Release Date: 11 Dec 06
Are you looking for something to read on a cold and dark winter evening? When the winds are howling and the snow is falling? When you sit cosily ensconced at your computer, with a cup of mulled cider and some cookies to keep you company?
Here are a few suggestions to brighten up your December evenings - or if you are down under, to heat up your summer days!
New Reviewed Stories!
- "The Winter Fell and Silent" by Jael:
A short character piece. Legolas comes of age, chooses a name and experiences his first intimations of mortality.
- "I Will Be Your Memory" by peredhil_lover:
When his lineage is finally revealed to him, Estel mourns his lost memories. Can Elrohir help him to know his true father?
- "Gandalf's No Good, Rotten, Really Bad Day" by Gandalfs_apprentice:
A few things go wrong at the Prancing Pony, and Manwe wants Gandalf to explain how it all happened. Humor/AU. 2006 MEFAwards WINNER--FIRST PLACE--BEST PARODY
New General Stories!
- "Tales of Thanksgiving" by Dawn Felagund:
Series of drabbles and other fixed-length ficlets written for friends and associates as gifts this holiday season. Most stories are set in the First Age or earlier and ratings and content may vary considerably. Please check the warnings preceding each entry.
- "A Common Language" by MerryK:
When Faramir and Eowyn find that words are not enough, they unexpectedly find a common language in something completely different.
- "The Circles: Book One: The Triumph of the Shadow" by Angmar and Elfhild:
After the fall of Minas Tirith, one half of the hordes of Mordor and its allies marched through Southern Gondor while the other half marched towards Rohan. In these days of darkness and fear, two young maidens, twins Elfhild and Elffled, are captured by orcs in a preliminary raid against their homeland. Their world destroyed, their fate uncertain, they face the bleak prospects of slavery at the hands of cruel masters. An alternative universe tale exploring what might have happened had the ending of The Lord of the Rings been different.
New Beta Stories!
- "Under My Wing" by Edoraslass:
Snapshots of my nanny OFC from Dol Amroth, and her sometimes-hectic life with Boromir and Faramir. This is the same OFC as in "Sea Longing", only less melancholy. These currently jump all *over* the map in terms of time-frame -- I'll try to keep in them in order.
- "Finding Love: Under Construction!" by Lady Donalwen:
The hills around Lothlorien are becoming dangerous and Arwen and her maid/firend are requested to come home. On the journey, their small party is ambushed and the girls' identites are switched; Arwen is thought to be Doni and sent to Dale by Gandalf as a maid to the Queen, Doni is thought to be a dead Arwen and is buried, but she is rescued by a strange old woman who has an odd habit of crashing weddings and foretelling the future. They are reunited years later at Aragorn's wedding...to another woman. (...)
- "What Enemy is This?" by Agape4Gondor:
Haldir and Legolas - will their friendship stand the test of an elleth? Turned from drabbles into a full fledged tale. All sorts of adult themes throughout. The lead OC (Haldirriel and Loselleth) bears the names created by the friend who's birthday this was first written for. I use them with her permission - though, being as she is an Elf, she thinks it is 'all about her!' Adult.
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