Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Tillecking Night in Bree

Author: Elen Kortirion
Nominator: Elen Kortirion
2007 Award Category: Races: Men: General Drabble

Story Type: Fixed-Length Ficlet : Length: True Drabble
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: drabble - 100 words It's a Yule night in Bree and the hobbit children come to the Prancing Pony to sing a traditional song.


Reviewed by: Tanaqui -- Score: 5

Oh, this is a wonderful little drabble suffused with the spirit of Tolkien's world. I'm sure the Professor would have loved the fabulous play on language that Elen Kortirion gives us here (in ["Tillecking writ'ns"]), while the hobbit custom seems entirely in keeping with the kind of rural village society he envisaged for them. On the surface a piece of charming fluff, this drabble is in truth suffused with a depth of Middle-earth history reminiscent of the way The Hobbit gives us glimpses of an older and loftier world. To manage all that in one hundred words is a fine achievement well done!

Reviewed by: Bodkin -- Score: 4

Oh, that is delightful! I wonder if the elf remembers when the words were clearly distinguishable - before they degenerated into a tradition that nobody understands. Hobbit children are the perfect characters for tillecking, too - cakes and ale are suitable recompense for their efforts. While they are good at tradition and loyalty, even if they don't know what they are singing for!

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 3

The hobbit youngsters remind me of future Christmas Carolers; perhaps this is the genesis of the custom in later Middle-earth. There's an appropriate air of mystery surrounding the two Rangers; and the drabble as a whole has a Dickensian flair.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 2

Having read this, I now wish to know more about Tillecking Night and what it means, and why the Hobbit children sing on that night. A fascinating tale.

Reviewed by: Lindelea -- Score: 2

(applauding) Nicely done! The final line made me catch my breath. Later, I want to read the "long" version.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 2

I loved the full version of this story, and of the origin of the mysterious phrase "tillecking"--and this drabble captures the essence of it.

Reviewed by: Llinos -- Score: 1

A very nice tradition and I wonder just who Estel's hidden companion might be!