Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Riders to the Sea

Author: Claudia
Nominator: sophinisba solis
2007 Award Category: Genres: Alternate Universe: The Shire or Buckland

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Wandering in the Shire, Frodo comes upon an injured Ranger.


Reviewed by: Imhiriel -- Score: 6

Beautiful, descriptive style; I was immediately drawn in by the wonderful, lyrical beginning. I like how there are so many diverse strands interwoven into the story - the Sea, Mearas, Elves etc. It really sets the scene for some enchanting adventure and how Frodo is favourably predisposed to like them, in contrast to most other Hobbits. Despite the "AU-ness" of this encounter, there is a feeling of familiarity of this "first" meeting between Strider and Frodo: the suspicion and despite of it, the will to listen on Frodo's side, and Strider's demonstration - by drawing a weapon - that the suspicion towards strangers may be well-founded. Just as the canonical first meeting in the Prancing Pony. I think my favourite part is actually Bilbo's remembered advice to Frodo to not forget the magic ["in your own backyard"].

Reviewed by: Linda hoyland -- Score: 4

I liked this fresh look at how Aragorn and Frodo might have met. In this beautifully written, story, Frodo encounters the the injured Strider and helps him. The author provides an interesting role reversal,given that in many stories it is Aragorn who cares from Frodo. I like the author's use of beautiful,poetic languge and the way Frodo gradually overcomes his fears and finds a new friend.

Reviewed by: obsidianj -- Score: 4

I love this alternate universe. Frodo can meet Strider any day for my taste. I like the way you describe Frodo's wanderings through the Shire. It is a beautiful landscape. Only when he meets Strider, the reader gets a glimpse that there is a dangerous world out there, and that maybe even the Shire is not safe. I loved it that Frodo bumped into one of Strider's weapons at every turn. But my favorite part was when Strider tells Frodo of the outside world and Frodo slips into dreams. That part has a magical quality to it.

Reviewed by: Michelle -- Score: 4

Being a fan of AU stories I always like ideas where characters meet not where they're supposed to meet in canon. I like seeing how they react to each other under these different circumstances. This story worked pretty well as an exmple of how a meeting between Aragorn and Frodo might have happened. We have the adventurous hobbit and the wounded ranger (cookie points for adding a bit h/c to the mix) and while Frodo is a bit apprehensive in the beginning, he sure opens up in the end!

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 3

A wonderful AU here of a possible first meeting between Frodo and Aragorn. How wonderful, with images we already know are part of the story of Frodo's future. And the description of the small camp the two share for the night and Frodo's demand of his new acquaintance is marvelous!

Reviewed by: Marigold -- Score: 3

A well-written story with evocative descriptions and believable dialogue. The circumstances were plausible and this thought of Frodo's really summed up his character for me at this time of his life: [Now that his fear had passed, his heart pattered with a strange thrill. He had landed right in the middle of an adventure.]

Reviewed by: trikywun -- Score: 2

I really liked the idea of Frodo and Aragorn meeting years before the quest. I thought that both characters were written enjoyably and that the scenario was believable.