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November 2015- "Nostalgia" challenge

Author: periantari
Title: If He Never
Rating: G
Theme: Nostalgia
Elements: "yesteryear"
Author's Notes: My favorite character, my favorite type of fic length. :)
Summary: Frodo has a moment of despair during the Quest.
Word Count: 300


It seemed like it was yesteryear when he was in that comfortable armchair in Bag End, smoking a fragrant Old Toby, drinking a cup of tea, reading his favorite book. Frodo thought that it seemed like such a long time ago that it seemed like a far off spring of another year. He thought about the fields and rivers of the Shire, his favorite tree, the pale ale at the Green Dragon. Would he ever get back to that comfortable lifestyle?

Though they were in trackless paths of Ithilien, he still felt that these thoughts were suffocating him, but that pain was not as keen as the feeling of being alone on his way to attempt the most hopeless Quest. Yes, he had Sam besides him but he had left all that he loved behind, and he felt terrible that he left them without any warning. And to see what had happened to Boromir. His heart pained from the recollection of his madness. Will they ever forgive him?

“Time for another go, Mr. Frodo,” said Sam gently, breaking into his dark thoughts.

He tried to force a smile, but the burden of guilt was strong. He tried to remember his carefree times as the owner of Bag End, but reminiscing was hard, the memories were fading as quickly as his strength to endure.
Would he ever make it to remember the good of the world again? Would it ever be the same if he ever did?
The cool metal of Ring bore down on him, a constant reminder of what was at stake, how dangerous his position had increasingly become.

Wordlessly, Sam supported Frodo for another trek, murmuring random thoughts about the weather and such. Gollum was several steps ahead, as they went closer into the hidden path into Mordor.

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kayleelupin
Nov. 30th, 2015 08:38 pm (UTC)
*Shivers* And so they simply walk into Mordor...well not simply, what with Cirith Ungol coming up and all :( Poor Frodo! I'm so glad Sam was there with him. I always have to imagine Dreamflower's "Sam the Turtle" plodding alongside Frodo and Sam all the way, too...

Kaylee Arafinwiel
periantari
Dec. 1st, 2015 03:54 am (UTC)
Thank you! and yes, the hardest journey is yet to come. Thanks for reading and commenting. :)
shirebound
Nov. 30th, 2015 09:09 pm (UTC)
Poor Frodo and Sam, what an incredibly difficult journey -- mentally, physically, and otherwise. *sniff* Thank goodness they were together.
periantari
Dec. 1st, 2015 03:55 am (UTC)
I know; i think it is quite wonderful that Sam sticks by Frodo to the bitter end. it was a incredibly horrible journey to take but if they do not find the way, no one will.
nessrealta
Nov. 30th, 2015 10:39 pm (UTC)
Mordor would be *the* place to make you feel extremely nostalgic for your home...poor Frodo and Sam!
periantari
Dec. 1st, 2015 03:56 am (UTC)
Yes, the toughest road makes one think of simpler times. Thanks for the comment! =)
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periantari
Dec. 1st, 2015 03:56 am (UTC)
Yes, i think he would've thought about that comfy armchair once or twice. It kinda echoes Bilbo's thoughts a bit but i can definitely think that Frodo would think back as well. :)
addie71
Dec. 1st, 2015 01:31 am (UTC)
Poor Frodo. The comforts of home probably were more like a long ago dream to him at that point.
periantari
Dec. 1st, 2015 03:58 am (UTC)
He did stray to the hardest part of the journey and yes, i think the comforts of home are very missed indeed.
dreamflower02
Dec. 1st, 2015 04:43 am (UTC)
Poor Frodo and Sam. Thinking you'd never see home again would be the worst sort of homesickness.
periantari
Dec. 4th, 2015 03:54 am (UTC)
Yes, i agree... it is a very nostalgic time for them. Another good drabble would be Sam's point of view as well .:)
febobe
Dec. 1st, 2015 05:38 am (UTC)
You couldn't have known how this would speak to me now, and that makes it all the more special. I don't know how much you're aware of what's been going on with me, but...I *needed* this. THANK YOU. :)
periantari
Dec. 4th, 2015 03:55 am (UTC)
I'm so glad to hear that and i'm sorry for your tough time though. :hugs: Thanks for your encouraging thoughts though. :)
hhimring
Dec. 1st, 2015 06:59 am (UTC)
Poor Frodo--they are still in Ithilien, things will get even harder, and it will be even more difficult to remember the good of the world! At least, there's Sam to support him.
periantari
Dec. 4th, 2015 03:56 am (UTC)
Yes, dark times are ahead indeed. Frodo's thoughts will get darker as the time goes on. I'm glad Sam is with him nevertheless.
blslarner
Dec. 1st, 2015 07:44 am (UTC)
There are still the memories for now, at least, even if they are already fading. And, with Sam beside him and Gollum before him he has one to remind him of the good he's seeking to protect and the other to warn him of what he could become if the Ring gets Its way.
periantari
Dec. 4th, 2015 04:11 am (UTC)
Yes, it is still some degree of hope and memory but i think it will get even darker and even worse especially after the capture of Frodo. I think it was crucial to have Sam and Gollum besides him though Gollum is swiftly turning more evil.
starbrow
Dec. 1st, 2015 08:54 am (UTC)
The long trudge into Mordor is one of my favourite parts of LOTR, with Frodo slowly losing all the memory of anything good in the world, and this is a beautifully illustrated moment in that journey.
periantari
Dec. 4th, 2015 04:11 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I think many people liked his long trek to Mordor and how he got affected is fodder for much fic indeed. Thanks for your comment! :)
silver_trails
Dec. 1st, 2015 01:45 pm (UTC)
It really took the joy of life from him, and yet his quest saved the world. That's sad.

Edited at 2015-12-01 01:46 pm (UTC)
periantari
Dec. 4th, 2015 04:13 am (UTC)
I know-- it really did. :( Frodo will never be the same. :hugsFrodo:
engarian
Dec. 1st, 2015 03:40 pm (UTC)
There was nothing simple about Frodo's quest, and in the doing of it, all things were scrubbed clean to the quick, including memories. Poor Frodo!

- Erulisse (one L)
periantari
Dec. 4th, 2015 04:16 am (UTC)
Frodo would never be the same after the Quest which is the most heartbreaking part of this story. That is what i feel appealing and obviously the most sad. Poor Frodo indeed! :(
lbilover
Dec. 1st, 2015 07:25 pm (UTC)
Such a cruel contrast between Frodo's memories and the reality of the Quest. *hugs Frodo*
periantari
Dec. 4th, 2015 04:16 am (UTC)
:hugs Frodo with you: Thanks for your comment!
grey_wonderer
Dec. 1st, 2015 08:43 pm (UTC)
I love this, but you know that. Great title by the way. Frodo's thoughts seem so vivid and so real. His angst comes through very well in this and his concern for not only himself, but for his Shire and his friends. I really enjoyed this.
periantari
Dec. 4th, 2015 04:17 am (UTC)
Thank you, thank you! I am so surprised by the amount of support this got... old fashioned angst never gets old, right? ;) =) I was thinking of writing Sam's POV in this too. :) i'm glad you think his thoughts seem genuine.
Thank you for liking this (again) ! :)
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