Dark Night of the Soul, The: 4. Author's Notes

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4. Author's Notes

This piece owes its existence to Dwimordene's wonderful That Which Remains Us which I read ages ago and which impressed me to no end.

The title, The Dark Night of the Soul, is borrowed from a wonderful song by Loreena McKennitt from her album The Mask and Mirror.


concerning dates:

As far as I know there’s no canon date (month and day) for Finduilas’ death (if I’m wrong PLEASE tell me) so I had to make one up. I decided on Súlimë a long time ago when I needed the month for a poem so in my fanfic-verse Finduilas dies at the end of Súlimë 2988 TA (in the night of the 25th/26th of Súlimë, to be precise, which is central to this piece).



Medicine. - Purgation, especially for the digestive system.

- A purifying or figurative cleansing of the emotions, especially pity and fear, described by Aristotle as an effect of tragic drama on its audience.

- A release of emotional tension, as after an overwhelming experience, that restores or refreshes the spirit.

Psychology. - A technique used to relieve tension and anxiety by bringing repressed feelings and fears to consciousness.
- The therapeutic result of this process; abreaction.


Concerning poetic forms:

Most of this is written in free verse, but for three of the poems (Who am I to believe that I could keep a star, My future is a mirror of decay and For Finduilas) I have used the triolet form.

The final sonnet In Memory owes a lot to John Donne's wonderful sonnets and is written in the form of a traditional Shakespearean sonnet with three quartrains and a final couplet.

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.

Story Information

Author: Ellisande

Status: Reviewed

Completion: Complete

Era: 3rd Age - The Stewards

Genre: General

Rating: General

Last Updated: 08/05/04

Original Post: 07/28/04

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