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Saerang is an A Song of Ice and Fire/The Silmarillion crossover Fan Fiction by Azrubêl. On the day they were supposed to leave Essos for Westeros (as recounted in A Dance with Dragons), Young Griff aka the presumed dead Aegon Targaryen, son of Prince Rhaegar and heir to the Iron Throne, his Hand of the King Jon Connington, their companions, and the entire Golden Company are mysteriously transported to First Age Beleriand in the year 455, during or shortly after the Battle of Sudden Flame. They now have to figure out where they are and a way to return to Westeros.


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Saerang contains examples of:

  • Animalistic Abomination: The giant spiders of Nan Dungortheb, all descendants of Ungoliant.
  • Authority in Name Only: Harry Strickland is the Captain-General of the Golden Company, but it is clear that his role is only nominal and Jon Connington is treated by the Company as a whole as the actual leader, with the important decisions being deferred to him and his participation in meetings of the high officers.
  • Awful Truth: Jon Connington's greyscale before Amarfion heals as revealing it's existance would result in a mutinity and very likely Aegon's death. In chapter nine, when Amarfion informs Jon that he's trapped in another world.
  • Badass Army: The Golden Company wouldn't be widely regarded as the greatest sellsword company in Essos if it wasn't, notably due to their discipline and training. It is their skills that allows them to survive Nan Dungortheb for so long.
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  • Dirty Coward: Harry Strickland. However, a lot of his personality can be seen as him just having a more cautious nature that is now Justified by their new and sudden predicament, and it is only seen as cowardice because of Jon's biased perception of him.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Lysono Maar, due to his painted nails, earrings, and makeup, something which Jon is uncomfortable with.
  • Eldritch Location: Nan Dungortheb, the valley where the Golden Company is transported to. It is perpetually covered in mist, the water is foul and undrinkable, and giant spiders, the brood of Ungoliant, make it their home.
  • The Exile: Most of the Golden Company's members consist of exiled Westerosi.
  • Fighting for a Homeland: The ultimate goal of the Golden Company, which has now become even more literal.
  • Flat World: Arda, as the story is set before the fall of Numenor. Various characters notice how can they see farther into the distance than before, because there is no horizon in Arda.
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  • Foreign Language Title: The title Saerang means "bitter iron" in Sindarin, which is a clear reference to Bittersteel, the Golden Company's founder.
  • Foreshadowing: Amarfion is the only one of the Edain the Golden Company stumble across who understands the languages of Westeros or Essos, he is quick to befriend Connington (though much of the Golden Company don't trust him), and he's able to heal Griff's greyscale. He's no Edain, he's a certain Maia who was heading to Tol Sirion...
  • Giant Spider: The inhabitants of Nan Dungortheb, who attack the Golden Company multiple times.
  • The Homeward Journey: The premise of the story.
  • Language Barrier: No one speaks the Common Tongue in Beleriand, so when the Company meets inhabitants for the first time, they can't communicate with them in Common or any other languages from the known world. The only exception is Amarfion, who can understand the Company just fine.
  • Multinational Team: The Golden Company is a pretty diverse army, made up of Westerosi, Lyseni, Lorathi, Dothraki, Summer Islanders, and Volantenes among others. The high officers and commanders are just as diverse.
  • My Greatest Failure: The Battle of the Bells for Jon, where he failed to capture Robert Baratheon and stop the Rebellion early. It's to the point that he has constant nightmares about it.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Nan Dungortheb, "the valley of Dreadful Death".
  • Noble Bird of Prey: A hawk briefly appears to guide the Golden Company and it is taken as a good omen. Readers of Tolkien would know that hawks and eagles are the servants of Manwë, the Top God of the Valar and the Big Good of Middle-earth, so there might be some truth to it being a good omen.
  • Omniglot: Aegon and Halfmaester Haldon, which doesn't help them understand the language of a surviving boy the Company rescues since it's an alien language.
  • Praetorian Guard: Duck is the first member of Aegon's Kingsguard and its Lord Commander.
  • Ontological Mystery: Exactly how and why the Golden Company was transported to Beleriand is unknown.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Aegon, who leads a charge to rescue men of the Golden Company under attacks by giant spiders. He also wants a more proactive role in the Company and asks Jon to let him in on the meetings of the high ranking officials.
  • Secretly Dying: As a result of saving Tyrion from drowning, Jon Connington has contracted the greyscale, starting with his right hand. He plans to hide his illness until he gets Aegon on the Iron Throne. Thanks to Amarfion, however, his hands are healing.
  • Trapped in Another World: Jon Connington, Aegon, and the Golden Company have arrived in this new world suddenly, and with seemingly no way out.
  • Wham Episode: Chapter nine when Amarfion reveals that he's actually Sauron.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Aegon still has blue hair, having been teleported away before he canonically removed the dye.


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