Unlike most Hobbits, Bilbo did not care very much for the hard work of gardening. At most, he could grow a rather tasty tomato. That was enough of his interest in the matter. He enjoyed flowers and their ilk, of course, and that was why he’d kept a gardener around.
It made for a lovely scene outside Bag End. One which he could enjoy by settling himself onto the bench, pipe in hand. Some days, the especially sunny ones, he’d snag a sunhat. It was a day like that, though the sun had begun setting its way down the horizon. He had the hat’s brim pulled down over his eyes.
That sometimes kept passing neighbors and busybodies from bothering him, for they presumed he’d fallen asleep.
Not always, though, as he heard the telltale sound of someone approaching. His ear twitched, somewhat muffled by the sunhat. Regardless he could recognize the footfalls as they closed in on him. Hobbits rarely made so much noise.
And, also, unlike any Hobbit, he had a dwarf for a husband.
“Don’t you dare!” Bilbo
yelled just a fraction of a second before he felt Thorin’s hands come into
contact with his arse. He whipped around and smacked the dwarf’s shoulder. “I
“Well,” Thorin chuckled. “How
could I resist when you’re leaning over your desk like that?”
Bilbo sighed and went back
to searching for the map, keenly aware of Thorin lingering in the doorway. He
glanced over his shoulder several times, his expression becoming more and more
confused when Thorin’s cheeky smile only seemed to grow.
“What?” He finally asked.
“Nothing at all.”
And then he was gone, but as
he turned, Bilbo noticed his hands, which had been hidden behind his back, had the
remnants of flour on them. He twisted and saw two dusty white handprints on his
“Thorin!” The answer to his
outraged cry was a rumble of laughter from somewhere further into the smial,
Bilbo turned on his heel and went in search of his husband. “You impudent
dwarf, get back here!”
Before he could get any
further than the kitchen Bilbo found himself caught between a very warm dwarf
and a very solid wall, he gave Thorin’s braid a sharp tug but accepted his kiss
anyway. Bilbo could feel the way Thorin smiled into the kiss, the slight
firmness of his lips and the way little snuffles of air from his nose tickled his
“You are ridiculous.” Bilbo
stated when they eventually parted.
“Yes.” Thorin agreed, his
eyes sparkled and small creases appeared at the edges when he smiled again. “And
so are you, now come to bed, I missed you today.”
Oh my GOD. Bilbo getting back for the pet names by turning our dear overly passionate Thorin on? Fuck yes. Dinner party where Thorin is laying the pet names on thick and it is WAR when Bilbo goes straight for the under-the-table feel-up :3
omg y e s and the first time Bilbo does it the little shit is JUST SUBTLE ENOUGH that it takes Thorin a bit to realize that no he’s not just being a huge perv (i mean he is but…), because Bilbo is in fact doing this shit on purpose.
Like it starts with Bilbo’s happy little sighs about food that are JUST this side of dirty to make Thorin a little twitchy. so he lays on a few more pet names because he needs to get the upper hand back here ok he’s a bit of a competitive shit even when he doesn’t yet realize there is a competition.
so he’s like “Holder of my heart”
And Bilbo sighs “Thorin…” but it’s just SLIGHTLY different it’s not quiet the exasperated “THORIN…” it’s a little breathy and a little soft and Thorin just about chokes on his wine because there are some MEMORIES that is stirring up so he’s all “be cool be cool”
And then he looks up. And Bilbo looks him in the eyes while licking some food off his fingers. And Thorin’s just about to think “is he doing this on puRPOSE????”
i just want to politely disagree with the idea that the bagginshield fandom as a whole and in general* is failing to portray a balanced relationship between Thorin and Bilbo.
the trend that i see right now on tumblr and in most fics looks like this:
Bilbo is no longer portrayed as weak and helpless, but as a strong character and an imperfect one, occasionally rude and always sassy, but loving and protective, clever and in-charge of his own decisions and actions; someone Thorin and the dwarves can rely on, someone they look to for advice and support, even though Bilbo is not always right. He’s grumpy and abrasive at times, he makes mistakes. Thorin functions in Bilbo’s life as a person that Bilbo wants to be better for, someone that Bilbo cares for more than himself. if Bilbo was selfish at the start of AUJ, then Thorin and his quest have helped Bilbo overcome that restrictive part of himself (I will give up my own home temporarily and perhaps forever to help you get yours back). That’s how i see Bilbo portrayed in fandom now.
Thorin is softer than earlier characterizations, more vulnerable, more emotive (which he always was, even back in AUJ), more emotionally available, more damaged (bc of botfa/dragon sickness/years of grief and trauma). but he’s also strong, stronger even than earlier portrayals because of what he’s overcome. In fics where he survives botfa, it’s generally noted that he saved himself from the dragon sickness, not that Bilbo single-handedly saved him because Love. Bilbo supports Thorin, but Thorin remains strong in his own right. he has much to recover from, and struggles to deal with, but he’s not incapable - he just needs help, like we all do. in Erebor AU’s he is generally portrayed as a good king, sometimes unwilling. in Shire AU’s, he’s either happy and relieved and his nephew sits on the throne, or he’s grieving their loss and working through his personal demons. But I really don’t see a lot of helpless!idiot!Thorin, except in crack posts/fics or as a joke.
*let me reiterate: this is what I, one single person, have noted as a trend in the bagginshield fandom right now. in general, meaning that i am aware there are some portrayals that are outlying to what i wrote above, but i don’t believe they are the trend at large.
feel so insecure for liking thorin so much ;_; am i a dumb naive fangirl if i think he's a good person? i know many people think so and i'm afraid to talk about him under my name now.
aldkjfaslkj no anon you’re not dumb at all for liking thorin! i wish i could hug you omg there’s nothing wrong with thinking he’s a good person because he is. the people that try to perpetuate the idea that he’s not either haven’t watched the movies very closely or did so with a strong bias/misinterpretation (i.e. soft quiet meek bilbo, and i’ve even seen some weird fili bias stuff in my time). or they’re just rude bitter trolls. either way they’re wrong. and i’m sorry they have you scared like that D: that’s honestly so shitty i’m very >:cccccc
my first thought is to direct you to @avelera’s blog for her thorin meta, because all of it is very thoroughly discussed and well written and is excellent affirmation that thorin is good and not…whatever the garbage trolls are saying about him. i don’t have any specific posts to recommend atm but her general meta tag and thorin meta tag should be good places to go :D (if you want to see the newest posts first take off the /chrono from the urls i just tend to prefer using that when going through tags)
here are some scenes that i think remembering/watching will make you feel better about your opinion of thorin:
when thorin is talking to balin in bag end after bilbo walks away from gandalf. his face is so soft!!!!! his smile!!! he looks so nice. i want to hug him too.
and then when balin’s talking about azanulbizar thorin doesn’t look all proud and braggy about it. no he looks sad because he lost people he cared about and probably doesn’t like thinking about or remembering the battle!! like when people say he’s arrogant i just ???????????
okay when they think the secret door won’t open?? he doesn’t get angry or lash out he just looks so so lost!! salfjlaskdfjkls my baby
okay i’m sorry to bring it up but when thorin’s dying. and all he’s thinking about is bilbo going to his home and being happy. and thinking about bilbo being happy is making thorin happy as he’s d y i ng. and his expression like what. the fuck
THE ACORN SCENE LIKE. HOW SUCH A SIMPLE PURE THING BROUGHT THORIN OUT OF THE DRAGON SICKNESS????? THIS THING RAVAGING HIS MIND AND FUCKING HIM UP????? LIKE LITERALLY I JUST. CAN’T I WISH I COULD YODEL
Anonym hat gesagt:
Do you have any hobbit fic recs?
I did some recs a while ago, so i’ll be using the same parameters. Aaand:
Crates and Water by teaxdragon
: In an attempt to smooth things over with Bard, Thorin charges Bilbo
with apologizing on his behalf. Only, Bard is less in need of an apology
and more in need of a burglar. Bilbo finds himself caught up in
a dark web of crime and conspiracy in an attempt to unearth a deadly
plot in the heart of Laketown. […]
The Heron and the Craneby Neyiea: Just because everyone survived doesn’t mean that happy endings are in store for them all.
Prize enough for me by striving-artist:
The battle was over, but the price was too steep.The ring slipped onto
his finger as his grasp on Sting shifted. He had gone on his hunt.”
Sanbaruf by shinigami714: Thorin’s company is separated in a snow storm atop the misty mountains.
This is a slight AU where certain events don’t happen and even a small
catalyst, like a change in the weather can distort future realities.
Breathe In by keelywolfe: Hobbits cannot, in fact, swim. Drowning, however. That’s something anyone can do.
Unexpected Troubleby DietBiohazard: Thorin was right in saying that they weren’t the only ones that saw the signs of Erebor being ready to be reclaimed.
And be one traveler by alkjira: ‘Thorin swept into the tent, hair an absolute mess and
there were more dark circles beneath his eyes than Bilbo had ever seen
before, but the Dwarf was gloriously alive, and all Bilbo could do for
the first few moments was to gape stupidly at him.He remembered
seeing Thorin lie pale and lifeless on the ground. Fíli and Kíli
slumped over just a few feet away from their uncle. There had been
blood, so much blood.’
thorin grasping at bilbo's arm is the wORST AND THEN BILBO GRABS HIS HAND SO TIGHTLY OH GOD THESE TWO
thorin is trying so hard to touch bilbo, to tell him how sorry he is, and i don’t even think he’s looking for absolution, i think it’s entirely selfless, i think thorin just wants bilbo to know that he was RIGHT and thorin was WRONG and thorin is SORRY and he wishes he’d never put bilbo in danger and bilbo needs to KNOW THAT because bilbo DESERVES to know that, so thorin is grabbing at his arm but you know what? no that’s not good enough, bilbo grabs his HAND, he reciprocates the grasping gesture, and bilbo knows some things too that he needs thorin to know, like that he doesn’t regret a single thing that has happened on this quest, not even thorin’s rage, bilbo’s happy to have been there for all of it, and he needs thorin to KNOW THAT
right after the barrels, when thorin finds bilbo in the water and they are just so relieved to have escaped thranduil’s dungeon with their lives and just so happy to be near one another again and it all just comes rushing out
in laketown, after bilbo vouches for thorin, before the party or during or after, sober or tipsy
in laketown the morning they leave, one of them grabs the other gently but firmly and presses their lips together, “i wanted to do that while i still had the chance”
raven hill. raven hill. raven hill.
after the battle, while thorin is bed-ridden and healing and they don’t even need words because they never really did, did they, and it’s automatic the way bilbo bends down to kiss him where he lies, and thorin just tilts his head up into the kiss and thinks it’s the most inevitable thing that’s ever happened to him and also the luckiest
So I need more happy fanfictions & headcanons about Barduil, Bagginshield, and Kiliel, where everyone lives, where Bard is never going to die and will stay by Thranduil’s side forever thanks to some random magic, Legolas is happy for his father and likes the idea of having younger siblings, Kili and Tauriel get married and have many kids, and Thorin leaves with Bilbo to see some other parts of the world, and they ends up planting trees together. Oh, and Fili becomes King. Because Thorin is tired of this shit, and wants to be with his cute little Hobbit forever.
No seriously, I need this. And I don’t think I’m the only one, am I ? (◕‿◕✿)
AU where Bilbo travels all the way back home with the thought that Thorin died in his mind but months later, there’s a knock on the door and standing there is Thorin Oakenshield with a chest of gold and a smile on his face. Bilbo stands there in shock before jumping at the dwarf to hug him, spilling the gold but not even caring because right there in front of him is the man he fell in love with. Breathing, alive, and happy.
Bilbo: In all my life, I never thought I would be so lucky…as to fall in love with my best–my best– There’s a reason why Hobbits don’t do this!
Thorin: I thought it mattered what I said or where I said it. Then I realized, the only thing that matters is that you–you make me happier than I ever thought I could be. And if you let me, I will spend the rest of my life trying to make you feel the same way.
(later) Bilbo: I knew you were likely to take a consort!