The Dragon Gem
Author: Celandine Brandybuck
2005 Award Category: Books/Time: The Hobbit: Vignette - Honorable Mention
Story Type: Vignette ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: G ✧ Reason for Rating: n/a
Summary: Years after Smaug's demise, Dissa, a young girl from Laketown, searches for treasure on the bottom of Long Lake.
Reviewed by: Marta ✧ Score: 5
You know, I caught something new this time I read this story than previous times: the name Guilin, which Cel reveals as Dissa's husband at the end, is the same name as the boy named as one of her tormentors near the beginning. Did this incident bond them somehow? Did it lead him to respect her? Or did he respect her already, and it just led her to respect herself? All of these are possible, of course. Interesting exploration of the superstitions that might have surrounded Smaug's bones among the people of Esgaroth.
Reviewed by: Dwimordene ✧ Score: 4
In a tradition of dares that usually end either badly or ironically, Celandine tells us the story of a quiet girl's treasure hunt. One wonders whether there is something more to Smaug's resting place than meets the eye, the way the light gives out more quickly each time she swims for the lakebed. But she does get something for it, even if not a jewel, and we get a fun story to read.
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: 3
I like the idea that children might dare each other to swim down and try to get one of Smaug's gems. That strikes me as a very likely activity provided no supervising adults are around to stop it. Kudos to Dissa for making it down there and retrieving something, if not precisely a gem.
Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen ✧ Score: 2
A lovely little tale. I like the way you mix in telling a little about the future of Laketown with the amusing, light tale of the children's dare.
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 1
An interesting and believable scenario, and a very well-drawn heroine. I loved the irony of the ending.