2006 Award Category: Races: Hobbits: Hurt/Comfort
Story Type: Other Fiction ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: G ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: When Merry is caught abroad in bad weather he finds unexpected shelter with some unfamiliar hobbits. But all is not as it seems...
Reviewed by: Marigold ✧ Score: 4
This story is wonderfully creepy! I like the way that it starts out as if Merry has indeed simply found shelter from the weather, then gradually things begin to indicate that all is not as they seem. The ending, when Merry finds out just who Bella was, and learns her sad and frightening fate, gave me shivers. Whatever magick caused Merry to be in that place, at that time, I am so relieved that it let him out again!
Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon ✧ Score: 4
Oh, this is a good one! Merry stumbles upon a hobbit-hole, and a party, with a beautiful young hobbit girl celebrating a birthday, but something is definitely odd... The writer builds up the sense of strangeness very lightly, with just a few hints, and then hits the reader with unexpected horror. And the end wraps up the mystery in an unsentimental but romantic and sad fashion. Quite well written, especially the hobbit personalities.
Reviewed by: Bodkin ✧ Score: 4
This is such a spooky story! Merry seemed to have found a safe haven - but then, of course, nothing was quite as it seemed. So much symbolic red - and people appearing - well - not quite as he would have expected. It's a good thing the Goodbody family turned up when they did and that they knew the stories. But I'm not surprised Merry was left with a rather sick feeling of horror about it all. Poor Bella. I'm sure she would much rather have opened the door to find Meriadoc Brandybuck on the other side.
Reviewed by: Larner ✧ Score: 3
A most fascinating Hobbit ghost story, and occurring to our own Merry. The Fell Winter left a number of tales told about the Shire, and one mystery as Merry meets a lass from that time and sees her open the door to the death of her family and friends. Eerie, and well written.
Reviewed by: grey_wonderer ✧ Score: 3
The discriptions in this one were wonderful and I loved all of the little details that the author included in this story. I won't give it away but this has a very entertaining surprise ending!
Reviewed by: Llinos ✧ Score: 3
A very spooky tale, wonderfully told . Despite the subject matter it is not over-the-top at all, which makes it very believable and so even more chilling. Nevertheless, throughout the author manages to keep this a very hobbity story, dark bits and all. I thought that Merry and the OC's were well depicted here.
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 2
A really nice creepy story, drawing on elements of modern urban myth, to make a thoroughly plausible Middle-earth legend...
Reviewed by: GamgeeFest ✧ Score: 1
An urban legend finds new life in Middle Earth. A fun and spooky read.