Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Namesake

Author: Elana
Nominator: Elana
2005 Award Category: Races/Places: Hobbits: Post-Ring War Drabble - First Place

Story Type: Drabble : Length: N/A
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Sam and Rosie name their first son.


Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: 5

What a sad thought! I can imagine calling the name Frodo would be a painful reminder, especially in those earlier days when memories of the old outweighed memories of the new. But Sam's right: there really wasn't any other name. And I think after Sam had made the decision to call his firstgborn son Frodo (before Frodo Baggins sailed West), to name his son anything else would have also hurt, because every time Sam said the new name he'd think about why he *didn't* name him Frodo. Interesting investigation of a topic I hadn't thought about before.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 4

I'd never thought that Sam and Rosie might hesitate in naming their eldest son Frodo, but the reasoning given in this drabble is great. Maybe it would be easier if Frodo's name became a memory. But if Sam took the easy road, he'd never have gone to Mordor. I love how in the end it was simply a matter of wondering what else he could name the boy. And how nothing else would work. Very Sam-like, to boil it down to the basics and then do what has to be done. Nice job.

Reviewed by: Tanaqui -- Score: 4

In this drabble, Elana effectively conveys the full range of human experience: birth and rejoicing, death and mourning, how we go on with the world when those we love are gone. Sam’s simple question about whether he could bear to hear Frodo’s name “dozens of times each day” is a powerful expression of how grief can take us. By his choice, Elana shows us clearly that Sam has indeed chosen to be whole and at peace, at least for a while. Thank you for sharing this lovely drabble with us.

Reviewed by: Rabidsamfan -- Score: 3

Awww. This ficlet really addresses the question of how Frodo's departure might affect the way Sam felt about using the name. I like the way that Rosie understands what the problem is, and also the way Sam understands the problem and accepts the responsibility anyway.

Reviewed by: Lindelea -- Score: 2

"Could he bear to keep that name alive?" Here is a different take on the story than I've seen before. Sam's devotion to his master is drawn as clearly as his courage here.

Reviewed by: sulriel -- Score: 2

Oh no. ... they must not have considered another name! I'm sure there were a lot of little Frodo namesakes running around in the Shire over the next years. I can imagine Hobbits going in for that sort of fad.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: 2

A bittersweet moment, fulfilling Frodo's prophecy that "Frodo-lad" would come. Now he has, and will help keep Frodo Ring-bearer a presence in Sam's world.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 1

Yes. I can see such a conversation between Sam and Rose, as they think what that name will come to mean.

Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen -- Score: 1

An interesting view of the issues raised.