Murder The Dawn: 1. Intro and Prologue

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1. Intro and Prologue

Murder The Dawn
a very dark Mael-Gûl-AU / spin-off by Aislynn Crowdaugher

I. Introduction

Authors Note:
This story is a very grim AU spin-off of my Mael-Gûl universe, in which Mirkwood is a subjected realm and must give hostages to the other Elven Realms as slaves, and Legolas is Aragorn's slave, bound to him by a cruel spell. This fic was inspired by a discussion with one of my reviewers of the main story, Randy, who also kindly volunteered to beta for this one. It is set before the background of the main story and explores one single idea: What if Legolas indeed were to take the Ring? This fic starts out in the night after the Mael-Gûl chapter 'Respite'.

However, for those of you who have not read "Mael-Gûl", I added a prologue to this fic that gives part of the background information of this particular alternative universe. If you have not read my main story before, but are willing to take a ride on the dark side with this one, be my guest! Enjoy!

If you have already read "Mael-Gûl", you might want to skip the prologue and start directly with chapter 1.

Warning: Very grim AU. Legolas slave fic. Implied slash (m/m), BDSM, torture, non-con and debatable consent. Also, for this story: Gore, horror, and character death. I mean it!

Rated: Mature. Strictly adults only.
Pairings: Aragorn/Legolas (mainly), Boromir/Legolas (implied).
Beta: Many thanks to Randy, who inspired this spin-off and volunteered to beta, and who did wonders to make this story better. Thank you! All remaining errors are my own.

Disclaimer: The universe I play in is not mine, nor are the characters; I just borrow without permission. I make no money out of this. Lord of the Rings and the world of Middle Earth was created by J.R.R. Tolkien and is owned by the Tolkien Estate, and the movies were made by Peter Jackson. My story universe of Mael-Gûl was inspired by Bluegold's story "Bound", which can be found here. I use similar plot ideas with her permission. The idea of the Mael-Gûl, or Rhach e-Maelangwedh (Lust-Spell, Curse of Lustchain) however is entirely mine. However, this particular story is a grim AU to my main story universe. You have been warned!

Summary: Mirkwood is a subjected realm and must give hostages to the other Elven realms as slaves. Legolas is the slave of Aragorn, who is a sadist. But what if Legolas indeed took the Ring?

Occasionally I work with flashback scenes. Here is a Guide:
// /flashback/ //; ************Time change within a flashback***********; "speech"; 'thoughts'


II. Prologue

Of the History of the Elves, Library of Mithlond, Fourth Age (unknown historian):

"The Third Age of Middle Earth was a time of great sorrow, and it saw the corruption of the Elven Realms.

The Last Alliance brought about the defeat of Sauron, and the One Ring was claimed by Isildur, only to become lost along with him. The Elves, thinking it gone, began to use the three Elven Rings. But they were wrong in their belief that the Three were pure, because in truth all rings had been touched by Sauron. Using them, their bearers became corrupted. Only Cirdan, who had never used his ring, escaped. And so, only a few decades after the end of the Second Age, there was war again, and it took the ugly face of Kinslaying.

Elrond and Galadriel blamed the Elves of Greenwood the Great for the death of Gil-galad in the Last Alliance, claiming that without Oropher's stubborn refusal to follow the command of Gil-galad, and thus the untimely loss of two thirds of his warriors, the whole war would have taken another course, being won sooner and leaving Gil-galad alive at the end. Thranduil, Oropher's son and king of the Greenwood following his death, was held responsible for the disaster on the Gladden Fields, for it was due to Thranduil's tardiness that so many Orcs had been hiding in the southern Greenwood and could prepare the ambush that led to Isildur's death and the loss of the One Ring. The rulers of Imladris and of Rivendell said the Greenwood Elves had caused all this by their constant disobedience and failure to cooperate with the Noldor. So, the Noldorin dominated realm of Rivendell and its allied realm of Lothlorien attacked Thranduil of Eryn Galen, later known as Taur-nu-fuin.

The Greenwood Elves fought bravely, but they had lost two thirds of their warriors in the War of the Last Alliance, and they had neither the numbers not the strength to match their opponents. They were beaten into submission. Thranduil had to pay homage, and was forced to give tribute and hostages once every yen. Those hostages were kept as slaves.

For even after the defeat and subjugation of the Greenwood Elves, the rulers of Lothlorien and Imladris were not satisfied, but determined to keep them under their harsh rule. Elrond and Galadriel were to blame the Greenwood Elves for the renewed multiplication of Orcs after the first millenium of the Third Age had passed; they blamed them for the new darkness in the south of the Greenwood, which then came to be called Mirkwood by mortal men. It was Orcs who finally caught and tortured Celebrian, the wife of Elrond, wounding her so grievously that she fled Middle Earth for Valinor. Thus, the two Elven rulers found ever new reasons to keep the Greenwood Elves in subjugation and take hostages from them.

Some of the hostages were of noble birth, among them most of the members of Thranduil's family. One of these hostages was Thranduil's youngest son, Legolas, who was taken by Elrond and used by him as a pleasure slave. Later, Elrond decided to give this slave to his adopted human son: Aragorn, destined to become the king of men. Aragorn was afflicted by a grim curse: he needed his lovers suffering in pain to reach his own completion. And to make sure Legolas would serve his mortal master faithfully, he was bound to him by a cruel spell, that made his life dependent on the attentions of his master. But on the day when Aragorn went on the quest to destroy the One Ring, he took his Elven slave with him..."

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-- TBC --


A yen is the Elven year, which lasts 144 human years. At the time the story takes place there have been about 20 yeni since Mirkwood was defeated. And every yen Mirkwood has to give away 12 hostages...

Mael-Gûl - Sindarin, literally: Lust-Spell. Mael means physical lust or pleasure; Gûl has the meaning of sorcery, as in Morgûl.

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: Crowdaughter

Status: General

Completion: Work in Progress

Era: 3rd Age - Ring War

Genre: Drama

Rating: Adult

Last Updated: 03/14/08

Original Post: 06/17/07

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