Stopover in Middle Earth

Author: Darkover

Nominator: Kara's Aunty

2011 Award Category: Crossover: General

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Ficlet

Rating: Teen  ✧  Reason for Rating: Violence

Summary: The forces of good are not idle, and that means sometimes destinies overlap. Brief one shot crossover between "Lord of the Rings" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."

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Reviewed by: Kara's Aunty  ✧  Score: 7

I've never watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but that in no way detracted from my enjoyment of Darkover's colourful and highly amusing crossover. Seeing the Pelennor through Buffy's eyes (or rather, the scene with Éowyn, Merry and the Witchking of Angmar) was surreal, yet refreshing too. Her mental vernacular and contemporary turns-of-phrase transform a grim fight for survival into a comedy sketch. As she steps in to defend our unconscious Middle Earth heroes, Buffy calls the Witchking [tall, dark, and creepy] TO HIS FACE, then promptly spears aforementioned face with a sword she snatched from the battlefield before disappearing back into the same colourful vortex which brought her there. And thus she steals Éowyn and Merry's crowning moment of glory. But as no one was paying any attention to her fight with the fright, no one would ever be the wiser! Until now ... I really enjoyed this tongue-in-cheek crossover. A great, funny read that I will go back to again and again.

Author response: Dear Kara's Aunty: If you've never watched BtVS and yet you enjoyed this story anyway, I'm pleased to realize that I must have written this properly! I'm so glad you enjoyed the story, and that you have been thoughtful enough to tell me in detail what you enjoyed about it. Since the Witch King is undead, Buffy just seemed the logical opponent for him. Thank you so much for your generous and detailed review!

Reviewed by: curiouswombat  ✧  Score: 4

As someone who has written Buffyverse/Tolkienverse crossover fics for a long time myself, I can thoroughly recommend this one. Short, succinct, well written and neither a 'Buffy is the tenth walker and saves everyone', or a 'Buffy is Legolas One True Love' story (my two least favourite crossover genres between these two different worlds!) - what's not to like? The 'Buffy voice' here is spot on - and even if you are not a Buffy fan it would be worth your time to read just for the modern young woman's take on the Witch King of Angmar!

Author response: Dear curiouswombat: Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. As I told another fan author who was kind enough to review, the idea for this tale came to me when I realized that the Witch King would be an excellent enemy for Buffy, and she a great foil for him, because he was undead. Then the idea just would not let me alone until I had written it. I'm so glad you believe I captured Buffy's "voice" properly, and that you liked the story well enough to recommend it to others. Thanks again!

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 3

I wish this ficlet had been a bit longer; but it's great fun while it lasts! Darkover captures the Vampire Slayer in all her glory; taking no prisoners, and demonstrating as much snark as fighting skills. I almost feel sorry for the Witch-King. Almost...

Author response: Dear Raksha: If you wished this story was a bit longer, I must have written it properly! Thank you for your generous review, which I very much appreciate.

Reviewed by: Fiondil  ✧  Score: 3

LOL! This was hysterical. I loved the way Darkover gave us this scene from Buffy’s point-of-view. Even the language is so Buffy. But just what she ends up doing on a particular battlefield in Middle-earth would be telling. All I can say is, if only the people of Middle-earth knew the truth. Well done!

Author response: Dear Fiondil: Your kind review made me beam. I'm so glad you enjoyed this tale, which wouldn't let me alone until I wrote and posted it. I'm very pleased you took the time to read this story, and then wrote such an upbeat review.

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland  ✧  Score: 3

I only ever watched one episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and didn't like it, but I did like this clever crossover in which it is actually Buffy rather than Eowyn who slays the Witch King. A clever, novel and amusing idea which makes for an interesting alternative reality.

Author response: Dear Linda: Thank you. I appreciate the fact that even though you aren't a BtVS fan, you were willing to read and review this story, and that you found nice things to say about it! The idea for this tale came to me when I found myself thinking that the Witch King would be a perfect foe for Buffy, and she a great foil for him, because he is undead. Then the idea wouldn't let me alone until I wrote it. Thank you again!

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 2

LOL! This was quite amusing-- I could "see" Buffy's actions and "hear" her voice quite well! I love the casual ["I wonder..."] at the end.

Author response: Dear Dreamflower: Thank you! I'm delighted that you enjoyed it, and that you believe I captured Buffy's "voice" and wrote the ending both properly. Thank you for the upbeat review!