Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Puzzle

Author: permilea
Nominator: Inkling
2011 Award Category: Drabble: Character Study

Story Type: Drabble : Length: True Drabble
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: 100 With a few words and a helping hand Drogo guides his young son.


Reviewed by: Virtuella -- Score: 5

Dear permilea, this is a touching little scene, so convincing in its familiarity. As a parent and as a teacher, I am well aware of how important it is to bring up young people to be persistent, and it is heart-warming to see how gently the lesson is administered here. Yet it would remain a small thing in the grand scheme of things, were it not for the foreshadowing, because one cannot help thinking that here the foundations were laid for the endurance that eventually allowed Frodo to walk all the way to Mount Doom. The characters for this drabble could not have been better chosen!

Reviewed by: Inkling -- Score: 5

This vivid glimpse of Frodo’s childhood provides both a charming moment of interaction with his father and clever foreshadowing of the demands of the Quest, when the drive to persevere would prove more important than any other character trait for the Ringbearer, and when loving assistance would prove crucial to success. Permilea’s gracefully simple language provides a lovely portrait of Drogo through the way he conveys an important lesson without ever sounding preachy or scolding. The gentle guidance of such a role model helps explain how Frodo grew up to become [“the best hobbit in the Shire.”]

Reviewed by: Adonnen Estenniel -- Score: 3

This is a wonderful scene, depicting the roots of our much-beloved protagonist. The image of him here is perfect, and I love the author's portrayal of the relationship between father and son.

Reviewed by: Antane -- Score: 2

What a sweet story! Love Drogo's counsel and you can see how that would help Frodo so much later in life. Love also the description of Frodo's stormy face. You can just see that.

Reviewed by: Darkover -- Score: 2

A brief tale that reminds us of the importance both of perseverance, and of training up a child in the way he should go. Nice idea.

Reviewed by: Tanaqui -- Score: 1

What a lovely insight into how and where Frodo learned persistence as a small child.