Welcome to the 'Shire Years'

We've created this place for stories about Sam and Frodo's life in the Shire, both before and after the Ring-quest. While our writing focuses on the growth of their relationship, we feel that we can't truly understand their bond without exploring their deep ties to the Shire, the land and the people that they both loved. We also hope to take a closer look at the connections between the changes Frodo and Sam went through during the quest, and the events that irretrievably changed the Shire, at their struggle to once again become a part of the life they'd left behind. Our understanding is that Sam and Frodo's relationship reached a new intimacy and intensity during the quest, but their friendship before that time is equally special to us and forms the focus of our 'pre-quest' page.

There's so much to think about and explore. At the centre of it all, there's a unique love that deepens through loss and hope, immense sacrifice and unexpected blessings until it becomes what it could not have been in the Shire, and grows how it could not have grown without the Shire. There'll be gaps and open spaces here. Stories that involve Sam's marriage and his children may eventually show up, and perhaps some pieces that don't feature Sam or Frodo at all but focus on their friends, family or neighbours instead. There'll be fragments and ongoing series, pieces which we hope will come together to create a more comprehensive picture eventually. So, yes, this is a longterm project that will require a lot of patience, and we've barely made a start. For the time being, we can only hope that it won't get too confusing. :)

We'd welcome contributions from other writers who share our curiosity. If you're interested, if you have any thoughts, comments, or suggestions, please contact us at the email addresses below.

Cara & Frayach
cara.loup@snafu.de & frayach@yahoo.com

Warnings & Disclaimers

If descriptions of same-sex love and intimacy bother you, go no further. Story contents range from G to NC-17 ratings and are marked accordingly: Please read at your own discretion. If you are under legal age in your part of the world, do not read any material rated higher than PG-13.

The characters and settings featured in these stories were brought into the world by J.R.R. Tolkien. We gratefully acknowledge his vision and intend no copyright infringement, nor do we make any profit from our writing. Copyright for the stories posted here:
(c) 2003-2005 by Cara J. Loup and Frayach ni Cuill.