Yesterday the January 2017 Taboo challenge closed with an incredible twenty entries. Here is a list of links to the stories written for our first new challenge. Check out these stories and consider leaving the authors a note if you enjoyed their work! (Remember that the review challenge never expires, and we have several stamps for reviewers that we'd love to give away ...)
All links go to the table of contents for the story, where you can view warnings, author's notes, and further details about the story.
Aftermath by Lyra. After the Darkening, Nerdanel struggles to pick up the pieces of her life - a difficult job with the legacy her husband has left her.
Assignation by Dawn Felagund. When Turgon discovers a forbidden affair between his sister Aredhel and cousin Curufin, he has all intentions of telling his father. But Aredhel and his cousins devise a way to keep safe the secrecy of an affair that will span ages. Aredhel/Curufin/Celegorm
By Any Other Name by Tyelca. After Fëanor’s death, Curufin writes a letter to his father and ponders with which name to sign.
Dancing in the Dark by Grundy. History remembers Curufin as the villain. There are a few who think better of him.
Decisions by Silver Trails. Caranthir tries to understand his feelings.
Hymn to Disturbia by Tyelca. Gondolin falls, and Maeglin has one last mission to fulfill: kill Tuor and claim Idril as his own.
In Between by Himring. Thengel of Rohan and Morwen of Lossarnach had two daughters that were born in Gondor, before Thengel's father died and he returned to Rohan to take up the kingship. Such a daughter might have found it easy to adjust--or she might not...
Long Pork by Fernstrike. Galadriel attends the wedding of Beren and Luthien, newly returned from their journey to Angband. There, a roast boar is cause for the resurgence of old, bad memories - and consideration of what truly makes one an outsider in Doriath.
Mirror Image by Tyelca. Curufin is troubled, and Fëanor decides to talk to him. Fluff!
My Heart on My Skin by Oshun. Fingon wants a graphic symbol of his love. In this world—Tirion, Age of the Trees, my personal canon—Fingon is in a committed relationship. He is of age, although barely, and his cousin Finrod (Ingo herein) is only a few years younger. But despite youth and questionable judgment, Fingon is his own man and does not need this ploy to attract and hold the attention of his beloved. (But Fingon never gets tired of trying ever more extreme stunts to prove his love to Maedhros.)
ostracism and exile by hennethgalad. the first meeting of Voronwë and Tuor
Pariahs by LadyBrooke. The Sindar will not conform, in names, trust, or Kings. Elu, Nimloth, and Oropher are reborn rulers in a society that sees them as primatives.
religious taboos by hennethgalad. Tuor tells his son that he will sail with Idril to Valinor.
sexual deviance by hennethgalad. Tuor seeks the aid of Voronwë in preparing for his wedding
Solitude by Erulisse. It is written that Melkor was imprisoned in the depths of Mandos for Three Aeons after his capture in Middle Earth. Studies in modern times have proven that true solitary confinement leads to madness and that interaction with others is essential to mental stability and healing. Yet, Melkor sat isolated and alone - was he already insane, or did his extreme solitude tip the balance and plunge him into deeper madness. I present a conversation between Melkor and Namo written for the Taboo challenge categories of Murder, Cannibalism, Ostracism and Exile and Consequences.
stigma by hennethgalad. Tuor is helped to fit in in Gondolin
table manners by hennethgalad. Maeglin is envious of the beauty of Tuor
Taboos Were Made To Be Broken by Kaylee Arafinwiel. A collection of Silmfic written for SWG’s January 2017 ‘Taboo’ prompts. Some will be co-written with, or perhaps solely written by, my co-author and dear friend Emma, and those will be noted.
The End of All Things by Tyelca. An Orc dies; what happens when he wakes up again in the Halls of Mandos and is forced to remember that he too belonged to the race of the Eldar?
The Vala, the Hound and the Elfling by Tyelca. Of how Huan came to be in Celegorm's care. Features a Vala without a sense of time, a puppy that does not yet know how to behave, and a curious little Elfling wanting to speak with birds and foxes.
Participants (authors and reviewers), I will be starting on stamp collections tonight and hope to have them all sent out by the end of the weekend. Keep an eye on the email you have registered with the SWG archive! Our new challenge will be announced on Wednesday, 15 February.