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Maru ([personal profile] yakalskovich) wrote2015-03-18 10:15 pm

DOOM!!

I found a Silmarillion fanfic by accident that it infinitely brilliant -- an apocalyptic thriller about Elves in modern times! It pitches the two most Doomed families of Tolkien's canon against each other -- at least so far, perhaps they learn to cooperate eventually. Amrod and Túrin managed at least one sensible conversation already, at this point.

At The End of All Things (44054 words) by lintamande
Chapters: 16/?
Fandom: The Silmarillion and other histories of Middle-Earth - J. R. R. Tolkien, TOLKIEN J. R. R. - Works
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Characters: Túrin Turambar, Niënor Níniel, Urwen Lalaith, Morwen Eledhwen, Húrin Thalion, Celegorm, Fëanor, Maedhros, Maglor, Curufin, Caranthir, Amrod, Amras
Additional Tags: Elves in modern Earth, Political Thriller, apocalyptic fantasy, Suicide Attempt, dagor dagorath
Summary:

A drilling rig off the coast of Norway breaks down under mysterious circumstances. A petroleum engineer in North Dakota gets called off a major discovery because there's trouble back at home. It's the Dagor Dagorath, as apocalyptic fiction set in modern Earth starring the reborn Children of Húrin, and anything else I say would be a pretty major spoiler.



Elves are immortal; when they die, they have to wait for a while in the Halls of Mandos, and then are allowed to reincarnate. About the time when Europeans first came to America, Mandos let Feanor and his seven sons go; they have been hiding in a compound in the Middle of Nowhere, Canada, ever since. Since the middle of the 20th century, they started taking a more active interest in human affairs, for reasons. Since then, Maedhros has been quietly running the NSA from a mid-level post, Maglor is about every mysterious rock star who died young (but most certainly Elvis), Curufin has been two consecutive generations of engineering professors, and so on -- all for the sake of working on their master plan. By now, deep sea drilling and fracking explorations have turned up the two Silmarils that are not clearly visible in the night sky, as the third is -- and the Oath, and the Curse, of the House of Feanor is on again.

Facing them is the House of Húrin, mortals once cursed by the Dark Lord and perhaps the most tragic dynasty of humans of the FIrst Age. They have been reincarnated as well, and live in Dallas; some of them tragically remember their past life, and some unfortunately don't. One that doesn't is Lalaith, the older daughter who died in infancy in the original version, but survived this time to become a very intelligent and competent engineer who work on the fracking site where the second Silmaril turns up. By letting both these fated families go and setting them on each other in their ancient objectives, the powers that once shaped Middle-Earth are bringing about the Dagor Dagorath -- the End of All Things!


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