Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.The Sons of Durin by Kivrin
Recommended by Zephyr7, SMARTALIENQT, AddictOfReading, trickstersheir
Synopsis: Bilbo Baggins is a humble grocer, living a quiet life. The police say the Sons of Durin are a crime family. The government has labeled them a group of environmental terrorists. Thorin Oakenshield will tell you that they are simply desperate for a home. But when Bilbo is dragged into the group as their unwilling burglar, everything he has taken for granted will be torn asunder.
Comments: An amazing AU where the story takes place in modern times. The author does a great job with characterization and character interactions, weaving both modern and canon details together.
Chiming in to say that this is hands-down the best Hobbit fanfic I have ever read in my life. It is flawless, the slow burn is beautiful, and the references to canon are spot-on.
Synopsis: Thorin Oakenshield is the wretched heir to a fortune which was stolen from him and left him orphaned. Now he wants it back, with nothing but an unlikely crew of aspiring robbers and not-burglars let loose on London to aid him against the power of the tyrannous and manipulative Smaug. Modern corporate AU.
Comments: In a similar vein to the above fanfic, this is Tolkien's classic in a modern setting—but perfectly transitioned. The author's usage of colloquialisms and syntax native to modern London, as well as physical landmarks written into the story tell you that the author knows what they're writing, when they're writing, and makes it all come alive. Each chapter to date is meticulously written so while we do focus on Bilbo, each character is present and active. There are plenty of little quirks in the dialogue itself that made me laugh aloud, from references to Elrond's daughter and the boy she fancies (and he disapproves of) to Fili and Kili muttering lyrics from "I'll Make a Man Out of You" make the story spectacularly real and charming. Highly recommended. One thing, though—it seems to depend on movie-verse more than book-verse.
Synopsis: Kíli nocks his bow and points it at his brother.
Comments: Possibly the most poignant, devastating Hobbit fics out there. We see the youngest members of our Company, in their tweens and aching for adventure. And when they find it, it shakes them to their bones, and they get into quite a lot of trouble—arrested in a human town and forced to entertain their captors through terrifying acts (the title should give you an idea). And yet still, the author colors in life in Ered Luin for the two young dwarves and their exiled royal family beautifully and does a brilliant job of character expansion. All in all, a absolutely gorgeous, heartrending fic that ends with a line that packs more than just a punch.
Synopsis: A canon divergence in which history's most important hobbit dies in the place of the King. When Gandalf found the body of the Company's former burglar, he had the strangest sensation that a chess piece was lost. Thorin Oakenshield and his heirs live, in Bilbo's place, and the King under the Mountain has yet to make his peace with the hobbit he had nearly thrown from the Gate of Erebor. Here we follow the affairs of Erebor, the turmoil of its King, and the memories its warriors hold, as the years ebb closer and closer to the inevitable War of the Ring.
Comments: This is an unexpectedly beautiful and detailed fic! I was amazed at how expansive the author writes it as, and the slow burn really gets to you, especially how the author writes about family. If I may warn you, there's a good amount of gore in some of the chapters.
Synopsis: All Bilbo wants is a nice, pleasant breakfast, but Thorin insists he learn to fight.
Comments: There is this adorable development of Bilbo and Thorin connecting and bonding with each other through Thorin teaching Bilbo how to properly use and fight with a sword. A definite recommendation.
Seconded heartily by scarletclarinet. This is a lovely short piece that follows both movie and book characterization of the characters.
Synopsis: Canon AU wherein Thorin survives the Battle of Five Armies and visits Bilbo in the Shire soon after Bilbo adopted Frodo.
Comments: This is a lovely AU which somehow does not become a Fix Fic. Most of the story is canon compliant, getting little details like Frodo's age when he was adopted by Bilbo and his past as a mischevious troublemaker. Thorin and Bilbo's characterizations are also spot-on, as is their relationship with one another.
Synopsis: Hobbits always survive; even where trained and experienced soldiers don't.
Comments: Bilbo and hobbits in general are revealed to be much more badass and dangerous than the Company has initially expected, especially when they see Bilbo in action displaying his skills during a training session. The author has a playful tone set throughout the story and it was adorable to see all the dwarves and Bilbo relaxing and having some fun.
Synopsis: A kink-meme fill with the prompt: So the battle happened and Thorin lived (barely, but he's managed to escape death) his nephews too. The treasure has been divided and Elves and Men went on their way. Dwarves are set on rebuilding Erebor to its former glory and there's just one little thing left unsolved - setting their burglar on the way. I would pretty much like it form the point of view of Dis, who just arrived to Erebor to take care of her boys (brother included) and sees what a mess Thorin's made of everything.
Comments: Dis saves everyone and fixes everything by being even more scary and stubborn than Thorin, but for the sake of her family instead of treasure. Slightest, barely there Thorin/Bilbo slash at the end.
Synopsis: Taken from Fanfiction.net "With eyes following the howls on the horizon, Kíli drew back his bow... but the arrow never left it." Thorin and Kili are injured in a battle with wargs on the plains and taken back to Rivendell. A distraught Fili learns what it means to be an heir of Durin. Family Fic.
Comments: While the first fic is slightly AU, the sequel definitely is, since both Fili and Kili survive while Thorin does not. The lessons and experiences the characters learn in Rivendell are persistent in the sequel. Both pieces now complete.
Synopsis: "There are powers in Middle Earth older then Sauron, and the Ring is not the only thing with a will of its own." Thorin, Fili and Kili die at Erebor, only to revive some seventy years later, far from their resting places. The consequences and reasons for their revival remain to be seen but may have something to do with the Arkenstone.
Comments: Technically a crossover with Lord of the Rings(as it is categorized on Fanfiction.net), this story is an adventure that takes its time building drama and exploring the bonds of the characters and the impact they could have on the world. Now complete.
Synopsis: “Of course it has to be Gandalf.” Bilbo muttered, “I couldn’t just have some other wizard visit me.”
Not that he’d be happier with any of the other wizards visiting him at all. If Saruman had appeared on his doorstep he’d die of fright or more likely shock. In the shire a saying had become popular after Belladonna Took had run off with the wizard and returned three days late for her wedding some months later: Where Gandalf went there would be trouble.
(Or the one where Bilbo is a dragon and still gets roped into reclaiming Erebor, Gandalf is a meddling Wizard, and Bilbo may have confusing feelings for Thorin Oakenshield)
Pairing: Bilbo Baggins/Thorin Oakenshield
Comments: Highly amusing and very intriguing. The author makes the AU setting work excellently. A great read for any fan of dragons and unusual yet brilliant ideas.
Summary: "We all know he had to be there, so what was he doing while Bilbo and The Professor overlooked him? Follow in the footsteps of the Elvenking's son, as we see the latter events in The Hobbit and the Battle of the Five Armies from an Elven perspective. "
Comments: An amusing, in-character look at a lighter Legolas. His point of view is followed effortlessly from the Greenwood festivals to the slopes of Erebor, all with a Perspective Flip on these bumbling dwarves and their apparent need to trouble everyone. While being completely faithful to the book, which is now rather Hilarious in Hindsight for something published long before The Movie.
Synopsis: AU of movieverse. It is many years since tragedy struck the line of Durin when the youngest heir was lost to a pack of orcs. Now Bilbo Baggins, having agreed only to stealing treasure from a dragon, finds himself instead tangled up in a web of tragedy and revenge, and finds that what is lost does not always stay that way.
Comments: The Author adds great detail to the suffering that Kili has endured. The fic doesn't get bogged down the way that Kili learns is very realistic. Everyone is in character (or as much as they can be in an AU) and the fic is consistently well written. Many of the Company gets overshadowed by Kili, Fili, Bilbo and Thorin though. The Author is also currently writing a sequel and a series of one-shots set in this universe.
Synopsis: "He whittles for the widow and her child; his sweet, sad widow," said Bombur smugly. "How is she his widow if he's still alive?" Bilbo wondered. "Because she's not my widow," Bofur cut in. "She's a widow. I have no claim to her, or anyone."
Comments: ...Probably the closest thing to perfection in any fanfiction I've ever read. Bofur's OC love interest is astoundingly well-developed and likable, and this is coming from someone who usually doesn't like O Cs. At all. Their relationship developes naturally and what drama it has is natural and not forced. Bofur and other canon characters are perfectly written and every chapter has Bofur tell a story that is both wonderful in and of itself as well as fit in with what is going on in the rest of the chapter. I'm not even describing half of what makes this story as perfect as it is. Seriously, this cannot be recommended highly enough. Read it.
Synopsis: Modern AU wherein Bilbo is a university professor who becomes the boyfriend of Thorin, not knowing at first that he is really the head of a Mafia.
Comments: Yes, yes, this is a Slash Fic, but it is so more than that! Bilbo is represented beautifully as a happy scholar, still in the closet back home in Hobbiton, who finds himself way over his head as the Spear Counterpart of a Mafia Princess. Thorin however will break your heart as the loving, yet possessive and ultimately destructive mafia head. Warnings: there is sexual content of dubious consent and a good deal of violence as well.
Synopsis: Life is a funny thing. Kili, a happy party animal by night and carpenter by day, doesn't let his past get him down. But when he meets Fili and starts to fall in love it isn't just Kili's troubled childhood that catches up with him.
Comments: Easily one of (if not the) best Fíli/Kíli fics I've read. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me grin like a giddy fool, and I love every bit of it. Modern AU that becomes more canon-esque as the story progresses.
Synopsis: In an attempt to get the Arkenstone back for Thorin, Bilbo discovers the ring he's been using is the One Ring. Seized by a need to destroy gold, especially gold with the ability to ensnare creature and king alike, he sets out alone for Mordor. Anything to forget about the love that gold cost him. What he doesn't know is that Thorin is no longer under the thrall of gold, and is desperately racing to catch up with him to keep him safe. They may have just started on another adventure, but this one may not end as well as their first quest.
Pairings: Bilbo Baggins/Thorin Oakenshield, Aragorn/Arwen, Legolas/Kíli, Dwalin/Ori, Fíli/OFC
Comments: An AMAZING fic that really digs into what would have happened if the events in Lord of the Rings happened sixty years earlier. All of the pairings are well-written and sweet, as well as the battle scenes that are incrediably fast-paced and leave you wondering what happened and I need more. It's complete, with the author saying more might be written in the verse. The emotions are heavy in this fic. Two things of note is that Denethor is written in a way that will make you like him, which is really just Boromir and Faramir combined and put in a blender. That is not a bad thing though and will actually make watching The Lord of the Ring movies harder, thinking what he might have been like before everything happened. You will instead not like his father, who is just as bad as Denethor crazy when he's not crazy. Another thing is the female OC, Dernwyn, is basically an expy of Éowyn, as well as her relationship to her uncle, Thengel, is just like Éowyn's to Théoden. Again though, that is not a bad thing if you think that Fíli and Éowyn could be a good couple and enjoyed the relationship Éowyn and Théoden shared and wouldn't mind reading it again under different names.
Synopsis: Fíli tries to sabotage his brother's romance over the course of their journey, but sometimes love is worth the price.
Pairings: Bilbo Baggins/Kíli, Fíli/OFC
Comments: This fic has a very different take on Fíli than you usually see, but it's one I at least could see just as well. You can tell Fíli loves Kíli and that he's doing what he thinks is best for his little brother, but that Fíli can't tell the difference between what he thinks is best and what is actually right.
Synopsis: Lord Smaug had always been the fairest in the land, until a servant Bilbo Baggins officially became of age. In an attempt at murder, Bilbo runs away from the castle, and finds himself in the company of twelve dwarves. All who are shocked but pleased at Bilbo's sudden arrival. But Smaug has not stopped his plan for Bilbo's death.
Synopsis: Certain events in Bilbo’s life were always destined to come to pass, but the will of Belladonna Took is not to be trifled with, and her choice may yet change the lives of many. This is the story of how Bilbo became the kin of the Eagles of Manwë, and all that happened after.
Pairing: Bilbo Baggins/Thorin Oakenshield
Comments: A fic that takes an interesting idea and runs with it, making it amazing at every possible turn.
Synopsis: Poor Mister Baggins. He was doomed to be a nine-days wonder no matter what and is it any wonder after a year-long adventure? Even the Tooks haven’t the influence to hush that up, but Mad Baggins seems to have managed to silence every tongue in the Shire on that subject which would be awe-inspiring ...if not for the way he decided to go about it.
OR: That one where Middle Earth seems to be unclear about where baby Hobbits come from.
Pairing: Bilbo Baggins/Thorin Oakenshield
Comments: A Different take on Mpreg,kinda, sorta...scratches head. Part of the Good Earth series. Interesting and refreshing.
Synopsis: The battle was over, and Thorin Oakenshield awoke, naked and shivering, in the Halls of his Ancestors. The novelty of being dead fades quickly, and watching over his companions soon fills him with grief and guilt. Oddly, a faint flicker of hope arises in the form of his youngest kinsman, a Dwarf of Durin's line with bright red hair.
Pairings: Bilbo Baggins/Thorin Oakenshield and Gimli/Legolas Greenleaf
Comments: A fantastic, in depth, look at Thorin after his death in The Hobbit. This isn't an AU. Thorin does die, and it very much follows canon. But the characters, world building, and research that goes into this story is jaw dropping. The way Thorin and company change and develop even after death is believable and rewarding to watch. And as the story leads into LOTR, it's only getting better. Everyone should give this one a try.
Synopsis: Bilbo Baggins led a rather peaceful life, thank you very much, until an old acquaintance decided to turn it upside down, and he found himself agreeing to take a job that’s… let’s say not exactly up his alley, and might eventually cost him a little more than his treasured cozy lifestyle. Who would have thought tutoring a slightly menacing monarch’s more than slightly overbearing nephew could prove to be such an… adventure?
Comments: Amazing modern-Europe alternate universe with clever ways of adapting Middle-Earth locales, characters, and plot points for the human 21st century.
Synopsis: "I am SMAUG! I kill where I wish and none dare resist! And now, you belong to me!" Smaug stirs beneath Erebor when he hears a heavenly voice and knows he must have such a prize for his own. Trapped in the Dragon's lair, Kathryn, a seer, must survive this deadly creature to escape to freedom. But a vision plagues her, one that connects her to the mighty dragon forever.
Comments: Don't let the pairing chase you away. The relationship that develops between Smaug and Kathryn is slow and subtle. Smaug is still greedy, arrogant and possessive of his treasure, and the author uses these points in his personality to have him eventually come to care for Kathryn as more than just a valuable piece of his hoard. Kathryn is also a well done OFC, her back story fleshed out and she has flaws along with admirable attributes making her character very realistic.
Synopsis: "On women, tropes, and the thrice-dreaded supernatural interspecies love triangle. Rumors of a certain movie have reached Middle Earth and characters are not amused. Can Tauriel convince the canon that their reasons for hating her are wrong? Legolas laments, Tauriel teaches, and Gimli…Gimli is just Gimli."
Comments: In which Legolas and Tauriel are medium-awaretropers trying to survive the new Hobbit fandom, with running commentary. Highlights include Thranduil banning (some) degrading fanfiction; one of the better-written author tracts (2nd half of chapter 1); and hated, ever-mocked Shipping Goggles.
Summary: "In all fairness, you already have Arwen," Legolas pointed out. "She was written," Aragorn retorted, "by the Professor himself. We even have a section devoted to us in the Appendices! However, nowhere in any of the books is the name 'Tauriel' even mentioned, much less your scandalous and entirely inappropriate relationship with her!" Crack. Anti Legolas/Tauriel. Hobbit 2 spoilers.
Comments: A pretty humorous meta look at one very divisive character. Not especially long or deep, really just an extended conversation between two characters, but enjoyable and can get a laugh out of you (name notwithstanding).
Synopsis: An ancient, storied evil arrives in Equestria, and joins Fluttershy's menagerie, as a baby dragon.
Will the Mane 6 Discover it in time? Will they recognize the evil when they see it? Or can it avoid the temptation to succumb to his previous nature? Will a brave knight challenge this evil with courage and the power of friendship? Helping him face the terror of the memories of his death? Crossover, but that would give it away. One Chapter one-shot.