The Letter

Author: Antane

Nominator: Mysterious Jedi

2009 Award Category: Genres: Alternate Universe: Incomplete - First Place

Story Type: Incomplete  ✧  Length: Medium Length

Rating: Teen  ✧  Reason for Rating: This is going to get rather angsty as it deals with Frodo's post-Quest struggle with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. For all intents and purposes, he is a victim of a violent rape, even if never physically assaulted, but the body is the least affected in such an attack. No slash, but lots of pure hobbity love.

Summary: Sam writes a letter to Aragorn after the hobbits return to the Shire begging him to come because Frodo is suffering from the effects of bearing the Ring and Sam doesn't know what else to try to aid him. The king, Arwen and Faramir all make the trip to the Shire. Gandalf will be there also. AU.(I have completed only the first few chapters, I have at least several more planned and medium length is only a guess but I think a good one)

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Reviewed by: Kara's Aunty  ✧  Score: 6

Oh what a beautiful story! And I've only just read the first chapter, so far. As always, you have mastered Sam's speech extremely well. His own pain is as blisteringly apparent as that of Frodo's, of which he writes. You have characterised him well, showing his loving devotion to his truest friend and the anguish he experiences at watching him suffer. And how lovely that (so it seems) Faramir will be going to the Shire with Aragorn to visit them (I have a massive weak spot for Faramir, but whether that's down to the character himself, or the fact that I think about David Wenham whenever I see Faramir's name is anybody's guess). I see there are a fair few chapters of this lovely story with which to entertain myself this evening, and I am looking forward to a cosy night in discovering what delights you have in store for me, the reader. Thank you for this beautiful fic, m'dear! M :)

Reviewed by: Mysterious Jedi  ✧  Score: 5

Where to even start? I love this story. Antane portrays strong friendships among people who truly care about each other. l think that is very true to canon where the Fellowship is concerned. One way this friendship is shown is by the plot itself: Sam writes to Aragorn because he cares about Frodo, and Aragorn comes immediately to aid a friend. Another way friendship is portrayed in this story is through simple respect. I love how the hobbits are respectful and deferential to Aragorn, while he is deferential to the Ringbearers and works to put Rosie at ease as well. The characterizations are very believable and true to canon. The spelling and grammar are good.

Reviewed by: harrowcatliz  ✧  Score: 4

I enjoy the purity of Antane's writing and am so pleased to read her latest contribution to the world of Middle Earth. The humour, caring love and angst is well mixed. Her basic premise, that the evil of Sauron reaches beyond his destruction, is both intriguing and plausable. If only everyone had friends prepared to work and fight so hard for our mental and physical well-being. Really looking forward to seeing where this is going Antane.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 3

Have been following this, and look forward to seeing it completed. Had Aragorn, Arwen, and Faramir come northward to assist Frodo to bear with the echoes of the Ring's influence, I can see it occurring in much this manner.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 3

A warm and family-friendly AU story, wherein Sam summons friends from Gondor to help Frodo after the hobbits' return to the Shire. Lots of hurt-comfort and scenes of friendship between the hobbits and Aragorn, Arwen and Faramir. I enjoyed the snowball fights and the camaraderie between Men and Hobbits in Bag End.

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland  ✧  Score: 3

I often wish that Aragorn could have been with Frodo to ease his suffering in the years before he sailed,so I love the premise of this AU story in which Sam sends for Aragorn who comes with Faramir to try to help. It is good to see Frodo surrounded by all the love and comfort he richly deserves.