Another interesting suggestion for a challenge from faramir_boromir -- recommend a good Lord of the Rings fan fiction -- any genre, any rating -- that contains a memorable and interesting Original Character (OC) -- male or female -- who is NOT a "Mary Sue".
Definition: An original character is, according to the Fanfiction Glossary, any character who was created by a fanfic author, rather than being from the original canon material. Often abbreviated to "OC" or "oc." . A Mary Sue is, according to the same source, the generic name for any new character (usually female) who's an ego-stroke for the writer: she's beautiful, has amazing skills/powers, gets into a love affair with an existing character, or (usually) all of the above. Mary Sues often convince characters to hook up romantically, especially in slash. Good writers can write good Mary Sues, but this is not the norm. (There is an EXCELLENT explanation of the history of Mary Sues here, which reveals that the first "Mary Sue" in fan fiction was in fact named "Mary Sue"!!)
ETA: For the purposes of Lord of the Rings fandom, this includes characters whose NAMES may show up in the books (i.e. in the family tree), but who are not key characters, have little mention if any, and have no dialogue at all. Because, in fact, if someone uses one of these "characters" and uses them well, that author is creating the character, since Tolkien did not.
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