Fanfic Recs / The Lord of the Rings

Proof that the remaining 10% is worth destroying the Ring for here.

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    Authors and Websites 

Morwen Tindomerel (Link)
  • Recommended by: Tonnocal
  • Synopsis: This author is amazing. She takes the mythic of Middle-Earth and gives it just enough humanity to make it seem even more epic. The continuity of her LOTR fiction is singular, each building upon the other, but able to be read one at a time. A range of stories from the Silmarillion, Estel's youth following through Thorongil in Gondor, the War of the Ring and into the Restored Kingdoms. Has an excellent exposition of the fate of Arnor. This troper recommends starting with The Last Homely House
    • On the other hand, her writing style somewhat clashes with the original's, and this added to the author's overly fondness for short chapters and OCs may make the story look too simplistic and somewhat cheap. This troper gave her a try and ended up feeling somewhat cheated, having enjoyed some of the plots and concepts but being incredibly disappointed in the fics themselves.

Camp Glingal (Link) by Araiona Dubois
  • Recommended by: Cathal Picard
  • Synopsis: Basically, it is a Crack Fic of epic proportions! Gwen and Kisha are the only counselors left at camp when suddenly, a ton of Tolkien characters show up. Gwen has a prank war with Morgoth, Varda leaves Manwë for Maglor, and Frodo isn't the only one who lives! Morgoth becomes a good guy! The Witch King's name is Tim! People fall in love who you'd never suspect!

The Official Fanfiction University of Middle-earth (Link) by Miss Cam

Baylor's Fanfiction
  • Recommended by: Polaris
  • Synopsis: Hobbit-centric stories, mostly G-rated and gen, that are wonderful character explorations and often attempt to fill in some of the events glossed over by the epic nature of the books. For instance, The Care and Feeding of Hobbits, Boromir's perspective of the Fellowship's journey and his friendship with Pippin in particular, and Fate and the High King's Falcon, about Pippin's recovery after the final battle.

Shirebound's Fanfiction
  • Recommended by: Ainu Laire
  • Synopsis: Hobbit-centric stories with quite a few stories including Fellowship members as well. Most of the fiction is rated G and follows book-canon with many references to film appearances. Especially delightful is her AU 'Quarantined' series, in which, by the first story, Frodo and Aragorn know one another years before the quest and become friends. If AU is not your thing, she has many strictly canon one-shots and multiple chapter stories as well.

The Fourth Age: Total War (Link) by various.
  • Recommended by: Revelo
  • Status: ongoing.
  • Synopsis: What if a group of fans of Total War games and the books got together and expanded on an unfinished manuscript for sequel to the books? Where in the fourth age of Middle-Earth a dark cult has appeared in the lands of the Reunited Kingdom and caused a civil war. With the ancient alliance with Rohan strained and the armies of Harad, Rhûn, and Dunland rising up. What fate now awaits Middle-Earth now the New Shadow has awoken?
  • Comments: The Lord of the Rings is a popular subject for game mods and this one is probably the the most well researched and comprehensive one out there. Done using Rome: Total War, it is beautifully made, filled to the brim with lore and references and made in the style of Tolkien in such a way that feels like a natural continuation of the legendarium. Amazingly it's still in development, with the final installation out this year. Whether or not it is strictly fan-fiction is your choice. But it was developed by fans for fans and seeks to create an original experience.

Nili's Fanfiction
  • Recommended by: Zephyr 7
  • Synopsis: Stories focusing on the friendship of Aragorn and Legolas, along with Elladan and Elrohir, with a good side helping of Elrond, Glorfindel and Erestor. The writing, plot, fighting scenes and characterization are all incredible and the author is very well-researched in LOTR-verse, as well as creating amazing original characters and villains for each of the stories. Nili's stories usually have a great combination of angst, humor and heartwarming moments to balance it out. A definite recommendation to read their stories.

Thundera Tiger’s fanfiction
  • Recommended by: Pryderi
  • Synopsis: Probably best-known for her short stories about Legolas and Gimli, but Thundera Tiger seems able to master any character or genre and any story length. Her work ranges from comic subversions (Hewing Naught but Wood) through character pieces (Broken) and gapfillers (Questing) to horror (The Unwilling). Highly recommended.

  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Synopsis: An author of several AU stories revolving around Samwise Gamgee, yellowrose is perhaps one of the best writers this fandom has produced. Whether it's creating Original Characters that you either cheer for or despise, or fleshing out minor canon characters, (s)he really does know when to make you cheer, laugh, cry, or go "Awww". I cannot recommend them enough.

  • Recommended by: Snow Glows Blue
  • Synopsis: Author of many stories, mostly canon consistent but with a few A Us, revolving around Legolas and Gimli. Has a couple of OCs, notably Legolas's friend Caradhil, Legolas's two older brothers, and Gimli's mother, but they're rounded out and well-written. Incredibly heartbreaking, and among the best fanfiction this troper has read in a long, long time.

daw the minstrel
  • Recommended by: luckyricochet
  • Synopsis: She's written a great deal of stories that primarily focus on Legolas, from his childhood to adulthood. Her OCs are some of the best written this troper has ever come across, and her writing in general is rich and meaty with a lot of detail. Her works can largely be read as stand-alones but can also be read as one big saga covering Legolas's life and family, with just something to suit everyone: action, romance, fluff, adventure, etc. Very pleased to have discovered this author, an instant favorite.

Pearl Took
  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Synopsis: One of the greatest non-slash authors. While she hasn't written anything since 2008, the works she HAS written are some of the best I have ever read. Focusing mostly on the hobbits, her stories are guaranteed to make you cheer, laugh and/or cry, or give you a Warm and Fuzzy Feeling.

General Fics

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.

    General Fics 

For Every Evil by Mirrordance
  • Recommended by: Helpimlost
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Legolas is a policeman in 2004. His colleagues starts to wonder why the 10-yr veteran doesn't age. Though life's fallen into routine by now, he knows there's trouble ahead when he runs across the Fellowship and some old friends (and foes!) in new incarnations.
  • Tags: Modern, Reincarnation, Adventure
  • Comments: This was one of the first LOTR fic I have ever read and it still remains as one of the most memorable LOTR fic I've read. It basically takes place in a world where Middle Earth develops into our modern day society. It's interesting to see Legolas, and some other elves, navigate our society and their relationships with those around them. It's very much plot driven and it kind of reads as a modern thriller. The ocs are fleshed out and likeable. So if you're looking for a long epic adventure read, this ones for you. It has two completed sequels For Every Evil 2,For Every Evil 3 I recommend reading all three for a complete story.

The Raven's Blade Series by Valandhir
  • Recommended by: Nox Gold
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Kili survived the battle of the five armies, thought he lost his home again. Decades later a grim dwarven warrior comes across a man searching for Imladris. Thus begins a journey across the lone lands that will lead into war.
  • Tags: Graphic Depictions Of Violence, Angst, Adventure, Friendship,
  • Comments: Part 1 of a 4 part series, all complete. The series is mainly told from the POV of Boromir with brief views from Kili, Faramir and others. It is a beautifully written, in some parts heartbreaking, tale of grief, duty and above all else, friendship. It is one of the best stories I have read in a long time and truly a pleasure. It also has a re-write which can be found here

Tales of a Dark Continent by Morthoron
  • Recommended by: The Enmity Of Ages 1994
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The untold history of the Far-east of Middle-earth as told by the great chronicler of the 4th Age, Greagoir the Scribe, whose life & love is inextricably wound with the shadowy lore of the East. Essentially exploring the far eastern reaches of Middle Earth, talking of subjects from Eldarion to The Blue Wizards.
  • Tags: Adventure, Romance, DRAMA, GENERAL
  • Comments: Well researched and daring, set in the 4th Age,A fascinating subject with a remarkable depth and utterly gripping prose, this is for those who wish to see Tolkien's world explored and illuminated in the best fashion possible.
    • Also entered into the 2009 MEFA AWARDS, winning 2nd place.

A Secret Gate by elandulin
  • Recommended by: Robert
  • Status: Dead: Last update 2011
  • Synopsis: How Merry and Pippin came to set out on their final journey, many decades into the Fourth Age.
  • Pairing(s): Canonical (Pippin/Diamond and Merry/Estella) but not plot central.
  • Tags: hobbit-centric, Friendship, Adventure, this one is a real doorstopper!
  • Comments: A good story, very well told, though not yet complete. There are a few illustrations. The family scenes are heartwarming, and some of the descriptive passages are nearly poetic. There are also lengthy flashbacks to the courtships of Pippin and Merry, which show the damage Saruman did and the lasting effects of the pair's adventures, both good and ill. Much of the story is from the POV of Jamie Bucket, a charming teenage-equivalent working-class hobbit with an outsider's perspective on the Shire gentry.
    • Seconded. The story is frustratingly incomplete, but is highly recommended nonetheless - even if you don’t normally read hobbit-centric fiction, take a look at this one. The author covers a period (the later Fourth Age) that is rarely treated in fanfiction, and the depiction of the Shire and Middle Earth sixty years after the War of the Ring is painstaking and shows much thought on the part of the author. The story’s greatest strength lies in the characterization. In particular, the aged Merry and Pippin are beautifully portrayed - but even the minor roles in a huge cast have a wonderful vividness and depth.

The Adventures of Peregrin Took by Tom Fairbairn
  • Recommended by: Robert
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: His father named him "wanderer"; but everyone called him Pippin. He was the youngest Companion of the Fellowship of the Ring, an innocent and foolish lad who walked heedlessly into legend. Twelve years after the War of the Ring, feeling trapped by responsibilities he doesn't want, Peregrin Took struggles with a restlessness he can no longer deny. Now, traveling amidst the vast and unexplored vistas of Far Harad, caught up in a war against a tyrannical Magician and the quest for a legendary Jewel, this impossibly curious, recklessly courageous hobbit discovers unexpected friends, devious foes, and a girl who will claim his heart, as he searches for the meaning of home.
  • Tags: Adventure, World-building, Pippin-centric
  • Comments: Good world-building for the bits of the mortal world off the map. Pippin is the only familiar character for much of the fic. Some historical in-jokes, since Lord of The Rings is supposed to be our past.

Don't Panic and the sequel Okay, NOW Panic as well as Moments of Panic, short vignettes based on the first two stories, by: boz4PM
  • Recommended by: Ansela
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Penny is panicking. Where is she? How did she get here? How is she going to get home and whose backside will she kick first when she does? A woman lost in Middle Earth wearing only her pyjamas. This can't be good...The rare "Modern Girl Winds Up In Middle Earth" fic where the transplantee doesn't get things all their own way. Penny is lost, alone, and unable to speak the language, and has no useful skills to help her survive. The story follows her as she tries to fit in, first at Rivendell, and then in Rohan and Gondor.
  • Tags: Humor/Angst
  • Comments:
    • Nnnnyeeuh....The first one is good, but the second one gets really preachy after about thirty chapters. Anti-war sentiments get really annoying when I can't go anywhere without them.
      • Not so much anti-war as war really, really sucks and people with post-traumatic stress disorder need treatment. The main character lambastes the shallow flirt who badmouths a soldier suffering from PTSD, and it's never said that war is evil. Penny never even tries to stop it, implying that it was necessary to stop Sauron.
    • These stories are shockingly intelligent and thoughtful (what would it really be like for a 21st-century girl to appear in Middle Earth?) and frequently too funny for the reader's good. If you don't laugh out loud at least once every few chapters, there may be something wrong with you.
    • Seconded. Poor Penny - she reacts just as you'd expect a Lord of the Rings fanatic to upon being lost in a fantasy world and meeting people and seeing places from the books - fear upon seeing Amon Sûl, for example, and wanting to weep upon coming to Imladris - but combined with amazement and awe and joy upon meeting Elrond and Gandalf. You identify with her because, let's face it, who among us wouldn't freak out then go into paroxysms of awe and amazement upon meeting Elrond Peredhel? There's also some good humour, such as Penny mixing up her Elvish languages and Aragorn remarking in disbelief, "She speaks Quenya now!" Toloth ellyn, Halbarad. Toloth!
    • A bit of an exaggeration above. The stories are good and often humorous, but the entire thing ends up in YMMV territory pretty quickly.
    • Agreed with the Troper Above. The story can come as too much: Too much drama, too much crying, too much angst that it robes the "Real Life" sense is trying to implement and it seems to hurl it to parody. This troper couldn't finish because it found her desire to "stay in Middle Earth" (Chapter 24)to be incredible stupid and was simply tired (not to mention disturbed by her lack of sickness) of her crying/screaming over the top at every single action around 15 to 20 times for chapter. I wouldn't recommend it unless you had seen too many Mary Sue Insert Fic and want something to mock them.
  • Jcatgrl would like to know if there should be two separate works pages for the stories that would have to be ptitled, or if one works page titled "Panicverse" would suffice.

A time and times and half a time by Honesty
  • Recommended by: Hekateras
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Legolas, captured by Saruman, discovers *exactly* how Orcs were made; and Gimli must keep a vigil he will never forget.
  • Tags: Horror, Angst, Torture, Body Horror, Suspense,
  • Comments: Short. Beautifully written. You'll be on the edge of your seat wondering how it ends till the very last line, and beautifully, beautifully written. And it's short. There's no reason not to read it.

Boromir's Return by Osheen Nevoy
  • Recommended by: Helly
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: What it says on the title. Boromir is brought back to life some two or three hours after his death, only to find himself forever tied to the river Anduìn.
  • Tags: Adventure, Fantasy, Bits of AU
  • Comments:
  • The fic, more than 500000 words long, follows Boromir through the evens of The Two Towers and The Return of the King. There are a couple of OCs, but the author mostly uses already established characters, and does a great work with them.
  • As already said, the characterization is masterful. The author follows book canon, which is mostly important in regarding to Boromir's death and his relationship with his father. Denethor's character is maybe the best-written of the story, so layered and incredibly real, and the dynamics between him and Boromir are beautifully written. Boromir's relationships with his brother, the Fellowship and the creature who brought him back are also very good, but a special mention goes to the character of Aragorn, who is both well-written and analyzed critically, thanks to an excellent use of first-person writing. The author manages to avoid falling into the common 'mystification' of Aragorn often found in many Borormir lives fanfictions, while at the same time sounding incredibly realistic and perfectly in accord with the original. The language used is maybe too modern, and the fic is somewhat bittersweet, but it still remains one of the best pieces of work this troper has ever read.

The Mellon Chronicles by Cassia and Siobhan
  • Recommended by: Kilyle
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: This series follows the friendship of Legolas and Aragorn, starting well before The Lord of the Rings gets started. It makes up a lot of events whole cloth - it has to - but it maintains a close (nonsexual) friendship between the two leads, and a close kinship between Elrond and his two sons and Aragorn (who was raised as their foster brother). Highly dramatic in places; the first story (of Legolas a long time ago) sets up Legolas's mistrust of humans with enslavement and (offscreen) rape, and there's torture and despair in places as well.
  • Tags(For full series): WARNINGS: Graphic Depictions Of Violence, offscreen rape, torture, Kidnapping, Slavery, Child Abuse, Minor Character Death, Sexual Assault, Imprisonment, Bounty Hunters, Memory Loss, Angst, Poisoning, Aftermath of Torture, Betrayal, Beating, Whipping, Prisoner of War, Capture, Suicidal Thoughts, Injury, Hurt/Comfort Emotional Hurt/Comfort, Escape, Ghosts, Bandits & Outlaws, deafness, Deaf Character, Suspense, Haunting, Deceit, Mind Control, Threats of Violence, Psychological Torture
  • Comments: The best long fanfic series Kilyle ever read.
    • Bear in mind, as I read this series, I got sucked into the action but kept feeling like I could write the writing much better. But I suppose that's the case with a lot of fanfiction where the storyline is cool but the writing isn't polished - comes from lack of editors, I think.

Misfit in Middle-Earth and sequel Misfit in Minas Tirith by Doris the Younger
  • Recommended by: jyshin2
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: This isn't a movie. She's not an action hero. And Middle-earth is a very dangerous place to be. Trapped in the throes of a terrible World War, can an American college student help Princess Éowyn save her people from the deadly malice of Saruman? Can a girl-who-falls-into-Middle-earth be 'realistic' AND join in the fight against Sauron?
  • Tags: Adventure, Friendship, OC-Centric
  • Comments: What I like the best about this series is that it really focuses on a lot of minor characters in Rohan and Minas Tirith (in the sequel) and what it's like for them, how they contribute to the war effort even if they're not the ones going on secret quests and riding off to the field of battle. I also like that the OC recognizes her limits as a regular person, doesn't try to be the warrior princess, and just tries the best she can to be helpful.

The Last Ringbearer by Kyril Yeskov

The Patient, (Triumvirate,Maedhros and The End of Days) by Scribe
  • Recommended by: Morwen Edhelwen Massimo
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Aaron Stone, a New York psychiatrist, gets a mysterious patient, an elderly man with no memory of his past who claims he was sent to stop an evil in the city. Due to his appearance, the patient is nicknamed Moses. But what does Moses have to do with the headquarters of Malcolm Industries, a billion-dollar corporation?
  • Tags: Modern-day LOTR fic, Adventure, Mystery
  • The three sequels (Triumvirate,Maedhros and The End of Days) are even better. Especially Sauron, which really shows how much of a cunning bastard he used to be before being reduced to a shadow.
    • This is the best modern-day LOTR fanfic (if not the best LOTR fanfic at all) I've ever read. There would be a lot to say... the series really deserves a page on its own.

The Burning of the Year by Raksha the Demon
  • Recommended by: Gemmifer
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Gondor celebrates the New Year's Eve of their calendar. With Boromir gone to Rivendell, Faramir takes his place as the Year King, while Denethor broods and the people try to enjoy themselves.
  • Tags: Drama
  • Comments: Basically it's the heaps of foreshadowing that makes this story so enjoyable. Knowing everything that will happen to the characters in the coming year, you can shiver and grin as you recognize the omens. It's also very well written, with a voice that rings true for Tolkien's writing and the personality of Faramir without trying too hard.

Love Me and Despair by Edoraslass
  • Recommended by: sauronlulz
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: What if Galadriel had taken the Ring?
  • Tags: AU, horror, Angst, character death
  • Comments: Also posted HASA link here and Stories of Arda link here
  • Very dark, and the casual tone in which the characters' fates are revealed makes it all the worse. The beautiful writing makes it worth the read.
    • *Shivers* This fic is really quite disturbing, all the more so because it is probably very close to what would have happened. Definitely worth the read though.

The Battle of the Golden Wood by Marnie
  • Recommended by: Oracle Seven, Goodwrench, Behindthesky
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: What Haldir was really doing during the Battle of Helm's Deep! Celeborn, Galadriel, Haldir and Thranduil and a host of OC's battle against Dol Guldur.
  • Tags: action, adventure
  • Comments: The epic, untold tale of things that actually happened in the books. The canon cast are all refreshingly in-character, and the OCs, while prominent, are extremely likable.
    • Also recommended by Goodwrench. This is the single best action/adventure LOTR fic I've ever read.
    • Thirded by Behindthesky. Would like to add that the writing is absolutely beautiful, not to mention the poetic style of dialogue makes the elves surprisingly good Deadpan Snarkers without breaking character.

Concerning Hobbits by Vana Jedi
  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Young Frodo is visiting with Bilbo in Buckland and gets lost in the Old Forest and runs across a Warg. He is found and cared for by a Ranger and an Elf who are both searching for said Warg, the latter of whom has yet to experience anything of hobbits.

Devoted by Mariole
  • Recommended by: nicknack
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The young master of Bag End is brutalized in his home. His friends band together to help him heal emotionally and physically.
  • Tags: Hurt/Comfort, RAPE
  • Comments: A wonderful Hurt/Comfort Fic revolving around Frodo's friends and family helping him to recover after he is attacked and raped. A subplot deals with Sam's unrequited love for Frodo, and how it is resolved. Steer clear if you don't like rape fics or slash stories, but other than that a great fic.

Crossed Paths, Crossed Blades by Kwaj
  • Recommended by: Kwaj
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A knight of Gondor. A Rider of Rohan. A soldier of Harad. An Orc of Mordor. On the fields of Pelennor their lives will will their swords.
  • Tags: Drama
  • Comments: Written in homage of Tolkien's writing style, this fic focuses on four otherwise faceless soldiers during Return of the King's climactic battle. The story's strength lies in its focus on its characters: they are each well-crafted, believable individuals, whose differing cultural backgrounds plainly contribute to their worldviews.

The River by Indigo Bunting
  • Recommended by: Goodwrench
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The Fellowship must cross a river before it can enter the land of Hollin. When disaster strikes, Sam and Legolas find themselves trapped between the river, a party of malicious strangers, and each other.
  • Tags: action, adventure, angst, drama
  • Comments: Very powerful action/adventure. Has all the angst and drama you could want.
    • I second this! Love the interactions between Legolis and Samwise as they try find a way back to their companions I strongly recommend you should read this.

Orcbrat by The Lauderdale
  • Recommended by: D Hugo
  • Status: Dormant: Last update 2014
  • Synopsis: Orcs killed Maevyn's family and took her with them as a captive. It was never intended she survive.
  • Tags: OC-centric, horror, Nausea Fuel, violence, out-of-focus non-con, Fantasy, Adventure
  • Comments: I wouldn't be put off by all the warnings, as this story is brilliant. It focuses on a band of orcs, plus one human girl and one elf that are their sort of captives. Yes, a large part of the fic is as disturbing as that requires, yet Lauderdale doesn't revel in that- it's simply part of the fic and is not embelished, and furthermore, she manages to balance the horror out with humour, and she does it well. Her take on the Orcs in question is intelligent- although they aren't mindless monsters here, they certainly aren't nice, yet all of the group has separate personalities, that, in context don't seem unrealistic at all. The protagonist of the piece, Maevyn, is a very well written character, pragmatic and brave, yet still very much the young girl that she is- her fight for survival is again, realistic, and the group dynamics are both dangerous and humorous... you just have to read it, really. And also, the non-con does not involve Maevyn (don't worry), is really a background thing (sort of a brutal fact of life for poor Lennie), and is certainly not played for kink. I suppose the best way to summarise the fic is as the author once had in her synopsis — creepy, though probably not in the way you're thinking.

What Needs Looking After by Westel
  • Recommended by: Mad 4 T
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Sam takes care of Frodo, who is recovering from an illness, while The Gaffer and Bilbo visit a fair in another town. The tables turn somewhat when Sam takes ill himself.
  • Tags: Friendship, some corporal punishment
  • Comments: This is a very sweet friendship fic about Frodo and Sam. It explores some of the tension caused by class differences, and their devotion to one another transcending it (Not slash). It manages to be both humorous and heartbreaking at times, with an incredibly sweet (though maybe a bit sappy) ending. Note to the squeamish: both Frodo and Sam get whipped (moderately, with a switch) as a punishment at one point.

Delw yomenie Deadly Encounter and The Roots of Evil by Imaginigma
  • Recommended by: Zephyr 7
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis:
    • First story: When Aragorn vanishes from Imladris without any trace and an attack scares Imladris' inhabitants, can the twins and Legolas solve the mystery before they too fall into the hands of evil?
    • Second story: An old enemy seeks revenge on Aragorn by using a most wicked poison, but not only Aragorn has to pay, but his brothers as well. When Legolas is drawn into the evil game as well, things turn for the worst. And this time, not even Imladris can offer healing.
  • Tags: Angst, Adventure
  • Comments: Just amazing writing throughout the two stories. The first one is continued in the second one, where the author knows exactly how to pull the heartstrings of the readers, as well as to the characters, since the mortal Aragorn (unlike the elven Elladan and Elrohir) is dying faster and there is nothing Elrond, his brothers or Legolas could do about, leaving the audience on the edge of their seats when symptoms worsen and they are left wondering whether Aragorn will truly survive this ordeal.

Rusta Iira by Princess Tyler Briefs
  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Hate is a hard lesson, to learn or unlearn. And even the Shire has predjiduce...a Merry and Pip friendship story unlike most you've ever read.
  • Tags: Drama, Adventure, Friendship

The Measure of a Man by Virtuella
  • Recommended by: Pryderi
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Déoric, a young rider of Rohan, is crippled on the Pelennor and has little hope for his life and future after the war. But salvation comes when an unusual talent brings him to the attention of Éomer, and a position at the courts of Edoras …
  • Tags:
  • Comments: A well-written story from an unusual perspective. Several canon characters make appearances, including a memorable cameo from Théoden’s old minstrel Gléowine, but the story belongs to Déoric and his friends and family. The character writing is excellent – in particular, Déoric’s struggles with his physical injuries (and his pride and bitterness) are finely done. The author also has a wonderful feel for the landscape of Rohan and the texture of daily life amongst the common folk of Edoras.

In Safekeeping - sequels here and here by MBradford
  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Unwanted attention from an aggressive admirer puts Frodo in great danger. Sam to the rescue!
  • Tags: Drama,Suspense

Discovering Strength by MBradford
  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Young Frodo Baggins deals with Lotho's bullying in his own way.
  • Tags: One-shot

On the Banks of the Brandywine by MBradford
  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Frodo finds a letter in a book that reveals something about his past and Merry tells Sam some tales of Frodo's life at Brandy Hall.
  • Tags: Drama, Angst, Warnings - Violence and mild cursing in some chapters, angst, cruelty to
hobbits. Anti - warnings - A little bit of love and laughter here and there.
  • Comments: Has a sequel here.

Death Seeker by Technomad
  • Recommended by: Tropers/Eoppen
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Grima is freed from Saruman's influence along with Theodred, and becomes Saruman's most fanatical foe of all.
  • Tags: Adventure, Tragedy
  • Comments: This may be the only "Grima redeemed" fic out there. Grima is the embodiment of the trope Death Seeker in this one, as he fights his way through the hordes of the enemy. However, he's no good at dying, but he's really good at killing.

The Green Knight by Le Rouret
  • Recommended by: greatbigcranberries
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Two years after the War of the Ring, King Elessar's Privy Council advises him and Prince Faramir to hold a Grand Tournament in the ruins of Osgiliath to draw the strength of foreign knights and warriors to Gondor.
  • Tags:
  • Comments: A very well written novel length story detailing adventures after The Lord of the Rings ends. Legolas is the author's favourite character and it shows. However he bears not the slightest resemblance to Orlando Bloom's portrayal, beyond having blond hair. The writing is excellent with a suitably archaic tone, which is nevertheless wholly different from Tolkien's style. Le Rouret also draws influence from The High Middle Ages, rather than The Low Middle Ages that Tolkien preferred. It is very different, and well worth reading. The closest thing I can compare it to is Ivanhoe.
  • There are also a number of sequels.

This Present Darkness by Lamiel
  • Recommended by: AryaAdrianiel
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When a new power threatens Gondor, Legolas is caught in a desperate struggle to save Aragorn's soul.
  • Tags: (Warnings are posted at the beginning of each chapter.) Drama, Angst
  • Comments: Going into the fic based on the synopsis leads a reader to believe that it is just another post-WOTR fic about the struggles of adjusting to a new Middle Earth. It is nothing like that. Never have I read a fic more detailed, more intense, or more downright disturbing than this one. It is one that will hold your interest throughout the whole (incredibly long) fic through sheer trepidation and morbid intrigue about what is going to happen in the next chapter. As such, while I do highly recommend it, I also recommend reading the warnings before you start the fic because it is not for the faint of heart.

Home with the Fairies by I-Mushi
  • Recommended by: Anonymous, Sophiebybophie
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: 'We've all seen the horribly butchered and cliché girl-falls-into-Middle-Earth stories. So is it possible to make a semi-realistic one? Follow Maddie on her own adventure exploring Middle Earth as the opposite of a Tenth Walker.'
  • Tags: Attempt rape, Sexual assault, Language barrier, Culture shock, Adventure, Fantasy
  • Comments: This story is well worth a read, even for one who (like myself), isn't usually into OC stories. Maddie is a wonderfully well-rounded and likeable character, who starts off alone, confused and trying to figure out how she ended up in a strange land. The story doesn't stray into Wangst, but realistically portrays the homesickness and confusion someone would experience if they were dumped into a different world. Her interactions with other characters are excellent, and the story follows Maddie's personal story in Middle Earth, rather than have her tag-along with the Fellowship. It also addresses important moral/philosophical issues when she finally realizes where she is, such as - even if she knows some of the story, should she interfere? No strong romance theme yet, as the story is predominantly focused on Maddie's broad experience of Middle Earth and later the LOTR story. Other main characters include Boromir, Faramir, Eowyn, Eomer.

Out of All Knowledge by Budgielover
  • Recommended by: hpfan4ever
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Frodo is taken to Rivendell after he is stabbed by the Ringwraith. Elrond struggles to heal him as the others wait and watch anxiously.
  • Tags: Angst, Friendship
  • Comments: Excellent story that shows how Frodo survived the wound from the Ringwraith. Everyone is in-character, it is one of the rare fics that made me smile as much as the original did.

DragonSlayer for Hire by Baylor
  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: In which Pippin slays a dragon, rescues his friends, and is greatly lauded
  • Tags: Pre-ROTK, Fluff
  • Comments: Just a sweet little fluff piece guaranteed to give you a W.A.F.F..

A Fairer World by Losseniaiel
  • Recommended by: Sasha Honeypalm
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: In Valinor, Gimli befriends Finrod Felagund.
  • Tags: One-shot, Drama
  • Comments: One of those ideas that, when you see it, makes you wonder that more people haven't done it.

Looking for Boromir by Valante
  • Recommended by: Sasha Honeypalm
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Faramir seeks his brother. Where is Boromir? And where, for that matter, is Faramir?
  • Tags: One-Shot, Drama, Suspense
  • Comments: A haunting, lyrical tale of loss, love and hope.

Little Elfling Lost by sheraiah
  • Recommended by: Sophiebybophie
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A human hunting party stumbles across the aftermath of an orc attack in which a very young elf is the only survivor.
  • Tags: Drama, Angst, hurt/comfort, language barrier
  • Comments: A one-shot, and a good read; It's about Legolas.

Lapsus Memoriae (Rávamë's Bane: Book 1) and Compos Mentis (Rávamë's Bane: Book 2) by RealityWarp
  • Recommended by: Sophiebybophie
  • Status: Complete/ongoing
  • Synopsis: Every Tolkien fan has a "Tenth Walker" in them — but Eleanor Dace hasn't read a word of Tolkien since she was thirteen and was still fantasizing about adventuring in other worlds. Now she's twenty-two, a third year English Literature student about to graduate from college; when she discovers that her teenage fantasy just got a bit too realistic for her liking. Now she's trapped in Arda, a world she has little idea how to survive in, trying to recover a missing set of memories that might help get her home. Or they might just make things go from merely life-threateningly bad; to apocalyptically worse. With little more than her hazy recall of the Lord of the Rings trilogy to draw on (and a sarcastic second personality giving cryptic advice in her head) Eleanor begins to realize that there is something sinister going on in Middle Earth, besides the return of the One Ring. Something more than mere coincidence brought her here, and only remembering what it is will get her home again. Oh, and in case things weren't complicated enough already — her ears just got a whole lot more pointy.
  • Tags: [Follows a mix of canon from the books and films. Rated for language and somewhat graphic descriptions.] Adventure, Fantasy
  • Comments: One of the better Girls falls into Middle earth fics that I've come across. I didn't get annoyed by the main character through out the first book and I hope that remains in the sequel. Love the mystery that surrounds the main character as the plot is thicker than it seems.

Survivor's Guilt by The_Lady_Meg
  • Recommended by: SilverWizard
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: In which Boromir survives Amon Hen, and Fate adjusts itself accordingly.
  • Pairing(s): Boromir/Éowyn
  • Tags: One-shot, AU, Angst.
  • Comments: A rather beautifully written take on what would have happened to Boromir had he survived the skirmish on Amon Hen, told solely from Boromir's own perspective.

The Fords of Isen by Branwyn
  • Recommended by: Sasha Honeypalm
  • Status: one-shot
  • Synopsis: A very unusual duo save a Rohirric warrior.
  • Tags: One-shot, drama, ghost story
  • Comments: A beautiful story about a friendship that transcends death.

Always Torn in Two by Expecting Rain
  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Quote: "I think we two understand each other better than any may think." Five years into the Fourth Age, Sam and Legolas have a conversation about Frodo and the sea.

Courtly Love by gythia
  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Aragorn is an inexperienced youth, Arwen is nearly 3,000 years old, and Elrond is determined to spoil her fun.

Changes by Westel
  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Merry is too young to understand that not all big boys can be trusted.

Elflings,Sneezes & Apples by Tun Yun
  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Some boys from the Lake town of Esgaroth have been bullying the princeling Legolas for far too long. Thranduil and Legolas’s older brother, Melrue decide its time to do something about it.

Dappled Shadows and Flagstone Floors by Westel
  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Frodo is caught stealing mushrooms from Farmer Maggot, and is punished by being made to help the farmer, but becomes dangerously ill.

Broken Glass by Inquisitive
  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Merry and Frodo find that playing indoors can be dangerous… in more ways than one. Warning contains spanking

Leuca Lassi by Inquisitive
  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Elladan and Elrohir take their young brother out for a bit of fun on an autumn day in Rivendell, but when Estel runs head long into a dangerous situation it's up to the twins to keep their brother from repeating the same mistake twice. contains spanking

To Watch Them Dance by Isil Elensar
  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: young!Boromir is out on a midnight escapade, and takes little!Faramir with him. But this is one escapade that their parents will easily forgive them for.

Voice Within by my-fool-of-a-took
  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When Pippin is stripped of his voice after a strange illness, he experiments with other means of communication.

Love Letters by Citrine
  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Short, preQuest story. Bilbo ponders Frodo's adoption, and a careless gift to Sam backfires badly.

In the Company of Friends by slightlytookish
  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: In the gardens of the Houses of Healing, Pippin insists that Gimli seek care for an injury he sustained in battle.

Rites of Passage by SpaceRoses
  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A young Legolas is being bullied until he learns a valuable lesson.

Misplaced by slightlytookish
  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Sam manages to lose a young, tagalongish Pippin.

Mushroom Lore by Werecat 99
  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Synopsis: On a cold January night in Eregion, around the campfire, the members of the Fellowship exchange, among other things, mushroom recipes.

Ailments and Answers by Coriandra
  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Synopsis: While in Minas Tirith, Merry and Pippin suddenly develop sore throats that seem resistant to treatment.

Daisy's Wonderful Day by Isil Elensar
  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Synopsis: Daisy Fields of Longbottom has a truly wonderful day.

Smoke In My Eyes by Pippinfan 1988
  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Synopsis: Pippin wants to get back at Pimpernel for humiliating him in front of the lads. In his effort to ‘get back’, he learns an entirely different sort of lesson.

Lessons in Adventuring by slightlytookish
  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Pippin would rather focus on adventuring instead of his lessons.

The Dictionary Game by Dreamality
  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Dead, but it doesn't really matter, since it's just a series of one-shots.
  • Synopsis: This is a collection of vignettes. Each chapter is based on a different word, chosen randomly from a dictionary. Chapter Four is "hawthorn." Summary: Samwise, Bag End’s faithful gardener, gets stuck in a hawthorn bush. Young Master Frodo helps him out.

Flowers in Disguise by Holdur
  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Sam's first day in the garden with his father.

A Little Walk by Ancalime 8301
  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Frodo becomes lost in Minas Tirith after deciding to take a late-night stroll; even once he's found the story is far from over...

First Word by Mackenna
  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Synopsis: In which Peregrin Took says his very first word.

Snowstorm by Ivory-Bride
  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Snowstorms in the Shire are the best times for tweenagers. A story of mittens, snowball fights, and harmless flirting. Warning: FrodoSam slash

Bilbo's Deep, Dark Secret by Budgielover
  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Newly come to Bag End, young Frodo sets himself to discover his Uncle Bilbo's deep, dark secret.

My Hero by Goggle Girl
  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: After a boating accident, Merry's forbidden from playing with Pippin ever again. With their friendship in ruins, what can the two hobbits do to fix things and be with each other again?

Of Gold and Gems by Budgielover
  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Grima Wormtongue has always had a crush on Eówyn and believes she may harbor feelings towards him. What happens when he allows his emotions to show fully and the truth is laid out before him? Can he heal by himself or will there be another way?

Parties & Scarfies by Goggle Girl
  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: At the Thain's 65th birthday party, 8 year old Pippin feels forgotten and ignored. Just a short little fluffy friendship story about how Merry and Pippin became close friends.

DragonSlayer for Hire by Baylor
  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: In which Pippin slays a dragon, rescues his friends, and is greatly lauded. Pre-LOTR.

The Caged Warg by Ceanen
  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A troubled tavern receives a visit from soggy royalty.

The Pet Warg by papermachine
  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Elfings Elladan and Elrohir finds a wounded warg in the woods. Elrond is reluctant to let it live... Soon, the elflings and the warg become fast friends and when orcs strikes...

Knitting Socks by Lindelea 1
  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Pippin aquires a pony shortly before setting out on the Quest.

Flower Pot For Mother by loveofthering
  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Pippin wants to make a grand present for his Mother, who does so much to help all those that she loves, only to cause her more work than what she can handle...

Boxes and Bagginses by Lily Baggins
  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: It's Yule time in the Shire, and poor Frodo is feeling left out and forgotten.

Challenges by Lindelea 1
  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Dead, but it doesn't really matter, since it's just a series of one-shots.
  • Synopsis: Take several unrelated words or phrases, craft them into a story. Are you game?

The Pine-Woods Excursion by Lily Baggins
  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: On a day trip from Rivendell, Frodo meets up with something quite unpleasant.

The Unexpected Healing by Coriandra
  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Pippin becomes sick in Minas Tirith and is cared for by someone he never imagined.

You are Precious to Me, Dearest by Rosa Cotton
  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A young Pippin and Frodo's first meeting.

Gardening by Lia Galanodel
  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Synopsis: Merry and Pippin get into a bit of an argument... and are punished...

Splashing and Sputtering by Baylor
  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Synopsis: In which Pippin takes a tumble, rescues a dwarf, and catches a chill.

Little Bird by Murron
  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Synopsis: Pippin, a bird, and the consequences of eavesdropping.

Class Distinction by Rachel Stonebreaker
  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Synopsis: Our favorite hobbits, Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin on one summer day when all were carefree and young.

The Trinket by Lily Baggins
  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A very wee Frodo causes quite a stir at Bag End one day...

Midnight Games by Natashya
  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When Pippin and Merry kidnap Frodo, it's up to Sam to get him back...

Growing my own wings by Azzy_Darling
  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Elladan feels pressured to make a choice.

Alternate Universe

Alternative Universe. The characters are written into a different world/universe than the one they are typically from.

     Alternate Universe 

The Captain and the King by plasticChevy (Archived by HASA)
  • Recommended by: Acacia
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: AU story - Saruman believes Isildur's Heir is carrying the Ring, so he sends his orcs to capture the Men of the Fellowship. Aragorn and Boromir are taken prisoner at Parth Galen.
  • Tags: Boromir-lives AU , War of the Ring, Drama, Canon - Non-canonical to good purpose, Canon - Outstanding AU/reinterpretation, Characters - Family Dynamics, Characters - Friendship, Characters - Good villain(s), Characters - New interpretation, Characters - Strongly in character, Characters - Well-handled emotions, Plot - Can't stop reading, Plot - Dangerous topic w/satisfying end, Plot - Good pacing, Plot - I reread often, Subjects - Legends/Myth/History, Writing - Clear prose, Writing - Engaging style, Writing - Evocative, Writing - Well-handled dialogue, Characters - Good use of minor character(s), Characters - Outstanding OC(s), Plot - Bittersweet, Plot - Tear-jerker, Subjects - Medical/Healing, Subjects - Military, Subjects - Politics, Writing - Every word counts, Writing - Well-handled introspection, Writing - Good use of humor, Writing - Well-handled Po V(s), Fellowship of the Ring, Plot - Joy, Plot - Surprising reversals, Characters - OOC to good purpose, Canon - Solves frequent reader complaint, Characters - Unusual relationship(s), Subjects - Culture(s), Characters - Well-handled romance/eroticism, Subjects - Explores obscure facts, Writing - Mythic/Poetic,Canon - Enhances original, Writing - Foreshadowing
  • A little more is different here than in the average Boromir-lives AU. I really can't say enough in its praise. It's not just a story about Boromir as a Handicapped Badass, it's about deep friendships, good people who do bad things, forgiveness, grief, trauma, and acceptance. Potential trigger warning: The early story has a number of scenes of prisoner abuse, and later, prejudice against the disabled forms a major plot point.

Moria's Revenge by Kookaburra
  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: AU story - The denizens of Moria decide to take revenge on the Fellowship — by way of its littlest member.
  • Tags: AU, Angst, Drama, WARNING: RAPE AND TORTURE.
  • Comments: Pretty much Exactly What It Says on the Tin - Pippin is captured by the Orcs, who proceed to rape, torture, and generally play Break the Cutie with him. Even when he's rescued, it's not over. But this isn't your average Hurt/Comfort Fic, oh no. The writing is simply wonderful, with the author showing that they know EXACTLY how to make one laugh or cry depending on the situation, and while there's a bit of Ron The Death Eatering later on, the character in question gets better - I'd tell you who it is, but that would be a MASSIVE spoiler. There's also a few Original Characters, but only one has a really big role. All in all, a fantastic story that could conceivably exist in canon. Highly recommended.

The Song in the Darkness by Mirach
  • Recommended by: YTDN
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: After the battle on Pelennor fields, Aragorn is captured by the Nazgûl and brought to the Dark Tower. His will is the only thing that stands between Sauron and the One Ring.
  • Tags: AU, Angst, Drama, Torture
  • Comments: From the synopsis seems like your average torture fic, however it's nothing but. Beautifully written and utterly tragic, the writing and atmosphere is pure Tolkien, and it combines equal doses of Tear Jerker and Crowning Moment of Heartwarming to create a fic that tugs all the heartstrings. The characterizations are spot on, and the author just gets Aragorn. Also contains wonderful references to The Silmarillion. Truly a stunning piece of work.

Where the Grass Grows Green I: We May Yet Stand by Ragnelle
  • Recommended by: madamezou
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The Quest failed. Sam killed Gollum before the Ring was destroyed and now darkness rules the lands of Middle-earth. A small group from the resistance battles both hunger and mistrust, to keep hope alive. But will the sacrifices outweigh the gain? Book one of six.
  • Tags: AU, Dark Fic, some Torture, Major Characters Death
  • Comments: This is the first installment of six: the second, Where The Grass Grows Green II: On Bended Knee is in progress. It's a beautifully written dark fic: Sauron regained the Ring and now rules on all Middle Earth, many of our favorite characters are captives or dead while the only resistance comes from the Rohirrim. The author is slow with the uploads, but it's well worth the waiting.

Hideous Treachery by Faerlas

Pip-napped! by dreamflower02
  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A honeymoon in Minas Tirith turns into an adventure for Pippin and Diamond!
  • Pairing(s): Pippin/Diamond
  • Tags: Romance, Adventure, AU

Taking Care by Ancalime 8301
  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Frodo copes with his daughter Primula being ill and Merry and Pippin trying to help. Part of a post-Quest AU.

The Missing Prince of Mirkwood by Bloody Phantom
  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A very young Legolas runs away after his Nana's death and his Ada's continual dismissal of him. Two thousand's years later, with no memory who he is, he tries to find out where he came from, but runs into a very interesting and small group with a mission of their own. Meanwhile, King Thranduil of Mirkwood struggles to find his one and only child.


Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.


The King's Surgeon by Surgical Steel
  • Recommended by: Ansela
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings:
  • Synopsis: The life and adventures of a surgeon in the late Third and early Fourth Ages of Middle-earth, from south to north and back again.
  • Tags: (AU, explicit sex, surgery) use of profane or obscene language, violence, adult themes, sexual content, character death
  • Comments: Winner of MEF As for Races: Men: Incomplete in 2006 (First Place) and Genres: Longer Works in 2008 (Third Place).
  • It's long (over 120 chapters and counting, including a happy AU where certain characters don't die) but worth it. It does contain m/m relationships and graphic medical and sexual scenes. Although the concept of OCs and the ever looming threat of Mary Sue (Sauron who?) may cause you to pause, this fic neatly sidesteps the common traps. If you want to read about the Middle Earth behind the gloss of bardic lyricism, this is an excellent choice. Tackles political intrigue, racism, sexism, education and war while promoting an endearing plot.

The Heads of One Thousand Goblins: A Love Story by SickleYield
  • Recommended by: Grumman
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: OC/Gimli
  • Synopsis: How does one impress a dwarf lord? Gimli son of Gloin never forgot the Lady Galadriel. But love can find you in the most unexpected places and the strangest ways...
  • Tags: Fantasy, Adventure
  • Comments: The only Lord of the Rings romance fic I'd ever recommend. Lacks Mary Sues, elves, OOC behaviour or any of that horrible stuff.

All That I Had by Elenya
  • Recommended by: Rosie Bloom
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Frodo/Sam
  • Synopsis: "Frodo and Sam return to the Shire. How is their relationship affected by Frodo's illness? Why does Sam marry Rosie? Why does Frodo leave the Shire, and to what lengths is he prepared to go to keep Sam safe?"
  • Tags: Rating NC-17, explicit sex
  • Comments: This epic, novel-length love story spanning six decades is famous in both online and offline circles. It's been the subject of academic papers. ATIH is obsessively faithful to canon and includes detailed authors notes.

The Price of Freedom by Erin Lasgalen (
  • Recommended by: riahchan
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Eowyn/Legolas
  • Synopsis: "In the aftermath of the War of the Ring, Éowyn comes to the painful realization that the wounds of the heart she still bears cannot be healed by going back to the cage, however gilded, however loving the master. Four years and hundreds of leagues later, her past is about to catch up with her in more ways than one."
  • Tags: Adventure, Romance, R for content. This story is an AU. With the exception of the first chapter it is set post-ROTK. It will contain heavy violence, the mention of rape though no actual depictions, and sexual content—again, no gory details, some semi-explicit sex
  • Comments: I found this novel-length, finished story when I thought I was done with LotR fan fiction and almost didn't click the link. Now it has become one of my favorites in any genre. Éowyn's decisions make sense in the context of the story and build much sympathy for her character and the world around her. The world building is also really well done, giving a look at the effects of the War on the lands that fought with Mordor. I thought the pairing would feel strange but it was pulled off incredibly well.
  • Comments: Complete in seven chapters, this is Éowyn as Tolkien posthumously wishes he could have written her. While YMMV on her characterisation in the context of medieval concepts of self and femininity, the modern reader will rejoice. This is the Éowyn who killed the Witch King of Angmar, who defied honour and the rules of society to seek death on the Pellenor fields. She's fragile, strong and utterly as she was before she met Faramir, settling down to the propriety of Gondorian society. The romance is in character and loving rather than hawt. The exploration of monarchic rulers and social mores, as well as the reach of Sauron's domination is fascinating.

Snowdrops and Bluebells by Regina L.
  • Recommended by: Theweirdwarrior
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Faramir/Éowyn
  • Synopsis: Eowyn's growing friendship with Merry in the Houses of Healing begins to unthaw other feelings in her heart as well. A detailing of the Eowyn & Faramir courtship. Expands on Éowyn recovering in the House of Healing. The main focus of the story is of her growing friendship with Merry and how it influences her decision to hook up with Faramir.
  • Tags: Drama, Romance, Friendship
  • Comments: If there's one aspect of the original books that I wish Tolkien had devoted more time to, it's Éowyn and Merry's relationship. This fic not only does that, but the writing style and characterization manage to have the feel of the books. From the charm of Éowyn eagerly learning about Merry's childhood and Hobbit culture, to the absolutely heartbreaking scene where she confides in him about all the inner turmoil she had to endure at the hands of Gríma, this fic's tone is all over the place (and I mean that in the most complimentary way possible).

The Healer and the Warrior (and it's sequels) by Maddy051280 Rated T
  • Recommended by: firerose
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Éomer/Lothíriel, Faramir/Éowyn, Aragorn/Arwen
  • Synopsis: A series of short (the longest is 7 chapters) fics about Éomer and Lothíriel, following their romance from their first meeting, in the aftermath of the battle of the Pelennor fields, through their engagement and well into their marriage. The stories start with The Healer and the Warrior, and are all part of the same story line.
  • Tags: Romance
  • Comments: The characters are well written, and Lothíriel is an intelligent and likeable heroine. It's romantic, witty and quite a worthwhile read, though it does move slowly at times. Lothíriel's brothers are hilarious, and the author does a great job writing diologue in general and theirs in particular.

The Ugly Duckling of Dol Amroth by Spake 2121
  • Recommended by: shadylady105
  • Pairings: Éomer/Lothíriel
  • Synopsis: My name is Lothíriel of Dol Amroth. Though my reputation for truth is somewhat tarnished I swear that every word of this tale, the most important of my life, is true...
  • Comments: The characters (and their interactions) were such a pleasure to read that this troper has no qualms with imagining that this story was a continuation of canon. Lothíriel and Éomer's relationship progresses exactly how one might imagine it would; characters are well-rounded and completely fleshed out while dealing with courtly intrigue and the realistic aftermath of the War of the Ring.

Splint by helenamarkos
  • Recommended by: Fatrat, Red-Dead-Redeemer
  • Pairings: OC(Orc Female)/OC(Human Male)
  • Synopsis: Years after the War Of The Ring an injured Ranger attacked by wolves finds himself with a broken leg and an unlikely rescuer.
  • Comments: Well characterized slow burn Romance. It does a good job filling in Orcish society without whitewashing their brutality (when she finds him she seriously considers eating him, she rescues him out of loneliness as she has been on her own for so long.)

The Shire Morns series by Elderberry Wine
  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Pairings: Frodo/Sam
  • Synopsis: A pre-Quest series of stories revolving around Frodo and Sam as they realize their love for each other, and deal with how the other inhabitants of the Shire react to it.

Hollow Darkness by Elderberry Wine
  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Pairings: Frodo/Sam
  • Synopsis: Sam helps Frodo during the anniversary of the Witch-King's attack on Weathertop.

In Cavern's Shade by Castile 181 - Rated M (some graphic violence and semi-explicit sex)
  • Recommended by: PF_Fan
  • Pairings: Galadriel/Celeborn, with others such as Lúthien/Beren sprinkled in.
  • Synopsis: "He has dwelt in the west since the days of dawn, and I have dwelt with him years uncounted; for ere the fall of Nargothrond or Gondolin I passed over the mountains, and together through ages of the world we have fought the long defeat." This is the real story behind Middle-earth's longest and most enduring marriage, that of the Lord and Lady of the Galadhrim.
  • Comments: Epic doesn't even begin to describe this vast, novel-length fanfiction. 40 chapters, over 512,000 words, it spans hundreds of years during the First Age and this is only Part 1 of 3. The author intends to complete two more sequels taking the reader all the way up to the end of the Third Age and the War of the Ring. The sheer level of dedication, skill, attention to detail, character building and storytelling ability that has been poured into this work is truly astounding. The story remains completely canonical to the dates and events portrayed by Tolkien in The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales and The Lord of the Rings but fills in the many, many gaps that surround Galadriel and Celeborn's courtship and marriage, with a sharp focus on the politics of Elven culture and the coming together of the Noldor and the Sindar.

On the Wings of the Storm by Lialathuveril
  • Recommended by: Rose And Heather
  • Pairings: Éomer of Rohan/Lothíriel of Dol Amroth
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "The year before the Ring War, Princess Lothíriel of Dol Amroth is sent to Rohan by her father to seek shelter from the storm brewing in Mordor. There she meets Éomer, Third Marshal of the Riddermark. Unfortunately they do not hit it off... at first."
  • Comments: A compelling novel about the romance between Éomer and Lothíriel in the last days of the Third Age, with incredible attention to canon detail. It's another candidate for 'this could have really happened', with well-drawn Rohan OCs and an absolute refusal to turn hero, heroine, and supporting cast alike into Mary Sues.

In Wonderland by Perhin
  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Pairings: Frodo/Sam
  • Synopsis: Frodo doesn't want to be in the rich life of the 1800s and wishes for one night to be young in Wonderland with Sam. But did it really happen long ago or is it a dream? You decide.

Weather Magic by Ineffabilitea
  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Pairings: Frodo/Sam
  • Synopsis: It's Sam's place, as far as he’s concerned, to do everything in his power to make Frodo happy and give him what he wants. And what Frodo wants, it seems, is snow. Frodo/Sam slash.

Peregrin by Gaelcelt
  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Pairings: Merry/Pippin
  • Synopsis: A Hobbit fairy tale. Slash. Rapunzel meets the Lord of the Rings Slash. Eglantine Took craves some of the apples growing in Farmer Maggot's fields. The price is her son... who later is entranced by Meriadoc Brandybuck.

Good Advice by Keye Goodenough
  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Pairings: Frodo/Sam
  • Synopsis: Pip shows up at Bag End with a problem. Slash. FrodoSam, PippinMerry implied.

He Does Love Me by Perhin
  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Pairings: Frodo/Sam
  • Synopsis: Does Sam really love Frodo, or was it just a dream?

The Depths Of Love by Taelin
  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Pairings: Frodo/Sam
  • Synopsis: Things around Bag End are about to will Sam and Frodo cope? Mpreg.

A Spring After Winter by cassiopeia3019
  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Pairings: Frodo/Sam
  • Synopsis: New love is never easy.

Shire Summers by Soulreciever
  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Pairings: Frodo/Sam, Merry/Pippin
  • Synopsis: A normal summer in the Shire turns out to be something special for the lads.

Serendipity by cassiopeia3019
  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Pairings: Frodo/Sam
  • Synopsis: In which an accident gives Sam the opportunity to discover his master's feelings.

The Last Shreds of Autumn by merripestin
  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Pairings: Frodo/Sam
  • Synopsis: In the house of Elrond, Sam tries to heal what he can, while Frodo finds courage and new hope.

Waking Dream by Lynn Cheshire
  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Pairings: Merry/Pippin
  • Synopsis: Merry and Pippin are resting while they wait for the Ent’s decision.

Animal Crackers by Ivory-Bride
  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Pairings: Frodo/Sam
  • Synopsis: Frodo and Sam go for a picnic one sunny day!

Teach Me in Your Arms by Ivory-Bride
  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Pairings: Frodo/Sam
  • Synopsis: Sam learns that Frodo has never weeded a garden! *gasp* He teaches Frodo how, but the lesson soon becomes quite cuddly...

Wild Creatures by merripestin
  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Pairings: Frodo/Sam
  • Synopsis: Frodo catches Sam taking a break from gardening (F/S slash implied, solo, voy, prequest)

Precious by Lotho's Cute Villainess Minion
  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Pairings: Frodo/Sam
  • Synopsis: Sam thinks about how the Ring has corrupted his Frodo.

Poetry by Lynn Cheshire
  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Pairings: Merry/Pippin
  • Synopsis: Poetry on the Brandywine.

The Love Charm by ripnik
  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Pairings: Frodo/Sam
  • Synopsis: Sam has some unexplained feelings, Frodo investigates the reason why.

Golden Snowflakes by Soulreciever
  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Pairings: Frodo/Sam
  • Synopsis: After the Quest Frodo recieves a letter from Bilbo that may just change his fate for the better.

At the Edge of Lasg'len by Ann Elspeth Raven, Spamburguesa
  • Recommended by: Andygal
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Pairings: Thranduil/OFC, OFC/OMC, OMC/OMC, F/M/M threesome.
  • Synopsis: (copied from authors synopsis. We can safely say, you won't find another fic like this anywhere. It started out with the basic idea of a mortal woman meeting a faded Elvenking Thranduil in modern Ireland. Then it sprouted wings, and became a full-on epic about the elves of the Woodland Realm meeting both Ireland and the world, and all the craziness that comes along with these two vastly different entities colliding...along with a king obligated to lead his people through changes he could not initially imagine. Interpersonal relationships, thorny social/psychological problems, matters of history, culture and's all here. If you join our little world, we hope you will laugh, cry and everything in between. Nothing that happens in this story is simple, or obvious, because it is about the eternal quest for love and acceptance—of self, and others. And more besides. We hope you enjoy reading as much as we've enjoyed the writing.
  • We publish a chapter a week, give or take.*
  • Tags: slice of life, drama, angst, romance.
  • Comments: Relationship between Thranduil and the female lead starts out slightly dubcon, but evolves pretty quickly (and the story acknowledges the questionableness of the initial interactions). Contains some instances of graphic violence and also detailed sex scenes. Contains one instance of mostly-offscreened rape (and at least one instance of Rape as Backstory). The cast contains a number of characters with traumatic backstories (parental abuse, alcoholism, parental abandonment, criminal behavior, mental illness) the effects of which are gone into detail about. The cast is almost entirely OCs though characters from the Legendarium are name dropped frequently.

The Cold Pressing AU series by Alex_Quine
  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Pairings: Boromir/Aragorn, Aragorn/Arwen
  • Synopsis: In which Boromir survives the War of the Ring, and he and Aragorn start a romantic relationship.


A fan fiction which incorporates characters, events, places, ideas, etc from another fandom.

    Crossover Fics 

Malcom Of The Rings by Hibob.
  • Recommended by: Surt Noir.
  • Status: Finished-10 chapters.
  • Synopsis: By actions beyond their comprehension, Malcom, Reese, and Dewey find themselves thrown in Middle Earth just after the beggining of Frodo Travesy. Now they must find a way to survive while pissing every single powerful Lord of Middle Earth and be put between the Titanic Fight of Good and Evil. They are far from amused.
    • Comments: Irreverent, sarcastic, well thought, kind of breve, Malcom of The Rings is a good way to pass an afternoon. It follow the life of the Three brothers in parallel with the Fellowship of the Rings, exploring middle Earth and its culture by Malcom and Co. while trying to adapt and find a way home, helped by a phone (and its introduction to other key characters)and Francis and Steve. While their adventures are quite independent of the rest of the cast they still are present in some of the most crucial moments, either help it happen or hindering with their inane actions. Worth a check.

Saruman of many Devices by Saphroneth
  • Recommended by: Mcnickel|
  • Status: Dormant
  • Crossover with: The General.
  • Synopsis: Alone of every power in Middle-Earth, Saruman innovates, notably gunpowder. But he lost. What if he had a little help? A chipped Palantir stone has Saruman the White dial in to a master much different from Sauron. Central - an AI made to bootstrap fragments of human civilization up to the level at which it once was, one step at a time. Well, not only human.
Armed with advanced scientific knowledge and the ability to see projected futures, he sets on the uneasy task of imposing peace and progress upon the rather stagnant and traditionalist nations of Middle Earth. With an army of Uruk-hai, of course.
  • Tags: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, AU
  • Comments: Has trope page here.
    • Technically a crossover, but it doesn't read like one.

The Black Company in Middle Earth by McJunker
  • Recommended by: Mc Junker
  • Fandoms: The Lord of the Rings, The Black Company
  • Synopsis: In those days the Company was in service to the Eye of Barad-dûr. . .
  • Comments: Crossover with Glen Cook's famous series of military fantasy novels. Tries to reconcile Tolien's narrative with the Black Company's worldview. If you are unfamiliar with the Company, then try to imagine the War of the Ring from the point of view of the bad guys.

End Of The Line by Peladon.

Monty Python: Fellowship of The Ring by Hstaphath
  • Recommended by: Goodwrench
  • Fandoms: Lord of the Rings, Monty Python
  • Synopsis: Humorous Crossover script of the Fellowship of The Ring movie.
  • Comments: Very funny work. The Two Towers and Return of The King are here Towers and here King

Policing Middle Earth by aoteoran.
  • Recommended by: Ag Prov
  • Fandoms: Lord of the Rings, Discworld
  • Synopsis: Lord Vetinari has made contact with Steward Denethor via a possibly malfunctioning palantir. He is prevailed upon to send Sam Vimes into Middle Earth as a tenth member of the Fellowship of the ring, so as to hold together a party of inept dreamers and make a long-shot desperate idea work. Watch and laugh as Discworld conceptions of elves, trolls, wizards, Dwarfs, et c, clash with Middle Earth's rather nobler ideals. Vimes duly treats the War of the Rings with the same "breach of the peace" attitude he expressed over the Leshp war...
  • Shipping: none. don't waste time looking for it.
  • Comments:- gleefully anarchic crossover written in the best Discworld tradition as two divergent cultures collide.

Mystery Science Theater 1000 by Hardman 5509
  • Recommended by: Hardman 5509 (Currently desperate to hear anything.)
  • Fandoms: Shadow Hearts, Mystery Science Theater 3000, legolas by laura
  • Synopsis: In the style of MST3K, the main characters from the Shadow Hearts series, Yuri Hyuga, Alice Elliot, Johnny Garland, and Shania are forced to watch/read horrible Fan Fics by Proffesor Gilbert and Nicolai. In the 9th chapter, they face legolas by laura, a story that sends them up the wall. (For some reason, the link to the story's trope page is broken. It's there, you will just have to Google it.)
    • The link got deleted because it involves incest and paedophilia.

The Wizard in the Shadows (Link) by Nimbus Llewelyn
  • Recommended by: The Enmity Of Ages 1994
  • Fandoms: Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings.
  • Synopsis: Harry decides to get some rest and recuperation in an out of the way world after the 2nd Wizarding War on the recommendation of Dumbledore's portrait. Unfortunately, that world was Middle Earth. 4 years later, Harry joins the Fellowship with a view to finding his way back.
  • Shipping: Sticks firmly to canon shipping.
  • Comments: Yo-yo's from angst to snarky humour, and a hint of Discworld and the Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy in the occasionally snarky narrating. While the first chapter is short, the rest get steadily longer and rather better. Harry is powerful, but not invincible by any stretch of the imagination, and has distinct vulnerabilities. Notable also for giving the Rohirrim a day in the sun and crafting a decent Théodred, on a Word of God rationale that he deserved day in the sun because he spent his appearances in the film dead or dying.
    • Also impressive in that it manages to make Denethor likable. Albeit in Jerk with a Heart of Gold fashion. At the start of his appearance in the story, he is the same as in the films, but then Boromir manages to convince him to do better.
    • Word of God here - this fic was my first novel length piece, written between the ages of 14 and 17, and dear lord does it show in places. For me, it falls in between So Okay, It's Average and Old Shame in places. Anyone intending to read it should be aware of that.

Love Pays No Indemnity by Jana
  • Recommended by: Ansv
  • Fandoms: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings
  • Pairing(s): Bilbo x The One Ring, Bilbo x Sauron
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: After the Battle of the Five Armies and return to home, Bilbo feels strangely restless. Well, the way his family tries to marry him off might be contributing to this. The One Ring decides it needs to understand its bearer better in order to properly manipulate him - the hobbit is proving unexpectedly good at resisting its influence. The road to East is long and this was never supposed to happen, but violence was never Bilbo's preference when it came to solving problems - whether he was aware that a problem existed or not. The Wise and the Mighty might say that everything has already been tried against Sauron, but Good Hobbit Sense and actually communicating somehow hadn't made that list.

  • Comments: Extreme slow burn fic with huge payoff in later chapters, great attention to detail and unexpected twists. Without giving away anything too major, Bilbo being Bilbo has the one ring frustrated with its inability to properly manipulate him, causing it to make a major strategic error of far-reaching consequence. Touching, hilarious, and suspenseful in turns, this is one of those rare too-good-to-be-true fanfics.

Apples by The Amazing Maurice
  • Recommended by Sasha Honeypalm
  • Crossover with Discworld
  • Synopsis: "It seemed to Shadowfax that the only constants in his life were swords and apples."
  • Comments: The beginnings of a beautiful friendship.

Marvel Tolkien Cinematic Universe by Dr Matthattan
  • Recommended by: Sophiebybophie and Silver Wizard
  • Status: Parts 1, 2 and 3 Complete, Part 4 Ongoing
  • Crossover with: The Avengers / Marvel Cinematic Universe
  • Synopsis: Due to a freak accident involving the Bifrost, the Avengers Captain America, Thor and the Hulk are thrown into the world of Middle-earth. They join the Fellowship of the Ring in their epic struggle to defeat the Dark Lord Sauron.
  • Tags: Adventure/Humor
  • Comments: I seriously love this fanfic. It's so so good and way better that I at first thought it was going to be. Do yourself a favor and go read this.

The Shadow of Angmar by Steelbadger
  • Recommended by: Cubby T Bear
  • Status: In Progress
  • Crossover with: Harry Potter
  • Comments: Slow moving but epic. Rather than returning from King's Cross to the final battle with Voldemort, Harry is summoned across the worlds by the Witch-King of Angmar, who thought he was summoning Morgoth. He is ... displeased. After being freed in the fall of Angmar, Harry travels across Middle-earth, trying to find somebody who can help him find his way home. There are excellent portrayals of elves, dwarves, the proto-Rohirrim, and many others. The author has clearly done the homework on Tolkien's mythology and writes marvelously, somehow blending Rowling and Tolkien's worlds into something that works.

Throes of Fate by Ruairi J L
  • Recommended by: Helpimlost
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Crossover with: Inheritance Cycle
  • Synopsis: "Time is an enhancement of Being. Never before has it been altered, and never again shall it." So says he who utters unto Eragon Shadeslayer his eternal destiny; the winds of time, wrought by magic, transfix and envelop those in their path. A Rider and his dragon, now bound to Middle-Earth, with the hidden knowledge that they have a Fellowship to aid, and a Dark Lord to destroy.
  • Tags: Adventure, Fantasy
  • Comments: It's slow to update but whats there is well written and the characters blend well together.

Hear Me Roar: The Lannisters in the War of the Ring by willywalkerstrikesagain
  • Recommended By: Silver Wizard
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Crossover with: A Song of Ice and Fire / Game of Thrones
  • Pairings: Éomer/Cerenna Lannister, maybe Faramir/Cersei Lannister and possibly Éowyn/Jaime Lannister
  • Synopsis: A magical event brings the Westerlands and it's rulers House Lannister to Middle-earth just before the War of the Ring. Will the Lannisters find what little good is in their hearts or will they be corrupted into darkness and doom the world of men?
  • Comments: Possibly the best LOTR/ASOIAF crossover story I've ever read. A must read for any fan of both franchises. Has its own trope page here.


    Crack/Humor Fics 

Things As They Should Be: By Legolas by mbus55
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: Legolas writes a fanfic and forces The Fellowship to listen. Warning: Characters will be made fun of. Lines will be changed. Mary Sues will die.
  • This story is one of the most hilarious fanfics I have ever read. It pokes fun at all the worst fanfiction tropes, and also manages to be quite fun in its own right. It even brings back several dead characters to make it even more insane.

A Practical Guide for the Courtship of Elves, by Beren son of Barahir by Nerdy Nell
  • Recommended by Sasha Honeypalm, Tron 80
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Word of bad fanfiction (particularly Legomances) reaches Middle Earth. Beren is "volunteered" to set the record straight.
  • Summary: Despite the title, this is not a Silmarillion fic; the characters are from all over the Legendarium. Thranduil is angry, Legolas is clueless, Turin is crazy, and Beren would like everyone to please stop interrupting him. Highlights include the Legolas-Objectors' Autograph Page, Galadriel's Mortal Psychology class, and clashing poetry.

An Unseen Question by Rhymer/rhymer23
  • Recommended by Sasha Honeypalm
  • Status: one-shot
  • Synopsis: Does the Ring's chain turn invisible? Inquiring hobbit minds want to know.
  • Comments: Side-splittingly funny, but with a dose of serious emotion at the end.

Did I Say Bosom? by Baylor
  • Summary: In which Merry is a very, very naughty hobbit. FOTR.
  • Status: Complete
  • Comments: A hilarious story in which hobbits are revealed to be not as innocent as first thought.

The Last Elf Standing by Suzene Campos
  • Recommended by: Pryderi
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A record of the increasingly tetchy and gratuitously abusive postal exchanges between Thranduil and Elrond over the course of the Third Age. As the author warns, “Do not read if you object to two Elves of noble standing being portrayed as petty, vicious bastards”.
  • Comments: Starting with a tight-lipped squabble in the aftermath of the Last Alliance, a wonderfully AU account of the Third Age unfolds, with the lords of Rivendell and Mirkwood exchanging barbs and malicious practical jokes (“To prove how high I hold you in my esteem, I have sent your son off on a very important mission. To Mount Doom. With a Dwarf.”) for the next three thousand years. Hilarious and very clever – spot how many events in Middle Earth’s history suddenly seem to be tied up in this feud.

The Fellowship of the Ring: The Breadbox Edition by Evadne
  • Recommended by: Goodwrench
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: This is a condensed summary of the first Lord of The Rings movie.
  • Comments: The author has a whole series of these parodies here Breadbox Editions and they're very funny.

Of Archery and Stuff by Draken XIII
  • Recommended by: Goodwrench
  • Synopsis: Imagine being transported into Middle Earth only to end up in an unfashionable backwater with a World War Two fighter pilot for company.
  • Status: Dormant
  • Comments: It's a work in progress and it's about original characters, a description that normally puts people off. This time you need to read, because the story is brilliantly hysterical.

What's Up Doc? by KR Rouse
  • Recommended by: Goodwrench
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Sam's just a normal guy trying to make his way in today's world, but with roommates like Frodo, Merry and Pippin, and neighbors like Gimli and Gollum, it's not easy. Modern AU.
  • Comments: The story wins my vote for the most lunatic LOTR humor piece out there. It's a real marvel.

Elladan's Biograph Script by ClaudiElf
  • Recommended by: Amala
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A modern AU in which Elladan keeps a diary, and Rivendell strongly resembles modern-day Canada. The story begins the summer before the formation of the Fellowship when Elladan is fed up with his day-to-day life and decides to run away from home.
  • Comments: Absolutely hilarious. A little bit OOC, but it actually works. The links to the fanfiction are at the top of the page. Start with the Vacation Log (How I Spent My Summer Vacation) and read on from there.

The Mushroom: Middle-Earth's Finest News Source by Marauder the Slash Nymph
  • Recommended by: sauronlulz
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The Middle-earth version of The Onion.
  • Comments: Somewhat OOC and slashy. My favorite headlines are "I'm Sorry, Rosie, But Your Husband Is As Flaming As The Pyre of Denethor" and "Completely Unrelated Hobbits Wed".
    • Seconded by Goodwrench. The story shows real creative imagination and is terribly funny.

How to Save Your Marriage by eleveninches
  • Recommended by: Goodwrench
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Aragorn needs an heir. Arwen wants to go home. Legolas is just there for the free food.
  • Comments: Breakup fics aren't normally funny. This one is.

Should've Thought of That One, Bori by Eggo Waffles
  • Recommended by: Goodwrench
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: We all wish that Boromir had survived Amon Hen, but have we ever considered the implications?
  • Comments: Boromir is alive, sort of. Extremely funny.

DM of the Rings by Shamus Young
  • Recommended by: Cinnathe Poet
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The Lord of the Rings, retold via a webcomic as a fantasy roleplaying campaign. Mostly focused on the adventures of lazy Aragorn, overly-enthusiastic Legolas, and veteran roleplayer Gimli. Also featuring a Dungeon Master who is way more into the lore than the players, but occasionally forgets important details.
  • Comments: A masterful work of humor, augmented by Young's great use of screenshots and heavy use of lampshading. It seems a little slow at the beginning but definitely picks up. The constant tug of war between the DM and the players is really the highlight here.

Walt Disney Presents: The Lord of the Rings by jules14
  • Recommended by: clickclack
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: There are many diehard Tolkien fans that complain that either Peter Jackson's films destroyed their cherished images of Middle Earth or didn't capture the spirit of Middle-Earth. My answer? It could have been a thousand times worse.
  • Comments: A super-hilarious parody which imagines what would happen if Disney ever made an animated version of Tolkien's books. Complete with Tastes Like Diabetes and cheesy songs (all of which were written by the author themselves), although it draws the line at having talking animals. Highly recommended for those who hate Jackson's films - after they read this, they'll never complain about them again!
    • Dellanotte: It's Mind Rape. It's nothing short of Mind Rape for anyone wanting to take any part of the trilogy seriously... Also a beautiful Take That! to Disney, with beautiful writing and Shout Outs to just about every facet of a certain franchise, which just proves that Disney will forever be far more skilled at Canon Defilement than even an army of fangirls.

The Very Secret Diaries (Link) by Cassandra Clare (we hope) (slash)
  • Recommended by: Ack Sed
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: We get to peek in the Fellowship's diaries of their travels, and the entries are somewhat... odd. And gay.
  • Comments: First written when the films came out. This story was responsible for spawning one or two memes because it's straight-up funny — no exceptions. Sadly, abandoned after three entries were written for The Two Towers.

The Game of the Gods (Link) by Limyaael
  • Reccommended by: Queen of Dorkness, Veloren, sauronlulz, Spiral Gashunk
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Varda and Morgoth play a board game. Morgoth's pieces are Mary Sues. Varda's moves represent reality and canon, which she has to use to kill the Sues. The story uses a Framing Device involving Fëanor trying to steal the Silmarils. Complicating matters are an incriminating diary belonging to a certain Dark Power of the World, bad crossovers, and Nienna. The first few chapters focus on the parodies, the last few on the story's actual plot.
  • Comments: The grammar is excellent, and everything ties in together. There is some OOC-ness and character exaggeration, which may bug you if you want a serious story rather than a lighthearted comedy. A few references to slashy material, but nothing explicit.

Nine Men And A Little Lady (Link) by Kielle
  • Recommended by: Looney Toons
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Mary Sue shoulders her way into the Fellowship. And judging by the journal entries, not everyone is happy with that...
  • Comments: Funny short set during The Fellowship of the Ring suggesting (with no small amount of Breaking the Fourth Wall) that despite her best efforts and special gifts, the other characters can see Mary Sue for what she is. Don't miss Galadriel's summary of the party's departure from Lothlórien.
    • Also recommended by Goodwrench. This is the one LOTR humor piece that everyone needs to read. Simply terrific.

How To Write a Lord of The Rings Badfic by locust
  • Recommended by: Goodwrench
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Ever wondered what goes on in the minds of LOTR badficcers, and why they come up with their horrible creations? Here's a handy primer.
  • Comments: Does a good job of covering all those cringe-inducing fanfic disasters.

Diary of the Trials and Tribulations of Saruman by Hilary Thomson
  • Recommended by: Goodwrench
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A chronicle of Saruman's progression into evil, from the original diary.
  • Comments: Saruman as pure essence of gleeful, hand-rubbing villain, and his downfall. Radagast makes great cameos.

Pippin's Diary by Hilary Thomson
  • Recommended by: Goodwrench
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: What Pippin REALLY thought happened during the War of The Ring.
  • Comments: Pippin as a self-serving dingbat. Filled with dark, mordant humor.

Never Leave Fanfiction Lying Around (Link) by Crazyroninchic (Mary-Sue, some sex)
  • Recommended by: Siofra, Hindu Goddess
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "Several members of the Fellowship come across a strange fanfic, and begin to read. To their horror, it is a Mary-sue Legomance. Chaos ensues…A bit of light humor and M-S satire. If for nothing else, read to imagine the looks on Leggie's face…"
  • Comments: I found this story years ago, and I still read it every now and then. It's a great send-up of Mary-Sues, and it's one of the funniest things in the fandom.
    • Seconded by Hindu Goddess. The humor is gut-bustingly funny, and no matter how many times you read it, it manages to stay funny. One of the few Mary-Sue parodies that manages to get through the entire trilogy. Warning, however, sometimes the actual characters slip into OOC moments (although some of it is the story taking effect on them).

We also have recommendations for The Silmarillion and The Hobbit.