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Espresso Recommendations

Innovative and stylish fanfiction, showcasing the very best across multiple sf, fantasy & literature fandoms. Good writing in all its forms can be found here, including gen, het, slash, OCs, AUs, crossovers, future fics, humour & pastiche

Contents: 976 recs in 229 fandoms; 64 links

Lord of the Rings


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The Burial of the Dead by Altariel

Bleak, beautifully-written picture of Denethor's descent into madness, mingling present and past, and steeped in the imagery of TS Eliot

[Added 18/10/2002; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Lord of the Rings; Characters: Denethor, Faramir, Boromir]

Father and Sons by Dwimordene

Division and despair among the Steward's family, as the Shadow over Gondor grows deeper. A thoughtful novel, with precisely observed characters and rich details of Minas Tirith life. That Which Remains Us forms a moving short sequel, inspired by a challenge to write Denethor's poetry

[Added 18/10/2002; Drama; >50,000; Lord of the Rings; Characters: Boromir, Faramir, Denethor, Imrahil]

The King is Dead by Altariel

Denethor teaches his younger son to play chess. A well-characterised and beautifully written vignette that made me smile. Illustrated by Kasiopea

[Added 09/09/2003; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Lord of the Rings; Characters: Denethor, Faramir]

The Sickle of the Valar by Altariel

Wordsmithing at its best marks this vignette on the burden of grief and the possibility for renewal. Written for the Stargazers challenge

[Added 16/12/2003; Character Piece; <1000; Lord of the Rings; Characters: Denethor, Faramir, Adrahil]

Spirits of the House by Altariel

'A Christmas Carol' has probably spawned more fanfic than any other Victorian novel, but this ingenious story is my favourite version so far

[Added 06/07/2004; Drama; 6000-20,000; Lord of the Rings; Characters: Denethor, Faramir, Boromir, Gandalf, Peregrin Took, Adrahil, Finduilas, Minor; Crossover]