Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

"A Cat Of A Different Color"

Author: Cathleen
Nominator: tracyboo
2007 Award Category: Genres: Mystery

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: n/a
Summary: n/a Boromir entertains the members of the Fellowship with the fanciful tale of a mysterious soothsaying tortoiseshell kitty, a story based upon a darker tale surrounding Queen Beruthiel's cats.


Reviewed by: stefaniab -- Score: 5

"A Cat of a Different Color" is a delightful tale within a tale. In a quiet moment in the early days of their journey, the members of the fellowship stop for breakfast after a night's travelling. Boromir entertains them with the story of the mysterious tortoise shell cat who could tell the future. A fortune telling feline? You have to read the story to find out. "Cat" is a well-written fairy tell of Middle Earth with a dark twist at the end. I was as fond of Cathleen's depictions of Merry and Pippin as I was fond of the imaginative story that Boromir tells.

Reviewed by: agape4gondor -- Score: 4

I love the ease with which you write your descriptions and your dialogue. I love how Boromir prepared to tell his story, his easy laughter, the Hobbits teasing, Aragorn's wonder. And I liked Sam feeling so at ease that he could pop in with his own little thoughts. I loved the diagram and the fact that the cat, I should have thought of it, could not speak! And I loved Boromir's tale, much better than the one about Queen Beruthial!

Reviewed by: obsidianj -- Score: 3

This little tale shows some of what the Fellowship might have done for entertainment around the campfire. Boromir turns out to be quite a storyteller. I loved the depiction of the camaraderie among the Fellowship.

Reviewed by: Linda hoyland -- Score: 3

As the owner,or more accurately slave, of two tortoiseshell cats, i found this story a sheer delight. Boromir entertains the company with a tale of a cat from days gone by, which has a clever twist in the tale,or should I say tail? it is nice to imagine that the Fellowship may have shared stories to entertain each other on their travels

Reviewed by: Imhiriel -- Score: 3

The beginning of the story sets the scene very evocatively. Merry, as someone who likes to have the overview and organise things, strikes me as a good viewpoint character: through his eyes we get insightful descriptions of the other characters. The narrative flows smoothly, even if the dialogue is a little stilted from time to time.

Reviewed by: Isabeau of Greenlea -- Score: 3

A nice picture of the Fellowship at rest, being entertained by a most unlikely storyteller. Though perhaps Boromir has had more practice than he lets on, telling tales to his younger brother for years. His ability to play to an audience certainly leads me to believe that!

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 3

When our Pippin wishes a story, Boromir is pleased to offer one to him. It's a marvelous adaptation of the legends of Beruthiel and her cats, with her tortoiseshell being given to the art of foretelling. A wonderful tale within a tale.

Reviewed by: tracyboo -- Score: 2

Cathleen, This story was not only great fun, but I felt it was very much in keeping with Tolkien's style of story telling! Tracy