Title: That Which They Defend
Rating: NC-17 (Language, Sex, and Volence)
Pairings: Kirk/Éomer, Éomer/Lothíriel, Kirk/McCoy
Word Count: 52,461
Summary: Jim Kirk in Middle Earth: There, and back again. A crossover with The Lord of the Rings (film and books), inspired by this prompt.
Disclaimer: I know this may come as a shock, but I am not, amazing as it may seem, Gene Roddenberry, J.J. Abrams, Paramount or Bad Robot. Just so you know. With apologies also to J.R.R. Tolkien, Peter Jackson, and Karl Urban while I’m at it.
Acknowledgements: Huge thanks to my loyal beta, gadgetorious for all the time she spent reading this and providing near constant feedback and hand-holding. Props also to tocourtdisaster who did several read-throughs at the end once we were sick of looking at it. A final thanks to the members of the Rec Room of the jim_and_bones comm for their unconditional support and cheerleading throughout the STBB. They are the coolest people in the world!
A/N: I borrowed several lines from Tolkien throughout. In my head, in the books and films Jim was there but always just out of sight; events weren’t different because he was there to begin with anyway. :-}~
I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.
~ J. R. R. Tolkien
Prologue: Beyond the Days of Mortal Lands
Part One: All Those Who Wander
Part Two: Horns in the Hills Ringing
Part Three: At Moonbeams Glistening
Part Four: Into the West
Part Five: Many Paths to Tread
Epilogue: The Roads Go Ever On
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Mix: Score and soundtrack here by wyntreaurora
BONUS! Art by witblogi: