Dawn Felagund

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Name: Dawn Felagund
Alias(es): Dawn Walls-Thumma
Type: fan writer, archivist, community moderator, academic
Fandoms: Silmarillion, Tolkien
Communities: Silmarillion Writers' Guild, Many Paths to Tread, Back to Middle-earth Month, Tales of Middle Earth Awards, Mereth Aderthad, Tolkien Fandom History
URL: http://themidhavens.net/
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Dawn Felagund is an author in The Silmarillion fandom. In 2005, she founded the Silmarillion Writers' Guild, and in 2009, built the Tolkien genfic archive Many Paths to Tread by request of the LotR GenFic Community. She later became a moderator on that archive as well. Dawn helped to maintain the annual Back to Middle-earth Month event and continues to serve as a moderator. In 2012, Dawn became a consultant to the Stewards for the establishment of the Tales of Middle Earth Awards. Dawn also presents at conferences and writes about Tolkien studies and the Tolkien fan fiction community.



Dawn became interested in Tolkien fanfiction in 2004 following the release of the Return of the King movie. She began reading stories based on The Silmarillion and writing some early works, including character studies that would become the novel Another Man's Cage.


March 15. Dawn established the Silmarillion Writers' Guild on LiveJournal and Yahoo! Groups but did not yet begin recruiting members.[1]

June 2005. Dawn began posting her novel Another Man's Cage on LiveJournal, marking her entrance into the Silmarillion fandom as an author.[2] A new chapter was posted weekly for the next year, and AMC earned a small following.

July. With the help of veteran Silmarillion author ford_of_bruinen, Dawn succeeded in launching the SWG on Yahoo! Groups and LiveJournal. As an unknown in the fandom at the time, Dawn describes herself as "probably the last person who should have announced her entrance into fandom by starting a group as ambitious as the SWG".[3]


Dawn began studying website design with the goal of building an archive for the SWG.


March 2007. The SWG participates in Back to Middle-earth Month for the first time. Under Dawn's leadership, the SWG would continue to promote B2MeM even after interest waned in other groups. This year's event would mark the first of eight consecutive years of B2MeM that she coordinated.

June 2007. Dawn and her comoderators ford_of_bruinen, digdigil, and Tárion Anaróre opened the SWG archive to the public.[4]


Dawn was approached by the moderators of the LotR Genfic Community for help building an eFiction archive for their group. She designed the site Many Paths to Tread and was subsequently appointed a moderator of that site.


December 15. Presented the paper At the Root of the Tree of Tales: Using Comparative Myth and "On Fairy-Stories" to Analyze Tolkien's Cosmogony at the Mythmoot II conference in Baltimore, Maryland.


December. Began recruiting participants for the Tolkien Fan Fiction Survey.[5]


January 10. Presented the paper Transformative Works as a Means to Develop Critical Perspectives in the Tolkien Fan Community at the Mythmoot III conference in Baltimore, Maryland.

March. Published the paper Fictional Scholarship: How the Peter Jackson Films and Fandom Archives Make Tolkien Fan Fiction Writers into Competent Critics in Mythprint.

June. Presented the paper The Loremasters of Fëanor: Historical Bias in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien and Transformative Works at the New York Tolkien Conference.


July. Presented the paper The Borders of the (Fictional) World: Fan Fiction Archives, Ideological Approaches, and Fan Identity at the New York Tolkien Conference.

September. Published the paper Attainable Vistas: Historical Bias in Tolkien's Legendarium as a Motive for Transformative Fanworks in the peer-reviewed Journal of Tolkien Studies.


April. Presented the paper "Thus Wrote Pengolodh": Historical Bias, Its Evidence, and Its Implications in The Silmarillion at the Tolkien at UVM Conference.


April. Presented the paper Finding Footing in a Forest of Fins: Name Etymology and Characterization of the Finwëan Noldor at the Tolkien at UVM Conference.


April. Presented the paper The Most Important Characters Never Named: Unveiling the Narrators of The Silmarillion at the Tolkien at UVM Conference.

Opened her personal website DawnFelagund.com.

Published Tolkien Fan Fiction Survey data online as Data on Tolkien Fanfiction Culture and Practices - 1st Edition.

Presented the paper Fanfiction’s Hidden City: Affirmational and Transformational Practices in the Tolkien Fanfiction Community at the Popular Culture Association Conference.


  1. ^ Dawn Walls-Thumma, "In a Stone House by the Sea: The Founding and Governing of the Silmarillion Writers’ Guild". Signum University Eagle. March 2015.
  2. ^ Another Man's Cage: Chapter One Test Drive
  3. ^ Silmarillion Writers' Guild, "Our History"
  4. ^ SWG Yahoo! Group, "The Fiction Archive Is Ready!"
  5. ^ Dawn Felagund, "Tolkien Fan Fiction Survey"