Travellers' Tales

Author: Alawa

Nominator: Marta

2005 Award Category: Books/Time: The Hobbit - Third Place

Story Type: Vignette  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: It is the first day of the last week of autumn and Bilbo is wondering where all the magic has gone.

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Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: 6

When I think of Bilbo, I definitely imagine him in "The Hobbit", which for me is a pretty light image. The pernacious hobbit who "good morning"ed Gandalf the Grey, or who worried about whether Thorin and his dwarves would eat all of his seed cake, leaving none for himself. I'm sure Bilbo had his grumpier moments, but somehow, that's not the image I am left with. However, the Bilbo in this short piece was a bit irritated and more than a little gloomy. If I had to describe him in a phrase, it would be "cabin fever". You captured this side of his personality very niceless, and you made me believe. All in all a capturing read, if not exactly a fun one.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 5

I love Bilbo. He's such an interesting character. There are depths, but he keeps them hidden and you have to probe to find them. I think this story does a good job of balancing those depths with an older version of the hobbit, and I love the way he thinks about his travels and also about how his thoughts keep drifting toward the Ring. Aragorn's appearance was a welcome addition, and I like the sense of adventure that Bilbo associates with him. I could easily see that. Good introspection and great charaterization all around.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: 5

I admit to a rather "partisan" fondness for Bilbo-Aragorn interactions, and this fits the bill. Bilbo's lingering obsession with the Ring and his feeling out of place in Rivendell reinforce each other, as does his sense of isolation and being useless. There's nothing that'll leech the joy out of life quicker than that, but fortunatly, he has friends he can't suspect of being his wardens, whom he can feel responsible for in some small way and so gain back a sense of the fullness of life where all that magic resides.

Reviewed by: Azalais  ✧  Score: 4

A great character study of Bilbo which captures so much about him - impatience, wanderlust, nostalgia, fussiness, love of food and drink and friendship - in a little space. The "challenge words" are woven in quite naturally to the heart of the story, and Bilbo's switch of mood at the arrival of his old friend Aragorn brings a vignette which began in depressing greyness to a heartwarming conclusion.

Reviewed by: Beethoven's 7th  ✧  Score: 3

Wonderful depiction of a boring foul weather day. Where nothing abounds but a bad case of writer's block. In sweeps aragorn, a breath of fresh air in so many ways. I loved your description of Aragorn, the "enticing air" and his more careworn appearance. Lovely! And bilbo is perked up! a Wonderful peak into the relationship only hinted at by tolkien.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 2

This story shows so well Bilbo's regrets at not having traveled more, his loneliness in being away from his family, and his delight in seeing his good friend the Dunadan.

Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke  ✧  Score: 2

Great story. The way the narrative rambles through all Bilbo's so thoughts naturally and plausibly is remarkable - not a rough transition anywhere. This story hits all the right notes in a wonderful little song.

Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen  ✧  Score: 2

A lovely little tale. You characterise Bilbo well and show his strengths clearly in a clever portrayal. It is a nice lighthearted little storybutwith clever connections to all the different tales that it leads from.