A Path With No Returning

Author: Citrine

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Races: Hobbits - Second Place

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Two badly wounded hobbits find each other after the Battle of Fornost.

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Review scores are not available for 2004.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: N/A

Powerful story that echoes another familiar story out of the LotR universe. Dare I say Frodo and Sam? But their story had a happier ending. This was beautiful in its sadness. I remember reading about this in the appendix and in some of Tolkien's other writings, and I remember reading that none of the hobbits who left ever returned. So I knew what was coming, feared what was coming, prepared for what was coming, and still grieved when it happened. Beautiful tale of love and loyalty in the muddy, rainy aftermath of battle.

Reviewed by: Lindelea  ✧  Score: N/A

This story brought me to tears, and was part of the inspiration for the "Bucca" chapters of "Thain", I'll have you know. I read an incredible account of the hobbits who never returned in a book (yes! a real live book! legal, published fanfiction! imagine it! how ever did they manage it?) I got from the library, the title of which escapes me, and that too, played a part. I've been avoiding it, while writing "Bucca", but have got past the battle scenes in the draught now and dare to revisit. What, I never reviewed this story? For shame! Belated, then: Andy's voice is very hobbity, and the battlefield, seen through his eyes, is a terrible place. I feel his urgency, his dread, his horror, and his determination to find his master. Your Captain Bersil is brave and true, and I like his search for the Halflings that had been in his charge. ...my goodness! (Stated in shock) Bucca of the Marish was at the battle where Angmar was overthrown! So it is in "Thain" as well! Now I have to wonder if I got that idea in passing from reading your story, or if it just makes sense that the one elected to become the first Thain would have done such a thing....

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

This is a beautiful, sad story of the Hobbit archers who went to the king's aid against the Witch-King. With no names to go on, Citrine made two characters come to life and then leave in death, she filled the battlefield with the sights and sounds of the dead and her characters' memories with beauty and peace.

Reviewed by: Marigold Cotton  ✧  Score: N/A

This is an amazing story of bravery and friendship and duty. I can't recommend it enough. Even though these are OC hobbits, I was as involved and interested as if they were one of the more well known hobbits. I cry every time I read this.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: N/A

Sad little vignette on the aftermath of the war that broke Arnor, particularly since it seems as though the hobbit archers were very nearly forgotten, ending as only a line in the Appendices of the Red Book.