Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Trickles of Fear

Author: Dreamflower
Nominator: Dreamflower
2009 Award Category: Genres: Poetry: Hobbits

Story Type: Poetry : Length: N/A
Rating: Teen -- Reason for Rating: Deals with some of the darker moments of canon
Summary: A series of six dribbles about some of the frightening and chilling episodes in canon.


Reviewed by: Elleth -- Score: 4

These were really well done, and the prose-turned-poetry made for a compelling read, considering the way you used the format to place emphasis on these special episodes. I found [The Rumour of Him] the most effective episode, not only for canon connotations and the fact that this particular aside always gave me the shivers when I was reading the books, but for the implications you spin here. Uncertainty coupled with something naturally frightening, and I might just close my window tonight. Thanks for sharing this!

Reviewed by: Virtuella -- Score: 4

I think the format of these worked very well, with the tension quite literally coming to a point. In the first one, the rhythm of the words mimicks the drowsy mood. The second is cleverly done with the second person perspective. Then the third, which freaked me out - here's another good reason to wear your baby in a sling! In the fourth, I liked the way you've expressed the upward movement. Fifth one - excellent alliterations with g! In the last one, very effective use of repetition. Altogether, very spooky indeed!

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 4

Oooh! Six dribbles, intended to depict some of the most eerie moments described or indicated within Middle Earth. Pippin and Old Man Willow; Merry and the Nazgul in Bree; the rumors of a ghost that drinks blood; and at the end a double-dribble describing Frodo's experiences from his point of view after being bitten by Shelob, and two other situations, each well described and shiveringly told. Definitely a group of poems to read and contemplate on a dark and stormy night.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 4

I'm not sure what a dribble is, but these are very well written - scary, elegant, with pointy sharpness that stabs when the reader least expects. My favorite one was "Rumor of Him" which is a remarkable testament to both the power of fear caused by rumor and the horror that could be caused by the truth behind the rumor. Brrrrr! But all the pieces are well worth reading, and beautifully crafted.

Reviewed by: Antane -- Score: 3

The scariest is the one for Gollum bedause you can just see what's happening beyond what is said. It's the best one. Sam's would the most frightening for him for what he saw and that's good for that part and Frodo's is the most heartaching. Well done!

Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke -- Score: 2

These six moments bring us clearly back to revisit cannon episodes, and then add a kick in the gut. Very well done.