West of the Moon (Hobbit archive)

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Name: West of the Moon
Date(s): 2003 - 2008 (last update)
Archivist: Shadowfax8
Founder: Shadowfax8
Fandom: Lord of the Rings FPF, especially Hobbits
URL: http://www.west-of-the-moon.net (defunct); archive link; AO3 Collection
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West of the Moon is a hobbit-centric story archive for gen and slash fan fiction, poetry, and filk that was most active from 2003 to 2005.

WotM was famous for hosting the Golden Mushroom Awards with categories such as Most Inappropriate Use of Human/Elf/Dwarf, Best Hobbit Origami, Most Frustrating Fade to Black, and The Cue the Orchestra Award for WIPs.[1]

In April 2021, it was announced that West of the moon would be moving to the Archive of Our Own as an Open Doors Project[2].


  • 2003-2005 with peer-reviewed fic
  • 2005-2008 with posting by approved authors
  • February 2008 - archive open for reading

Recommendations and Reviews

  • West of the Moon, which has been around for 7 years (but frozen for the last 2) is (1) HOBBIT CENTRIC with both (2) GEN AND SLASH and, to a great extent (3) PEER REVIEWED. (As to that last, I have to say that personally, I appreciate not having to dig through all the bad fanfic that you can find at some sites to find the gems. ... and (4) THE GOLDEN MUSHROOM AWARDS. The Golden Mushroom Awards were some of the most fun awards in the fandom, avoiding a lot of the trauma and drama of other award programs and it was often even more entertaining to read the acceptance speeches. ... / The Archive is a wonderful tribute to the hobbit-centric fanfic created during the "heyday" of the fandom. Thanks Shadow!! (Elanor Gardner)[3]
  • [In response to Elanor Gardner] Oh, I definitely second this! I was quite sorry to see it "frozen", but am very glad that it remains available for reading. I think it's really the only hobbit-centric archive that did not focus on only one or two particular hobbits. I really liked the division of the gen and slash sides, making it easier to find what one was looking for, and the clear and easily readable layout! (Dreamflower)[3]


  1. ^ Golden Mushrooms, Accessed Oct. 26, 2008.
  2. ^ West of the Moon is Moving to the AO3 (Accessed 17 April 2021)
  3. ^ a b lotr_fic_recs: REC THE SITES (accessed 1 September 2012)