More than Meets the Eye

Author: Dadgad

Nominator: Raksha the Demon

2007 Award Category: Genres: Humor: The Shire or Buckland - First Place

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: Humorous story about hobbits

Summary: The year is 2747 and the sons of Elrond are having a difficult interview with their father, and his advisors Erestor and Glorfindel. Just how did Bandobras Took receive the nickname 'Bullroarer'? And who was prompted to visit Hobbiton for the first time in a 1000 years?

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Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 10

A splendid tale of the event mentioned only in a few lines in The Hobbit: the Battle of the Green Fields, where Bullroarer Took killed the great goblin king Golfimbul with a club and, in so doing, invented the Game of Golf. A straight story of the battle would have been good enough, but Dadgad takes a more interesting track, of having the tale told through the eyes of Elladan and Elrohir, reporting to their worried father, about the doings of the goblin horde and the not-so-hapless halflings. Elrond's concern for the hobbits, who he fears would have been destroyed by the rampaging goblins, leaving a broken, refugee population, is touching; and the Elves' lack of greater knowledge of the halflings well integrated into the story. The Elf-twins' point of view increases the gosh-wow effect of the story; the charm and appeal of the hobbits is emphasized by the growing admiration of the Elves, who witnessed such strange and unexpected occurances. The tenacity, courage, imagination and capacity for stealth of the hobbits is brought out superbly in the story; as is their provincialism. The story has some marvelous touches of humor, such as the apparent invention of the Shire Horse breed, and the genesis of the game of golf, and the priorities of the Dunedain Chieftain Arasuil. This is a hidden gem of a story - I can only hope that it is not the last Tolkien fanfic tale that its author will write.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 6

This was delightful! I do not believe I have ever read a fic accounting the story of the Battle of the Greenfields before, and this one was quite astonishingly plausible--even with the subtle and not so subtle puns! I really enjoyed the fact that it was from an "outside" POV--that of Elladan and Elrohir, to be precise--who managed to arrive on the scene just a little bit too late to be of any assistance to the embattled hobbits. The description of how the hobbits came to conduct the battle was both funny and touching, as well as quite a realistic picture of how hobbits could defeat an invading army of Orcs. Bandobras was properly heroic, without ever ceasing to be hobbity. There were, of course, a number of punning references to golf, but I also enjoyed the tributes to Shire horses and Granny Smith apples, LOL!

Reviewed by: Inkling  ✧  Score: 6

This is a wonderful story, full of sly humor, skillful pacing, rustic hobbit heroism and canonical Middle-earth history. It uses a brief anecdote in "Concerning Hobbits" as the springboard for a hilarious first-hand account of the Battle of Greenfields, all the funnier for being told from the perspective of a sheepish Elladan and Elrohir to their incredulous father and a clueless Erestor. Only Glorfindel smiles knowingly, remembering the halfling archers at the Battle of Fornost. Now we know how Bandobras "Bullroarer" Took got his nickname, and the origin of golfers' hideous clothing. I loved his demurring that he should have made his 18 kills in fewer strokes! I was smiling through most of the story, but finally hit a paragraph that made me burst out laughing, the one beginning: ['You mean Glorfindel in checked trousers and a pink waistcoat,'] I highly recommend this story to hobbit and elf fanciers alike!

Reviewed by: Aranel Took  ✧  Score: 6

I love how the story of the brave hobbits and the Battle of Greenfields is told through the report by Elladan and Elrohir to their father. Poor Elrond, I can picture him so clearly as his sons' amazing (and unbelievable) tale unfolds! I love how the hobbits rushed bravely to defend their home and managed to improvise -- they're dangerous with an apple! I love how Bandobras Took invents golf -- with a hole in one even! I love how the hobbits didn't think they were proper elves because they weren't blonde and shiny on white horses. *heehee* And how the tale piques Gandalf's interest in the hobbits, which of course sets the ball rolling for the adventures to come. There are just so many wonderful little details in here that lets the humor flow naturally without overdoing it. I was giggling the whole way through. Very nice job!

Reviewed by: Imhiriel  ✧  Score: 5

Effective use of the PoV of outsiders to shed light on the Battle of Greenfields. Good balance between telling the seriousness of battle and some light-hearted or downright comical touches. The viewpoint of the twins helped to set the Hobbits' battle into a larger historical context. It also helped to better visualise the battle strategies in an "overview" manner, rather than being caught in the confusion in the midst of it. I like how the Elves - and obviously the Orcs - like so many after them (and I'm sure before them) underestimated the peaceable Hobbits and were shown just how resourceful and determined they were in a pinch.

Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: 5

Oh, this was excellent! Really nice use of humor throughout the early parts with the way Elladan and Elrohir only slowly revealed the full tale - the false starts and Elrond's increasing dismay was extremely well used, I could so see the scene and found myself chuckling at several points. But what really I liked even more than that was the way you used canonical information about the hobbits and your own extrapolation to create a fleshed-out account of the Battle of Greenfields. I could completely see this as Tolkien's hobbits, which made the conversation with the elves all the more entertaining. Really nice work on all counts, Dadgad.

Reviewed by: SĂșlriel  ✧  Score: 5

Oh my goodness! This is absolutely delightful. I giggled and even laughed out loud from start to finish. The humor is woven in throughout a tale of fright and danger and bravery. I especially love stories with the kind of layers this one has, the light humor and the gentle tale and yet underneath lurks deeper truths, noble deeds and tales of unsung heroes and legends. You have an engaging style and voice, and your characters are strong and distinct and wonderfully in character. Thank you muchly for sharing this work with the fandom. This is the first story of yours that I've read but it won't be the last.

Reviewed by: obsidianj  ✧  Score: 3

This was too funny. I can understand that Elrond and Co. had trouble to believe the story Elladan and Elrohir are telling. I'm sure I missed some of the puns about golf, since I have no knowledge of the game, but what I caught added to the surrealism of the story. [More than meets the eye] is really an apt description of the hobbits.

Reviewed by: Jay of Lasgalen  ✧  Score: 3

Very, very good, and full of sly humour. I like all the subtle references you've squeezed in - the Granny Smith apples, the Shire horse, how Bullroarer Took got his name, and the golfing jokes. Tolkien's comment in The Hobbit about how ['the battle of Greenfields was won and the game of golf invented at the same time'] always amused me - thanks for expanding on it. And with the twins, as well!

Reviewed by: Linda hoyland  ✧  Score: 3

A delightful tale narrated from the point of view of the twins in which they tell their surprised father that Hobbits are not as helpless as they look. The hobbit tactics for repelling Orcs are both effective and highly amusing as well as unexppected.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 3

Those who would think to wreak havoc in the lands of the Shire would do very well indeed to think twice, for they are inventive and determined, and armed with strange clubs! A wonderful look at the Battle of the Green Fieds through the embarrassed eyes of the sons of Elrond. Hilarious! Do read it!