Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

The Rose in the Courtyard

Author: Claudia
Nominator: Claudia
2007 Award Category: Races: Cross-Cultural: The Fellowship

Story Type: Story : Length: Other Ficlet
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Frodo meets one of the Gondorian Rangers in the Houses of Healing after the War. The Ranger feels guilt over his treatment of Frodo.


Reviewed by: obsidianj -- Score: 3

[spoilers] This a beautiful movie!verse gapfiller. Damrod, one of the rangers who found Frodo and Sam in Ithilien, asks Frodo for forgiveness for the rough treatment during the encounter. I never thought about how the rangers who were part of that encounter felt after realizing what Frodo and Sam did. Nice use of the rose as a symbol.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 3

Damrod finds Frodo contemplating the single blooming rose in the gardens of the Houses of Healing and finds each wonderful, and begs the Ringbearer's pardon for possible rough treatment in Ithilien. Some slight grammatical errors, but a pleasing story.

Reviewed by: stefaniab -- Score: 3

"The Rose in the Courtyard" is the first story that I've read that fills a rather tricky gap. In the Houses of Healing, a contrite Ithilien Ranger apologies to Frodo for rough treatment, while Frodo appreciates the maimed soldier's sacrifice at the Black Gate. I especially enjoyed the healing aspects of this story.

Reviewed by: Marigold -- Score: 3

I couldn't imagine Frodo reacting to such an apology in any other way; he was in wonderful character here. So was Damrod, who proves that Faramir is not the only Ithilien Ranger to show his quality.

Reviewed by: trikywun -- Score: 2

A wonderful glimpse of Frodo's generous and forgiving nature, showing just how enlightened and special that he is.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 2

A very nice portrait of Frodo's forgiving nature--and I love the metaphor of the rose and the sun that Claudia uses.