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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: 901 recs in 208 fandoms; 64 links

JRR Tolkien

Lord of the Rings | Smith of Wootton Major | The Hobbit | The Silmarillion

Lord of the Rings

Across the Waters by Oselle

Frodo remembers his life as he sails into the West, in a series of themed vignettes. Bittersweet but not overly sentimental

[Added 18/10/2002; Character Piece; 6000-20,000; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

All's Well by Cara J. Loup

'But there wasn't any worse than this, was there...' Strong, believable characterisations make this post-Quest conversation piece particularly memorable

[Added 28/01/2004; Character Piece; 1000-2500; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

Alterations by Eledhwen

Eledhwen tackles the fascinating subject of the characters' adjustments to the different demands of post-War Middle-earth. The piece is elegantly structured as a sequence of interweaving conversations covering a single day in Minas Tirith

[Added 09/09/2003; Drama; 6000-20,000; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

Another Way of Leaving by Jodancingtree

What if Frodo were not granted leave to sail to Valinor? This moving story presents an alternative path for the Ringbearer to find healing. If you enjoyed 'Another Way of Leaving', there is now a novel-length sequel, Following the Other Wizard: Journey Into Healing

[Added 09/09/2003; Drama; 6000-20,000; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

As the Storm and the Lightning by Elizabeth Culmer

'She ends the war.' A masterclass in what can be done with an age-old premise & three sentences

[Added 16/04/2015; Drama; <1000; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

Back to the Beginning by Adina

'He searched but could not find. For twice the lifespan of a man in these diminished days he searched for the one he had lost. Never had it taken so long; always before he had found his love within a hundred years.' This Fourth Age Legolas/Gimli story runs with a highly unusual premise to its poignant ending, and features an interesting version of the much older Elf. Well worth a read despite a scattering of typos

[Added 20/01/2012; Drama; 6000-20,000; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

Box of Rain by Alon

Faramir finishes some business for his brother. Delicate and believable characterisations, both of those present and those absent. Sequel to Closer to Fine and To Look at You, but works equally well read independently

[Added 09/09/2003; Romance/Erotica; 6000-20,000; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

Breathe & Peace Like a River by Fileg

Three loosely linked, bittersweet vignettes reflect on two brothers and the river that joins and divides them. Stylish writing and subtle characterisations

[Added 09/09/2003; Character Piece; 1000-2500; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

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; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

Discretion, Discovery by Isabeau of Greenlea

All Isabeau's works showcase her great gift for detail, dialogue and characterisation; 'Discretion' & 'Discovery' also feature hot sex and an unusual & deftly drawn OC. The saga of Boromir's love life continues in the 'Best-loved Son' series by Isabeau, Dwimordene & Altariel, while Andrahar's background is more fully expored in Isabeau's unfinished 'Kin-strife'; both can be accessed via the author's website

[Added 24/06/2004; Romance/Erotica; 20,000-50,000; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings; Adult]

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; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

The Face of the Enemy by Soledad

The very thoughtful & detailed evocation of the Haradric culture distinguishes this retelling of the Battle of Pelennor Fields. Cameo by Andrahar from Isabeau's Discretion & Discovery

[Added 25/06/2004; Drama; 6000-20,000; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

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; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

Five Elements: Earth by Cara Loup

This beautifully-written vignette paints a complex picture of Sam, Frodo and homecomings, avoiding the oversentimentality common to many post-Ring War Sam--Frodo stories

[Added 18/10/2002; Character Piece; 2500-6000; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

Gift Horses by Jedishampoo

An unsentimental look at Eowyn & Faramir's courtship, well written with an unexpected but plausible characterisation for Eowyn

[Added 24/06/2004; Romance/Erotica; 6000-20,000; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

Gift of Life by Fileg

Fileg's delightful characterisations sum up the differences and similarities between the two races depicted in this nicely symmetrical vignette

[Added 16/12/2003; Character Piece; 1000-2500; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

Giving Gifts by Dwimordene

An outstanding evocation of the Haradric culture, featuring an original character who flickers into life in this all-too-brief tale

[Added 25/06/2004; Drama; 1000-2500; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

Goes a Courtin' by Chris

A dwarven love story. A vignette as clever as it is brief

[Added 16/12/2003; Drama; <1000; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

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; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings; Adult]

The Hour of Splendor by HF

Elrond reflects on the past as the Fellowship leaves Rivendell. A thoughtful and evocative take on this oft-written moment

[Added 16/12/2003; Character Piece; 1000-2500; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

How Quickbeam Got His Name by Teasel

Gorgeous drabble that answers the question of the title in a rather unexpected fashion

[Added 28/01/2004; Drama; <1000; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

If I Were Queen of the Forest by Halrloprillalar

'"But you are not in the Shire," Galadriel said. She smiled again and it was more dangerous than Sam's glare. "You would do well not to refuse my requests."' Halrloprillalar treads gaily (cough) through a whole raft of fanfic clichÉs in this delightful humorous short

[Added 20/02/2003; Humour; 1000-2500; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

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; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

The Jewel in the Crown by Alawa

'I don't hold with embalming much myself.' In-frame humour seems rather rare in JRRT fan-writing, so this was a welcome giggle. Nicely characterised OC in no danger of Mary-Suedom

[Added 18/10/2002; Humour; 1000-2500; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

Keepers of the Hearth by Alawa

A quiet piece that reclaims Middle-earth for the ordinary woman, and celebrates the things that the War of the Ring was fought to preserve

[Added 25/06/2004; Character Piece; 6000-20,000; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

A Kind of Valediction by Altariel

Faramir is haunted by the past. Literally. Tolkien, Dickens, TS Eliot and an excellent read

[Added 20/02/2003; Drama; 2500-6000; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

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; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

Legacy by Anglachel

Shire society brought to life: prejudice, intrafamilial politics and all. This thoughtful story is one of the very few to treat hobbits as the complex and not entirely benign adults that Tolkien wrote. If you enjoyed 'Legacy', the author has completed a novel-length sequel, On Merry Yule

[Added 18/10/2002; Drama; >50,000; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings; Adult]

Lomendánar (Little Love for the Things of My Love) by Vulgarweed

'He wore soft green moss, and small black snakes about his branches and darting silver fish between his toes. He bent his long locks to trail in the cool water, and all the spirits of the moist places were with him.' An unusual & thoughtful vignette, imbued with a strong sense of melancholy. Beautiful

[Added 20/05/2009; Romance/Erotica; 1000-2500; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

Lost in the Translation by Tyellas

Ever thought there was something missing from Tolkien's account of Middle-earth? Tyellas explains why in this humorous vignette

[Added 18/10/2002; Humour; <1000; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

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; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

Magnetic Force by Marnie

A reporter on the Fortean Times finds more than she expects when she travels to Cornwall on an investigation. Before I read this story, I didn't believe this premise could ever be made to work, but I'm very glad to have been proved wrong!

[Added 16/12/2003; Drama; 2500-6000; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

Nine Lives by Werecat

This stylish vignette is an excellent example of the 'history is written by the victors' maxim. In Umbar, at the Docks forms a loose sequel

[Added 25/06/2004; Character Piece; 1000-2500; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

Nor Iron Bars a Cage by FayJay

FayJay offers some surprising insights into the deep places of Gríma's heart in this well-written character study. As far as I'm aware, 'Nor Iron Bars a Cage' is the author's first foray into the Tolkien fandom, and one can only hope that she writes more!

[Added 28/01/2004; Character Piece; <1000; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

Not From Mountain Nor From Sea by Gil Shalos

A subtle look at different aspects of Boromir's character in this skilfully written piece

[Added 09/09/2003; Drama; 6000-20,000; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

Observation and dissection of the Common Wood-elf (Telerius galadh) by Bryn

Humour and tragedy as modern earth meets Middle-earth. There are also a couple of sequels, Notes from the Field and Regeneration and Immortality

[Added 16/04/2003; Humour; 1000-2500; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

The Old Dwarf and the Sea by Isabeau of Greenlea

I don't usually recommend unfinished stories, but 'The Old Dwarf and the Sea' is well worth reading for the first chapter alone. A simply hilarious antidote to the usual run of stories about LotR characters in the West, with some priceless characterisations

[Added 25/06/2004; Humour; 2500-6000; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings; WiP]

Old Man Willow by Nath

'It reminded him of the treeless hills towards the sunrise, only much, much stronger.' An unusual, atmospheric take on the One Ring challenge, with a perfect chiller of an ending

[Added 05/09/2012; Drama; 1000-2500; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

On Gorgoroth Plain by Teasel

Many authors have tackled the subject of Frodo and Sam's journey through Mordor, but Teasel breathes fresh life into the subject. This gem of a story works beautifully on so many levels -- I cannot recommend it as highly as it deserves

[Added 09/09/2003; Drama; 1000-2500; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

One Dark Night by Enros

Sympathetic look at the nature of the Uruk-hai. An extremely unusual premise

[Added 18/10/2002; Romance/Erotica; 2500-6000; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

Paths for the Dead by James Walkswithwind

A rather unusual look at how the events of the Ring War have affected Pippin. Give this short story a try even if you don't normally enjoy hobbit fiction

[Added 24/06/2004; Drama; 2500-6000; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

Possessions, The King's Shilling by Altariel

Two very different meetings between Gandalf and Faramir. Excellent characterisations in this pair of vignettes

[Added 09/09/2003; Character Piece; 1000-2500; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

Repairs by Isabeau of Greenlea

Every word counts in this vignette set after the battle at Helm's Deep. Sharp portrait of a warrior and a friendship

[Added 18/10/2002; Character Piece; 1000-2500; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

River of Fallen Stars by Fileg

'Life as a city, for Osgiliath, was over. ... the citadel of the stars was gone forever.' Two war veterans come to terms with all that's been lost in this quietly moving vignette

[Added 25/06/2004; Character Piece; 1000-2500; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

River-Mother and River-Daughter by Zdenka

'For the most part, the rivers were content to sing, to reflect the world around them, and to seek the great sea in a slow winding course. But in a shadowy glade green with moss and great ferns – though there were no flowers yet – a young streamlet more curious than the others splashed out of her bed and tried to follow her.' An origin story for Goldberry. Unusual & memorable, with a perfect ending

[Added 16/04/2015; Character Piece; 2500-6000; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

The Rooster Man of Gondor by Chelsea Nolen

A highly unusual view of a key moment in the siege of Minas Tirith

[Added 20/02/2003; Drama; 1000-2500; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

Rose Riddle by Stultiloquentia

A multilayered vignette with almost the density of poetry, set in the Fourth Age but with its roots in history. Repays re-reading

[Added 16/12/2003; Drama; 1000-2500; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

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; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

Shards of Time by AL Milton

Was Eowyn a heroine or deserter? This nicely structured story features interesting original characters, as Eowyn's grandson weighs the evidence

[Added 20/02/2003; Drama; 6000-20,000; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

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; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

A Silence Covered in Stone by Zimraphel

Dol Guldur gives up its darkest secret. An idea to send chills down the spine

[Added 16/12/2003; Drama; 2500-6000; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

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; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings; Crossover]

Stardust by RiikiTikiTavi

The pitfalls of being a war widow. Well worth reading for its exploration of Gondor high society, though the Legomance plot didn't entirely work for me

[Added 18/10/2002; Romance/Erotica; 20,000-50,000; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

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; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

The Strange Case of the House at Hollinport by Russ

'There are older and fouler things than orcs in the deep places of the world.' A highly unusual Fourth Age tale, in the style of Lovecraft or Poe. Strongly recommended

[Added 24/06/2004; Drama; 6000-20,000; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

Tell this Mortal by Chathol-linn

'He needs to make this sea voyage, and to not make it.' An engaging narrative voice & a memorable OC draw the reader into this Fourth Age tale. The backstory is a little weak, perhaps, but the frame story makes up for it

[Added 11/12/2006; Drama; 6000-20,000; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

Tempus Edax Rerum by Mirrordance

One of the more inventive premises I've ever seen in this fandom, thoughtfully executed, with a good mix of angst and humour. Give 'Tempus Edax Rerum' a try if you want something well off the beaten track and are prepared to put up with the occasional grammatical slip

[Added 26/06/2004; Drama; 20,000-50,000; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

They Say of the Elves by Brancher

The Legolas--Gimli relationship has spawned quite a bit of 'first-time' fanfiction, not all of it great. Brancher uses the genre intelligently to examine the preconceptions and fears of the two races in this engaging piece

[Added 18/10/2002; Romance/Erotica; 1000-2500; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

This Too Shall Pass by Isabeau of Greenlea

A tongue-in-cheek AU that solves a frequent gripe with Peter Jackson's vision of The Two Towers. There's only one word for this vignette: evil!

[Added 16/12/2003; Humour; <1000; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

Thread of Fate by Forodwaith

In the best tradition of fanfiction, Forodwaith takes a few meagre sentences from canon and unpacks them to cast fresh light on the enigma that is Arwen -- her strengths, her loves, and her sacrifices. Magical

[Added 09/09/2003; Character Piece; 1000-2500; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

Undersun by Cara J. Loup

A character vignette that feels chillingly plausible

[Added 16/04/2003; Character Piece; 1000-2500; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

Warm Beds are Good by Tyellas

I'll let this well constructed and very interesting essay sell itself: '"Sex" and "Tolkien" may seem like a contradiction in terms. It is often believed that Tolkien's works as a whole are sexless, boyish and innocent, based on the lack of sexual content in his novel The Lord of the Rings. This is not true. Sex and libido are present in Tolkien’s vision of Middle-Earth; indeed, it's inevitable in such a complete portrait of an imaginary world. Sex is marginalized in Lord of the Rings, is a destructive undercurrent in The Silmarillion, and is given rare, yet frank mentions in Tolkien’s extensive backstory of Middle-Earth. Passionate love, transgressive desire, denied sexual fulfilment, and rape are plot points in several stories. Libido and sexual love are even portrayed positively, when they take place within the proper moral bounds.'

[Added 18/10/2002; Essay; 6000-20,000; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

Webs by Roz Kaveney

'She moved in her webs, slow as a mountain.' A dark AU in which Frodo's quest failed; well written and chilling

[Added 18/10/2002; Drama; <1000; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

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; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

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; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings; Adult]

Smith of Wootton Major

Queen of Berries by Edonohana

'...others sold bows of ice and arrows of fire, or rainbow-furred mice and winged salamanders in silver cages, or shafts of sunlight that could be wrapped up and carried away.' Descriptive writing good enough to eat, with a wonderful evocation of fairy. Simply magical!

[Added 04/10/2013; Drama; 1000-2500; JRR Tolkien – Smith of Wootton Major]

The Hobbit

Clarity by Wild Iris

Calm vignette set during the Fellowship's stay in Rivendell, but focusing on Bilbo's earlier adventures in Mirkwood. Precise, unsentimental characterisations, plus a final line to die for

[Added 28/01/2004; Character Piece; 1000-2500; JRR Tolkien – The Hobbit]

Der Erlkonig by San Antonio Rose

Neat melding of disparate legends in this future fic with a rather unusual premise

[Added 20/02/2003; Drama; 2500-6000; JRR Tolkien – The Hobbit]

King under the Mountain by Zara Hemla

A dark tale of obsession and race conflict, with an unusual AU premise that unravels slowly as protagonist and reader penetrate deeper

[Added 20/02/2003; Drama; 2500-6000; JRR Tolkien – The Hobbit]

The Thrush Who Saved Laketown by Jen Littlebottom

An engaging addition to the woefully small canon of The Hobbit fanfiction

[Added 09/09/2003; Drama; 1000-2500; JRR Tolkien – The Hobbit]

The Silmarillion

Across Dark Waters by Zimraphel

Maeglin meets his match in this unique take on the Halls of Mandos, with a decided Greek flavour. Highly recommended

[Added 24/06/2004; Drama; 2500-6000; JRR Tolkien – The Silmarillion]

Aglarrâma by Zimraphel

This engaging vignette gives a rare glimpse of the last days of some of the ordinary inhabitants of Numenor, blithely going about their business as history prepares to overtake them

[Added 13/06/2005; Drama; 1000-2500; JRR Tolkien – The Silmarillion]

Ailurophobia by Werecat

An amusing vignette starring the Character That Tolkien Forgot: Tevildo, Prince of Cats from The Book of Lost Tales

[Added 25/06/2004; Humour; 1000-2500; JRR Tolkien – The Silmarillion]

Alqualonde by Joan Milligan

What might a poet make of the aftermath of a massacre? A thought-provoking vignette

[Added 13/01/2005; Drama; 1000-2500; JRR Tolkien – The Silmarillion]

As Little Might be Thought by Deborah

Deborah's interpretation of the aside from The Silmarillion which contributes the title. Strong characterisations make this story compulsively readable. The tale is continued in When I am Wise, Naming the Stones & In the Seventh Age, also all well worth a look

[Added 16/12/2003; Drama; 6000-20,000; JRR Tolkien – The Silmarillion]

At Losgar by Wild Iris

I don't often recommend fan poetry; in the Tolkien fandom, especially, it's hard to find the line between rhyming doggerel & free verse that feels rather disconnected from the source. Wild Iris writes some of the best Tolkien-inspired poetry I've encountered, and this understated lament on the Kinslaying (part of a sequence which can be found at Speak Again) is among my favourites

[Added 27/10/2005; Poetry; <1000; JRR Tolkien – The Silmarillion]

Bargaining for Beginners by Honesty

Tolkien provided a wealth of names in footnotes, and here one of them is brought to life. Along the way, the reader is treated to details of everyday life for elves and dwarves, thoughts on the nature of craftsbeingship, and glimpses into the very different philosophies of the two races. While the slash subplot doesn't quite work with the rest of the piece, in my opinion, the story is well worth reading anyway

[Added 18/10/2002; Drama; 6000-20,000; JRR Tolkien – The Silmarillion]

A Boy, A Girl & A Dog: The Leithian Script Project. Act I: An Appointment in Menegroth, Act II: The Sojourn in Nargothrond, or Houseguests from Hell, Act III: Tinuviel at Bay: A Caccia of Beleriand by Philosopher at Large

A unique blend of humour & drama, cast in Shakespearean form with modern informal English and priceless anti-fanon characterisations -- P@L's take on Luthien & Beren's tale has simply got to be read to be believed. Acts I-III are complete and stand alone; Act IV languishes incomplete

[Added 21/03/2006; Drama; >50,000; JRR Tolkien – The Silmarillion]

Bringing Gifts by Deborah

A wise man follows a star and finds what he least expects in this moving vignette

[Added 16/12/2003; Character Piece; <1000; JRR Tolkien – The Silmarillion]

Captain Tinkerbell by Lipstick

Believable and almost unbearably poignant. Set in the First World War, but I won't spoil this lovely story by revealing any more of the premise -- suffice to say, it comes highly recommended

[Added 09/09/2003; Drama; 1000-2500; JRR Tolkien – The Silmarillion]

Carving a Bond by Finch

A meeting of races during the construction of Nargothrond. A great laconic narrative voice together with well-drawn minor characters make this a highly engaging read

[Added 16/12/2003; Drama; 2500-6000; JRR Tolkien – The Silmarillion]

Chance's Strange Arithmetic by Ithilwen

Strange meetings in the trenches of the Somme. Thoughtful and profoundly moving

[Added 09/09/2003; Drama; 6000-20,000; JRR Tolkien – The Silmarillion]

Choices by Vorondis

Elrond and Elros debate their destinies. Of the many variations I've seen on this premise, this struck me as one of the most profound

[Added 18/10/2002; Character Piece; 1000-2500; JRR Tolkien – The Silmarillion]

Confessions of a Queen Downfallen by Jen Littlebottom

The regrets of Tar-Miriel, last Queen of Numenor. Bleak, beautifully written and very believable

[Added 25/01/2004; Character Piece; <1000; JRR Tolkien – The Silmarillion]

Confessions of a Sharp Glance by Maura Mellon

An excellent version of Maeglin's voice, and some very plausible insights into his character

[Added 06/07/2004; Character Piece; 6000-20,000; JRR Tolkien – The Silmarillion]

The Difference Between a Seagull and a Phoenix by Lipstick

This clever vignette consigns a whole load of fanon to the bin. Strongly recommended

[Added 09/09/2003; Character Piece; 1000-2500; JRR Tolkien – The Silmarillion]

The Dying Stone by Soledad

The anguish of the Kinslaying afflicts the very rocks of Alqualondë. A poetic vignette that approaches the style of The Silmarillion more closely than most fanfiction

[Added 18/10/2002; Drama; 1000-2500; JRR Tolkien – The Silmarillion]

Eleventh Hour by Zimraphel

Zimraphel's answer to why Tar-Miriel remained behind when Numenor fell. Eleventh Hour successfully lends flesh to the bare bones of Tolkien's narrative, and creates a sympathetic character for the doomed Queen

[Added 09/09/2003; Drama; 6000-20,000; JRR Tolkien – The Silmarillion]

Falling by Maureen Lycaon

A novel viewpoint on an oft-told tale, with some interesting speculation about the origins of Tolkien's werewolves

[Added 24/06/2004; Drama; 2500-6000; JRR Tolkien – The Silmarillion]

Felagund and the Noegyth Nibin by Soledad

The first fanfiction featuring a Petty Dwarf I've encountered, 'Felagund and the Noegyth Nibin' manages to give a sympathetic yet plausible view of the race. Also features a wonderful peek at Finrod Felagund. Highly recommended

[Added 24/06/2004; Drama; 2500-6000; JRR Tolkien – The Silmarillion]

Firimar by Ithilwen

A bittersweet future fic with an ending that surprised me

[Added 18/10/2002; Drama; <1000; JRR Tolkien – The Silmarillion]

Gathering the Pieces by Tehta

A tough view of Maedhros, the undefeated player. Nice understated character study

[Added 24/06/2004; Character Piece; 1000-2500; JRR Tolkien – The Silmarillion]

Ghost Fires by Earmire

It's an overdone genre, perhaps, but this reflective vignette gives a strong sense of the aftermath of war

[Added 24/06/2004; Character Piece; 1000-2500; JRR Tolkien – The Silmarillion]

The Gift by Ithilwen

Maedhros learns lessons about glass-blowing and other matters. Delicate characterisation of the young elf makes this a poignant and memorable story. First part in the author's Maedhros Saga, but can be read independently

[Added 16/12/2003; Character Piece; 2500-6000; JRR Tolkien – The Silmarillion]

The Glitter of Metal by Ithilwen

An insightful look at Maedhros, as he struggles to regain his sense of self after his escape from Morgoth. Part in the author's Maedhros Saga, but can be read independently

[Added 16/12/2003; Character Piece; 2500-6000; JRR Tolkien – The Silmarillion]

If We Fall Anew by Le Chat Noir

Complex relationships in the aftermath of war. Convincing characterisation and very moving

[Added 18/10/2002; Drama; 6000-20,000; JRR Tolkien – The Silmarillion]

In the Halls of Nienna by Artaxastra

'"I need something made which has never been crafted since the beginning of the world," she said firmly. "I need an impossible Thing."' This conversation piece, set in Valinor, has an intriguing take on the problem of orcs (crossover with LotR)

[Added 16/10/2015; Drama; 1000-2500; JRR Tolkien – The Silmarillion; Crossover]

Lasciate Ogne Speranza? by Finch

A believable and very moving view of Maglor in not-quite-modern times. The 'Maglor in History' challenge has been extraordinarily productive, and this story is among my favourites

[Added 24/06/2004; Drama; 2500-6000; JRR Tolkien – The Silmarillion]

Leaving Bliss by Penknife

'Grandpa Finny (and if you're confusing him already with Uncle Fenny and his brothers Fin and Little Finny, you aren't from Bliss yourself) was always keen on having sons. Definitely sons plural; he had his heart set on populating our little corner of Bliss all by himself.' Southern Gothic retelling of The Silmarillion, with Galadriel as a small-town Southern girl. It works amazingly well

[Added 05/08/2015; Drama; 2500-6000; JRR Tolkien – The Silmarillion]

Leavings by Honesty

The One Ring and the sundering of bonds between elves and men. A compelling story with solid characterisations

[Added 18/10/2002; Drama; 20,000-50,000; JRR Tolkien – The Silmarillion]

Light and Dark by Avanti 90

'She is the maker of the stars; let none forget that the stars are fire.' Unusual AU, brief but powerful

[Added 05/09/2012; Drama; <1000; JRR Tolkien – The Silmarillion]

A New Song by Mithen

'Beleg Cúthalion heard the airlock decompress behind him with a hiss like an arrow's strike.' A host of unexpected details mark this inventive Elves-in-Space futurefic. It's a bit of a shame the ending goes back to a more Tolkienian mode, but getting there is enormous fun

[Added 15/10/2015; Drama; 2500-6000; JRR Tolkien – The Silmarillion]

Oak and Willow by Marnie

Detailed scene setting and solid characterisations make this tale of Galadriel & Celeborn's courtship a winner. But it's more than just a romance -- Marnie sets the budding relationship against the interracial tensions seeded by the Noldor's arrival in Beleriand. The sequel, Seeds of Old Trees, tells the other end of their story

[Added 13/01/2005; Romance/Erotica; >50,000; JRR Tolkien – The Silmarillion]

Of Bombadil and Peredhel by Meir Brin

Not many authors dare to attempt Tom Bombadil's voice, but Meir Brin succeeds amazingly well here, and the reader is treated to Entwives as well. A real hoot!

[Added 06/07/2004; Humour; 6000-20,000; JRR Tolkien – The Silmarillion]

Of Durin and Kibil-nâla by Mantida

'When Durin awoke from the sleep the Maker laid him, the world was still young, and the light unsullied.' A beautiful little vignette with an unexpected answer to one of the fandom's more commonly asked questions

[Added 26/06/2004; Drama; 1000-2500; JRR Tolkien – The Silmarillion]

Of Leaves of Gold and Petals Red by Ithilwen

A deft mixture of Silmarillion canon, Scottish myth and modern practicalities provides an occasionally tongue-in-cheek but always engaging story. Not one for the Mary-Sue police

[Added 20/02/2003; Romance/Erotica; 6000-20,000; JRR Tolkien – The Silmarillion; Crossover]

One Ring to Bind Them by Tyellas

An unusual and well-thought-out take on a strangely underwritten corner of canon, the making of the Rings. Consistently strong characterisation and gorgeous details make this a classic

[Added 09/09/2003; Drama; 20,000-50,000; JRR Tolkien – The Silmarillion; Adult]

One Word by Joan Milligan

A moving vignette bringing home the effects of Thingol's ban on Quenya on the exiled Noldor

[Added 13/01/2005; Drama; <1000; JRR Tolkien – The Silmarillion]

Opening Doors by Adina

Like Honesty's Bargaining for Beginners, this story breathes life into Narvi, co-creator of the Doors of Moria. Like Bargaining, it contains a thoughtful exploration of the complex relationships between different races. Strong characterisations, great details and a dash of humour enrich this story, though I confess to being a little conflicted over the romance plot

[Added 16/12/2003; Romance/Erotica; 2500-6000; JRR Tolkien – The Silmarillion]

The Prince by Tyellas

'There were moments, Maeglin reflected, when it was mightily annoying to be the prince of Gondolin.' One of the most convincing views of Gondolin I've encountered, as Tyellas deftly creates an entire city, with politics & gossip, romance & rivalry, to surround her Machiavellian Prince

[Added 06/07/2004; Drama; 6000-20,000; JRR Tolkien – The Silmarillion]

The Ring and the Crown by Vulgarweed

Stylish writing that can't fail to send a shiver down your spine, in this tale of dark desires and even darker fulfilment

[Added 09/09/2003; Drama; 6000-20,000; JRR Tolkien – The Silmarillion; Adult]

Sand and Flame by Tehta

A clever & funny retelling of a classic fairy tale, in which Fëanor meets his match

[Added 21/01/2005; Humour; 1000-2500; JRR Tolkien – The Silmarillion]

Slouching toward Gondolin by Fileg

'We know where we stand -- squarely on the ground. We have no promises of time or of the West. We have to take what we want now.' A unique insight into the thoughts of a First Age orc in this beautifully written vignette. (Based in the Book of Lost Tales II)

[Added 06/07/2004; Drama; <1000; JRR Tolkien – The Silmarillion]

A Spirit Of Fire by Genarti

'But you learn, in searching after light, that there is a beauty too in utter darkness.' Morgoth is perhaps the hardest of Tolkien's characters to bring to life, but this well-written vignette has some interesting & unusual insights into why he might have chosen the path he did

[Added 06/08/2009; Character Piece; 1000-2500; JRR Tolkien – The Silmarillion]

Starlight by Tyellas

An interesting peek at life in Maedhros & Maglor's camp through the eyes of a youthful Elrond. Tyellas has a gift for creating rich and plausible details which make this story memorable

[Added 16/12/2003; Drama; 2500-6000; JRR Tolkien – The Silmarillion]

The Unforgettable Fire by Ithilwen

'Unforgettable Fire' takes an unflinching look at the many hazards of love between different races and cultures. The refreshing choice of characters outside the 'usual suspects' of Silmarillion fanfiction is another bonus. One of my favourite Tolkien-based romances

[Added 09/09/2003; Romance/Erotica; 6000-20,000; JRR Tolkien – The Silmarillion]

Unless it Be by Deborah

One elf's love for the sea. A well-structured and elegantly-written vignette

[Added 18/10/2002; Character Piece; 1000-2500; JRR Tolkien – The Silmarillion]