Those Who Remain

Author: Marnie

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Times: The Lord of the Rings: Cross-Cultural - First Place

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: battle

Summary: What can Sam Gamgee and Lord Celeborn of Lorien possibly have in common?

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Review scores are not available for 2004.

Reviewed by: Larian Elensar  ✧  Score: N/A

I read this every couple of months (or maybe weeks), and it always cheers me up. At the end of the book, I always want to ask 'what happened after?' Thank you for telling part of what did happen! Sam and Celeborn having something in common like that was new to me, I mean, I never thought much about it for sure. So very believable. Well done!

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: N/A

Nobody, and I mean nobody, writes Celeborn as well as Marnie does. That's a given and I expected no less. What I wasn't expecting when I first read this fic a year ago was how well Marnie could write Sam. Or Rosie. And the way these three characters come together is nothing less than inspired. It never would have occurred to me to put them together on the anniversary of Frodo's and Galadriel's departure, but Marnie pulls it off with a flourish. The highlight of the story for me was the conversation between Celeborn and Sam, in particular the part where Celeborn relates what he told Galadriel about taking off Nenya and being with him rather than being alone. I like the thought that Celeborn was more willing to rely on archers as Thranduil did than on the rings of the Noldor. There were also great insights into other characters, such as Orophin and Elrond, the latter of whom did not even appear in the story. And Celeborn's fear of the Ring in Lothlórien was related very convincingly. The last part of the story was brilliant with Rosie tearing into Celeborn for delaying her husband and possibly asking more of him than she was willing to let him give. I don't know that I would be willing to stand up to Celeborn, but I definitely admire Rosie's spunk. The close of this story was perfect, and the image of Celeborn singing Treebeard's song of the Entwives (which was one of my favorite songs in LotR) could not have been better. Terrific look at the similarities between Celeborn and Sam while never forgetting the differences.

Reviewed by: Alexcat  ✧  Score: N/A

I have to say that this is the first of Marnie's fic that I ever read and it makes me cry still. I count it among my favorites. The tone is perfect. Sam IS the Sam we know and Celeborn the stern but loving elflord who suffered much in service of his people and devotion to his wife. Marnie has a rare gift for writing both of them.

Reviewed by: Aelfwina  ✧  Score: N/A

A very nice examination of what it means to be left behind, and of sorrow and loss, and hope.

Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: N/A

An interesting story. I think that, with Sam's love for the Elves, he would get some measure of comfort from their presence. He had to get solace from somewhere and, hobbits being hobbits, they probably wouldn't understand the "big" events beyond the Scourging like Elves and Men might. For Sam to last as long as he did, with the taint of the Ring on his soul, support like this would have been very helpful. I also liked how you looked at the differences between Elves and Hobbits. There are certainly differences (for example, Rosie's treatment of Celeborn and Celeborn's comment that, if a spouse was late, the other would wait), but you also played up the similarities. Also, well done on finding so many parallels between the two couples.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: N/A

Lovely vignette exploring the difficult role of companion to a ringbearer, what that means, and what returning home without him (or her) means. Celeborn is very much an Elf, and with that uncanniness that Elves wear like clothes when seen through unelvish eyes. The parallel journeys of Celeborn and Sam, as they watch the rings take hold of those they love, and watch life-long companions pulled away from them by something stronger it seems than even love are very poignant.