Thicker Than Blood

Author: Ariel

Nominator: Marta

2005 Award Category: Races/Places: Hobbits: War of the Ring

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Novel

Rating: PG-13  ✧  Reason for Rating: adult themes, violence

Summary: From Frodo's fall at the ford to his waking at Rivendell - the story Tolkien only hinted at.

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Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 9

This is one of the best, most moving stories about the time between Frodo's arrival in Rivendell and his waking to find Gandalf at his bedside. I love how the perspective comes solely from the hobbits, and I also how it never strays far from Frodo's room once the elves have him settled. The focus of the story is very much on Frodo, which is fascinating because he never has a POV. Well, I guess the focus is divided between Frodo and the Ring, because Bilbo seems to sense that it's about somewhere. Those passages were wonderful to read, and I love how whatever comfort or mirth had been in the story, it all fled the moment Bilbo starts wondering about his old trinket. Great bit of dramatic writing in all those parts. But perhaps my favorite part was the fact that Elrond chose to remove the fragment of blade while Frodo was still alive, even if he didn't have the strength to survive the surgery. It was a chilling decision, but the reasoning behind it seems to be the same reasoning that eventually sends Frodo off in a company of Nine to accomplish an impossible Quest. Wonderful character work all around, and great use of emotions. It was never bogged down by angst, but fear and desperation were certainly abundant and they rang true. Great story!

Reviewed by: Rabidsamfan  ✧  Score: 3

There can never be too many tales telling us about those dark days when Frodo lay injured at Rivendell for me, and this one always leaves me weeping. It has some of the best insights into Sam's part of it, and Bilbo's too, as well as a great sense of tension -- I know perfectly well how it will all turn out and yet I sit and read, losing fingernails as I go. Thank you.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 3

There are any number of stories out there focusing on the time between Frodo's stabbing and his recovery. This one is a very plausible version, showing the deep attachments between the hobbits, and especially Bilbo, Frodo and Sam. Sam's insights at the end into what the quest will mean for Frodo are especially touching.