OK I KEEP TRYING TO POST THIS FOR filiandkiliheirsofdurin IN A REBLOG BUT FUCK IT TUMBLR KEEPS EATING IT WE’LL TRY THIS. HERE IS MY BLACKSMITH!THORIN AU
SO ANYONE who is my friend and has had to deal with me has heard this so bear with me guys I APOLOGIZE.
-Thorin left Ered Luin with no warning, years before the quest. He just up and took off in a fit of “THEY’RE BETTER WITHOUT ME ANYWAY” and the rule went to Dis.
-Everyone assumes he “went mad” like his father and grandfather and died in the wilds somewhere. It’s like this whispered tragedy of the lost line of Durin sort of thing. He didn’t leave any note or anything he just took off in a fit of drama.
-Meanwhile Thorin Assholeshield has started working as a blacksmith in Bree. Close enough to home but also far enough that no dwarves that could easily recognize him will run into him. He’s ended up with a pretty stable set up there and has his own blacksmith shop where he wiles away the time brooding metal into submission and hammering away as if it’ll solve his emotional problems.
-It is here that one day a Hobbiton resident comes to his shop. Thorin’s used to the Bree hobbits so is a little intrigued since the Shire residents tend to be huge friggin snobs (ESPECIALLY about dwarves). But overall he doesn’t care that much. It’s an odd fussy hobbit though who stammered something about this fire grate that his mother got from some dwarves and he heard there was a dwarf in Bree and he figured well that’s be the best fix though he supposes anyone could fix is but JUST DONT MESS IT UP…
-Thorin is trying not to let his eyes roll out of his head at this nervous well to do little thing. Typical hobbits acting terrified of a single dwarf ugh.
-it should be noted. Thorin is shirtless and sweaty. He is lit by the forge fire and has been just staring intensely at Bilbo with his best smouldering scowl.
-Bilbo aint scared. He has just had a sexual awakening in the form of buff, filthy, angry beefcake dwarf. His poor gay hobbit heart just can not handle this.
-So this odd little fussy hobbit keeps coming back to his forge. Thorin doesn’t get it because that is not a short trip. (Bilbo is continually like “goddamn godDAMN”) but over time they start chatting as Thorin works, then bantering. And honestly they’re both thinking these are the best chats either of them have had in YEARS (bilbo since his parents died and Thorin since he left Ered Luin)
-Bilbo starts making and bringing Thorin lunches (“I’ve seen what you consider food and do not even TELL me how old that bread loaf you have is. Now shush and eat your stew.”). Bantering turns into flirting, lunches at the shop turn into dinners at Bag End. They talk about their families
(“They were into politics” Thorin shrugs awkwardly, when he finally, softly tells the tale of Erebor’s fall. He could trust Bilbo. There’s no reason not to tell him anything. But this whole time Bilbo has been liking him for just Thorin, the blacksmith who has no legend and no royal history of grandeur and madness. Thorin could tell him, but finds himself reluctant.)
Bilbo starts asking about Thorin’s travels. He takes in stories of other lands with a wide eyes wonder, sometimes stopping and puttering excitedly around the hole until he finds some book or map about a city or land Thorin mentions. The questions don’t stop, and Bilbo laughs and talks about how he always wanted to travel the world as a child. The smile is still there when his fingers trace over part of the map, but it’s sadder when he says life and expectations got a bit in the way of things.
-It happens months, perhaps even a couple years later. When Thorin wakes up and realizes he has no real obligations. He is free. He can give into a wild glorious whim.
So at the crack of dawn he shows up at Bag End with two packed ponies, a hobbit sized dwarvish sword he made, and a blinding grin. The first words out of his mouth when a groggy Bilbo opens the door are “Do you want to see the Gray Mountains???”
Of course, there are a lot of sputtering protests at first. Protests that grow weaker and weaker as Bilbo starts feeling something foolish and irresponsible start to wake up in the face of those bright eyes and brilliant smile and the promise of a nonsense adventure with this dwarf.
Eventually he gives in and rushes to pack a few things, arguing over necessities though they both can’t stop smiling and laughing the whole time. As they leave, Thorin doesn’t think twice about pausing to kiss Bilbo in the doorway. And Bilbo doesn’t think twice about kissing him back.
(shit gets awkward when theyre married years later and Gandalf shows up)