Reunion in Minas Tirith

Author: Baggins Babe

Nominator: Dreamflower

2005 Award Category: Genres: Alternate Universe: Post-LOTR - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Novel

Rating: PG-13  ✧  Reason for Rating: Some discussion of adult themes, including contemplation of suicide and self-harm, and graphic depiction of illness

Summary: In this tale, Frodo did not sail into the West, but instead eventually found healing. The story takes up with a journey to Minas Tirith to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the downfall of Sauron.

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Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 10

This is one of those very rare occurences, a happy alternate universe. In this story, Frodo does not sail West, but chooses to remain in the Shire. For several years, his health continues to deteriorate with each anniversary, until he is nearly on the point of death. But a crisis, and a miraculous intervention, enables him to finally heal of his wounds, and to at last overcome all the guilt and psychological scars he has carried for so long. The story begins with a happy occasion: a visit by the Travellers to Gondor at the invitation of the King, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Sauron's downfall. Frodo is among those visitors, and he is so obviously happy and healthy that all who see him are amazed. We then see his illness as a flashback, in a couple of very painful and angsty chapters. I like the way the author used the flashback method, for without knowing in advance that Frodo did indeed recover, it would be almost too painful. The author's descriptions of his illness are harrowing. Afterwards, we are treated to a loving and humorous account of his recovery, in the heart of his loving family and friends, in the best comforting tradition of the hurt/comfort genre. I truly loved this AU, and the author has made it very plausible and appealing. A Frodo healed of his pain, grief and guilt is a marvelous thing, and devoutly to be desired.