Of Dwarvish Ale and the Fairer Sex

Author: Ariel

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Races: Hobbits - Third Place

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: PG-13  ✧  Reason for Rating: sexual innuendo

Summary: A barrel of Dwarvish ale loosens the tongues of our hobbit heros.

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Review scores are not available for 2004.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: N/A

Absolutely hilarious. The gradual loosening of tongues as they go through the ale is slow but steady, and then the secrets start coming forth. Brilliantly told! I love how the beginning involved a rather inebriated Aragorn and Faramir, and I love the presence of a sleeping Gandalf for the latter half. The idea that hobbits can drink the Big Folk under the table is a great one, and I lift my glass to all the Big Folk who try to prove otherwise. And here's to Pippin, who beat the unbeatable Baggins but may not remember doing it in the morning. Great story!

Reviewed by: Silvermoon Lady  ✧  Score: N/A

This was wonderfully funny and well written (not unexpectedly), and truly enjoyable to read, over and over. There are few things I find more difficult to write than humor, and this is a wildly good example of its clever use, without taking the people involved out of character or the story out of probability. Worth every jot and line!

Reviewed by: White Gull  ✧  Score: N/A

Brilliantly funny, but with layers of nuance. I loved the reference to Autumn's Requiem, and Sam's reaction. Ariel writes a Frodo close to "my Frodo," or Frodo as I perceive him, that it's just about inseparable.

Reviewed by: Lindelea  ✧  Score: N/A

Well, I loved "Of Dwarvish Ale and Battle Scars", so I thought I'd give this one a try, and a treat it was, too! I kept chuckling... and chuckling some more... and chuckling again... and then outright laughter. Your hobbits sound so in character to me, and all the funnier for it. (You give me a whole new insight on why hobbits do not go upstairs to bed!) And then... you are able to bring a lump to my throat, thinking of Frodo's "what might have beens". Reading on... no barns? Moving right along, I'm with Merry. Frodo's toast was beautiful. And more laughter, and then... A combat for the ages? (I must admit, the next thing I half-expected was that they'd all go off looking for a drink of water for Frodo...)

Reviewed by: Marigold Cotton  ✧  Score: N/A

An excellent sequel to Of Dwarvish Ale and Battle Scars by Aratlithiel! I loved the inclusion of Gandalf in the hobbits drinking contest, and I never doubted who the winner would be!