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16 October 2016 @ 10:18 pm
I said I would be back with Tolkien fanfiction, hopefully: and I am!

I have two newly reworked pieces up on Archive of our Own as well as my old haunts, Many Paths to Tread and Silmarillion Writers' Guild. All future links are going to AO3 because that's my new central hub for fic, but the above links take you to my profiles on their respective archives.

What are these stories, you ask? They're about Elves and might be a little dark/gloomy. One set in the First Age, one set in the Fourth Age. One's first person, one's third person limited. One is saddish (but hopeful!), the other is also...sad. And both feature Galadriel from an observer's perspective, because that's how I tend to work through my thoughts on complex characters: writing about how others interact with them.

So, there's Galadriel of course, and the first one features Aredhel. Two of my most favorite Tolkien ladies. Not sure which I like more, honestly. Hmm.

Links + story info:

No enemy but self
General | read at: AO3
  • Lost on the Helcaraxë, Aredhel begins to doubt herself. An unwelcome conversation with her least-favorite cousin brings fear and feeling into perspective.
    • (Aredhel and Galadriel have a philosophical conversation whilst dealing with a longstanding antagonistic relationship.)
Strength and power clung to her like a second skin, and she wore them carelessly. And her eyes—oh, her eyes!—stormy and deep: an ocean without sunlight. She was completely without fear—even here, even now. Even as we made our way across this murderous ice, Artanis was unafraid. I found myself drowning, lost to the sea of inferiority, trapped beneath the ice.

"Are you all right, Írissë?"

I shook my head, unable to speak for the water that filled my lungs.

Though bright things fade

General | read at: AO3
  • After departing the Golden Wood, Galadriel and Celeborn rest for a time in Imladris, where Celeborn reveals the doom that has laid heavy on his heart for some time, much to Galadriel's discontent.
    • (Galadriel is going to Valinor and Celeborn isn't; there is a Marital Discussion.)
As she looked on him there was a new desperation in her eyes that rocked him back on his heels. "You must not leave me alone! Without you, I have not the strength to continue down this path, though there is no other left open for me. I need you."

"As I need you," he replied. Tenderly, he brought her trembling hands between his. "But our doom is not the same. For many years you have trod upon these lands, and your dream has found its natural end; your path is to pass into the West, while mine is to tarry a while longer on the Eastern Shore. You know this is so, my wife—why do you attempt to deny it?"

"You ask much of me."

"You ask much of yourself."

So there's that. Go forth and read!

14 October 2016 @ 12:43 pm
In which I re-read The Lord of the Rings for the first time as an adult.

I had originally intended to post about my re-reading experiences "in order" (Silmarillion - Hobbit - LotR) but then life happened and anyway, I had to read The Lord of the Rings for school, so we're going to talk about it now. Cool, cool?


So. I think the last time I read anything Tolkien was ~2011. So it's been a good five years since I've jumped into Middle-earth, and in that timeframe I've become an adult and dedicated a significant portion of my time to literary analysis and cultural criticism. Naturally, I no longer approach the legendarium with the same mentality I did as a teenager. Some standout points for me are Tolkien's ~gender issues~ (to be kind) and the anti-science nature of The Lord of the Rings. There are other things to talk about, of course, and I might touch on those later, but for now, we'll just talk about those two. Actually, things got too lengthy so we'll just talk about gender here. With more to come as time wills.

Problematic gender representation

So, Tolkien as a fairly conservative mid-century Catholic is likely to approach gender relations differently than most of his modern-day readers today, even those readers who are also conservative Christians with complementarian ideals. Anyhoo. Complaints about the paucity of named female characters within Tolkien's Arda aren't new, and I'm not going to add my voice to that argument. (Not that anything else I'm saying is particularly new, either.)

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05 October 2016 @ 11:02 pm
Hello and welcome to Morcondil's Tolkien Fanfiction Guide! I post as "Morcondil" on Archive of Our Own, Many Paths to Tread, and Silmarillion Writers' Guild (links go to my profiles).

Below you will find my fic listed by its place within Arda's chronology. (As more stories and common threads/characters are developed, I might offer other methods of organization.)

Ratings and applicable warnings will be listed; all links go to AO3.

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05 October 2016 @ 01:32 pm
Hello and welcome! I'm Morcondil and I'd like to explain myself. No, there is too much. Let me sum up.

I am:

  • a 20-something student, who's re-entering the online Tolkien fandom because school made me do it. Okay not really. But I am taking a Tolkien seminar right now and it made me nostalgic for my livejournal-fanfic-fandom teenagerhood.

  • not going to take anything seriously, except when I do. I mean, I will totally poke fun at everything and write humorous slapstick fanfiction about the Valar (may or may not have done that), but I will also write at length about gender roles in Ent/Entwife relationships (have definitely done that).

  • not going to commit myself to any kind of schedule or time commitment because life is busy and the great John Ronald Reuel deserves my best.

I plan to:

  • re-read all the Tolkienish things and write about them here, since I haven't read Tolkien since my salad days. Adult(ish) Morcondil probably has new insights that 2010-era Morcondil could learn from.

  • start at the beginning—i.e. The Silmarillion. Then obviously The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and then, if the omens are favorable, everything else Arda-related.

  • watch the films! Grab the popcorn and grab the caffeine, because I've roped my best friend into watching alllllll of Peter Jackson's Middle-earth ouevre and it's going to be truly epic. Just as a warning I will absolutely be complaining about film-Faramir's character vs. book-Faramir's character; it's obligatory at this point.

  • write fanfiction again? (uncertain, to be determined, stay tuned)

However, let me make my primary objective very clear: I AM GOING TO HAVE FUN. So much fun will be had. Prepare yoselves.