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Msg# 7734

Reviews for 5 December - part 3 Posted by Rhapsody December 05, 2006 - 9:40:25 Topic ID# 7734
Title: For the Dwarves Author: Tanaqui Races: Dwarves: Fixed-Length
Ficlet ID: 894
Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
A nice drabble. I like the way that you show something of the culture of
the Dwarves in this. Your characterisations of Gimli and Glion are good,
and you show they very well in so few words.
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Title: Midwinter in Mordor Author: Tanaqui Races: Villains:
Fixed-Length Ficlet ID: 872
Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
It is indeed a dark drabble, but shows up something of the lives of the
orcs and why the follow Sauron.
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Title: Maturity Author: Tanaqui Races: Men: Fixed-Length Ficlets
With Children ID: 899
Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
A nice view of Faramir and Boromir as children. I like the way that you
show them in this. It is a amusing accoutn and I like the differences in
the behavoir between the two of them. As ever I am impressed by how much
about the two character you can show in so few words.
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Title: That Immortal Sea Author: Marta Races: Men: Steward's Sons
Fixed-Length Ficlets ID: 265
Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
An interesting drabble, but I am not sure that I understand what you are
trying to convey in it.
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Title: Such loveliness in living thing Author: Tanaqui Races:
Cross-Cultural: Fixed-Length Ficlet ID: 904
Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
A very interesting view of all the character. I like the way you show
Bilbo in this, as you make him a understanding and sypathetic character.
Also, it is interesting how much you say of the character of Aragorn in
this, with soon few words.
It is a lovely drabble.
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Title: Midwinter Rites Author: Tanaqui Races: Men: Aragorn
Fixed-Length Ficlets ID: 868
Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
A very interesting ficlet. I like the way that you show so much about
Aragorn and the different cultures that he has lived in in this piece.
The bits of the cultures that you show in this are very interesting and
all seem to be keeping with what of the cultures is said in canon. The
way that you have Aragorn interacting with the others characters shows
so much about him.
The last one is lovely and seems to be a nice rounding up, showing where
Aragorn has ended up and how happy he is with it.
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Title: Soldier's Luck Author: Branwyn Races: Men: Steward's Sons
Fixed-Length Ficlets ID: 309
Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 1
An interesting reflection on how Faramir shapes his luck.
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Title: Hidden Wonders Author: Marta Genres: Romance: Fixed-length
ficlet ID: 420
Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
A nice view of Faramir and Eowyn. It is nice to see totally un-angsty
writing about these two characters. I like the fact that Eowyn is
interested in the books, it shows another side of her character than is
usually shown.
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Title: Man of the North Author: Marta Races: Men: Aragorn
Fixed-Length Ficlets ID: 684
Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
A very nice drabble. I really like the way that you portray Thengel. You
make it into an interesting and believable character. I like the way
that you show his thoughts and reasoning.
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Title: The Hobbit and the Man: "All That Is Gold Does Not Glitter"
Author: Gandalfs apprentice Races: Cross-Cultural: With Hobbits ID: 351
Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
An interesting piece. I like the way that you show both Bilbo and
Aragorn, your characterisations of them are well done. It is a
believable piece and I like the way that Bilbo slowly finds out about
Aragorn and then decided to write the poem.
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Title: Show his quality Author: Tanaqui Races: Men: Steward's Sons
Fixed-Length Ficlets ID: 875
Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
A nice drabble. I like the way that you show how Faramir cares about his
soldiers, and the way that he trys to help the recruit see that it is
all right to fail.
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Title: The Shield-maid's Dance of Death Author: Marta Times: The
Great Years: Poetry ID: 694
Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
An interesting poem. I can see how it fits the situation, although it
seems a little more rational than Eowyn seemed to be at that time.
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Title: Last Rites Author: Isabeau of Greenlea Genres: Drama ID: 80
Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
An interesting story, you capture the mood of the night before battle in
a way that seems appropriate. The way that you have them learning about
how Boromir died is good. Your characterisation are good and add depth
to the character. It is interesting to see the way that you show the
relationship between Boromir and Pippin.
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Title: Truly Exposed Author: Marta Races: Elves: Other Fixed-Length
Ficlet ID: 689
Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
A lovely view of Celeborn and Galadriel. I like the way that you show
what Celeborn thinks of Galadriel's ring.
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Title: Trust Author: Dwimordene Genres: Drama ID: 216
Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
A very interesting view of Boromir. He comes across as a far more
intricate character in this. A interesting tale, I like the way that you
mix the plot lines together.
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Title: Lossarnach Yule Author: Isabeau of Greenlea Races: Men:
Gondor ID: 677
Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
A lovely tale. I like the way that you wind in the beliefs of
non-Numenorian Gondorians into the tale. It is a very nice tale, and it
is nice as a simple tale where everyone ends up happily. A nice read.
The way that you show so much about the lives of the ordenary people of
Gondor is very good.
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Title: Until the King Returns Author: Marta Races: Men: Vignette
ID: 540
Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 7
An intreaging tale. Your portrayal of Mardil is one that I had never
considered, but it is very compelling. It certainly seems to be an
answer to why he would have let Earnur ride out thus. I had always
assumed that he had had less influence over Earnur and that short of
locking him up (which would no doubt be treason) he would have had no
way of preventing him. However, as I said your characterisation seems to
make more sence. It also seems to work because of the way that by this
point the direct line of kings is broken (if I recall correctly there
was no mention of royal blood in the choice of Earnur's father to be
king, but he was chosen because he was the victorious general) and so
the idea of rule by one who was suited to it could well have been there
for Mardil to consider.
It is interesting the why that you have Mardil always refering back to
Numenor, it seems as if he is trying to prove to himself that what he
did is wrong, rather than justifying his actions.
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Title: Make It One For Paladin Author: Marta Races: Hobbits:
Post-Sauron's Fall ID: 48
Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
A very different view to usual of the scouring of the Shire. I like the
way that you add a sense of realism to these events and show how they
have consequences even after the hobbits have won. You development of
the character of Robin in this piece is very good, and certainly seems
to show a more reasonable response to events than if everythign was
suddenly all right in the end. It is a very sad piece and a well written
one in that it evokes these emotions without overdoing it.
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Title: The Gift of Time Author: Rhapsody Genres: Drama:
Pre-Fellowship ID: 812
Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 1
A good piece, you capture the emotions in it well, without being too
heavy handed.
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Title: Necessity and Desire Author: Gwynnyd Times: The Great Years
ID: 173
Reviewer: Jenn_Calaelen 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
An interesting view of the characters and events involved. It is a
clever gap filler that explains well several things that are unexplained
in canon, in a manner that is believable and amusing.
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Title: Nothing of Note Author: Primsong Times: Late Third Age: The
Shire ID: 43
Reviewer: Elanor 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 9
Sometimes you read a story that you know is going to stay with you, a
work that becomes a kind of sub-canon for you in the way you think about
things ever after. So it is for me with this long story of Bilbo which
culminates in his adoption of Frodo. Wonderfully devised and skillfully
constructed, with splendid detail and a Bilbo who is virtually
indistinguisable from Tolkien's and perfectly synthesized with Ian
Holm's. I have always found Bilbo difficult to delve, but this author
knows him through and through and she paints a warm and fascinating
picture of him. His relationship with Frodo is quiet joy, his pranks are
wildly eccentric, his day-to-day domestic life is rendered in colorful
and fragrant detail and his neighbors are pure delight. Of particular
note is the characterization of Bell Gamgee, ailing but inestimably wise
and definitely on to Bilbo; also, little Sam is wonderful. The
Sackville-Bagginses are very well drawn, particularly the relationship
between father and son, and there is a funny offhand portrait of a young
Merry Brandybuck that should give us pause. Really well done; this is
one I won't forget!
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Title: On Being the Youngest Author: Bodkin Races: Cross-Cultural:
With Hobbits ID: 45
Reviewer: elliska 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
This story is absolutely wonderful. I have always loved your dialogue
and this is a perfect example of why I love it. You capture the voices
of the characters so well. Moreover, although this is, on the surface, a
very simple conversation on an initially very light topic, it manages to
reveal tantalizing bits of information about the places Legolas and
Pippin live, their personalities and truly improtant matters such as why
Elrond chose who he did. I particularly like the part when Pippin hints
that he knows Legolas was looking for him. I also like that most things
are not said straight out--Legolas has to learn about Pippin, even in
this short little conversation, and so do we along with him. Great story!
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Title: One Summer's Day Author: Bodkin Races: Men ID: 765
Reviewer: elliska 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
Wow, somehow I had missed this one, I think. I'm sure I don't remember
reading it before. This was great, Bodkin. Eowyn has always seemed a
complete mystery to me. I never understood her character at all in the
books. But this really helps. I think it really captures how a little
girl who had endured as much as she had would feel very realistically
and explains some aspects of her adult personality that seemed out of
place to me until I thought about this. And Eomer was very dear in it as
well. And the importance of Theodred here seems so sad to me since we
know his fate. Very well done. I'm glad I found it here.
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Title: Awaiting The Thaw Author: Bodkin Genres: Romance ID: 953
Reviewer: elliska 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 8
I like this story for a number of reasons. First, of course, it is a
wonderful way to get to know the wives from Reflections and your other
stories a bit better. I really love the way Miriwen is portrayed here. I
also enjoy seeing Men in this. Brassendol is a very compelling character
for someone who makes only two brief appearances, both times wounded.
And this story very powerfully shows the struggle that everyone in
Middle Earth, endured before the Ring was destroyed. The twin's grief is
so overwhelming and the way it affects everyone around them, including
the Rangers, is very powerfully portrayed. I especially liked Elrond's
reaction to the confrontation with Elrohir. It seemed so in character.
And I'm glad you wrapped this up as you did, the first part with the
twin's finally reaching a turning point and the second part in Valinor.
The thing about your stories that I like the most, I've decided, is that
you always show the hope amongst the desperation. I think Tolkien would
have liked how you played in his world.
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Title: First Impressions Author: Bodkin Races: Men: Featuring
Aragorn ID: 806
Reviewer: elliska 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
Poor Aragorn. This must have been exactly what he was thinking when he
first ventured forth from Imladris. How could the men's villages have
looked anything but shabby (at best) compared to what he was used to.
And the people! I thought you captured his thoughts and feelings here
very well. And of course I loved Halbarad. He was exactly as I would
imagine him. Down to earth and straight forward and exactly what Aragorn
would need to help ease him into so different a life. Aragorn might have
loved the twins like brothers, but he would need Halbarad to help him in
this situation. Great story!
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Title: A New Year Author: Bodkin Times: Fourth Age and Beyond ID: 704
Reviewer: elliska 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
I love the idea of the elves that came from Middle Earth celebrating the
anniversary of Sauron's defeat and I love the form the festival took. I
particularly loved the inclusion of Mithrandir and his fires works. That
would certainly get everyone's attention and leave an impression no one
would forget. And as always, the various interactions between the elves
in this story make for wonderfully enjoyable tension and amusement. I
lve the way you capture these characters.
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Title: Discretion Author: Bodkin Genres: Humor ID: 286
Reviewer: elliska 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
The twisted web of events and conspiracy and 'who knows what' that you
weave in this story is absolutely hysterical. The character interactions
are so witty/clever and so in character at the same time, which is
something so many authors fail to do well. Gimli is absolutely great in
this, as is Galadriel. And the ending revenge is so much better than
anything more aggressive would be. Great story!
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Title: Sweet Woodbine Author: Bodkin Times: Fourth Age and Beyond
ID: 864
Reviewer: elliska 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 6
This is definitely one of my favorite stories of yours. Obviously you
know that I love Legolas and Thranduil, so I would naturally love a
story about Legolas falling in love. But Legolas's relationship with his
father-in-law in your world has always fascinated me, so I really loved
this opportunity to see a bit more of it. I also really enjoyed seeing
Elerrina before she had fallen for Legolas. I think you did a really
great job of building her character in this. And Thranduil is perfect
here. I loved his arrival and his complete acceptance. Everything in
that scene was perfect in my mind. And the tension you created between
Elerrina and Legolas as the waited was delicious. As was the final
chapter. A truly perfect story. I loved it.
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Title: Arwen's Heart Author: Bodkin Genres: Romance ID: 139
Reviewer: elliska 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
First I really like the way Arwen is portrayed in this story--truly
queen-like from the onset. Very few authors capture the fact that arwen
is an old, experienced elleth that was completely ready to be the Queen
of Men as she became. I really like how strong and capable she is in
this story. I also love the ending here. So many authors focus on
Arwen's despair, and Tolkien meant for us to see that the end was bitter
for her. But I think Tolkien would like the hope he sees in your stories
because hope was such an important theme in his. So I was very happy to
see them all reunited. Wonderful story!
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Title: All Those Who Wander Author: daw the minstrel Races: Elves:
Featuring Mirkwood Elves ID: 209
Reviewer: elliska 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 6
I had so much fun re-reading this to vote for it. Made me realize how
much I miss fanfiction since I haven't been reading for a while, and how
much I miss your characters in particular. The little details in this,
like Legolas's blanket, make your characters so real. But two parts of
the story were my favorite. First, any glimpse of Thranduil's wife, as
we saw in the flash backs here, is such a treat. Second, I really loved
seeing Thranduil and Eilian together. You have done such a great job
with their relationship. Seeing them work through a difficult time for
Eilian and letting Eilian have a bit of acceptance was so wonderful.

And of course 'orc spit' still has me laughing and it has been a week
between re-reading and actually getting the review done. You were
obviously a parent!

Great story, daw. I miss these characters.
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Title: The Spy Author: daw the minstrel Races: Elves ID: 268
Reviewer: elliska 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 6
Oh you were obviously in quite a mood when you wrote this. The tone of
it is so...cheeky all the way through. I love Beliond's thoughts on
trusting Men and his reaction to the minstrel and the women. Poor
minstrel. ;-) And the language! Anyone who says swearing limits the
vocabulary has never heard the Middle-Earth curses that you invented for
this. Hilarious! But I have to admit, I would pay money to see this
filmed. I have a very nice picture of Beliond in my mind and the short
coat only helped matters. ;-) But my favorite part was the last
paragraph--so he thinks he can manage Thranduil, does he. Well he didn't
'manage' him at that meeting, I think. This was a hilarious and really
well done story. I was so glad you did one focusing on Beliond--and it
was so perfectly him too. Great!
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Title: A Creature Of Fire Author: daw the minstrel Races: Elves:
Featuring Mirkwood Elves ID: 956
Reviewer: elliska 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 6
Wow, this story is powerful. It may very well be my favorite of all of
your stories. I was so excited in the beginning of the story when the
maiden from Spring Awakenings showed up. I thought you did an incredible
job with their conversation when they spoke. I so wanted them together.
But, the title of the story gave little hope of that. I was amazed at
how incredibly powerfully you showed the grief of her death and
Legolas's reaction to it. The ending, with Legolas in the villiage for
the funeral, and what Beliond gave him--perfect. And even more perfect,
the fact that Thranduil came to find him. This story made me cry when I
first read it and when I reread it for this review (and I'm at work,
thank you very much). ;-) Incredible job, daw!
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Title: A Humble Gift Author: GamgeeFest Genres: Drama: Featuring
Pippin or Merry ID: 722
Reviewer: Nancy Brooke 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
['It is serviceable, Faramir said softly.']

This is a lovely momenty, and in many ways embodies the many other
lovely moments in this piece as both Faramir and Pippin dance around and
about the heartfelt issues that still plague them. The dialog is
wonderfully restrained, and does an extraordinary job of embodying the
feelings of awkwardness overlying the great depths of feeling both
characters are still experiencing. It is only at the end the narrative
feels released, appropriately.
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Title: Thranduil's begetting day Author: daw the minstrel Genres:
Humor ID: 287
Reviewer: elliska 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
This is another great one that I really enjoyed re-reading. I'd
forgotten about Eilian being mistaken for a stable hand--that cracked me
up. And his response to Legolas when asked if Aunt Glilan had tried to
matchmake for Eilian. Once! Hehehe!

And Legolas and Iseniel! Ouch! That was embarassing! You are a mean
author sometimes! ;-)

But my favorite part of this was the interaction between the men and the
elves. In Mirkwood stories, that is really not easy to arrange
believably, but it is so interesting to see elves from Men's point of
view. I really enjoyed that in this story.

And of course I loved the whole scene in the cave and with the rillium.
That was hilarious. Great story, daw.
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Title: Good Neighbors Author: daw the minstrel Genres: Adventure
ID: 818
Reviewer: elliska 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 6
This story totally has it all. It is another of my favorites--best of
all was the fun of seeing the elves interact with Men, which I love, but
particularly enjoyed here because it was young Legolas and a truly
engaging young human boy. His story was really compelling, poor thing.
But on top of that, Mithrandir and Elrohir and Elladan! I couldn't
believe it when I first saw them. I loved how you handled that part of
the story and their emotions. And I loved Turgon in this--you really
have to feel for the poor little thing, rotten as he could be sometimes,
sitting there fletching his arrows all by himself and not finishing
them. There was really a lot of sadness in this, which really put
emphasis on what a wonderful family Legolas has. Wonderful story!
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Title: The Gift Author: Dot Races: Elves: Featuring Mirkwood Elves
ID: 160
Reviewer: elliska 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
I love this story to little bits! This is Thranduil exactly as I like to
see him--a loving father and a magical wood elf with such a strong
connection to the earth. I love the idea of him coming to Ithilien to
help Legolas heal the land there. The description of the land and how it
suffered was really well done. I totally think that Legolas went to
Ithilien to help heal/rebuild it and I think Thranduil definitely would
not have been able to resist supporting that and his son, no matter how
much it cost him to do so personally. And the 'flashbacks' here were
great, especially the first one with Thranduil beginning the healing in
Greenwood. This is a wonderful story Dot!
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Title: 'Til we meet again Author: Dot Races: Elves: Featuring
Mirkwood Elves ID: 817
Reviewer: elliska 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
This is just so sad to me. You really make the reader feel how painful
this is for Legolas, and it must have been--he lost so much and now to
be losing his father and home. I particularly like the way he describes
the sea. I thought that was really powerful. And I enjoyed the bits of
humor you threw in there, like Thranduil's reaction to hearing the Gimli
would sail with Legolas. (Wouldn't you love to see Oropher's reaction to
that too?!) ;-) But as in The Gift, I really love the relationship we
see between Legolas and Thranduil--so loving and supportive and
understanding, even at a time that costs them both a great deal. I think
this is a really powerful story. Love it!
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Title: For Love of the Lord of the White Tree Author: Legolass
Genres: Drama ID: 202
Reviewer: nau_tika 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 6
I love this story. I read it long ago and can still remember crying
several times thoughout it. It was difficult to watch Legolas repeatedly
bearing the brunt of Aragorn's frustations and or being apparently being
forgotten. I have to say I wished for an angry outburst from Legolas
just once! And I felt I was in the room, a shocked spectator when the
king's outburst was hurled at Faramir and Legolas. I was glad when he
didnt stop at the gates because I thought Aragorn needed a wake up call.
Hamille was a good OC. I like the way it plays on the repeated theme of
Thranduils' folk failing in their trust and how Aragorn says 'this touch
is for'...when treatiing Legolas in latter parts of the story.
The scenes at the end with the special getaway places were wonderful.
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Title: The White Tree Author: Linda Hoyland Races: Men: Featuring
Aragorn ID: 94
Reviewer: nau_tika 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 1
I love stories where Faramir and Aragorn are finding their way. This was
no exception!
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Title: The Steward's Dream Author: Marta Races: Men: Fixed-Length
Ficlets With Children ID: 647
Reviewer: nau_tika 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 1
Sniff. I like it. Sniff.
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Title: Regret Author: mistycracraft Times: Late Third Age ID: 232
Reviewer: nau_tika 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
This is a wonderful story. How unlikely do we think it is after much of
the fanfiction we read that Aragorn would keep anything from the twins
or Legolas. Elrond was perfect in this! And the way Aragorn has
mentioned some of his and Legolas' tamer adventures to the boy and how
the boy wants to meet an elf makes Legolas certain of his welcome in the
home of these humans.
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Title: The Hardest Lesson Author: mistycracraft Genres: Drama:
Pre-Fellowship ID: 231
Reviewer: nau_tika 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
I read this some time ago and I remember thinking what an original and
authentic story it must be. I love when Elrond guides Aragorn though the
lessons of life. The title is so appropriate, I couldnt forget the
content. Excellent ficiton!
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Title: Finding the Right Words Author: Nienor Niniel Races: Men:
Post-Sauron's Fall ID: 785
Reviewer: nau_tika 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
This is a wonderful story. I cant quite put into words what I feel about
it. I like that there was no interruption or conversation to detract
from Faramir's experience. The way the author led into the vision was
well done and I found I too dreaded Denethor's appearance and what it
might do to Faramir. The lady and the man with a shield who were also
glimpsed brought tears to my eyes and the ending of the story, the
quote, was perfect!
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Title: Prison Author: Radbooks Races: Men: Vignette ID: 794
Reviewer: nau_tika 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
The only thing wrong with this story is that it was over too soon. I
know it was for a prompt with limited wording, but I hope the author
writes an extended edition. I could just picture Karl Urban's Eomer
jerking on the doors!
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Title: Trivial Matters Author: Thundera Tiger Genres: Humor: Gondor
ID: 839
Reviewer: nau_tika 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
I love this! It casts Faramir in an entirely new light. Prankster! And
to bet with his king...how shocking! A light-hearted story that I truly
enjoyed.
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Title: The Secret of Dog Lake Author: Karenator Races: Elves ID: 819
Reviewer: elliska 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
I saved this one to reread on Halloween before reviewing. I just love
ghost stories and this one is just so well told. The ghost story itself
is nice and spooky, as well as very sad (poor girl and good for her
dog!). But the surrounding story of happy elflings and happier parents
is just delightful. I loved Celeborn teasing Celebrian, the twins shock
at the dowry practice (and the line about Celeborn paying Elrond--too
funny!) and all adult intervention to make sure the story remained at an
age appropriate level. I giggled all the way through it. Such a lovely
image, all of them sitting under the Mallorns telling stories. :-)
Though I imagine the adults did have nightmares to deal with that night.
Great story!
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Title: The Circle Author: Karenator Races: Men ID: 778
Reviewer: elliska 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
This is another awesome ghost story! Hurin is such a great character.
Poor fellow, scared witless when he comes into the camp. Halbarad
handled him well, with as much patience for such things as I can imagine
him having. Hehehe. He was not amused to think that he had been set up.

And the battle and its aftermath were great! Poor Hurin--a very
realistic reaction. And I love seeing Halbarad telling him he did a good
job and realizing that he was truly growing up. That was so touching.
Really powerful.

And the ending! I am so glad that Halbarad so the children and I loved
what they whispered to him. Perfect! Great story!
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Title: Sacrifice Author: laiquendi Races: Elves: Poetry ID: 924
Reviewer: elliska 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
I have to admit that I am one of the people not overly fond of seeing
elves at Helms Deep in the movie--despite the fact that Haldir is
dreamy. ;-) But nonetheless, I really enjoyed this poem. I have all the
poetic rhythm of a rhinoceros, so I am always impressed with people who
do manage to maintain a consistant rhythm in their poetry. You always
do, and you have written so many poems. A very sad and touching poem.
Great job!
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Title: Grey Havens Author: Space Weavil Races: Elves ID: 708
Reviewer: picara 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 6
I have always admired Space Weavil's writing, since I read Alliance. And
here is another romance to enjoy. The main thing that I like about Space
Weavil's writing is her descriptions. When I read her stuff, I really
feel like I can totally picture the whole scene down to little details.
And I like how she includes all the senses in her descriptions. It makes
it very real. I also like how her dialogue seems to fit Middle Earth--it
is very refined with no moderness (if that's a word). And I also really
like how she develops the canon characters. You can really see Tolkien's
world in them and that is important to me--I like fanfiction that
reflects the source material. I love Cirdan and GilGalad in this story
and as I said in my review at SoA, I like how this sort of explains why
neither of them married in Middle Earth. This was a great romance and I
really enjoyed reading it.
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Title: Little Stars Author: Space Weavil Races: Elves: Feanorians
ID: 107
Reviewer: picara 2006-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
This is another really intense story by Space Weavil. Her description of
the servant's point of view of Maedhros and Maglor's deeds was really
terrifying. She really makes the readers feel how sick their actions
were and how twisted their hearts were.
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