Author: Beethoven's 7th

Nominator: Beethoven's 7th

2005 Award Category: Races/Places: Hobbits: Drabble - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Drabble  ✧  Length: True Drabble

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: The night sky is magical on the night of Bilbo Baggins’s 111th Birthday...

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Reviewed by: pearltook1  ✧  Score: 5

This sparkles like the fireworks it describes. A wonderful overarching description of the joy of the gathering and the wonder and beauty of the fireworks. There is a wonderful sense of motion in this as well with the fireworks bursting, dancers spinning and the children chasing the settling sparks. A tight, well written and beautiful drabble. "Then when every breath has been held with the joy of those stars, they fade, only to be rekindled with the lighting of the

next wick."
This is the essence of a firworks display, the joy, the fading and the next flash of wonder.

Reviewed by: Rhapsody  ✧  Score: 5

I am going to be honest here: I love fireworks, so forgive my ramblings. What I like about this little drabble is how Beethoven’s 7th describes in just 100 words the magical effect fireworks can have over you. And not just standard fireworks, no the very best: Gandalf’s fireworks! No wonder every hobbit there is in awe, no matter which age. The author writes almost poetry, words carefully chosen and balanced, she conveys this special moment on the evening of Bilbo’s birthday. A lovely drabble! Thank you Beethoven's 7th for drabbling this!

Reviewed by: Lindelea  ✧  Score: 4

This is a wonderful sensory experience, bringing the reader into the scene with an economy of words that paint a vivid picture, nearly so vivid as the fireworks themselves. I can see in my mind's eye the whirling dancers, the children jumping to try to catch the pretty falling stars, the wince and duck at the thunderous noise, and the breathless pause as the next rocket goes up...

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 4

Great imagery! It was almost poetic, and I can clearly picture the dancers spinning around in an effort to keep all of the fireworks in view. This painted a beautiful picture of Bilbo's birthday, and I love how the title seems to say that the hobbits were completely captivated by the fireworks. I know I would have been if they were anything like their descriptions. Beautiful writing.

Reviewed by: Marigold  ✧  Score: 3

This is fantastic! I can see the dizzy dancers, hear the cries and squeals of the children, and at the end smell the powder in the air. Clever how we are lead to believe that they are looking at stars until the very end. You capture *so* well the childlike enjoyment and wonder of the hobbits that make them so beloved to us. Excellent drabble, you should write more!

Reviewed by: sulriel  ✧  Score: 2

"Dancers dizzy themselves" - I love this line. we so often think only of food and drink, but I'm sure that the Hobbits loved the dance as well.

Reviewed by: Leaward  ✧  Score: 2

This is a lovely drabble filled with poetry-like prose. Very nicely done both in describing the children and the fireworks. Well done, Beethoven's 7th.

Reviewed by: Rabidsamfan  ✧  Score: 1

A joyous jangle of words, description at it's best. Thank you!

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 1

A beautiful and lyrical description of the fireworks at Bilbo's party.

Reviewed by: Vistula the Dunadan  ✧  Score: 1

This is a great drabble with a bit of a surprise ending. I enjoyed the vivid description.