Alone, and in bearâ€™s shape
2011 Award Category: Drabble: Pre-Ring War - Honorable Mention
Story Type: Drabble ✧ Length: True Drabble
Rating: General ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: How did Beorn come to be at the Battle of the Five Armies in "The Hobbit"?(Written for my June 2010 daily drabble challenge.)
Reviewed by: Elfique ✧ Score: 4
This is altogether very 'Beornish' and a perfect characterisation! I really like the way the two sort of sides of Beorn are conveyed as well in such a short space; you get the pondering human and then the growling bear off to battle. Very nicely done and it makes perfect sense to me, I can't now think of any other way he would have made his decision to join the battle.
Reviewed by: Elleth ✧ Score: 4
A very interesting look at Beorn and his desire for revenge on the goblins, and his motivation to go to the Lonely Mountain in the first place. I also enjoyed the news transmission in the story, and the hint at Beorn's kinship with the wild creatures of Wilderland. The image of Beorn sitting in his hall brooding is a very memorable one that I found very fitting in terms of the character. Well done.
Reviewed by: Virtuella ✧ Score: 4
Dear Tanaqui, I enjoyed the rhythm of this drabble, which gave a very vivid impression of the swiftly travelling news. I like the way this is then contrasted with the stationary image of Beorn sitting at his table, and futher leading to his own movement in response. This is not a character to whom I ever give much thought, so it was interesting to get this glimpse of a moment of his story.
Reviewed by: Marta ✧ Score: 3
There's a lovely almost animistic feel to this drabble - the melding of man and bear along with the combined influences needed to bring him the news honored all of Beorn's character. Nice work, Tanaqui.
Reviewed by: Adonnen Estenniel ✧ Score: 3
A very interesting and insightful gap-filling piece. This brief description will answer some frequent questions on the part of the reader, and at the same time will present an engaging and entertaining tale.
Reviewed by: cairistiona ✧ Score: 3
What an excellent portrayal of Beorn! From his getting the message about the goings-on to the north from all the animals to his growling departure, Beorn fairly leaps, bearlike of course, from the page. Being a Beorn fan, I really enjoyed this.
Reviewed by: agape4gondor ✧ Score: 3
It's great to find a story of Beorn. They are so few and far between. This one is good. Though a drabble, and I would have loved to have a thousand-word or more tale, it still packs a wallop. Wondrous are drabbles that are well written and tell a tale in but one hundred words. This one does. And it is good. Great writing, Tanaqui.
Reviewed by: ziggy ✧ Score: 3
An original idea that is very evocattive, Beorn is viking-like in this and the sensation is of reading Grendel, a very suitable atmosphere created by last year's mead and sitting in his hall lstening to tales.