Author: Breon Briarwood
2005 Award Category: Genres: Romance: Vignette
Story Type: Vignette ✧ Length: Ficlet
Rating: G ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Response to a Shirebound challenge about writing letters
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: 5
It wasn't until I was near the end of this letter that I realized who the author was and to whom he was writing. The first paragraph made me suspicious, but it was the idea of the writer never even being able to love another that clinched it. And of course, this meant I had to reread it all over again, because the meaning had changed so much with that realization. Very powerful, and I love the almost desperate way Frodo writes about how he will both miss and not miss the Ring. The final lines, complete with "my precious" were chilling, and I hope that Frodo does find healing in the West. Great job.
Reviewed by: Auntiemeesh ✧ Score: 3
This is an interesting letter, giving us tantalizing hints as to who it's from and to whom it's being written. It makes a great comparison between Frodo's loss of the ring and a devastating breakup in a relationship, and the ambilance we feel towards the one we've left behind, in such a case.
Reviewed by: Inkling ✧ Score: 2
I love how this clever fic starts out as a sappy, cliché-ridden love letter, then gradually devolves into haunting Frodo-angst. Wonderful closing lines!
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 1
A love letter with a twist. Very chilling; very well done!