Author: Aranel Took

Nominator: Aranel Took

2008 Award Category: Genres: Poetry: Hobbits - Third Place

Story Type: Poetry  ✧  Length: N/A

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: The simplicity of the Shire.

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Reviewed by: Imhiriel  ✧  Score: 7

I know I have difficulties with really appreciating tankas, so I tried to read this one with a very conscious, aware mind, slowly letting each single word sink in and then contemplating the "aftertaste" of the poem as a whole in its expression and impression (and I think I've totally muddled my metaphors now *g*). Anyway, I really liked this poem and the images and feelings it evokes: Buccolic charm, hominess, a rootedness to the land, to family and custom. Calm, and peacefulness. The appreciation for what one has, and yes, for the ["simple life"] and all it entails of joys and contentments (and I liked the subtle reference to Bilbo's prologue from the film). Despite its severe limitation of length, the words chosen give a surprisingly detailed picture, in delicate yet colourful brushstrokes. A perfect encapsulation of what the Shire and its inhabitants stand for in Tolkien's work. And, as far as my lay opinion can tell, a wonderful example also of the technique and intent of a tanka.

Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: 3

This tanka does a very good job capturing the simple sensuality of the Shire - exactly what a tanka should do, with its focus on nature. I could imagine the scene very easily through the evocative language, and it felt like a welcome, homey place, just as the Shire should be.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 2

A short, sweet, and utterly Hobbity description of the richness and comfort of the Shire. Charming.

Reviewed by: nancylea  ✧  Score: 1

small, not dainty; yet pleasing to the eye and ear.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 1

Concise and descriptive, I love the hobbity metaphors!