Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

There And Back Again

Author: Azalais
Nominator: Dwimordene
2005 Award Category: Books/Time: The Hobbit: Drabble - First Place

Story Type: Drabble : Length: N/A
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: none
Summary: Drabble. Bilbo returns to the Shire after his adventures with a dragon, and no-one is expecting him...


Reviewed by: Marigold -- Score: 6

A lovely drabble about Bilbo's homecoming after his Adventure. This is spot on! Bilbo is written just right - he isn't pleased at all, yet there is still a hint of humour in his reaction to the proceedings. Bilbo's voice is wonderful and I think that it actually manages to subtly reflect how his personality changed while on his journey. I really enjoyed the glimpse of young Hamfast; his youthful excitement and pleasure at Bilbo's return made me think of Samwise, and I wonder if in later years he might not be secretly just a little pleased that Sam had an adventure, even though he couldn't have one himself. This is an excellent drabble!

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: 4

One can never get enough of Bilbo disrupting the expectations of his neighbors. His arrival back from the quest of Erebor just in time to save his parlor chairs (but not his silver) is vintage Bilbo, imbued with the confidence and cheek that survivors of tender mercies of live dragons tend to have. And a lovely glimpse of Hamfast here, that suggests that family loyalty we will later see between the Gamgees and the Bagginses.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 4

Bilbo is definitely a sly one. I love the double meaning in his line about living near a dragon. It was a nice allusion to his recent adventure as well as a very pointed and wonderful insult towards Lobelia. As for the rest of the hobbits, I can just imagine the looks Bilbo received when he popped back in during the auction. "Consternation" is probably a mild way of putting it.

Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: 3

*snork* This drabble had some great interaction between Lobelia and Bilbo, though I would have loved to ahve seen her reaction. It left me wondering: does Bilbo consider himself or Lobelia to be the dragon? And what did LOBELIA think he meant? Thought-provoking, but most importantly funny.

Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke -- Score: 2

Ho Ho! Nicely done. Your style is so easy it doesn't ever feel like a drabble, per se. Bilbo's character is, in my opinion, spot on and very amusing. Well done.

Reviewed by: Rabidsamfan -- Score: 2

This ficlet set at the end of "The Hobbit" has marvelous interplay between Bilbo and young Hamfast. I enjoyed it very much.

Reviewed by: Tanaqui -- Score: 2

Azalais has done a fine job of capturing the stir that must have attended Bilbo’s return to the Shire. I particularly love Bilbo’s snide comment about Lobelia (entirely deserved) and the little cameo for Hamfast. Nicely done!

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 1

This was cute. I loved Bilbo's concise explanation of his absence, and the comparison of Lobelia to a dragon, LOL!

Reviewed by: Lindelea -- Score: 1

Quite funny, and quite true to Bilbo's character! Nicely done, and all in 100 words.

Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen -- Score: 1

An amusing accoutn of Bilbo's return.