Fandom Fridays: Things We Lost in the Fire

Once a week, as we look to the weekend, I’m going to highlight some kind of fannish contribution to online fan culture.

Why fandom? Fandom is a real, authentic, and undervalued way that (some*) readers respond to their favorite books – and movies, and video games, and TV shows.

Let the Organization for Transformative Works explain their mission, and why fandom matters:

The Organization for Transformative Works (OTW) is a nonprofit organization established by fans to serve the interests of fans by providing access to and preserving the history of fanworks and fan culture in its myriad forms. We believe that fanworks are transformative and that transformative works are legitimate.

With that out of the way, our first fanwork, a fanmix for the Fëanorians in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion, a generally tragic lot with incredible taste in music, if fandom is to be believed.

Why start with fanmixes, and not a more “legitimate” fanwork, like fanfiction or fanart? ‘Cause I really, really love fanmixes, that’s why. My job allows me a lot of time alone, and it gets lonely up there sometimes, and I love library work, but does anybody love shelving? I’d like to meet that person.

Listening to fanmixes, I can stay in the story. I love figuring out why this song and that one, how the tracks flow together like any good mixtape but with the added bonus of staying in Middle-earth, or Fuyuki City, or Hogwarts while I work.

Fanmix Fridays: Silmarillion

never trust a liar from sycamoreleaf on 8tracks Radio.

I’m lucky. My schedule works out so I have a lot of time by myself in the library, and I’m allowed to listen to music. One of my favorite things to do is find a fanmix on 8tracks, so I never really have to leave the story I’m reading, even while I work.

(What is a fanmix? basically, it’s “a compilation of songs inspired by a fannish source,” according to Fanlore – a portmanteau like “fanfiction” or “fanart.”  The other term, “fan soundtrack” gives a good idea.)

So I thought, every week, I’d highlight one that I’ve enjoyed. I’ll start with this one, a fanmix for Aulendil, who nerdier readers will recognize as Sauron, before he was Sauron. (Fandom has really run wild with Sauron’s characterization in The Silmarillion, which made an occasionally tedious and dry text a lot more exciting.)

This is a great mix, with clever song choices and a lot to rock out with while I shelve books.