Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

A Crate of Lemons

Author: ShireDweller

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Races: Hobbits: Post-War of the Ring - Second Place

Story Type: Other Fiction : Length: unknown
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: The morning after 'Garden Plot' is full of surprises, when a special delivery from Gondor arrives at Bag End.


Review scores are not available for 2004.

Reviewed by: Ariel -- Score: N/A

*This was a very cute observance and the characters were very much their charming selves. A delightful little side trip into possibility.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: N/A

I love the idea behind this story! To be honest, I'm a tad curious myself as to how Aragorn managed to ship lemons to the Shire (Perhaps Gandalf and Shadowfax could start up a delivery company?) but however he did it, it made for a beautiful little tale. The hobbits are clearly hobbits, and I love how this tale is told in the aftermath of the "Garden Plot" story. Wonderful sequel, and I was grinning with delight as Frodo managed to one-up BOTH Sam and Rosie in the kitchen. Fabulous little story.

Reviewed by: Lindelea -- Score: N/A

I'm not sure I've read any of your stories before. What a delight! Makes me glad for MEFA all over again, introducing me to this treasure-box full of gems. You set up the situation very plausibly, and Rose's reaction to the lemons sounds realistic. Good thing Sam saw what was in the packing crate before she dumped it all in the dustbin! I like your description of Bilbo's old room, and the adjoining study. (But the study sounds awfully familiar... we have piles of papers and books strewn about our living quarters as well.) "Second breakfast along with the first"! ...Laughing out loud, now, at the thought of drinking unsweetened lemonade. And at the change in Rosie's _expression, once Frodo had "doctored" the drink up nicely. And a poignant ending. Thanks so much. I had a lovely time.

Reviewed by: Nardolgin -- Score: N/A

This is a great little story with amusing twist. The story line is unique and engaging, yet simple. Still, it manages to communicate a lot about Frodo state of mind, the pain he's feeling, and his ability to rise above it to enjoy some of life's good moments. I love the way the author the handles the relationship between Frodo and Sam, as well their dialog. Sam's actions and voice are perfect!

Reviewed by: Rosie the Hobbit -- Score: N/A

This is a cute story. Frodo is sore and cranky. Sam is over-protective. Rosie tries her best to help, and discovers she doesn't know the first thing about making lemonade. Funny.

Reviewed by: Marigold Cotton -- Score: N/A

Rosie not knowing to put sweetening in the lemonade was my favourite moment here!

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: N/A

Lemons are such treacherous things to cook with. I am in full sympathy with Sam's efforts and oversights. Rosie, Sam, and Frodo each had distinct voices that suited them, I thought. A nice vignette.