Nominator: Kara's Aunty
2011 Award Category: Hobbits: General - Third Place
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Ficlet
Rating: General ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Oneshot based after the War of the Ring."He didn't belong anymore."
Reviewed by: Kara's Aunty ✧ Score: 10
A nicely-written, though sad, ficlet depicting Frodo's sense of loss and futility after the end of the War of the Ring. The author uses spring leaves as an analogy of how Frodo feels [He was like the leaves after a long and freezing winter - the same but different, new]. Yet for me, spring leaves are a sign of renewal and of long, fruitful life to come, so I personally am not sure it was the best example with which to describe Frodo's great inner discord. Still, it could be argued that Frodo lived such a life after all - though in Valinor, instead of the Shire, and either way the analogy was effective enough to put goldleaves' point across. Of course, Frodo's sense of loss and futility isn't all he's suffering under, as goldleaves shows us; there's a touch of self-loathing in there that makes me want to weep for the poor, traumatised hobbit. He clearly feels unworthy of the accolades he receives for his part in the Ring War, and so he has escaped from those that would heap them upon him (Gondor, Rohan). But upon returning to the Shire he finds no solace in anonymity, just more torment in memories, and he knows then that he does not belong anywhere any more. For such a short little story, the author has certainly packed a lot of depth and emotion into it. 'Green' is a sweet and poignant little tear-jerker. Very good work, goldleaves!
Reviewed by: haldirsbaby ✧ Score: 3
WOW...just simply wow. Such a glimpse into how Frodo felt once his destiny was over! Brilliantly written, wonderfully described. I was moved, deeply moved...Great Work mellon nin!
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 3
A very touching bit of Frodo-angst. I liked the emphasis on the Shire's main color, green, and on leaves-- an apt metaphor for Frodo at this point in his life. And yet, like leaves, he will be green again when the environment is right, though he has to be transplanted first.
Reviewed by: Darkover ✧ Score: 3
For such a brief story, this is heavy with emotion. Frodo has been profoundly changed by his experience as the Ringbearer. His disassociation, alienation, and sorrow are understandable and well written. Quite impressive.
Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon ✧ Score: 3
A sad little piece about Frodo's post-Ring War sense of isolation and alienation. Goldleaves conveys the Ringbearer's loneliness, the terrible belief that he has no place anywhere on Middle-earth. Nice comparison of the green leaves, the hope and optimism of springtime, with Frodo and his experiences.
Reviewed by: Adonnen Estenniel ✧ Score: 2
An excellent example of Hobbit-fic! I really like what goldleaves has done here. The writing itself is fresh and detailed without being overbearing.