Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Hobbit Aid

Author: Dreamflower
Nominator: Dreamflower
2010 Award Category: Genres: Drama: Aragorn or Hobbits

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: N/A As Master of Buckland, Merry must deal with the aftermath of a devastating flood...


Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 9

I've read and reread the series of drabbles on which this was based several times, but I think this was but the second time to read this story. I've seen such storms in several places across the country and have seen images of them from around the world. Katrina itself brought home the truth of how devastating they can be to many who lived in the Mississippi valley as well as in Louisiana, especially in the Delta area. Everywhere such storms hit they leave behind years worth of cleanup, rebuilding, and mourning for lives and dreams lost. How well Dreamflower has caught and conveyed such feelings! I feel anew the shock we felt when areas that had withstood storms for over a century fell, here in my state, as animals drowned in the fields and water supplies were tainted and homes and individuals washed away. I can only grieve with all who have lost family and a life's work to nature's fury, and praise the determination that helps folks recover and rebuild, and thrive in spite of all that has gone before. Thanks so much, Dreamflower, for reminding us of how much responsibility we owe one another. God bless all who labor to save and rebuild in the face of such tragedies!

Reviewed by: Virtuella -- Score: 6

This story brought home to me just how different catastrophes like a flood would have struck communities in former times. No quick help available to be flown in! Dreamflower shows Merry at his best here, truly earning the title "the Magnificent" which he acquired in later life. I like how the life in the Shire is shown to have progressed over the years, with a small colony of Men established in Buckland, that turns out to be of great benefit when the disasters strikes. And it was a brilliant idea to link back to Pippin's leap in Moria and to transpose that into the current situation. Characters, as usual with Dreamflower, are wonderfully drawn, including the minor ones like the healer Viola. A memorable and very well-crafted story.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: 5

Dreamflower gives us a taste of the damage a serious flood can wreak on a town, and in the process, fleshes out the Fourth Age relations between the different townsteads of the Shire, and the Men of Arnor who are returning in the King's service. The relationship between Merry and Pippin keeps Merry afloat as he struggles, as the new Master of Buckland, to deal with the wreckage and restore order in terrible conditions. Some nice humorous touches help keep the reader from being drowned in angst; I particularly liked the argument between Pippin and Sam about jumping the span of a downed bridge. Well-played!

Reviewed by: curiouswombat -- Score: 4

This story, written in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, is a heartfelt description of Merry, new Master of Buckland, and his fellow hobbits as they cope with severe flooding in the Shire. The devastation of the countryside and the tragic deaths of hobbits, who had clung to their homes rather than take shelter in the Great Smial, was bound to take its toll on poor Merry. Pippin's arrival, and the way everyone sets to to help, is both heart-warming and very typical of how JRRT himself would have, I think, have had the hobbits react.

Reviewed by: SurgicalSteel -- Score: 3

A heart-wrenching, gut-wrenching tale by Dreamflower, inspired by the real world devastation of the Gulf Coast caused by Hurricane Katrina, of flood waters too deep to be easily escaped and victims of a storm - and ultimately of hope, as the hobbits of Buckland begin to move toward rebuilding.