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Msg# 8401

MEFA Reviews for November 9, 2007 (Part 2) Posted by Ann November 09, 2007 - 5:00:12 Topic ID# 8401
Title: Making the best of a bad situation Author: Hai Took Races:
Hobbits: Gapfiller ID: 535
Reviewer: Larner 2007-10-22 21:22:36
Concerned that Pippin is taking an inordinate amount of time fetching
firewood, Merry goes in search of him, only to realize Pippin is
taking advantage of being out of camp to deal with the growing tension
he feels that he not adversely affect Frodo, who is struggling with
the recently endured Morgul Wound.

A most effective tale in which we see the compassion and empathy I,
too, believe Pippin hid behind a lighter manner than he intended,
expressed most effectively.

Title: Letting Go Author: SlightlyTookish Races: Hobbits:
Post-Ring War ID: 230
Reviewer: Larner 2007-10-22 21:37:59
Most of us who write Hobbit-centered stories have looked at the
question of how much the Travelers would have told their families of
their experiences and under what circumstances--and how much their
parents and siblings might have been willing to accept. This is well
and thoughtfully written as Paladin Took does his best to understand
what it is Pippin has been through and as he gives Pippin permission
to seek healing as he sees best.

Thought-provoking.

Title: The Taming of the Badger Author: Pentangle Genres: Drama:
With Aragorn ID: 234
Reviewer: Raksha the Demon 2007-10-23 00:39:53
A fine tale of friendship as well as a character study. Aragorn,
recently come of age, meets a Dunedain healer who was a close friend
of Arathorn, and a conflict results.

I really liked that the writer did not take the route I thought would
appear in this story, but accomplished a less flashy solution to the
conflict. The OCs were very well-written, and fit seamlessly into what
Tolkien wrote about the Dunedain, particularly Kenuric.



Title: Time to Let Go Author: PipMer Races: Hobbits: Post-Grey
Havens ID: 261
Reviewer: pippinfan88 2007-10-23 01:39:06
This story is a wonderful journey into the heart of Elanor as she
awaited her father's arrival...for the last time. How sad she must
have been, proud, and perhaps even at ease, knowing that Sam-dad was
finally going to his "rest" from his labours. Her thoughts take her to
places she can only imagine, and perhaps to places she had actually
been, long after the Quest. It was wonderful accompanying her on her
own "journey" through her mind's eye, and heart.

The author immediately captures the attention of the Reader from the
first word and doesn't let go until the last. Not a word out of place,
well written, and the pace smooth. Excellent writing on the part of
PipMer.

Title: The Long Winter Author: Baranduin Races: Hobbits ID: 159
Reviewer: Larner 2007-10-23 04:44:09
Hero Baggins and Sam Greenhand volunteered to go off in search of help
and missing Tooks in this Ardaish adaptation of a Scandinavian folk
tale, written to meet a challenge. A tale of the Long Winter, this is
marvelous as our intrepid searchers seek out news as to why Spring
doesn't appear able to make an appearance and help save--well, not the
day but the season.

Wonderfully done!

Title: Remembering Anew Author: Pearl Took Times: Fourth Age and
Beyond ID: 88
Reviewer: Larner 2007-10-23 04:55:09
Ah--Jebbin and Other Brandybuck and their discovery of an ancient book
that puts the lie to the tale of the Quest as "known" within the Shire
some four hundred years after the fact. Complete with a spell/curse on
Lotho and his progeny by Saruman before his demise that needs to be
lifted, the intervention of the Faerie Wife, and ghostly visitations,
this look at how lies even to apparently enhance the original story
serve in the end to degrade those who embrace them is marvelously and
memorably done. Now, if only the Master of the Hall hadn't been moved
to burn the texts on which Other and Jebbin based their research,
including the original Red Book----

Title: Comes Now The Plaintiff, Frodo Baggins Author: EdorasLass
Genres: Humor: Parody ID: 17
Reviewer: Larner 2007-10-23 04:56:23
Humorous, and yet tragically indicative of the litiginous attitudes of
today's society.

Title: Elements: Dreams of the Dead, Visions of the Living Author:
pipkinsweetgrass Genres: Alternate Universe: The Shire or Buckland
ID: 202
Reviewer: Larner 2007-10-23 05:01:18
As Pippin carves small figures of each member of the Fellowship and he
and Merry examine them, the two find that the memories they evoke
assist them to find healing and closure for the wounds suffered and
the losses known--and the triumphs so dearly won.

Well, well done.

Title: Love Story Author: Gandalfs apprentice Genres: Humor: Other
Fixed-Length Ficlet ID: 273
Reviewer: Larner 2007-10-23 05:03:19
Bilbo watches his youngest cousins seeking to put on a play of a
romantic tale he's told them, and finds humor and pleasure in the
performance.

Sweetly told.

Title: The Use of a Good Bit of Chain Author: bodldops Races:
Hobbits: Vignette ID: 344
Reviewer: Larner 2007-10-23 05:12:21
Young Daisy Boffin sees that the chain through Frodo's Ring is broken,
and substitutes her own. Did she help manage to save Middle Earth in
her own sweet way?

A lovely tale, and one I appear to have missed the first time through.

Title: Butterfly Wings Author: White Wolf Genres: Adventure:
Pre-Ring War ID: 486
Reviewer: Larner 2007-10-23 05:32:12
A sweet moment between Legolas and his mother, and well written at
that. Lovely by one of my favorite Legolas/Aragorn writers.

Title: Fourth Age, Year 13 Author: Dwimordene Times: Fourth Age
and Beyond: Gondor or Rohan ID: 628
Reviewer: Larner 2007-10-23 05:42:12
Ah, the joys of watching our children grow and reach adolescence....
So true of girls of that age, having been one myself and watched my
classmates and sister through it and dealt with students that age....

A wonderful examination from Aragorn's POV of his first daughter's life.

Title: A Need To Know Author: Pearl Took Races: Hobbits: Post-Ring
War ID: 776
Reviewer: Larner 2007-10-23 06:14:34
It was quite a test Tom Cotton sprung on Sam, seeking to learn if Sam
had enough gumption to stick up for himself and his family. But he did
wish to know if Sam was worthy....

So marvelous a tale, and so well written!

Title: Daybreak Author: Raksha the Demon Times: Late Third Age:
3018-3022 TA: Gondor Drabble ID: 705
Reviewer: Larner 2007-10-23 07:01:38
A superb tribute to the joy of seeing the world anew without the
shadow of Mordor and Sauron. So well written, and with a profound
power to the imagery.

Title: Tea and Seedcake and the Influence of Hobbits Author: Baggins
Babe Races: Cross-Cultural: Gondor ID: 492
Reviewer: Larner 2007-10-23 07:23:20
To say the world has changed is a gross understatement as a merchant
from Lebennin faces Dwarves, Elves, Hobbits, and a King he remembers
from his childhood!

Wonderful story, complete with a delightful Thorongil moment!

Title: Calm after the Storm Author: Imhiriel Genres: Adventure:
Fixed-Length Ficlet ID: 350
Reviewer: Larner 2007-10-23 07:27:22
After conquering a Corsair ship Imrahil seeks a moment of peace and
cleansing, wishing the wind to pick up so they can return home, but
taking advanage of the momentary peace for a quick, cleasing bathe in
the sea.

Lovely double drabble, expressing the distaste felt in the aftermath
of battle.

Title: The Big Green Bottle Author: grey_wonderer Genres: Humor:
The Shire or Buckland ID: 208
Reviewer: Larner 2007-10-23 07:39:46
Ah, it's been a while since I first read this. The biggest bottle in
the Brandy Hall cellar, and Pippin's nicked it to give to Merry as a
birthday mathom, forcing Merry to fulfill his promise to share the
liquor Pippin was able to obtain for him. They don't know what it is,
but Frodo does.

A nice look at Hobbit inebriation, and an anticipation of a painful
day after. Heh!

Title: Merry's Grandmother Author: grey_wonderer Races: Hobbits:
Pre-Quest ID: 137
Reviewer: Larner 2007-10-23 07:52:04
One of Grey Wonderer's more sober tales as Merry for the first time
has the chance to truly speak with Grandmother Took, realizing that
she has had her own youth and delight. When he believes her tale of an
encounter with an Elf, she and he bond in a way he'd never thought to
know.

Poignant and thoughtful.

Title: The Spear of the Lily Author: The Bookbinder's Daughter
Genres: Romance: Gondor ID: 11
Reviewer: Larner 2007-10-23 07:57:17
In this Bookbinder's Daughter has managed to capture Faramir's
continuing and maturing love for his wife and express it in terms of
the light and colors of the day as it passes.

Lovely and lyrical.

Title: A Collection of Sindarin Tanka Author: juno_magic Genres:
Poetry ID: 224
Reviewer: Larner 2007-10-23 08:10:52
A marvelous, creative series of Tanka poems looking at the pleasures
and pains of life as experienced by Elves, in Sindarin with
translations, and each wonderfully illustrated.

Very evocative and emotionally stimulating.

One of the best poetry cycles I've seen touching on the lives of the
Children of Iluvatar.

Title: The Right Choice Author: Linda hoyland Races:
Cross-Cultural: Drabble ID: 437
Reviewer: Larner 2007-10-23 08:14:20
Linda's stories capture my imagination, but she shows remarkable
strength in the construction of her drabbles. This one looking at
Arwen's choice to stay in Middle Earth at Aragorn's side is
particularly touching. Imagery and message are both masterfully presented.

Title: The Most Beautiful Author: Meril Races: Cross-Cultural
ID: 508
Reviewer: Larner 2007-10-23 08:20:04
For a Maia to have entered into the world of Arda, clothing herself
with the Hroa of an Elven Child of Iluvatar so as to spend a life as
Elu Thingol's wife and Luthien's mother--perhaps she's not as far from
dancing in the Light, Breath, and Song as she thinks herself.

Lyrical.

Title: Morocet's return Author: Fawsley Genres: Alternate
Universe: Gondor or Rohan ID: 650
Reviewer: Larner 2007-10-23 08:26:10
Very cute, and eminently amusing. What a find--an odd sort of gold
coin Aragorn had hidden in his desk!

Title: Great and Terrible Author: Tanaqui Races: Men: General
Drabble ID: 721
Reviewer: Larner 2007-10-23 08:28:12
A most dread Might-Have-Been, and one I rejoice didn't come to be.

Title: One Frodo Too Many Author: Baranduin Genres: Humor: Parody
ID: 683
Reviewer: Larner 2007-10-23 08:43:24
I've had Frodo meet with Deagol and the Little Match Girl, Dumbledore
and Ptolemy; but this meeting with his own splinter creations as they
reflect the pairings we've written for them--Hilarious!

As for the last Frodo to come to book-Frodo's meeting! So PRECIOUSSSSS!