Garden Plot

Author: ShireDweller

Nominator: unknown

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

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Frodo finds solace while doing some light gardening with Sam at Bag End.

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Review scores are not available for 2004.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: N/A

As is customary with hobbits in general, there is far more going on behind the scenes of this story than what is readily apparent. The hobbit "voice" is perfect, with Rosie and Sam taking on a more rural flavor and Frodo holding to a more sophisticated speech. Yet all three are definitely hobbits, and it shows in not only their choice of words and phrases but also the thoughts behind their words. And it seems that Sam and Rosie have picked up a few things from Merry and Pippin. Either that or they're such a matched set that they could give even Merry and Pippin lessons. I'm actually inclined to believe the latter after reading this story. They're certainly a pair of bookends. Characterization is great on all fronts, especially when it comes to Rosie, who has a measure of Sam's stubbornness but also seems to have a better sense of when that stubbornness should back off. In other words, a very healthy sense of self that mixes wonderfully with her other traits. The setting for this little tale is perfect as it is indeed Sam who has more or less taken over, and I can't think of a more suitable place for such a story than on his own home turf. Well, technically Frodo's turf, but even so, it's clear that the garden belongs to Sam. Very "hobbity" tale and very appropriate for the characters and this particular moment in time. Looks like Frodo is going to get his turnips whether he likes it or not.

Reviewed by: Lindelea  ✧  Score: N/A

Are you a gardener, per chance? Your descriptions are very realistic. Somehow your stories make me smile even as they bring a lump to my throat. And the play on words, very subtle indeed! I was nearly to the end of the story before I realised the hidden meaning of the word "plot"!

Reviewed by: Nardolgin  ✧  Score: N/A

Delightful, engaging, and heartwarming are just a few of the adjectives that this wonderful story brings to mind. However, they only begin to describe this tender portrayal of the post-quest relationships among Frodo, Sam, and Rosie. The story's charm, subtlety, and depth make it one of my most favorite hobbit fan- fict's. There is no slash, gratuitous lust, or anything else that would detract from the simple, but deep love that the three have for each other. The garden setting, with its thorns, tools, seeds, and every-day chores, provides an ideal backdrop for metaphors of challenges, working things out, and emotional growth. It also allows the author to highlighting key elements of their relationships, without over doing it or losing the reader in complex story lines. The story contains creative and sometimes humorous imagery that ties nicely in the hobbit culture and environment. Sam's and Frodo's characters felt refreshingly familiar. I didn't have to reshape my mental image of either one. Sam voice's is especially well done! It is very consistent with his background and upbringing.

Reviewed by: Rosie the Hobbit  ✧  Score: N/A

Very nice. I like Sam's reaction to Frodo attempting to help with the gardening, and how the effort ultimately brings him a little bit of peace. What a precious gift at that time for Frodo.