The Lord of Silver Fountains Shall Come Into His Own

Author: Azalais

Nominator: Azalais

2011 Award Category: Drabble: Character Study - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Drabble  ✧  Length: True Drabble

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Bard contemplates Dale restored. For the tolkien_weekly "Water: Lake" challenge.(100 words.)

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Reviewed by: Tanaqui  ✧  Score: 5

I very much like this picture of Bard, enjoying the peace and prosperity of his new kingdom, particularly the way any desire Bard has to go treasure hunting on Smaug's carcass is shown to be only so that he can make Dale ["fairer yet"] rather than for personal gain -- that seems very true to his character. I also found the language in this drabble to be deceptively simple: strong and straightforward, well suited to Bard, and yet powerful in the various rhetorical devices used, especially in the description of Smaug's decaying body. The care with which every word has been chosen and placed shines through and rewards re-reading -- a really great example of the drabblist's art. Well done!

Author response: Thank you for such a lovely review! I'm glad you enjoyed the drabble - I don't write much Hobbit so I had fun writing it too, once the prompt gave me the idea. And since choosing and placing exactly the right words is the thing I most enjoy about drabbling, it's great that it worked for you!

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: 4

Nearly missed this drabble, but I'm glad I didn't - Bard doesn't find his way often into fanfiction, at least not that I've seen. I think Azalais finds his voice nicely - his straightforwardness, matched with a steady hand, and kingly foresight (not Dúnadan foresightedness, but just the acute sense of what the possibilities are and what's likely to happen). He's not all doom and gloom when there's no reason for it, and I love his willful sense that Dale shall prosper.

Author response: Not nearly enough Bardfic ;-) I'm glad you felt I caught him and that you enjoyed the drabble.

Reviewed by: Elleth  ✧  Score: 3

Oh, I enjoyed this drabble. The tone here seems to come straight from the pages of The Hobbit. The corruption of the dragon's own personal gold coat working even on Bard was a very telling exploration of motives and themes in the novel. Nicely done, and food for thought.

Author response: Glad you liked it! It was fun to write - I'm usually more LoTR-based and I enjoyed doing this, so I'm pleased the tone rang true for you.

Reviewed by: Darkover  ✧  Score: 3

Bard is an immensely practical man, and this well-crafted drabble reflects that. A good leader knows what to do when the time comes; a great leader thinks ahead. Bard does both. This is well worth reading!

Author response: Thank you, Darkover! I agree, Bard's a very pragmatic sort. I'm glad you enjoyed the drabble.

Reviewed by: Adonnen Estenniel  ✧  Score: 3

Azalais presents a perfect sort of "ha-ha" moment for Bard here. I love the smug tone he has; it seems quite fitting, all things considered, and shows the strength and resilience of his character.

Author response: I think Bard could perhaps have been forgiven a moment of smugness, don't you? Thank you for the review!

Reviewed by: Altariel  ✧  Score: 3

I don't often read Hobbit-fic and this short piece reminds me how much I love the book's tone and makes me think I should go looking for more fic. Love the image of the rotting carcase of Smaug, and of course you do the best titles.

Author response: I don't often write Hobbit-fic either! But I was glad the prompt led me to this. :-)

Reviewed by: cairistiona  ✧  Score: 3

Hooray for Bard fic! I imagine that after the movie comes out, we'll be flooded with stories, many of dubious quality, so finding gems like this beforehand gives me a smile. Bard feels eminently Bard-ish, as he should be, and I love the last line especially. Really well done.

Author response: I very rarely write Hobbit fic, and it was fun that a comm-prompt sparked off this one. I don't think I've ever written Bard before, either, so I'm glad you enjoyed him!

Reviewed by: ziggy  ✧  Score: 3

In spite of his beleiving he is not grim, oh, he is. Diving into the Long Lake to recover the gems from Smaug's rotting body is a bit grim... but practical and the Right Thing. It just hits that tone perfectly for Bard - a good precursor for Aragorn!

Author response: I hadn't thought about his being a forerunner of Aragorn, but maybe there *is* something about Men of the North... Thanks for the review!

Reviewed by: Levade  ✧  Score: 2

It's certainly a nice circle that the creature who ruined their city should now help rebuild it back to its beauty! And all in only one hundred words. Nicely done!

Author response: Thank you! I'm glad you liked the piece.