Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Meals on wheels

Author: Jay of Lasgalen
Nominator: elliska
2011 Award Category: Drabble: General - Third Place

Story Type: Drabble : Length: True Drabble
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: A Drabble written for the Tolkien Weekly 'Lunchtime' challenge. A travelling dwarf meets an untimely end.


Reviewed by: The Lauderdale -- Score: 6

No one sneaks an Orc story past The Lauderdale. And this one is nearly impeccable, from that first image of the Dwarf in his cute little cart (invoking quaint memories of [The Hobbit]'s opening chapters) to Magrat's bit of "wit" at the end. Not to mention that perfect title. I must admit to a rather fierce grin of my own when I finished reading. If I could ask for anything, it would be a sequel, even a mini-series. As this drabble ends, prospects look fifty-fiftyish. On the one hand, the better strength and numbers appear to be on the Orkish side. On the other hand...this is Middle-earth, a land abundant in little people who are more than they seem. 'Ware the Dwarf in the cute cart! And, of course, these are Orcs, the whipping boys of Middle-earth. How often does life turn out in your favor when you're an Orc? Read this story and ask yourself - what do *you* think happens next?

Reviewed by: Virtuella -- Score: 3

Dear Jay of Lasgalen, this amusing drabble reminds me of the joke my husband made years ago about going on a bicycle tour to the safari park. It is to be hoped that this poor, unsuspecting dwarf – or is it a hobbit? – is well armed and has his wits about him!

Reviewed by: Elleth -- Score: 3

Poor dwarf! They frequently get the short end of the stick in fiction, and more so here. All the same, I laughed. The drabble had good pacing and build-up, much like a traditional joke, and it was a nice break to lighten the mood among a selection of (so far) rather more series drabbles on my wishlist. Thanks for writing this.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: 3

Oh dear! Jay delivers morbid comedy in just one hundred words. Her orcs have terrific voices, especially remarkable given that she only has a line apiece to establish them. I like the combination of bored curiosity flipping over into predatory glee at the interruption (and meal). Well done, Jay!

Reviewed by: Ragnelle -- Score: 3

Oh, I wanted to say that this is a delightful read, though given the subject matter I am not sure if 'delightful' is the right word. But it is humerous and funny in such an orcish way. And written in quite an elegant manner even so. The language flows easy and it is just delightful to read. I cannot find any better word.

Reviewed by: Levade -- Score: 3

This is great, Jay. You establish the voices of the Orcs in just several lines and I love the title and the last line. Poor Dwarf! I wonder though if they got more than they bargained for in him? It amazes me how much you accomplished in just 100 words! Great job.

Reviewed by: Adonnen Estenniel -- Score: 3

Meals on wheels is a plausible and frightening look at the nature of Orcs. Here I feel that Jay has captured them excellently, and has provided a portrait of ruthless beasts--much to the poor Dwarf's detriment!

Reviewed by: Scarlet10 -- Score: 3

LOL, how awful for the dwarf .... A really funny story although I guess it wasn't THAT funny for its leading (driving) character? Very nice Jay and thank you for the improper laugh I had.

Reviewed by: Tanaqui -- Score: 3

Jay has really captured the orcish mindset in this drabble, with a combination of simple- and single-mindedness and a deliciously grim approach to life. Especially other life...! The drabble shows Jay's great ear for dialogue as well. All in all, a small, funny and dark gem. Well done!

Reviewed by: Darkover -- Score: 2

A nicely-composed drabble that leaves the reader feeling sad and amused at the same time. Good ending!

Reviewed by: cairistiona -- Score: 2

Hee! This drabble has a wonderfully wicked humor about it, from its title to the last line. Lunch indeed! Poor hapless dwarf...

Reviewed by: ziggy -- Score: 2

Great fun and very witty drabble. A great last line that makes this more of a good ofd stand up orkish joke than a drabble.

Reviewed by: crowdaughter -- Score: 2

Short and to the point with a generous element of delicious black humor. Poor hapless dwarf! I like!