1. Series Notes and Introduction
Considering that I first approached writing about Elladan and Elrohir in the context of a challenge from a slash mailing list, they provided far more food for thought than I expected. I sat down to read about the Sons of Elrond before I wrote about them. When I emerged from the appendices of Lord of the Rings, I had an impression of the pair as classic tragic heroes, with their lonely quest for vengeance. They were also a puzzling absence. Surely such fighters would have been asked to go with the Fellowship of the Ring? Why not? Why weren’t the Sons of Elrond greater players in Middle-Earth’s politics?
The slash challenge I was responding to provided an intriguing possibility, one that, strangely, could be made to carry through what happened to the pair in canon.
Hence, this episodic story arc, one interpretation of Elladan and Elrohir and what might have happened to them before, during, and after the War of the Ring. The result is not a straightforward novella, but a linked series of short stories, each one complete in itself.
Along with elements of violence and horror, this series has substantial transgressive erotic content. Nancy Friday’s landmark book about sexual fantasy, The Secret Garden, discusses the power of the fantasy of incestuous lovers. She reassures her readers that it's possible to enjoy this fantasy and others, while recognizing that incest in real life is taboo and has negative repercussions. I'd like to say that I recognize this as well.
The overall stories are written from a close-to-canon approach, but the romance in this story has some un-Tolkienesque elements of allegory. It is a dark fantasy, a fable of the self reconciled with the self. At one point I thought of characters from Wagner’s opera Die Walkure, Siegmund and Seiglinde, twins and lovers who cared so much for each other even the gods wanted to forgive them.
These stories have been posted for many moons in another venue. Each reader who has contacted me has a different interpretation. So I won’t say any more. Readers can draw their own conclusions – whether these characters are moved by true love or erotic compulsion, good or evil, if they are curse-bound or free, even, in the end, doomed or released.
Dramatis Personae: All the named bipedal characters in this series are sourced from The Lord of the Rings for this fanfiction interpretation. The series protagonists, Elladan and Elrohir, are the twin sons of Elrond of Rivendell and brothers to Arwen. The following horse characters are not from LOTR: Arroch, Losbrindel, Mithrim, Rascanod, and Brindel.
This is a work of fan fiction, written because the author has an abiding love for the works of J R R Tolkien. The characters, settings, places, and languages used in this work are the property of the Tolkien Estate, Tolkien Enterprises, and possibly New Line Cinema, except for certain original characters who belong to the author of the said work. The author will not receive any money or other remuneration for presenting the work on this archive site. The work is the intellectual property of the author, is available solely for the enjoyment of Henneth Annûn Story Archive readers, and may not be copied or redistributed by any means without the explicit written consent of the author.