Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

An Unexpected Party

Author: Branwyn
Nominator: Raksha the Demon
2007 Award Category: Genres: Humor: Drabble - Second Place

Story Type: Fixed-Length Ficlet : Length: True Drabble
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: 100 words, written for the Grumpily challenge at Tolkien_weekly, complete Thorin interviews a group of dwarves for the expedition to the Lonely Mountain. With abject apologies to Tolkien.


Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: 6

Oi, this was entirely too funny! We know Tolkien was not fond of diminutive Elves, but neither was he fond, I believe, of Dwarves who had not enough dignity to manage being terrible or frightening, no matter how much they might otherwise appear as irritable and somewhat pompous bumblers at times. Disney Dwarves really should be anathema, and here we have poor Thorin stuck in a roomful of cartoon bumblers, forced to hear them out as they apply for the position of companions on the quest for Erebor. The idea that Gandalf put Snow White's hapless crew up to this just makes it better, though I suppose Branwyn might have meant that Gandalf was instrumental in getting this quest off the ground, hence anything that goes wrong-ish on the way to Erebor, including ridiculously unqualified companions, is in some way the wizard's fault. Short, sweet, and funny – this is for anyone to enjoy!

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 5

I get such a kick out of this drabble! Branwyn presents a horrifying, serio-comic look at an AU Quest of Erebor, with a rather different group of dwarves coming to join Thorin. If someone has done this before, I haven't seen it, and it would be hard to write this with as much subtle humor as is seen here. I don't know how Branwyn fits all the characters into a hundred words with such concise but evocative descriptions; and I wish I had her skill with words. The drabble is a fitting and excellent response to the "Grumpily" Challenge. Funny and clever. No wonder poor Thorin was so very annoyed at Gandalf! [Doc son of Dorc] indeed!

Reviewed by: annmarwalk -- Score: 5

*claps hands with glee* Ok, it took me a little bit to catch on – I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer sometimes – but once I did, I read and reread, chortling each time, and then tucked this drabble away in my “Emergency: For When Cheering Up Is Required” folder, to be hauled out furtively when life in The Counseling Suite gets to be just too much. What a sly slap in the face to those whose only knowledge of dwarves comes from Disney! Each bit is perfectly in character for its respective dwarf, while the imagery [ The beardless youngling gave Thorin a dopey stare] and the dialog [“We will come to a bad end."] is priceless. But the final line [Very funny, Gandalf. I will throttle that wizard.] is the killer. I wonder what exactly transpired between Gandalf and Thorin that the wizard must exact such painful revenge upon his old friend.

Reviewed by: Imhiriel -- Score: 5

Although I've only seen "Snow White" once long, long ago, I recognised the names of the Dwarfs, erm, Dwarves: what a charming idea! And you managed to make each of the Dwaves distinct. It's a pity it's "only" a drabble, I very much like this idea for a crossover in a longer story... Even so, the picture you give of the scene and some hints of how and why the Dwarves came to be there, is sufficient to make the readers imagine an entertaining story beyond the drabble. I can very well imagine Thorin's face as he interviews these potential candidates for the venture to the Lonely Mountain... And I'd really like to know if it was really Gandalf who was behind it all.

Reviewed by: EdorasLass -- Score: 5

*giggle* This could not be more perfect! [ “Doc son of Dorc], indeed! I love how you include all seven - I can't imagine a group of more unlikely adventurers, and I'm now wondering if Bombur was related to any of these dwarves because honestly, how on earth did he get picked to make that journey? I'm sure he'd rather have stayed at home with his Disney cousins, although perhaps they would have made him work in the mines. And now I'm picturing these dwarves, singing the Hi-Ho song, with the elves of The Hobbit, singing the Trally-Lally song. Poor Thorin, if he'd had to have let them come along!

Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: 4

*snickers* Even the infallible wise old man archetype character has to have a sense of humor, and clearly Gandalf has just that. As does Branwyn--not that she is old, or a man, but the sense of humor bit she definitely has down. Surprisingly, I've never seen this irreverent take on the dwarves, and it works really well. This had me chuckling before I'd finished my first cup of coffee, which is saying something (as I can be dead to the world). It's quite a feat in 100 words. Read this, you won't be disappointed.

Reviewed by: Aranel Took -- Score: 3

Very funny! Great job at working all of the dwarves and their particular quirks into the drabble. I love Thorin's reaction at the end and that it was Gandalf who sent the group for the interview.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 3

One of my very favorite short crossovers, as Thorin contemplates the seven very odd Dwarves recruited by Gandalf for the trip to Erebor. If you don't recognize them, you must have had a VERY protected childhood! Heh!

Reviewed by: Tanaqui -- Score: 3

Oh, this made me laugh out loud. A lovely blending of Tolkien's magnificent, proud, brave and noble dwarves with a very different take on dwarf culture. Well done, Branwyn – I'm still chuckling!

Reviewed by: Lindelea -- Score: 2

LOL! (I keep saying that with your humour.) Very clever word-play, and funny into the bargain.

Reviewed by: Linda hoyland -- Score: 2

This was both clever and hilarious as the very talented author manages to skillfully combine Tolkien's Dwarfs with Disneys!

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 1

LOL! JRRT meets Disney--NOT a match made in heaven! But very funny all the same!