Green Grows the Holly
2011 Award Category: Cross-Cultural: The Fellowship - Third Place
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: General ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: The Fellowship finds the means to celebrate Yule at the beginning of the Quest.
Reviewed by: agape4gondor ✧ Score: 8
A sweet little tale - until the ending. I've always enjoyed the 'picture' of Hollin that comes to mind when I read about it. I thought it green and lovely. I do so like holly bushes. I've seen big ones, elsewhere, but all we have in my neck of the woods are bushes. And smallish ones at that. The weight of the journey already discomfits are travelers, but Boromir, remembering the day and the season, tries to make it better. I wonder if the others, before Boromir's actions, had remembered. Probably not. The burdens of a cold meal and even colder surroundings preventing such warm thoughts. I always thought Hollin, as an introduction to their journey, turned out to be harsh. Who would have thought, in the midst of a land that once housed merry elves, that it would have fallen so abysmally? Yet in the dark, Boromir thinks of the light and brings a bit of it to his new-found friends. I wonder I really like this piece, enjoying the scraps of discovery of who each of the nine might be. May we all find peace during this season. Thanks to Linaewen for bringing a bit of Yule into the lives of the Fellowship and into mine.
Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland ✧ Score: 4
A charming seasonal tale, which I found most enjoyable and a timely reminder of how much we have to be thankful for, which is all too easy to forget when grumbling about Christmas preparations. The Fellowship is facing a cold and miserable Yule, Aragorn, and Gandalf are arguing over what route they should take. A homesick Boromir makes the best of things by lending his blankets to the hobbits and fetching some holly then sharing some wine and toasting the New Year and success of their mission. A most delightful read.
Reviewed by: Darkover ✧ Score: 4
This is a delightful story, and portrays a realistic situation. It is not only about friendship, but about how to make the best of a difficult situation. The Fellowship has just begun their trek, and already they find themselves in unpleasant circumstances. Yule is already upon them, and yet the Fellowship has no way of celebrating, until Boromir manages to impart a bit of cheer to everyone. He is especially attentive to the hobbits, and this is a well-written story that makes the reader happy to have read it. Timely and well done!
Reviewed by: Adonnen Estenniel ✧ Score: 3
Green Grows the Holly is a tale that, though set in a dark and troubling moment in the Quest, has an uplifting sort of feel to it, a hope, perhaps, that things will come out all right in the end, no matter how hopeless things may seem. That is a wonderful effect.
Reviewed by: Ellynn ✧ Score: 3
I really love friendship-genre stories which describe relationships between Fellowship members, and this story is a great example for that. The atmosphere in this so warm and nice.
Reviewed by: Sevilodorf ✧ Score: 1
A nice expansion upon the Fellowship's journey.
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 1
A very sweet story of the Fellowship at Yule! Perfect little tale for this time of year!