The Journey of the Lady's Phial
2005 Award Category: Books/Time: The Lord of The Rings: Hobbits
Story Type: Vignette ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: G ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: A series of vignettes about Frodo and Sam on quest, linked together by the Phial of Galadriel.
Reviewed by: Tanaqui ✧ Score: 7
This is another beautifully crafted story from Claudia. She skilfully weaves together the interrelationships between Frodo, Sam and the phial of Galadriel to cast an illumination as radiant as the star-glass on all three -- and also on many scenes in the book, where she elucidates Tolkien's words effectively. I love the way she has picked up Tolkiens comment that the star-glass blazed in Sams hand to do justice to his courage, and shows how the phial rewards the worth of the one who carries and wields it. Sams love for Frodo is also clearly drawn: we can see indeed why he would -- and does -- follow him to the ends of the earth. The occasional stylistic fault does not detract from much well-shaped phrasing in this story which conveys well the intelligent ideas Claudia has formulated.
Reviewed by: Rabidsamfan ✧ Score: 3
For Frodo, and for Sam, the light of Galadriel's gift was a piece of hope in the darkness, and here in these vignettes Claudia takes each crucial moment when the star glass made a difference and expands on what we already know, weaving new details deftly in to the story.