2005 Award Category: Races/Places: Hobbits: Post-Ring War
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: PG ✧ Reason for Rating: adult themes
Summary: The first anniversary of Frodo's wounding on Weathertop arrives, and Sam is not there when he is needed.
Reviewed by: Rabidsamfan ✧ Score: 4
This is an utterly satisfying story. All of the characters are believable, and while the peril is great (and frightening) it is balanced by the insights Frodo has in the second chapter about all that has been gained as well as lost. Among the other things I loved Sam feeling guilty for not doing enough, and Frodo teasing him gently about Rosie. And Mrs. Cotton's campaign to fatten Frodo up again was just perfect!
Reviewed by: Ariel ✧ Score: 3
I must also review this one. It was the very first story of Budgie's that I read and I still consider it a favorite. The insights and descriptions of the way the characters feel is particularly book and particularly captivating. I love the scene in the yard/garden. A very perceptive piece.
Reviewed by: Bodkin ✧ Score: 3
Courage. Just about sums up Frodo. The courage to face the unfaceable and endure as long as he must. But Sam now - his courage is different. He has the strength that will start again and rebuild a world torn down. The two of them together - lovely. This is a delightful story.
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 2
Very nicely done hurt/comfort; Sam's fear, worry and guilt over not being there is well done. But I really like Frodo's reflections at the end.