Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

ERRAND: Tarrying

Author: Fiondil
Nominator: Fiondil
2011 Award Category: Humor: Comedy/Drama

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: Teen -- Reason for Rating: Disturbing Imagery/Themes
Summary: Ulmo is working under a deadline and Tuor doesn’t make it easy for him. A behind-the-scene look at a pivotal event in the Annals of Beleriand


Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: 5

Ha! Fiondil's Valar, Valier, and other assorted lesser spirits of the world are always entertaining - wry and worldly, and exasperated from time to time with the antics of the Children. I was drawn to this story because I'd had occasion to tussle with Tuor and his story myself, and was curious to see what Fiondil would do with it: excellent intercutting between Námo and Ulmos, and little snippets of lines from the [Silmarillion] allow him to cast the whole journey, and all its delays - explicable and otherwise - into a comic frame, which is unexpected but great fun. I am certain that other [Silmarillion] fans will love this, as will anyone who appreciates a good comedic touch. Well done, Fiondil!

Reviewed by: Kaylee Arafinwiel -- Score: 4

Oh, Tuor, Tuor, Tuor! Sheesh, you have appointments to keep, y'know! Thickheaded Mortal =P But seriously, Fiondil's done it again. This is a very funny, excellent read =D I love how events from the Silmarillion can be expanded on so humorously! You'd think certain OTHER Valar would have better things to do than listen in, but oh no, plaguey Valar always in other people's business...*roflolol* (Of course, I love those particular Valar, so...) One I enjoyed reading and will enjoy rereading, several times over. =D

Reviewed by: obsidianj -- Score: 4

It cannot be easy to be the Valar. They try so hard to get the puzzle pieces into place and then someone else meddles also. I had to laugh at all the signs Ulmo conjured up to speed Tuor on his way, only to have him stop at the next opportunity. This behind-the-scenes look was very amusing. The way Fiondil describes the Valar is at the same time very personable and then alien again. Here they have way too much fun.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 2

This made me smile-- I loved how Tuor was so easily distracted, and the various means that Ulmo used to get him moving!

Reviewed by: grey_gazania -- Score: 2

This made me giggle so very hard! Poor Ulmo, having to deal with both Tuor-the-Supremely-Distractible and the antics of his fellow Ainur!