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Msg# 5093

Reviews Final as of 8/17/2005 part 9 Posted by Ainaechoiriel August 17, 2005 - 23:12:08 Topic ID# 5093
Title: While the Ring
<> Went South... ∑
Author: Thundera
> Tiger ∑ Books/Time: Gap-Filler ∑ ID: 33
Reviewer: jillian
baade ∑ 2005-05-18 07:28:47 Score: 2
A classic story with classic writing. That is, a very very good gapfiller
written by a talented writer. Favourite bit has to be Gimli's pack of rocks!

Title: Old Wives'
<> Tales ∑ Author:
> ∑ Races/Places: Gondor: Original Characters ∑ ID: 350
Reviewer: Marta
> ∑ 2005-05-19 02:51:53 Score: 3
This is a tantalizing tale; I can very easily see these superstitions
arising in Rohan (where cats don't seem to be favored as much as dogs, at
least in the movies, and where superstitions seem to be given more credence.
Your Eowyn was very well rounded and after the read I wanted to know more
about Luthwen. It was spooky without being overwhelmingly horrific.

Title: The One and
<> True Dark Lord
∑ Author: Werecat
> ∑ Genres: Crossovers ∑ ID: 358
Reviewer: Marta
> ∑ 2005-05-19 12:31:16 Score: 3
I never would have believed Silmarillion/Harry Potter crossover would work.
Of course I never thought of either Voldemort or Melkor as at all snarky.
Well done -- this very clever piece managed to overcome my preliminary
scepticism, and I really enjoyed it.

Title: Two Drabbles: Tar-Miriel and the
<> Waves ∑ Author: Ainaechoiriel
∑ Books/Time: The Silmarillion: Drabble ∑ ID: 107
Reviewer: sulriel
∑ 2005-05-20 07:55:27 Score: 2
I appreciate the clever use of repeitition of word and thought in this
drabble set, the meter gives it a unique, almost poetic rythym. very nice.

Title: Remembrance <> ∑ Author:
∑ Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Gondor Drabble ∑ ID: 108
Reviewer: sulriel
∑ 2005-05-20 07:57:42 Score: 2
This is well done, excellent use of the one hundred words of a drabble. your
word choices are pointed and specific and pack a lot of meaning in each
thought. well done!!

Title: The Death of <>
Middle-Earth ∑ Author: BarrowWight
8> ∑ Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Incomplete ∑ ID: 98
Reviewer: sulriel
∑ 2005-05-20 08:07:39 Score: 8
This is an wonderfully ambitious work, delightfully rich in JRR Tolkien's
world but at the same time, stretching canon near to breaking without
forceing that 'snap!'. The half-Noldorin Orc, Morsul, and the other original
characters, both Orc and Elf, are deep and well-thought-out. The Canon
characters delightfully subtly darkened. Barrowwight's world shadows and
parallel's Tolkien's to a frightening degree. This is the story that was not
told in the comfortable Hall of Fire or the sitting rooms of Gondor in the
years after; these are the things we may not, probably do not, want to know.
This is the other side of the ending with horrific accuracy and detail,
delving deeper, perhapes, than many of us may want to go into Orc, and
Elvish, culture. and as BarrowWight proclaims, no attempts have been made to
keep this warm and fuzzy like that 'other', more popular writing, the
Redbook. So, while I highly recommend this work, I will also say, "Reader
Beware!" because it shake loose your preconceptions of happy endings and
life in the Fourth Age.

Title: Tides of
<> Time ∑ Author:
> ∑ Genres: Alternate Universe: Post-LOTR ∑ ID: 368
Reviewer: Marta
> ∑ 2005-05-21 05:01:19 Score: 5
This is an interesting tale, and I like it for its mythic qualities. I
suppose it makes sense that Anduril would survive past Aragorrn; after all,
it had survived since Isildur's time and before that since when Telchar
first forged it. I do wish you could have told it without bringing Gandalf
back from Valinor. It would have been nice to have it canon-compliant, for
example, to have Celeborn or one of the twins or some other immortal who
didn't sail over the seas be the one to move it.

Title: When All
<> Lights Pass ∑
Author: Werecat
> ∑ Genres: Alternate Universe: Pre-LOTR ∑ ID: 349
Reviewer: Marta
> ∑ 2005-05-21 11:04:52 Score: 9
Oh, this was a delightfully spooky story. I loved it. (And here I was
thinking that there were few corners of Middle-earth left for Werecat to
explore? Foolish me, indeed.) I particularly liked your descriptions of
Gandalf and especially Radagast. They seemed very real and earthy and
consistent with what we know about the Grey and the Brown ones, but you
didn't hit us over the head with who exactly they were. Personally, I'm not
convinced that Earnil could have cured Hithwen's son (sorry, I am forgetting
his name). It seems that the line of the true "king" passed from Anarion's
line when Ondoher died heirless, and the Gondorians chose someone with so
little of Anarion's blood when the northern kings had a much more direct
descendant. Just my two cents. And I think that, if he could heal Black
Breath, surely there would be other soldier's in Pelargir who needed
healing. It's not like the king at this point spent all his time in Minas
Tirith. I can see him travelling to Pelargir on a tour, and the woman
bringing her son to meet with him, almost like the story of the lame man who
Jesus healed after his disciples lowered him through the roof. Anyway, I
digress. This is a nice story, well thought out, and I really enjoyed it.

Title: Wish upon a <> star ∑ Author:
> ∑ Races/Places: Villains: Orcs ∑ ID: 194
Reviewer: Marta
> ∑ 2005-05-21 11:42:46 Score: 3
You had me chuckling out loud at "Sometimes wishes do come true" at the very
end. Oh, well done! This is a hilarious parody, turning the typical
Mary-Sue-falls-into-Mordor parody on its head by its sharp characterization
of the Orc. Thanks for the read.

Title: By <> Light Beguiled
∑ Author: AfterEver
2> ∑ Books/Time: The Silmarillion: First Age ∑ ID: 445
Reviewer: Marta
> ∑ 2005-05-24 00:25:52 Score: 7
I have to admit that, by the time I reached the end of the "Quenta
Silmarillion" I was skimming the text. Elves never were my forte, and I just
wasn't that interested in it. So I was sceptical to start this piece, but
after the first few screens I was certainly hooked. Your descriptions are
vivid, and your treatment of young Elrond and Elros was touching, not to
mention cute. We all know what happens to the havens at Sirion, so in many
ways reading this piece was like watching the movie "Titanic". I mean, we
all knew the ship was going to sink, but there were still some surprises
along the way. I especially loved the tension between Earendil and Elwing,
because it cut both ways; Earendil was uncomfortable with the silmaril, and
Elwing hated Earendil's need to journey the seas. Overall, it was a very
enjoyable tale that held my interest until the end -- which is saying
something, given I usually prefer shorter pieces like vignettes and

Title: Forgetting
<> War ∑
Author: Karenator
> ∑ Books/Time: The Lord of The Rings: Elves ∑ ID: 1322
Reviewer: sulriel
∑ 2005-05-25 17:18:24 Score: 3
a bittersweet and poignant view of Legolas and the longing he feels. ...what
torment to have lived with that for so many years, what a blessing to have
the lifespan to have the years with his friends before he answers that call.
very well done, and enjoyable and thoughtful read.

Title: Price of Delay <> ∑
Author: viv
4> ∑ Genres: Drama (includes Angst): Drabble ∑ ID: 782
Reviewer: sulriel
∑ 2005-05-25 22:26:27 Score: 2
Hi Viv, I'm glad to see this drabble here. I love Thingol, he's much to
underdone in this fandom, and this is one of my favorites.

Title: By All
<> The
Signs ∑ Author: Tialys
0> ∑ Books/Time: Post-Ring War ∑ ID: 757
Reviewer: sulriel
∑ 2005-05-25 22:40:49 Score: 1
This is an engaging little tale, ...what fun to think of such a find!!! ,
wouldn't it be wonderful!

Title: FŽanor
POrdinal=1> Challenged ∑ Author: stultiloquentia
4> ∑ Genres: Romance: Poetry ∑ ID: 45
Reviewer: sulriel
∑ 2005-05-25 22:45:57 Score: 2
I don't often read poetry, but I epecially enjoy Feanor and couldn't resist
this one. You captured the mood and nuances beautifully, as well as the
characterization of the Noldor.

Title: Banners
POrdinal=5> in the Wind ∑ Author: Starlight
5> ∑ Books/Time: The Silmarillion: Second Age ∑ ID: 519
Reviewer: sulriel
∑ 2005-05-25 22:52:03 Score: 1
A well-done portayal of a proud but difficult time. You captured it well.

Title: One
=10&NGID=102> Dark Day in Lugbķrz ∑ Author: Starlight
5> ∑ Races/Places: Villains: Orcs ∑ ID: 521
Reviewer: sulriel
∑ 2005-05-25 22:55:51 Score: 1
we love Orcsies, my Precious, yes we do.

Title: Trust to Hope <> ∑
Author: Novedhelion
4> ∑ Genres: Romance ∑ ID: 1294
Reviewer: Aragorns
> Gal ∑ 2005-05-26 14:50:06 Score: 9
I truly adored this story! I think that this story brought Eomer to life in
such an endearing way. He comes across as so serious in the movies. Plus
there is not near enough of him in the movies, so this story brings Eomer to
life so cleverly, and so "real". He becomes a man that you can't help but
love. This story shows that he is a great leader, a good guy and a very
lovable man! And Ani... she's wonderful! She's spunky and smart and won't
let people walk over her, including Eomer! Which I really like as a trait in
women. I applaude Eomer & Ani strongly, and if this were a 4th Lord of the
Rings movie, I would go see it without question.

The story is told in such a true way that I could totally picture all the
scenery as they traveled back & forth across Middle Earth. Even the
sub-characters were interesting. The author made me like or dislike them and
care about what happened to them. Cam & Amrothos could be another story on
their own! I really wish they were come to think of it!

And Fenwick... I hated that guy big time and wanted him gone right off the
bat. And thats good writing if an author makes you hate a character that

So I would recommend this story to everyone who loves Lord of the Rings, or
just a good story, it gives us much more of Eomer who deserves every word
written about him.


Title: Cursed Queen
<> of Angmar ∑
Author: khazar_khum
> ∑ Races/Places: Villains: Nazgul ∑ ID: 450
Reviewer: Raksha
8> the Demon ∑ 2005-05-26 17:58:37 Score: 3
That Khazar-Khum has the chutzpah to write a romantic epic about the being
who inspires terror and revulsion in LOTR deserves much credit. That the
writer carries it off with style, actually making the reader empathize with
the heroine, and turns the Witch-King into a romantic hero, deserves even
more credit. Very daring and original story!

Title: Trust to Hope <> ∑
Author: Novedhelion
4> ∑ Genres: Romance ∑ ID: 1294
Reviewer: jbear83
3> ∑ 2005-05-27 03:26:50 Score: 10
Ahh! Thank You!

That was an absolutely fabulous story. I was hooked from the start. Both the
story and the wonderfully excellent way it was written really appealed to

I have only seen this good writing in maybe 3 or 4 other un-published
authors. Ever thought of writing a book?

This story has kept me up many a night reading ítil 3-4 in the morning, just
because I could not turn away from the screen, wanting to know more about
what would happen. And it has made me become violent against my books, when
they got punched in frustration and anger over Fenwick's actions, (Iíve
learned my lesson from having had to buy a new keyboard after it was hit
into oblivion in frustration before, pocket books are softer.)

The absolutely excellent writing has me floored, I could never write this
good. I just sit here and hope that you get the wonderful idea to write a
novel or something and have it published, because I would definitely buy it.
I have at the moment maybe 12 books lying in a pile, waiting to be read, but
I let them wait until Iíve finished this story because it held me in such a
strong grip reading it. I could really see everything in front of me as I
read, and itís the way you describe things that really put the reader there
in the story.

I am not a very emotional person, but this story has brought out so many in
me, mirth, sadness, anger, frustration, happiness, relief. In the end just
after Fenwick's fall, I felt this huge need to cry out of relief (could have
been that I was listening to Gregorian's version of the Sound Of Silence, or
the late hour, itís 2 am as I write this), but probably a combination of all
three. Not many stories do that to me.

You and your beta work very well together, and I hope that the two of you
will continue with that, too give us readers these wonderful and
well-written stories.

I will now continue on reading the sequel, my pile of books will just have
to wait.

I hope you get time and inspiration to continue writing that one so that I
will not have to wonder or go crazy from waiting.

Cheers, and thank you once again,


Title: The <>
Prince of Golden Flowers ∑ Author: Avon
> ∑ Genres: Drama (includes Angst): Drabble ∑ ID: 18
Reviewer: Dwimordene
∑ 2005-05-27 22:59:31 Score: 4
There is something wonderfully simple about this drabble: a narrative
quality that at once is suitably solemn for Glorfindel and yet perfectly
suited a to a child's understanding. One senses the rise of legend, here, in
this tale, told to a nameless child who participates, as it were, in the
history of Gondolin through the simple act of linking flowers and memory

Title: 'Peering
<> in the water
as the dark eve fell, I caught him, Gollum.' ∑ Author: Avon
> ∑ Books/Time: The Lord of The Rings: Drabble ∑ ID: 19
Reviewer: Dwimordene
∑ 2005-05-27 23:09:30 Score: 6
Avon makes great use of a line from the books as her title, allowing the
rest of the drabble to stand as an elaboration of it. Gollum's schizophrenic
nature infects his captor, who finds himself caught in a dizzying
relationship with his prisoner. Who is really driving whom? Aragorn ought to
be the dominant end of this relationship, yet he isn't, seeing himself as
both captor and prisoner. There's no point of balance between them, and
Aragorn finds himself unable to escape Gollum, who invades every sense, and
unlocks a rather indeterminate fear. It's clearly connected to the Ring, but
at the same time, what precisely is it about the Ring, as it manifests in
Gollum, that Aragorn fears? It's unclear, and I think it's the more
effective for that openness. Well done!

Title: New
<> Home ∑
Author: Tanaqui
> ∑ Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Ithilien Drabble ∑ ID: 20
Reviewer: Dwimordene
∑ 2005-05-27 23:16:13 Score: 6
This is a lovely, sunny drabble about Beregond and Bergil, as they rebuild
their lives in Ithilien. We don't get any chances to see these two interact
with each other, and so have to infer quite a lot. But this seems to me very
plausible. Beregond's anxiety over whether his son, who has endured the
horrors of war and responsibilities beyond his years, will be happy in their
new home, is very touching. He doesn't want for Bergil to have to continue
to soldier on, as it were, but hopes that he'll have a chance to be a boy
for awhile. Bergil is delightfully portrayed, and in the end, Beregond's
hopes are realized, as Bergil is quickly distracted from the chaos of
displacement by the promise of finding a new bird's nest.

Title: The <>
White City ∑ Author: Forodwaith
> ∑ Genres: Drama (includes Angst): Gondor Drabble ∑ ID: 21
Reviewer: Dwimordene
∑ 2005-05-27 23:22:13 Score: 4
For those of us who've wondered what would persuade a father to let his son
stay during what seems likely to be the last stand of Minas Tirith, this
drabble suggests an answer. We see here the absent mother playing a vital
role in that decision: she is the ground of Bergil's love for Minas Tirith
and also the ground of one aspect of the father-son relationship that spawns
a rather unexpected consequence. There's irony aplenty here, as the dead
rule the living, who may soon join them.

Title: In <>
the Hands of the King ∑ Author: Gwynnyd
6> ∑ Genres: Drama (includes Angst): Gondor Drabble ∑ ID: 22
Reviewer: Dwimordene
∑ 2005-05-27 23:28:29 Score: 5
Another good missing moment in the relationship of Beregond and Bergil: how
did Bergil receive the news that his father had committed treason during the
Siege of Minas Tirith? One imagines it would be quite the blow for a boy who
seems to have a healthy boyish case of hero worship for his father, not to
mention quite terrifying once the possibility sank in that Beregond might
even be killed for his actions. We see the limits of justice here, and the
drabble appropriately ends with the hope that mercy will prevail.

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