Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

The Patient

Author: Scribe

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Genres: Adventure - Second Place

Story Type: Other Fiction : Length: unknown
Rating: PG-13 -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: When Doctor Aaron Stone is asked to conduct a psychiatric examination of a patient with severe schizophrenic delusions, he finds himself becoming the key to unlocking a mystery that alters everything he knows of the world and his own past.


Review scores are not available for 2004.

Reviewed by: Legorfilinde -- Score: N/A

This was one of the first fanfiction stories I read and I loved it. The plot was very unique and the story extremely well written. There was wonderful humor throughout as well as drama.

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

"The Patient" is easily one of my favorite LotR fics, and has been for quite some time. Future fics that involve the modern world are difficult to pull off well, but Scribe seems to thrive on the challenge that such stories involve. Culture shocks and basic communication problems are all addressed, things that are often overlooked in other fics. The idea that Legolas, Elrohir, and Elladan can't communicate with those around them is brilliant, and it works very well to establish initial complications. I love the character of Eve, who has taken the fire and rebellion of Arwen to the next level, but my favorite reincarnation of an LotR character is probably Dr. Aaron Stone. He has many of Aragorn's gentler traits, but he lacks the rough edge that years as a Ranger created in his former self. Gandalf as was an interesting character, too, and I loved the slow unraveling of what happened to him and why he could remember some things with frightening clarity but was completely at a loss when it came to other things. Well, for that matter, the slow unraveling of who he really was served as a great plot device. The elves were brilliant, and Legolas's sudden love of soda made me laugh. But perhaps the best part of this fic is the way the plot moves. It speeds up when necessary, slows down to give the illusion of a breather, and then roars back into action. And it's the action that really makes this story tick, because there's plenty of it and it's told very, very, very well. The combination of Middle-earth battle techniques and modern day weaponry was exhilarating, and when used in the hands of one of LotR's most talented authors, it became an exciting, impossible-to-set-aside-until-finished journey.

Reviewed by: Viv -- Score: N/A

I can't really say enough about this story. Usually, I avoid reading lengthy multichapter fics because they tend to go on and on and have no point. However, this one definitely has a point. It even has a plot! And a story arc! Holy cow: it has a beginning, middle, and end!It has humour and car chases and coca-cola abuse and target practice with elves. It has the best characterisation of Gandalf I've ever read outside of Tolkien, hands down. It has moments of gut-wrenching romance that are neither trite nor overdone. It even has an Arwen that is spunky and spirited and not in the least dull (as Tolkien's original was, in my opinion). It's written in real English, the kind of English that makes me want to to keep on reading instead of falling asleep at two in the morning. In fact, despite the length of the story, never once did my eyes glaze over, never once did I just wish for a scene to be over. Even the seeminly insignificant details had meaning (like marshmallows, for instance). And the twist at the end was solid enough to support a film version. In fact, the whole thing flowed so smoothly and cinematically, it would translate easily to film, I think.

Reviewed by: Ellbee -- Score: N/A

This is the sort of story that just sucks a reader in. I read it all at one go, just because I had to find out what happened next. It's so hard to do a modern story, but you have managed it in a truly exciting and imaginative way.