1. Chapter 0 Author's Introduction
This work of fanfiction deals with close male/male emotional relationships, including graphic homoerotic sex. If you are not interested in this kind of writing or find it offensive or distasteful, please do not read any further.
This story is set in the years 2953-2954 of the Third Age, the time when the White Council met for the last time, but looks back briefly to much earlier times, as far back as the Battle of Dagorlad at the end of the Second Age. It tells of what I imagine happened after the White Council from the point of view of the Galadhrim of Lorien and the wood elves of Mirkwood. The action takes place first at Imladris, then at Mirkwood.
Although Light and Darkness follows on chronologically from my previous fanfic, Water and Stone, this time the action centres mainly on Haldir and to a much lesser extent on the small company of Galadhrim warriors whose story was told in Water and Stone.
Another Tolkien character features strongly, but to say which one would be to give away too much of the plot.
I would like to thank AC for her essay The Elvish Diaspora(s), Sindarin Lords, and Greenwood the Great: Utopian Visions and Isolationist Politics. Her site is at www.ithilas.com. The essay was incredibly helpful to me as I puzzled over how to write about Mirkwood and Thranduil in particular, who often gets a very bad press. I hope that with the help of her research and fascinating arguments, I've managed to come up with a convincing Elvenking.
I've tried to keep to canon where I can, using The Lord of The Rings, The Silmarillion, The Hobbit and Unfinished Tales for research but of course many of the characters have histories which contradict themselves or which are virtually absent. We writers can choose which version we like or, of course, make up our own, because none of us knows what really happened in the large and generous gaps JRRT left in the action.
I know he wouldn't have approved of the portrayal of 'the love that dare not speak its name' but I'm glad that today its name is spoken often, and I hope I've contributed in a small way to speaking it a little more.
I would love to have feedback on the story, so please contact me on email@example.com.