Author: Claudia

Nominator: Claudia

2007 Award Category: Genres: Drama: The Fellowship

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Frodo mistakes mushrooms found in Hollin for a harmless species from the Shire.

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Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: 6

This is one of those misadventures that could all too easily have occurred, and it is a credit to Claudia's descriptive skill that I felt vaguely ill myself after reading this, and then went hunting for information on mushrooms. The fruit of this research has been a firm resolve never to eat any mushroom that was not grown in a mushroom farm, for they seem entirely too likely to be poisonous! I do wonder what poor Frodo ended up eating, though. Given the symptoms and the time delay, I have to wonder whether he shouldn't have needed some sort of organ transplant before the end of it! Ugh! The failure to warn against picking foreign mushrooms, however familiar they may seem, is one of those little things that slip the mind, to everyone's regret – I am sure it is an episode our heroes will not forget for some time!

Reviewed by: agape4gondor  ✧  Score: 4

This is a well thought out and plausible tale of a 'could have happened' moment on the road to Mordor. Poor Frodo - and he barely recovered from the Morgul-blade. Being a Boromir fan, I'm grateful the man was able to lend his support - by the use of his great cloak - to the cause of helping give Frodo comfort. Though I could imagine him wondering aloud - and trying to keep it at a whisper - what their next course of action might be IF the worst were to happen.

Reviewed by: obsidianj  ✧  Score: 3

Wicked, wicked mushrooms. Poor Frodo, being tricked by a mushroom is no fun. I like the description of Boromir and Aragorn caring for Frodo. At least for once Pippn followed orders and was spared.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 3

Frodo learns a painful lesson as he mistakes mushrooms he finds within Hollin for a common variety enjoyed at home; he's only grateful that for once Pippin listened to threats uttered and leaves them alone. Poor Frodo!

Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke  ✧  Score: 2

Oh, that food poisoning would make one ask for the sword! This simple, and even amusing, catalyst brings out something interesting in everyone.