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I have been working on making a second Hobbit reclist since last May /o\ This is not the One True Reclist because I gave up on that; instead, it's me shoving a bunch of stories in everyone's face with minimal commentary and organization. Sorry, y'all, it was the only way I was ever going to post this, and I really wanted to post this.

Before we start, here is part 1 and here is me flailing over my favorite story in the fandom right now from last year, but also possibly ever, at Best Thing Ever. I cannot recommend To Find Our Long Forgotten Gold by Wealhtheow21 enough, y'all. They're currently working on a sequel set in the Shire and there are even! more! feelings!!!! There are several sequels now, though only one is complete. The series is available here.

(I tried not to rec it again and I couldn't stop myself or bring myself to edit it out. I am probably overhyping it now but I do not even care.)

I had a specific request (hi [profile] maralenenok!) for Everybody Lives/Nobody Dies aka BotFA Fix-It fic, so this rec list will mostly be that. (Also it is my favorite type of Hobbit fic.) (Also I should warn you now that I mostly read Bilbo/Thorin AND the fandom mostly writes Bilbo/Thorin, so that is mostly what I will be recommending.)

BotFA Fix-It

The Hands of the King (18446 words) by Wealhtheow21
Chapters: 2/2
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Fíli & Kíli
Summary: Kili is reckless and accident-prone. Luckily, Fili has a peculiar gift for catching him when he falls.

So APPARENTLY Wealhtheow21's specialty is making me cry endless tears over Fíli & Kíli. This story, like To Find Our Long Forgotten Gold, is just...gah. Their Middle Earth feels right, to me, and their writing backs everything up.
TROPES: bros!, H/C, BotFA fix-it, magic


An Eye For Quality (85323 words) by Linelen
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Bilbo Baggins/Thorin Oakenshield
Summary: 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.


Foooooooound faaaaaaaaaaaaamily. I've been re-reading most of these as I write up the recs but I've already re-read this story AT LEAST four times and I do, sadly, have other things to do today.
TROPES: found family, rule 63, worms!fic, BotFA fix-it


Gardening (19721 words) by The Feels Whale
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Bilbo Baggins/Thorin Oakenshield
Summary: Bilbo Baggins arrived home late one afternoon in the middle of the week and the entire west Farthing is still talking about it.

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.


This is a great example of when a cracky premise leads to a hardly-cracky-at-all story. Dís has some great lines in this.
TROPES: Middle Earth reproduction headcanons, grieving, BotFA fix-it, kidfic


Home Behind and Home Ahead (5449 words) by Etharei
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Bilbo Baggins/Thorin Oakenshield
Summary: For as long as Frodo could remember, his beloved Uncle Bilbo was known around the Shire for his shocking habit of disappearing for long periods of time. Bilbo never told anybody where he was going or when he expected to be back, and didn't seem to care what other people thought of such disrespectable inconstancy.

This story makes me happy <3
TROPES: BotFA fix-it, kidfic


Erebor and Weeds (series, 46604 words) by leupagus
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Bilbo Baggins/Thorin Oakenshield, Kíli/Tauriel
Summary: Thorin and his Queen, after the recovery of Erebor.

Thorin's POV in this is wonderful. The main story is the last in the series; the others are prequels.
TROPES: rule 63, Middle Earth reproduction headcanons, BotFA fix-it, kidfic, old married bickering


On Adventures and Other Forms of Conduct Unbecoming of a Wizard (51538 words) by manic_intent
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Bilbo Baggins/Thorin Oakenshield
Summary: For as long as even the old Gaffer could remember there had been a wizard living in the hill at Bag End, overlooking the Shire. As wizards went, this one wasn't the wandering sort, always out to lure gentle folk out onto nasty adventures, or even the powerful kind, the sort that lived in high towers, reaching out into the ways of the world.

Bilbo is a wizard who's been living in the Shire pretty much since the War of Wrath, and he doesn't have any patience for Gandalf and his adventures. This story is delightful.
TROPES: BotFA fix-it


Something Blue (34026 words) by Lapin
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Bilbo Baggins/Thorin Oakenshield, Fíli/Ori
Summary: Thorin marries Bilbo after the Battle of Five Armies, a marriage of convenience, not love. Slowly, they must come to make the best of it, Bilbo resolves. After all, he's a Hobbit. They make the best of things.

This is all fake relationships, pining, misunderstandings, and politics. Lapin is great at writing stories with relationships that ache; all of the characters are very human, with attendant flaws. Something Blue is the first of several stories and the only one that's been completed. While the others don't have endings, I think they stand well as they are.
TROPES: fake relationships, miscommunication, pining, gardening, BotFA fix-it


The Empty Bellies Dining Society (8459 words) by sam_ptarmigan
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Bilbo Baggins/Dwalin, Dwalin/Thorin Oakenshield, Bilbo Baggins/Thorin Oakenshield, Bilbo Baggins/Dwalin/Thorin Oakenshield
Summary: Bilbo and Dwalin have two things in common: an appreciation for good meals and a case of unrequited love for a certain oblivious king. The only sensible thing to do is form a supper club.

There are some mouth-watering descriptions of food in this story. I'm hella tempted to make the potatoes as described by Dwalin.
TROPES: pining, BotFA fix-it, food porn (metaphorical)


too late for you and your white horse (1671 words) by waldorph
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Summary: Bilbo has been many things, but something to be kept has never been one of them.

This story is what I imagine a punch to the stomach is like: It aches (oh, does it ache) and it left me feeling like I couldn't quite catch my breath. This is technically a BotFA fix-it, but, well. You'll see.
TROPES: rule 63, kidfic, broken relationships


Modern AU

Here, There Be Dragons (44100 words) by bendingsignpost
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Graphic Depictions of Violence, Major Character Death
Relationships: Bilbo Baggins/Thorin Oakenshield
Summary: The day before, Thorin was everything Bilbo had wanted in a boyfriend. The day after, he's anything but. Discovering your boyfriend torturing a man in the basement tends to have that effect. Bagginshield Mafia AU.

Additional warnings from the tags include abusive relationship, eating disorder, suicidal thoughts, and dubious consent, among others. Please do heed the tags, as this story contains lots of potentially triggering content. This story hurts; it's basically H/C but without most of the comfort. It takes Thorin's behavior in the book and transposes it to a darker, modern timeline.
TROPES: mafia AU, broken relationships, angst, modern AU


A Shelter On Saturday (9237 words) by Tawabids
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Bilbo Baggins/Thorin Oakenshield, Dís/Canonical Husband
Summary: A family of dwarves have just moved into the hobbitish street where Bilbo Baggins has lived all his life. Desperate for a change of scene, he sets out to learn everything there is to know about Thorin Oakenshield in twenty-four hours.

He can’t pretend he’s just being neighbourly.


Modern AUs are actually not one of my favorite types of Hobbit fic because I want everything to be set in Middle Earth. I think that so much of the characters is bound up in their races and how they uphold or rebel against the weight of all that history and tradition, and most modern AUs just make Bilbo and Thorin shorter-than-average British men. However, this is a modern AU set in Middle Earth, and it's a lovely story, to boot.
TROPES: modern Middle Earth AU, kidfic


That's What You Get (For Waking Up in Vegas) (3237 words) by The Feels Whale
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Bilbo Baggins/Thorin Oakenshield
Summary: On the day after his thirty-third birthday Bilbo Baggins wakes up hung over, covered in glitter, and alone in a hotel room in the casino-riddled city of Bree. Seventeen years later a group of dwarrow insurgents break into his kitchen and kidnap him.

It’s not readily apparent, but these two events are not entirely unrelated.


Another great (and hilarious) modern AU set in Middle Earth.
TROPES: accidental marriage, humor, modern Middle Earth AU


Good Reasons Fail Us, One By One (3017 words) by Hlessi
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Bilbo Baggins/Thorin Oakenshield, Bilbo Baggins/Tauriel
Summary: To find each other again in the world remade is a blessing. Everyone knows that.

Trope inversion alert! This story hurts, oh my gosh.
TROPES: reincarnation, soulmates, broken relationships, angst, modern Middle Earth AU, rule 63


And everything else is going in Other

King and Dragonheart (65864 words) by manic_intent
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Bilbo Baggins/Thorin Oakenshield, Dwalin/Ori
Summary: "I want to go home," Myrtle wailed loudly the moment Bilbo picked his way up the gravel slope to the Ereborean dragon pens.

This is a Temeraire-esque dragonrider AU with A/B/O and it's AWESOME. Bilbo and his dragon Myrtle are ambassadors from the Shire to Erebor. Culture clash and misunderstandings ensue.
TROPES: Middle Earth reproduction headcanons, animal soulbonds, A/B/O


Suffer the Little Ones (48550 words) by Tawabids
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Summary: Lost in the wilderness after a goblin raid, young Fili and Kili survive against all odds to grow up semi-feral in the forest, while Thorin and their mother believe them dead.

More than a decade later, Thorin hears news of dwarves robbing local farms and captures the bandits, only to recognise his own nephews. Now laden with two unsocialised youths who have no knowledge of normal dwarf life, Thorin is faced with the impossible task of teaching them to trust him.


Tawabids does this thing where they make the Orcs an actual people, with motivations and traditions beyond "being evil." This doesn't mean that they're sweetness and light, but Orcs have an agency in Tawabids' fics that they're lacking in most others, and I think that's pretty cool. Fili's POV is told in second person.
TROPES:angst, H/C, feral children, pre-quest


A Light In Shadows (2026 words) by icarus_chained
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Bilbo Baggins & Elrond
Summary: After the Fellowship have set out, Elrond and Bilbo discuss rings, and kings, and things that are more important than treasures, no matter how wicked and lovely and persuasive they may be.

Awww, Bilbo ;____;


From One Age to Another (12118 words) by determamfidd
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Gimli/Legolas, Gimli & Glóin, Legolas & Thranduil
Summary: Upon their return to Eryn Lasgalen and Erebor respectively, Legolas and Gimli each have a new adornment. Their fathers would like an explanation.

(They're not going to like it.)


Gloin and Thranduil react to Gimli/Legolas. I love Gimli in this story.


greetings from hobbiton (8842 words) by screamlet
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Bilbo Baggins/Bofur
Summary: “Was our quest the only quest you ever intended to take? You returned, safe and sound, never to leave again?”

Bilbo takes a trip.


This is so great, SO GREAT. It's a funny, lighthearted story set some time after Bilbo's return to the Shire.

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