Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

My Children: Reflections from the Shire

Author: Gryffinjack
Nominator: Dreamflower
2007 Award Category: Genres: Poetry: With Hobbits

Story Type: Poetry : Length: N/A
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: There is nothing objectionable in this poem.
Summary: N/A The Shire reflects on her loss of four special sons.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 9

I found this poem very touching, as the author personifies the Shire, depicting her as a fond mother. Indeed, it is the thought of their gentle Motherland that sustained our heroes through all the darkest and most dire days of the Quest to rid the world of the Ring. It was the thought of home and loved ones that kept them going in the face of incredible odds. That they returned to find her under assault, and were able to defend her successfully is another theme explored here. I really like the image of the Shire as mother, and the fact that the poet also pays tribute to all of the four hobbits, and not to just one or two. So seldom do we find that: most authors tend to concentrate on just Frodo, or Frodo and Sam; a few concentrate on just Merry and Pippin--very rarely do we see someone who cares to include all of them as the focus. We see the Shire's pride in these sons of her soil, and her grief that for all they've done, none of them can find their final peace there, but all of them must leave her finally, to find their own healing in the end. Well thought out and poignant in tone, though the scansion's a bit rough in spots. A lovely poem and tribute to our four heroes.

Reviewed by: Inkling -- Score: 3

The sentiments of this poem are very movingly expressed. While the meter strays at times, the central image of the Shire as mother is a powerful one, reminding me of the stirring Irish folk song "Four Green Fields." Nice work!

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 2

Does the Shire yet remember those who gave so much for all of Middle Earth and then for her own integrity? If she does, then this is perhaps indeed how she would do so.