Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Legacy

Author: Anglachel

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Races: Hobbits: Pre-War of the Ring - First Place

Story Type: Other Fiction : Length: unknown
Rating: R -- Reason for Rating: exploration of adult themes, graphic portrayal of sexual (slash)
Summary: Ten days in Buckland as Bilbo tries to convince his relatives that Frodo belongs with him. Mature themes in all chapters, descriptions of sexual activity and violence in later chapters. Significant speculation about minor LOTR characters, and gap-filling on Shire culture, society, politics and economics. Bilbo, Frodo, Rory, Gilda.


Review scores are not available for 2004.

Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: N/A

This is a brilliant piece of writing. Too often longer works taper out, and a read feel the author almost getting tired before s/he reaches the end. Not so with Legacy! The plot is strong throughout, the characterizations consistent, and the conflict real, with a most unexpected solution. Brava! I especially liked Anglachel's use of original characters and minor characters. Rory and Esmerelda, especially, were most enjoyable. Here are names I've read but haven't really given much thought to, yet they seemed perfectly hobbity. This Shire is not an easy world to read about, it's not a comfortable world, but it feels very real. There are good hobbits and there are bad hobbits, and then of course there are ordinary ones in between. I found Bilbo's character particularly convincing, especially if you think of him more like the character in _The Hobbit_ than in the brief glimpses we see of him in _The Fellowship of the Ring_ and _The Return of the King_. Here is a hobbit who has let the Took side of him win and is now really paying the consequences of it. I hadn't thought much about how the Shire would have viewed sexual deviancy before I read this piece, but given the statement in the Prologue that Frodo and Bilbo were very unusual to live alone as bachelors, I can see Anglachel's version of the Shire as believable (not necessarily the *only* acceptable version of sexual mores, but certainly believable). And I must say, I couldn't stop laughing at Bilbo's comparing Esmie to an Attercop! Too true, and she was just as perilous. If only Sting could slice through her webs as easily as it did the Mirkwood spiders'.

Reviewed by: BelegCuthalion -- Score: N/A

This Fic was recommended to me, and I gave it a rather hesitating try, but I didn't regret it for a single moment. This is the best portrayal of Bilbo Baggins ever - strong, clever, loving and caring, and one of the most haunting and thrilling tales I know. Bilbo comes to Brandy Hall to find out if Frodo is well, and he discovers some things that are shocking and horrible. Anglachel manages to describe a detailed hobbit-society, difficult and even dangerous relationships (yes, there are hobbit-villains, and folks, they are MEAN!), and her story of love, hate, abuse and mistreat is so strong that it still takes my breath away. I will for good reason translate it into german to give more readers the chance to be as amazed as I was when I read it for the very first time.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: N/A

Anglachel has a good eye for integrating disparate details to form a coherent and challenging whole. Here, she weaves politics, Shire history, and economics into the tale of Bilbo's adoption of Frodo with confidence and adroitness. Through conversation and reflection, we see the Shire unfold in such a way that it is not a land of merely bucolic farmers, but has its intrigues and tensions that are appropriate to it, and are appropriately grave. The changing economic situation breeds "dragon-heartedness", a desire for gold and liquid assets that don't tie one to responsibility for the land; there are strangers in the markets, and the outside world seems to cast a longer shadow than usual on a land that is, in Frodo's generation, just recovering from the unequal losses of women to men in the Fell Winter. And those losses, too, have their social consequence in the sexual behaviors (and the attitudes adopted towards them) of men in Bilbo's generation, creating a plausible context for a homosexual relationship to occur. This is not a fic that portrays sex in a vacuum; all the elements of the story are carefully and realistically tied together to make for a complex, satisfying picture of how Frodo came to live with Bilbo. Even the Ring has its role to play in channeling and problematizing desire. This is a well-written story, including several controversial but well-handled components, and other elements that are just delightful (the apple garden, for example); it is well worth the reader's time.