One Frodo Too Many

Author: Baranduin

Nominator: Lily Baggins

2007 Award Category: Genres: Humor: Parody

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: Teen  ✧  Reason for Rating: Mentions of slash in parody.

Summary: Why can't the Frodos get along and what effect does it have on their fanfic readers and writers? Written after a minor pairing preference kerfuffle on a Yahoo group.

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Reviewed by: Inkling  ✧  Score: 7

Frodo Baggins has invited some very unusual guests to Bag End... If you have even a passing acquaintance with Frodo slash pairings, you'll find this fic's characters hilariously familiar. And if you know Baranduin's own fics, or those of other authors in this genre, you'll appreciate the affectionate digs at such slash classics as the Pretty Good Year series. But even if you're unfamiliar with any of these things, you will still find this a funny, funny story. Book!Frodo disparaging the intelligence of his fanfic descendents in Pig Latin makes me laugh out loud every time I read it. Book!Frodo is here portrayed as the "stout little fellow" described by Gandalf to Butterbur in FOTR. I confess to preferring the slimmed-down, post-Weathertop book!Frodo that peeps out of the mirror at Rivendell, but Baranduin is clearly going for maximum comic contrast here, and in this she succeeds splendidly.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 3

I've had Frodo meet with Deagol and the Little Match Girl, Dumbledore and Ptolemy; but this meeting with his own splinter creations as they reflect the pairings we've written for them--Hilarious! As for the last Frodo to come to book-Frodo's meeting! So PRECIOUSSSSS!

Reviewed by: grey_wonderer  ✧  Score: 3

That was splendid! Iloved every single word of this one and I felt sorry for poor, old Book Frodo having to sort it all out without losing his mind or his temper. An excellent parody and the author handled all of those different Frodo's very well.

Reviewed by: Lindelea  ✧  Score: 2

As you may know, I prefer het and gen, but I took a chance on this one and found it very cleverly done. This bit in particular had me rolling: ["even the Master himself said that others would come after him to expand the tale in music and painting and drama, though …” cough “… it seems unlikely that he had quite these kinds of stories in mind.” The Frodos preened again; even triangle!Frodo sat up a little straighter and wiped away his tears. Book!Frodo shuddered. “Descended from me you are, yes … but otnay ootay rightbay,” he said. At their quizzical glances, he waved a hand. “A very ancient form of Elvish, accessible only in very old scrolls in Rivendell.”]