Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Upon a Field of Gold

Author: Dana
Nominator: Lindelea
2005 Award Category: Genres: Drama (includes Angst): Gondor Drabble - Third Place

Story Type: Drabble : Length: N/A
Rating: PG -- Reason for Rating: angst, medical details
Summary: Summary: Beyond the end of all things, yet before the beginning. Characters: Merry, with others: Pippin, Aragorn, Gandalf, Gimli, Legolas, Frodo and Sam Pairings: None Rating: PG Warnings: Hurt/comfort Author's Notes: A collection of twenty-six drabbles. (added note) Set in Cormallen.


Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: 6

This reminds me rather of "Life Watch", which covers much the same period of time. Dana does a good job of breaking things up, of giving each drabble its separate moment, then linking it up into the whole series. Merry's voice is, throughout, well written. The exhausting work of being the one who sits by the bedsides and keeps the sick company is given its full weight. Drabble eleven stands out in that respect in my mind. Pippin's conversion from a soft tween to a warrior is well and sparely depicted in drabble fourteen. One gets a sense of the wearing away of time as one follows the drabbles towards the series' end. A well put-together set of drabbles.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 5

Great drabble series! I love how it tells the story of Pippin's recovery in snapshots, moving from moment to moment. I think that's very much how Merry survived that time, and he seems to suggest as much himself. This was about moving from one moment to the next, because if you thought too much in the intervening time, you broke down. My favorite drabble was probably the one where Pippin exclaims that Merry is nearly as good as breakfast when he comes to visit. It's a much needed note of humor after some very sobering and dark drabbles.

Reviewed by: Lindelea -- Score: 5

I love the way Dana writes Pippin, especially in this Cormallen piece. So many bright spots shine out: "No," Pippin says stubbornly; then he does. "I'm no child," Pippin says, softly. "I am a soldier, you know."

Pippin sits up smiling, hair tousled, cheeks warm with new, unfevered color. "Merry? Why, you are almost as good as breakfast." "As well as ever," Pippin smiles. "Though, I do rather have to relieve myself, cousin."
I guess there's a limit on the amount of quoting or I'd clip more. But these little snapshots of time during Pippin's recovery at Cormallen are wonderfully written, the characterisations ring true, the pictures are deftly sketched with an economy of words, and all fit together in a logical progression. A very satisfying piece to read, start to (perfect) finish.
ADMIN note: excessive quoting has been blocked to correct the score on this review. Prev score = 659ch = 7 pts Current score = 479ch = 5 pts

Reviewed by: Rabidsamfan -- Score: 3

An excellent example of what a drabble series can do. This tale is told in short swift breaths, some of them painful and some of them sighs of relief. A beautiful look at the time that Merry spent when he was the only hobbit standing at Cormallen. (And a nice bit of hurt/comfort for Pippin as well!)

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 2

A brilliant use of drabbles to tell of the miserable, hopeful, days of Cormallen. Each one is a perfect gem in itself, but together they make a whole story. Intense and lyrical.

Reviewed by: Marigold -- Score: 1

These are just fantastic! I am envious of these, and wish that I could do something like it, which is high praise!