2007 Award Category: Genres: Poetry: With Hobbits
Story Type: Poetry ✧ Length: N/A
Rating: General ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Sam Gamgee anticipates his reunion with Frodo in the Undying Lands.
Reviewed by: Larner ✧ Score: 6
Of all the writers of poetry focused on the times and characters of the World of Arda, Armariel is the one who almost always evokes the greatest emotional response in me. This poem, looking forward to the coming of Samwise Gamgee-Gardner to Tol Eressea, is one I find especially moving, and the imagery evoked by the word choice is exceedingly powerful. This isn't just an incipid arrival anticipated, but one that has the two of them foreseeing the type of greeting that one expects when new worlds are born. It will be a collision of joys enough to light the skies of the Undying Lands with the delights of renewal both shall know as they come together once more. Images are powerful, words dripping with anticipation and eagerness. I am proud to nominate this free-verse poem for the perusal of all others.
Reviewed by: Imhiriel ✧ Score: 6
Powerful and powerfully moving. The readers can truly feel Sam's anticipation, his quivering joy only slightly tinged with nervousness - he seems so full of gladness at the expected reunion there is no place for doubt, beyond a few questions in the first stanza that are apparently quickly forgotten in the rush of other imagined details full of the certainty of welcome. I love the choice of tense for this: writing the poem in the future tense gives it even more a feeling that Sam can hardly wait any more, that he has imagined minute details of how it will be. On the other hand, he clearly still has questions of how exactly the reunion will play itself out he is eagerly looking forward to getting the answers. Some wonderful word pictures and metaphors; and I appreciate that you took their aging into account and wove it so naturally into Sam's imagination.
Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon ✧ Score: 3
Armariel is a gifted poet and wordsmith, who spins out lyrical poems that dazzle the senses; and this one is no exception. Without crossing over into slashiness; she conveys the joy of Frodo and Sam's future reunion through Sam's anticipation as he journeys West.