I have needed to do a post round-up for weeks now. However, being back in school and trying to keep up with my "extracurriculars" (read: fandom and SCA) means that ten minutes for a post round-up, yes, is too much.
But! Seeing as I have an impromptu day off today, I might spare those ten minutes before diving back in up to my elbows in schoolwork and webwork for the day.
The Heretic Loremaster
Take Pity upon Him: Did Maedhros Really Threaten to Kill Elrond and Elros at the Third Kinslaying? The title sums up my starting point for this post, which is essentially an in-depth and rather nerdy analysis of what the texts say on this point and how they might be variously interpreted.
From Canon to AU: Defining Canon on a Continuum. A popular point of discussion in recent months has been the abuse of the alternate universe (AU) label on stories that are not AU. This post attempts to break down and consider the various ways that writers use the texts in developing and interpreting a personal canon and verse.
Please note that the comments on both posts are well worth the read, perhaps more interesting than the posts themselves!
The Silmarillion Writers' Guild
Death of Cold. The Noldor arrive at the Helcaraxë and at a change within themselves that they never expected. A triple drabble (300 words).
Love by Moonlight. Tilion observes two kinds of love one night in Beleriand. Implied Maedhros/Fingon; double drabble (200 words).
November was supposed to be for a NaNoWriMo-inspired event called the "Known World Persona Writing Month," which I adapted to suit my needs of developing an SCA persona. Unfortunately, I figured rather early on what I wanted my persona to be and promptly lost all enthusiasm for the introspective writing I had planned. So I didn't complete the project. I did get two entries up, however, before allowing myself to become distracted by writing MEFA reviews.
I am on Delicious now and using it to bookmark ... well, just about everything. I use it for fannish purposes--stories and essays that I have read--and for literary purposes in bookmarking literature and medieval history sites that I find useful. I invite others to come browse around; I have 217 links bookmarked so far, so there's probably something for just about everyone reading here.
ETA: I should add that I am nowhere near done bookmarking the Tolkien stories that I have read. So if you don't see your name on my Tolkien Authors list, it is not intended as a slight, it does not mean that I haven't read your work ... it just means that I haven't gotten to add you yet. I've added about half of the MEFA stories that I read this year and stopped there because my second semester started. After that, I have SWG, HASA, ff.net ... yes, I have a ways to go. :)