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Msg# 5105

Reviews Final as of 8/17/2005 part 20 Posted by Ainaechoiriel August 17, 2005 - 23:23:09 Topic ID# 5105
Title: The
<> Garden of
Samwise · Author: ErinRua
7> · Genres: Drama (includes Angst): Drabble · ID: 332
Reviewer: Dwimordene
· 2005-06-23 18:15:16 Score: 2
Sam's voice is nicely captured here, although I wonder at the effect sought
in the last two lines. They seem to oppose each other in interesting ways
that perhaps might want a fuller exploration.

Title: Seven Scattered
<> Scrolls ·
Author: Raksha
8> the Demon · Genres: Drama (includes Angst): Gondor · ID: 323
Reviewer: Dwimordene
· 2005-06-23 18:15:47 Score: 2
The two I find most intriguing of this series are the third and fourth
scenes. It's always interesting to see how the Ring might tempt people, and
I thought Gandalf's point of view in the fourth gives a sense of how Faramir
has grown.

Title: When
<> One Door
Closes... · Author: GamgeeFest
9> · Genres: Drama (includes Angst): The Shire · ID: 308
Reviewer: Dwimordene
· 2005-06-23 18:16:23 Score: 1
I liked the depiction of the Bagginses waking up "on the other side", in a
watery world no longer terrifying.

Title: Gathering
> the Pieces · Author: Ellisande
1> · Genres: Drama (includes Angst): Gondor · ID: 291
Reviewer: Dwimordene
· 2005-06-23 18:16:55 Score: 5
An interesting set of interludes. There's an interesting mirroring motif
going on throughout: how Denethor seems to others' eyes, how he seems to
Finduilas, how their son's eyes reflect his father's, how Denethor sees
Finduilas and the image of Finduilas that he reflects back to her in his
fear. For all its spareness, there is a sense of completion, and the last
interlude returns to the first. In both, Finduilas misperceives—the first
time through trusting others, and the last time, by mistrusting them. Fans
of Denethor and Finduilas should find this intriguing.

Title: Upon a Field of
<> Gold · Author:
4> · Genres: Drama (includes Angst): Gondor Drabble · ID: 277
Reviewer: Dwimordene
· 2005-06-23 18:19:06 Score: 6
This reminds me rather of "Life Watch", which covers much the same period of
time. Dana does a good job of breaking things up, of giving each drabble its
separate moment, then linking it up into the whole series. Merry's voice is,
throughout, well written. The exhausting work of being the one who sits by
the bedsides and keeps the sick company is given its full weight. Drabble
eleven stands out in that respect in my mind. Pippin's conversion from a
soft tween to a warrior is well and sparely depicted in drabble fourteen.
One gets a sense of the wearing away of time as one follows the drabbles
towards the series' end. A well put-together set of drabbles.

Title: Destiny
<> · Author:
2> · Genres: Drama (includes Angst): Drabble · ID: 208
Reviewer: Dwimordene
· 2005-06-23 18:21:42 Score: 1
Succinct. I particularly liked the turn of phrase about Imladris: "All the
same, yet everything changed in a mere hour."

Title: Ambush
<> in
Ithilien · Author: Elena
7> Tiriel · Genres: Drama (includes Angst): Gondor Drabble · ID: 204
Reviewer: Dwimordene
· 2005-06-23 18:22:23 Score: 1
Nice juxtaposition of the two Faramirs. It might be nice to see a longer
exploration of their similarities.

Title: Spring
<> Planting ·
Author: Branwyn
0> · Genres: Drama (includes Angst): Gondor · ID: 170
Reviewer: Dwimordene
· 2005-06-23 18:22:55 Score: 1
A nice reminder that the leavings of war are a hazard for generations to

Title: Tales
<> of Old Wives
· Author: Lindelea
> · Books/Time: Post-Ring War: General Drabble · ID: 927
Reviewer: sulriel
· 2005-06-24 21:45:25 Score: 2
What a delightful perspective - and very well done. It's always interesting
to see someone through someone else's eyes, and you've taken the reader on a
lovely little journey.

Title: Turning the
<> Page · Author:
7> · Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Gondor · ID: 337
Reviewer: sulriel
· 2005-06-24 21:50:19 Score: 3
ErinRua, this is absolutely beautiful and heartwrenching. It gave me
goosebumps. You captured the majesty of the Age and the peace of a content
king very well. It breaks my heart to think of Eomer aged and dying, but you
gave him great dignity. Well done!

Title: Strawberry
<> Fields · Author:
2> · Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Romance · ID: 870
Reviewer: sulriel
· 2005-06-24 21:58:43 Score: 2
It's wonderful to read such a fun and tender love story, I enjoyed reading
about their fun and games. And how wonderful that Linwe would be there for
him during his flashbacks.

Title: The
<> Colors of
Passing · Author: Larner
2> · Genres: Drama (includes Angst): Gapfiller · ID: 789
Reviewer: Dwimordene
· 2005-06-25 21:10:15 Score: 2
This reads rather like a meditation on moods, all guided by colors. It won't
be everyone's cup of tea, but it's a nicely crafted exploration of Frodo's
psyche, from despair, to doubtful exhaustion, to healing—red, white and

Title: Paths for the Dead <>
· Author: James
2> Walkswithwind · Genres: Drama (includes Angst): Fourth Age · ID: 758
Reviewer: Dwimordene
· 2005-06-25 21:11:26 Score: 1
This was interesting, although I confess I rather liked the waystation part
best—it had that surreal comic sense to it.

Title: Winter <>
Solstice · Author: Fileg
6> · Genres: Drama (includes Angst): Gapfiller · ID: 727
Reviewer: Dwimordene
· 2005-06-25 21:11:55 Score: 4
Fileg gives us a short, but articulate portrait of the Fellowship as a
group, as seen through Elrond's eyes. She nicely captures that sense of
their fidelity to and fellowship in common vocation, embodied differently in
each of them, given their different lives. This line was particularly well
turned: "Sometimes a man was strongest stripped back to his fëa and his
face." This fic, too, is stripped down to the essentials, and it works well
in its spareness.

Title: The Slopes of
<> Amon Gwareth ·
Author: Ellisande
1> · Genres: Drama (includes Angst): Poetry · ID: 715
Reviewer: Dwimordene
· 2005-06-25 21:12:25 Score: 1
Evocative; the last haiku gives me a more humble(d) Maeglin than I'm used to

Title: On Hither
<> Shores ·
Author: Ellisande
1> · Genres: Drama (includes Angst): Gondor · ID: 713
Reviewer: Dwimordene
· 2005-06-25 21:13:02 Score: 2
An interesting meeting between mother and son, and it seems somehow
appropriate that Finduilas should linger for her husband beyond whatever
fate is reserved for Men, even as she faded in life.

Title: Racing with the Devil <>
· Author: Aratlithiel
1> · Genres: Drama (includes Angst): The Shire · ID: 707
Reviewer: Dwimordene
· 2005-06-25 21:13:29 Score: 2
Loved this line: "What Was’ and ‘What Could Be’ are only bastard children of
Despair and Hope". It nicely captures that need to sink into the present, a
clinging to the moment against what has already been lost, and the loss that
lies still ahead.

Title: Sea <>
Longing · Author: EdorasLass
9> · Genres: Drama (includes Angst): Gondor · ID: 699
Reviewer: Dwimordene
· 2005-06-25 21:13:57 Score: 4
A very intimate portrait of Finduilas' affliction, if at one remove. The
governess' voice is well drawn, I think, able to range over all that is
needed to complete this portrait of Finduilas' suffering. Boromir and
Faramir are briefly if nicely drawn, in one of their brotherly quarrels, but
also in their calmer and more inquisitive moments. Those who struggle with
Tolkien's maddeningly enigmatic account of Finduilas' demise will surely
enjoy this.

Title: May Endure
<> · Author:
3> Brandybuck · Genres: Drama (includes Angst): Gondor · ID: 680
Reviewer: Dwimordene
· 2005-06-25 21:15:19 Score: 4
Much foreshadowing of later events, between Denethor's private repentance
and the chilling line that Faramir remembers from "The Silmarillion".
Boromir's quick contextualizing of it seemed too neat and sudden for me, but
I thought she delivered nicely on Denethor's character: he keeps a stern
front, only to let it fall away when he thinks others aren't looking (most
especially the one he's being stern with at other times).

Title: Ashes and the Flame
<> · Author: Ariel
2> · Genres: Drama (includes Angst): Fourth Age · ID: 677
Reviewer: Dwimordene
· 2005-06-25 21:16:20 Score: 6
Very interesting take on what children mean. I am reminded of another story,
"Fell Fire", that also looked at how different peoples understand the
significance of children. That they are the form of immortality for mortals
is a constant, but the viewpoint here is inverted—it is not simply that
children continue me, but the world is given what is its due from each
couple that bears children. There's an injustice, it seems, in not having
children, in denying others a glimpse of someone who has passed on before
them, and who would otherwise be unknown to them, and had not Frodo had a
child, one might imagine Aragorn getting possessed by the ghost of
Shakespeare and writing instead: "Pity the world or else this glutton be,/To
eat the world's due, by the grave and thee".

Title: Deific <>
Flame · Author: Bejai
6> · Genres: Drama (includes Angst): Incomplete · ID: 672
Reviewer: Dwimordene
· 2005-06-25 21:16:54 Score: 8
I think the truly impressive part about this story is just how much time the
author is covering, without creating a story that is completely disjointed.
Over two milennia of the Second Age have already been covered, and there's
still more to come before the Third Age. Using Celeborn and Galadriel as the
central characters undoubtedly helps, as the story feels episodic on an
Elvish time scale. Nevertheless, this story may be less approachable for
those without a fairly firm grasp on the material from "Unfinished Tales",
and having the Tale of Years at hand as a guide is helpful.

Celeborn is given the most prominence in the story, or at least, he seems to
be the character whose personality feels most complete, although other
characters are used as points of view, including the little-known Amroth,
Sauron, and a future Ringwraith. The classic problem of evil haunts this
story, and appropriately so, although it never gets brought to the forefront
for long. One wonders what Celeborn's rejection of theodicy will ultimately
amount to, in terms of the journey his character undergoes. I look forward
to the completion of the tale.

Title: Taur <> Ingem · Author:
5> Brooke · Genres: Drama (includes Angst): Drabble · ID: 629
Reviewer: Dwimordene
· 2005-06-25 21:17:21 Score: 1
This is rather an empty spot in FOTR. Nice connection of Théoden's state
with Denethor's accelerated aging.

Title: Gríma Goldentongue <>
· Author: Lackwit
2> · Genres: Drama (includes Angst) · ID: 625
Reviewer: Dwimordene
· 2005-06-25 21:17:48 Score: 7
Grima is such a tricky character to write, coming as late as we do to his
story and with only Gandalf's assurance that once upon a time, Gríma was not
a worm but a man who served his king as well as he knew how. This fic
follows a few others I have seen, in making Gríma not much of a warrior, and
it gives him a logical connection to Saruman, as well as showing the chink
in his armor that will allow him to be twisted. This story is right at the
turning point, where desire and a certain kind of ascetic barrenness combine
and blossom into ambition and anger. Appropriately, it is also at, one might
say, his moment of greatest triumph—recognized by his king and the woman he
would have love him. For one moment, he can see a better future for himself
and he in letting himself dream, he overreaches himself and makes the fatal
error of seeing Éowyn as something to be won, as a rightful ornament to his
life. With that, love's undone, though he believes he chases it still. Well

Title: Just in <>
Case · Author: Marnie
5> · Books/Time: Gap-Filler · ID: 477
Reviewer: LOTR_lover
4> · 2005-06-26 09:09:00 Score: 5
You get into Celeborn's head better than anyone else I know. Your Celeborn
is the definitive Celeborn, as far as I'm concerned. Of course he was
tempted by the ring, just as much as Galadriel was. I love the way you show
it insinuating itself, even until Celeborn thinks: "Annatar was right." Was
that a cold shower or what!? I was almost as shocked as he was just as I
read that sentence. And then snapping at the young elf guard, and then
apologizing so well that the young one felt comfortable enough to crack the
joke about an arrow in his kneecap. Wonderful story.

Title: Mae
=81bbdff5479eba252b785634d85ebade> Govannen · Author: Azalais
7> · Books/Time: Gap-Filler: Drabble · ID: 148
Reviewer: LOTR_lover
4> · 2005-06-26 09:22:31 Score: 3
A lovely drabble, showing the wonderful Glorfindel in all his glory. Alas
that we don't know much about him except for his death in the Silmarillion
and Unfinished Tales, and his rescue of Frodo in LotR. (Yes, I am a staunch
believer in one reborn Glorfindel). This poignant drabble does a great job
of showing Aragorn's relief at seeing help arrive, too.

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