Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Harvest Bonfire

Author: Cuthalion
Nominator: Larner
2007 Award Category: Genres: Romance

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: Mature -- Reason for Rating: The tale is rather fluffy, but it deals with the more exhausting details of motherhood (there is an explicit "adult" bed scene at the end which would make it a R)
Summary: This is mainly a Rosie/Sam-tale (though my favorite OFC Lily Proudfoot plays a certain role, and her star-crossed AU-relationship with Frodo Baggins is mentioned). In most fanfics Rosie Gamgee is portrayed as the perfect mother of thirteen children... but sometimes even the best mother needs some help and has to be reminded that she's still a lover, too.


Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 6

Rosie and Sam now have four children, and today Sam is off to pick up tulip bulbs, and Rosie finds herself exhausted and at the ends of her endurance. A collapse is perhaps long overdue, and it appears she will no longer be able to fend one off effectively. Into this situation walks Frodo's once-love Lily Proudfoot, who realizing Rosie needs a serious break takes over and sends Rosie to bed, arranging for the children to spend time with their grandparents and herself for a few days that Sam and his wife might find a renewal of their own love. A wondrous gift, both Lily's offer and this story. One of my favorites ever of Cuthalion's offerings. I've found the Frodo-Lily stories provacative and even titillating; but this is solid comfort, such as is proper to be known by our Rosie and Samwise.

Reviewed by: NeumeIndil -- Score: 5

Poor Rosie, and thank goodness for Lily, once again! I don't suppose this has been said in public before, but your Sam's actually quite sexy when he stops worrying about every little (or big) thing! As always, your hobbit tales are so vivid and real I feel like I've stepped back into the book, though of course the good Professor would have subtly shut the bedchamber door behind them. I'm glad you don't. *wink* You've taken one of my favorite holidays and turned it into what is likely to be Rosie's favorite holiday for a long time to come, and so well in such a small space. I simply can't say enough how much I enjoy these stories.

Reviewed by: Imhiriel -- Score: 4

The story is told very vividly and appealing. The original character is exactly that - original; she is also engaging, and her interactions with the canon characters seamless. The dialogue is flowing very naturally. Rosie is so very frazzled, quite understandable with so so many children (and fortunately she doesn't know that there will be 13 of them at the end!). Sam and Roise following Lilly's sage advice was told very tenderly, the love evident between them.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 3

Good to see Rosie Cotton not written as Super-Mom, or at least as Super-Mom with Kryptonite in the form of exhaustion from attending to so many children. The solution, while a temporary one, emphasizes the strength and close-knit relationships of friend and family. Credible and touching story.

Reviewed by: SurgicalSteel -- Score: 3

Cuthalion's stories involving her OFC midwife never disappoint - and although Lily is only a peripheral part of this tale, it's absolutely marvelous. Lily steps in to help an exhausted Rose and gives Rose and Sam the opportunity to be lovers again rather than fatigued parents. The bedroom scene at the end is deliciously smolderingly hot. Wonderfully done.

Reviewed by: Marigold -- Score: 3

Every frazzled young mother should have a Lily and a Sam to look after them, each in different ways of course! Poor Rose - there are only four children so far, just imagine how knackered she'll be when she has thirteen!

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 3

Cuthalion's OFC Lily Proudfoot has been in many of her stories--in this one, she proves to be the prop and stay of an exhausted Rose. I love the take charge way she helps out the young parents, enabling them to some time alone. And the Rose/Sam moments are both sensual and beautiful!