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, 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: 359
Series: 176
Stories: 3204
Chapters: 7486
Word count: 13937131
Authors: 194
Reviews: 3470
Reviewers: 113
Newest Member: zedille
Challenges: 5
Challengers: 5


The Books of J.R.R. Tolkien [2890] Fiction based on any of the published written works of Tolkien.
Movies about Tolkien [49] This category is for fanfiction based on film adaptations of Tolkien's work.
Non-Fiction [32] This category is for all non-fiction, including essays, research articles and tutorials.
Artwork [89] 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 [530] This category is for stories written specifically for Challenges.
Crossovers [57] 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.


January/February News

2017 January Potluck Challenge

The 2017 January Potluck Challenge is ready for sign-up! For those of you who are new to this challenge, it's where we (1) give you a chance to finish up and post any challenges you did not finish during 2016, or (2) give you a chance at some of the prompts that did not get used during the past year or (3) both.

To join in, simply choose your prompt and claim it by
leaving a comment at the original post
. More than one person may claim a prompt. In addition, you are not limited to just one prompt. You may claim as many as you like; we do ask that you put each claim in a separate comment, as it will help us keep track of things better. If you want to, you may claim a prompt, finish it and then claim another. You may also comment to say if you are finishing up a story from previous challenges.

Your stories will be due in the moderator's queue by Friday, January 20, and will be unlocked on Monday, January 23. Please tag your story "month: 2017 January" and "challenge: 2017 potluck" Please remember to use the following header template (also found on the community profile page), and to put the name of your story and your name in the subject line.

The 2016 Yule Exchange

There were eleven stories for December's Yule Exchange

The Choice by (for ). Deciding whether or not to sail has unexpected complications for Elladan.

A Dragon for Dora's Yule by (for ). Illness and bad weather make it necessary for Fosco and Ruby Baggins to stay with Bungo and Belladonna for Yule this year.

Home for Midwinter by (for ). Someone loves Maglor and eagerly awaits his return.

Journeys by (for ). Trapped in a cave by a rainstorm, Maglor and Maedhros reminisce and discuss future plans.

Keep the Home Fires Burning by (for ). It’s time at last for Gloín to leave Rivendell and return home.

The Last Homely House Welcomes Mr. Baggins by (for ). As Bilbo journeys to Erebor, the residents of Rivendell make plans for his return stay.

Out of the Shadows of the Past, A King by (for ). Boromir is faced with the unexpected revelation that Aragorn is heir to the line of Kings, and ponders what a returned King will mean to Gondor -- and to himself.

Salt by (for ). Erestor and Gil-galad take a mental health day at the beach.

The Ship of Light by (for ). Elwing is a troubled child, acting out to avoid facing the trauma of her past. During the survivors' first Yule at Sirion, mariners from Balar bring gifts to the refugees, and inspired by their benevolence, Elwing and Eärendil remake an old tradition into a new symbol of hope.

Something spicy by (for ). Lacking experience sometimes means making mistakes and can have unexpected consequences. Making new friends aren't the worst of those.

Winter Came Earlier by (for ). No context really; just a bit of fluff and a little heartbreak centering around a long-term relationship. I was asked for a story in which Elladan and Glorfindel loved one another. That’s what I wrote!

Winter Sons of Gondor by (for ). Boromir takes his younger brother on one last adventure before adulthood.

Attention Artists on MPTT!

Next month's fiction challenge is going to be "Art's Desire"; we will be asking authors to choose art from the MPTT Art Gallery to use as inspiration for their stories.

Because of that, we'd like to encourage you to upload more of your artistic creations to the archive over the next couple of weeks in order to give our writers a wider choice of possibilities. The new February story challenge will be posted right after the January Potluck Challenge stories are revealed.

If you have any questions, please email us at manypaths@lotrgfic.com

Display of special characters

The issue the archive was having with the display of special characters has now been solved, and everything should be back to normal. It had been caused by a change by the provider to the software the archive runs on.

Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience this has caused you!

Other Items of Interest

If you are interested please check out our sister group, The Silmarillion Writers Guild.

Posted by: Dreamflower on 01/08/17 - 03:51 pm()