The Family Way
2009 Award Category: Races: Hobbits
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: Teen ✧ Reason for Rating: Deals with a mature theme; nothing graphic, but there is innuendo
Summary: Sometimes doing the respectable thing can be complicated
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: 8
Ah, so THAT'S what was going on... From a tiny note in Appendix C, Dreamflower manages to coax an entire story and also manages to involve most of the prominent Baggins and Tooks of the time, all the while giving them personality, depths, quirks, and a very realistic and hasty wedding. I love the opinions that the two families had of one another. In particular, I liked the comment by the Baggins of: ["Rosa is marrying a Took. Do you really think there can be such a thing as a 'quiet wedding'?"] That summed it all up quite nicely. But of course Dreamflower can't just leave it there, and as a bonus, we also get a lovely first meeting of Belladonna Took and Bungo Baggins. If anyone had been paying attention to them instead of worrying about poor Rosa and Hildigrim, I suspect eyebrows would have been rising all over the place. But both Bungo and Belladonna seem a bit more patient, which will probably come as no small relief to their parents. Still, it's an unusual way to start off another merger of the two families, which I suppose is very fitting considering their offspring would be one Bilbo Baggins. A wonderful story that explained one marriage and laid the ground for a second.
Reviewed by: Larner ✧ Score: 6
Ah, and what to do when a happy couple so [puts the dessert before the meal]? But if anyone could see such a story building and bring it out and highlight it so, it must be Dreamflower! Hildigrim and his Baggins bride appear to have--rushed things quite a bit, when one looks at the family trees. All are sighing over the situation, of course, although there is no question the two are deeply in love. Now, to see if the wedding manages to decently precede the blessed event! And one sees a more circumspect courtship begin as a result in the wedding, one that leads to new excavations in Hobbiton! A delightful story that so delicately captures the embarrassment and barely suppressed scandal that used to accompany such situations. Nicely done, and without being offensive!
Reviewed by: Celeritas ✧ Score: 6
A simple query about the ages in one of the family trees of Appendix C led to this scandal of the decade (although with Tooks, you can never tell if it wont be topped by something worse), which is so utterly hobbitous throughout that it is sure to delight. All of the elements in a comedy of this sort are present: the family that refuses on keeping this a quiet affair, tactless aunts, the wedding dress that tries desperately to hide the waxing figure of the bride, the couple still heedlessly in love even though its gotten them into trouble so farall the way down to a false alarm at the marriage contract! Including the meeting of Bungo and Belladonna (with the welcome idea that the chance encounter /causing/ this wedding was the first contact between these two families) is simply icing on the cake. Lovely!
Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon ✧ Score: 5
A delightful story about two of Pippin Took's ancestors, a Baggins who is not only nearly a child bride, but also a quite pregnant child bride, and her Took groom who did not realize that the young lady was younger than she claimed. Dreamflower writes the hobbits so well - instead of resorting to duels and curses, the families have united behind the couple and there's a wedding - a rather humorously awkward one, with the hormonally overflowing little bride and the gossipy relatives, piles of food, and a budding romance between another Baggins-and-Took pair. Thoroughly enjoyable!
Reviewed by: Virtuella ✧ Score: 4
You always manage to portray people and their feelings in such a convincing way. Here we have quite a mixture, love, joy, shame, embarrassment, loyalty, pride etc. You do justice to them all, sometimes with just a wee brushstroke. I liked the repeated sighs in the first few paragraphs, they gave a nice structure to the thing. The false alarm and that comment about having signed just in time were very amusing. And I think a story like this makes us appreciate the fact that we live in more tolerant times now.
Reviewed by: SurgicalSteel ✧ Score: 2
An absolutely delightful little tale of a wedding that goes wrong. I giggled as I read this.