Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Shadows of a Nameless Fear

Author: Budgielover
Nominator: Marigold
2006 Award Category: Genres: Drama: Incomplete - Second Place

Story Type: Incomplete : Length: Medium Length
Rating: PG-13 -- Reason for Rating: Deals with dark subjects and contains violence.
Summary: The Ring-bearer's return to health after the destruction of the Ring is reflected all about him in the rebuilding of Minas Tirith. But evil and danger remain in the White City, and the shadows within Frodo's soul are just as much a danger to him as the shadows that seek his life.


Reviewed by: Marigold -- Score: 10

his is a very exciting story, and a lot angstier than most of Budgie’s stories! There are no holds barred in this, and the drama and terror is gripping. The plot is riveting – evil lurks still in the wreck and ruin of Minas Tirith after the completion of the Quest and is not forgiving of the deeds of the Ringbearer. I have many favourite bits already though the story is far from complete, but by far my favourite aspect of this story is the heroism of Pippin, who willingly offers himself to the evil in Frodo’s stead. This is the Pippin that I know from the books; even though he is frightened and knows he goes to torment and death, still he will do anything for his cousin. He is facing his worst nightmare, for Frodo’s sake. His youth and innocence, as well as his newfound maturity as a blooded warrior shines through and Budgielover balances this seeming contradiction beautifully. Merry too is wonderful in this; his love and concern for both Pippin and Frodo is palpable and his bravery, anger, and actions on their behalf is spot-on. The rest of the Fellowship are equally well portrayed, and the many well-drawn original characters and descriptions add richness to the tale. I eagerly await the updates to this story!

Reviewed by: Llinos -- Score: 6

This story is many things; graphic hurt/comfort, angst, drama, action/adventure. But most of all it is a story that vividly conveys just how beloved the Ringbearer is to all those in the City of Minas Tirith – or rather almost everyone. Pippin’s self-sacrifice as he attempts to protect Frodo is very well done and so true to his character. He willingly faces his worst nightmare rather than have Frodo come to harm. Merry is wonderfully depicted, as is Aragorn and so too are the rest of the characters. The villains in this story are unexpected and satisfyingly evil. The chapters alternate between various characters, which enables Budgielover to focus on each character’s plot in great detail. Every chapter ends in a cliff-hanger that has me eagerly awaiting an update.

Reviewed by: GamgeeFest -- Score: 5

The description and detail in this story are amazing and put the reader directly into the story. Seeing Frodo's fraility juxtaposed with his determination and strength shows how special this hobbit really is, and the descriptions of his self-doubt and shame are spot on. Seeing the fierce protectiveness of the rest of the Fellowship for the hobbits and the Gondorians anger that one of them should be assualted is enough to make one smile with pride. The action and suspense are dealt with a deft hand and leave the reader coming back for more.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 5

This is a WIP for which I eagerly await each update! It is very exciting and suspenseful, every chapter ends in a nail-biting cliffie! I especially love the characterizations of the hobbits in this. They are not helpless little beings who need rescuing--they are heroes in their own right, and will rescue one another if they can. Which is not to say that the rest of the Fellowship doesn't shine as well, or that rescue has to be effected. I love Frodo's stubbornness, Pippin's bravery, Sam's determination, and Merry's courage! I can't wait for more!

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 4

Frodo, recovering in Minas Tirith, is already stressed; when he heads to the privy to be kidnapped by ruffians intent on handing the Ringbearer over to orcs intent on revenge for the fall of Mordor and Orthanc, the city finds itself torn apart as the hunt for Frodo and those who took him. Filled with angst and more intense wounds and healing for all four Hobbits. Good thing Elrond is on the premises and that Aragorn has a palantir on hand to find Pippin.

Reviewed by: Cuthalion -- Score: 4

Wonderful, amazing tale... full of suspense, horror and delicately crafted angst. What I like most is her interaction between a wide variety of characters (OC and canon) and the stunning characterization of Frodo. He is often - too often - portrayed as a weak figure, fainting once and again, to be rescued by men and elves and constantly protected by a much stronger Sam. He has to be protected here, too, but he is still clever, wise and willing to sacrifice himself for the sake of others. I can't wait to see the end of this story!

Reviewed by: Bodkin -- Score: 3

Such an exciting story! With one disaster leading inevitably to another. I cannot wait to discover more - and hope that rescue manages to reach Pippin, one way or another, before too much more time passes.

Reviewed by: Lindelea -- Score: 3

Whew. That's the reaction Budgielover is always able to draw from me in the reading. (Or after. All too often, I find at the end of the chapter that I've been holding my breath through the reading.) This story is no exception, and I look forward (with dread as well as anticipation) to each new chapter. Save Pippin! Save Frodo! Hurry, before I run out of air!