Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Time in the Ditch

Author: Dwimordene
Nominator: Marta
2005 Award Category: Genres: Drama (includes Angst): Drabble

Story Type: Drabble : Length: N/A
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: n/a
Summary: "Weary of ditches? Yes of course. But they have their advantages." Or so Gandalf had claimed.


Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: 5

You know, after re-reading this I'm left wondering whether Gandalf had anything particular in mind as an advantage of sleeping in ditches. It could just be that he wants Aragorn to look for those advantages, sort of like the story where the rabbi tells the abbott of a dying monastery that one of his monks is the messiah. There's that same sort of feel to this, that Gandalf helps Aragorn suffer the toils Aragorn si going to have to by virtues of being a ranger and especially Isildur's heir. It's a really nice portrait.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 4

For some reason, this drabble made me laugh. Actually, it made me think back to the saying about how only when it's darkest can you see the stars, which philosophy seems to apply here to ditches. But there seemed to be a lighthearted feel to this, probably due to Gandalf. The wizard has a way with words, and kudos to Aragorn for finding something about a ditch that would validate Gandalf's claim. Beyond which, the stars are sometimes better company than a crowded inn.

Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen -- Score: 2

An intersting thought. The way this is shown is very clever. I like the way that it reflected that every disavantagous situation can be turned to your advantage if only you are prepared to see it.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 2

And that is much the way it must have gone for most of Aragorn's adult life, before he became King. Very thought provoking.

Reviewed by: Rabidsamfan -- Score: 1

A nice glimpse of Aragorn the wanderer, finding joy wherever he can.