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Mael-Gûl

Mael-Gûl

by Aislynn Crowdaughter
Rated: Very strictly adult.
Summary: Very dark A.U. Legolas slave fic. Mirkwood is a subjected realm and must give hostages to the other Elven realms as slaves. Legolas is the slave of Aragorn, who is a sadist. And to keep Legolas loyal to the Ranger, he is bound by a cruel spell: the Mael-Gûl

Disclaimer: The universe I play in is not mine. J.R.R. Tolkien owns the characters, safe a few original characters in side roles. Peter Jackson owns the Movies. I borrow their creations without permission. I make no money out of this.

This story was inspired by BlueGolds story "Bound", which can be found here: http://lotr.adultfanfiction.net/story.php?no=10373.
I use similar plot ideas here with her permission.

Pairing: Aragorn/Legolas (mainly), Boromir/Legolas, Gimli/Legolas, Others/Legolas
Warnings: Slash, m/m, BDSM, torture, toys, d/s, *very* graphic descriptions; abuse both physical and sexual. Non-con and debatable consent. Read at your own discretion, and please heed the warnings. I mean it!

Chapters:Mael-Gûl-Intro; 0-Prologue;
1-Return to Rivendell, Part I; 2-Return to Rivendell, Part II; 3-Questions; 4-Promises; 5-Elrond's Decision; 6-News from Home; 7-Arwen; 8-Council Morning; 9-The Council of Elrond, Pt. I; 10-The Council of Elrond, Pt. II; 11-Standing Trial; 12-Defiance; 13-Preparations; 14-Punishment, Part I; 15-Punishment, Part II; 16-The Morning After; 17-A Near Escape; 18-Departure; 19-On The Road; 20-Trials and Nightmares; 21-Dark Visions; 22-Resolution; 23-Recovery; 24-Hide and Seek; 25-Caught!; 26-Spilling the Beans; 27-Extending the Spell; 28-Repercussions; 29-Past and Present, I; 30-Past and Present, II: Glorfindel; 31-Past and Present, III: Estel; 32-Keeping the Bargain; 33-Past and Present IV: Falling in Love, I; 34-Past and Present IV: Falling in Love, II; 35-Respite; 36-Past and Present V: Master and Slave, I; 37-Past and Present V: Master and Slave, II; 38-Past and Present V: Master and Slave, Part III - Aragorn; 39-Musings; 40-Finding Resolve; 41-Temptations; 42-Night on Carahras, I; 43-Night on Caradhras, II; 44-Seeking the Sun; 45-Of Wargs and Wizards, I; 46-Of Wargs and Wizards, II; 47-Through The Dark; 48-Refuge; 49-Of Friends and Foes; 50-Shadow and Flame; 51-The Golden Wood; 52-The Three Brothers; 53-Into The Wood; 54-Rúmil; 55- The Lady of Light; 56- Terrible as The Dawn, Part I; 56- Terrible as The Dawn, Part II;


Stand alones: Mael-Gûl Interlude: Two Drabbles - Love Oath (Aragorn's POV); Love, Betrayed (Legolas' POV);


Comments

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(Anonymous)
May. 1st, 2006 06:51 pm (UTC)
Finally found your fic again
I'm glad that I finally found your fic again :). I've been looking for it all over the net since the 2 sites u posted the fic in have gone down. 1 site just get a 'page cannot be displayed' message while the other only the main page is working, can go to any other section.

abc
crowdaughter
May. 3rd, 2006 05:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Finally found your fic again
Hi, abc! I'm glad you found your way here! Usually, I post here before I update at aff net or Mirormere, so you hit the best place! Thank you for your comments, and enjoy the ride!

Cheers,

Aislynn
firya_y
Jul. 16th, 2006 11:41 pm (UTC)
Hi Aislynn
I follow your story usually on Mirrormere, but then I find your livejournal here and I can't help to ask you a question.

I like your fiction and I adorn your effort to make all your characters and your AU setting reasonable, especially after I looked through some reviews. However, I still wonder why you chose to use the setting of Bound to write your 1st LOTR fiction at first. Do you like Bound so much that you dedicate this one to its author?
crowdaughter
Jul. 17th, 2006 12:38 am (UTC)
Re: Hi Aislynn
Hi, Fifya_y,

thank you for the praise! Actually, I chose to write my story based on the setting of bound, because the setting fascinated me. I was interested in the original plot bunny of Cheysuli and followed the story Bluegold wrote, based on this bunny, but I was dissatisfied with especially one point of Cheysulis original setting, which Bluegold followed as requested by the original idea: That Aragorn should be portrayed as a real jerk and the evil guy, without any redeeming qualities. This was a requirement of the original bunny, but not a characterization I could rely to; and also, I always wondered why the Legolas in Bluegold's fic did not simply cut that Aragorn's throat, when Aragorn was portrayed in a way that even Elrohir and Elladan might have been willing to swear that it had been an accident. I started to think about how such a setting could work, and this was the beginning of Mael-Gul.

As it turned out, the story developed from there and took a large part of my life. There are a few other LOTR plot bunnies I have to which I'd like to write sttories at some point, one of them my little gen fic idea "Journey to Mordor". But they'll have to wait until Mael-Gul is finished, I think.

And why I give credit to Bluegold's story "Bound" every chapter is very easy: without her original story, Mael-Gul would not have been started and would not be written. Also, she graciously gave me permission to write my fic, which is ispired by hers and using the same plot bunny after all, under the condition that I gave credit. Which is fair enough!

Anyway, I hope you will continue to read my story, and perhaps also review on it! I love feedback!

Greetings to you and Cheers,

Aislynn
raphaha
Sep. 3rd, 2006 06:58 am (UTC)
Hello!
I want to say that I love your story. Bound was good also but I didn't like the end. It was to silly in my opinion.
I really love dark and angsty stories and hope you keep on writing Mael-Gul!!
crowdaughter
Sep. 6th, 2006 09:02 pm (UTC)
Hi, Raphaha! Thank you for the praise! Rest assured that will continue my fic, although I have to struggle for each new line at the moment.Just some attack from writer's block mixed up with demanding Real Life... but, I a writing on this, and the next update is in the works. Promised! And it always helpes to know that there are people out there who actually wait to read more of my fic! :)

Thank you again for your praise, and Cheers! Glad to have you on board!

Aislynn
samtyr
Mar. 14th, 2008 04:12 am (UTC)
I just discovered your fic (being a newbie to LotR fandom) and I am totally fascinated by this particular AU. I have to admit though, that I am unable to access the link for "Bound". No idea why, it just doesn't work, which is a pity because I love seeing how spin-offs develop. I'm very interested in reading the rest of this AU you have developed.
crowdaughter
Mar. 14th, 2008 07:23 am (UTC)
so, daemerl is down?
Hi, Samtyr! Thank you for your comment!

So, the daemel site is down, now? That is bad, especially since I first have to find out if there is a new site for the daemel archive, and then change the links in over fifty chapters of my story at five different archives. *Headdesk*

Anyway, if you want to read BlueGold's story "Bound", check out her profile at adultfanfiction.net. She has posted her story there, too. And I think it is posted also at the Mirrormere archive. The links to those archives should be available through my links page on this lj account.

Thank you for your kind comments!

Aislynn
lancslass
Mar. 16th, 2008 04:40 pm (UTC)
Mael-Gul
I sort of stumbled upon this little fic of yours, and wow, I've done no work and stayed up late to read it. I've got to chapter 37, and thought I would just take a peek at the last chapter, and it's not finished.

Can you tell me if you are going to continue, or have you got fed-up with it? I love it and would like you to finish it. Know each chapter is long and must take a lot of effort to write, but please carry on.

I'm no writer but I enjoy reading other peoples work. I have a lot of time to read, please don't give up on this
Thank you
Ali
crowdaughter
Mar. 16th, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Mael-Gul
Hi, Ali,

actually, the latest chapter has just been posted yesterday. So, while my writing has indeed slowed down a lot, I have every intention to finish this story and bring it to a satisfying ending. Welcome to the ride, and I hope you'll enjoy!
(Anonymous)
Jul. 7th, 2008 06:47 pm (UTC)
Mael Gul?
Hey Crowdaughter, I've been reading your story "Mael-Gul" and I love it. I think i've read it at least 5 times over. Are you planning to continue the work or are you going to stop? I really hope you continue! >.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 6th, 2009 01:35 pm (UTC)
This was amazing. What a wonderful prize to find and read over the holidays. Real life intervenes and I must find a way to pull back from your world. However, I will be frequently checking for updates. I sincerely hope that you plan to continue. Thank you again for sharing this gift.
greypigeon
Mar. 14th, 2010 12:42 pm (UTC)
Many thanks!
It is nice to finally be able to leave a comment to your work, Aislynn! I am new on LJ, but well familiar with your story. I made an account to dare and post something of mine here, but that also gives me a perfect opportunity to say my thanks for such a long, wonderful, detailed and entertaining story.

It must have been a lot of work and research to write something like this, the very idea is original and worth continuing. must say that rarely one finds so detailed notes under the main text, I mean quotes from LOTR, appendixes and so solid a timeline. You care for details, which is worth good praising!^^

I like very much how deep you go into characteristics of each person. You stick mainly to Legolas and aragorn, of course, but you do not treat others like mere space-fillers. I must thank you for lighting Boromir's character, for mostly he is showed as a brutal, uncultured guy powered by greed, having typically mannish features. You went different wya, showing him deeper, making him indobetedly human - in appearance, way of thinking and such - but in no mean rude or uncivilized. I like this character best in your work, apart from the main ones. I also like Glorfindel. He fits my scheme of a noble Lord of Gondolin. As for Elrond...^^" I cannot help but feel sorry that it had to be him being the black character, for he is my favourite Elf in whole Middle Earth, but I can cope with it. For your story.^^ But I must admit that he acts very believable as a ruler consumed by evil. He is dangerous and fearsome. You made him a disturbing one - but still, one most recognizable in your story. After all, that's the point, to leave a reader disturbed.

I really am looking forward the continuation! Could you tell me if you plan to continue? Please do... An update would be really wonderful.

So, thank you once again for the adventure with Mael-Gul, which is one of not many stories I keep returning to and reading again and again, and probably the best slave-fic I have ever encountered. It was worth the time and investing in a good dictionary. (I'm still learning.)

Hoping for a reply, I wish you the best and stay
your sincerely

Grey Pigeon
crowdaughter
Jan. 29th, 2011 10:24 pm (UTC)
Dear Grey Pigeon,

Thank you for your long comment and soryy for the delay in replying (almost a year. Ow!) To answer your qurestion; yes, the story does continue, even though I am writing with the slowness of great glaciers. Since March last year there has been at least one update, and I am working on the next two chapters as I speak. I have also written the end, already, although it will still be a while until I reach that point. For now, it is my goal to get the Fellowship (and the ring) safely out of Lothlorien, again. I am so very glad you follow this story (that is, I hope you still do *looks shifty*), and comments like yours are what keeps me going. I hope I can deliver the next chapter soon!

As for Elrond... we see how the story turns out, and if there can be some kind of redemption. But give the fact that in this story, he has been quite thoroughly corrupted, this would be quiet a feat...

Thank you again for your wonderful comment, and sorry for the long delay in replying!

Aislynn
keiko46
Mar. 1st, 2011 12:01 am (UTC)
Yes!

I can't wait to read the 2 new chapters you mentioned XD
(Anonymous)
Dec. 28th, 2011 12:46 am (UTC)
I am in LOVE with your story!!!
im so glad i found this!!! it has so much detail and emotion!!! WHEN ARE YOU GONNA FINISH!!! lol
Cassie Hughes
Nov. 28th, 2013 01:08 pm (UTC)
Ok so its been 2 yrs since your last update but I'm still hoping you will finish this. I really love this story, the emotion is just fantastic and the character portrayals just so good, it draws me in each time I come back to see if theres any more yet. Please, at least let me know if they break the spell and if Legolas survives.
My nails can't take the suspense much longer!!
crowdaughter
Jul. 26th, 2014 06:56 pm (UTC)
Dear Casie, I see with chagrin that this comment is from 2013, qne still no update has hapened. I do have to get back to this. I'll try!
Thank you for your continued support.

Aislynn

Edited at 2014-07-26 06:56 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous)
May. 24th, 2014 02:13 pm (UTC)
Update
Dear Aislynn, love your story. It´s just amazing how well researched the chapters are and it is so bitter sweet. Can´t wait for an update, please do not let the story just end like this! :-) It will be interresting to read how Boromirs death will affect Legolas & Aragorn. Please do not let it end!
crowdaughter
Jul. 26th, 2014 06:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Update
Well, I try. Thank you for your continued support.
Still, live happens. But you are right, I do have to finish this baby.
(Anonymous)
Jul. 26th, 2014 06:07 am (UTC)
Test, just a test
Hello. And Bye.
crowdaughter
Jul. 26th, 2014 06:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Test, just a test
??? Test for what? If I am still alive? I am, but well... rarely online, I fear. Sorry!
(Anonymous)
Sep. 15th, 2014 02:59 pm (UTC)
knock knock are you there? knock knock give me an answer.. pls finish this story.. i'm dying here!!
(Anonymous)
Sep. 30th, 2014 03:47 pm (UTC)
This is an incredibly well-written story, and while I could never write something like it and tend to prefer lighter-hearted ones, I do think stories like this are more the reality of many situations.

Aside from the horror of the torture Legolas goes through, the other part that "gets" to me is Arwen for some reason...she is her father's daughter, I suppose, and I was really disturbed by her wanting to watch the torture, and I imagine she would end up participating in it if the three of them ended up together. (or does she agree to this because of her jealousy about Legolas, how it might help her ensure Aragorn will stay with her?). Was curious if you viewed Aragorn's love for Arwen as a partial coping device, to help him distance himself from what he was doing for Legolas? Or if he truly does love her more? (I'd certainly rather he decides he loves Legolas more, but that may be too fairytale).

Part of me wants them to be released from the spell after the War of the Ring and Aragorn to treat him *properly*, whether he's also with Arwen or not, and part of me wants Legolas to tell him *no* and move on (to Gimli, I think).

Aragorn doesn't know about the initial bindings and all of the rape, correct? I hope he comes to know it sometime.

If you end up not finishing it, was wondering if you might write an epilogue? I think I read somewhere that you knew how it ends? (of course not possible if you don't know for sure, and I know things can change as a person writes.....but if you feel fairly certain about it, I would definitely like to know....mostly just what happens to Legolas and Aragorn afterward with regard to their relationship.)

In this universe, would Elrond and Galadriel still be able to reach Valinor? (I would hope not, but curious).
crowdaughter
Sep. 30th, 2014 08:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you!!!
Dear Anonymous,

thank you for your thoughtful comment! Thank you for the praqise about my writing; and yes, while I like slash and do prefer reading about a more functional relationships myself (especially with these two chracters!) - the point of this story was to write a completely dysfunctional one, but one in which the characters are still remaining credible and in character. I am glad you think I managed.

Since my answer is too long to post in one part, I shall try to post it in two parts (Gee, a second-part-comment). So, here goes:

Aside from the horror of the torture Legolas goes through, the other part that "gets" to me is Arwen for some reason...she is her father's daughter, I suppose, and I was really disturbed by her wanting to watch the torture, and I imagine she would end up participating in it if the three of them ended up together. (or does she agree to this because of her jealousy about Legolas, how it might help her ensure Aragorn will stay with her?).

I think she is her fathers daughter, in this universe, and even more so, her grandmothers fledgling. She has grown up under the influence of Elrond, who is deeply corrupted, and of Galadriel, who is also wearing one of the Three rings, and it shows. I think, in this universe she is as mindlessly cruel, as her brothers Elladan and Elrohir are; and while these two even turned out to be, in some way, at least concerned about their "little brother", Aragorn, Arwen may perhaps be a little jealous - but mostly, she may simply think that the whole situation with Legolas may be all right, if he is to remain Aragorn's slave when she and Aragorn are married. I do not know if you have read the chapters about the Golden wood already (sadly, the latest chapters of the story I have written, so far); if you have read "The Lady of Light" and "Terrible as the Dawn", you might have an idea where Arwen's atitude is coming from. Given the influence she was raised on, one might say that she still turned out somewhat well. However, I also think that she simply think that Legolas' taking the sufering part to fulfill Aragorn's needs to get aroused while she can take the benefits may be a good solution to make it work. To give her credit, at the start of the story, Aragorn himself apparently thinks something along of these lines... but, as we see, at least he does not stay there.

Was curious if you viewed Aragorn's love for Arwen as a partial coping device, to help him distance himself from what he was doing for Legolas? Or if he truly does love her more? (I'd certainly rather he decides he loves Legolas more, but that may be too fairytale).

I think that Aragorn in this story, has one true love, and it isn't Arwen. He might think (in fact, he does think) that he loves her, and I think it is really possible (and even likely) he loves her, too. However, if he had to choose betwen her and Legolas... well, he might even choose to marry her, if he could find a way to free Legolas of the spell. Not because he does not Legolas, but on the contrary.

Part of me wants them to be released from the spell after the War of the Ring and Aragorn to treat him *properly*, whether he's also with Arwen or not, and part of me wants Legolas to tell him *no* and move on (to Gimli, I think).

Well, I had experimented with several scenarios during the development of this story, but the story took a development of her own, and by now I am pretty sure that ARAGORN himself wants Legolas to be free of the spell, and free of HIM; when everything is over. Hi idiocy, thoug, is that he still has not arrived at the conclusion that he should probably ask his *elf* (as in, Legolas himself) what he might prefer, but still thinks he has to make that decision... As for who or what Legolas would choose... I think, the scenario I would prefer (as would Aragorn) is that he would be free, without the spell, and without the need to have himself be bound to anyone. And maybe then he might end up with Gimli, if as a friend or as a lover would remain to be seen.

However, if they ever arive at that point, or if the spell can truly broken, remains to be seen. And Legolas, at this point of the story, may still think he wants to stay with Aragorn...



(Anonymous)
Oct. 1st, 2014 01:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Thank you!!!
Thanks so much for such an in-depth reply, I really appreciate that. This story was very gripping, again because I think it so accurately portrays reality (having never been in such a situation, I'm not entirely sure, but it makes sense that Aragorn would develop the "Master" attitude, that Legolas *has* to be deferential to help his people survive (the eye removal scene was just horrific...). And I'm sure things like this have happened and currently happen in real life (slavery, etc, and perhaps not spells but who knows for sure!) and seeing Master/Servant cope with that is really heart-wrenching.

I agree that I would like Legolas to be freed at the end. It's interesting to think about the scenarios, but I imagine (based on how its going) them staying together out of Legolas' own free will could be the most satisfying one, although it's possible their relationship could be too tainted for that.

I like the take on the elven rings i.e., many stories use them "for good" and the elves are uncorrupted. I hadn't actually thought about it before, but it makes more sense that they would "leak" their own negative influence over time.

Again this is just so very well-written both in terms of the writing but the plot, character development, etc. I appreciate stories that stick in my brain, and think about abuse more broadly i.e., it's not black or white. (meaning Aragorn isn't "evil".)

And Arwen spending so much time with Galadriel....yes, that is very scary. And perhaps she participated in some of that, perhaps not, but she must have seen the punishment spell and its effects to decide to refuse it. I doubt she could have spent so much time there and not seen things. And someone like Glorfindel would come to a point of refusal to participate, but Arwen, for some reason I think she wouldn't come to that point ever. (just based on how she's been thus far...)

Glorfindel and Lindir redeem the Noldor for me, though.

Greatly enjoy the hobbits, they are more "good" through and through. And how they protect Legolas.

Poor Legolas.......it would have to take so much mental fortitude to do what he's doing. (and you too to write this! Such a complex story).
crowdaughter
Sep. 30th, 2014 08:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Part II
Aragorn doesn't know about the initial bindings and all of the rape, correct? I hope he comes to know it sometime.

Aragorn has no idea. And that is the tragic in this relationship. While Legolas is well aware why Aragorn turned out to be thius cruel, and what Elrond has done to the boy/man Estel Legolas once learned to love, Aragorn himself thinks that his cruelty and all his needs and preferences are just coming out of himself, and loathes himself because of it. But Legolas is well aware that the very attempt of Aragorn to save him, and bind himself to Legolas as much as Legolas was bound to him, has ruined what they once had together. That is part of why he still manages to love Estel, and Aragorn, the man into whom Estel was corrupted.

I do not know if Aragorn will ever learn the truth. If so, things might not turn out well for his love to his foster-father... but at this point, he has already arrived at the thought that he wants Legolas to be freed of the spell, no matter what. In the end, things may take a very different turn from what Elrond in this universe is hoping or expecting.

And no, Aragorn also has no idea of the story and the way Legolas was initially broken and subjected to the spell, either. Which is curious, because he does know how the spell is extended to others. But apparently, he has remained a little blind to the implications...

If you end up not finishing it, was wondering if you might write an epilogue? I think I read somewhere that you knew how it ends? (of course not possible if you don't know for sure, and I know things can change as a person writes.....but if you feel fairly certain about it, I would definitely like to know....mostly just what happens to Legolas and Aragorn afterward with regard to their relationship.)

Gods, I want to finish this! But the irony is that I have already written notes about the final chapters, and of course, I do know what willhappen to Legolas, Elrond, Galadriel, Aragorn, Glorfindel, the Twins, and even Thranduil. The problem is ever ariving there... but I will try. As for the epilogue, we'll see. I might take that option.

In this universe, would Elrond and Galadriel still be able to reach Valinor? (I would hope not, but curious).

They might, but they might not like what awaits them there. Can you spell "Circle of Doom"? I cannot imagine the Valar would be very happy with the two of them. They might find themselves getting a straight passage to Mandos.

But then, it is also possible that they may not end up going there. Aragorn may yet get the right idea what will be necessary to brealk the spell, and if he does, I cannot imagine Elrond and Galadriel would be wiling to cooperate. On the other hand, Aragorn may then have arrived at the point with them where he will not take "No" for an answer. And if at that pont he has become king of Gondor... well, things could turn out to be interesting.

In fact, I hope they will.

If you want to know how the story is meant to end (being spoiled, I mean), contact me by e-mail, and I'll tell you. To be honest, I don't know if I will manage to continue it anytime soon, and when I will be able to continue and to finish the thing. But if you should prefer to wait, I will try to write on, because I really, really want to finish this... sometimes. :)

Thank you again for your wonderful, thoughtful review!

Aislynn
(Anonymous)
Oct. 1st, 2014 01:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Thank you, Part II
Ah yes, Circle of Doom! (My Tolkien is a bit rusty, I had forgotten about that!). Thank goodness.

Aragorn figuring out how to break the spell, etc as you discuss above, that is a dramatic scene. Would greatly enjoy him standing up to Elrond if it went that direction.

I did think differently about Aragorn after I realized he had been corrupted also, and after I realized how much he freely loved Legolas in the beginning of their time together. Makes it all the more tragic. It redeems him to some extent, and the direction the story is going - well, he is starting to redeem himself some more in my eyes.

And poor Legolas and his flashbacks, how he tries to cope with all of this abuse. How he reaches his breaking points but *can't* die. And to think there are people that *do* go through that...so sad.

It's understandable how Aragorn would need to have necessary denial in this story (glad to hear that Legolas is his deeper love, even if he can't admit it to himself anymore to cope--which makes sense. Actually, even if he can't admit it consciously, his actions show it--the threads that are still there--because a different "Master" wouldn't do the things he's done to keep Legolas alive. In some ways he does what he needs to, and in others he does more negative things than he needs to as his brain takes on this "I am Master" refrain. Certainly he wouldn't have chosen it to be this way at all. Which makes it even more sad.)

I would love to see this finished, and again it's so complex (and hard to write, I'm sure, in various ways) that I understand how roadblocks, writer's block, needed breaks, real life, etc happen. I would read it regardless of spoiler or not, but I'm so curious I think I will probably take you up on that--thank you so much for offering!
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