Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

A Long, Unexpected Drabble

Author: Elena Tiriel
Nominator: sulriel
2005 Award Category: Genres: Humor: Metafic - Third Place

Story Type: Vignette : Length: Ficlet
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: n/a
Summary: One frazzled author's feeble attempt to honor Bilbo Baggins' birthday by writing exactly one hundred and eleven words featuring a bottle of wine, a birthday cake, the number 111, fireworks and pipe-weed.


Reviewed by: sulriel -- Score: 5

This drabble is just so much fun, I find myself giggling and rereading it each time I see it. It is so typical of the obsessive drabbler, I think we can all see ourselves in the place of the author, trying to figure out the very special words that will put the specific meaning in the correct word count. What's canon, what's acceptable, what is not. ... what we can force in anyway(!). Now I must go off to research chocolate cake, but I'm sure that Hobbits wouldn't be without something so divine.

Reviewed by: Tanaqui -- Score: 5

This was both a very clever way of including all the many “required” elements in the drabble challenge, and a very amusing paean to the art (and struggle) of the drabblist. Ah, we have all stubbornly chased down a place to cut that last extraneous word. But I think what I like most about this drabble is the way that, even in a metafic, Elena Tiriel has captured some of the traits that naturally seem to creep into drabbles (well, mine at least), such as alliteration, compressed grammar and a tendency to poetical words that would never appear in my prose.

Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: 3

What an awful lot to cram into 111 words. And you got it all in there. Well, almost. :-D But that's the whole point, isn't it? This drabble did a good job of capturing the frustration that all of us drabblist have felt at times, and quietly parodies the obsession of working within the form. Well done indeed.

Reviewed by: elliska -- Score: 3

This drabble is a riot. I recently wrote a drabble (my first one) so now I can even better understand this drabble. I love the 'make it Tolkienesque and make it canon' because that is what you do so well but the frustration of the drabble writer is portrayed so well here. And the end line! Perfect and hilarious! I laughed myself silly reading it.

Reviewed by: Rhapsody -- Score: 3

The ingredients are there, the challenge to cook it with: and now off to drabble! Elena writes a stunningly portrait of every drabbler faced with this challenge. Especially getting the word count sounds very familiar. *Ahem* A great ficlet Elena!

Reviewed by: Elana -- Score: 3

As a drabble writer, this scene is almost painfully familiar. All that work to meet the requirements, only in the end to come up one word too long. Quick, change it to eleventy-one! No, now it's one word to short, depending on how you count hyphens... Great fun! I enjoyed it!

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 2

Fun! And very cute. I like the idea, and the resulting drabble is really amusing. On a side note, I wouldn't mind a cake with rum buttercream icing if we discover that there IS one in canon.

Reviewed by: Rabidsamfan -- Score: 2

Oh, I do love metafic! Especially the "twaddle", oh yesssss.... This sounds very familiar, or it ought to, to anyone who has ever drabbled.

Reviewed by: Azalais -- Score: 2

Hee. Haven't all of us who share this particular "impractical obsession" just been there. Love the entirely apposite ending!

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 2

This should come with a beverage warning. I just love the way she works it out at the end--by not. And it does sound entirely familiar to anyone who's ever written a drabble.

Reviewed by: Lindelea -- Score: 1

You left me laughing! Very clever, indeed, and you managed to fit all the words in. Well, sort of. (*g*)

Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen -- Score: 1

A very amusing answer to the challenge mentioned in the summary.