Moss and Stone

Author: Altariel

Nominator: Marta

2005 Award Category: Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Final Partings - Second Place

Story Type: Vignette  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: n/a

Summary: A final parting near the Old Forest. Gandalf leaves his charges behind in safe hands.

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Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 6

Bombadil reminded me a little bit of the hobbits in this vignette. The events in the south meant little to him in light of a fox's new-born pups, and these priorities seem to be very similar to Shire priorities. But coming from Bombadil, this has the ring of wisdom to it rather than ignorance. Bombadil knows what has happened and has chosen to place his values where they are, which strikes me as rather profound. More than profound, actually. Wise. I also liked his words about the Witch-king's death. There were some great allusions tied up in that. I've never really enjoyed Bombadil as a character, probably because I didn't understand him, but I liked him here. Thank you.

Reviewed by: ErinRua  ✧  Score: 6

This ... I adored from the first reading. A more perfect meeting of Gandalf and Bombil would be hard to conceive. Bombadil has never been a favorite of mine, but here he is something special, something timeless. He is all the untouched beauty of the world that lives on, no matter the strifes of Men, and yet despite his remove he hears and remembers the blackened scars of war, even beyond his borders. It seems he is reminding Gandalf, too, that life endures, the world goes on, new beginnings await the new age to come, whether it be in fox kits or new kings. Lovely, lovely vignette that beautifully fills a small, obscure gap to perfection.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: 5

I'm not normally a fan of Tom Bombadil, if only because I can't bear the poetry, but as a tying up of loose ends, this is a nice little vignette. I did love the foxes, and Tom's general disinterest in the world beyond his borders takes on a different cast as he allies himself with the longer cycles of the living world. And one gets the sense that Gandalf, too, needs looking after, and that Bombadil provides that, in his own, inimitable way¬ógiving Gandalf permission, even orders, to go home at last.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 3

Gandalf's last visit with Tom Bombadil is not what you might expect. But he knows at the end that he is leaving the Shire to be watched over. I particularly enjoy the seeming indifference of Bombadil to all the task Gandalf accomplished--except for one thing.

Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: 2

Another interesting nook of canon that I had never thought that much about. It was interesting to read, none the less, and I think you really nailed Bombadil's character.

Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen  ✧  Score: 1

An intreaging tale