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Msg# 8366

MEFA Reviews for November 1, 2007 (Part 1) Posted by Ann November 01, 2007 - 5:26:53 Topic ID# 8366
Title: The Archives Incident Author: Dreamflower Genres:
Adventure: Minas Tirith ID: 38
Reviewer: Bodkin 2007-10-11 15:59:25
Poor Frodo - trapped in a library. He must feel halfway between horror
and euphoria. Although being without food and with rats might make the
experience rather less pleasurable. Yes, it's a good job they were
rescued when they were!

Get Menelcar to put that ... charming poem ... to music! Although it
might be best if he premiered it at a private gathering. I don't think
Aragorn would much appreciate a public rendition. (And Frodo is
kind-hearted enough to wish to keep the humiliation private.)

This is a most entertaining story, Dreamflower.

Title: Tea and Seedcake and the Influence of Hobbits Author: Baggins
Babe Races: Cross-Cultural: Gondor ID: 492
Reviewer: PipMer 2007-10-11 16:25:00
This is a delightful story, making use of an OC named Merlindor. He is
a merchant who is arriving in Minas Tirith for the first time since
the end of the War, and he notices several things happening in the
city that are the result of the influence of hobbits. His first time
attending a hobbit-style 'tea' is wonderfully warm, funny and
heartfelt. This story really brings home the fact that Tolkien
considered hobbits to be central to his story; not just Frodo and Sam,
but the other hobbits as well.

Well done.

Title: Some Dark Place Author: Raksha the Demon Genres: Adventure:
Fixed-Length Ficlet ID: 226
Reviewer: Oshun 2007-10-11 20:27:52
A thoughtful and beautifully constructed story which answers a
question in the text which has always intrigued this reader. I am not
a fan of the horror genre, but do like the relationship of Aragorn and
Halbarad, having been intrigued by particularly by Halbarad as he is
protrayed in the RotK segment of LotR. This is one friendship that I
would like to pursue myself some day. You do it so well with sparse,
simple dialogue and the "thank you" that Aragorn gives him amounting
to a single grasp of the shoulder of a true and trusted friend.
Aragorn's fear is papable, but you manage to convey the concept that
these wraiths are not capable of being outwitted and vanquished
despite the terror they induce.

Title: The Accidental King: Five Reasons Why Finarfin Deserves an
Appreciation Month Author: Dawn Felagund Genres: Non-Fiction ID: 5
Reviewer: Oshun 2007-10-11 21:05:46
Dawn's exploration of the role of Finarfin in the context of the
Silmarillion and in comparison to other members of his illustrious
family is an interesting read. As she notes it is far too easy to
dismiss Finarfin as a dull and/or underchieving member of a family
filled with rash and intense overachievers. The other side of the
coin, the even less appealing one for me, is Finarfin as a
mild-mannered saint among a crowd of much more attractive sinners. I
am glad that she tries to put to rest to the concept that the only
motivation Finarfin could possibly have for returning to Aman is
either fear or subservient respect for the Valar. I presume, as she
does, that if either of those were the case he would not have traveled
as far as he did.

I still find it hard to accept Finarfin as the wisest of Finw's sons.
The most pragmatic or sycophantic? I would not go so far as to say
that either. Perhaps he is neither, but rather, unlike most of his
close kinsman, does not have an ego the size of Arda and is able to
step back and make decisions regarding where he could most readily
serve his people. Who would have taken charge of the Noldor in his
absence? Or was anyone really needed to fill this role? Dawn asserts
that someone was needed and that Finarfin knew that and took upon
himself that responsibility. Whether or not one agrees with her
position, she raises an interesting discussion in this article and
provides her own logical and thoughtful considerations. I would
definitely agree with Dawn on one question. Finarfin is interesting.
Also, he produced children who were driven, brilliant and bold. A dull
non-entity is unlikely to do that.

Title: Second Mum Author: Larner Genres: Drama: The Shire ID: 82
Reviewer: Raksha the Demon 2007-10-12 02:07:05
A gentle tapestry of hobbit life and traditions; spotlighting the
connection between Frodo and the one who helped raise him, Esmerelda
Brandybuck, from Frodo's birth to Esme's passing. Larner invests the
story with her usual rich detail.

Title: Glimpses from Cormallen Author: Marigold Times: Late Third
Age: 3018-3022 TA: Other Fixed-Length Ficlet ID: 614
Reviewer: Linda hoyland 2007-10-12 02:24:35
These are a heartwarming and delightful series of drabbles detailing
Pippin's recovery at Cormallen.
Pippin is occasionally fretful, but his brave spirit always shines
through as does Merry's devotion to him.
I especially enjoyed the drabble featuring Aragorn where the Hobbit
makes light of the King's warning that his injury might never
completely heal.I also enjoyed the hints that Merry might make a
future Healer.

Title: The Lesson Author: Branwyn Genres: Drama: Gondor Drabble
ID: 29
Reviewer: Larner 2007-10-12 08:18:57
Ah, how Branwyn has managed to show how those intended to be men of
war are led into their profession, and how insidious our beloved
Faramir finds that process. Exquisitely done.

Title: Hazardous Going Author: Auntiemeesh Races: Hobbits:
Hurt/Comfort ID: 788
Reviewer: Larner 2007-10-12 08:33:14
A winter trip between Crickhollow and the Great Smials goes wrong when
Pippin's pony puts her foot through the ice on a puddle and the young
Took gets thrown. Merry has good reason to be grateful to Elrond,
Aragorn, and the other healers he met on the quest for the lessons in
healing and herblore he's absorbed.

A marvelous vignette of Hobbit practicality and caring.

Title: Beauty Author: Marta Races: Hobbits: Drabble ID: 646
Reviewer: Larner 2007-10-12 08:42:44
We know that Samwise Gamgee had a special love, quite different from
what he felt for his Rosie, for Frodo Baggins, and here it's
eloquently expressed.

Title: Three Arrows Author: HikoMokushi Genres: Drama: With Merry
ID: 717
Reviewer: Larner 2007-10-12 08:43:55
Boromir's sacrifice for Merry and Pippin as recounted by Merry, this
is gently and poignantly expressed.

Title: Glimpse of Glory Author: Linda hoyland Times: Late Third
Age: 3018-3022 TA: General Drabble ID: 575
Reviewer: Larner 2007-10-12 08:45:51
Ah, what Galadriel thought as she looked on Frodo after he offered her
the Ring. Good reason indeed to gasp, I think, and wonderful response
to the challenge prompt.

Title: Aftershocks Author: Gwynnyd Times: Second Age: Drabble
ID: 504
Reviewer: Larner 2007-10-12 08:50:05
If Elendil had made landfall in southern Gondor, it would be probable
he would indeed have contacted his kinsman who was considered Lord of
Cobas, later to be Dol Amroth.

Love seeing this lord's love for his land and people.

Title: Behold the King Author: Linda hoyland Races: Men: Other
Fixed-Length Ficlet ID: 433
Reviewer: Larner 2007-10-12 08:59:23
The King has returned, and we have two vignettes, as the new Steward
Faramir prepares for the coronation on the morrow, and as the new King
accepts the burden for which he has been prepared all these long years.

One of Linda Hoyland's best works.

Title: More Than Just Years Author: Llinos Genres: Adventure:
Minas Tirith ID: 362
Reviewer: Larner 2007-10-12 09:03:10
As a tiny Hobbit child, Pippin was given a silver ear of wheat as a
charm against fear by Gandalf; and as (movie-verse) Pippin climbs the
stack to the beacon of Minas Tirith he loses it, only to learn that
the courage he'd always felt when he held and looked on it was within
himself the whole time.

A wonderful look at child-life within the Shire.

Title: Pippin's Little Experiment Author: Budgielover Races:
Cross-Cultural: With Pippin ID: 291
Reviewer: Larner 2007-10-12 09:14:22
Visiting an inn for Men as well as Hobbits, perhaps Pippin could be
forgiven for his desire to see just how springy a bed for Men might
be--until he managed to bounce out the window and avoid a great fall
only at the expense of embarrassment and a few splinters. And after
that Frodo still wanted his other tobacco pouch!

Marvelous fun. (And beware tobacco bargains offered by the S-Bs.)

Title: Great Books Author: Lady Aranel Genres: Humor ID: 149
Reviewer: Larner 2007-10-12 09:26:54
It is Legolas's first visit to Imladris, and the twins are set on
convincing him to avoid seeking to seduce their sister.

Humorous, although I doubt Arwen was in much danger, even if she had
been reading the tale of Beren and Luthien.

Title: Fruition Author: EdorasLass Genres: Alternate Universe:
Gondor or Rohan ID: 7
Reviewer: Larner 2007-10-12 09:36:14
A marvelous and chilling Might-Have-Been had Adrahil, Imrahil, and
Finduilas conspired to take the rule of Gondor by manipulating and
betraying Denethor and Thorongil into a duel to the death. Well, well

Title: The Gates Author: Isabeau of Greenlea Races: Dwarves ID: 70
Reviewer: Larner 2007-10-12 09:48:27
Gimli had hoped to have a hand in the forging of the new gates for his
friend Aragorn's new city, but learns that dealing with the folk of
Gondor to see the project through is perhaps more important in the end
is more important than the forgework needed.

Beautiful characterizations.

Title: Thoughts About The Old Forest Author: pippinfan88 Races:
Hobbits: Gapfiller ID: 141
Reviewer: Larner 2007-10-12 09:57:37
As they spend their one night in the Crickhollow house before daring
the Old Forest, the conspirators and Frodo each has his own thoughts
on what this adventure might mean.

A marvelous look at anxiety and anticipation.

Title: Duty Bound Author: Bodkin Genres: Romance: Pre-Ring War
ID: 212
Reviewer: Larner 2007-10-12 10:08:01
There must be progeny of the House of Hurin to see to it the
Stewardship does not fail, and for Boromir--once--there was a
marriage. It did not last long, and he was only just beginning to
appreciate his young bride when he lost her and their infant son to
death. Now Pippin's question brings that time back to him--the
unexpected pleasure of finding she had merit and skills and her own
tenderness. But he's unwilling to speak openly of that lost chance for

Very poignant, and well written as Bodkin's works always are.

Title: Relaxation Techniques Author: EdorasLass Genres: Romance:
Pre-Ring War ID: 283
Reviewer: Larner 2007-10-12 10:14:14
A bad day at the office has nothing on an afternoon spent listening to
the oily talk of Grima Wormtongue. At least Boromir is there to help
Theoden relax....

Title: Those Darned Socks! Author: AmandaK Genres: Alternate
Universe: Gondor or Rohan ID: 188
Reviewer: Rhapsody 2007-10-12 10:14:21
Okay, the title of this story baited me. At first I thought, that's an
alluring title, but in the end, my curiosity got the better of me. Set
within the allusive sock!verse and the long road home!verse, I love
the opening sequence and Amanda establishes a vivid & homely scene.
The ficlet is simple of nature, yet it is a treat to get this insight
in Boromir's mind where he realises that in his pride he could have
learnt to master a simple skill as mending his socks when he had the
chance. The author wove the memories of the quest and Boromir's youth
into this little story very effectively, making sure that those who
are not familiar with both verses still can find their bearings when
reading this. Lovely written and now I just need to read the other
piece in the sock!verse.

Title: Friendship of Their Kind Author: Dwimordene Times: Early
Third Age: 1-2850 TA ID: 425
Reviewer: Larner 2007-10-12 10:27:04
Aragost has reason to be upset with two of his men as they alert the
dragon they've been hunting before their fellows are quite ready. So
they are sent within the dragon's cave to see if the female they've
slain left young, and they find bodies of men taken as prey and a
cache of eggs.

Now to learn the difference between the honor of the Dunedain and the
ways of the Enemy.

Very thought provoking.

Title: Time Author: Bodkin Races: Cross-Cultural: Gondor ID: 414
Reviewer: Isabeau of Greenlea 2007-10-12 10:36:38
Legolas' investigation into the fate of one family in Ithilien that
didn't leave quickly enough was very touching to me. His folk have
endured such horrors as well, but of course Elves die and then get
better. His horror that folk could live and die and be forgotten is
both an interesting look at the way Elves regard memory and an
exploration of their respect for life. Faramir's assistance in the
matter-giving him access to the archives, hunting down witnesses that
might be able to tell him what he wants to know, is in keeping with
the young Steward who loves knowledge so much. Loved the scene with
Mablung as well! A beautiful yet somber story, that shows a Legolas
who is a caring prince as well as a warrior.

Title: Responsibility Author: Tanaqui Races: Men: Gondor Drabble
ID: 720
Reviewer: Isabeau of Greenlea 2007-10-12 10:40:58
A chilling look at the sort of choices Denethor's decree causes
Faramir. It is very like him to spare his men the guilt of such an
action and do what is necessary himself.