Now Far Ahead the Road Has Gone

Author: jan-u-wine

Nominator: Antane

2011 Award Category: Poetry: Post Ring War

Story Type: Poetry  ✧  Length: N/A (Non-Fiction or Poetry)

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: There is but one journey left to Bilbo and Frodo, the one that leads to peace and healing..... Please note that the beginning "verse" is from Lord of the Rings. The secondary URL will take you to Mechtild's LJ, where the poem is a companion to her screen-caps for the journey to the Grey Havens

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Reviewed by: Mechtild  ✧  Score: 7

It's a lovely image, the image that inspired this poem, but how exponentially it has enlarged and enriched the original image. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but this poem shows how words make a single picture worth a thousand pictures. It would take myriad pictures to show all the facets offered of its subject in this slim column of words. Reading this poem, it is as if I walked not only into the image's scene but into the minds of the characters, the one image opening into a limitless expanse of the image's world -- real, and deeply poignant. I say limitless not because the poem is long. It makes no attempt to be exhaustive. But the poem says things, just enough and just the right things, that suggest to the reader a realm of thought, emotion and memory that is limitless. This realm is the interior world of the character made real to the reader. Good fiction convinces readers of the power and reality of its secondary world. This poem does that, even if that secondary world is an internal one.

Author response: one thing must be remembered (in this and many other cases!): this poem would never have been if you had not posted the image (and I don't remember any longer whether you posted it on your LJ and that started the poem, or if you sent it to me.......but it hardly matters. What matters is that *you* were the fire-starter, here) I have to say that I love this poem. And this is one where I do not think it is Sam, writing things as he thought his master might say them, but had not. This is a different voice than those, at least to me, a more immediate and raw one. Not so mannered. Full of the honesty that the dying have, full of the pain and (yet) intelligence of Master Frodo Baggins. Going, yes. Weary, yes. But not giving up. Enduring, still. And inviting us into that realm you speak of above.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 3

This captures so painfully and so sweetly that poignant moment in the movie when an aged Bilbo asks Frodo for a glimpse of that Ring... Frodo's thoughts so easily seen on his face in that scene are here verbalized, and it's clear how he aches.

Author response: thank you, Dreamflower. Very happy that you enjoyed it!

Reviewed by: Darkover  ✧  Score: 3

A touching poem from Frodo's POV, about how carrying the Ring has affected both Frodo and Bilbo. Only a Ringbearer can truly understand what they have been through. The poem is sweet without being sentimental, and surprisingly powerful.

Author response: thank you very much, Darkover! I am happy that you enjoyed it.

Reviewed by: curiouswombat  ✧  Score: 2

What a lovely poem this is. It captures the moment so well - thoughtful, poignant, enough to bring a tear to the eye. Well done.

Author response: thank you, dear CW! I am so glad that it moved you!