Least Expected

Least Expected icon - Sketch of Frodo and Sam by Lucy

"Of all joys, this is the least expected!"
-- Aragorn, The Passing of the Grey Company

Welcome to Least Expected! This collection holds works originally at the Least Expected archive. Least Expected was the first Tolkien fanfiction archive that welcomed slash fanfic. It was associated with the tolkien_slash email list and was active from September 1999 through February 2002, with a total of just under 900 stories. Many of the stories in its archive don't exist anywhere else.

Since its purpose is to preserve the history of Tolkien fandom, Least Expected is closed to new works.

The import of this archive to the AO3 was approved by the OTW Open Doors Committee on 10 October 2016.

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About Least Expected (leastexpected)

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This collection contains works originally located at the Least Expected archive, which were imported to the Archive of Our Own through the Open Doors Project in order to best preserve Tolkien fandom history.



If you still have access to the email you used to post your works to Least Expected, you should have received an email with the option to claim your works at the time they were imported. If you do not have access to that email account, or did not receive the notification, please contact the moderator at the contact email address listed above.

All unclaimed works are imported as restricted to logged-in AO3 users only, and will be made publicly viewable after a 30-day transition period. If you claimed your works before that period ended, you will need to change the restriction setting.

For questions about using the AO3, please contact Support. For questions about submitting works to Least Expected, please contact the moderator at the email address listed above.



Because the purpose of this collection is to preserve the Least Expected archive, it is only open to works originally hosted there.