Mother Gamgee

Author: Marigold

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Races: Hobbits: Drabble - Second Place

Story Type: Fixed-Length Ficlet  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: discussion of death

Summary: A set of four drabbles from Frodo's pov in which Bell Gamgee touches his life.

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Review scores are not available for 2004.

Reviewed by: Aelfwina  ✧  Score: N/A

A very nice tribute to a much neglected minor canon character, I enjoyed contemplating the idea that Sam's mother must have had such an influence on Frodo.

Reviewed by: Silvermoon Lady  ✧  Score: N/A

This was both sweet and true to character and situation; much said in few words, and with feeling and elegance.

Reviewed by: Lindelea  ✧  Score: N/A

Four drabbles! And each a slightly different facet of the same jewel. In the first I was struck by Mrs. Gamgee's sensitivity and understanding. So often in real life, people are afraid to mention loss of a loved one, fearing to cause pain, and yet avoiding the topic as if that loved one never existed causes a great deal of pain. "The youngest of Bell's flowers"--such a lovely descriptive phrase! I loved the second, and could just picture Frodo helping Sam with this very special gift. I can see Bell encouraging Sam's learning, perhaps privately, knowing her husband's feelings on the matter, and I'm sure she treasured the gift to the end of her life. This picture also hints at how a special bond might have grown between Frodo and Sam, and how Sam would never forget Frodo's care in helping him achieve something so very important for a loving son. Third: Thinly veiled sorrow on Bilbo's face: it changed the complexion of the drabble, begun in such a mundane and everyday fashion, with those hobbity little touches that speak of comfort and stability. Fourth: Very sad, indeed, and the flower images return to frame the entire piece (the four drabbles, that is) and unify all four parts with a common theme.

Reviewed by: Llinos  ✧  Score: N/A

Very poignant and sweetly told with lots of analogies that were well thought out and blended seamlessly into the telling. The progression of the four pieces works excellently, building each time to a little more sadness - touching on Frodo's loss and then to Sam's and finally culminating in a full circle of something the two silently share, long before the trial of the Quest.