Sharing my Boromir Lives thoughts has led me to the realization that a lot of my lotr/hobbit ideas really just boil down to taking a popular Fix-It trope and making it heartbreaking in a totally different way
Because a while ago I became strangely attached to this idea of a Thorin Lives au where Bilbo returns to the Shire still thinking Thorin died and Thorin goes to him a few years later to finally confess his love
But Bilbo's already taken
Turns out taking in a much younger than he really was in canon Frodo actually just made Bilbo even more of an Eligible Bachelor by Hobbit Standards and he met a nice widower and decided hey maybe settling down isn't so bad (because it's the Shire. Settling Down is what you do.)
So now Bilbo has this nice and sweet and funny hobbit husband who's ruining everything
Bilbo's husband: Dear, I don't think your dwarf friends like me very much...
Bilbo: What? I know they can seem a little gruff, but I'm sure they'll warm up to you. Just give them some time.
Thorin: (Having a silent breakdown)
Dwalin: I'm not saying I would kill him for you... But do you want me to kill him?
(and also lots of angst over the headcanon that dwarves take the idea of soulmates very seriously and hobbits just don't)
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