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"And those that sailed far came only to the new lands ..."

The Man Who Grew Tomatoes by [livejournal.com profile] pandemonium_213




Today is the final day of Akallabeth in August. Again, I want to thank everyone who participated, whether as artists and writers or readers and reviewers. I hope everyone has had as much fun this past month-and-change as I have!
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"And tales and rumours arose along the shores of the sea concerning mariners and men forlorn upon the water who, by some fate or grace or favour of the Valar, had entered in upon the Straight Way and seen the face of the world sink below them, and so had come to the lamplit quays of Avallónë, or verily to the last beaches on the margin of Aman, and there had looked upon the White Mountain, dreadful and beautiful, before they died."

A Mighty Bridge Invisible by [livejournal.com profile] a_wayfarer
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"But Sauron was not of mortal flesh, and though he was robbed now of that shape in which he had wrought so great an evil, so that he could never again appear fair to the eyes of Men, yet his spirit arose out of the deep and passed as a shadow and a black wind over the sea, and came back to Middle-earth and to Mordor that was his home."

Into This Wild Abyss: On the Perilous Edge by [livejournal.com profile] pandemonium_213

Pandemonium's story was actually supposed to be posted yesterday and Fireworks' story today, but I got the dates mixed up when putting posts together yesterday. The order of the stories has been fixed on the main site and on the index. My apologies for the mix-up! :)
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"Thus it was that great mariners among them would still search the empty seas, hoping to come upon the Isle of Meneltarma, and there to see a vision of things that were. But they found it not."

The Wrong Way to the Indies by [livejournal.com profile] f_ireworks
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"In that time those of the Númenóreans who were saved from destruction fled eastward, as is told in the Akallabêth. The chief of these were Elendil the Tall and his sons, Isildur and Anárion. Kinsmen of the King they were, descendants of Elros, but they had been unwilling to listen to Sauron, and had refused to make war on the Lords of the West. Manning their ships with all who remained faithful they forsook the land of Númenor ere ruin came upon it. They were mighty men and their ships were strong and tall, but the tempests overtook them, and they were borne aloft on hills of water even to the clouds, and they descended upon Middle-earth like birds of the storm."

The Hidden Lady by [livejournal.com profile] rhapsody11
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"And last of all the mounting wave, green and cold and plumed with foam, climbing over the land, took to its bosom Tar-Míriel the Queen, fairer than silver or ivory or pearls. Too late she strove to ascend the steep ways of the Meneltarma to the holy place; for the waters overtook her, and her cry was lost in the roaring of the wind."

Zimraphel by [livejournal.com profile] a_wayfarer

"But Ar-Pharazôn the King and the mortal warriors that had set foot upon the land of Aman were buried under falling hills: there it is said that they lie imprisoned in the Caves of the Forgotten, until the Last Battle and the Day of Doom."

I who loved her by [livejournal.com profile] dawn_felagund
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"But Ilúvatar showed forth his power, and he changed the fashion of the world. And those that sailed furthest set but a girdle about the Earth and returned weary at last to the place of their beginning; and they said:

'All roads are now bent.'"

Bedtime Tales of the Sun by [livejournal.com profile] dawn_felagund
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"But pride was now his master, and at last he left his ship and strode upon the shore, claiming the land for his own, if none should do battle for it. And a host of the Númenóreans encamped in might about Túna, whence all the Eldar had fled."

Small Expectations by [livejournal.com profile] a_wayfarer
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"And out of the west there would come at times a great cloud in the evening, shaped as it were an eagle, with pinions spread to the north and the south; and slowly it would loom up, blotting out the sunset, and then uttermost night would fall upon Númenor. And some of the eagles bore lightning beneath their wings, and thunder echoed between sea and cloud."

Into This Wild Abyss: A Tempest's Name by [livejournal.com profile] pandemonium_213, Illustrated by [livejournal.com profile] ladyelleth
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"But Elendil did all that his father had bidden, and his ships lay off the east coast of the land; and the Faithful put aboard their wives and their children, and their heirlooms, and great store of goods."

Fear and Wonder by [livejournal.com profile] lady_roisin
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"It is said that Amandil set sail in a small ship at night, and steered first eastward, and then went about and passed into the west. And he took with him three servants, dear to his heart, and never again were they heard of by word or sign in this world, nor is there any tale or guess of their fate."

At the Edge of the World by [livejournal.com profile] lady_roisin
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"And Sauron, sitting in his black seat in the midst of the Temple, had laughed ..."

A-chibi-bêth in August: A Comic Interlude by [livejournal.com profile] whitewave
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"Now came the hour that Sauron had prepared and long had awaited. And Sauron spoke to the King, saying that his strength was now so great that he might think to have his will in all things, and be subject to no command or ban."

Into This Wild Abyss: This Mortal Coil by [livejournal.com profile] pandemonium_213

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Since it is the 25th of August and Ar-Pharazon is just getting talked into annihilating his people, it's probably becoming obvious to many of you that "Akallabeth in August" would actually be more properly termed "Akallabeth in August and a Little Bit of September." The response we got for this project was nothing short of overwhelming, and rather than trying to cram multiple stories into single days, we're going to let the project run its course and end whenever it chooses to, which will probably be the first week of September. However, we're not going to change the name from "Akallebeth in August"; it's just easier to type. :)

Thank you to all of you still hanging in with the Numenoreans and a special thanks to those of you who have given such encouraging reviews to the AinA authors!
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"And they sailed now with power and armoury to Middle-earth, and they came no longer as bringers of gifts, nor even as rulers, but as fierce men of war. And they hunted the men of Middle-earth and took their goods and enslaved them, and many they slew cruelly upon their altars."

War Children by [livejournal.com profile] f_ireworks
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"Thereafter the fire and smoke went up without ceasing; for the power of Sauron daily increased, and in that temple, with spilling of blood and torment and great wickedness, men made sacrifice to Melkor that he should release them from Death."

Sacrifice by [livejournal.com profile] surgicalsteel

(Please note that this story has been rated for adult audiences by its author)
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"And the first fire upon the altar Sauron kindled with the hewn wood of Nimloth, and it crackled and was consumed; but men marvelled at the reek that went up from it, so that the land lay under a cloud for seven days, until slowly it passed into the west."

While We Live by [livejournal.com profile] j_dav
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"But Sauron caused to be built upon the hill in the midst of the city of the Númenóreans, Armenelos the Golden, a mighty temple; and it was in the form of a circle at the base, and there the walls were fifty feet in thickness, and the width of the base was five hundred feet across the centre, and the walls rose from the ground five hundred feet, and they were crowned with a mighty dome. And that dome was roofed all with silver, and rose glittering in the sun, so that the light of it could be seen afar off; but soon the light was darkened, and the silver became black."

A Struggle with Darkness by [livejournal.com profile] f_ireworks
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Today for AinA, we have two entries, a drabble and a short story, so do check them both out! :)

"And Ar-Pharazôn said: 'Who is the Lord of the Darkness?'

Then behind locked doors Sauron spoke to the King, and he lied, saying: 'It is he whose name is not now spoken; for the Valar have deceived you concerning him. His name is Melkor, Lord of All, Giver of Freedom, and he shall make you stronger than they.'"

His Own Dark Designs by [livejournal.com profile] indy1776

"Isildur said no word, but went out by night and did a deed for which he was afterwards renowned."

A Game of Risk by [livejournal.com profile] oloriel
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"Yet such was the cunning of his mind and mouth, and the strength of his hidden will, that ere three years had passed he had become closest to the secret counsels of the King; for flattery sweet as honey was ever on his tongue, and knowledge he had of many things yet unrevealed to Men."

The Last Temptation by [livejournal.com profile] f_ireworks


(Please note that this is a multi-chapter story, so be sure to page through all the chapters! :)
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"And Sauron came. Even from his mighty tower of Barad-dûr he came, and made no offer of battle. For he perceived that the power and majesty of the Kings of the Sea surpassed all rumour of them, so that he could not trust even the greatest of his servants to withstand them; and he saw not his time yet to work his will with the Dúnedain. And he was crafty, well skilled to gain what he would by subtlety when force might not avail. Therefore he humbled himself before Ar-Pharazôn and smoothed his tongue; and men wondered, for all that he said seemed fair and wise."

Hostage by [livejournal.com profile] surgicalsteel

(For those who might be coming late to the party, the complete listing of stories for AinA in available on the Akallabeth in August homepage! :)

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