Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship

Author: Elana
Nominator: Elana
2006 Award Category: Times: Early Third Age: Fixed-Length Ficlet

Story Type: Fixed-Length Ficlet : Length: True Drabble
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Gandalf encounters Hobbits for the first time.

Reviewed by: Marigold -- Score: 4

Gandalf's 'voice' is wonderfully captured in this. I really liked that hobbits, such a simple folk, are able to so intrigue a great wizard with what to them is such an ordinary habit. And that is just the beginning of the impact that this race will have on him! Such a wonderfully simple beginning to a friendship that will someday affect the survival of Middle-earth.

Reviewed by: Rhapsody -- Score: 3

What a nice observation of Gandalf how he perceives the Hobbits for the first time! It would surely explain his love for smoking pipe-weed and who would be suited perfectly for this? Yes the Hobbits. I love the last line, it mirrors Gandalf’s curiosity and has a bit of foreboding of what is to come!

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 3

Other than the fact I suspect the Hobbits didn't smoke until not long before the Great Years, I can certainly appreciate this first meeting between Gandalf and those who went on to colonize the Shire.

Reviewed by: Nesta -- Score: 3

Neat! Do hobbits have elven ears? I hope not. Those ears look so silly in the movie. I never imagined even JRRT's elves with pointy ears. It would be such a nuisance to have to darn holes in one's hat all the time.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: 3

I liked this little glimpse into Gandalf's first encounter with hobbits. That their smoking should appeal to a Maia with a fire affinity makes sense, and I liked how the hobbits come to trust him based on his enjoyment of the passtime.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 3

Uh-huh! I can so see this--that pipe-weed would be the first thing about hobbits to draw Gandalf's attention! I loved the detail in this--the author really captured the wizard's personality!

Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: 3

Oh, I like this! The hobbits really are hgood at making you slow down, and I love the connection between Gandalf's love of fire and pipe-smoking. It's nice to see him being able to relax for a bit.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 3

A delightful take on the origin both of Gandalf's friendship with hobbits and his smoking habit. The writer's tie-in of Gandalf's affiliation with fire and his interest in the halflings' smoking practices is inspired. Gandalf is captured very well in this drabble, I felt as if I was truly reading his thoughts.

Reviewed by: SĂșlriel -- Score: 2

hehehe. Delightful! I can't imagine Gandalf not smoking, the pipe seems so much a part of him, but what a lovely imagine of him learning it from the Hobbits.

Reviewed by: elliska -- Score: 2

What a delightful first encounter! And you captured so many aspects of hobbit character and Gandalf's character. Well done!

Reviewed by: Elen Kortirion -- Score: 2

How delicious! And of course, there has to be a first time for their meeting - I love that it was over pipe-weed, and the promise of fireworks to come.

Reviewed by: dkpalaska -- Score: 2

A humorous version of Gandalf encountering hobbits for the first time. I has to laugh that it was the pipeweed that drew him in and cemented the friendship.

Reviewed by: Bodkin -- Score: 2

And the friendship - Gandalf and the hobbits? Or Gandalf and his relationship with the weed? Maybe two beginnings in one!

Reviewed by: Llinos -- Score: 2

The smoking of pipeweed is certainly not the last thing that Gandalf will learn from hobbits! Nicely done!

Reviewed by: Jenn_Calaelen -- Score: 1

A nice drabble. I like the way that you portray Gandalf.