Lord of the Rings real person fic

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Photograph of Dominic Monaghan, Elijah Wood, and Orlando Bloom, three actors from Lord of the Rings regularly featured in Lotrips fiction.
Lord of the Rings real person fic
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The end of the 2001 heralded in the beginning of the Lord of the Rings real person fic. Things happened fast, and "lotrips" became one of the largest actorfic fandoms to take off in media fandom for many years. There are numerous reasons why the fandom became so popular, so quickly. Some people did not want to attempt to write within the Tolkien universe of the films, nor were some of the more subtextually strong pairings (such as Legolas/Gimli) the ones featuring the actors which were found most strongly visually appealing. The actors spent a considerable amount of time in "isolation" with each other through the extended filming of the movies, forming strong friendships, which provided a good basis for establishing a background for writing fiction about them.

Between December 19, 2001 and December 28, 2001, the tolkien_slash mailing list on Yahoo discussed the slashy subtext between the actors in the movie. (Marythefan: [1]) On December 28, 2001, LOTR_RPS was created. It was one of the first or the first LotR RPF communities. (Marythefan: [2])

The community saw a surge of growth and interest and on May 15, 2002, slashpuppets was founded. It was one of the first, possibly the first, LotR RPS role playing community. ([3] , redpanda: [4] ) This was significant because, while role playing was a normal component of many traditional media based fan fiction communities, it had been largely absent from ActorFic communities. AU-stories were and continue to be extremely popular within lotrips, taking the actors and placing them in everything from historial-AU settings to police officers, pirates, and strippers.[5]

On December 23, 2002, Ian McKellen said the following about Real Person Fic:

I am not well acquainted with slash but find nothing harmful in sharing fantasies about favourite characters or their interpreters. Within the context of such sites even Real Person stories seem unobjectionable as they are clearly fictional. - http://www.mckellen.com/epost/lotr/l021223.htm

The massive expansive growth of the Lord of the Rings real person fic started to wane by December of 2003. The community had its share of problems during this period, ones that those in traditional media fandoms would point to as reasons to discourage this type of fan fiction. This included a small percentage of the community thinking that the actors involved were really together and were sending their fans who were writing RPS secret messages, a fan working as a waitress giving Ian McKellen a sexually explicit story featuring him while Ian McKellen was eating lunch at a restaurant.


Below is a list of terms and their definitions that are used in this fan fiction community.

General terms (in some cases borrowed from other fandoms but used frequently in lotrips):

AU: Alternate Universe. AU fics take place outside the "real" timeline of the actors' lives. Many lotrips AUs are historical, others are supernatural or set in the future, or simply modern-day fics wherein the actors are not actors. See wingfic, unific.

Fanon: Information which is used frequently to depict the actors and becomes an accepted characterisation, such as Billy drinking whisky or Orlando being a "bottom."

Meta: General discussion about the fandom, as in a "meta post" on an author's LiveJournal.

OT3: One true threesome. See OTP. This often refers in lotrips to Dombilijah or "the fucksome trio," but can be used to describe any favourite grouping of three actors.

OTP: One true pairing. This refers to an author's favourite (or in some cases only) pairing.

Rec: Reccommendation. Authors and readers often post "fic recs" on their LiveJournal for other lotrips fans to find each other.

RP: Role play. RP communities have waxed and waned in popularity in the lotrips fandom, and currently most actives ones are multifandom (Citadel, the Establishment, Our Quarter, etc). In RP, each author plays one or more celebrities within the context of a game (often AU), and adopts a LiveJournal to post as that actor. Unlike a tig, RPs have relatively open membership and many players.

Tig: A co-written story between two or more authors. Tigs are sometimes fully edited, written in third-person past tense, and posted as indistinguishable from other stories. They can also be written in LiveJournal comments or in an "RP" style. Tigs are often posted as works in progress (WIPs) and often feature each author writing a different character, taking turns as they go.

Unific: One trend in the lotrips AU community was to write about the actors in university, either as students or professors. One of the most popular examples is a tig, lotr_uni, which is still in progress and features Dominic Monaghan as a student and Billy Boyd as a professor in a Scottish university.

Wank: Complaints about fandom, often a discussion on a LiveJournal community, usually with negative connotations.

Wingfic: One popular genre in lotrips fandom, in which one or more characters has wings. Can be set clearly in fantasy (AU) or explained in the real world.

WIP: Work in progress. A story that is posted as the author writes, and therefore incomplete.

Woodcest: Term used to describe any romantic interaction between Elijah Wood and his sister, Hannah. Often appears as a warning for such interaction in a slash fic.

Commonly used abbreviations for lotrips pairings:

Dombilijah: Billy Boyd/Dominic Monaghan/Elijah Wood (Also known as "fucksome trio")
Domlijah: Dominic Monaghan/Elijah Wood
Kargo: Karl Urban/Viggo Mortensen
Monaboyd: Billy Boyd/Dominic Monaghan
Orlibean: Orlando Bloom/Sean Bean
Orlijah: Orlando Bloom/Elijah Wood
Vigbean: Viggo Mortensen/Sean Bean
Viggorli: Orlando Bloom/Viggo Mortensen


Below is a partial timeline of events that took place in this fan fiction community.


The newsletter tagging kerfluffle

In February 2009, there was a kerfuffle over the tagging/description policies on lotrips, the LiveJournal community. A linking community/newsletter for new fiction posted within the fandom, in 2009 the mod, msilverstar, started putting detailed tags on every listing above and beyond what the original authors used in their headers. This lead to a fair amount of upset by authors who did not care for the way their works were now being described and "warned" for, everything from "shifting POV", "repentant Sean Astin" to "snow angels."[15] Some authors requested to no longer have their fic listed via the community. Comments regarding it spread to other livejournals[16], including someone making a list of all the labels being placed on stories.[17] On February 20, 2009, msilverstar posted she would consider revising the tagging policy, and arguments continued onward regarding the matter, some authors getting particularly wanky over the matter and others discussing starting a new newsletter.[18],[19],[20]

Others began to point out that there was nothing wrong with what msilverstar was doing, and that linking to publicly available works was no great crime and the extended descriptions were actually useful to readers.[21],[22],[23] The entire situation made an appearance on fandom_wank eventually.[24]

Influential Stories

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Fandom Members

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Fandom size

There are 123 stories on FanWorks.Org as of October 10, 2006 and there are 123 stories on FanDomination.Net as of October 10, 2006 .

External Links

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See also


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