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When we have shuffled off this mortal coil

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Death-fics: most of us have a love/hate relationship with them. No one really wants to read or write about the passing of one's favourite characters, but, in the end, the love we have for them leads us to this dark place.

Write about any of the following subjects:

  • The passing of one of the canon characters that is not already described in the books.
  • How the death of any canon character affects his/her immediate family and/or the rest of the world.
  • The thought of, say, orc no.2546754 during the siege of Minas Tirith when he sees a boulder about to land on his head. Any characters, as long as it involves around-death introspection: regrets, prayers, thoughts for loved ones.
  • We know where Elves go after death. What about Men, Dwarves and Hobbits?

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Entries with Stories

The following authors have entered a story in the Challenge.

Aerlinnel - Arwen
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Last Updated: 10 May 05
About the other "noble woman" in Aragorn's life. All we know of the end of Gilraen's life is given us in the Tale of Years: "After a few years Gilraen took leave of Elrond and returned to her own people in Eriador...and she seldom saw her son again..." How their last meeting might have gone.
Avon - Shades of Gold
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Last Updated: 03 Oct 05
Gil-galad and Glorfindel at the battle of the Last Alliance. A double-drabble.
Avon - Purple Dress, The
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Last Updated: 03 Oct 05
Purple is the colour of deepest mourning, but in the last days of Numenor a young woman chooses to defy convention.
Avon - Unbroken Sword, The
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Last Updated: 29 Jan 05
Aragorn returns to the land of his kin to take his place as chieftain of the Dúnedain. A very belated birthday present for Fileg.
Avon - Gift of Freedom, A
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Last Updated: 08 Jan 05
Elladan and Elrohir have one last duty to perform for Arathorn. A combined birthday story for LKK and Jay.
Avon - Nothing Gold can Stay
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Last Updated: 09 Aug 04
Finduilas watchs the sunset. For the On-line Golden Anniversary Challenge, plus Ang's birthday. It therefore contains gold, a book, references to dragons, the number 4 and Denethor doing something unexpected.
Avon - White is the Colour of Death
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Last Updated: 20 Jul 04
In Gondor, white is the colour of death. Boromir learnt to live in that absence of colour as a child when he stood in a snow-covered wood and watched the lowering of the banner of the Stewards.
Avon - Flying with the Swans
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Last Updated: 03 Jan 04
Um, I think I need that line about what's the Sindarin word for wallow again ;-) I wrote this for the on-list Friday 13th Challenge but didn't quite make the deadline. It features a small Legolas and a forgotten superstition.
Avon - Ties of Love
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Last Updated: 03 Oct 03
Boromir and Faramir and the ties that bind us. Boromir explains a Gondorian superstition to Pippin.
Avon - Forgotten Memories
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Last Updated: 18 Jul 03
The twins bring Aragorn to Rivendell following Arathorn's death - Aragorn remembers. Happy birthday, Nic! I don't write Hobbits so it had to be Aragorn ;-)
Avon - In the Stillness
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Last Updated: 06 May 03
Sometimes you don't need words to say goodbye. This is a short piece written without any dialogue and not in traditional narrative style. It was written for the Last Partings section of the Quickies Challenge, 2nd Quarter, 2003.
Dwimordene - On Far Fields
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Last Updated: 22 Oct 05
They fought for Sauron, died for folly, but above all, they stood for honor... The enemy dead of Pelennor fields get their elegy, and Andrahar of Dol Amroth faces an array of private demons.
Ithiliel Silverquill - Fallen to Ashes
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Last Updated: 19 May 05
After the battle of Doriath, Maglor makes a terrible discovery. (Warning: blood and character death.)
Jay of Lasgalen - Till Death Us Do Part
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Last Updated: 19 Jun 05
When the One Ring was destroyed, and Sauron fell, there was no more evil and death - was there? Warning - Character death. Possibly AU.
Jay of Lasgalen - To The Ends Of Middle Earth
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Last Updated: 24 Apr 05
AU, set post ROTK. When tragedy strikes in Minas Tirith, how do those left behind remember? Warning: Character death.
Karri - Learning to Fly
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Last Updated: 15 Feb 06
In the spring of the year 120 F.A., Legolas and Gimli spend an evening upon the hill of Cerin Amroth.
Larner - Light on the Way
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Last Updated: 08 Aug 13
Regarding the passing of the King Elessar Telcontar. Rated for character death and the treatment of bodies.
maya_ar - Passing of Faramir, The
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Last Updated: 10 Jul 04
At the end of his long life, Faramir bids farewell to those he loves. An attempt at doing a piece in the style of the Appendices.
Meril - Wind's Requiem, The
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Last Updated: 24 Apr 05
A vignette of a Telerin girl at the Kinslaying.
SophiaSilfaery - Memory Eternal
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Last Updated: 16 Sep 05
After the deaths of Arwen and Aragorn, Celeborn and his great-grandaughter, Nimloth, discuss what death is.
Soubrettina - Taking Leave
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Last Updated: 13 Jan 07
Eowyn takes leave of her liege-lord.

Although I didn't expect to write 'death of...' fics (and although I'm not big on them), this just seemed to work.
Ti'ana Luthien - Forever
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Last Updated: 12 Dec 05
Eowyn and Faramir have been married only two or three years, but once again their peace is threatened by war. A 4th Age AU tale.
Vistula the Dunadan - Gardener's Wife, The
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Last Updated: 15 May 05
While the Gaffer lies near death, he reveals to Sam some surprising information about his mother. Includes: Hamfast Gamgee and Bell Gamgee.
Werecat - Beast of Burden
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Last Updated: 02 Feb 09
Heroes come in all shapes and sizes; some of them not necessarily human. Meet Summerstraw, a horse of Rohan.

MEFAs 2005 - Third Place, Drama

Mithrils 2005 - Finalist, Drama
Werecat - Death, I Call Thee
General Audience
Last Updated: 28 Oct 04
Deathfic, focusing on some of the final thoughts of five different individuals at Pelennor Fields, each one of different race and/or alignments. Some are good, some are bad and some are, well, already dead.
Inspired from the Pelennor Fields battle scene from the RotK film.


The following authors have entered a placeholder in the Challenge.

Entry Date: 25 Apr 05
Entry Date: 25 Apr 05
Entry Date: 24 Oct 05

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Challenge Info

Open Date: April 24, 2005

Closed: October 31, 2005

Challenge Topic: Character

Entries: 31

Originator: Werecat

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