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Msg# 8417

MEFA Reviews for November 16, 2007 (Part 1) Posted by Ann November 16, 2007 - 4:11:26 Topic ID# 8417
Title: Fell Memories · Author: Gwynnyd · Genres: Drama: Other
Fixed-Length Ficlet · ID: 191
Reviewer: obsidianj · 2007-11-04 19:52:00
This is a chilling set of drabbles of what might have happened to
Aragorn after he left Gondor. No wonder he was so weary of the Nazgul.
I like the way how the scenes comes to life with just a few well
chosen words. The short drabble chapters lent themselves well to the
unimaginable horror Aragorn endures.

Title: When the King Comes Back (the Great Smials) · Author:
Dreamflower · Genres: Drama: The Shire · ID: 262
Reviewer: obsidianj · 2007-11-04 19:57:39
In this story Pippin comes home after the war to a father who has
already given up hope of seeing his son again and is not especially
happy about this stranger who shows up on his doorstep. Pippin has
grown up and doesn't fit the old categories anymore. Father and son
have a hard time adjusting to each other again. The characters come to
life in this tale. I especially like the portrayal of his father. He
is a proud hobbit, very set in his ways and likes to have everything
the way it should be I think like a typical hobbit. I found the final
reconciliation very touching.

Title: The Three Hunters · Author: Dreamflower · Genres: Adventure ·
ID: 333
Reviewer: obsidianj · 2007-11-04 19:59:10
This story consists of 3 separate pieces and the epilogue where it is
all put together. In each part Legolas, Aragorn and Gimli tell us
their unique view of the hobbits. The characters of the three hunters
come alive through what they observe and value about the hobbits. And
the hobbits also come to life in the thoughts and little scenes the
narrators remember.

Title: Ten Thousand Years · Author: Marta · Times: Late Third Age:
3018-3022 TA · ID: 565
Reviewer: Marigold · 2007-11-04 20:01:39
An excellent meeting between Boromir and Arwen. Their conversation is
well done and I was intrigued that even though Boromir is still
uncertain of Aragorn as his King that he would gladly accept Arwen as
his Queen.

Title: Night of Love · Author: Linda hoyland · Genres: Romance: Gondor
· ID: 617
Reviewer: obsidianj · 2007-11-04 20:01:52
In this story Aragorn and Arwen celebrate their wedding night in a
unique setting. I find it especially suitable for Arwen, and Aragorn
is adorable to follow Galadriel's advice. Arwen will have time enough
to adjust to the customs of men in the coming years of their life
together.

Title: Stone from Above · Author: Thundera Tiger · Races: Men · ID: 284
Reviewer: obsidianj · 2007-11-04 20:07:12
The hero of this little tale is Hama, doorwarden of Theoden King. He
fell during the battle at Helm's deep and in his last moments, with
waning strength, he manages to cast the stone which gives Aragorn the
break he needs to get to safety. For me Hama here symbolizes the
heroics done by all the warriors in this desperate battle. Hama knows
he is dying. But instead of giving up, he takes his last strength to
give his comrades a fighting chance, although whether that will be
enough he will never know, which gives this story its special poignancy.

Title: Cool Sunlight and Green Grass · Author: SlightlyTookish ·
Races: Hobbits: Post-Ring War · ID: 211
Reviewer: Nancy Brooke · 2007-11-04 21:07:13
How lovely that what most effects Pippin in this first outing are such
wonderfully Shire-ish things - clear sky and cool grass - the wonder
of the everyday natural world. I particularly liked how the author
made everything so vibrant, and Pippin's experiences so heightened
after the forced quietude of his recovery bed.

Title: Firelight · Author: Songspinner · Genres: Drama: Ithilien · ID: 817
Reviewer: Nancy Brooke · 2007-11-04 21:25:30
This was born out of a clever idea - to use fire, comforting and
wounding - that wonderfully drew out these small but vibrant moments
in the Fellowship's recovery.

Title: Waiting By the Water · Author: Linaewen · Genres: Drama: With
Aragorn · ID: 395
Reviewer: Nancy Brooke · 2007-11-04 21:29:41
What an interesting idea! That Boromir would stay bound to Gondor
until its safety was assured, and that Aragorn would wait until his
own arrival in Minas Tirith were blessed, as it were, by the heir
whose place he was taking.

Title: Alone and Forsaken · Author: Linaewen · Genres: Drama: Vignette
· ID: 466
Reviewer: Nancy Brooke · 2007-11-04 21:33:48
Terrific! True seduction always takes the guise of reason, after all,
and here Boromir most rationally justifies his later insanity. The
pacing is measured, and even, never rushed, and the language just the
right mix of formality and ease to make this an easy but captivating read.

Title: The Pearl · Author: Jocelyn · Times: Late Third Age: 3018-3022
TA · ID: 815
Reviewer: Marigold · 2007-11-04 22:01:19
A marvelous tale of friendship. The difficulties faced between two
races long in discord that now have great reason to be friends and
allies is very well described as is the emotional state of Legolas's
neice. Most of all though, what I liked best about this story was the
final scene with Legolas and Gimli!

Title: All that is gold... · Author: Perelleth · Genres: Humor:
Children · ID: 42
Reviewer: Marta · 2007-11-04 23:53:46
This was a fun read with some really nice interactions between Bilbo
and Aragorn. I can really see how these two characters could grow into
the friends we see in "Many Meetings". I also like all of the
connections you draw between both The Hobbit and your earlier story -
it creates a really nice, multi-layered world.

Title: Youngest Son · Author: Bodkin · Genres: Romance: Second Age or
Earlier · ID: 406
Reviewer: Raksha the Demon · 2007-11-05 05:48:59
A (literally) frothy tale of romance and some danger; as elf meets
she-elf on the shores of the Undying Lands.

Good characterisation and dialogue; and a sense of the beauty and
power of the First Age Noldor and Teleri.

Title: My Treasure · Author: Armariel · Genres: Poetry: With Hobbits ·
ID: 332
Reviewer: Raksha the Demon · 2007-11-05 06:06:53
Armariel is a gifted poet and wordsmith, who spins out lyrical poems
that dazzle the senses; and this one is no exception. Without crossing
over into slashiness; she conveys the joy of Frodo and Sam's future
reunion through Sam's anticipation as he journeys West.

Title: Sorgbyršen · Author: Aranel Took · Races: Men · ID: 275
Reviewer: Nancy Brooke · 2007-11-05 14:57:05
I thought this story very well done. Eowyn's transformation from an
open-hearted child, absorbing all the depth of grief around her, to an
yount woman steeling her spirit and shuttering her heart to such grief
is well and most reasonably told. I like that her final decision comes
during a time of waiting, not in reaction to the event she fears, but
in attempting to forever protect herself from it.

Title: The Slave of the Ring · Author: Linda hoyland · Races: Men ·
ID: 418
Reviewer: Nancy Brooke · 2007-11-05 15:06:28
What an interesting gap-filler, bringing to life all the ills of
spirit and rationalizations which the ring will amplify to Boromir's
undoing. This one-sided conversation Boromir has with himself, and by
extension with the reader, is well-paced and unfolds most naturally,
even as Boromir reverses himself at the sight of the ring, almost
entreating Aragorn to bring it to Minas Tirith and take the kingship,
where moments before he was reviling the Man. I like Boromir's
palpable pride, too, as he cites his status, his wealth, and his
parentage here.

Title: Journeys in High Places · Author: Illwynd · Genres: Adventure:
Pre-Ring War · ID: 259
Reviewer: Nancy Brooke · 2007-11-05 15:36:55
What a great adventure yarn! and like all good works, the action here
works most to illustrate the characters, not the characters serving
the action. Well done.

Title: Seen in the Halls of Dwarrowdelf · Author: Aruthir · Races:
Dwarves · ID: 73
Reviewer: Nancy Brooke · 2007-11-05 15:42:57
This piece was full of lovely, rich phrases really enlivening the
dwarven tradition full of art and poetry. But I particularly loved how
this culture of artisans saw their art not as anything solitary or
muse-driven, but part of their larger glory, not personal glory, but
racial glory. These dwarves labored not as indivuduals, but as
representatives, and so their downfall is all the greater and more tragic.

Title: A Mother's Work · Author: Dreamflower · Races: Hobbits:
Vignette · ID: 134
Reviewer: Nancy Brooke · 2007-11-05 16:01:25
I do love the genre of "Everday life in the Shire," as it were, and
these stories are terrific additions to that. Each mother's seperate
trials ring true and sweetly, without ever being overly
sentimetalized. Would that I could be so even tempered as these mothers!

Title: Sweet Memories · Author: PipMer · Races: Hobbits · ID: 272
Reviewer: Nancy Brooke · 2007-11-05 16:07:40
This is a curious coupling: both halves of this story are compelling
in their own ways, but somehow don't quite go together. The first is a
wonderfully gentle capturing of reminscence - never too bathetic
despite its subject matter, and the second almost drabble-like in its
simple but fine heart. Still, I enjoyed reading both and was
pleasantly surprised by this thread of similarity between Boromir and
Frodo I had not considered before.

Title: Remembering Anew · Author: Pearl Took · Times: Fourth Age and
Beyond · ID: 88
Reviewer: Marigold · 2007-11-05 18:10:56
I think that this story has a wonderful premise, that history has the
habit of becoming skewed over time depending upon those that pass the
history down. The Professor gave examples of this, in my opinion, in
the remarks about how golf came to be and Merry and Pippin's height in
the Prologue of LoTR; these remarks were said to be written by hobbits
and are clear examples of tales that grew in the telling.

Pearl's protagonists, Jebbin and Other, have come to find that the
tale of the Travellers of long ago has become warped and aggrandised
far beyond truth and in this wonderful tale they try to bring the true
story back to the people - but it's a hard road and their efforts are
far from appreciated. Their traits as descendants of both Merry and
Pippin stand them in good stead in this endeavour.

There are lots of unexpected twists here and the story holds the
readers interest from beginning to end.






Title: The Burning of the Year · Author: Raksha the Demon · Times:
Late Third Age: 3018-3022 TA: Gondor · ID: 2
Reviewer: Marigold · 2007-11-05 18:11:11
What struck me most about this excellent story is that it is Faramir
leading the procession for the very first time - a significant change,
and one that signifies other important changes to come for the better
though no one knows this, least of all Faramir.

Faramir's thoughts reveal his nobility and I wondered at how Boromir's
thoughts would have differed here, aside from the obvious differences
regarding his relationship with Denethor.

Title: The Tides of the World · Author: Raksha the Demon · Times: Late
Third Age: 3018-3022 TA: Gondor · ID: 101
Reviewer: Marigold · 2007-11-05 18:11:26
This is a very well done vignette. Aragorn's thoughts must have been
in turmoil after this night, both for sorrowful reasons and for
hopeful ones and the author has captured that here perfectly.
Aragorn's thoughtful and generous character is very well portayed
indeed, in the way that he remembers even Bergil by name and in the
way that each of those that he has healed or those that have fallen
are remembered not just by name but with respect to their deeds and
character. Aragorn's weariness and the love his brothers have for him
is very well conveyed.

I liked the thoughts about the weregild for I have often wondered at
that myself - how can the life of a dear one be paid for after all?




Title: Triumphal Entry · Author: Garnet Took · Times: Late Third Age:
3018-3022 TA: Gondor · ID: 244
Reviewer: Marigold · 2007-11-05 18:11:38
Garnet did an excellent job with the Challenge starter she had for
this story.

I think that my favourite part of this tale is when Pippin notices the
brightly coloured clothing that the people of the City are wearing and
realises that it has been a long time since they have had any reason
other than to wear sombre colours. As they have taken out their gaily
coloured clothing from the boxes and lofts where it has long been
stored away, so too can they now allow themselves to feel joy and hope
again. And as the clothing bears the ravages of time, so do these
people bear the ravages of long war, and it will be a while before
either clothing or people will be whole again. But they are making a
start!

Pippin's toast at the end was just right, and I appreciated that his
maturity was reflected in his words.



Title: Crossing towards Sunrise · Author: Imhiriel · Times: Fourth Age
and Beyond · ID: 14
Reviewer: Marigold · 2007-11-05 18:11:55
The descriptions were lovely in this and I liked Gandalf as narrator
here - he seemed a logical choice, knowing all of the characters so
very well as he did. The grim list of Elrond's many losses gave me
pause as I had never seen them set out so clearly before and his sense
of loss and fear to hope at the beginning of the piece was so
wonderfully offset by his reunion with Celebrian.