Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

In the Dark

Author: Ariel
Nominator: Marta
2005 Award Category: Books/Time: The Lord of The Rings

Story Type: Vignette : Length: Short Story
Rating: PG -- Reason for Rating: suicidal thoughts
Summary: In Mordor, following Frodo and Sam's forced march, Sam is not the only one to have grim revelations as they rested by the roadside.


Reviewed by: Inkling -- Score: 5

Angst lovers will know they have come to the right place from the very first line of this story: “In the dark, fume-laden air, a chill wind blew.” The sense of doom is palpable throughout, as is the feeling that the Ring is a sentient presence in the story…especially at the end when not only Sam is waking up, but the Ring as well. Ariel has captured perfectly the curious mixture of fatalism and denial that seemed to be to be constantly battling within Frodo throughout the quest. A moody, memorable piece.

Reviewed by: Aliana -- Score: 4

This story astutely captures the sense of total exhaustion and desolation that seems to overtake Frodo and Sam in the final stages of their journey to Mt. Doom. The descriptions of landscapes--both the external landscape of Mordor and the internal one of Frodo's mind--are well done. Frodo's thoughts of Sam's death also contain a chilling hint of what might have befallen the pair, had things gone just a little bit differently.

Reviewed by: SilverMoonLady -- Score: 3

This was one of the first stories I read and reviewed, and reading it again was just as powerful as the first. A perfect and frightening glance at true resolve and true courage in the face of heart-wrenching choice. Beautifully written and anguishing, in the best possible way.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: 2

Good depiction of Frodo's exhaustion, his being stripped down to nothing but a resolve he knows he may not be able to fulfill. For those liking Frodo angst, give this one a read.

Reviewed by: Rabidsamfan -- Score: 2

A truly moving piece this -- the best sort of angst, really. And I must admit that I love to see Frodo thinking about Sam in just about any story, so this tale of Frodo considering Sam's sacrifice is right up my alley.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 2

A very dark and angsty look at Frodo's thoughts when they come to the last part of the journey to the mountain. Very much as I would have imagined; well done.