Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

The Riders from Erech

Author: Acacea
Nominator: Marta
2005 Award Category: Books/Time: Gap-Filler: Grey Company

Story Type: Vignette : Length: N/A
Rating: G -- Reason for Rating: n/a
Summary: The advent of the Grey Company upon the battle in Linhir adds to the terror of the second dawnless day.


Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger -- Score: 5

There's almost nothing in the fanfiction world about Angbor, despite his bravery, so it's a welcome surprise to find him starring in a vignette. And I love the way he's described. He's desperate and he doesn't see any chance of victory, but he's going to stick this out and stand against whatever's sent his way for as long as he can. This is a man I would want in my army. And when he sees the other army approaching and realizes who is leading them, hope can return. That was brilliantly portrayed and made for a great capstone to a very good vignette.

Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: 4

I really love gapfillers -- the more obscure, the better. It's the reason I first came to fan fiction, because I want to explore these scenes that Tolkien never seemed to find the time to write. This isn't a scene that I particularly ever wanted to write myself, but I loved how you told it. Angbor -- who was never more than a name to me before I read this -- became three-dimensional. You told this moment skillfully, and his fear was palpable. Thank you for an enjoyable read.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: 4

Acacea picked a good place to write, and put flesh on the skeletal form of Lord Angbor. It's good to see the Grey Company and their wraith army through different eyes, and see just how difficult it is to stand against the Dead. Angbor is a captain's captain, here, and his reward is at hand: not only will he and his men survive the onslaught of the Corsairs, he becomes the first man in Gondor to witness the return of the king.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 2

Marvelous gap-filler for a moment in the story that I had never much thought about before! Very well done--I like the characterization of Angbor.

Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen -- Score: 1

A good gapfiller. It takes a scene recounted second hand in the book and looks at it from a different perspecitive.