Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Fire

Author: bryn_bnw

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Genres: Humor

Story Type: Other Fiction : Length: unknown
Rating: PG-13 -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Prior to their journey, the Fellowship remained in Rivendell for two months. Let them not be accused of "lounging around." Of misunderstandings, embarrassingly botched scouting missions, and enemies at home and abroad. Proof that when in doubt, things always can get worse.


Review scores are not available for 2004.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: N/A

This story is by far my favorite LotR humor piece. Bar none. It has everything. It has parody, it has irony, it has tongue-in-cheek, it's wry, it's dry, it's deadpan, it's inane, it's ridiculous, it's witty, it's sharp, it's cynical, it's sarcastic, and it's perfectly balanced by the occasional dark cloud so that when the humor comes back around, we appreciate it all the more. It start innocuously enough with a simple scream on the part of Glóin and then goes swiftly downhill from there until various members of the Fellowship are all over Arda trying to deal with one another and with their companions. I think those truly deserving of pity in this story are Glorfindel (who must deal with Legolas and Gimli as well as Thranduil by the end) and Malbeorn (who must put up with the antics of Aragorn, Boromir, Halbarad, and Rowgond.) That said, consolation prizes should definitely be awarded to Shadowfax and Erestor, though the horse did have it coming to him. But this brings up another gem of this story: its seemingly minor characters. Halbarad, Erestor, and Glorfindel, for example, are full-fledged and believable characters by the end of the story, and they're hilarious ones at that. The OCs do just as well, and I would not mind reading a fic consisting solely of Rowgond and Malbeorn. And looking at more prominent characters through the eyes of minor characters and OCs sheds a whole new light on Tolkien's world. Bryn has pushed as far as she can with this story, and in some ways it's very much like "The Hobbit." Willing to exaggerate a bit to get the point across. This story is essentially the incarnation of Murphy's Law, and it is one of my favorites.

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel -- Score: N/A

This story was a whole lot of fun, even though I mostly only read the Legolas and Gimli parts. I was fully able to suspend my disbelief and just have fun with the story that was written.