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Msg# 5104

Reviews Final as of 8/17/2005 part 19 Posted by Ainaechoiriel August 17, 2005 - 23:22:24 Topic ID# 5104
Title: Currents <>
· Author: Thundera
> Tiger · Books/Time: Gap-Filler: Drama · ID: 1008
Reviewer: Marta
> · 2005-06-21 19:13:20 Score: 3
This is a skillfully told gapfiller that connects the dots between
Lothlórien and Parth Galen. And it was very well-told, touchign on many
memories and painting a full picture without actually doing flashbacks,
which is how I think a person's (or hobbit's) memory would actually work.

Title: Cheery Letters
<> From Bree ·
Author: Lulleny
2> · Books/Time: Gap-Filler: Drama · ID: 1094
Reviewer: Marta
> · 2005-06-21 19:19:29 Score: 3
This is a very enjoyable read about a possible incident while Aragorn and
the hobbits were in Bree. There should be more stories about this stage of
the story, in my opinion. The interaction between Strider and the hobbits,
especially Merry, was interesting, and Merry's letter was cleverly

Title: Envinyatar
SPOrdinal=7> · Author: Starlight
5> · Books/Time: Gap-Filler: Grey Company · ID: 520
Reviewer: Marta
> · 2005-06-21 19:39:18 Score: 9
I remember when Starlight first posted this beautiful story back on
[Henneth_Annun] for the "Ides of March" onlist challenge in (I think) 2004.
That challenge turned out some very nice pieces, but I think "Envinyatar" is
my favourite piece of all those. Words fail me when I think back to how
profoundly it moved me. Perhaps it is because I am Christian and deeply
spiritual, but this piece affected me so strongly! It is the embodiment of
the messianic hope that we see in so many religions but especially
Christianity, yet it does not feel at all out of place for Middle-earth.

What makes this piece even more remarkable is that it uses almost all
original characters. More than a year later (I'm writing this review without
taking the time to re-read... too many stories!) I forget the names but I
remember the characters. They were rangers, and soldiers, but also Dunedain.
Their king was returning, Aragorn would become Elessar, and they all
realised the importance of that fact. Anyone who is at all spiritual and
values such things as hope and destiny, and especially those who like
Aragorn and the Northern Dúnedain, should not miss this story. It's too
short not to give it a chance, I highly recommend it.

Title: Reunion at <>
Isengard · Author: Shirebound
5> · Books/Time: Gap-Filler: Hobbits · ID: 515
Reviewer: Marta
> · 2005-06-21 19:46:41 Score: 2
I really liked this piece, especially the first chapter; the author's
extrapolations are logical and interesting. Of course I always enjoy her
"reunion" pieces.

Title: A <>
Merry Meeting at Bree · Author: maranya14
0> · Books/Time: Post-Ring War · ID: 211
Reviewer: Marta
> · 2005-06-21 20:25:10 Score: 3
There are several things you could say about this piece, but I think my
absolute favourite is the characterisations of Nob and Bergil. The author
has just breathed so much life into these characters that we only see
briefly in canon. This was an engaging piece all the way through, very funny
without being over the top.

Title: All
<> Hallows'
Day · Author: Marnie
5> · Books/Time: Post-Ring War · ID: 317
Reviewer: Marta
> · 2005-06-21 20:46:50 Score: 3
Now this is certainly different! I have read many of Marnie's stories but I
don't think I've ever read anything quite this spooky. But it's good, very
good, and it's only proof that there aren't many things Marnie can't write.
Provided it involves Celeborn, of course. ;-) The modern humans were well
done, as was Elmo's sense of desperation.

Title: Fading <>
Leaves · Author: Forodwaith
> · Books/Time: Post-Ring War · ID: 356
Reviewer: Marta
> · 2005-06-21 20:49:57 Score: 4
This was a delightful story of the start of the Fourth Age, not from the
usual perspective of Gondor or the hobbits or whomever, but from an elf. An
OC from Rivendell, no less. It was a very novel idea, and well done. I
particularly liked how you captured the passing of time with a particularly
elvish fair toward the end, when your main character wonders if there are
any ships left, and decides she doesn't care.

Title: Sing Me Home
<> · Author:
5> · Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Aman · ID: 516
Reviewer: Marta
> · 2005-06-21 21:16:56 Score: 5
This is probably one of my favourite of Shirebound's stories, at least of
the ones I've read to date. Not only does it contain many nice moments but
it answers, or at least poses a possible answer to, a question that I have
wondered for quite some time. How did Arwen know that Frodo would be allowed
to sail West? It's a very nice answer, too. And the scene in Rivendell where
Frodo rides the Eagles? Perfect! This was a very nice read, walking that
fine line between flippancy and angst so heavy it's depressing.

Title: Farewell
<> · Author:
> · Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Final Partings · ID: 362
Reviewer: Marta
> · 2005-06-21 22:10:11 Score: 3
What an imaginative drabble! I would never have thought of anything like
this. And yet it seems fitting somehow. Radagast the wanderer would be no
more ready to leave Middle-earth than Celeborn was, and I think Tolkien
would have approved of your version.

Title: That Which
<> Remains ·
Author: mir_noldoris
4> · Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Final Partings · ID: 1025
Reviewer: Marta
> · 2005-06-21 22:16:20 Score: 3
This story reminds me in a way of Flick's "Passages": there is such beauty
in its brevity. You have touched on so many spheres of Middle-earth, how
they were all affected by the departure of the Ring-bearers, and it's
amazing the threads that you picked up on and tied together.

Title: Afterthoughts
<> · Author:
· Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Gondor Drabble · ID: 230
Reviewer: Marta
> · 2005-06-22 00:16:34 Score: 2
This isn't a character pair you see interacting very nice, and they were
both well characterised here. I especially like that Faramir had wisdom of
his own, even when around a wise being like Elrond.

Title: As
Though to Breathe Were Life · Author: mir_noldoris
4> · Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Gondor Drabble · ID: 257
Reviewer: Marta
> · 2005-06-22 00:23:33 Score: 2
I would not have thought that anyone could take Aragorn's choice to give
back the Gift to 100 words, but you have done exactly that, and done it
artfully. Well done.

Title: Fireside
Reflections · Author: Gwynnyd
6> · Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Gondor Drabble · ID: 400
Reviewer: Marta
> · 2005-06-22 00:31:14 Score: 5
Faramir's statement that he loves the sword not the brightness nor the arrow
for its swiftness is probably one of my favourite lines in Lord of the
Rings, and here you have it realised. Faramir might miss those evenings
round a campfire telling stories, but I am sure he is happy to replace it
with hours by a hearth surrounded by his wife, children, and friends, his
old rangers serving him in a position more befitting peacetime. Yes, he
would prefer that lifestyle. Thank you for this lovely vision.

Title: Shield
<> and Standard
· Author: Dwimordene
· Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Gondor Drabble · ID: 695
Reviewer: Marta
> · 2005-06-22 00:35:01 Score: 4
Oh, this was such great fun! Of course Aragorn is a wise man, he would see
the meeting of the woman who loved him, and the woman he loved, as a threat.
It could have gone much worse for him. But it's very nice to see that you
envisioned a happy ending for them too. I'm sure Arwen and Eowyn will have
the Gondorian court eating out of their hand before long. Who could
withstand an alliance between those two?

Title: Good
<> Stone ·
Author: ErinRua
7> · Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Gondor Drabble · ID: 721
Reviewer: Marta
> · 2005-06-22 00:36:40 Score: 2
This moment of friendship between Legolas and gimli is very touching, but
what really amazes me is the imagery. I can see the picture, and it is a
nice one.

Title: A New
<> Age ·
Author: Tanaqui
> · Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Gondor Drabble · ID: 1387
Reviewer: Marta
> · 2005-06-22 00:42:26 Score: 4
This is another of those moments that I never would have thought to explore
myself, but I am glad you did. And you did it very nicely. The language here
is smooht, the point of view is strong, but I think my favourite part is the
last line. Apparently it is not just Aragorn who knows that a wise king
should rely on and trust his steward, and I'm glad to see that condition
continuing into the next generation.

Title: Cursed Queen
<> of Angmar ·
Author: khazar_khum
> · Races/Places: Villains: Nazgul · ID: 450
Reviewer: Marta
> · 2005-06-22 23:44:36 Score: 6
This is the story that made us all fall in love with the Witch King of
Angmar. Anyone who can take a man thousands of years old, under the dominion
of Sauron no less, and make us all not only sympathise but find him loveable
-- and all without turning him soft -- deserves props. The fact that
khazar_khum did all of this in the North, where so little is know, at a time
far before the War of the Ring and all of the characters so much of the
fandom loves to write about only makes this story more spectacular. It is
well-conceived and well-executed throughout. Anyone who is at all interested
in Men, the villains, the North, or just a good read all around, you won't
want to miss this one.

Title: The
<> Long March
· Author: Tanaqui
> · Races/Places: Villains: Drabble · ID: 542
Reviewer: Marta
> · 2005-06-22 23:56:48 Score: 7
You know, the thing that I really noticed on reading this (both the first
time through at HASA, and on re-reading it just now) is that it could almost
be describing the Gondorians. I'm sure that the men recruited to join the
Ithilien Rangers were reminded of similar stories. Maybe not of the
Haradrim, but certainly of the Orcs. (It may have been too long since the
Haradrim ventured this far North for them to be fresh in peoples' memories.)
Whether the speaker is Haradric or Numenorean, he sees himself and his
comrades in very clear details. The banners flowing, the gear -- it is all
so sharp. Exactly as I like a drabble to work. If it wasn't for the
reference to war-beasts at the end I don't think I would have picked up the
man was a haradri, and that made it all the better; it made me think about
how similar the two sides were. Very, very well done.

Title: Triumph
<> Incarnate
· Author: Elena
7> Tiriel · Races/Places: Villains: Drabble · ID: 198
Reviewer: Marta
> · 2005-06-23 00:06:58 Score: 4
I think this is one moment that I have never seen anyone -- anyone at all --
try to touch. Until now, of course, and especially in a drabble. But you
gave us a haunting glance of Sauron in the Temple of Melkor on Númenor. It
left me wanting to know more of what Sauron was thinking, but I guess that's
the point. You used imagery to particularly good effect, and crammed a lot
in such a tight space.

Title: For <>
Love of Creation · Author: Andreth
6> · Races/Places: Villains · ID: 92
Reviewer: Marta
> · 2005-06-23 00:19:38 Score: 6
In "A Veiled Light" the author of this story showed that she has a
remarkable talent for making the obscure (at least to those of us who enjoy
primarily the late Third Age like myself) much more accessible. Here she
proves that she can do it for evil as well as for good. I felt like I was in
Sauron's mind. I understood his thoughts, his desires, his regrets, his
fears. This was so powerful! And the weird (and scary) thing is that I it
didn't really feel "evil". Ambiguous, yes, but no more obviously corrupted
than Denethor, for example. It just felt natural. I suppose that is how evil
would have to feel to evil, but it really made the whole mindset more
understandable for me.

Title: The Sand
<> Circle ·
Author: A
> L Milton · Races/Places: Villains · ID: 49
Reviewer: Marta
> · 2005-06-23 00:24:09 Score: 1
An interesting look at Haradri culture.

Title: Out of <>
Doubt · Author: Nessime
> · Genres: Drama (includes Angst): War of the Ring · ID: 494
Reviewer: Dwimordene
· 2005-06-23 18:11:04 Score: 4
This short little piece slots nicely between the lines of Tolkien's text, as
Éomer takes his men on what really should have been their last ride. The
bitter irony—that he had invoked death's name and so, in a sense, made
himself in his rage and despair its very instrument, creating a
self-fulfilling prophecy by getting his Riders into an untenable
situation—is well handled, as is the sudden turn towards hope as the ships
arrive at Harlond.

Title: The Last <>
Hour · Author: Citrine
0> · Genres: Drama (includes Angst): Gapfiller · ID: 465
Reviewer: Dwimordene
· 2005-06-23 18:12:28 Score: 6
Another excellent short fic that peeks into the relationship of Merry and
Pippin, as they wait for the muster. That hobbity sense of
humor-in-tight-places is at work here, as is hobbit frankness when push
comes to shove. I think the best line in that regard, comes as Merry
sniffles on Pippin's shoulder, and as Pippin attempts to get him to stop,
ostensibly for fear of his armor rusting and trapping him within it, the
immortal lines are uttered:

""Or we could set you up as a statue."

"Just what the city needs," Pippin laughed, too, though his face was wet. "A
monument to a rusted hobbit!" "

That hit just the right note, as they part ways for what might have been the
last time. Well done, Citrine!

Title: Women's <>
Work · Author: JediShampoo
2> · Genres: Drama (includes Angst): Fourth Age · ID: 430
Reviewer: Dwimordene
· 2005-06-23 18:13:00 Score: 3
I rather liked the OC in this story, Elleth. She provided a fun counterpoint
to Éowyn. One does wonder what sorts of arrangements would have been made to
care for the orphans after the war, and it fits with Éowyn's dedication to
healing people of the war's hurts to want to help in that regard, and to
include the unwanted children of whores in her care.

Title: Mourning
<> Cloak ·
Author: annmarwalk
7> · Genres: Drama (includes Angst): Gondor · ID: 394
Reviewer: Dwimordene
· 2005-06-23 18:14:34 Score: 3
There's something refreshing about writing from irritation! I like this
portrait of Denethor, and the turning point in his life. You're right, a
Steward, as a public figure, wears the clothes that fit his office, but his
personal life seeps through in pigmentation.

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