Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Refuge

Author: Branwyn (Lady Branwyn)
Nominator: Kara's Aunty
2010 Award Category: Genres: Humor: Gondor - Third Place

Story Type: Story : Length: Ficlet
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: The White City lies becalmed in the summer heat. Set after the Ring War. Featuring Gimli, cranky Gandalf, and other characters.


Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 6

Cranky wizards always make for good humor, and the situation Lady Branwyn creates is one that everyone can relate to. The crankiness is believable and expected, making it even more fun. Also believable and expected is the fact that Pippin chooses to add to the graffiti. I love the everyday occurrences that start piling up but that seem striking in a Middle-earth world. But far and away my favorite part was the fact that Gimli provided the solution and the words Gimli used to provide it. His quick speech about melting points and volatile wizard substances (I was particularly fond of that one) made me crack-up. This is the dwarf that I absolutely love, and it was such a pleasure to see him so well written. Thank you, Lady Branwyn!

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 5

What does one do on the hottest day of the summer in a city of stone? When Pippin tries to find out if one can literally fry an egg on the pavement, Gimli has enough, and brings the small party of two of the race of Men, two Hobbits, himself, and Gandalf into a refuge from the heat. A nice story to read at this time of year (I write this in August, after all), and a wonderful reminder that human nature seems to stay the same no matter what the culture or race involved as we watch Pippin's final act after a satisfyingly cool afternoon in spite of the heat wave!

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 5

Branwyn takes the reader, as well as Gimli, Merry and Pippin, Faramir, Eowyn and Gandalf, on a delightful excursion into a hidden part of Minas Tirith to escape the blistering summer heat. Few writers can capture the physical aspects of a place as well as Branwyn, and combine it with understated but straight-on characterization; as she does here - Pippin trying to fry an egg on the pavement, Gimli's remark about Gandalf's volatility (especially appropriate for the bearer of the Ring of Fire), and Faramir's admiration for Eowyn's long golden hair... Refreshing in any season!

Reviewed by: Kara's Aunty -- Score: 4

Hello Branwyn, What a great wee fic. I can actually recall feeling that horribly hot myself ... it's so completely uncomfortable! So I fully sympathised with Eowyn's desire to chop off her hair! Oh, the relief everyone must have felt upon entering the waterworks! Good old Gimli :) Pippin's graffiti was the icing on the cake. How very, very Tookish of him to leave his mark (wherever he goes)! Thanks for this gem, Kara's Aunty :)

Reviewed by: Aiwendiel -- Score: 4

Oh I love this! The effect of a stuffy sultry summer day on all these oh so serious characters is very amusing. I am also sure that Gandalf the White must have been made of some combustible stuff. So that's where the rumors of spontaneous combustion of humans started... in Minas Tirith in the hot summertime! Leave it to the Dwarf to know the secret of staying cool. Very funny interlude!

Reviewed by: The Lauderdale -- Score: 4

How does one beat the heat in Minas Tirith? Beneath the merciless summer sun a city of stone becomes an oven, but Gimli has the answer. After all, stone can also be a cooling agent! A very appropriate person suggests an excellent solution. Well described: I could feel the heat and its oppressive misery, and then I could feel the relief - and curiosity: to visit this little-explored part of Minas Tirith. Very much enjoyed the part about the graffiti at the end, both Gandalf's comment and Pippin's highly in-character bid at immortality.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 4

I really enjoy stories in which the members of the Fellowship explore Minas Tirith after the War, and this one is a lot of fun. It's HOT there, a lot hotter than the Shire (or than Rivendell, the Lonely Mountain or Mirkwood as well, I would imagine). The image of Pippin attempting to fry an egg on the sidewalk was hilarious. And it makes sense that Gimli would be the one to show them the nice cool refuge he had found. And the ending was perfect!

Reviewed by: Virtuella -- Score: 3

I can just about imagine this scene, the heat and then the coolness of the tunnels; very well described. And trust Peregrin Took to be the first to add some new graffiti, not to mention trying to fry an egg on the scorching pavement!

Reviewed by: curiouswombat -- Score: 3

What a delightful and amusing little glimpse into the days just after the War of the Ring. I have known days that felt as if they were hot enough to fry eggs on the pavement - how like the hobbits to actually try this out... And the last line is perfect - and perfectly Pippin!

Reviewed by: Isabeau of Greenlea -- Score: 3

It's been said that Minas Tirith is about the latitude of Italy and as such is bound to be hot in the summer months. Branwyn gives us a humorous tale of some of the Fellowship and Faramir and Eowyn suffering in the heat. Everyone is nicely in character and it's appropriate that Gimli comes up with a solution to the problem. The last line is perfect Pippin.