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Hello all!

First and foremost, I'd like to thank the participants of the Horrifying October event - it was wonderful seeing all those recs and new works emerge and I was so happy that there were so many entries. I hope that all the members of the community also enjoyed the event.

A special thank you goes to Himring, hennethgalad, and Alex Cat who provided fills for most prompts. Ridiculous Squid and Lancelottie also provided lovely fills for a few prompts - thank you.

(Please feel free to use the banner above, if you'd like to.)

So, here's the final roundup. If I have left anyone out, please let me know and I'll edit the post to add your contribution. Thank you!


Day 26: Smaug

New works:
- Treasures by Alex Cat (Bilbo has a treasure too.)

Day 27: Ëol

Himring's art recs:
- Eol Forges Anglachel by BlueOakRogue
- Trapped in Nan Elmoth by by TurnerMohan
- Silmarillion: Nan Elmoth by LadyElleth
- Welcome to Nan - Elmoth - Eol and Aredhel by Noldomirwen
- Also, this fic has an interesting take on Eol: The Bluntness of Grief by Quantumphysica

New work:
- Ëol by hennethgalad
- Mother and Son by Alex Cat (Eöl laments losing Aredhel.)

Day 28: Warg

Himring recs:
- Survival of the Fittest by Erulisse
- Image rec (warg riders): Orcs and wargs by TarGrond

New work:
- Wargs by hennethgalad
- Fire Burns by Alex Cat (Bilbo is cornered by a warg.)

Day 29: Beast With Human Face

- Himring recs "The Goblin Town Gates" and "Long Gone Before" by Dwimordene

New work
- Beast With Human Face by hennethgalad
- The Monster Beneath by Alex Cat (Frodo fears Boromir’s lust for the Ring.)

Day 30: Creepy Basement

Himring's recs:
- Here's a short humorous one: Your Dungeons are Inadequate by Aiwen
- And a longer one, with some action in the dungeons and cellars of Barad-dur: Bringing Trouble to Barad-dur by Aiwen
- Also, this one has a heart-breaking contrast between the caves of Nargothrond and the horror of the dungeons of Tol-in-Gaurhoth: Kingfisher in a Cage by heget

New work:
- Bilbo in the Dungeon by Alex Cat (Bilbo finds a way out.)
- Creepy Basement by hennethgalad ("Thanduil looked up in irritation as a small shower of flaking plaster...")

Day 31: Dol-Guldur

Himring's recs:
- ómaryo airetári-lírinen by somebraveapollo (She summons words of power, words of destruction, whispers them to the empty night sky.)
- The Better Part of Valour by Keiliss (Elladan and his grandparents assess the situation. It's not good.)

New work:
- Dol Guldur by Alex Cat (Legolas ponders the evil stronghold.)
- Dol Guldur by hennethgalad ("Mithrandil smiled warmly as Thranduil rose to greet him…")
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Day 18: Orcs

New work:
- Bright Swords by Ridiculous Squid
"She whimpered and opened her eyes, the images still vivid before her…"

Day 20: Morgoth

Himring's recs
- Dark Fruit by Lyra (in: The Book of Short Tales) (Imprisoned in the battle-camp of the Valarin host after the War of Wrath, Melkor receives an unexpected and unwelcome visitor... and does some last-minute sowing.)

- Strange Fire by Dwimordene (Melkor meets humanity: a theological romance with Haradrim.)

- Sauron Applies For His Job by Himring (Before the throne of Angband, Sauron makes his application for the job of lieutenant to Morgoth, the Dark Lord. For reasons unknown and unexplained (possibly just to make things appropriately hellishly difficult) the application has to be made in rhyme…)

New work:
- Morgoth's Punishment by Alex Cat (Morgoth realizes the depth of his punishment.)

Day 21: Ungoliant

Himring's rec:
- Here's a rec in which Ungoliant isn't, zoologically, a spider: Conditional Release by Anna_Wing
In which the Valar make a decision about the conditions of Melkor's release from Mandos which is in my view rather better than the one that They actually made.
(This fic is great fun and a treat over all, but Ungoliant is actually pretty horrifying.)
- Here's an image rec, too. Not likely to trigger arachnophobia, unless anyone's got it really badly. Ungoliant kills the Trees by MirachRavaia

New work:
- Ungoliant by hennethgalad
- Darkness Again by Alex Cat (Ungoliant plans her future.)

Day 22: Gríma Wormtongue

Himring's recs:
- Drabble sequence at Tolkien Weekly by Huinare (This is the Grima tag at Tolkien Weekly, as I'm not sure it's cross-posted anywhere as a sequence.)
- And here is an individual drabble of the sequence: Scream by Huinare
- And another one: Dark Shall Be Your Dreams by Huinare

New work:
- Gríma Wormtongue by hennethgalad ("The orcs rose from the tall grass on either side of the road…")
- The Death of Saruman by Alex Cat (Grima does his last deed.)

Day 23: Deadly doctor

New work:
- Deadly Doctor by hennethgalad ("Maeglin, firm of purpose but cold with fear…")

Day 24: Lorgan

Himring's recs:
- Trapped by Zimra (When Aerin and her husband go to visit Lorgan, she sees someone she never dreamed she would meet - but it's more like a nightmare.)
- Morwen lives (a drabble), in: Aerin and Broddun II (drabble sequence)
by Himring ("‘My hair stood on end, I tell you!’ says Sador…")

New work:
- Lorgan by hennethgalad ("Lorgan rode towards Angband, cold from the northern wind…")

New work:
- Morgoth's Faithful Servant by Alex Cat (Lorgan served his master always.)

Day 25: Under a Spell

Himring's recs:
- Lúthien's spell by Dilly ("It was notorious, in Doriath, that Lúthien’s beauty was so powerful than her charms were able to cross the usual lines…")

New work:
- The Worst Spell by Alex Cat (The One Ring casts the worst spell of all.)
- Under a Spell by hennethgalad ("Bear shifted uncomfortably, the fleas in his dearskin…")

Day 26: Smaug

Himring's recs:
- Smaug, (in: The Black Arrow) by ziggy ("The stench of sulphur was overpowering, like marsh gas or rotten eggs…")
- Golden Fall by Kortirion ("Ripples glimmered, shining brightly where stray sunbeams caught them…")

As usual, please let me know if I've missed any contribution. Thanks so much to everyone participating! Hope you're having fun!
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Day 6: Sauron
New work:
- Into Darkness by Lancelottie of Mirkwood (Thranduil is captured and interrogated by Sauron.)

Day 12: Spiders
Lancelottie's rec:
- Extermination by Apollonia (King Thranduil is fed up with the spiders slowly taking over his realm and decides that they must be exterminated. But when he meets the Spider King face to face, he learns that the Spider King agrees that there can be only one dominant race in Mirkwood and that the other must be destroyed.)

Day 13: Witch-king of Angmar
New works:
- His Doom by Alex Cat (The Witch king believes himself invincible.)

Day 14: The Temple of Melkor
Himring's art recs:
- The outside of the temple: The evil runs deep in Numenor by Oznerol-1516
- The inside: Sacrifice by MirachRavaia
- And a cartoon: The Last Laugh by Kitt-Otter

New works:
- The Temple of Melkor by hennethgalad
- Worship by Alex Cat (Sauron builds a temple to his master. Or does he?)

Day 15: Gollum
Himring's recs:
- "Here's a blackly comic piece in which the horrifying thing is what is happening to Gollum: A crack and the staff split asunder: Crackfic and General Wackiness by Huinare (Non-violent communication in Barad-dur, by Huinare (in: A crack and the staff split asunder))

New works:
- Gollum by hennethgalad ("Thranduil, his hair swirling like smoke around his pale face…")

- Unmaking of the Ring by Alex Cat
Gollum burns in the fires of Mount Doom.

Day 16: Corpse Land
- Talullah and Himring rec Harvester of Sorrow by Robinka (For the International Day of Fanworks: an orc and his grim job.)

Himring also recs two pieces referencing the Hill of the Slain after Nirnaeth Arnoediad:
- A Moment after Rain by Elleth (in: Sulimeo Quentar) (This is a short poem (and more of a treat than a trick).)
- Rian's Only Metal Hit by Amy Fortuna (This is labelled "humour", but that last scene isn't really played for laughs.)

New work:
- The Marshes by Alex Cat (Legolas has seen the Dead Marshes.)

Day 17: Thuringwethil
Himring's recs:
- Twilight’s Daughters by Rhapsody (Bereft of her guise, Thuringwethil remembers the fair Lúthien. Femslash. Adult.)
- To Love What Is Mortal by Astris (Thuringwethil pays a visit to someone she once knew. (Rather onesided Lúthien/Thuringwethil).)
- Dark Mirror by Zdenka (in: Drabbles: The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales) (Lúthien has taken Thuringwethil's skin to wear; Thuringwethil takes it back for a moment. (Lúthien/Thuringwethil. Warning for brief possession/horror.))
- Thirst by Clodia (in: Beneath the Sickle's Swing) (Thuringwethil after the fall of Utumno, drabble sequence)
- Luthien dons Thuringwethil's bat garb by Pandemonium (in: Gothmog and Draugluin) (A cartoon)

New Work:
- Thuringwethil by hennethgalad
- The Imposter by Alex Cat (Luthien borrowed her skin and it sometimes haunts her.)

Day 18: Orcs
Himring's recs:
- The Burning Cold of Snow by Erulisse (Mordor was not only used by evil in the Third Age. It had been used by Morgoth in the First Age. Brushkût, an orc from Mordor is trained to join the troops at Angband and sets off with his regiment, walking through the dead of winter towards the far north.)
- Caught in the Running Flames (The Damned Kind Remix) by Elleth (The Dagor Bragollach... from the other side, and a brief crossing of paths.)
- The Anatomy of Orcs by MisbehavingMaiar (An academic essay composed by an unnamed Numenorian naturalist; (an open-minded lady of the court of Ar-Adûnakhôr) concerning the biology and habits of Orcs.)

New work:
- Orcs by hennethgalad (Fingolfin stared in horror as the prisoner was brought in…)
- Shamed by Alex Cat (A very old Orc remembers his origins.)

Day 19: Shelob
Himring's recs:
- only the sleep eternal / in an eternal night by simaetha ("The world is a terrible place,” you tell the small creature, kindly.)
- The Spider and the Bat. in: Tolkien Drabbles: The Silmarillion, part 2 by Zdenka (Thuringwethil's intended tryst with one of Ungoliant's offspring in Nan Dungortheb goes awry.)

New work:
- Shelob by Alex Cat (Shelob is still waiting.)
- Shelob by hennethgalad ("The carter sighed with exasperation…")

Day 20: Morgoth
New work:
- Morgoth by hennethgalad (supermassive black hole time…)
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