Night in Hollin
Author: Nancy Brooke
2004 Award Category: Races: Men - First Place
Story Type: Other Fiction ✧ Length: unknown
Rating: G ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Aragorn discovers something less than orthodox about Boromir's teaching methods.
Review scores are not available for 2004.
Reviewed by: Larian Elensar ✧ Score: N/A
What a nice little moment of time with the fellowship. I loved how you showed Pippin and Merry already establishing a good relationship with Boromir. And I would have loved to see them all dancing!
Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel ✧ Score: N/A
This was cute! I'm sure there had to be such quiet moments at least a few times on the quest. Once the Hobbits had done their dancing, I just knew Legolas wouldn't be too shy, and that, logically, he'd ask Gandalf to be his partner.
Reviewed by: Dwimordene ✧ Score: N/A
This was great fun, I thought, and an unusual way of getting the Fellowship to interact. Thanks to the ever-present threat of war in LOTR, one tends to forget that most, if not all, of the Fellowship would have had some knowledge and ability as dancers, since dancing has been a large part of most cultures. But we don't often think of it having a part to play in Middle-earth, particularly for the non-hobbit characters, and this despite Lúthien's hypnotic dancing that so quickly seduced Beren.
Reviewed by: Chathol-linn ✧ Score: N/A
The folksy story-telling tone hooked me and kept me reading this story. It's a look at the Fellowship as they pass through. I did think it was a little too talky. Dialog exchanges such as "Right then" "Right when" "Right now" can be pared back to good effect, but that is intended as a lightweight criticism. The writer did a good job of showing the relationships of the Fellowship and of telling us information we did not know about the culture of Gondor. Enjoyable. Oh, and I figured out where the sword move came from before the writer told us, which is always fun!
Reviewed by: Fourth Moon ✧ Score: N/A
The story picks up a scene from the movie and does a great job building on it: first light and amusing, then with more serious tones as Aragorn is faced with the difficulties of having lived so many different lifes, never being quite what people see in him. All the characters are well done (Frodo's silence, Sam's language, the bantering of Merry & Pippin and so on), but what I really love is the way unexpected aspects of Boromir are shown while still keeping him in character. Apart from that, the way Merry and Pippin are inquisitive and unable to let a subject go, but without being insufferable, is charming. The dances are perfectly described and work great to show how different the members of the Fellowship are, while still having things in common. Even if I don't know whether the thought of Gimli dancing or of Aragorn dancing with Boromir is the scarier one.