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Msg# 8380

MEFA Reviews for November 5, 2007 (Part 2) Posted by Ann November 05, 2007 - 4:18:49 Topic ID# 8380
Title: Harvest Bonfire · Author: Cuthalion · Genres: Romance · ID: 667
Reviewer: Imhiriel · 2007-10-16 17:42:34
The story is told very vividly and appealing. The original character
is exactly that - original; she is also engaging, and her interactions
with the canon characters seamless. The dialogue is flowing very

Rosie is so very frazzled, quite understandable with so so many
children (and fortunately she doesn't know that there will be 13 of
them at the end!). Sam and Roise following Lilly's sage advice was
told very tenderly, the love evident between them.

Title: Come Back to Me · Author: Marta · Genres: Romance · ID: 67
Reviewer: Imhiriel · 2007-10-16 17:43:38
Very descriptive narrative. The story is told convincingly from the
set of mind of an Entwife. It was interesting to see the things
Treebeard had talked about from her perspective, it gave the subject a
new balance. The idea of the Hobbits as ["younger guardians"] seems
very apt.

The discussions between the protagonists touch on a wide range of
topics, which give some canonical facts intriguing twists and also
show that the protagonists concern themselves with Middle-earth beyond
their little corner of it.

I have trouble believing in the premise, but it was an interesting and
imaginative experiment and the story itself "sold" the premise well
for its duration.

Title: Geometry · Author: Branwyn · Genres: Drama: Gondor Drabble · ID: 80
Reviewer: agape4gondor · 2007-10-16 19:15:15
Death absolutely sucks and you have definitely portrayed how a family
could react to such an event. As much as it pains me, I can see the
imagery of the triangle. And especially the fact that the family
still, while the triangle was intact, considered themselves 'whole.' I
think many families are made into such an object. I know when my
brother was turned into a vegetable after a serious car accident, the
whole family died. Incredibly sad, but very well written and catches
what must have been the most pain-filled moment of both their lives.

Title: Fun with Farm'n · Author: Súlriel · Races: Villains: Drabble ·
ID: 269
Reviewer: Oshun · 2007-10-16 20:25:15
Oh, dear lord! Those naughty, naughty orcs. I can't believe I had not
read this before. You have quite the sense of humor, girl--not for the
squeamish as they say in the fanfic world! (I've always thought I was
squeamish myself, but you surely managed to get me to laugh out loud.)
Great use of the drabble format. I guess my favorite line was:
["Farmers are a tough lot."] People always said that where I come from
too, but not in exactly the same sense. What am I saying! Not in
anything remotely resembling that sense of the expression in this
vignette. Good work

Title: The Eagle's Gift · Author: Raksha the Demon · Genres: Drama:
Minas Tirith · ID: 591
Reviewer: stefaniab · 2007-10-17 00:43:40
"The Eagle's Gift" is a lovely vignette set on the night of Denethor's
marriage to Finduilas. As nervous bridegroom Denethor prepares to go
to his marriage bed, his alternatively joyful and fearful reverie is
interrupted by just the person he least wanted to see--Thorongil.
Using Denethor's point of view, Raksha deftly ratchets up the tension
between the Steward's son and the mysterious Dunadan of the North,
including some humorous avian allusions from Denethor's overwrought
subconscious mind. Yet over and over, Raksha points out the similarity
between the two rivals.

Raksha's Denethor is a decent man despite his deep resentment of the
"outlander." He is depicted as a loving, considerate bridegroom.
Moreover, he even has a moment of sympathy for Thorongil, who must
wait, perhaps forever to marry the woman he loves. We are left with a
hint that the true reason behind the rivalry between Denethor and
Thorongil is old man Ecthelion himself, who made the Eagle deliver the

This is one of Raksha's best stories. I'm glad to see her delving into
Aragorn and Denethor territory.

Title: Flowers of Nimloth · Author: geek_chick · Genres: Drama: Second
Age or Earlier · ID: 507
Reviewer: obsidianj · 2007-10-17 02:03:11
This tale about Isildur and his future wife starts when Lienilde, a
young apprentice healer, gets called with her master to care for an
injured man, Isildur. Over the course of a winter Lienilde cares for
Isildur and gets to know him and his family. When Isildur is finally,
miraculously healed, they discover that they are more than patient and
healer. I loved the glimpses into every day life we get throughout the
story of life in Numenor or more precisely in Romenna. At the
beginning Lienilde is a young woman with a leaning toward the
Faithful, but politics don't play a role in her life and she never
thought much about Sauron and his doings. Sauron is a distant threat,
but it doesn't really affect her, until she meets Isildur's family.
Learning of his deed lets her question her beliefs, and I like the way
she has to decide what is right or wrong and how to deal with her
knowledge in the face of the indifference or outright support for
Sauron around her.

Title: Cool Sunlight and Green Grass · Author: SlightlyTookish ·
Races: Hobbits: Post-Ring War · ID: 211
Reviewer: obsidianj · 2007-10-17 02:04:24
I think this ficlet captures Pippin's essence. It feels very Pippin to
me. He is still very weak and barely able to walk, but the fresh air
and the sunshine buoy his spirit after the long days spent recovering
in his bed.

Title: Black Mountain · Author: White Wolf · Genres: Adventure · ID: 487
Reviewer: obsidianj · 2007-10-17 02:05:50
This story is a page turner. Aragorn and Legolas joined by the
Rivendell twins go off to Black Mountain to investigate mysterious
rumors and stories, at least that is the rationalized reason. I love
the start of the story which to me gives a more accurate reason for
Aragorn to want to investigate, although he jests. ["Why?" the blond
elf, standing with his hands on his hips and his head cocked slightly
to the left, asked his human companion. "Because it's there?" the man
answered with a teasing question.] And off they go, encountering
adventures they, and I, didn't expect.

Sometimes I wish the author would explain less of the emotional impact
of the actions of others and leave more to the imagination of the
reader. I think that would enhance the tension even more. I like the
characterization of the four friends, their good-natured banter, how
they work together, speaking out their thoughts aloud, so that the
others can help to sort through the facts to find a solution to the
problems they face.

Title: Many Guises and Many Names · Author: Gandalfs apprentice ·
Times: Mid Third Age: 2851 - 3017 TA: Other Fixed-Length Ficlet · ID: 380
Reviewer: obsidianj · 2007-10-17 02:06:44
In a few short words Gandalfs Apprentice brings Aragorn to life.
Sometimes by describing his actions, sometimes by watching him through
the actions of others. I especially like the first and the last in
this series of short ficlets.

When young Aragorn insists to Gilraen that his name is now Estel and
Elrond his ada, I felt for Gilraen. It must have broken her heart.

In the last ficlet, Aragorn comes to life as Strider, not loved by the
Breelanders, but a friend of Gandalf. I like the close understanding
between these two friends.

Title: A Tale of Elrond And Celebrían · Author: Nemis · Genres:
Romance · ID: 608
Reviewer: obsidianj · 2007-10-17 02:12:07
This is the story of Elrond and Celebrian. Their marriage, the
separation after Celebrian sails West and their bittersweet reunion,
since their children are staying in Middle-earth. Intertwined with
their lives are some of the most important events of the third age and
we get to see the impact of these on their lives. I love the
description of their love for each other and that Elrond is only half
a man after she left. I love it that Celebrian manages to help him
from time to time from Aman, and it seems to me she has a better
understanding of their children as he has. The reunion is everything I
had wished for in this tale.

Title: Holding onto Hope · Author: Alassante · Times: First Age and
Prior · ID: 368
Reviewer: Raksha the Demon · 2007-10-17 03:01:17
There aren't enough fanfiction stories featuring the mysterious
Celebrimbor. I enjoyed the confrontation between Celebrimbor and his
damaged uncle; it's a rather novel treatment of Maedhros' recovery
after Thangodorim.

Title: The Wink of an Eye · Author: Linda hoyland · Times: Mid Third
Age: 2851 - 3017 TA: Drabble · ID: 664
Reviewer: stefaniab · 2007-10-17 05:55:46
What a great, quirky drabble. Now we know how Sauron drove Denethor
crazy. As in all good drabbles, the best part is in the last sentence.

Title: Letting Go · Author: Ellie · Times: First Age and Prior · ID: 790
Reviewer: stefaniab · 2007-10-17 06:18:24
Ellie's tale provides insight into the thoughts of Ingwe, High King of
the Elves that dwell in Aman. The Silmarillion tells us little about
Ingwe, leaving a gap which Ellie fills nicely. Ingwe contemplates the
departure of his Vanyaran kinsmen to Middle Earth to fight alongside
the Valar in the War of Wrath. In an extended monologue, the king
expresses his love of his people and dismay that he has been denied
the honor of leading them into the battle where many might fall.

Though certainly canonical, Ingwe's feelings clearly resemble that of
a parent "letting go" of an adult child that has moved from the family

Title: Fire and Ice · Author: NeumeIndil · Times: Late Third Age:
3018-3022 TA · ID: 318
Reviewer: Larner · 2007-10-17 10:02:44
Herself forced into prostitution at a young age after she and her
mother were left with nothing, Morwen had drifted from land to land,
eventually ending up in Edoras in the Inn of the Dragon's Hoard, where
she served drinks and other appetites. But she's caught the heart of
Theoden's man Gamling, and her own heart is caught as well. Will she
take a chance at a time when Wormtongue is in the ascendancy to accept
what he offers her?

Wonderful to see Movie-verse Gamling given a life--and love--of his
own. I now wish to read the story that precedes this one.

Title: Mettarë · Author: Galadriel · Races: Men · ID: 34
Reviewer: Larner · 2007-10-17 10:20:52
It's no simple thing to feel like celebrating the year's end, there in
Imladris, and even the attempts of Merry and Pippin are a bit forced.
But somehow, in spite of it all, Boromir and Aragorn find themselves
sharing special feelings for this turning of the year.

Sad, and yet the writing manages to capture that small spark of hope

Title: Leaf Subsides to Leaf · Author: Ignoble Bard · Genres: Drama:
Elves in Later Ages · ID: 105
Reviewer: Larner · 2007-10-17 10:22:53
When Legolas comes to bid his father goodbye before succumbing to the
Sea Longing at last, neither finds it easy to bid farewell. Of course
we don't know Thranduil never followed his son to Aman; but this is

Title: The Arachnid's Appeal · Author: TrekQueen · Genres: Humor · ID: 114
Reviewer: Larner · 2007-10-17 10:29:58
Shelob has written to her boss regarding some problems she's knowing,
there on the job of watching in the high passes over Minas Morgul. Too
bad things haven't been going too well--the Witch-king refusing to
share a Southron or two; food with an offensive odor, and more with
nasty, poky things. So, she has some requests.

Brought a grin.

Title: Transformation · Author: Imhiriel · Races: Men: General Drabble
· ID: 185
Reviewer: Larner · 2007-10-17 10:33:13
Imhiriel and Annmarwalk have to be my two favorite drabble-writers.
And this look at Prince Imrahil, free and delighted as he enjoys the
gift given him by the new King, is wonderful. A marvelously effective
drabble at depicting place and mood. I can feel the sea wind!

Title: Dragons! · Author: Aranel Took · Races: Hobbits: Drabble · ID: 327
Reviewer: Larner · 2007-10-17 10:36:38
It's time for a story, and Pippin KNOWS what he wants it to be about.

Very true to small chldren everywhere.

Title: Sarn Gebir · Author: agape4gondor · Genres: Adventure:
Fixed-Length Ficlet · ID: 398
Reviewer: Larner · 2007-10-17 10:39:52
Ah, there in the Sarn Gebir Boromir proved the hero. Yes, he's sworn
to protect the Hobbits, and he will do his best; but there is yet one
problem he faces....

Communicates the mood well.

Title: Letter to Frodo · Author: AmandaK · Genres: Alternate Universe:
Gondor or Rohan · ID: 540
Reviewer: Larner · 2007-10-17 10:49:38
If Boromir had indeed survived his ordeal and returned, what would he
have wished to say to Frodo Baggins; and then how would he seek to
communicate those thoughts and desires for forgiveness with Frodo gone
from Middle Earth?

A lovely moment of atonement, and mutual love between Boromir and his

Title: Marking Fours · Author: Raksha the Demon · Times: Multi-Age:
Fixed-Length Ficlet · ID: 1
Reviewer: Rhapsody · 2007-10-17 10:58:38
This series is beautifully linked with many themes and impressions. It
feels as if Faramir looks back and it doesn't matter much when he
reflects back upon it: with every drabble in this series it can happen
the day after or just after the fact. Rashka beautifully shows here
that remembering life changing events that are inevitably tied to the
nature of life. Grief is interlinked with memories, but so is love or
friendship. From darkness, Faramir steps into the light and won't
forget. I love how the author put the numbers here to good use.
Tolkien himself had a thing with numbers, so it feels at place here,
but it is not overused. This is a great character piece, very
emotional and well written!

Title: Waste Not, Want Not · Author: Tanaqui · Races: Villains:
Drabble · ID: 722
Reviewer: Larner · 2007-10-17 11:12:51
Ah, Tanaqui--perhaps an all-too-likely event as the heads of the folks
of Gondor were prepared to be thrown over the walls! Shuddery, and
well written.

Title: Sure as Shire Talk · Author: Tanaqui · Races: Hobbits: Drabble
· ID: 753
Reviewer: Larner · 2007-10-17 11:14:42
And just how did Rosie learn her Sam had disappeared with Mr. Frodo
and his cousins? Perhaps it was in this manner.

Wonderful characterizations for such a short work.

Title: Respite · Author: Linaewen · Times: Mid Third Age: 2851 - 3017
TA · ID: 389
Reviewer: Larner · 2007-10-17 11:19:02
Inspired by a painting, this is the thoughts of Finduilas as she
spends a quiet day with her sons seeking tranquility, although the
growing dread of Sauron's intentions seeks to overwhelm her.

Marvelously conveys the feelings she might well have known before she
began to fade, and to describe her now-circumscribed world.