Welcome to Many Paths to Tread!

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 or fanart 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.

(Dreamflower is a founding co-moderator, and remains active on all of the LOTR Gfic communities.)

Elwen of the hidden valley says: I became a closet LOTR fan after seeing the Bakshi movie, read LOTR and became a fanfic writer when the PJ movies came out. Now that I am retired from employment it is time for me to give something back to all those sites who have hosted my work over the years.

(Elwen will be joining Dreamflower as a regular moderator in our communities at LiveJournal and on Yahoo! and here on Many Paths to Tread.)

Baranduin here. Ive been a Tolkien geek since 1967 though I did not know there was any interesting fannish things to do until the movies came out and I discovered fanfiction. Though I write very little these days, I cherish this fandom and am so happy to be moving into the web smith role. While I have big shoes to fill in stepping in after Dawn, Im very excited to do so and encourage all of you to contact me with your site issues.

(Baranduin is our new websmith, and she will be in charge of handling our technical matters.)

Hi, I'm zedille, one of the tech mods. I am primarily a fic reader, across a variety of fandoms, but I also occasionally dabble as a writer. I first read Tolkien's works in middle school, and ever since then I've really enjoyed seeing what the wonderful people in this fandom come up with. I'm very excited to come onboard and help with any technical questions or issues you might have.

(zedille is our other technical moderator. She will be assisting Baranduin in all technical matters.)

We bid a fond farewell to our other technical moderators Rhapsody the Bard and Ysilme, who are moving on to other things. We wish them well, and hope they continue to prosper. And to Dawn Felagund, we thank her for all her work in building this site. Even though she is retiring from actively working with Many Paths to Tread, she will always remain one of our Founding Co-Moderators. To learn more about our past co-moderators, See the MPTT History page to read more.

Site Info

Members: 362
Series: 180
Stories: 3241
Chapters: 7624
Word count: 14319131
Authors: 197
Reviews: 3492
Reviewers: 111
Newest Member: MimblesDaughter
Challenges: 5
Challengers: 5


The Books of J.R.R. Tolkien [2945] 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 [58] 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.


September/October News

In September, we only had one entry in our annual recipe!fic challenge, "Bounty",
Bountiful Birthday, by Linaewen: The four Travellers celebrate Bilbo and Frodo's birthday with a seasonal favorite.

However, do not forget that we always welcome late entries, and in fact have had some of those from previous challenges:
Larner posted several entries in a multi-chapter story, Serving Gondor is the first chapter posted on the LiveJournal Community, and the remaining chapters are there, as well as here on MPTT. Each chapter focuses on the prompt of a challenge.

The October Challenge will have the theme "the stars at night". Stories should prominently feature the stars of the night sky. Prompts for the challenge will be a particular star or constellation of Middle-earth that must be at least mentioned in the story. (It does not have to be a plot element, although it can be.)

The October challenge stories may be entered into the queue at any time between now and the reveal date, and will be revealed on Monday, October 16. Please tag your story "challenge: stars" and "month: 2017 october". 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.

To request your elements, please leave a comment to the October Challenge post. If you have not participated before, please leave an email address so that I can send you your prompt. Or you can email the mods at manypaths@lotrgfic.com.

As you may have noticed by the new moderator bios, we would like to announce that we now have two new websmiths (tech mods). Baranduin and zedille have agreed to step into that position and will be available to take care of any technical problems at the Many Paths to Tread Archive. So if you have a formatting problem or need to report a bug, they will be the ones you can contact at websmith@lotrgfic.com

In addition, we welcome Elwen of the Hidden Valley to our team of us regular mods. She will be assisting with the LiveJournal Challenge Community mostly, but may also help out from time to time at the forum and the archive.

We hope that you will join us in wishing our departing mods, Dawn Felagund, Rhapsody the Bard, and Ysilme well. They have decided to move on to other obligations and to taking care of some of that pesky thing called Real Life. And as a founding mod of the Many Paths to Tread Archive, and the architect of the site, Dawn will always be considered a co-founding mod.

If you are interested please check out our sister group, The Silmarillion Writers Guild, which is a site created by our founding co-mod Dawn Felagund, and in addition to being an archive of Silmarillion based fanfiction, is also home to a number of interesting resources for anyone interested in Middle-earth.

Prominent Tolkien scholar Michael Drout has a fascinating lecture, How to Read J.R.R. Tolkien posted on You Tube. Of course, most of us do not need to be persuaded to read his work. But it is instead and explanation of why Tolkien was so successful in intriguing his readers, and why the critics who dislike Tolkien are misreading him. Be sure to have some popcorn or something--the lecture is over an hour, but is quite worth it.

Posted by: Dreamflower on 10/07/17 - 04:15 pm()