Author: Rose Sared

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Genres: Mystery

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Cultural clashes, a kidnap mystery, and where in Middle-Earth is Gimli? Legolas to the rescue.

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Reviewed by: White Tower  ✧  Score: N/A

Deliciously and refreshingly original, this is probably one of the finest fics I've ever read. The idea of Lord of the Nazgul confronting a cat at the Prancing Pony is, on the surface, absurdly surreal, but a set-up that could so easily turn into inanity is instead used to create a profoundly believable tale, with a wealth of history, character and mythology woven seamlessly into a short vignette that reads like a Gothic fairytale. The language is lush and crisp, and the feline character is very accurately portrayed, as anyone with any experience of cats will know. I particularly loved the way in which our world's legends and cultural perceptions regarding cats are intelligently transposed to Middle-Earth, with all sorts of elements from Tolkien's canon incorporated into feline history. The denouement of the confrontation between Ringwraith and cat is very ingenious and makes it an episode that the reader can effortlessly integrate into the actual events of the book. It's also not every day that one comes across a brilliant character who happens to be furry, small and have four legs!

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: N/A

I knew this summary sounded familiar, but I couldn't figure out where I knew this story from until I saw the title "Unbinding the Box" in the story itself. Then it all came flooding back. This is a fun mystery in which most of the story is known to the reader but not to the characters, which makes for an interesting experience. But what I like best is the fact that Gimli gets a starring (albeit largely unconscious) role. The dwarf definitely needs more publicity.

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

What I liked most about this story was the relationships between Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli. A genuine care for each other showed through, and the characterizations were done well. I also liked the original characters, particularly of Gleowyn. No Mary Sue here!

Reviewed by: ElenaTiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

Interesting idea! A canon note: Frodo was the only Gamgee child surnamed Gardner (not Gardener). Also, there are a lot of typos (Algorand, Aglorand).