2006 Award Category: Races: Hobbits: Friendship - Honorable Mention
Story Type: Other Fiction ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: G ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: An incident on the road from Rivendell, early in the Quest: Sam and Pippin find trouble, and Boromir learns a few things about his smallest travelling companions.
Reviewed by: pipkinsweetgrass ✧ Score: 10
Some stories are written to demonstrate the learning arc of one character in regards to situations or other characters. This is one of the latter variety, and I absolutely adore it. Many readers do not grasp the fact that, amongst all the Fellowship, only Boromir had never seen a hobbit, nor was he even aware they were anything more than creatures from children's tales. This author understands what a shock it must have been to Boromir to meet not just one hobbit, but five, including Bilbo. Not only does this story show what a challenge Boromir had before him in learning about a race of people he had been brought up to believe was only a myth, it also shows the qualities of each hobbit as well. I liked the way the author delved into the personalities of each character. The tools are familiar ones, but none the worse for our having seen them before, and used them ourselves. This writer has her toolbox organised and each tool is used with gentle precision. Emotional content is good, storyline sound and denoument spot on. I wish all stories of this sort were handled with as much love and deftness as this author has shown with this story. From beginning to end, it is a thoughtful story which takes good care of all of our beloved Fellowship. It is a simple tale about complex personalities, handled with wonderful regard for the craft as well as the source material.
Reviewed by: Budgielover ✧ Score: 4
The shining star of this story is the interaction between hobbits and Big Folk, lovingly written with just a hint of hobbit impertinence. The authors draws our characters very much from canon and infuses them with the vitality of the movies. The dialogue is delightful and very much what we would think to hear from them, and the sly humor perfect. Best of all is seeing Boromir as a friend to the hobbits as well as protector, and his concern for and love of the Little Folk endears him to the reader.
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 3
This was among the earliest of fics I ever read, and so I am very grateful to the MEFAs for giving me the chance to read it again--it's just wonderful, how Boromir is portrayed here--his pride, yet his nobility and his honesty with himself. And I love Pippin and Sam in this as well. This is just a beautiful story, and one that takes well to re-reading!
Reviewed by: Imhiriel ✧ Score: 2
Vivid descriptions, good characterisations. The fact that the Fellowship is only beginning to know each other is shown very well.
Reviewed by: Marigold ✧ Score: 2
A really enjoyable Fellowship story! I especially liked Boromir in this, after the hobbits of course!
Reviewed by: Llinos ✧ Score: 2
Excellent interaction between the hobbits and the rest of the Fellowship. I enjoyed the mix of humour and drama.