Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Out of All Knowledge

Author: Budgielover
Nominator: Marta
2005 Award Category: Books/Time: The Lord of The Rings: Rivendell

Story Type: Story : Length: Novella
Rating: PG-13 -- Reason for Rating: adult theme, medical gore
Summary: The story of what the hobbits felt and experienced those dreadful four nights and three days as a dying Frodo is brought to Rivendell.


Reviewed by: Marigold -- Score: 7

This is a brilliant hurt/comfort fic with a touch of action adventure thrown in. I love the relationships and interactions of the hobbits in this story. I also love their interactions with Aragorn and Gandalf. The medical/healing bits of this are very well done, and just realistic enough, and the way the Budgie builds up the suspense, over and over, is something that she is a master at. I think my favourite part of this story is the scene where the Dark Lord almost tracks down the Ring. The wind, the ensorceled drape and Gandalf's staff are wonderful here, as is Merry and Pippin's bravery in saving Aragorn's life and Bilbo's pride in them, and Aragorn's gratitude is so well written. Merry helping Elrond during the surgery is good as well, and there are all sorts of wonderful moments, like Pippin crawling into Gandalf's lap, meeting Bilbo, their reaction to Arwen... A thoroughly exciting and spellbinding tale!

Reviewed by: Rabidsamfan -- Score: 5

Rereading this, I am overwhelmed again by the detail and the care that goes into it. There are so many elements which enrich this that it's hard to call it a gap-filler. I love Bilbo's meeting with Sam, and the hobbits' reaction to Elrond's search for the Morgul shard. I love too poor Aragorn realizing that he's sadly miscalculated hobbit capacity, and the reaction of the Cook and other Elves to having such hearty appetites among them. The resolution of the story is still frightening, but all to the good. Thank you!

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 4

This suthor has written several gapfillers for the hobbits' time in Rivendell, during Frodo's recovery. This one is the most suspenseful and angst filled, as Elrond fights to save Frodo from the shard of the Morgul-blade. The deep concern and love of Frodo's companions are highlighted here, as are the fear and hope of Elrond, Gandalf and Aragorn. There are any number of cliffhangers, and the overall tone of the story is very well done. A favorite of mine.

Reviewed by: Bodkin -- Score: 2

The reader is drawn in to experience all the emotions of the hobbits as they wait in the hope that Frodo will be healed - and the dread that he will not. A typically good enthralling Budgielover read.

Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: 2

This is one of those must-reads for people who love hobbits and/or gapfillers. The terror that the Four Travellers and Bilbo feel is palable, and the rest of the Rivendell cast (especially Aragorn) are well drawn as well.