Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

In Plain Sight

Author: Aratlithiel
Nominator: Cuthalion
2005 Award Category: Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Gap-Filler - Third Place

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: PG-13 -- Reason for Rating: Rather juicy humor and strong language
Summary: Hobbits don't take instruction very well.


Reviewed by: Beethoven's 7th -- Score: 8

Fantastic. Utterly wonderful. Not the feeling of Tolkien, but that is all for the better. You still managed to capture the personalities of your cast. Not a moment of the story went by when I didn't at least have a smile on my face. Much of the time I was litteraly laughing out loud. What a refreshing story. How wonderful of you to realize, that yes, frodo went through some tough times; later leading to his leaving middle earth, but even those in the midst of such times can appreciate good food and good times. (i speak somewhat from experience) I know quoting is frowned upon for this voting process, and anyway, I would end up quoting a great deal of the story back to you. And well, having written it, I'm sure you've already read it. Just know that i found it to be utterly perfect. Especially the scene with gandalf and frodo at the end. I do hope you have another story out there where the wizard takes part in the fun? I look forward to reading more of your works. Great job!! congrats!

Reviewed by: Cuthalion -- Score: 8

This story was first published in Aratlithiel's LiveJournal, and it came in eight episodes, day by day - which enabled me to enjoy each installment, sitting in front of my computer and literally howling with laughter. The author describes a day during Frodo's stay in Minas Tirith. The Ringbearer still has to recover, and instead of serving him the food he desires, he has to stay in bed and endure a diet that makes him rather sour and acid-minded. On this particular day he finally decides that enough is enough and with the help of his fellow hobbits he escapes out of the window. ""Where could he have gone?" Frodo heard Pippin ask. "How the blue blazes should I know?" Merry cried angrily. "Frodo, I

can't hold this pose much longer, or you're going to pull us both out the window." "Well, pull me back up, then!" "What part of 'I can't move or I'll lose my grip' did you not understand?" Oh, this was getting worse by the second. He again stretched his legs down, toes seeking any firm surface to light upon. He was edging on panic now and worse, so were his cousins above him. Where on earth could Sam be and why in all the bloody-- "Hello, there, Frodo." That voice was familiar. And it wasn't Sam."
And so the story of Frodo's hilarious escape goes on and on, and again - like in "Of Dwarvish Ale and Battle Scars" Faramir proves to be very helpful. Frodo gets the meal he wants and visits an inn - his encounter with a barmaid sent me on the floor - and even Gandalf is content at last. It's a brilliant, clever and funny tale. and I simply adore it
ADMIN note: excessive quoting has been blocked to correct the score on this review. Prev score = 1270ch = 10 pts Current score = 863ch = 8 pts

Reviewed by: ErinRua -- Score: 8

Okay ... THIS needs a beverage warning. Perhaps several. Multiple warnings, in fact. Reminders in case the reader is stuffing objects into their mouth to avoid howling with laughter and disturbing the neighbors. Aratlithiel achieves almost slapstick timing with the rattle of reparte, the darts of wordplay, and the ker-THUD that ends each scene to permit the next. Tongue stuffed firmly in cheek, she manages to turn the usual convention of Frodo's post-war recovery delightfuly on its ear, and yet still retain the original 'voices' of the characters. I can "hear" each one speak, accents and all, and they remain singularly in ... well, in character! I found so many delightful moments - starting with Sam hustling the *king* out the door - that I can't begin to recount them all, but this is an absolute joy to read, and a hilarious departure from the "norm" of LOTR fan fiction, particularly when dealing with this point in LOTR time. What a romp for the reader, and yet done with clear respect and affection for Tolkien's world. Well done!

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 5

Ah, the problems of cross-cultural communication. On all levels. From hobbit to man, from man to wizard, from wizard to hobbit, the list goes on. This was a hilarious story, and by the end, I was feeling sorry for almost all the participants, though I think Aragorn got my final sympathy vote when he was struggling very hard to stay on his feet despite the fact that someone could "knock him over with a feather." Of course, the sight involved would have done similar things to anyone, but that's another matter. Brilliant story telling and wonderful sense of humor!

Reviewed by: Bodkin -- Score: 4

Oh, this is just brilliant. From the beginning - when Frodo wants to run Aragorn through for waking him up to give him a sleeping potion - right the way through to Gandalf's suggestion of himself as a partner in crime, this had me laughing out loud. I love this mischievous, crotchety, grown-up Frodo challenging the assumptions about his frailty and the care he needs. Such a clever, well-written, entertaining story. May you write many more.

Reviewed by: Marigold -- Score: 3

A very funny tale! Just like a Healer, but you’d think Aragorn would have more sense, knowing Frodo as he did! I love Frodo’s reaction to his very foolish mistake. The author’s Frodo is so great – he acts very hobbity, not melancholy and boring. I love when he is looking for Sting! ‘ “I just need to run the King through. I’ll give it right back. I’ll even clean it.” ‘

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 2

This is a true howler! The author takes all the usual assumptions about Frodo's frailty and turns them on their heads. This particular Frodo is anything but frail, and resents being told no.