Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

A Merry Old Inn

Author: Dreamflower
Nominator: Dreamflower
2006 Award Category: Times: Late Third Age - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Other Fiction : Length: Short Story
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: On their way to the Lonely Mountain, Bilbo, Gandalf and the Dwarves spend a night in Bree…


Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: 7

Dreamflower convincingly imitates the tone of [The Hobbit] and fills in a gap in the journey of Bilbo and the Dwarves quite delightfully. The Dwarves feel like Dwarves, though a few of the more peripheral of them get a little more time in the limelight: Gloin, Dori and Nori, and Balin are mostly about. Bree feels a little fuller and more solid, but still essentially a cheerful place with a peculiarly good set of relations amongst the Big and Little Folk. Bilbo's dream, which stands behind the song Frodo will later sing in the Prancing Pony, is well done. It appears Frodo is also not the only Baggins with a predilection for climbing onto tabletops, though he never did get a chance to indulge in quite as much of Barliman's beer as Bilbo did. Fans of [The Hobbit], to say nothing of fans of 'our' hobbit or just hobbits in general, should greatly enjoy this. Those who like a little more of the Dwarves, too, should give this story a try. Excellent job, Dreamflower!

Reviewed by: Bodkin -- Score: 4

How lovely to see a Bilbo and the Dwarves story! I bet Bilbo wishes he hadn't been quite so keen to knock back those large tankards of ale! But the visit must have been very interesting to him. Bree, with its easy-going mixture of races, must seem very odd to someone who had never left the Shire before. I like the fact that it is quite egalitarian - no one race seems to subordinate another. I think it will do its part in opening the Baggins's mind.

Reviewed by: Llinos -- Score: 4

A lovely story that fills in a gap in The Hobbit. It was wonderful to see Bilbo's first experience in foreign parts, especially since this takes place at The Prancing Pony, a place that will be quite important to his family in the future. Lovely that the song he was inspired to write while there is the same one that Frodo will later sing during his own first visit. The dwarves were written very well, but Bilbo is written exceptionally well!

Reviewed by: Marigold -- Score: 4

Bilbo and his dwarves making a stop at The Prancing Pony at the start of their adventure is an inspired idea! They almost certainly would have stayed there, and I had never considered that before. I love it when fics do that, really give me something to think about. I enjoyed all of Bilbo's actions here, and the dwarves too. Having Bilbo come up with the song that Frodo will someday actually sing in that very place was very clever! The story fit in very much with the tone of The Hobbit! This is a wonderful gap-filler!

Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: 4

The writing style of this one had me chuckling all the way through. It mimicked JRRT's in "The Hobbit" soc losely that this seemed like a chapter that had somehow been lost from the Red Book corpus. But it is so irreverently out there that it feels almost like farce -- but still not quite that. It's just the right tone to handle a drunken hobbit. Thanks for the laugh, Dreamflower!

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 3

A charming tale of a hobbit's stay at the Prancing Pony in Bree; i.e. a stopover by Bilbo and company en route to the Lonely Mountain. Bree, and the Inn, are deftly conjured and written with good, atmospheric details. I loved Bilbo's getting drunk, singing, and then having a dream which inspires his writing of the song Frodo will later sing in the same Inn.

Reviewed by: Imhiriel -- Score: 3

Bilbo stopping at The Prancing Pony at the start of his adventure - nice twist! The language in engaging, reminiscent of that used in The Hobbit. The characters are drawn very well, especially Bilbo: still rather naive about the wider world, but here he gets a first glimps of it. And now we know the origin of Frodo's song in FotR!

Reviewed by: Inkling -- Score: 3

A charming little fic, the first I've seen written in the narrative style of "The Hobbit," and a clever idea to use the Pony itself as the inspiration for the "merry old inn" of Frodo's song. I liked the hobbit's-eye-view of Bree, with a cobbler's shop seen as a curiosity. Oh, and nice use of expletives, Dreamflower!

Reviewed by: dkpalaska -- Score: 2

Entertaining story! The tone and language were convincingly Hobbit-style. Great descriptions of Bree and the Pony. Loved the tie-in to Frodo's future adventure in the same inn.