Naked in the Dark

Author: Antane

Nominator: Armariel

2011 Award Category: Poetry: Hobbits

Story Type: Poetry  ✧  Length: N/A (Non-Fiction or Poetry)

Rating: Teen  ✧  Reason for Rating: Disturbing Imagery/Themes

Summary: A poem of Frodo at the Fire.

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Reviewed by: Kara's Aunty  ✧  Score: 6

A dark and lovely poem of Frodo's last moments as Ring-bearer, and of the immediate aftermath. The shadowy, sibilant seduction of the One Ring succeeds in claiming him mere seconds before being wrested away so cruelly/mercifully by Gollum. We witness the Frodo's despair and dark joy as he claims what he has struggled against for so long, then watch him plummeted into the depths of near-suicidal despair when his Precious is stolen, then destroyed. Yet he knows a moment of peace before he faces what he thinks is the end; when Sam offers his broken master his comfort and strength. But even though Frodo will lean on him, it is more for Sam's sake that he does so, as resigned and almost grateful as he is to soon welcome death (or so he thinks). Sad, poignant and very emotional. See, m'dear? You can SO write poetry!

Author response: Thank you so much, my dear cousin! I have been looking forward to reading your review! Love how you combined the cruel and merciful theft of the Ring. I'm glad you liked it to much! *hugs* Namarie, God bless, Your bloom who is *still* waiting and hope for "Victory" :) *prods you with furry foot and bats Tookish eyes at you, along with tempting you with mushrooms which you will not have until you write*

Reviewed by: Adonnen Estenniel  ✧  Score: 5

Of the many Tolkien-inspired poems I have read, Antane's "Naked In the Dark" remains one of my favorites. The chosen point of view, Frodo's, works very well for the intended scene, and his mind contrasts between soothing eloquence and frenzied despair. It's a very strong perspective the author writes, and it's done well. The scene is intense, as it should be, and yet there is a pervading sense of calmness infused throughout that sets the reader's mind at ease even while s/he is pushed on by the seeming hopelessness of the situation. And the resolution, short and yet still lingering, is the perfect denouement for an intense, severely passionate poem.

Reviewed by: Darkover  ✧  Score: 4

This poem is quite dramatic in its portrayal of Frodo's agony that afflicts him both because of his lust for the Ring that he carries, and his psychological nakedness before the Eye of Sauron. His frantic struggle with Gollum at the end, his exhaustion and despair that settles upon him with the destruction of the Ring, as also well written. It is Sam faithfulness and loving devotion that saves Frodo. This is a most intense poem. Slash is implied, but not stated.

Author response: Thank you for your review! Just wanted to be clear there was no slash, implied or not. I can't stand the stuff. Glad you enjoyed it though! God bless, Antane :)

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 3

Frodo at the Sammath Naur: a topic many fic writers have tackled in one form or another. I think that it is poetry, though, that is most suited for this moment which must defy prosaic description.