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Lord of the Rings


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Emblematic by Cruise Director

Piercing observations in this account of a day in the life of the Fellowship

[Added 28/01/2004; Character Piece; <1000; Lord of the Rings; Characters: Aragorn]

Hope for the Uruk by Grond

This thoughtful and unusual story explores whether the Uruk-hai might have the potential for redemption. It's a little rough around the edges in places, but nonetheless well worth trying

[Added 16/12/2003; Drama; 6000-20,000; Lord of the Rings; Characters: Aragorn, Shagrat, Faramir, Frodo Baggins, Samwise Gamgee, Legolas; Adult]

In the Hands of the Enemy by Meckinock

Set around Bree before the events of LotR, this rollicking adventure never takes itself too seriously. Believable characterisations, with some well-drawn original characters that won't have anyone calling in the Mary-Sue Exterminators

[Added 16/12/2003; Drama; >50,000; Lord of the Rings; Characters: Aragorn, Gandalf, Halbarad, OCs]

Magda's Tale by Meg Thornton

Multi-cultural society in Bree through the eyes of a plausible and interesting OC (technically a WiP, but the chapters stand alone as a vignette series)

[Added 18/10/2002; Drama; 6000-20,000; Lord of the Rings; Characters: OC, Aragorn, Barliman Butterbur, Bill Ferny, Halbarad, Bilbo Baggins, Minor]

Sára-lissë by Erin's Daughter

Arwen's reflections at two points in her life. Luscious sensuous writing characterises this nicely shaped piece

[Added 16/12/2003; Romance/Erotica; 6000-20,000; Lord of the Rings; Characters: Arwen, Aragorn, Legolas, Elrond]

The Still Point by Stultiloquentia

What does it mean to be mortal? Stultiloquentia's thoughtful take is well characterised and beautifully written, with a good balance between light & dark

[Added 15/07/2005; Romance/Erotica; 2500-6000; Lord of the Rings; Characters: Arwen, Aragorn]

Where the Stars Are Strange by Marta

'She prays for a quick death. She prays for the beasts to come before nightfall, to rip at her throat so she will never feel the pangs of thirst.' Thoughtful drabble series exploring Haradric beliefs. There's also a prequel, Turtles All the Way Down, though I felt it was stronger alone

[Added 05/09/2012; Drama; <1000; Lord of the Rings; Characters: Aragorn, OC]

Who Knackered Aragorn's Catamite? by Earthspot

Tolkien meets Raymond Chandler meets James Bond in this witty and inventive romp through Fourth Age Middle-earth. WKAC features a large cast of engaging original characters, plus delightful cameos from many of the major players. The author assures us that no canon was injured in the production of this fanfiction

[Added 09/09/2003; Drama; >50,000; Lord of the Rings; Characters: Aragorn, Arwen, Eowyn, Faramir, Goldberry, Gimli, Legolas, Bergil, Grishnakh, OCs; Adult]