Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Instruments

Author: Beethoven's 7th
Nominator: Rhapsody
2005 Award Category: Genres: Drama (includes Angst): Incomplete

Story Type: Incomplete : Length: N/A
Rating: PG-13 -- Reason for Rating: Rated PG-13 for violence
Summary: Evil men have come to the shire. This tells the story of one Hobbit lass's encounter with them, and later the elves of Rivendell. A hobbity story, with action, happy parts, scary parts, Lotr Characters are not featured, but make meaningful cameo appearances.


Reviewed by: Rhapsody -- Score: 7

This WIP is one of the most promising ones I recently read. It starts very grim an realistic, but the author makes you want to click for the next chapter. She writes a compelling and heartfelt story, I certainly feel for this young hobbit that is put through so much terror. I find myself cheering when the rescue comes and now the healing of the character can begin. What I find very strong about this story is the way the author writes her main character. It has a good build up and she shows what the character goes through. The introductions of others feel natural and confident. The pacing in the storytelling is excellent. It is obvious to me that the author enjoys writing this story with so much care and love that I can imagine it will be hard to write a final chapter (hopefully that will take a lot of chapters).

Reviewed by: Leaward -- Score: 7

Instruments is a wonderful look into the dark times of Hobbiton once the quest has begun and the hobbits are left to their own devices. It begins peacefully enough but then the author introduces the grim changes and the characters you have learned to care for, worry about, are threatened. It is nice to see a hobbit story that is not all sweetness and light yet still shows the 'grit' of the characters that hobbits obviously have. Beethoven's 7th has a flair for story telling and should continue to write and hone her craft -- she has talent. Being a fan of rangers, her Tharon ranger inspired me and reminded me that not all about Rangers is dark and mysterious but they also have their light times and I brought some of that into my own stories. I'm interested to see where this goes, and I hope the writer updates soon!

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 6

There was clearly music in Middle-earth (How many other works of fantasy contain so many spontaneous songs?) but so rarely is there a story that actually focuses on this. Which makes this particular story so intriguing. It also has some brilliant contrasts. The first chapter, for instance, was so sweet and light-hearted. It served as a perfect foil for the horrific turn of events in the next few chapters, and then the story seemed to hang itself in limbo afterwards, caught between these two extremes, which was perfect for the circumstances. Great exploration into music, both in the Shire and in Rivendell. Keep it up.