Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Dangerous Folk

Author: Budgielover
Nominator: Cathleen
2008 Award Category: Genres: Adventure

Story Type: Story : Length: Medium Length
Rating: Teen -- Reason for Rating: Some descriptions of battle and hand-to-hand combat, and the results of such combat (death by violence).
Summary: The Ring-bearer is kidnapped by an unknown enemy as the Fellowship stops to replenish its water supply. Pursuing the kidnappers, the Fellowship discovers that the effects of Saruman's evil has spread more widely with more devastating impact on the world than they could have dreamed possible.


Reviewed by: annmarwalk -- Score: 5

A most ingenious story! I was a bit startled at the mention of open-pit mining and toxic chemical wastes, but after my initial shock I was impressed at how well these items were integrated into the story, giving Gimil a quite well-deserved opportunity to shine. The characterizations here are excellent, and the depictions of various unexpected combinations of Big and Little folk working together are quite ingenious, as well as soul-satisyingly feasible. I'd never encountered some of the crises and solutions here in any other Tolkien fanfic, so many, many bonus points for originality! Definitely a memorable tale.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 5

This is another of Budgielover's thrilling gapfillers. She has a knack for putting the Fellowship through the wringer, and this one's no exception--Frodo is kidnapped by a group of water-orcs, and his friends must try to retrieve him! One of the things I love about her action/adventure stories is the way she shows the strengths of each member of the Fellowship--everyone gets a chance to show his mettle at some point. She also has a way of coming up with clever solutions that leave the Company back on track for the Quest--however AU her gapfillers may be during the time they take place, by the time they are finished we are once more on the road to Mt. Doom. Really exciting, and lots of cliffies!

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 5

By the end of this story, I have to agree with Gandalf. Hobbits are indeed [dangerous folk]. But then, so are their traveling companions. And so are their enemies. What I love about this story is that everyone has a part to play, from Gimli's dogged practicality to Boromir's leech antics, a fun plot point that gains significance as the story progresses. The development of the plot and the action was excellent, and the story has a very fluid feel to it (no pun intended, really!). The description of the water goblins was vivid enough to give a real sense of danger, and I loved the ensuing battle of wits as the out-numbered heroes tried to stay out-of-reach and out-of-sight. Wonderfully paced, over all. Never a dull moment.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 4

Ooh--we meet water goblins here, and wonder again at the variety of evil creatures Sauron and his mentor created and cultivated. A marvelous drama as we see the Fellowship dealing with another deadly danger as they journey toward Caradhras, and as more dark creatures are drawn toward the lure of the Ring, seeking to take the Ringbearer. Characterizations of our nine are perfect.

Reviewed by: obsidianj -- Score: 3

Adventure, angst and suspense galore welcomes the reader of this story. The heroes fall from one dangerous situation into the next and sometimes it doesn't look too good for them. All the characters are spot on. I especially liked Gimli and Sam in this piece.

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland -- Score: 3

A nail biting adventure in which Frodo disappears during the Quest and his companions have to work together to save him.All the members of the Fellowship shine in this gripping and exciting story and Frodo's courage is astounding, as is the loyalty of his friends.A most enjoyable read.

Reviewed by: Cathleen -- Score: 2

Budgielover has given us a thoroughly exciting, on-the-edge-of-your-seat kind of tale in "Dangerous Folk". A very enjoyable and gripping story!