Here are some of my favourite Lord of the Rings stories.
Click on the author's name for the link to where the stories can be found on the net.

Warning: Description of the stories may contain spoilers.

Stories marked by a    are highly recommended.

I read a variety of pairings in this fandom but these are my favourites:


I read other pairings - anything, in fact, if it's recommended -
although I'm not so keen on the men/hobbit slash thing for some reason.
And I don't read dark pairings - Sauron, Saruman, orcs, Gollum, dark riders - at all.
Those sort of stories are usually too damned depressing for my taste.

I'm happy to supply a copy of any story that has no link supplied - by email on request.

BRANCHER:"They Say About Elves."
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Gimli POV.  Gimli and Legolas travel together and Gimli constantly expects Legolas to bed him and leave him in the fickle fashion of the elves.

You know what they say of the Elves, that they'll tumble you soon as look at you; seducers, coquettes, you'll wake with only a handful of leaves and a sweet taste in your mouth.  Well, I have traveled far and seen enough to give lie to many of the tales old Dwarf-dams tell in the mines of my youth. But still and all, I kept my eye on him. Legolas, a tall luminous shape in the edge of my vision; never far from me, a gleam of sunlight at my shoulder. And when the war was over, and he made good on his promise to travel with me, I knew what he was after. I thought I knew.

This story is recommended all over the web and rightly so - it's fabulous.   It's very well written, and it's both funny and sweet.  I adore it.

My original copy of this story has the title as it appears here. 
The copy I've linked to  has the title as: "They Say Of The Elves."
I have no idea why there is this slight difference in the titles!

KIELLE:"Blood And Warm Blankets."
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Humour (fannish parody).  Eomer and Farmair find themselves in the oldest slash cliche in the book: trapped in a cave overnight, a storm raging outside, and one of them injured - but not enough to prevent the possibility of them shagging each other into oblivioin <g>.

"This is going to end in sex, isn't it."

Eomer paused and glanced quizzically back over his shoulder. "That's a strange thing to say. What brought that on?"

"Oh come now, can't you see we've been cornered by every cliché in the figurative book?" Faramir shifted the blanket around his bare shoulders and held up one hand, ticking off fingers. "We're stranded in the middle of nowhere, alone, after dark, in a storm. We've taken shelter in a small cave, our clothes are soaked so we have to strip them off, we're probably going to 'have to share body heat to survive the night,' and let's not even get into the fact that last beast tore my arm wide open--"

"Tsk. It's not that bad, and you're being paranoid."

"I am not. I'm bleeding like a stuck pig. I'm going to be in bad shape unless you bind it up, and where there's wound-binding in isolated caves there is always, and I do mean always, sex before sunrise. Count on that. I'm the one who knows how to read, remember. Happens all the time."

This is a funny story that explores the various possible pairings between the two as Faramir and Eomer quizz each other about their love lives.   I enjoyed it thoroughly.

LOUP, CARA J: Five Elements Series: "Water."
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This is the first story of a 5 part series that  deals with the journey that Sam and Frodo take together in The Lord of the Rings.  I love all these stories but my favourites would have to be "Water" and "Earth".

1. Water; 63 kb
2. Fire; 64 kb
3. Shadow; 49 kb
4. Air; 113 kb
5. Earth. 59 kb

Leaving Lothlorien, Sam's dislike and fear of water is apparent - and something is very wrong with Frodo. 

Silence wrapped thick around him, sucking at the throb of heartbeat in his ears till that, too, was gone. He opened his eyes wide. Pure as glass, the water brimmed in every direction, and right above him swam a dreamy dazzle of the sun. He watched, half-reaching as it spun out into blinding threads. Safe inside a mystery that would drown him.

Very nicely handled re-write of Sam's near-drowning.  Lovely language.  Delicate depiction of Sam's feelings for Frodo.   Cara J. Loup is, in my opinion, one of the best writers in this fandom, and she continues to write wonderfully lyrical stories with excellent characterisation that involve me emotionally - everything that I look for in my fanfiction.

TIAMATSCHILD:"Walking The Deep."
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Pippin, on the eve of the Battle of Minas Tirith, remembers a moment from his childhood.

He still remembers how green and smooth and golden the world had seemed as he kicked carefully, beginning to glide upward unhindered. It was such a long way away, that lovely sunlight glimmer that was the surface and all around him was nothing but green, just green, sliding around his skin and through his hair.

This is a lovely little snippet: short but powerfully evocative.