A Small and Passing Thing

Author: Lindelea

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Races: Hobbits: Post-War of the Ring

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: PG  ✧  Reason for Rating: torture (nasty ruffians)

Summary: Sequel to "The Rebel". The Healing of the Shire. Comprising chapters taken from the latter pages of the Red Book.

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Reviewed by: Aelfwina  ✧  Score: N/A

This is one of my favorite stories by this author. She has one of the best takes on Frodo's leaving I have seen, and her depiction of his suffering from congestive heart failure is very accurate. In addition, she came up with a very believable Fredegar Bolger as the secondary character in the story. I really liked her unique use of Saruman as "Sharkey", and the effect he had had on those hobbits he tormented. The way in which his evil machinations are overcome is clever.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: N/A

Great lengthy tale of just what it took to get the Shire back on its feet. Tolkien hints that it was a somewhat massive undertaking, and Lindelea has taken him at his word with a very thorough, very enjoyable story. It's interesting to see the differences between the various hobbits, especially between the four who left the Shire and those who remained. I love the insight that Merry got from Elrond about how hobbits are meant to live in innocence, and I love also how their experiences from their travels play into even the smallest things, such as Sam's efficiency and knowledge when it comes to packing for long journeys. But I think my favorite character of all was Lobelia Sackville-Baggins, who had first few chapters all to herself and continued to remain a presence for a good while after that. What a spitfire! I loved her attitude, I loved how she used it to help the other prisoners, and I love how even when she was rescued she still had her pride. I also thoroughly enjoyed poor Freddy, who never seemed to fully recover from what happened though he made a good show of it. And I loved how this endeared him to Frodo and seemed to provide a refuge of sorts. Brilliant story and very thorough telling of what the Shire went through to get back on its feet.