A Wedding and More

Author: Dana

Nominator: Dreamflower

2009 Award Category: Races: Hobbits

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: Teen  ✧  Reason for Rating: Het and slash and femslash, inevitable wedding night (het) implied at the end.

Summary: Celandine Brandybuck and Moro Burrows' wedding, a long time in the making.

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Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 10

I love Dana's stories, and very much miss them. I hope that someday she will feel able return to writing of her delightful hobbits. One of the things I love most about them is her appreciation for those minor names that only appear briefly on the Family Trees, and the way in which she is able to flesh them out into characters who are well-rounded, and filled with hobbity humor, kindly decency, and with that basic hobbit courage that only appears when they are in dire straits. This story, however is about a wedding. Celandine Brandybuck and Moro Burrows-- a couple that she originally wrote of in her story ["A Long Road There and Back"]. In that story, their acquaintance got off to a rocky start, due to Ruffians and the Troubles. Now they are having their long-awaited wedding, and it is ever so hobbity and cheerful. There are brief moments of memory, of things that happened in that sunless year of the Troubles, but they are not allowed to dampen the feasting and the dancing and the celebration, not only of Celandine and Moro's romance, but that of several other couples which are alluded to as well. The joy of the day is played out in Dana's lyrical prose and scintillating dialogue. It is fluffy, but not sappy, and as you read it, you just know that Celandine and Moro Burrows will be a very happy couple.

Reviewed by: Virtuella  ✧  Score: 3

You have an unusual style, much like an impressionist painting or even more accurately, like a camera panning over a turbulent scene, highlighting little vignettes here and there. Sweetly written!

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 2

Ah, the wedding was sweet and all such things are intended to be. May Moro and Celandine know years of love with one another.