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Msg# 5092

Reviews Final as of 8/17/2005 part 8 Posted by Ainaechoiriel August 17, 2005 - 23:11:16 Topic ID# 5092
Title: Beast of <>
Burden . Author: Werecat
> . Genres: Drama (includes Angst) . ID: 118
Reviewer: Marta
> . 2005-05-13 18:30:33 Score: 6
Your piece reminded me very strongly of a comment made by Aragorn in
Dunharrow to Eowyn, in "The Return of the King": "Then there will be need of
valour without renown, for none shall remember the deeds that are done in
the last defence of your homes. Yet the deeds will not be less valiant
because they are unpraised." You have made your OCs believable and
well-rounded, and that is truly remarkablwe in a horse. Yes, he is a hero;
he probably saved the town, and he showed that he could fight to the very
end. You wrote this without it ever seeing dull or slow, and the horse's POV
seemed distinctly non-human, but still very intelligent. I really enjoyed

Title: In <>
Absentia . Author: Zimraphel
9> . Races/Places: Cross-Cultural . ID: 1010
Reviewer: Marta
> . 2005-05-13 18:34:27 Score: 8
This is a very well-told story where the author has taken the tantalizing
fragments Tolkien gives us (largely in secondary sources like "Unfinished
Tales"), and has woven this into a full picture. Nay, not just a picture --
a tapestry, woven with bright colours and yet dulled by the passing years,
its edges perhaps a little frayed but its glory still in tact. Elrond and
Valandil are understated as lords on less-than-friendly terms might be (and
you never forget that they are lords, no matter how personal their
interactions), but this does not undercut the emotional impact of Valandil's
continued searching for Isildur's remains. There is a bitterness to
Valandil's wish to take Narsil's shards to Annuminas; it reminds me of the
slight bitterness I always imagine in Denethor's answer that "in Gondor, ten
thousand years would not suffice (to make a steward a king)." It is the only
politic answer, but you can just feel that it is not what the speaker really
wishes. At least I can.

Regardless, this is a touching story, and all the more beautiful for its

Title: Can
ryview=toc&chapter=1&cat=7> You Hear Me? . Author: White
> Gull . Genres: Drama (includes Angst): Poetry . ID: 1211
Reviewer: Marta
> . 2005-05-13 18:36:07 Score: 2
The rhythm could flow more smoothly in this poem; I had difficulty finding
the metre. Nevertheless, the concept is original and the content was
presented in an engaging manner.

Title: Dolor Meus
<> . Author:
> . Books/Time: Post-Ring War . ID: 897
Reviewer: Marta
> . 2005-05-13 23:45:38 Score: 4
I love stories that blend modern times (or "real life" history) with
Middle-earth. It makes Tolkien's world seem so much more real. I
particularly liked the idea of Radagast as Saint Francis of Assissi because
Assissi was so connected to nature. And of course Radagast would have to be
told to sail back to Valinor. He seemed to love Middle-earth a bit *too*
much if you know what I mean. (By the way, I am a Christian -- although a
fairly liberal one -- and I was not offended.)

Title: Eyes like the
<> Moon . Author:
> . Races/Places: Men: Poetry . ID: 125
Reviewer: Marta
> . 2005-05-14 01:07:06 Score: 3
This is a beautiful poem, only made more poignant by the textual notes at
the end. I do not know much about Arabic poetry, but this seemed to flow
well to me. (But I was a bit confused, because the summary suggested a love
poem, while this poem was almost a meditation on a lover who had spurned the

Title: Full <>
Circle . Author: Werecat
> . Races/Places: Villains: Orcs . ID: 348
Reviewer: Marta
> . 2005-05-14 01:24:57 Score: 2
Interesting account of the final fate of the race of Orcs. i find it out of
keeping with Tolkien's cahracterisation fo orcs to have them so literary,
especially for a warrior, but as a little AU it is very interesting.

Title: By the Light of
<> Earendil's Star
. Author: Branwyn
0> . Genres: Drama (includes Angst): Incomplete . ID: 173
Reviewer: Raksha
8> the Demon . 2005-05-14 22:49:44 Score: 8
20-year-old Faramir's in terrible danger in Ithilien; and Boromir sets out
to save him. This sort of story has been done before, but rarely, if ever,
this well. A thinking woman's (or man's) action story - and more. How the
writer manages to color it with beautiful, evocative description and
excellent characterisations in her spare, elegant narrative, never wasting a
word, is beyond me - but if she bottled the ability, I'd buy it!

The fight scenes are unusually well done, but she never loses the human mind
behind the sword. Even the orcs have personality. And after the danger is
done, the story is still extremely compelling, with clever but unobtrusive
touches of humor.

There are a few original characters, who are written so well that one comes
to care very much about them, but the heart of the story is the relationship
between Faramir and Boromir and Denethor. The latter is depicted more as a
loving father than as a monster or crazy man; but the writer deftly reveals
the seeds of the family's future tragedy.

An outstanding story!

Title: The Men Who Would Be
<> Steward . Author:
5> Martinez . Races/Places: Gondor: Historical . ID: 1137
Reviewer: Raksha
8> the Demon . 2005-05-14 23:21:39 Score: 4
One of my favorite of Michael Martinez' many fine essays on Tolkien's works.
This one examines the heritage and succession of the Stewards of Gondor. The
work is complex, but the issues examined very clearly, with an interesting
comparison with medieval 'stewards' in France and Scotland/England in our
world. Also, points for recognizing Boromir's good points as well as his

Title: Grasping at
<> Moonbeams
Glistening . Author: Werecat
> . Races/Places: Cross-Cultural: Post-War of the Ring . ID: 363
Reviewer: Marta
> . 2005-05-15 12:28:19 Score: 10
I'd never thought I'd say this, but I really enjoyed this Legomance. :-) Not
that I have anything in particular against that genre, because there are
some well-done Legolas romances, even Legolas/OFC romances. But the Elf does
little for me, so what really impressed me about this story is that it made
*me* desire Legolas. The funny thing, though, is I don't think this is
because of any novel insight into Legolas' personality or any stunning prose
used to describe his physical beauty. Instead, it's Nanwen. I identified so
much with her, her physical pain and exhaustion and hopes and fears, that I
became completely immersed in her viewpoint. You did a really fabulous job
with developing her, and getting across that sense of "other" in ways that
don't seem out-of-place for someone of her station. And I loved her
interactions with Gimli especially, and with the other canonical characters.
Though I wasn't too sure about Gandalf telling the apothecary to order
westmansweed from Bree. Tolkien says (quoting Merry's text on pipeweed),
that "(it) came northward from the lower Anduin, whither it was, I suspect,
originally brought over Sea by the Men of Westerness. It grows abundantly in
Gondor, and there is richer and larger than in the North." (LOTR Prologue)
So I think the apothecary might be likely to stockpile it if Gandalf
suggested he did, but he wouldn't need to send to Bree; he'd just have to
send people to collect it from the countryside around Minas Tirith. Just a
thought. But that's really just one nitpick in an otherwise great story.

Title: In Defense
<> . Author:
> . Genres: Non-Fiction: Men . ID: 94
Reviewer: Marta
> . 2005-05-15 13:27:33 Score: 8
Queen Beruthiel is such a minor character in canon; just a passing reference
in "The Fellowship of the Rings", and a note in "Unfinished Tales", if I
recall correctly. But she has certainly gotten her share of attention in fan
fiction (perhaps because it gives us cat lovers a chance to write about our
beloved pets?), and it is nice to see someone set the record straight. This
essay had a nice down-to-earth quality; it was fun to read, well
thought-out, and informative. You used historical sources to good effect,
too, using them to prove your point without letting them overwhelm the
essay's flavor. I enjoyed this essay and will recommend it to anyone I know
who is looking for information on Beruthiel. (And for your information, I
have "Beruthiel's cats!" be a swear-phrase in Gondor, and "The Queen's Cats"
the name of a tavern in the lower circles of Minas Tirith. That's my own
invention, but I think you're right that other people besides Aragorn would
remember her.)

Title: In Umbar, at
<> the docks .
Author: Werecat
> . Genres: Mystery . ID: 117
Reviewer: Marta
> . 2005-05-15 13:32:20 Score: 2
A very interesting story -- it tells just enough without telling too much,
and extrapolates wonderfully from what little canon we have to provide a
full picture of Beruthiel after her exile from Goondor. Well done!

Title: Mushroom <>
Lore . Author: Werecat
> . Races/Places: Cross-Cultural: Humor . ID: 365
Reviewer: Marta
> . 2005-05-15 15:44:55 Score: 7
I had forgotten, until I reached the notes at the bottom of this story, that
I was the one who suggested using the Sindarin for "death-hats" for the name
of the poisonous mushroom. It was an extra treat to see my name attached to
it, not that I needed such a treat at the end of this story. I love
cross-cultural pieces, those that compare different peoples, but this was
one area that even I hadn't thought to compare: mushroom-lore! Who would
have guessed? And Aragorn's attempt to cover up the fact that he had in fact
travelled to Harad was delightful, as was Gandalf's moment of panic when the
hobbits (I think?) ask what kind of meat the orcs ate. But I think I liked
most Sam's indignations that mushrooms are *not* roasted, they are to be
steamed -- and then his and Pippin's liking the roasted mushrooms. My only
suggestion would be to involve Merry more. He seems strangely absent,
especially given the topic.

Title: Narn
<> Niben .
Author: Werecat
> . Genres: Adventure . ID: 140
Reviewer: Marta
> . 2005-05-15 16:28:19 Score: 4
This is another delightful story, Werecat. I really like it; sometimes I
think you shouldn't be allowed to write stories with anything other than
animlas in leading roles, because you do them so well, but then I'm reminded
of "Mushroom Lore"... (By the way, Niben does work for a pet's name, doesn't
it? I used it as a name for a stray cat in one of my stories, and liked it
as well.)

Title: My Girl <> . Author:
3> . Books/Time: The Silmarillion: Poetry . ID: 1067
Reviewer: Ingole
1> . 2005-05-15 23:32:08 Score: 3
This piece is bit of a departure for the creator of "Feud of Shadow and
Light" and "Phoenix's Griffin," but, like the other two works, it is quite
simply a stunner. The language has an epic cadence, akin to a tale being
sung by a minstrel rather than a words-only note sung chin-up
for victory, eyes down for sorrow.

Heartbreaking. Beautiful.

Title: The Feud of Shadow and
<> Light . Author: Havetoist
3> . Genres: Alternate Universe: Pre-LOTR . ID: 1290
Reviewer: Ingole
1> . 2005-05-16 00:04:35 Score: 3
Superb! The writing has a Tolkienesque texture, and the culture that the
author has created breathes it's own very lively breath. "Feud" stands alone
as a mini-epic or, as a prequel, provides an irresistible invitation to
follow the continuing tale of these stunning, wiley, near-savage Rohme.
Catnip. Can't resist it.

Title: Real Men Wear
<> Jewelry .
Author: Mouse
6> . Genres: Humor . ID: 488
Reviewer: Alassante
2> . 2005-05-16 09:50:27 Score: 10
This is one of the funniest yet most educated Middle Earth stories I have
read. It is very original and innovative. I think Mouse has done a wonderful
job of portraying her characters in the proper fashion which is very
impressive since she had so many characters both from Lord of the Rings and
the Silm.

Not only was the story in the proper form and characterization for each
different character, her style of writing is amazing. I am so impressed with
her fluid style and great flowing rhythm. She completely blows me away with
her excellent dialog as well as her many details.

To have so many characters in this great story and to not go into detail
about their history and story from either the Silm or Lord of the Rings and
yet you still know a lot about them by her writing is impressive. Not many
writers can do that yet she has done a fabulous job in doing so.

This story has not been posted on the site that I usually visit and where I
heard about it from the forum boards. This great story is so popular, people
are recommending it on the forum boards of other sites. Everyone loves it
and raves about. Its companion piece is just as funny. I had nominated both
for a MEFA yet this one is the only one showing so I must research this
right away ! I think Mouse and her story deserve all of the awards that can
be given. It is probably one of the best humorous stories I have read on any
site. As I have said before, it is recommended every where.

If any story deserves a MEFA, this is one completely.

Title: New
<> Home .
Author: Tanaqui
> . Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Ithilien Drabble . ID: 20
Reviewer: Raksha
8> the Demon . 2005-05-16 15:57:30 Score: 2
Excellent drabble; showing in just a few words the gradual effect of peace,
as Beregond rejoices in his son's rediscovered childhood.

Title: Kindred
<> Spirits .
Author: annmarwalk
7> . Books/Time: The Lord of The Rings: Drabble . ID: 106
Reviewer: Raksha
8> the Demon . 2005-05-16 16:04:56 Score: 2
Awwww. A great extrapolation on the depth of Gandalf's fondness for Faramir.
A lot of credible feeling in just a few words.

Title: Spring
<> Planting .
Author: Branwyn
0> . Genres: Drama (includes Angst): Gondor . ID: 170
Reviewer: Raksha
8> the Demon . 2005-05-16 16:31:54 Score: 2
A wonderful ficlet where Denethor first feels the sharp pang of parental
terror for his younger son, along with the foreshadowing of later events,
when Faramir's wounding by an arrow will be the catalyst for Denethor's
madness and death.

Title: Servant of
<> Elbereth .
Author: Beethoven's
9> 7th . Races/Places: Villains . ID: 796
Reviewer: Chathol-linn
> . 2005-05-16 18:52:09 Score: 3
An interesting and unconventional look at an Orc. Even the name is
unconventional. I wonder why - did he get to name himself, perhapds
distinguish himself in orther ways than just actions? This story holds the
promise of some good adventures and character development, if the writer
wanted to show how the character go to be the way he's protrayed here.

Title: After <>
Amputations . Author: Ithilwen
6> . Races/Places: Elves: Poetry . ID: 1075
Reviewer: Chathol-linn
> . 2005-05-16 19:29:22 Score: 4
This was probably the first Tolkien fandom poem that I read, and I found it
a powerful and moving lament. Then and now I equated the loss of Maedhros's
hand with the fading of the Elves. The way that Ithilwen captured Maedhros's
sense of loss and regret mirrored and enlarged my own feelings about
Tolkien's immortal Fair Folk. This poem does what good poetry is supposed to
do, and I recommend it highly.

Title: The Old <> Dwarf and the Sea .
Author: Isabeau
2> of Greenlea . Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Incomplete . ID: 3
Reviewer: jillian
baade . 2005-05-17 07:04:31 Score: 6
Another wonderful example of Isabeau's brilliant characterisations. How can
you not love her Gimli? And Legolas, so elvishly assuming he didn't need
ship building lessons, while Gimli practically planned 'for the just in
case' with his pump.

Other highlights would have to include Leggy being picked on by the Noldor
for his excessive number of children, and his simple one word answer,
'Feanor'. Plus Gimli's eccentric mate being killed in the experiment
explosion and poor fellow, not even Mandos wanted him! I guess elves can be
geeks and nerds too. Lovely story, deserving of a win, which I hope it has.

Title: Sea <>
Longing . Author: EdorasLass
9> . Genres: Drama (includes Angst): Gondor . ID: 699
Reviewer: Raksha
8> the Demon . 2005-05-17 23:40:23 Score: 2
One of the better explanations for Finduilas' decline and eventual
death...and a charming, atypical but quite credible characterization of
Boromir and Faramir as young children.

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