June 13th, 2019

Xander latin

Thursday recs: Lord of the Rings

Somehow I have not one but two?? Legolas/Gimli fic recs in the queue, even though I would say I never read this fandom.

A Road Bright and Swift by [archiveofourown.org profile] Dorinda
16k. This is post-canon getting-together with a near-drowning in the middle and Legolas being entirely unprepared to deal with his feelings, and it is so gorgeously written, oh my gosh. Just all these beautiful moments being described, one after the other.

Knowledge and Light by [archiveofourown.org profile] Flamebyrd
30k. College AU, of a sort. Per the author: The university in this story is heavily inspired by Oxford, but not entirely accurate to it (now or in the past). The setting is similarly heavily inspired by 1930s England, but not entirely accurate to it. The world is heavily inspired by Tolkien's Middle-Earth, but... you get the picture. I'm super not into mundane modern-day college AUs, but it turns out I feel very differently when everyone retains their race from canon, and there's little worldbuilding tidbits like Legolas trying to coax Thranduil into installing a telephone in the Greenwood. I just enjoyed the whole world immensely, as well as all the clever transpositions of Tolkein's events and character beats.

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