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Story Summary

Ten days in Buckland as Bilbo tries to convince his relatives that Frodo belongs with him. Mature themes in all chapters, descriptions of sexual activity and violence in later chapters. Significant speculation about minor LOTR characters, and gap-filling on Shire culture, society, politics and economics. Bilbo, Frodo, Rory, Gilda. By Anglachel.

Mithril Awards 2003 - Winner - Best story about Hobbits

This story is followed by On Merry Yule


Chapter List

Ch# Title Words Com. Updated
1 Respectable 4,116 1 07 Dec 02
2 The Rascal 5,589 0 07 Dec 02
3 Mayor, Master, and Thain 5,035 0 07 Dec 02
4 Relations 4,440 0 07 Dec 02
5 Exchange 4,273 0 30 Dec 02
6 Belongings 6,215 0 07 Jan 03
7 Fortune 5,778 0 07 Dec 02
8 Harvest 6,465 1 30 Dec 02
9 Desires 7,705 1 06 Dec 02
10 Scandal 6,327 0 11 Sep 02
11 Coda 1,046 0 20 Mar 04
12 Appendix A - Calendar - Timeline 646 0 11 Sep 02
13 Appendix B - Cast of Characters 655 0 08 Dec 02
14 Appendix C - Major Character Ages 1,291 0 18 Aug 04
Appx. Word Count 59,581 3  



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Agape4Gondor - 20 Dec 06 - 3:38 PM

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Hello, Ang,

This was highly recommended to me by Marta - so I had to read it.

Disturbing! But incredible. No cute little Hobbits running around the Shire. Much more realistic IMHO. 

Definitely shuddered as I read it, but Bilbo's tenacity and faith in Frodo is beautiful. And to see the old 'thief' cut himself and Frodo from the bonds of a cunning spider in Hobbit disguise was delightful.

Brava! And thanks to Marta!


Vidugavia - 01 Dec 08 - 2:04 PM

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O wow! I really like the way you make Bilbo a believable actor in Shire clan politics. Some of the things in this story might be a bit too strong for my stomach but as a whole it's marvellous!

Your vision of the Shire in this story and "On merry Yule" is very much alive. Your "green sun" fits seamlessly with the world around it, it seems like it's always been there. Regardless of the fact that Tolkien himself would never have written about sexuality the way you have done.

I will probably never again read about hobbit society or Frodo without being reminded of your stories. I especially think it gives more depth to the relationship between Frodo and Gollum.


Anglachel - 01 Dec 08 - 6:36 PM

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I'm tickled pink that you like the Shire stories so much. The stories are not to everyone's taste, it's true, but it is what the telling demanded.

Take care,


Chathol-linn - 02 Sep 11 - 6:50 PM

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Legacy is one of the first stories I read at HASA. I was amazed at the sophistication used in describing the relationships among the Hobbits.  By turns I thought the author was a professor, a wiccan, and a sociologist.  I reread this often and have made a paper copy which I keep in a 3-ring binder. This story is great. I highly recommend this, and the accompanying nonfiction essay.


Anglachel - 03 Sep 11 - 8:17 AM

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Coming from you, this is high praise indeed. I am honored.

Take care,

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Story Information

Author: Anglachel

Status: Reviewed

Completion: Complete

Era: 3rd Age - The Stewards

Genre: Drama

Rating: Adult

Last Updated: 04/09/05

Original Post: 08/19/02

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This discussion is primarily dedicated to discussing Anglachel's very long fic On Merry Yule. Some minor discussions of earlier stories are to be found here, as well, but focus is on OMY.

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Bilbo Baggins
Frodo Baggins
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