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Msg# 5102

Reviews Final as of 8/17/2005 part 17 Posted by Ainaechoiriel August 17, 2005 - 23:20:59 Topic ID# 5102
Title: March Frost <> ·
Author: SilverMoonLady
3> · Books/Time: Post-Ring War · ID: 769
Reviewer: Dwimordene
· 2005-06-17 22:11:38 Score: 2
Nice vignette that gives a wife's eye view of the scars the war has left
even on the most cheerful of hobbits. March frost, indeed.

Title: Light On
<> the Way ·
Author: Larner
2> · Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Romance · ID: 794
Reviewer: Dwimordene
· 2005-06-17 22:14:13 Score: 9
This was a very satisfying story for me, as it takes that very difficult,
painful parting in the Appendices and really does something with it that
makes sense of how quickly Arwen faded. At the same time, it's ultimately a
very hopeful look at death and loss. The Gift of Ilúvatar shows up clearly
as a gift, here, as the author intended. This is not to say that the grief,
and particularly Arwen's, is underwritten, but the view from the Uttermost
West, and from the perspective of the dying and the dead, keeps the sadness
firmly within the bounds of a far greater joy, and the dignity of the
characters of course does much to enhance that sense. Even the fading of
Middle-earth, which we see in the death of the niphredil and elanor flowers,
and in the decay of Lothlórien, is kept within that perspective. The light
is, in a sense, going out, but having seen the individual spirits of the
world make their way home to a greater glory, one gets the sense that even
the loss of the world itself will be a transition to something else. That
seems very much in keeping with Ilúvatar's words to Melkor in the
Silmarillion. Aragorn and Arwen fans should quite enjoy this, and it was
nice to see Eldarion carry a significant part of the story. In fact, this is
actually a nicely written ensemble piece, it's just a different ensemble
than usual!

Title: Memory
<> of Ents
· Author: Rabidsamfan
0> · Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Friendship · ID: 800
Reviewer: Dwimordene
· 2005-06-17 22:14:49 Score: 5
Rabidsamfan does an excellent job catching the hobbits' voices here, and
this visit to the Old Forest, intended to help with the restoration of the
Shire, is very well sketched. The banter and the memories all flow nicely,
with Sam providing a contrast to Merry and Pippin: as usualy, Sam is more
grounded, less comfortable with the foreign and tends to fasten on its eerie
aspects, holding onto them when others might let them go. And that
counterpoint of his pays off in the end, as an unseen denizen of the Old
Forest watches the hobbits leave. Nicely done!

Title: Stealth
<> and
Grace · Author: Anastasia
5> · Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Gondor · ID: 802
Reviewer: Dwimordene
· 2005-06-17 22:16:01 Score: 1
Boy do I ever recognize this dance scenario! A cute story; it made me laugh.

Title: At Last <>
· Author: Mariposa
0> · Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Shire · ID: 808
Reviewer: Dwimordene
· 2005-06-17 22:16:44 Score: 2
Nice parallelism between the two drabbles, each hobbit released to the tears
or laughter that had been lurking by a father's welcome home.

Title: Nightly <>
Noises · Author: Pipwise
7> Brandygin · Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Friendship · ID: 827
Reviewer: Dwimordene
· 2005-06-17 22:17:30 Score: 3
Lovely to see the Old Forest and Old Man Willow get their due, and be fitted
into the general pattern of adjustment that the hobbits have to go through.
Crickhollow will never be quite the same, and even old, resurgent memories
are changed by the perspective of hindsight. The writing style was very
crisp, which I enjoyed.

Title: Kingly <>
Gifts · Author: Dreamflower
5> · Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Friendship · ID: 831
Reviewer: Dwimordene
· 2005-06-17 22:18:16 Score: 3
A nice gapfiller, even if I have a particular qualm with Aragorn's
characterization. But it's just in one place, and it was fun to see how
everything spun out around the hobbits as they rested and recovered. I
particularly liked Legolas' gifts in the end—something personal and more in
the line of memory than any physical object.

Title: Truth and
<> Consequences ·
Author: Mariposa
0> · Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Shire · ID: 837
Reviewer: Dwimordene
· 2005-06-17 22:19:50 Score: 10
I quite enjoyed this story. There's always something very odd in hearing
others talk about you, and to find the most difficult, trying, and at least
in some parts joyful, times and deeds, to say nothing of intimate
friendships, of your life written down by people who had never known you,
and then to read those accounts, would be very difficult. And safely
ensconced in the restored Shire, well away from court life and the Mordor
front, Merry, Pippin, and Sam would have little reason to expect such
treatment. Even when the account is favorable, it never quite rings true,
whether it speaks of good or evil deeds. And when the historian is a poor
historian, then further problems arise, which Faramir Took nicely sums up as

"And also some of these books are just so ugly--written by people who
seemingly could have achieved greater deeds with ease, and have all the time
under the stars to poke holes in the Fellowship."

In truth, the basic circumstances of the Fellowship historians are likely
the same, whether they write beautiful or ugly books. No doubt that is part
of the sense of violation or intrusion—they weren't there, and whether for
good or ill, they do play in a sense with someone else's life in the writing
of it. Pippin and Merry, I thought, handled the whole matter very well—they
have indeed grown wise, and yet they haven't lost their sense of mischief,
either, it seems. A well told tale!

Title: As Good As
<> You · Author:
> · Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Shire · ID: 854
Reviewer: Dwimordene
· 2005-06-17 22:21:06 Score: 5
I really liked the Paladin this story presented—wise but down to earth, and
even if he's gotten rather blind in the eyes, he sees himself quite clearly.
His account of his doings during the Occupation was a neat bit of analysis,
as well, allowing for a different view of the Tooks' refusal to bow to the
ruffians. Paladin may not be one to make many friends, but within familiar
bounds, he certainly seems able at bringing his son around to reason without
shaming Pippin; perhaps he was a better Thain than he knew in that regard. A
sweet story about growing up and assuming responsibility.

Title: Renewal <>
· Author: Bodkin
1> · Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Gap-Filler · ID: 883
Reviewer: Dwimordene
· 2005-06-17 22:22:17 Score: 7
An enjoyable look at the decision of Celeborn, and a few other well-known
Elves, to take ship to Valinor. Despite the sense of loss, renewal is, as
the title proclaims, the overriding theme, and it makes for some fine,
humorous moments. Even Elrond has a joke, in absentia, and one must
appreciate a story that puts him at the heart of a classic double-blind
scheme that was doubtless enacted only so that it could later be discovered.
Celeborn's motivations for remaining in Arda, and also his reasons for
leaving it, are nicely explored, and Thranduil, too, acquires depth in what
is clearly an old friendship between him and Celeborn. Elrohir, though
younger, is also well-written, and it's nice to see him in a jesting, if not
overtly mischievous, mood, even as he, too, turns westward.

Title: Light out of
<> Darkness ·
Author: Shirebound
5> · Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Gap-Filler · ID: 895
Reviewer: Dwimordene
· 2005-06-19 15:09:17 Score: 8
What a lovely series of vignettes, all braided together! Each character's
voice is well done in a brief space, and there is always that uplift at the
end—movement towards the titular light, as it were. Which appears in many
forms—candles, fires, gemstones, sunlight, starlight, inner light,
sword-light, that marvelous scene with the phial in the water ("Pippin",
indeed, does not lack for imagination!), but most of all, friendship as the
one abiding light that draws everyone together. Although I am an absolutely
slobbering Aragorn groupie, I found myself most affected by the chapter with
Gimli and Frodo. Gimli gets so few good stories that each one deserves
remark. Your Gimli-voice is beautiful, and to see him and Frodo have some
substantive, yet not heavy, conversation was a treat. This is the Dwarf I
always wanted to see, and thank you for showing him. For anyone who finds
themselves wanting more than was ever told about the journey home from
Ithilien, this would be an excellent fic to read.

Title: Dolor Meus
<> · Author:
> · Books/Time: Post-Ring War · ID: 897
Reviewer: Dwimordene
· 2005-06-19 15:10:01 Score: 9
Now this is an unusual meeting, and what a setting! Werecat is to be
commended for a seamless integration of not just one, but two, of
Middle-earth's denizens into a later, much changed time. Her Radagast is
spectacular—a master of hues and shapes he is called, and I remember the
line in which it is said that he is presented as a person of far lesser
power than Gandalf or Saruman. Perhaps so, but here we see the wizard
within. Perhaps it just needed the right Age for us to see that elemental
wisdom of his shining forth, as he brings a message of redemption to Maglor.
I don't know if it was Werecat's intention, but this reads to me as a sort
of inverse annunciation, and it's a delicious thought, that angels might
take an interest in bearing such messages to the desperate.

Beyond that, the Francis of Assisi connection was very fitting, I thought,
and added another layer of depth to the story. I would recommend this story
to anyone who has any interest at all in post-Fourth Age fics, or in the
wizards in general, and of course, Maglor fans will certainly find this an
interesting end to Maglor's tale in Middle-earth. Bravo, Werecat—another
imaginative story from the sideviews of Middle-earth that opens the story up
in unexpected ways.

Title: Adagio <>
· Author: simbelmyne
5> · Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Vignette · ID: 902
Reviewer: Dwimordene
· 2005-06-19 15:10:44 Score: 2
A sweet, short fic tracing Lothiriel's journey, as she finds her place among
the Rohirrim through learning to love their songs (oh yes, and their king!).

Title: Concerning
<> Ladders ·
Author: grey_wonderer
> · Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Friendship · ID: 926
Reviewer: Dwimordene
· 2005-06-19 15:11:13 Score: 2
An enjoyable story, with its humorous moments (particularly the first third
or so, which had me laughing), that looks at the balance of trust between
Merry and Pippin.

Title: Tales
<> of Old Wives
· Author: Lindelea
> · Books/Time: Post-Ring War: General Drabble · ID: 927
Reviewer: Dwimordene
· 2005-06-19 15:11:59 Score: 2
A nice set of drabbles, from the points of view of wakeful wives. I liked
Diamond's last two lines, and the note about Merry's herblore in the second

Title: Always <>
Dancing · Author: Mariposa
0> · Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Friendship · ID: 928
Reviewer: Dwimordene
· 2005-06-19 15:12:30 Score: 4
I very much enjoyed this, watching the hobbits pass on something that they
had learned during their journey. "Good teachers make for easy teaching" is
a great line, turning this fic into more than a memory of Hollin and
Boromir, but a tribute to him. It's also a tribute to his students who show
themselves to have been truly good students, having picked up not just the
swordcraft, but the art of teaching from him as well. Bravo!

Title: Homeward bound <> ·
Author: Marta
> · Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Gap-Filler · ID: 945
Reviewer: Dwimordene
· 2005-06-19 15:13:15 Score: 5
Ah, another fic in which Nob gets a bit of attention and shows himself to be
a wiser head than his employer gives him credit for. I particularly liked
the opening paragraph, in which Nob notes the constant presence of scraggly
companions for the four hobbits of the Fellowship, whether of the rangerly
or wizardly variety. And his leaving Sam and Bill alone to their reunion
also leaves them to find their own way to bed, echoing Bill's journey back
from the Mines, but in a much more lighthearted manner.

Title: In Memoriam <> · Author:
> · Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Ithilien Drabble · ID: 949
Reviewer: Dwimordene
· 2005-06-19 15:13:41 Score: 4
An interesting point is brought out here: the question of at what point do
you mark the turning point of a victory? It's in one way a futile question,
since as soon as you identify one point, you realize it depended upon
another that perhaps deserves to be pointed to equally. But as a question,
it opens horizons, as it does for Bergil, who finds his horizon changed by
the simple act of moving the moment of Gondor's victory from Minas Tirith to
Parth Galen.

Title: Fear no <> more · Author:
7> · Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Gap-Filler · ID: 970
Reviewer: Dwimordene
· 2005-06-19 15:14:10 Score: 5
An interesting way of giving news of Frodo's departure to Gondor. Contrasted
with Faramir's dreams, enumerated in the opening, this single one that has
nothing to do with death or warning, seems to function as a sort of bookend
to his dreamlife: a sign that he, too, need fear no more the prescient
dreams, that Frodo's departure in a sense signals a transition to a less
fearful time, when Sauron's mark on Middle-earth can truly begin to fade.
Couple of grammatical things, but overall, nicely done.

Title: StarFire <>
· Author: Lindelea
> · Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Friendship · ID: 983
Reviewer: Dwimordene
· 2005-06-19 15:14:48 Score: 10
Lindelea gives us quite a yarn, in the style to which her readers are
accustomed: with nicely rounded characters, whether original or canonical,
humor and darkness by turns and degrees, and a Shire that has gravity behind
it to keep everything anchored. Although the story is named after a horse,
it goes quite far beyond the horse to put together a picture of living in
the Great Smials, amongst "the Talk", as Pippin Took goes that last distance
towards maturing into the hobbit his people need, and whose mettle was
initially tested and tried by the Quest. In the opening (quite humorous)
chapter, we learn of the Rohirric tradition, that the king must tame the
lead stallion of the herd if he is to truly be king, and there is a sense in
which Pippin does just that. Starfire is the catalyst that makes it possible
for Pippin to tame any number of "wild horses" he has inherited: his poor
cousin Ferdibrand, his own temper and remaining careless ways, the Thainship
and its rather bitter legacy, and the challenge of peacetime troubles that
are not nearly so simple to solve in many ways as those that come with war.
There's no army to lead, and such troubles as poverty cannot be solved at

This story keeps things lively, with enough twists and turns to keep one on
one's toes, and although you can foresee some things, that doesn't take away
from the story's unfolding. I am certain that anyone with curiosity about
the Shire will have found this story already, but if they haven't, it is
well worth the time. For those looking to find some good original characters
or an interesting look at Pippin post-Ring War, this is a story they'll want
to pick up some afternoon and enjoy. The only thing detracting from my
enjoyment is the ending, which feels just a touch incomplete to me. But even
so, one might say it does indeed fit its title and open onto a new day for
the Tooks. Bravo, Lindelea!

Title: That Which
<> Remains ·
Author: mir_noldoris
4> · Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Final Partings · ID: 1025
Reviewer: Dwimordene
· 2005-06-19 15:34:11 Score: 6
A bittersweet set of scenes, in which one can feel the absence of loved ones
even when they are not mentioned. They cover the field of emotional
reaction: with Arwen and Aragorn, there's a "firm and desperate" hope for
the future beyond the loss of the Elf who was a father to both of them; with
Gimli and Celeborn, there is the bitterness of loss and the effort of
consolation; with the twins, confusion and bewilderment; and with Sam and
Rose, a sense of release in a way, almost as one feels when the dead or the
departed are understood to have left their pain behind. Grief gets blunted
by that sense of relief on behalf of Frodo, who is gone. The scenes are
spare and diverse, but Eärmírë holds them all together nicely.

Title: Watery <>
Grave · Author: Ijemanja
5> · Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Vignette · ID: 1074
Reviewer: Dwimordene
· 2005-06-19 15:34:49 Score: 7
A clever way of allowing these two women, Goldberry and Arwen, to meet, and
at just the right moment. Ijemanja puts a fine point on Arwen's fear and
exhaustion. The bitterness she feels that she cannot see her family, the
bitterness that she feels about dying, and her fear of dying: all these are
brought out and given their full weight but not regret—that is a key
distinction and the fic is the richer for it. This is a story of an Elf
learning how to die as a mortal, a task most mortals don't accomplish with
much in the way of grace. Goldberry's help in this matter, showing Arwen how
faint is the hold on life, and how little worth clinging it is, even as she
gives Arwen the comfort of another being and someone to hold her through the
worst of her fears and loneliness, is well portrayed, and suits a water
spirit very well. Good job, Ijemanja!

Title: The
<> King's
Summons · Author: Tanaqui
> · Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Gondor · ID: 1392
Reviewer: Dwimordene
· 2005-06-19 23:54:08 Score: 2
A sweet snapshot. Legolas' reaction to the news made me laugh, and I liked
seeing Beregond and the hints of the shape of his relationship with Legolas.

Title: A New
<> Age ·
Author: Tanaqui
> · Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Gondor Drabble · ID: 1387
Reviewer: Dwimordene
· 2005-06-19 23:54:39 Score: 2
I like the idea that Faramir, too, might be able to give back the Gift. The
sense of change, but also of resolution and relief, also come through nicely
with Eldarion's.

Title: Mother
<> and Son ·
Author: Tanaqui
> · Books/Time: Post-Ring War: General Drabble · ID: 1381
Reviewer: Dwimordene
· 2005-06-19 23:55:10 Score: 2
It seems one never outgrows the need to make one's mother proud, even if one
is an immortal Elf-lord. At least Elwing's response suggests Elrond's new
life will be joyous.

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