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A question, because my flist knows all: Can anyone recommend or point me to Lord of the Rings fan fiction set in the alternate universe of the subjugated Shire (a.k.a. the "Scouring of the Shire" tribute scene) shown in Galadriel's mirror in Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring film? Thanks!

A recommendation for fans and non-fans alike: angel_gigdet just posted a remarkable Lost in Space story inspired by the lyrics of Bill Mumy's song "The Ballad of William Robinson." Whether or not you're a diehard Lost in Space fan, I recommend it.

And a tried and true quote for the day:

"The Ballad of William Robinson" by Bill Mumy

My name is William Robinson, I'm 42 years old.
I've seen the hot side of the sun, I've seen blue icy cold.
I've shot the one-eyed giant down with laser in my hand,
But I'll never see my home again on walk on Earth's green land.

In 1997 we set out on the Jupiter 2,
Bound for Alpha Centauri, my family and small crew.
We ran into a meteor storm - the wrong time, the wrong place.
It's been six months and thirty years that we've been lost in space.

My father died five years ago. There was no better man than he.
My mother's never been the same, and now it's up to me.
Our pilot is a handsome man, my sisters both could tell.
And Dr. Smith will get us killed and that may be just as well.

I've worked the mines of many worlds for fuel to power our ship.
I have a robot for a friend and helper on our trip.
I'm sending out this message now from this ungodly place
In hopes someone will rescue us from being lost in space.

My name is William Robinson and I'll never take a wife.
No children will I father. I have no normal life.
Show me mercy in this universe, or show me God's true face.
Whisper my name to the stars for I am lost in space.


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Apr. 14th, 2008 04:58 pm (UTC)
Apr. 15th, 2008 03:41 pm (UTC)
Many thanks! :)
Apr. 15th, 2008 09:53 am (UTC)
*Lights a candle for the Jupiter 2*

One of the big let-downs for the last two Dragon*Con's I've been to is the fact that Bill Mummy wasn't there.
Apr. 15th, 2008 03:41 pm (UTC)
*lights a candle with you*

This new little fic tore out my heart!
Apr. 15th, 2008 12:46 pm (UTC)
I have a memory of a fic like that that I really liked at the time, but I am having trouble finding it. If I can unearth it, I will certainly let you know.

Bill Mumy is an interesting guy.
Apr. 15th, 2008 03:42 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, thanks a million for thinking of that. If you do recall the title, I'd be in your debt.

Interesting guy indeed!
Apr. 16th, 2008 05:06 pm (UTC)
Hmm...I know of lots of brilliant "Troubles" fics, but none of them are movieverse. Bookverse Troubles fic abound-- danae_b has many in her archive thedanamark, and rubynye has a number of really good ones as well.

But I can't think of any set in the movie AU at all...
Apr. 22nd, 2008 04:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for these excellent recommendations - I really appreciate it! I am going to follow up on them all.
Apr. 22nd, 2008 05:44 pm (UTC)
Here's a link to what Dana calls her "In a Sunless Year" series, which is all of her "Troubles" fics arranged more or less chronologically:


Here are three of my favorites--

"In This These Days of Glory" both parts, basically cover the whole time in a series of vignettes.

"The Choices of Mistress Daisy" is a very difficult and disturbing fic about one of Sam's sisters and how she must deal with Lotho. It's quite brilliant.

"A Long Road There and Back" is about Celandine Brandybuck and Moro Burrows, and their encounter with Ruffians.

"The North-Delving Incident"
is three fics from three POVs: Pippin's, an OC's, and Merry's, of a post-Scouring incident where Pippin discovers a pocket of Ruffians hiding out and terrorizing the village of North-delving. The first one "Overlooked" can be read all on its own, but the other two really complement it.

Here are a few of Ruby's--

“Rosemary for Remembrance”--very sad, very dark; the fate of Fredegar Bolger's sweetheart, Rosemary

“Breredon”--Captain Pippin comforts a lass who has some bad memories of that terrible year

“The Chief’s Day Out”--Lotho's last day

This last one is very, very dark--a much higher rating than I can normally read, and it was very hard to read as well--I found myself having to skip some of the darkest parts. But it is basically the POV of one of the Ruffians.

“Ekhat’s Luck”

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