Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

The Littlest Balrog

Author: Dragon
Nominator: Marta
2005 Award Category: Genres: Humor: Children

Story Type: Story : Length: Novella
Rating: PG-13 -- Reason for Rating: butcher/nature film type gore
Summary: The Dark Lord has a very busy day looking after five cuddly little darlings. Well... almost little darlings. AU. Very, very AU. Features Melkor, Sauron, Gothmog and original baby Balrogs. Cuddly baby Balrog story complete with milk-fangs, "orc-birds", finger salts in the fire, the gruesome game of "Beetle", unfortunate babysitters, frightening nightmares, Balrog puberty and the painful task of horns coming through. Although it is rated "General" one chapter contains butcher/nature film type gore which may upset some readers.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 4

*snort* Full points for originality! This was a hilarious little romp, and I loved watching poor Melkor go through the trials of Balrog-rearing. Part of what made it so funny is how close the Balrog were to real children, but with obvious differences such as wings, horns, and fire. Loved the juxtapositions, and I loved the very wry style in the narrative. Good job.

Reviewed by: sulriel -- Score: 2

What a delightful little tale. I remember reading this last year at HASA and enjoyed it then. It is anappy and engaging and I especially enoyed your lighthearted characterizations. Keep up the good work.

Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen -- Score: 2

A good humour fic, you set up a situation well and use it to provide a lot of humour. The idea of the story is very amusing and you use it to good effect.