Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Rosie's Song

Author: Armariel
Nominator: Dreamflower
2011 Award Category: Poetry: Hobbits - Second Place

Story Type: Poetry : Length: N/A (Non-Fiction or Poetry)
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Rosie Cotton rejoices at Sam's return.


Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 9

This song is utterly delightful. It captures the warmth of Rose Cotton's love for Sam in a distinctly hobbity way. I can easily imagine this being a song that Rosie would sing about her Sam. It has an exuberance about it that makes me think of Rosie Cotton dancing {"with ribbons in her hair"], the Rosie that Sam remembers on that far away mountain when he thinks himself doomed. And as we know from the unpublished prologue, it was on that very day that Rosie began to watch for Sam's return to her. I love the progression of the verses, from the general to the specific. In the first verse we have something any hobbits of the Shire might sing in the praise of their fair land in springtime, praising the wind, the earth, the streams and the land through which those elements run. Then in the second verse it becomes more specific, praising the plants a gardener cares for one by one and in the last line narrows down to one gardener's ["long trail"]. The third verse focuses on the singer and her joy at the anticipated return of her beloved, and then finally we see the lovers reunited-- not just any two lovers, but these two, Rose and her Sam. All of it quite lovely taken together!

Reviewed by: The Lauderdale -- Score: 6

A well-executed poem, teaming with alliterative devices, use of end rhyme, and parallel sentence structure: [...fresh is the fragrance of earth newly plowed cool is the mist of the low-hanging cloud... Red are the strawberries ripe in the field blue are the columbines wild in the vale...] There is a painterly hand at work here as Armariel stirs her pastoral imagery of growth and fruitfulness into a sweet song of yearning, but also of confidence. The formal elements are many, but do nothing to damper the jubilant narrative voice: Rosie knows that Sam has returned, that soon they will marry and that a prosperous future awaits them, one of dancing and cheer, but also of healing and hard work - work that is itself a kind of joy, because it will be the work of a loving partnership. This is indeed a very Rosie sort of song, but because it names no names, it rather generously lends itself to other Shire-dwelling lovers waiting for their sweet lemans after a time of trial or separation. Author notes mention the possibility of setting this to music. A very appealing thought!

Reviewed by: Adonnen Estenniel -- Score: 5

"Rosie's Song" is a very wonderful poem. True to its name, the rhythm and meter are decidedly lyrical, and it does indeed sound like a song. The content of it is whimsical and rustic--perfect for the author's chosen character and situation. What I like more than anything else about this piece is how, though not written using common and generally accepted "Shire dialect", the poem still has a very Hobbity feel to it. Steady use of meter and rhyme scheme give Rosie's Song a steady, Hobbit-Shire predictability, but the author's use of alliteration and imagery brings things a notch above simple sing a long ditties. A truly excellent example of lyric poetry!

Reviewed by: Kara's Aunty -- Score: 4

Such a beautiful song! So well-written and so very, very hobbity. I can almost see the Shire through Rosie's eyes as she sings, and can almost smell the flowers. But - most of all - I feel her joy at the return of her beloved. One sight of Sam, and all the trouble and fear of the past dreadful year has slipped from her shoulders to be replace with joy and hope. And, most importantly, a deep, resounding love. Very well done indeed!

-- Thank you Kara's Aunty! Joy was the feeling I most wanted to convey here. Glad you think it was hobbity, which was just what it was meant to be. Thanks for commenting! ~~Armariel

Reviewed by: Darkover -- Score: 3

This is lovely in its imagery, and it has elements both romantic and practical, as I suspect was the case in the long love affair between Rosie and Sam. It is so well written, I could almost hear Rosie singing it in my head. Good idea, utilizing one of the characters who is less frequently written about.