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    Latest update:
    Aug. 22, 2012
          "Between Darkness and Dawn" formatted. All stories in the Mellon Chronicles series should now be completed.

    Cassia and Siobhan are the creators of a series of Aragorn and Legolas friendship stories, called The Mellon Chronicles. Cassia made photomanips and video trailers to go with the stories. A great many writers enjoyed the series so much that they like to write and create art inside that filled-in history, and continue to do so, and we hope post someof these stories as well.
    The main AU in this series, an intentional one, is that Gilraen dies early, increasing Aragorn's dependence on Elrond who adopted him in Tolkien's works, and on the twins as his sole family. Only the rangers and travels to human areas teach him about being human. Growing up with elves causes Aragorn's humility and extremely high abilities, much as would have occurred even with Gilraen.
    Other AU's:
    "There is very little history given about Mirkwood/Greenwood or about Thranduil and his father Oropher in LOTR.  Some of the information that is given occasionally seems to contradict itself.  Taking this all into account Siobhan and I have chosen which parts we will use and which parts we will ignore.  The Mirkwood of this story is largely of our creation, as are its customs, ways and politics, so if you see things differently, that’s fine, know that it’s just our artistic take on things and we’re not trying to say it’s canon fact, of course it isn’t.
    Also, please note that we have once again opted to use the more familiar Mirkwood name, instead of Greenwood as it would actually have been called at this point in Middle Earth history.  Likewise, we are ignoring the fact that at the time this story [Tears Like Rain] takes place the wood-elves would technically have been dwelling far further south in Mirkwood, in the area later occupied by Dol Guldur, nearer to Lórien.  Please forgive us these small liberties and do not flame us for them."
    A number of stories are quite violent, and are therefore not suitable for the young. Ratings and warnings will be provided here. Ratings are given as for American movies. G is suitable for anyone, PG has some warning, PG-13 is only for age 13 and up, R is a stronger warning. NC-17 is only for age 17 and up, and is not on the Valar Guild site. X is the most extreme warning, and not found on this site. Neither of the last two ratings are found in the Mellon Chronicles. The ratings are by the authors.
    Cassia and Siobhan have moved to Tolkien fan fiction after writing in the Star Wars fandom. Their Mellon Chronicles site is currently not taking new fiction. The Valar Guild is proud to begin the work of preserving this fine series, with their permission.
    The thirty-four stories are listed chronologically according to their storyline, with links once the posting is available. These have the author's summaries. Most of the comments are taken directly from the authors, and "I" usually means Cassia, the usual spokesperson for the pair. (We love you too, Siobhan!) All stories are complete, and will be posted.
    Quick Story List with no summary or comments, in the same order, rating and authors only.
    Tolkien Language notes are at the bottom of this page, as some Elvish is used without explanation, as these words are so common in this series.
    Editing/Betaing by Valar Guild editors: Varda-(Valar) is the editor unless another is credited. Gilraen-(V) started as a pre-editor for one story on May 1, 2008.

The Mellon Chronicles



Tears Like Rain
by Cassia and Siobhan  R   (Book format.)
R rating:
Warning: Child abuse, violence, death
    Mirkwood has suffered tragic losses in the Last Great Alliance, including her King. With the very survival of the kingdom at stake, Thranduil finds himself at deadly odds with his older brother Doriflen. When young Legolas becomes a pawn in his uncle's ruthless power games, the lies, deception and betrayal risk destroying more than just the young prince's life.
    Legolas, Thranduil
    Chapters (called "Parts" by the authors):
        Section 1:
1 > 2 > 3 > 4 > 5 > 6 > 7 > 8 > 9 > 10 >
        Section 2:
11 > 12 > 13 > 14 > 15 > 16 > 17 > 18 > 19 > Epilogue > "Betrayal" extended scene

Captive of Darkness by Cassia  R  (Book format.)
(First story written for MC, setting up problems for our heroes later.)
R rating:
    This story contains acts of violence, torture and one instance of implied rape. Nothing is handled in a graphic manner, but if the idea of it bothers you at all, PLEASE DO NOT READ THIS STORY!
Time Frame:
    Somewhere near the beginning of the Third Age. Legolas is about 100 years old (which is young yet for an elf. I don’t really know how elf ages run, but I see him as being equivalent to somewhere between 16-19 years old by human standards).
    This story takes place in the beginning of the Third Age not many hundreds of years after the Last Great Alliance of Men and Elves. At this time the Silvan realm of Mirkwood was known as Greenwood the Great because the creeping darkness of Sauron, under the guise of the Necromancer, had not yet spread its foul stain upon that region.
    Because Greenwood/Mirkwood is best remembered by its later name that it held near the end of the Third Age and at the time of the great War of the Ring, it shall hereafter be referred to as Mirkwood, even though at the time this story took place it would have still been known as Greenwood the Great.
    When young prince Legolas is sent as an envoy to a neighboring kingdom, things quickly go from bad to worse when treachery rears its ugly head. There are dangerous and deadly things going on in the seemingly innocent realm of Dorolyn and it is up to Legolas and a mysterious stranger to sort things out before an evil more dark than they could begin to imagine is unleashed upon an unsuspecting land.
    Legolas, Thranduil, Elrond.
    Chapters 1 > 2 > 3 > 4 > 5 > 6 > 7 > 8
    Feb. 11, 2006 on this site.

Hope by Siobhan  G  (Book format.)
    Young Aragorn has a nightmare and Elrond comforts him. Aragorn discovers that elves sleep with their eyes open.
Author's Note:
    This story was inspired by Cassia and her wonderful wonderings about elves. She discovered that elves sleep with their eyes open and we wondered what that would be like the first time Aragorn found that out. So this story is gratefully dedicated to Cassia, who inspires me to write. Without her there would be no stories to tell.
    Aragorn, Elrond, Elladan, Elrohir
    Chapter: 1
    March 2006 on this site.

Father's Love  by Siobhan with tiny touches by Cassia.  G/PG child angst  (Book format.)
    Hurt by the taunts of his young friends, little Aragorn runs away and hides in the forest after breaking his arm, convinced that being adopted means his elven father doesn't really want him. Elrond and his sons must find the youngest member of their family and set things straight.
    Aragorn, Elrond, Elladan, Elrohir
    Chapter: 1 
    March 8, 2006 on this site.

Never Alone by Cassia with tiny touches by Siobhan.  PG-13  (Book format.)
Aragorn is 13.
    "When 13-year-old Estel is injured, the twins and Elrond remember some other difficult times in their own respective youths and a special gift is given across generations, reminding us that none of us are ever truly alone."
"Please Note:
    "Some of the situations relating to Elrond’s past are taken from the accounts given in the Silmarillion, greatly detailed and embellished by moí.  :o)  Information in the SIL is very scetchy and it’s easy to fill in the gaps with all sorts of supposition and ‘what if’, which is what I have done.  Please don’t roast me if you don’t like the changes and interpretations I’ve put on things.  They are just my point of view.
    "Also, I really don’t mean to vilify the sons of Fëanor, (although a few of them were absolute JERKS) especially since Maedhros and Maglor were actually the more decent ones of them all so hopefully no one will get too upset by my (very brief) interpretation of them in chapter two."
    Aragorn, Elladan, Elrohir, Elrond, Elros, Elwing, Maedrhos, Maglor
    Chapters: 1 > 2 > 3 
March 29, 2006 on this site.

First Meetings  by Siobhan, in collaboration with Cassia.  PG-13 for some violence  (Book format.)
    "Aragorn and Legolas meet for the first time. Aragorn is in his early twenties and nearly gets killed when he ignores his adopted father's good advice. Legolas finds him, but must fight the demons of his past in order to help the young human."
    Aragorn, Legolas
    Chapters: 1 > 2 > 3 > 4 

Change of Heart, Change of Mind by Siobhan and Cassia.  PG or PG-13, for minor violence and tense situations.  (Book format.)
    "Aragorn and Legolas are beginning to become friends, but not everyone in Mirkwood looks kindly on this, or upon they young human ranger. When Legolas' life is threatened, Aragorn is the one person available who knows how to save him, but will the others listen to him before it is too late? "
    Aragorn, Legolas, Thranduil
    Chapters: 1 > 2 > 3 > 4 
    March 22, 2006 on this site.

Exile by Cassia and Siobhan.  PG-13 for violence and tense situations (Book format.)
    "When Aragorn is accused of murder, he and Legolas risk everything, including their lives, to discover the truth. But just how much will justice end up costing?"
    Aragorn, Legolas, Thranduil
    Chapters: 1 > 2 > 3 > 4 > 5 > 6 > 7 > 8 > 9 
March 22, 2006 on this site.

Return by Cassia and Siobhan. PG-13  (Book format.)
    "Sequel to Exile. Legolas and Aragorn venture into the Mines of Moria to help Balin, only to get more than they bargained for. Meanwhile, Mirkwood is falling into darkness. Her only hope ends up resting in the hands of the two people she has scorned, and Legolas & Aragorn will risk more than their lives to save her."
    "Part of this story is slightly un-canon because we place the events of the dwarves’ attempted return to Moria some years prior to when I think it would actually have happened if one tries to follow a strict Tolkien time-line. For the sake of the story it could not be helped. Please consider this a use of artistic license and do not feel inclined to roast, boil or squash us into jelly over this inaccuracy. :o) Thanks!"
    Aragorn, Elladan, Elrohir, Elrond, Legolas, Thranduil
    Chapters: 1 > 2 > 3 > 4 > 5 > 6 > 7 > 8 > 9 > 10 > 11 > 12
    March 23, 2006 on this site. Formatting completed April 25, 2006.

You Make Me Home by Siobhan, with tiny touches by Cassia including a poem. G  (Book format.)
    "Vignette. A young Aragorn is injured while out with the rangers. With the more seriously wounded demanding all the immediate attention, Elladan and Elrohir make sure their little brother is not forgotten."
    "Pre-LOTR.  Set sometime in the general time frame of First Meetings through Return.  Aragorn is in his very early twenties."
    Aragorn has been with the Rangers for three months.
    Aragorn, Elladan, Elrohir, Elrond, Glorfindel, Halbarad, Rangers
    One chapter.
    March 28, 2006 on this site

Mistaken Identity by Cassia and Siobhan.  PG-13  (Book format.)
    A dark elf with a burning hatred for men is terrorizing the countryside around Rivendell. Unfortunately, that elf bears a striking resemblance to Prince Legolas. An innocent visit from Mirkwood to Rivendell lands Legolas in more trouble than he bargained for, but he is not the only one, because when the dark elf's deadly designs become focused on Aragorn, everyone is in danger.
    Aragorn, Legolas. Elladan, Elrohir, Elrond.
        Part 1:  1 > 2 > 3 > 4 > 5 > 6 > 7 > 8 > 9 > 10 
    April 5, 2006 on this site. Formatting completed May 2, 2006.

Family Trouble by Cassia and Siobhan. PG-13 (Block format.)
No art made at this time.
    "A disastrous run-in with some villagers leaves Aragorn and Legolas trapped and in a bad way. To keep despair and claustrophobia at bay, Aragorn coaxes Legolas into telling him a story about the elf prince's past when Legolas spent some time in his father's dungeons. Legolas relates why his mother left for the havens and Aragorn finds out that there are still a few things about his friend he did not know. Meanwhile, time for them is running short."
    "The story takes place in two time lines.  One timeline is set about two years after Mistaken Identity and the other is about 30-50 years after Captive of Darkness. "
    Aragorn, Legolas. Elladan, Elrohir.
    1 > 2 > 3 > 4 > 5
    Dec. 3, 2007 completed on this site.

Vilya by Cassia and Siobhan. PG-13 for violence and tense situations.  (Book format.)
    "A devastating earthquake rocks Rivendell and the surrounding areas, leaving chaos and heartbreak in its wake. With Elrond on the brink of death, Aragorn runs away, convinced that he is responsible. Legolas must try to find him before the disaster can claim his life as well. Angry townspeople, a flooding river and the forces of nature conspire against them all, leaving no one unscathed. The waters are rising, Rivendell is about to be washed away, and the one person who could save her lies dying..."
    Aragorn, Legolas. Elladan, Elrohir, Elrond, Gandalf, Gwaihir.
    Chapters: 1 > 2 > 3 > 4 > 5 > 6 > 7 > 8 > 9 >10 
    May 5, 2006 on this site.

Black Breath by Cassia and Siobhan. PG-13 for violence and tense situations  (Book format.)
    "When tragedy strikes, the last thing Legolas wants to do is leave Rivendell and his friends... but when he does, what will he encounter? And will Aragorn be able to save him from it before the elf prince loses more than just his life?"
    Aragorn, Elladan, Elrohir, Elrond, Legolas
    Chapters: 1 > 2 > 3 > 4 > 5 > 6 > 7 > 8 > 9 > 10 > 11
    June 9, 2006 on this site.

Sickness by Siobhan with tiny touches of Cassia. Art and poem by Cassia. G.  (Book format.)
    "Aragorn gets sick and Legolas, coming from a race that does not know illness, tries to understand what that must be like"
    Aragorn, Elladan, Elrohir, Elrond, Legolas. Mention of Glorfindel.
    One chapter
    June 13, 2006 on this site.

The Seventh Stone by Cassia and Siobhan. PG-13 (Book format.)
    "When Aragorn and Legolas come into the possession of an ancient map that tell where one of the lost Palantiri is hidden they end up in more trouble than they bargained for, as it seems that everyone wants to get their hands on the stone, no matter the cost. But a more sinister force is at work than even the elf and the ranger realize."
    "You may or may not concur with some points of this story since it ties forward to the LOTR in some pretty distinct ways and deals with some things that directly affect that story.  Of course we don’t insist this is how it actually happened, but it makes for a good story so we claim artistic license.  :o)  You don’t have to agree, but hopefully you will enjoy!"
    Aragorn, Legolas, Balin, Ori, Gandalf, Gwaihir, Saruman.
    1 > 2 > 3 > 4 > 5 > 6 > 7 > 8 > 9 > 10 > 11 > 12 
On this site June 21, 2006.

Betrayal by Cassia and Siobhan. R for graphic violence. (Book format.)
    "After a long absence, Legolas is finally returning home to Mirkwood. But what will he and Aragorn find when they get there? Trouble more severe than either of them could have ever guessed is stirring in the Wood-elves realm and treachery beyond imagining. The resulting struggle may be more than either the elf or the ranger can handle... and if they can't, then not only they, but all of Mirkwood is doomed."
    Aragorn, Legolas, Thranduil
    1 > 2 > 3 > 4 > 5 > 6 > 7 > 8 
    Posted on this site June 28, 2006.

Legolas' No Good Rotten Day by Siobhan with inspiration from Cassia. G. Illustrated by Siobhan. (Book format.)
    "Humorous vignette.
    "Legolas has a very bad morning and drags his friend Aragorn into it."
Cassia’s Note:
    "Siobhan wrote this story for me when I was having an extremely bad day. She brought a smile to my face and chased away the storm clouds, reminding me that even elves could probably have days where nothing goes right. :o) Thank you Mellon-nîn, for always being there for me."
    Aragorn, Legolas, Thranduil
    One chapter
    Posted on this site June 28, 2006, edited and formatted July 9, 2006.

The Stars of Harad by Cassia & Siobhan. PG-13  (Block format)
    "When Aragorn falls in love with Arwen, it seems that he has done the one thing that could ever divide he and his elven family. Certain that his home is his no longer, Aragorn leaves with the rangers, attempting to forget the heartache of all he has lost... What he did not count on was losing his memory and forgetting everything.
    "Now, to find him, Legolas must join the very men who have captured and enslaved his friend, he must be one of them... and he must pay the dreadful penalty when their confidence is broken.
    "But if Aragorn cannot remember, cannot trust the elf he no longer knows... will it all have been in vain?"
     Aragorn, Arwen, Elladan, Elrohir, Elrond, Legolas
    1 > 2 > 3 > 4 > 5 > 6 > 7 > 8 > 9 > 10 > 11 > 12 > 13 > 14 > 15 > 16 > 17 > 18 > 19 > 20 > Epilogue
    Posted on this site Dec. 6, 2006.

Mind's Eye by Siobhan with tiny touches by Cassia. PG. Not illustrated.  (Block format.)
    "Aragorn lost his memory in Harad.  It returned, but not all of it returned at once.  The healing mind is a funny thing.  So when he finds himself somewhere strange, in an unthinkable situation, what is he supposed to think?  Where is he?  What’s happening?  How can he set it right?"
    "This little story was actually the result of a dream, and is supposed to echo that odd, surreal quality that dreams tend to possess, so don’t worry if it doesn’t make a lot of sense right away... just keep reading. :) "
    Aragorn, Legolas, Death, Namo.
    One chapter
    Posted here Oct. 11, 2007.

Dark Visions by Cassia & Siobhan. PG-13  (Block format.)
    "Aragorn is having disturbing dreams about his friend Legolas. When he sees the prince's death in the Mirror of Galadriel he sets out to try to change the future. Yet it seems that the fates, a ring of horse thieves and a deadly venom are determined to conspire against Legolas before his friend can even reach him. Even with Elrond's help, will Aragorn be able to keep his visions from coming true?"
    A/N: "As sometimes is necessary we may take a few years liberty with some of the events in these stories.  For example, Aragorn’s right about thirty so technically Théoden would be around 13 and heaven only knows old Éomund would be, but both of them appear or are mentioned as being a little older in this story.  18 at least, so nobody have a heart attack over the few discrepancies like that please.  Thanks. "
    Aragorn's foresight ability begins to show, and he tries to prevent Legolas' death. Elrond knows that he will not see much of Aragorn any longer and travels with him. Aragorn becomes "Thorongil".
    Aragorn, Elladan, Elrohir, Elrond, Eomund, Galadriel, Legolas
    1 > 2 > 3 > 4 > 5 > 6 > 7 > 8 > 9 > 10 > 11

Traitor by Cassia & Siobhan. PG-13 (Block format.)
    "Fifteen years is a long time... a long time in which Aragorn and Legolas have not seen one another. When Legolas is accused of being a traitor to Gondor there are some who would like Aragorn to think that things have changed more than he realizes. Embroiled in a strange mesh of deception and intrigue Legolas' one chance may rest with his old friend... but will Denethor's dislike of Aragorn turn the elf into a pawn in more than one game? And can any of them figure out how they are really being betrayed before Legolas and Gondor both pay the price?"
    Author's notes: "We are writing this on book information alone mostly, since the parts of the movie that will deal with Gondor and Denethor are not out yet, so it may or may not conflict with the movie-verse universe when they come out, but at least, we feel, it works with the book.
    "The Gondorians in this story, such as Alcarin, have no relation to any persons of the same names in the LOTR decipher trading card games.  LOL it seems that we just all got our names from the same place.  :o)
    Also, please note that we know *nothing* about military ranking and all that, so it’s very probably the at many times we totally messed up the chain of command, but it is highly unlikely that Gondor’s army followed the same ranking system that ours does anyway, and since Tolkien never saw fit to tell us exactly how it did work (or if he did I completely glossed over it and don’t even remember) we have created our own ranking system for them that goes as follows:
    (top is the highest position and bottom is the lowest)
    --Captain (sort of like Generals)
    --Commander (Commander is often used simply to denote someone who is above someone else as well though)
    --general soldiers
    "Obviously, there are probably other ranks, but none that are necessary for this story.
    "Oh, and we gave Denethor green eyes for no particularly good reason except that we couldn’t find a color in the book and the movie isn’t out yet.  :o)  Forgive us if we messed up.  (LOL yes, considering who created him he probably had GREY eyes, but you know, that gets so boring after a while...)
Also other details in the appendixes regarding some of the events in this story may or may not have been changed or tweaked slightly for the purposes of the plot.  Please accept the changes, as always, as artistic license on our part and do not flame us for them.  Thank you!
    "Please note and HEAR YE ALL: I am going to explain this once and hope it makes sense ever after.  Aragorn is a man of many names, including Estel, Strider and Aragorn, he has now added another, Thorongil."
    Aragorn, Boromir (ch 10), Denethor, Ecthelion II, Legolas
    1 > 2 > 3 > 4 > 5 > 6 > 7 > 8 > 9 > 10 > 11 > 12
Escape from Mordor by Cassia & Siobhan. PG-13 (Block format.)
    "Legolas has been sold into slavery in Mordor, but after everything he has been through, his wounded spirit no longer has the strength to endure.
By venturing into the heart of Sauron's realm, Aragorn puts at risk the thus far carefully guarded and deadly secret of his identity. But if Aragorn does not find Legolas soon, the prince will die; one way or another. Yet even when he is found... can the two friends, alone against all of Mordor, ever manage to escape the death trap of the dark lands?"
    "You can note that although we had Legolas being carted around on ships, they were all on rivers and the only times he may have even been remotely near enough to the sea for there to have been any gulls or anything else, he was too drugged to even know what was happening.  We tried very hard to make sure that bit stayed canon."
    Aragorn, Legolas. Elrond (briefly)
    1 > 2 > 3 > 4 > 5 > 6 > 7 > 8

Curse of Angmar by Cassia & Siobhan. PG-13 (Block format.)
    "Aragorn and Legolas wanted only to rest and heal after their harrowing experiences in the south. But fate has other plans. Evil has always haunted the Barrow-downs near the Shire, but now strange things have begun happening and many are saying that the wights have awoken to haunt the countryside. Aragorn and Legolas, along with Aragorn's brothers and fellow rangers, must ascertain the truth of what is going on, but will what they find be more than they can deal with?"
Language Note:
    "We use two different forms of the elvish word for ‘brother’ in this story.  Muindor which simply means brother, and Gwador which implies a sworn-associates as-close-as-brothers kind of relationship not bound by actual familial ties."
    Aragorn, Legolas. Elladan, Elrohir, Elrond, Bilbo, Gandalf, Halbarad, Rangers.
    1 > 2 > 3 > 4 > 5 > 6 > 7 > 8 > 9 > 10 > 11 > 12 > 13 > 14 > 15 > 16 > 17 > 18 > 19

Siege of Dread by Cassia & Siobhan. PG-13  (Block format.)
    "Rivendell has always been a place of peace. When that tranquility is threatened it leads to a cascade of events that seek to destroy Aragorn's adopted family. Two mysterious figures from the past become suddenly important and in a bizarre turn of events, Aragorn and Legolas find themselves faced with trying to save not only the future of Rivendell, but Mirkwood as well... if they can save themselves, first."
    Aragorn, Legolas. Elladan, Elrohir, Elrond, Glorfindel. Thranduil.
    1 > 2 > 3 > 4 > 5 > 6 > 7 > 8 > 9 > 10 > 11 > 12 > 13 > 14 > 15 > 16

Between Darkness and Dawn by Cassia & Siobhan. PG-13 (Block format.)
Pre-LotR, after "Siege of Dread".
    "Thus far, Aragorn and Legolas have managed to repeatedly cross the path of an ancient evil and escape with little notice taken... but that luck has just run out. The Witch King is very curious about the beings who have twice evaded and thwarted him. He wants to know who they are... especially the human. When he is deliberately poisoned, Aragorn's only hope of survival is to follow the Wraith's summons to Angmar, where lies the antidote. To stay with him now, Legolas must choose to walk willingly into the arms of the darkness that has once enslaved, and once broken his spirit. Imprisoned by a brutal host, the flame of the ranger's hope begins to dim, even as Legolas struggles to keep it alive."
    Additional Notes and Disclaimers:
    We’ll try to keep this section short this time, I promise.  I’ll just give you a few little disclaimers I want to get out of the way up front. *smile*
We are not herbalists.
    We use many references to herbs and primitive or natural medicines in this story.  While a few are real, most are completely fictional.  Do not try these things at home, they probably don’t work!  LOL
We are not Volcanologists.
    We do some things in this story with magma and volcanic activity that we are not entirely sure is completely possible.  We did look it up and got some interesting answers from a gentleman who *is* a Volcanologist, but take it all with a grain of salt anyway and realize when one is dealing with evil, undead spirits and body-less eyes, there is hopefully room for a few other phenomena. :o)
We are not sane...
    OOPS!!!  *quickly hits delete key* how did THAT get in there?... *smile*

    Aragorn, Legolas, Witch-king. Small parts for Elladan, Elrohir, Elrond, Thranduil.
    Prologue > 1 > 2 > 3 > 4 > 5 > 6 > 7 > 8 > 9 > 10 > 11 > 12 > 13 > 14 > 15 > 16 > 17 > 18 > 19 > 20 > 21 > 22 > 23 > 24 > 25 > 26
    Started putting up on this site Nov. 2007

Never Cold in Your Shadow by Siobhan & Cassia. G (Block format.)
    "Vignette.  Aragorn and Legolas discuss destiny and why Aragorn let the elf beat him in a sparring match."
    Includes an original poem by Cassia.
    "There isn’t a plot to this story; it’s merely a vignette – a short conversation between two friends.  This little piece was the result of a discussion between Siobhan and Cassia about why it seems that Aragorn sometimes shuns the limelight in our stories and in LOTR before the forming of the Fellowship.  This is just a little bit of our take on his character.  If you have a different view of him, that’s absolutely fine, please don’t flame us for ours. :o)"
    "And a Tiny Note from Me (Siobhan):
        Thank you my friend for being this type of friend for me."

LotR in the Third Age: (Begins at Bilbo and Frodo's Birthday Party. Ends when Elrond leaves Middle-earth.)

Trouble Follows by: Cassia. G (Block format.)
    "A day in a rather confusing market place goes a little bit askew for the elf and ranger. Humor. Vignette."
    Valar Guild editor for this story: Gilraen-(V).

The Cave Story Trio: (Block format.)
    It had to be Caves by Cassia. G
    It had to be Stairs by Siobhan. G
    Down and Up Again: The Elves' and Ranger's Holiday by Katie. G
    "To escape royal duties and wedding preparations, Aragorn, Legolas and Arwen go on a little side-trip in Gondor. Humor. Vignettes."
    Posted here Oct. 24, 2008.
    Cassia's note on It had to be Caves: "This story is the result of a little trip that Siobhan, Katie and I took to La Jolla (pronounced La HOY-a) when I was out visiting them in California.  We saw a cave you could go into... and well, we couldn’t pass it up.  Since we each have a different character we favor (Sio – Aragorn, Katie – Arwen, me – Legolas) we decided it would be fun to each write a little ficlet about the three of them, based off of our experience in the cave.  So here is my contribution to that little challenge/promise.  Some things in this fic are based off of us, but some are completely made up to keep true to the characters I’m writing about (ie: I don’t dislike caves, I think they’re cool – Legolas, not so much LOL)."
    Siobhan's note on It had to be Stairs: "This story is the result of a little trip that Cassia, Katie and I took to La Jolla (pronounced La HOY-a) when Cassia came out to visit.  This is my contribution to the fic challenge that we came up with originally when we were out shopping.  Some things in this fic are based off of us, but some are completely made up to keep true to the characters I’m writing about."
    Katie's note on Down and Up Again: "Arwen, Aragorn, and Legolas’ plans for a summer day take a turn…into a cave. This is my part of Cassia, Sio, and my little fic challenge after visiting a cave in La Jolla, CA while they were down here in San Diego for the comic con.  Hopefully a fun little story, for a fun little trip! I’d like to thank Cassia and Sio for inspiring this story.  The week they spent down here was one of the most fun times of my lives and I will cherish that always."

Coronation Jitters by Siobhan for Cassia. G (Block format.)
    "Legolas visits Aragorn before his coronation ceremony." Gimli also plays a part.
    Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli.
    1 chapter
    Posted here Dec. 3, 2007.

Only the Beginning by Cassia. G (Block format.)
    "Vignette. My slightly extended and appended version of part of the Coronation scene near the end of ROTK. Decidedly Aragorn & Legolas centric."

Fourth Age (After Elrond leaves Middle-earth)

Cell Number Eight by Cassia & Siobhan. PG-13. Includes art and poetry by Cassia, and lyrics by Saliva. (Block format.)
Post RotK: 4th Age, some years after RotK
    "Legolas is taken from Ithilien by slavers and forced to become an arena fighter. King Elessar, wrapped up in peace negotiations with Harad, doesn't even know he's missing. In a dark and brutal world Legolas finds one small spot of hope when he befriends a little human slave child. But nothing is what it seems..."
    Authors' Note: "The first half of this story is decidedly Legolas-centric since most of it was written by Cassia.  Aragorn *will* be in it eventually, so just hang in there and trust us.
There is something a little different about this story that I had better mention up front.  You will notice that most of the tale takes place in one location, namely, Cell Number Eight.  We thought it was an interesting challenge to try to write a story almost entirely from one location, as if you too were in the cell and were only privy to what happened within those four small walls.  Therefore, a good deal of things have to come by way of memories and flashbacks at times, so hopefully you won’t find that too confusing or anything.  The way the story ended up working out, it actually ends up taking place mainly in *two* locations, as the second half of the story takes place from a different location, but I will let you find out about that when we get there.  Don’t worry if you don’t understand what’s going on, or how Legolas got where he is right away, you’re not supposed to, the layers of this story will be peeled back and revealed slowly over the course of the fic, so just wait and see how it unfolds.
    "// and italics set off most flashbacks.  //Like this.//"
    1 > 2 > 3 > 4 > 5
    Posted here May 14, 2009

Remember How to Smile by: Cassia & Siobhan. PG-13 (Block format.)
Post RotK
    "Aragorn takes Legolas to Rivendell hoping that the warmth of friends and memories can help the prince balance the sea-longing that's tearing him apart. While they gather with family and friends they share stories of the past and try to figure out the future. But can you only appreciate what you had when it's gone?"
    Authors' Note: "This story is slightly AU on several points from several different things.  It’s a little AU from the ROTK-EE on a few small issues since a lot of it was written before the extended edition came out.  Nothing major, but just little things like we let Aragorn keep the Evenstar even though in the EE it apparently shattered.  But after all, in Arwen’s vision, Dari was wearing it around his neck, soo... we figure it wasn’t really a big deal and could be taken symbolically with a little stretch of the imagination.
    "It’s indirectly AU in spirit from the appendixes to the ROTK book because it falls in line with the premise of our alternate ending to LOTR: “And So the End”
    "And finally it’s actually also a little AU from “And So the End” because at this point Legolas does *not* realize yet that Aragorn will be able to go over the sea as well.  “And So the End” will eventually be updated and revised to fit with this story, since we have changed our vision of these events slightly since way back when that story was written".
    "On some issues we follow movie-verse and on some issues we follow book-verse.  They are too numerous to list here, so if you have a question about it, just write and ask.  :o)  "

    For reference, on the original site Ch. 13 is listed on the authors' site as part12 and has no title. Ch. 14 was listed as 13.
    This was the last story written by the Cassia and Siobhan team. More stories follow this one to keep them chronological.

Priceless Treasure by Cassia & Siobhan. PG-13  (Block format.)
    "A generation apart, two adventures become one.
    "While wintering in Mirkwood, Aragorn is taken captive by a bounty hunter with a mysterious objective, leaving Legolas, Elrond, Elladan and Elrohir in a desperate struggle to save the young human before it is too late.
    "80 years later, Aragorn is King of Gondor, but the shadows of the past do not lie quietly and he, Legolas and Gimli find themselves in their own frightening quest to save Aragorn's young son Eldarion from someone who wants to see the King dead. Past, present and future converge in a swirling blizzard of events when Legolas makes the ultimate sacrifice for his best friend and a father's worst nightmare comes true... twice."
    Aragorn, Arwen, Elladan, Eldarion, Elrohir, Elrond, Gimli, Legolas
    Prologue > 1 > 2 > 3 > 4 > 5 > 6 > 7 > 8 > 9 > 10 > 11 > 12 > 13 > 14 > 15 > Epilogue

And So The End by Siobhan with tiny touches by Cassia. G. (Block format.)
Post RotK
AU. No Character Death.
    "We all know how the fellowship ends... or do we? Legolas takes Aragorn to see the ship he and Gimli have built to leave for the havens... but he's got a happy secret that Aragorn is about to discover, something the King had thought impossible.
    "For anyone who has ever cried their eyes out over the way the appendices ended the fellowship. :o) "

Language notes:

Ada = Dad, Daddy
Adar = Father
anno = yield
hervenn-nín = my husband
ion-nín = my son
Lasgalen = sometimes used as the name of the wood-elf realm in Mirkwood
Maethor = warrior training
meleth-nín = my Love
Mellon = friend
Mellyn = friends (plural of mellon)
Nana = Mom, Mamma
Naneth = Mother
Saelon = mentor, here used as the Maethor mentor
Vede = Uncle (made by authors)

Other websites where the authors' work may be found:
       Mellon Chronicles created by Cassia and Siobhan Cassia (a few of the MC stories). Link moved.
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