The Road to Edoras
2010 Award Category: Races: Cross-Cultural: Gapfiller
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Novel
Rating: General ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: A sequel to "A New Reckoning". Fredegar Bolger leads an embassy of hobbits to the King's Court in Gondor. But first they must go to Rohan.
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: 9
The thing that most amazes me about this story is how much detail and characterization went into such an enormous ensemble cast. It seems no one was left out of the mix. Elves, dwarves, hobbits, men, everyone is beautifully rendered, fleshed-out, and given a chance in the spotlight. The summary for this story talks about Freddy and the hobbit delegation, but there is so much more going on here. I love the character growth in Bergil, who is so intent on becoming a man but can't hold back from rushing into his father's arms when they are reunited. There are the hobbit prisoners, some of whom are looking at a change of heart and some of whom just seem more embittered. There are people like Viola and Berilac, whose courtship spans the entire journey (minus a few interruptions from interested elves). There's my favorite elf and dwarf, bantering in fine form but also caught up in politics from realms both old and new. Eomer proves himself a shrewd and just king, Faramir's quick appearance gives him some great depth of character, and the letters and stories exchanged extend the story to covering the whole of the Fellowship as well as others. A wonderful read!
Reviewed by: Larner ✧ Score: 7
Fredegar Bolger was once terrified to leave the Shire, and so remained behind when his cousins and Sam left upon the quest. Now, however, he is himself the leader in an expedition in which a number of Hobbits of the Shire head south to serve as a delegation to the court of the High King, and to bring those Hobbits who've trespassed most strongly against the Shire's own peace and well-being to their well-deserved justice, two in the court of Eomer of Rohan for violence visited upon his emissary to the Shire, and two before the King Elessar himself. We see danger and comfort, romance and broadened horizons--and realization as to what became of the missing Ted Sandyman--come to these Hobbits chosen to travel the road to Edoras on the way to the presence of the High King in Minas Tirith in Gondor. A wealth of thought and detail, and a remarkable tale indeed as we watch cultures mesh and at times collide. Dreamflower has given us quite a tapestry to appreciate!
Reviewed by: Marigold ✧ Score: 6
This is a very enloyable and satisfying story! I am so glad that Dreamflower finally finished it! Now I'm eagerly awaiting updates on the sequel, hint hint! I especially love the way that the hobbits of the embassy grow during their journey. All are well written individuals and all have their parts to play and they are learning and changing as they go. Even Cado. There are so many things that I enjoy about this story - in particular the references to the Travellers and the awe in which they are held Outside and how these hobbits respond to that, the Rohirric tale about Tuka, Freddy rescuing Bergil and later giving him Folco's flute, the descriptions and detail. This is one of my favourites out of many wonderful hobbity stories by this author!
Reviewed by: Cathleen ✧ Score: 3
This is a story Dreamflower has put her heart and soul into completing and that is a story all by itself, but three cheers to her for finally accomplishing just that! The "Road to Edoras" is an involved, and outstanding work of fanfiction!
Reviewed by: SurgicalSteel ✧ Score: 3
Dreamflower's early Fourth Age stories are full of interesting plots, good characterization, and fun little details about daily life, and this one is no exceptions! A good enough read that it lives on my e-Reader now!