An Expansion of the Family Influence

Author: Auntiemeesh

Nominator: Llinos

2007 Award Category: Times: Early Third Age: 1-2850 TA

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: The story of Gorhendad Oldbuck and the origins of Brandy Hall

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Reviewed by: geek_chick  ✧  Score: 6

[Contains Spoilers] I don’t normally read hobbit stories but this one piqued my interest since it was about a character that is not normally addressed in fan fiction. I like the idea of the story: how Brandy Hall was originally conceived as a home for a new family, and how a disaster (the flood) proved to be the catalyst for building the hall that would become such a happy place! The language you used was excellent and very fitting for a hobbit story. There were a few parts where I thought you could have expanded more, but otherwise the pace was very good. You also did a good job of choosing very hobbit-like names for your original characters. (Since I am currently reading History of LOTR for the first time, I also like your use of the name Hamilcar Bolger!)

Reviewed by: Imhiriel  ✧  Score: 3

This story contains careful and realistic details about the project of building a smial. It makes it interesting to follow the progress (or lack of progress) step by step. Unfortunately, apart from the main protagonist, the characters stay rather remote, especially in the first half, where there is no dialogue, only exposition.

Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: 3

This a nice fleshing out of an important chapter of hobbit history. I particularly liked the attention paid to the economic situation that would have led to the expansion; it made the events seem plausible and hilighted hobbity perseverance and generosity quite nicely.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 3

Ah, Auntie Meesh, this is so delightful, particularly as I hope soon to be looking at this part of the Shire's history in my own history of Gandalf. So, this is how Brandy Hall came to be? And much as I myself had pictured it. A fine home for Gor'n and his Arabella.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 3

We are given one brief and tantalizing sentence about the founding of Buckland and Brandy Hall, and the Oldbucks becoming the Brandybucks. Auntieemesh comes up with an intriguing explanation of just how and why Buckland was colonized.