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The Hobbit Themed Recommendations slash and gen/friendship. These will be very Bilbo, often with Thorin, focused but not exclusively as I like all the characters. Gen will be labelled for reader's convenience unless the summary makes it obvious.

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AU within canon, AU non canon, Character studies, Crossovers, Cultural Misunderstandings, Smaug is Sherlock/Bilbo is John

AU within canon:
  • An Unexpected Addition by Karategal All of the dwarves survive the Battle of the Five Armies, but Bilbo must return to the Shire to sort out his old life and make way for a new one in Erebor. Over one year later, Bilbo comes back to the Lonely Mountain with a recently orphaned Frodo. King Thorin isn't quite sure what to make of this new, tiny addition to his Company. A long, well written, well characterized canon AU. The author has done her research into what is known of dwarven culture from canon and beyond that has and created traditions and cultrual 'norms' that feel highly authentic. While the story revolves around Bilbo, Frodo and Thorin, all of the company play major parts, the splendid Dis arrives midway through and the mainly female OCs are beautifully written and add to the story. Very much worth reading.
  • Coats and Customs by imaginary golux  AU in which Smaug never happened: Thror arranges Thorin's marriage to a hobbit. Thorin isn't entirely sure what a hobbit is. A well written and often delightful story that pulled me in and kept me reading long into the night.
  • On Adventures and Other Forms of Conduct Unbecoming of a Wizard by manic intent. For as long as even the old Gaffer could remember there had been a wizard living in the hill at Bag End, overlooking the Shire. As wizards went, this one wasn't the wandering sort, always out to lure gentle folk out onto nasty adventures, or even the powerful kind, the sort that lived in high towers, reaching out into the ways of the world. A beautiful written story that provides excellent characterisation, laughs, chills, heartache and promise and finishes in a bittersweet manner. Bilbo/Thorin are at the heart of the story, but many other characters shine. Do go and read it.

AU non canon, usually within modern setting:
  • (Not Quite) Prince Charming by manic intent The problem, Bilbo would later tell Gandalf in aggrieved irritation, was not so much the unannounced visitors, oh no, but the fact that due to the lateness of the hour and sheer merciless fate, it came to be that at the respectable age of forty, Bilbo was being introduced to a real, live king while wearing striped pyjamas and fluffy slippers. A fascinating, long and involved modern au where Bilbo is a security analyst hired by deposed King Thorin, at the suggestion of MI6 operative Gandalf, to help him get back into his country and regain control of the Arknestone technology.
  • The Sons of Durin by KivrinEngle Bilbo Baggins is a humble grocer, living a simple, quiet life. He likes his solitude and his predictable routine. The police say the Sons of Durin are a crime family. The government has labeled them a group of environmental terrorists. Thorin Oakenshield will tell you that they are simply desperate for a home. But when Bilbo is dragged into the midst of the group as their unwilling burglar, his life will take a turn for the terrifying, and everything he has taken for granted will be torn asunder. Superb story telling with a very clever and highly entertaining and often thrilling modernisation of canon. I read this in one sitting, which was fortunate as I think some of the cliff hangers would have left me biting my finger to the bone. An excellent read.

Character studies:
  • Discovering Mr Baggins by Eareniel A.K.A. The Quest for Erebor: The story of a Hobbit, told through the eyes of the dwarves. This is a rewarding 'behind the scenes' read, with each chapter presented from the view point of one of the dwarves, plus Dis. The focus is on Bilbo and the way he slowly becomes accepted as part of the company and earns their trust and appreciation and also of the interaction of Thorin and Bilbo, but it also provides a beautiful characterisation of the individual dwarves themselves.
  • Off Cuddling Dwarves by Renchan Bilbo gets lonely at night, and after too much whining, Thorin decrees that Bilbo will spend the nights sleeping beside Dwarves. Thus, five times Bilbo asks for a cuddle, and one time someone asks him.  Written for a prompt. This fic is warm and charming and provides excellent characterisation of both the dwarves and Bilbo. I was smiling by the end of it.
  • Third Watch by uncer giedd geador Sat on watch together, Bilbo and Kíli take the opportunity to discuss beards, the lack of them, and the irresponsibility of youth. Highly enjoyable. :-) Oh, and gen, obviously.

Crossovers:
  • Come to Morning by sun ryder John Watson was a Shire, born and bred, but he was really quite terrible at it. Perhaps that's why Bilbo Baggins has never heard his story before. Or maybe he's never been told because John Watson ran away from home, then darted around Middle Earth trying to stop a serial killer, and fell in love with an Elf. Along their way to the Lonely Mountain Gandalf will tell Bilbo and his Dwarven companions the story of Sherlock the Brilliant and John Watson the Fearless, and maybe, just maybe, Thorin and Bilbo might find their own path to the same place. Really enjoyable story, the John and Sherlock story interweaves beautiful into Bilbo's travels.  The characterizations in both parts of the story are excellent. and I am particularly fond of  Sherlock's horse Faun who has the good taste to become very, very fond of John. :-) WIP

Cultural Misunderstandings:
  • Unsafe Places by rabbitinthewoods Hobbits do not, in general, have records of their time before the settling of the Shire. But some things are known. Some things are held as truth. One of those, held in the mind of every hobbit before they even have the words to define it, is that fauntlings must be protected at all costs.So when Bilbo wakes abruptly to a muffled crying, there's nothing for it. Cultural misunderstandings ahoy and an absolutely epically, BAMF Bilbo. :-) Gen

Smaug is Sherlock/Bilbo is John (Sherlock crossovers):
  • Beat of a Treasure by Jaded Coral For saving the lives of his friends, Bilbo gets their eternal gratitude. For trying to save his own, he gets the immortal curiosity of a dragon.  A Sherlockian style retelling of The Hobbit. :-) So with this rec I get  double the pleasure. This is Bilbo and Smaug very cleverly done.
  • Here Be Dragons by emotionanalysis John makes a bet with his friends to go and find the rumoured dragon of the mountain – he gets a dragonful more than he bargained for. A long, intriguing and emotionally satisfying story or as the author says - 'It's basically 500 words of porn, then 17,000 words of plot, followed by another couple thousand words of porn.' :-)
  • Sleeping with Dragons by random nexus There's a dragon and a halfling and some hijinx ensue, but perhaps things aren't as they seem... or maybe they are? Highly enjoyable and rather clever. :-)
  • Treasure Me by anon Prompt: Bilbo trespassed Cumberdragon’s lair one too many times. Read the warnings in the comments and prompt. Basically a very hot and sexy fic admittedly with a huge dub con element to it (the further prompt was Poor-unsuspecting-maybe-even-asking-for-it-a-little-bit-because-of-his-danger-kink!BilboWatson and Bored-manipulative-I'm-going-to-punish-you-by-making-you-enjoy-this-and-things-you're-going-to-be-ashamed-of-later!SmaugLock ) but also with with a helping of fluff and delightful bickering at the end.
  • Unexpected Journeys by story monger Looking back, John wasn’t really sure why he’d thought it was a good idea to get a flatshare with a dragon. A Hobbit crossover Often very funny and beautifully characterized, a delightful crossover with John the hobbit and Sherlock the dragon in the Sherlock world, a pleasure to read.

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