Which fics do you think are Barduil classics and why? I'm looking for the best out there. Thank you ^_^
thank YOU anon, because I’ve been looking for an excuse to do a fic rec!
first on my list has to be Phosphenes by @meludir (complete: 24/24), because this was the fic that made me fall in love with barduil. it’s a modern AU in which Bard is a teacher and Legolas is one of his students. then comes Thranduil, the enigmatic aristocratic disruption to Bard’s otherwise mundane world. it’s 30% fluff, 50% angst, 20% enemies-to-lovers and 100% beautiful prose (and spot on characterization). that’s 200% of perfection that will make you cry and laugh in turn— and sometimes both at once.
next is In the Woods Somewhere by @curmudgeony (WIP: 24/30). Bard accepts the help of a stranger when his car breaks down, completely oblivious to the fact that Thranduil is an ancient vampire who’s grown bored of the hunt-and-kill routine his life has become. this epic story is completely exhilarating and unpredictable— filled with longing, terror, lust and the forging of a tenuous alliance between the hunter and his prey.
I’m a sucker for reincarnation AUs, and Forget Me Not by @obithefabulous (complete: 8/8) is a prime example. this story had me crying almost immediately, and outright sobbing by the last chapter. each chapter is a vivid portrait of a different time, and the bittersweet reunion of two souls destined to find each other again and again. Bard remembers everything. Thranduil remembers nothing, but Bard still searches for him.
What We Never Were by @northerntrash (complete: 1/1)Bard remembers his first family vacation. mostly, he remembers the lonely boy who lived by the sea. Bard goes back to that small town several times, he and Thranduil connecting as they grow and change, losing contact for years at a time and yet always managing to find time and space for each other. it’s a masterfully written portrait of the way we change and the way we stay the same, and how it’s never too late to get back in touch.
The Start of Something by @secretproblemsihave and @dollylux (series: 6 works)is one of those fics that gets to the heart of this ship: the ways in which two people can connect in spite of their differences. it’s fluffy and funny, sexy and so sweet. I can’t even really describe it in words— it’s just a feeling I have.
Vigorous Spring by @kesstiel is a canonverse AU in which Thranduil must perform a ritual to wake the woodland realm from its wintery sleep. Bard is the obvious choice for his partner in this, but misunderstandings create strife between them. it’s a beautifully written, well thought out story filled with angst and smut and touching confessions.
Those Colours We Share by @barduiil (complete: 17/17)is one that I think everyone in the fandom has read (is it just me who feels like Bérénice is our ship’s den mother?), but it’s still worth mentioning. in a world where you only see in colour once you’ve found your soulmate, the worst thing that could happen is that the world becomes grey again. Thranduil and Legolas move to a new town and both proceed to fall in love— Legolas with a cat lovingly named Mr. Whiskerson, and Thranduil with Bard, the owner of the local animal shelter who brings colour back to his world.
this one isn’t as well known as others, but that needs to change. Bullets and Blades by @crushing83 (series: 10 works) is a reincarnation AU, Hobbit/Fast & Furious 6 crossover that utilizes the best of both worlds. Thranduil is one of the last elves living in the modern world. Bard’s soul has returned to Thranduil in many different forms over the years, but none so strikingly familiar as Owen Shaw. Thranduil’s demons and Owens battles become inexorably tangled as they both struggle to hold each other close and keep each other safe.
there are many others I could mention, but these are my favourites (and I limited myself to one fic per author, so that helped). I hope you enjoy them!