Author: Beethoven's 7th

Nominator: Rhapsody

2005 Award Category: Genres: Humor: Hobbits - Second Place

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: n/a

Summary: In which Frodo gets a bad case of spring fever and poor Sam's plants are the victims.

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Reviewed by: Rhapsody  ✧  Score: 10

Seedlings is a story I love a lot. In this beautiful story, Beethoven’s 7th tells us how special the relationship between Samwise and Frodo is. I cannot help to think that Samwise doesn’t want to stop Frodo from causing such a disastrous trail through his precious garden en yet he feels so honoured that Frodo shows such interest in his very love and life. The image of Sam hovering around his little babies … beautiful. With the right words Beethoven’s 7th show the reader how much Sam loves everything that grows: especially in the Shire. Of course, we already knew that, but to read it this way… very touching. And Frodo who still very much lives in his own world. I could imagine how Sam wanted to be careful around his fragile friend. The story also shows the research and knowledge the author herself has of gardening and it feels like she had to rescue her precious flowers on many occasions from a very enthusiastic helper. Beethoven’s 7th remains very true to Tolkien’s characterisation of Samwise and Frodo in this story, the way she writes the dialogue is truly fitting for a lazy afternoon in the Shire. Now before other readers think this fits better in drama: it actually really belongs in this category. The manner of writing is light and very hobbity. Beethoven’s 7th writes a very attractive and active story (story technique wise), that keeps the reader enthralled with an excellent pacing. Your command of the language is excellent, as always Beethoven’s 7th!

Reviewed by: pearltook1  ✧  Score: 5

This is a story that had me laughing throughout. Frodo's sudden enthusiasm for gardening is hilarious and Sam's incredible patience is equally funny. Frodo has all the aptitude of an over eager puppy as he plants bulbs more like he's burying bones. It really isn't too far out of line that Frodo is shown as a bit incompetent, as he often is in fanfiction. All too many of us know the person who excells at books and head knowledge, but seems incapable of doing anything practical. Beethoven's7th's Frodo fits that type wonderfully. A fun story to brighten a reader's day!

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 3

Very cute! Poor Sam. I really liked the way the narrative took us out and then back in again. It added a different feel to the story that I very much enjoyed. And I like the way that Sam managed to resolve this strange situation in a way that placated his own possessive tendencies without hurting Frodo's feelings. Great ending.

Reviewed by: Leaward  ✧  Score: 3

Lovely patient Sam. Having to watch his master digging up his prized daffodils -- chunked up piece going flying, indeed. I'm afraid I am more of a Frodo type gardener than Sam -- who is welcome to plant daffodils, or snapdragons, in my garden anyday. Nicely told, good active language, and a nice 'hobbity' style to it. Well done, Beethoven's 7th.

Reviewed by: Rabidsamfan  ✧  Score: 2

*snicker* I'm usually not fond of "Frodo can't garden" stories, but this one is great fun. I particularly enjoyed the authorial asides!

Reviewed by: Marigold  ✧  Score: 2

As the owner of several pots of dead plants I can empathise with Frodo's sudden, and probably temporary, enthusiasm. Both hobbits are in lovely character here! Well written story.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 1

This is very cute. I like Sam's patience, and Frodo's enthusiasm.

Reviewed by: sulriel  ✧  Score: 1

Lovely! Poor Frodo, digging away, and Sweet Sam, taking care of him as always.