Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Apples

Author: 20thcenturyvole
Nominator: Yeade
2009 Award Category: Genres: Crossover - Third Place

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: It seemed to Shadowfax that the only constants in his life were swords and apples, and tall, robed people holding sticks. [Lord of the Rings/Discworld]


Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 10

I remember reading this story when it first came out, and above almost all else, I remember loving the opening line. I still do. It sets the tone for the entire story. Shadowfax's point of view is vividly rendered, and it is full of horse-sense (which I say partly for lack of a better term and partly because I like the pun). Better still, it's horse-sense in a Discworld context, and that's one of the things that really makes the Discworld tick. As crazy and inane as the rest of creation seems to be, there's always one or two characters who have a firm grasp of what's going on and seem to now exactly why the rest of the world is crazy. Usually, Death is one of these characters, but when Death tries to humanize himself, that role is often given to Susan or Granny Weatherwax or Rincewind. Or, in this case, Shadowfax. I love the explanation of where Death's Binky came from, and I love even more how "Binky" came by that name. I'm surprised Eowyn survived. And I love the character of Death. He is perfectly in keeping with his characterization in the Discworld series, and Binky (formerly Shadowfax) is such a good match for him. Hilarious little crossover that perfectly blends the two series and adds a healthy dollop of Discworld humor to the mix.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 6

Ah--two of my favorite worlds beautifully brought together--Terry Pratchett's Discworld and Tolkien's Arda--and brought together so very well, at that! It is time for Shadowfax to go to his reward, and so Death is sent to fetch him. Shadowfax, however, is not favorably impressed by Death's mount, however--not that Death is particularly happy with it, either. No, he's had to do too many repairs, it would seem. But now that Shadowfax is shuffling off his mortal coil it appears that perhaps he might have found a new rider, one who happens to like the name first granted to the future Lord of the Mearhas by a very young Eowyn.... Truly a delight, particularly as I also have managed to introduce some of the characters from Discworld into Arda.... A joy to read!

Reviewed by: Clodia -- Score: 5

This is hilarious, the perfect final fate of Shadowfax / background for Binky. Death is entirely in character; I love the little noises as he attempts to wire his skeletal mount back together. Shadowfax/Binky’s vague curiosity is very nicely done, and I love the idea of Eowyn as a foal bestowing the name ‘Binky’ on him, much to his own disgust. And that is an excellent 'random example': I’ve always thought that Snowmane was rather a silly name for a Fierce Charger myself. Shadowfax’s willingness to put up with a silly name for the sake of apples is a glorious punchline!

Reviewed by: Ignoble Bard -- Score: 5

I was scrolling through the author's list and I have to admit I clicked on this one because of the author's name, expecting perhaps a Monty Python style fic. While I don't know a flying fishbone about Discworld, I still appreciated the writing style of this story about Shadowfax and his brush, and ultimate partnership, with death. I particularly liked the line toward the end about racing the light, very fitting for Middle-earth's swiftest steed. A fun, funny little story with nicely written details and a cute characterization of Shadowfax.

Reviewed by: Nath -- Score: 4

MWUAAHHH!! Ahem... That was too funny, and yes, the author's intro is right, it does make sense; an oddly twisted kind of sense, but still sense. Middle-earth and the Discworld are perhaps not the first themes that come to mind for a cross-over, but this one is just about right (and extremely funny). Death is very much in character, and Shadowfax is suitably horse-y. I won't refer to every line that had me laughing, for that would quote about ninety percent of the story, but the origin of the name Binky is priceless.

Reviewed by: curiouswombat -- Score: 4

Such a wonderful little cross-over. I wonder why it had never occurred to me before - the similarity between Binky and Shadowfax? And, of course that would have been Éowyn's name for him - it explains everything. So much more sensible than a skeleton horse, too. I really enjoyed this, and would recommend reading it to anyone looking for a gentle and amusing way to spend a spare five minutes.

Reviewed by: Clotho123 -- Score: 4

I've been trying hard to find this story again, but couldn't remember the title so it was great to find it here. Binky will forever be Shadowfax to me now, the horsey point of view is very convincing and Death is spot on. Of course after meeting the Nazgul being Death's horse isn't about to worry Shadowfax, even if he does have to put up with a silly name to get the apples.

Reviewed by: WendWriter -- Score: 3

Brilliant! Brilliant, and very clever. Few people can pull off a convincing crossover, and you've done just that. I'm very impressed, and wish you all the best in the MEFAs. Well done!

Reviewed by: crowdaughter -- Score: 3

This is a lovely crossover, and the most astonishing thing about it is that it works so well. Hilarious and fitting. And now we finally know how Death's horse got its name, too! Thank you for writing and sharing!

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 3

Oh, this was just too, too funny! A crossover featuring one of my favorite Discworld characters...DEATH is so sweet and vulnerable and implacable! I love Shadowfax's cynical reaction to his situation-- his disgust at hearing himself addressed by his baby name, and his very horsy reaction to the enticement he's offered... Apples, indeed!

Reviewed by: Virtuella -- Score: 2

Shadowfax is Binky? Hahaha, what a great idea! Always good to see Death. And the last line was very amusing indeed.

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland -- Score: 2

A story both touching and amusing about the death of Shadowfax.I like to think of the great horse's spirit happily galloping over the fields of Valinor.

Reviewed by: Sevilodorf -- Score: 2

Based on the comments at the site I'm missing some nuance of the Binky nickname but I still think it's hilarious. And Shadowfax becoming Pegasus in the sky was a nice touch.