Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Children's Play

Author: charli800
Nominator: Virtuella
2009 Award Category: Times: Pre-Ring War

Story Type: Story : Length: Ficlet
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: A brief look at the play of some adventurous young hobbits.


Reviewed by: Virtuella -- Score: 7

This really is a totally adorable ficlet! You have managed to give us a realistic and entertaining portrayal of playing children, including very appropriate foreshadowings of Sam's future that do not seem contrived. The feminist in me says, Well done, Rosie, for refusing to take on the stereotypical girl's role! The teacher in me says, Well done Sam for being so diplomatic and for finding a way to reconcile both perspectives! And the literary critic in me says, Well done, Charli: Your dialogue is fresh and crips and brings the characters to life nicely. Your confident grasp of the language makes sure the sentences flow smoothly and elegantly. And the whole story is just very sweet, but not so fluffy as to give me toothache. Dragons? Personally, I'd prefer the spaghetti. It's not so easy to write a long review about such a very short story, so let's just say again that I enjoyed it very much indeed.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 4

Inspired by some of Bilbo's tales and apparently a new adventure of merely a year ago, Sam Gamgee and several Cotton children are playing at adventures themselves, and arguing as to who should do what and why! A bit of attention to the Long-Father Tree of the Gamgees, Cottons, and Gardners would be in order; but most of the story is very delightful and very likely. And I wonder what adventure Bilbo has been into in the past year?

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 4

I see Bilbo's influence is pervasive among the younger hobbits, even though he might discourage them from seeking adventures at such a young age. But his confirmation that Sam has used the word ["elitist"] correctly seems to indicate that Bilbo's already teaching Sam about letters and elves and possibly other things, too. Sam seems to have an usual urge to fight dragons, even if he doesn't believe in them. Charming little tale!

Reviewed by: viv -- Score: 3

I was about get all "but hobbits don't like adventure!" when you came in with Bilbo and basically agreed with me. Hee. Excellent job showing how *these* hobbits are different from the others, even from a very young age.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 3

A delightful vision of young hobbits at play - especially young Sam Gamgee, who dreams of going off to see the Elves, and wants to that even more than eat spaghetti. And a great cameo by Bilbo - what's not to love?!

Reviewed by: Antane -- Score: 1

Cute story. Like most Sam's wishing to see Elves more than eating spaghetti.