A Letter Unwritten
Author: Bill The Pony
2006 Award Category: Races: Hobbits: War of the Ring
Story Type: Other Fiction ✧ Length: Ficlet
Rating: PG ✧ Reason for Rating: Slash themes. No explicit material.
Summary: Sam tries to put words to his feelings for Frodo.
Reviewed by: Rabidsamfan ✧ Score: 4
Bill the Pony has written a lot of stories which have too a high a rating for these awards, so here's a short sample of one of her great strengths -- her Sam-voice. It's hard to write a convincing Sam-voice. His accent confounds many a writer, and so do his attitudes, shaped as they are by both Bilbo and the Gaffer. But Bill the Pony treads the dangerous ground with confidence, delivering a Sam who is believable within the context of canon even in a short monologue like this one.
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 3
I would only know this for slash from the rating--it could just as well be Sam musing on his deep friendship. But his words are perfect, and he sums Frodo's character up perfectly. Very moving.
Reviewed by: GamgeeFest ✧ Score: 3
The author has Sam's voice down perfectly. This is very much what he would be thinking near the end of his Quest. His love and devotion to Frodo are obvious, and his self-deprication is sadly accurate.
Reviewed by: Larner ✧ Score: 3
I've never been one to appreciate slash writing, but this one is tastefully done. Yes, I could imagine such thoughts if I believed Sam was indeed sexually drawn to Frodo. And the final determination is very much in character with the Sam I love.
Reviewed by: Marta ✧ Score: 2
This one definitely gave me the sniffles. It makes sense that Sam would be that deferential in romantic matters like he is in other things, but it still seems really sad.
Reviewed by: Marigold ✧ Score: 1
Sam has some very moving thoughts about his love for Frodo.