Riding the Nightmare
2004 Award Category: Races: Hobbits: The Lord of the Rings - Third Place
Story Type: Other Fiction ✧ Length: unknown
Rating: PG ✧ Reason for Rating: scary, graphic
Summary: On the banks of the Anduin, the surviving members of the Fellowship of the Ring followed their missing Ring-bearer to a terrible, tragic ages-old secret.
Review scores are not available for 2004.
Reviewed by: Ariel ✧ Score: N/A
*This was sort of an unusual take but an interesting idea about Aragorn's hold on the dead. It's probably not my favorite Budgie piece, but it is well done and executed and I must acknowledge it.
Reviewed by: Lindelea ✧ Score: N/A
Your writing, as always, is jam-packed with action so real that I can "see" it happening as I read, just as if it were playing on a large movie screen... and sometimes I'm drawn into the action and I'm "there". I never have a problem figuring out where a character is in one ofyour scenes: you always sketch your action so realistically that I "know" where everyone is (a pet peeve of mine in reading--if I cannot "place" a character I get twitchy). This is a dark and gripping tale, and fully up to your usual high standards.
Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel ✧ Score: N/A
This story might have done well in the horror, as it has its scary, suspenseful moments. I really enjoyed all the interactions of the Company. Each one got some part in this story showing why each is special or needed. And the premise turned out to plausible within the time-frame of the quest.
Reviewed by: Marigold Cotton ✧ Score: N/A
Budgie came up with a very clever idea here. I don't recall any other story quite like it. The action is very well written, and all of the characterisations are very well done and fit her universe perfectly. The conflict that she creates by having Boromir's motives misinterpreted at first adds suspense to the story, and by not revealing the identities of the mysterious enemies for so long she really draws out the tension, building it nicely till the revelation, and then she exchanges that sense of unease and mystery with intense danger and horror to keep us on the edge of our seats. You can really see the scenes she describes ...Aragorn's nobility, the abject terror of the others in the presence of such fearsome evil, the palpable fear of and for Pippin and Frodo when they are suspended in the air as hostages by the dead, the action of Boromir diving to save the falling Pippin, Frodo's mid-air rescue by the leader of the dead...all described wonderfully. Aragorn shines here as Isildur's Heir, the only one that can possible aid the dead enemy and grant them any sort of freedom. I also really liked Merry overcoming the terror he felt being surrounded by the dead when Frodo and Pippin were in danger. I really admire her Merry's strength of character and his intelligence. The dead were described so vividly, I could see them perfectly as I read!