Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Alone, and in bearâs shape

Author: Tanaqui
Nominator: Tanaqui
2011 Award Category: Drabble: Pre-Ring War - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Drabble : Length: True Drabble
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Written for my June 2010 daily drabble challenge. How did Beorn come to be at the Battle of the Five Armies in "The Hobbit"?


Reviewed by: Elfique -- Score: 4

This is altogether very 'Beornish' and a perfect characterisation! I really like the way the two sort of sides of Beorn are conveyed as well in such a short space; you get the pondering human and then the growling bear off to battle. Very nicely done and it makes perfect sense to me, I can't now think of any other way he would have made his decision to join the battle.

Reviewed by: Elleth -- Score: 4

A very interesting look at Beorn and his desire for revenge on the goblins, and his motivation to go to the Lonely Mountain in the first place. I also enjoyed the news transmission in the story, and the hint at Beorn's kinship with the wild creatures of Wilderland. The image of Beorn sitting in his hall brooding is a very memorable one that I found very fitting in terms of the character. Well done.

Reviewed by: Virtuella -- Score: 4

Dear Tanaqui, I enjoyed the rhythm of this drabble, which gave a very vivid impression of the swiftly travelling news. I like the way this is then contrasted with the stationary image of Beorn sitting at his table, and futher leading to his own movement in response. This is not a character to whom I ever give much thought, so it was interesting to get this glimpse of a moment of his story.

Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: 3

There's a lovely almost animistic feel to this drabble - the melding of man and bear along with the combined influences needed to bring him the news honored all of Beorn's character. Nice work, Tanaqui.

Reviewed by: Adonnen Estenniel -- Score: 3

A very interesting and insightful gap-filling piece. This brief description will answer some frequent questions on the part of the reader, and at the same time will present an engaging and entertaining tale.

Reviewed by: cairistiona -- Score: 3

What an excellent portrayal of Beorn! From his getting the message about the goings-on to the north from all the animals to his growling departure, Beorn fairly leaps, bearlike of course, from the page. Being a Beorn fan, I really enjoyed this.

Reviewed by: agape4gondor -- Score: 3

It's great to find a story of Beorn. They are so few and far between. This one is good. Though a drabble, and I would have loved to have a thousand-word or more tale, it still packs a wallop. Wondrous are drabbles that are well written and tell a tale in but one hundred words. This one does. And it is good. Great writing, Tanaqui.

Reviewed by: ziggy -- Score: 3

An original idea that is very evocattive, Beorn is viking-like in this and the sensation is of reading Grendel, a very suitable atmosphere created by last year's mead and sitting in his hall lstening to tales.