The Citadel

Author: Claudia

Nominator: Lily Baggins

2008 Award Category: Genres: Mystery

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Medium Length

Rating: Mature  ✧  Reason for Rating: Some violence, some severe angst, some male/male sexual encounters

Summary: An AU...and yet not. Frodo finds himself in a strange village without knowing how he came to be there.

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Reviewed by: SurgicalSteel  ✧  Score: 6

Wow, this is a really unique story that's both alternate universe and not simultaneously - sort of a dream-sequence, sort of a Claudia-verse - difficult to describe. Frodo, Faramir, Strider, and Halbarad are all in a village called the Citadel. It's revealed to Frodo that this means all of them are on trial for some offense, although he's not certain at first what his might have been. A variety of dark things happen to Frodo in this village - but at the end, he awakens in his bed post-Quest. It leaves us all to wonder at the end whether it really happened or not - and if it did happen, why? Was it perhaps some sort of self-imposed penance for events Frodo feels guilty for? And did it only happen to Frodo, or were the Rangers only figures in his dream? Really intriguing, an interesting read.

Reviewed by: obsidianj  ✧  Score: 4

This story gave me a warm fuzzy feeling. Although the setting is a strange town not really fitting any of Middle-earth' cultures, Frodo and his ranger friends Strider, Faramir and Halbarad create a cozy home in an otherwise bleak environment, mostly of Frodo's doing. I like the characterization of the main protagonists and the way Frodo persevered in doing the right thing even if it seems nobody appreciates it. And it pays off to the surprise of some people.