Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Bereft

Author: Celeritas
Nominator: Cathleen
2011 Award Category: Drama: Angst - Third Place

Story Type: Story : Length: Ficlet
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: 200 words according to MS Word This wasn't meant for the widowed.


Reviewed by: Virtuella -- Score: 9

Dear Celeritas, this ficlet is amazingly beautiful and wise. You have caught precisely what is one of these well-meant but in fact cruel attitudes: the life-goes-on, look-on-the-bright-side response to death which, yes, I can well imagine dominating hobbit society. This may be a sort of comfort for those only tangentially touched, but as you say, it is not for the widowed, not for those who are well and truly bereft. There can be no bright side for them, and even the notion that life goes on would hold very little conviction. There is no consolation and one might very well want to just lie down beside the grave and die. How many hobbits have felt this and yet felt under pressure from the look-on-the-bright-side brigade? Pippin knows himself well enough to withdraw from the scene and he is lucky to have a friend in Merry who understands that we must allow others to grieve and who covers his back. His parting from Diamond is touching and true. This is a wonderful ficlet which really stands out. It succeeds in drawing a convicning picture of bereavement, grief, love and friendship in the space of very few words. Remarkable indeed.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 4

So sad, and yet so hobbity as well. ["Not for the widowed."] Indeed, it shows that being widowed is quite unlike any other grief. Pippin is bereft, and only another hobbit who's been widowed can understand. The customs, though, they fit in with the hobbit propensity for trying to put grief and serious things aside as quickly as possible. But I like the ending, showing Pippin already knows what he will do with his future, and he plans for it.

Reviewed by: Darkover -- Score: 3

Readers may tend to forget that the characters of LotR had close ties of marriage and family, as well as the friends they made in the Ring War. This tale reminds us of that fact, and of the nature of grief. Sensitively written.

Reviewed by: Adonnen Estenniel -- Score: 3

Hobbit-fic isn't exactly my cup of tea, but this particular piece is absolutely beautiful. Here Celeritas expressed the characters' emotions in a wonderful and elegant sort of way, and really brings out the elements of friendship and love.

Reviewed by: Sevilodorf -- Score: 1

So few words accurately expressing such grief. Well done.