Lalia Took's Pride

Author: Larner

Nominator: Branwyn (Lady Branwyn)

2011 Award Category: Drabble Series: Character Study

Story Type: Drabble  ✧  Length: Drabble Series

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: A series of drabbles featuring Lalia Clayhanger Took, mother to the Thain Ferumbras. Written originally for the Tolkien Weekly "Seven Deadly Sins" challenge.(A series of seven drabbles.)

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Reviewed by: Virtuella  ✧  Score: 6

Dear Larner, I confess, like to most of the other hobbits only mentioned in passing, I had never previously given any thought to the character of Lalia Took. You have taken the opportunity here to flesh out and colour in the line drawing and make her into a really fascinating, albeit thoroughly unpleasant person. The psychology is intriguing – it is a chicken or egg question: is her unpleasantness a response to the rejections she ahs experienced, or where all those rejections already a response to her unpleasantness? One thing seems sure: this hobbit woman is starved for affection and very effectively stands in the way of ever gaining any. A tragic story, if you ask me, and one you have told very convincingly.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 3

Larner sketches a series of drabbled portraits of this very large hobbit lady in this interesting series. Alas, poor Lalia is renowned more for her girth than the influence and opportunity that her high position afforded; the drabbles show her as an ultimately selfish woman who is feared but not loved. Elegantly and thoughtfully written.

Author response: Thanks so, Raksha. I have felt so sorry for Lalia ever since I first had her story quoted to me from Tolkien's letters. I loved the chance to focus a series of drabbles for Tolkien Weekly on her, and for some reason this time the theme of the Seven Deadly Sins brought her to mind so. No, she doesn't appear to have been deeply loved, mores the pity. And she appears to have done her best to fill the gaps in her life with food, until she ruined her own health.... Again, thank you so.

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland  ✧  Score: 3

A fascinating response to the "Seven Deadly Sins" challenge at "Tolkien Weekly".Larner elects to explore them all in the person of Lalia Took, who takes more comfort in food than even a Hobbit should. IT seems Lalia has everything save the respect and affection she craves and I ended up feeling a little sorry for her.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 3

This set of drabbles explores the character of Lalia Clayhanger Took, whose life and fate are briefly sketched in JRRT's Letter #214. Larner skillfully uses the Seven Deadly Sins to show how these flaws shaped her into one whose life and death were a cautionary tale to a generation of hobbits.

Reviewed by: Adonnen Estenniel  ✧  Score: 2

An interesting look on a minor character. I liked Larner's way of justifying her actions and thoughts.