The Travelling Mouse of NĂºmenor

Author: Berzerker Prime

Nominator: Marta

2005 Award Category: Genres: Humor: Children

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: n/a

Summary: Written in the spirit of Tolkien's "There Is an Inn". At the coronation of King Elessar, Faramir and Samwise attempt to entertain some of the Citadel's youngest guests.

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Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 6

Fun! Definitely one of the most entertaining things I've read recently. The entire idea behind it (Sam taking the children aside and forming a "refuge" of sorts) is inspired and I love the way that Faramir happens upon this refuge. I suspect he'll need to be more quick-witted in the future if he's going to escape Eomer. But going back to the focus of the story, the song Faramir sings is brilliant. I was laughing out loud the moment I figured out where the song was going. The contrasting tone at the end (when Sam speaks of home) offsets the rest of the story beautifully, and I enjoyed the end, with Sam and Faramir deciding they were still in need of refuge. Very well done.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 5

I loved this story within a story within a story. The first story is Faramir, attempting to escape from the scruitiny of his potential future brother-in-law; the second is Sam, attempting to escape the stifling formality of the Gondorian nobility, and the third is the lovely little story of the Numenorean mouse, who loved adventure and travel--until he found he had no way home. There are so many layers to this lovely tale, and the children whom Sam and Faramir have as an audience are very real in their reactions. It's just wonderful, and wistful, and funny.

Reviewed by: Rabidsamfan  ✧  Score: 4

Oh, rapture! Oh, bliss! Storytelling Sam and singing Faramir and all in the same ficlet! This was a joy to read from the very beginning, and if I began to list all the bits I enjoyed I'd soon go over the quote limit. But the description of Faramir's opinion on just what would be the appropriate place to discuss things with Eomer would be high on the list. And the children! Oh, yes, indeedy, this is definitely going into my collection of favorite fics! Thank you!

Reviewed by: Bodkin  ✧  Score: 3

This is a gorgeous tale. It's great to see Faramir and Sam together interacting with the children - and I love the way the children respond to them. I enjoyed their solution to who should be lieutenant, too. All of them is a solution only a group of children could come up with. Lovely.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: 3

Well, to me, this wasn't funny, although it was a lovely story that put Sam's dreadful experience on a level that even children can understand and identify with, rather than feel as if it's some distant fairy tale with heroes who never feel fear.