Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Sam's Crosswise Verse

Author: Elanor Gardner
Nominator: Antane
2008 Award Category: Genres: Drama: Featuring Frodo or Sam

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: A childhood promise and the rhyme it creates have an impact on the lives of Frodo and Sam. On the quest, Sam and his master are crosswise and an old promise must be kept.


Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 10

I must wonder why this marvelous tale has not received more feedback. Do folk not read Frodo and Sam stories unless they're written by prescribed authors or something? This tale of a particular rhyme being used as a code to indicate a perceived disagreement ought to be discussed and dealt with is just so perfect; and I love how much of the imagery I find myself invoking when I write of these two is reflected here with even more perfect descriptions to add to it all. The thought of the olfactory memories of a hot, muggy day in the Shire visiting with the tinker as an alternative to a less-that-desirable visit with Lobelia is just so wonderful! [Leather and ink and cinnamon] clinging about Sam that way, and then a ghost of them evoked there in that place--perhaps that one memory of a scent was enough to allow Sam to go on to do what he needed to do, now that he'd made the determination he had about his beloved Master; but I was so touched that he had to try that doggerel in an last-ditch attempt to get a physical response to confirm the hint given by the illusory scent of cinnamon.... Oh, oh--so well worth a read, so poetical in its writing, so grievous and touching and somehow heartening for those of us who know Sam was wrong in his current perception of the situation. And I hope that Frodo found a way to himself find rhymes to the word for reassurance's sake once they were in "civilized places" again.

Reviewed by: Antane -- Score: 2

A powerful story of love during the Quest. The sequel is "Frodo's Crosswise Verse" which is even better!

Reviewed by: nancylea -- Score: 1

such pitcures you paint