Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

The Road to Edoras

Author: Dreamflower
Nominator: Marigold
2005 Award Category: Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Incomplete - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Incomplete : Length: Short Story
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Fredegar Bolger leads an embassy of hobbits to the King's Court in Gondor. But first they must go to Rohan. A sequel to "A New Reckoning". (This story is currently at short story length but will eventually become a novella)


Reviewed by: Marigold -- Score: 10

I eagerly await updates to this engrossing tale! Though it is peopled largely with minor characters or original characters that does nothing to lessen my enjoyment of the story. I never cared really for Fredegar but Dreamflower has made me see him with new eyes. Bergil was interesting to me, so far as he interacted with Pippin in Minas Tirith, but Dreamflower has brought him to life for me. It is the same with all of her characters whether or not you love them or you dislike them – they all come to life for you in this story, and indeed in all of this author’s stories. This tale fits in quite well in Dreamflower’s universe. There are many moments and developments that I love so far as the story has gone – Berilac’s growing love for the healer’s assistant. The Buckland hobbits teaching the others to swim – except for the lasses, as it wouldn’t be proper. Being the oldest male present Legolas is recruited for that task! I am so worried about Bergil recovering from his near drowning, and overjoyed that Freddy is recovering from the loss of Folco. I am wondering what scheme the hobbit prisoners have up their sleeves having to do with tattoos. I wonder what the heck Eomer is going to do with the prisoners. I am really looking forward to the Embassy arriving in Minas Tirith and getting to know the place, seeing first hand where some of the events the Travellers have spoken of took place. As you can see it is a very exciting story, full of excellent characterisations, dialogue, plot, and descriptions. It’s a really *good* story, and I highly recommend it!

Reviewed by: pippinfan88 -- Score: 6

This is proving to be a wonderful, imaginative story that I'm thoroughly hooked on. I just finished the prequel, "A New Reckoning", so I am ready to travel with Captain Freddy, Jolly, Poppy, and the rest of the envoy all the way to Edoras--and hopefully to Gondor, though its not clear yet how far the telling of this tale will go--as for kingdoms, so to speak. Poor author--I keep badgering the poor lass about one of the prisoners redeeming himself--as if I could influence her! She is a fantastic author with a brilliant imagination and a natural talent for writing. I am looking forward to more of this tale in the coming days.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 5

This story boasts a very thorough and a very complete job on characterization. You can see the shifts and changes in personalities and also in the way that those personalities interact. The dynamic between hobbits, men, elf, and dwarf is not set but rather something that adapts to the needs of their environment and also to the fact that they're getting to know each other better. And that's the mark of a good characterizer, which is essential in this story as so much of it is driven by the characters. Great OCs who are able to stand as equals with the canon characters.

Reviewed by: grey_wonderer -- Score: 4

I have looked forward to this tale for some time now and am enjoying it very much. I love the way that this author writes hobbits and I am very fond of her Fredegar Bolger. I like how she mixes the cultures of the men and the hobbits and the elves and the dwarves in this story and while the four hobbits from the Fellowship are only mentioned in this one, it is interesting to hear tales told about them by those that know them. I look forward to each new chapter of this one.

Reviewed by: Garnet Took -- Score: 4

This is a very exciting story, and I find myself wishing the author could update sooner; but we know she will as soon as she can. Even though the characters in the tale are all either original or minor characters from the book, they are well developed and engrossing. I am even curious about the plotline envolving the prisoners. This is a finely crafted and detail story that definitely hold my attentiion. Thanks.

Reviewed by: Bodkin -- Score: 2

An interesting follow up story - the characters are interesting and the story well-developed. I look forward to finding out more about their fate as they move towards Edoras.