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  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Synopsis: One of the best authors I have ever come across. Everything they write is a pleasure to read, and they come up with some of the most interesting concepts. Granted, their material is probably not to everyone's taste (they're fond of gender flipping characters and slash pairings), but if you like that sort of thing, I really recommend their work.

Italian Hobbit

  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Synopsis: Perhaps the best author of Durin family stories ever.

Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.

The Sons of Durin by Kivrin

  • Recommended by Zephyr 7, SMARTALIENQT, AddictOfReading, tricksters heir, lyamainu
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Bilbo Baggins is a humble grocer, living a quiet life. The police say the Sons of Durin are a crime family. The government has labeled them a group of environmental terrorists. Thorin Oakenshield will tell you that they are simply desperate for a home. But when Bilbo is dragged into the group as their unwilling burglar, everything he has taken for granted will be torn asunder.
  • Comments: An amazing AU where the story takes place in modern times. The author does a great job with characterization and character interactions, weaving both modern and canon details together.
    • Chiming in to say that this is hands-down the best Hobbit fanfic I have ever read in my life. It is flawless, the slow burn is beautiful, and the references to canon are spot-on.
    • Agreed. It has a companion fic in Children of the Lonely Mountain that goes and fills in little things in the world and characters.
    • Gonna fourth this and say this is legitimately the best fanfic I have ever read; it felt like a novel, clearly the story of the Hobbit, but with such excellent characterization of each dwarf and explanations for the circumstances they find themselves in that make perfect sense in the story.

An Unexpected Heist by Technicolour Grey

  • Recommended by miucorte, trickstersheir
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Thorin Oakenshield is the wretched heir to a fortune which was stolen from him and left him orphaned. Now he wants it back, with nothing but an unlikely crew of aspiring robbers and not-burglars let loose on London to aid him against the power of the tyrannous and manipulative Smaug. Modern corporate AU.
  • Comments: In a similar vein to the above fanfic, this is Tolkien's classic in a modern setting—but perfectly transitioned. The author's usage of colloquialisms and syntax native to modern London, as well as physical landmarks written into the story tell you that the author knows what they're writing, when they're writing, and makes it all come alive. Each chapter to date is meticulously written so while we do focus on Bilbo, each character is present and active. There are plenty of little quirks in the dialogue itself that made me laugh aloud, from references to Elrond's daughter and the boy she fancies (and he disapproves of) to Fili and Kili muttering lyrics from "I'll Make a Man Out of You" make the story spectacularly real and charming. Highly recommended. One thing, though—it seems to depend on movie-verse more than book-verse.

the william tell overture by thefireplanet

  • Recommended by miucorte
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Kíli nocks his bow and points it at his brother.
  • Comments: Possibly the most poignant, devastating Hobbit fics out there. We see the youngest members of our Company, in their tweens and aching for adventure. And when they find it, it shakes them to their bones, and they get into quite a lot of trouble—arrested in a human town and forced to entertain their captors through terrifying acts (the title should give you an idea). And yet still, the author colors in life in Ered Luin for the two young dwarves and their exiled royal family beautifully and does a brilliant job of character expansion. All in all, a absolutely gorgeous, heartrending fic that ends with a line that packs more than just a punch.

When the Last Road Ends by plumdarling

  • Recommended by Honey and Cloverfield
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: A canon divergence in which history's most important hobbit dies in the place of the King. When Gandalf found the body of the Company's former burglar, he had the strangest sensation that a chess piece was lost. Thorin Oakenshield and his heirs live, in Bilbo's place, and the King under the Mountain has yet to make his peace with the hobbit he had nearly thrown from the Gate of Erebor. Here we follow the affairs of Erebor, the turmoil of its King, and the memories its warriors hold, as the years ebb closer and closer to the inevitable War of the Ring.
  • Comments: This is an unexpectedly beautiful and detailed fic! I was amazed at how expansive the author writes it as, and the slow burn really gets to you, especially how the author writes about family. If I may warn you, there's a good amount of gore in some of the chapters.

Thrust and Parry by bendingsignpost

  • Recommended by Zephyr 7, scarletclarinet
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: All Bilbo wants is a nice, pleasant breakfast, but Thorin insists he learn to fight.
  • Comments: There is this adorable development of Bilbo and Thorin connecting and bonding with each other through Thorin teaching Bilbo how to properly use and fight with a sword. A definite recommendation.
    • Seconded heartily by scarletclarinet. This is a lovely short piece that follows both movie and book characterization of the characters.

Stoneflower by notsilver

  • Recommended by MianPi
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Canon AU wherein Thorin survives the Battle of Five Armies and visits Bilbo in the Shire soon after Bilbo adopted Frodo.
  • Comments: This is a lovely AU which somehow does not become a Fix Fic. Most of the story is canon compliant, getting little details like Frodo's age when he was adopted by Bilbo and his past as a mischevious troublemaker. Thorin and Bilbo's characterizations are also spot-on, as is their relationship with one another.

Purls Beyond Measure by toastedtea

  • Recommended by MianPi, Merytsetesh
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Ori knits a pair of gloves for Bilbo.
  • Comments: A lovely and introspective character study for Ori and a very understandable friendship between the hobbit and the scholarly dwarf!

Para Bellum by RyuuzaKochou

  • Recommended by Zephyr 7, Elenor, lyamainu
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Hobbits always survive; even where trained and experienced soldiers don't.
  • Comments: Bilbo and hobbits in general are revealed to be much more badass and dangerous than the Company has initially expected, especially when they see Bilbo in action displaying his skills during a training session. The author has a playful tone set throughout the story and it was adorable to see all the dwarves and Bilbo relaxing and having some fun.

In More than the Wisdom of Years by jezebel_rising

  • Recommended by Merytsetesh
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A kink-meme fill with the prompt: So the battle happened and Thorin lived (barely, but he's managed to escape death) his nephews too. The treasure has been divided and Elves and Men went on their way. Dwarves are set on rebuilding Erebor to its former glory and there's just one little thing left unsolved - setting their burglar on the way. I would pretty much like it form the point of view of Dis, who just arrived to Erebor to take care of her boys (brother included) and sees what a mess Thorin's made of everything.
  • Comments: Dis saves everyone and fixes everything by being even more scary and stubborn than Thorin, but for the sake of her family instead of treasure. Slightest, barely there Thorin/Bilbo slash at the end.

Family Tree and its sequel Bring Them Home by MistakenMagic

  • Recommended by Malconvoker
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Taken from "With eyes following the howls on the horizon, Kíli drew back his bow... but the arrow never left it." Thorin and Kili are injured in a battle with wargs on the plains and taken back to Rivendell. A distraught Fili learns what it means to be an heir of Durin. Family Fic.
  • Comments: While the first fic is slightly AU, the sequel definitely is, since both Fili and Kili survive while Thorin does not. The lessons and experiences the characters learn in Rivendell are persistent in the sequel. Both pieces now complete.

The Legend of Durin by Scribe of Erebor

  • Recommended by Malconvoker
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "There are powers in Middle Earth older then Sauron, and the Ring is not the only thing with a will of its own." Thorin, Fili and Kili die at Erebor, only to revive some seventy years later, far from their resting places. The consequences and reasons for their revival remain to be seen but may have something to do with the Arkenstone.
  • Comments: Technically a crossover with Lord of the Rings(as it is categorized on, this story is an adventure that takes its time building drama and exploring the bonds of the characters and the impact they could have on the world. Now complete.

Here Be Dragons by Agirlnamedchuck

  • Recommended by trickstersheir
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: “Of course it has to be Gandalf.” Bilbo muttered, “I couldn’t just have some other wizard visit me.”

    Not that he’d be happier with any of the other wizards visiting him at all. If Saruman had appeared on his doorstep he’d die of fright or more likely shock. In the shire a saying had become popular after Belladonna Took had run off with the wizard and returned three days late for her wedding some months later: Where Gandalf went there would be trouble.

    (Or the one where Bilbo is a dragon and still gets roped into reclaiming Erebor, Gandalf is a meddling Wizard, and Bilbo may have confusing feelings for Thorin Oakenshield)
  • Pairing: Bilbo Baggins/Thorin Oakenshield
  • Comments: Highly amusing and very intriguing. The author makes the AU setting work excellently. A great read for any fan of dragons and unusual yet brilliant ideas.

The Call of Duty: Legolas at Erebor by Jael on and AO3

  • Recommended by Dellanotte
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: None
  • Summary: "We all know he had to be there, so what was he doing while Bilbo and The Professor overlooked him? Follow in the footsteps of the Elvenking's son, as we see the latter events in The Hobbit and the Battle of the Five Armies from an Elven perspective. "
  • Comments: An amusing, in-character look at a lighter Legolas. His point of view is followed effortlessly from the Greenwood festivals to the slopes of Erebor, all with a Perspective Flip on these bumbling dwarves and their apparent need to trouble everyone. While being completely faithful to the book, which is now rather Hilarious in Hindsight for something published long before The Movie.

Red Like Blood by Halo Fin 17

  • Recommended by Neo Shiraku
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Perhaps it is an old prejudice which also leads Thranduil to disapprove of Tauriel when it comes to Legolas.
  • Comments: A very interesting exploration of just why Thranduil might disapprove of Tauriel.

Living Image by Werde Spinner

  • Recommended by fakescorpion
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Thorin treats Fili and Kili differently, and he remembers all too well why.
  • Comments: A character study of Thorin, of Frerin, and of the Durin family.

Trees by displacedhobbit

  • Recommended by liesbehindstars
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: From Archive of Our Own: "Losing loved ones is the hardest thing of all, but there are ways to abate the grief, ways to let the sadness ebb away. Two-parter about loss in the line of Durin."
  • Comments: A very sad but well-written depiction of the aftermath when death claims members of Dis's family. Also explains an aspect of Kili's appearance in the movies if you look closely.

To Find Our Long Forgotten Gold by wealhtheow21

  • Recommended by wprime
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: AU of movieverse. It is many years since tragedy struck the line of Durin when the youngest heir was lost to a pack of orcs. Now Bilbo Baggins, having agreed only to stealing treasure from a dragon, finds himself instead tangled up in a web of tragedy and revenge, and finds that what is lost does not always stay that way.
  • Comments: The Author adds great detail to the suffering that Kili has endured. The fic doesn't get bogged down the way that Kili learns is very realistic. Everyone is in character (or as much as they can be in an AU) and the fic is consistently well written. Many of the Company gets overshadowed by Kili, Fili, Bilbo and Thorin though. The Author is also currently writing a sequel and a series of one-shots set in this universe.

The Heat and The Cold Of Your Heart by The Wriiter

  • Recommended by Tiggerific
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Filmverse. It's sad, but life is full of sudden goodbyes. Thranduil/His Wife. Includes Little!Legolas. Oneshot.
  • Comments: A beautiful story that perfectly portrays Thranduil's thoughts about his wife, and how her death affected him. Not technically shipping, since the focus is on Thranduil's character and not a romance. Also, have tissues ready. Seriously, you'll need them.

Episodes from Middle Earth by paranoid_fridge

  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A collection of one-shots, each one asking a different What If?.

Better than Crowns by Tw1st

  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Fíli wakes the morning after the battle of the five armies, injured and exhausted, left to deal with the overwhelming reality of his future. Luckily, younger brother Kíli is there to make it all seem less intimidating.

The Hobbit by Maple Films

  • Recommended by: Decaf Grub 47393
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Fan edit of Peter Jackson's Hobbit movies that removes everything not in the book, including the love triangle, Radagast and more. The Blu-Ray version includes the Radagast as a bonus feature.
  • Comments: This edit shows that hiding inside 3 mediocre movies was a 4-hour-long epic masterpiece.

History Teaches Us by Drenagon

  • Recommended by: GothicProphet, Polaris
  • Status: Complete; has a sequel and several side-stories, all of which are complete as well.
  • Synopsis: Thorin dies in the Battle of Five Armies. Mahal sends him back to relive the Quest and avoid making the same mistakes again.
  • Comments: One of the best time-travel stories in the fandom.
  • Has its own page.

Frailty by Flollius

  • Recommended by: KungFuKitty
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Kili is captured on a solitary hunt and presented to Azog After days of searching, Thorin believes him to dead, but Kili is very much alive. And as time passes and hope of rescue fades, Kili is forced to forsake his family ties, the customs of his people, even his own humanity, in order to survive.
  • Comments: A richly detailed, action-packed, plot-driven saga with excellent world-building and genuine character development, as well as one of the most intensely emotional fanfictions I've ever read. Painful to read at times, but definitely worth it.

Yggdrasil by Laora

  • Recommended by: GothicProphet
  • Status: Dead; last updated December 2016
  • Synopsis: Bilbo dies on the ship to Valinor. Thorin dies in the Battle of Five Armies. Both of them wake up weeks before the quest starts.
  • Comments: A time-travel fic that sends both Thorin and Bilbo back, though neither of them know it at first.

Sweet Child of Mine by silverneko9lives0

  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Bilbo and Thorin take Frodo in while the Bagginses and the Brandybucks figure out who takes him in.

Over Hill and Under Tree by Filin prinsessa (Erinacchi Love)

  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: It was a very normal day in the lives of Frodo Baggins, his two uncles and his cousin - until his uncles overslept.

Tree Climbing for Dummies by Booksnake 3

  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Pre-quest fluff with little Fili and Kili: the troublesome twosome want to find out how good their invincible Uncle Thorin is at climbing trees.

Baby Mine by Anath Tsurugi

  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: There are whispers about who really fathered Thorin Oakenshield's youngest nephew...but don't let him or his heir hear you repeating those whispers...or you will wish they had killed you.

with sweetness and light by gooseberry

  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: In which Ori joins Balin's Company, goes to Khazad-dum, writes letters to Dori, and basically loses his mind because of Khazad-dum. It's a lot of sad, gothic-y, vaguely creepy thoughts about Khazad-dum, and how places are haunted by the events that transpire within them. TA 2989-2994.

A Reason To Stay by Lunarium

  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: By rights, they shouldn't be here. Thorin, Fíli, and Kíli give them a reason to stay.

Master Loot

  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Instances and World Events definitely weren’t his things. He had barely took part in the Fell Winter Quests storyline, having been a too low-level player at the time to truly be useful. But that was fine, Bilbo kept repeating himself. He had decided to play a Hobbit for a reason, damnit, and it wasn’t the become Middle Earth’s Greatest Warrior!
    Or: the fic where Bilbo is a casual-type gamer stuck in Middle Earth, the journey to Erebor is a Quest to try and find a way home, the Elven-King's Halls may have been planned as an Instance, the Ring's description is suspiciously lacking and there is loot to sort through...

...and now for the stories that are focused on romance.

The Toymaker and the Widow by cellotlix

  • Recommended by YeMightyDespair, miucorte
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: "He whittles for the widow and her child; his sweet, sad widow," said Bombur smugly. "How is she his widow if he's still alive?" Bilbo wondered. "Because she's not my widow," Bofur cut in. "She's a widow. I have no claim to her, or anyone."
  • Comments: ...Probably the closest thing to perfection in any fanfiction I've ever read. Bofur's OC love interest is astoundingly well-developed and likable, and this is coming from someone who usually doesn't like original characters. At all. Their relationship developes naturally and what drama it has is natural and not forced. Bofur and other canon characters are perfectly written and every chapter has Bofur tell a story that is both wonderful in and of itself as well as fit in with what is going on in the rest of the chapter. I'm not even describing half of what makes this story as perfect as it is. Seriously, this cannot be recommended highly enough. Read it.

Love Pays No Indemnity by Jana

  • Recommended by KitsuneChan, SybariteStories
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: After the Battle of Five Armies, the One Ring decides it needs to understand Bilbo better to manipulate him. It does not, however, go entirely to plan. From the summary: 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: Bilbo/The One Ring, Bilbo/Sauron. Yes, really. This is an amazing, epic length fic, and it's one of the slowest building pairings I've ever read. There isn't a single moment of OO Cness - the main reason for the slow build, really. Jana's exploration of various Middle Earth cultures (especially the Dunlendings, the Rohirrim, and the Ents) is to die for, and their original characters are some of the best I've ever read.

King's Ransom byFarasha

  • Recommended by SybariteStories
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Rather than offering Bard and Thranduil the Arkenstone, Bilbo offers to give them his share of the treasure. Unfortunately, neither of them is willing to believe Thorin will hand it over - which leads to a ransom plan that is, in Bilbo's opinion, quite ridiculous indeed.
  • Comments: A great "happy-ending" style AU to the Hobbit. Bilbo's POV scenes are expressed perfectly in his naive yet self-assured style, and it's always a breeze and a laugh reading his parts. The alternating chapters from Thorin's POV lack a bit of personality in comparison. It's nominally a Slash Fic, but the first 2/3 could be seen as a general fic in it's own right, since no romance really happens until all the action is settled in the third act.

Here, There Be Dragons by bendingsignpost

  • Recommended by MianPi
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Modern AU wherein Bilbo is a university professor who becomes the boyfriend of Thorin, not knowing at first that he is really the head of a Mafia.
  • Comments: Yes, yes, this is a Slash Fic, but it is so more than that! Bilbo is represented beautifully as a happy scholar, still in the closet back home in Hobbiton, who finds himself way over his head as the Spear Counterpart of a Mafia Princess. Thorin however will break your heart as the loving, yet possessive and ultimately destructive mafia head. Warnings: there is sexual content of dubious consent and a good deal of violence as well.

all that shine as moonstone leave a discernible mark by kay_cricketed

  • Recommended by Merytsetesh, Polaris
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: After the Battle of Five Armies, Thorin Oakenshield is determined to secure Bilbo's place in the world, even if he must make him a husband and a widower in the same hour to do so.
  • Comments: Canon compliant, which means certain people die. No happy ending, but it hurts so good.

Party Tricks by Vera_DragonMuse

  • Recommended by Science
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Life is a funny thing. Kili, a happy party animal by night and carpenter by day, doesn't let his past get him down. But when he meets Fili and starts to fall in love it isn't just Kili's troubled childhood that catches up with him.
  • Pairing: Fíli/Kíli
  • Comments: Easily one of (if not the) best Fíli/Kíli fics I've read. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me grin like a giddy fool, and I love every bit of it. Modern AU that becomes more canon-esque as the story progresses.

to change the course of the future by authoressjean

  • Recommended by AddictOfReading
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: In an attempt to get the Arkenstone back for Thorin, Bilbo discovers the ring he's been using is the One Ring. Seized by a need to destroy gold, especially gold with the ability to ensnare creature and king alike, he sets out alone for Mordor. Anything to forget about the love that gold cost him. What he doesn't know is that Thorin is no longer under the thrall of gold, and is desperately racing to catch up with him to keep him safe. They may have just started on another adventure, but this one may not end as well as their first quest.
  • Pairings: Bilbo Baggins/Thorin Oakenshield, Aragorn/Arwen, Legolas/Kíli, Dwalin/Ori, Fíli/OFC
  • Comments: An AMAZING fic that really digs into what would have happened if the events in Lord of the Rings happened sixty years earlier. All of the pairings are well-written and sweet, as well as the battle scenes that are incrediably fast-paced and leave you wondering what happened and I need more. It's complete, with the author saying more might be written in the verse. The emotions are heavy in this fic. Two things of note is that Denethor is written in a way that will make you like him, which is really just Boromir and Faramir combined and put in a blender. That is not a bad thing though and will actually make watching The Lord of the Ring movies harder, thinking what he might have been like before everything happened. You will instead not like his father, who is just as bad as Denethor crazy when he's not crazy. Another thing is the female OC, Dernwyn, is basically an expy of Éowyn, as well as her relationship to her uncle, Thengel, is just like Éowyn's to Théoden. Again though, that is not a bad thing if you think that Fíli and Éowyn could be a good couple and enjoyed the relationship Éowyn and Théoden shared and wouldn't mind reading it again under different names.

A Terrible Mistake by Antarctica_or_bust

  • Recommended by AddictOfReading
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Fíli tries to sabotage his brother's romance over the course of their journey, but sometimes love is worth the price.
  • Pairings: Bilbo Baggins/Kíli, Fíli/OFC
  • Comments: This fic has a very different take on Fíli than you usually see, but it's one I at least could see just as well. You can tell Fíli loves Kíli and that he's doing what he thinks is best for his little brother, but that Fíli can't tell the difference between what he thinks is best and what is actually right.

Child of the Earth and Sky by LittleBigSpoon

  • Recommended by AddictOfReading, trickstersheir
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Certain events in Bilbo’s life were always destined to come to pass, but the will of Belladonna Took is not to be trifled with, and her choice may yet change the lives of many. This is the story of how Bilbo became the kin of the Eagles of Manwë, and all that happened after.
  • Pairing: Bilbo Baggins/Thorin Oakenshield
  • Comments: A fic that takes an interesting idea and runs with it, making it amazing at every possible turn.

Gardening by The Feels Whale

  • Recommended by ramber, lyamainu
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Poor Mister Baggins. He was doomed to be a nine-days wonder no matter what and is it any wonder after a year-long adventure? Even the Tooks haven’t the influence to hush that up, but Mad Baggins seems to have managed to silence every tongue in the Shire on that subject which would be awe-inspiring ...if not for the way he decided to go about it.

    OR: That one where Middle Earth seems to be unclear about where baby Hobbits come from.
  • Pairing: Bilbo Baggins/Thorin Oakenshield
  • Comments: A Different take on Mpreg,kinda, sorta...scratches head. Part of the Good Earth series. Interesting and refreshing.

Sansûkh by determamfidd

  • Recommended by Blue Jazz, vividwakingdream, Polaris
  • Status: Dormant; last updated September 2017
  • Synopsis: The battle was over, and Thorin Oakenshield awoke, naked and shivering, in the Halls of his Ancestors. The novelty of being dead fades quickly, and watching over his companions soon fills him with grief and guilt. Oddly, a faint flicker of hope arises in the form of his youngest kinsman, a Dwarf of Durin's line with bright red hair.
  • Pairings: Bilbo Baggins/Thorin Oakenshield and Gimli/Legolas Greenleaf
  • Comments: A fantastic, in depth, look at Thorin after his death in The Hobbit. This isn't an AU. Thorin does die, and it very much follows canon. But the characters, world building, and research that goes into this story is jaw dropping. The way Thorin and company change and develop even after death is believable and rewarding to watch. And it only gets better as the story leads into LOTR. Everyone should give this one a try. Has its own page.
    • Additional Comments: Although it is currently incomplete, it doesn't leave off on a cliffhanger, and what's there is more than satisfying. The author's deep dive into Middle Earth lore, realistic worldbuilding, and attention to detail is absolutely amazing. Can't recommend enough.

Never Go Home by QueensJenn

  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The Arkenstone is not just a gem.
  • Pairing: Thorin/Bilbo
  • Comments: There is a sequel here.

Nothing Gold Can Stay by perkynurples

  • Recommended by vividwakingdream, lyamainu
  • Status: Complete; sequel dormant
  • Synopsis: Bilbo Baggins led a rather peaceful life, thank you very much, until an old acquaintance decided to turn it upside down, and he found himself agreeing to take a job that’s… let’s say not exactly up his alley, and might eventually cost him a little more than his treasured cozy lifestyle. Who would have thought tutoring a slightly menacing monarch’s more than slightly overbearing nephew could prove to be such an… adventure?
  • Pairing: Thorin/Bilbo
  • Comments: Amazing modern-Europe alternate universe with clever ways of adapting Middle-Earth locales, characters, and plot points for the human 21st century.
    • Seconded. One of the best, if not the best, modern royalty AU I have ever read.

Heart of Fire by DONOVAN94

  • Recommended by Misstikilicious, Apocrypha, Olmo JV
  • Status: Complete. Now with a complete Sequel and a third part in a trilogy.
  • Now with its own page here.
  • Synopsis: "I am SMAUG! I kill where I wish and none dare resist! And now, you belong to me!" Smaug stirs beneath Erebor when he hears a heavenly voice and knows he must have such a prize for his own. Trapped in the Dragon's lair, Kathryn, a seer, must survive this deadly creature to escape to freedom. But a vision plagues her, one that connects her to the mighty dragon forever.
  • Pairing: Smaug/OFC
  • Comments: Don't let the pairing chase you away. The relationship that develops between Smaug and Kathryn is slow and subtle. Smaug is still greedy, arrogant and possessive of his treasure, and the author uses these points in his personality to have him eventually come to care for Kathryn as more than just a valuable piece of his hoard. Kathryn is also a well done OFC, her back story fleshed out and she has flaws along with admirable attributes making her character very realistic.
    • Full-heartedly seconded. I went into this expecting to hate Kathryn (special powers, weird name spelling, purple eyes), but the author makes sure to emphasize the "cursed" part of "Cursed With Awesome". Kathryn has actual flaws and fears like any other person, makes mistakes, and is one of the most well-done original characters I've ever read, to the point I stopped thinking of her as an OC and just another one of the inhabitants of Tolkien's world. She also does the romance slow, with plenty of development, and with about as much realism as one can get from a dragon—Smaug is Yandere-levels of possessive, but with enough good traits that it wasn't a stretch to believe Kathryn would stay with him out of anything other than fear.

The Inevitable Love Story Between Two Idiots by Bgtea

  • Recommended by Kereea
  • Status: Complete with a oneshot sequel.
  • Synopsis: In which everyone sees the budding romance between Thorin and Bilbo, except, of course, for Thorin and Bilbo themselves. Also, Dis brings the fear of God in other Dwarves and likes to meddle in her big brother's romantic life, and if she has to do this through scathingly written letters, then so be it.
  • Pairing: Thorin/Bilbo, side pairing of Dwalin and Ori
  • Comments: The story that earned Nori the nickname "Patron Saint of Bagginshield", this is one heck of an excellent ride. One big reason Thorin and Bilbo don't realize what's going on is that the others intentionally leave them out of the loop, as the Company is distracting the Iron Hills dwarves from politics while Thorin is healing by pretty much turning his and Bilbo's romance into an epic myth all its own in-universe. Gives a lot of love to some of the less fleshed out members of the company at the same time, as well.

Beneath the Mountains Music Woke by EmilianaDarling

  • Recommended by Farasha
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: After Bilbo saves him from Azog, Thorin realizes that his feelings for the burglar are more complex than he thought.
  • Pairing: Thorin/Bilbo
  • Comments: This story is written from Thorin's POV. It is a slow-building realization of romance between the two of them and culminates in Lake-Town with a sweet ending... and an absolutely chilling coda. The author then follows the coda to its logical (heartbreaking) conclusion in On His Dark Throne, a one-shot quasi-sequel where Thorin takes the Ring, and everything goes very, very wrong (Warning: Sequel contains graphic violence and character death).

The Road Delivered Us Home by keelywolfe

  • Recommended by Farasha
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: After the Battle of the Five Armies, Bilbo returns to the Shire in mourning - while Thorin survived, Fili and Kili did not. He adopts Frodo and settles into a life of quiet, until Thorin and Dwalin turn up on his doorstep.
  • Pairing: Thorin/Bilbo (humorous references to a side-threesome of Dwalin/Gamgees)
  • Comments: A slow, meditative exploration of grief and healing in the Shire. Bilbo pines, Thorin pines, neither of them realize that they're actually pining. They dance around each other for far too many chapters before Dwalin gets fed up with them both.

I'll Make a Dwarf out of You by Marilu

  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A simple hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, would have lived rest of his life without knowing about the war between dwarves and orcs if not a wounded dwarf soldier had found his way to Shire. When Bilbo hears that his relatives are in middle of that horrendous war he knows that he must go and save them! But it’s dangerous to go alone and to get into the dwarf-army you need to be a dwarf…
  • Pairing: Thorin/Bilbo, Dwalin/Ori
  • Comments: A Hobbit version of Mulan, minus the Disguised in Drag part (Bilbo poses as a dwarf). And Smaug's a good guy! Well, kinda...

A Most Sensible Idea by Hildy J

  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Bilbo Baggins isn't sure about this. Not one bit. Frodo is definitely too young to enter into an arranged marriage with a dwarven king called Thorin Oakenshield. It's a good thing that Bilbo is there to chaperon him through their courtship. After all, there's no chance that a fussy hobbit bachelor would ever catch the eye of a king.
  • Pairing: Eventual Thorin/Bilbo.

Wear a Flower in Your Hair (You're Beautiful) by Jack Quaker

  • Recommended by Gowan
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When Bella came of age there were no courting gifts, not that she had expected any, much to her parent’s disappointment. While heartbroken at the thought of never being a wife or mother, a part of her had been relieved. If being barren already made her less than a woman, what would her spouse think when they found out she could also grow a beard? It was Bella’s most fiercely guarded secret, something she never confided even to her parents. And if she had had her way, she would have taken it to her grave.
  • Pairing: Thorin/Bilbo
  • Comments: It is heavily implied that Bella Baggins suffers from PCOS. The story deals with this in a sensitive way, and also with the culture clash that ensues when Bella finds out that to dwarves, women with beards are completely normal.

Deal with the Devil by Anonymonimus

  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Bilbo is an accountant whose nephew, Frodo, just got seriously sick. In order to save young boy's life Bilbo borrows money from one of the mafia families. Later, he discovers that he can't to save enough money to pay his debt back; he is kidnapped and turned into the leader, Thorin's, personal accountant. And Bilbo is fine with that but is it necessary to live with him?
  • Pairing: Eventual Thorin/Bilbo.

A Hobbit's Hole (er I mean SMIAL!) by badskippy

  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: A series of AU fanfics where Bilbo and Thorin are lovers, and raising their children (Frodo is one of them) in the Shire.
  • Pairing: Thorin/Bilbo.

Coats and Customs 'verse, by imaginary_golux

  • Recommended by: Helgatwb
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: In a universe where Smaug never came to Erebor, Thorin son of Thrain marries Bilbo Baggins of the Shire for political alliance. Herein are the tales of their marriage, and what came of it.
  • Pairings: Bilbo Baggins/Thorin Oakenshield, Aragorn/Arwen, Dwalin/Ori, Legolas/Gimli, Frodo Baggins/Rose Cotton/Sam Gamgee,
  • Comments: Complete AU. I started reading this at around 6p.m., didn't stop until I had finished 6a.m., the following morning. Then, when I woke up, I wanted to read it again. Seriously good stuff. The series is marked as unfinished, but only because the author might add one-shots. The main story is complete as-is.
  • Tags: Arranged marriage, AU, dwobbits. Yes. Dwobbits.

Prayers to Broken Stone AO3 link by Avelera

  • Recommended by: Nausicaa of the Spirits
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Driven mad by dragon sickness, Thorin banishes the company and locks himself inside Erebor. Days pass, and fearing for Thorin's safety, Bilbo descends into Erebor to find him. Instead, Bilbo discovers Thorin slowly becoming a dragon himself, and must do what he can to save him before Thorin succumbs to a curse that twists his body and mind.
  • Pairings: Bilbo Baggins/Thorin Oakenshield

The Quest for Erebor Liveblog by dammit cassius and AnonymousSong

  • Recommended by hopelesshogwartian
  • Status: In progress
  • "Pairings": Thorin/Bilbo, side Kili/Tauriel
  • Synopsis: A non-RP liveblog of the Quest for Erebor, in real time. Two tumblr blogs which are written from the perspective of Bilbo and Thorin. Bilbo can be found here and Thorin here
  • Comments: An excellent combined effort that focusses on the Company's shenanigans as they make their way towards Erebor. Effortlessly combines humour with a well constructed and detailed plot and characterisation. The character building is fascinating and hilarious, and the two blogs detail the adventures of the Company and their relationships fantastically well, with little details that make the read a joy. Best read concurrently, as the two perspectives make it better than reading them separately. The in character interactions with the various anonymous asks are hilarious and fascinating, as is the rapport between the two. An excellent read, even if you aren't a fan of the ships. Make sure to read from the beginning and be sure to make note of the tags.

Clarity of Vision by Mithen

  • Recommended by Licyan
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: In a Middle-Earth where Erebor never fell, a shadow remains in the heart of the Lonely Mountain. Bilbo Baggins finds himself drawn reluctantly into a quest that will lead him across the continent—from Bree to Lake Evendim to the icy North and beyond—with a party of five dwarves searching for an artifact that will cure the ailing King Thrór.
  • Pairing: Bilbo Baggins/Thorin Oakenshield, Aragorn/Arwen, Denethor/Finduilas of Dol Amroth
  • Comments: AU, in which Smaug never came to Erebor but Bilbo Baggins still finds himself in an unexpected journey. An epic and engaging read. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings fusion.

Status Symbol by little brown shoe

  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: It started in Rivendell, where eyes followed Bilbo wherever he went. It happened again at Beorn's, and a third at Mirkwood. By the time they arrived at Bard's, Bilbo demanded an explanation. - A crackish Bagginshield one-shot
  • Pairing: Thorin/Bilbo.

Larkspur Magic by littleblackdog

  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A blocked path, a stray spell, and a hobbit with the most peculiar sort of luck. Bilbo knew, leaving the Shire, that hobbits certainly weren't the tallest of folk in the big, wide world. But this is ridiculous. A magical mishap; a Thorin/Bilbo romance.
  • Pairing: Thorin/Bilbo.

An Eye For Quality by Linelin

  • Recommended by Polaris
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Fíli lived his life by an old dwarven proverb: when a fool drops a treasure, a wise man picks it up (it sounded better in the original khuzdul). Bella Baggins never quite fit in the Shire. Perhaps she was made for the mountains, instead.
  • Pairing: Thorin / Rule 63 !Bilbo
  • Comments: Shipping doesn't kick in until around Mirkwood. This story is largely about dwarven culture and the concept of family, and Bella's journey from being an outsider in Hobbiton to being part of a big dwarven family. Incredibly heartwarming, and a fun extrapolation of dwarf culture. The interactions with Bella and Dís towards the end were some of my favorite scenes.

A Glittering Abyss by Salvia_G

  • Recommended by Polaris
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: After the Battle of the Five Armies, Thorin has forgiven Bilbo; but Bilbo finds he cannot forgive Thorin.
  • Pairing: Thorin/Bilbo
  • Comments: An AU where everybody lives, but not without trauma, and the healing process is believably slow and complicated.

Stories aimed to amuse, parody, and generally not take themselves too seriously. Generally.

I Heard it Through the Grapevine (of Delicious Mirkwood wine...) by Lasgalendil

  • Recommended by Dellanotte
  • Status: Complete (may be updated, anyway)
  • Synopsis: "On women, tropes, and the thrice-dreaded supernatural interspecies love triangle. Rumors of a certain movie have reached Middle Earth and characters are not amused. Can Tauriel convince the canon that their reasons for hating her are wrong? Legolas laments, Tauriel teaches, and Gimli…Gimli is just Gimli."
  • Pairings: Parodied.
  • Comments: In which Legolas and Tauriel are medium-aware tropers trying to survive the new Hobbit fandom, with running commentary. Highlights include Thranduil banning (some) degrading fanfiction; one of the better-written author tracts (2nd half of chapter 1); and hated, ever-mocked Shipping Goggles.

Thorin Oakenshield's Majestic Diary by Fruitsie

  • Recommended by: Sarah 1281
  • Status: Dormant
  • Summary: Thorin Oakenshield, King Under the Mountain and Totally Majestic Badass of Middle Earth, does not have a raging hard-on for Bilbo Baggins. No, seriously. Just read his diary.
  • Pairings: Hints of Thorin/Bilbo.

Loverboy Legolas by Levi Ackerman

  • Recommended by: Grant MK 2
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: "In all fairness, you already have Arwen," Legolas pointed out. "She was written," Aragorn retorted, "by the Professor himself. We even have a section devoted to us in the Appendices! However, nowhere in any of the books is the name 'Tauriel' even mentioned, much less your scandalous and entirely inappropriate relationship with her!" Crack. Anti Legolas/Tauriel. Hobbit 2 spoilers.
  • Comments: A pretty humorous meta look at one very divisive character. Not especially long or deep, really just an extended conversation between two characters, but enjoyable and can get a laugh out of you (name notwithstanding).

From The Ashes A Fire Shall Be Woken (Series) by (Nicnac)
  • Recommended by: Guesss Who
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Sherlock is Smaug. The skull was Thorin. Mycroft is Gandalf. John was Bilbo and is now a superior piece of treasure. Everyone else is rather confused.
  • Tags: Sherlock fusion, humor, identity crises
  • Comments:

Sig Alert by Dan_s Comments

  • Recommended by: Naal 2
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: An ancient, storied evil arrives in Equestria, and joins Fluttershy's menagerie, as a baby dragon. Will the Mane 6 Discover it in time? Will they recognize the evil when they see it? Or can it avoid the temptation to succumb to his previous nature? Will a brave knight challenge this evil with courage and the power of friendship? Helping him face the terror of the memories of his death? Crossover, but that would give it away. One Chapter one-shot.
  • Pairing(s): None.
  • Tags: Crossover

And in the Darkness by Evandar

  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover Fandom(s): Sherlock
  • Synopsis: After he gets shot, John gets flashbacks to another life - that of Bilbo Baggins of the Shire. And, of course, it's just his luck that he ends up shacking up with an ex-Dark Lord. Reincarnation fic with mild Johnlock
  • Comments: Pretty much Exactly What It Says on the Tin - John is the reincarnation of Bilbo, and Sherlock is the reincarnation of Sauron.

Beat of a Treasure by Idlesana

  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Status: Dormant, Last Updated December 24 2013
  • Crossover Fandom(s): Sherlock (Smaug becomes a human and takes the name Sherlock).
  • Synopsis: For saving the lives of his friends, Bilbo gets their eternal gratitude. For trying to save his own, he gets the immortal curiosity of a dragon. A Hobbit/Sherlock crossover.

The curious case of the hobbit in the night-time by DandyDilettante

  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover Fandom(s): Sherlock
  • Synopsis: Nine year old Sherlock finds someone under the hedge. It’s not a womble.

Scarlet Witch and the Thirteen Dwarves by Dr Matthattan

the line where the sky meets the sea by Wannabe Darklord

  • Recommended by: Silver Wizard
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: The Silmarillion
  • Synopsis: There is no sea-longing within her. Tauriel waits on the shore, trying to find the desire to sail to the West. Instead, she meets someone from an Age long past.

A Path Errant by Virdu

  • Recommended by: Toshiaki
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Crossover with: Final Fantasy XIV
  • Synopsis: Shortly after running across Gollum, Bilbo met a peculiar feline-looking woman armed with an axe. She decides to tag along, and the rest is quite literally history.

Agent Of Middle Earth by Steve993

  • Recommended By: SAM 996
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: Agent Carter
  • Synopsis: After an accident involving a mysterious device Howard located and took from Whitney Frost's lab after stopping her, Peggy, Sousa and Jarvis are whisked away by a portal to Middle Earth. Here they will meet Bilbo Baggins and the Thirteen Dwarves and join them on their quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain. Set after Season 2 of Agent Carter. Inspired by Avengers of the Ring.
  • Comments: First in a series followed by a sequel Agent Of the Ring

Home Is Where Your Heart Is by GwyneddSilverfighter

  • Recommended By: Silver Wizard
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Crossover with: The Wheel of Time
  • Pairings: Thorin Oakenshield/OC
  • Synopsis: Sarainya Vostovan is an Aes Sedai, but she wishes that she could be something else. She leaves the world she knows behind in search of a new home and the first person she meets in this new world, Gandalf the Grey, sweeps her into an adventure of a lifetime. An adventure which includes Dwarves, Elves, a dragon and a long lost kingdom.
  • Comments:

Meddling by sunryder

  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: Pokémon
  • Synopsis: Bilbo should have known better than to sass a Wizard.
    Because the next afternoon, Gandalf the Grey, the Fire Rider, the sneaky bastard, turned up at Bilbo’s gym with a bundle of Dwarves trailing along behind him.
    Bilbo Baggins did not scream at Gandalf, because grown Hobbits did not scream at anybody, let alone at a Wizard. But oh, how Bilbo wanted to. Because Bilbo knew full well that between the bulky fellow with the mohawk and the one with the split beard, was Thorin Oakenshield, the Erebor gym leader.

     Dark Fics 
The Hobbit: A Suicidal Journey by vividpast
  • Recommended by: Wildpaw 1
  • Status: Ongoing; last updated July 30, 2018
  • Synopsis: Bilbo has been planning to kill himself for a while. However, he wants to go out with a big bang and not just a common death. Cue Gandalf and his invitation to a dangerous adventure that will surely give him an opportunity to die in a lot of interesting ways. Now, if only those bothersome dwarves stop saving him at every attempt . . . Full prompt inside. Half serious, half not.
  • Tags: Dark crack, implied/referenced suicide, idealization of suicide, suicide attempts, hints of depression

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