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Msg# 8442

MEFA Reviews for November 25, 2007 (Part 2) Posted by Ann November 25, 2007 - 5:03:20 Topic ID# 8442
Title: A Million Little Stars To Light Their Way ∑ Author: Cathleen ∑
Genres: Drama: The Shire ∑ ID: 387
Reviewer: Larner ∑ 2007-11-23 05:01:55
What a wonderful memorial to Boromir the Bold by Merry and Pippin, as
they find he indeed was cut out into stars and shines both in the
night and their memories.


Title: I Will Comfort Thee ∑ Author: agape4gondor ∑ Genres: Drama: The
Fellowship ∑ ID: 458
Reviewer: Larner ∑ 2007-11-23 05:13:47
The loss of Boromir is one that still deeply touches his brother,
Aragorn, Gimli, Legolas, and the two Hobbits for whom he died. A
fitting memorial to the Man they know as they make pilgrimage to Amon
Hen. Love the comforting of Faramir.

Title: Still Waters. ∑ Author: Ellie ∑ Times: First Age and Prior:
House of Fingolfin ∑ ID: 529
Reviewer: Larner ∑ 2007-11-23 05:21:56
If there are any within Tirion to realize the full extent of the
horror of the actions of those who took part in the Kinslaying at
Alaquonde, it is Anaire. Yet she cannot help but mourn those lost to
her in following Feanor away from Aman, finally across the ice to
Ennor once more.

Such grief, well expressed.

Title: The Gaze of the Lady Galadriel ∑ Author: Aprilkat ∑ Genres:
Drama: The Fellowship ∑ ID: 600
Reviewer: Larner ∑ 2007-11-23 05:30:07
A bit of a movie-moment as Aragorn learns Frodo has looked into
Galadriel's mirror, seeing again what he sacrifices in order to fulfil
his charge.

Yes, wistful.

Title: Elf Interrupted ∑ Author: Fiondil ∑ Races: Elves: Incomplete ∑
ID: 77
Reviewer: Raksha the Demon ∑ 2007-11-23 06:05:46
An extremely complex and ambitious epic dealing with the death,
afterlife and return to life of Glorfindel. Sensitively written, with
excellent use of Valinorean mythology and language.

Title: Weary Beyond Joy Or Sorrow? ∑ Author: Imhiriel ∑ Times: Late
Third Age: 3018-3022 TA: Gondor Drabble ∑ ID: 671
Reviewer: Raksha the Demon ∑ 2007-11-23 06:15:21
A drabbled look at Aragorn's grief for Halbarad after the Battle of
the Pelennor. I really like the relationship that is portrayed between
the weary Aragorn and Gandalf; their mutual respect and familiarity
and love conveyed in few but powerful words.

Title: O, Cruel Fate ∑ Author: Greywing ∑ Genres: Alternate Universe:
Incomplete ∑ ID: 58
Reviewer: Oshun ∑ 2007-11-23 15:16:20
Greywing always writes brilliant comedy, but this story stands out as
my favorite of hers. It is wonderful, witty, ridiculous and
irreverent. She takes beloved canon characters and makes them wholly
her own. Among those are included her beauteous Glorfindel, hero of
Gondolin (elven maids to squeal and grow short of breath at the sight
of him), her fumbling, bureaucratic Mandos, nor, especially the
cranky, short-tempered Cirdan. But her real tour de force in this
piece is her creation of one of the most memorable original characters
in Tolkien fanfiction, whether it be comedy, tragedy, romance, or
adventure, in her utterly incomparable Neldor the healer. Everyone who
has read and discovered her Neldor loves to hate him. Who should be
more kind, thoughtful, considerate and wise than an elven healer?
Well, Neldor is the absolute antithesis of all that. Greywing writes
him as pompous, self-serving, utterly without redeeming personal
merit, unless one might consider his scheming and completely amoral
ruthlessness a virtue, or his self-confidence in his own cleverness
despite his capacity for outrageous error and subsequent mayhem in
pursuit of his own ambition and self-promotion. He is ungentle,
unkind, envious, proud, and petty. Neldor is, however, nothing if not
democratic. No one is safe from Neldor: neither the oldest and wisest
nor the most vulnerable, not even dumb beasts.

One quotation just for flavor, which does not include a serious spoiler:

["]"Oh be quiet, FŽanor," replied Mandos, quite unaffected, as he
prepared for his experiment. "You ceased having rights ever since that
mess at AlqualondŽ, which, if I may remind you, filled my halls to
bursting and wrecked havoc with the paperwork.["]

Title: A Rohan Tapestry ∑ Author: shirebound ∑ Races: Hobbits:
Hurt/Comfort ∑ ID: 96
Reviewer: Nancy Brooke ∑ 2007-11-23 19:13:13
This story was best when it simply included us in the happenings of
this journey, let us be present when the remaining members of the
Fellowship interacted simply and genuinely with one another, their
words and actions telling us all we needed to know. This: ["When it
comes to living rock, Dwarves, too, become gardeners. There should be
a balance between the beauty of that which grows wild, and that which
is encouraged to achieve a potential lying dormant within"] was masterful!

Title: Hay and Clover ∑ Author: Cuthalion ∑ Genres: Romance: Pre-Ring
War ∑ ID: 679
Reviewer: Marta ∑ 2007-11-24 00:18:55
This story is very sensuous, full of sense details just like a story
about hobbits should be. The author did a good job setting the stage
for this story, and Clover was an intriguing character. I wouldn't
mind reading more about her one of these days. Frodo and Pippin, too,
were drawn as approachable characters while still true to canon. I
enjoyed it.

Title: O, Cruel Fate ∑ Author: Greywing ∑ Genres: Alternate Universe:
Incomplete ∑ ID: 58
Reviewer: Marta ∑ 2007-11-24 00:19:36
This work-in-progress was the first thing of Greywing's that I read.
As someone who usually sticks with a)Ring-War era stuff, and b)
finished (and fairly short) stuff, this is a story I probably wouldn't
have given it a second look if a friend hadn't encouraged me to read
it. But I'm glad that I looked at it. Throughout the story, the author
shows a wicked since of comedic writing (and, I have to admit, an
irreverent sense of humor that I loved), original characters that fit
into the canon world, and a really clever use of the canon material
without feeling like there was an info-dump. For a story so far out of
my reading comfort zone, I did not struggle at all to enjoy this story
- it effortlessly became a good read for me, which is a real
accomplishment. I highly recommend it to anyone needing a good laugh.

Title: Where There's Life, There's Hope (and in need of vittles) ∑
Author: annmarwalk ∑ Genres: Drama: Gondor Drabble ∑ ID: 463
Reviewer: Bodkin ∑ 2007-11-24 08:12:04
Oh yes - I can see how that would remind him of life and hope and the
beginning of another day. Mag is a great character. And reassuringly

Title: In the Waiting ∑ Author: Altariel ∑ Races: Men: Gondor ∑ ID: 392
Reviewer: Bodkin ∑ 2007-11-24 08:14:29
Poor Faramir - but when your place is always in the wrong, I suppose
you can allow yourself the liberty of making up your own mind. Such a
good thing that he let the hobbits go.

Title: A Truth Universally Acknowledged ∑ Author: annmarwalk ∑ Genres:
Humor: Gondor or Rohan ∑ ID: 556
Reviewer: Bodkin ∑ 2007-11-24 08:19:44
My, but Boromir is a romantic! But then, as far as his bride was
concerned, it would be rather a waste of energy, as I'm sure Denethor
has a list ready. Prioritised, too.

Title: Way Out West ∑ Author: Pearl Took ∑ Genres: Adventure: Pre-Ring
War ∑ ID: 769
Reviewer: Bodkin ∑ 2007-11-24 08:31:00
Yes, I can see these two adventurous hobbits wanting to see for
themselves. It was very sneaky of the elves, though, to make them
think that their journey had been a dream. Although maybe it was
important in the longer run for them to go into the quest unaware of
it. I'm glad they remembered it in the end though. I suspect they
needed to recall the wonder of their first time to help them deal with
the grief of this visit.

Title: Still Waters. ∑ Author: Ellie ∑ Times: First Age and Prior:
House of Fingolfin ∑ ID: 529
Reviewer: Bodkin ∑ 2007-11-24 08:38:54
Poor AnairŽ. When you first hear all the stories of battle and
derring-do that are associated with all the History of Middle Earth
adventures, they are stirring and brave and frequently bull-headed and
mistaken - but after a while you do start to think about those behind
the stories. Indis, left grieving for her husband and son and
grandchildren. Finarfin and Earwen - bereft of their children and most
of their close kin and enduring the anger and bitterness of the
Teleri. And how did those who dwelt in Aman deal with all the
after-effects of that? So many of the nameless mothers and sweethearts
- so many children could have been left fatherless. It could change
the whole way society worked - and that doesn't even touch on private
grief. And guilt.

And then being elves, there was no prospect of the sorrow ending. I
hope Nolofinwe got rehoused and sent back before too long.

Title: Longing ∑ Author: Larner ∑ Times: Fourth Age and Beyond ∑ ID: 468
Reviewer: Bodkin ∑ 2007-11-24 08:46:51
Poor Faramir. And Pippin. It tends to be the way with wanderers, that
they are left always hankering after what they don't have. And the
lembas and the closeness of the Fellowship must have made it far
worse. Pippin and Merry settled down and did their duty - and now they
are free to do as they choose. Except, of course, that they weren't
given the chance to sail. Shame, really.

Title: Foreign Ways ∑ Author: annmarwalk ∑ Genres: Humor: Gondor or
Rohan ∑ ID: 54
Reviewer: Bodkin ∑ 2007-11-24 08:50:24
Mag has such an open mind! And her enthusiasm must have done a lot to
reduce Eowyn's feelings of being a rather unsophisticated outsider. I
love the memory of Mag's first introduction to kumiss.

Title: Stirrings of Shadow ∑ Author: Fiondil ∑ Genres: Adventure:
Incomplete ∑ ID: 233
Reviewer: Bodkin ∑ 2007-11-24 08:57:23
I am enjoying the tale of Aragorn's adventures among the Rohirrim. And
the way the elves have turned up at critical moments. While I found
the penalty exacted on Aragorn for linguistic incompetence to be
highly entertaining and very apt!

Title: Drawing Straight With Crooked Lines ∑ Author: Fiondil ∑ Genres:
Drama ∑ ID: 76
Reviewer: Bodkin ∑ 2007-11-24 09:01:27
Well - if anyone could come to terms with the knowledge that he was
the sacrifice, it would be Boromir. I reckon he could cope with the
military necessity. And, having accepted the inevitable, the thought
of waiting for Aragorn would be a consolation.

Title: Journeys to Harad ∑ Author: Gwynnyd ∑ Races: Men: Other
Fixed-Length Ficlet ∑ ID: 502
Reviewer: Bodkin ∑ 2007-11-24 09:06:08
Ha! Travelling light takes on a whole new meaning when you're looking
at a king's progress. (I suspect the travelling bath might be the item
that causes Aragorn most shock.)

I sometimes wonder how he endured his change in circumstances. And how
many times he wished he could go back to the simpler ways.

Title: Jewels ∑ Author: Lindelea ∑ Races: Hobbits: Incomplete ∑ ID: 311
Reviewer: Bodkin ∑ 2007-11-24 09:10:04
I do enjoy reading about your version of the Shire - and your
characterisations of people both canon and other. (And, of course,
anything to do with my favourite - and excessively accident-prone -
hobbit.) And this is yet another highly enjoyable story - with its
obligatory dose of angst and its satisfactory resolution.

Title: When the King Comes Back (the Great Smials) ∑ Author:
Dreamflower ∑ Genres: Drama: The Shire ∑ ID: 262
Reviewer: Bodkin ∑ 2007-11-24 09:49:12
It must have been so hard - for Pippin, particularly - to go back to
the Shire and back to being sons and subordinates. Especially as
Paladin is remarkably reluctant to acknowledge what went on in the
world outside. I tend to feel that the Shire is a very parochial,
enclosed environment - and hobbits are rather reluctant to make a nod
to the outside world. Not that it's unusual to feel that local tremors
are rather more important than distant earthquakes. I'm glad Paladin
came round - and that Pippin was able to speak to him. Paladin and
Saradoc might well be able to relieve their sons of some of the pain
of their experiences. Shame Frodo doesn't have the same resources. He
needs someone to confide in! The King's heartfelt commendations of the
travellers was good to read. (And the stipends won't hurt the
travellers' positions, either!)

Title: Night of Love ∑ Author: Linda hoyland ∑ Genres: Romance: Gondor
∑ ID: 617
Reviewer: Bodkin ∑ 2007-11-24 09:56:47
The stuffy conventions of Gondor must have been so hard on both
Aragorn and Arwen. I imagine it must have taken some time for them to
hammer into the protocol-obsessed courtiers that the two of them would
lead their private lives in the way that suited them. Outside under
the stars - a much more fitting setting for the Evenstar and the Ranger.

Title: The Wink of an Eye ∑ Author: Linda hoyland ∑ Times: Mid Third
Age: 2851 - 3017 TA: Drabble ∑ ID: 664
Reviewer: Bodkin ∑ 2007-11-24 09:59:23
Wicked! In more ways than one. And, for Sauron, a remarkably subtle

Title: A Rohan Tapestry ∑ Author: shirebound ∑ Races: Hobbits:
Hurt/Comfort ∑ ID: 96
Reviewer: Bodkin ∑ 2007-11-24 10:12:04
It was good to see the last of these characters' time together - they
have become more than friends, really. A great extended family that
crosses age and species. Which means that parting is hard. Not,
perhaps, quite on the Arwen/Elrond level, but then they could all hope
to meet again in the not too distant future.

(I'm sure the ... nutritional information ... will be of great benefit
to the inhabitants of Edoras. And perhaps the hobbits have a duty to
visit regularly to ensure that their teaching is reinforced.)

So sad that their current adventure is ended, though - and that they
will never really be together again. Although there is hope. At the
moment, anyway.