All Good Beasts

Barrenness of Stone, The

2. Author's Notes

A/N: The title comes from The Silmarillion. "Then Thorondor bore up Glorfindel's body out of the abyss, and they buried him in a mound of stones beside the pass; and a green turf came there, and yellow flowers bloomed upon it amid the barrenness of stone, until the world was changed."

Thanks to Khazar who stopped me from making a silly error about eagles. Thanks also to those who helped me polish the story: Avon, Forodwaith, Lady E, Levade, Marnie and Tay. And as always, thanks to AE.

The mark Thorondor left on Morgoth's face is noted in The Silmarillion, chapter 18. Morgoth tormenting the eagles to gain the secret of their flight is in the Book of Lost Tales 2: "for Melko had caught many of his kindred and chained them against sharp rocks to squeeze from them the magic words whereby he might learn to fly (for he dreamed of contending even against Manwe in the air); and when they would not tell he cut off their wings and sought to fashion therefrom a mighty pair for his use, but it availed not."

The Fall of Gondolin was an early tale, rewritten several times. The initial version was set down sometime around 1916-1920, with later versions noted in The Lost Road and the War of the Jewels; it was revised as late as 1951. The earliest versions do not include the harsh exclusion of any stranger, but have the guards welcoming Tuor to the city "where all who war with Melko may find hope." Some later versions had Turgon refusing to let any enter or leave only after the Battle of Unnumbered Tears.

Also in War of the Jewels there is discussion of the two versions of the population of Gondolin, which changes from solely Noldor to a mix of Noldor and Sindar.

In some versions Turgon had sent out messengers to the Falas, and sent ships to beg aid of Valinor. However "none of the messengers of Turgon came into the West, and many were lost and few returned." Of those who were sent, Voronwe had "tarried on the way" to see more of Beleriand; others may have done so too. Perhaps one messenger may have found his wife among the Sindar outside of Gondolin, sired a child, and returned with them to Gondolin…

This is a work of fan fiction, written because the author has an abiding love for the works of J R R Tolkien. The characters, settings, places, and languages used in this work are the property of the Tolkien Estate, Tolkien Enterprises, and possibly New Line Cinema, except for certain original characters who belong to the author of the said work. The author will not receive any money or other remuneration for presenting the work on this archive site. The work is the intellectual property of the author, is available solely for the enjoyment of Henneth Annûn Story Archive readers, and may not be copied or redistributed by any means without the explicit written consent of the author.


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Author: Lyllyn

Status: Reviewed

Completion: Complete

Rating: General

Last Updated: 11/13/03

Original Post: 07/25/03

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