The Archives Incident
2007 Award Category: Genres: Adventure: Minas Tirith - Third Place
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: General ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: In Minas Tirith after the Quest, Frodo and Pippin have their own adventure beneath the Citadel...
Reviewed by: Dwimordene ✧ Score: 10
For some reason, I can't think of many post-Quest Pippin-and-Frodo stories, so this was a nice change of pace, and written with Dreamflower's usual good style. As someone who spends a lot of time in libraries, and who is not wholly convinced that the universe's sense of humor would be beneath creating an earthquake in Illinois just so I could get buried in the stacks, I can appreciate the idea that libraries contain unknown and lurking dangers. City-dweller that I am, rats are not something I'm used to thinking of as a threat, but Dreamflower successfully made them menacing, and who would want to be locked in a library without a light? The story moves from a humorous discovery that Minas Tirith's library keeps a fair share of godawful poetry on its shelves, some of it about one Captain Thorongil, even, to the excitement of discovering little-used passages and rooms and old scrolls, to the terror of becoming locked into those little-used spaces with nothing but rats for company. Frodo and Pippin work well together, and Frodo as caretaker post-Quest is always a good thing. Of course, they are finally rescued before the rats can get at them, and fortunately they keep a hold of the bad poetry. While I regret not seeing Aragorn's reaction to it, the last line was a perfect end to the story.
Reviewed by: Mews1945 ✧ Score: 5
An exciting tale that takes place after the quest, when Frodo and Pippin, on their own in the Citadel, decide to explore the Archives. Led by curiosity, they go even deeper, into an old underground section, where they find many ancient scrolls, including one with Isildur's account of the taking of the Ring, and the inscription on the band. Accidentally locked into the ancient place, with creeping dangers surrounding them, the two hobbits must make the best of their situation and keep themselves alive and unharmed until their friends can come to find them. There are humour and cousinly banter, thrills and supsense, and loving h/c in this story, and a very satisfying conclusion.
Reviewed by: Bodkin ✧ Score: 5
Poor Frodo - trapped in a library. He must feel halfway between horror and euphoria. Although being without food and with rats might make the experience rather less pleasurable. Yes, it's a good job they were rescued when they were! Get Menelcar to put that ... charming poem ... to music! Although it might be best if he premiered it at a private gathering. I don't think Aragorn would much appreciate a public rendition. (And Frodo is kind-hearted enough to wish to keep the humiliation private.) This is a most entertaining story, Dreamflower.
Reviewed by: Imhiriel ✧ Score: 4
It was a wonderful idea to let Frodo find Isildur's scroll, and to picture the table with the documents on it as being left this way when Gandalf hurried away from his discovery. I think my favourite part was actually the (suitably dreadful and terribly funny) heroic poem about Thorongil's exploits. And I'm right with Frodo in wishing I could see Aragorn's face when he discovers this poem!
Reviewed by: Garnet Took ✧ Score: 4
I just love this story. There is humor, drama and suspense all in here. The bit with Pippin finding that horrid poetry is priceless. The moment where Frodo sees the ring inscription is heart-chilling. The rats are so believable that I shivered when reading about them. Frodo and Pippin both show such wonderful resourcefullness and determination. They are fantastic. Great job, Dreamflower.
Reviewed by: Larner ✧ Score: 4
To their surprise and horror, Pippin and Frodo learn that there are some places within the White City that are not completely safe, as a search of the Archives ends with them locked in a disused corner, Pippin injured, and endangered by rats. So likely a piece, with Pippin's finding of a sappy poem written in honor of Thorongil that has them chortling to the attempts to stave off those rats drawn by the scent of the injury. Dreamflower brings the less commonly visited corners of the archive to life.
Reviewed by: Linda hoyland ✧ Score: 4
This is a delightful story in which poor Frodo's trials are not over after the destruction of the Ring. The poor Hobbit is interested in the City archives and goes there with Pippin only to get locked in with rats for company ! The poor Hobbits get hungrier and hungrier as they await rescue.Luckily, SAm, Merry, Aragorn,Gandalf and Faramir are all eager to find them. I especially enjoyed the glimpse of Aragorn relaxing and the King's concern for his friends when he knows they are missing.
Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon ✧ Score: 3
Frodo and Pippin have a harrowing day in, of all places, the Archives of Minas Tirith. Dreamflower brings out danger and suspense in a usually benign setting, and shows the strong bond between the two cousins. And I loved the less-than-stellar poem about Thorongil.
Reviewed by: White Gull ✧ Score: 2
Oh, that was worth the read! Funny and touching, it was good to see Frodo almost his old self after the quest. A nice little adventure for recovering cousins!
Reviewed by: SurgicalSteel ✧ Score: 2
Lovely tale - Frodo and Pippin are exploring the archives and are locked in. Lovely cousin interaction and bonding while they try to find a way out.