Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

To Represent the Wizzards

Author: aotearoan
Nominator: Virtuella
2010 Award Category: Genres: Crossover - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Crossover. Very short and hopefully amusing. The Discworld sends someone to the Council of Elrond. Rincewind's saved the Disc many times before... but can he save Middle Earth? And does he want to?


Reviewed by: Virtuella -- Score: 10

Aotearoan is a supremely funny writer, and both the concept and the execution of this story are utterly hilarious. Crossing over Middle-earth and Discworld is a delicious temptation and a suitable one, given that these worlds share such a great number of creatures. Of course, wizards in Discworld are quite a different thing from wizards in Middle-earth, and that is the starting point for this story. Rincewind, who cannot even spell the word "wizard" correctly, never mind perform the simplest of spells, is known for spending his life trying to get away from danger and inevitably getting thrown into it. Knowing this, he has come up with a surprising new strategy, namely that of not-volunteering. He is convinced that whenever there is a dangerous quest proposed, he //will// end up involved in it, but he likes to make his aversion to that fact known in advance. We see this wonderfully whacky idea presented in Terry Pratchett's "Last Hero," and aotearoan is using it to great effect in her story. Rincewind appears at the Council of Elrond and not-volunteers to take the Ring. The reactions of the Tolkien characters to this entirely unexpected and highly disturbing occurrence are masterfully drawn and laugh-out-loud funny. I shall not spoil it for you by quoting any of the funny lines - just go and read it yourself.

Reviewed by: Clodia -- Score: 5

I love this crossover! How perfect -- more than perfect, how absolutely *necessary* -- that the perpetual non-volunteer Rincewind should be forced across worlds from his regular Not Volunteering for perilous errands on the Discworld to loudly Not Volunteer to save Middle-earth! And of course he would be accepted, despite his Not Volunteering, to do so, once there. The contrast between the Tolkienesque setting and dialogue of all Tolkien's characters versus Rincewind's declarations works strikingly well and really makes the humour. Thank you!

Reviewed by: Linaewen -- Score: 4

This was a fun little story! I felt quite sorry for Elrond there, having things interrupted like that, and being uncertain about how best to stay in control of the situation. He did pretty well, under the circumstances! But I had to laugh at Frodo's obvious relief at the end. Bless Aragorn for staying in character and offering his sword -- no matter that the Ringbearer ended up being someone totally unexpected!

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 4

OK, this is just too funny! It's so typically Rincewind to simply announce that he will not volunteer, even though he hasn't got a clue as to what he is not volunteering for. And it is typical of the College to send him off on a mission when they have no idea of what they are sending him into. As for the Council of Elrond, well, it doesn't surprise me at all how they react, LOL! Especially poor Frodo!

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 3

Ah--a writer after my own heart! Having written Death within Middle Earth, and Ridcully competing in a chili cook-off, I have to appreciate any visit from the Diskworld into Middle Earth. And the insertion of Rincewind the Wizzard into the Council of Elrond is masterly! Thanks so for a wonderful laugh! May Pratchett find his writing helps preserve his mind!

Reviewed by: The Lauderdale -- Score: 3

Short, sweet and ridiculous. Rincewind bamfs into Middle-earth to announce at the Council of Elrond that he has absolutely no interest involunteering. Wonderful reactions ensue. I particularly enjoyed this one: ["Gandalf looked horrified, as if he'd met a voodoo doll, or embarrassing relative."] Weird and perfect, and perfectly weird.

Reviewed by: SurgicalSteel -- Score: 1

A hilarious and well-done Discworld/LOTR crossover!