An Evendim Yule

Author: Torn_eledhwen

Nominator: Azalais

2011 Award Category: Cross-Cultural: Eriador

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Sam, Rosie and family visit Annuminas at Yule; the little Gamgees learn about different holiday traditions.

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Reviewed by: Azalais  ✧  Score: 6

I was the lucky recipient of this fic in a holiday exchange last Christmas, so I may be biased, but I do love it. Torn_eledhwen conjures up a Yuletide at Annuminas full of good cheer, excited children and - the guests being the Gamgees - plenty of food. Picking up from that note in the Appendices about King Elessar "dwelling for a while by Lake Evendim", this shows us Aragorn enjoying the opportunity to be Strider for a while: carrying the luggage (and the children!) and taking the hobbits for a ramble before Yuletide lunch. It's far too down-to-earth a piece to be saccharine, though, and the cheery tone is varied - by Arwen's sad Elvish song to the Old Year and by Aragorn's memories of the Wild. One for Aragorn-fans and hobbit-fans to enjoy as the festive season approaches!

Reviewed by: The Lauderdale  ✧  Score: 5

This is a cheery little Yuletide story, and I was charmed by the depiction of Sam and Rosy's young brood: funny and cute, without being too precious or saccharine. The legendary hobbit appetite is on full display here, and Aragorn and Arwen do not stint to make their guests at home. I liked the blended traditions - hobbit, Dúnedain, and Elvish - and I enjoyed Aragorn's interactions with the children. Sam rounds the story off beautifully with his final observations in the cart: ["Yule's not just about the old stuff, I reckon; it's about making it new every time.”] On a sidenote, I guess I never really registered the fact of post-Ring War Annúminas, or that Aragorn spent time there. Definitely a great area to explore with fanfiction, as Torn_eledhwen does in this story.

Reviewed by: Erulisse  ✧  Score: 5

A delightful and joyful story exploring the yule traditions of the Shire, the Dunedain and even a bit of Elvish tradition when the large, ever growing family of Samwise Gamgee go to Evandim to visit Aragorn, Arwen and Eldarion. The children celebrate Yule with their parents and a very low-key king and queen, and there are discussions about the different traditions of Yule among the peoples of Middle Earth. This isn't an in-depth exploration, but this isn't an in-depth type of story. This is totally light-hearted and should be enjoyed because of that.

Reviewed by: obsidianj  ✧  Score: 3

What a sweet little tale. I like the mixing of Yule traditions of hobbits, Dunedain and elves, and Aragorn building brick towers (even if it is one brick only). It all sounded so homely and peaceful. I bet Aragorn enjoyed this Yule away from his kingly responsibilities like Sam and Rose and the children.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 3

This is a sweet bit of fluff in which Sam takes his rather large family to Lake Evendim to spend Yuletide with the King and Queen. I quite enjoyed the natural way the children interacted with the adults. A very pleasant little story!