Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

The Westering Fire

Author: Aprilkat
Nominator: Baranduin
2008 Award Category: Races: Hobbits - Second Place

Story Type: Story : Length: Other Ficlet
Rating: Teen -- Reason for Rating: Mention of violence in the Shire although no depiction.
Summary: Rosie wishes for Sam to come back to the Shire during the Year of Troubles - and he does.


Reviewed by: Baranduin -- Score: 4

I love love love this story of Rosie just before Sam returns home and routs the ruffians. Rosie is so full of good sense and courage and steadfastness it absolutely shines from her in this story. And I really love the ending ... the way the story is so grim and you feel so much for Rosie having to endure it ... and then she goes out to meet more trouble only to discover that it's her Sam come home to her. Really love how Aprilkat uses the bit of dialogue from the book to end the story. it's seamless and utterly fitting.

Reviewed by: viv -- Score: 4

I liked this story. Rosie is such a strong hobbit lass, probably one of Tolkien's best female characters overall (such a shame that the professor didn't spend more time writing her... something I am always happy to see fic writers remedying). You've depicted her earthy no-nonsense beauty very well here, I think. She's generous, practical, empathetic: a lass worth coming back to. Sam might have hurried a mite more. ;)

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 4

I love this! Rosie is so very well characterized here: strong, determined, and very much a hobbit. I love the practicality in the midst of trouble: the felled trees will provide firewood; the message to the ruffians spared Marigold. And of course, there was her instant recognition of her Sam, in spite of his unexpected appearance. And I've always loved that greeting she gave him in canon!

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 4

We don't get enough fanfiction from Rosie's point of view; and this welcome ficlet does not disappoint. Rosie is written as worried and vulnerable; but still the strong hobbit-maid who is a fit mate for a Ring-bearer. I like her purpose, and resolve, and determination to keep going, helping her family and friends despite the overwhelming danger of the Ruffians.

Reviewed by: SurgicalSteel -- Score: 4

This is a short piece exploring what things might have been like for hobbits in the Shire during the occupation by ruffians employed by Lotho and Saruman. Rosie deals with the fact that a number of the women of the Shire have been brutalized by the ruffians - and wishes that Sam would return. When he does, she's been changed enough by her experiences to want to meet him on equal terms. A lovely look at the thoughts behind one of the few lines she has in canon.

Reviewed by: Imhiriel -- Score: 4

Very credible and engaging take on Rosie's character; I especially loved the fierceness she exhibits while keeping a clear head; the longing for Sam tempered by a strong will. Evocative descriptions of this particular day, and deft references to what had been going on in the Shire for the past few months - just enough to give a clear picture without it overwhelming the main plot.

Reviewed by: NeumeIndil -- Score: 3

I like your version of this moment. It's very hobbity. I think this is also the first time I've read Rosie using a vernacular similar to Sam's, and I enjoy that too. A nice piece. Thanks.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 3

All keeps getting worse and worse, but is bearable for now. Marigold is safe--for the moment at least, and there is wood for those brave enough to fetch it. But then a horn blows, and a rider approaches! Our beloved Rosie is well portrayed, as is her desire for her Sam. A wonderful lead-up to the Scouring of the Shire from Rosie's point of view.

Reviewed by: PipMer -- Score: 3

Oh, this was nicely done! Too often we forget what it must have been like for the hobbits left behind in the Shire, to deal with the nasty ruffians. How glad Rosie must have been to see her Samwise return! Well done!

Reviewed by: Galadriel -- Score: 3

A wonderful look at the Scouring of the Shire from Rosie's point of view, hinting at fresh horrors that the male characters are never really exposed to. Rosie's voice is so clear here, and the sudden rush of hope at the end of the story is a wonderful touch that lifts the reader's spirits.

Reviewed by: Marigold -- Score: 2

Very nicely done from Rosie's pov and I especially thought it was fitting that Marigold was spared because of the message about the Travellers approach - including Sam of course!

Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke -- Score: 1

This is a vivid glimpse into what the folks at home experienced, particularly the women.

Reviewed by: nancylea -- Score: 1

our hero----deeeep sighhhhhhhhhhhhh