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Contents: 912 recs in 209 fandoms; 64 links

Lord of the Rings

Samwise Gamgee

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Across the Waters by Oselle

Frodo remembers his life as he sails into the West, in a series of themed vignettes. Bittersweet but not overly sentimental

[Added 18/10/2002; Character Piece; 6000-20,000; Lord of the Rings; Characters: Frodo Baggins, Samwise Gamgee, Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, Elrond, Minor]

All's Well by Cara J. Loup

'But there wasn't any worse than this, was there...' Strong, believable characterisations make this post-Quest conversation piece particularly memorable

[Added 28/01/2004; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Lord of the Rings; Characters: Samwise Gamgee, Hamfast Gamgee]

Another Way of Leaving by Jodancingtree

What if Frodo were not granted leave to sail to Valinor? This moving story presents an alternative path for the Ringbearer to find healing. If you enjoyed 'Another Way of Leaving', there is now a novel-length sequel, Following the Other Wizard: Journey Into Healing

[Added 09/09/2003; Drama; 6000-20,000; Lord of the Rings; Characters: Frodo Baggins, Sam Gamgee, Radagast]

Five Elements: Earth by Cara Loup

This beautifully-written vignette paints a complex picture of Sam, Frodo and homecomings, avoiding the oversentimentality common to many post-Ring War Sam--Frodo stories

[Added 18/10/2002; Character Piece; 2500-6000; Lord of the Rings; Characters: Samwise Gamgee, Frodo Baggins]

On Gorgoroth Plain by Teasel

Many authors have tackled the subject of Frodo and Sam's journey through Mordor, but Teasel breathes fresh life into the subject. This gem of a story works beautifully on so many levels -- I cannot recommend it as highly as it deserves

[Added 09/09/2003; Drama; 1000-2500; Lord of the Rings; Characters: Frodo Baggins, Samwise Gamgee, OC]

Undersun by Cara J. Loup

A character vignette that feels chillingly plausible

[Added 16/04/2003; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Lord of the Rings; Characters: Gollum, Frodo Baggins, Samwise Gamgee]