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Msg# 7719

Reviews for 3 December - part 1 Posted by Rhapsody December 03, 2006 - 15:43:37 Topic ID# 7719
Title: House and Home · Author: SlightlyTookish · Races: Hobbits:
Friendship · ID: 637
Reviewer: Larner · 2006-11-29 19:50:28 Score: 3
Ah, how I've loved this tale of how Pippin and Merry carefully steered
Frodo to the house at Crickhollow, devious Hobbits that they are. Nice
blend of humor and thought, as well as out and out manipulation of our
favorite Ringbearer.
Title: Gundabad · Author: Salsify · Races: Dwarves · ID: 79
Reviewer: Larner · 2006-11-29 19:58:55 Score: 3
What a disappointment to find that the birthplace of Durin the Deathless
has not only been desecrated by Orcs, but its very Heart stolen and sent
to Sauron. A moment of triumph turns to grief and horror at the
knowledge that even the plinth on which it had rested has been boobytrapped.

Well written and full of exquisite imagery.
Title: Instinct · Author: SlightlyTookish · Races: Hobbits: Hurt/Comfort
· ID: 965
Reviewer: Larner · 2006-11-29 20:08:44 Score: 3
They were only watching the fox kits with amusement and interest, but
the vixen had no way of knowing that. When Merry is bitten and goes into
shock, Pippin finds a way to return the love and caring lavished on
himself all these years.

A sweet story of the love between the cousins being reciprocated.
Title: The Three Towers · Author: Shirebound · Times: The Great Years:
Post-Sauron's Fall · ID: 113
Reviewer: Larner · 2006-11-29 20:16:41 Score: 3
Ah, a marvelous tale in which Frodo and Sam find themselves facing the
fear they knew in the tower of Cirith Ungol and moving through it.
Shirebound here gives us a marvelous tale of letting go the fear and bad
memories, and the rest of the Fellowship understand better what befell here.

So great a story.
Title: Paradox of the Fourth Age · Author: Alassante · Genres: Alternate
Universe: Incomplete · ID: 106
Reviewer: Larner · 2006-11-29 20:20:52 Score: 5
This is one story I wish to see finished, for it's taking far too long
to get caught up with it.

What if Iluvatar and the Valar were able to stop Sauron's advances only
by recruiting Elrohir's wife to go back and guide Aragorn through the
Paths of the Dead instead of him going straight to Gondor from Rohan?
But if she does so, does she so manage to destroy her own existence? For
she is the daughter of Glorfindel, born in Aman....

A fascinating story of love recognized in spite of time travel and the
paradox of a future elleth returning to the time of the Fellowship, a
move that may lead to herself not being born.
Title: Antiphon to Light · Author: Thevina Finduilas · Races: Dwarves ·
ID: 155
Reviewer: Cuthalion · 2006-11-29 20:31:20 Score: 4
This is one of the most amazing tales I've ever read, and certainly the
best Gimli-story I know (and there are a handful of very good stories
out there). Not only does the author manage to give the readers a deep,
astonishing insight to Gimli's thoughts but also a decidedly "dwarvish"
perspective.Thevina gives "her" Gimli a wonderful voice:

[" "Vrâlsfire," Gimli repeated. "Diamond. Galadriel," he said, smoothing
over the syllables as if polishing the very gem." ]

I don't know what Tolkien had in mind when he created the dwarves, but
whatever it was, I have the distinct feeling that this particular Gimli
comes very, very close.

Beautiful and stunning. BRAVA!
Title: The Letter · Author: Gryffinjack · Races: Hobbits: Post-Sauron's
Fall · ID: 955
Reviewer: Llinos · 2006-11-29 20:59:11 Score: 3
I liked this very much. The four hobbits considering the letter,
especially Pippin's breathless recitation, was my favourite part. The
letter that he actually does write is perfect and I loved his parents'
Title: On The Road Home · Author: Ruby Nye · Races: Hobbits: Post-Grey
Havens · ID: 889
Reviewer: Llinos · 2006-11-29 20:59:34 Score: 1
This is a stunning story. The absence of dialogue works well to heighten
the emotion.
Title: Cakes and Apples · Author: Ruby Nye · Races: Hobbits:
Post-Sauron's Fall · ID: 891
Reviewer: Llinos · 2006-11-29 21:00:18 Score: 2
This was very sweet and very in character. I have no doubt that Merry
would have searched high and low until he found the means to grant
Pippin's wish. A lovely story!
Title: How the Eorlings Ride · Author: NeumeIndil · Genres: Humor · ID: 213
Reviewer: Llinos · 2006-11-29 21:01:19 Score: 3
Height isn't everything, as Merry proves in this story and he doesn't
even need any dialogue to do it! I enjoyed this very much and
appreciated seeing Merry portrayed as an adult. Well done!
Title: Two Snippets · Author: Glassadar · Genres: Humor · ID: 983
Reviewer: Llinos · 2006-11-29 21:01:45 Score: 1
Very well done Glassadar!
Title: The River · Author: Indigo Bunting · Races: Cross-Cultural:
Incomplete · ID: 51
Reviewer: Llinos · 2006-11-29 21:02:24 Score: 2
This is one of those rare stories that has the reader on the edge of
their seats. The Fellowship really work together here and I enjoyed all
of the characterisations.
Title: A Whisper From Across the Sea · Author: Gryffinjack · Races:
Hobbits: Post-Grey Havens · ID: 223
Reviewer: Llinos · 2006-11-29 21:03:05 Score: 2
What a wonderful possibility! It is perfect that Pippin instigates it;
he and Frodo have a connection I think and the scheme is bound to work
because of that.
Title: Last Rites · Author: Isabeau of Greenlea · Genres: Drama · ID: 80
Reviewer: Llinos · 2006-11-29 21:03:20 Score: 2
An excellent story, full of fascinating detail. Pippin's appearance was
wonderfully written; the dialogue was spot on and he was every inch a
Title: Reaping · Author: Dreamflower · Races: Hobbits: Post-Sauron's
Fall · ID: 169
Reviewer: Llinos · 2006-11-29 21:03:45 Score: 2
Very dark! A gruesome death even for Sandyman, but the hope at the end
was just the right finish.
Title: The Unexpected Guest · Author: pippinfan88 · Genres: Humor: The
Shire · ID: 635
Reviewer: Llinos · 2006-11-29 21:04:01 Score: 2
I loved that Pippin was of the opinion that the saucer wasn't big
enough. Poor Pip! The afternoon isn't turning out at all as he had hoped
it would.
Title: Changes and Constancy · Author: Lily · Races: Hobbits:
Post-Sauron's Fall · ID: 263
Reviewer: Llinos · 2006-11-29 21:04:24 Score: 1
Poor Frodo! It happens to the best of us though and he got off longer
than most!
Title: Relics · Author: Nickey · Races: Hobbits: Post-Grey Havens · ID: 620
Reviewer: Llinos · 2006-11-29 21:04:57 Score: 3
Nickey is very good at writing tales set in ordinary everyday places and
turning them into something frightening. This is a chilling little tale,
made all the more so that it is innocent little Hammy that finds what
might have better remained hidden. It works well that it is Frodo's
memory that helps Sam to do the right thing.
Title: First Night · Author: Pearl Took · Races: Hobbits: War of the
Ring · ID: 400
Reviewer: Llinos · 2006-11-29 21:06:48 Score: 2
This is a very well written glimpse into Pippin's thoughts. His stream
of consciousness flows so naturally one could feel his loneliness in
this unfamiliar place.
Title: The Three Towers · Author: Shirebound · Times: The Great Years:
Post-Sauron's Fall · ID: 113
Reviewer: Linda Hoyland · 2006-11-29 22:12:55 Score: 3
This is a darker story than Shirebound's usual work, but still
ultimately uplifting and heart warming. Frodo decides to revisit the
scene of his ordeal in the hope of coming to terms with it,accompanied
by his friends and an OC.The love and care these friends have for each
other gives the reader hope for the future of our heroes.
Title: Swan Dance · Author: Rhapsody · Times: First Age and Prior:
Fixed-Length Ficlet · ID: 797
Reviewer: Gandalfs apprentice · 2006-11-29 22:13:45 Score: 4
I like Rhapsody's sense of drama and poetry. This drabble captures an
excruciating moment in the Kinslaying.

Rhapsody's sense of poetry is remarkable considering that she is not
writing in her native language. There are a few grammatical mistakes,
e.g., ["we are not bounded by blood"] should be ["we are not bound by
blood."] You should find someone to help you with these small problems,
which interfere with the reader's immersion in your created moment. I
mean this with all admiration, and I hope you take it that way!
Title: Shelter · Author: Shirebound · Times: The Great Years:
Post-Sauron's Fall · ID: 217
Reviewer: Linda Hoyland · 2006-11-29 22:14:13 Score: 2
A heartwarming and delightful story about the Hobbits recovery after the
destruction of the ring and how everyone wants to help these unlikely
Title: The One · Author: Linda Hoyland/Raksha the Demon CoAuthors ·
Races: Men: Featuring Aragorn · ID: 852
Reviewer: Inkling · 2006-11-29 22:38:14 Score: 4
For Aragorn to have beheld Faramir with the foresight of the Dúnedain,
long before his birth, is a lovely thought. As imagined by Linda and
Raksha, this recurring dream reflects all the hopes and fears of
Aragorn's quest to fulfill his destiny of kingship. The mutual
recognition of king and steward at the moment of Faramir's awakening is
a wonderful variation on a dramatic canon scene.
Title: Earth, Water, Fire and Air · Author: Fileg · Genres: Drama:
Fixed-Length Ficlet Series · ID: 469
Reviewer: Linda Hoyland · 2006-11-29 22:52:01 Score: 2
A beautiful and profound quartet of drabbles, using the sybolism of the
tarot and Tolkien's use of archetypes
Title: Heart of the Horselord · Author: rynogeny · Genres: Alternate
Universe · ID: 986
Reviewer: merbrat · 2006-11-29 22:56:16 Score: 5
I nominated this story because I have never enjoyed Major OC-AU epics,
but this one got me. It is Movie!Eomer, as are the others characters we
have already met. She has their "voices" ring true.
The OC characters (all of them) are written so well, you don't mind
their OC-ness. Most of her stories are set in Rohan, and are very worthy.
I think what makes these people so "real" are the small moments. Their
fears and doubts. The moments of humor in the face of challenge, to keep
sanity. I cared what happened to these peope.
She has been working on little sequel chapters, and they are still
-Merbrat aka mersigs2u
Title: Hearth and Home · Author: Molly Littlefoot · Races: Hobbits · ID: 730
Reviewer: Larner · 2006-11-29 23:09:58 Score: 4
She waits for her husband to come home, worrying for him in the climate
imposed on the Shire by the surrounding Time of Troubles. She thinks of
how all are being impacted by the disappearance of her distant cousin
Frodo Baggins and his companions, wonders about the stories told by that
Bolger lad, yet finds herself at the end with the hope all will work out
well in spite of appearances.

A lovely, very Hobbity story with excellent characterizations.
Title: The Standard-Bearer · Author: Thevina Finduilas · Races: Men:
Vignette · ID: 716
Reviewer: Linda Hoyland · 2006-11-29 23:16:38 Score: 3
This touching story explores the possibility that Halbarad had the
certain knowledge that he would die,that Tolkien hints at. His love and
loyalty towards Aragorn is deeply moving.This standard bearer will
follow his King to the very end.
Title: Concerning Hobbit's Feet · Author: grey_wonderer · Genres: Humor:
The Shire · ID: 828
Reviewer: merbrat · 2006-11-29 23:19:52 Score: 2
That was just too cute! Don't let the "shortness" of this late review be
your guide whether or not to read this one! You will just have to "peek"
for yourself! Hee!
Title: Roots and Branches · Author: Raksha the Demon · Races: Men: Other
Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 611
Reviewer: Larner · 2006-11-29 23:20:10 Score: 3
Faramir is uncomfortable as he hears Frodo and Sam enqure of Pippin what
happened to Lord Denethor; but finds that they appreciate Denethor was
not limited to his end, and he is not defined by his father's final madness.

A wonderful look at accepting the past by putting it into perspective.
Title: A bit of garden · Author: Tanaqui · Races: Hobbits: General
Fixed-Length Ficlet · ID: 901
Reviewer: merbrat · 2006-11-29 23:24:34 Score: 1
Very sweet, and very easy to picture the moment.
Title: Rest and Recreation · Author: Raksha the Demon · Races:
Cross-Cultural · ID: 700
Reviewer: Larner · 2006-11-29 23:25:02 Score: 5
During his enforced idleness after the Council of Elrond Boromir finds
himself challenging a young Elven warrior no one else seeks to engage
during weapons practice. Then, after accepting repeated bouts and being
consistently beaten, if barely a time or two, he learns the identity of
his opponent, who compliments him on his own skill and expertise.

A wonderfully uplifting story. I found myself truly amused to see
Boromir's reaction to the truth. And, of course, the idea of battling
Boromir and legendary Elf lord is always a titillating one! Heh!
Title: Lord of the Rings Limericks, Chapters One and Two · Author:
Llinos · Times: The Great Years: Poetry · ID: 759
Reviewer: Linda Hoyland · 2006-11-29 23:25:33 Score: 2
These hilarious and well written limericks were just delightful. I
especially enjoyed the ones about Faramir and Eowyn.
Title: Gaiety in Gondor · Author: Raksha the Demon · Genres: Humor:
Fixed-Length Ficlet · ID: 563
Reviewer: Larner · 2006-11-29 23:26:21 Score: 2
Oh, but how I loved this one! Yes, our friend Raksha can evoke a good
belly laugh! Thanks, Raksha.
Title: Luck from the Ashes · Author: Raksha the Demon · Races: Men:
Post-Sauron's Fall · ID: 142
Reviewer: Larner · 2006-11-29 23:34:19 Score: 3
The odd noise in the ruins of the House of the Stewards was NOT orcs or
ghosts, but a stray mother cat and her three kittens. Aragorn is
reassured as he sees the mastery over the fear of others for which
Faramir is famous extends to these four creatures, and the two Men learn
more about one another, their mutual trust reinforced.
Title: Elements · Author: Pearl Took · Times: The Great Years · ID: 667
Reviewer: pippinfan88 · 2006-11-29 23:34:44 Score: 6
When I first read this lovely gem I was floored. I knew Pearl's talent
lay in storytelling and in telling them extremely well. But to me, this
story is more like poetry in the way it is almost a chant. Each stanza
steadily begins with the same phrases and in the same rhythmn, which
really makes it the beautiful piece of artwork that it is. Should I be
surprised? Pearl is an artist. She enthralls her readers by letting us
see through Gandalf's own eyes the beauty, or treachery of the elements
he has experienced first-hand. We even get a glimpse of that steadfast
and patient heart when we watch him respond to Pippin's innocence and
youth, giving the young hobbit hope when all else seems bleak. I would
have a hard time pinning down any of my favourites of Pearls, but this
is one of the top ten--it is different than any tale I had read before.
Very well done, Pearl!
Title: Roots and Branches · Author: Raksha the Demon · Races: Men: Other
Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 611
Reviewer: merbrat · 2006-11-29 23:39:40 Score: 3
That was lovely. I love it when Samwise comes up with simple home-spun
common sense. Sometimes it is just a simple observation, that "happens"
to apply. Then there is this perfect analogy. You do wonder if Samwise
knew Faramir was approching. It was certainly what Faramir needed.
Title: Pippin's Hands · Author: Pearl Took · Times: Fourth Age and
Beyond: The Shire · ID: 130
Reviewer: pippinfan88 · 2006-11-29 23:50:01 Score: 6
Yet another of Pearl Took's beautiful gems that make up that
ever-growing "necklace" of hers at SOA. Here we see Pippin reflecting
upon the journey that not only he made, but the journey his hands
travelled as well. And as most of us see this talented young hobbit
playing just about every musical instrument under the Sun, his hands and
their well-being are extremely important. His music is a reflection of
his soul, and so, again, it is necessary for Pippin assess if his hands
are still capable of the same skills pre-Quest; that his Journey and
horrific experiences would not hinder this vital form of expression. And
it's like he never left. His hands pick up his violin--his "old
friend"--where the youth left off before he disappeared from the Shire
with his friends. And all is now well with his soul. Excellent story, Pearl!
Title: Boats To Build · Author: Nancy Brooke · Times: Late Third Age ·
ID: 300
Reviewer: Linda Hoyland · 2006-11-29 23:57:38 Score: 2
A touching glimpse of young Boromir and his maternal grandfather. One
can almost hear the gulls and smell the sea in this vivid encounter.
Title: Pride Goeth... · Author: Marigold · Races: Cross-Cultural: With
Hobbits · ID: 936
Reviewer: Linda Hoyland · 2006-11-30 00:02:41 Score: 3
A truly delightful story in which Boromir is very patronising towards
the Hobbits soon after they depart from Rivendell. When he tries to
lecture them,he is swiftly but in his place, for we all know who blew
their horn when setting out on what was suposed to be a secret mission !
Title: Brothers at Heart · Author: Radbooks · Races: Men: Incomplete ·
ID: 451
Reviewer: Linda Hoyland · 2006-11-30 00:08:45 Score: 3
This story provides a very vivid insight into Aragorn's early days as
captain of the Rangers. We learn how he meets his human family,overcomes
his grandmother's reservations and melts her sad heart,and befriends
The writer shows a series of events which teach young Aragorn valuable
lessons and foreshadow the great king he will one day become.
Title: Lord of the Rings Limericks, Chapters One and Two · Author:
Llinos · Times: The Great Years: Poetry · ID: 759
Reviewer: Raksha the Demon · 2006-11-30 01:12:45 Score: 2
Excellently crafted and Laugh-out-Loud funny limericks. My favorites
were those of Faramir, Denethor and Galadriel, but all are worth
reading. Well Done, Llinos!
Title: Ddraigspelt  An Orc Love Poem · Author: Llinos · Genres:
Romance: Poetry · ID: 879
Reviewer: pippinfan88 · 2006-11-30 01:23:24 Score: 4
Here is a lovely bit of poetry reminding us that beauty (or lust!) is in
the eyes of the beholder, whether Man, Elf, Dwarf, Hobbit...or Orc. The
author's uninhibited and lovely sense of humour is woven into this
absolutely original piece of art--I could tell she had fun writing it
because I had fun reading it! Llinos possesses an amazing gift for
poetry, an unlimited well of magical words to amuse, to make us smile,
and to laugh. I certainly did.
Title: Lord of the Rings Limericks, Chapters One and Two · Author:
Llinos · Times: The Great Years: Poetry · ID: 759
Reviewer: pippinfan88 · 2006-11-30 01:46:28 Score: 4
I know I've said time and again, but I am really amazed by this
enormously talented author. I'm sure it all comes with practice, but she
makes it all look so effortless. Of chapter one, my most favourite was
Frodo's limerick, and in chapter two, I loved the one about the Old
Bloke--that was too funny! Llinos has a witty rhyme for just about every
character in the book, and it's all in good fun.
Title: The Summons · Author: Gandalfs apprentice · Times: The Great
Years: The Fellowship · ID: 254
Reviewer: Linda Hoyland · 2006-11-30 02:16:34 Score: 3
This was a beautifully written and moving story about Aragorn and
Boromir's uneasy relationship,though it also has moments of humour.
I think the Valar always intented Faramir to be Aragorn's Steward,somehow.
Title: The Eyes of Boromir · Author: pipkinsweetgrass · Genres: Romance:
Poetry · ID: 632
Reviewer: pippinfan88 · 2006-11-30 02:33:46 Score: 9
When I first read this, my heart went out to the poor greiving serving
wench who personifies so many broken young hearts over modern day
celebrities. Boromir was no everyday celebrity, though. The very lives
of the people of Gondor rested on the broad shoulders of one man:
Boromir. His fate, however, and though more a sacrifice, was to truly to
guard the precious lives of two small warriors who valiantly tried to
fend off foes more than twice their height. I loved this beautiful poem
because it personalizes her pain, although there was probably more
hearts broken than her own. This poem serves as the backdrop of how this
lass mourned his death.

This is yet another brilliant facet of the wonderfully talented
Pipkinsweetgrass. She has a lovely way of making Boromir come to life
for me. Before I met this author, Boromir was just another character who
bit the dust, to me. No more. Pipkin has done a remarkable job with
bringing him to life, allowing me to see inside his heart and soul--and
whom better to write about his heart and soul than someone who revels in
his persona? Her love for the character Boromir is displayed in all of
her fics, and this beautiful poem is just one lovely example.
Title: A Precious Gift · Author: Isil Elensar · Genres: Drama: First Age
Elves · ID: 250
Reviewer: Alassante · 2006-11-30 02:46:06 Score: 7
Isil has written a beautiful little story here of the birth of Fingolfin
to Finwe and Indis. Its often talked about the hardship between Feanor
and his stepmother and half brothers but rarely does someone show Indis
and Finwe in such a pleasing intimate glimpse of a happy time between
them. I really liked this. I am always fond of the little side stories
about normal every day lives that don't involve the wars and battles but
show the people of Tolkien's world in a very realistic way - the birth
of a child is a perfect example of this. A very sweet story and I liked
the little touches she added, like both mother and father counting the
fingers and toes and an Elven king worrying about a tiny baby and his
wife after losing his first wife (fading away after the birth of
Feanor). A beautiful and touching story from Isil who despite the fact
she hasn't experienced childbirth personally - really got inside the
head of the mother.
Title: Cloves and Kisses · Author: Bill The Pony · Races: Hobbits:
Pre-Quest · ID: 912
Reviewer: Rabidsamfan · 2006-11-30 02:47:48 Score: 3
Sam, just turned twenty, discovers some of the advantages of being a
tween. Like kissing girls... and Frodo! Bill the Pony manages to
incorporate details about the Shire that feel as if they've always been
there, traditions and expectations that fit in beautifully. She also
manages to capture the mixed feelings of adolescence.
Title: Spirit of Fire · Author: Marta · Genres: Romance: Fixed-length
ficlet · ID: 196
Reviewer: Alassante · 2006-11-30 02:52:49 Score: 5
Wow - this was a great little drabble and the first thing I have read by
Marta. So much conveyed in just one hundred words. The view of Feanor is
erotic and powerful and everyone knows I have a slight, okay extremely
big, Feanorian obsession so I like to see my favorite elves in a sexy
light. Its always wonderful to see ANY fiction with Nerdanel - poor
dear. Seeing her in this intimate encounter with her husband without
thinking about the insanity that would soon occur is wonderful. I'd love
to see a full length fiction about relationship from the beginning with
Nerdanel and Feanor. I guess I better find out if Marta already has one
written first though but if not - HINT HINT!
Title: Son of Finwë · Author: Minuialeth · Races: Elves: Other
Fixed-Length Ficlet · ID: 193
Reviewer: Alassante · 2006-11-30 03:04:19 Score: 10
I love anything about Fingolfin and I also love Minuialeth's poetic
writing so you put the two of them together and you cannot lose. The
infamous last ride of Fingolfin is a true story of bravery, madness,
sorrow, loss, tragedy and just gut wrenching angst. I think Minuialeth
captured every aspect of it and so much more. Her vivid description puts
you right there - inside his head as he is overcome with madness and
even HE knows he is mad. The visions of death and torment he has seen
playing over and over again in his mind until he is almost seduced by
death. Her writing is so fluid, even her non-poetry reads as beautifully
as one. Minuialeth has shown a side of his decision to ride out and meet
Morgoth head on that fits perfectly with his background. He was never
one to avoid a face to face confrontation and even though his action was
unbelievably stupid and ended so tragically for him, you cannot help but
think of him as such a heroic and powerful elf to stand up to Morgoth.
Very few did it. Even fewer did it and lived to tell about it.
Unfortunately Fingolfin was one that did not survive it but his death
was befitting a Noldo High King - fighting for his people and
Minuialeth's drabble showed that in a way that makes tears well up in my
eyes even now after having read it a few times before.
Title: The Acceptable Sacrifice · Author: Larner · Genres: Drama:
Featuring Frodo or Sam · ID: 775
Reviewer: Raksha the Demon · 2006-11-30 03:09:40 Score: 4
An ambitious and meticulously detailed story chronicling Frodo's life
from his awakening in Ithilien after Sauron's Fall to his eventual
recovery in the Blessed Realm.

Hobbit aficionados should enjoy the excellent depiction of postWar life
in the Shire, and Frodo's family relationships.

Aragorn's assumption of the Kingship is also well-written and one of my
favorite parts of the story.