Eucatastrophe: The Return
2008 Award Category: Genres: Alternate Universe - Third Place
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Novel
Rating: General ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Frodo and Gandalf saw Bilbo settled in at Tol Eressea. Now they are back, and Frodo's feeling much more himself than he has in a very long time. (Set in my "Eucatastrophe AU", in which the Three were freed by the One's destruction, and travel to the West is now two-way. Each chapter had to include special elements for Marigold's Challenges.)
Reviewed by: Golden ✧ Score: 10
Eucatastrophe: The Return is a story about how Frodo comes back from Elvenhome. That is for me personally the greastest thing ever, because I always found it sooo very hard to bear, to imagine that Frodo is gone. I mean Ok, he is gone because he needs healing and he is very probbaly happy in elvenhome and in the shire life also goes on, but the relationship between Frodo and Merry and Pippin and Sam is so deep, hat is always hurt me in a way to think, that the good bye at the grey havens is one forever, so it really is fantastic to have a fan fiction story that shows that maybe it was not forever, but only for a time and that then, when he had been healed, frodo returned to the shire and they, thats means especially frodo, sam and his cousins, but also gandalf, that they meet again and that they have a future that they can enjoy together. For example can Frodo be part of Merrys wedding in this universe, something that I find very important, because Frodo just is very near to merry, they are a bit like the older and the younger brother. A very nice story, a good read and a story that brings a lot joy to the heart, because it shows another possibility of an ending after the ring war and the healing is done for our Hobbits.
Reviewed by: nancylea ✧ Score: 10
hi dreamflower, as often as i've commented on this landscape i hope you knew i would get back to you for this occasion, you have made one truly enjoyable alternative to the masters work. this series and expecially this section of the story have so much to recommend it to any reader at most levels of reading. i have read so many times how the ending of the books just doesn't seem to fit the masterpeice of the sections before it. you have writen something that i think Tolkien might have enjoyed reading as a sequel to lord of the rings. i mean he separates hobbit from the trilogy, so might he not have thought about a follow up to the lord. yes i understand that in letters he said he was running out of things to say but he staill found a way to go on; maybe after a decade of two he might have picked the story back up. the only thing i would change about your series is to find someway to make them all appear at the same place listed in the proper reading order with no delays while you finish writing them; could you maybe invest in some technology that lets you just think them onto the web no waiting for real life to allow the luxury of writing them. you have gained such prominence in my regard i can't wait to read even more of your works; more importantly you have shown me and hopeful others several places where we can learn and expand our own craft in the hopes of personal if not monetary reward. thank you for being such a guide and role model. may your god smile on you every day.
Reviewed by: Larner ✧ Score: 5
How I wish that this Eucatastrophe universe had happened--or at least part of me wishes that. Bilbo happily living west of the Sea, Frodo healed and restored to those who love him, the Three with their power intact. Merry's wedding approaches, and Frodo seeks to help him avoid much of the chaos of the preparations and the stress of having to deal with Rosamunda Bolger by getting him out of the Shire for a time--perhaps to Rivendell for a bit? But with one thing and another, they almost don't make it back in time. A nice and delightful might-have-been, filled with its own surprises.
Reviewed by: grey_wonderer ✧ Score: 5
Let me just say that I love this story. This is an excellent AU and it allows the reader to enjoy a post Quest timeline that has Frodo well and healthy and living in the Shire among his family and friends. I really enjoyed this tale and all of the little details that the author put into it. She does hobbits very well. This tale has adventure, romance, and humor all rolled into one so whatever your pleasure if you enjoy a good AU then you are sure to find something in this that you like. The inclusion of a healthy Frodo for events in the Shire gives this what-if a very lovely feel.
Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon ✧ Score: 4
Haven't many of us wished that Frodo could have returned from the Undying Lands hale and whole, and that the Elves did not fade or leave? Dreamflower's Eucatastrophe stories make that wish come true; for the Elves, and the ring-bearing hobbits, can go back and forth from the West at will. Frodo's return is written with joy and credibility; and the hobbits reuniting for a far gentler adventure is great fun. Good descriptions of Merry's wedding. I'd have liked to see more of Finrod, but this was a hobbit story after all...
Reviewed by: Bodkin ✧ Score: 4
I do love the thought of the barriers coming down and the way west becoming two way traffic. Sam might well have found it harder to become the important hobbit he did in the book, if Frodo had come back and resumed his Mastery of Bag End. He might well have slotted back into being a servant - valued, doubtless, but Frodo's right-hand hobbit rather than a hobbit of substance. It's a joy to see a happy and healthy Frodo, though - the heart of his extended family, loved from Aman to the borders of Mordor, just as he deserved.