Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Satisfaction

Author: dancingkatz
Nominator: rhyselle
2009 Award Category: Genres: Character Study: General Drabbles

Story Type: Drabble : Length: True Drabble
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: written for Garen of Ithilien Limpet challenge A moment in Minas Tirith after the fall of Sauron.


Reviewed by: Elleth -- Score: 8

I simply loved the idea behind this, and even though it is never mentioned anywhere in the source material, it is nonetheless completely plausible. You hit Sam's voice credibly, I'd even go so far as to say perfectly, and the characterization also seems spot-on to me. While the White Tree is associated with Aragorn, Hobbit steadfastness and care shine through from the beginning and even hint at what might have been if not for these character traits - namely, the failure of the Ring Quest, so that it makes special sense for Sam to be the protagonist here. And of course it is a wonderful touch to see our favourite gardener doing such important work and still not let it grow over his head. Great writing, too - you managed to sketch a beautiful picture there, it seems complete despite the drabble form, in fact I think any more verbose description might have destroyed most of the subtlety that adds so much to this piece of writing. In conclusion: All-around wonderful, thank you for sharing this. It was a delight to read, and this is coming from someone who is not usually a fan of Hobbit fic.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 6

The planting of the White Tree has, of course, great significance in the tale of Aragorn and his ascension to the throne. But I don't think I ever stopped to consider who might have done the actual planting. I guess I assumed Aragorn did it himself, but upon further thought, it occurs to me that he involved Gandalf and Frodo in the crowning ceremony. Why not involve Sam, someone of equal importance, in this? It makes perfect sense, and to be honest, I'm a little embarrassed for not having seen this possibility before now. It fits in every way imaginable! My hearty thanks to this little drabble for pointing out the obvious that everyone seems to have overlooked. But then, I suppose that's the lot of hobbits. And really, I don't suppose Sam would have wanted it any other way.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: 3

Not being of horticultural persuasion, and having a general talent for killing plants, I've never considered the actual transplantation of the White Tree. However, it makes good sense to get the best gardener you can, and who better than Sam? Sam's voice comes through clearly and rings true in just a few words, and I love his advice! Nice job, dancingkatz!

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 3

What a delightful thought, that having at hand one of the premier gardeners within Middle Earth, Aragorn should call upon Sam to perform this particular office! And the pronouncement Sam makes at the end--so Sam! Definitely a drabble I find myself hoping happened!

Reviewed by: Elen Kortirion -- Score: 3

It took me a line or two to realise what was being planted, but it was Sam's voice in the last line that made me smile. You captured his 'hobbitiness' beautifully, and whether or not Tolkien ever imagined the event happening in this manner, and by this gardener - it certainly should have done!

Reviewed by: Tanaqui -- Score: 3

Oh, this made me clap my hands with delight! What a lovely moment dancingkatz has created in this drabble for Sam, Aragorn, and the White Tree, all three. I particularly loved Sam's advice at the end: his gardener's [satisfaction] shines through here. Well done!

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 2

A pretty and well-written drabble; painting a wonderful word-picture of Sam lending his gardening expertise to the new White Tree.

Reviewed by: Antane -- Score: 1

A sweet story. Love Sam and his words.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 1

This drabble made me grin! I can just imagine it happening that way!

Reviewed by: Virtuella -- Score: 1

Very sweet. Planting a tree is such a satisfying thing indeed.