Author: alex_quine

Nominator: foxrafer (csevans8)

2010 Award Category: Times: Post-Ring War and Beyond

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: As the time for Bilbo's leaving approaches, Sam meets the Lady Galadriel in the Party Field and Old Magic shows New.

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Reviewed by: foxrafer (csevans8)  ✧  Score: 10

["but there was a peace breathing through his soul as he watched the first glints of the new day creeping over the horizon"] This particular fic is almost like a fairy tale, Middle-earth magic at its finest. Sam is at the heart of this story, and his love of the Shire, his family and all things that grow shines through every word. While I know the friendship between Sam and Frodo is one of the highlights of Tolkien's work, I appreciate how alex_quine has decided to show us Sam without his primary focus on Frodo's well being. This is a more balanced and well-rounded depiction and is beautifully realized. We see a hobbit whose life is dedicated to growth and renewal, to the care and uplifting of others. His skills and the gifts from Lady Galadriel have brought life back in all its forms to the Shire. And he has been rewarded not through recognition or fame, but through a life well-lived and well-loved. In this story, alex_quine recounts one final gift from the elf queen herself, one final glorious surprise for the love and care Sam has shown to the mallorn tree. Galadriel's obvious affection for Sam is touching and reminds us of the connections formed between the most unlikeliest of people, something that makes Lord of the Rings such a pleasure to read. It's wonderful to see the writer's love of these characters shine through.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 4

In a delicate interweaving of book- and movie-verse, Alex Quine has given us a bit of magic set beneath the mallorn that grew in the Party Field. For there he has encountered the Lady, who introduces him the the Dance of the Falling Mallorn Leaves and those who dance it, and he realizes that even though she leaves Middle Earth, not all magic shall go with her. Very sweet with a tang of mystery to it.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: 3

The tone of this piece is lovely, both in Sam's melancholy and in the joy of that midnight meeting under the new Party Tree. Alex_quine catches that double-sided atmosphere of the Fourth Age as it replaces the Third.

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland  ✧  Score: 2

What a beautiful vision for Sam to behold. I love his connection with nature and with Galadriel.Magic will endure as long as nature does. A lovely picture in words.