Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Shadows of a Nameless Fear

Author: Budgielover
Nominator: forever_lives_frodo
2007 Award Category: Genres: Adventure: Minas Tirith

Story Type: Story : Length: Medium Length
Rating: Teen -- Reason for Rating: Some violence and discussion of mature themes.
Summary: As Minas Tirith blooms and rebuilds around him, the Ring-bearer battles the shadows within - and the shadows that lie in wait for him.


Reviewed by: Marigold -- Score: 10

[Spoiler Alert] This is just about my favourite story by Budgielover! Even for an author so well-known for her cliffhangers she outdoes herself in this one, each chapter leaving you breathless for the next. My favourite thing about this story is how it gives Pippin a chance to absolutely shine! His bravery in this as he attempts to protect Frodo is just superb. He risks everything for his cousin only to go on to face torture and certain death as his most feared nightmare comes to pass and he is once again taken captive by orcs. He is not written as unbelievably heroic; he is afraid certainly, but the way that he takes action despite his fear is is written in a very hobbity way. Merry too has his moments of glory and the relationship between these two cousins and Frodo and Sam and the rest are marvellously described through dialogue. actions and emotions. The love and devotion of each character for the others is unmistakable and clear to see. I was really pleased to see some of my favourite Budgie OC's appear in this story - Peter, Marly, Rich and Brion have made it to Minas Tirith and at last are truly rewarded for their actions as described in a previous story by this author. The story abounds with hurt/comfort, another forte of the author and the healing techniques were obviously very carefully researched. The lighthearted bits with Pippin and Arwen and Merry and Eowyn are the perfect relief to all of the angst that has gone before and the story has a very satisfying conclusion. Now, I'd really love to see the scene where Frodo finds out in great detail exactly what Pippin did and faced to save him! Hint hint!

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 6

Budgie specializes in adventurous cliff-hanging gap-fillers. In this one, set in post-Quest Minas Tirith, an attempted abduction of the Ringbearer turns into a life-and-death situation: Pippin manages to sacrifice himself in a seriously injured Frodo's place. The pace is thrilling, with one peril succeeding another, but what I like best of this is the way all four of the hobbits are allowed to shine. Frodo does not meekily submit, but fights back against his captors; Pippin very nearly rescues his cousin single-handedly, though Frodo's injuries prevent him from succeeding; Merry takes one of the villains down with a ferocity to be expected from a Rider of Rohan; and Sam, in spite of injuries to himself, manages to keep at Frodo's side with the same stubbornness that took him to Mount Doom. And in the end, the one who rescues Pippin is completely unexpected.

Reviewed by: trikywun -- Score: 4

This story is really great! I love the way that all of the hobbits get their chance in the spotlight and have a chance to show what they are made of. I was so afraid for Frodo but then I could barely breathe for fear for Pippin. I was at the edge of my seat during the escape from the City and then (finally!) the rescue. Everyone worked together so well in this and the hurt/comfort was awesome. Wow! Excellent story!

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 3

The war is over, perhaps, but not the danger to Frodo and his friends and companions. For men and orcs desire to take the Ringbearer and enrich themselves--and avenge themselves--through him. But his friends will not allow him to know all the danger.... A fascinating tale of adventure within and without the walls of Minas Tirith.

Reviewed by: Llinos -- Score: 3

This is a very exciting tale! Budgie's portrayals of the hobbits are particularly well done, and Pippin really shines. His bravery and self-sacrifice on Frodo's behalf is both exceptional and believable.