Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

The Gardener Speaks

Author: Armariel
Nominator: Antane
2008 Award Category: Genres: Poetry: Hobbits - Second Place

Story Type: Poetry : Length: N/A
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Sam speaks his thoughts to a sleeping Frodo on their journey.


Reviewed by: nancylea -- Score: 10

as i admitted to the other poetry author and the essay writer that i reviewed, this is maybe not my comfort zone. so if this sounds a little stilted its me not your work. pardons, please. in order to grow people need to reach out and try something different once in a while and once in those whiles you find something that makes you want to reach out even further. you have touched a chord in my emotions that i would like to explore more, thank you for presenting an idea that i like in a way that i might not have tried to use. this is a moving piece that explores the underpinings of frodo and sam, and let's it be just frodo and sam not egos and sex and competing and all those things. this is sam relating to this person who is currently the only person in his world (look around folks they are all alone out here) in a way that is completely and solely his. not his fathers not the shires not even the worldly view. this is a private moment that i feel priveledged to get to view. i can now think a little more samlike when i view the world, i have seen things from apoint of view that matters in ways that maybe mine doesn't because i am a selfish clod not a loving caring hobbit, but i can reach for it thanks to you giving me a road map. i hope ou find this as enlighting and experience as i have and i'm referring to the grand pitcure of mefa not eh medicore ravings of a nutcase. good luck.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 4

And when the Gardener speaks, he speaks beautifully, realizing that Frodo has been as much a nurturer of beauty as Sam himself was raised to be. Definitely an ode to the brotherhood between the two Hobbits who took the darkest road together. So wonderful a poem, lyrical and poignant, as Armariel's poems always are. I hope in time she will share her poems with us again, or at least let me know where I can find them elsewhere.

Reviewed by: Imhiriel -- Score: 4

A moving, gentle tribute to friendship. I especially liked how Sam recalled the gradual change the friendship between him and Frodo underwent from the time they were both children - with Sam still very small - to the time of the Quest and the present dire plight in dismal horror of Mordor. The poem touches on many very small moments that nevertheless have much meaning for the two friends and for their lives; those bright, joyful memories manage to pierce through and banish the ["ashy dreams"] of the moment for a time.

Reviewed by: Antane -- Score: 2

A loving tribute Sam makes to the brother and master of his heart. Wonderful and lyrical. Namarie, God bless, Antane :)