In This These Days of Glory: From Autumn to Spring
2007 Award Category: Races: Hobbits: Gapfiller - Honorable Mention
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: General ✧ Reason for Rating: This story includes implications of violence.
Summary: From September of SR 1418 to March SR 1419 (and the occupation of the Shire).
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 10
In a series of tightly planned vignettes, and alternating the viewpoints of Lotho Sackville-Baggins with various other hobbits of the Shire, Danachan chillingly documents the slide of the Shire into the darkness that was engulfing the rest of the world outside its bounds. She begins with the very night Frodo, Sam and Pippin leave, as Lotho and his mother take possession of Bag End--Lotho's triumph on gaining this long-held ambition burns hotly and fuels his further ambition. One by one, we see others--some of them mere names on the Family Trees, take on life and personality, as they deal with Lotho's gradually deteriorating nature. Angelica Baggins and Will-lad Whitfoot are two who really stand out in the narrative. Dana's tight use of POV helps us to really get inside the heads of her characters; by seeing how these events are so personally affecting individuals, we get an excellent overview of how they are also affecting the Shire at large. As things get increasingly worse in the Shire, the story tellingly ends on a note of hope: Rose's realization that Sam is coming back, on the day the Quest ends. This semi-canon moment taken from JRRT's unpublished Epilogue to Lord of the Rings is a fitting close to this.
Reviewed by: Marta ✧ Score: 5
So many nice gapfillers here! I especially liked the corruption of Lotho S.-B.; he's far from my favorite character, and you made his fall believable for me (something Tolkien failed at, incidentally). And when Rosie burst into song in that last section.... that was just pure hobbity spirit, and a nice tribute to the connection between the two of them. Reading about the Shire occupation in this way, as vignettes rather than a complete novella, was surprisingly affective, and I really enjoyed reading this. I heartily recommend it to lovers of gapfillers, or anyone who just loves solid vignette writing.
Reviewed by: Larner ✧ Score: 3
And we see the evil of the Time of Troubles begin to grow, as Lotho and Lobelia realise that the possession of Bag End fails to give them the respect they felt they deserved. And things build until the day Rosie knows that Sam WILL come home once more. Shivery.