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"Arwen" by Beth

It always amazed her that he could say so much, simply by saying her name.

Adults; rated for the married couple and what they get up to.


—when her name fell as softly as a prayer of thanksgiving she knew that for all that Middle-earth had placed their hopes in him, he had placed his own in her."

Arwen's pov, 2 years on.

Many thanks to [ profile] ainu_laire for rec'ing the Teitho Fanfiction Archive.

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"Ten Thousand Years" by Marta

Boromir and Arwen talk about choices.

on Tolkien Fan Fiction:
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"The Days of the King" by [ profile] randomrattle

34 chapters, adult content (het)

Really strong characterizations, mostly canon characters, primarily Aragorn, Arwen, Legolas, Gandalf, Gimli.

Have been meaning to rec this for awhile. Book One is complete, and random has started Book Two, more of an action adventure (plenty of action in Book One, however, make no mistake!).
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"Arwen's Will" by Wimsey
1685 words; no warnings

Elrond learns of Arwen's betrothal. An angry elf lord and his determined daughter.

. . . "Would you have prepared a betrothal feast, fetched Gilraen back from her kin in the north? Would you have given us your blessing and rejoiced in our love?"

Makes me almost wish that Arwen had followed Aragorn into the wild . . .
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"The Spaces between Two Silences" by [ profile] illyria_nova

The Tale of Aragorn and Arwen in Appendix A comes to life.
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An article on Valentine's Day in my local newspaper stated that, in Victorian times, a piece of jewelry shaped liked a snake with its tail in its mouth meant eternal love.

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"The Lap of Time" by Gwynnyd

How does an elf learn how to die when half of her is gone?

“Aragorn put his hand on Eldarion’s shoulder and said that everything in Arda has more than one purpose. If he looked around him he would see there is nothing that has one use only. When the music sounded, it already contained within it everything that Arda is, in a complexity too great for any mind save Eru’s to comprehend. He turned Eldarion to face him. Taking the rose from my hair, he pressed it into Eldarion’s hand and, smiling at him, said, ‘Eru never wasted so much as a flower or a tree. How can you think he would squander souls? Men will have a part to play, before the new beginning, and after.’”

On Stories of Arda
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“Cold Pressing” by [ profile] alex_quine

After the war, Aragorn and Boromir meet again. Aragorn gets told that he thinks too much.

This story was begun as a single chapter with two different endings. Really interesting tale with a satisfying end.

Warnings for male/male slash, AU, Mpreg, angst

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3
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I'm so excited at reading the best ever telling of Aragorn and Arwen's second meeting under the trees that I have to rec this work in progress.

"Arwen's Heart" by Bodkin
What was Arwen doing as Estel grew up in Imladris? Did she - or her family - have any suspicions about her fate?
All audiences, no reader warnings

Chapter 8, "Devotion" is the latest, but don't deprive yourself of the chapters leading to this point.

on Stories of Arda
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"Alfirin" by kenaz

Four musings on the passing of Arwen. Short, all audiences.

Henneth Annun
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"Eighteen Hours in Minas Tirith" by miranda
"This story started life as a one-shot Aragorn and Arwen PWP with Prince Imrahil as a useful plot device, but he decided he would like to hang out for a bit."

3 chs.; rated NC-17, reader warning for explicit het sex, adults only, warning for occasional modern language

I remember reading the first two chapters of this story about the time when Return of the King opened in theaters, but I hadn't seen the last chapter before.

On Scribe's Open Scrolls Archive
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"The Still Point" by stultiloquentia
Mild het sex, nothing graphic; <3,000 words
Midsummer Night. Arwen. Aragorn. Well, somebody had to do it!

On Tolkien fanfiction
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‘“Estel I was called,” he said; “but I am Aragorn, Arathorn's son, Isildur's Heir, Lord of the Dúnedain”; yet even in the saying he felt that this high lineage, in which his heart had rejoiced, was now of little worth, and as nothing compared to her dignity and loveliness.

‘But she laughed merrily and said: “Then we are akin from afar. For I am Arwen Elrond's daughter, and am named also Undómiel.”
The Return of the King, Appendix A (v): The Tale of Aragorn and Arwen

from Le Seigneur de Anneaux

At one point I intended to illustrate parts of the Tale of Aragorn and Arwen with movieverse stills, but the relationships are so different that I'm not sure that's possible, even if the scenes had been shot. I love the hands-on-face shots anyway, and Aragorn's elf ear obsession.

2 more Aragorn/Arwen pics )
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Then Aragorn laid his hand gently to the sapling, and lo! it seemed to hold only lightly to the earth, and it was removed without hurt; and Aragorn bore it back to the Citadel. Then the withered tree was uprooted, but with reverence; and they did not burn it, but laid it to rest in the silence of Rath Dínen. And Aragorn planted the new tree in the court by the fountain, and swiftly and gladly it began to grow; and when the month of June entered in it was laden with blossom.

'The sign has been given,' said Aragorn, 'and the day is not far off.' And he set watchmen upon the walls.
The Return of the King, "The Steward and the King"

Lord of the Rings Image Library
Thanks to Lisa's screen cap library!

Although I miss Gandalf and Aragorn finding the sapling as in the book, the movie image of the dead white tree blooming is very powerful.

I've often pictured Aragorn and Arwen's wedding, and my favorite versions are set under the white tree.

Tolkien's plot for the wedding always gives me fits, however. Elladan and Elrohir ride to Rivendell to give word the day after Aragorn is crowned. Aragorn has 7 weeks, as it turns out, to plan his wedding before Arwen arrives. Arwen arrives on Midsummer's Eve, and they're married the next day. What about the official guests to witness this politically important event? How to make arrangements without giving away the secret?

I imagine that, although Arwen has undoubtedly dreamed about her wedding as she sewed her trousseau, they may never have talked about the details because the situation was so dire, their chances of being able to marry so low, and (my feeling) that it would be tempting fate to even talk about it, much less plan it together as the days darken. So poor knight errant Aragorn, who's had only temporary soldier's quarters since he became an adult and no experience in running a household, has to plan a big secret wedding without any input from his beloved.

I figure that Aragorn must have told Faramir, Imrahil, and probably Gondor's Council (having learned from his mistake of initially concealing his identity from Boromir) and asked for their help. Apparently he did not tell the Fellowship beforehand, although certainly Gandalf would have known and others may have guessed.

I figure that Aragorn plans a Midsummer/Victory celebration in Minas Tirith as cover for the upcoming wedding, hoping that the elves can arrive by this auspicious date. The celebration would give an excuse for getting everyone together and dressed up for the king's (surprise!) wedding.

I like the idea that, at last, Aragorn has a home to offer Arwen, and this time he's the one who has to wait until she arrives. Nice reversal of their usual roles!

Gotta find that Billy Idol tape . . .


Apr. 26th, 2005 08:31 pm
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As the War of the Ring ends, Aragorn plans to marry the niece of Númenor’s first king. I can't imagine that Gondor's council will object.

source: AICN?
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"Arwen's Heart" by Bodkin
What was Arwen doing as Estel grew up in Imladris? Did she - or her family - have any suspicions about her fate?

The younger generation . . .
Particularly lovely relation between Arwen and her grandfather.

on Stories of Arda

ETA: I thought this was a single-chapter, complete fic, but in checking the author's replies to reviews, see that she'll be adding at least another chapter.
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Background illustration by John Howe, photo by Pierre Vinet/New Line
Hobbit-Forming TV Guide, December 15-21, 2001 (no. 2 of 4 Fellowship covers)

I like this picture but have only seen it online on TV Guide's website when Fellowship came out. Will scan for better quality if I ever get a scanner!


Feb. 11th, 2005 07:34 am
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Then [Galadriel] lifted from her lap a great stone of a clear green, set in a silver brooch that was wrought in the likeness of an eagle with outspread wings . . . 'This stone I gave to Celebrían my daughter, and she to hers; and now it comes to you as a token of hope. In this hour take the name that was foretold for you, Elessar, the Elfstone of the house of Elendil!'"
The Fellowship of the Ring, Farewell to Lórien

"At the doors of the Houses many were already gathered to see Aragorn . . . and . . . men came and prayed that he would heal their kinsmen or their friends whose lives were in peril through hurt or wound . . . And Aragorn arose and went out, and he sent for the sons of Elrond, and together they laboured far into the night. And word went through the City: 'The King is come again indeed.' And they named him Elfstone, because of the green stone that he wore, and so the name which it was foretold at his birth that he should bear was chosen for him by his own people."
The Return of the King, The Houses of Healing

There's no bookverse Elessar or Elfstone brooch in the films. Arwen's evenstar necklace that she gave Aragorn in Rivendell seems to function as substitute for the Elessar as a token of their betrothal. Like the Elessar, it is a gift from the bride or her family to the groom, but there is no movie equivalent of the gift of the Ring of Barahir from the groom to the bride, as in the book. The evenstar necklace perhaps was inspired by the necklace which Arwen gives Frodo for comfort and as symbol of her request that he be allowed to take her place in the Havens.

"But the Queen Arwen said: 'A gift I will give you. For I am the daughter of Elrond. I shall not go with him now when he departs to the Havens; for mine is the choice of Lúthien, and as she so have I chosen, both the sweet and the bitter. But in my stead you shall go, Ring-bearer, when the time comes, and if you then desire it. . . . But wear this now in memory of Elfstone and Evenstar with whom your life has been woven!'
And she took a white gem like a star that lay upon her breast hanging upon a silver chain, and she set the chain about Frodo's neck. 'When the memory of the fear and the darkness troubles you,' she said, 'this will bring you aid.'"
The Return of the King, Many Partings

2 more pics )


Feb. 10th, 2005 01:43 pm
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". . . yet at last he felt the approach of old age and knew that the span of his life-days was drawing to an end . . . I am the last of the Numenoreans and the latest King of the Elder Days; and to me has been given not only a span thrice that of Men of Middle-earth, but also the grace to go at my will, and give back the gift. Now, therefore, I will sleep."

Here The Two Towers film distills the acceptance of mortality theme of The Lord of the Rings into two breathtaking images.

"And long there he lay, an image of the splendour of the Kings of Men in glory undimmed before the breaking of the world."

How the dead leaves blowing can symbolize time passing and mortality is wonderful and strange to me.

Quotes from Return of the King, Appendix A The Tale of Aragorn and Arwen

screen caps from [ profile] sagralisse (I was going to use the versions on my hard drive, but her quality is the best)


Feb. 3rd, 2005 03:42 pm
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To Arwen he was Estel

"Then more than any kind of Men he appeared, and seemed rather an Elf-lord from the Isles of the West. And thus it was that Arwen first beheld him again after their long parting . . ." (The Return of the King, Appendix A, Tale of Aragorn and Arwen).
Clean-shaven Aragorn!


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