I Will Know Suffering

Author: Andy Longwood

Nominator: Ariel

2005 Award Category: Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Aman

Story Type: Vignette  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Ilúvatar’s gift does not always seem a blessing. When the Ringbearer comes to Valinor to find peace, he is a reminder that mortality can be a cause for mourning – and that to truly know happiness, one must also know sorrow.

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Reviewed by: Ariel  ✧  Score: 7

I was totally knocked off my feet by this fic. I am not usually a big one for crossed species because, well, it just doesn't seem that it would work to me, but this piece is just brilliant. It is a perfectly believable snapshot of what Frodo might be like in Valinor from the point of view of someone who falls, unexpectedly in love with him. The author also does something I wholeheartedly approve of by not identifying the name (or gender) of the love interest, thereby allowing both those of us who prefer het and the people who like slash to enjoy the story. So many fics are written seeming to suggest that females would not be good enough for these characters that it is, sadly, a refreshing change to find a story that allows readers who are proud of and enjoy their own femininity to enjoy a tale. This fic (and style of writing) doesn't deny either and so welcomes both - a tack I can wholeheartedly support.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 3

I like the ideas presented here that great love must be accompanied by great sorrow. And I love the way that the narrator changes over the course of the story, at first acting very naive towards any who come from the Hither Lands but eventually becoming curious and more sympathetic. Good character progression.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: 2

Interesting to see the differences among the Elves in Valinor, and how mortality brings out the burden that sheer innocence can be.

Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: 2

This is a haunting account of a meeting between Frodo and an elf of Valinor. The contrast of suffering and pleasure, and the problem mortality poses for an immortal, were both well done.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 1

Frodo finds love in Valinor in the Undying Lands; very lyrical and lovely and angsty.