2004 Award Category: Races: Hobbits - Third Place
Story Type: Other Fiction ✧ Length: unknown
Rating: G ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: "I didn't know my grandfather long but he so vividly marked my young memory that I felt I'd known him for ages."
Review scores are not available for 2004.
Reviewed by: Ariel ✧ Score: N/A
*I ADORE this piece. It is possibly my favorite of Silvermoonlady's works. Her grasp of human (or hobbit) relations is incredible and she draws you in believably to this completely captivating and heartbreaking tale. I cannot recommend her work more highly.
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: N/A
Like Silvermoon Lady's other stories, this one takes its time in unfolding, which I enjoy immensely. It never feels rushed, and it's never too slow. It's like baking bread and watching it rise. You know how good the end will be but you're also content to enjoy the middle moments for all they're worth. Back to the story itself, I suspected the identity of the book on the shelf and was pleased to discover I was right. I also suspected who the grandfather might be, but when he revealed himself as the hobbit in the story, I was still pleasantly surprised. The timing and pace of this story is gorgeous. I loved watching little Eowyn (more on her name in a moment) unlock the pieces of history, and somehow it made it all new again for me. I also love Merry's side commentary about her being too old to take "no" for an answer. I imagine this as being a hobbit saying, and there are a few others littered about that ground the story in its setting but not too many that it can't take flight on other adventures. I thought it a lovely commentary on history that Eowyn was born in a family of boys and taught how to wield a sword. I enjoyed that repetition of events very much. And the closing lines with Merry and Pippin off again on an adventure, young and carefree once more, hit me hard. I love that Merry leaves Eowyn with the charge to remember. Beautiful story and a wonderful sendoff to Merry and Pippin as they set off for one last journey.
Reviewed by: Lindelea ✧ Score: N/A
I read this quite awhile ago, and read it again for the MEFA as I could not remember what it was about. Ah, what a treat. I do love your description of Merry-the-grandfather. The details you lace your stories with that put the reader "there": going out to the orchard, Merry's almost casual pulling at bark and branch, setting things right as an automatic habit, and then settling on an overturned crate--I can see it. I'm "there". The ending brought tears to my eyes. Another perfectly balanced tale, skilfully drawn.
Reviewed by: Marigold Cotton ✧ Score: N/A
A lovely tale. I enjoyed how so many of Merry's traits had passed on to his granddaughter. It was wonderful to read of their time together, and I could feel the pride that Merry obviously had for her.