Watching the extended version of Lord of the Rings trilogy with lockeed as my guide. lockeed's been reading the series since third grade and is well-versed in the mythos. Now I get a nice running commentary about which scenes were kept, which were cut out, and which were left out of the book entirely and/or changed.
Also, holy crap, Myths RETOLD!
is doing Silmarillion
. So I went there for a quick and easy (and funny with foul language) explanation to Tolkien's universe.Lord of the RingsAglarond
: A dwarf, a cave and a claustrophobic elf. Wherein Gimli and Legolas venture into the Crystal Caves of Aglarond at war's end and Legolas is lost for words.Comments
: Filler fic that wonderfully details the different sensory experiences and cultures between dwarves and elves and the two bridging it.In the Deep Places
: Legolas and Gimli set the foundations for friendship in Moria and Lothlorien.Comments
: Multi-chapter story about how the two slowly and painfully got over their distrust of one another and painful it was, especially when beset by all types of dangers and adversities in Moria.Of Rowan and Ruin
by Thundera TigerPairings
: The story of a friendship one hundred and twenty-two years in the making.Comments
: Beautiful use of the rowan tree and the passage of time. If I were to imagine Gimli and Legolas's friendship over the years, I could imagine it like this.Through the Gloaming
: Before they reach Mirkwood, a strange mist from the Mountains brings the Company of Thorin Oakenshield into contact with a strange future.Comments
: Yes! A Hobbit/Lord of the Rings fusion. How does that work when they're from the same universe? It does.
I love the Aragorn/Gimli/Legolas team because to me, they are an odd team of races (the token human, dwarf, and elf) working together and representing hope and the future. This is Gimli/Legolas and it does what I love about Gimli/Legolas as a pairing: make people confront species-ism, history, and letting go of the past. It's also short, magical, and reminds me of "Soft Places" from the Sandman where people of different times are able to meet. Also good decision avoiding the POV of Gimli or Legolas but sticking only to those closest to Gimli so we're able to see the dwarf and elf pairing from outside eyes.ThorA Deep Itch to Scratch
: Loki/Balder, Loki/everyoneSummary
: Unbeknownst to him, Loki's physiology as a Frost Giant sends him into heat. What starts off as a mere annoyance becomes more and more puzzling, more and more troubling, and eventually turns into a desperate situation as he tries to find release from his inexplicable 'ailment'.Comments
: I have no idea why I didn't rec this writer before. I think it's one of those times when it's so matter of course that I thought I already did rec it even when I haven't. Anyway, this fic introduced me to Loki/Balder back in the day and what an intro! Wild, sexy, hot, sad, and sweet all rolled into one. I mean, it's an odd story, what with heat and mpreg but it's played straight and taken to logical yet surprising conclusions. I commend it for bravery.
Ne'er Say We Die (part 5 of the Folkin' Around series
) by DemonQueen666Pairing
: One day, Darcy Lewis will say to her friends, “Remember that time we were pirates?” When she does, this is the story she will tell.Comments
: The story is not as silly as the summary makes it out to be, I swear. Also, I'm breaking my own rule and reccing part of a story instead of the whole series even when all the parts are connected and generally is structured around one person (Loki) as the main character. Why?
One, the parts are different in style and genre enough. And two, parts 1 and 2 start off really slow and really, is kind of a different story altogether. It picks up in part 3 but part 5 is where everything awesome takes place. The character development Loki goes through between parts 3 and 5 is one of the best I've ever seen. Ever. That is, there is a lot of internal conflict that takes place with or without external conflict and all the lessons were thoroughly learned and applied in later parts of the series. The Loki from part 1 (or 3) is a very different Loki from part 5 because of his experiences. Not only that, but side characters are also dynamic and their interaction changes too because they and the main character had changed.Stiletto
: The smouldering beauty that Tony keeps hooking up with at the bar has a surprise up her sleeve.Comments
: No matter how short, this is the
Lady Loki/Tony fic. It just captures everything you want from that specific pairing into approximately 800 words.An Acquired Taste
: Tony receives a visit from a weary war criminal on the run. Alcohol happens.Comments
: The eventual drink scene by Hella. I don't know what else to say about it except go read it. Hella has this way of writing Loki/Tony that's very cat and mouse, Batman/Catwoman, and sexy.Good Inside
: “Is this supposed to shame me, Thor? I thought you could do better. But I should have known.” Loki bares his teeth and when he speaks into Thor’s ear he makes sure his words bite.
“There’s not enough good in you to take the bad out of me.”Comments
: Noncon, dubcon, all sorts of inappropriate, dirty con. Very filthy, rapey, but confusingly dubcon sort of con. As for plot: Thor does Loki with Mjolnir.Rise From Ash
: When Loki's world falls apart around him, he learns that sometimes you do get a second chance.Comments
: Holy crap, awesome! One of the tag for this was "that escalated quickly" and yeah, it did. The story starts off as an AU where Loki fell directly onto Midgard after the end of the Thor movie but unexpectedly goes through sursprising tropes. Not only that but great writing and wonderfully descriptive sentences.What We Speak Not Of
by Kay (sincere)Pairing
: It began as a necessity, but it isn't anymore. Now Loki is old enough to find his own partners, to sate his own needs. Now they still do it because they can, because they like it, and perhaps, because they don't know what else to do. Odin does not have the strength to stop it.Comments
: So wrong yet so interesting and understandable.for queen and country
: Loki lies back and thinks of England.Comments
: A classic. Hot. And weird.