A Fond Farewell

Author: StarSpray

Nominator: Larner

2011 Award Category: Ficlet: General - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Ficlet

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Frodo makes his rounds of Bag End for the last time, late at night, to say goodbye.

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Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 10

Frodo Baggins made many sacrifices in order to fulfill his role as the Ringbearer. To give up his home of Bag End to the likes of his foul cousin Lotho Sackville-Baggins and his equally nasty mother Lobelia was but the first of those sacrifices, and now he must give it up again. It is a bittersweet time for him. Having finished writing his portion of the Red Book, Frodo now goes through the hole, the home of his heart, and once again bids all farewell, from the view of the gardens and the Shire itself visible from the front stoop to the least mathom it holds, ending with standing over Elanor’s crib, knowing that for her sake alone all of his personal losses have been made worthwhile. The love Frodo holds for the brother-of-his-heart and his family and for the Shire restored is so well portrayed here, as is his feeling of reassurance that what he sacrificed has been been repaid. He may be giving up his former hopes and dreams of happiness in the home of his youth where he came into his own as Bilbo’s heir, the Master of Bag End and the Hill, and from which he served briefly as Will Whitfoot’s deputy; but Bag End itself is now also restored and is even now filling with the family he himself could not have known. What was stolen from him by the Ring has been restored at least to Sam; and here he knows that the happiness denied him within Middle Earth will still be known by Sam, Merry, and Pippin and the rest of the Shire. A well crafted story, and one I was proud to nominate and to recommend to other readers.

Author response: Thank you so much, Larner, for the nomination and the lovely review!

Reviewed by: curiouswombat  ✧  Score: 4

I can so easily picture this - Frodo saying his own, quiet, goodbyes to his home, his possessions, and his sleeping 'family' at Bag End before he leaves in the morning to take ship to the Undying Lands, never to see them again. (Well apart from Sam, and that will be a long time in the future!) I like the idea that he knows Sam will be able to join him; but doesn't tell Sam, so that he will not feel he has to leave Rosie and Elanor to accompany Frodo. A powerful moment, beautifully captured.

Author response: Thank you so much!

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 4

StarSpray found a lovely way to examine Frodo's thoughts about leaving Middle-earth: having him say a private farewell, in his thoughts, to the things and people he loves in Bag End and the Shire. The place and time, a few days before he leaves on that last journey with the other hobbits, lends the story a strong immediacy. The story, and Frodo's thoughts, flow very naturally; StarSpray expresses a lot through relatively few words. Nicely done!

Author response: Thank you!

Reviewed by: Darkover  ✧  Score: 3

The summary encapsulates the plot. It is not that Frodo wants to leave the Shire and his friends, but that his wounding is so severe that he cannot stay. Like a grief-stricken or long-enduring Elf, he is fading, and he needs the respite and healing that Aman can bring. Predictable, but nicely composed.

Author response: Thank you for the review.

Reviewed by: Military History  ✧  Score: 3

There's not a lot that I can say that hasn't already been said, but I'll say it anyway. This is good work, and encapsulates Frodo's character nicely--no complaining, no bitterness, just a man who knows he won't be able to enjoy what he's fought and bled for, but is happy that his friends will have it.

Author response: Thanks for the review, Milhist.

Reviewed by: Inkling  ✧  Score: 3

A melancholy yet lovely glimpse of Frodo’s leavetaking of Bag End, reminding me of Bilbo’s and Frodo’s words of farewell to their beloved home in LOTR. Very nicely done!

Author response: Those words are what inspired this ficlet, actually. Thank you for the review!

Reviewed by: obsidianj  ✧  Score: 2

A pivotal point in Frodo's life. This is a touching scene, watching Frodo saying good-bye to everything he held dear. The title is aptly chosen. It is a fond farewell.

Author response: Thank you.

Reviewed by: Adonnen Estenniel  ✧  Score: 2

An emotion-driven piece. I really like this look into Frodo's mindset. And how fitting it seemed that he would use the Elvish word at the end, rather than the 'Westron.'

Author response: Thank you.