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Saerang is a Crossover Fan Fiction between A Song of Ice and Fire and The Silmarillion, written 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:

  • Alien Sky: One of the first signs the Golden Company get that they are in Trapped in Another World is being unable to recognize any of the stars in the night sky.
  • 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 its existence would result in a mutiny and very likely Aegon's death.
    • In chapter nine, when Amarfion informs Jon that he's trapped in another world.
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  • 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.
  • Conlang: The Elves frequently use Quenya words and even sing in it.
  • 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.
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  • 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 Númenor. Various characters notice how can they see farther into the distance than before, because there is no horizon in Arda.
  • Foreign Language Title: The title Saerang means "bitter iron" in Sindarin as a 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 (although 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...
  • Gender Is No Object: It is frequently noted, but not lingered upon, that the ranks of Elven warriors are made up of both men and women.
  • Giant Spider: The inhabitants of Nan Dungortheb, who attack the Golden Company multiple times.
  • 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.
  • Metaphorically True: When Aegon and Jon Connington are told the story of the Oath of Feänor and the First Kinslaying, a lot of the recounting is this, when it isn't outright lying (notably, Melkor and the Silmarils are both completely absent from the narrative).
  • 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.
  • Our Elves Are Different: To be expected when the setting is Tolkien's Legendarium. More specifically, since this is the First Age, most Elves are part of the Noldor tribe, though Sindar also appear.
  • Our Orcs Are Different: Obviously, the men of the Golden Company are revulsed when they first see orcs, especially since they are fighting alongside them as part of Melkor's forces, leading to some musings from Aegon about them being on the wrong side, the side of monsters.
  • 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.
  • Unexpected Successor: After the disappearance of Orodreth following the capture of Minas Tirith, his daughter Finduilas is promoted into being Finharyë, the King's Heir, as a result of now (presumably) being the last surviving member of the House of Finarfin save King Finrod.
  • Wham Episode: In chapter nine, Amarfion reveals that he's actually Sauron.