Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

'A' is for 'Apple'.

Author: curiouswombat
Nominator: curiouswombat
2010 Award Category: Genres: Humor: Mixed Drabbles

Story Type: Drabble : Length: True Drabble Series
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: A series of 9 true drabbles written for the Tolkien Weekly challenge 'Trees'. A glimpse into the classroom of the young Eldarion and his new governess.


Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 7

There are several things that I absolutely love about this drabble series. The first is Firiel and Eldarion. As characters, they are wonderfully complete, and I love the way their relationship changes as the drabbles go on. Neither one is ever completely in control, and by the end, it seems they're both content with that. Additionally, I love Eldarion's rampant curiosity, Firiel's sometimes futile attempts to contain it, and the things they both start compromising on. The second thing I really like is how these drabbles represent a culture clash between Gondor and the North. Much of it is contained in Firiel's musings on Legolas, but there are also snippets where she remembers the origins for Aragorn and Arwen. The changing of her opinions (partially, if not completely) was done smoothly and naturally. Finally, the last line startled some very inelegant giggles out of me as I put together the new child's name, the timing, and Aragorn's dry wit. Very enjoyable!

Reviewed by: Virtuella -- Score: 5

In this charming and amusing drabble series, curiouswombat showcases the hazards of attempting to teach children who have Elves and hobbits for "Uncles" and whose great-grandfather lives on top of a very big tree. This is a boy who doesn't just believe what he is told, who wants reasons and makes connections. The governess, apparently ignorant of modern pedagogy, initially sees Eldarion's questions as a challenge to her authority, rather than as a learning opportunity, but she soon comes round to asking him what he thinks. I enjoyed the casual way in which curiouswombat has woven the wider context into this story.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 5

This series of drabbles is as delightful as it was the first time I read it, now so long ago! We see the wonder of both the child Eldarion as he takes his first formal lessons, and of the rather naive governess who is given the charge as his first teacher. The child's ability to see connections beyond what the young woman is capable of perceiving--at least at first, is astounding to her, and I hope opens her to learn more of the wonder of the world as she sees that wonder through Eldarion's eyes. And the series of trees that he finds to inspire him--both trees familiar in our world and native to Middle Earth! Delightful, and not to be missed!

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland -- Score: 4

A truly delightful drabble series, which gives the reader a glimpse of young Eldarion's lessons with his Governess. Curious Wombat obviously has a wonderful understanding of how young children reason, which combined with Eldarion's august heritage makes teaching him quite a challenge for Firiel. These drabbles are guaranteed to make you smile and are an imaginative response to the "Tolkien Weekly" "trees" challenge .

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 3

These are just adorable! I love the interaction between Eldarion and his governess! Firiel is a fun character-- sometimes she manages to get the best of her irrepressible young charge and sometimes not. My favorite part: [“But… but… why isn’t U for you? I don’t mean for ‘Firiel’, but for ‘you not me’. Or why not for yew – the tree? There are some beautiful yew trees in the gardens of the Houses of Healing – look – just down below.” “Because,” said Firiel with a distinct sense of triumph, “that’s ‘Y’!”]