Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

All Else Fades

Author: Claudia
Nominator: sweetonaragorn
2005 Award Category: Books/Time: The Lord of The Rings: Hobbits

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: PG-13 -- Reason for Rating: Angst.
Summary: Sam must make a difficult decision after Shelob fells Frodo.


Reviewed by: Tanaqui -- Score: 5

This is an insightful movie!verse AU in which Claudia explores Sam’s thoughts as he treks across Mordor, believing Frodo has perished and he must complete the quest. I like the way Claudia has shown Sam’s understanding of Frodo’s torment and why Frodo empathised with Gollum. Sam’s fear that, with the Ring destroyed, Frodo would have become as empty and driven as “Stinker” is strongly conveyed. And the “attack” sequence is well conceived. There were some very minor stylistic issues that troubled me, but they didn’t detract from an excellent story.

Reviewed by: Rabidsamfan -- Score: 2

This powerful AU sends Sam into Mordor alone, thinking that he has left Frodo dead behind him at Cirith Ungol. But Frodo is alive, and following, and the encounter between them when he catches up at last is enough to wring your heart.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 1

A very angsty movie verse look at Sam's thoughts when he held the Ring.