So yeah, people have been asking me for more fic recs. And what can I say, I have difficulty finding good fics, so how can I deny people a list? Every fic here is my favourite, but my favourite-favourties are marked with **. Here you have it folks!
Yeah, we love pain in this fandom for some reason… can’t quite figure out why. Here, have some fics that are beautiful, but hurt worse than BoFA!
Hollow** by shinigami714- "Hobbits on average eat six, sometimes seven meals a day. Bilbo struggles with eating drastically less than this while on the journey to Erebor and at the same time does not wish to show his weakness."
but oh, my heart was flawed** by lacking- "Thorin hopes the story of his life will not be told as a tragedy. And as he looks back on it all, watching for glimpses of sky through the swaying flap of his tent, it’s finally become clear to him that there was never another way for this to end."
Prayers to Broken Stone** by avelera- ““Sleeping on a dragon’s hoard with greedy, dragonish thoughts in his heart, he had become a dragon himself.” – The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, by C.S. Lewis
Twisted by the effects of dragon sickness, Thorin banishes not only Bilbo but the entire company from Erebor. Days pass with no word from their missing leader and, fearing the effects the gold may have on the other dwarves, Bilbo decides to enter the mountain alone in search of Thorin.
What he finds may not be Thorin for much longer.
Or: In which dragon sickness is very, very literal, and Bilbo must save Thorin from himself.”
hands too small to hold it** by sparklyslug(slylilgoblin)- "the basic fact is that Bilbo doesn’t look as old as he should. Easy to forget when surrounded by those who live into their 300s during times of peace. But Gandalf has reminded them all, curse him.
Because Thorin might survive the Battle of Five Armies, and Bilbo might stay in Erebor. But eventually the ring must be dealt with. Much as Thorin doesn’t want it to be.”
An Ode to Broken Things by wizards_pupil- “ “Thorin, I have a weak heart. It has trouble pumping enough blood through my body. That’s why I’m always so low on energy. And…” Bilbo swallowed, forcibly keeping his eyes on the flickering flames. Thorin wasn’t moving by his side. “And it’s failing. There are healers in Greenwood who have gifts for mending hearts, but there isn’t much chance it will work. I haven’t been very responsive to any other methods, and… Well… I don’t have very long.” Bilbo dropped his eyes to his hands. He’d ripped the four-leaf clover Bofur had given him. It seemed horribly symbolic of his life.
Headed to Greenwood to see the healer Thranduil, Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey hitch a ride with thirteen dwarves headed to Erebor.
Bilbo had hoped it would be like the adventures he read. That there would be orcs, sword fights, torture, revenge, trolls, chases, or escapes.
He had never expected miracles or true love.”
Skin-Gold by Tawabids-"Bilbo gives a little laugh. “I thought it was a… a story for children. ‘Don’t strike a good fellow in anger’, my mother used to say,” he clears his throat and steps closer to Thorin, “because those who die badly will return until they have taken their revenge. They will return as dragons, and dragons have keen eyes, and will always find you no matter where you hide."
In the end, dragons are more useful in a battle than hobbits - but you have to lose one to get the other.”
But I Will Hold(As Long As You Like)** by scarecrowqueen- "Circumstances had not allowed him time to address his failures as both King and friend to the Hobbit that had been as stalwart and courageous as any dwarf who’d ever stood by him. Without the chance to speak his apologies to the burglar in life, Thorin had settled for carving them into the casket itself; the Khuzdul runes pressing forever into Bilbo’s small back as if to write his penitence onto the Hobbit’s very bones in death. It feels like a hopeless gesture, however sincere it had been; after all, what use at all were words carved in stone to the dead?
Bilbo dies in the Battle of Five Armies. The Durin’s live. All the regret in the world won’t keep the dead resting peacefully though, as Thorin is soon to learn.”
Smoke In The Night by authoressjean-“"It was funny, he mused. He had fourteen guests, fourteen old and dear friends, and yet he’d never felt so lonely before in his life."
Bilbo wakes to a time and place he had never expected to see, or live, again, with familiar faces that hold no memory of him. All the lies ahead of him is the choice: to go with them on the journey only he knows of, or to stay in Hobbiton and try to find a different life. One without the dwarf who doesn’t remember their friendship, their affections.
Bilbo’s had harder choices to make before. He’s certain of it. But none seem harder than this choice he has to make now.
Burning with a Magnificent Madness** by EmilianaDarling-"Thorin’s madness had been like a dam bursting; fast and brutal and incomprehensible, like water rushing out and devastating everything in its path.
For Bilbo, it’s more like a slow trickle over the course of a lifetime. Out of sight and out of mind - and almost imperceptible until he’s already drowning”
A Fertile Garden** by Salvia_G-"Thorin loses his dignity, gaining something more valuable in the process. Bilbo waxes lyrical about peaches, among other things."
This ain’t no night to be on your own** by muse_at_dawn-"Based on a prompt: Bilbo rides Thorin while being invisible and Thorin doesn’t know about the ring and doesn’t understand the fuck’s happening. But he likes it." (note: don’t judge this one by the description. it sounds like a cracky smutty thing, but it’s actually beautifully written angst and smut. read it and you’ll see what i mean.)
Grasshopper by shinigami714- "Hobbits are one of the softer creatures of Middle Earth. They have no qualms with their emotions and enjoy the simple things in life, like romance and love. Dwarven customs differ greatly, their emotions often kept on the inside. What happens when the two mix?"
Well that hurt. Now, let’s let our gay shorties be happy for a while. Here’s the feel-good kind of stories.
Making Amends** by Winter_of_our_discontent-"Hobbits place great value on social harmony. In fact, they’ve developed some… unique… cultural practices to help everyone get along.
Of course, no one told Thorin Oakenshield that.”
Before I Stumble Homeward by lacking- "In which Thorin is left slightly more injured after his confrontation with Azog. The fever sets in, the journey continues on, and a bond is formed."
Firmament by Lee_Whimsy- "Bilbo, more or less by accident, had become a collector of rings. Gollum’s ring he kept in his pocket, safely hidden away, but another he wore—never mind that it was far too large, and always slipping off his finger.
“It suits you,” Thorin said, and took Bilbo’s hands in his. “There. Now you hold all that is dear to me.””
Hazy Shades of Summer** by Chamelaucium-"Bilbo made a soft noise as he brought his hand up to his mouth - if Thorin hadn’t known better he’d have said he was stifling a laugh - and stared at Thorin in amusement. ‘You don’t know…’
Thorin stiffened and tried to look haughty, although the effect was rather ruined by the crimson blush gracing his cheeks. ‘Don’t know what, burglar?’
Bilbo didn’t even seem upset by the use of ‘burglar’ again. Instead he - he laughed! Thorin couldn’t deny that he enjoyed the sound of that laugh very much - too much - but he maintained his stony composure as Bilbo’s shoulders shook in suppressed mirth.
'You didn't… You didn't hear about hobbits,' he said.
'I don't believe there's much to hear.'
Of course, that is where Thorin was completely wrong.”
Gargalesis by aurorealis-“"Dwarves aren’t ticklish at all but Hobbits are really ticklish. Thorin finds out and proceeds to tickle Bilbo until he’s wheezing and crying with laughter. ""
On The Pull by Heyerette-"While in Lake-Town, Thorin acquires an injury that forces him to stay in bed. Making him remain in the same is a task not for the faint-hearted."
The Sound of the Deep Ground by Amledo-"While on the journey, Bilbo becomes increasingly annoyed that the Dwarves seem to ignore him or talk like he isn’t there. What he doesn’t know is that he shouldn’t be able to hear them and that his strange attraction to Thorin has something to do with it. Contains Thilbo and Fili/Kili"
Our lives to Make by ShaneAndrew-"Bilbo must venture the long road back to the Shire to see his newborn nephew, leaving Thorin to rule over Erebor. But when word reaches him mid-travel that Frodo has been orphaned, he knows he cannot go back to the Lonely Mountain alone.
What will Thorin say when Bilbo returns with his nephew in tow, when he’s lost his own kin so recently?”
Riddle Me This** by redcarrigan-"Bilbo loves riddles, Thorin hates games."
By the fire** by Comedia-"Bilbo is appropriately surprised the first time Thorin sits down next to him by the fire, but as time passes it becomes a habit for them. Always sitting together, often smoking, they spend many nights talking about everything from Bilbo’s gardening to dwarvish tattoos. While not being entirely aware of it themselves, their relationship slowly but steadily changes."
Time for some hobbit on dwarf action, don’t y’all think? Here’s smut!
Planted a Seed by diemarysues-"Thorin put his mouth close to Bilbo’s ear. “My plans involve pressing you down onto the green grass, with your heels on my shoulders and my fingers in your –”"
Out for Tea** by evek- "Prompt: Thorin is a CEO, Bilbo an intern, a very cute and distracting intern. The two have worked in the same office building for 6 years, and Thorin is sexually frustrated because Bilbo obliviously flirts with Thorin, not even realizing the effect he is having on the older man. So, after one meeting, Thorin has had enough and bends Bilbo over the desk and smut."
Footfalls by emmyxogast-"From the kink meme, the prompt requested femslash/genderbender
Or alternatively, fem!Thorin not being able to resist fem!Bilbo with her curly hair and soft curves.”
I’m Not a Burglar, You’re Not a Whore(wip) by clearbluewater- "What if Thorin was first instead of last to Bag End? And what if Bilbo had been expecting someone completely different?
Bilbo Baggins may be a bachelor, but he still has needs. He has been corresponding with someone from Bree, and they have arranged a meeting at Bag End. Only when Bilbo opens the door, he hadn’t thought his partner was a dwarf. Or quite so handsome.
Or, that one where Bilbo mistakes Thorin for his hookup and Thorin isn’t quite sure what to make of his prospective burglar propositioning him for sex. Misunderstandings are had, hair beads are lost, and Gandalf is left wondering how those two could fuck things up quite so badly before the quest even starts.”
Ori tells a story** by sra_danvers-"Thorin hired Ori as fanfiction scribe for the Company; fanfic to be read aloud at the fireside as entertainment on the journey. Bilbo’s interpretation of scribe is rather different & far more traditional, so he is initially scandalised & ultimately titillated as the fics are read out. Especially as the quest progresses & he becomes the subject of more than a few of Ori’s stories!”(the title and the description are a bit decieving, but this has one of the hottest pieces of smut in the fandom)
Terms and Conditions by clawswrites-"In which, Bilbo is expected to please Thorin and, although unexpected, he can’t say he’s completely unaffected by the turn of events. Bagginsheild smut. AU.
In reflection, Bilbo Baggins knew he probably should have read the small print of his contract. At the time, he had been completely distracted by the list of injuries that he may or may not receive by participating in this adventure. Any reasonable hobbit would be put off by the word ‘incineration’, so he really couldn’t be blamed.”
These are just what they say. AU. Brilliant, wonderful AU.
Adventures, and how to Pen them by evilnira-"AU/ Bilbo Baggins is a wealthy writer who’s only adventures have been the books he’s penned. Perturbed his friend only writes tales of adventure, Gandalf decides a little meddling is in order. Thorin Oakenshield is brought into the picture, a renowned traveler and photographer, has lived the adventures Bilbo could only imagine and wants nothing more that one of his own to be written. Now the only thing stopping a good Adventure is the small part about travelling the world for it, and Bilbo absolutely refuses the preposterous idea… well, if he did, there wouldn’t be a story, would there?"
The Fairy tale killer by silverneko9lives0-"When little girls start dying in what appears to be unrelated accidents and murders, the last thing Seattle PD expected was to be recruited in a task force with FBI Agent William “Bilbo” Baggins who claims that the murders are done by the Fairy Tale Killer."
How the West Was Won and Where it got us by stickman-"Bilbo is a harried 1st year British literature Ph.D. (early 20th century fiction) who happens to have an interest in spatial narrative structures, a lack of time-management skills, and a tiny apartment with a lot of books and very little furniture. He’s stressed, always, and doesn’t quite know where he belongs. He tells himself that really, this is, in fact, what he wants to be doing. But sometimes, as much as he loves books, he gets an urge to do something with his hands.
Thorin is a disgruntled M.Arch. 1 in his last year who can’t be arsed to shave and frightens his students, and, frankly, his profs, but his work is top-notch so no one can really say much. They can, however, bully him into running a hands-on design workshop on Saturday mornings, which is complete crap, because he’s used to drinking his Friday nights into oblivion so showing up at Milstein at 7:45 the next morning and trying to teach in a room of wall-to-wall windows as the sun rises is not at the top of his list. Besides, no one ever shows up.
Except one morning, someone does.”
Pride and Prejudice(or, the wooing of Bilbo Baggins) by clockworkgirl1221-"What if The Hobbit was really an early 19th century romance novel?
Or, The Hobbit meets Pride and Prejudice.”
Bordeline Harassement, probably** by lindoreda-"Thorin is the most exciting thing to happen to Bilbo in a long time, and all he does is sit in the library and read. But it takes a special kind of person to tackle The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, and Bilbo is determined to find out how special."
You’re the only thing I want to see by authoressjean-"You’d think after dating someone for two years you’d know almost everything about them.
And then Bilbo finds out that his boyfriend, multi-millionaire author extraordinaire, has glasses. Thorin wears glasses.
And it’s a very appealing image.”
Beard wars by Bernie_N-““I kissed him! I touched his beard- oh my God.”
Bilbo’s in a bit of a daze.
“What was it like?” Bard asks, looking morbidly curious about the whole thing.
“It was so soft, Bard. Like cotton!” Bilbo can’t even cope with this right now.”
Durin’s league** by hobbitgrl-"When the mysterious Durin’s League takes the national spotlight in the battle against the super-powered villains of the Smaug Corporation Bilbo Baggins doesn’t think much of it. At least not until Thorin Oakenshield crashes through her living room wall and Gandalf tells her she’s their only hope."
idylls of the king by tuesdaymoon-"written for a prompt on hobbit_kink: Thorin a single parent/uncle, Bilbo babysits. Fili and Kili are a handful. Essentially NANNY AU where Thorin is a perturbed Detective Inspector navigating through life."
A Spoonful of Sugar by Bernie_N-"Thorin the baker may or may not have fallen in love with the golden-haired man who walks past his store each morning."
An Unexpected Proposal** by Eareniel-“As Bilbo sat smoking in his empty hobbit hole, he couldn’t help but wonder – when did his life become so boring? Or better yet – when did his old life stop being enough?
He suspected the answer to that question lay somewhere around the time when he had refused Thorin Oakenshield’s offer of marriage.”
hope you guys like this list, took me forever to make(though not as long as writing the fics, i’d reckon. fanfic authors are amazing)
this one is less categorized than the last list, and the reason for this is because i have lots of things to do, and am really busy, so it’s a bit more rushed than the last time. so sorry.