Shire Songbook

Author: Lindelea

Nominator: unknown

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

Story Type: Poetry  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Songs collected by Peregrin Took, from the Shire and faraway lands.

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Review scores are not available for 2004.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: N/A

Sheer brilliance. From the very beginning with the notes of the one who found the manuscripts to each individual song and accompanying music, this is a work of art. Some of the songs are short and simple while others are more thoughtful and complex. I could see the differences voices in the songs and without looking, I could make a fairly good guess at each song's author. Lindelea knows the characters. Their various experiences feed into the songs. One of my favorites was "Lamp in the Window," which is quite clearly written by Sam. You can feel it pulling from experiences in Mordor, and I wonder if he wrote it keeping in mind that Merry had been touched by the Witch-king's shadow. It seems to be almost as much about comfort as about coming home to a loved one. The traditional songs of the Tooks and Brandybucks were filled with the different aspects of those families. And then the songs brought back from other lands were stunning. A contrast was readily apparent between them and the songs made by the hobbits. Wonderful writing that demonstrates a very solid understanding of both the song styles and the characters who are creating the songs.

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

Inventive. I liked the notes that accompanied each piece, giving the provenance.