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Author: Kaylee Arafinwiel
Title: Gwann nan iHûl – Revisited
Rating: G
Theme: International Fanworks Day
Elements: Silmarillion, Melian
Author's Notes: For this prompt, we were asked to write a character (not necessarily the prompted one, though they had to at least rate a mention) being a fan of someone or something. My headcanon of Melian is based on Fiondil’s from ‘Elf, Interrupted’…usually. This time, it’s still based on Fiondil’s…but…
Summary: What if, during the Sixth Age of Arda, the Maiar had exposure to modern Mortal literature? More to the point, what if they had exposure to fanfiction? Vaguely connected to Dreamflower and Pande’s ‘The Prisoner and the Hobbit’ (which can be found here http://storiesofarda.com/chapterlistview.asp?SID=6945 ), too, if only because I’m assuming “D.L. Sauron” isn’t the only Maia gifted with an iPad…

…Yes, I’m an insatiable fan of Fiondil’s and Dreamflower’s, so I stretched the theme a little to include me too. Oops? *rueful grin* The original "Gwann nan iHûl", by Fiondil, can be found here - http://storiesofarda.com/chapterview.asp?sid=5793&cid=24476

Dedication: With love to my atto indonyo, my beloved foster-father of the heart Fiondil, who departed beyond the Circles of Arda on January 25/26 2015, and whose body was discovered January 28. I never got the chance to show him this story, but I hope he would have approved. Namarie, Atya.

Word Count: 600

Melian stared in shock at the surface of the shining device her brother Olórin had given her. It was a fair copy of the sort of device Mortal Men used nowadays for reading, just as often as they read books with pages. Olórin had found that a direct descendant of Aragorn Elessar rediscovered the Red Book, and ever since its publication (in several parts, at varying times), the children of Men had found especial delight in not only reading, but expanding on the Red Book, trying to find for themselves what this or that person had meant or thought or said on any number of occasions not elaborated on. They placed their own stories on the internet – for so Olórin told her this form of written osanwe was called – for others to read.

Some of these Mortals took their names in the Elven tongues, especially those who fancied themselves scholars of the newly-rediscovered languages. One such named himself hawk-friend, or, as Olórin explained, Fionwe’s friend, and he had written a veritable treasure trove of such stories. Melian had to admit, as she read, that Fionwe’s friend was not far off the mark with many of his characterisations.

Then, she had come across a tale titled, in Sindarin, Gone with the Wind. She vaguely recalled the name, in the Common Tongue of this Age, as belonging to a Mortal work of literature written a yen past, or so. She had just opened the little story to read it, and thus came the shock.

This story was about her. Well, about her and, chiefly, Galadriel Artanis. And while Fionwe’s friend had done a fair job of writing her in an earlier story…this was ridiculous.

Melian wondered what sort of delusion the Man had been suffering under when he wrote this! Neither she or Artanis would behave in such a manner! Indeed, while one had been clamouring for Morgoth’s head pinned above the mantelpiece, it had not been Celeborn who had suggested it, but Galadriel herself, in a fit of pique.

To think that Melian, after a scene like that, would only care for the colour of Artanis’ gown! Had he mistaken her for Lady Baraves, who set much more store by that? Celeborn’s mother had certainly had plenty to say about her daughter-in-law’s thirst for Morgoth’s blood and lack of Sindarin fashion.

Upon moving to the comments, and reading Fionwe’s friend’s replies, Melian found her fears soothed. The Man had simply been trying to be humorous, and apparently the ladies of his own country behaved in such a manner. She could forgive him that, Melian supposed. Shaking her head at the follies of neri, Melian moved on to the next tale. Ascent.

Her breath caught – even though she supposed breathing was not truly essential for her, a Maia – as the weaving of her Masters’ interactions with that of the hapless fëa captured her interest.

Feanaro! She shivered, finishing the tale. Was that truly where he was, lost beyond the galvorn door?

Yea, so it is, Daughter, her Lord bespoke her, and she felt a thrill of awe as Irmo, speaking in tandem with the Lord of Mandos, affirmed it. It seems Atar hath inspired this one to be our voice to the Children.

One of our voices, Little Brother, Námo corrected. For not always do the Children guess our means and motive. But this one comes nearer than many. Irmo agreed, and they both withdrew as she shivered in reverence.

Yes, she would keep an eye on Fiondil’s writing, and others she had noted, for Atar might speak to her through them.


( 17 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 15th, 2015 09:25 pm (UTC)
Atar hath inspired this one to be our voice to the Children.

What a lovely tribute to Fiondil.
Feb. 15th, 2015 09:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, Shirebound. I hope Eru granted him some form of internet connection beyond the Circles of Arda, so he can see it and all our reviews to him on SoA, too.
Feb. 16th, 2015 01:34 am (UTC)
What a sweet tribute to Fiondil, dear! ((hugs))
Feb. 16th, 2015 01:56 am (UTC)
((hugs back)) Thank you (And Pande, too) for the iPads for Maiar idea :) There really wouldn't have been a story without it!! :D

Feb. 16th, 2015 02:07 am (UTC)
What a lovely tribute. I love the idea that Tolkien was descended from Aragorn.
Feb. 16th, 2015 02:54 am (UTC)
Thank you so, Linda. I figured it was as likely as anything else :) Why shouldn't the Professor come from such a long and noble lineage, after all? And in that case the Red Book really was his inheritance, so to speak.
Feb. 16th, 2015 04:49 pm (UTC)
I did not have the pleasure of meeting Fiondil, but this is such a lovely tribute. You are a good friend.
Feb. 16th, 2015 05:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you Talullahred. I never had the ability to meet him in person either (a continent lay between us, my personal funds are severely limited and my mother wouldn't agree to fly me to New York), but even from afar he was a mentor and beloved father figure, who provided the structure, common sense and paternal advice my own father, who has major issues, wasn't giving me. I shall always be grateful for the years we were given as atto and yelde.

I'm glad you like it :)
Feb. 16th, 2015 08:49 pm (UTC)
Aww... So the loss is ever greater. Fandom has also provided me with good friends and much support in times of need.

Feb. 17th, 2015 07:49 am (UTC)
*hugs back hard* Thank you Tallulahred. I very much appreciate the hugs and sympathy, and I am so glad to have such good friends and adopted family.
Feb. 17th, 2015 02:24 pm (UTC)
This is a lovely tribute.
Feb. 17th, 2015 04:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Nath. *hugs*
Feb. 17th, 2015 03:25 pm (UTC)
And there you go, bringing tears to my eyes once again. But we both miss him, don't we, and there is no shame in tears. *hugs*

- Erulisse (one L)
Feb. 17th, 2015 04:59 pm (UTC)
I will not say 'Do not weep', nettenya, for not all tears are an evil. *hugs back* Thank you for reading.
Feb. 24th, 2015 07:36 am (UTC)
Ah, I see that at least one person is reading our tales, and is not so certain she likes what she sees. I'm glad she realized it was intended to be humorous, at least. And at least they're no longer using Blackberries! Heh! (Sorry, Antane!)
Feb. 24th, 2015 08:12 am (UTC)
Ah, well, she finds herself content with them in the end. Melian with a Blackberry? I'm afraid I'm not so well versed in Antane's work and didn't catch the reference...

Thanks for reading, Larner!
Feb. 24th, 2015 06:51 pm (UTC)
Oh, Antane a few years ago wrote a story in which Frodo, on Tol Eressea, was fussing over the network's unreliability, as he was expecting an email from Sam on his Blackberry, and Gandalf had to step in and get it working properly, just in time for Frodo to receive some baby pictures. Sorry about that....

But the idea of Melian with an iPhone I found tickled me much as Frodo with the Blackberry!

And you are so right--she did end up happy enough with Fiondil's stories. Heh! Certainly I've loved them.
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