Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Gold Rings and Sam

Author: Branwyn
Nominator: Raksha the Demon
2007 Award Category: Genres: Poetry

Story Type: Poetry : Length: N/A
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: With abject apologies to Dr. Seuss and Tolkien.


Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 6

In this ficlet, Branwyn sets the late Dr. Seuss and J.R.R. Tolkien spinning in their graves; but they would be spinning with laughter at this maniacal fusion. The piece is like something I'd expect if Dr. Seuss and Prof. Tolkien went out and had a few too many at the Eagle and Child - totally wacky, but making a strange kind of sense, mixing the words of Faramir and Sam from the Ithilien chapters of TTT with the Dr. Seuss poem. I began to feel very, very sorry for Faramir - he probably would have preferred to go out and fight more Haradrim than keep up the verbal fencing with the annoyingly persistant halfling. Now I'm wondering where Branwyn got the Ent-draughts - something's got her writing on a whole new wavelength here; fresh and zany all at once. Good fun all around.

Reviewed by: Fiondil -- Score: 5

Apologies to Dr. Seuss, indeed! "Green Eggs and Ham" was one of the first books I ever owned and from which I learned to read, so it's, oddly enough, one of my favorite books with many fond memories. I'm sure it's only coincidental that in both versions, one of the characters is named "Sam". At any rate, I like how Samwise's initial distrust of Faramir is used as the basis of the poem and how Faramir's responses here are echoes of the actual words he spoke to Frodo and Sam in Henneth Annun about what he would do if he found he had the One Ring in his possession. And I would have been right behind Fararmir chasing that annoying Halflling around the cave. Well done!

Reviewed by: Inkling -- Score: 3

A truly inspired bit of foolery! I can just picture the Seussian illustrations to go with it: a frowning Sam pacing about, an exasperated Faramir rolling his eyes... For more fun with Tolkien and Seuss, don't miss Branwyn's "One Son, Two Son" at the same site.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 3

How wonderful! A tribute to the good Dr. Seuss, and to book-Faramir and book-Sam! How lovely to see, even in a parody, a Faramir who does *not* want to take the Ring--a fitting come-back to movie-verse! (And Sam *was* rather annoying, wasn't he?)

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 3

A wonderful light moment as Faramir and Sam meet Green Eggs and Ham! A fun laugh and well worth the read! And one doesn't mind at all when Faramir takes up his sword when provoked by a MOST suspicious of Hobbits.

Reviewed by: Linda hoyland -- Score: 3

[spoilers] I don't usually read fanfic poetry but am glad I read this as it is one of the funniest and most hilarious pieces I have ever read. Using the syle of Dr.Seuss the writer somehow conveys both Sam and Faramir's personalities to a T. Would anything make patient Faramir snap? the answer is contained in the final line. A must read poem!

Reviewed by: Lindelea -- Score: 2

LOL! Extremely clever mimicking of the genre, a perfect parody. *applauding* Won't quote or give details, wouldn't want to give away the delight.

Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: 2

*giggles* Not quite the way Tolkien told the scene, but still very cute! This was a lot of fun, and surprisingly good at actually getting across the tension of that moment.

Reviewed by: phyloxena -- Score: 1

Classics revisited :)