Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Gone Fishin'

Author: Aranel Took
Nominator: Aranel Took
2007 Award Category: Times: Late Third Age: 3018-3022 TA: Other Fixed-Length Ficlet

Story Type: Fixed-Length Ficlet : Length: Other Fixed-Length Ficlet
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: 150 words. Written for a drabble challenge, which had to use the words 'fished', 'lasted', 'let', and 'married' An escape from new responsibilites.


Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 4

A wonderful way of showing, not telling of, Aragorn's occasional discontent in his role as King. He has spent so much of his life as a wanderer in the wilds; that being settled, having a home and wife, and others to which he is constantly accountable, is not yet a perfect fit and might never be. Aranel Took uses only a hundred words to convey all this with a very smooth and natural drabble; giving us a king who still yearns for the simplicities of a Ranger's life.

Reviewed by: Imhiriel -- Score: 4

You give a real sense of what Aragorn is doing, every detail is so vivid with an appealing economics of words. Paced unhurriedly, very fitting for Aragorn's activity, yet with enough movement to keep it going. Aragorn's wish to escape stifling formalities is palpable, especially as the contrast between this and the natural environment of his current whereabouts is so well drawn.

Reviewed by: White Wolf -- Score: 3

I often wondered if Aragorn ever found the time to sneak off and enjoy himself in some form of indulgence so he could escape the pressures of being the king. I'm glad he did so in your little story. I love this.

Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: 3

This ficlet does a very good job of capturing the simple pleasures Aragorn would have to sacrifice when he became king of Gondor. I'm sure there were lots of little things he would miss, and "Gone Fishin'" shows how he would be affected by this loss -- Aragorn fans will want to check this one out.

Reviewed by: Tanaqui -- Score: 3

This is a lovely little vignette of Aragorn dealing with the stresses and strains of his new responsibilities. Aranel Took nicely balances different moods: Aragorn's frustration, the soothing casting of the line, and the humour of his perception of the reactions of those around him. Well done.

Reviewed by: SĂșlriel -- Score: 3

I have often thought that all the schooling and training in the world wouldn't really be able to prepare the Ranger to be the King. I love the thought that he'd be smart enough to sneak away and take the time he needs for himself.

Reviewed by: dkpalaska -- Score: 3

I can completely see Aragorn needing to get away periodically - perhaps not so much from Arwen, but definitely from the paperwork and endless council meetings. You don't spend years in relative freedom on the road and not miss certain aspects of it. I like how it we are led along briefly without knowing who is actually featured in the drabble.

Reviewed by: Linda hoyland -- Score: 2

This was very enjoyable, nicely written and made me smile. I love the image of Aragorn sneaking off to go fishing and it is very in character for him.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 2

Yes, in fishing Aragorn can recapture the freedom of being Strider once more, a needed gift. Lovely images of stolen moments of peace and oneness with nature.