If Ever You'd Met Me

Author: Linaewen

Nominator: agape4gondor

2011 Award Category: Hobbits: General - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: After the Quest is over, Sam is unexpectedly reminded of something he forgot to tell the other Travellers.

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Reviewed by: agape4gondor  ✧  Score: 10

An especially poignant look at the friendship between the Hobbits. Made me want to weep. Even though Boromir is in the tale (as an off-scene character), I still would love this tale. The sweet moments as Sam shows his friends a piece of memorabilia just tugged at my heart. The fact that it was a surprise discovery makes it typically Hobbity. And I loved the gentle teasing Sam receives. And takes with aplomb. Pippin, of course, is Pippin. The story takes on the added dimension that is usually reserved for Hobbit lineage. This has that feel about it. Something worthwhile. Something valued. Something treasured. The voices, as always, are true. The setting perfect. The theme soft and sweet. I just love the whole thing. If you have never read any of Lin's works, this one is one you should not miss. From the very beginning, where the scene is laid out for us, I drew in a deep breath. The matter-of-fact telling of things that haunt us is beautiful. I think this resounds so close to my heart because the premise is told in a way that explains my own way of dealing with life's experiences. And how I relate to my dearest friends. I can't recommend this tale enough. But have a tissue nearby. Even if you are not a Hobbity-person, or a Boromir-lover, you will still rejoice in this work.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 4

This is a charming story that celebrates a chain of memory and the ties of friendship. In this case, the chain of memory links Faramir's childhood, Boromir's care for his little brother, and Sam's fascination with oliphaunts. The hobbits are all well-characterized, as is Faramir even in absentia. The reader is left with a feeling of warmth for the sons of Denethor and their hobbit friends; and the tangible and intangible reminders of those relationships.

Reviewed by: Darkover  ✧  Score: 4

Friendships and memories are sometimes maintained by the little things, as this delightful story shows. All four hobbits are in-character, and the well-written dialogue flows effortlessly. I especially liked how the mementoes in question would help maintain the memory of the hobbits' friendships with Boromir and Faramir, as well as being reminders of the sights the hobbits saw during the Ring War. Good story!