I come back to Tolkien fandom at least once a year and inhale fic for a week or two like I need it to live, usually just after having watched one of the movies, then usually wander out again. I assumed that was what was happening with me again this time! Except, apparently not, because it’s been longer than usual and I’m still inhaling fic as fast as I can hunt it down and flail about it in fic recs!

I am going to try to make this a semi-regular thing, hopefully 5-10 recs per post, trying for about once a week (older recs being reposted first!), pretty much exclusively focused on the elves. I don’t have a lot of ships in Tolkien, so I seek out genfic most of the time, but if I ever do pairing stuff, it will be labeled so to be easily avoidable! I have a strong preference for bb!Legolas, but will totally do adult!Legolas as well. Abusive!Thranduil is my N O P E limit and an instant backbutton. I don’t mind OCs in fic (and they’re sort of necessary a lot of the time!), but they’ll always be marked, too. ♥

The Three Hunters and the Elven King by Jedi Sapphire, thranduil & legolas & aragorn & gimli & elladan & elrohir, 7.5k
    The War is won, Sauron has been defeated, and Legolas is finally returning home in the company of his friends. They have a furious Elven-king to face.
Prince of Ithilien by Jedi Sapphire, aragorn & faramir & legolas & thranduil, humor, 3.2k
    Thranduil has met and terrorized most of his son’s non-Elven friends. But this is his first encounter with the Prince of Ithilien.
An Elf Lord in Peril by Jedi Sapphire, thranduil & elrond, humor, 3.5k
    Elrond decided that Legolas should be the Elven representative in the Fellowship. Thranduil has his own views about that. Characters: Mainly Thranduil and Elrond, with brief appearances by other Elves, Dwarves and Hobbits.
In the Hall of the Wood Elf King by TreeHugger, legolas & bilbo & thranduil, fluff, semi-cracky, ~70k (without author’s notes/double postings)
    The Hobbit AU. While the Dwarves are imprisoned in Thranduil’s dungeons, Bilbo meets Legolas quite by accident. We find out why Elves don’t smoke pipeweed.
Father, Captain, and King by Thundera Tiger, thranduil & legolas, 6.5k
    Thranduil fills many roles, but one summer night, he finds himself assuming the role he loves best and gets least. Written for father’s day, here’s a quick look at the relationship between Mirkwood’s greatest king and its most famous prince.
All Those Who Wander by daw the minstrel, thranduil & legolas & ocs, 27.5k
    Young Legolas’s family struggles to readjust in the wake of the loss of his mother.
Good Neighbors by daw the minstrel, thranduil & legolas & ocs, 51k
    Legolas and Thranduil deal with their Mannish neighbors from Esgaroth and visitors from elsewhere in Middleearth.
To Wrap An Elven Princeling by Jael the Scribe, thranduil & legolas & ocs, 16.3k
    Did you ever wonder how Bilbo’s mithril shirt came to be in Smaug’s hoard? A surprise orc attack puts Thranduil into a crisis, and a very young Legolas must rely upon the kindness of strangers. If things weren’t bad enough enter the dragon.
May the Valar protect them by Nilmandra, thranduil & legolas & ocs, child endangerment, 136.9k
    This is the story of Legolas and the amazing circumstances set around his birth and early life. Features Legolas, Thranduil and a cast of original characters from Greenwood and beyond. full details + recs under the cut!

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And on the day of the New Year of the Elves, Celeborn and Thranduil met in the midst of the forest; and they renamed Mirkwood Eryn Lasgalen, The Wood of Greenleaves. Thranduil took all the northern region as far as the mountains that rise in the forest for his realm; and Celeborn took all the southern wood below the Narrows, and named it East Lorien; all the wide forest between was given to the Beornings and the Woodmen.