The Green Hill

Author: Baranduin

Nominator: claudia6032000

2007 Award Category: Races: Cross-Cultural: The Fellowship - First Place

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Other Ficlet

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Frodo and Aragorn revisit Cerin Amroth during their stay in Lothlorien.

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Reviewed by: Firya  ✧  Score: 9

While I always believe there should be some tender moments between Frodo and Aragorn, this seems to be the perfect setting. There were many similarities among these two, and an additional hesitance to fulfill their destiny in the movie version. It might be a bit hilarious for Aragorn to act so lovesick suddenly, but it’s very amusing. ‘He folded his arms across his chest and cocked his head at Aragorn’, what a typical gesture when we had the first glimpse of the impish hobbit with Gandolf in the beginning of FotR, which reminding us of the primal carefree side of him. The scene that Aragorn held Frodo closely is moving, and I just can’t help loving Frodo’s reaction of Aragorn’s confession and his reassurance at the end. This ficlet catches the same sensitivity of them and shows their mutual understanding. Usually Aragorn was the one, who gave hope to others, but here he had enough trust in Frodo to expose his uncertainty about the future and maybe his greatest fear to him, and here the hobbit was the anchor. ‘“Yes,” Frodo said. “I see it.”’ might not be a kind of foresight, but the reassurance both of them need the most.

Reviewed by: Inkling  ✧  Score: 6

The magical, fleeting moment Frodo and Aragorn share at the foot of Cerin Amroth is one of my favorite passages in FOTR, not only for its mysterious blurring of past and present, but also as one of the most intimate glimpses Tolkien provided of the bond between these two companions. In this lovely little piece Baranduin has imagined a sequel to that scene--and further developed their friendship--as the two revisit the heart of Lothlorien. It seems very fitting, and believable, that Aragorn can't recall what he and Arwen said to each other when they pledged their troth: ["It was the dearest night of my life, but by all the Valar, I do not remember!"] So often we remember the feelings, more than the details, of moments of exquisite happiness. The ending, as the shadow passes over and yet [there was something fluttering in his heart], is sublime.

Reviewed by: annmarwalk  ✧  Score: 5

Even for no other reason, I would have loved this story just for the line [It was not a laugh he’d heard from Aragorn before—young and carefree and barely tinged with sorrow.] which absolutely stopped me in my tracks. When have we ever seen Aragorn laughing and playful, so bewitched and besotted from falling in love that he can't remember a word that was said? [It wasn’t a smile on Aragorn’s face now; it was a grin, a big toothy, goofy grin. And young, oh his face was so young now.] I was deeply touched by this vision of slightly-lovesick Aragorn recalling joyful past days on the hill of Cerin Amroth. And Frodo, dear Frodo, sounding both wistful and wise as he confides his vision of the future. At the time in which they are speaking they have no idea what the future holds, save desperation and sorrow and pain, but the gift of hope that Frodo holds out to his friend is precious and heartwarming to both Aragorn, and us as well.

Reviewed by: trikywun  ✧  Score: 4

(spoiler) A bit AU as Aragorn never returned to Cerin Amroth but it's a lovely story regardless. I liked the depth of the friendship between Aragorn and Frodo here. The descriptions of Aragorn's changing facial expressions is great and conjures up some really sweet images but my favourite part is Aragorn not remembering what he and Arwen said despite the wonderfullness of the event - just like me not being able to remember my wedding day, lol! Frodo's reassurance of Aragorn at the end is just perfect!

Reviewed by: obsidianj  ✧  Score: 3

This is such a beautiful, sweet little ficlet. Aragorn and Frodo's friendship comes through loud and clear. I loved the imagery of the cloud threatening to darken Aragorn's mood, after he relived his most dearest evening on Cerin Amroth. And then Frodo's assurance. It is the perfect ending to this little gem.

Reviewed by: Linda hoyland  ✧  Score: 3

A beautiful and atmospheric ficlet in which Aragorn tells Frodo of how he plighted his troth to Arwen and the spot where they stood. I especially enjoyed the glimpse of Aragorn laughing and looking young again.Who indeed could resist the beauty of twilight? I also enjoyed the obvious depth of friendship between Aragorn and Frodo shown here.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 3

I love this moment of friendship shown between Aragorn and Frodo--the language is very evocative of the setting, and the respect and love of the two friends for one another is beautifully depicted.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 2

Not quite canon, perhaps, but desirable as Aragorn admits the trothplighting of himself with Arwen to Frodo.