The Conspiracy of Hobbits
2004 Award Category: Races: Hobbits: The Lord of the Rings - Second Place
Story Type: Other Fiction ✧ Length: unknown
Rating: G ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: How the famous conspiracy formed by Frodo's friends came about.
Review scores are not available for 2004.
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: N/A
Brisk, wonderfully told tale. The pace is fast and the months fly by, which suited the story quite well. It's a story about preparations and last-minute planning in an effort to avoid being left behind on all accounts. I love how it began before any of the hobbits knew what a danger the Ring was, and yet Merry was still suspicious of Frodo. He demonstrates a rather insightful mind. I loved, too, the characterization of Fatty and poor Folco. Brilliant! And the comparison between them and Merry and Pippin was great, with the exception that neither Merry nor Pippin could be viewed as a half-wit. That Pippin enlists Fatty's aid to keep him in on the conspiracy just as Merry enlisted Sam is a great plot point, and when Pippin finally confesses how much he knows to Merry (almost when it's too late), the confrontation is marvelous. Also great is the very wry sense of humor that can be seen throughout the story. It shows up primarily in errant thoughts and asides, but it does wonders for the mood. Great gap-filler that details beautifully just how everybody came to be in on the conspiracy and does an amazing job of characterization in the process.
Reviewed by: Lindelea ✧ Score: N/A
Somehow I missed this story in the MEFA list and so did not get it read during reading season, or even voting season. However, I do love your writing style and the characters you write, both canon and OC, and so I have saved the link for future reading. ...and as you know, I always comment on what I read (which is probably why I have so little reading time!), so you may look forward to feedback. At least I hope you look forward to it! LOL
Reviewed by: Rosie the Hobbit ✧ Score: N/A
I enjoy stories that give Fatty Bolger some characterization. You don't see many of those. The stories of Merry and Pippin when they were younger are priceless. A great gap-filler fic.
Reviewed by: Marigold Cotton ✧ Score: N/A
There are many things that I like about this story. First of all it is an entertaining read, and long enough to sink your teeth into. I like Dreamflower's characterisations of the hobbits very much. She has constructed a wonderful universe to showcase her stories, and this is one of my favourites. The situations are very good, and further the plot wonderfully, and all of the dialogue is just right. There are very many nice things that stand out in the story; I liked how Merry, Frodo, and Pippin, before it was understood that they would be going on the adventure together regretted that things weren't going exactly how they had always planned it, Merry thinking Pippin would have to be left behind, Pippin upset that Merry would consider leaving him behind, and Frodo thinking that he would have to leave both Merry and Pippin behind. Frodo's gift to Folco, Fatty's friendship with Folco, as deep in its way as the friendship between Merry and Pippin, Fatty's bravery in making the suggestion that he stay behind and impersonate Frodo, a doubly brave gesture as he is terribly afraid of water and has, as Tolkien said, never before crossed the Brandywine Bridge, Fatty's first glimpse of Esmeralda, thinking that she looked more like Pippin's mother than Merry's--it is attention to character traits and plot points like these that make a story really enjoyable.