Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Linden and Laurel

Author: Aratlithiel/Ariel CoAuthors

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Races: Hobbits: Post-War of the Ring

Story Type: Other Fiction : Length: unknown
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Sam knew his master had to leave the Shire, knew he could never have found healing in middle earth, but did Frodo ever become whole in the West? A tender and mystical tale of how Sam learned, in the end, that he had.


Review scores are not available for 2004.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: N/A

"But do not expect me to wish you health and long life. You shall have neither." I don't think I've heard that phrase used so well in a fic. I love how it's repeated now and again at just the right moments. At first, it's a tingling warning in the back of Sam's mind. Then it becomes a dark portent of the future. Then it seems to be a death knell. But though Saruman was denied the West, Frodo wasn't, and that seems to have made the difference. I love the idea of the tree and the fact that the tree is where Frodo came to Sam. Beautiful metaphors and analogies throughout. A very heartwarming tale.

Reviewed by: White Gull -- Score: N/A

This is a beautiful, allegorical view of Sam & Frodo's relationship after Frodo sailed. The medium of gardening is a brilliant way to reveal what was in Sam's heart.

Reviewed by: Lindelea -- Score: N/A

Nicely done. The repetition of phrases and the symbolism of the trees are well-used. The tree-pictures add so much to the story! (But of course it would stand alone without.) Such writing! Words fail me, and so I fear this review is but a poor effort. A heart-warming tale that nonetheless leaves the reader wistful.

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel -- Score: N/A

I had not planned on reading many Hobbit stories. Hobbits just aren't my thing. And I had not planned on reading this one. Not sure why. But I think it was other comments that got me to open it and see it wasn't so long and so maybe I'd read it. I sit now with eyes brimming with unspent tears and yet a little smile. This was beautiful and the characterizations of Sam and Frodo (thruogh Sam's eyes were perfect), and so hobbity a feeling to all of it.