Does Gender Matter?: 7. Slash and Tolkien

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7. Slash and Tolkien

Some of the authors who replied to this survey have dabbled in many fanfiction genres; some prefer one particular format. There are many categories of writing in the Tolkien fanfiction world, but the genres mentioned most often in the survey responses were: slash, drama, angst, h/c, AU, action/adventure and romance. Even within this particular fanfiction subculture, different people think of these categories in quite different ways.
Within the Tolkien fanfiction community slash seems to cover many things, from explicit NC-17 rated sexual encounters to extended musings on the many friendships present throughout Tolkien’s works, especially those within the nine-character fellowship of the ring within LotR. This genre is not limited to male characters, however, and there appears to be a growing desire for “girlslash” with writings that focus on two or more women characters and a sexual plot. While slash has an implied sexual overtone, writers’ views on what constitutes slash varies from writer to writer, as indicated in the following replies to the question, “Do you write in one particular style or multiple styles? (slash, h/c, AU, etc.)”

    “I find slash fascinating to read, possibly because it’s ostensibly written by young women for other young women; maybe we’re just on the same wavelength!” Miss Kitty

    “I write stories that are not easily classifiable… My largest stories deal with bi/homosexuality in Shire culture, but are not what I would term “slash”. They address sexuality, rather than depict sex.” Anglachel

    “All my stories to date have been slash, partly because it is such fun to write, and partly because sexuality is one of those tantalizing glimpsed-out-of-the-corner-of-the-eye’s in Tolkien.” Vulgarweed

    “I’ve written humor, adventure, romance…pretty much the entire gamut. Except slash: I just don’t see characters in Middle-earth spending all their time playing psychosexual power games. Those folks have more on their minds.” Viv

    “Well, mostly hobbit slash (though only G/PG), because I so admire the deep love between Sam & Frodo and I can imagine that this love included sexual feelings as well, whether those were expressed or not. Another reason for me to be in the slash fandom is the understanding and accepting of homosexual love in this fandom that I never experienced in that way in the ‘real world.’” Samantha Richter


This is a work of fan fiction, written because the author has an abiding love for the works of J R R Tolkien. The characters, settings, places, and languages used in this work are the property of the Tolkien Estate, Tolkien Enterprises, and possibly New Line Cinema, except for certain original characters who belong to the author of the said work. The author will not receive any money or other remuneration for presenting the work on this archive site. The work is the intellectual property of the author, is available solely for the enjoyment of Henneth Annûn Story Archive readers, and may not be copied or redistributed by any means without the explicit written consent of the author.

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Author: Thevina Finduilas

Status: General

Completion: Complete

Era: Other

Genre: Research Article

Rating: General

Last Updated: 04/04/04

Original Post: 03/19/03

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