The Shaping of Samwise

Author: jodancingtree

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Races: Hobbits: Pre-War of the Ring - Second Place

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: When the time came that Frodo must carry the Ring, Sam would not let him go alone. But loyalty that deep has to begin somewhere..

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Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: N/A

Great story about Sam pre-Quest, and I loved how it was tied so closely with events in the first part of FotR. Sam's an ingenious hobbit if given the chance, and I love his irrigation pipes. Characterization is very solid throughout. Bilbo and Frodo are very much themselves, and I love how something so simple and yet so needed as Frodo's trust in Sam provided the impetus for an amazing loyalty that held throughout LotR. It's the little things that a gardener notices, and that comes through clearly in this story.

Reviewed by: Lindelea  ✧  Score: N/A

This comes very close to rivaling "Sam's Rose" on my favourites list. I remember reading this at the very beginning of my introduction to fanfic, chapter by chapter as you posted it to a yahoo list. How I'd cheer as each new installment arrived! Your characters are so well-drawn, believable. I can understand how Sam might invent some way to irrigate the garden, to encourage his beloved plants to grow, especially in a drought. Irritable Bilbo is believable: he's been living under the influence of the Ring now for how many years? And yet he is still, for the most part, the Bilbo we know and love. Frodo is fully deserving of Sam's loyalty, and your picture of how he earned Sam's devotion is completely plausible, so much so that I even referred to it in "The Rebel"--and thanks for permission to do so.

Reviewed by: BelegCuthalion  ✧  Score: N/A

This story is "sweet" in the best sense of the word. Sam starts working as a gardener in Bag End when his father gets some health problems, and he tries to improve work by using tubes to water the garden. But his sworn enemy, Ted Sandyman, takes this opportunity to take revenge for a proper earful he was given by Sam, and suddenly Bag End is full of water, Sam seems to be an idiot, his job is lost and no one wants to believe that the whole mess wasn't his fault at allÂ… except Frodo, of course, and this is the beginning of a legendary friendship. This story is told with deep warmth, great love and by a wonderful author who seems to know the Shire as if she was living there. Lovely, wise, thrilling and moving!

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

Oh my, I love this story. Sam's dedication. Frodo's confidence in him. Even Bilbo being the type to try new-fangled ideas. Sam's character especially shines through. I can totally see him continuing to do what's right, and then some, even after Bilbo blamed him for the flooding.