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New challenge: Yule/Holiday
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Happy Solstice and Happy Hanukkah, everyone, and Merry Christmas from Elanor and me.

As we do every year, we're bringing back the Yule Challenge, which will be open for the next two weeks: please recommend a good Lord of the Rings story -- either FP or RP -- that focuses on the mid-winter (or Southern Hemisphere mid-summer) holidays and that hasn't been recced in previous years. This can be any genre, any rating.

Recommend as many fics as you like, starting a new comment thread for each for easier linking. As with other recent challenges, if you'd like you can recommend one of your own fics once you've recced something by someone else.

We'd be especially interested to see recommendations from fest fics that are going up this week. If the authors are anonymous at the moment, maybe you can come back and add in their names later (or maybe I can). Post your recommendation as a comment on THIS entry please.


Previous "Yule/Holiday" Recommendations

"Making Merry, merry" by grey_wonderer recommended by shirebound

"Yuletide, After the Scouring of the Shire" by maripo5a recommended by dreamflower02

"Concerning Ladders" by grey_wonderer recommended by dreamflower02

"Recidivism" by veuki recommended by crooked_halo8

"How Lovely Are Thy Branches" by Pip of acroamatica recommended by crooked_halo8 (Invalid story URL)

"In the Shire Reckoning: 1423: Yuletide Gone Awry" by thuri recommended by blackbird_song

"Sense" by eyebrowofdoom recommended by westmoon

"Magic and Mischief" by Bill the Pony recommended by wordsworthy

"Chosen" by rabidsamfan recommended by lame_pegasus

"The Memory Game" by pickledmushroom recommended by melandry

"The Perfect Gift" by melanieathene recommended by melandry

"The Six Days of Yuletide" by Findegil recommended by melandry

"One Kiss" by serai1 recommended by estelanui -- Additional link for story

"Gaining On The Real Thing" by puddle_took recommended by capra_maritimus

"Something To Be Thankful For" by lindelea1 recommended by lame_pegasus

"Winter Kept Us Warm" by apple_pi recommended by capra_maritimus

"Sixty Seconds" by apple_pi recommended by capra_maritimus

"Twelve Days of Yule" by igraine1419 recommended by Nimue

"Oh, Christmas Tree, Oh, Christmas Tree!" by hanarobi recommended by sophinisba

"Hanging In the Balance" by pippinmctaggart recommended by capra_maritimus

"I'll Be Home For Christmas, If Only in My Dreams" by princessofg recommended by sophinisba

"Last Yule in Halabor" by Soledad recommended by dreamflower02

"A Yuletide Carol" by Casseopeia recommended by frodosweetstuff

"A Yuletide to Remember" by beatriceorme recommended by frodosweetstuff

"Yuletide in Buckland" by elderberrywine recommended by frodosweetstuff

"A gift from the heart" by annwyn55 recommended by frodosweetstuff

"The Boon" by lbilover recommended by frodosweetstuff

"A Woodpile of Trouble" by elycia recommended by estelanui

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And for those of us who like to see the original recommendations in the original post format -

Yule/Holiday Rec Challenge - Dec 2004
Yule/Holiday Rec Challenge - Dec 2005
Yule/Holiday Rec Challenge – Dec 2006
Yule/Holiday Rec Challenge – Dec 2007


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capra_maritimus From: capra_maritimus Date: December 22nd, 2008 05:30 am (UTC) (Link)

FYI

http://veuki.livejournal.com/95173.html
Recidivism link works fine.
sophinisba From: sophinisba Date: December 22nd, 2008 05:56 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: FYI

Thanks! The original link for Magic and Mischief was also good so I'm not sure what's up with that, but now "How Lovely Are Thy Branches" seems to be gone. *shakes fist at internets*
splix From: splix Date: December 22nd, 2008 05:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Title: Holding Hands
Author name: kittylass
URL link to story: http://kittylass.livejournal.com/25457.html
Warning(s): None
Rating: PG
Pairing(s)/Main characters: Sean Bean/Orlando Bloom
Complete or WIP: Complete
Reason: It's short, gentle, effortlessly told, and very, very sweet without being saccharine. I like the way Sean and Orli are depicted - slightly boyish, a bit bashful, and quietly affectionate.
splix From: splix Date: December 22nd, 2008 05:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Title: Mettarë
Author name: caras_galadhon
URL link to story: http://caras-galadhon.livejournal.com/233516.html
Warning(s): None
Rating: PG
Pairing(s)/Main characters: Aragorn/Boromir
Complete or WIP: Complete
Reason: Her summary: The Fellowship marks Yule in Rivendell.
I read this long before I was involved in LOTR fandom. It touched my heart then, and I've read it many, many times since, and it never fails to move me. The characters and atmosphere feel so true, the language is beautiful and haunting, and the deceptively simple story opens worlds of emotion.
dreamflower02 From: dreamflower02 Date: January 4th, 2009 03:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Title of fic: Five Turnings of the Year
Author name: Dana
URL link to story: http://danae-b.livejournal.com/7051.html#cutid1
Warnings: none
Rating: G
Pairing/characters Frodo, Merry, Pippin, Sam, Rose, Elanor
Complete or WIP complete
Reason: Five drabbles, five Yules: before the Quest, during the Quest, and the three following the Quest. I think what pulls my heartstrings most about these is Pippin's care and efforts for others, to see that they have a special time.
dreamflower02 From: dreamflower02 Date: January 4th, 2009 03:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Title of fic: Three Turnings of the Year
Author name: RubyNye
URL link to story: http://rubynye.livejournal.com/226225.html
Warnings: Hints of het, slash, femslash, and nonmonogamy, talk of the Troubles, some angst, some joy.
Rating: PG-13
Pairing/characters Pervinca Took (Pervinca/Sam, Everard/Pervinca, Pervinca/Marigold, Pervinca/OFC)
Complete or WIP Complete
Reason: Ruby's Pervinca is, well, not exactly fickle--for she remains fond of a good many people--but she *is* adventurous, as befits her Tookish heritage. These three vignettes, dealing with three different Yules, show both her light-hearted side as well as her thoughtful side. The first one, with Sam, will make you smile. And the last one will make you sniffle. Beautifully done.
dreamflower02 From: dreamflower02 Date: January 4th, 2009 03:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Title of fic: A Special Yule
Author name: Lily the Hobbit
URL link to story: http://lily-the-hobbit.livejournal.com/317993.html
Warnings: N/A
Rating: G
Pairing/characters Merimac Brandybuck/OFC
Complete or WIP Complete
Reason: A very sweet story about Merimac and his wife Adamanta. Lily has really fleshed out the character of Saradoc's brother, and made him into a three-dimensional person, rather than a mere name on the family tree. In this sweet story we get to see just what a wonderful husband he is.
dreamflower02 From: dreamflower02 Date: January 4th, 2009 03:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Title of fic: Frodo Lad: the Light of Yule
Author name: Mews1945
URL link to story: http://community.livejournal.com/hobbit_holidays/20823.html#cutid1
Warnings: N/A
Rating: G
Pairing/characters Frodo, Sam, Bilbo, others
Complete or WIP Complete
Reason: This is a delightfully gentle story of Frodo's first Yule at Bag End. I love this warm prose, and the sweetness of young Frodo's nature in this.
dreamflower02 From: dreamflower02 Date: January 4th, 2009 03:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Title of fic: Where the Love Light Gleams
Author name: Lindelea
URL link to story: http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterlistview.asp?SID=4380
Warnings: N/A
Rating: G
Pairing/characters Pippin, various OCs
Complete or WIP Complete
Reason: Thain Peregrin sends his cousin Ferdibrand off on a special Yule Quest. Will he EVER get home for the holidays? Very funny!
dreamflower02 From: dreamflower02 Date: January 4th, 2009 03:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

Self-rec

Title of fic: Brandy Hall at First Yule, S.R. 1388
Author name: Dreamflower
URL link to story: http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterview.asp?sid=3043&cid=17054
Warnings: N/A
Rating: G
Pairing/characters Frodo, Merry, Bilbo, various Brandybucks
Complete or WIP Complete
Reason: I just love to write young Frodo and little Merry, and I enjoyed writing this little challenge for hobbit_ficathon in which I had to work the names of holiday songs into the story.
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