One Day

Author: Alawa

Nominator: Marta

2005 Award Category: Books/Time: The Lord of The Rings: Poetry - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Poem  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: After retiring to Rivendell, Bilbo Baggins is working hard on his book. Elrond, Aragorn, Arwen, and Elladan play supporting roles.

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Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: 6

This poem is far, far too true to life. Anyone who has ever had to write anything at all, whether for pleasure or payment, will recognize him- or herself in Bilbo. We've all encountered the characters here: the well-meaning guide who just increases the work fourfold (Elrond), the well-meaning distraction (Elladan), the renderer of tangential assistance (Arwen), and the voice of sensible yet slogging doom (Aragorn), and then all the little mind tricks and interruptions we make all by ourselves to spare ourselves the pain of that damnably blank page. Time flies, and then suddenly it's nightfall and you've advanced all of two sentences. Rhyming couplets throughout, and no tortured constructions to fit the rhythm (I admire that)—good fun!

Reviewed by: Llinos  ✧  Score: 5

This was wonderfully entertaining. The metre is excellent and the couplet rhyming scheme is just right to give the piece the exactly right hobbity feel to the style. It also provides a very good gap-filler as well as something many of us can relate to - the dreaded writer's block! I love stories where we, the readers, already know the ending, but are provided with glimpses of the road taken. Poor Bilbo will not finish we know and even now is obviously thinking of handing it on to Frodo. Excellent poem!

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 3

Who here hasn't had to deal with wandering muses? I just wish I had Bilbo's set of friends to help bring my muses back on track. Definitely a fun poem, and the feel of the rhythm and style is very much like some of Bilbo's songs. I can see him penning this or humming a tune to it throughout the day.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 2

Ah, yes! The difficulties of writing, and of resisting temptation, and of getting throught the day with too few words committed to the page. Poor Bilbo!

Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: 1

This is an interesting poem -- and on a topic I never would have thought to do myself.