Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Love less than before

Author: Tanaqui
Nominator: Tanaqui
2011 Award Category: Drabble: Character Study

Story Type: Drabble : Length: True Drabble
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Written for my June 2010 daily drabble challenge. What were Huan's feelings about following his master, Celegorm, into exile and about Celegorm's treatment of Lúthien?


Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: 4

This drabble does a very nice job of walking the line over sentience that's very keeping with Tolkien's myth structure. Huan has loyalties and thoughts, just like any person, but the end shows animal traits like a keen scent and nuzzling against the knee that no dog-lover could mistake. It gives a nice image of an intelligent wolf that is still something wholly different from the speaking folk. Nicely done, Tanaqui!

Reviewed by: Levade -- Score: 3

Yet loyalty must be earned, and faithfulness may be shattered. Wow, that sums it all up in a very short sentence. I've not read many stories featuring Huan, but you've captured his heart here. He's one of the unsung heroes in my book. Thank you for the lovely drabble!

Reviewed by: Phyncke -- Score: 3

I love the reference to the sensitive nose of the hound and the stink of deception. That was a nice touch. Of faded loyalty and the drabble truly works here. Encapsulating so much in the short form.

Reviewed by: Darkover -- Score: 2

Good imagery, especially in the final line. A good exploration of the POV of an atypical character. I enjoyed reading this, and I suspect most readers will be quite moved by it.

Reviewed by: Adonnen Estenniel -- Score: 2

What a beautiful look at Huan! I loved this--the prose, the imagery, the premise. It was all splendid. And the final line brought everything together. Well done!

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 1

A very sharp and discerning drabble. It takes a lot to lose the loyalty of a dog...