That Fate Them Bore

Author: Cara Loup

Nominator: Dreamflower

2008 Award Category: Races: Hobbits: Incomplete

Story Type: Incomplete  ✧  Length: Novel

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: "That Fate Them Bore" is a story cycle that begins with Frodo's decision to leave the Shire and will eventually end in Rivendell. So far, only the first stage of the journey - from Hobbiton to Crickhollow - has been completed: these chapters focus on the choices and discoveries that surround Frodo's departure and explore the hobbits' private responses to an enormous change.(This WIP is part of an ongoing series and will eventually encompass at least 15 stories (which means that it is less than half completed at this point). I am not aiming for a specific length, but the finished series will probably be novel-sized.)

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Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 10

I love Conspiracy stories. This begins as a Conspiracy story. A beautiful and terrible and lyrical Conspiracy story, firmly and solidly rooted in canon, tracing the path of the decisions that the four hobbits had to make as the time came to leave the Shire. It continues as well into the early stages of the Quest and the journey to Rivendell. The author has a firm grip on the characters and their deep devotion to one another, and to the Shire. She has a deft way of digging deeply into their inner thoughts and emotions, without being over the top or overwrought. Frodo's inner turmoil, Sam's determination, Merry's loyalty, and Pippin's adventurous heart are all there. And Gandalf is wonderfully portrayed: his wisdom and mystery as well as his gruff humor. She fills in some gaps we are not given in canon: how did Frodo and Sam react to one another the day after the revelations by Gandalf? Did Frodo try to get Sam to change his mind about going? How did Merry and Pippin learn from him the news? In fact the chapter in which they *do* learn what he has to say is so very much in character with all three of the hobbits that I found it breathtaking. And the Shire itself is very much a character here, the setting described in achingly lyrical language. I really look forward to seeing more in this universe.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 6

A well-written series of stories in which we follow Frodo from his realization that he must leave the Shire into the Marish, not quite to Farmer Maggot's farm. The writing has a three-dimensional feel to it, as if we were accompanying Frodo, Pippin, and Sam through the Woody End, trying to avoid nettles and thorns with them, as if we walked by their sides through stands of thistles, as if we hid transfixed while the cries of the Nazgul shuddered through the air. Each chapter is told from a different one's point of view. We see Pippin's quicksilver mind, Sam's steadiness, Frodo's grief and unwillingness to lead others into danger, the fascination all feel for Gildor's folk.... Beautifully and evocatively written; and I cannot wait until the series is continued.

Reviewed by: Marigold  ✧  Score: 4

This is a story that I can’t wait to see updated. The writing is exceptional and so are the characterisations of Merry, Pippin, Frodo and Sam. The author is skilled at gorgeous, rich descriptions and spot-on dialogue. When reading this I am totally caught up in the tale; the emotions and settings are so realistically described that I have no trouble envisioning the action, or in understanding exactly how each character is feeling. I check regularly for new chapters and I am sure that many other readers do as well, so get to work Cara!