Title: Heart of Stone
Rating: PG13 for adult themes
Challenge: Hearts and Flowers (GFIC Feb '11)
Word Count: 5,596 + Notes
Elements: brotherly love, heart of stone, hollyhock (ambition)

Summary: "And Mr. Drogo was staying at Brandy Hall with his father-in-law, old Master Gorbadoc, as he often did after his marriage (him being partial to his vittles, and old Gorbadoc keeping a mighty generous table); and he went out boating on the Brandywine River; and he and his wife were drownded, and poor Mr. Frodo only a child and all." (from "A Long-Expected Party")

Part One: Air - October, S.R. 1380 )
Part Two: Air - January, S.R. 1382 )
Part Three: Earth - Midsummer, S.R. 1385 )
Part Four: Fire - October, S.R. 1390 )

Title: A Question of History
Words: 1,167 + Notes
Rating: General
Fandom: Lord of the Rings
Characters: Pippin Took, Sam Gamgee
Betas: annmarwalk, Dreamflower, and Linda Hoyland
Challenge: Birthday Giftfic '10
Summary: Pippin and Sam discuss a rather puzzling passage from the Red Book.

 

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Title: Heroes
Fandom: The Hobbit
Characters: Bilbo
Prompt: BMEM09 Day 9
Word Count: 150
Rating: General
Summary: A tweenage Bilbo thinks back on the stories he learned as a child.

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Title: Reading Between the Lines
Fandom: Lord of the Rings
Characters: Sam, Elanor Gamgee
Prompt: BMEM09, Day 5
Word Count: 1,077
Rating: General
Summary: All through her childhood, Elanor’s had a question about the Red Book. Why can’t she find answers?

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Title: A Rose by Any Other Name
Fandom: Lord of the Rings
Characters: Sam Gamgee (Sam/Rose implied
Prompt: BMEM09 Day 2 - tedious work
Word Count: 200
Rating: General
Summary: Sam deals with one of Bilbo's whims.

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Title: For All Things, A Time
Summary: 1482. Death of Mistress Rose, wife of Master Samwise, on Mid-year's Day. On September 22 Master Samwise rides out from Bag End. (from The Tale of Years, LOTR)
Word Count: 100
Characters: Sam(/Rosie)
Timeline: 1482 S.R. (80 F.A.)
Rating: General, nothing objectionable
Notes: Written for [livejournal.com profile] juno_magic's Literacy Day challenge, where drabbles had to begin and end with the same letter.

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Years had passed since he'd first set knife to wood, carving 'til the oliphaunt was born in his hands. Frodo had slept for so long at Cormallen, between life and death it seemed. So he carved as he waited, then and in later years. He'd waited for news, whether a boy or a girl, and carved 'til the mantle had nearly overflowed.

Now he sat in Bag End's garden, a tear glistening on his cheek. He'd carve one last flower, and then... For once, his mind did not waver. And then, like the setting Sun, Sam Gamgee would be away.
Title: The Road Goes Ever On
Summary: After the long-expected party, Bilbo finds himself being swept away once more.
Word Count: 200 + Notes
Characters: Bilbo, Dwarves
Timeline: 3001 T.A. (1401 S.R.) - just after long-expected party
Rating: General, nothing objectionable
Beta: [livejournal.com profile] just_ann_now
Notes: written for [livejournal.com profile] pandemonium_213, who asked for an exploration of the Russell quote in the notes

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Title: For Want of News
Summary: Fatty Bolger recovers from the Black Breath at Brandy Hall. A drabble.
Word Count: 100 + Notes
Rating: General (nothing objectionable)
Timeline: Late Third Age (bookverse)

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Title: Make It One for Paladin
Summary: Robin Smallburrow tries to come to terms with what he saw and did during the occupation of the Shire.
Word Count: 1315 + Notes
Rating: Mature (for violence and mature themes)
Timeline: Late Third Age (bookverse)

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Title: Come Back to Me
Summary: As the third age rolls on, an entwife meets a certain river-daughter.
Word Count: 2510 + Notes
Rating: Mature (for explicit f/f erotic content)
Timeline: Early Third Age (bookverse)



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Title: Unchanged
Summary: Rory reflects on his friend.
Word Count: 100
Rating: General (nothing objectionable)
Timeline: Mid-Third Age (bookverse)

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Title: A Long-expected Visitor
Summary: Fatty awaits the arrival of the Nazgûl at Crickhollow.
Word Count:
Rating: Teen (horrific imagery)
Timeline: Late Third Age (bookverse)

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Title: A Conspiracy Forged
Summary: Young Pippin attends Bilbo's 111th birthday. He receives, loses, and regains a rather unique family heirloom.
Word Count: 3760
Rating: General (nothing objectionable
Timeline: Mid-Third Age (bookverse)

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Title: Homecomings
Summary: Of the Fellowship, one did not survive the War of the Ring and another had no parents in Middle-earth. But what about the remaining seven? This drabble focuses on the thoughts of the fathers (or foster-fathers) of the surviving Fellowship, on seeing their sons for the first time after the Quest.
Word Count: 7x100
Rating: General (nothing objectionable)
Timeline: Late Third Age (bookverse)

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Title: High King and Halfling
Summary: The hobbits petition the king for the right to settle in the Shire.
Word Count: 100
Rating: General (nothing objectionable)
Timeline: Early Third Age (bookverse)

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Title: Elements of the Resistance
Summary: Fatty had his own set of difficult experiences and obstacles to overcome while the Four Travellers were off saving Middle-earth. Here are five drabbles about his experiences as part of the resistance movement and in the Lockholes, each focusing on one of the five elements (water, air, earth, fire, shadow).
Rating: Teen (for explicit violence)
Word Count: 5x100
Timeline: Late Third Age (bookverse)

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I. Air
The winds blow from the Old Forest and beyond -- foul winds, carrying death and fear from far-off lands. I bolt the doors and shutters, but still the wind whips around Crickhollow, her old timbers creaking in vain resistance.

Supper passes; the hours creep by, the moon’s shadows moving across the floor, ever changing, but still the wind is constant. It hisses outside, still battling for mastery.

The gate blows open. Are those footsteps? Shrieks? No, ‘tis just the wind. Still, best to be sure... I take a cautious step toward the door.

A great knock, a greater gust, and then panic gripped me.

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II. Shadow
“Shadow is your friend,” Maggot had told us when we joined his band.

I doubt the others know the true force of what he suggested. For them, shadow is darkness, nothing more. But I remembered Bilbo’s tales. Shadow had always been the Dark Lord’s strongest weapon.

In the land of Mordor, where the Shadows lie...

We would take shadow, use it against our enemies. Sharkey’s men might rob us and beat us under the sun, but in the shadows...

Yet, in the end, dark serves dark best. It would betray us. How long until they prison me in those sunless lockholes?

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III. Earth
I set my back to my cell’s wall, dirt settling in my hair. Three steps - four if I shorten them - and my toes stub another wall. Two more; I reach the door.

Faint light filters through the plank, illuminating my room. I know the poorly-stuffed mattress too well. The good earth underfoot is more comfortable -- but I have not yet stooped that low!

Dirt everywhere - on my face, in the air. I can scarce breathe for it.

Two steps to the outer-wall. Probing -- slowly, quietly! -- I search for the sun. If only I could reach the light, see what still is clean...

The door opens; I am caught.

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IV. Fire
They enter, carrying a brazier. It crouches at my feet; irons protrude, fat tips glowing like unclean worms in the embers.

Grimy, calloused hands grasp my wrist and thumb. It bends: snap. The other four fingers follow: snap, snap, snap, snap. I steel myself against the pain, flailing helplessly against more to come.

My tormentor restrains my arm; his accomplice pushes fiery iron onto my palm, my broken fingers forced to grip it. I stifle a cry; it burns, it burns.

They leave, laughing. Only then do I realize which hand throbs.

I will never hold a sword again.

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V. Water
I dunk my hand in the water-bucket. It does nothing to ease the pain, but will wash it cleaner than tears.

Outside, the rain pounds on the hillside. Does it rain in the Marish tonight? Stel always did forget to water her roses; this storm will do them good. Maybe her garden will survive the neglect.

Maybe the rain can cure more than a flower’s thirst? Can it wash away these last few months’ hurt? A great flood, to wash all those crude men past the Bounds -- that’s the ticket.

Would that I had a cask of ale -- or three -- to wash away this pain!

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Title: Chasing and Burg'ling
Summary: Returning from the Shire, Frodo must explain himself and his adventures to the Gaffer.
Rating: General (nothing objectionable)
Word Count: 100
Timeline: Late Third Age (bookverse)

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Title: Beware the Sea
Summary: Sea-longing takes many different forms. A series of true drabbles.
Rating: General (nothing objectionable)
Word Count: 5x100
Time Period: multi-age (all bookverse)

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Title: Old Will Whitfoot
Summary: A hobbit drinking song about the caving-in of the Mayors' smial (described by the hobbits in Bree). Cowritten with Tanaqui
Rating: General (nothing objectionable)
Timeline: Late Third Age (bookverse)

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Title: Mad Baggins
Summary: A hobbit drinking song about Bilbo's disappearance from the long-expected party.
Rating: General (nothing objectionable)
Timeline: Mid-Third Age (bookverse)

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