Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

The Green Flash

Author: DrummerWench
Nominator: Gandalfs apprentice
2006 Award Category: Genres: Drama: Featuring Frodo or Sam - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Other Fiction : Length: Short Story
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: After Frodo's leavetaking, but before Sam, Merry, and Pippin return to the Shire, Sam speaks with Cirdan and first feels the tug of the Sea. Slightly AU for the disposition of Narya.


Reviewed by: Gandalfs apprentice -- Score: 10

DrummerWench has a very special gift as a fanfic writer: she does what Tolkien himself did, that is, take the fairy tales and folk legends of our world and weave them into a new mythology. The result is something wholly unique, and I am sure that the Master would have greatly approved. It is a rare gift. In this tale, she makes the wonderful Irish tales of the Selkies into a story of Middle-earth, and sets it in the context of the "sea-longing" that is itself a full story. I totally identified with Earenwen, and wanted to be with those dolphins, and walking on that beadh. I felt that I finally really understood what "sea-longing" is after reading this. Perhaps not so different from Keats' "I have been half in love with easeful death." In any case, it is much more moving when linked with Sam's dilemma: love for Rosie and all the other wonders of real life, versus the "otherworldliness" of the Elves and Frodo's fate. After reading this story, I understand Sam better. It's especially refreshing to read about sea-longing effecting someone besides Legolas, whose whining tires me. I love the portrait of Cirdan here, especially the reclaiming of Narya. It's a perfect tie-in with DW's WIP, "The Boatbuilder." Go read it!

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 4

This is absolutely gorgeous! It captures perfectly the spirit and tone of JRRT himself. I love the idea of Cirdan, lending his aid and comfort to the three bereft friends, and helping Sam to realize what he needed to know in order to one day follow Frodo. The beautiful tale of the Elven maiden had a wonderful mythical quality to it, like a genuine folk-tale. And the quotes from canon flowed seamlessly into the text, beginning and end. Lovely, lovely job!

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 3

Interesting treatment of Sam's sea-longing after Frodo's departure over the Sea. I quite liked the dialogue between Sam and Cirdan, and the way Cirdan seemed to have inherited Gandalf's avuncular interest in the hobbits' welfare. The novel use of Narya works well in the story.

Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: 3

This was an interesting encounter, and I especially liked the story of Earenwen. I think it would have been interesting to write Cirdan actually telling it, because that would have given us the story and more interaction between hobbits and elf. Still, it was a neat way to approach the beginnings of Sam's sea-longing.

Reviewed by: Isabeau of Greenlea -- Score: 3

A very nice gap-filler, and a good explanation for Narya possibly remaining in Middle-earth and what its greatly reduced powers might do. This was a Sam story primarily, and his voice is strong and true, though Cirdan's grief and patience are also well-depicted.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: 2

An interesting look at Sam's sea-longing, though I found Cirdan's tale to be somewhat disruptive. Nice use of Narya - very appropriate bit of playing with the story.