That Fate Them Bore

...a story cycle that begins with Frodo's decision to leave the Shire and will eventually end in Rivendell. Since I'm working on the various stages of the journey separately, the stories posted here won't always trace the quest in chronological order. To avoid confusion, I'm dividing the series up into the four most important stages.

The series title is a fragment taken from Aragorn's song of Beren and Lúthien, in FOTR: A Knife in the Dark. Much thanks is owed to my wonderful friends for their beta-help, support and enthusiasm: thank you, Calanthe, Frayach, Eykar and Nikki. And to all who read this: If you have any comments, criticisms, thoughts or questions, I'd be delighted to hear from you. Please contact me at