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Sam's Garden  by Shireling 5 Review(s)
LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/31/2004
O what a lovely surprise! It took me a few blinks to realise who the gardener was... very nicely done. I do love the way you write.

Kit5Reviewed Chapter: 2 on 3/13/2004
How lovely that Frodo would create a garden to welcome Sam to Tol Eressea, and love that Sam created a Red Book of his own before he left.
I am glad too that you did not have a "forever young" Frodo greeting Sam at the dock, and mentioning that Bilbo would have passed already. I know time moves more slowly across the Sea, but Frodo would indeed have been looking his age and I'm glad you portrayed him that way.
Beautiful, lovely portrait of life for Sam and Frodo over the Sea.

Author Reply: Thank you,
I have a very strong picture in my mind of Sam and Frodo in the west. The idea of role reversal almost wrote itself- the Sam muse seems to have taken over my subconcious!

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 2 on 3/12/2004
I'm *so* happy to read this story again. This is truly one of the loveliest, gentlest, tenderest stories anywhere. Such devotion and love and oh, do these two understand one another, and complement each other! *happy sigh*

Author Reply: Thank you.
Their love and devotion transcend time and distance.

SongspinnerReviewed Chapter: 2 on 3/12/2004
I've read quite a few attempts at the long-awaited arrival of Sam to be with Frodo, but that is the only one I truly loved. Thank you! So true to character and emotion, and it made me get sort of weepy.

Author Reply: I am sorry for the tears! would you accept a cyber hug!
Thank you so much for a lovely review.

Meldewen IlceReviewed Chapter: 2 on 3/12/2004
Oh what a BEAUTIFUL story - I read your first chapter at another site after I was alerted to it - I was so surprised that it was Frodo at the end but then I thought what a wonderful gift for Sam - brought tears to my eyes - and the same can be said for this chapter as I wonder what Sam would say/do when he realized Frodo was the one who worked and toiled to make the garden for him - oh the ending was so lovely I was in tears yet again!

What a lovely, lovely, lovely story!

Thanks you for sharing it with us!

Author Reply: Thank you so much for a lovely review. Frodo found his healing and his purpose in his gift for Sam, and for Sam his journal was his link to Frodo.

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