2004 Award Category: Times: The Lord of the Rings: Vignette - Second Place
Story Type: Other Fiction ✧ Length: unknown
Rating: G ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Bilbo learns of the origins of his little sword from Glorfindel.
Review scores are not available for 2004.
Reviewed by: Larian Elensar ✧ Score: N/A
Oh! I loved this! Really, such a nice warm feeling, seeing Glorfindel and Bilbo talking, and Glorfindel remembering. Well done.
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: N/A
Great history on the sword Sting, and good characterization of both Bilbo and Glorfindel. Bilbo is in every way a hobbit, and a weary one at that who's still trying to come to terms with the fact that he went off and had an adventure. Glorfindel plays the wise elven lord well as in addition to the role of gracious host. Good allusions to future events, too.
Reviewed by: Alexcat ✧ Score: N/A
A beautiful history of the sword of Bilbo Baggins. I love it when such lovely tales fill the gaps. The characters in this one are well crafted and very much like Tolkien wrote them. Somehow I like to think that little Sting really was young Earendil's sword.
Reviewed by: Aelfwina ✧ Score: N/A
I really enjoyed this very plausible explanation of Sting's origins. The conversation between the mighty Elf and the humble little hobbit rang so true.
Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel ✧ Score: N/A
This is a lovely story, wistful where it needed to be, amusing at other times. I, of course, liked the mentions of Legolas and his spiders, but I recognize it was right not to play them up too highly as they aren't the purpose of the story. The sprinkle of that information was just right. I love that Glorfindel was the one to tell him of the story of the sword.
Reviewed by: Marigold Cotton ✧ Score: N/A
This has been one of my favourite stories from the very first time that I read it. It is a gem filled with many smaller gems. Bilbo and Glorfindel are both in character and the dialogue is very well written. The whole plot idea is a very good one, as if Thorin and Gandalf's swords were famous blades, why not Bilbo's Sting? And the origin of the blade is just inspired. I like the idea that this sword went on to serve the Fellowship so well on the Quest. The story flows so nicely, starting out with a very comfortable feeling, and then becoming more and more fascinating. The story has some wonderful canon details, and the author really knows her stuff.