Tea and Seedcake and the Influence of Hobbits

Author: Baggins Babe

Nominator: Dreamflower

2007 Award Category: Races: Cross-Cultural: Gondor

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: A merchant from Lebennin visits Minas Tirith four years after the Ring War, discovers how things have changed since the days of the Stewards and has several surprising encounters.

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Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 10

One of the best things a fanfic writer can do is to create a believable and realistic Original Character, whose purpose is to shed light on, rather than to eclipse, the Canon Characters. Baggins Babe usually concentrates on the main canon characters of the hobbits, and does so very well for the most part. But she also has a knack for that sort of OC, as well. In this story, she has introduced us to Merlindor, a Gondorian merchant who is making his first visit to Minas Tirith since the coronation of the new King. We see with his eyes, as he enters the White City for the first time since the War ended, and is astounded to see the differences there. The differences extend all the way up to the highest levels, as Merlindor is surprised to discover, the court of King Elessar is nothing at all like that of the Lord Denethor. He gradually makes the acquaintance of most of the remaining members of the Fellowship, and we see them through his eyes as not only creatures out of legend, but also fellow people. The author has a way with affectionate banter, keeping it gentle and not too outrageous, and we are privileged to see through Merlindor's eyes the love that those friends have for one another, and the influence they've had on one another. I would not at all mind seeing her make use of him in another story--he really is a delightful fellow!

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 4

This is a comparatively rare fanfic story, in that the changes in pre-and-post-RingWar Gondor are viewed through the eyes of an original character. BagginsBabe has created a credible OMC, a merchant from Lebennin, who comes to Minas Tirith to see how the White City fares; and ends up quite favorably impressed. The author captures the rising tide of optimism, new life and construction in the City quite well. I particularly enjoyed Merlindor's impressions of the Elves and Dwarves working together.

Reviewed by: PipMer  ✧  Score: 4

This is a delightful story, making use of an OC named Merlindor. He is a merchant who is arriving in Minas Tirith for the first time since the end of the War, and he notices several things happening in the city that are the result of the influence of hobbits. His first time attending a hobbit-style 'tea' is wonderfully warm, funny and heartfelt. This story really brings home the fact that Tolkien considered hobbits to be central to his story; not just Frodo and Sam, but the other hobbits as well. Well done.

Reviewed by: Garnet Took  ✧  Score: 3

This is such a nice story of a kinder, gentler Gondor under the rule of Aragorn. The influence that Frodo, Sam, Pippin and Merry have had on their king and his city is clear to see. After reading this, I'm hungry.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 3

To say the world has changed is a gross understatement as a merchant from Lebennin faces Dwarves, Elves, Hobbits, and a King he remembers from his childhood! Wonderful story, complete with a delightful Thorongil moment!

Reviewed by: Imhiriel  ✧  Score: 3

Detailed and evocative descriptions of the appearance of Minas Tirith and the teeming life within. It was fascinating to see through the eyes of your original character what a few years of peace under the reign of the King have wrought of changes in the city.

Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke  ✧  Score: 1

This is an enjoyable vision of the fellowship members and the city in a time of peace.

Reviewed by: trikywun  ✧  Score: 1

I loved the influence upon Gondor that the hobbits; had left behind! Good story!