The Little Hobbit
2006 Award Category: Genres: Alternate Universe
Story Type: Other Fiction ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: PG-13 ✧ Reason for Rating: Some sexual thoughts, desires
Summary: A "take off" on The Little Mermaid. Frodo wishes to become a Big Person so that he can live the life of a Ranger. Old Widow Brandybuck can help. But of course it has a price.
Reviewed by: Budgielover ✧ Score: 6
I can think of no other author who departs from canon so joyously and has managed to create so unique a 'universe' with our beloved characters. Claudia has a special gift in writing hobbits, their relationships with each other (as demonstrated in this fic by Frodo taking care of his younger cousin Merry and Merry returning the care) and their ventures into other races' worlds. Though based on "The Little Mermaid," this story is a happier one; though Frodo does not achieve his heart's desire, the love of his friends is strong enough to return him to the hobbit world. (In the original "Little Mermaid," the mermaid becomes foam on the waves when her love is not reciprocated.) Not only is this fic a good read, it manages to engage the heart - not the easiest of tasks to achieve in alternate universe writing.
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 4
I was very pleasantly surprised at how lovely and sweet this story was--it was certainly not something I would ever have imagined as being possible. Aside from the slashiness--which was barely there, except as a plot device--it was quite like an actual fairy tale. I loved Merry in this, even though his role was limited. And Frodo was very believable as an incarnation of "the little mermaid". I liked also the very hobbitiness of the hobbits. A delightful surprise!