Nominator: Pearl Took
2006 Award Category: Races: Hobbits: Post-Grey Havens
Story Type: Other Fiction ✧ Length: Ficlet
Rating: PG-13 ✧ Reason for Rating: 'Tending' is a sad, yet poignant short story about the realities of life (and in some part, death). It is about taking care of what has been left behind and focuses on a truthful part of life that most do not want to face ... but must be faced by all eventually.
Summary: Because some things should not be forgotten ...
Reviewed by: Pearl Took ✧ Score: 3
This story shines. In part the is just because it is excellently written, but in part because of the wonderful twist it has. Tender, touching, full of love and care but not coming from the one you are sure you are reading about as the story begins. A wonderful, wonderful piece!
Reviewed by: Súlriel ✧ Score: 3
This is very touching. I have to admit it isn't something that I've wondered about and you make me feel the lack. I think it's admirable the way you use this story, this topic, to bring out the background life, the real life that continues on around the grand epic. Well done.
Reviewed by: Marigold ✧ Score: 3
It is a beautiful thought that Primula and Drogo's grave will always be tended. I can see one of Merry's children one day taking up the task, and so on, through the years, long even after it is forgotten why. And I am sure that somehow, Frodo knows.
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 2
A very touching vignette: Merry is able to perform a special service for his beloved cousin after he left--taking care of the graves of Frodo's parents.