2004 Award Category: Races: Hobbits: Drabble - First Place
Story Type: Fixed-Length Ficlet ✧ Length: unknown
Rating: G ✧ Reason for Rating: discussion of death
Summary: A group of four themed drabbles, on the final resting places of Frodo's parents, Merry's sisters, and Sam's mother, Bell.
Review scores are not available for 2004.
Reviewed by: Aelfwina ✧ Score: N/A
Sweet and melancholy, considering the different ways of mourning.
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: N/A
Surprisingly upbeat little drabbles, especially considering what the theme is. And yet the very fact that they feel optimistic is so innate to the hobbit character that I can't imagine it being any other way. I think I like the drabble about Frodo best, particular his closing line which suggests a very introspective and insightful mind.
Reviewed by: Silvermoon Lady ✧ Score: N/A
Once again, sweetness that doesn't have that cloying awfulness of forced or clichéd expression, and the realistic idea that though all grieve at some time in life, we all do so in our own way and sincerity and depth of emotion don't always mean tears. Very lovely!
Reviewed by: Lindelea ✧ Score: N/A
(I haven't read "A Day on the River". Filing away for future reference.) I find myself intrigued by Frodo's way of remembering his parents. The last line of the first drabble is a shock, and yet upon reflection I find myself nodding soberly. Second: How common (and I mean this as the highest compliment). Somehow we tend to find comfort, relating events aloud to someone gone from our lives. Third: You paint a poignant picture of Merry "remembering" the sisters that he'd never known. In his mind, they never grew up (he whittles toys and leaves them daisy chains), and yet I'd think that his mother, all through her life, looked at lasses the same age as her daughters, and imagined how they'd have been at that age. Fourth: somehow you end on a comforting note.
Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel ✧ Score: N/A
What stands out to me in this drabble series is the peace and uplifting feel of it. These are not mournful visits so much as loving remembrances.
Reviewed by: Llinos ✧ Score: N/A
No tears for the bereaved, which makes the sadness of the pieces all the more heartfelt. How each of them deal with their losses, Frodo, Esmeralda and Merry is keenly felt by it's very understatement and the final circle of life and death with Bell Gamgee's grandchildren playing near her grave is especially well done.
Reviewed by: Dwimordene ✧ Score: N/A
Very peaceful, despite the theme. I thought Frodo's especially brought out his character.