Beggar's Night

Author: Branwyn (Lady Branwyn)

Nominator: annmarwalk

2008 Award Category: Genres: Humor: Shire

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Other Ficlet

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Pippin and Merry introduce the Fellowship to a harvest-time tradition observed by the Shirefolk. Written for the "Six Days of Spooky Challenge."

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Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 7

Here is a thoroughly amusing and refreshingly different vignette of a Fourth Age Shire holiday observed in a way we would all approve. I had never before heard of the holiday, but Branwyn brings it to vivid life, with half the Fellowship participating, gathering, in costume, to go beg treats from various Shire households. It is worth a much higher price of admission to visualize Gimli in his costume; or the rather surprise, or late-coming guests, in theirs. And Branwyn writes Gandalf brilliantly and naturally. I could just see Legolas disguised as an Ent, covered with meticulously sewn leaves, complete with Entish sound effects. And Faramir and Eowyn turn up for the fun as well, with, well, innovative costumes and other things than begging for cakes in mind. Though the premise is odd and slightly-off-the-mark in terms of canon, this ficlet is so gently amusing and well-written that it works completely.

Reviewed by: annmarwalk  ✧  Score: 6

This story just makes me giggle like a crazy giggling woman every time I read it. The dialog, first of all, is perfectly in character (once you can accept that each of these characters would actually be participating in the activity depicted). The description of the costumes makes them quite easy to visualize, especially Legolas's over-the-top number, all silk and silver sequins. The image of Gimli in green velveteen, setting his own alcohol-soaked breath afire -- too, too funny. And cross-dressing Eowyn and Faramir is just outrageous! In a good way, of course *g* The word choices, too, add to the vividness of the scene, making the story as lively and entertaining as a children's tale. Words like [muffled, bobble, swig, backside] carry their own cheeky humor and hilarious imagery, just as Merry and Pippin do in the story; while, as usual Gandalf steals the show [“I am going as a wizard, and if anyone else asks about my lack of a costume, I will go as a greatly annoyed wizard.”] Hee!

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 3

Ah--a means of working a version of Halloween into Middle Earth, and involving several we know and love. It's fun to think that the Shire should have its own traditions of costumed begging for sweets, and that four of five non-Hobbits should fall in with the plan. Humor is light-hearted and delightful, and LOVE Gandalf's "costume." [Annoyed wizard] indeed! Heh!

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland  ✧  Score: 3

This was very cute.I loved the thought of them all in costume going trick or treating or rather the M-e equivalent.I liked testy Gandalf and see Eowyn found another excuse to dress in men's clothing! Legolas and Gimli as an Ent and a dragon were priceless!.

Reviewed by: obsidianj  ✧  Score: 2

A funny little vignette. I have my doubts about Eowyn and Faramir losing their way even in a foreign country ;-). I love Gandalf's disguise or non-disguise.

Reviewed by: nancylea  ✧  Score: 2

if you have hobbits, there is food in the offing, but who know about the other five....ohh.....ahhh