Welcome to Many Paths to Tread!

Welcome to Many Paths to Tread, your place for Tolkien related fanfic!  We are glad to welcome stories set in any Age of Arda, and featuring any of the Races!  If your fanfiction is based on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and falls within our ratings guidelines, then it may find a home here.

We hope that you will not only post your stories with us, but that you will read the stories of many of the other fine writers we have among our number, and will leave comments for them!

Please feel free to let the mods know if you have any questions or concerns!

Meet the Moderators

Hey everyone, Cathleen here! I want to take this opportunity to welcome you all to the GFIC Group's brand new archive! We hope you'll find "Many Paths to Tread" an enjoyable place to hang out and archive your work. I've been writing Fanfic since 2004, coming in the back door, so to speak, by starting out in a non-mainstream genre, and via movie verse. I've had the pleasure of working with a number of incredible people in the fandom since that time, and I'm eternally grateful for each and every one of them and the things they have taught me. My heartfelt thanks to Dreamflower, Pearl Took, and Dawn Felagund, for without their committment and hard work, this archive would have continued to exist only in my dreams!

Hello, I'm Dreamflower, one of your mods. I've been in the Tolkien fandom since 1967, and have been writing LOTR fanfic since 2004. Cathleen asked me to co-mod the LOTR_Community_GFIC with her, and it has been a fun and enlightening experience. I am very excited to see us finally get our very own archive launched, and I hope that all of you will have a lot of fun reading and posting stories here! Please feel free to ask me any questions you may have.

I'm Dawn Felagund, and I'm honored to have been asked to be a part of this site as the webmaster and one of the moderators. The Lord of the Rings movies inspired me to read more about Tolkien's world, and I've been hooked ever since. I primarily play in the Silmarillion sandbox and adore the Elves best of all. I look forward to reading the stories on the archive and encourage any of you with questions or troubles with the site to contact me.

Hi there, I am Rhapsody the Bard, one of the new mods. To many I am a familiar face since I have been around in the fandom since 2004 and have been active at other archives as a mod over the years. This bard writes and reads a lot, and likes to muse about a huge variety of ideas that firmly takes root in Tolkien's world. Foremost a Silmarillion writer, but I have a weakness for Dúnedain and once a while a hobbity story won’t go amiss. I have been a member of this group from the start and have watched it grow to such a fantastic group where so many feel at home. When asked to join the mod team to support them, I simply could not say no. If you have any questions, do ask! I am happy to help out no matter what kind of question you might have.

Hi, I'm Ysilme, most recent mod to this archive. Some of you might remember me as Winterwitch. I love Tolkien's works since my childhood and have been writing stories since I was a teen, but became part of the online fandom only in 2013. My fannish playground is rather Elven-centric and I love exploring their lore and culture through the ages. Mainly a fanfic writer, I also sometimes make banners and occasionally podfic and, together with Dreamflower, co-mod the project Read Lord of the Rings Aloud on LJ. In my previous fandom, I gained experience as a mod in various functions. I'm honoured to have been asked to join this team and am happy to help you with any kind of question or problem. Please don't hesitate to contact me!

Among the driving forces in the creation of MPTT was Pearl Took, one of the founding co-mods of this archive, although "Real Life" issues led her away from active participation. Pearl Took is now putting her creative efforts to writing mysteries under the name of Pearl R. Meeker. While currently on hiatus, Pearl remains a fan and friend of MPTT and her sister communities, and should time and circumstances allow, we hope she might be able to return to active participation. See the MPTT History page to read more.

Site Info

Members: 323
Series: 165
Stories: 3071
Chapters: 7074
Word count: 13288430
Authors: 180
Reviews: 3253
Reviewers: 107
Newest Member: Nim
Challenges: 5
Challengers: 5


The Books of J.R.R. Tolkien [2775] Fiction based on any of the published written works of Tolkien.
Movies about Tolkien [39] This category is for fanfiction based on film adaptations of Tolkien's work.
Non-Fiction [27] This category is for all non-fiction, including essays, research articles and tutorials.
Artwork [88] This category is for artworks of all kinds, so long as they are based on Tolkien's works and world. This includes illustrations for fanfiction posted at this or other sites.
Challenge Stories [496] This category is for stories written specifically for Challenges.
Crossovers [56] This category is for fanfiction which includes two or more fictional worlds, or the same world in differing times. At least one of those worlds must be primarily based on the works of Tolkien.


July/August News

2015 July Fixed-Length-Ficlet Challenge: Arrivals and Departures

The July Challenge stories, with the theme of "Arrivals and Departures" have now been posted. This month was our annual Fixed-Length Ficlet challenge, in which the participants chose a number between 101 and 400, to be used as their exact word count.

We had a bountiful crop of these little gems this year!

I Made a Promise by last_winterrose Fili watched as Kili makes and keeps a promise to their mother.
Departure by Ness Halbarad watches Aragorn depart for the Quest.
Arrival by Ness Aragorn ponders the arrival of the Grey Company.
A New Arrival by Talullah Red A new arrival at the family.
The New Folk - by Larner The arrival of certain individuals to Tol Eressea indicates they must in time depart as well.
What He Could Recall by Dreamflower Three times Frodo arrived someplace new, and then departed.
Telpelindë by Silver Trails Telpelindë says good-bye to Curufin(wë)
The Hidden Vale by Linaewen Boromir reaches the hidden valley of Imladris.
Never Too Late by Keiliss Maglor visits Rivendell long after the Last Ship has sailed and has an unexpected encounter.

In addition, two of our Round Robin Comment Challenge stories, written for last year's fifth anniversary, have been completed. They are:

For The Hobbit
Dreamfeast by KathyG, Dreamflower and LarnerWhat happened to Bombur after his fall into the Enchanted River?

For The Lord of the Rings:
The Trouble with Chestnuts by Contributing Authors ( Linaewen, shirebound, Dreamflower, Linaewen, KathyG, Raksha the Demon, periantari, and Larner.

We hope that you enjoy the stories and let the authors know!

The August Non-fiction Challenge
The August Challenge will once again have the theme "Nonfiction." You will not receive an element for this challenge; rather, we encourage all members to submit essays, research articles, and other nonfictional works related to Tolkien's legendarium. You are free to choose your own topic!

The August challenge entries will be due Friday, August 21 and will be revealed on Monday, August 23.

Please tag your essay "challenge: non-fiction" and "month: 2015 august". Use the following special header for your nonfiction entry: Put "Nonfiction" as the theme, and as "type" indicate whether it is an essay, research, tutorial or other type of nonfiction. Make sure to put the name of your piece and your name in the subject line (e.g. "Sindarin Verbs by Scholar Sue").

Author's Notes:
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To indicate your participation, please leave a comment to this post, or you can email the mods at manypaths@lotrgfic.com. Remember: You do NOT have to wait for a prompt or element.

I hope we'll have lots of participants for our August challenge!

Posted by: Dreamflower on 07/19/15 - 02:27 pm()