Under the Ympe Tree

Author: Bill The Pony

Nominator: Rabidsamfan

2006 Award Category: Races: Hobbits: Post-Sauron's Fall

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: R  ✧  Reason for Rating: Character describes m/m sexual encounter

Summary: Gaffer Gamgee worries about his missing son.

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Reviewed by: Rabidsamfan  ✧  Score: 3

Bill the Pony tackles Gaffer Gamgee's point of view in this story, and does it with a sure hand. You can hear the old hobbit speaking, not only about what's happening in the Shire with Sam and Frodo gone, but also about his choices and regrets over the love that he sees Sam giving Frodo. Yet, in some ways, this is still hope.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 3

This story has the Gaffer's voice down perfectly! And his point-of-view is so rustic and yet practical, and yet fanciful all at the same time. I'm wondering what *this* Gaffer thought when they came back. And I love the characterization of Widow Rumble, even though she doesn't say one word.