Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Concussion

Author: Dreamflower
Nominator: Dreamflower
2007 Award Category: Genres: Adventure

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: This was written for LJ Hobbit Ficathon challenge to write a hurt/comfort story involving a head injury. Our hero recovers after a battle--and the injury is even canon...


Reviewed by: Imhiriel -- Score: 5

The language of this story blends naturally with that used in TH, especially in the inner monologues (including the exlamations) and dialogues. The characterisations were perfect, from Bilbo to Gandalf to the various Dwarves. I think it's especially difficult to capture the small differences between the Gandalf from TH and the one from LotR, but you did it very well. You also already hinted - very subtly - at the closer bond with Balin that will endure beyond Bilbo's homecoming. I had to laugh at the scene modelled after Frodo's awakening in Rivendell. And it was a nice touch to show the beginnings of Bilbo's desire to learn the Elven languages.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 4

A wonderful find for those who wish to see gapfillers not focused on the Sil and LOTR. Here is one for The Hobbit as Dreamflower looks at Bilbo awakening after the Battle of Nine Armies to find the battle won, Thorin dying, and himself suffering the effects of a concussion. Characterizations are perfect, the scene is authentically drawn, and medical details accurate. A perfect gift for those of us who love Bilbo as well as the Fellowship!

Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: 3

This is a charming tale, with lots of neat interactions between characters I wish Tolkien had written more together. You found an interesting canon accident, and the healing and the injury itself was realistic as I understand the times and cultures. Nice work.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 3

A good hurt/comfort story that involves hobbits other than Frodo or Pippin; that is, one particular hobbit, namely Bilbo after the Battle of the Five Armies. Well-researched and with a delightful cast of characters.

Reviewed by: SurgicalSteel -- Score: 3

Beautifully done hurt/comfort. Dreamflower takes Bilbo's canon head injury following the Battle of Five Armies and expands on his recovery. The care shown to Bilbo by the Dwarves and Gandalf is wonderful, and the medical detail is spot-on.

Reviewed by: Linda hoyland -- Score: 3

[spoilers] A warm hearted story concerning Bilbo in the Hobbit after Thorin's burial. The poor Hobbit has suffered a head injury and his cared for by his companions. I especially liked Gandalf's concern for the Hobbit and the fact that some of his favourite mushroom soup was found for Bilbo as he recovers.

Reviewed by: Garnet Took -- Score: 2

I don't usually read stories with Bilbo as the main character, but I'm glad I found this one. I also liked the way the other characters enteract with him.

Reviewed by: Llinos -- Score: 1

Good hurt/comfort and drama but it's the friendships that really stand out here.