Lesson Learned: Spring Flood, 1433

Author: Dreamflower

Nominator: Rhapsody

2005 Award Category: Books/Time: Post-Ring War: General Drabble

Story Type: Drabble  ✧  Length: True Drabble

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: n/a

Summary: Merry ponders on one of the most important lesson learnt.

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Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 4

Merry proves himself to be a very wise hobbit indeed. I like the way he's progressed over the years, from learning the need for a plan to learning that plans won't always work to learning that there are things for which you can't plan at all. I think one of the biggest steps you can take on the road to wisdom is to realize just how very little you actually know, and if anyone were to figure that out, it would be Merry.

Reviewed by: Marigold  ✧  Score: 4

The author has really nailed Merry’s personality here. From his father he learned ways that he could be in control, something that I think is very important to him, and from the Quest he learned to believe that miracles can happen, something that was a bit outside his practical nature – the flooding of the Brandywine has taught him that planning and belief is not always enough, and sometimes that must be accepted. Lovely drabble, you should write more of them!

Reviewed by: sulriel  ✧  Score: 3

again, I'm struck with the emotion of current events. too much so manage to compose a coherent review. We will never master the sea or even the great rivers, but - as is so strong through all of Tolkien's own writings - we should always have hope.

Reviewed by: Rhapsody  ✧  Score: 2

A short drabble, but to the point. In just 100 words, the author shows us the strong and confident Merry, who looks forwards trusting on those things he learnt in the past. For me, in this drabble, every word counts.

Reviewed by: Rabidsamfan  ✧  Score: 1

There are things beyond anyone's power to change and this drabble lets us see Merry learning that.