the Smashing & Dashing Character Awards—2021 edition.

It’s that time of year again, folks! Time to fangirl over a bunch of different fictional characters, through means of giving out the awards created by C.G. Drews. Although I haven’t read a ton of books this year, I did meet soooo many AMAZING characters. Mainly because 2021 was the year I fell in love with all things Tolkien. I could easily fill out this entire tag with only Tolkien characters, but I will restrain myself. 😉 (Especially since there are other characters I do want to highlight.) With all that being said, let’s get into the tag!

Most Relatable Character

Éowyn. Of course. Honestly, I’ve never related to a fictional character more than I relate to her—for a variety of reasons! Her hopeless crush on an amazing guy (don’t worry, I’ve moved on from my own ‘Aragorn’ *wink*), her relationship with Théoden, her love for Faramir…yes, yes, and yes!

Most Pure Animal Companion

BILL THE PONY MUST BE PROTECTED AT ALL COSTS. Usually I don’t care about that much about animal characters in books, but Bill is different. Bill is the unofficial tenth member of the Fellowship. Bill and Sam are bffs. Bill gets his own character arc. He’s one of the (mostly) unsung heroes of LOTR!

Fiercest Fighter

This award goes jointly to Alan Swift and Rosamund Lacey-Scott in These War-Torn Hands (by Emily Hayse). Their trek across the Western Territory desert and all the challenges they face as they do so won my admiration, respect, and love. Runners-up would be Aragorn, Éomer, and the main trio in The Goblin and the Dancer by Allison Tebo.

Am Surprised That I Loved You??

Paul from The Goblin and the Dancer, one hundred percent. I went into the story thinking that I’d like him (despite knowing his character was awful at first). Then I hated him. But by the end of the story, after seeing him change and grow and overcome so much, I loved him. The fact that Allison Tebo was able to make me go through the whoooooole spectrum of emotions when it came to Paul just shows how good of a writer she is!

Best Sassmaster

Peregrin Took. Of course he’s an idiot/comic relief in the film trilogy, but he really gets some of the funniest and wittiest zingers in the book. Sassy British humor at its finest!

Best Antihero

Probably Grik from The Goblin and the Dancer? (To be honest, I had a difficult time coming up with an answer to this because I’m not entirely sure what constitutes an antihero.) Grik does a pretty awful thing near the beginning of the book and then spends the rest of the story hiding what he’s done while also trying to make amends. So I guess that’s pretty antihero-ish! There’s also a couple western characters (Jack Selby from These War-Torn Hands and Shane from Shane) who aren’t traditional hero types, but who are amazing nonetheless. Perhaps they count as well!

The Best Friends Of All

The fellowship of the ring!!! I love each of them separately, but as a group they are a million times more awesome. It’s incredibly sad (to me) that they are only a whole, complete fellowship from Rivendell to Moria. After that, they’re never all back together–but the remaining members ‘hold true to each other’ and, so, the fellowship endures even in fractured form. They are eternally bound by friendship, as Frodo says near the end of the ROTK movie, and I LOVE IT.

Best Villain To HATE

Morgoth (The Silmarillion) is utterly horrible. I loathe him. Runners-up are Maria Pike (Knights of Tin and Lead trilogy), Sauron (LOTR), and Innes (Seventh City).

Award For Best vs Worst YA Parents

(I hardly ever read YA these days, so I’m tweaking this award a bit.)

BEST: Um, wow, apparently there aren’t a lot of parents (good or bad) in the fifty-something books I read this year! So while I’m choosing to fill most of these categories with new-to-me-in-2021 fictional characters, I’m going to go with an old standby for this one: Joe and Marian Starrett (Shane). Great parents, great spouses, and great friends to Shane. ❤

WORST: Denethor, steward of Gondor. It’s not even a contest. (Okay, Fëanor was a pretty bad dad as well. But at least he never tried to burn one of his sons alive.)

Ship Of All Ships In 2021

Faramir and Éowyn! Although their romance gets only a chapter or so in LOTR, the section of the book in which Faramir helps Éowyn heal and, finally, wins her heart is beautiful. I also very much ship the main couple in Rachel Kovaciny’s newest Once Upon a Western novel (as yet unpublished–I was a beta reader!), as well as Archer/Rosamund and Raymond/Irene (the Knights of Tin and Lead trilogy).

Most Precious, Must Be Protected

There are a lot of characters who could fit this category. I’m going to go with Frodo. He’s my favorite LOTR character and he really did not deserve to go through all that he went through. Give him a shock blanket and some hot cocoa! Instead of a sprightly ‘there and back again’ adventure in which he was always the ingenious hero, his health and life and spirit were all wrecked by the burden of the ring (he still was very much a hero, just not in the same way as Bilbo). Feel free to check out this post for more of my thoughts on Frodo. ❤

Honestly Surprised You’re Still Alive

Again…SO MANY OPTIONS. Maybe Aragorn? The guy has done so much fighting against some of the very worst that Middle-earth has to offer (the Nazgûl, anyone?), and he’s been in the thick of things for way longer than most humans in Middle-earth on account of his Dúnedain heritage. Kind of a wonder he survived to become king of Gondor. O.o

Award For Making The Worst Decisions

I created an OC this year that makes several extremely idiotic decisions in the course of his story, decisions that are all-around bad for both him and his family. (Hoping to share more about the story in the future when I can be less vague lol.) Anyway, yeah, he definitely gets the award. (Even if it’s my own story.)

Most In Need Of A Nap

MY PRECIOUS ARCHER SCOTT. (These War-Torn Hands) The guy is SO tired and trying to do his very best for the Western Territory and he’s the King Arthur of the retelling and I’m hoping his story ends well, but…it very well may not. JUST LET HIM HAVE PEACE AND SAFETY, PLEASE. (He also belongs in the ‘surprised you’re still alive’ category btw.)

Want To Read More About You

The main cast of the Knights of Tin and Lead trilogy (minus the villains)! (And Drucker from Seventh City, though I doubt that’ll happen.) Let’s just say I love Emily Hayse’s characters and leave it at that. =)

Well, those are my answers! Who are some amazing fictional characters you met this year? I would LOVE to hear about them in the comments!


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  1. Ahhhh, you’re doing the Paper Fury tag! I’ll have to do my own version of the answers for this year. ❤

    Raymond and Irene are DEFINITELY "Ship of All Ships." Well-deserved.

    "Award for Making the Worst Decisions"… he sure did, didn't he xD


  2. I actually didn’t read ANY fiction this past year. 😮 I’m proud that I read 2 books all the way through (well…I skipped around a lot in one), but neither of them were fiction. I have several half-read books in progress at any given time (I have what I’ve self-diagnosed as “book-specific ADHD”), so I’m pleasantly surprised that I finished what I did. But now that I’m blogging (and reading other blogs), my book reading is more scattered than ever…Maybe I’ll come up with a good routine over this next year and will actually “meet” some fictional characters before this rolls around again. 🙂

    PS – I didn’t know Shane was based on a book! 😀


    1. Well, reading blog posts is also good!

      The book Shane is AMAZING! Maybe that can be your first fiction read of 2021? 😉

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  3. It’s charming watching you fangirl over Tolkien. You’re like me… twenty years ago when the movies were first coming out. OMG. I feel old now. Forget I said that. xD


      1. I think I saw FotR 10 times in the theater during its run, and the other two films “less” but still quite often. I can go several years without watching them, but whenever I do (and it’s usually triggered this time of year, since it came out around Christmas), I sink right back into my love for it.

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  4. Ah, good stuff, good stuff. I didn’t get around to completing these awards last year, so hopefully I’ll be able to do so this time.

    LORD OF THE RINGS YAAAAASSSSSS. I’ve SO enjoyed fangirling with you over all the Tolkien things this year. 😀 And I really enjoyed my own reread of the trilogy, as well. It’s such a good story. *hugs it*


    1. I look forward to seeing your answers if you get the time!

      SO many friends have told me that they’ve loved seeing me discover Tolkien this year. =) Fun for me AND fun for you guys! It’s awesome that you got to reread it this year as well. (Especially seeing how 2021 is the 20th anniversary of the FOTR movie. *heart eyes)


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