The Smallest Hands
2006 Award Category: Times: The Great Years: Poetry
Story Type: Poetry ✧ Length: Poem
Rating: G ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: A son g in honor of the heroes of the Quest.
Reviewed by: Branwyn ✧ Score: 4
I like the "historical" note at the beginning. The poem is executed in a style which is skilfully modeled on Tolkien's own. Comparing the towering heroes of legend and history with the four hobbits, it sums up one of the central themes of the LOTR -- that worldly power is neither a true measure of worth nor an indication of an individual's ability to do good. [...into the smallest hands did give the greatest deed of all.] Thanks for sharing this piece--it is very touching.
Reviewed by: GamgeeFest ✧ Score: 4
This is a beautiful song that honors Middle Earth's unlikely heroes. The names of legendary heroes at the beginning, and the qualities that are thought to make them so great, is wonderfully juxtaposed by those of the hobbits in the second half of the sonnet. ["Although in height but half as high full twice as large their hearts"] the hobbits prove that they are equal to the task and no less valiant than the heroes who have come before.
Reviewed by: Imhiriel ✧ Score: 4
The poem is executed flawlessly and structured well: Reminding the readers first of all the mighty heroes of the past, the deeds of the Hobbits become even more poignant. I think the last two verses may be my favourites, especially this: ["and into malice Mercy cast, and Love and Grace prevailed. So Power and Pride did tremble then, And thus the Darkness failed."] The capitalization works very well to emphasize and give special resonance to the inner qualities that triumphed when strength of arms could not. This has me in tears everytime I re-read it.
Reviewed by: Súlriel ✧ Score: 3
Dreamflower, this is nothing short of amazing, I was goosebumped and teary-eyed before I got halfway through. In my mind, it touches the heart of what Tolkien wrote - of all the grand and epic deeds, but also of the Shirefolk, the simple folk who don't seek glory yet come forward and do well when the need arises. Very well done. Thank you.
Reviewed by: Larner ✧ Score: 3
One of the best original poems written using Tolkien's own meters and rhyme schemes I've read, and certainly a beautiful tribute to the heroes of Arda, both great and small--especially the small ones. And to realize that my own vision of Frodo inspired it is humbling. I thank you very much for this one, Dreamflower.
Reviewed by: Pearl Took ✧ Score: 2
This is a wonderful lay, with the cadence and flow of an old historical poem. Marvelously done!
Reviewed by: Dwimordene ✧ Score: 1
The moral of the story is given a song to go with it - nice rhythm!