Between Friends

Author: agape4gondor

Nominator: agape4gondor

2007 Award Category: Genres: Poetry

Story Type: Poetry  ✧  Length: N/A

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Smeagol and Deagol have a moment.

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Reviewed by: Rhapsody  ✧  Score: 5

Ah I like this poem a lot, simply because I can see Gollum sitting there remembering the day that he killed his brother. It fits his voice in how he seemed to recited things. What is so nicely done is that it feels that the poem is existing from two parts: the one sounds light and loving, until the final sentence. Then there are two lines that is about the antagonist in this piece, before the second stanza brings a darker spin to it. This simply adds to the image of a paranoid Gollum who always seemed to exists of two persona: Gollum and Smeagol. This is craftily written, I am not sure where this bunny came from, but this is well done Agape!

Reviewed by: Imhiriel  ✧  Score: 5

The language of this short poem is very clear and stark, fitting for the context. The descriptions are stripped to essentials. Nothing fancy or elaborate, yet evocative and moving, quite appropriate for the simple and relatively unsophisticated protagonists. The beginning of each stanza shows the good times, the real friendship between Sméagol and Déagol, which make the respective ends - showing what Sméagol's nature as it is being exacerbated and twisted by the Ring, made him do - even more horrifying in contrast. And not only his deeds, also his apparent detachment in recounting them make for a chilling impression.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 3

An interesting poetic expression of the betrayal and murder of Deagol by Smeagol. Ah, what that small band of gold wrought! This poem manages to capture the feeling of violence that appears to follow the Ring wherever it goes.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 3

Not much attention is paid to poor Deagol, Gollum's first victim, undone by the Ring. This is a very nicely done reminder of that crime--friend against friend--all over a little Ring.