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    Music and Original Songs 
Lazy Moonkin - Myla's Song (Hollow Knight original) by Lazy Moonkin
  • Recommended by: Zoic Alcelaphine
  • Comments: A 'beautiful' rendition of the song that Myla sings while digging in the Crystal Caverns.

Lazy Moonkin - The Fading Realm (Hollow Knight original) by Lazy Moonkin

  • Recommended by: Zoic Alcelaphine
  • Comments: An epic orchestra piece about the White Palace and the Pale King's legacy.

Lazy Moonkin - Hornet (Hollow Knight cover) by Lazy Moonkin

  • Recommended by: Zoic Alcelaphine
  • Comments: A violin cover of Hornet's iconic battle theme with an accompanying accordion.

Lazy Moonkin - A Tale of Grimm Troupe (Hollow Knight original) by Lazy Moonkin

  • Recommended by: Zoic Alcelaphine
  • Comments: An original theme for Brumm, the accordion player of the Grimm Troupe.

Lazy Moonkin - The Last Farewell (Hollow Knight original, Radiance song) by Lazy Moonkin

  • Recommended by: Zoic Alcelaphine
  • Comments: A heartfelt duet between the Radiance and one of her subjects, a moth.

Hollow Knight - Hornet Battle Orchestrated bySully Orchestration

  • Recommended by: Zoice Alcelaphine
  • Comments: A orchestration of Hornet's theme, using wind instrumentals and drum beats.

Hollow Knight (Music Box) by Riku Matsuo

  • Recommended by: Zoice Alcelaphine
  • Comments: A collection of music box covers for the Hollow Knight soundtrack.

Hollow Knight - Grimm by Man on the Internet

  • Recommended by: Tsukiyo
  • Comments: Joining both the tracks "The Grimm Troupe" and "Nightmare King Grimm", the song sounds classy, hammy yet haunting with the chanting choir. The lyrics are fitting for the ritual's focus on flames, nightmares and the child's feeding, while taking some stanzas from the poems in the Hunter's journal. A real marvel worthy of Grimm's panache.

Little Ghost - A Hollow Knight Orchestration by Rush Garcia

  • Recommended by: rioludoodle
  • Comments: A synthesis of Hollow Knight's iconic soundtracks into a cohesive and stunning whole.

    Web Comics 

Children of Wyrm by Brackets_002
  • Recommended by: Zoic Alcelaphine
  • Status: Dormant; last updated June 2018
  • Synopsis: In which the Pale King comes to care about the young Vessels he has created. A collection of stories from an AU where the Vessels have the father they deserve.

Epilogue, or, Beyond the Pale by Brackets_002

  • Recommended by: Zoic Alcelaphine
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: "The Radiance has been killed; the infection destroyed. The Hollow Knight and the Little Ghost have died and returned to their darkness. All that remains is to rebuild. The next age of Hallownest begins."
  • Comments: After the events of Hollow Knight, Hornet begins a new quest to rebuild the old kingdom of Hallownest.

Kingdom Eternal (or, the Twin Heirs AU) by QueenEgg

  • Description: "Even a place as broken and crumbled as the legendary Hallownest can be repaired with time, effort, and boundless love. The same can be said for family."
  • Recommended by: Zoic Alcelaphine
  • Status: Dead
  • Comments: A long-running series about the denizens of Hallownest.

Life of a Bug Knight by Darknecessary

  • Recommended by: Zoic Alcelaphine
  • Status: Dead; last updated April 2017
  • Synopsis: "I Really love the game Hollow Knight. I thought about what the Characters might feel."
  • Comments: This fanfic is a collection of stories that take place during the events of Hollow Knight.

Not Good Enough by Shadowy_Dumb_Octopus

  • Recommended by: Shadow State
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Ghost isn't really coping well with having to fight all those godlike enemies to save Hallownest, and with all those failures piling up, perhaps the Pale King was right in casting them into the Abyss?...

Old Eyes by Saphira424

  • Recommended by: Zoic Alcelaphine
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: "Quirrel explores Hallownest haunted by ghost memories and drowning in his own mind. The strange child seems to rescue him each time."
  • Comments: A novelization of Hollow Knight, from Quirrel's point of view.

Remaking of an Age by QueenEgg

  • Recommended by: In Parentheses
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The Heart of the Void and the Heart of the Light have made a pact to defeat their one true enemy. Retrieve her scattered shards. Wake her children and the priestess. But most importantly, Save the Hollow Knight.

Stag Beetles and Broken Legs by Aryashi and relationshipcrimes

  • Recommended by: Shadow State
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A chance meeting on the shore of Blue Lake interrupts Quirrel making an unfortunate decision.

The Journal of Meer the Guard by ZeloAvarosa

  • Recommended by: Zoic Alcelaphine
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A guard named Meer writes about his life before the fall of Hallownest.

Void Children: Little Slices of Life Edition by Anonymous_Vermin_Invader

  • Recommended by: Zoic Alcelaphine
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "These are where the written snippets/written adaptions of the Hollow Knight AU, Void Children, shall be kept. The summary of the Void Children AU goes as follows: What if the young Knight wasn't the only Vessel that survived? What if our hollow protagonist stumbled upon 3 siblings huddling in the dark, scared and abandoned, but very much alive."
  • Comments: A fanfic set in a newly-created Hollow Knight AU, based on a series of comics.

Boom Town by Syntax

  • Recommended by: Gamma Cavy
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Sometimes he thought perhaps he would fade away with this town. Then, little by little, bugs started trickling into the empty houses. Elderbug, before, during, and after the events of the game.

Broken Open Revealing Hollowness and Vibrance by Jaxx Capta

  • Recommended by: Gamma Cavy
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Hornet woke in the Black Egg Temple to the sight of her sibling's fractured mask. For the walk from the temple's central chamber to its exit, she thought herself truly alone in the world once more. When Hollow followed her out, she realized that wasn't so. But now she has to try and take care of her older sibling as they recuperate and learn to live in a world where they do not have to be pure, figure out what to do about what Little Ghost left of a body, and try to piece together two kingdoms which fell long ago.
  • Comments: the author takes ending three, mixes in the godseeker endings, tops with the Grimm Troupe, and stirs in a sprinkle of headcanons about the Higher Beings to make a delightful mix.

Threadcutter by CourierNew

  • Recommended by: alignment
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "Death is not permitted here."
The Radiance perishes and Hallownest falls silent. The infection of light spares few in its wake, turning the kingdom into a tomb filled with the bodies of the formerly afflicted. After some time spent recovering in Dirtmouth, Hornet chooses to depart the only home she's ever known. She descends one final time in search of survivors who may also wish to leave, thinking nothing of her sacrificed siblings, though she carries a pair of mismatched horns underneath her cloak.
But something else stirs beneath her feet, ancient and full of grief, and Hornet's task proves far more treacherous than she had believed, her path littered with old gods and new threats. As she delves into the darkest reaches of Hallownest, haunted with visions of the life spent there, the orphaned princess learns that she must reckon with all she has lost, before the kingdom and its secrets destroy whatever she has left.
  • Comments: An incredibly well-written fic set after the Dream No More ending, which maintains the game's tone with both a solemn atmosphere and gorgeous prose. Ultimately hopeful and uplifting, but be warned that it is very much about destroying what remains to move on, and doesn't shy away from breaking the toys and upturning the sandbox to drive that home.

Thus the Remnants Went Forth by Stabby Gamer
  • Recommended by: Philosophysics
  • Crossover: Gate: Thus the JSDF Fought Here
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: "An after-the-end epilogue using a revision of ending five, revolving around Hornet and (the) Knight as they round up the scattered remnants of Hallownest and start rebuilding.
  • Has a page here.
A Familiar Void by Rexis12
  • Recommended by: Gamma Cavy
  • Crossover: The Familiar Of Zero
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Louise was the last to summon her familiar. When the unknown Void Mage called out, the Void answered. With a spirit of void, in a shell born of gods by her side, she will journey forth. The darkness has been disturbed; who now can stand in its way?
  • Trope Page is here


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