Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Yule in Hollin

Author: Dreamflower
Nominator: Llinos
2005 Award Category: Books/Time: The Lord of The Rings: Hobbits - Second Place

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: The hobbits are finding Yule in the Wild rather bleak...


Reviewed by: Rhapsody -- Score: 8

Yule in Hollin is a very touching story written by Dreamflower. The whole Fellowship celebrates the Yule for the Hobbits and every character contributes to this feeling of fellowship. Dreamflower illustrates how hard it is for the Hobbits to be this far away from home. You can see that in the manner how Pippin responds to the warmth shown by the others. He really needed that, in a way. Dreamflower also illustrates the small differences between the Hobbits, and it is a reminder how much all grow throughout the Quest. Her characterisations of the rest of the Fellowship felt very natural to me and were very enjoyable. I loved the handkerchiefs! It reminded me of Bilbo and his handkerchiefs during his adventure. Just the very thought of Aragorn tucking away that piece of fabric made me laugh out loud, the visual only :) I actually am wondering now if that ever showed up during the story or movie... A lovely story Dreamflower, one full of friendship, and a perfect story for Yuletide!

Reviewed by: Inkling -- Score: 4

What a heartwarming Yule tale...the image of scruffy Strider tucking away a pristine pocket handkerchief was priceless! I'd always noted the significant dates chosen by the Catholic Tolkien for the departure of the Fellowship and the destruction of the Ring, but never thought about the passing of the hobbits' Yule five days out from Rivendell. A very plausible and satisfying gapfiller.

Reviewed by: Llinos -- Score: 3

It was so nice to see the Fellowship pulling together to cheer the hobbits! Touching also that Gandalf knew exactly what was troubling the four of them. That Frodo had planned ahead for the day was just right, he being the elder cousin and Bilbo's gift to everyone was a nice touch. A very enjoyable story.

Reviewed by: Rabidsamfan -- Score: 3

Oh, I remembered this! And I still think that the handkerchiefs were a hoot, too. The way that all the non-hobbit members of the Fellowship work to make the most of the holiday once they know about it is one of the many delights of this short tale. Thank you!

Reviewed by: Marigold -- Score: 3

I felt sad for the hobbits here, especially tweenaged Pippin, missing what was certainly a joyous and festive holiday in the Shire, filled with family, warmth, and good food and drink. What a contrasting place to find themselves in. I loved the way the rest of the Fellowship pulled together to brighten their spirits.

Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: 2

I liked this. You did a good job at showing the connections between and sympathy for the Big People members of the Fellowship (Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, and Boromir), and the hobbits.

Reviewed by: Bodkin -- Score: 1

A very sweet little interlude!

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: 1

Short but sweet!