Spite Scorned

Author: Larner

Nominator: Cathleen

2011 Award Category: Hobbits: Bagginses - Second Place

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Ficlet

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: When Ted Sandyman does his best and fails to goad Sam Gamgee, he's left wondering quite what happened.

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Reviewed by: Kara's Aunty  ✧  Score: 10

Yes! I've been looking for this fic for ages. Read the first two paragraphs somewhere months ago, until a 'Computer Incident' stole it away & I couldn't find it again for ages. Worse still, I couldn't recall who the author was. But, happy days, I have found it now! Oh the irony of Ted Sandyman pulling Sam and Frodo up for not doing enough for Hobbiton when he himself was complicit in its fall. The hypocrisy! The Sheer Nerve!! Grr, I want to 'hau ihn bis nach der Unendlichkeit'. Sometimes, only German is good enough to adequately express outrage ;) And that's the emotion Larner successfully elicited from me with Ted's brazen cheek. But I need not be so hasty in resorting to violence to take care of the awful hobbit when there's good old Sam, ready to smartly point out the flaws in Ted's accusation without lifting so much as a finger in threat; or dear Frodo, who lets the Miller's son know exactly what sort of hobbit he's now contending with when he attempts to cow the gardener with his sharp tongue. And when Ted switches tactics to attack Frodo instead, and Sam adds his ha'penny bit before they both humiliate the troublemaker by totally blanking him afterwards - and in front of the locals, too ... That's the best thing you can do with a bully - ignore him. Don't lend him credence by responding to his taunts. Leave him floundering like a archer without a target. Ha! Take that, Sandyman! And that! Aaand that!! Gosh, this fic left me feeling elated and vindicated - rather like Sam and Frodo then, I should think. A job well done, Larner!

Reviewed by: Darkover  ✧  Score: 5

A well-crafted story that makes the point that sometimes the best thing to do when confronted by hostility, ingratitude, or just plain stupidity, is to rise above it. It also makes the point that it is easier to do so when you have a good friend at your side. The author demonstrated how Frodo and Sam have grown and changed for the better, while Ted Sandyman is still the worthless lout he always was. Sam, Frodo, and the tiresome Ted are all written in-character, with a useful amount of detail. The dialogue is equally good. A most enjoyable story, written with considerable skill and insight, and should not be missed.

Reviewed by: The Lauderdale  ✧  Score: 5

One of my all-time favorite books is Frances Hodgson Burnett's [A Little Princess], in which the ill-used Sara Crewe comforts herself by fantasizing that she is secretly a princess, enabling her to endure the scorn of others. Sam and Frodo have a "little princess" moment of their own in this story (although in their case it is true!), and it is similarly satisfying to watch them leave a nonplussed Ted Sandyman eating their dust. Ted's remarkable gall is another point of pleasure in this story - the nerve of that guy! Unfortunately, I suspect that this will only provide him with food for gossip about Samwise Gamgee and Mad Baggins II, and their mutual insanity. Some people never change.

Author response: Oh, but "The Little Princess" is one of my favorite books ever, so I'm so glad you mentioned it in your review. Yes, Sarah Crewe would well recognize the proper pride that Sam and Frodo invoke in one another in encouraging one another to ignore Ted's cheek. I DO love prodding at Ted Sandyman in my tales! Heh Thank you so for this lovely review, the Lauderdale!

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 4

An interesting look at the growth of Sam and Frodo during their travels, how they have, in many respects, grown beyond the Shire and the ken of most other hobbits. Through the hostile eyes of Ted Sandyman, we see that indifference to his petty harassment cuts worse than blows; Sam and Frodo have gone way beyond any irritation he can inspire, and, like many bullies, he finds it hard to take. Good characterization not only of Sam and Frodo, but also the ever-obnoxious Ted Sandyman.

Author response: Oh, but I've always loved prodding at our Ted Sandyman. Those who are small of spirit are always fun to tweak at now and then! Thank you so, Raksha, for this lovely review of "Spite Scorned." Yes, indifference hurts more in the end than retaliation!

Reviewed by: Virtuella  ✧  Score: 4

Dear Larner, One really has to wonder about that Ted Sandyman. Whatever is his problem? If he doesn’t like Sam, and it seems clear enough that he doesn’t, why bug him about being away from the village? But some folk will always find fault, and in the end they only make themselves miserable. Frodo and Sam, on the other hand, may well look forward to a good dinner.