I Can't

Author: Antane

Nominator: Larner

2008 Award Category: Races: Hobbits: Friendship

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: A tribute and a meditation if you will on the power of perseverance shown by Bronwe athan Harthad and Harthad Uluithiad, Endurance Beyond Hope and Hope Unquenchable and on the power of tales. Originally inspired by Elanor Silmarien's birthday gift to me and more the hobbits themselves as they wrote down their part of the Story. "Stories we tell will cast their spell, now and for always."

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Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 10

Antane is a young writer who's been involved in writing fanfiction for a couple years now; this work, which looks at the encouragement Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee give one another over the years of their friendship, is one that is emotionally satisfying and touching she's yet written. It is one that comes full circle in the end, as two close friends share a moment of ease and bliss, no matter what has happened in between. Antane's writing has become increasingly mature and skillful since she joined the community of those who write such fanfic as ours, and this is a shining example of how much she's grown as a writer. Images are sharp and clear, each incident related well chosen to show off the way in which Frodo and Sam each encourages the other to persevere past the extremes of frustration he knows, each assisting the other to accomplish the task before him, from Sam's childhood through the intervening years and the dread days of the quest itself. And the final image of the two of them together, as was the initial one, is enough to make anyone smile with satisfaction and joy to see the two of them together. The poignancy is indeed moving; the joy at beginning and end delightful and uplifting. I find I cannot recommend it enough.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 6

Antane presents a series of vignettes all bound together by the theme of Sam and Frodo's lifelong friendship. The bond of a friendship as close as brotherhood binds them from youth in the Shire through the harrowing and heartbreaking adventures seen in LOTR and then through Frodo's leaving Middle-earth. Antane cleverly uses the phrase [I can't] in each of the vignettes, spoken by either one or the other hobbit, to show how their friendship enables them to overcome obstacles. I particularly loved the way the series is bookended by two occasions where the friends stargaze together. Their watching the stars first as young hobbits in the Shire and then later, in their old age in Valinor, is a wonderful touch to begin and end the series.

Reviewed by: Claudia  ✧  Score: 2

What a splendid look at Sam and Frodo's friendship through the years and how they supported each other!

Reviewed by: nancylea  ✧  Score: 1

glowing, glittering gems of story