Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Neither Have I Wings To Fly

Author: Dreamflower
Nominator: Llinos
2005 Award Category: Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Friendship

Story Type: Story : Length: Short Story
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Merry says his last goodbye to Frodo, and remembers a day by the Brandywine years before.


Reviewed by: Marigold -- Score: 8

This is such a sad little story, demonstrating the depth of Merry’s love for Frodo wonderfully. I love that Merry has always known what to say to comfort Frodo, and cheer him, and the thought of this merry and earnest person taking Frodo’s face in his hands and declaring, “I love you Frodo” just melts my heart and brings a smile to my face, and that he could do it both as a child and an adult is so sweet and innocent. How can it fail to bring a smile to Frodo and cheer his heart, to have the unquestioning love of this sweet and spirited person. It is very much in Merry’s personality I think that he realises that day at the Brandywine why Frodo cannot stay in Buckland, and so will never beg him to again, no matter how much he misses him – very astute and unselfish and giving for a seven year old but I think that such astuteness is in Merry’s nature, and certainly he has a very loving and giving heart. The description of their parting is so very sad, and once again Merry gives up his Frodo, because he must for Frodo’s sake - this time for good, despite the grief it causes Merry himself. Very sad, but not more angsty than it should be for the subject matter.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 6

This was a brilliant use of a symbol that is very bittersweet in Tolkien's world. The Sea can be hope and home, but it can also be heartache and yearning. It looks as though Merry gets to experience the latter. Great tie-in with canon, and I like the addition of Frodo's unease with the Brandywine. That was a great concept and I wonder why it hasn't been used more often in fanfiction. It feels so natural and fits so nicely into canon, but rarely have I seen the pain of his parents' death affect Frodo's feelings about the river. Beautiful writing. Very tender and very bittersweet, which is how most endings in Tolkien are.

Reviewed by: Rhapsody -- Score: 5

Neither I have wings to fly is so bittersweet and touching. Dreamflower writes a memory from the past and links it to Merry’s present where he deals with his grief. The comparison between the Brandywine River and the Sea isn’t something I thought of initially, but the way Dreamflower combines both events gives me a better understanding of the friendship between Merry and Frodo. Merry’s realisation at the end and that he finally finds solace is very poignant. A beautiful vignette Dreamflower.

Reviewed by: sulriel -- Score: 3

I don't have words to say how deeply this strikes me, - hundreds of miles away from the death and destruction you are still facing as I write this. I don't expect you had a realization of how you would face the water when you wrote this passage. My heart goes out to you.

Reviewed by: Auntiemeesh -- Score: 3

This story always brings a hint of tears to my eyes. Dreamflower brings home the pain that both Frodo and Merry feel. The memory that Merry relives as Frodo leaves helps him find understanding and acceptance of his cousin's departure, but at the same time, he's taking on the same pain Frodo is dropping off. A very well-written, emotional story.

Reviewed by: Llinos -- Score: 2

A very thoughtful look into Merry’s intimate understanding of Frodo. Rather sad, yet because of Merry’s thoughts and actions, very moving .

Reviewed by: Ariel -- Score: 1

Awww! A lovely little piece of Frodo and Merry. You did a very nice job of it. Thank you!