Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Testaments of the Past

Author: Dreamflower/Gryffinjack CoAuthors
Nominator: Dreamflower
2007 Award Category: Races: Hobbits: Post-Grey Havens

Story Type: Story : Length: Novel
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: This WIP is only awaiting the finishing of the epilogue to be complete. Sam finds a strongbox at Bag End, filled with mementoes which Frodo had gathered. He summons Merry and Pippin to go through it with him. They experience the gamut of joy and sorrow as they recall their lives with Frodo. This story includes illustrations of items found in the box, and Author's Notes, that are actually a part of the story, detailing various documents found in the box.


Reviewed by: Imhiriel -- Score: 7

A wonderful idea, beautifully and carefully realised. The characterisations are perfect, taking book canon and taking then into account how they might have developed in the intervening years. The interaction is completely on target, vivid and natural. The emotions are conveyed clearly and evocatively. The changes of mood that the different mementos and memories engender are conveyed realistically and smoothly. The descriptions bring Bag End really to life in all details, as well as the papers and other paraphernalia the story is about. It was so wonderful to read about how they discover document after document and tell stories of their meaning and importance, fill bare facts of the stations of several Hobbits' history with vibrant life. And how Frodo in particular is once again *present* in their midst. The care and intricacy with which the "artifacts" have been created and reproduced really impressed me, and I thought it gave the story even more impact and resonance.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 5

Thoughfully written and beautifully realized, this is a treasure-box of a story in every respect. After Frodo's departure over the Sea, his friends find a strongbox in Bag End containing momentoes of his life; and remember various experiences connected to some of the items. The authors also include photos of the items; and further explanations in their author's notes. The detail in the documents of Primula and Drogo's marriage and Bilbo's adoption of Frodo is particularly exquisite and makes the story even more believable. A lovely effort that reminds us all of the significance of memories great and small from a pivotal life in Middle-earth. Highly recommended to all hobbit-fans!

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 3

A very poignant look at the life and loss of Frodo Baggins by those who loved and knew him best, as they learn how they did NOT know him. Sad, joyful, poignant, angsty. How deeply they miss him, and with such reason. The combination of story and images of artifacts, and the finding of that chain.... Moving indeed, and strongly recommended.