"Now Lost, Lost to Those from the East, is Valimar!" (Vol. 7 of 8 of "The Adventures of Frodo Gardner")
2009 Award Category: Races: Villains
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: In his struggle to regain power and wreak vengeance upon Sam, Sauron finally loses and wins. Frodo Gardner finds both his enemies and friends where he least expects them. The theme of sin and redemption continues. But what shall become of the land he came to save, with Frodo gone? AU. Hobbit songs included.
Reviewed by: Larner ✧ Score: 10
For Frodo Gardner life has become most difficult. In a vision he had demanded that Mattie be allowed to live, managing to snap a thread in one of the tapestries woven by Vaire the Weaver. Whose life it was he might have ended by his act he has no idea, but the King has forbidden him to cross west of the Anduin for some time. And now Eldarion, the King's heir, has asked Frodo to confront Lebadoc Brandybuck, who has been found to be selling a new intoxicant in Seaside. But how could a Hobbit have become a purveyor of drugs? The truth of the situation is enough to both free Frodo from being possessed by the fading spirit of Sauron as part of the confrontation between two equally narcissistic Maiar, and to send a guilt-ridden Frodo fleeing from all who know and love him, out to take the identity of a failed post rider Hobbit and to sell all he had formerly treasured, down to his self-respect and nearly his life, for drink. Once rescued, he and Mattie take on a new duty so as to distance themselves from further temptation while he heals; but at what cost? At least now that Sauron is gone there are many who wish for a better life for themselves and their families, including a select few usually seen as evil through and through! Now--can they find their way back home to Seaside, aided by orcs and guided by a warg? And how much redemption will they leave in their wake? Another fascinating look at what Sam's son's life might have been like.
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 5
I long ago got as far as this in this long and amazing tale, and then other things came along, and for a while I lost track of the site where it was posted. I was delighted to see it once more in the MEFAs, and kept hoping to get back to it again-- a few times I re-read earlier parts in the hopes of refreshing my memory. But this part is as far as I got, and rather than take the chance of not being able to finish it and review it, I am going to go ahead with a hidden review, in the hopes of getting back to it before the end. Frodo G. continues to amaze and astound me; I am very glad to have found the story again, and hope not to lose it this time!