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Monstrous Terrain by rayemars, thor/loki + other thor characters, NSFW, jotunn!thor + jotunn!loki, au, 30k
    At the conclusion of the war between the Aesir and the Jotnar, Laufey not only takes his choice of spoils from Odin's treasury, but also claims his eldest son as a hostage. Concealing his parentage from Thor would be easier were it not that an Aesir can't bear a jotun's touch--at least not a full-blooded one's.
    Well, I was up far too long reading this fic last night. But, once I'd started it, even taking breaks here and there, I couldn't entirely walk away until I'd finished it, because it's a fic with the roles reversed, where Thor is taken as a hostage and raised as a prince of Jotunheim instead of Loki in Asgard. I feel like I've been waiting for this fic to be done this well for ages, because I like the idea, but it's something that has to be so carefully approached and needed to be 30k words long just to do the necessary groundwork! But, oh, this author did what was the really important part--Thor raised in different circumstances would still be Thor in that alternate situation, which he was here. Even touch-starved, even as the least favored son, he was still loyal and honest and stubborn and good-hearted and had that incredible inherent strength.

One of the best parts of the fic was the Loki scenes where he knew what Thor could accomplish if he weren't holding back or being held back, that that strength of his would allow him to just take whatever he wanted. And that is Thor, because he wouldn't, but his physical strength is as such, even as magic allows others to fight more evenly with him. (The berserker rages he goes into, ones that have never really been learned to be tempered are all the more gorgeous for these different circumstances and how they worry Thor, scare him that he would kill everything in his path if he couldn't come out of it.)

And that's one of those things, when you put Thor as the less favored son, you run the risk of weakening his presence in a fic, that he'd get overwhelmed by the sharpness of Loki's character. But that's not the case here--he isn't the same egostical, arrogant prince he was in the beginning of Thor, but that doesn't mean he's not still Thor. That he continues to train every day, that he continues to seek Loki out even when Loki is near to impossible to be around, even when he keeps standing up, no matter how much is placed on his shoulders, that determination and strength of will is purely Thor. But, then, neither does the characterization of Loki suffer, either! He's so complicated here, so contradictory even to himself and, oh, that's so spot on for him.

This is a fic that's about an actual plot, so many gorgeous details being worked in of what happened in the war (and how that means everything is different, with Jotunheim's invasion of Midgard, with the lack of the Aesir presence around), there's so much happening in the background with Odin rebuilding the Aesir and Asgard, with Loki unable to stay out of trouble because he's not content to just stay it Utgard, with Loki long having known that Thor isn't biologically his brother, all of that is happening in the fic and it's beautifully paced for that. But, at it's heart, it's a story about Thor and Loki's relationship, how much Loki loves his brother and is unable to let him go, even when he knows it would be better for him. Even when he knows that Thor will not see things as he does, when that will bring trouble between them that would be better to wash his hands of it, he loves Thor too much. And Thor loves Loki just as much, even when Loki's words and actions are basically treason, of course he would choose Loki over everything else.

And the other lovely thing that this fic did, one of those that really sucked me into the writing, was that it mirrored the original movies in a lot of ways, there were little--and some big--parallels, the way some things would always unfold in similar ways, the way Mjolnir was similar to the use of the Casket in the original movie, but not entirely the same. That's such an important for me thing when you're writing an AU fic like this, when it deals with some of the same themes and underlying issues that the original movie did, but not being strictly beholden to them. It made the ending all the more thrilling for it, because this is a different situation, so the ending would be different, because Thor is not Loki, so he wouldn't react in the same way, even if their circumstances were similar. And, oh, it's certainly captured my imagination to daydream a bit about where their lives would take them after the end of the fic, but I think I almost prefer that slight open-ended quality, because the ending was perfect as it was.

All of this, as well as a really nicely done sex scene because, oh, Loki sitting across Thor's lap, working himself open with his own hand, so he can slide down onto Thor? Riding him until Thor can't take it anymore and rolls them over and fucks into him more intensely? Jesus fuck, that's one of those things that's on my list of things I'm forever weak to, especially when they're super fucking hot like they were here. Plot and porn and a happy (for them) ending and excellent writing/pacing/details? Yes. I don't care if I'm spoiled by this fandom, I want it forever.

relic by leeringsatyrspeeringeyes [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki + angrboda + laufey, jotunn!loki, jotunn!thor, 14k
    For the second time in his long life, Angrboda stood before the throne, holding a child, pleading for the childís life after matters had gone wrong.
    The writing of this piece is a bit stiff in the beginning, which largely shows because the rest of the story is so very solid and good. This is an AU that feels logical and right, where Thor is the one stolen away to Jotunheim when he was a baby, this Jotunn!Thor and his relationship with Loki and the others of the realm, most especially (his lack of one with) Laufey and their caretaker, Angrboda. The fic has plot and the elements that mirror canon are well placed and genuinely work! So often, when adding in elements of canon, you feel what the author is doing, rather than it feeling natural to the characters, but here it felt right that these moments cropped up or that fate kept bringing these certain things around.

Thor being stubborn in loyalty and determination to be a worthy fighter and the use of Mjolnir and the way Angrboda was written (who cares genuinely for these two little shits, Thor and Loki, who are just as close, as they're the only two of their size in Jotunheim) and how I just tore through the whole thing in one sitting and the light tough of faux-Shakespeare and the sense of world-building--! The moment when Thor's thunder and lightning powers finally hit--! It was all fantastic and perfectly satisfying and I may have let out one of those ridiculous breathy sighs by the time I was done reading this.

The Witch-King and His Husband by Metallic_Sweet, thor/loki, NSFW, jotunn!loki, intersex!loki, jotunn!thor, 4.8k
    When Jotunheim triumphed over Asgard, it was agreed that Asgard's golden son would wed the first witch born into the royal family of Jotunheim in well over ten thousand years. In which Thor grows up on Jotunheim, largely alone, waiting for Loki to grow old enough to rule.
    This fic is a little tell-rather-than-show, but it's a fun piece to read and does solidly well at being a fic about Thor raised on Jotunheim. The best part of the fic is Loki being slowly cracked open by Thor, genuinely loving him, and how surprisingly sweet and good their relationship is in a world that could have made it really nasty. So, while reading this, while it's bettersweet or difficult in some places, it left me with a warm, positive feeling about the Thor/Loki relationship that I enjoyed a lot. And, oh, man, do I love when Thor is tasting Loki's cunt to make him writhing and when Loki rides Thor's cock, these are some of my favorite things pretty much ever! The fairy tale elements are nicely done, which helps the overall structure of the fic as well as just simply is a delight to read.

Through Coldest Storm by beckyh2112, thor/loki, mildly nsfw, jotunn!thor + as!loki, 2.4k
    Getting caught in a spring storm on Jotunheim is bad enough. A young giant finding their camp makes it worse.
    THIS FIC WAS SO GOOD. This is the perfect AU fic and the ONLY complaints I have are: a) not 100k of this which would have been amazing and b) no actual porn which would have been amazing. But as a semi-short AU fic, where Prince Loki and his two brothers go to Jotunheim to hunt frost boars and run into Jotunn!Thor? OH MY GOD SO GOOD. It balances the Loki we know and the Thor we know with changing them slightly because of the different circumstances they've grown up in--I recognize both characters, but also can see their differences in this universe. And, oh, the writing is so sharp and clever and fun, the instant attraction between Thor and Loki is perfection, but also... each of their characterizations is so good I find myself barely restrained from keyboard mashing over it, especially as Thor lures Prince Loki away from his brothers, the snow storm cutting them off, because Thor has plans and he grins as he announces them and this Loki isn't quite so mean, but he is quick and cutting and there's a certain something boiling in him, especially when he thinks about how badly he wants Thor to fuck him hard, in a way no one else would dare in Asgard. And, boy, are his thoughts on that super fucking hot, ugh. Basically, this is the most perfect AU Jotunn!Thor and Aesir!Loki I could ask for.

Changeling Child by icarus_chained, thor & loki, pre-movies, canon!jotunn!thor, 1.4k
    An AU in which Thor, and not Loki, was the Jotun. Set just after the trip to Jotunheim, and before Thor's banishment, as he and Loki deal with the discovery

    When I'm away from the computer, I sometimes jot notes down to remind myself of what came to mind while reading a fic, for later help when writing a rec. Less than 500 words into this fic, I'd already grabbed my pen because, short as this fic may be, just a sketch of the idea of Thor as the Jotunn foundling instead of Loki, it's breathtakingly characterized in so many little ways. The way the author contrasts the way Thor is acting here against the way he usually acts, the way the fight seems to have gone out of him when he's usually so quick to brawl at the drop of a cup, the sense of wrong Loki feels is gorgeous. And when Loki comes upon him: He almost didnít see him, at first. He had been looking for the most dynamic figure in the room, for the way Thor, even at his most perfectly still, was yet the thing that drew every eye. He had been looking for the Prince of Asgard, golden and boisterous and strong. So Ö he almost didnít see. I may have let out a bit of a ridiculous sigh at that.

In my defense, good Thor characterization/description is sorely lacking in this fandom, so when something that punches me in the feelings like this fic did comes along... well, I have a lot of words about it. But it's even more than that, it's the way Loki reacts to all of this, how it makes such sense that this would be his reaction to the role reversal (not that they know it's a reversal, but) makes me both... both satisfied at this fic and also dearly wishing that I could have 100k of it to read, even as genfic.

relic by leeringsatyrspeeringeyes [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki + angrboda + laufey, jotunn!loki, jotunn!thor, 14k
    For the second time in his long life, Angrboda stood before the throne, holding a child, pleading for the childís life after matters had gone wrong.
    The writing of this piece is a bit stiff in the beginning, which largely shows because the rest of the story is so very solid and good. This is an AU that feels logical and right, where Thor is the one stolen away to Jotunheim when he was a baby, this Jotunn!Thor and his relationship with Loki and the others of the realm, most especially (his lack of one with) Laufey and their caretaker, Angrboda. The fic has plot and the elements that mirror canon are well placed and genuinely work! So often, when adding in elements of canon, you feel what the author is doing, rather than it feeling natural to the characters, but here it felt right that these moments cropped up or that fate kept bringing these certain things around.

Thor being stubborn in loyalty and determination to be a worthy fighter and the use of Mjolnir and the way Angrboda was written (who cares genuinely for these two little shits, Thor and Loki, who are just as close, as they're the only two of their size in Jotunheim) and how I just tore through the whole thing in one sitting and the light tough of faux-Shakespeare and the sense of world-building--! The moment when Thor's thunder and lightning powers finally hit--! It was all fantastic and perfectly satisfying and I may have let out one of those ridiculous breathy sighs by the time I was done reading this.

The Witch-King and His Husband by Metallic_Sweet, thor/loki, NSFW, jotunn!loki, intersex!loki, jotunn!thor, 4.8k
    When Jotunheim triumphed over Asgard, it was agreed that Asgard's golden son would wed the first witch born into the royal family of Jotunheim in well over ten thousand years. In which Thor grows up on Jotunheim, largely alone, waiting for Loki to grow old enough to rule.
    This fic is a little tell-rather-than-show, but it's a fun piece to read and does solidly well at being a fic about Thor raised on Jotunheim. The best part of the fic is Loki being slowly cracked open by Thor, genuinely loving him, and how surprisingly sweet and good their relationship is in a world that could have made it really nasty. So, while reading this, while it's bettersweet or difficult in some places, it left me with a warm, positive feeling about the Thor/Loki relationship that I enjoyed a lot. And, oh, man, do I love when Thor is tasting Loki's cunt to make him writhing and when Loki rides Thor's cock, these are some of my favorite things pretty much ever! The fairy tale elements are nicely done, which helps the overall structure of the fic as well as just simply is a delight to read.

Changeling Child by icarus_chained, thor & loki, gen/preslash, 1.4k
    An AU in which Thor, and not Loki, was the Jotun. Set just after the trip to Jotunheim, and before Thor's banishment, as he and Loki deal with the discovery
    When I'm away from the computer, I sometimes jot notes down to remind myself of what came to mind while reading a fic, for later help when writing a rec. Less than 500 words into this fic, I'd already grabbed my pen because, short as this fic may be, just a sketch of the idea of Thor as the Jotunn foundling instead of Loki, it's breathtakingly characterized in so many little ways. The way the author contrasts the way Thor is acting here against the way he usually acts, the way the fight seems to have gone out of him when he's usually so quick to brawl at the drop of a cup, the sense of wrong Loki feels is gorgeous. And when Loki comes upon him: He almost didnít see him, at first. He had been looking for the most dynamic figure in the room, for the way Thor, even at his most perfectly still, was yet the thing that drew every eye. He had been looking for the Prince of Asgard, golden and boisterous and strong. So Ö he almost didnít see. I may have let out a bit of a ridiculous sigh at that.

In my defense, good Thor characterization/description is sorely lacking in this fandom, so when something that punches me in the feelings like this fic did comes along... well, I have a lot of words about it. But it's even more than that, it's the way Loki reacts to all of this, how it makes such sense that this would be his reaction to the role reversal (not that they know it's a reversal, but) makes me both... both satisfied at this fic and also dearly wishing that I could have 100k of it to read, even as genfic.

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