In This These Days of Glory: From Spring to Autumn

Author: Dana

Nominator: Dreamflower

2007 Award Category: Races: Hobbits: Gapfiller

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: Teen  ✧  Reason for Rating: There is implied and less than implied violence in this story, angst, implied non-con, and vague sexual content. There is also a canon character death.

Summary: From April to November of SR 1419 (and the occupation of the Shire).

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Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 10

Danachan continues her series of "Troubles" vignettes here, with the same skill and care she took with the first half of the story. It is significant, I think, to the scheme of LotR, that things really did not begin to grow *worse* in the Shire until they had grown better elsewhere. The destruction of the Ring in the Spring actually triggered things snowballing in the Shire. We see Lotho, so confident and full of himself in the beginning, gradually losing his grip on both himself and his Ruffians. He knows his supply of money seems to have dried up, but not why, and his Men seem to be getting out of hand--and he scarcely dares to rein them in. As for the rest of the Shire, we are again given some other POVs: Ted Sandyman, Marigold Gamgee (with an excellent tie-in to another of Dana's Troubles stories, "The Choices of Mistress Daisy") Tom Cotton and others. Most sad are the tales of the series of housekeepers who found themselves unfortunate enough to serve at Bag End briefly. Technically these vignettes are so tightly constructed as to be amazing. Each one is exactly 600 words, and each one gives us insight into the POV character's feelings and thoughts in a way that is quite visceral. And though you know it is coming, the description of Lotho's dying is still quite chilling and shuddersome. And it ends, of course, with Sam's (and the others') return. Beautifully done.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 4

Ah, but it's been a time since I read this--the Time of Troubles from the points of view of Lotho, Rosie, Folco, and several others, as Lotho sees himself rising and foresees himself falling; as others see the changes wrought by Lotho's giving himself to the evil pressed on him by "Mr. White." Yes, a dark time darkly told, the feelings of each individual palpable, until the Light returned and Frodo came back, the one event each had found himself or herself hoping for, even in the end....