1. Author's Notes
Dedications, Explanations, and Warnings
Dedication #1 - To greenleaf-legolas, a good friend, great writer, and constant source of emotional support, whose birthday it is this week. This story seemed like a nicer birthday present than a bright, shiny ring (which I think I'll keep for myself anyway )
Dedication #2 - To Finch, Lady of the Footnote, for giving me all the material for this story and then telling me to write it. Many of the themes, images, and sources for this story are borrowed from hers, and chapter 1 started as a prequel to her stories 'Separation' and 'Under the Curse.' The characters have taken on a life of their own since then, though, so no guarantees about where they will end up.
In Finch's honour, this story will rely more heavily than usual on obscure details from footnotes in HoME, occasionally even when they contradict with the published Silmarillion. Flames about my canon decisions should be sent to the Silmfics group so we can discuss them properly.
Second, some helpful background for those of you who don't have the Silmarillion memorized.
Finwe was the King of the Noldor in Valinor. His first wife was Miriel, who gave birth to Feanor and died in the process (more or less - see Silmarillion 6 for details). She was the first Elf ever to die. Finwe then married Indis of the Vanyar, and had four children with her, including Fingolfin and Finarfin. The eldest child of Finwe and Indis, a daughter, joined her mother's people, leaving Fingolfin as the eldest of the children of Indis among the Noldor.
According to an apocryphal legend recorded in Morgoth's Ring, so that Finwe could marry Indis without being an adulterer, the Valar required Miriel to give up any hope of ever taking living form again. While there are severe difficulties in the transmission of this narrative, and it may not reflect the Valar's actual decision (and I hope it did not), young Feanor could have heard it, and believed it. See my story 'On the Making of Fire' for some thoughts about how this might have affected him.
Third, a note on Laws and Customs.
In this story I will occasionally refer to Elven marriage customs. These are based on my (sometimes creative) interpretation of 'Laws and Customs of the Eldar' in Morgoth's Ring. My take on this document is that it was of Valinorian origin, and reflects the customs of the Noldor of Valinor. Other groups may have different customs, and some of these customs probably fell by the wayside even among the Noldor once they were in Beleriand. Even among the Noldor of Valinor I would expect that they were followed imperfectly, like all rules.
Finally, the warnings.
I refuse to say that this is a slash story. I also refuse to say that this is not a slash story. This is all the warning you're going to get. It may get slashier in later chapters. It also may not. If you don't want to continue on these terms, you know what to do.
There will be some sexual situations, nothing explicit enough to warrant an NC-17 rating, or even R in my opinion. Plenty of angst and disturbing emotions, but you know that already.
This is looking to be quite a long story, probably the longest thing I've written yet. Just thought you should be warned. Blame it on the reviewers for chapter 1, who helped me see how much there is in this material to develop.
Many thanks to Cirdan and Kshar, my loyal and kind (and rapid) betareaders for this story. Also much gratituide to the Silmfics group for constant factchecking and brainstorming, and to Ithilwen and greenleaf-legolas for moral support.
I bow to the Great Professor Tolkien in gratitude for creating these wonderful and fascinating characters, and apologise for any misuse I may make of them in my story.
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