Weight of Stone

Author: Chris

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Races: Hobbits

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: A quick look at a harmless superstition.

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Review scores are not available for 2004.

Reviewed by: Larian Elensar  ✧  Score: N/A

Oooh, how's that for precognition? Only a two skip and look what happened.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: N/A

Very few things say as much about a culture as the kind of superstitions they hold. And I love stories that dip into things like that. This one, for example, about skipping stones is something I would very much expect out of the Brandybucks, who are the hobbits most likely to go messing around with boats and other unnatural devices. And how long you can keep your rock above water and out of danger is how much luck you'd have. It's a very Brandybuck way of looking at life, and I love the way it's brought out in this story.

Reviewed by: Avonaus  ✧  Score: N/A

Poor Merry! I like the way this story has such a sting in the tail

Reviewed by: Lindelea  ✧  Score: N/A

What an incredible take on an old superstition, indeed! I, too, had to look up the name of the lake you mentioned, though I had my suspicions. Very sneaky, making me think the Quest was already over with the "people met and dark places" line... Haven't read anything of yours before, so am happy to make your acquaintance!

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

I liked best the recollection of his eight-skip day and the luck it brought him. Chris took a simple action and turned it into a reflection.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: N/A

I liked the way skipping stones became a hobbit superstition for luck. Wistful, with just a hint of past darkness.