Following the Other Wizard
2004 Award Category: Genres: Drama - Third Place
Story Type: Other Fiction ✧ Length: unknown
Rating: PG ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: It's an AU sotry: Frodo doesn't leave Middle-earth, but wanders with Radagast the Wizard to Mordor, to heal the land and to be healed himself. A sequel to "Another Way of Leaving."
Review scores are not available for 2004.
Reviewed by: BelegCuthalion ✧ Score: N/A
One of the most remarkable AU's I've ever read, meant to be a short sequel to "Another way of leaving", but in the end grown to a 35-chapter-tale strong enough to stand on its own. Instead of passing into the West, Frodo wanders with Radagast (wonderfully loving, believable portrait of an often forgotten Istar!)to Mordor, learning to trust life again, healing a rotten, cursed land and being healed himself at last.It is a lifelong journey, leading through the land of the enemy, back to Minas Tirith and finally to the Shire where Sam's wife Rosie has just died, and the old friends have some precious remaining time to spend together. This story is a marvel told with deep love and understanding for Frodo, revealing his thoughts and making them understandable and believable. The description of his travels with Radagast, the winter in the wizard's home in Rhosgobel (I'd die to have that house to live in!)and most of all his encounter with three orcs who have survived the destruction of Sauron's power, one of them Canohando (hero of the sequel "The Queen's Orc")and the developing of a remarkable, unforgettable friendship between "Ninefingers" and his orcish "shieldbrother" all this helps to create the perhaps best Tolkien fanfiction tale I know.
Reviewed by: Elana ✧ Score: N/A
A sweeping alternative version of Frodo's life post-quest. Much as I love the Grey Havens in the book, I wish it could have happened this way. Frodo does find healing, and though it isn't easy, it is profound and very believable. Along with "Another Way of Leaving," which is the beginning of the story (which unfortunately wasn't nominated this year, and error that will have to be corrected next year), this story had me teary-eyed a dozen times. Vivid characterizations of Frodo, Radagast, and some of the most complex Orcs you'll ever meet in fanfic.
Reviewed by: Lindelea ✧ Score: N/A
What an epic of a story! It almost makes me wish Frodo didn't sail away to find healing in the West. Only Jo could make me care for Orcs, of all creatures! Her Radagast was a pleasure to get to know, her Frodo is so well-drawn, and her Orcs are tragic and unforgettable creatures--and yet she injects her story with hope and healing.