"Where Many Paths and Errands Meet" (Vol. 1. of 8 of "The Adventures of Frodo Gardner")

Author: Dreamdeer

Nominator: Dreamdeer

2009 Award Category: Genres: Longer Works

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Novel

Rating: Mature  ✧  Reason for Rating: (For the entire series.) SEX: Implicit except for explicit pollinization. Sexual crimes are never eroticised. LANGUAGE: euphemized in translation. VIOLENCE: Infrequent, but no holds barred. OCCULT: Sauron and other ghosts and demons. SHOCKS: Sooner or later this series will push any button you have. Not for PTSD sufferers in the avoidance-phase of recovery.

Summary: (Most standalone vol.) Famine sweeps Sauron's former slaves in Mordor and the King sends to the Shire for a Master Gardener to heal the land. Sam sends his son, Frodo. But other people's errands and emergencies take the traveler way off course. Includes story-within-story of the origin of hobbits. AU, for reasons explained later.

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Reviewed by: Celeritas  ✧  Score: 10

I am going to take a guess here and theorize that the seeds to this story were sewn before the author, Dreamdeer, had much extensive contact with the fandom. I say this because it implements so many elements that you cannot find anywhere else, especially in hobbit fandom, because there is usually some sort of consensus within a pre-existing community. Without this consensus an author is forced to think on her own and that is certainly what Dreamdeer has done here. As such, the sheer exhilarating novelty of Dreamdeer's interpretations, which nevertheless do not contradict Tolkien, permeates all of this the first installment of her labor of love. And because she weaves these ideas in so skillfully, I was able to accept her vision as a whole even though there are portions I of it I could never see working in any other piece of speculative fiction. Some of the beginning chapters start out a little clumsily, and primary-world references and Americanisms threw me out of the world a little; however, these small matters were overwhelmed by the sheer poetry of such scenes as the healing of Legolas. Especially to be commended are the methods by which the author has allowed for a physical and moral transition from the Third Age to our modern era.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 6

I believe I began reading this some years ago, back when it was an unfinished work. Most unique, the manner in which it deals with the concepts of Elves fading, the state of life among the former slaves of Mordor, the origins of Hobbits, the manufacture of Rings of Power, Elf-Dwarf relationships, whether or not Sauron might remain within this world, and the like. A most interesting read. And considering it is an ongoing work in its eight volumes, it can definitely be considered a true epic. Had Aragorn found that the land within Mordor was dying, on whom would he naturally call to check out the situation in order to bring it back to fertility? And whom might he have sent as a messenger to bring the needed help to Gondor? Well, perhaps not the one who came to meet with Sam and Frodo Gamgee-Gardner at the Prancing Pony--and for notable reasons!