Trust in the Right
2009 Award Category: Genres: Character Study: Friendship
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: General ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: How did this definition of innocence fit Bilbo near the end of his Adventure? Lack of experience of the wider world; belief that life will remain the same; trusting to others to have the same values as your own. (Back to Middle-earth prompt #12)
Reviewed by: Larner ✧ Score: 6
There is innocence and innocence in the world, I find. Certainly the Bilbo who left the Shire one morning in May had left much of his innocence behind; yet he retains the most important forms of it yet! This tale of Gandalf's delight in finding Bilbo has managed, through his manifest innocence, to bring about the right ending after all, in spite of his knowledge he is in for a nasty reception when he returns to the Dwarves, is itself heartening, a reminder for us to seek ever the balance between trust and knowledge based on experience in dealing with the world. I have always honored Bilbo's great display of personal integrity here, and how his choices helped lead the rest to follow suit. I so rejoice to know that others feel much the same as I do!
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: 6
I was very glad to see Bilbo from Gandalf's perspective, especially on the eve of the Battle of Five Armies. I don't know that this is normally marked as a turning point for the two characters, but Dreamflower manages to make it one and to make it count. It's nice to see Gandalf reflecting back on his choice of burglar and it's also nice to see that he himself hadn't been quite sure why he chose Bilbo. He simply knew that Bilbo was the one. And it's done everybody quite a bit of good, including Gandalf himself. Gandalf can't be innocent. He's charged with too much and he knows too much. He can't trust that the things will work out for the best, but Bilbo can. And drawing from that hope, Gandalf can lighten his own load, even if only for a moment. No wonder Gandalf loved the hobbits so much! They could do for him what he could no longer do for himself. Great story!
Reviewed by: Dwimordene ✧ Score: 3
I like the way Dreamflower makes innocence into, not ignorance, but a form of active trust in the people he encounters. As usual, she slots her story very neatly into the text and situations of Tolkien's stories, and the characters flow out of one story and into her own very naturally, very easily. Nicely done, Dreamflower!
Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon ✧ Score: 3
Dreamflower illuminates a gentle moment in THE HOBBIT, taking Gandalf's point of view, which is not an easy task. Well-written and Tolkienesque, with interesting musings on innocence. A fine response to the challenge prompt.
Reviewed by: Virtuella ✧ Score: 2
I liked the psychological and moral question this little piece raised, as to what difference it makes in a testing situation if one has set out with a pure heart.
Reviewed by: Erfan Starled ✧ Score: 2
Gandalf convinces, caring for individuals and taking encouragement from good-heartedness. The gentle reflections on trust, innocence and wisdom make this story.