Jan. 29th, 2014

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Still consuming ALL the Hobbit fic.

I've been working on a recs post and have found that my favorite stories are centered around families, found and otherwise. Here is a post full of those stories. Most of them are Bilbo/Thorin and, if they follow the quest, most are also some form of fix-it for the Battle of the Five Armies. If you'd like to know whether a story contains a certain canonical character death, feel free to ask!

Little Steps (4362 words) by Etharei
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Summary: Unfortunately, his room has no window. He's considering hiding Kíli in his old toy chestbox when the door to his room swings open. He squeezes himself into the far corner of the room. In his arms, Kíli is shaking like a leaf, strong tiny fingers digging hard into Fíli's skin. All Fíli can see at first is a large, hulking figure, almost too tall to be a Dwarf.

I adore this story. ♥Siblings protecting each other♥

Of an Arcane Binding (44888 words) by Salvia_G
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Bilbo Baggins/Thorin Oakenshield
Summary: An inexplicable magic ties Bilbo Baggins, hobbit of the Shire, to Thorin, dwarven prince of Erebor.

This is inspired by (two fanworks fusions with) the Time Traveler's Wife. After Bilbo appears a few times he's basically adopted into Thorin's family. I liked both the changes the author made to canon & the things they kept the same.

as sunshine falls on the wretched (18489 words) by KivrinEngle
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Summary: Bilbo Baggins, the newly appointed Master of Bag End, has just reached his majority. He lives alone in his fine house, managing his estate, and ignoring the people of Hobbiton as much as they avoid him. When a storm lands him with an unexpected (and unwelcome) little visitor, all Bilbo wants to do is find the baby Dwarf's missing family so he can get back to his own life.

That's not what happens.


Bilbo's a bit of a Scrooge after his parents die; Kíli helps him open up & become part of the community again.

I Heard That Clan's All Trouble (39238 words) by Tawabids
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Bilbo Baggins/Thorin Oakenshield
Summary: The curse of Thror took everything from Thorin; his home, his people's love, and finally his family and his sword arm. Then an old wizard in a pub brings him a key and the first good news he has heard in a long time - his nephews are alive and well in the Shire, the most unlikeliest of places.

Bilba Baggins had been quite happy living quietly on her own, but Bag End has not been quiet ever since two orphaned dwarves snuck into her life and made themselves at home. However, she will be damned if she lets a one-armed dwarf prince storm in and take them away after all these years.

She'll follow her boys to the ends of Middle Earth if she has to. And maybe, if he proves himself, she might even stand beside their king.


fem!Bilbo, which I love, fighting for her family, which I also love. Thorin is terrible at the beginning of the story, so, y'know, true to canon! This story is the one to blame for pulling me into the fandom; I had read one-off Hobbit epics before without any problems at all. Found family feels are dangerous.

all that shine as moonstone leave a discernible mark (2906 words) by kay_cricketed
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Major Character Death
Relationships: Bilbo Baggins/Thorin Oakenshield
Summary: 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.

This is tragic. Read it when you need to feel sad, or already feel sad and want to cry. It's not exactly difficult to make me cry with writing (easier than with any other media, in fact) but I thought this story was beautifully done.

A Glittering Abyss (18501 words) by Salvia_G
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Bilbo Baggins/Thorin Oakenshield
Summary: After the Battle of the Five Armies, Thorin has forgiven Bilbo; but Bilbo finds he cannot forgive Thorin.

Bilbo works hard to overcome the way Thorin treated him over the Arkenstone. Contains PTSD and a few of what I would read as panic attacks.

The Days of Dust (50078 words) by manic_intent
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Bilbo Baggins/Bofur
Summary: "'ullo again, Mister Baggins," the toymaker drawls, without turning around, and Bilbo laughs as he straightens up and steps into the candlelight.

It's still early enough into the evening that Bofur surely does not truly need to light the tapers as yet, but he's engaged in something delicate, it seems, his thick fingers busy on a knob of wood and his paring knife - he doesn't even look up when Bilbo circles the table to have a look.

"Someday you'll have to tell me how it is that you always know that I'm there."


I deeply enjoyed this AU and would read another 50K if the author cared to write it. The Shire was invaded by Orcs before Bilbo was born, and the surviving Hobbits moved the Ered Luin. Bilbo is a member of the Burglar's Guild, which Belladonna co-founded with Nori.

Hveðrungr's Children (14432 words) by manic_intent
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Fíli/Kíli/Thorin Oakenshield, Fíli/Kíli
Summary: After the disastrous battle in Moria, Thorin has a bitter fight with his sister and sends her away to the Iron Hills. Years after her passing, he visits the mines of the Iron Hills, and realizes that there is far more for him there than just the memory of her ghost.

Fíli and Kíli live feral in the deep stone. This was slightly creepy and perfect.

Ghivashel (44244 words) by mdseiran
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: Bilbo Baggins/Thorin Oakenshield, Thorin Oakenshield & Smaug
Summary: The last thing Bilbo expects when he stays up late one night is company. The strange dwarf and his companion crash into his life and prove unexpected saviours. But the dwarf seems to think he will be joining them on their travels, and Bilbo has no such intentions.

Smaug's treasure and Thorin's gold lust take very different forms in this AU.

The Road Delivered Us Home (117430 words) by keelywolfe
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Bilbo Baggins/Thorin Oakenshield
Summary: In the years since Bilbo left Erebor, he has lost his respectability, gained a nephew, and gotten on with life at Bag End.

He'd left aside adventure for the comforts and peace of his little Hobbit hole, and for the love of a child who needed him. Though perhaps, adventures can yet find him.


I am out of words, so I will just say: faaaaaaaamily

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