On Merry Yule

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Two weeks in Buckland as Bilbo and Frodo visit during Yule and attend the Wintermark celebration. Takes place in late-December, 1388, and early January 1389 SR, during the Yule season. Contains a great deal of speculative information about Shire social structure, politics, and economic activity since Bilbo returned from his adventures. Bilbo and Frodo are main characters. Brandybuck, Took, Bolger, and Burrows relatives show up, and many original characters (OCs), including Dalin, a Dwarf. Mature themes in almost every chapter, descriptions of sexual activity and violence in several chapters. Not a cheerful feel-good holiday story in any way. Sequel to Legacy. By Anglachel.


Chapter List

Ch# Title Words Com. Updated
1 Guests 6,074 0 20 Mar 04
2 On the King's Road 8,952 0 20 Mar 04
3 Familiarity 7,806 0 20 Mar 04
4 Assumptions 6,780 0 20 Mar 04
5 Sensibility 7,930 1 20 Mar 04
6 Seduction 7,829 0 20 Mar 04
7 Blood and Bone 7,087 0 20 Mar 04
8 Affection 7,531 0 01 Mar 04
9 Enclosure 7,896 0 01 Mar 04
10 Hedge and Bridge 8,731 0 20 Mar 04
11 Preparations 5,723 0 02 Mar 04
12 The Blooding 6,398 0 20 Mar 04
13 Playing With Fire 6,627 0 20 Mar 04
14 Burning 5,651 0 20 Mar 04
15 Deceit 6,649 0 20 Mar 04
16 Sun-return 6,944 0 20 Mar 04
17 On Merry Yule 8,721 0 20 Mar 04
18 Shed 8,266 0 04 Mar 04
19 Home 7,803 0 04 Mar 04
20 Trade 7,676 0 20 Mar 04
21 Boundaries 9,240 0 20 Mar 04
22 Plots 8,364 0 20 Mar 04
23 Bagshot Row 9,255 1 08 May 04
24 Appendix A - Cast of Characters 1,953 0 20 Mar 04
25 Acknowledgments 172 0 20 Mar 04
Appx. Word Count 176,058 2  



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On Merry Yule

Marta - 14 Jan 07 - 11:54 PM

General Comment

If we go by the number of days that's passed since I began reading "On Merry Yule", I've spent more time on this story than Dalin did in Bilbo's company. It's not that I was so busy, or that the story was so long - this tale touched on some issues that were way too true to life. Yet I kept coming back because the treatment was so affective and true to life, that I found I just had to read on. It's a story I couldn't lay aside and kept coming back, and I'm thoroughly glad I did.

There is so much to praise in this story it is hard to know where to begin. Bilbo's voice is well captured, the plot is compelling, the emotional reactions seem compatible with my own experience, the fleshing out of canonical themes like how the Ring corrupts, and the way a whole world is invented that seems to dwell just on the edge of canon - touching it here, intersecting it there, and then going off into whole arcs that are wonderfully original - is a paradigm of what fanfic could be at its best.

But what really shines about OMY is how it uses the events of "The Hobbit". Bilbo is very much everyone's favourite adventurer as captured in those pages, and the things he remembers are very much like I imagined. What caught my attention both here and in the prequel was how Anglachel latches onto what might be conidered minor events like the incident with the Mirkwood spiders. There are hints from Lord of the Rings touched on here as well, such as the way that hobbits dreaded Bilbo's poetry. That part made me laugh out loud.

The other joy that came as a real surprise was how you developed the dwarven culture so much through Dalin. That wasn't what I expected given how much this is Bilbo's and Frodo's story, but every time Dalin comes on cene I learn a little bit more about his race, and it all feels so accurate to what Tolkien wrote. Dwarves are one of my favourite races, so I loved that.

In closing, I can't recommend this story highly enough - with one caveat. In the summary Ang writes: "Not a cheerful feel-good holiday story in any way." Take that seriously, because this is much darker than many people writes hobbits. It takes a while to absorb especially if the reader brings a bit of a dark past of their own to the story. But that darkness is masterfully told and still feels hobbity to this reader - their buoyancy really shines through.

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Story Information

Author: Anglachel

Status: Reviewed

Completion: Complete

Era: 3rd Age - The Stewards

Genre: Drama

Rating: Adult

Last Updated: 04/09/05

Original Post: 12/09/02

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