Author: Anglachel

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Races: Hobbits

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: What is the story behind Lobelia and Otho Sackville-Baggins's marriage?

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Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: N/A

Brilliant short story that drops subtle hints as to what the initial problem is but never pulls it out in the open until Otho himself does. I'm quite fascinated by this, actually. It's laid out well, putting clues in just the right places, and it sheds an entirely different light on both Lobelia and Otho. By the end of the story, I actually liked them. I can see their family's upbringing in both and I wonder if this is what set them at odds with Bilbo and Frodo, but in spite of it, I really enjoyed watching these two characters and must sincerely thank Anglachel for opening my eyes to a whole new world.

Reviewed by: Lindelea  ✧  Score: N/A

Very nice story indeed; you don't see much written about Lobelia. I happen to be of the private opinion that Otho loved her very much, spoilt her rotten, in fact, gave to her her every desire, which is why she turned out the way she did. My only quibble would be the use of "men" towards male hobbits; it jars, somehow.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: N/A

Lobelia Sackville-Baggins never made much sense to me. She was the tyrannical matriarch who was nevertheless petty, and behind the text I thought I saw a woman whose own behavior was outside of the bounds of propriety she doubtless enforced with oppressive rigor. Her transformation from that to rebellious heroine was based entirely on her own sense of place in the world, it seemed to me. This story gave Lobelia a history that made sense of her bitter dislike of Bilbo Baggins, the icon of non-comformity in the Shire. Lobelia's history as a failed idealist here, who believed in love and was betrayed and left holding the bag as so many women have been, gives her feud with Bilbo a context. It shows her as a young woman who probably would be Bilbo's match in terms of personality and courage had it not been for this one experience which altered everything. It makes sense of her spunk, of her anger, and of her ability to heal in the end. And I think the reader will end by agreeing that Lobelia's is a tale most unfair.