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One of Tauriel's Sermon on the Riverbank graphics came up in my Tumblr feed this morning and it made a very good point: what does Smaug eat? I mean, he's a dragon, and he's massive. He'd be an apex predator, right? So the area surrounding Erebor should be pretty much emptied of game, including humans, if he's an omnivore or carnivore. If he eats trees, like the Draccus from The Kingkiller Chronicles, the area should be deforested, which it clearly isn't.

A lack of a sufficient food source could explain why he stays in the mountain: it means he's expending less energy, possibly spends time in some kind of hibernation, and so needs less food when food sources are scarce. If he eats gold or gems, he'd want to stay close to that food source and again, it's a finite source of food so he'd want to conserve as much energy as possible. He also can't get smelted gold - or at least can't get it easily, dragonfire might be able to melt gold out of the rock that surrounds it? - on his own. Tolkien's dragons aren't natural creatures, they were created by Morgoth, and a good way to keep something that powerful under control is to control its food source. (Like the lysine dependency in Jurassic Park.) Morgoth's gone, Sauron's not in a position to gather or feed dragons even if he could control them, and they're definiely not designed for mining if minerals are their food source.

Or do Tolkien's dragons, like Discworld high dragons, exist on magic? There's a definite feeling of 'the magic goes away' throughout the legendarium, best shown in LotR with the elves departing to the West. Animals in an environment with a limited food source will select for smaller sizes (insular dwarfism) and this would again explain Smaug's lack of activity outside the mountain: he's conserving his energy. He could also be staying close to a food source: there are certainly magical artifacts in his hoard (and the Arkenstone is theorized by some to be a Silmaril) and he's grouped the whole thing together to concentrate that source.

Or am I just really overthinking this?
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11. Have you ever attempted an "adaptation" fic of a favorite book or movie but set in a different fandom?

No, but I've helped a friend plot out a few fairy-tale adaptations, and I've enjoyed adaptations others have done. A favorite is Of leaves of Gold and Petals Red by Ithilwen of Himring, a LoTR-style adaptation of Tam Lin. This one also goes back to the question about OCs, in that it features one used to good purpose.
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Master post is here.

2. Name the fandoms you've written in, and how much you've written in that fandom, and if you still write in it.
Let's see...

  1. Transformers, when I was younger, but that's all offline now and either intentionally deleted or wiped from existence by a harddrive that turned into a brick.

  2. Supernatural, five fics and a couple of WiPs, though I haven't written anything in SPN since mid-season 5. I really should upload those to AO3 at some point.

  3. Lord of the Rings, three fics, including one I just finished recently for the LOTR Community September Challenge.

  4. Doctrine of Labyrinths, one fic, and I can't say if I'd keep writing in DoL or not because I just find it so hard to write Felix and do him justice.

  5. The Iron Elves, one fic, written for a Snowflake Challenge back in 2013, and I don't know that I'd write more because I find the story pretty complete as-is.

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Author: Hours Gone By
Title: The Longest Night
Rating: G
Theme: International Fanworks Day
Elements: Varrda
Author's Notes:
Summary: The longest night of the year is the perfect time to admire Varda’s creations.
Word Count: 200
Read more... )
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Day 10

In your own space, create a list of at least three fannish things you'd love to receive, something you've wanted but were afraid to ask for - a fannish wish-list of sorts. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your wish-list if you feel comfortable doing so. Maybe someone will grant a wish. Check out other people's posts. Maybe you will grant a wish. If any wishes are granted, we'd love it if you link them to this post.


1) Finrod's song battle with Sauron done as dueling guitars. Picture, fanvid, fic...if anyone wants to give me these two rockin' out, I can reward you with joyous squees and eternal gratitude. :P

2) Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn fanfic recs. (There isn't much. I've probably found what there is. But I can try! Perhaps there is some small, not significant to Google, archive I've not found. One never knows.) Or new fanfics, if anyone would like to stretch their wings...

3) Take a look at my tags and let me know if there are any amazing fanworks I just have to be aware of. Don't worry that it might not be to my taste: the worst that will happen is I'll say "thank you for the rec" and leave it at that. Or, if you ask me what I thought, "thank you for the rec, but it wasn't my cup of tea".

4) A vid for The Hobbit done to Blind Guardian's The Bard Song - The Hobbit. (There are two versions of The Bard Song. Both are amazing.)

5) An Iron Elves Trilogy fandom to exist. This one, this is the "I want a pony for Christmas!" of this particular list, I think, but you'll never get it if you don't at least ask. ;)
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Day 4

Comment to someone you haven't ever interacted with before or introduce yourself to someone you've interacted with and friend/follow them. Afterwards, leave a comment in this post with the equivalent of "I did it!"

It doesn't have to be anything complex - it can be feedback for a fanwork or discussing something you might have in common or even simply admiring their icon. The point is to reach out to someone you normally wouldn't and connect with them, even if it's only for the briefest moment.


Er, so I did this one sort of accidentally? (And actually on the 9th, I backdated it because having the entries out of order would bother me.) I left a review on mangacrack's A Smear of Grey Across the Sky, which is a lovely fic about Fëanáro comforting one of his youngest sons.
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Lord of the Rings

Return of the Key Series by [livejournal.com profile] curiouswombat (This link will take you to the series timeline so you can read them in order.)
Rating: Ratings as per story, General Audiences through to Explicit
Summary: The Hellmouth was closed, at the end of Chosen, by The Key. Dawn ended up in the Turok-Han's home dimension landing, unconscious, on a battlefield at the end of The Ring War. Not a '10th Walker', or a 'Legomance'! COA WINNER 2009.

The Silmarillion

A Smear of Grey across the Sky by mangacrack
Category: Gen | Rating: Teen
Summary: It was a wet and grey morning, on which Fëanáro had decided to surrender himself to the dull task of reviewing his students essays.

Dark Prince ~ The Darkness Has Its Own Light by Spiced Wine
Category: M/M | Rating: Mature
Additional Tags/Warnings: Non Consensual, Dubious Consent, Rape, Violence, Slavery, Incest, Alternate Universe - Canon
Summary: ~ Lúthien was not the only offspring of Maia and Elf born in the Elder Days, but Vanimórë's tale was never to be sung in glittering halls.

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