The Adventures of Frodo Gardner

Author: Dreamdeer

Nominator: Dreamflower

2007 Award Category: Races: Cross-Cultural: Incomplete

Story Type: Incomplete  ✧  Length: Novel

Rating: Teen  ✧  Reason for Rating: Mordor setting--adult situations implicit. Violence at network television level. 3rd party references to rape. Suicide. Mental illness. Chemical abuse. Demonic/fallen maia activity. "Rat" as ethnic slur for hobbits.

Summary: When the King asked Mayor Gamgee for an agricultural advisor, to save the ex-slaves of Mordor from starvation and ecological collapse, Sam sends the best--his eldest son, Frodo. But young Frodo has more to worry about than drought and poisoned soil. For the War of the Ring did indeed destroy Sauron--destroyed him, but did not slay him. The erstwhile Dark Lord has no power left, and gnaws at himself in the dark. However, if he can persuade you to loan him just a little bit of yours...(Weekly serial, but it does have an end in sight.)

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Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 10

Here is a story about Sam’s eldest son, Frodo-lad. When King Elessar sends a letter to Sam, asking for his help in recruiting the finest gardener in the Shire to help with the restoration of Mordor, Sam knows there is only one hobbit for the job: his son Frodo. Frodo’s still young, in his late tweens as was Pippin when he went on the Quest. Accompanied by his Uncle Merry Brandybuck, who had some business of his own to see to in Rohan and Gondor, he sets out on a long and perilous journey. This story is AU, but it is very subtle. The hints begin at the start, when we see characters in the family that are not on the family tree. Some dates do not quite add up. But it is only slowly that one realizes that these are not mistakes in canon made by the author, but are actual plot points. The same thing occurs when some characters are seemingly out-of-character. We soon learn there are very good reasons for this. This is an amazing journey for young Frodo, and he faces some perils that were thought long done away with. The author uses dream symbolism to drive the story, and there is a certain mysticism about it. Yet through it all, Frodo remains true to his purpose so far. The story’s very long, but the author updates on a weekly basis.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 4

The world is going through changes as those who farm the land about Lake Nurnen given them by the King face starvation and the Elves of Middle Earth begin to truly appreciate just what "fading" means. So when Elessar sends word to the Mayor of the Shire asking for his best gardener, young Frodo Gardner heads out to become the second Frodo and the second member of his family to go to Mordor. Interesting premise.

Reviewed by: PipMer  ✧  Score: 4

This is another story that I found through Marigold's Recommendations. It is an interesting take on what might have happened to Frodo Gardner if he had been sent to Mordor in order to replenish the soil there with his gardening skills. There is plenty of action and adventure in this story, as well as vivid descriptions of the landscape of Mordor. I was pulled into this story and could not stop reading it. It is a work of art.