Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Of Fish and Feverish Hobbits

Author: Anso the Hobbit
Nominator: hobbitgrace
2005 Award Category: Books/Time: Gap-Filler: Drama

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: n/a
Summary: Merry falls ill in Hollin, and the Fellowship all pull together to save his life.


Reviewed by: Marigold -- Score: 6

I think that my favourite thing about this story is the caring and closeness between the characters, especially the hobbits. There is a great deal of pulling together and working as a team to heal Merry, and everyone does their part as best they can. The descriptions early in the story, told from Merry's pov about how he was feeling were very nice, and realistic for Merry's character. I thought that everyone was very in character in this story, and the actions taken were realistic and logical ones considering the location. I certainly wouldn’t want to fall ill in the Wild this way! I think that the author paints a pretty vivid picture about what it would be like to do so. Lucky for Merry he had so many good friends to care for him.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 4

There is not a lot of Merry hurt/comfort, but what there is of it, a good deal of some of the best, comes from this author. This story turns the conventions on its head, as Pippin is the one expected to get sick. But he has only a small cold, while poor Merry lingers on the brink of pneumonia during the Quest. But the whole Fellowship pulls together to take care of him, and show him their love.

Reviewed by: Rabidsamfan -- Score: 3

One of the things I love about this story is that it has all of the members of the Fellowship responding in their own ways when Merry falls ill along the way. It's not just Frodo and Pippin and Sam, but the others too, and I find Gandalf's fear that he might have to tell Merry's parents about what happened to be very poignant.

Reviewed by: Auntiemeesh -- Score: 3

Anso the Hobbit writes so tenderly about her hobbits and this is a wonderful example. When Merry falls ill on the Quest, all of the hobbits rally round to help their cousin. Merry's illness and treatment are gently done, with a fine sense of the seriousness of his illness but with enough humor to prevent the story from bogging down in unrelieved angst.

Reviewed by: grey_wonderer -- Score: 1

Angst mixed with a bit of humor and a very enjoyable read.