Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

A Gardener's Tale

Author: Elentari Greenwood
Nominator: sulriel
2005 Award Category: Races/Places: Hobbits: Fourth Age

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: G-rated
Summary: Events in the life of Samwise Gamgee, in his later days.

Reviewed by: sulriel -- Score: 4

What a delightful tale. Your characterization of Sam is wonderful, and I love how warm and homey, and *Hobbity* your style is, and you maintain it well through-out. Sam's vision is well done, with smooth transitions. I especially love his meeting with Celeeborn, you use just the right amount of compassion and nobility in his speech and actions. It's bittersweet to see him hand off the Book to Elanor, and sail to spend his last days with Frodo.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 3

I remember this story. It is such a sweet and gently told tale of how things might have been for Sam, after losing his Rose, and before he goes away to the Havens. The mingling of his memories and dreams with the concerns of those who love him is very well told. Very lovely.

Reviewed by: Rabidsamfan -- Score: 3

I must confess that it takes me a while to work up my nerve to read stories set at the end of Sam's days, but I'm glad I read this one. It's beautifully detailed, and the sorrow is shot through with gentle joys. I absolutely loved the thought of the Elves all calling Sam "Ringbearer" too. And Gandalf's greeting to him nearly had me in tears! Thank you!