On Tolkien and elves and why they sometimes bug me. Me personally, I mean.

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Apparently after A Light In Shadows, I developed something of a yearning for Bilbo comforting Elrond. Because somebody ought to. So, um. Here you are? Idfic, I think. Most definitely.

Title: Sunshine and Rain
Rating: PG
Fandom: The Lord of the Rings (bookverse, I think)
Characters/Pairings: Elrond, Bilbo, mention of Arwen and Frodo in particular. Elrond * Bilbo, Elrond & Arwen, Bilbo & Frodo
Summary: The War of the Ring has been won, and Elrond will soon ride south with his daughter to Minas Tirith, for one last joy and one last sorrow. Before that, however, he has a talk with Bilbo, which goes rather more messily but perhaps also more brightly than either of them might have expected
Wordcount: 3459
Warnings/Notes: Old age, grief for partings still to come, angst and humour, hurt/comfort, catharsis, bittersweet ending
Disclaimer: Not mine

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A strange, clumsy thing. I'm in an odd mood, and for some reason Ents seemed to suit it.

Title: Springs Eternal
Rating: PG
Fandom: The Lord of the Rings (bookverse, I think)
Characters/Pairings: Treebeard, Thranduil, mention of Legolas, Gimli, Merry and Pippin. Treebeard & Thranduil, Thranduil & Legolas
Summary: "The Spring brought to Fangorn an elf." Thranduil Oropherion, to be precise, heartsick and in need of healing, and sent to Fangorn by a son who knows him all too well
Wordcount: 2878
Warnings/Notes: Odd. Hurt/comfort, healing, grief, loss, friendship and hope
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( Jun. 15th, 2015 11:00 pm)
Written for a prompt on [livejournal.com profile] comment_fic of: "Lord of the Rings, Any, Justice League fusion: The Fellowship of Superheroes". I think this is probably closer to a generic superhero AU than a Justice League fusion, although I did borrow from the White Martian invasion in the DCAU for the 'Dark Maiar Invasion' (War of the Ring) here. Which makes Gandalf the Martian Manhunter, which actually somewhat fits, I think? Anyway. Have fun.

Title: Timely Interventions
Rating: PG
Fandom: Lord of the Rings (bookverse)
Characters/Pairings: Pippin, Merry, Beregond, mention of the Fellowship, Faramir and Éowyn. Merry & Pippin & Beregond, background Gimli & Legolas, Aragorn/Arwen, Faramir/Éowyn
Summary: The Fellowship of Superheroes guard the city against all who threaten it. Sometimes, though, the superheroes need a little help from heroes of their own. An exasperated Beregond catches a battered Pippin and Merry attempting to sneak home before anyone realises they're hurt
Wordcount: 2175
Warnings/Notes: Superhero AU, Canonical Character Death in backstory (Boromir), Grief/Blame, Injuries, Hurt/Comfort, Friendship/Love
Disclaimer: Not mine

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I've not been writing much lately, but this showed up. *shrugs*

Title: Weary Heads To Rest
Rating: PG
Fandom: Lord of the Rings (bookverse)
Characters/Pairings: Gimli, Legolas, brief mention of Aragorn. Gimli/Legolas
Summary: In the quiet after the war is won, Gimli watches Legolas sleep that strange half-sleep of the elves, and slowly and perhaps begrudgingly comes around to the realisation that he loves him
Wordcount: 2291
Warnings/Notes: Sharing a bed, weird elf-sleep, friendship/love, struggling with love, fluff
Disclaimer: Not mine

This started out because I wanted a Gimli/Legolas dieselpunk AU that was still set in Middle Earth, and then it morphed on me half way through into canon style angst and reconciliation between Gimli and Thranduil. I have a terrible suspicion that it is neither fish nor fowl now. Apologies in advance?

Title: Northern Babylon
Rating: PG
Fandom: Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit
Characters/Pairings: Gimli, Thranduil. Gimli/Legolas, Gimli & Thranduil, Gimli & Glóin
Summary: After four years fighting the war in the south, Gimli and Legolas have come back to their home city of New Rhovanion changed, and perhaps for the better. Gimli tries to make Elven Councillor Thranduil understand this, and understand that maybe there's hope for more than just Gimli and Legolas as well
Wordcount: 6036
Warnings/Notes: Alternate Universe, Dieselpunk, Cities, Post-War of the Ring, Meet the Parents, Family Feuds, Old Grudges, Reconiliation, Love
Disclaimer: Not mine

Ten 10 word fills for the prompt: "Lord of the Rings, Any, Recovery".

Afterwards

Faramir/Éowyn

He held her warrior's hands, and shared her pain gladly.

Merry & Pippin

They were small, but not lost, having refound each other.

Éomer & Théoden

The king's mantle was light, for proudly rested the dead.

Aragorn/Arwen

The star of evening faded gladly, and found shared joy.

Galadriel & Elrond & Gandalf

Their shoulders were lighter, for duties at last laid down.

Frodo & Bilbo

The sea cradled them gently, until feet forgot their weariness.

Sam/Rosie

Her smile welcomed him, so that his heart found home.

Legolas & Gimli

Two hunters, their promises fulfilled, limped together across the sea.

Thranduil & Legolas

The forest, untainted at last, they named Greenleaf. In memory.

Middle Earth

The scars of darkness faded, became memory, legend, and lost.
Just while I'm in both a Hobbit and Mirkwood mood, rereading for my Thranduil fic reminded me of something. There was a description in the books of the Mirkwood Elves feasting, and there was one line that confused me mightly as a kid:

"Their gleaming hair was twined with flowers; green and white gems glinted on their collars and belts; and their faces and their songs were filled with mirth."

It was the 'gems on their collars' bit. I didn't understand that at all. It seemed a really weird place to put gems to me, and I couldn't really picture it. The only things I could think of were a) rhinestones, and b) Jareth's sparkly ballroom coat in Labyrinth. It left me with a really weird image of the elves, at least when they were feasting.

And then, later on, the LotR movies happened, and elves in those were all robes and intricate knotwork and delicate strands of metal, so that sort of overwrote the old image of the elves in my head. But now the Hobbit movies are happening, and there's this thing about Thranduil the Party Elf, and I'm just ...

I'm remembering that as a kid, my main picture of the Mirkwood elves was as sort of weird green Jareth-crossed-with-Elvis woodland party-goers, all blond hair and bling, and there was a brief period where I thought Legolas in Rohan was the Rhinestone Cowboy.

*facepalms* Just ... thanks for that, Tolkien. Why couldn't you have put the gems on a necklace, like a normal person? Honestly ...
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( Nov. 14th, 2014 12:47 am)
Presented without much comment, because I feel oddly hollow for having written it.

Title: The Winter King
Rating: R
Fandom: The Hobbit/The Lord of the Rings (bookverse, mostly)
Characters/Pairings: Thranduil, the Wood-Elves of Mirkwood, mention of Legolas
Summary: In the last ages of the world, for the love of his people, there died a winter king. The passing of Thranduil Oropherion, in the winter of the world, long after the last ship has sailed
Wordcount: 3154
Warnings/Notes: Death, rebirth, mixed mythologies, the midwinter sacrifice, killing for love, fading, post-canon
Disclaimer: Very much not mine

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We went up the mountains today, my parents, my dog and I. We haven't done that in a while. And I tell you, there is nothing like going up a mountain of a November evening and watching silver sunlight fall out across the mists and the grey-green flanks of the mountains rolling away from you onto the plains. It's all height and wind and the fall of the land and the silver sky, and there is nothing like it in all the world.

Which reminds me, while I'm vaguely on the subject and also waxing poetic over here. I've been going through a burst of reading Thranduil fanfic lately. I can't remember why. I do, however, remember why I've always been rather fond of him. Aside from the whole 'fey forest dweller' thing, I mean, because I am Irish and I did grow up with the Fair Folk, and Thranduil is basically the Erlking of Middle Earth.

I like him because he's one of the single most bloody-minded stubborn people in the whole of Middle Earth. No rings, no power, no particular virtues, but he's the last Elven power standing into the Fourth Age, and he gets there basically by out-stubborning everybody else going. He planted his forest on the map, adopted what looks like basically a policy of "come and have a go if you think you're hard enough, otherwise piss off" towards international relations, and then simply outlasted war, corruption, spiders, dragons, necromancers, a couple of almost apocalypses, the fading of the other elven realms east of the sea, and an age or two of Middle Earth. Successfully, if not always particularly helpfully. All by dint of being stubborn, cautious, forward-thinking, well-positioned, and perfectly capable of fielding violent deterants when it comes to it. He's angry, suspicious, prideful and arrogant, but he's held his own by hook or by crook, and by Eru if you want him to go down then you damn well better put your back into it.

I just ... I like that. He's kind of like what you'd get if you took the pride of Men, the temper of Dwarves, and the priorities of Ents, and wrapped them in the mobility, decisiveness and lifespan of an Elf. I mean, is it any wonder Legolas is perfectly happy knocking around Fangorn with a dwarf and a man? It's just like home for him. Thranduil has nobody to blame but himself.

Sometimes I wonder if Elrond really envies Thranduil sometimes. If you want someone to help everyone in range and put effort into international relations and save the world on a repeated basis and suffer every possible grief in the process, the Elf you want is Elrond. The Elf you want is always Elrond. Looking at that picture of him in the movies, cradling his head in exhausted exasperation while the Council of Elrond cheerfully dissolves into racial and political blood feuds around him, I wonder if he doesn't imagine Thranduil locking them all in his dungeons or kicking them all the hell out of his forest in a fit of imperious fury and wish he could be that Elf just this once. It probably wouldn't help, but I bet it would be reeeaaaallllly satisfying just for a second there.

Though to be fair to Thranduil, he probably wouldn't actually do that either. Think it, yes, but probably not do it. He's reasonably good at negotiations when he wants to be, is Thranduil, he just has waaayyyy less patience than Elrond. Which, to be fair, can probably be said of some mountains as well.

I just ... I like bloody-minded perseverance in a character? If a lot of Elves are creatures of metal, water and light, Thranduil is a creature of wood, stone and fire, and I do like it about him. He's very Entlike, in many ways. One of the hasty ones, admittedly, who'll rip your arms off if you're not careful, but still. Heh. I like him.
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( Jun. 6th, 2014 04:40 pm)
My mother was cleaning under the couch just now, and found the One Ring.

Okay, the brass promotional replica that came with the DVD boxset that we lost months ago, but still. She found the Ring of Sauron while cleaning the couch.

This is, I think, proof that my mother is actually a hobbit. And probably a Took, at that :D
Vaguely inspired by today's [livejournal.com profile] comment_fic theme of 'weapons', but I've been meaning to do this one for a while. Um. Apologies in advance?

Title: On Omelettes
Rating: PG-13
Fandom: The Hobbit (movieverse)
Characters/Pairings: Bilbo, Bombur, Dwalin, Ori, Balin, Thorin's Company, assorted Tooks. Bilbo & Bombur, Balin & Dwalin.
Summary: Bilbo interrupts an argument between Bombur and Dwalin to explain the hobbit approach to ancestral weaponry, and the insanity of more or less the entire Took line. Or, why frying pans are a hobbit's weapon of choice
Wordcount: 898
Warnings/Notes: CRACK, violence, some innuendo
Disclaimer: Not mine

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( Feb. 16th, 2014 09:00 pm)
Found this post on tumblr, regarding Thorin Oakenshield's sense of direction. It wouldn't be near so funny, I suspect, if it wasn't completely, canonically true. *snickers helplessly*
icarus_chained: lurid original bookcover for fantomas, cropped (Flight)
( Feb. 5th, 2014 10:59 pm)
For a prompt on [livejournal.com profile] comment_fic of: Lord of the Rings, any character (but probably Frodo) + Bilbo, "How did you give it up?" Movieverse because it's been so long since I've read the books that I fear I've forgotten important things. And even still, I strongly suspect I've made some timeline errors here. Um. Warning in advance, I'm badly rusty with LotR.

Title: A Light In Shadows
Rating: PG-13
Fandom: Lord of the Rings movieverse/Hobbit movieverse
Characters/Pairings: Elrond and Bilbo, discussion of Gandalf, Isildur, Thorin and the Fellowship. Elrond & Bilbo, Elrond & Isildur, Bilbo & Thorin, Bilbo & Gandalf
Summary: After the Fellowship have set out, Elrond and Bilbo discuss rings, and kings, and things that are more important than treasures, no matter how wicked and lovely and persuasive they may be
Wordcount: 2026
Warnings/Notes: Spoilers for the end of The Hobbit, plus some very dodgy timelines
Disclaimer: Not mine

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I was clearing out my 'fic fragments' folder, and there were a couple of usable things in it, so I thought I'd just post them up? *grins sheepishly*

Title: Break in Two
Rating: PG-13
Fandom: The Hobbit (Jackson Movies)
Characters/Pairings: Dori, Dwalin, mention of Thorin & Bifur. Dori/Dwalin
Summary: A little interlude between Dori and Dwalin. There is a certain amount of craft in the breaking of things
Wordcount: 776
Warnings/Notes: Rough sex, outdoor sex, warriors and craftsmen.
Disclaimer: Not mine

The Hobbit fic that was meant to be me just pairing Dori/Nori/Ori with everyone else ever, and ended up ... Um. Ended up pained and desperate and spanning the length of The Hobbit and up to the War of the Ring. I, ah, am not quite sure how that happened.

Title: Dulce Et Decorum Est
Rating: R
Fandom: The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings (movieverses)
Characters/Pairings: Dori, Nori, Ori, The Company, Bilbo, Gandalf. Dori/Dwalin, Nori/Fili, Nori/Oin, Nori/Gloin/Gloin's wife, Ori/Kili, on the romantic side. Dori & Thorin, Dori & Gandalf, Dori & Bombur, Nori & Bilbo, Ori & Bifur, Ori & Bofur, Ori & Balin, for friendship. All the brother and cousin and uncle sets, too.
Summary: Three brothers, twelve moments of caring and friendship and loss, from Ered Luin to the War of the Ring. Dori, Nori and Ori, the choices they made, the people they became, and the people they loved and lost.
Wordcount: 4517
Warnings/Notes: Four chapters, twelve parts, marked in bold. Canon compliant for BOTFA and the War of the Ring, so CHARACTER DEATHS. War, grief, loss, friendship, growing up, relationships, becoming who you are.
Disclaimer: Not mine.

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Strange little thing, do forgive me. Heh. The Company celebrate at Beorn's.

Title: Merrier World
Rating: PG-13
Fandom: The Hobbit (movieverse)
Characters/Pairings: The Company, with Dwalin, Ori, Nori and Fíli in particular, but Kíli, Dori, Thorin, Balin, Gandalf, Bilbo, Bofur, Bifur, Bombur, Óin and Glóin too. Everybody & everybody, Dwalin & everybody
Summary: In Beorn's hall, having survived ... well, everything, the dwarves sit back and celebrate for an evening. Dwalin and Ori have words, Fíli challenges Nori to a fight, the Company celebrates their younger members and all they've done. Drunken and cheerful and with just a touch of foreboding
Wordcount: 2210
Warnings/Notes: As I said, just a touch of foreboding
Disclaimer: Not mine

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( Mar. 7th, 2013 11:40 pm)
Just a small musing on dwarf names.

Dwarf names tend to be clustered by sound, yes? There are four ending suffixes among the dwarves of the company: -in, -ur, -li and -ri. I'm just going to put the -ur ending aside for the moment, since it's from a different family, and focus on the other three, since they belong to the line of Durin.

Almost all the male dwarves of the royal line of Durin have names ending in the suffix -in. Thorin, Balin, Dwalin, Oin, Gloin. Also Frerin, Thrain, Fundin, Groin, Dain, Nain, Borin, Farin, all the way back to Durin. It seems to be the done thing that male dwarves of the line of Durin take the -in suffix.

There are two major exceptions. First, there's Thorin's grandfather and granduncles: Thror, Fror and Gror. And then, later, there are the children of the Company, all three of whom take the suffix -li instead: Fili, Kili, Gimli.

Now, I have no idea what's up with the sons of Dain I, but I wonder if the -li suffix for the children of the Company might not have something to do with the fact that they were all children born in exile? (I know the sons of Dain were also the generation that moved the line out of the Grey Mountains, also due to dragon attacks, but they were born before the move, so I don't think exile was the rationale, there).

It's slightly suggestive, too, that it's phonetically similar to the suffix -ri, which in filmverse canon at least, is used by a branch of the house of Durin with, ah, slightly seedy origins.

Does anyone know how dwarf outer names work? Do the suffixes actually mean anything? I'm curious, now. *grins faintly*
This has been noodling around my head for a while, and I just wanted to examine it a little bit. There are ... quite a lot of things you can learn by examining the weapons of choice in the movieverse Company. In fact, and all credit to the costuming team for the movies, I think the weapons used by the dwarves essentially give a portrait of class and clan divides in the Company, and also a degree of the history of the line of Durin post-Smaug. Ah. Allow me to demonstrate?

(WARNINGS: Firstly, I'm not by any means an expert on weapons. This is just going on what impressions I've cobbled together from some study of history and some knowledge of the background of the Company. Bear in mind, I only barely know the major classes of weapons apart, that's the level of knowledge you're dealing with here).

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