Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Farewell Lullaby

Author: Armariel
Nominator: Larner
2006 Award Category: Races: Hobbits: Poetry - Third Place

Story Type: Poetry : Length: Poem
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Frodo bids farewell to Baby Elanor as he plans to leave Middle-earth, bestowing a last wish and blessing.


Reviewed by: Branwyn -- Score: 5

Frodo bids farewell to baby Elanor in this sweet lullaby. He recounts the joys that fatherhood will bring to Sam and is reassured that Sam will be happy once he is gone. The writer employs the fanciful vocabulary of fairy stories, sketching the marvels of a child's imagination--["rainbow hammocks and moonbeam tents"]--but the poem has a very melancholy undertone since Frodo will miss seeing Elanor grow and will never have children of his own. He is also reminded of the wholeness and innocence which were taken from him by the Quest. ["..of stainless snowfalls ghostless dreams..."] I enjoyed this poem; it is sweet and gentle but also sad in the context of Frodo's leavetaking.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 4

Armariel has a wonderful command of language. Each of her poems is like a marvelously intricate building, constructed by different words and lines. The words almost sing on the page. This poem is sad, poignant and lovely, conveying Frodo's love for both the infant Elanor and her father. His willing the baby to be his messenger to Sam in terms of love and happiness is appropriate, and beautifully expressed.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 3

Armariel's free-verse poetry tends to be among the most beautiful available; but this is my favorite of all--a prayer by Frodo for Elanor to help fill the vacancy in Sam's life his leaving will cause. I find it deeply moving and gentle, and well, well worth the read.

Reviewed by: Imhiriel -- Score: 3

Beautiful, lyrical, inventive imagery; enchanting, deeply-affecting voice. Frodo's regret and sadness, his concern for Sam, but also his acceptance of the fact that he will have to leave and thus will not being able to watch Elanor grow up are tangible.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 3

How lovely and sweet this is! I've often thought that one of the reasons Frodo did not make his choice to leave before Elanor was born was that Sam would have something more to comfort him--and this poem captures that idea in a heartbreakingly beautiful way!

Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: 2

This is sweet -- hobbity, but also elvish in its own way in the way that Frodo's message to Elanor has such a broad view. It's a nice farewell for the two of them.