Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

That Way

Author: Werecat

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Genres: Mystery - First Place

Story Type: Other Fiction : Length: unknown
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: The tale of the black cat that features in the film at the Prancing Pony. Although this story is inspired from movieverse, it relies heavily on Tolkien's writings and his poem "The Cat and the Fiddle."


Review scores are not available for 2004.

Reviewed by: Larian Elensar -- Score: N/A

Oh yes! I don't know a cat in the world who wouldn't stand up to a Ringwraith. After all, a wraith is just evil. A cat is...well, a CAT!

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

This story reminds me very much of Tolkien's fox who happened upon Frodo, Pippin, and Sam their first night away from Hobbiton. Except that this story is much darker. I liked the references to Tolkien's Lost Tales, Queen Berúthiel, and to the song itself. The cat seems like a formidable character in his own right. If anyone could stand up to the Witch-king like that, it would probably be him. Go kitty!

Reviewed by: Alexcat -- Score: N/A

I have to love a cat story and I love the way this one is woven into the tale. I love the fact that the cat fooled the Nazgul… cats are tricksie creatures indeed.

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel -- Score: N/A

I do love cats! (Anybody want a kitten? I have 3 ready for adoption!) And I loved seeing a cat unafraid of the Nazgul and wily enough to lie to it. Cats are proud creatures and this story shows that. I also liked the idea that the older cats shared stories to their kittens so that the cat knew the history of his kind. Lovely! My kitties would be proud.

Reviewed by: ElenaTiriel -- Score: N/A

Oh, I like this, Werecat! You cleverly wove together several of Tolkien's loose threads, and came up with a story that is interesting and unusual and amusing all at the same time. Bravo! I especially liked how Luin was so perceptive about the humans she met, especially the Ring-bearer and the Witch-king; it's particularly telling that the WK invoked the name of a Prince who was not favored among cats. Also, the oral transmission of all the important (feline-centric) old tales from cat to kitten is a great idea!