Lie Down in the Darkness, Rise up from the Ash

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This is a VERY dark AU for LOTR. The premise: without Gollum, how does the Quest turn out? Angsty drama ensues as the storyline of the Lord of the Rings unfolds differently as we attempt to take "the road less traveled by." NEW CHAPTERS: 46,47 and 48: "The Fires of Orodruin," "Discant," and "Oilima Markirya." Features Frodo, Sam, Pippin, Merry, Boromir, Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, Gandalf, Arwen, Eomer, Eowyn, Theoden, Faramir, Denethor, and others.

DONE! Revisions made to chapters 46 and 47; additional chapter 48 added. Okay, now, really, seriously - done!

 

 

Chapter List

Ch# Title Words Com. Updated
1 The Arrow of Fate 1,476 1 14 Nov 10
2 Bridge Into Darkness 2,274 0 14 Nov 10
3 Falling 5,249 1 15 Dec 10
4 Alone Together 2,795 1 21 Nov 10
5 Leaving Lothlórien 4,370 0 21 Nov 10
6 Adrift 4,743 0 01 Jul 11
7 Riven 3,855 2 01 Jul 11
8 Shrive Me Graceless on My Path 3,523 1 01 Jul 11
9 The Road Goes Ever On 5,153 1 01 Jul 11
10 Hunters in Rohan 5,278 0 01 Jul 11
11 Encounters 7,653 0 01 Jul 11
12 The Forest for the Trees 5,265 1 01 Jul 11
13 Perplexities 7,158 0 01 Jul 11
14 Who Might Have Met Too Late 5,496 1 19 Jun 10
15 House of Glass 6,243 0 19 Jun 10
16 Dram of Evil 8,171 0 19 Jun 10
17 All the King's Horses... 6,526 1 19 Jun 10
18 And All the King's Men 7,098 1 19 Jun 10
19 Cast the Net Round 8,220 2 19 Jun 10
20 Dust to Dust 7,075 5 19 Jun 10
21 Fisher King 6,493 1 19 Jun 10
22 They Also Serve Who Stand and Wait 4,452 1 19 Jun 10
23 Through the Wastelands 5,877 3 19 Jun 10
24 Black Gate-Bound 4,724 1 19 Jun 10
25 Upon the Edge of Ruin 6,236 3 19 Jun 10
26 Faramir 5,394 2 19 Jun 10
27 Price of Passage 6,954 1 19 Jun 10
28 Crossroads 4,851 1 19 Jun 10
29 Underhill 6,121 1 19 Jun 10
30 Conspiracies Reforged 5,995 0 09 Jan 10
31 Storm Warnings 7,682 1 27 Apr 06
32 Before the Plunge 7,379 1 09 Oct 06
33 Departing Dunharrow 9,681 0 27 Apr 06
34 Setting the Board 5,117 1 30 Dec 05
35 Beneath the Shadows 8,886 0 12 Apr 06
36 The Road to Minas Tirith 4,134 3 01 Jun 06
37 Besieged 6,258 4 24 Jun 06
38 The King's Banner 5,318 1 02 Jun 06
39 The Turning of the Tide 7,185 1 07 Jun 06
40 The Steward and the Kings 9,209 2 08 Dec 06
41 Baggage 8,950 10 19 Dec 06
42 Accounting for East and West 7,574 7 03 Jan 07
43 Lie Down in the Darkness 7,422 25 06 May 07
44 Where the Shadows Lie 5,252 9 21 Nov 08
45 The High Road 6,268 9 04 Dec 08
46 The Fires of Orodruin 4,623 1 17 Oct 10
47 Discant 723 1 17 Oct 10
48 Oilima Markirya 1,853 2 17 Oct 10
49 Notes 859 2 02 Sep 10
Appx. Word Count 279,091 112  
 

 

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Lie Down in the Darkness, Rise up from the Ash

MerryK - 21 Mar 07 - 9:42 PM

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Oh, Dwim, I finally got around to reading this...and now I am in an absolute mess emotionally. I know I read it far too fast, and shall have to go back and read it more thoroughly, so all I can say now is: thank you, thank you, for not killing Eowyn or Theoden or Denethor. I am not sure if I can forgive you for my other three favorites' ends *sob*...but likely will after a good rereading. Wink

~MerryK

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Dwimordene - 22 Mar 07 - 1:08 PM

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Hi MerryK,

 I am in an absolute mess emotionally.

Well, I guess that means I'm doing my job to shake the reader up and cut away the familiar certainties of the story. And I'm glad you're not planning to cast me into Utumno just yet for the demise of your three favorites!

 Thanks for your feedback! I do appreciate it!

Dwim

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Peregrin_Ionad - 17 May 07 - 7:37 AM

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Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!! noooooooooooooo!!!!!!!! this story is so CRUEL!!!! Admittedly, I did read most of the comments before hand, but I wasn't expecting quite a few of the plotlines that formed!!

Peregrin Ionad.

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Dwimordene - 18 May 07 - 4:11 PM

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Hi Peregrin Ionad - glad you've been kept guessing! And I'm pleased the story at least is capable of provoking such a reaction.

TTFN,

Dwim

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Nath - 30 Aug 10 - 11:45 PM

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*applause* on bringing the tale to a successful end Cheers!Grin I enjoyed it a lot.

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Dwimordene - 31 Aug 10 - 4:57 AM

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@Raksha - Phooey. Well, I've been uncertain how well that epilogue would read, so I'll continue thinking about it and see if I can't clarify matters.

The idea, however, was that the reader learns whether the quest succeeded only in the epilogue because Frodo is so far gone by the end of the chapter that he just doesn't know. Because he doesn't know, however, it should not be a foregone conclusion that it succeeded or that failed.

Still needs some work, though, it would seem. Thanks for your feedback!

@ Nath - glad you enjoyed! Thanks for reading all this time.

Dwim

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thelauderdale - 22 Dec 11 - 10:37 AM

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That's an eerie moment, echoing the famous Orc counting contest from LOTR.  I'm glad that Legolas has the concern and prospective friendship of Eomer, if he will only avail himself of it.


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Story Information

Author: Dwimordene

Status: Reviewed

Completion: Complete

Era: 3rd Age - Ring War

Genre: Drama

Rating: Adult

Last Updated: 09/01/10

Original Post: 06/06/02

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