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Circumstances is a series of The Hobbit Bard/Thranduil fanfics by carmenta. There are currently two works in the series: The Oddities of Fate and Circumstance and In Sleep What Dreams May Come.

The series deals with Bard as he adjusts to life as the new Lord of Dale and develops a relationship with Thranduil.

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  • A Child Shall Lead Them: Léored is fourteen, and the leader of the exiled Rohirrim after his father's death.
  • A Day in the Limelight:
    • Bard, his children, and the people of Laketown.
    • Thranduil, to a lesser extent.
  • Agent Peacock: Thranduil. He has a whole room full of clothes. Bard even snarks that it would be a hardship for him to wear the same tunic twice.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Bard, Thranduil and Imrahil.
  • Doorstopper: The first fic is over 43,000 words. The second is over 107,000 words.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: In-Universe, Alfrid is this when he comes to Dale.
    [Alfrid had] apparently seized the gaudiest set of robes he'd been able to find as long as they were shiny enough. Thranduil would probably have him tossed into the dungeons for crimes against good taste, and order that orange monstrosity burned.
  • Interspecies Romance: Bard/Thranduil.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Bard is fond is doing this.
  • Moment Killer: Bard accidentally does this to himself when he brings up Bilbo when he and Thranduil are having a moment.
  • Mythology Gag: Many.
    • There are hints that the Arkenstone is a Silmaril.
    • Thranduil notes that Imrahil spends a lot of time in Dol Amroth. The ruling family of Dol Amroth canonically have Elven ancestry, and its Prince at the time of Lord of the Rings is called Imrahil...
    • Imrahil says that mortal Men have an affinity for killing dragons. Glaurung, the father of all dragons, was killed by Túrin (fully mortal), and Ancalagon, the largest dragon ever to live, was killed by Eärendil (half-human, half-Elf).
    • Bard can speak to birds, something that was present in the book but left out of the film.
  • O.C. Stand-in / Original Character: No information is given in the books or films on whether or not Legolas has siblings. Here, he has three: Calemir, Imrahil and Amathiel.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: The main plot is Bard discovering just how much he has to do now he's royalty.
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  • Spared by the Adaptation: Alfrid.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Bard, as in the book, understands birds. This comes as quite a surprise to him.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Between Amathiel and Imrahil.
  • Volleying Insults: Every time Thranduil and Dáin are in the same room.


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