2005 Award Category: Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Gap-Filler
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: G ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Frodo tries to use his work on the Red Book to hold the anniversary memories at bay.
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: 6
There's something very haunting about this tale. It might be that part of it resonates so clearly with me. I've often been driven to writing when life becomes too much to handle, but the desperation described in Frodo takes this obsession to new heights. I can only imagine what he must have been going through to push him so hard and so fast. It's made worse by the idea of "well-meaning" help. That's sometimes the hardest thing of all. You know the other person is trying, but they really can't do anything. Yet you're almost obligated to accept their offerings because even the hope of help might be better than no help, except that it's not and then you feel even worse. Very vivdly told, and very effective in accessing things to which readers can relate.
Reviewed by: Marta ✧ Score: 4
I really like this piece. Any presentation of Frodo's sickness is of course largely fanon or extrapolation, just because Tolkien gives us such few details, but your version seemed very reasonable. I especially liked the idea of Frodo's using the book as a way to hold the demons as bay. That it wasn't just his duty but it was a tool to help him deal with whatever psychological issues he had. Very perceptive, I think, and very realistic if my own experience is any indicator.
Reviewed by: Dwimordene ✧ Score: 2
Interesting take on how Frodo might've dealt with his illnesses after the War, when he and Sam and Rose were sharing Bag End.
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 2
Another sad account of one of Frodo's anniversary illnesses, in which his writing in the Red Book is a disturbance, rather than a comfort.