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New challenge: Set in Lórien
Lothlorien illustration by Greg and Tim Hildebrandt


Here's a challenge we've never done before! Here's a challenge we haven't done since 2004! Please rec a fic good Lord of the Rings fic (or several) set in the forest of Lothlórien and which was not recommended in the previous Lórien challenge. This might be from the Fellowship's time there after Moria but could also take place at any other time in the history of Middle-earth – any genre, pairing, rating, etc. If you'd like to talk about a longer fic that has some significant scenes set in Lórien, that's good too, just be sure to mention it in the rec.

Under the cut are links to the recs from the previous Lórien challenge from September of 2004. Amazingly, all the story links are still good.

Previous Lórien recs

-The Mill in the Mirror by eyebrowofdoom, recommended by mordelhin

-Betwixt Stone and Tree by elwenlj, recommended by shirebound

-The Wind in the Wish by Cara J. Loup, recommended by blackbird_song

-If I Were Queen Of The Forest by Halrloprillalar, recommended by semielliptical

-Mind Games by teawith, recommended by blackbird_song

-Visions by mirabellawotr, recommended by elanorgardner

Please copy and paste this text into your comment and include as much information as you can:

<b>Title of fic:</b>
<b>Author name:</b>
<b>URL link to story:</b>
<b>Warning(s):</b>
<b>Rating:</b>
<b>Pairing/Main characters:</b>
<b>Complete or WIP:</b>
<b>Reason for reccing:</b>



This challenge will run through the end of July and you can rec as many fics as you like, just please start a new comment thread for each one. Once you've recced a fic by another author you can rec one of your own if you'd like.

I had not known before today that the name Lothlórien means Dreamflower, so I would like to make a shoutout to our own dreamflower02 who's helped out by contributing so many recs here over the years. Thanks to all of you, old faithful and newbies, for sharing your recs with the rest of us. Hope you enjoy this round.

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claudia603 From: claudia603 Date: July 4th, 2009 03:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Title of fic: Safe For While
Author name: mordelhin
URL link to story: http://community.livejournal.com/lotr_sesa/5031.html
Warning(s): none
Rating: Adult
Pairing/Main characters: Frodo/Aragorn
Complete or WIP: Complete
Reason for reccing: It was lovely and hot and healing, and it just hits all my Frodo and Aragorn in Lorien kinks!

Edited at 2009-07-04 03:53 pm (UTC)
claudia603 From: claudia603 Date: July 4th, 2009 03:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Title of fic: Chapter 1 of Little One
Author name: baranduin
URL link to story: http://community.livejournal.com/baranduinfics/4658.html
Warning(s): some possible consensual issues at some points in the story if you squint enough for that
Rating: Adult
Pairing/Main characters: Frodo/Boromir
Complete or WIP: Complete
Reason for reccing: This story is sad and dark, but I'm focusing on the first chapter here because it's the part that takes place in Lorien. It's "old school" interspecies, and Baranduin captures the essence of two equal and pained characters.
claudia603 From: claudia603 Date: July 4th, 2009 04:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Title of fic: No Stain
Author name: lilybaggins
URL link to story: http://horizontalfrodo.livejournal.com/6415.html
Warning(s): None
Rating: Adult
Pairing/Main characters: Frodo/Boromir
Complete or WIP: Complete
Reason for reccing: A bittersweet and poignant moment between Frodo and Boromir in a place of rest.
claudia603 From: claudia603 Date: July 4th, 2009 04:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Title of fic: The Green Hill
Author name: baranduin
URL link to story: http://community.livejournal.com/baranduinfics/20655.html
Warning(s): None
Rating: Gen
Pairing/Main characters: Frodo, Aragorn (no slash)
Complete or WIP: Complete
Reason for reccing: This is one of my favorite gen ficlets of all time. Just beautiful and moving, and in so few words captures the canon friendship between Frodo and Aragorn.
claudia603 From: claudia603 Date: July 4th, 2009 04:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Title of fic: Permission Given
Author name: Aeneus
URL link to story: http://www.libraryofmoria.com/frodohaldir/permissiongiven.txt
Warning(s): kink, non-con
Rating: Adult
Pairing/Main characters: Frodo/Haldir
Complete or WIP: Complete
Reason for reccing: This is pure kink. I'm not reccing this for the stellar writing or beautiful handling of canon relationships. It's completely wrong and it's hot (I'm PRETTY sure this was the one that Sophie was thinking of...)
claudia603 From: claudia603 Date: July 4th, 2009 04:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

Self-rec

Title of fic: A Tumble in the Mud
Author name: claudia603
URL link to story: http://thelastship.org/eFiction331/viewstory.php?sid=208&chapter=1
Warning(s): None
Rating: Adult
Pairing/Main characters: Frodo/Aragorn
Complete or WIP: Complete
Reason for reccing: It's my own PWP in Lorien fic! Yay for Frodo and Aragorn getting some leisure time! :)
seven_of_velvet From: seven_of_velvet Date: July 10th, 2009 03:37 am (UTC) (Link)

First new member rec! w00t!

Title of fic: Musings in the Dark
Author name: Carole
URL link to story: http://libraryofmoria.com/aragorndenethor/musingsinthedark.txt
Warning(s): m/m slash, off-camera BDSM, mixing of book and film canon, slutty!kinky!conflicted!Aragorn, manipulative!Gandalf, crazy!Arwen
Rating: NC17
Pairing/Main characters: Aragorn/Boromir, Aragorn/Denethor, Aragorn/Arwen
Complete or WIP: Complete, one-shot
Reason for reccing: Dark, complex, mysterious and hot. This masterfully written 7300-word story takes place during the Fellowship's rest in Lothlorien. It consists of Aragorn's internal dialogue with Gandalf, and Aragorn's reminiscences of his own experiences and Gandalf's guidance over the years. Carole skilfully weaves Aragorn's fears, concerns, and memories of the distant and not-so-distant past in and out among his recounting of the evening just spent with Boromir. The plot of this story hinges - twice - on an author-invented detail of the social and sexual customs of Gondor. Those who like their smut liberally laced with hefty doses of authentic detail and/or political intrigue will be in heaven. The author's summary on the Library of Moria page reads:

'And poor Aragorn? Agreeing one more time with his all-knowing
mentor that a bit of whoring on the part of the heir of kings was just the thing to stave off the downfall of the West?'

--Seven


elanorgardner From: elanorgardner Date: July 21st, 2009 12:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: First new member rec! w00t!

Welcome new member! And thanks for the rec!
dreamflower02 From: dreamflower02 Date: July 22nd, 2009 01:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Title of fic: Sparks of Hope
Author name: the_arc5
URL link to story: http://community.livejournal.com/lotr_community/26286.html
Warnings: n/a
Rating: G
Pairing/characters Legolas, Pippin
Complete or WIP Complete
Reason: There are very few stories which examine the relationship of Pippin and Legolas. This is so stunning in its simplicity, as a grieving Legolas seeks to comfort a grieving Pippin. His perceptions of the small mortal are Elven and surprising--to himself as much as to the reader. The prose is lush and evocative, and the whole makes a beautiful vignette. I love the volatility of Pippin's reactions contrasted against Legolas' more introspective grief, and the way Pippin is able to shift his mood on an instant. The story was written for a challenge which had to show the interaction between two characters, one old and one young-- and this fits the bill perfectly.


Edited at 2009-07-22 02:05 am (UTC)
dreamflower02 From: dreamflower02 Date: July 22nd, 2009 02:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Title of fic: Beyond the Mountain Passes
Author name: Thundera Tiger
URL link to story: http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterview.asp?sid=6210&cid=26549
Warnings: n/a
Rating: PG
Pairing/characters Legolas, Gimli
Complete or WIP Complete
Reason: Every now and then, a story comes along that fills a gap I had never even considered as existing. And then I read it, and think "Of course! This had to have happened! Of course Legolas and Gimli had to make that decision!"

What decision? Why, whether to continue with the Fellowship or to turn to their own homes! After all, it's what Elrond had said at the beginning of the Quest-- that the two were not obliged to continue on.

And now I would have difficulty imagining it taking place in any other way: that the two of them would go apart in Lorien, and come to the decision together. Thundera Tiger has one of the surest hands with the Legolas and Gimli friendship I have ever seen, and this just proves it all over again.

dreamflower02 From: dreamflower02 Date: July 22nd, 2009 02:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Title of fic: The Care and Feeding of Hobbits: Lesson 8, Hobbit resiliency and good nature
Author name: Baylor
URL link to story: http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterview.asp?sid=221&cid=887
Warnings: n/a
Rating: G
Pairing/characters Boromir, Frodo, Merry
Complete or WIP Complete
Reason: Baylor's "Care and Feeding" was one of the first fics I read, and to this day remains near the top of my all-time favorites list. A series of ficlets that can stand alone or be read together, it shows Boromir's observations of the hobbits with whom he travels. In this one, set in Lorien, he is awash in his own grief and despair over the loss of Gandalf, when he observes Merry and Frodo, comforting one another in a most hobbity fashion as they share their fondest memories of Gandalf.
dreamflower02 From: dreamflower02 Date: July 22nd, 2009 02:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Title of fic: Leaving Lórien
Author name: Shirebound
URL link to story: http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterlistview.asp?SID=330
Warnings: n/a
Rating: G
Pairing/characters The Fellowship
Complete or WIP Complete
Reason: While Shirebound is usually known for her fluff, her serious stories are always filled with insight about the characters. In this set of interior monologues, we see the thoughts of each surviving member of the Fellowship as they prepare to leave Lothlorien. She has their voices down beautifully, as we see the grief, cares, concerns and fears that weigh them down, as they prepare to leave their Elven sanctuary.
dreamflower02 From: dreamflower02 Date: July 22nd, 2009 02:13 am (UTC) (Link)

Title of fic: Eight Elven Cloaks
Author name: Virtuella
URL link to story: http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterlistview.asp?SID=5992
Warnings: n/a
Rating: G
Pairing/characters Galadriel, the Fellowship, several OFCs
Complete or WIP Complete
Reason: Every now and again an author finds a gap that needs filling that I never even knew *needed* filling. I'd not thought much about those Elven cloaks gifted to the Fellowship, though we are told they were woven by the hands of Galadriel's own maidens. In this lovely story, we see each weaver at her work, and learn of the blessings that were woven in for each particular wearer. A beautiful story full of insight.
dreamflower02 From: dreamflower02 Date: July 22nd, 2009 02:30 am (UTC) (Link)

Self-rec

Title of fic: That Song
Author name: Dreamflower
URL link to story: http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterview.asp?sid=3593&cid=17160
Warnings: n/a
Rating: G
Pairing/characters the Fellowship
Complete or WIP Complete
Reason: Because I had such a blast writing this bit of silliness, as Pippin and Legolas plot together to infect everyone they know with a particularly annoying earworm. I was fortunate in having the co-operation of Ithildin who very nicely provided me with the Sindarin for the story. It was fun to write, and it still gives me a giggle.
From: top_hatted_girl Date: August 1st, 2009 06:10 am (UTC) (Link)
Title of fic: Blossom.
Author name: The inestimable mirabellawotr.
URL link to story: http://www.houseofhobbits.com/Rfics/Blossom.html.
Warning(s): Nudity, mild sexual content.
Rating: PG-13.
Pairing/Main characters: Frodo/Sam.
Complete or WIP: Complete.
Reason for reccing: It's so sweet... but despite some fluffiness, the author lends a wistfulness and beauty to the short piece that would have been missing in the hands of a lesser writer.
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