Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

The Dress Code

Author: Auntiemeesh
Nominator: Marigold
2005 Award Category: Genres: Humor: Hobbits - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Sam has a crisis while in Minas Tirith...


Reviewed by: grey_wonderer -- Score: 5

This is an excellent look at Sam's character as he struggles to accept the fact that in Minas Tirith he is far more than the son of the Baggins' gardener and so he is entitled to dress in the same way as Mister Frodo, Mister Merry and Mister Pippin. I liked the way the author told us of Sam's feelings about raising above his station in life and his reluctance to do anything that would not be considered proper behavior for a hobbit of his station. I was pleased when Sam finally made peace with it all at the end and accepted the new clothing that had been made for him. This was so very sweet and so very Sam.

Reviewed by: SlightlyTookish -- Score: 5

Well! Let me actually write my review for this in the proper place. Sam's discomfort here is very believable. He's too humble to realize that people would want to honor him along with the other hobbits.Of course he finally wears the fine clothes to honor his friends both old and new, and not to honor himself, which I think is very Sam-like. I love how he rationalizes that Frodo, Merry and Pippin are all too "cracked" not to think that he's trying to rise above his station, it's the sort of matter of propriety that he would think of and that would not cross their minds.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 4

How very Sam-like to rationalize the clothes he's wearing with the fact that he needs to honor his friends. That was a lovely bit of reasoning from my favorite gardener. In fact, this whole story is so Sam that I'm having trouble believing it's not tucked away in the appendices somewhere. Poor guy. There's a lot he'll have to get used to in the next few years, and it's good to see he can start adjusting now.

Reviewed by: Bodkin -- Score: 4

Oh, I love this. Poor Sam - being forced into shockingly unsuitable, gentlehobbit clothing. They should have handed him out a few old flour sacks to turn into homespun simplicity. Whereas the Dandy and the Popinjay, of course, would relish dealing with the tailors and seamstresses of outrageous fortune. I'm glad Sam reconciled himself to the fancy clothing - he might not have thought he deserved to be ranked among lords, but he was the only one.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 3

This is a very sweet story, of Sam dealing with the unaccustomed task of trying to deal with "dress-up" clothes while in Minas Tirith. His friend's teasing is gentle, yet helpful, and in the end he makes a realization that will be one more step up for him, though he doesn't know it yet.

Reviewed by: Rabidsamfan -- Score: 3

Sam's discomfort with fancy clothes in Minas Tirith, and his gradual realization that he can learn to live with them, is expounded beautifully in this short piece. I love the way he feels uncomfortable at being measured by the tailor, and sympathize most heartily!

Reviewed by: Marigold -- Score: 2

I liked how Sam was so unsure at first but then realised that Frodo, the Poppinjay, and the Dandy were the only people whose opinion of him mattered. I loved Merry and Pippin being so thoughtful in their choices, honouring Sam in their own way.