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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
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.
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.
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.
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!
Synopsis: Gandalf shares a few glasses of wine (and more) with Elrond, and remembers the life he left behind in Aman.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.