Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Mockingbird

Author: Tanaqui
Nominator: Larner
2011 Award Category: Drabble: Character Study

Story Type: Drabble : Length: True Drabble
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Written for my June 2010 daily drabble challenge. Most days, Bilbo appreciates the birds in Rivendell's woods. This morning is different.


Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 10

Poor Bilbo has had a full night of it, and now is wanting to get that bird that is not allowing him peace at a time he’d really prefer to sleep it off! How many of us have felt likewise, I wonder, finding that those birds outside our windows greeting the day are not only rejoicing in the dawn but appearing to be mocking our own foolishness? How Bilbo perceives the particular bird that appears to be deliberately intent on annoying him past bearing is so much fun! Tanaqui’s drabbles are always a joy to read, and this is particularly delightful as we smugly watch one of our favorite Hobbits finding reasons to regret the previous night’s overindulgence, and as those of us who’ve known the stresses of awakening with pounding headaches remember similarly wanting to find a means of shutting down the cacophany we perceive outside our windows! And the title is absolutely priceless—how utterly perfect the whole thing has been written and honed! Well written and delightfully humorous. Definitely a drabble to enjoy again and again. Thanks, Tanaqui, for a delightful start to the day! It was such a pleasure and delight to see you taking the prompt I’d suggested and expressing it so well and with such humor! Definitely kudos to you at doing so well with that prompt.

Reviewed by: Kara's Aunty -- Score: 5

Due to the summary I was expecting there to be some deep and meaningful reason as to why Bilbo didn't want to hear the birds singing in Rivendell that morning, e.g. his being consumed with guilt that Frodo had departed the day before, burdened with carrying the One Ring to its (hopeful) destruction in Mordor. Still, overimbibing on Elrond's wine is as good a reason as any for a drabble - and given that he may have drunk himseelf into a stupor the night before, I am rather impressed at his being able to write as many as 100 words at all! Nice work Tanaqui.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: 2

Ha! I am sure that everyone who has ever had a hangover headache can identify with this situation. Clever use of the prompt, and a wholly believable scenario.

Reviewed by: Nieriel Raina -- Score: 1

Oh well done. Love the title and how it fits with this little drabble. It made me smile.

Reviewed by: Darkover -- Score: 1

Cute, with an unexpected ending. Well done.