Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Ancestress

Author: Dreamflower
Nominator: Virtuella
2009 Award Category: Genres: Romance: Incomplete - Second Place

Story Type: Incomplete : Length: Ficlet Series
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: A series of 300 word ficlets. I am not sure how many more there will be. This is to be a set of 300 word fixed-length ficlets, exploring one possible pre-history for the race of hobbits. On Tol Eressėa Bilbo and Frodo meet someone they never expected to meet.


Reviewed by: Virtuella -- Score: 8

It's always interesting to see how different authors imagine the life of Bilbo and Frodo in Valinor. I like the very original concept of this story, one that would never have occurred to me. It challenges the perception of hierarchy that many people (myself included) doubtlessly have, with elves being noble enough to be attractive to a Maia, but hobbits rather less so. This is wonderfully countered in Mirimė's reply to Frodo's incredulous exclamation. Indeed, why should only Elves be considered beautiful, why should only immortals be loved? Who sets the standards? Mirimė was right to reply as she did, and with pride. Is it not the case that in real life we tend love what is less than perfect? Why should it be different for a Maia? The scene with Mirimė "morphing" into a hobbit woman is masterfully handled, and not as creepy as it would have been, if we'd seen it in a movie - here's an advantage of our medium! The immaculate prose makes this story a real treat. I am looking forward to reading the remainder of this story as it gets posted.

Reviewed by: pandemonium_213 -- Score: 8

I can't begin to count the ways in which I love Dreamflower's [Ancestress], but I'll try. First, the author takes a small bit of text -- the rumor of ancenstry of a "fairy wife" among the Fallowhides -- and with masterful creativity, expands this into a real character with a fascinating history, and here we have Mķrimė -- the ancestress of the title. And what a foremother she is: a Maia of Yavanna who was sent to Middle-earth to watch over a small (but great!) people who call themselves "hobbits." In reflection of Melian and Thingol, we have Mķrimė (Adamanta amongst her adopted people) and her chosen mate Tūk who are the progenitors (and in a big way) of that famous clan and their famous descendants. In fact, it is through the questions of these two fellows that the story unfolds. I also enjoyed Gandalf's role in the meeting and his understanding of Adamanta and her kindred. I greatly look forward to reading this wonderful story as it continues to unfold. Thank you for such this excellent background on yet another one of Tolkien's subtextual women who comes to vivid life here.

Reviewed by: NeumeIndil -- Score: 5

This is a very intriguing idea, not only because we get to see Bilbo and Frodo at rest, but also because the beginnings of the Hobbits are so cloudy. Then, you give them a Grandmother, and the fun begins. Their turns of phrase are excellently hobbity, and I was enchanted that the Maia could love the hobbits so well that taking back her earthly form was a kind of freedom. She's a wonderful character, and thanks to her, Gandalf seems somewhat more... normal. A lovely story that I hope to see finished soon. And thank you for the recipe; it wouldn't be a proper hobbit story without some sort of delicious food.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 5

This series of triple drabbles in which Bilbo and Frodo meet the one who was the so-called "fairy wife" of the Tooks is fascinating. A second Maiar marriage within Middle Earth, and this time between a Maia and a Hobbit? Definitely an explanation as to why the Fallohides and particularly the Tooks have their fey streak! In some ways I am sorry the tale is being told as triple drabbles, as no single chapter appears to be quite long enough to fully satisfy our questions as to how and why! But they are carefully designed to whet our appetites and keep us returning for more!

Reviewed by: whitewave -- Score: 2

I am not much of a hobbit fancier but this piece is a definite exception. What a fascinating idea for the Tookish ancestry annals.

Reviewed by: SurgicalSteel -- Score: 2

I think this is a rather unique interpretation of the Tookish 'fairy wife,' and one that I found utterly plausible and thoroughly enjoyable - and I look forward to seeing more!