A Passing Troll
Nominator: Pearl Took
2007 Award Category: Genres: Humor: The Shire or Buckland - Third Place
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: General ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: In this little AU we learn the possible fate of Reginard Took's estranged wife, Hyacinth.
Reviewed by: Larner ✧ Score: 5
One of the most marvelous short humor pieces Dreamflower has written, she who has several such things to her name. Now, where has Reginard Took's banished and shamed bride disappeared to? She just went outside to finish a task--and never returned to her brother's home, much to the relief of brother and sister-in-law. And then Pippin and Merry bring Sam Gamgee to see the surprising sight of a troll petrified by being caught out as the sun rose, apparently caught in a great moment of digestive distress! Well, well done, and a fitting ending for Hyacinth and her unholy ambitions. Let the ivy grow!
Reviewed by: Bodkin ✧ Score: 5
Poor troll. Who'd have thought you could feel more pity for a troll than for a hobbit? But any troll with Hyacinth gurgling in his innards would certainly welcome being petrified! It would definitely be the best option, by far. For Hyacinth is - most emphatically - one of the most unpleasant hobbits in your entire version of the Shire. And I must say that I love Ludo and Euphhorbia's not-quite-secret relief at being rid of her festering presence! Their lives have most certainly looked up. This is such a fun story. In a slightly gruesome, but more than understandable sort of way!
Reviewed by: Imhiriel ✧ Score: 5
I really love how this story is structured - it contributes much to the effectiveness of the dark, dark humour (especially on a re-read): Everything about what actually happened is merely implied and presented *after* the fact, and yet the readers can easily piece together the events. I can't help feeling pity for both Hyacinth and the troll both. Hyacinth, because as awful and even downright evil as she had shown herself to be (particularly for a Hobbit), this was neverthelesee a gruesome end. And the Troll, because he was driven by hunger to bit off more than he could chew (pun very much intended *g*).
Reviewed by: Pearl Took ✧ Score: 3
Wicked, wicked humour - but humour nonetheless! This is a marvelous story that I have enjoyed reading more than once. It is still funny even knowing what's coming. Most Excellently Well Done, Dreamflower!
Reviewed by: NeumeIndil ✧ Score: 3
Oh that's terrible! And yet I laughed, so I suppose it wasn't unbearably so. I like Sam's solution for the situation (very practical and straightforward, just like him), and Pippin's boasting falls well in line with his mischievous nature. The mix of practicality and jest feels quite Tolkienian. Well done.
Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon ✧ Score: 3
Snork! Not all hobbits are pleasant; and some are guests whose hosts can't wait for them to leave. I ended up feeling rather sorry for the puny troll with indigestion. Nice bits of understated humor here.
Reviewed by: grey_wonderer ✧ Score: 3
This is such a fitting end to a very vile character. Hyacinth had it coming! I love the way Sam solves the little troll problem in this too. Very clever! And, yes, I do think that Hyacinth is vile enough to give any Troll an upset stomach.
Reviewed by: Dadgad ✧ Score: 3
This is lovely, and it had me re-reading the rest of Dreamflower's hobbit stories. Very skillfully written, in that we quickly feel sorry for the Troll rather than the (literally) 'poisonous' Hyacinth.
Reviewed by: Garnet Took ✧ Score: 2
This is so funny, in a sick sort of way. All I can say is what goes around comes around. I almost feel sorry for the troll.
Reviewed by: Súlriel ✧ Score: 2
Oh dear! I don't know if I should laugh or cry, or perhaps both. Kudos to Sam, though, for his most excellent 'down to earth' suggestion to keep the thing from frightening the kids.