Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Crickhollow March 1420

Author: Anso the Hobbit
Nominator: Rhapsody
2006 Award Category: Races: Hobbits: Incomplete

Story Type: Incomplete : Length: Novella
Rating: PG -- Reason for Rating: Mild angst and h/c
Summary:


Reviewed by: Rhapsody -- Score: 10

The first year after all the events regarding the Ringwar must have been very hard on all involved. Everyone involved bears the scars and tries to deal with the day when the event was merely a year ago. In this story, we follow Merry’s slow fall into darkness where he tries to hide his own pain from others, but as events take an unexpected turn, he tumbles down in to the dark with a crash. But how can Merry come out of this and learn to deal with this grim anniversary? What I like so much about this story is the way in which Anso writes the minor hobbit characters of Tolkien. Merimac, Merimas, Merry’s parents: all get a chance to shine and she portrays them as fantastic characters with strong voices. Pippin suddenly realises that it is time to share the grim results of their adventures with their loved ones, and sounding so grown up all of a sudden almost feels as a rites of passage. Anso deals fantastically with the hurt/comfort she is writing here and does not shy the darkness of the illness that her beloved Merry has to suffer. The story has a very hobbity feel to it, the filling of corners and second breakfast slowly meandering into elevenses. This story feels like a testimony of true friendship and the love of family and relatives: through thick and thin. I am looking forward to more future chapters (especially with the line you are leaving us with Anso!!).

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 3

Merry and Pippin struggle to find their way out of their memories back into life within the Shire, and find themselves grateful to Frodo for the gift of Crickhollow, as well as the love shown both by Merry's family. Excellent descriptions, and good characterizations.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 2

This is an engaging WIP, dealing with the first of Merry's own anniversary illnesses, and how he and Pippin must try to deal with it on their own. I look forward to more of this story.

Reviewed by: Marigold -- Score: 2

A very promising tale so far! Poor Merry! As always in your stories, I am enjoying the relationship between Merry and Pippin and the rest of the family.