The End of All Things
2006 Award Category: Genres: Drama: Featuring Frodo or Sam - Honorable Mention
Story Type: Other Fiction ✧ Length: Ficlet
Rating: PG ✧ Reason for Rating: Character death
Summary: We all have to go sometime.
Reviewed by: Mechtild ✧ Score: 6
I was totally unsuspecting, totally unprepared for whose POV I was reading. "Is it Bilbo? Is it Frodo? Who is it?" Then, when I got to the end, I had to read it all over again. And again. What a terrific story. If it were longer, I could find things to tease out of it to get you more points since length matters in this competition (why does that sound porn-ish? *grin*). But let me say that your story devastated me in the most gratifying way. I finished my third read and my eyes are still all weepy, my breath quick, but pleasurably so. This was a beautiful envisioning of the ends of two characters I love, and one I had never imagined. Nor have I read any other fic that has depicted it quite this way. It was perfectly plausible and felt so "right," within the world of the source stories. Super job, Ariel.
Reviewed by: Inkling ✧ Score: 5
"Deathfic" has such a grim sound to it, but dont be misled by this story's subgenre. It's sad, to be sure, but so peaceful that, as one character says, ["Perhaps I should feel grief, but I am glad for him."] This review must be vague by necessity, as part of the story's appeal is trying to guess who is speaking, and about whom. Right up until the end I wasn't sure. The story's brevity and quiet simplicity manage to be more moving and effective than overwrought prose would be at three times the length. Especially nice is the subtle way Ariel conveys that the narrator has lost his sight without ever coming out and saying so. In this gentle passing, we can truly see mortality as the gift it was intended to be.
Reviewed by: Rhapsody ✧ Score: 5
Oh Ariel, this is deeply moving. I placed this fic on my to read list before it was placed into a category and while I read this piece, again and again, I am amazed by the little hints you left in the lines, slowly revealing to the reader who is speaking here and about whom. This surely enriches a re-read because once you know who it is; you realize that the characterisations are revealed in actions and words. Tenderly written, this piece brings you comfort to know that Frodo shortly passed on after Sam in a peaceful manner. This line specifically summarizes the brotherly love Sam cherished for Frodo: [He has mourned me twice and that is enough for any life.] Beautiful and spot on!
Reviewed by: Marta ✧ Score: 3
As I was reading this I was reminded of Sam's plea to Frodo outside of Shelob's lair, ["Don't go where I can't follow".] This is a lovely inversion - the younger Sam is the first to die. It truly is the end of all things, and it's told with such a gentle touch that it almost feels effortless. Well done, Ariel.
Reviewed by: Dwimordene ✧ Score: 2
A rather quiet passing on; I was not sure who was who until the end of the fic, however, which was a bit distracting.
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 2
-Sniff- This is a bit of a tear-jerker, and just perfectly done, a little vignette of two friends, facing the end together. It's sad, but oh so sweet.
Reviewed by: dkpalaska ✧ Score: 2
Lovely prose, very sad and moving, but hopeful as well. Loved Sam's ["Oh, dear."] and the bit about Frodo following Sam for a change.
Reviewed by: Bodkin ✧ Score: 2
Yes - better that way round. And I don't think Sam would have been able to let go as easily as Frodo if he had been left.
Reviewed by: Lindelea ✧ Score: 2
Satisfying even through the angst and sorrow, for in the end they are separated only by a breath or two, before once again being reunited.
Reviewed by: Llinos ✧ Score: 1
Sad and yet heartwarming at the same time. A very gentle and peaceful end for them both.