Beyond the Havens

Author: jodancingtree

Nominator: unknown

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

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: At the end of a long life, Sam follows Frodo into the West.

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Review scores are not available for 2004.

Reviewed by: Lindelea  ✧  Score: N/A

Ah, Jo, this was one of the first stories of yours that I read, and it still has the capability of bringing tears to my eyes. Tolkien was a Christian, after all, which influenced all aspects of his life, including his writing. Though there are no explicit religious references in his work, yet his writing is infused with the faith that was his foundation, and from which so many of the themes to which our hearts and spirits respond, spring. (Gee, I hope that sentence wasn't too rambling!) This story speaks of love in so many ways: your love of the characters, your love of the story, God's love for us, such that He gave so much in order to secure peace and healing for those who believe in Him. I know that some would strip all Christian references from LOTR fanfic, saying that Tolkien deliberately did so, and yet I suspect they know very little of the Christian faith if they think his work as divorced from his belief about spiritual things.

Reviewed by: BelegCuthalion  ✧  Score: N/A

This was one of the very first FF's I ever read. I was surprised and overwhelmed by the fact that jodancingtree is the only author so far who managed to blend christian faith open and clearly expressed into a beautifully written Tolkien-FF. Her idea that Frodo should experience his redemption from grief and guilt through a direct encounter with the Son of Ilúvatar is thrilling and deeply moving at the same time. If you add the fact that this is a masterful tale, describing Frodo's time together with Sam in Tol Eressëa in shining colours, and if you see all the exquisite details and the truly heartbreaking end, it is no wonder that this is and will always be one of my favorite tales in Tolkien Fanfiction.