Now and For Always

Author: Antane

Nominator: Kara's Aunty

2011 Award Category: Incomplete: General

Story Type: Incomplete  ✧  Length: Medium Length

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Stories celebrating the undying friendship and love of Frodo and Sam, starting not long after Frodo had come to live with Bilbo at Bag End, one in Minas Tirith, the rest in the West. Chapter 1 and 2 belong to each other, and Bilbo is also in in those. The rest are not in any order. No slash.(So far 6 chapters are there. It's a collection of mostly stand-alone stories.)

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Reviewed by: Kara's Aunty  ✧  Score: 10

A sweet collection of stories depicting the development & strength of Frodo and Sam's extraordinary friendship. Chapter One opens with the charming scene of Bilbo teaching Frodo and Sam, and progresses into a fun day outside as Frodo becomes restless enough for Bilbo to excuse them both. But bad weather soon turns the pleasant outing into a trial and Frodo finds himself having to both distract wee Sam and himself from the alarm of a progressively worsening storm until they can both make it safely back home. Chapter Two has Frodo fretting over the very nasty cold that Sam has caught as a result and he spends the rest of it fretting over and trying to improve (with success!) Sam's health. A bit of role reversal, here, but nevertheless a taster of things to come later in their lives, indeed! In Chapter Three our self-effacing duo have trouble accepting praise well-earned (which is so typical of each of them). And the rest of the ficlets take us to the Undying Lands and beyond as the hobbits' age, and their long relationship and trials/healing finally reaches the ultimate conclusion: the afterlife. As for what actually comes after their lives, Antane has left that up to our own imagination. This is a very enjoyable collection of stories, though at times the effusive praising of each other seems a bit much and could do with a little toning down. There is also a slightly recurring problem of spelling/grammatical errors, and there are random words missing from sentences here and there which can disrupt the flow of the tales. This doesn't detract from the overall enjoyment, though, and Now and For Always remains a very enjoyable afternoon read. Good work, cousin!

Author response: What a nice long review, my dear! Apologies for the errors but glad you enjoyed anyway! Namarie, God bless, Your berry :)