Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Shire Reckoning

Author: Anso the Hobbit
Nominator: hobbitgrace
2005 Award Category: Races/Places: Hobbits: War of the Ring

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: n/a
Summary: Watching and waiting in Cormallen brings forth memories of old for more than one watcher.


Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 5

There is lots of good characterization in this story. Even the cameos by the Big People provide many insights into their personalities. But the flashbacks to the Shire were brilliant at building a foundation for who and what the hobbits eventually became. And with the backstory providing the support, the main story could move forward and officially knight the hobbits. It was a fitting capstone to their journey, which included not only the Quest but everything that went into forming their lives. Good story.

Reviewed by: Rabidsamfan -- Score: 4

When it comes to stories about Merry, you can always depend on Anso. Although this story is set at Cormallen, it also dives back through time, as Merry sorts through his memories of Frodo, Pippin and Sam as he first knew them. I love the chapter with Sam, of course. Anso writes children as if they are really children -- and catches the up-and-down enthusiasm of a mildly ill child beautifully in that part of the story. But it's all good!

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 3

This author does Merry's POV in such a special way, and this story is no exception. As Merry watches over his cousins and Sam in Cormallen, he reminisces about times past in the Shire. It's all done in a very sweet and gently manner, and I love the interaction between Merry and the rest of the Fellowship as they wait for their heroes to awaken.

Reviewed by: Marigold -- Score: 1

A lovely and very hobbity tale! I do love Cormallen stories!