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Avengers of the Ring by Dr Matthattan is the first in a series of crossovers between the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the films of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, which feature various Marvel heroes travelling to Middle-Earth; the first and third fics feature the heroes joining the fight to destroy the One Ring and the quest for Erebor, in that order, while the second fic sees the six Avengers and Sif return to Middle-Earth after the War of the Ring to stop a new threat foreseen by Gandalf. The fourth story in the series marks a shift as Gandalf travels to Earth to join Wanda Maximoff and Doctor Stephen Strange against a new threat, and the fifth story takes this a step further as residents of Middle-Earth get involved in the struggle against Thanos.


There are five stories in this series so far; Avengers of the Ring, Return of the Avengers, Scarlet Witch and the Thirteen Dwarves, The Witch, the Wizard and the Sorcerer, and Avengers: Dagor Arnediad. As of July 2019, Dagor Arnediad is still in progress.

The Avengers of the Ring series contains examples of:

  • Absence of Evidence: In Return of the Avengers, while Barton correctly observes that orcs aren't the type to formally declare war, the fact that they were able to gather their forces without being observed makes it clear that some unknown party is coordinating their efforts.
  • Actor Allusion: Towards the end of Avengers of the Ring, during Aragorn's coronation ceremony Bruce and Steve are shocked that Arwen and Elrond resemble Betty Ross and Johann Schmidt respectively but Galadriel calms their nerves allowing them to accept that they are not the people they knew.
    • Additionally in The Witch, the Wizard and the Sorcerer, Wanda and Gandalf both seem to feel Strange sounds vaguely similar to Smaug.
    • Dagor Arnediad also features Drax attacking Thranduil because of his resemblance to Ronan. Later in the story Thor when describing his relationship with Galadriel to Rocket mentions she resembles Hela.
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    • In Return of the Avengers, when Stark meets Eomer he observes that Eomer "looks like just the judge [he's] looking for..."
    • In Scarlet Witch and the Thirteen Dwarves, Word of God confirms that Wanda's close relationship with Gandalf is intended to acknowledge Ian McKellen's role in the X-Men Film Series, when he portrayed Magneto, who is Wanda's father in some variations of the X-Men franchise.
  • Action Girl: As in canon, Eowyn, Black Widow, Sif and Wanda all get their chance to shine; one chapter in Return sees Black Widow, Sif, Arwen and Eowyn thwart an assassination attempt on Arwen, and Scarlet Witch focuses heavily on Wanda as she fights alongside the Company of Thorin Oakenshield.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Essentially; with Boromir still alive, Denethor never falls as far as he did in canon, dying a hero in defence of his city instead of burning himself to death in a moment of insanity.
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  • All Your Powers Combined: In Dagor Arnediad, Gandalf and Gimli assist Thor, Etri, Rocket and Groot in forging Stormbreaker, and later Galadriel and Mantis work with Wanda to give her the mental clarity to protect Iron Man as he uses mithril-enhanced armor against a dragon-like warship.
  • Amnesia Missed a Spot: Referenced in The Witch, the Wizard and the Sorceror; even after the Valar erased all memory of Wanda's time in Middle-Earth, Bard's daughter Tilda still named her own daughter after Wanda, and Dagor Arnediad establishes that Ori's subconscious recollection of Wanda inspired a new path that led to him not going to Moria with Balin and Oin as he did in canon.
  • An Arm and a Leg: With Etri crippled as in canon, Gimli volunteers to act as his hands.
  • Artistic Licence Biology: In Dagor Arnediad, Etri is reimagined as being as short as Gimil and the other dwarves of Middle-Earth.
  • Ascended Extra: From a certain perspective;
    • In Return of the Avengers, Sif joins the original six Avengers when they return to Middle-Earth, with all concerned parties considering her the seventh Avenger.
    • During Scarlet Witch and the Thirteen Dwarves, Gandalf and Radagast each hint that they consider Wanda to be a sixth member of their order, with other characters referring to her as 'Wanda the Scarlet' to fit the existing titles of 'Saruman the White', 'Gandalf the Grey' and 'Radagast the Brown'; she even attends the Council of the Wise in Rivendell, alongside Gandalf, Saruman, Galadriel and Elrond.
  • "Ass" in Ambassador: The Mouth of Sauron, as in canon, to the point that Bruce withdraws from negotiations in case the Mouth provokes him into transforming into the Hulk and compromising the fragile chance offered by the talks.
  • Badass Boast: In Scarlet Witch and the Thirteen Dwarves, Wanda delivers the following to Lake-Town as a whole and Alfrid in particular when he questions Thorin's identity;
    I AM WANDA THE SCARLET! Sister of Pietro! Friend of the Wise! And if I say Thorin Oakenshield is King under the Mountain, then King under the Mountain he is!
  • Bash Brothers: Dwalin and Drax form a close bond during the battle in Sokovia in Dagor Arnediad, to the point that Drax is given command of dwarven forces in defiance of traditional dwarf military operations.
  • Batman Grabs a Gun: In Dagor Arnediad, the battle becomes so intense that Galadriel uses a lance in combat rather than relying on her more ethereal abilities.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: As in canon, Steve Rogers, Galadriel, and Wanda Maximoff can genuinely go to town on their enemies when they have to fight.
  • Big Damn Heroes: A few of these;
    • In Avengers of the Ring, Thor takes the place of the eagles in rescuing Frodo and Sam.
    • In Scarlet Witch and the Thirteen Dwarves, technically applies to the Vision, as his presence tips the scales back in favour of the elves, dwarves and men despite Ultron’s presence on the Orcs’ side, but he maintains a discreet role in the battle to minimise his impact on the timeline.
    • Quite a few occur during the final battle in Dagor Arnediad, ranging from Hulk returning to the fight to knock down a range of Outriders to Gandalf and Thor appearing to destroy the Threshers.
  • Blue Is Heroic: Referenced as Captain America comes to be known as 'the Blue Runner'.
  • Body-Count Competition: Thor joins Legolas and Gimli’s contest in the original quest, and in Dagor Arnediad Nebula becomes another participant, although it is suggested that her experience of competition while growing up with Thanos means she’s taking it a bit too seriously.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: In Dagor Arnediad, Aragorn becomes the first non-Wakandan to utter the phrase 'Wakanda forever' when he and T'Challa lead the forces of Wakanda, Middle-Earth and the Avengers against Thanos's forces.
  • Brought Down to Badass:
    • In Avengers of the Ring, the energy-draining properties of the vortex that sent the three Avengers to Middle-Earth also drains Thor and Bruce's energy; in their first fight against a group of Orcs, Bruce only retains a degree of Hulk's enhanced healing and his limited knowledge of hand-to-hand combat without being able to actually transform into the Hulk, and Thor's only exceptional abilities are a degree of enhanced strength and the ability to call Mjolnir back to himself after throwing it in a manner that Rogers compares to an Olympic event.
    • In Scarlet Witch and the Thirteen Dwarves, Ultron has lost his drone army and is restricted to a single body that is weaker than his primary form, but develops new skills after Sauron instructs him in magic.
  • Call-Back:
    • When Thor rescues Frodo and Sam from Mount Doom, he observes that he hopes Sam didn't have to travel this far to find Frodo, referencing how he last instructed Sam to find Frodo before the Fellowship parted company.
    • In Avengers of the Ring, when the Fellowship first see the statues of Argonath, Steve comments that Stark would build a bigger statue if he had the chance; in Return of the Avengers, Stark sees the statues himself and briefly acknowledges this.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: When Thor and Aragorn learn that their enemies in Return of the Avengers are Saruman’s spirit- now 'living' in the palantir network- and the still-living Malekith, Thor ‘warns’ the two that they will inevitably betray each other, which proves true when Malekith ‘sacrifices’ Saruman to turn the palantir hosting his spirit into a weapon against the Avengers.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Sif’s absence in Thor: Ragnarok is explained as her having relocated to Middle-Earth during Return of the Avengers.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: While Wanda never used 'Scarlet Witch' as a name in the films, here she introduced herself to the Company with that title, and also ends up adopting the title of 'Wanda the Scarlet' during her time in Middle-Earth after Radagast calls her that during their first meeting.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: Wanda faces this after Smaug's death, torn between her loyalty to the Company and her promise to help Lake-Town as Thorin falls victim to the gold-sickness and withdraws from his old promises.
  • The Corruptible: Thorn falls victim to the gold-sickness as in canon, to the point of using Wanda as a threat against Lake-Town.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • The Ents already did a significant amount of damage to Isengard on their own, but when aided by the Hulk- even in a weakened state- they were even able to damage the tower itself, with Saruman only surviving the assault because his magic made the tower too strong for the Hulk to break inside.
    • With his full power restored, Thor accompanies Galadriel to Dol Guldur, where the two single-handedly destroy the remains of Sauron's forces and bring down the tower without their enemies ever reaching them.
    • In Scarlet Witch and the Thirteen Dwarves, Gandalf and Wanda single-handedly destroy a force of about a hundred orcs by themselves.
    • In Dagor Arnediad, Thanos single-handedly tears through Erebor, killing Dori, Gloin, and several other dwarves, before banishing Gimli to Etri's forge.
  • Death by Adaptation:
    • Dagor Arnediad explicitly confirms that it was Nori rather than Ori who accompanied Balin and Oin to Moria in this version of events, and Dori and Gloin are killed when Thanos attacks Erebor.
      • Later in the fic, Morgoth's attack on Washington DC kills former General Ross.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: In Return of the Avengers, the Army of Light wins the allegiance of the Dunlendings when a disguised Captain America defeats all ten champions of the ten Dunlending tribes who came to talk with the Army of Light single-handedly; the fact that he confronted them in disguise rather than using his usual costume to inspire fear, coupled with Rogers not using his shield, helps to assure the Dunlendings of his good intentions.
  • Defrosting Ice King: Thranduril has clearly done this by the time of the War of the Ring, as he warmly thanks Thor for his compliments of Legolas's skills and later tells Natasha that he considers it an honour to be considered worthy of wielding an Avenger's weapon even as he recognises that only Thor's hammer is bound by such an enchantment.
  • Demonic Possession: Essentially applies to Saruman in Return of the Avengers when he attempts to transfer his essence into the Hulk, only to be expelled from the green goliath thanks to Hulk's own strength and some distant aid from Galadriel.
  • Deus ex Machina: In Scarlet Witch and the Thirteen Dwarves, once the Battle of Five Armies has concluded with the final destruction of Azog and Ultron, the Vision and Galadriel have to appeal to the Valar to erase all recollection of Wanda, Ultron and the Vision's time in Middle-Earth to ensure that the War of the Ring will unfold as it should.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: In Avengers of the Ring Due to Boromir's survival Denethor's death is very different. Rather than burn to death in a feat of madness he bravely dies defending Faramir against the Witch King. The Witch King himself is also dealt the final blow against him by Thor with help from Eowyn and Merry, the author believing the death of the Witch King was caused by not a single individual but a team effort. Many other enemies minor and also somewhat important are also defeated by the three Avengers with the Troll in Moria killed by Hulk, Gothmog killed by Thor and the Mouth of Sauron killed by Captain America with help from Pippin.
    • In Scarlet Witch and the Thirteen Dwarves Fili, Kili and Alfrid are killed by Ultron who also subsequently wounds Thorin which ultimately kill him rather than the wounds suffered in his fight with Azog. In addition Wanda assists Thorin in killing Azog with the latter being killed by decapitation rather than being stabbed under water.
    • In Dagor Arnediad The Black Order are killed in slightly different ways with Obisdian being killed from an explosion as a result of a combined effort from Star Lord, Spider-Man, Bilbo, Mantis and Iron Man meant to mirror the battle with Thanos in the Battle of Titan scene in the film. Glaive is killed by the combined effort of Loki, Arwen and Ayo. Midnight is killed by Nebula who replaces Wanda in the "She's not alone scene" rather than by a passing Thresher allowing Nebula to achieve a more personal victory. Only Maw is killed in the exact same manner he is in the film and because of that his death is skipped over in the story.
  • Dirty Coward: The Master of Lake-Town and Alfrid, as in canon, to the point that the Master offered to pay Wanda if she would save his life (although Wanda was already acting in Lake-Town's defence) and Alfrid is swiftly dispatched by Ultron who is utterly baffled at Alfrid wearing a dress and trying to bribe him.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: Upon arriving in Middle-Earth, Thor and Bruce Banner are de-powered due to the energy drain of the vortex that sent them to this new world, requiring time to regain their lost energy and full strength.
  • Exact Words:
    • When Steve first hears the prophecy that no man can kill the Witch-King, Steve shows some Genre Savvy when he wonders if that prophecy can be interpreted to mean that the Witch-King could be killed by an Asgardian or a Hulk (even if Eowyn still assists Thor in killing the Witch-King).
    • In Return of the Avengers, Heimdell tells ‘Odin’ the truth that he cannot see Sif in any of the nine realms, as she is in the secret realm of Middle-Earth.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Evoked in Scarlet Witch and the Thirteen Dwarves, as Ultron still wants Wanda to join him as he sees her as the closest thing he has to a family on some warped level, even as Gandalf argues that Wanda has already rejected his plans once
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good:
    • Saruman believed that he could bribe Bruce Banner to share the secret of how to create more Hulks, incapable of comprehending the idea that not all men would be willing to turn on each other for their own profit.
      • Depending on whether he should be considered 'evil' or just self-centred, the Master of Lake-Town demonstrates a similar psychology when he offers to pay Wanda if she will save him from Smaug, but Wanda chooses to prioritise saving the people of Lake-Town as a whole.
    • In Scarlet Witch and the Thirteen Dwarves, Ultron fails to really understand why Wanda rejected him for trying to destroy Earth.
    • In Dagor Arnediad, Gimli and Etri speculate that Thanos banished Gimli to Etri's forge to force the two dwarves to dwell on their own status as the last of their kinds, but this backfires as they instead choose to consider each other kin and vow to band together to defeat Thanos.
  • Evil Counterpart: Aside from the canon example of Saruman versus Gandalf, this is deliberately invoked by Sauron, as he confronts Captain America, Thor and the Hulk ‘wearing’ a suit of mystic armour he deliberately designed based on what he has seen of the Iron Man armour by glimpsing through realities to observe the Avengers’ original world.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Sauron almost subjects Thor and the Hulk to these, having prepared a Morgul blade powerful enough to even infect Thor and devising a spell that will trap the Hulk in a force field that will draw on the Hulk's own strength to keep him trapped, although his forces never have the chance to use either.
  • The Final Temptation: The Ring not only tempts Galadriel as in canon (albeit off-screen), but tries to tempt Bruce Banner, Steve Rogers and Wanda Maximoff with the idea that they could use it against their enemies, but the Avengers always refuse to take it.
  • Foreshadowing: After the Avengers first meet the Fellowship, Gandalf muses that he finds the reference to Asgard vaguely familiar but can't recall the context, which is explained in Scarlet Witch and the Thirteen Dwarves as the Valar erased all conscious memory of the Avengers' 'earlier' visit to Middle-Earth in order to preserve history.
  • Fountain of Youth: In Dagor Arnediad, Doctor Strange uses the Time Stone to regress Bilbo back to the age he was at during the Hobbit films, simultaneously restoring his sanity.
  • Frying Pan of Doom: When Sam starts using his pan and other cooking utensils as weapons in Moria, Thor observes that Sam has invented a new martial art.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: At the conclusion of the War of the Ring, Galadriel destroys Dol Guldur with only Thor as back-up.
  • Great Offscreen War: While the scale of the conflict between the dwarves of Erebor and the forces of Sauron is not fully depicted, it briefly features at the conclusion of the storyline when Gimli and the Hulk travel to Erebor to help destroy the last of Sauron's forces.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: A brief example; Return sees Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye and Pippin infiltrate an enemy stronghold using cloaking devices taken from their defeated foes, but the devices are destroyed during the raid.
  • I Choose to Stay: At the end of Return of the Avengers, Sif decides to stay in Middle-Earth rather than go back to Asgard.
  • Ignorant of Their Own Ignorance: When Wanda arrives in Middle-Earth, she is completely unaware of the other Avengers’ history in the future of this world, and therefore has no idea of the potential implications of her presence at this time.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice:
    • In Return of the Avengers, after Sam stops Malekith from telekinetically crushing Stark in his own armour by stabbing him in the back, Stark magnetises the armour to draw in all weapons and armour lying around the battlefield so that it flies towards Iron Man and impales Malekith, including Haldir's sword going straight through Malekith's head.
    • In Dagor Arnediad, Corvus Glaive is distracted by an illusion of Loki long enough for the real Loki to stab him in the back, followed by Arwen and Ayo delivering similar blows, while Midnight is stabbed by Nebula after Black Widow provides a distraction long enough for .
  • In Spite of a Nail: Despite the presence of the Avengers in both quests, most of the key events play out as in canon, including Bard killing Smaug and Gandalf leading Eomer's forces to aid Helm's Deep.
  • Inevitable Mutual Betrayal: Applies in Return of the Avengers as Malekith confirms that Thor was right that he and Saruman were always going to betray each other when he sacrifices the palantir containing Saruman to use it as a weapon against the Avengers.
  • Internal Reveal: In Scarlet Witch and the Thirteen Dwarves, Gandalf only learns of Ultron’s presence in Middle-Earth when he attempts to rescue Thrain, but the reader has known about Ultron for a while.
  • It May Help You on Your Quest: As with the canon Fellowship, Galadriel's gifts to the three Avengers also prove helpful; a razor so that Steve can shave, a helmet made of mithril for Thor, and a braise for Bruce that will adjust its size so that the Hulk won't destroy all his clothes whenever he transforms.
  • Jerkass Realization: In Dagor Arnediad, during a mental talk with the Hulk, Banner is shaken to realise that his dynamic with the Hulk basically reflects his history with his father, with Brian Banner never seeing Bruce as anything but a threat.
  • Karmic Death:
    • In Scarlet Witch and the Thirteen Dwarves, Alfrid gets an even more ignoble death than in canon; rather than inadvertently killing a troll when he fell onto a catapult, here he's killed by a blast from Ultron, who muses that he has no idea why Alfrid was wearing a dress and offering him gold.
    • In Dagor Arnediad, General Ross is killed during Morgoth's attack on Washington, which the author affirms is intended to be a reflection of the MCU's theme that the desire for control is not only destructive, but can blind others to the greater danger.
  • Kirk Summation: In Dagor Arnediad, Aragorn informs the Black Order that they will lose because they all serve Thanos out of fear, and Aragorn has faith that any tyrants who rule in such a manner will fall before a united front of those who oppose tyranny because they believe in their own cause.
  • Kleptomaniac Hero: Rocket demonstrates this in Dagor Arnediad, expressing an interest in Bucky’s army and Aragorn’s sword, and hints that he would be willing to rob Erebor to get the necessary resources to buy Anduril.
  • Last of His Kind: In Dagor Arnediad, Gimli and Etri speculate that they may be this for each other's breed of dwarf, but vow to consider each other kin in their quest to defeat Thanos, and at least some of the dwarves of Erebor have survived.
    • In the same storyline, Ori is the last member of the Company of Thorin Oakenshield available to fight, as he takes up Orcrist to join the Guardians of the Galaxy after Thanos kills Dori and Gloin; Bombour is naturally not in a fit shape to fight and Dwalin, Bifur and Bofur were away when Thanos attacked.
  • Like a Son to Me: Gandalf finds himself comparing his bond with Thor to the regard a father would have for a son, to the point that he actually calls Thor 'son' during the final battle outside the Black Gate, with Thor making it clear that he reciprocates this regard.
  • Medieval Stasis: Defied in Dagor Arnediad, which confirms that the dwarves have begun to develop internal combustion engines based on Tony's advice during his time in Middle-Earth, although they have focused on using these designs for construction rather than military purposes.
  • Never My Fault: Saruman is incapable of acknowledging that his own attitude put Wanda off the idea of accompanying him to Orthanc to talk more about the Infinity Stones, instead just criticising Gandalf for bringing a mortal to such a gathering.
  • Not So Different:
    • A more positive example of this, as Thor notes that he and Aragorn each believe that they are not ready to become kings, with the difference being that Aragorn does not have enough pride in himself where Thor originally had too much.
    • A disturbing example of this occurs in Dagor Arnediad, when the Hulk’s reactions to him prompt Banner to realise that he is treating the Hulk like his father treated him, focusing on the ‘evidence’ that the Hulk is a threat rather than working to reconcile with his other side.
  • Not Quite Dead
    • Return of the Avengers reveals Malekith survived his death in Thor: The Dark World but took time to heal from his wounds, and ultimately serves as the main villain of the story alongside Saruman, who also managed to return despite his death in Avengers of the Ring after his spirit transferred into the Palantir. Both are later Killed Off for Real, the former thanks to the efforts of Iron Man and Sam while Hulk smashes the Palantir containing Saruman to pieces with the remainder of his spirit dispersing into nothing. A more positive version of this comes up in Avengers of the Ring when Thor survives a deadly attack from the Witch King which baffles and angers his enemy, with the Witch-King being finally defeated by Thor, Eowyn and Merry.
    • In addition Scarlet Witch and the Thirteen Dwarves reveals that Ultron survived his apparent death in Avengers Ageof Ultron, but he is ultimately Killed Off for Real by Wanda.
  • One Steve Limit: Defied in Dagor Arnediad; with Spider-Man and Star-Lord both participating in the battle in Sokovia, at one point Quill calls Parker with the introduction “Hey Peter, it’s the other one”, acknowledging how they are the only two heroes to share a first name.
  • One-Woman Army: Downplayed for Wanda as she doesn't have fine enough control of her powers to really let rip without risking hurting her allies, but when she gets the chance, she manages to hold her own against Smaug single-handedly.
  • Opponent Switch: Comes up in the final battle of Return of the Avengers; despite Thor’s personal history with Malekith, he recognises that letting the iron-wearing Tony Stark battle the Dark Elf with the weakness to iron is the better choice, while he is better-suited to battling the Balrog Malekith has unleashed.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Subverted as Sauron confronts the three Avengers directly during the final battle outside the Black Gate.
  • Outside-Genre Foe: Malekith arguably fits in with Middle-Earth in Return of the Avengers if he hadn’t brought his advanced weaponry, but the dwarves, elves, men and Gandalf would have been completely unprepared to deal with Ultron if Wanda and the Vision hadn’t been there to help in Scarlet Witch and the Thirteen Dwarves.
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: Comes up to various degrees as the Avengers spend time in Middle-Earth;
    • After hearing Saruman’s rant about the crowns of the kingdoms and rods of the five wizards, Bruce muses to himself that he’d make a Dungeons & Dragons analogy but Steve’s the only other person present from Earth and he’s sure the man wouldn’t get it.
    • Iron Man refers to one of the leaders of a group of travellers as ‘Ali Baba’, but decides not to bother clearing up the related confusion.
    • After watching some cartoons that were downloaded onto portable computers, Treebard assumes that Bugs Bunny is real and mentions that he would be welcome to hide from the hunters in Treebeard's woods.
  • Posthumous Character: Pietro is basically this in Scarlet Witch and the Thirteen Dwarves, with the Company toasting Pietro's memory after Wanda tells them of his sacrifice and Tauriel citing his heroism when discussing how the elves have become too afraid to take action.
  • Put On The Bus: Sif stays in Middle-Earth rather than returning to Asgard, and experiences dreams of Ragnarok.
  • Red Is Heroic: When Wanda becomes 'Wanda the Scarlet' to many of those she meets in Middle-Earth, it's hard to deny that this Trope is in effect.
  • Red Herring: A couple of these show up in Return of the Avengers in particular;
    • When Thor, Tony, Gimli and Legolas find reference to a prisoner in Barad-ur known as 'Naurhir', which Legolas translates as 'Fire-Lord', Tony wonders if it could be an alias for Aldrich Killian, but Naurhir is soon revealed to be a dragon.
    • Various clues lead the Free Peoples to speculate that the villains are using a Silmaril as the power source for their weapons, but the power source turns out to be a trapped Bal-rog.
  • Redemption Equals Death: In Return of the Avengers, after spending the last few years in exile in Saruman's tower doing research, Grima is killed when Malekith's forces torture him, but he avoids giving them anything useful, and in acknowledgement of his actions, Eomer assures Grima as he dies that he can consider himself a man of Rohan once again.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: As in the original tales, Galadriel, Elrond, Aragorn and Thorin demonstrate this trait, while Thor also proves himself even if he never really uses his title of 'Prince' beyond its title.
    • Could also apply to Wanda, although she becomes a political leader in Sokovia rather than a royal one.
  • Ship Sinking: Return sees Thor apologise to Sif that he can never see her as anything more intimate than a sister.
  • Ship Tease: Quite a few come up, with varying chances of being taken further;
    • Some residents of Rohan initially assume that a relationship is being encouraged between Steve Rogers and Eowyn, but it is soon revealed that Steve is just giving Eowyn lessons in hand-to-hand combat and sketching.
    • In Return of the Avengers, Sif forms a strong bond with Boromir that is implied to go further than friendship; Dagor Arnediad confirms that she and Boromir married after the other Avengers left.
    • In Scarlet Witch and the Thirteen Dwarves, Wanda becomes particularly close to Bard, but acknowledges that she must return to Earth even before she learns about the Avengers’ past/future history in Middle-Earth.
  • Shout-Out: In Return of the Avengers, as well as comparing the Mumakil to Dumbo, at one point Stark refers to one of the Mumakil as 'Stampy'.
  • Spared by the Adaptation:
    • In Avengers of the Ring, Steve Rogers and Aragorn arrive in time to save Boromir from what would have been his death.
      • Later, Grima's life is saved when Thor stops Legolas shooting him as Théoden had just offered him forgiveness, although he later dies in Return of the Avengers. In addition Haldir is also saved by Thor in Avengers of the Ring but later is killed in Return of the Avengers.
    • In Dagor Arnediad, Gandalf is able to save Loki by teleporting him to safety before Thanos kills him, and it is confirmed that subconscious memories of Wanda led to Ori taking a new path that led to him not accompanying Balin and Oin to Moria.
  • Soul Jar: In Return of the Avengers, the Palantirs essentially become this for Saruman; at the moment of his death, he transferred his essence into the Palantir, allowing him to essentially ‘hide’ in the network created by them even after his palantir is destroyed, until he is awoken by Malekith.
  • Take Up My Sword: In Dagor Arnediad, as the last member of Thorin's company in Erebor in fighting shape, Ori takes up Orcist to join the Guardians of the Galaxy in hunting down Thanos, believing that him seeing Orcrist at that moment was a sign from Thorin as to what he should do next.
  • Token Girl: Wanda is essentially this for the Company of Thorin Oakenshield in Scarlet Witch and the Thirteen Dwarves, although Tauriel helps to offset this later on.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Thought Iron Man couldn't get any stronger? In Return of the Avengers and Dagor Arnediad, Tony forges a new armor enhanced with mithril.
  • Tricked Out Time: At the conclusion of Scarlet Witch and the Thirteen Dwarves, after the conclusion of the Battle of Five Armies, the Vision has erased Sauron’s memory of Wanda and Ultron, and later is able to appeal to the Valar to erase all recollection of himself, Wanda and Ultron from the minds of those who have met them in Middle-Earth, ensuring that the War of the Ring will unfold as it should without anyone getting advance notice/warning of what Captain America, Thor and the Hulk are capable of, creating the impression that none of the three were ever present.
    • Could also be a case of Stable Time Loop, as Ori was alive in the time of the War of the Ring even before Wanda went back in time and Gandalf expressed a vague recollection of having heard of Asgard before Thor told him of it.
  • Underestimating Badassery: A particular issue in Return of the Avengers;
    • Lotho Sackville-Baggins tells Natasha that they should have sent the Hulk to try and interrogate him rather than 'some quim'; Natasha counters that he'll wish Aragorn had sent the Hulk once she's done with him, and Lotho apparently spent the better part of an hour sobbing before he clearly told her anything.
    • Later, Saruman attempts to possess the Hulk as his new body, but is swiftly expelled with the Hulk when the Avenger only had minor aid from Galadriel.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Mainly for Thor and Bruce Banner/the Hulk in the earlier chapters of Avengers of the Ring, as the energy drain they have experienced is the only reason Thor and the Hulk didn’t just tear through their early opposition such as the troll and the Uruk-Hai army and cut a path to Mount Doom single-handedly.
  • You Remind Me of X: Invoked, as Beorn muses in his private thoughts that Wanda reminds him of his own lost daughter.

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