2007 Award Category: Races: Hobbits: Post-Ring War
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: Teen ✧ Reason for Rating: The fic describes the aftermath of Mt. Doom, and includes major character death, so it might be upsetting for some younger or more sensitive readers.
Summary: Merry copes with a terrible loss.
Reviewed by: Cathleen ✧ Score: 4
This author is definitely one of the most talented writers in the entire fandom. She very skillfully paints a descriptive picture of her characters and fills her story with tantalizingly heartbreaking details. Her gift for composing angst is one that is able to tug at the heartstrings of even the most resistant reader, and cause a tear or two to fall discreetly from the corner of an eye. Lovely story!
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 3
I read this AU story a good while back, and it remains indelibly etched in my mind. It is very angsty, and yet, considering the circumstances as they are shown here, it is not at all over-the-top. Beautiful, but so very, very sad.
Reviewed by: trikywun ✧ Score: 3
There are some nice descriptives in this story and there is a nice wistfulness about it. I know it is AU but found the canon error of intimating that Merry, Pippin and Sam all live close together very jarring. Nice story save for that though.
Reviewed by: Larner ✧ Score: 2
A sad, poignant AU based on Frodo not recovering in Ithilien. How would Merry and Pippin and Sam feel afterwards? Now we know. Thoughtfully done.