Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

In the Corner

Author: DrummerWench
Nominator: DrummerWench
2010 Award Category: Genres: Ficlet: Eriador or Shire - Third Place

Story Type: Story : Length: Ficlet
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Bilbo & Aragorn discuss Elrond & Eärendil.


Reviewed by: Gandalfs apprentice -- Score: 5

This little ficlet is so characteristic of DrummerWench's small tales--it reminds me of what Jane Austen said of her own work--a little piece of ivory, carefully drawn. Every detail is perfect, and the background of Tolkien's work thoroughly plumbed. It's lovely that the author took Tolkien's own draft verses for Bilbo's. Aragorn's reaction is beautifully drawn--his cough to cover his surprise. I've always thought this scene was hard to imagine, but DW does it very well, as a vignette of one of Tolkien's most remarkable friendships, Bilbo and Aragorn.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 5

One of things I love in LotR is the only hinted-at friendship between Aragorn and Bilbo. We are shown a lot of those hints: we learn that Bilbo made the verse that Gandalf uses in his letter to Frodo, and Bilbo refers to him as ["my friend the Dunadan"]. In the Hall of Fire, Bilbo has consulted with him over the matter of the verse about Earendil. I love how DrummerWench has imagined that consultation-- it rings very true for both of them. I especially enjoyed Bilbo's assertion that in some ways he was older than Elrond-- his logic might have been a bit skewed, but he had a point! A lovely little gapfiller of a vignette!

Reviewed by: Azalais -- Score: 4

This is an ingenious, endearing little fic. JRRT's tendency to endlessly rewrite and rework has long been beloved of those of us who write and read fic born in the gaps, inconsistencies and multiple versions. Drummerwench very neatly uses such a reworking to recreate an affectionate, humorous interlude. The deft character portraits of Bilbo and Aragorn are spot on, as is the tactful implication that Bilbo's first draft could use some work! A delightful little piece.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 4

It is somehow eminently satisfying to spy on the consultation Bilbo insisted upon with Aragorn when crafting his poem of Earendil that he hoped soon to declaim before all in the Hall of Fire. Drummer Wench has taken some of the preliminary lines the Master had considered from HoME and given the Dunadan something concrete to work with in offering his suggestions for change. The result is a quick tale that offers a delightful filling for one of Tolkien's smaller gaps that fits perfectly!

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: 4

Oh how delightful! The brief description of that poetry session in the corner always leaves me wondering exactly how these two got on. Drummerwench gives them both more laughter than I would've, and I love the discussion of the different senses of age and of being old. Right on target, I think! Short but sweet, anyone who likes either Bilbo or Aragorn, or who enjoys seeing the little nooks and crannies of Tolkien's text brought to light and filled should enjoy this.

Reviewed by: obsidianj -- Score: 3

This is a beautiful little scene, a nice gap-filler. I always wondered what part of that song was Aragorn's. In a few words this piece captures the character of Bilbo and Strider and the atmosphere at Rivendell.

Reviewed by: Ainu Laire -- Score: 3

I love Strider's surprised, and likely somewhat amused, cough. Bilbo's and Aragorn's friendship is one of my favorite Tolkien hints of something bigger, and so seeing stories about them together is always enjoyable. A fun little story.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 3

Aragorn beta-ing Bilbo's Earendil poem - I love it! We know that Aragorn helped Bilbo with this gorgeous piece; but the process has never, as far as I know, been fleshed out in fanfiction before. DrummerWench delineates the creative give-and-take between the old hobbit and the kingly ranger and in so doing outlines the wonderful friendship between them.

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland -- Score: 3

A charming ficlet which delightfully portrays the friendship between Bilbo and Aragorn, when the Ranger helps the elderly Hobbit with his song after the feast.I wish Tolkien had showed more of this scene, but Drummerwench makes this feel as if we have unearthed a lost section of Tolkien's masterpiece.