As A Hobbit Dear-Chapter 2

By Amanda Pizzolatto Word Count: 2752 Rating: PG Summary: Having accompanied Frodo and Sam to Mount Doom, Pearl Took gives her version of the end of the tale. Chapter 2: The Healing of Hurts I don’t know how long I slept or what happened during that time, but when I finally came to, I was... Continue Reading →

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As A Hobbit Dear: Table of Contents

By Amanda Pizzolatto Word Count: 2752 Rating: PG Summary: Having accompanied Frodo and Sam to Mount Doom, Pearl Took gives her version of the end of the tale. Chapter 1 "Slowly Frodo sat up and put an arm around his weeping friend. “I’m glad you’re with me, Samwise Gamgee, here, at the end of all things.”... Continue Reading →

As a Hobbit Dear: Chapter 1

By Amanda Pizzolatto Word Count: 2752 Rating: PG Summary: Having accompanied Frodo and Sam to Mount Doom, Pearl Took gives her version of the end of the tale. Chapter 1: The End of All Things This was it, this was the end of the line, and we had finally made it. Why was he hesitating? “Frodo?”... Continue Reading →

Frodo’s Last Shire Yule

By Anne Marie Gazzolo Word Count: 2605 Rating: G Summary: Frodo celebrates one last Yule at Bag End before leaving for the West. Frodo stood silently in the dark parlour, looking at the single light that glowed by his favorite chair. The book he was reading awaited him by the table. The blanket he often wrapped... Continue Reading →

I&F Winter & Christmas 2017

Our 2017 Winter Themed Issue is here! Yes, the theme of the issue is Winter and Christmas. Fanfiction, original fiction, poetry, articles on many different aspects of the season & more - it's all here!

Happy Yule, Frodo!

Sam sat with a bright, enraptured face as Frodo began to read a tale of the Elves he and his friend so loved. Bilbo’s smile widened. He couldn’t tell if the child was more enthralled with the story or with Frodo. He guessed them to be about equal, and Frodo clearly adored “his Sam.” The two had been inseparable since they met, and their spirits shined brightest in each other’s company. Bilbo had never seen two lads take to each other so quickly, since Frodo and his young cousin, Merry. Bilbo was glad that Frodo had two “brothers”, as the tween called his friend and his cousin, to pour his love into after his heart was so wounded by his parents’ sudden deaths nine years previously.

Frodo and Sam’s Relationship in the Light of Aristotle’s Philia

I will concentrate on the relationship of Frodo and Sam, which is the most central to the whole story, since Frodo is the Ring-bearer. I will examine its development and the nature of their friendship, in an attempt to find out whether it can be regarded as friendship according to Aristotle’s philosophical account, and if yes, what kind of friendship it is. Is it an example of an ideal one and can it function as a role-model of friendship?

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