Century

A new year and a new story – Century

Century has never been published before and has been read only by two editors. I began writing it in January 2016 and it got me through that awful year of hope destroyed. Perhaps that’s why Bilbo is so grim.

Bilbo turns 100, and the past becomes very much the present. Four months of summer edging into autumn, much of which is spent walking about Southfarthing, visiting kin and looking for signs of the Parting. The legacy of Buckland has deep roots and bears poisoned fruit.

Century is Bilbo looking back at his long life and wondering how it has brought him to where he is.

Mature topics, language and scenes throughout the story. 

I will follow my previous convention of tagging the story chapters with the main POV and all speaking parts. What will be different is that I will only post a chapter after I’ve completed the draft chapter of the story I’m currently writing, The Mistress. It takes me two to four weeks to write a draft chapter, depending on the length of the chapter, how well I’ve planned it, how frenetic my life is, etc. I’m also getting a genealogy chart ready to post as a PDF, which should help with keeping track of the main characters.

To my loyal readers, thank you so much for sticking with me. I hope this story will be worth the wait.

Anglachel

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Ch. 20 – Temptation

Temptation

POV – Bilbo

In which Bilbo wrestles with the fallout of his actions in Yule and considers how to stave off temptation.

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This marks the end of Lithe. I will be taking a break from posting for a month as I deal with some large and exciting (but exhausting) changes at work.

When I’m back, I’ll probably have a few short stories and some supporting materials to post, then we’ll be on to the next story, Century.

Thank you for reading.

Anglachel

Ch. 17 – Sting

Sting

POV – Bilbo

In which madmen meet, luck is debated, confidences are shared, and Bilbo returns to old tunnels to ponder new possibilities.

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A certain piece of magical jewelry is working overtime to find the chink in Bilbo’s armor. It’s almost right.

Continue reading Ch. 17 – Sting

Ch. 13 – Tell

Tell

POV – Bilbo

In which Bilbo tells stories of the past, the Shire’s and his own, listens to the tales of others, and refuses to be told what to do.

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This chapter is mostly a large invention of Shire history, personal and political. Without quite knowing it, Bilbo puts his finger on what is truly happening around them.

Continue reading Ch. 13 – Tell

Ch. 10 – Delving

Delving

POV – Frodo

In which Frodo and Bilbo journey to the Fair and unearth the past.

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The past is never dead. It’s not even past. And it’s about to walk through the door.

Continue reading Ch. 10 – Delving

Ch. 9 – Forgive

Forgive

POV – Bilbo

In which relatives arrive, old wrongs are unearthed, new problems arise, and most are in need of forgiveness.

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Bilbo has been brooding about the wrongs done to Frodo for months and the Buckland contingent just rolled into town. This is not going to end well.

Continue reading Ch. 9 – Forgive