This is my first foray into fan fiction for a number of years. (and possibly the first ever serious attempt at writing canon characters). It was written for theforce.net's Dear Diary Challange, an annual writing challenge that takes place in the fan fiction forums to write a diary (or more than one diary!) from the point of view of a character as though they have written it and maintain it for a year. I have not worked on it for a while and I hope that posting it here will generatate my interest in writing it again.

The "canon" in the story will be a mixture of Tolkien's work, Peter Jackson's version of the Hobbit, and any other snippets I find relating to official game releases, etc. Any mistakes or misinterpretations of this material are my own (and most likely the result of sloppy researching...). I also use a lot of Norse Mythology, 'Viking' culture and Yorkshire village life of the early 21st centuary as inspiration for how my characters behave. (The latter because there is a lot of 'village' life that flavours the habits of Hobbits which pretty much reminds me of how my elderly relatives were in the 80's, and this includes using the works of James Herriot for inspriation, only without the 'modern' technology of the era. I do not focus my writing on 'popular' shipping culture that is usually found in fan fiction and roleplaying relating to The Hobbit so there will be no 'Bagginshield', Kili/Tauriel, etc.

Dramatis personae

Dwarves

Mentioned but doesn't make an appearance in the story:

Please note: some of the dwarves may look like they are original characters, but aren't. This is because they were never named in Tolkien's work, but must have existed. I have given them names because I can't keep referring to them as Kili's father, Gloin's wife, etc. This is my interpretation and other fan writers may differ (and most likely will!). Other characters, like Vif, Bild, Lofnheid and Lyngheid are my own inventions. Names of the dwarves have been taken from various poems in the Poetic Edda (which is where Tolkien got his dwarf names from originally). I am assuming that they are female names and it did take some picking out, but I am not an expert in Old Norse and there may be mistakes! It was fun doing it, though. Some names in the Poetic Edda for dwarves were unclear on wether they were male or not and I suppose this is where Tolkien got the notion that dwarf women are often mistaken for dwarf men! Vif and Gloa are names which don't appear specifically in the Eddas for dwarves, but do seem to fit quite nicely. Vif means wife and and Gloa is a feminised version of Gloin and seemed to fit.

In Norse Mythology, it is stated that Dwalin is the father of many of the minor Norns, and this is where the inspiration for him having many daughters came from.

Dwarf Clans: (aside from the line of Durin)

I will, at some stage, be posting the history of the dwarf clans which is based on information from roleplaying games and LOTRO. (In Tolkien's writing, only the Longbeards (Thorin's clan), the Broadbeams and Firebeards have their history revealed.)

Chapters

Hilda Greenhill's Diary, 1st Entry

Kili's Journal, 1st Entry

Hilda Greenhill's Diary, 2nd Entry

Kili's Journal, 2nd Entry

Hilda Greenhill's Diary, 3rd Entry

Kili's Journal, 3rd Entry

Hilda Greenhill's Diary 4th Entry

Kili's Journal, 4th Entry

Hilda Greenhill's Diary 5th Entry

Kili's Journal, 5th Entry

Chapter 5

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5