complete
    • Synopsis: This story follows Melkor and Sauron through the events of the Silmarillion and beyond, covering times good and bad, victories and falls from grace. Serious at times and entertaining at others.
    • Pairing: Sauron/Morgoth
    • Comments: Surprisingly funny and touching, with great characterization and descriptions. A retelling of the history of Arda from the big bads' point of view, presents them under a more humane light.
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  • The Burnt God by Love Missile
    • Recommended by: Taylor17387
    • Status: Complete
    • Synopsis: Melkor has been imprisoned in the halls of Mandos for all too long. The day of the trial is approaching, and now he's willing to do almost anything to convince his jailer of his change of heart. From then onwards, everything seems to go downhill for him, and upon returning to Angband, his relationship with Sauron will turn rather tense.
    • Pairings: Mandos/Morgoth, Sauron/Morgoth
    • Comments: A great psychological study for the two dark lords and their motives, with an original and non-predictable story. Blends humour and drama skillfully.
      • Readers may find the unconventional punctuation and formatting style distracting, however.
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  • Down Like Rain by Anais Lacquestar
    • Recommended by: Ged's Apprentice
    • Status: Complete
    • Synopsis: A non-canon story, though it fits into the canon, about how Lúthien really stole the Silmaril from Morgoth. Only makes any sense if you've read the Silmarillion. It explores the character of Morgoth, who the author calls Tolkien's 'fallen angel', and the character of Lúthien.
    • Pairing: Lúthien and Morgoth (not as weird as it sounds)
    • Comments: The writing is marvelous, far, far about normal fanfic standards, and it's just one chapter. There is sexual content, but nothing explicit. I recommend it as a piece that gives a different view of the villain, as well as being delicately and elegantly done. Very sad; i cried, though perhaps I'm just sentimental.
      • YMMV here: The writing is good, if occasionally maudlin, but I'm not sure if I'd call it marvelous. The...foreplay, I suppose it could be called, is rather detailed. I'm not entirely sure if I would call it "delicate," although "elegant" might fit, and it seemed like the writer was fitting out Morgoth for leather pants.
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  • (The Song of Sunset AU ) by JDE/Eldritcher
    • Recommended by: oldone
    • Status: Complete
    • Synopsis: The Doom of Mandos lies heavy upon the house of Finwe. Now the scions of the house will embark on a dangerous game across centuries to save their family.
    • Tags: Dark
    • Comments: A complete interpretation encompassing most of Tolkien's work, from the Ainulindale to the Hobbit, it is a stand-alone universe in itself, requiring no canon context most of the time. Made of nearly 80 stories, of which seven are novels, this is a story for your summer vacation. Reading it is not easy because so much of the Silmarillion is angsty, but the author has such a knack for beautiful storytelling that will linger in your mind long after you have finished the stories. Underlining everything is the love that the scions of Finwe have for their family.

    Evidence by Camwyn
    • Recommended by: Phoenix Fire
    • Status: Complete
    • Synopsis: When Maedhros and Maglor sneak into Eönwë's camp at the end of the War of Wrath, they discover, to their horror, that the Silmarils are missing. One-shot; a crossover with Discworld. No, really.
    • Comments: Gloriously in-character, all things considered. Also, Vimes arrests Morgoth, which is seriously in the running for Coolest Thing Ever.
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  • To Face The Wolf (link) by Maglor's_finch
    • Recommended by: Goodwrench, Pygmalion, Asonta
    • Status: Complete
    • Synopsis: Crossover with Harry Potter. In the Hogwarts dungeons, Snape finds a mysterious, badly wounded stranger. He appears to have been bitten by a werewolf. What happened?
    • Comments: Absolutely fantastic crossover with Tolkien's Silmarillion. This one's a tearjerker.
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  • We also have recommendations for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.