1. Author's Introduction and Dramatis Personae
Sometimes, a work of fanfiction seems like a natural and logical expansion of the fandom's original world and events. And sometimes it seems downright bizarre. A Tolkien fanfiction with a homosexual sadomasochistic affair as its basis may seem like the latter. Especially when the story is otherwise firmly based in Tolkien canon, expanding on magic, culture, and good and evil in Middle-Earth as described in obscure footnotes.
The origin of One Ring to Bind Them is tangled in my other fanfiction writing and my reading Tolkien's letters. I became curious about Eregion in the Second Age, the time and place that fostered the pride and craft of the Elves. Tolkien did not seem to want to linger in Eregion, where he set his ideal race up to fall deeply. Why did the Elves of Eregion fall for Sauron? Why, in one history of Eregion, did Galadriel put up with having Sauron around, even though she hated him? How were the Rings made? Why were they so alluring?
I was also intrigued with the failings of the Elves that Tolkien described; pride, nostalgia, a refusal to change at the price of stagnation for others. And, of course, I saw perverse, tempting possibilities lurking in the descriptions of Sauron in fair form "seducing" and elves "flirting." Sadomasochism seemed fitting for an elf-lord and a malicious spirit both preoccupied with power, in their own separate ways. All of this combined with my fevered imagination to bring this story about.
So, here it is. I wrote it, it's done, and I hope you enjoy this story as much as I enjoyed writing it, all the sex, politics, personalities, settings, and things of power great and small.
The critical and editorial feedback of my beta readers, Aayesha and Suzana, was hugely helpful to me. To paraphrase what the loremaster and scribe says in a grateful moment in this story: "There are not thanks enough."
Please contact me at Tyellas@hotmail.com with comments and feedback. For a canon-based explanation of the device of elvish BDSM, visit my web site at http://www.ansereg.com.
The characters in this story, from The Silmarillion and History of Middle-Earth, are:
Annatar: The alias of Sauron, meaning "Lord of Gifts," assumed with his fair form to infiltrate and deceive the Elves.
Aranwë: An elf-smith of the Mírdain of considerable practical skill. An exiled High Elf and survivor of Gondolin.
Celeborn: The Lord of Eregion when our story begins, a noble elf of the Sindar, husband of Galadriel.
Celebrían: The daughter of Galadriel and Celeborn, a young child when our story begins.
Celebrimbor: The leader of the Mírdain, a prince of the High Elves and a smith of great artistic and sorcerous craft.
Elrond: The Half-Elven, of ambiguous yet significant rank in the court of Lindon as Gil-Galad's herald, favourite, and private agent.
Erestor: An elf of the city of Ost-in-Edhil, chief loremaster of Eregion.
Galadriel: The Lady of Eregion when our story begins, an exiled High Elf, wife of Celeborn.
Gwaith-i-Mírdain: The Fellowship of the Jewel-Smiths, a powerful guild of jewelers and smiths in Eregion, with many resources and a distinctive subculture.
Narvi:Dwarf of Khazad-dûm, close friend of Celebrimbor when our story begins.
Pengolod: Half-Sindar, half-Noldor loremaster of Lindon and survivor of Gondolin.
Sauron: An evil, powerful spirit, former servant of the Dark Lord Morgoth, returned to try once more to bring Middle-Earth under the control of darkness and order.
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.