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Msg# 9614

Re: 2008 MEFAs - Voting Closed Posted by nath kuijpers December 01, 2008 - 1:31:42 Topic ID# 9613
Marta,

As a 'mere' author and reviewer I'd like to echo your thanks to all the volunteers who have made the 2008 MEFA possible, and add you to the list of people who deserve our warm gratitude.

Thank you all for another great year!!


Nath




--- On Mon, 1/12/08, aure_enteluva <marta.fandom@gmail.com> wrote:

> From: aure_enteluva <marta.fandom@gmail.com>
> Subject: [MEFAwards] 2008 MEFAs - Voting Closed
> To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
> Date: Monday, 1 December, 2008, 5:25 AM
> Hey guys,
>
> As you may have noticed, voting for the 2008 MEFAs ended a
> few hours
> ago. The results were really quite astounding this year.
> Nearly 5,400
> reviews for 660 stories! I am always blown away by so many
> people,
> plugging away for so much of the year, often giving
> comments to
> authors they don't know outside the awards. Makes my
> heart go
> pitter-patter with fannish glee. :-)
>
> I have a few "tying notes," to borrow the name of
> a drabble from this
> year's competition. Topics that probably deserve a word
> or two.
>
> RESULTS
>
> The authors who placed or received an honorable mention
> have been
> informed of their results by private email to the address
> registered
> at our website. You may want to check your spam mail box;
> the emails
> should have come from mefasupportATgmailDOTcom.
>
> Full results will be posted here by mid-week. I'll also
> send out an
> announcement through the promoters to inform people at
> various groups.
>
> REVIEWS
>
> Annmarwalk will continue posting reviews here until
> Wednesday, to
> space out the many reviews submitted near the end of the
> awards. Do
> read them if you're interested, because it's always
> fun to see what
> other people thought of a story.
>
> You can also view all of the available banners at our
> website,
> www.mefawards.net/MEFA2008/. Just log in and click
> "Reviews" at the
> top of the site.
>
> BANNERS
>
> We would like to give winning authors a banner of their
> choice. You
> can find the banner selections at three places.
>
> 1. http://mefawards.net/fanart/categories.php?cat_id=799
> 2. http://s47.photobucket.com/albums/f163/Elena_Tiriel/
> All banners at these two sites are available to you.
> 3. http://mefawards.net/fanart/categories.php?cat_id=801
> This is the banners for nominated authors. The following
> banners can
> be converted into banners for winning authors: 19; 72-86,
> 88-96, 104-111.
>
> Once you find a banner you'd like to use, please email
> mefa.banners@gmail.com with which one you prefer and it
> will be
> customized with the place and category that you won. The
> finished
> product will then be emailed to you.
>
> SUGGESTIONS FOR 2009
>
> Every year at the end of the awards we have held what's
> known as a
> post-mortem, where participants can make suggestions and
> debate
> subbestions made by other people. We're going to handle
> that a tad
> differently this year, since the awards have grown larger
> and also
> because of some non-fannish commitments of mine (and other
> key
> volunteers). We will be accepting your suggestions, though,
> have no fear.
>
> Once we finish up the 2008 awards and get the results
> announced, I'll
> discuss this in more detail. In the mean time, you can
> start thinking
> about if there are any areas of the awards that you think
> could be
> improved.
>
> THANKS
>
> Finally, I want to thank everyone who has participated so
> fully in
> these awards. Authors, thank you for sharing your work with
> us.
> Reviewers, I really appreciate your investment of times.
> Volunteers
> deserve a special gratitude; many deserve quite more than
> that, but
> unfortunately my gratitude is all I have to give.
>
> In particular, thank you to:
>
> --- Tanaqui and Aranel, for managing the technical end of
> our website.
> --- Elliska, for approving and processing new members.
> --- Radbooks and Inkling, for their invaluable advice and
> help on
> special projects as they came up
>
> --- Annmarwalk for posting the reviews at the MEFAwards
> Yahoo group
> and mefas LJ - EVERY DAY;
> --- Elea24 and PipMer, for forwarding on author responses
> to their
> reviewers
>
> --- Fiondil and Beruthiel's Cat, who managed the banner
> team, including
> ------- The banner creators: Baranduin; Cactuskim; Elea24;
> Elena
> Tiriel; Marta; nau_tika; and viv
> ------- The banner customizers: Cactuskim, Elea24, Elena
> Tiriel;
> mistry89; nancylea; Nath; Nieriel Raina; and viv
>
> These are just the people who have volunteered extensively
> since
> categorization. For a full list of all the volunteers,
> please see
> http://mefawards.net/MEFA2008/index.php?page=FAQvolunteers
>
> *Thank you.*
>
> Marta
> (MEFA Admin.)

Msg# 9615

Re: 2008 MEFAs - Voting Closed Posted by Bonnie L. Sherrell December 01, 2008 - 2:05:19 Topic ID# 9613
I'm grateful to all who took part, also--authors, nominators, reviewers,
volunteers--this has been a work of love! Thanks to all.
Bonnie L. Sherrell
Teacher at Large

"Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends." LOTR

"Don't go where I can't follow."

Msg# 9616

Additional MEFA banners available Posted by Elena Tiriel December 01, 2008 - 2:19:51 Topic ID# 9616
Hi everyone,

Now that we've caught our collective breaths after MEFA reviewing and
learned the results (that was fast! thank you!), I'd like to announce that I
made some unofficial banners this year that were too late to submit to the
MEFA site.

Actually, I made a LOT of unofficial MEFA banners. ;-)

I checked with Marta, and there was no objection to offering these banners
to you directly, outside the standard MEFA process.

You can find them at <photobucket.com/elenatiriel>, then click on
MEFA_2008_Banners under "Albums" on the left. If you are interested in
specific settings, characters, events, or text ("Nominee", "Commended
Reviewer", "Review Junkie", or "Winner" - which I am willing to customize
for you) you can click on the appropriate "Tag" at the left.

Hint: If you'd like to quickly see one example of each design/size
combination, I recommend clicking on the "Winner" tag, since the "Winner"
versions of the official banners that I did submit to the MEFA site can only
be found there, so it's the only complete set (158 of them!).

You are welcome to download and use any of these banners that you like. If
you would like one of the Winner banners customized for your story, I ask
that you email me directly at this address, rather than going through the
standard MEFA banner address, so that the other MEFA banner customizers are
not bothered. (But, if you do accidentally send it to the MEFA address,
don't worry -- I am also a MEFA banner customizer, so will try to intercept
it there.)

If you would like one of these photobucket banners customized, please send
an email to elenatiriel [at] gmail [dot] com, with the banner title (click
on the banner to get the full title), the size you prefer ("square" [LJ
icon], "rectangle", or "all sizes"), and the MEFA id number and name of the
story you'd like it customized for, so I can be sure to get the correct
place and category names, and your author name if it's not clear from your
email address. For example:


Narsil Reforged, all sizes, story #208, Renewal, by Elena Tiriel
Corsair Ships, square, story #465, Last Stroke
Houses of Healing, rectangle, story #209, Men of the Twilight


I will do my best to send them back as quickly as I can, within two days if
at all possible. If you have a special request, such as customizing a banner
for a prior year, or sending the banners to a different email address, let
me know and I'll do what I can to accommodate it.

Following is a list of the unofficial MEFA banners you can find at my
photobucket site... enjoy!

- Barbara

*Title* * *
*Description* *3 Elven Rings* - Narya, Nenya, and Vilya *3 Rings for Elves
* - Galadriel, Cirdan, and Gil-galad receive the three Elven rings of power
*7 Rings for Dwarves* - Seven Dwarf-lords receive rings of power *9 Rings
for Men* - Nine Kings of Men, later to become the Nazgul, receive rings of
power *Alqualonde* - The Kinslaying at Alqualonde, from artwork by Ted
Nasmith *Andunie* - The harbor of Andunie with Elven ships arriving from
Aman, from artwork by Ted Nasmith *Aragorn & the Dead* - Aragorn summoning
the denizens in the Paths of the Dead *Arwen* - Arwen closeup *Aule*
- Portrait
of Aule, from artwork by Ted Nasmith *Balrog* - The Balrog of Moria *Bilbo
Finds the One Ring* - Bilbo stumbles upon the One Ring under the Misty
Mountains *Book of Mazarbul* - Gandalf reading from the Book of Mazarbul in
Moria *Boromir in Death* - Boromir's body, floating in an Elven-boat on the
Anduin *Captain Faramir* - Faramir defending Osgiliath *Celeborn* - Celeborn
in Lorien *Corsair Ships* - Ships of the Corsairs of Umbar, sailing up the
Anduin *Cuivienen* - Elves on the shores of Cuivienen, from artwork by Ted
Nasmith *Denethor* - Denethor II, Steward of Gondor *Earendil's Ship* - The
ship of Earendil the Mariner, from artwork by Ted Nasmith *Elf of Mirkwood* -
An anonymous Elf from Mirkwood *Elrond at the Last Alliance* - Elrond with
Elven troops at the Last Alliance *Elves Going West* - Elves journeying
towards the Grey Havens, to leave Middle-earth *Eowyn* - Eowyn closeup *Fall
of Gondolin* - Elves escaping from the fall of Gondolin, from artwork by Ted
Nasmith *Faramir* - Faramir at Henneth-Annun *Fell Beast* - The Witch-king
leaving Minas Morgul in style *Fellowship Climbing* - The Fellowship,
climbing in the Misty Mountains *Fellowship Leaving* - The fellowship
departing from Rivendell *Finrod* - Finrod Felagund's first meeting with
the Men of Beor, from artwork by Ted Nasmith *Forge at Rivendell* - Elven
smiths reforging Narsil in Rivendell *Frodo & the One Ring* - Frodo with
the Ring Verse reflected on his face, and the One Ring in the
background *Frodo
at Parth Galen* - Frodo about to leave Parth Galen at the Breaking of the
Fellowship *Galadriel & the Mirror* - Galadriel in Lorien, readying her
Mirror for use *Gil-galad* - Gil-galad and Elrond with Elven troops at the
Last Alliance *Gimli* - Gimli closeup *Gollum & the One Ring* - Gollum
celebrating with the One Ring in the Sammath Naur *Gollum
Underground* - Gollum
under the Misty Mountains *Helcaraxe* - Fingolfin leading his people across
the Helcaraxë, from artwork by Ted Nasmith *Herald of Gil-galad* - Elrond
commanding Elven troops at the Last Alliance *Houses of Healing* - Eowyn
and Faramir in the Houses of Healing *Huan and Carcharoth* - Huan attacking
Carcharoth after the wolf mortally wounded Beren, from artwork by Ted
Nasmith *Hurin and Morgoth* - Hurin being punished by Morgoth in
Thangorodrim, from artwork by Ted Nasmith *Isildur* - Isildur holding the
One Ring in the Sammath Naur *Legolas* - Legolas in Rivendell *Losgar* - The
ships of the Exiles burning at Losgar, from artwork by Ted Nasmith *Luthien
& Beren Disguised* - Luthien and Beren disguised as Thuringwethil and
Carcharoth, from artwork by Ted Nasmith *Maedhros' Rescue* - Maedhros being
rescued by Fingon from Thangorodrim, from artwork by Ted Nasmith *Maglor &
the Silmaril* - Maglor casting the Silmaril into the Sea, from artwork by
Ted Nasmith *Manwe's Eagles* - Manwe's Eagles flying over Numenor, from
artwork by Ted Nasmith *Mumak* - A mumak in the Battle of the
Pelennor *Mumakil
Charge* - Haradrim charging on their mumakil in the Battle of the Pelennor
*Narsil Reforged* - Anduril, after being reforged from Narsil by Elven
smiths *One Ring* - The One Ring on Sauron's finger *Orc of Moria* - An
Orc from Moria *Ranger Faramir* - Faramir in Ithilien *Red Eye* - The eye
of Sauron *Rohir* - A Rohir at the Battle of the Pelennor *Sack of
Nargothrond* - The sack of Nargothrond, with Glaurung, Turin, and Finduilas,
from artwork by Ted Nasmith *Sam* - Sam with Bill the Pony *Saruman*
- Saruman
in Isengard, with Gwaihir approaching *Sauron* - Sauron at the Last
Alliance on the slopes of Mount Doom *Sauron Forging the One Ring* - Sauron
forging the One Ring in the Sammath Naur, from artwork by Ted Nasmith *Scroll
of Isildur* - Gandalf reading the Scroll of Isildur in Minas Tirith *Shelob
& Frodo* - Shelob stalking Frodo in Cirith Ungol *Ships of the Faithful* - The
ships of Elendil and the Faithful leaving Numenor at its downfall, from
artwork by Ted Nasmith *Strider* - Strider looking thoughtful, Rivendell in
the background *Taniquetil* - Taniquetil at the First Rising of the Sun,
from artwork by Ted Nasmith *Tar-Miriel* - Tar-Miriel being overtaken by
the wave at the Downfall of Numenor, from artwork by Ted Nasmith *Teleri
Swanships* - Teleri ships being drawn to Aman by swans, from artwork by Ted
Nasmith *Theoden* - Theoden at the Battle of the Pelennor
*Thorondor* - Thorondor
and his Eagles carrying Beren and Luthien to safety, from artwork by Ted
Nasmith *Troll of Mordor* - A troll at the Battle of the Morannon *Trolls
in Minas Tirith* - Trolls entering the gate of Minas Tirith *Tuor* - Tuor
by the Sea bowing to Ulmo, from artwork by Ted Nasmith *Ulmo* - Ulmo
appearing out of the Sea, from artwork by Ted Nasmith *Witch-king on the
Pelennor* - The Witch-king at the Battle of the Pelennor *Witch-king
Revealed* - The Witch-king as he appears to Frodo on Amon Sul while wearing
the One Ring


[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

Msg# 9617

Re: 2008 MEFAs - Voting Closed Posted by Elena Tiriel December 01, 2008 - 2:23:12 Topic ID# 9613
I echo Nath's and Bonnie's thanks to all the people who made the MEFAs
possible, both volunteers and participants... and add my surprise, pleasure,
and gratitude that the results are already available! That was awesome!

Best regards,
- Barbara

On Sun, Nov 30, 2008 at 11:31 PM, nath kuijpers <nath_kuijpers@yahoo.com>wrote:

> Marta,
>
> As a 'mere' author and reviewer I'd like to echo your thanks to all the
> volunteers who have made the 2008 MEFA possible, and add you to the list of
> people who deserve our warm gratitude.
>
> Thank you all for another great year!!
>
> Nath
>
> --- On Mon, 1/12/08, aure_enteluva <marta.fandom@gmail.com<marta.fandom%40gmail.com>>
> wrote:
>
> > From: aure_enteluva <marta.fandom@gmail.com <marta.fandom%40gmail.com>>
> > Subject: [MEFAwards] 2008 MEFAs - Voting Closed
> > To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com <MEFAwards%40yahoogroups.com>
> > Date: Monday, 1 December, 2008, 5:25 AM
>
> > Hey guys,
> >
> > As you may have noticed, voting for the 2008 MEFAs ended a
> > few hours
> > ago. The results were really quite astounding this year.
> > Nearly 5,400
> > reviews for 660 stories! I am always blown away by so many
> > people,
> > plugging away for so much of the year, often giving
> > comments to
> > authors they don't know outside the awards. Makes my
> > heart go
> > pitter-patter with fannish glee. :-)
> >
> > I have a few "tying notes," to borrow the name of
> > a drabble from this
> > year's competition. Topics that probably deserve a word
> > or two.
> >
> > RESULTS
> >
> > The authors who placed or received an honorable mention
> > have been
> > informed of their results by private email to the address
> > registered
> > at our website. You may want to check your spam mail box;
> > the emails
> > should have come from mefasupportATgmailDOTcom.
> >
> > Full results will be posted here by mid-week. I'll also
> > send out an
> > announcement through the promoters to inform people at
> > various groups.
> >
> > REVIEWS
> >
> > Annmarwalk will continue posting reviews here until
> > Wednesday, to
> > space out the many reviews submitted near the end of the
> > awards. Do
> > read them if you're interested, because it's always
> > fun to see what
> > other people thought of a story.
> >
> > You can also view all of the available banners at our
> > website,
> > www.mefawards.net/MEFA2008/. Just log in and click
> > "Reviews" at the
> > top of the site.
> >
> > BANNERS
> >
> > We would like to give winning authors a banner of their
> > choice. You
> > can find the banner selections at three places.
> >
> > 1. http://mefawards.net/fanart/categories.php?cat_id=799
> > 2. http://s47.photobucket.com/albums/f163/Elena_Tiriel/
> > All banners at these two sites are available to you.
> > 3. http://mefawards.net/fanart/categories.php?cat_id=801
> > This is the banners for nominated authors. The following
> > banners can
> > be converted into banners for winning authors: 19; 72-86,
> > 88-96, 104-111.
> >
> > Once you find a banner you'd like to use, please email
> > mefa.banners@gmail.com <mefa.banners%40gmail.com> with which one you
> prefer and it
> > will be
> > customized with the place and category that you won. The
> > finished
> > product will then be emailed to you.
> >
> > SUGGESTIONS FOR 2009
> >
> > Every year at the end of the awards we have held what's
> > known as a
> > post-mortem, where participants can make suggestions and
> > debate
> > subbestions made by other people. We're going to handle
> > that a tad
> > differently this year, since the awards have grown larger
> > and also
> > because of some non-fannish commitments of mine (and other
> > key
> > volunteers). We will be accepting your suggestions, though,
> > have no fear.
> >
> > Once we finish up the 2008 awards and get the results
> > announced, I'll
> > discuss this in more detail. In the mean time, you can
> > start thinking
> > about if there are any areas of the awards that you think
> > could be
> > improved.
> >
> > THANKS
> >
> > Finally, I want to thank everyone who has participated so
> > fully in
> > these awards. Authors, thank you for sharing your work with
> > us.
> > Reviewers, I really appreciate your investment of times.
> > Volunteers
> > deserve a special gratitude; many deserve quite more than
> > that, but
> > unfortunately my gratitude is all I have to give.
> >
> > In particular, thank you to:
> >
> > --- Tanaqui and Aranel, for managing the technical end of
> > our website.
> > --- Elliska, for approving and processing new members.
> > --- Radbooks and Inkling, for their invaluable advice and
> > help on
> > special projects as they came up
> >
> > --- Annmarwalk for posting the reviews at the MEFAwards
> > Yahoo group
> > and mefas LJ - EVERY DAY;
> > --- Elea24 and PipMer, for forwarding on author responses
> > to their
> > reviewers
> >
> > --- Fiondil and Beruthiel's Cat, who managed the banner
> > team, including
> > ------- The banner creators: Baranduin; Cactuskim; Elea24;
> > Elena
> > Tiriel; Marta; nau_tika; and viv
> > ------- The banner customizers: Cactuskim, Elea24, Elena
> > Tiriel;
> > mistry89; nancylea; Nath; Nieriel Raina; and viv
> >
> > These are just the people who have volunteered extensively
> > since
> > categorization. For a full list of all the volunteers,
> > please see
> > http://mefawards.net/MEFA2008/index.php?page=FAQvolunteers
> >
> > *Thank you.*
> >
> > Marta
> > (MEFA Admin.)
>
>
>


[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

Msg# 9618

MEFA Reviews for Monday, December 1, 2008 (Morning Set, Part One) Posted by annmarwalk December 01, 2008 - 3:56:12 Topic ID# 9618
Title: Murder The Dawn · Author: crowdaughter · Genres: Alternate
Universe: Incomplete · ID: 383
Reviewer: Ignoble Bard · 2008-11-30 18:11:36 Score: 5
As heartrending as is [Mael-Gul] Crowdaughter's other dark AU, this
story is, perhaps, even more emotional. Legolas is the victim of a
spell, one of almost unimaginable cruelty and must fight the evil the
only way left to him. Crowdaughter creates a dark vision that, though
AU, feels authentic and utterly believeable. It's a shame she is
unable to update more often as her stories are always riveting,
keeping us all on pins and needles as we anticipate and wonder how the
events will eventually play out. I look forward to the completion of
her two epic WIP's.

Title: Moon of the Sea · Author: pandemonium_213 · Times: Second and
Early Third Age · ID: 213
Reviewer: Oshun · 2008-11-30 18:13:44 Score: 8
Eeks! I am so running out of time. I unfortunately am totally unable
to give this story the review that it deserves. You will get the
curtailed version simply because it would be conscienable for me to
let it pass without saying anything. I like the setting and
circumstances. It is very atomspheric and has a nearly Arcadian
feeling for me. While her youth in some ways is written as almost
idyllic, there are the undercurrents of the darkness of end-game
Numenor that appropriately chill the reader. I also like the
risk-taking of the writer in relationship to issues of sexuality and
mores. I must admit I get a much better sense of the woman in the
author's current WIP novel where she figures as one of the prominent
characters.

I really like the interaction between her and her future husband and
afer they have gotten together. I would highly recommend the story and
do feel ashamed of myself for not writing a better and more coherent
review here. Forntuately, others have done better, so interested
readers are also encouraged to read the other reviews on this story
posted here.

Title: The Shadow · Author: Linda Hoyland · Genres: Drama: Ring War
Drabbles · ID: 25
Reviewer: Elena Tiriel · 2008-11-30 18:15:41 Score: 2
Spoilers!
Would Frodo have had the strength to throw the Ring into the Cracks of
Doom? Apparently not, so Gollum did him a service, yet his fate was so
different.

A haunting thought!

Title: No Regrets · Author: Linda Hoyland · Times: Fourth Age and
Beyond: Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 490
Reviewer: Elena Tiriel · 2008-11-30 18:19:44 Score: 3
Spoilers!
I actually think Faramir got the better end of the deal... he did not
end up being Ruling Steward, but he got power and responsibility --
just not ultimate responsibility for an entire kingdom.

Title: Alqualondë · Author: Moreth · Genres: Drama: General
Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 220
Reviewer: Rhapsody · 2008-11-30 18:26:08 Score: 6
Spoilers!
[Alqualondë] is Moreth's début in our fandom and wow! As gruesome as
it might sound, it is a fabulous take on the first kinslaying and it
is hard to tell which character of a race dies and which ones will
live long enough to kill. And in the chaos portrayed, does it matter?
In fact it doesn't, Moreth captures the first experiences of death,
the killing and fighting in a double blow by writing from two
different perspectives. It reads so intimate, as if you are being
invited to catch such a glimpse of reasoning of both. Moreth portray
the grim realities of our lives where people die and people fight for
a cause they deem necessary, but what gives me the chills the most is
in how it is made sound so easy once we set aside our humanity.
Fabulous work Moreth!

Title: By Ship or Grave · Author: Larner · Genres: Poetry: Hobbits ·
ID: 618
Reviewer: Elena Tiriel · 2008-11-30 18:27:59 Score: 1
What a lovely, lyrical poem! So much packed into relatively few words.
Well done!

Title: Nerdanel's Sons · Author: Istarnie · Races: Elves: Incomplete ·
ID: 659
Reviewer: Rhapsody · 2008-11-30 18:38:02 Score: 10
Spoilers!
In a nutshell, this novel is written from Nerdanel's perspective after
many ages has past; she takes her time to record these memories of her
sons. At first she wants to capture their early years, the births and
conception, but oh so slowly Istarnie delves deeper into the conflicts
and lies that caused such a rift between the Noldor. This I find so
cleverly done, especially during the last chapter (for now!) where
Celegorm does what he must: reminding those thugs of what true honour
is about (okay, I am a bit prejudiced when it comes down to that elf).
But as I (re-)read along, I was yet reminded about how close my views
on that family compared to the author, be it a bit differently here
and there. Istarnie's knowledge of Nerdanel is so broad and I love her
author notes just as much as these wonderful chapters where she
balances the internal voice, narrative with archaic dialogue with so
much grace. I find this novel movingly written with all the feelings
and worries that mother's do have and the parting with every son is
just special. I can slowly understand how Nerdanel feels torn asunder
even more after every parting with one of her sons. This is a
brilliantly written novel in a unique voice and style, and I look
forward to the day Istarnie can work on it again.

Title: The Tower Hills · Author: DrummerWench · Genres: Drama: Final
Partings · ID: 608
Reviewer: Gandalfs apprentice · 2008-11-30 18:38:32 Score: 8
This lovely little gapfiller has a unique charm, and rings so true to
Tolkien that it could simply be added to its place in the chapter "The
Grey Havens." But it is not, however, imitative. DrummerWench's voice
carries through in each word: a gentle, flowing rhythm that enchants
like the sea itself.

I especially love the poem at the beginning, so full of the regret and
sea-longing of the Elves of Middle-earth. Too often in fanfic this is
given a whiny tone, but DrummerWench avoids that altogether, and
captures the otherworldly beauty of Tolkien songs like, for example,
the Lay of Nimrodel. It is quite an achievement.

Then we've got Sam. DrummerWench writes Sam better than any, capturing
his "man in the street" quality without turning him into a buffoon.
There is a bittersweet melancholy to the interchanges between him and
Frodo, knowing, as we do, that Frodo is soon to depart.

I always had trouble believing the Tale of the Years in the
appendices, that Sam really did follow Frodo over sea after Rosie's
death. This tale makes it much more real to me.

Title: Messengers from the West · Author: Jay of Lasgalen · Genres:
Drama: Gondor Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 98
Reviewer: Elena Tiriel · 2008-11-30 18:42:32 Score: 2
Spoilers!
What a lovely surprise for Thorongil on his birthday!

Well, *I'd* certainly welcome a visit from those two.... ;-)

Well done!

Title: A Large Bold Hand · Author: Jay of Lasgalen · Races:
Cross-Cultural: Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 10
Reviewer: Elena Tiriel · 2008-11-30 18:43:17 Score: 1
Spoilers!
I like this speculation about how Ori learned to write in Elvish....

Title: Miquan Melave · Author: Marta · Genres: Romance · ID: 319
Reviewer: Gandalfs apprentice · 2008-11-30 18:45:58 Score: 3
This story, with its combination of realistic, well-told love between
two men, and enchanting fairy tale of Mithrellas, is a triumph. The
added memories of Finduilas deepen the impact of Boromir's thoughts
altogether.

Title: Discretion · Author: Dawn Felagund · Times: First Age and
Prior: House of Finwe · ID: 254
Reviewer: Rhapsody · 2008-11-30 18:46:27 Score: 10
Spoilers!
Oh [Discretion] makes me want to read Dawn's AMC again, but for now
this short work has to suffice. That Caranthir disliked Finarfin's
children a lot is well-known, but this short work explores one of the
reasons how this might have only fuelled that hatred. Unwillingly
Caranthir is the witness of a short rendezvous between Maedhros and
Finrod, and I just feel for him as he sits there, really not wanting
to be there at that moment. Caranthir has a great self-knowledge and
even though Maedhros confides to him in what he does diplomatically,
you can also see the anguish of both brothers wanting to be loved by
the other and yet they just don't seem to reach out. When the word
discretion is uttered both speak about different things, and Maedhros
plays it thusly that Caranthir will not speak of it. Yet what remains
and what makes Caranthir loathe Finrod so much is the seemingly
emptiness behind their actions and motivations, this dark elf is more
an elf of action, direct in his approach. But oh for the love of his
father and house he keeps his silence with great effort, even towards
his uncle who probably now has his own views of what is going on. What
a tangled mess and a great character sketch of Caranthir in this
gapfiller. Well done Dawn!

Title: For What I Wait · Author: Dawn Felagund · Genres: Alternate
Universe: Angst/Tragedy · ID: 125
Reviewer: Elleth · 2008-11-30 18:52:54 Score: 7
Spoilers!
Even after reading [For What I Wait] numerous times, I am still
uncertain about this story. Beyond the plot and symbolism that are
decipered easily enough, and fit as snugly in all of Dawn's stories -
not just as baubles but as vital contributions to a whole - there is a
lingering sense of -- something behind the words.
This is, to be certain, very emotive writing with a bitter edge as
Feanor considers his quest, his children, his life, and in this AU
scenario experiences the death of his last remaining son. Dawn
Felagund without a doubt is one of the finest Silmfic authors, and
this is no exception to her great work. That 'something behind the
words' seems deliberately mysterious, as does the placement of the
story in time: Deliberately hinted at, but never fully explained. It
does much for the atmosphere here, and coupled with the chilling cold,
not only regarding the surroundings described in the story but also
with plot-events, this becomes an outstanding piece of work and is a
very deserved nomination indeed.

Title: Here's To The King! · Author: Jael · Genres: Humor: Elven Lands
· ID: 204
Reviewer: Elena Tiriel · 2008-11-30 18:55:56 Score: 2
*Snerk*

I'd review this, but I've been up all night, and can't stop laughing
myself silly......

Title: Wind and Fire · Author: elfscribe · Times: First Age and Prior
· ID: 539
Reviewer: Ignoble Bard · 2008-11-30 19:04:34 Score: 6
I thoroughly enjoyed this depiction of Manwe and Feanor, a pairing I
never would have thought could work, but which Elfscribe has brought
off so perfectly here. I like her description of Feanor [A restless
brilliance married to great passion] and she does an excellent job of
showing us both. One imagines such restlessness would be also a part
of the make up of a Lord of Winds and, indeed, it seems that Manwe,
once awakened to the possibilities, finds in Feanor a match of his own
restlessness and passions. Feanor's creation of the Silmarils in
response to his desire for Manwe and thereby his desire to create
jewels of great beauty as a tribute to the Vala he so idolized is
deftly done. As is their conversation about the how and why of
Silmaril's creation. In a story so rich in detail and character, the
beautifully written erotica is the icing on the cake.

Title: Elflings · Author: Jael · Races: Elves: Family · ID: 348
Reviewer: Elena Tiriel · 2008-11-30 19:04:55 Score: 1
*rolling on the floor, laughing out loud*

Title: Homecoming · Author: Isabeau of Greenlea · Genres: Alternate
Universe: Other Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 706
Reviewer: Elena Tiriel · 2008-11-30 19:14:31 Score: 4
Spoilers!
Reading this vignette always leaves tears in my eyes. Happy tears! The
way you write it, I can feel at the gut level just how shocked, and
then relieved, Boromir is to realize that he can pursue his
relationshiop with Andrahar now.

And how wonderful for Andrahar! Have I mentioned once or twice just
how much I love your Andrahar?

Beautiful AU to your universe.... Well done!

Title: The Edge of the Knife · Author: Dwimordene · Genres: Alternate
Universe: Other Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 274
Reviewer: Elleth · 2008-11-30 19:14:56 Score: 6
Spoilers!
There are few stories about Numenor, and fewer who show such intricate
twists on the source material. These eight drabbles about Isildur's
different fates do much to define the narrow path that eventually
brought him to his end in the Gladden Fields while at the same time
show what might have been if he had strayed, just a little, in either
direction. The threads of mortality and Sauron's power run through
this like leitmotifs, and even though each has a different end they
all seem entirely plausible.
Personally, I very much enjoyed [Hin Húrin], not merely for the
Silmarillion references, but also for the ingenious idea that one of
the great stories of the First Age may repeat, if in lessened and
modified form, like the other one (of Beren and Luthien) was repeated
in Arwen and Aragorn.

Title: Journeys of Vása · Author: Dawn Felagund · Races: Elves:
Incomplete · ID: 140
Reviewer: Rhapsody · 2008-11-30 19:16:35 Score: 10
Spoilers!
This is an elegant set of vignettes of which I find it very hard to
choose my favourite. I love that it's written from so many different
perspectives and handles such different themes with the sun being
central. I love Tilion's vignette: his pain and self-loathing is so
well pictured even though Arien herself sought this out, his guilt is
so immensely palpable. I so feel for him as he sits there all
powerless. I have grown quite fond of Dawn's stories featuring this
Maiar. But then there is also Mahtan, one of the most underappreciated
characters in the Silm imho, who reflects and gives us insight in the
vessel which will carry Arien once she will become the Sun. I find
that vignette most enchanting because it gives you such a marvellous
visual as all the Aulendili work on this. Just the thought that those
who stayed behind would craft such a fine thing is most definitely
heartening, especially since the rebellion tore apart so many houses,
Mahtan surely understands that pain all to well. Then there is
Fingolfin who quite economically relates the crossing of that grinding
ice leaving the young scribe in awe regarding the practically it as
been approached and is told to him. But can you really blame
Fingolfin, even though he is not the High King yet, you can just see
he is born to lead (sorry Fëanor). I personally would recommend this
story since it feels like a journey through [the Silmarillion] where
Dawn shows us sides of the story or aspect one would not think about
that soon with Vása being a constant. Wonderfully done Dawn, I hope
you will continue with it soon!

Title: Consolation · Author: Isabeau of Greenlea · Races: Men:
Steward's Family · ID: 341
Reviewer: Elena Tiriel · 2008-11-30 19:21:18 Score: 4
Spoilers!
I love how Boromir takes care of his injured brother in the only way
he knows how: sending for the Ithilien Rangers to keep him company.
Because, of course, Faramir being Faramir, he would otherwise just
brood at all the men he lost... and refuse to take poppy to reduce the
pain of his injury, so it would be available for the other injured men.

A nice way to solve the problem of why those particular Rangers were
with Faramir on the Pelennor. And a nice glimpse of Boromir, too.

Well done!

Title: Trinity · Author: pandemonium_213 · Times: Modern Times · ID: 51
Reviewer: crowdaughter · 2008-11-30 19:25:32 Score: 3
Spoilers!
This is a haunting piece - Oppenheimer meeting Feanor and Sauron to
reflect about the impact of their creations. An very interesting idea,
and a very unique view at the inventions of both, and what they
brought about. And embedded in all of it the question what, if
anything, science owes to morale. A very intriguing piece. Thank you
for writing and sharing!

Title: Moon of the Sea · Author: pandemonium_213 · Times: Second and
Early Third Age · ID: 213
Reviewer: Rhapsody · 2008-11-30 19:28:02 Score: 10
I really have no idea where to start to describe this wonderful
collection of drabbles/ficlets, aye even vignettes regarding Elendil's
wife. Sure, she might have the feel of an original character, but she
did exist. Pandemonium created such a rich background of her: ranging
from a young girl raised by a holy tradition, but perhaps even more
secret (and yet not) than those of the Faithful. More ancient at the
very least and to me it fits quite snugly in the professor's
mythology. Ah yes, maybe I am a heretic at heart. That is just not
only it; the writer does such a fabulous job at portraying their
intimate relationship and deep love! Sensual, warming and oh so
believable, tangible as you read it and it feels so close to the
cycles of nature which this character just emanates. He completes her,
making her whole in a way. The writer touches upon canon especially
that of Erendis is so well done in this series. Canon characters come
and go, some are being born into the story, and others star just so
shortly, but leave a huge impression on her and the reader.

And that is honestly what it does to you as a reader, Pandemonium's
language is rich, detailed and subtle as she plays in Tolkien's
sandbox while she weaves such a stunning portrait of Elendil's wife
whom I've grown to love so much.


Title: Broken Star · Author: pandemonium_213 · Races: Villains:
Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 54
Reviewer: crowdaughter · 2008-11-30 19:31:19 Score: 3
Spoilers!
Chilling! A terrifying gapfiller, with a intense glimpse at
Celebrimbor's last moments. And from a very unique perspective as
well. I like the warring feelings in the narrator. Very well done!

Title: Parth Galen · Author: Isabeau of Greenlea · Genres: Alternate
Universe: Steward's Family · ID: 705
Reviewer: Elena Tiriel · 2008-11-30 19:31:22 Score: 4
Spoilers!
This is the kind of hopeful Alternate Universe that I enjoy reading
once in a while. What I like best about this one is how Boromir
remembers things that Imrahil and Andrahar said in other stories, and
takes them to heart at the critical moment. It is telling that the one
thing that he absolutely refuses to do, is anything that would make
Andrahar ashamed of him. That is the kind of love that makes you better.

Well done!

Title: Dragons In The Trollshaws · Author: Bodkin · Genres: Adventure
· ID: 170
Reviewer: Keiliss · 2008-11-30 19:32:44 Score: 10
Spoilers!
Right, where to start? This was an immensely satisfying story on
several levels. I loved the interaction between the twins, so many
little throw away comments that were exactly right for siblings, and
their personal honestly with one another. Really loved the thought of
them hearing the story of the little dragon who grew up to be (no
doubt) the Best Friend of some young elf – put me in mind of telling
bedtime stories to my own young ones back when they were very young.

The difficulties of coming to term with their mother's departure and
how being at home made things harder was handled really well and
resonated for me. When Elrohir declared enough was enough I felt like
cheering. Pain, sorrow, guilt at what happened to their mother was
expected and acceptable, but this never gets maudlin, these two are
intelligent, well-raised and really feel like the sons of Elrond,
grandsons of the lord and lady of the Golden Wood, not the brattish
misfits too many writers resort to portraying. Then of course there
was the friendship between Elrond and Glorfindel, which is something I
always love reading about. And on top of it all, there were dragons!!

The dragon fight was one of the best things I've read in a while,
really well done, and the whole atmosphere was compelling and alive –
I felt like I could see and hear them. Felt the quiet into which the
smaller dragon crept after the fight was over, shared the twins'
revulsion as it started to feed…. Loved the hunt, was fascinated by
the idea of using `dragon spare parts' to forge appropriate weapons,
that was a really brilliant touch. The entire action thread of the
story in fact had me enthralled and really believing right from the
start. And [`I think that should do,' he said with satisfaction.] fits
perfectly into my personal picture of Glorfindel. Loved Elrond telling
him off, and giggled to discover what had happened to his hair. I also
really enjoyed his relationship with the twins.

Really great story!

Msg# 9619

MEFA Reviews for Monday, December 1, 2008 (Morning Set, Part Two) Posted by annmarwalk December 01, 2008 - 4:02:45 Topic ID# 9619
Title: Battle upon the Quays · Author: Imhiriel · Races: Men: General
Drabbles · ID: 376
Reviewer: Elena Tiriel · 2008-11-30 19:35:24 Score: 2
Spoilers!
Oh, how shocked the captain must have been to be beaten in his own
home territory!

Well done!

Title: O Kheled-zâram fair and wonderful! · Author: Imhiriel · Races:
Dwarves: Drabbles · ID: 354
Reviewer: Elena Tiriel · 2008-11-30 19:36:59 Score: 1
How romantic!

Title: Eagle of the Star · Author: alex_quine · Genres: Drama:
Featuring Aragorn · ID: 152
Reviewer: foxrafer (csevans8) · 2008-11-30 19:37:05 Score: 7
Spoilers!
This is such an incredibly beautiful piece. The tone and language are
perfect. The opening scene gives a great introduction to Thorongil and
Aragorn's role during this time in his life. I particularly love and
appreciate this depiction of Denethor. It is a welcome change to the
many characterizations where he is practically demonized. This
Denethor not only is a sympathetic and likable character, he is also
portrayed with great depth and care.

I really enjoy how after reading this it puts Denethor and Aragorn's
future relationship into a very interesting light, if we assume that
Denethor knows they are the same person. I'm not sure whether I think
Ecthelion knows who Thorongil is or not, but I kind of like that at
least for me it's a bit ambiguous. At the end I decided he doesn't,
but there's something in how he watches them leave that makes we wonder.

A very powerful and thought-provoking story.

Title: Farewell · Author: agape4gondor · Genres: Drama: Final Partings
· ID: 127
Reviewer: Linaewen · 2008-11-30 19:38:12 Score: 10
I truly cannot describe how deeply this story touches me. I am amazed
at the insight the author Agape4gondor brings to the relationship
between the brothers Boromir and Faramir. Many tales have been written
about the parting between them, as Boromir sets out upon the quest
that was the end result of the dream Faramir and he shared. But this
particular tale of that parting ranks among the best of them! It is
poignant as a farewell between brothers should be, but it is also
stirring to the heart as Boromir speaks strongly of his intentions and
his purpose. I am very much impressed with Boromir here, for he is set
in his heart and his mind for the journey, and yet he can also still
look ahead to what his brother will be facing with Boromir gone. Even
as Boromir gives his brother counsel on how to face that which lies
ahead, he also prevents him from speaking those words that will lessen
his resolve in going, and also undermine Faramir's own confidence in
himself.

I love so much their last night together, and Boromir's tender parting
from Faramir. It is sad in a way, because one feels that Boromir
already has a sense of what is to come, and yet it is ultimately
loving and comforting – everything a farewell should be among kin who
know not when they will see one another again.

I weep every time I read this tale, because it is that beautiful!

Title: Forsaken · Author: Imhiriel · Races: Elves: Drabbles · ID: 369
Reviewer: Elena Tiriel · 2008-11-30 19:39:37 Score: 1
How heart-breaking!

Title: Maglor's Harp · Author: Ford of Bruinen · Genres: Horror · ID: 660
Reviewer: Rhapsody · 2008-11-30 19:40:01 Score: 10
Spoilers!
The horror genre is quite a complex one, and a writer does not only
have to resort to events or objects beyond the character's control to
create such an effect. Uli writes a Maglor that in his own reasoning
commits a horrible crime in our eyes, but to him it seems like the
most normal thing to do at that moment. The musician needs an
instrument so for that he just pushes the boundaries as to how far he
can go a bit further every time taking the reader with him. The author
captures the madness and deepest horror of the human mind so immensely
well, a part of this genre I don't see often explored in this fandom.
Personally I like the build up in this story, the tension is so
palpable here that you in a way want to avert your eyes and yet you
simply cannot. The suspension and subtlety is so well done with not
too many details, the suggestion merely is enough to make your skin
crawl. To me it is so well written that over the years his mind also
forgot other things, not only the songs he once sang, the instruments
he played, but also his morality, respect and his own human limits.
One can only imagine how his public will react to his performance,
especially since they might be overwrought (or not) of the girl
missing and there he just sits to entertain. Masterfully written Uli!

Title: Moved to Pity · Author: Imhiriel · Genres: Drama: General
Drabbles · ID: 366
Reviewer: Elleth · 2008-11-30 19:43:12 Score: 4
Spoilers!
Simple but beautiful, this drabble deals with the aftermath of
Luthien's choice and aptly depicts what Tolkien had in mind when he
said that the Fate of Men would in time become a cause for envy even
among the Firstborn and the Valar. Whether or not they understand it,
they cannot help being affected by it (especially in the
far-from-ordinary case of Luthien), even though in the end all serves
the will of the One. That and much more is wonderfully conveyed in
these hundred words.

Title: Silenced · Author: Illwynd · Genres: Horror · ID: 31
Reviewer: Elena Tiriel · 2008-11-30 19:47:35 Score: 1
Spoilers!
Oh, my! This is indeed creepy!

Well done!

Title: Flame of Life · Author: Imhiriel · Times: Multi-Age:
Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 114
Reviewer: Elleth · 2008-11-30 19:47:46 Score: 3
Poetic, touching and insightful, this double-drable records the
thoughts of the Flame Imperishable. It is a real asset to
Tolkien-fanfiction as a whole; while still completely immersed in
Tolkien's world, this is almost meta-fanfiction in a way, touching as
it does on all creation.

Title: The Sky Is Over · Author: Robinka · Races: Elves: Drabbles · ID: 83
Reviewer: Elleth · 2008-11-30 19:59:05 Score: 4
Spoilers!
Sad, poignant and brimming with symbolism from the first to last line,
this drabble sheds light on one of the sorrows of the Noldor in Exile:
Those left behind, and what consequences may arise from it. Finrod is
a good exemplary choice knowing that he had no wife and considered
himself free to participate in Beren's quest for the Silmaril, but
that does not make their prior separation any less painful, as is
easily shown here. Magnificent writing and a strong voice make me want
to read more by this author.

Title: Aftermaths and Consequences · Author: Gwynnyd · Times: Fourth
Age and Beyond · ID: 268
Reviewer: Elena Tiriel · 2008-11-30 20:01:50 Score: 2
Spoilers!
Not very romantic, but at least practical.... and much better than
starving.

Nicely done!

Title: Night Terrors · Author: Gwynnyd · Genres: Drama: Gondor
Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 433
Reviewer: Elena Tiriel · 2008-11-30 20:07:13 Score: 2
Spoilers!
It's so hard to stop being responsible for the whole world, especially
when you see how vulnerable is your first child.

Faramir at his fatherly best.

Well done!

Title: Kementari · Author: Marta · Times: First Age and Prior · ID: 99
Reviewer: Dwimordene · 2008-11-30 20:08:55 Score: 5
Spoilers!
Kementari's perspective is not often used. Marta takes it up to good
effect here, revealing the bitterness of loss that plays naturally
into resentment over the way in which Yavanna' creations seemed doomed
to be forgotten or taken for granted. The Aftercomers will more easily
overlook her as well, than they will overlook other Valar.

If your greatest creations must be destroyed, one would wish at least
that everyone would remember them, or take all the more care of your
lesser creations, but that is not how the world goes.

Well done, Marta!

Title: Letters From Faramir · Author: agape4gondor · Genres: Drama:
Featuring Boromir or Faramir · ID: 425
Reviewer: Linaewen · 2008-11-30 20:14:18 Score: 10
Spoilers!
These letters from Faramir, written to his brother, Boromir, while he
is away on his journey, are simply precious! What an extraordinary
look into Faramir's heart they give us. The letters also provide the
reader with much insight into what is going on in Gondor and
especially in Minas Tirith, as well, as war prepares, and as the
people wait for Boromir's return – hopefully with an army at his back!

I love how the series of missives begins with a letter from Boromir.
The reader learns much about Boromir's heart, as well, and even senses
some of his misgivings as to what is to come. This letter sets off a
series of replies from his loving brother, Faramir – replies that may
never reach Boromir, but still they are important and vital for
Faramir to write.

I always feel that being able to express his love and concern and his
sorrow at Boromir's absence in this way must have been very helpful to
Faramir, even therapeutic. Even though his brother Boromir is not
present with him, he is still able to tell him the things that are on
his heart and on his mind. Perhaps Faramir is able to express himself
even more clearly than he might have been able to if Boromir had
actually still been present with him! There is just something about
writing a letter to a dear loved one that allows one to open the heart
to him and to pour out one's soul in an uninhibited manner.

I really appreciate the way these letters follow the chronology of the
tale, so that we know what is happening in Gondor, as well as within
Faramir's heart and mind. This gives a sense of reality and urgency to
the series of letters.

I have always loved this tale, and for me, these letters from Faramir
are an indispensable part of my routine of reading Tolkien's history!

Title: Too Many Rangers · Author: Larner · Races: Hobbits · ID: 116
Reviewer: Elleth · 2008-11-30 20:14:57 Score: 4
Hilarious and clever conclusions drawn from the many stages it took
Tolkien to bring his magnum opus to its final form. The confusing
encounters in Bree had me laugh out loud more than once (to the point
that Laurelin the cat became so thoroughly annoyed she left the room),
and whatever that says about my laughter, it also says a lot about the
quality of this great piece of writing.

Title: In Passing · Author: Altariel · Races: Men · ID: 104
Reviewer: dkpalaska · 2008-11-30 20:15:42 Score: 10
Spoilers!
I think one reason (among many, many others) that I enjoy Altariel's
Faramir stories so much is that the author's writing is as subtle and
understated, and yet as deep, as the Steward and Prince himself. They
compliment each other perfectly, and this is a sublime example.

It is a rare thing we're shown, adult Faramir losing – Beren is as
surprised as the rest of us! (["The Queen," he explained, "has the
advantage of experience."] *snort!*) How he draws Beren into enjoying
his company highlights that his keen observational and interpersonal
skills have not suffered from the passage of time any more than his
dry humor has.

The many historical allusions that accompany the naming of the pieces
are wonderful, just wonderful. Even here, Faramir tucks in quiet
lessons that may resonate later – and do, as we see from Beren's
drawing. Such a beautiful reference to Faramir's White Lady, whom he
will see soon; not too bad a trade, for not living to see the Tower of
the Moon restored. (And that image – through Beren's drawing – was
indeed glorious.)

The interactions between Faramir and his great-grandson are a treasure
for the reader as much as for Faramir, and I love the thought that the
next owner of the chess set has been chosen. Quiet, thoughtful, sad
and hopeful all at once, this is a lovely addition to any
Faramir-lover's fanfic favorites.

Title: Reparation · Author: Isabeau of Greenlea · Races: Men · ID: 296
Reviewer: dkpalaska · 2008-11-30 20:16:23 Score: 10
It is always a pleasure to sink back into Isabeau's small corner of
Tolkien fanfic, and that is doubly true when her incredibly real and
finely-crafted OCs are front and center in the story. I admit,
["Reparation"] smoothed out some definite rough spots for me from
["Dol Amroth Yule"], where Andrahar often seemed out of sync with what
I had come to expect from him; there were several dramatic failings
from a character I frankly admire for his unbending sense of honor.

As always, part of the joy in reading this is simply due to gaining
another outside view of Hethlin. (And what a view it is! Hah!) But the
rather disparaging recounting of the new esquire's personal traits is
followed quickly by a reminder that Andrahar has not lost his sense of
duty: that he places such a high bar on his expectations for himself
as Hethlin's trainer is heartbreaking, given the caprices of
battle-luck that he has no control over.

Brand's involvement in Andrahar's realization of what he needed to do
to right those wrongs is just... inspired. The interaction between
these two as Andra reaches his internal moment of truth is uplifting
and feels completely, totally right, particularly given Boromir's
relationship to both of them. As always, the connections to other
stories are subtly and seamlessly part of the narrative, adding a
delicious richness to the whole.

Title: Portrait of a Queen · Author: Aruthir · Races: Men · ID: 338
Reviewer: dkpalaska · 2008-11-30 20:17:45 Score: 8
The story of Aldarion and Erendis has enough bad blood and angst from
both sides to make a prize-winning soap opera. The product of this
unhappy marriage is Ancalime, who goes on from the poor example of her
parents to garner a very unhappy marriage for herself. And three
generations later, her great-granddaughter begins "seeing" her...

This is a fascinating and well-conceived look into the first two
Ruling Queens. The writing is engaging and brief; the story is amply
told by what we are given, but the layered hints that Aruthir slips in
had me scrambling for my copy of UT in order to fully appreciate them.
I thought the author was exceedingly inspired to see the potential
connections between these two individuals, but the similarities in
thoughts and attitudes are striking and believable.

Having it told in short snippets highlights the important aspects and
delivers an immense emotional punch, as well as leaving plenty of
questions about the intersections of fate and free will. Was this a
meeting of kindred spirits? What would Telperien have become without
the visits? Excellent!

Title: Old Man Willow · Author: Nath · Races: Other Beings · ID: 314
Reviewer: Linaewen · 2008-11-30 20:20:58 Score: 4
This is one of the most chilling tales I have ever read! Once read,
one cannot stop thinking about the possibilities! Even so, I must
admit I have read this story more than once, because I think it is
simply excellent.

The frightening thing about this story is that it is so very
plausible! The possibility that is suggested at the end is definitely
a logical conclusion, but it is so very chilling to contemplate. After
reading this story, I can never view Old Man Willow in the same way again!

Title: Flickers · Author: Meril · Times: Multi-Age: Fixed-Length
Ficlets · ID: 390
Reviewer: Dwimordene · 2008-11-30 20:27:25 Score: 5
Spoilers!
Meril writes with precision and poetry, as always. These drabbles and
half drabbles manage to reflect, in bits and pieces like an
appropriately broken mirror, the history of Feänor and Nerdanel, and
members of their family. [Gathering I] and [Gathering II] were of
interest to me insofar as they are parallel in length and form - the
shortest lines delineate the moment of their greatest distance from
each other, and as the drabbles in between spin out in lengthier
chunks, it's as if they're trying to bridge that gap and fill it.

I especially loved the way [Distinction] and [Strength to Save]
followed on each other and finish in [Reality], suggesting both a
certain triumph of fellowship, and also the irreducible ambiguity of
Feänor and Nerdanel.

Title: The Waker · Author: Nancy Brooke · Races: Villains:
Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 287
Reviewer: Alassante · 2008-11-30 20:27:31 Score: 4
There is a reason why Nancy is known as the drabble queen on Open
Scrolls. She can pack more story and imagery into so few words than
most people can in a full chapter. This story was no different. I
loved the way she gave a voice to a creature who had no language.
Nancy also managed to give it characterization as well. Very original;
I would not have even thought twice about this character. This is a
simply delightful drabble.

Title: Renewal · Author: Elena Tiriel · Times: Late Third Age: General
Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 208
Reviewer: Linda Hoyland · 2008-11-30 20:27:34 Score: 2
Spoilers!
I loved this account of the renewing of Narsil and turning the sword
into Anduril. Phoenix like,the great sword arises again from flame and
ash.

Title: The Wrong Path · Author: Erviniae · Genres: Drama: Incomplete ·
ID: 538
Reviewer: Keiliss · 2008-11-30 20:29:12 Score: 4
Spoilers!
I have dipped into this story on livejournal, although I don't think
I've left much feedback - my bad, yes. I thought it was
well-conceived, and the intolerance of Turgon's Gondolin definitely
resonates for me. I suspect this story isn't typical MEFA fare, but
that's a shame because I've found it a plot-solid and at times thought
provoking read with characters whose fates and happiness I grew to
care very much about..

Title: Unwilling · Author: Elena Tiriel · Races: Elves: Drabbles · ID: 64
Reviewer: Linda Hoyland · 2008-11-30 20:31:00 Score: 2
Spoilers!
I loved this poignant account of the fading of the Elves from
M-E,especially the tear drop on the ancient tree.

Title: Tree of Knowledge · Author: Nancy Brooke · Times: Late Third
Age: Gondor Drabbles · ID: 172
Reviewer: Dwimordene · 2008-11-30 20:31:54 Score: 5
Spoilers!
Nancy bills this as [critically bookverse], which is an interesting
description. It's a lovely drabble, brilliantly worded to draw out the
danger into which Boromir rides, and which Denethor foresees. Why not
tell his son?

I get the sense that the drabble draws out Denethor's pride: this
almost sounds like a test that Denethor has been quietly training his
sons to withstand, terrified that the day might come when they'll fail it.

Precisely what failure would mean is not entirely clear: if Boromir
falls... to death? To love? To corruption? Any or all are possible.

Denethor gets a drabble as ambivalent and ambiguous as he deserves, in
my opinion. Well done!

Msg# 9620

MEFA Reviews for Monday, December 1, 2008 (Morning Set, Part Three) Posted by annmarwalk December 01, 2008 - 4:03:56 Topic ID# 9620
Title: The Waker · Author: Nancy Brooke · Races: Villains:
Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 287
Reviewer: Dwimordene · 2008-11-30 20:34:46 Score: 4
Spoilers!
Fantastic evocation of a world without words - a non-world, in a way.
The taking back of words that goes on in the drabble works well to
accomplish the impossible description of a purely wordless 'subject',
without name or names. And what a terrific ending - the lure of desire
that becomes a wanting for a name, so that what awakens can be called
by name, can be a 'who' - can be loved, in a sense.

Great job, Nancy!

Title: Dawn Twilight · Author: viv · Times: Modern Times · ID: 182
Reviewer: Alassante · 2008-11-30 20:37:18 Score: 10
Spoilers!
I am not normally a modern day fiction loving person and in fact
probably would not have even started reading this except for the
writer being Viv. Knowing how much I like her writing style, I gave
this one a chance a few years ago and once I read it I was hooked. Viv
has included aspects of both Lord of the Rings and the Silmarillion in
this story. She continued to surprise me with the way she snuck canon
in, with such ease. I can honestly say this is one of the stories I
would recommend most and I was so sad when it came to an end!

Her characterizations of well known characters were quite different,
showing that over time the characters have grown and changed over the
ages. Legolas seems less innocent and trusting, you could sense he was
tired of living on Earth and wished to sail. Her original character,
Moira, was three dimensional and likable without the touch of being
Mary Sue. Like alot of Viv's writing, she had witty dialog throughout
the story. I loved the dwarves and cried when one died. I almost fell
out in the floor in the last two chapters when Viv started wrapping
things up because it was totally unexpected who these guys were! I
spent the whole story trying to guess who Greg was and didn't come
close. And then the final chapter blew me away.

Title: One Summer Day · Author: annmarwalk · Genres: Humor: Gondor ·
ID: 535
Reviewer: Keiliss · 2008-11-30 20:39:45 Score: 3
Lovely summery feeling to all four of these ficlets, and I loved
Boromir's musings on the creation of the garden in which he was now
working, and the air of disbelief this evidence of careful thought
provoked. Specially loved the atmosphere of the last one, though it
left me a little sad.

Title: No Regrets · Author: Linda Hoyland · Times: Fourth Age and
Beyond: Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 490
Reviewer: Alassante · 2008-11-30 20:40:39 Score: 3
Linda's style of writing impresses me. She portrays Faramir and
Aragorn in very classic style in this piece and I really like the
thought of Faramir being happy with Eowyn and having no regrets. It
goes to show that he was nothing like his father.

Title: This crown of stars · Author: Fawsley · Races: Men: General
Drabbles · ID: 586
Reviewer: Elena Tiriel · 2008-11-30 20:41:53 Score: 3
Spoilers!
Ah, Aragorn's thoughts on this cold, lonely, starry night (one of many
he's spent in the wild) probably can't help but be a bit melancholy.
Nice repetition of the powerful line about the corona of stars.

Well done!

Title: Some Seasons · Author: sophinisba solis · Races: Hobbits:
Post-Ring War · ID: 199
Reviewer: Dwimordene · 2008-11-30 20:42:08 Score: 3
Sweet, poignant and humane. Sophinisba solis finds a unique way of
bringing loss of appetite in as a bond between two characters. It's a
homey ficlet, but which brings a part of the wide and dangerous world
of the Quest back into Bag End's kitchen, in a way that respects both
places and spaces.

Very well done!

Title: Home is where the heart is · Author: Linda Hoyland · Genres:
Romance: Drabbles · ID: 505
Reviewer: Alassante · 2008-11-30 20:44:06 Score: 3
I love to read about Arwen and Aragorn when they finally are able to
be together. The imagery in the beginning of this drabble was
wonderful. I could almost see the dancers and flowers. Linda took a
simple moment and wrote about it beautifully.

Title: Heavens' Embroidered Cloths · Author: Tanaqui · Genres: Drama:
Gondor Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 292
Reviewer: Linda Hoyland · 2008-11-30 20:47:02 Score: 3
Spoilers!
A delightful series of drabbles in which Eowyn shows herself more
thoughtful than many writers imagine her in reviving old Mettare
traditions that Faramir's mother kept. i also enjoyed the stories
behind the constellations.We need some of our own as well as the Greek
ones we grow up with.A lovely seasonal read.

Title: House of Ransom · Author: Robinka · Races: Elves: Drabbles ·
ID: 657
Reviewer: Linda Hoyland · 2008-11-30 20:49:45 Score: 2
Spoilers!
A moving drabble in which Beleg sets out to rescue his friend.The
story of Beleg and Turin is both heart-rending and uplifting.We could
all do with a friend like Beleg!

Title: Healing · Author: Bodkin · Races: Elves · ID: 419
Reviewer: agape4gondor · 2008-11-30 20:51:35 Score: 4
Spoilers!
This is a gloriously sad look at the reunion between Galadriel and
Celeborn. I had not thought too much of the time that Celeborn spent
without his spouse in Arda - not till I started writing a little thing
myself - but this is truly well-written and well thought out.

Not only do we see Celeborn - but we see Thranduil, Glorfindel and the
Twins.... nothing more spectacular than these Elves - and nothing
sadder than the leave-taking of these glorious creatures.

Well written.

Title: Care to Ride My Hot-Rod Fell Beast? · Author: viv · Genres:
Humor: Other Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 180
Reviewer: Raksha the Demon · 2008-11-30 20:59:13 Score: 3
Spoilers!
Caution - do not read this while eating or drinking - hilarity could
cause choking or keyboard damage!

Seriously, the Witch-King as a hard-boiled macho guy looking for some
action from tough babes? Well, it works here.

Highly recommended as a quick humor fix to just about anything.

Title: Lingering Shadow · Author: Shireling · Genres: Drama: Featuring
Boromir or Faramir · ID: 412
Reviewer: Linda Hoyland · 2008-11-30 20:59:31 Score: 3
Spoilers!
This was a very exciting story.I liked Faramir's compassion and
Aragorn's wisdom.I felt very sorry for Anborn left a broken man after
the war,though I could not condone his revenge and am glad he died
peacefully. I loved the way Faramir's friends all supported him

Title: Merry on the Pelennor Fields · Author: Primsong · Genres:
Poetry: Drama · ID: 720
Reviewer: agape4gondor · 2008-11-30 20:59:51 Score: 4
Spoilers!
I think this is one of the author's best ever. Merry definitely
suffered on the Pelennor - and not just from the touch of the Nazgul....

That he should have to look upon those he loves as they suffer their
ending....

As for Theoden King - I was always amazed by the fact that Merry took
such a strong liking, nay - love - to the King of the Mark. It is
beautifully rendered here.... his love.

Very nicely written!

Title: Forsaken · Author: Imhiriel · Races: Elves: Drabbles · ID: 369
Reviewer: Linda Hoyland · 2008-11-30 21:02:45 Score: 2
Spoilers!
This drabble vividly conveys the sorrows of Finrod's life from the
peace of the Halls of Mandos

Title: A Great Cause for Concern · Author: Alassante · Races:
Cross-Cultural: Post-Ring War · ID: 682
Reviewer: Keiliss · 2008-11-30 21:04:06 Score: 4
Spoilers!
Aw, I really liked this. Aulë has always been a bit of a favourite of
mine, and I can well imagine he would want a chance to get to know
more about the doings of his children over the sea. I loved the fact
that Galadriel came forward to speak for Gimli, which is exactly what
I would have expected of her. Poor Legolas though -I had to smile at
his reaction to being seen as the troublemaker.

Title: Midnight · Author: EdorasLass · Genres: Romance · ID: 18
Reviewer: agape4gondor · 2008-11-30 21:07:26 Score: 3
Spoilers!
There is something intrinsically gorgeous and spine-tingling about
Boromir and Theodred as partners. This glorious moment captures the
love beautifully. It always makes me a little sad - when the telling
is this perfect - that I have not felt such love. Grateful that these
two had some time together before the end.

Nicely written..... *heavy sigh*

Title: Bombur's Diet · Author: Primsong · Races: Dwarves · ID: 677
Reviewer: agape4gondor · 2008-11-30 21:10:48 Score: 4
Spoilers!
What a delightful tale. One of the greatest gifts given to Primsong is
the ability to write 'voices' so well. The Dwarves are truly Dwarves:
there is no doubt. Bilbo is truly Bilbo.

What they put poor old Bombur through would cause anyone to shiver,
but, in the end, friendship wins out and Bombur is saved.

A delightful telling of another moment in the life of Bilbo.
Congratulations to Primsong for another worthy 'chapter' of this
magnificent Hobbit's life!

Title: Nightfall · Author: Jael · Times: Second and Early Third Age ·
ID: 87
Reviewer: Dwimordene · 2008-11-30 21:16:12 Score: 10
Spoilers!
I'm not much into the politics of Elves or elven immortality and all
its fabled pains and joys, but Jael does a beautiful job of painting
the heartbreak and the agony of war. In that, she excavates the human
and humane that struggles to hold forth when every circumstance seems
against it, and she does it with a certain black humor, irony, and
grace that comes and goes as needed, to highlight the horror and the
hard-won distance from it that Thranduil and Galion manage to maintain.

These are characters who, with one exception (sort of), are given so
little time by Tolkien that they are essentially forms awaiting
content, and Jael makes Mirkwood's king and his valet all her own,
injects powerful, believable, poignant personality into them and
brings to life a whole world around them. One doesn't need the
background of other stories to grasp the essential points. It may seem
a minor point, but I'm especially impressed with her use of Sindarin.
So often, using elven language in a story can backfire, as it breaks
in like a foreign, forced element. Jael avoids that, manages to make
the occasional interjected Sindarin word seem perfectly natural, and
yet readers recognize that these are not quite the same as the words
we are accustomed to - they're just different enough to suggest a
cultural distance that is played out in the vicious, brutal politics
as seen through Thranduil's eyes. And yet the words draw the reader
into a world, rather than reminding us that this is fiction and that
we're outside the story looking into an artifact.

Highly recommended to any lover of Middle-earth - thank you, Jael, for
a beautiful story.

Title: Elrond's Farewell · Author: Armariel · Genres: Poetry · ID: 269
Reviewer: Elleth · 2008-11-30 21:21:28 Score: 4
My grasp of poetry is not that great, but I enjoyed this very much.
The imagery is consistent and fitting (e.g. equalling Arwen with stars
and the allusions to planets and the unierse is very much remindful of
her name 'Undomiel - Evenstar), and Elronds sorrow at the
inevitability of their separation and her daughter's ultimate fate
becomes palbable. Well done.

Title: The King's Surgeon · Author: SurgicalSteel · Genres: Longer
Works · ID: 90
Reviewer: agape4gondor · 2008-11-30 21:22:47 Score: 5
As one begins to read this tale, one rejoices in the strength of the
main character. From the beginnings of a pain-filled life, to service
to Gondor, service to Bree, and then full circle back to Gondor... It
is a lovely story indeed.

The main character fights all kinds of foes, least of not loss of
friends and family, but also a few encounters with the Steward of
Gondor, stupidity and apathy. Her family grows and becomes a part of
this tale - but in the end, it is the surgeon who makes this tale so
wondrous.

Well written story and a great character who becomes a friend in a
very short time!

Title: The Making of Werewolves · Author: Ignoble Bard · Races:
Villains · ID: 42
Reviewer: Rhapsody · 2008-11-30 21:22:49 Score: 5
Spoilers!
This just reads as a tale on might tell children around a campfire. As
short as it might be, it has an epic feel to me with a fierce pacing
that leaves just nothing to your imagination. The answer on how Sauron
went about creating them can be found here, true to his master with
brutal force and cunning insight. At one sight one might perceive
those werewolves as cutesy puppies, but a moment later they might just
bite your heads off. This story feels like a gapfiller of his own
kind, taken from the works of the professor himself. Wonderfully done!

Title: Silenced · Author: Illwynd · Genres: Horror · ID: 31
Reviewer: Dwimordene · 2008-11-30 21:23:30 Score: 6
Spoilers!
A well-wrought AU should leave you thinking about the chances that
Tolkien wrote into the story, whether consciously or not, and out of
which a different story can spring.

Illwynd's short ficlet does just that. I liked the fact that at first,
I wasn't sure where I was in time - the marvelous opening line,
describing the presence of the Ring in Boromir's thought could put us
anywhere. It could put us any time and place between the Council of
Elrond and Parth Galen. When it becomes apparent finally that this is
more than mere temptation, but possession, the story shifts and opens
onto a vision of Minas Tirith subdued to Boromir badly deluded.

The last few lines let the horror come in, as we are reminded that
delusion is only a stage that leads to extinction.

Well done!

Title: Eight Weeks · Author: Dwimordene · Genres: Humor: Other
Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 273
Reviewer: Elena Tiriel · 2008-11-30 21:27:05 Score: 2
Spoilers!
LOL! Boromir didn't know it, but he didn't have a chance with those
two colluding against him!

Well done!

Title: Orc Dreams · Author: Tanaqui · Races: Villains: Fixed-Length
Ficlets · ID: 448
Reviewer: Dwimordene · 2008-11-30 21:28:38 Score: 3
Spoilers!
Great use of the stars of Middle-earth! I love seeing the other side
of the Sickle (well, from a safely unorcish distance, of course) and
of the Swordsman, whose orcish name, [Old Red-Eye], seems just right.



Title: Nine Companions · Author: Aranel Took · Genres: Humor: Drabbles
· ID: 259
Reviewer: Dwimordene · 2008-11-30 21:35:30 Score: 3
Spoilers!
Oh my! The King of Gondor, former Ranger extraordinare, gets a rather
fitting hand. Don't tell me - the man with too many names ended up
winning by running a double bluff or something?

Short and sweet!

Msg# 9621

MEFA Reviews for Monday, December 1, 2008 (Morning Set, Part Four) Posted by annmarwalk December 01, 2008 - 4:05:21 Topic ID# 9621
Title: And Then There Was Cake, or Begetting Day Horrors · Author:
Klose · Races: Elves: Family · ID: 540
Reviewer: Rhapsody · 2008-11-30 21:35:52 Score: 4
Oh my goodness, poor Maedhros and to be born in such a family. I can
see him explaining to an outsider why he would seek out utter
loneliness after experiencing this year after year, being piled on out
of affection by his brothers. I loved the humorous descriptions of his
family members and who would have thought that the often portrayed as
being taciturn Turgon would do such a thing. This is a wonderfully
written ficlet, good for a dozen volleys of laughter.

Title: The Consuming Darkness · Author: Isil Elensar · Genres: Drama ·
ID: 467
Reviewer: Antane · 2008-11-30 21:35:57 Score: 2
Spoilers!
A tragic tale of loss that could fit any age, any mother, any one who
had to part with those beloved. Powerfully written esp. the parting
itself. Thank God for the Faithful!



Title: Call of the Wild · Author: annmarwalk · Genres: Romance:
Drabbles · ID: 94
Reviewer: Dwimordene · 2008-11-30 21:38:22 Score: 3
Spoilers!
Thengel is a character who deserves more fic than he gets, and it's
nice to see him through the eyes of the woman who will be his wife.
Morwen knows what she wants and apparently isn't afraid to plan on
getting him!

Title: Destiny · Author: Cinzia · Races: Men · ID: 592
Reviewer: agape4gondor · 2008-11-30 21:38:27 Score: 3
Spoilers!
I've never read this author before, but most must definitely find more
of these works.

What a glorious moment - and I love the foreshadowing - I really hope
there is a sequel written to this somewhere.

The clandestine moment and the peaking.... my goodness.

Very well written - I can't wait to find more!

Title: The Stolen Child · Author: SurgicalSteel · Races: Men · ID: 197
Reviewer: Cuthalion · 2008-11-30 21:40:10 Score: 9
Spoilers!
The author - skilled and very "at home" in both Tolkien's universe and
her own - tackles one of the most sensitive and difficult issues a
married couple would have to deal with - the untimely loss of an
unborn child. I have seen tales like these - in original and in
fanfiction - where this idea goes terribly wrong, and where the result
is unbearably cheesy. sentimental and - what is worse - unbelievable.

But in this case the whole thing rings heartbreakingly true - no
dramatic scenes, no endless wailing or silly dialogues where every
word is too much to describe such a terrible grief. Surgicalsteel uses
the skill of her writing with great care and caution here... and what
we get so see, is the silent sorrow of two people who dearly love each
other and must now learn to bear the sudden void in their life. They
also have to learn how to grieve together... and this has nothing to
do with fiction, it is the simple truth. This is one of the reasons
why hundreds of readers love those two so much. This is what a true
marriage should be, and Halbarad and Serinde have become the role
model for many, many people... even (sometimes) for me. *smiles*

Title: Concerning Walls · Author: Larner · Races: Cross-Cultural:
Frodo and Faramir · ID: 112
Reviewer: Antane · 2008-11-30 21:41:16 Score: 4
Spoilers!
Frodo is sadly right that his efforts and terrible sacrifices would
not be understood or appreciated by those in his beloved Shire, but
still they were by many who knew the truth and it is right for him to
think it was all worth it if those he loves are kept innocent because
of what he did. But the poor dear, to think he was worthless now, not
wanting to 'inflict' himself on someone. I would hug him if I thought
he would accept it.

Title: A Moment Away · Author: Elen Kortirion · Races: Men: General
Drabbles · ID: 474
Reviewer: Dwimordene · 2008-11-30 21:41:35 Score: 3
Spoilers!
I've never seen this possibility explored - how fortunate for Eowyn,
that she has such a strong grandmother there to catch her and stop the
fall that nearly killed Faramir. Morwen's otherworldly, yet utterly
homey, final line rounds out the drabble perfectly.

Title: Journey's End · Author: Ignoble Bard · Times: Fourth Age and
Beyond: Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 234
Reviewer: Dwimordene · 2008-11-30 21:43:22 Score: 3
Spoilers!
I like the otherworldly perspective - I can see Arwen below in my
mind's eye, and I love the way Aragorn's memory soaks the distance
between them until she can join him and they can cut the tie to
Middle-earth together.

Title: Risk Assessment · Author: pandemonium_213 · Races: Elves · ID: 665
Reviewer: Rhapsody · 2008-11-30 21:43:36 Score: 5
This fabulous cast of original characters is so well written as
Pandemonium explores the making of Lembas which can be approached from
both the mystic and scientific angle. I cannot help to feel a bit
sorry for Midhel since she already feels a bit of an outsider, to be
drawn in a discussion so 'technically'. But ah well, once the
scientist are on a roll.... she takes it all very graciously, knowing
that soon she will be initiated and serve amongst those who carry on a
long lasting tradition (of which I hope the author will one day
write!). I love the dialogue and the explorations in this piece which
brings out the tensions amongst the several groups living in Eregion
as well.

Title: FAULT: The Doctor Is In · Author: Fiondil · Genres: Humor:
Valar & Maiar · ID: 545
Reviewer: Keiliss · 2008-11-30 21:44:52 Score: 6
Spoilers!
The warmth of morning – read

Okay, I was giggling almost from the beginning, and I started laughing
out loud at ["Go ahead. Make our millennium."] and haven't stopped
yet. This is an absolute gem! Typical sibling interchange, felt a bit
sorry for Maedhros really, not his fault he doesn't have a right hand
any more, and oh, the poor twins. Not nice to be accused of destroying
the physical side of your parents' marriage. Not nice to even be
reminded that there WAS a physical side to your parents' marriage. I
suspect the dear doctor knows he's onto a good thing here. Why would
he want to move along to wherever it is he's meant to be going? And
the new subject for analysis that he's just chanced upon could keep
him busy for centuries.

And, having watched all sorts of strange attempts to clarify who's who
to readers who may not be familiar with the Quenya forms of first age
names, I had to laugh some more at the use of both.


Title: Expert Treasure Hunter · Author: Tanaqui · Races: Villains:
Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 447
Reviewer: Dwimordene · 2008-11-30 21:47:24 Score: 4
Spoilers!
Great insight into a dragon's mind and taste - literally! Smaug the
treasure-gourmand works out just beautifully. He knows his valuable
goods, and savors each one with a well-attuned sensibility.

This Smaug I could see turning up his nose over more 'rustic' fare -
leaving it be not out of any mercy or satiation, but because not every
hoard is up to his exacting standards of taste.

Title: Shadow King · Author: Claudia · Genres: Alternate Universe:
Angst/Tragedy · ID: 227
Reviewer: Elleth · 2008-11-30 21:48:24 Score: 10
Spoilers!
Chilling to the bone, Claudia retells the crowning of the King of
Gondor as it might have been, had things gone otherwise during the
quest. She skillfully narrates the story from the viewpoint of Frodo,
and while it might have been easy to neglect a buildup of atmosphere
and suspense in telling the story from a character's PoV, she does so
masterfully. The prospect here, of Aragorn claiming the One Ring, is
as black as the sky above Minas Tirith, and the images she draws up
are more terrifying than the journey of Frodo and Sam through Mordor:
Aragorn fallen from grace, but retaining enough of his power and
nobility to heal willingly, promise and bring peace (a version of it),
and establish himself as King - and punish cruelly for any diverging
thought or attempt to regain the Ring. At all times the reader can
trace the Aragorn they know and love from the books or the movies, and
in the story finds all of his admirable qualities, but shaken and
twisted by Sauron's Ring.

The Hobbit's voice also rings (please pardon the pun) true, and shows
a hint of that apparently unconquerable optimism that in the source
material drove him to complete the quest: If they all must fall, then
at least Rivendell will fall last and Bilbo may be spared - for a while.

It is easy to believe, like it has been said in the story, that this
is really the end of the world- the only hope, perhaps, the return of
Gandalf. I would very much like to see a continuiation of this, that
could perhaps turn it to a good end still. But even so, I recommend
this story highly if you like darkfic. Well done.

Title: Loss · Author: SurgicalSteel · Genres: Drama: Hurt/Comfort ·
ID: 196
Reviewer: Cuthalion · 2008-11-30 21:51:53 Score: 7
Spoilers!
It is both strange and fascinating to read the same tale in both
timelines; for Surgicalsteel (who stays scrupulously true to canon in
the oríginal version of "The KIng's Surgeon") wrote another one where
(as she told her greedy readers) "almost everyone should get a happy
ending".

But even if she skillfully steers around some canon deaths, she
doesn't avoid all of them... and so Serinde's and Halbarad's third
child is born too early in the "Happy Timeline", too. The grief is as
great as it is in "The Stolen Child",but at least Serinde doesn't have
to cope with two dire losses at the same time. I generally don't like
"Happy AU's" (not even my own), but this one is the great ecxeption.
Readers with a heart for strong and believable OFC's (and who are able
to value exact medical descriptions instead of the usual foggy
pseudo-treatment you get to see in many fanfics) should by all means
try BOTH time lines.

Title: Wedding Nerves · Author: Jay of Lasgalen · Times: Late Third
Age: Gondor · ID: 48
Reviewer: agape4gondor · 2008-11-30 21:54:57 Score: 4
Spoilers!
It is so funny when one reads of the three brothers of Imladris! Even
when they are taken out of their 'home,' they still carry the
remembrance of the Last Homely House with them.

As I read this, I had to shake my head for a moment and remember that
Aragorn was in Minas Tirith - the smell, the feel, the sensations -
all belonged to Imladris.

Great piece of writing of the brothers come to help.... and of the
love between them!

Title: Footsteps in Time · Author: Keiliss · Races: Elves · ID: 76
Reviewer: Rhapsody · 2008-11-30 22:07:14 Score: 10
Spoilers!
[Footsteps in Time] is that kind of gapfiller you always knew it was
written by someone regarding the time Galadriel spent in Beleriand
after her last canonical mention of her stay in Doriath. I love
Keiliss take on this all, knowing the small puzzles and clues Tolkien
left himself, she did a masterful job in writing such a fabulous
background story regarding Galadriel and Celeborn. I can see and
understand how their love could last so long through all and why they
would only turn their minds of begetting a child somewhere in the
Second Age, especially given the turbulence of the First Age and how
much this takes out of Galadriel herself. It feels to me that Melian
awoke a latent skill in Galadriel and that it will take a long time
before she learns to master it in full, followed with intense assaults
on her mind as she lives through the deaths of those close to her,
Finrod specifically. I love how the story ends with her meeting the
young Gil-galad with so much love and yes hope for what is to come.
What a wonderful story, heartbreaking and it just reads so smoothly as
I turned one page after another, wanting to know where their journey
would take them. A special notion should be given to Keiliss narrative
skills and how she portrays scenes and situations with such a magical
touch, filled with grace.

Title: With Many "Fond" Acknowledgments · Author: Thundera Tiger ·
Genres: Humor · ID: 472
Reviewer: Dwimordene · 2008-11-30 22:07:19 Score: 8
Spoilers!
Poor Sam! Thundera Tiger has taken great pains to show us in the past
that words matter - niggling little details of wording can cause huge
logical crises and bring stalwart companions nearly to blows. I am
sure that Tolkien, with his love for languages and the ways in which
they allow reality to appear in different ways, would approve of this
attention to verbal detail.

However, while Tolkien was apparently haunted by some creative force
that wouldn't let him *not* change Sindarin a million times, I dare
say he was never had it quite so bad as Sam. One proofreader can be a
blessing and a taskmaster; two can break most ordinary people if
they're really detailed. Up to eight proofreaders, each of whom is
heavily and personally invested in the final product and often times
personally invested in minimizing, countering, or eliminating the
redactions of other proofreaders, would be enough to drive someone
straight to Valinor just to escape them. One wonders, in light of this
story, if in fact that's not the real tale that neither Sam nor Frodo
decided to record.

Thanks for the laugh, Thundera!

Title: Wild Swan · Author: Tanaqui · Genres: Drama: Gondor
Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 328
Reviewer: Radbooks · 2008-11-30 22:09:48 Score: 3
Spoilers!
A very nice drabble [part of a series] about one of my favorite
Gondorians, Imrahil. I can just feel the horror he feels for Denethor
as they discuss the upcoming wedding of Denethor and Findulas. You've
really captured Imrahil the way that I see him.

Nicely done!

Title: Second Best · Author: Tanaqui · Races: Men: Gondor Drabbles ·
ID: 384
Reviewer: agape4gondor · 2008-11-30 22:10:25 Score: 4
Spoilers!
This was a real surprise, and yet, not quite so surprising.

Needless to say, the author seems to be speaking of Faramir, youngest
and least-respected son of Denethor - and yet, the ending is very
different from what is expected.

As a writer of Denethor, I have felt seriously that these two men are
closer in 'likeness' than is suspected. That Denethor would be treated
the same way by Ecthelion as he treated Faramir is not too surprising.
Do we not learn from our elders?

Very nice telling and in so few words!

Title: Duty, Honour, Country · Author: Rhapsody · Races: Elves: Other
Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 81
Reviewer: Raksha the Demon · 2008-11-30 22:11:58 Score: 5
Spoilers!
The stirring words of General MacArthur have inspired this excellent
Maglor drabble tryptych. Rhapsody brings out how the inspiration of
duty has trapped Maglor between a moral rock-and-hard-place, yet
provided him with a certain comfort, as does the adherence to the
concept of honor. Maglor walked a very fine line, morally, in the
Silmarillion; and this piece brings out the lines he has crossed
unwillingly and the lines he still strives to maintain.

Fascinating translation of a 20th century warrior's creed into the
mind of a conflicted son of Feanor!

Title: Sing All Ye People! · Author: Raksha the Demon · Times: Late
Third Age: Gondor · ID: 249
Reviewer: Rhapsody · 2008-11-30 22:13:31 Score: 4
What a brilliantly written short story based on a brief scene in
[Return of the King]. Raksha writes this scene solely from Faramir's
perspective with all its emotions and despair being washed away by the
eagle's song. Where Tolkien just merely tells, Raksha fills the
reader's senses and mind with a perfect showcase of showing what is
happening around Faramir, a feat she is so immensely good at. A new
age is dawning, you can just sense it through her words!

Title: A Fair Trial · Author: Maeve Riannon · Genres: Humor: Valar &
Maiar · ID: 403
Reviewer: Keiliss · 2008-11-30 22:16:15 Score: 7
Spoilers!
Oh lordie, where do I start? I did sometimes rather wonder why Sauron
decided not to take his chances on the compassion of the Valar at the
end of the First Age, and equally I wondered whatever had become of
Melian - and here we have the answers. The scary thing is, it makes so
much sense! The Valar weren't annoyed at them because of their
so-called dubious actions over on this side of the ocean, it was all
about what it is always all about - money. Tax havens, unpaid checks.
Oh yes, all is now clear. And I'll bet anything that Curumo wasn't the
only available defense counsel, but rather that he was the cheapest.
What? Just saying.

I thought Sauron's extremely logical explanation for Finrod's quite
understandable demise made perfect sense, and that really he should
have just asked to defend himself. Failing which, leaving with a hot
chick - um, nightingale - seemed a sensible decision. Wonder how that
worked out?

Title: Fatherhood · Author: annmarwalk · Genres: Humor: Drabbles · ID: 547
Reviewer: Radbooks · 2008-11-30 22:18:19 Score: 2
Spoilers!
What a wonderful drabble with such a pleasant surprise ending to it!
Imrahil is a favorite and I can just imagine him thinking such things
about his only daughter. Very nicely done.

Title: Flickers · Author: Meril · Times: Multi-Age: Fixed-Length
Ficlets · ID: 390
Reviewer: Elleth · 2008-11-30 22:19:44 Score: 9
Spoilers!
Like [Five Things that Never Happened to Nerdanel], [Flickers] has
been one of my favourite stories featuring Feanor and Nerdanel, and
one of the most influential to my view of this particular pairing.
Meril has collected a series of short fictions that sharply outline
the relationship of Feanor and Nerdanel from the beginning to the end,
showing them in different stages of their development, and even
manages to establish a sense of consecutive development that extends
beyond the temporal and emotional levels: Sometimes single recurring
words or phrases serve as trigger to recall an earlier drabble and
string them together so as to make the reader notice more
similarities. This is especially powerfully done in [Gatherers] and
[Gatherers II].
And still, this effect doesn't lessen the impact of each drabble on
its own. They all brim with gorgeous writing, sharp characterization
and deep insight into the nature of Feanor's and Nerdanel's
relationship, and never fail to evoke a range of emotions in the
reader. I sometimes wish the author had written more, if not for the
disruption of the lovely end point of a Hobbit in Tirion hearing the
stories we have just been told, and so returning to the beginng.

Title: Eight Weeks · Author: Dwimordene · Genres: Humor: Other
Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 273
Reviewer: Rhapsody · 2008-11-30 22:24:52 Score: 5
Spoilers!
I will admit that I always seek out Dwim's Halbarad stories when I
can, but this drabble series sounded so intriguing that I had to read
it. And what a treat it was! I could not help to chuckle at the first
drabble, but as I proceeded onwards to the remaining seven, it just
got worse... containing my laughter and keeping it down as best as I
could. How can you manage to keep a reader so entertained with such a
fabulous plotbunny... which is just.. Boromir's beard? Well she can!
This bit was the icing on the cake for me:

["Granted, but brother," Faramir persisted, "if we accept the Dwarves'
account of the meaning of the beard, I worry that even should we see
you wed, we'd see no heirs forthcoming!"

Boromir glowered. Finally: "Look, Cirdan has a beard..."]

I am not certain if that was the best argument he could brought on the
table at that moment. Wonderfully written Dwim, needless to say how
much I loved it ;)


Title: The Houseless · Author: Jael · Genres: Horror · ID: 178
Reviewer: Dwimordene · 2008-11-30 22:26:09 Score: 5
Spoilers!
Sad and sweet. At least this particular ghost, though a kind of
traveling hitchhiker, did not end up being the sort to invade and destroy.

I love the atmosphere of the story. Jael seamlessly works in Halloween
customs - we recognize them, but we don't find them jarringly out of
place. The uneasy forest and Legolas's concerned horse build tension,
and make us wonder just what is going to transpire. At the same time,
Jael holds the line against having Legolas be uneasy in the presence
of ghosts - as we saw on the Paths of the Dead, they don't trouble him.

Msg# 9622

MEFA Reviews for Monday, December 1, 2008 (Morning Set, Part Two) Posted by annmarwalk December 01, 2008 - 4:50:19 Topic ID# 9619
Title: Battle upon the Quays · Author: Imhiriel · Races: Men: General
Drabbles · ID: 376
Reviewer: Elena Tiriel · 2008-11-30 19:35:24 Score: 2
Spoilers!
Oh, how shocked the captain must have been to be beaten in his own
home territory!

Well done!

Title: O Kheled-zâram fair and wonderful! · Author: Imhiriel · Races:
Dwarves: Drabbles · ID: 354
Reviewer: Elena Tiriel · 2008-11-30 19:36:59 Score: 1
How romantic!

Title: Eagle of the Star · Author: alex_quine · Genres: Drama:
Featuring Aragorn · ID: 152
Reviewer: foxrafer (csevans8) · 2008-11-30 19:37:05 Score: 7
Spoilers!
This is such an incredibly beautiful piece. The tone and language are
perfect. The opening scene gives a great introduction to Thorongil and
Aragorn's role during this time in his life. I particularly love and
appreciate this depiction of Denethor. It is a welcome change to the
many characterizations where he is practically demonized. This
Denethor not only is a sympathetic and likable character, he is also
portrayed with great depth and care.

I really enjoy how after reading this it puts Denethor and Aragorn's
future relationship into a very interesting light, if we assume that
Denethor knows they are the same person. I'm not sure whether I think
Ecthelion knows who Thorongil is or not, but I kind of like that at
least for me it's a bit ambiguous. At the end I decided he doesn't,
but there's something in how he watches them leave that makes we wonder.

A very powerful and thought-provoking story.

Title: Farewell · Author: agape4gondor · Genres: Drama: Final Partings
· ID: 127
Reviewer: Linaewen · 2008-11-30 19:38:12 Score: 10
I truly cannot describe how deeply this story touches me. I am amazed
at the insight the author Agape4gondor brings to the relationship
between the brothers Boromir and Faramir. Many tales have been written
about the parting between them, as Boromir sets out upon the quest
that was the end result of the dream Faramir and he shared. But this
particular tale of that parting ranks among the best of them! It is
poignant as a farewell between brothers should be, but it is also
stirring to the heart as Boromir speaks strongly of his intentions and
his purpose. I am very much impressed with Boromir here, for he is set
in his heart and his mind for the journey, and yet he can also still
look ahead to what his brother will be facing with Boromir gone. Even
as Boromir gives his brother counsel on how to face that which lies
ahead, he also prevents him from speaking those words that will lessen
his resolve in going, and also undermine Faramir's own confidence in
himself.

I love so much their last night together, and Boromir's tender parting
from Faramir. It is sad in a way, because one feels that Boromir
already has a sense of what is to come, and yet it is ultimately
loving and comforting – everything a farewell should be among kin who
know not when they will see one another again.

I weep every time I read this tale, because it is that beautiful!

Title: Forsaken · Author: Imhiriel · Races: Elves: Drabbles · ID: 369
Reviewer: Elena Tiriel · 2008-11-30 19:39:37 Score: 1
How heart-breaking!

Title: Maglor's Harp · Author: Ford of Bruinen · Genres: Horror · ID: 660
Reviewer: Rhapsody · 2008-11-30 19:40:01 Score: 10
Spoilers!
The horror genre is quite a complex one, and a writer does not only
have to resort to events or objects beyond the character's control to
create such an effect. Uli writes a Maglor that in his own reasoning
commits a horrible crime in our eyes, but to him it seems like the
most normal thing to do at that moment. The musician needs an
instrument so for that he just pushes the boundaries as to how far he
can go a bit further every time taking the reader with him. The author
captures the madness and deepest horror of the human mind so immensely
well, a part of this genre I don't see often explored in this fandom.
Personally I like the build up in this story, the tension is so
palpable here that you in a way want to avert your eyes and yet you
simply cannot. The suspension and subtlety is so well done with not
too many details, the suggestion merely is enough to make your skin
crawl. To me it is so well written that over the years his mind also
forgot other things, not only the songs he once sang, the instruments
he played, but also his morality, respect and his own human limits.
One can only imagine how his public will react to his performance,
especially since they might be overwrought (or not) of the girl
missing and there he just sits to entertain. Masterfully written Uli!

Title: Moved to Pity · Author: Imhiriel · Genres: Drama: General
Drabbles · ID: 366
Reviewer: Elleth · 2008-11-30 19:43:12 Score: 4
Spoilers!
Simple but beautiful, this drabble deals with the aftermath of
Luthien's choice and aptly depicts what Tolkien had in mind when he
said that the Fate of Men would in time become a cause for envy even
among the Firstborn and the Valar. Whether or not they understand it,
they cannot help being affected by it (especially in the
far-from-ordinary case of Luthien), even though in the end all serves
the will of the One. That and much more is wonderfully conveyed in
these hundred words.

Title: Silenced · Author: Illwynd · Genres: Horror · ID: 31
Reviewer: Elena Tiriel · 2008-11-30 19:47:35 Score: 1
Spoilers!
Oh, my! This is indeed creepy!

Well done!

Title: Flame of Life · Author: Imhiriel · Times: Multi-Age:
Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 114
Reviewer: Elleth · 2008-11-30 19:47:46 Score: 3
Poetic, touching and insightful, this double-drable records the
thoughts of the Flame Imperishable. It is a real asset to
Tolkien-fanfiction as a whole; while still completely immersed in
Tolkien's world, this is almost meta-fanfiction in a way, touching as
it does on all creation.

Title: The Sky Is Over · Author: Robinka · Races: Elves: Drabbles · ID: 83
Reviewer: Elleth · 2008-11-30 19:59:05 Score: 4
Spoilers!
Sad, poignant and brimming with symbolism from the first to last line,
this drabble sheds light on one of the sorrows of the Noldor in Exile:
Those left behind, and what consequences may arise from it. Finrod is
a good exemplary choice knowing that he had no wife and considered
himself free to participate in Beren's quest for the Silmaril, but
that does not make their prior separation any less painful, as is
easily shown here. Magnificent writing and a strong voice make me want
to read more by this author.

Title: Aftermaths and Consequences · Author: Gwynnyd · Times: Fourth
Age and Beyond · ID: 268
Reviewer: Elena Tiriel · 2008-11-30 20:01:50 Score: 2
Spoilers!
Not very romantic, but at least practical.... and much better than
starving.

Nicely done!

Title: Night Terrors · Author: Gwynnyd · Genres: Drama: Gondor
Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 433
Reviewer: Elena Tiriel · 2008-11-30 20:07:13 Score: 2
Spoilers!
It's so hard to stop being responsible for the whole world, especially
when you see how vulnerable is your first child.

Faramir at his fatherly best.

Well done!

Title: Kementari · Author: Marta · Times: First Age and Prior · ID: 99
Reviewer: Dwimordene · 2008-11-30 20:08:55 Score: 5
Spoilers!
Kementari's perspective is not often used. Marta takes it up to good
effect here, revealing the bitterness of loss that plays naturally
into resentment over the way in which Yavanna' creations seemed doomed
to be forgotten or taken for granted. The Aftercomers will more easily
overlook her as well, than they will overlook other Valar.

If your greatest creations must be destroyed, one would wish at least
that everyone would remember them, or take all the more care of your
lesser creations, but that is not how the world goes.

Well done, Marta!

Title: Letters From Faramir · Author: agape4gondor · Genres: Drama:
Featuring Boromir or Faramir · ID: 425
Reviewer: Linaewen · 2008-11-30 20:14:18 Score: 10
Spoilers!
These letters from Faramir, written to his brother, Boromir, while he
is away on his journey, are simply precious! What an extraordinary
look into Faramir's heart they give us. The letters also provide the
reader with much insight into what is going on in Gondor and
especially in Minas Tirith, as well, as war prepares, and as the
people wait for Boromir's return – hopefully with an army at his back!

I love how the series of missives begins with a letter from Boromir.
The reader learns much about Boromir's heart, as well, and even senses
some of his misgivings as to what is to come. This letter sets off a
series of replies from his loving brother, Faramir – replies that may
never reach Boromir, but still they are important and vital for
Faramir to write.

I always feel that being able to express his love and concern and his
sorrow at Boromir's absence in this way must have been very helpful to
Faramir, even therapeutic. Even though his brother Boromir is not
present with him, he is still able to tell him the things that are on
his heart and on his mind. Perhaps Faramir is able to express himself
even more clearly than he might have been able to if Boromir had
actually still been present with him! There is just something about
writing a letter to a dear loved one that allows one to open the heart
to him and to pour out one's soul in an uninhibited manner.

I really appreciate the way these letters follow the chronology of the
tale, so that we know what is happening in Gondor, as well as within
Faramir's heart and mind. This gives a sense of reality and urgency to
the series of letters.

I have always loved this tale, and for me, these letters from Faramir
are an indispensable part of my routine of reading Tolkien's history!

Title: Too Many Rangers · Author: Larner · Races: Hobbits · ID: 116
Reviewer: Elleth · 2008-11-30 20:14:57 Score: 4
Hilarious and clever conclusions drawn from the many stages it took
Tolkien to bring his magnum opus to its final form. The confusing
encounters in Bree had me laugh out loud more than once (to the point
that Laurelin the cat became so thoroughly annoyed she left the room),
and whatever that says about my laughter, it also says a lot about the
quality of this great piece of writing.

Title: In Passing · Author: Altariel · Races: Men · ID: 104
Reviewer: dkpalaska · 2008-11-30 20:15:42 Score: 10
Spoilers!
I think one reason (among many, many others) that I enjoy Altariel's
Faramir stories so much is that the author's writing is as subtle and
understated, and yet as deep, as the Steward and Prince himself. They
compliment each other perfectly, and this is a sublime example.

It is a rare thing we're shown, adult Faramir losing – Beren is as
surprised as the rest of us! (["The Queen," he explained, "has the
advantage of experience."] *snort!*) How he draws Beren into enjoying
his company highlights that his keen observational and interpersonal
skills have not suffered from the passage of time any more than his
dry humor has.

The many historical allusions that accompany the naming of the pieces
are wonderful, just wonderful. Even here, Faramir tucks in quiet
lessons that may resonate later – and do, as we see from Beren's
drawing. Such a beautiful reference to Faramir's White Lady, whom he
will see soon; not too bad a trade, for not living to see the Tower of
the Moon restored. (And that image – through Beren's drawing – was
indeed glorious.)

The interactions between Faramir and his great-grandson are a treasure
for the reader as much as for Faramir, and I love the thought that the
next owner of the chess set has been chosen. Quiet, thoughtful, sad
and hopeful all at once, this is a lovely addition to any
Faramir-lover's fanfic favorites.

Title: Reparation · Author: Isabeau of Greenlea · Races: Men · ID: 296
Reviewer: dkpalaska · 2008-11-30 20:16:23 Score: 10
It is always a pleasure to sink back into Isabeau's small corner of
Tolkien fanfic, and that is doubly true when her incredibly real and
finely-crafted OCs are front and center in the story. I admit,
["Reparation"] smoothed out some definite rough spots for me from
["Dol Amroth Yule"], where Andrahar often seemed out of sync with what
I had come to expect from him; there were several dramatic failings
from a character I frankly admire for his unbending sense of honor.

As always, part of the joy in reading this is simply due to gaining
another outside view of Hethlin. (And what a view it is! Hah!) But the
rather disparaging recounting of the new esquire's personal traits is
followed quickly by a reminder that Andrahar has not lost his sense of
duty: that he places such a high bar on his expectations for himself
as Hethlin's trainer is heartbreaking, given the caprices of
battle-luck that he has no control over.

Brand's involvement in Andrahar's realization of what he needed to do
to right those wrongs is just... inspired. The interaction between
these two as Andra reaches his internal moment of truth is uplifting
and feels completely, totally right, particularly given Boromir's
relationship to both of them. As always, the connections to other
stories are subtly and seamlessly part of the narrative, adding a
delicious richness to the whole.

Title: Portrait of a Queen · Author: Aruthir · Races: Men · ID: 338
Reviewer: dkpalaska · 2008-11-30 20:17:45 Score: 8
The story of Aldarion and Erendis has enough bad blood and angst from
both sides to make a prize-winning soap opera. The product of this
unhappy marriage is Ancalime, who goes on from the poor example of her
parents to garner a very unhappy marriage for herself. And three
generations later, her great-granddaughter begins "seeing" her...

This is a fascinating and well-conceived look into the first two
Ruling Queens. The writing is engaging and brief; the story is amply
told by what we are given, but the layered hints that Aruthir slips in
had me scrambling for my copy of UT in order to fully appreciate them.
I thought the author was exceedingly inspired to see the potential
connections between these two individuals, but the similarities in
thoughts and attitudes are striking and believable.

Having it told in short snippets highlights the important aspects and
delivers an immense emotional punch, as well as leaving plenty of
questions about the intersections of fate and free will. Was this a
meeting of kindred spirits? What would Telperien have become without
the visits? Excellent!

Title: Old Man Willow · Author: Nath · Races: Other Beings · ID: 314
Reviewer: Linaewen · 2008-11-30 20:20:58 Score: 4
This is one of the most chilling tales I have ever read! Once read,
one cannot stop thinking about the possibilities! Even so, I must
admit I have read this story more than once, because I think it is
simply excellent.

The frightening thing about this story is that it is so very
plausible! The possibility that is suggested at the end is definitely
a logical conclusion, but it is so very chilling to contemplate. After
reading this story, I can never view Old Man Willow in the same way again!

Title: Flickers · Author: Meril · Times: Multi-Age: Fixed-Length
Ficlets · ID: 390
Reviewer: Dwimordene · 2008-11-30 20:27:25 Score: 5
Spoilers!
Meril writes with precision and poetry, as always. These drabbles and
half drabbles manage to reflect, in bits and pieces like an
appropriately broken mirror, the history of Feänor and Nerdanel, and
members of their family. [Gathering I] and [Gathering II] were of
interest to me insofar as they are parallel in length and form - the
shortest lines delineate the moment of their greatest distance from
each other, and as the drabbles in between spin out in lengthier
chunks, it's as if they're trying to bridge that gap and fill it.

I especially loved the way [Distinction] and [Strength to Save]
followed on each other and finish in [Reality], suggesting both a
certain triumph of fellowship, and also the irreducible ambiguity of
Feänor and Nerdanel.

Title: The Waker · Author: Nancy Brooke · Races: Villains:
Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 287
Reviewer: Alassante · 2008-11-30 20:27:31 Score: 4
There is a reason why Nancy is known as the drabble queen on Open
Scrolls. She can pack more story and imagery into so few words than
most people can in a full chapter. This story was no different. I
loved the way she gave a voice to a creature who had no language.
Nancy also managed to give it characterization as well. Very original;
I would not have even thought twice about this character. This is a
simply delightful drabble.

Title: Renewal · Author: Elena Tiriel · Times: Late Third Age: General
Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 208
Reviewer: Linda Hoyland · 2008-11-30 20:27:34 Score: 2
Spoilers!
I loved this account of the renewing of Narsil and turning the sword
into Anduril. Phoenix like,the great sword arises again from flame and
ash.

Title: The Wrong Path · Author: Erviniae · Genres: Drama: Incomplete ·
ID: 538
Reviewer: Keiliss · 2008-11-30 20:29:12 Score: 4
Spoilers!
I have dipped into this story on livejournal, although I don't think
I've left much feedback - my bad, yes. I thought it was
well-conceived, and the intolerance of Turgon's Gondolin definitely
resonates for me. I suspect this story isn't typical MEFA fare, but
that's a shame because I've found it a plot-solid and at times thought
provoking read with characters whose fates and happiness I grew to
care very much about..

Title: Unwilling · Author: Elena Tiriel · Races: Elves: Drabbles · ID: 64
Reviewer: Linda Hoyland · 2008-11-30 20:31:00 Score: 2
Spoilers!
I loved this poignant account of the fading of the Elves from
M-E,especially the tear drop on the ancient tree.

Title: Tree of Knowledge · Author: Nancy Brooke · Times: Late Third
Age: Gondor Drabbles · ID: 172
Reviewer: Dwimordene · 2008-11-30 20:31:54 Score: 5
Spoilers!
Nancy bills this as [critically bookverse], which is an interesting
description. It's a lovely drabble, brilliantly worded to draw out the
danger into which Boromir rides, and which Denethor foresees. Why not
tell his son?

I get the sense that the drabble draws out Denethor's pride: this
almost sounds like a test that Denethor has been quietly training his
sons to withstand, terrified that the day might come when they'll fail it.

Precisely what failure would mean is not entirely clear: if Boromir
falls... to death? To love? To corruption? Any or all are possible.

Denethor gets a drabble as ambivalent and ambiguous as he deserves, in
my opinion. Well done!

Msg# 9623

Re: 2008 MEFAs - Voting Closed Posted by Barbara Rich December 01, 2008 - 7:22:30 Topic ID# 9613
So would I! The awards continue to get better and better every year! Thanks
SO much to everyone who worked so very hard, especially in the last couple
of weeks!
Dreamflower

On Mon, Dec 1, 2008 at 1:31 AM, nath kuijpers <nath_kuijpers@yahoo.com>wrote:

> Marta,
>
> As a 'mere' author and reviewer I'd like to echo your thanks to all the
> volunteers who have made the 2008 MEFA possible, and add you to the list of
> people who deserve our warm gratitude.
>
> Thank you all for another great year!!
>
> Nath
>
> --- On Mon, 1/12/08, aure_enteluva <marta.fandom@gmail.com<marta.fandom%40gmail.com>>
> wrote:
>
> > From: aure_enteluva <marta.fandom@gmail.com <marta.fandom%40gmail.com>>
> > Subject: [MEFAwards] 2008 MEFAs - Voting Closed
> > To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com <MEFAwards%40yahoogroups.com>
> > Date: Monday, 1 December, 2008, 5:25 AM
>
> > Hey guys,
> >
> > As you may have noticed, voting for the 2008 MEFAs ended a
> > few hours
> > ago. The results were really quite astounding this year.
> > Nearly 5,400
> > reviews for 660 stories! I am always blown away by so many
> > people,
> > plugging away for so much of the year, often giving
> > comments to
> > authors they don't know outside the awards. Makes my
> > heart go
> > pitter-patter with fannish glee. :-)
> >
> > I have a few "tying notes," to borrow the name of
> > a drabble from this
> > year's competition. Topics that probably deserve a word
> > or two.
> >
> > RESULTS
> >
> > The authors who placed or received an honorable mention
> > have been
> > informed of their results by private email to the address
> > registered
> > at our website. You may want to check your spam mail box;
> > the emails
> > should have come from mefasupportATgmailDOTcom.
> >
> > Full results will be posted here by mid-week. I'll also
> > send out an
> > announcement through the promoters to inform people at
> > various groups.
> >
> > REVIEWS
> >
> > Annmarwalk will continue posting reviews here until
> > Wednesday, to
> > space out the many reviews submitted near the end of the
> > awards. Do
> > read them if you're interested, because it's always
> > fun to see what
> > other people thought of a story.
> >
> > You can also view all of the available banners at our
> > website,
> > www.mefawards.net/MEFA2008/. Just log in and click
> > "Reviews" at the
> > top of the site.
> >
> > BANNERS
> >
> > We would like to give winning authors a banner of their
> > choice. You
> > can find the banner selections at three places.
> >
> > 1. http://mefawards.net/fanart/categories.php?cat_id=799
> > 2. http://s47.photobucket.com/albums/f163/Elena_Tiriel/
> > All banners at these two sites are available to you.
> > 3. http://mefawards.net/fanart/categories.php?cat_id=801
> > This is the banners for nominated authors. The following
> > banners can
> > be converted into banners for winning authors: 19; 72-86,
> > 88-96, 104-111.
> >
> > Once you find a banner you'd like to use, please email
> > mefa.banners@gmail.com <mefa.banners%40gmail.com> with which one you
> prefer and it
> > will be
> > customized with the place and category that you won. The
> > finished
> > product will then be emailed to you.
> >
> > SUGGESTIONS FOR 2009
> >
> > Every year at the end of the awards we have held what's
> > known as a
> > post-mortem, where participants can make suggestions and
> > debate
> > subbestions made by other people. We're going to handle
> > that a tad
> > differently this year, since the awards have grown larger
> > and also
> > because of some non-fannish commitments of mine (and other
> > key
> > volunteers). We will be accepting your suggestions, though,
> > have no fear.
> >
> > Once we finish up the 2008 awards and get the results
> > announced, I'll
> > discuss this in more detail. In the mean time, you can
> > start thinking
> > about if there are any areas of the awards that you think
> > could be
> > improved.
> >
> > THANKS
> >
> > Finally, I want to thank everyone who has participated so
> > fully in
> > these awards. Authors, thank you for sharing your work with
> > us.
> > Reviewers, I really appreciate your investment of times.
> > Volunteers
> > deserve a special gratitude; many deserve quite more than
> > that, but
> > unfortunately my gratitude is all I have to give.
> >
> > In particular, thank you to:
> >
> > --- Tanaqui and Aranel, for managing the technical end of
> > our website.
> > --- Elliska, for approving and processing new members.
> > --- Radbooks and Inkling, for their invaluable advice and
> > help on
> > special projects as they came up
> >
> > --- Annmarwalk for posting the reviews at the MEFAwards
> > Yahoo group
> > and mefas LJ - EVERY DAY;
> > --- Elea24 and PipMer, for forwarding on author responses
> > to their
> > reviewers
> >
> > --- Fiondil and Beruthiel's Cat, who managed the banner
> > team, including
> > ------- The banner creators: Baranduin; Cactuskim; Elea24;
> > Elena
> > Tiriel; Marta; nau_tika; and viv
> > ------- The banner customizers: Cactuskim, Elea24, Elena
> > Tiriel;
> > mistry89; nancylea; Nath; Nieriel Raina; and viv
> >
> > These are just the people who have volunteered extensively
> > since
> > categorization. For a full list of all the volunteers,
> > please see
> > http://mefawards.net/MEFA2008/index.php?page=FAQvolunteers
> >
> > *Thank you.*
> >
> > Marta
> > (MEFA Admin.)
>
>
>


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Msg# 9624

Thanks to all! Posted by BLJean@aol.com December 01, 2008 - 10:36:28 Topic ID# 9624
Thank you to all the hard-working volunteers, to those who wrote reviews, and to the authors who shared their vision, and congratulations to all as well, for another successfully completed effort.

Kudos,
Lin


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Msg# 9625

A question Posted by BLJean@aol.com December 01, 2008 - 10:41:11 Topic ID# 9625
I went to the MEFA site this morning.

As has happened in the past, I didn't get to *half* of the stories I wanted to. I loved the "wish list" feature, by the way, which made it easier to duck in and out and add a story to my "meaning to" list. I'm sure I reviewed more than I would have, without that feature.

However, I do have a small suggestion--if I'm not misreading the site. This morning it is showing randomly selected reviews. Nice! However, I wanted to read a story that was reviewed, but I'm not sure how to find the story. It is identified by title, nominator, and reviewer (a clickable link, that leads to an "access denied" screen), but I don't see an indication of the author's name or where to find the story. Is there some "simple" click that is evading me? Or is a little tweak needed to let people find the story featured in the "random review"?

Thanks,
Lin


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Msg# 9626

Re: 2008 MEFAs - Voting Closed Posted by alassante7 December 01, 2008 - 10:51:16 Topic ID# 9613
Thanks so much to all of the volunteers and voters. Ya'll rock my
socks!

--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, "aure_enteluva" <marta.fandom@...>
wrote:
>
> Hey guys,
>
> As you may have noticed, voting for the 2008 MEFAs ended a few hours
> ago. The results were really quite astounding this year. Nearly
5,400
> reviews for 660 stories! I am always blown away by so many people,
> plugging away for so much of the year, often giving comments to
> authors they don't know outside the awards. Makes my heart go
> pitter-patter with fannish glee. :-)
>
> I have a few "tying notes," to borrow the name of a drabble from
this
> year's competition. Topics that probably deserve a word or two.
>
> RESULTS
>
> The authors who placed or received an honorable mention have been
> informed of their results by private email to the address registered
> at our website. You may want to check your spam mail box; the emails
> should have come from mefasupportATgmailDOTcom.
>
> Full results will be posted here by mid-week. I'll also send out an
> announcement through the promoters to inform people at various
groups.
>
> REVIEWS
>
> Annmarwalk will continue posting reviews here until Wednesday, to
> space out the many reviews submitted near the end of the awards. Do
> read them if you're interested, because it's always fun to see what
> other people thought of a story.
>
> You can also view all of the available banners at our website,
> www.mefawards.net/MEFA2008/. Just log in and click "Reviews" at the
> top of the site.
>
> BANNERS
>
> We would like to give winning authors a banner of their choice. You
> can find the banner selections at three places.
>
> 1. http://mefawards.net/fanart/categories.php?cat_id=799
> 2. http://s47.photobucket.com/albums/f163/Elena_Tiriel/
> All banners at these two sites are available to you.
> 3. http://mefawards.net/fanart/categories.php?cat_id=801
> This is the banners for nominated authors. The following banners can
> be converted into banners for winning authors: 19; 72-86, 88-96,
104-111.
>
> Once you find a banner you'd like to use, please email
> mefa.banners@... with which one you prefer and it will be
> customized with the place and category that you won. The finished
> product will then be emailed to you.
>
> SUGGESTIONS FOR 2009
>
> Every year at the end of the awards we have held what's known as a
> post-mortem, where participants can make suggestions and debate
> subbestions made by other people. We're going to handle that a tad
> differently this year, since the awards have grown larger and also
> because of some non-fannish commitments of mine (and other key
> volunteers). We will be accepting your suggestions, though, have no
fear.
>
> Once we finish up the 2008 awards and get the results announced,
I'll
> discuss this in more detail. In the mean time, you can start
thinking
> about if there are any areas of the awards that you think could be
> improved.
>
> THANKS
>
> Finally, I want to thank everyone who has participated so fully in
> these awards. Authors, thank you for sharing your work with us.
> Reviewers, I really appreciate your investment of times. Volunteers
> deserve a special gratitude; many deserve quite more than that, but
> unfortunately my gratitude is all I have to give.
>
> In particular, thank you to:
>
> --- Tanaqui and Aranel, for managing the technical end of our
website.
> --- Elliska, for approving and processing new members.
> --- Radbooks and Inkling, for their invaluable advice and help on
> special projects as they came up
>
> --- Annmarwalk for posting the reviews at the MEFAwards Yahoo group
> and mefas LJ - EVERY DAY;
> --- Elea24 and PipMer, for forwarding on author responses to their
> reviewers
>
> --- Fiondil and Beruthiel's Cat, who managed the banner team,
including
> ------- The banner creators: Baranduin; Cactuskim; Elea24; Elena
> Tiriel; Marta; nau_tika; and viv
> ------- The banner customizers: Cactuskim, Elea24, Elena Tiriel;
> mistry89; nancylea; Nath; Nieriel Raina; and viv
>
> These are just the people who have volunteered extensively since
> categorization. For a full list of all the volunteers, please see
> http://mefawards.net/MEFA2008/index.php?page=FAQvolunteers
>
> *Thank you.*
>
> Marta
> (MEFA Admin.)
>

Msg# 9627

Re: Thanks to all! Posted by heartofoshun@aol.com December 01, 2008 - 10:51:20 Topic ID# 9624
Yes! Huge props to all the admin and volunteers. You guys are awesome. This
thing is big, unwieldy and complicated. I'm especially grateful since I am
one of those known nuisances who makes mistakes and wants them corrected and
needs everything explained personally three times. Thank you so much.
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Msg# 9628

Re: Upcoming review postings Posted by frodoandsam December 01, 2008 - 12:26:06 Topic ID# 9610
It was fun! I didn't get to everything I wanted to read but I am already
looking forward to next year and have some stories/poems already in mind to
nominate! I will have to pace myself better next year so I can finish
everything! Hantanyel everyone!

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)


On Mon, 01 Dec 2008 02:07:02 -0000, "annmarwalk" <ann@marwalk.com> wrote:
> The remaining 590 reviews (!) will be posted by Wednesday evening. I
> plan to post twice a day, morning and evening, with four parts to each
> post. Thank you for your enthusiastic reviewage!
--
Visit my blog! http://theroadthroughmiddle-earth.blogspot.com

Msg# 9629

A Huge Thank you to all MEFA staff and reviewers!! Posted by katberlin13 December 01, 2008 - 13:05:00 Topic ID# 9610
You've been incredible!! These must be by far the best organized
fanfiction awards on the net, and I can't believe how much effort
everyone puts in (staff, reviewers, etc.). It makes me feel really
bad that this year has been such a frantic one and I did not get
around to reading anything at all. :-(

Well, but there will always be next year! :-)

Once again: you are the greatest, everyone!!

Cheers,
Katzilla

Msg# 9630

Thank you Posted by Rosemary Baxter December 01, 2008 - 13:09:28 Topic ID# 2018
Many, many thanks to those who reviewed my stories - and just as many apologies that I was such a poor reviewer this year.  I really don't know where the time went - I just don't seem to have had a moment.
 
Bodkin




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Msg# 9631

Re: A question Posted by Marta December 01, 2008 - 14:06:28 Topic ID# 9625
Hi Lin,

This is a good suggestion. I'll discuss it with the other volunteers to
see if there's anything that can be done to make it easier to find the
story. I don't know what's possible, so I can't make any promises there
- but I will make sure we at least see what's possible.

In the mean time, the simplest way to find more about the story is the
story ID number, which is in the grey box in the top-left corner. For
instance, right now the random review is from Larner for #302, A Time to
Hope. If you click the "Browse All Nominated Stories" link just above
the review and then do a search for "302#", it will bring up all the
information on "A Time to Hope." Including the author's name (PipMer),
and the title is a link to where the story is posted at an archive.

Thanks,

Marta

BLJean@aol.com wrote:
>
>
> I went to the MEFA site this morning.
>
> As has happened in the past, I didn't get to *half* of the stories I
> wanted to. I loved the "wish list" feature, by the way, which made it
> easier to duck in and out and add a story to my "meaning to" list. I'm
> sure I reviewed more than I would have, without that feature.
>
> However, I do have a small suggestion--if I'm not misreading the site.
> This morning it is showing randomly selected reviews. Nice! However, I
> wanted to read a story that was reviewed, but I'm not sure how to find
> the story. It is identified by title, nominator, and reviewer (a
> clickable link, that leads to an "access denied" screen), but I don't
> see an indication of the author's name or where to find the story. Is
> there some "simple" click that is evading me? Or is a little tweak
> needed to let people find the story featured in the "random review"?
>
> Thanks,
> Lin
>

Msg# 9632

Re: A Huge Thank you to all MEFA staff and reviewers!! Posted by Marta December 01, 2008 - 14:14:55 Topic ID# 9610
Hey guys,

Thank you (to everyone!) for your kind words. I am replying to
Katzilla's email but have everyone's posts in mind. I'm glad that you
find these awards well run and a positive experience; I find them
something that's worth working hard for, and I am far from the only one
to put in the leg work. I am sure they appreciate your gratitude as well.

As for those of you who may feel regret that you didn't review very
much, don't feel bad about that; but do feel free to do more in future
years. These awards typically have a "learning curve," where people hear
about the awards one year and then get increasingly involved in
subsequent years, so you are not the only person who has ever wanted to
do more than you got to. And then there are the old hands who for
whatever reason just didn't have the time in 2008, but may have more in
2009. That's fine, too.

Whatever your level of involvement, if you want to do things better,
you'll get a second chance in just a few months. In the meantime, why
not carry on the MEFA spirit of reviewing and go review a few stories at
your favorite archive? You may even find things you'd like to nominate
for 2009.

*hugs to all*

Marta

katberlin13 wrote:
>
>
>
> You've been incredible!! These must be by far the best organized
> fanfiction awards on the net, and I can't believe how much effort
> everyone puts in (staff, reviewers, etc.). It makes me feel really
> bad that this year has been such a frantic one and I did not get
> around to reading anything at all. :-(
>
> Well, but there will always be next year! :-)
>
> Once again: you are the greatest, everyone!!
>
> Cheers,
> Katzilla
>

Msg# 9633

MEFA Reviews for Monday, December 1, 2008 (Evening Set, Part One) Posted by annmarwalk December 01, 2008 - 17:47:59 Topic ID# 9633
Title: The Last Messenger: A Tale of Numenor · Author: Fiondil ·
Times: Second and Early Third Age · ID: 8
Reviewer: Radbooks · 2008-11-30 22:28:10 Score: 5
Spoilers!
A very interesting tale about an era and place that is not written
about often - Numenor. I truly enjoyed the characters; while they were
mostly original characters, Fiondil does a wonderful job of making
them appear as if they were Tolkien's - they integrate almost
seamlessly into Tolkien's world.

The story itself was dark, it takes place in the very end days of
Numenor and Fiondil was able to capture that very well in the sense of
foreboding that filled the pages of the story. It always makes me sad
to think of what happened on that beautiful island that the Valar had
set aside for Elros and his people and here some of that is shown
quite clearly.

A very well written story - as usual - and highly recommended.

Title: Five Things that Never Happened to Serinde of Dol Amroth ·
Author: SurgicalSteel · Genres: Alternate Universe: Angst/Tragedy ·
ID: 222
Reviewer: Cuthalion · 2008-11-30 22:28:46 Score: 10
Spoilers!
I encountered the "Five things that never happened to..."-concept
years ago, and I was immediately fascinated. It gives the author the
chance to visualize even his/ her worst phantasies, and if the author
is as skilled as Surgicalsteel, the result is absolutely thrilling.

What if Serinde's stepfather actually laid hands on her (as he tries
in both her timelines, the original and the "happy" one)? The outcome
might have been as grim as it is in # 1 of her "Five things"-tales...
and the readers finishes it with a great sigh of relief, because this
never took place. And what if she had met her ultimate fate on a
battlefield (as it might very well have happened?). What if Halbarad
and Serinde had never married - and if she had come in the way of five
of the Nine when they rode through Bree the night Frodo Baggins
accidentally put on the ring? And if the untimely birth of her third
child had taken not only one life but two?

As a reader, I am utterly thankful that she ends the dark row of "What
if's" with a completely believable happier note...and I can leave
those five AU's with a satisfied smile. No wonder that Surgicalsteel
is one of the (very few) authors who will always keep me a devoted
reader of Tolkien fanfiction. *bows to her*

Title: Answering the Call · Author: docmon · Genres: Drama · ID: 340
Reviewer: Antane · 2008-11-30 22:29:12 Score: 7
Spoilers!
A very interesting and at times heartaching series of tales, each
chapter dealing with what may have happened had each of the Fellowship
claimed the Ring for their own. Gandalf's is the most chilling.
Legolas perhaps the most heartbreaking, though that may be tied with
Frodo's because the new hobbit Lord of the Rings wannabe doesn't seem
to realize his terrible peril in claiming the Ring, though Sam does
and it breaks the loyal gardener's heart. Boromir's is well done -
that one realizes his folly only at the very end, as he truly did, and
he pays the price but perhaps was saved by it. Sam is not overcome,
but he takes the Ring out of love and pity and so is not corrupted by
it, but none of the tales end well, except the last. Gimli's is the
only chapter that has any hope left at the end and perhaps that is
because he did not lust after the Ring himself, but was given it to
Frodo in a desperate hope that the Quest not fail. It would be
wonderful if the tales that could be continued for all could be.

Title: Cuts Gone Wrong · Author: Dwimordene · Times: Mid Third Age:
Eriador · ID: 156
Reviewer: agape4gondor · 2008-11-30 22:31:59 Score: 3
Spoilers!
Not often does one read anything but Aragorn in Imladris and the
fostering of the boy into manhood.

I very much liked this look into Aragorn, the novice Ranger, and the
wisdom he learned from Men.

Thanks for sharing this look into the 'making' of a King.

Title: Restoration · Author: Branwyn (Lady Branwyn) · Races: Men:
Minas Tirith · ID: 19
Reviewer: Raksha the Demon · 2008-11-30 22:34:27 Score: 3
Spoilers!
The notion of Aragorn finding spiritual refreshment by checking his
recovering patients is lovely, and it seems very typical of Aragorn's
character. This is a wonderful, quiet moment of renewal, a calm
between storms. I love Aragorn's mention that for him and Faramir both
it is a time when marvels might come to pass.

Title: Dead Steward's Gift · Author: stefaniab · Genres: Mystery · ID: 572
Reviewer: agape4gondor · 2008-11-30 22:37:56 Score: 1
A delightful tale.

Title: Maglor's Harp · Author: Ford of Bruinen · Genres: Horror · ID: 660
Reviewer: Dwimordene · 2008-11-30 22:38:18 Score: 8
Spoilers!
Maglor stark raving mad would not be someone to encounter in a dark
alley. Absolutely innocent in his current mindlessness, and absolutely
horrific and without pity - Ford of Bruinen captures this beautifully.
She never goes for gratuitous gore - everything is very understated,
very matter-of-fact, which heightens the uncanny and disturbing heart
of the story more effectively than any detailed description of violence.

Madness, too, is well depicted. Maglor's thoughts never stray beyond
his end, never consider, reflect - he is out of the world as much as
he is out of himself. He has no ties and no bounds, save that one that
probably hasn't let him go - and that's what makes him dangerous.

As I write, I'm listening to Loreena McKennitt's [The Bonny Swans],
which strikes me as cut from the same mental cloth, as it were. The
bone harp, beautiful to hear, but a horror in fact, and one wonders:
if by some miracle, Maglor *does* sing himself back to sanity, what
will become of him and his harp?

Deliciously shivery and terrible, and I mean that in the best possible
way.

Title: The Dark One · Author: NeumeIndil · Genres: Drama · ID: 411
Reviewer: Cuthalion · 2008-11-30 22:41:25 Score: 6
Spoilers!
My goodness. What shall I say? What a tale... grim beauty and
horrendous pain (those poor people in the barn, that tormented, young
woman with the piglet), Théodred (whom I love here), Boromir (whom I'd
like to kick where it really hurts) and Morwen, dancing... DANCING.
The way you've written that from Gamling's POV is sheer beauty,
passionate and vivid, and I can see her move, and see the flames, and
smell the smoke, and sense the danger. But do you know what was worst?
Théoden, caressing her hands, barely understanding what was going on
around him, a shadow of lost greatness. Heaven help us, Gandalf can't
come soon enough. You made me cry with pity, and with shame for him,
and with sheer, furious rage against the worm.

Incredibly good... and after checking out what I missed on OSA, I
think I have to catch up with quite a few tales about one of the best
OFC's I've ever encountered in fanfiction.


Title: Silenced · Author: Illwynd · Genres: Horror · ID: 31
Reviewer: agape4gondor · 2008-11-30 22:41:50 Score: 3
Spoilers!
Very interesting take on the 'changes' that occur - not to Minas
Tirith - but to her Steward... or perhaps her King.....

Yikes - shades of Nosferatu. Very well written and quite scary.

Title: The Last Words · Author: Rhapsody · Genres: Drama: Featuring
the Noldor · ID: 409
Reviewer: Elleth · 2008-11-30 22:45:40 Score: 10
Spoilers!
Rhapsody, you have outdone yourself again - this final meeting of
Nerdanel and her inanimate nemesis is masterfully written from the
outset, and does not disappoint throughout. I loved the juxtaposition
of Nerdanel and her twin sons (most alike to her, as you mentioned in
the story) going to meet the three jewels of Feanor, it had an epic
quality and worked brilliantly to foreshadow the conflict to come,
even though Nerdanel had to face that one alone.

All the rage and grief that you express wonderfully here, it made me
wonder about Nerdanel's sanity a little - but I suppose it is taxing
to live with a man who is so demanding and appears to be giving back
so little (at least that is what it appears like here). The line
["Please, I beg of you! No matter the outcome! Do not destroy him!" ],
however, shows more clearly than any of Nerdanel's denials, that she
does still love her husband after all, and made me hope that the
reverse was true as well, like Mahtan said.

Rhapsody definitely doesn't disappoint with this story: She is
well-known for in-depth emotive writing and beautiful stories, but I
think this is one of her masterpieces, because it draws the reader in
completely and makes Nerdanel's complicated emotional state familiar
in a way, and easy to understand so that the audience cannot help but
sympathize with her. For all its bitterness, one of my favourite
stories. Thank you for sharing this.

Title: The Ritual Disturbed · Author: Larner · Genres: Horror · ID: 68
Reviewer: Dwimordene · 2008-11-30 22:48:04 Score: 4
Spoilers!
Very few stories tackle the barrow-wights, but Larner attempts it and
more besides! There is more to the wights and to one Tom Bombadil than
anyone knows, and Larner takes advantage of that to draw the whole
history of the long war between Morgoth and the Valar down into one
narrow tomb.

Well done! I especially loved this line for its wonderful description
of the relationship of Arda and the beyond: [These did not so much
pass the boundaries that held the evil spirits as they simply went
otherwise, somewhat at right angles from all visible bounds].

Title: NIGHT and FOREST: A Glimpse of Beauty · Author: Fiondil ·
Times: First Age and Prior · ID: 554
Reviewer: agape4gondor · 2008-11-30 22:50:05 Score: 3
Spoilers!
A delightful tale of the first meeting of Beren and Luthien.

Wow - I was really surprised - it seemed this Elf's only fate would be
death....

I really have to laugh - for death eventually came - it seems not
once, but twice.

A very good retelling of the life before Beren met Luthien - and I'd
love to read more.

Title: The Blessing of the Waters · Author: Raksha the Demon · Genres:
Romance: Other Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 61
Reviewer: agape4gondor · 2008-11-30 22:55:31 Score: 5
Spoilers!
Last review for the year! And a very good tale to end this wondrous
year of stories with.

I have not paid much attention to Celeborn - until of late - when he
entered my thoughts and demanded some time away from the Men of Gondor.

I loved this tale - one of love between two whose lives and lineage
span the lifetime of Arda and perhaps before (not really to 'up' on
the First Age)....

I loved the theme of the water that flowed through it... and the
moment that was savored. I found it very uplifting to think that
Celeborn could be thankful at such a moment.

Nicely written.

Title: Leaving Home · Author: annmarwalk · Races: Men: Steward's
Family · ID: 39
Reviewer: obsidianj · 2008-11-30 22:59:38 Score: 3
This was not what I expected from the summary, but nevertheless very
enjoyable read. 'Distinguished visitors'. Ha, no wonder Elboron is
confused. These two won't fit anything he knows about adults and
important people. I loved the ending which revealed the reason that
Eowyn gave Elboron leave for his big adventure.

Title: Hammer · Author: Aranel Took · Races: Dwarves: Drabbles · ID: 468
Reviewer: agape4gondor · 2008-11-30 22:59:53 Score: 1
Spoilers!
Absolutely hysterical. A 'new' pick-up line!

Title: MAGIC: The Password · Author: Fiondil · Genres: Humor: Elven
Lands · ID: 451
Reviewer: Dwimordene · 2008-11-30 23:01:29 Score: 9
Spoilers!
Every so often, someone manages to fit modern technology into
Middle-earth in surreally hysterical fashion, and one is left wishing
one did not have a roommate trying to write a term paper five steps
away, because then it would be possible to laugh appropriately instead
of simply biting one's tongue.

The language of the messages is one part polite formalism, one
absolutely mundane question that just screams "Here we go again..."
and "Bite your tongue or I'll step on it if you mention the fact that
we're going through this *again*". It works perfectly. The nostalgic
reflections on magic keys and ignoring the sage advice of certain
wizards, as well as Thranduil's list of things he can remember
(apparently even in Middle-earth, remembering your anniversary is a
feat) just build the sense of anticipation until you're ready to
burst. Radagast's opening response and Thranduil's much aggrieved
response are classic.

Throughout it, his Queen maintains that serene calmness that allows
her to play the deadpan foil to her husband's frustrated outbursts.
The toilet line was particularly priceless.

Highly recommended!

Title: Call of the Wild · Author: annmarwalk · Genres: Romance:
Drabbles · ID: 94
Reviewer: Elen Kortirion · 2008-11-30 23:03:48 Score: 3
Spoilers!
Here is such a wonderfully charged moment of first meeting. The reader
is propelled into that room as a witness to that initial eye to eye
contact that crackles with sexual attraction. I love the phrases used
[He is a man made for leather, not silk] and also [...glory calls us
in the echo of a faraway battle-horn.] This last sentance is such a
perfect evocation or Morwen Steelsheen's character. I loved it.


Title: My Sword Weeps · Author: agape4gondor · Genres: Drama:
Featuring Boromir or Faramir · ID: 316
Reviewer: Linaewen · 2008-11-30 23:07:09 Score: 10
This is such an amazing tale, it really does make me weep – not simply
because it has its moments of sorrow, but also because it is so
beautifully and gloriously epic! That kind of tale makes me cry every
time. What is amazing about this story in particular, is that it is so
familiar in many ways, and yet also very much new and unexpected. The
characters are ones the reader knows well, and through this tale the
reader gets to know these familiar characters even better and more
fully and deeply. But the reader soon discovers that these inhabitants
of Middle-earth are dealing with different situations, different
conflicts, different sorrows than the ones a reader of Tolkien has
grown accustomed to. That is what makes this story so appealing and
fresh; it is most definitely a brand new tale involving our favorite
people, coping with new adventures and new friendships, even while
dealing with the same enemies.

There are new, original characters in this tale, as well, and they are
marvelous! Each one is very true to the spirit and style of Tolkien
himself, and it always surprises me to not find them within the pages
of Tolkien's works.

I love the ending of this story especially. The previous tale in this
series ended with a shocking death and an intolerable loss – but the
poignant and touching way this sequel ends consoles me in that loss.
It is beautifully written and fittingly brings me to weeping, because
it is so lovely!

The entire story is one of adventure and suspense, of loss and of
salvation, and it is definitely a tale to be read more than once and
savored.


Title: Fatherhood · Author: annmarwalk · Genres: Humor: Drabbles · ID: 547
Reviewer: Elen Kortirion · 2008-11-30 23:09:47 Score: 5
Spoilers!
This is perhaps a unique moment, in fact I am sure I have never read
this scene before in fandom. The Prince of Dol Amroth rings very true
in his characterization, a loving father concerned for his daughter's
future - but also a statesman, prepared to consider what will be the
best thing for his country. Here in a wonderful feat of pragmatism,
both possible outcomes are considered and a very possible solution found.

It is a beautifully realised drabble that while being original and
complete in itself, also encourages the reader to think about the
possible machinations that did go on in Middle-earth when the subject
of marriage arose.

Title: Seven Sisters · Author: Pearl Took · Races: Other Beings · ID: 388
Reviewer: agape4gondor · 2008-11-30 23:11:53 Score: 2
Spoilers!
Wow - macabre tale of a wish answered. Not one would truly wish for -
just one wished in the midst of anger. Thankfully, the wish, though
seemed to be fulfilled, was not.

Well written.

Title: Star's End · Author: Keiliss · Races: Elves: House of Elrond ·
ID: 283
Reviewer: red lasbelin · 2008-11-30 23:13:19 Score: 10
This is an absolutely incredible story that flows from start to finish
in a natural, powerful (but not overwhelming, or unsubtle), haunting
way. I've never totally connected with either character, Arwen or
Maglor, but in this, it doesn't matter. The storytelling is so well
done and the characters are vivid, complete as a painting, you will
connect with them.

Maglor is who he is, not making excuses or being defensive, and he
brings a wisdom and surprising comfort to Arwen's journey. Arwen is
beautiful and graceful, the incarnation of Luthien it is said, and
with this version I believed. Still there's an aching sorrow,
underneath her grace, something underlined for me very strongly when
she talks about no longer hearing the voice of the trees.

The description of Lorien is stunning, fading into the forest,
returning to a natural state as it was before the Elves came. It's an
unsaid illusion to Arwen's own end, a mortal one - dust to dust. A
frightening one, entirely unknown, in many respects unnatural for her
race.

Two very unlikely traveling companions and a journey, an end of a
journey for one. Never forced or too melodramatic, Keiliss is a
storyteller first, and a writer second. They never are just words.

Title: Journey's End · Author: Ignoble Bard · Times: Fourth Age and
Beyond: Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 234
Reviewer: obsidianj · 2008-11-30 23:13:46 Score: 3
Spoilers!
This drabble describes the moment of reunion in just a few words, but
there is a wealth of emotion in it. This is the culmination of all
Aragorn and Arwen worked for. Finally, they are together without any
care in the world.

Title: Duty, Honour, Country · Author: Rhapsody · Races: Elves: Other
Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 81
Reviewer: Keiliss · 2008-11-30 23:14:13 Score: 10
Spoilers!
I liked the quote above the story.

This was a very thoughtful introspective on what it must have been
like to know what things look like from the outside to people who find
it all too easy to get lost in the detail of high drama, of oaths and
rebellion and blood on swords. Too easy to overlook things like
natural decency and a desire to always do the right and honourable
thing, to risk all for those who look to one for aid and protection.

I have always assumed that Feanor's sons followed their father from
love and from a sense of family bonds, of standing together, and
respect for their parent. I think we bring what we know to what we
read, and I live in Africa and am exposed to traditions that insist
that even adult children should never dispute a father's decisions but
instead support him in whatever he chooses to do, not blindly but out
of love and respect, so – [honour and duty] make sense to me.

The final piece though, I really loved. No Maglor dolefully wandering
the shores of a world that knows him not, endlessly lamenting his
mistakes, but one who has made what he can of what life has offered
him and still watches and guards against any return of darkness. I
liked this concept very much, and want to go away and think more about it.


Title: Dead Steward's Gift · Author: stefaniab · Genres: Mystery · ID: 572
Reviewer: Inkling · 2008-11-30 23:14:55 Score: 5
Spoilers!
A ripping good tale of suspense and mystery--or, depending on whom you
listen to, an adventure populated by mice, rats, and a first-rate
whisker cleaner. Faramir makes a fine Holmes, with his black cat Cirri
as a tension-breaking Watson. And casting Denethor as a neat freak not
only ties up the plot's loose ends but seems oddly in character for
the stern Steward. Moody, atmospheric details set the stage
beautifully for this almost-ghost story, and the visions of the
Palantir are well worth the wait: exhilarating and magical. Well done,
Steff!



Title: Dorwinion Wine · Author: Lindelea · Races: Cross-Cultural · ID: 663
Reviewer: Linda Hoyland · 2008-11-30 23:15:28 Score: 2
Spoilers!
It was delightful to see Bilbo through the eyes of an Elven
minstrel.It seems that even Elves get rather the worst for wear
sometimes!A charming story.

Msg# 9634

MEFA Reviews for Monday, December 1, 2008 (Evening Set, Part Two) Posted by annmarwalk December 01, 2008 - 17:49:26 Topic ID# 9634
Title: Five Hair Care Tips for Rohirrim · Author: EdorasLass · Genres:
Humor · ID: 71
Reviewer: elfscribe · 2008-11-30 23:16:59 Score: 3
I enjoyed this humorous little piece. After seeing TTT again recently,
I'm struck anew by how badly the Rohirrim need this essay. It should
be printed up and airdropped over Rohan. Loved the snarky tone. [This
may seem obvious, but judging by the state of certain Riders' hair,
apparently it's not.] [Rohirric braids are manly, useful things, which
are useful in manly ways.]

I never knew before how Theodred got so many babes. Conditioner is it?
Oh and yes *that.* LOL.

Title: Rekindling · Author: Dawn Felagund · Times: Fourth Age and
Beyond · ID: 255
Reviewer: Elleth · 2008-11-30 23:17:29 Score: 10
Spoilers!
I requested the end of the world and the meeting of Feanor and
Nerdanel set among it - and while the story certainly did not turn out
the way I had imagined it might, it could not have been done
differently or more perfectly. There is so much I want to say to this,
and all that comes out is 'wow' - in part, definitely vanity: 'Look,
people, this absolutely brilliant story was written at MY request, and
look how utterly gorgeous Dawn did it!' - and my other half? Close to
bursting into tears like I did the first time reading it, and bawling
like a baby. But enough of that.

It's close to the end of the world, and Nerdanel is planting trees as
she is whisked away for a final meeting with her husband, who has
unexpectedly been returned to life. There is a battle, the sun and the
moon collide, and eventually the survivors assemble for the breaking
of the Silmarils, for Arda Remade - and for Nerdanel's ultimate loss:
The Silmarils are broken, and he is slain, apparently beyond return.
And why? He does it for Nerdanel. And that is the whole secret - from
the mundane action of Nerdanel planting trees, to the great, and back
to the mundane among it: It is the end of the world, the Dagor
Dagorath has been fought, and all Feanor and Nerdanel know that moment
are each other, and Feanor makes himself the ultimate sacrifice to
save his wife from any greater grief - and is successful.
The mixture is perfect, action and development and juxtapositions and
symbolism, and an end that shows rather than tells how Arda is healed:
Despite the ultimate loss, Nerdanel is not made to suffer in
bitterness, terrible though her loss has been. And that is the end of
it, and I am dissolving into tears yet again. (Reading stories for
reviewing is making me cry quite a lot today, but if anything that is
a nod to the respective authors; I am not usually that weepy.)

Dawn, I cannot thank you enough for this story, and wish I could say
more to give [Rekindling] a higher score than 10, but as that is not
possible, I'll stop now - just let me repeat again how absolutely
blown away I was by this piece of writing and how much I love the
story. Thank you.

Title: The Waker · Author: Nancy Brooke · Races: Villains:
Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 287
Reviewer: Linda Hoyland · 2008-11-30 23:19:30 Score: 3
Spoilers!
This unusual drabble was very thought provoking and chilling.I liked
the idea the The watcher might be a sentient creature and even felt a
little sympathy for it,a mark of good writing.

Title: Too Many Rangers · Author: Larner · Races: Hobbits · ID: 116
Reviewer: Linaewen · 2008-11-30 23:20:20 Score: 3
This story was so much fun to read! I loved how cleverly the different
rangers were woven into the tale, making it very plausible while also
being quite humorous. Too many rangers, indeed!

A most excellent tale, one that made me laugh out loud a number of
times. I shall be reading this one more than once, and recommending it
to others, as well.

Title: Bitter Sweet · Author: annmarwalk · Genres: Alternate Universe:
Steward's Family · ID: 536
Reviewer: Elen Kortirion · 2008-11-30 23:22:02 Score: 5
Spoilers!
Ah yes, bitter-sweet indeed. The possible non-canon but fannishly
desirable relationship between two heroes that Professor Tolkien
decided to dispense with - having done their service to the main tale
- has long been a source of stories that the author and several others
have mulled over. To the point where a plethora of undeed! Boromir and
undead!Theodred stories are extant in the particular corner of fandom
that I know the author occupies with grace, talent, and a writerly eye
for a good tale as yet untold. This is a lovely, gentle tale of
honourable men and what might have happened had neither been killed
within days of each other in canon - personnaly - I far prefer this
version of events!

Title: Where Shadows Lay No More · Author: Cathleen · Times: Fourth
Age and Beyond · ID: 358
Reviewer: agape4gondor · 2008-11-30 23:22:08 Score: 4
Spoilers!
Hooray! Hooray! What a blessing for the Fellowship and for Boromir.

I saw loved this moment - Boromir seeing the fulfillment of his wish
for his beloved land, knowing that his friends live and remember him
and have done what he could not do - save his people.

I certainly hope that those who have passed before us can 'see' us and
rejoice in our lives.

This was a beautiful look into what might be.

Title: Answering the Call · Author: docmon · Genres: Drama · ID: 340
Reviewer: Inkling · 2008-11-30 23:22:18 Score: 3
A fascinating and disturbing series of what-ifs...with Gandalf's
somehow all the more so for being presented entirely through uneasy
conversations. In one of Tolkien's letters he described Gandalf in
possession of the Ring as ultimately making good seem more loathsome
than evil...and this vignette picks up on that idea, I think. Nicely done!


Title: Labour Pains · Author: Aratlithiel · Genres: Humor: Shire · ID: 483
Reviewer: Dwimordene · 2008-11-30 23:23:36 Score: 6
Spoilers!
One imagines that this is a story that only someone who has given
birth or been in Frodo's position could possibly write.

Aratlithiel hits all the hightlights of hormonal swings, mood swings,
anxiety, and the merciless ironies of bad timing as she depicts Frodo
Baggins, Ringbearer and savior of the world thereby, the hobbit who
has been stabbed by Nazgűl and bitten by Gollum, thoroughly and
utterly cowed and beaten by the travails of Rosie's pregnancy. Sam,
too, in fact, which is how Frodo ended up in his position of hapless
and clueless male support. I particularly loved this exchange:

["Gardening emergency."

Sam nodded and swung his cloak about his shoulders. "Aye, sir."

"You've made that up," Frodo told him. "There is no such thing as a
gardening emergency."

Sam stopped in the act of reaching down for his pack, peered at Frodo
with wide, innocent eyes. "O'course there is, sir, else I'd not have
said it."

Frodo's eyes narrowed further and he crossed his arms over his chest.
"Pansies running amok and threatening the neighbours, are they?"]

Personally, I would love to see pansies run amok and hold up the
neighbors - if trees can do it in Tolkien's world, why not flowers?
But it's just the start of the entertainingly undignified travails of
Frodo Ringbearer. The last lines - priceless.

Title: Merry on the Pelennor Fields · Author: Primsong · Genres:
Poetry: Drama · ID: 720
Reviewer: Linda Hoyland · 2008-11-30 23:24:21 Score: 3
Spoilers!
A beautiful and heart-rending lament for the fallen Theoden and
Snowmane.It was nice to see the horse remembered as well as Merry's
touching description of Eowyn.Another treasure that I have discovered
through these awards!

Title: Midwinter Thoughts · Author: Rhapsody · Races: Elves: Noldor
Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 570
Reviewer: Keiliss · 2008-11-30 23:24:41 Score: 5
Spoilers!
I've bookmarked this to read a few more times because I just love the
slightly tired, introspective, melancholy air to it. He feels very
real, sitting there thinking his thoughts and realising he will never
manage to write them down and get the words to say what he wants them
to. I got a good picture of life in that stronghold as winter closed
in, of people drawing together as is the way of things, finding warmth
in one another. It feels sad and yet the ending has an almost hopeful
feeling - if he gets to speak to her first, if someone else hasn't
already asked her to dance, if he can just stop worrying about how to
do it and say those words so simply and honestly...




Title: Reflections in the Smoke · Author: Raksha the Demon · Times:
Late Third Age: General Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 294
Reviewer: Cuthalion · 2008-11-30 23:26:20 Score: 4
Spoilers!
Good gracious, what a gem! One often forgets that Gandalf is a Maia
himself, and that a weight of countless years lifts him high above
those he has cared for all that endless time. But this tales lets the
reader come to the realization that Narya is more than just a red
stone glowing on an old wizard's finger - he is Olórin, too, he is
made of different stuff than even Aragorn who can lead the line of his
blood back to Númenor. That was - as Samwise Gamgee would have said -
a true eye-opener. *smiles*

Title: Utúlie'n Aurë · Author: Nieriel Raina · Genres: Drama: General
Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 163
Reviewer: Linaewen · 2008-11-30 23:27:25 Score: 5
Spoilers!
This story was beautiful! I could hardly finish reading it for the
tears in my eyes. One tends to forget in the glory of the moment of
the destruction of the Ring of Power that there were other times when
victory was snatched away -- and Glorfindel would certainly remember
such times. I love the idea that he knew immediately, it makes so much
sense to me.

I also love having Erestor in this tale, as Glorfindel's friend who
joins him in reminiscing and rejoicing. I have always had a soft spot
in my heart for Erestor, thought I don't know why! It is nice to see
him here, and it made me smile to think of him as a toddler, too!

Thank you for this lovely tale.

Title: Keep Him Secret, Keep Him Safe · Author: shirebound · Races:
Hobbits: Incomplete · ID: 643
Reviewer: Linda Hoyland · 2008-11-30 23:29:06 Score: 4
Spoilers!
This is a lovely heart warming story concerning a theme I wish more
writers would explore,how Aragorn was effected by all his great
deeds,which indeed was the subject of my own very first story,albeit
more gruesomely.In this story,we see Aragorn collapse with exhaustion
at Cormallen and be nursed back to health by the twins and the
Hobbits. I Eagerly awaited every chapter of this and enjoyed Frodo and
Aragorn's friendship and seeing Aragorn receive the care he so
deserves after lavishing it on others.

Title: Full Brothers in Blood · Author: Oshun · Genres: Humor · ID: 212
Reviewer: pandemonium_213 · 2008-11-30 23:29:15 Score: 6
Spoilers!
In [Full Brothers in Blood], Oshun takes the reader back to Tirion
where young Turukáno (Turgon) diligently works on a composition and
hears his older brother, Findekáno (Fingon) arrive with his boisterous
cousin, Tyelkormo (Celegorm). From there the reader is led into the
home of Nolofinwë and Anairë, thanks to Oshun's characterizations and
knack for setting and dialogue. She draws the distinctive
personalities of the two brothers, elder and younger, very well in
this short story. The details are great -- the whole issue of eating
seafood, which Turgon abhors (oh, the irony of this boy who will
become ruler of Vinyamar) and Celegorm's braying laugh or shriek like
a monkey, a sly and funny nod to Tyelkormo's predisposition to
speaking to the beasts. The descriptions are so vivid that I felt as
if I were sitting at the table for the dinner on a wam evening.

A fine story that illustrates family dynamics!

Title: A Cat in King Elessar's Court · Author: agape4gondor · Races:
Cross-Cultural: Friendship · ID: 66
Reviewer: Inkling · 2008-11-30 23:29:32 Score: 5
A marvelous tale, starting with the terrific OC feline narrator. I
love Alqua's fierce loyalty, not just to Denethor but to Gondor. So
often it's dogs that are portrayed as loyal, while cats are written as
somewhat selfish and out for themselves. And I love how informed he
is, even to the strategies of the enemy in keeping help away from the
city. A cat to be reckoned with...

Agape's Denethor is also wonderful, and to my mind completely
canonical. Tolkien's Denethor was such a complex, fascinating, and
intelligent character...not the boorish jerk of the film.

A highly original, well written gap-filler from a most unusual
perspective.


Title: Best Three Falls, No Gouging · Author: Brigantine · Genres:
Humor: Gondor · ID: 587
Reviewer: Dwimordene · 2008-11-30 23:29:46 Score: 3
Spoilers!
What happened to the "no gouging" part of the title?

Not to say that Faramir isn't worth fighting for, but one would think
that Eomer at least would take care to ensure that he'd be able to
make good on the reward if he won. As it is...

Amusing!

Title: Sharing Good News · Author: Imhiriel · Genres: Humor: Drabbles
· ID: 216
Reviewer: Linda Hoyland · 2008-11-30 23:31:20 Score: 3
Spoilers!
A truly delightful friendship drabble concerning Bilbo and Aragorn. I
can just imagine the Ranger wanting to tell Bilbo the good news that
Arwen loves him! The depiction of the weather is especially vivid.

Title: Footsteps in Time · Author: Keiliss · Races: Elves · ID: 76
Reviewer: red lasbelin · 2008-11-30 23:32:24 Score: 10
This was a really fascinating read, something that defied conventional
Galadriel/Celeborn stories and also genre constraints....Romance and
drama all with a very liberal dose of adventure.

I liked how she worked her way through their history. She brings an
attention to canon that is never militaristic in nature or uncreative,
rather she weaves her own stories around the existing threads with a
respect and love.

Galadriel here is the star of the story - she's stubborn, strong,
feminine in the truest sense of the word, and she is one of the best
female characters written that I've read in fanfiction. Don't even
like her all the time, but she is definitely herself.

Though from what you see of Celeborn, he is a match for his wife, but
not in a way that clashes with her, instead I see more of how they
compliment each other with their differences. The scene where they
meet for the first time and he wants to touch her hair has always
stuck with me, quietly geniune.

Two other things that deserve mention is her Melian, a true definition
of a scene stealer - fey and wild, vivid and striking, otherworldly -
and the introduction of Galadriel's nephew, future king Ereinion
Gil-galad.

All in all, a stunning story.



Title: One Last Wish · Author: Dawn Felagund · Times: First Age and
Prior: House of Finwe · ID: 323
Reviewer: Elleth · 2008-11-30 23:32:56 Score: 10
Spoilers!
Poignant and bitter and heartbreaking, [One Last Wish] presents to the
reader a possible version of how the eventual estrangement of Feanor
and Nerdanel came to pass. The author, Dawn Felagund, is a well-known
'Feanorian' and a great writer, a coming together these two traits
create an exquisitely sorrowful tale that shows deep insight into
canon material and the craft of writing both. Like leitmotifs to
emphasize the significance of certain passages (though no word here is
superfluous or out of place): the sound of the forge door, the broken
latch that cannot keep it closed, the leaves rushing in, the idea of
going back in time to undo what has been done all guide the reader
through the story.

In her final chance for reconciliation, Nerdanel chooses selfishness
(if you can justify to call it that) over sacrificing herself to her
husband's cause; she refuses to create another child with him that he
hopes may fix their relationship, and is left. A year later, the
period it takes from conception to birth for the Eldar, Nerdanel is
back in the forge and left alone, and wishing for a second chance -
but that is not all there is to the story. In glimpses and flickers
and fragments, Dawn shows episodes from the marriage of Feanor and
Nerdanel, and furthers understanding of how it could come this far.
She establishes a profound sense of sympathy for Nerdanel and makes
her final decision all the more understandable, but no less
heartbreaking, and weaves everything together into a tightly-spun
whole that is a delight to read and re-read. I keep coming back to the
story and discover something new, and Dawn's evocative, picturesque
style certainly does nothing to distract the reader, but rather adds
another layer to the whole. I wish I could write like this.

Title: The Clear Ringing Of Silver Trumpets · Author: Lithilien
Quicksilver · Genres: Drama: Featuring Boromir or Faramir · ID: 278
Reviewer: Linaewen · 2008-11-30 23:33:32 Score: 3
I have always loved this tale by Lithilien Quicksilver. It is very
much the story of Boromir's struggle as seen in the film, and yet Lith
retells it so very beautifully. We see into Boromir's mind and heart,
and are able to go away knowing he died well with his hope intact, and
that takes all the sorrow at the loss of Boromir away and makes me smile.

Title: Care to Ride My Hot-Rod Fell Beast? · Author: viv · Genres:
Humor: Other Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 180
Reviewer: Dwimordene · 2008-11-30 23:33:37 Score: 2
It is indeed a harsh, harsh world when your innuendos lead to death
and disintegration. Maybe Angmar should have tried the titular line
instead...?

Title: Tonight We Are Alive · Author: Eyborg · Races: Dwarves · ID: 504
Reviewer: Linda Hoyland · 2008-11-30 23:34:30 Score: 3
Spoilers!
An interesting and rare glimpse of a Dwarf's home life,something
rarely seen in fanfiction. Kili is my favourite of all the Dwarfs in
the Hobbit. It is poignant to read this well told story,knowing that
Killi will die.


Title: Sing All Ye People! · Author: Raksha the Demon · Times: Late
Third Age: Gondor · ID: 249
Reviewer: Cuthalion · 2008-11-30 23:34:41 Score: 4
Spoilers!
Yet another brilliantly beautiful tale I discover by this author, now
that the voting season is nearly over. That scene with Faramir and
Éowyn has always been one of my favorite bookverse moments, and the
author makes me see the eagles, makes me hear the voices that ring in
Faramir's heart, and - what is most important - makes me feel his
disbelieving joy. Simply great. Wow.

Title: One Summer Day · Author: annmarwalk · Genres: Humor: Gondor ·
ID: 535
Reviewer: Elen Kortirion · 2008-11-30 23:35:08 Score: 6
Spoilers!
These four ficlets provide a wonderful evocation of summer's past,
idyllic days of hot sun, wonderful food, and honest toil out in a
garden - all lovingly described in spare detail that hits just the
right note everytime. Boromir the Gardener might be unexpected, but
why not? It adds a richness to his character and when so well written
as here, it is utterly believable. Faramir, loving brother and
assistant pot-boy, what a very suitable adjunct to his personality, as
is the 'fact' that the Prince of Dol Amroth is an excellent cook and
loves a good cook-out on the beach. And finally the author's original
character Mag the Cook, doyen of many stories, a wonderful invention
now as well-rounded as any canon character with her own backstory and
views on the lives of the denizens of both the citadel of Minis Tirith
and the citizens of the Circles

Title: Pippin-Frog For A Day · Author: Neilia · Genres: Alternate
Universe: Incomplete · ID: 115
Reviewer: Antane · 2008-11-30 23:35:17 Score: 3
Spoilers!
How terrible for Pip-frog! But better for all of us to know ahead of
time that he's going to be all right. Love Gandalf's 'answer' to
Merry's question about turning him back into a hobbit early. Pippin
must really be sorry if he's going to give Merry all his afters for a
week or two. *hugs* *hugs Pip-frog*

Msg# 9635

MEFA Reviews for Monday, December 1, 2008 (Evening Set, Part Three) Posted by annmarwalk December 01, 2008 - 17:50:28 Topic ID# 9635
Title: Unwilling · Author: Elena Tiriel · Races: Elves: Drabbles · ID: 64
Reviewer: pandemonium_213 · 2008-11-30 23:36:14 Score: 3
I'm impressed with those who have mastery of the short form, and Elen
Tiriel is among the best. This is a succinct, searing indictment from
an Avor to Man's lack of stewardship of the earth, tying the ancient
world of those who remained in Middle-earth to our contemporary times
with a sad subtle coda.



Title: Blood and Iron · Author: Ribby · Races: Elves: Drabbles · ID: 122
Reviewer: Elleth · 2008-11-30 23:37:57 Score: 3
Spoilers!
Striking, in every sense of the words. The language is poetical and
beautiful, and the author established a rhythm in this that reads more
like poetry than a drabble: I can hear the hammerfalls as Elrond
reforges the blade, throughout the story, and I can almost see the
blood on the sword. And the hope, of course. Very evocative writing,
and beautifully done.

Title: Pippin's Secret · Author: shirebound · Races: Hobbits:
Friendship · ID: 599
Reviewer: Linaewen · 2008-11-30 23:38:55 Score: 3
This was such a sweet story about Pippin! I can well imagine him
having such a secret, and being so faithful at keeping it as well.
He's a very special hobbit, and I'm glad to see that Gandalf realizes
that, as well.

Title: An Elf-lord Revealed · Author: Tanaqui · Times: Multi-Age:
Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 406
Reviewer: Linda Hoyland · 2008-11-30 23:39:13 Score: 4
Spoilers!
I'm not a big fan of Elves,but these drablles brought Glorfindel alive
to me as never before.I especially liked his bewilderment on finding
himself reborn and his encounter with Faramir.I often wonder what it
would be like to meet people out of legend.Faramir knows the answer to
that! it was also fascinating to read about Glorfindel and Gandalf
comparing Balrogs!

Title: Of Cake and Crumbs and Distant Dreams · Author: Lindelea ·
Races: Hobbits: Hurt/Comfort · ID: 688
Reviewer: Inkling · 2008-11-30 23:39:30 Score: 2
Spoilers!
I love this charming and poignant post-Quest vignette in which Frodo,
for once, is the comforter, telling his cousin a lovely hobbity fairy
tale. Very nice, Lin!

Title: Frodos Dremes · Author: Gentle Hobbit · Genres: Drama:
Featuring Frodo or Sam · ID: 235
Reviewer: Antane · 2008-11-30 23:41:12 Score: 3
A very interesting set of dreams - or in some cases, nightmares, and
in some cases, only things that could happen in dreams. Frodo
certainly did have some interesting ones and this is a good
exploration of them.

Title: Possessing the greatest powers · Author: Tanaqui · Times:
Multi-Age: Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 387
Reviewer: pandemonium_213 · 2008-11-30 23:41:13 Score: 4
Spoilers!
As a writer who takes a keen interest in Rings and Ringmakers, I loved
this series of ficlets from Tanaqui which describes in beautiful prose
the aspects of each of the Three Elven Rings, weaving in their
characteristics according to Air, Fire and Water, and the reactions of
their bearers when the One was destroyed. The final words in the
ficlet about Narya, the Ring of Fire, look forward to a new hope. Very
nice, Tanaqui!

Title: To See A World · Author: Nightwing · Genres: Adventure:
Incomplete · ID: 330
Reviewer: agape4gondor · 2008-11-30 23:41:46 Score: 6
Spoilers!
I'm hoping that, once the author sees the response of the readers,
this story will finally be completed. I have been a loyal follower for
a long time and sit and wait, impatiently, for the completion.

A powerful tale of a wounded Elf in the midst of a terrible struggle -
within himself - and within the world about him. And his friend and
companion, Aragorn, suffers both in body and in spirit during the
trials these two must face.

Is there hope for healing for Legolas? Can the perpetrator of his
mother's murder be brought to justice? Will the people these two meet
be saved along with their village?

A trying time for all - characters and readers alike - this is a
nail-biting, stomach-wrenching tale that clearly needs some
resolution.....

Hint Hint Hint

Great writing - great characters - great landscapes - Glad I found
this before voting ends!!!!

Title: Unwilling · Author: Elena Tiriel · Races: Elves: Drabbles · ID: 64
Reviewer: Elleth · 2008-11-30 23:42:28 Score: 4
Spoilers!
One of the Avari mourns the loss of his Middle-earth to Men, and the
abominations committed on nature. A very contemporary and alarming
drabble for all its fantasy background: It could easily have happened
this way. The vanishing Avari and the falling dewdrop gain such
significance here, seeing how the Eldar are bound to waters of all
kinds and both go unnoticed. I liked this very much, and will
certainly make sure to watch a little better in the future - who knows
what we might otherwise miss.

Title: Home · Author: Aranel Took · Races: Dwarves: Drabbles · ID: 533
Reviewer: pandemonium_213 · 2008-11-30 23:44:54 Score: 4
Aranel has such a great sense of humor and it surely shows in the
punchline of this neat little fic from Gimli's viewpoint as he
considers his new home in the Glittering Caves. For such a short
piece, Aranel's word choices are so evocative. I formed a picture
right away of the new community.

Aranel has set her talents to the DC 'verse, which is immensely
entertaining, but I hope she continues to visit Middle-earth, too.

Title: Gone Amiss · Author: Raksha the Demon · Genres: Drama: Ring War
Drabbles · ID: 44
Reviewer: Linaewen · 2008-11-30 23:45:06 Score: 4
Spoilers!
This is beautiful! Aragorn's final moments with Boromir surely must
have been exactly like this; I can well imagine Aragorn responding in
this way, with sorrow at the loss, with regret over what could have
been, and with dismay as to how he was going to break the news. We
know that he rises to the task when the time comes, but at this
moment, he truly is at a loss, and dismayed at how things have gone
amiss, in spite of his best efforts.

Title: Confidence · Author: annmarwalk · Races: Men: Minas Tirith · ID: 38
Reviewer: Elen Kortirion · 2008-11-30 23:47:20 Score: 7
Spoilers!
The author has a rich and wonderful talent for creating very real,
well-rounded and believable original characters. She looks for the
seemingly small tasks that might often be considered to be perhaps
mundane in Middle-earth's world of grand quests and heroes, but out of
these rough, earthy nuggets she creates polished jewels of prose about
living, breathing people of the most familiar three-dimensional kind,
people we feel we could get to know.

The reader can relate to them because we can easily imagine what a
cook, or a barber or a young man nervous about their first important
job for the big boss might feel. The fact that her original characters
fit perfectly seamlessly into Tolkien's world of is a triumph of his
art in making the world so rich, and her talent in that she knows the
world well enough to play there, and to convincingly take the reader
with her.

Well done, I am so very, very fond of these 'extra' folk of Minas Tirith.

Title: Second Best · Author: Tanaqui · Races: Men: Gondor Drabbles ·
ID: 384
Reviewer: Raksha the Demon · 2008-11-30 23:47:36 Score: 3
Spoilers!
Here's a trompe-l'oeil of a drabble; leading the reader down one path
to finish on a parallel track, but the connection is inevitable.
Tanaqui's perceptions are wonderful and credible and bittersweet.

Title: A Smile · Author: Aria · Races: Elves: House of Finwe · ID: 321
Reviewer: Elleth · 2008-11-30 23:48:04 Score: 5
A very deep, fascinating story about Curufin's smile, coming to a
conclusion that I would never have considered, but that makes perfect
sense. Beautiful writing, a strong grasp on the source material, and a
very believable Curufin who is not simply painted as one of the great
villains of the Eldar in Beleriand, but (also) a father. The balance
is delicate, but all the more effective for the risk of slipping.
Stirring, thought-provoking and multi-layered: I will definitely come
back to re-read this and perhaps understand this story a little
better. Thank you for sharing this, Aria, and good luck. You deserve
to win something with this story.

Title: The Dancing Lesson · Author: Lindelea · Races: Hobbits:
Friendship · ID: 664
Reviewer: Antane · 2008-11-30 23:48:43 Score: 3
Spoilers!
That was fun! I am much more inclined to agree with Frodo - I'd much
rather stay at home and read and write! But in Frodo's case, that
would leave the lasses terribly disappointed so Bilbo's fun way of
teaching his heart's son how to dance. Worked also! Love also Frodo
pointing out why the duster was dusty.

Title: Feelings of Superiority · Author: Gwynnyd · Times: Multi-Age:
Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 362
Reviewer: agape4gondor · 2008-11-30 23:49:53 Score: 3
Spoilers!
These are definitely chilling moments! I'm glad I found this, but also
disheartened. It would seem we have not learned, though ages have
passed since these happened.

*shivers* well written pieces of - hmmm - filth - one wonders. For is
not such condescension filth???

Again - well written and off-putting.

Title: Parth Galen · Author: Isabeau of Greenlea · Genres: Alternate
Universe: Steward's Family · ID: 705
Reviewer: Raksha the Demon · 2008-11-30 23:49:57 Score: 4
Spoilers!
This time, Boromir's internal struggle with the Ring at Parth Galen
has a different ending. Boromir's finding the strength to resist it,
through a love that he did not (according to all indications in canon)
have in LOTR, works here.

I particularly enjoyed the characterisations of Frodo and Sam; Isabeau
writes them very well. And the ending is brilliant; Boromir may still
die here, but he will die with his soul clean and no taint of
treachery to his name.

Title: A Meeting in the Tower Hills · Author: Imhiriel · Races:
Cross-Cultural: Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 374
Reviewer: pandemonium_213 · 2008-11-30 23:50:09 Score: 4
The Men who remained in Eriador after the "chosen" Edain left for
Númenor have long interested me, so I enjoyed Imhiriel's drabble of
the meeting of the Sea-lords with their brethren and the tentative
cultural exchange. In a succinct drabble, I was reminded of Tolkien's
story, Tar-Elmar, in the Peoples of Middle-earth. The favorite
amusement of the evening was pretty amusing, too. Nice writing!

Title: Brotherhood · Author: Violin Ghost · Races: Men: Steward's
Family · ID: 261
Reviewer: Linaewen · 2008-11-30 23:51:09 Score: 4
This is an excellent story! I love how the song that Faramir keeps
recalling ties in to his memories of Boromir and how it also brings
him unexpectedly into a new relationship with another brother. The
memories of Boromir are sweet and give new insight into his character;
Faramir's character, too, is seen more clearly through how he deals
with his memories.

I just wish I could hear Boromir and Faramir singing this song!

Title: The Captain's Mare · Author: The Lauderdale · Races: Villains ·
ID: 575
Reviewer: Dwimordene · 2008-11-30 23:51:20 Score: 9
Spoilers!
The Lauderdale's orcs are something special. It's a little strange to
write that, but it's the case. Somebody once said that what was so
wonderful about Freud was that you could read his case studies, and
despite the disturbing stories and lives of his patients, they came
off as real people - not simply crazy, but people, even admirable people.

Similarly, The Lauderdale takes us through an orc's mind without
apology, twitch, or attempt to soften or guard his speech. One gets a
good sense of him, and his little joys, his pettiness, his
brutalities, and the confused and sad little love that he had in him.
It doesn't end in any redeeming fashion; there's nothing sublime about
this, but there's a sadness to it that mixes in with the disgust and
the horror. I love the story of the orcs and wargs and their ruined
partnership. I love even more the way that The Lauderdale takes this
particular orc's terribly sincere attempt to be something more than an
uruk to his lady, and then uses it and the disappointment of love to
strangle the little bit of gentleness he had in him. It reads very
believably.

Great job, The Lauderdale!

Title: Circle of Silver · Author: Keiliss · Races: Elves: House of
Finwe · ID: 717
Reviewer: red lasbelin · 2008-11-30 23:52:26 Score: 5
Very well done, an interesting and heartwarming look at a young elf,
Gil-galad, who has had to grow up very quickly to fill a position of
authority that would be daunting for even a seasoned elf. After
reading this story, you get the sense that fill them he will, in a way
no one else had before, and, as the story proves, no one else ever will.

The way he looked after Erestor, making sure he was taken care of
before going on was a glimpse into exactly what kind of person he is.
Good, strong, noble, kind and someone who genuinely cares about
everyone, even down to a young boy.

Title: Burdens · Author: Meril · Genres: Drama: General Fixed-Length
Ficlets · ID: 219
Reviewer: Raksha the Demon · 2008-11-30 23:53:12 Score: 3
Spoilers!
A lovely set of ficlets about the crossing the Helcaraxe.

Each ficlet is a snapshot of an Elf we may never see again, each
ficlet an ephemeral portrait in courage. We know a little more about
the Elves after reading the series, enough to see them as individuals,
enough to see their fragility as well as their strength.

A fine piece of writing by Meril.

Title: Old Friends · Author: Marta · Times: Fourth Age and Beyond:
Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 651
Reviewer: Elleth · 2008-11-30 23:53:21 Score: 3
Lovely and very in-character for Gandalf. After him having experienced
Middle-earth, I can easily believe in this boredom and rejoycing
happening. The descriptions are superb.

Title: The Ritual Disturbed · Author: Larner · Genres: Horror · ID: 68
Reviewer: Inkling · 2008-11-30 23:53:26 Score: 3
Spoilers!
An unexpected and fascinating character study of two beings from Aman:
one fallen, the other a powerful, if rogue, Maia. I especially
appreciated seeing Bombadil treated with the respect he deserves but
so seldom receives in fan fiction. The ["mixture of joy and nonsense
that was in truth sense beyond understanding"] is a wonderful way to
describe him. Well done!

Title: Gifts · Author: Gloria Mundi · Races: Villains: Fixed-Length
Ficlets · ID: 594
Reviewer: Dwimordene · 2008-11-30 23:54:58 Score: 1
One part creepy, another part pathetic and sad - just as
Smeagol/Gollum is!

Msg# 9636

MEFA Reviews for Monday, December 1, 2008 (Evening Set, Part Four) Posted by annmarwalk December 01, 2008 - 17:51:32 Topic ID# 9636
Title: Light of the Westering Sun · Author: Dawn Felagund · Races:
Cross-Cultural: Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 126
Reviewer: Keiliss · 2008-11-30 23:55:10 Score: 10
Spoilers!
I left several stories till the end, assuming that as I had read them
before it would be a simple matter to skim over them and review them
adequately, which was of course one of many errors I've made in my
reviewing patterns.

I am particularly sorry this has meant that I will give this piece far
less than its due. Here we have snippets from Haleth's life, little
snapshots of moments, thoughts, experiences, that chart who she is and
where her heart lies, and the wisdom that love and her own innate
common sense have taught her. She knew a love that could never really
have its time, but which still at least in part defines her. Strange
how a line can catch your attention and tell you all you need to know
- she is thinking of him and remembers him [eating with his right hand
or his left, depending on his mood] and later recalls the way he moves
in sleep, in dreams, and it takes love's eye to note and be able to
bring back those tiny details about someone. And I understood the
significance of her awareness that they felt the same sun shine on
them both - I have experienced that before, it has its own
bitter-sweet joy.

The final part, part Vl, really spoke to me. I thought standing alone
it would still tell me an immense amount about Haleth. She looked back
yes. And the old woman did not try and stop her. And that in itself is
a great lesson in wisdom - we all have to make our own mistakes,
experience our own joy. Which tied it back to the beginning, and to
her refusal to stand in judgment of another young heart.

Very, very beautiful reading. I wish I had done this early so that my
review could do it justice.

Title: Sun · Author: Claudia · Races: Cross-Cultural: Frodo and
Faramir · ID: 223
Reviewer: Antane · 2008-11-30 23:55:15 Score: 4
Spoilers!
I love Frodo and Faramir reunion stories and this one is sweet, for
these two are kindred spirits, Faramir being a hobbit in a man's skin.
And I love his words about seeing the sun. Frodo sees ruin and the
present, but Faramir sees beyond that, into the future, as I think he
always did, looking forward to the return of the king that has now
come. In some ways, he could be named Hope Unquenchable too. I love him.

Title: What Goes Up · Author: Dana · Times: Late Third Age: Gondor
Drabbles · ID: 683
Reviewer: Elleth · 2008-11-30 23:55:54 Score: 3
Spoilers!
I was unsure what to expect from this when reading the title, but it
didn't fail to delight. Very fittingly hobbitish in voice, you sketch
a 'cute' picture of Pippin lighting the first of the beacons of Gondor
(I think) - it made me smile, thank you.

Title: Courage · Author: annmarwalk · Genres: Humor: Gondor · ID: 41
Reviewer: Elen Kortirion · 2008-11-30 23:55:55 Score: 4
Spoilers!
Anybody who has encountered an oyster for the first time will
recognise this reaction with a wry smile - how can anybody want to eat
THAT? But just as anybody who has eaten fresh oysters will tell you
thay are the very essence of the sea. They taste how the ocean smells
and once eaten are never forgotten - like numerous other 'first times'
they leave a deep impression! Which is something the author has
captured with wit and humour while remaining very close to the canon
characterizations of all concerned.

Title: In the Van · Author: Branwyn (Lady Branwyn) · Genres: Humor ·
ID: 72
Reviewer: Linaewen · 2008-11-30 23:56:31 Score: 4
Spoilers!
Oh, this is a glorious tale! I can hardly type this review for
laughing! This was such fun, partly because it so very much like a
typical car trip with children, and partly because it is our favorite
characters who are the ones bickering and fighting. I'm particularly
fond of Boromir's insistence that he is highly trained in
orienteering, hehe!

Thanks so much for this fun look at what it might have been like to
travel with these guys!

Title: Riding the Waves · Author: Claudia · Times: Fourth Age and
Beyond · ID: 211
Reviewer: Antane · 2008-11-30 23:56:53 Score: 2
Oh, how nice to see him filled with joy and laughing! Healed at last!
Especially wonderful that he would be so filled on the 6th too! Thank
you for this!

Title: Maglor's Harp · Author: Ford of Bruinen · Genres: Horror · ID: 660
Reviewer: pandemonium_213 · 2008-11-30 23:56:56 Score: 5
This is a marvelously macabre story! This was an first attempt at a
horror story on Ford of Bruinen's part, and she surely pulled it off.
I'm something a horror aficionado (reading it anyway; I'm not
necessarily adept at writing it), and she did a masterful job in
creating a dark, gruesome tale and a truly mad Maglor. Her use of
details, e.g., dead crabs and mussels as his audience - eeesh - and
Maglor's obseesive search for better and increasingly gruesome
materials for the instrument, builds the tension very well and quite
horrifically, illustrating the depths of Maglor's insanity. A dark yet
oddly refreshing and *different* look at Maglor wandering along the
seashore!

Title: If You Could See What I Hear · Author: Cathleen · Times: Mid
Third Age: Eriador · ID: 614
Reviewer: Meghann · 2008-11-30 23:57:18 Score: 10
Spoilers!
I think this highly entertaining story is one of Cathleen's best! It
is a tale filled with faeries set in a mystical realm which wee Pippin
finds when he becomes lost in the woods near his family's farm at
Whitwell. He's travelling with his new friend, a knitted piglet named
Tulip, who shows up for the very first time in this story. Tulip was
made by Pip's hmoter and she always sounds just like Pippin's mother
for some odd reason and does her best to keep the lad out of trouble.
Early on in their adventure she falls in the stream and this sets Pip
on the run to find her! Naturally, they have now gone too far to find
their way out, and yet Pippin doesn't seemed worried because he's far
too involved investigating his new surroundings rather than be
concerned or afraid. Even spending the night in a tree doesn't phase
him, but Tulip is another story. She keeps on being the voice that
guides him and he usually listens to her. Yet, there are those times
he doesn't and they usually lead him into greater mischief. Pippin and
Tulip find themselves in the land of the faeries, a really fascinating
place to be. Unconcerned about how long he's been there, Pippin is
fascinated by everyone he meets.

Back at the Took farm his family is searching for him, and becoming
more afraid as the hours stretch on. Pippin's da sends for the
shirriff and then finally searches in the woods, along with others,
and he, too, is drawn into a magical world where he learns a lot about
his family's past and is shown the mystery of the Took faerie who
supposedly married one of his ancestors. Paladin is amazed to find out
the legend is the truth, but he never finds out the name of the hobbit
who married the faerie. Cathleen used so many of the old Celtic myths
about faeries in this story that it gives it an authentic feel and a
glimpse into what is called the Otherworld. Pippin and Paladin each
come away with feelings of awe, and yet it seems Pippin doesn't
remember a thing by the next day, much to his father's relief! And
Paladin doesn't tell his wife everything he saw, either, but instead
keeps it to himself. The story has a little bit of a surprise ending
which takes place many years in the future.

Cathleen's delightful descriptions of the Took family interactions
always bring her stories to life for me. I can almost hear the voices
of Paladin, Eglantine, and Pippin and his sisters as I read her words.
And she deftly intertwines this down-to-earth family with more
fanciful elements to create an intriguing story. I was sad at the
ending of each chapter and waited impatiently for the next installment
to find out more of what was happening. Cathleen frequently surprised
me but all the surprised were very pleasant ones.

I hope other people like it as much as I did!

Title: Love at First Sight · Author: Gwynnyd · Races: Elves: Other
Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 432
Reviewer: Raksha the Demon · 2008-11-30 23:57:20 Score: 3
A brilliant short story that pierces the heart with its foreshadowing,
which is delicately and subtly done, of the eventual undoing of this
new-made family. And the last bit is just so perfect, and sad in light
of what will happen one day.

Title: Of Cake and Crumbs and Distant Dreams · Author: Lindelea ·
Races: Hobbits: Hurt/Comfort · ID: 688
Reviewer: agape4gondor · 2008-11-30 23:57:31 Score: 3
Spoilers!
I simply loved this little tale. I have a wee grandbaby and love to
sit with her upon my lap and weave little stories for her.

What a wondrous thing to have a cousin like Frodo. I'm very glad he
was able to give a bit of comfort to the youngest of their Fellowship.

Title: Gone Amiss · Author: Raksha the Demon · Genres: Drama: Ring War
Drabbles · ID: 44
Reviewer: Elleth · 2008-11-30 23:58:13 Score: 2
Spoilers!
Survivor's guilt, loss and fear at its finest, great writing, and a
touching show of emotion at Boromir's death. I liked this - as much as
you can like a deathfic like this.

Title: Of Cake and Crumbs and Distant Dreams · Author: Lindelea ·
Races: Hobbits: Hurt/Comfort · ID: 688
Reviewer: Antane · 2008-11-30 23:59:24 Score: 3
Spoilers!
A sweet, loving tale of Frodo and Pippin after the Quest, behaving as
they've always done, even with all the changes, they can still be the
same loving cousins as before. I love the comfort given here by Frodo.
The ending is cute too.

Title: An Ordinary Woman · Author: Dawn Felagund · Times: First Age
and Prior: House of Finwe · ID: 32
Reviewer: Alquawende · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
This is an amazing and unique story about Luthien. Anyone who likes
Luthien's story will love this. Even those who don't should read this.
The story takes a much more realistic stance on Luthien's famed beauty
that is constantly repeated in The Silmarillion. The characters are
fleshed out and believable. After reading this, it has definitely
changed my view on the character of Luthien because before I always
thought of her as the perfect woman, known to us as the dreaded Mary
Sue. I don't like to read fanfics on her, but this one has become a
favorite of mine.

Title: When Trouble Came · Author: Lily · Races: Hobbits · ID: 109
Reviewer: SlightlyTookish · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
This is a fascinating look at the Brandybucks during the time that the
Travellers were away, beginning with the ruffians' invasion of
Buckland. The story starts off very powerfully and with vivid
descriptions of the characters' plights. I especially like her
depiction of Merimac's relationships with his wife and children. I'm
very much looking forward to seeing how this story will conclude!

Title: The Great Hobbiton Race of 1435 · Author: Llinos · · ID: 65
Reviewer: grey_wonderer · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 9
This is a story by one of my favorite authors. Every word of this,
including the chapter titles which are so spot on and so very amusing,
is pure entertainment! Of all of the stories that I have read this
year, this was the most hobbity. The story is filled with humor and
action and adventure and the details that the author includes make it
impossible not to see the story in your mind as it unfolds. The
dialogue is absolutely priceless! There isn't a false moment in this
and with each new chapter you find yourself hurrying on to the next
one because each chapter brings yet another cliff hanger! The author
has cleverly connected the events so that the suspense and the humor
build as you read. Merry and Pippin and Sam are at the center of
events but many of the Shire's other residents get in on the doings.
The story surprises and delights at every turn. Merry and Pippin are
hysterically amusing and Sam Gamgee is very determined and very
patient in spite of events that would send some running for cover. I
laughed out loud as I read this. This is humor at its best and in the
hands of this particular author Tolkien's hobbits always stay in
character.

Title: A New Light · Author: Marigold · · ID: 67
Reviewer: grey_wonderer · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
This is a beautifully written poem which the author admits, is her
first attempt at writing a poem. I think she should do this more
often. I have always enjoyed her stories and I am now a fan of her poetry.

Title: Theater of Confusion · Author: Nancy Brooke · Genres: Humor ·
ID: 177
Reviewer: Ainaechoiriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Nicely done twist on the end of this one. The descriptions of the
first paragraph pull you into Boromir's confusion and the last
sentence offers perfect satisfaction in knowing why.

Title: In Passing · Author: Altariel · Races: Men · ID: 104
Reviewer: Ainaechoiriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
I felt the age of Faramir in reading this, but also his wisdom. I felt
the youth of the boy and also his respect. I liked the use of the
chess pieces, how they felt familiar to us Earthlings but also
different to fit the world Tolkien created. I liked how Faramir
thought of the future without sadness and the past without regret.
Well done, Altariel!

Title: Wizards' Pupils · Author: Altariel · Races: Men: Minas Tirith ·
ID: 108
Reviewer: Ainaechoiriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
Spoilers!
Brilliance and wisdom. In a fanfic. Some just don't think it's
possible but there it is, as I have always known it could be. Altariel
here has a story within a story, a nice twist to show that at the end.
But better still is the wisdom passed from father (who had to learn
wisdom apart from his father) to his son (who has such a good and wise
father to learn from). Ah, if we in our politics could disagree
honestly and without hatred and ugliness, to be able to hear other
views to understand why we don't hold them.

Title: In Dark Places · Author: peredhil lover · · ID: 324
Reviewer: Calenlass Greenleaf · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
Though there's only a prologue, the story holds much promise. Peredhil
Lover's work has always impressed me.

Title: Eagle of the Star · Author: Neoinean · Genres: Adventure:
Incomplete · ID: 327
Reviewer: Calenlass Greenleaf · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
One of the best stories about Aragorn's time as Thorongil. Be warned
that it's a WIP. The language, the plot, the dialogue, the
descriptions--everything was beautiful.

Title: The Mariner's Son · Author: cairistiona · Genres: Adventure ·
ID: 329
Reviewer: Amarok · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 10
Spoilers!
That is really a great story, with action, tension and heroism – and
humour. And it is all written in such a beautiful language.

Oh, how Aragorn almost despairs, but then decides to fight until the
end. Or the water surrounding him, but still he is thirsty and can not
drink the sea water. Each time I thought it could not get worse it did
- that was done great. And of course I loved the angsty scenes while
Aragorn almost drowned. While he hung on that small ledge, I hung on
tightly to the arms of my chair to not jump around in tension and
unseat the laptop :-).

I also loved the element of memory loss. I would have wanted to see
more of that, but I can always hope that you'll commit a story to it
in future, can't I? ;-)

And your playing around with his many names was enjoyable, as always.
And the Mariner's and Aragorn's talk about his age made me laugh as well.

Really great was the ending. Our hero Aragorn choose to not fight for
his ring, instead he used his knowledge of the human soul and mind
(even a slightly sick mind) - and he succeeded, and got his ring and
sword back. I think as future king he'll need that kind of knowledge,
and I'd love to learn how he developed it. Has Elrond taught him? Or
has he learned this during his ranger years? Or while out alone in the
wild, observing the animals? You see, you need to write much more :-).

So, I can only repeat: I loved this story. Well done!




Title: Shelter From the Storm · Author: SlightlyTookish · Races:
Cross-Cultural: Friendship · ID: 315
Reviewer: Lily · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
A very charming story that shows well Boromir's other side - not
possessed by the Ring. Slightlytookish portraits Boromir as very
concerned about the hobbits' well being while the hobbits, in turn,
admire him for his strength and his knowledge as a warrior.

Title: Of First Impressions and Old Friends · Author: Dreamflower ·
Races: Cross-Cultural: Frodo and Faramir · ID: 146
Reviewer: Violin Ghost · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
That was a fresh, lovely tale of Faramir's and Gandalf's first
meeting. It was perfect, Gandalf repeating his own words once
addressed to Bilbo! It was a nice reflection on Frodo's part about
Faramir, and Faramir's quiet resistence of temptation, as well.

Title: Moon Over Water · Author: Avon · Genres: Drama: Final Partings
· ID: 518
Reviewer: Elen Kortirion · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
This story is utterly enchanting - there is no other word to describe
it. The tradition of a special event that can only take place on one
night in the year, the wonderfully described ethereal procession, and
the way Faramir's view point changes as he matures is beautifully
rendered.

And the last mystical image of Boromir, taken to the West by a
queen... is both fabulous as an image from Middle-earth, and as an
extrapolation of Tolkien's drawing on the old legends that constructed
his legendarium... and wonderfully Arthurian in its own right. The
tale is lyrical, mystical and flows with all the fluid grace of that
moonlit river.

Msg# 9637

Re: Upcoming review postings Posted by Chris December 01, 2008 - 19:41:37 Topic ID# 9610
Thank you to all the hard working volunteers and especially to Martha.
I couldn't do as many reviews as last year, but my wish list was longer. Go figure! I know that I missed some excellent stories and some of my favorite stories didn't get a review because they were buried somewhere in my wish list. The moment I realized I will never get my wish list done, I randomly chose stories out of it. This way I got at least something done. The quality of the stories I read was outstanding. Thank you to all the authors and nominators finding these gems.

Chris

> -----Original Message-----
> From: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com [mailto:MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com]On
> Behalf Of frodoandsam
> Sent: Monday, December 01, 2008 1:26 PM
> To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: Re: [MEFAwards] Upcoming review postings
>
>
> It was fun! I didn't get to everything I wanted to read but I am already
> looking forward to next year and have some stories/poems already
> in mind to
> nominate! I will have to pace myself better next year so I can finish
> everything! Hantanyel everyone!
>
> Namarie, God bless, Antane :)
>
>
> On Mon, 01 Dec 2008 02:07:02 -0000, "annmarwalk" <ann@marwalk.com> wrote:
> > The remaining 590 reviews (!) will be posted by Wednesday evening. I
> > plan to post twice a day, morning and evening, with four parts to each
> > post. Thank you for your enthusiastic reviewage!
> --
> Visit my blog! http://theroadthroughmiddle-earth.blogspot.com
>

Msg# 9638

Re: Upcoming review postings Posted by Marta December 01, 2008 - 19:53:41 Topic ID# 9610
Hi Sulriel,

We're still tying up loose ends but hope to make an announcement by the
middle of the week - probably on Wednesday after Annmarwalk finishes
posting reviews.

Thanks,

Marta

Súlriel of Menegroth wrote:
>
>
> another amazing year. !!
>
> when will the final results be posted?
>
> Sulriel
>

Msg# 9639

MEFA Reviews for Tuesday, December 2, 2008 (Morning Set, Part One) Posted by annmarwalk December 02, 2008 - 4:37:04 Topic ID# 9639
Title: Not One of Us · Author: StarLight9 · Races: Cross-Cultural:
Elves and Men · ID: 542
Reviewer: Sivan Shemesh · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Spoilers!
Wonderful moral to Eldarion, and I'm glad that the king told him the
story, or rather his story.

Your story is a masterpiece, and i love the way it was written, thank
you for writing it.

Title: Bad Idea · Author: StarLight9 · Genres: Humor: Elven Lands ·
ID: 610
Reviewer: Sivan Shemesh · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Spoilers!
I love the way you created your story, and i love how you hold
Thranduil and Gloin away from their sons, so they could act.

Gimli and Gloin certainly made the elf figuring that it was a bad
idea, and what a masterpiece you brought abd capture well.



Title: Relief · Author: Tanaqui · Races: Men: General Drabbles · ID: 446
Reviewer: Jules14 · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
I'd call this drabble short, but very sexy. The idea of Boromir
bathing naked is quite appealing to begin with, but I also liked how
you made your description sensual without any graphic sexual content.

Title: An Afternoon Incognito · Author: Alexajohnson · · ID: 598
Reviewer: NeumeIndil · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
A very nice idea. I liked your capitalization of "The Pile", which
added an even more ominous air to it.

Title: In This Far Land · Author: Encaitariel · Races: Elves:
Incomplete · ID: 191
Reviewer: Alquawende · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
Spoilers!
This is a very original filler story about the origins of Gildor, who
said in FotR that he was of the House of Finrod.

I like the theory that the author has created to explain why Gildor
says he is of the House of Finrod and why he is called himself
Inglorion, in the book. The interactions he, Gildor, has with the
Laiquendi is very exciting to read. Gildor is very curious about them.

Another thing I really liked about this story was that it had examples
to show how devoted Gildor would become to his foster-father.

Title: A Darkness Lies behind Us · Author: Bodkin · Races: Elves:
Incomplete · ID: 190
Reviewer: Alquawende · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 6
This story goes into the lives of certain Reborn, those who had died
and later were released from Mandos. A subplot could be the
relationships that Finrod has with others, like his parents and Amarie.

The way Bodkin has portrayed the relationship between Finrod and his
father is perfect. Finarfin is very kind and understanding towards his
son. The interactions between Finrod and Amarie is very well done.
They both realize that they both need time to think about how their
relationship is going to be and the feelings of the other after an age
of seperation.

Something else I really enjoyed about this fic was that it made the
royal families of Tirion and Alqualonde more vulnerable and realistic.
They suffered pain too. Just like the common people.

This story, to me, is a must read for any fan of the House of Finarfin.

Title: The Work of Small Hands · Author: Dawn Felagund · Genres:
Longer Works · ID: 352
Reviewer: Alquawende · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
This story makes Earwen, and elven women who stayed behind, just
shine. She has to solve numerous problems, since the men are gone and
her sisters-in-law are consumed in their own problems. What I really
like is that Earwen is very persistent and feels that she has to help
the remnants of the Noldor, though their kin had committed the
Kinslaying at Alqualonde, the home of her own kin.

The author has created a believable character, though she happens to
be pretty and smart, from one of the numerous Elven Princesses created
by Tolkien. It's quite difficult to not create a Mary Sue, but Dawn
Felagund has done it beautifully with Earwen.





Title: NIGHT and FOREST: A Glimpse of Beauty · Author: Fiondil ·
Times: First Age and Prior · ID: 554
Reviewer: Alquawende · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
Fiondil has done an amazing job in going into depth with Beren's time
in Dungortheb, the land where the powers of Sauron and Melian met. The
descriptions and examples of what he, Beren, might have experienced
makes his arrival into Doriath seem like a miracle and the best thing
that has happened to him in a long time. It also shows the reader how
much it probably meant to Beren when he met, saw, and fell in love
with Luthien, whom he called Tinuviel, and when he later found out
that she, the fairest of Elven maids, loved him back.

Title: Full Brothers in Blood · Author: Oshun · Genres: Humor · ID: 212
Reviewer: Alquawende · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
This story was very enjoyable and funny to read. It shows the
differences between Findekano and Turukano as children and why their
relationship was how it was later in Beleriand. Turukano is such a joy
to read in here. He is the younger brother who both idolizes and
envies his elder brother, Findekano. The bantering between the Family
of Nolofinwe, Finwe and Indis, and Nelyafinwe and Tyelkormo is very
humorous and witty. Oshun, here, has done an amazing job in creating
different personalities for numerous characters in about 4,000 words.

Title: Seeking the Sun · Author: Linda Hoyland · Races: Men · ID: 488
Reviewer: Amarok · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 10
Spoilers!
This is a very touching story. For once I like it that a common woman,
with the special problems a woman in her position most likely had to
face, is portrayed. I truly feel for her. Oh, and I love first person POV.

Another topic that touched me is the theme of Aragorn as king. This
story connects to the duty a king has to his people. Not only to
people in general, or to the loved ones, but also on an individual
basis with strangers. Of course king and queen can not look after
everyone personally, but if the people do not come and speak about
their troubles, they have no way of knowing of it all. I like how that
theme was inverwoven in this story.

The underlying prejudges (against a Northener as king and an elf as
queen, and their interracial marriage) also add tension to this story
in a nice way (for the reader, that is :-) ).

As for the characters: of course I love Aragorn - or rather king
Elessar - here. His personality, stern as a king must be, but also
caring, comes over nicely. He cares for Niniel, but he also keeps the
appropriate distance.

Arwen also is presented in a nice and believable way here. I love that
she can sense the unborn child, and so is able to give Niniel back her
hope.

Niniel seems like a character worth exploring further. How will her
future look like, alone with a child? Will she get a job as
seamstress? Will she meet Aragorn and Arwen again? There is room for
sequels… :-).


Title: Legolas' Seat · Author: erobey · Genres: Humor: Elven Lands ·
ID: 671
Reviewer: Sivan Shemesh · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Spoilers!
I always love this story, very funny, and moved, love the way that you
wrote the hobbits, and yet my loving pairing. Though i pity Legolas,
*Glorfindel, stay away from Legolas... take Elrohir with you, he done
nothing*

Great writing like always.

*Hugs*

Title: The Myth of the One Ring's Power · Author: Dreamflower ·
Genres: Non-Fiction · ID: 532
Reviewer: Lily · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 6
This is a fascinating essay on how much power the One Ring really had.
Her essay offers a deeper insight into Tolkien's various mentions of
the Ring and for a time it has the reader doubt whether It actually
had some power at all or if the professor, although he mentioned it
many times, might actually have forgotten to show the Ring's
influence. But Dreamflower then carefully guides the reader through
the various times when the Ring shows its power though not usually in
an obvious way and with different approaches based on the character It
tries to tempt.

Her essay answers all the questions concerning the Ring I have ever
wondered about in a plausible way, and the Ring's subliminal influence
on those around it - which Dreamflower marvellously describes - to me
makes it even more evil.

Title: Not Yet · Author: erobey · Genres: Romance: Elven Lands · ID: 712
Reviewer: Sivan Shemesh · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Spoilers!
Another fav of mine, and yet there is another appearance of
Glorfindel, which i love the way you write Glorfindel and Legolas.
Great story that i enjoyed to read and to re-read it.

Keep up the great work that you are doing with your fic, and all the
other fics that you occupy with.

Title: Like Roses over a Fence · Author: Ellie · Times: First Age and
Prior: House of Finwe · ID: 110
Reviewer: Alquawende · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 7
This story delves into the thoughts of the wives of Finwe, Feanaro and
Nolofinwe after the Kinslaying and the Rebellion.

Indis is a very insightful character in here. She is such a sad
character however to read in this story. Ellie has done an amazing job
in showing Indis's sorrow over all that has befallen Finwe's House.

I really like how Nerdanel is portrayed. She is too often portrayed as
a fierce woman by writers. No, in this story, Nerdanel makes you think
she is a very gentle, but sad woman. Some of her comments and
statements in the story show that she is aptly named "the wise."

The character of Anaire was a joy to see since not many writers
include her in their stories. Overall, this was a very nice story. It
made me realize that the wives of Finwe's House didn't have to always
dislike each other in fandom, just because they are often written that
way and because Nolofinwe and Feanaro didn't get along in the books.

Title: Not Speak or Whisper · Author: PeppyPower · · ID: 326
Reviewer: nau_tika · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
This story is beautiful. I wasn't absolutely sure who the characters
were until the last and I think that was a nice touch. I'm not
normally a fan of Bilbo stories, but I really like him in this! Great job!

Title: The Valor of the Beardless · Author: Rubynye · · ID: 638
Reviewer: annmarwalk · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 6
I don't use the word "sweet" very often, but you've put it to such
good use in this drabble that I have no hesitation whatsoever to take
advantage of it as well. The opening imagery is marvelous: you've shot
us right into the middle of the scene, standing right over Eomer's
shoulder as he surreptitiously gazes at his fellow guest. You say that
you aren't good at Rohirrim, but the young king you portray here *is*
a new kind of Rohir, one who's seen the stuff of legend spring forth
from the grass, and ancient prophecies come true. All his past
expectations have been turned topsy-turvey, so it is fitting that one
of his first revelations is to recognize [the valor of the beardless],
and accept that nothing is going to be the same as it was. A very
meaty drabble for all its sweetness, simplicity and charm!

Title: Portrait of a Queen · Author: Aruthir · Races: Men · ID: 338
Reviewer: Jules14 · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
An excellent oneshot. You have perfectly captured the frustration,
determination, and rage of a strong women trying to gain recognition
in a patriarchal culture. However, I don't clearly understand why the
portrait of Ancalime was hidden and why her name was stricken from the
records; after all, by this time, women could take the scepter of
Numenor. Also, was the background information on Tar-Telperien and the
portrait gotten from one of Tolkien's books? If so, which one, as I'd
like to read it.

Title: An Ordinary Woman · Author: Dawn Felagund · Times: First Age
and Prior: House of Finwe · ID: 32
Reviewer: Jules14 · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
I liked that you didn't revise the story after you realized how old
Luthien must have been. Even knowing that she was born in the Years of
the Trees, I always felt, after reading "Of Beren and Luthien", that
she was relatively young for an elf. Perhaps it was because of her
sheltered life and because of her apparent impetuousness. In any case,
you portrayed Luthien with a wisdom and friendliness in this story
that I've never read about before, and I enjoyed it.

Title: Pippin-Frog For A Day · Author: Neilia · Genres: Alternate
Universe: Incomplete · ID: 115
Reviewer: grey_wonderer · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
This is such a funny and inventive story! I love Merry in this and his
reactions to everything are just so well done. The humor that ensues
from the strange situation is so much fun and the author really gets
the characters down. I can't wait for more of this one.

Title: Of Cake and Crumbs and Distant Dreams · Author: Lindelea ·
Races: Hobbits: Hurt/Comfort · ID: 688
Reviewer: grey_wonderer · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 6
Spoilers!
I adore Frodo in this tale. The author has captured Frodo's caring
nature and his concern for his younger cousin very well. I also like
the fact that although this story is post quest Frodo is not yet too
ill or too sad to be the stronger older cousin. The story is a gentle
healing one and the style is very hobbity. This author always writes a
very entertaining tale and her characterizations of the canon
characters are quite lovely. Frodo's use a a familiar activity as a
way to ease Pippin's mind and help him to relax works very well. This
is also very hobbity in that Frodo's remedy for what is ailing Pippin
involves food and story-telling both of which are very much a part of
a hobbit's life. Frodo manages to give Pippin a little bit of the
Shire in Gondor and at the same time you get the feeling that Frodo
benefits nearly as much as Pippin does. A wonderful story by a very
talented writer.

Title: Eucatastrophe: The Return · Author: Dreamflower · Genres:
Alternate Universe · ID: 617
Reviewer: grey_wonderer · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
Spoilers!
Let me just say that I love this story. This is an excellent AU and it
allows the reader to enjoy a post Quest timeline that has Frodo well
and healthy and living in the Shire among his family and friends. I
really enjoyed this tale and all of the little details that the author
put into it. She does hobbits very well. This tale has adventure,
romance, and humor all rolled into one so whatever your pleasure if
you enjoy a good AU then you are sure to find something in this that
you like. The inclusion of a healthy Frodo for events in the Shire
gives this what-if a very lovely feel.

Title: The Quest for the Hairless Cat · Author: GamgeeFest · Races:
Hobbits: Childhood · ID: 524
Reviewer: grey_wonderer · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 10
I am a very big fan of humor in Lord of the Rings fiction and in my
opinion there are very few authors writing that can give their readers
the kind of laughs that Gamgeefest can. Her hobbits do the most
entertaining things! I think of this author as a master of writing Sam
Gamgee but in this tale it is her take on Pippin and Merry that have
the reader laughing. There are also some excellent moments involving
Saradoc Brandybuck in this one and he is one of my favorite
characters. This story moves from the hobbits childhood to a rather
interesting discover in Minas Tirith after the quest. One element ties
everything together nicely. This story is inventive, humorous, and
very in character for all of the hobbits involved. This author never
fails to make me laugh with her wonderful stories and this particular
tale has become one of my favorites. I have read it several times and
enjoyed it every time. I think that is a very strong indication of a
good fiction. If you can read it again, even knowing the outcome and
still be entertained then the author has done a great job. This is
such a story for me and I think that others will find this to be true
also. Give this one a read because if you like hobbits and humor then
this story is a must!

Title: Return of the King · Author: Imhiriel · Races: Men: General
Drabbles · ID: 355
Reviewer: Alquawende · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
There are not many stories written about the period in Gondor known as
the kin-strife. I've always been curious about that time and had never
found any stories about it or anything for that matter, so when I saw
this drabble, I just had to read it, even if it was too short. ;) I
love how Imhiriel illustrates the feelings of Eldacar, Gondor's King,
whose throne was taken by his kinsman Castamir and Castamir's allies.
The idea that he, Eldacar, felt betrayed by his people, is a very
plausible one and is a good reason, for him not to return to his
kindom, but it is good that he did. Very nice story about the period
of the Kin-strife Imhiriel!

Title: The Shadow · Author: Linda Hoyland · Genres: Drama: Ring War
Drabbles · ID: 25
Reviewer: Elen Kortirion · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
The final lines give a chilling sense of real fear to Frodo's
ruminations. His sensation of lose, and the knowledge that only he
really knows how that feels is well conveyed.

Title: A Great Evil Unmade · Author: Linaewen · Genres: Alternate
Universe: Steward's Family · ID: 267
Reviewer: Jules14 · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
Spoilers!
Very interesting. I can see how Boromir, next to Sam, would be the
perfect one to take up the Ring if Frodo failed, as he knows what it's
like. Boromir is also my favorite character, so I always enjoy reading
stories in which he survives. Yet I would have liked to read about him
dropping the Ring into Mount Doom and what happened to him after. I
don't know if you plan to write a second part or not, but I liked the
first part.

Msg# 9640

MEFA Reviews for Tuesday, December 2, 2008 (Morning Set, Part Two) Posted by annmarwalk December 02, 2008 - 4:38:31 Topic ID# 9640
Title: Sharing Good News · Author: Imhiriel · Genres: Humor: Drabbles
· ID: 216
Reviewer: Elen Kortirion · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
Very pleasent - it puts a silly smile on my face for no other reason
than an imagining of Aragorn's face with a smile he so seldom has the
opportunities for showing.

Title: The Flute · Author: Golden · Races: Hobbits: Post-Ring War ·
ID: 150
Reviewer: grey_wonderer · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
I really enjoyed this. I first listened to the author read it herself
which was very entertaining and then I read it again later. This is a
lovely story filled with hope and friendship and music and I do
believe that it is my favorite of all of this author's stories. The
music, if you get the chance to hear the audio version of this story
that the author had posted, really gives the story something extra.
This was something very unique and original. I won't spoil this by
revealing anything more but if you haven't read this one you really
should!

Title: The North Delving Incident · Author: Dana · Genres: Drama · ID: 26
Reviewer: grey_wonderer · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 6
I always enjoy this author's writing and this story stands out as a
favorite of mine. This story is very exciting and she managed to keep
me on the edge of my seat as I read it. With each new development and
each new twist of the plot the author brings more suspense. The
characters are so well written and so very in character from the
beginning to the end of this story. The original characters are
delightful. They are so well written that you feel as if they must be
canon. I dearly love the little bits of humor that turn up
unexpectedly within this tale. You will also enjoy the dialogue. I
thought that every word out of Pippin's mouth in this story was
perfectly Pippin and fit the mood and the scene. I won't include any
spoilers except to say that this is an excellent story by a very
talented writer.

Title: For the Want of ... · Author: Larner · Times: Late Third Age:
Gondor · ID: 681
Reviewer: grey_wonderer · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 6
I read this wonderful story just before the end of the nomination
season and was very glad to still have a nomination left because the
moment I finished this I wanted to see it win something. I love this
author's writing and she always puts so many details into her stories.
Her descriptions of places and events help the reader to see the story
unfold while enjoying it. I loved every word of this story. The
conversations in this are very entertaining and reveal much about the
characters involved in the story. I don't like posting spoilers and so
I won't give away details from the story itself but I will say that
the subject that the author deals with here is very emotional but she
does this without allowing the emotions to over run the story. This is
a lovely tale and well worth reading.

Title: Birthday Double Drabble · Author: PipMer · Times: Multi-Age:
Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 526
Reviewer: grey_wonderer · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
I think that drabbles are very difficult to write and so I am always
amazed when someone is able to say so very much in so few words. I
enjoyed this double drabble very much. The author manages to describe
the scene perfectly and tells a complete story. The hobbits are well
written and very much in character. The author writes Merry Brandybuck
and Pippin Took very well and does a lovely job of making us see the
close friendship between the two of them and because friendship is
such an important part of Lord of The Rings that's a very important
thing to get right! I loved this one.

Title: Dark Dreams · Author: SlightlyTookish · Races: Hobbits:
Hurt/Comfort · ID: 550
Reviewer: grey_wonderer · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 6
I am always very happy to see a new post by this author. She hasn't
had much time for her writing lately and so finding this story by her
was a very nice surprise. I have read this one several times and I
think that is one of the best ways to know how very good a story is.
If people come back to it and read and enjoy it over and over then the
author has done something memorable. Merry and Pippin are lovely in
this tale which has a bit of angst, a bit of drama, and a lot of
friendship. There is also some very hobbity humor and conversation as
the author allows her hobbits to be hobbits. The writing is so
entertaining and you can feel the tension at certain points in the
story as you read this one. There isn't a single false moment in this
and anyone that enjoys hobbit stories or Merry and Pippin stories will
love this one. I only wish that Slighttookish had more time to write
so that we might enjoy more of her stories!

Title: The Five Rules of Cooking · Author: GamgeeFest · Races:
Hobbits: Childhood · ID: 523
Reviewer: grey_wonderer · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 10
This story is so adorable! I love this authors understanding of small
children and her way with humor. I particularly enjoyed the way she
wrote Merry Brandybuck in this one. All of the details in this are set
forth with ease and the story unfolds in such a natural way that it is
easy to enjoy the events as the humor of the hobbit's situation builds
throughout the tale. The story is entertaining and filled with
cousinly friendship and love. Frodo, Merry, and Pippin are all in
character and the dialogue between the three cousins is priceless! If
there aren't young children in this author's life then I am stunned
because she writes as if she is writing from experience. The story
also contains an excellent original character that Gamgeefest manages
to bring to life with details so that the character, Tulip Crocker,
fits right into the story and becomes a part of the Shire community.
There are very few authors writing now that are able to do wee hobbits
better than this author can. Anyone who has read her lovely stories
about Samwise Gamgee and his family can tell you that this is a writer
that can give you a heartwarming tale or a humorous tale or set you on
an adventure with one or more of your favorite hobbits. If you enjoy
pre Quest fiction involving the hobbits then this is a story that you
shouldn't miss. I won't post spoilers here because this one has a very
lovely comic set up that builds throughout the tale and everyone
should enjoy it as they read!

Title: Pulling the Wool · Author: Elen Kortirion · Races: Men: General
Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 95
Reviewer: Makamu · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
The three drabbles presented here do something very remarkable; they
characterize Boromir as somebody who is willing to form various
relationships with members of the Fellowship as long as he can trust them.

Trust can take on different forms-there is the 'seeing' trust he feels
around Merry and Pippin and the blind trust he feels around Aragorn,
which Aragorn honours after Boromir's departure.

This difference in difficulty to trust is also reflected in the
stylistic difference between the first and the other two drabbles,
while one is light in tone, the others are more sombre.

All in all, the story offers a very interesting glimpse into Boromir's
psyche and the way the Fellowship interacts.

Title: On Canon and Fanfic · Author: Marta · Genres: Non-Fiction · ID: 123
Reviewer: Dawn Felagund · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 10
One of the first flamewars I observed after joining fandom inspired a
list mod to make the claim that there are some subjects in fandom that
cannot be discussed rationally. In my years since, AU stories--what
they are and, perhaps more importantly, what they are worth as
fanfic--have proven themselves worthy of inclusion on that list. Even
as some authors flaunt the AU badge they proudly stick to their
stories, others grumble about why one would even bother to write a
story that ignores canon. AU gets used as a way out of having to read
the books and gets stuck on stories by authors who are simply wearied
of having their more imaginative interpretations attacked. It's become
a complex and controversial label.

Marta's essay "On Canon and Fanfic" explores the complexity of this
genre and the fandom reactions to it. [Is "AU" a pejorative label?]
she asks and goes about breaking down the different uses of canon in
Tolkien fanfic to define what is an AU and what is merely a wild or
imaginative interpretation.

But perhaps what attracted me, as an author who has unfortunately used
the AU label to defend my interpretations against canatics in the
past, the most to this essay and to Marta's meta in general is her
clear thinking and sharp logic where canon is concerned, all delivered
with a touch of humor. She writes,

[Also, even if a story is uncanonical, this doesn't mean it's a sin
against Tolkien. The man is dead, he doesn't feel any more pain. And
even if he would blush, fanfic is the production of the fanfic
author's mind and imagination, not that of the original canon's author.]

Regardless of one's preferences for reading or writing AU stories, the
points Marta makes in her essay are a good reminder to all of us, most
of whom have, at one time or another, fanatically embraced our
favorite canon fact, that Tolkien's canon is a complex and subtle
entity, and fanfic is our exploration of that.

Title: Tales of the Eldandili · Author: Alassiel · Genres: Drama:
Incomplete · ID: 502
Reviewer: Jules14 · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
Wonderful story, with excellent writing style and characters. I love
modern-day Middle-earth and Valinor fics, and yours is one of the best
I've read. I'll continue to read it.

Title: They Also Serve · Author: Marta · Times: Late Third Age · ID: 365
Reviewer: Jules14 · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
I agree with the review on your livejournal page that called your fic
"sweet and homely," but I also like that you gave Arwen an interesting
personality, more interesting than that given her in the books, or
even the films. I never thought of her liking to cook, but it seems
fitting, considering her tranquil personality, very different from,
say, Luthien or Eowyn. I also liked her grief about her mother; so few
fanfics examine how Arwen must have felt after Celebrian went west,
though plenty examine the feelings and reactions of her twin brothers.
It's stories like yours that make Arwen an interesting and likable
character.

Title: Moon of the Sea · Author: pandemonium_213 · Times: Second and
Early Third Age · ID: 213
Reviewer: Alquawende · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
This is a very nice interpretation about Elendil's wife, the
ancestress of Aragorn. I'm glad that the author, Pandemonium, has
written about her because she is such an important person, I think, to
Middle Earth and the history of the kingdoms of Arnor and Gondor. If
it was not for her, there would be no Isildur to cut the One ring from
Sauron's hand and, no king of Gondor, no king of Arnor... The story
begins before her marriage to Elendil and gives you little scenes into
her life that each tell you a little bit about her. I love the idea
that she felt such a strong connection to the Moon and it was a she,
not a he.

Title: Arvedui v. Pelendur · Author: Roh Wyn · Genres: Non-Fiction ·
ID: 277
Reviewer: Alquawende · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
This was a very enjoyable essay. It definitely cleared up some
confusions, of mine, on why Arvedui's claim to Gondor's throne was
rejected, yet Aragorn's claim was accepted centuries later. I had to
read this essay since Arvedui, I always thought, was very interesting
and I always wanted to know more about him, since he is one of the few
Third Age people I will read about.

Title: Fulfilling Oaths · Author: Nieriel Raina · Times: Multi-Age ·
ID: 332
Reviewer: Alquawende · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
I am a Finrod fan, so I just had to read this. There are many stories
that try to explain how the famous Ring of Barahir was eventually,
after two full ages of the world, brought back to its original and
famous owner. This story is very unique, I think, because it not only
told the important events the Ring of Barahir went through, and
because the person who later brings the Ring of Barahir back to Finrod
and Valinor, was a definite suprise to me. I never would have thought
it was this person. NiRi is a very creative writer and this is a
perfect example. She wrote a story, with a plot that others have
already used, but she added a suprise, but enjoyable, twist to the end.

Title: The Six-Fingered Glove Mystery · Author: shirebound · Genres:
Mystery · ID: 522
Reviewer: grey_wonderer · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 7
I adore this story and I enjoyed it from the very first word to the
very last. I only wish that it were longer. The author has a special
way with hobbits and her young Frodo is particularly captivating. The
story is a mystery of sort but I will not spoil your enjoyment of it
by giving things away in this review. I will just say that while this
is a mystery in need of a solution, there is also humor involved. The
characters featured in the story are Bilbo Baggins, Frodo Baggins and
Samwise Gamgee. A very special original character that has become a
favorite of the readers of this author's stories also puts in an
appearance. This is entertaining and the hobbits are very much in
character. The story is per Quest and in this Frodo is the young,
inquisitive, intelligent hobbit that I love to see. One can imagine
this Frodo growing into the hobbit on whom all of the fate of
Middle-earth rested. Sam has some excellent lines of dialogue in this
one and one remark had me laughing out loud. A great read by a very
talented author!

Title: Regarding Ents · Author: PipMer · Races: Hobbits: Post-Ring War
· ID: 525
Reviewer: grey_wonderer · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
I enjoyed this story very much. The dialogue is very entertaining and
all four hobbits are involved in this one which is another thing that
I enjoy. Sam is very humorous in this without actually meaning to be
and his opinion of the things that he is hearing seems very
understandable. This story expresses a kind of wonder that only
Tolkien's hobbits seem to be able to give us with regard to a certain
event during the Quest. I don't like including spoilers and so I won't
go into details but this is a very well-written little fiction and one
of this author's lighter offerings. She does excellent angst but in
this story she shows that she is also very good with humor.

Title: What Goes Up · Author: Dana · Times: Late Third Age: Gondor
Drabbles · ID: 683
Reviewer: grey_wonderer · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
I loved this! It reads exactly like it could be the thoughts of
Peregrin Took. It is straight forward, amusing, honest, and very
hobbity! It is very hard to review a drabble without giving things
away since drabbles are, by nature so short. I will just say that I
found this one humorous, very entertaining, very in character, and
thoroughly entertaining. Now, do read it for yourself. You don't want
to miss out!

Title: Horse Sense · Author: Branwyn (Lady Branwyn) · Genres: Humor:
Elven Lands · ID: 22
Reviewer: grey_wonderer · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
This was delightful. I enjoyed this look at the Fellowship through the
eyes of one who traveled with them for a time, Bill the pony. I liked
his reaction to Gimli and his concerns over the type of treatment that
he might expect to receive from the members of the Fellowship that he
had not yet become aquianted with. The title of this one is well
chosen because Bill makes so very valid points. This is lots of fun
and very inventive.

Title: Promises Broken and Kept · Author: periantari · Genres: Drama:
Featuring Frodo or Sam · ID: 144
Reviewer: grey_wonderer · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
This author has written a very enjoyable story about a time in
Meriadoc Brandybuck's childhood when he felt less than secure. The
story takes place prior to the Quest and focuses on Merry as well as
Frodo. This is a very excellent cousin fiction filled with friendship,
family and love. The author gives us angst but she also fills the
story with a sense of family and hope. This is an author who knows and
loves Tolkien's characters especially the hobbits. This is a very
entertaining read!

Title: The Blessing · Author: Mews1945 · Genres: Drama: Featuring
Frodo or Sam · ID: 228
Reviewer: grey_wonderer · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
Spoilers!
The author has given us a very interesting view of Frodo and Samwise
from someone who knows them only by the words of others. This is a
lovely fiction filled with emotion and hope in the midst of injury and
the aftermath of battle. The author paints a picture using words and
makes us see the work of a female healer as well as the reactions of
the wounded to the Ringbearer and his loyal companion, Samwise Gamgee.
This is lovely.

Title: A Cat in King Elessar's Court · Author: agape4gondor · Races:
Cross-Cultural: Friendship · ID: 66
Reviewer: Linda Hoyland · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Spoilers!
This is a highly unusual and enjoyable story. I'm not a fan of
Denethor, but I could imagine him having a clever cat,who is the
narrator here.
To me,the high point of the story was when the cat swears allegiance
to Aragorn and realises his worth.
This is no ordinary cat, but a descedent of one of Queen Beruiel's
felines which has the ability to talk!

Title: Out, Damn'd Spot! Out, I Say! · Author: Alassante · Races:
Elves: Noldor Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 260
Reviewer: Dawn Felagund · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
"Out, Damn'd Spot! Out, I Say!" is a touching interaction between
Celebrimbor and Maedhros where the first is shaken and hurt by his
deeds at Alqualonde. While this is a common plot event in Silmfic,
Alassante's version shows not only the trauma that many of the
Feanorians would have experienced from their deeds but also their
lingering humanity, in spite of what they had done. There is still
capacity to love and empathize, and that makes the dark road onto
which they have just stepped all the more tragic.

Title: Broken Star · Author: pandemonium_213 · Races: Villains:
Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 54
Reviewer: viv · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
This is excellent. You write the dark lord very, very well. I could
see his self-righteousness and confidence, but also his regret
(subsumed, of course, by his ambitions). Even suppressed, that regret
makes him a sympathetic character, someone I want to read more about.
That is more than Tolkien ever gave him. Thank you for making Sauron
something other than merely black in a world of black and white.

Title: The Kindly Airs · Author: Dwimordene · Times: Late Third Age:
General Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 480
Reviewer: viv · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
Oooh. I really like the poetic language and in-line alliteration
you've got going on here. Her joy is palpable. Very beautiful writing.

... Oh, golly, I didn't realize who the writer was until I went to
enter this review on the form. It all makes sense now. Of course this
would be excellently crafted, coming from the pen of Dwimordene. You
certainly keep producing a very high level of writing. I'd ask how you
do it, but I hear magicians never give up their secrets.

Title: Possessing the greatest powers · Author: Tanaqui · Times:
Multi-Age: Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 387
Reviewer: viv · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
I enjoyed the symmetry and the metaphorical language in each disparate
drabble.You certainly painted the specialness of each of these
characters, and their sorrow and elation at finding themselves
suddenly less powerful.

Msg# 9641

MEFA Reviews for Tuesday, December 2, 2008 (Morning Set, Part Three) Posted by annmarwalk December 02, 2008 - 4:39:41 Topic ID# 9641
Title: The Visitor · Author: Rowan · Genres: Drama · ID: 174
Reviewer: viv · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
I can see this happening to those characters, Elanor and Frodo. Of
*course* Sam would have drummed respect and mystery into his kiddos.
And of course, at least with one of all those offspring, it would have
stuck. It's encouraging to a fan to think that Frodo got the closure
he needed, finally.

Title: An Ordinary Woman · Author: Dawn Felagund · Times: First Age
and Prior: House of Finwe · ID: 32
Reviewer: viv · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
How refreshing this vignette is. I love Finrod's voice: he gets right
to the point of things, doesn't he (balrog butt-whuppins aside)? You
know, you've actually portrayed Luthien in a more compelling fashion
than Tolkien ever did, giving her a deep wisdom rather than mere
flashy looks. Very insightful.

Title: Seeing Stars · Author: Raksha the Demon · Times: Fourth Age and
Beyond · ID: 360
Reviewer: viv · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
What a lovely moment; I'm so glad you wrote this piece. It speaks to
Faramir's character somewhat more than the typical Faramir stories. I
suppose that all characters benefit from letting their guards down
once in a while, but Faramir is very complex, and each layer seems
guarded again. Which is why getting him absolutely 'faced works so
well! Having him realize that Aragorn was the strong shoulder both for
a dying Boromir and a staggered Faramir was a nice moment, but even
nicer was Faramir's elation at knowing that his son would grow up with
the King and the Tree. This is the life Faramir deserves. Thanks for
giving it to him.

Title: The War of Wrath · Author: Tanaqui · Races: Elves: Drabbles ·
ID: 120
Reviewer: viv · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Woohoo for iambic tetrameter! The rhythm is almost like hoofbeats,
which is perfect for a piece about war and victory. And the subject
matter -- er, that would be war and victory -- is in turn perfect for
the Vanyarin prince. I'm also jazzed that somebody wrote about the
Vanyar; they tend to get overlooked, unless somebody is discussing
hair color.

Title: Now the Green Blade Riseth · Author: annmarwalk · Genres:
Drama: Ring War Drabbles · ID: 37
Reviewer: viv · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
This story has such a nice pace and voice. It's almost like I fell
into step beside the Gaffer on a stroll down a cart path in the shire,
and this was something he was going on about. It was reflective and
crochety, but genial also. Peaceful, like.

Title: In The Darkness Of My Dreaming · Author: Cuthalion · Genres:
Alternate Universe: Angst/Tragedy · ID: 284
Reviewer: viv · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
What a fascinating what-if! It's almost like watching It's a Wonderful
Life, but with hobbits. Of course, the characters are charming, and
the tone pleasingly poignant, the details earthy and hobbity. I
enjoyed Rosie especially, as well as that underlying sense of female
comaraderie that pervades this piece (and never once wallops a reader
over the head). What a deft hand you have at writing.

Title: No Regrets · Author: Linda Hoyland · Times: Fourth Age and
Beyond: Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 490
Reviewer: viv · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
What more indeed? It's perfectly fitting that Faramir would spend his
long years as a princeling in a garden, rather than ruling or judging
or warring. He has a mind for poetry and flowers, I think. Tolkien
couldn't have placed him any better, there at the end. Now, if
*Boromir* had been the surving son after the King claimed his throne,
I bet there would have been some regretting going on!

Title: The Shadow · Author: Linda Hoyland · Genres: Drama: Ring War
Drabbles · ID: 25
Reviewer: viv · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
*shudder* There's a sense of the horrible about this drabble, that
even in victory and even after all these years, Frodo cannot separate
himself from Gollum. The implication that part of his reason for going
West is to achieve that separation also gives me the chills. I mean,
we all know that Frodo suffered in private, with no one to talk to who
could really understand, but this peek into his brain is so honest and
stark ... no wonder LoTR wasn't first-person from Frodo's POV!
Excellent character piece.

Title: The Sky Is Over · Author: Robinka · Races: Elves: Drabbles · ID: 83
Reviewer: viv · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
What a strange quote. Wasn't Galadriel supposed to have a gift of
foresight? But here it is her brother who just knows, and knows the
saddest things. I like that he tries to hold memories with his hands:
Finrod is such a physical creature, very in tune with the physical
world. Also I like that he finds his sister a source of revelation.
Their close relationship is one of the few things that felt strong in
that first crazy exile.

Title: My Legacy · Author: spookystoy · Genres: Drama: General
Drabbles · ID: 407
Reviewer: viv · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 1
So very sweet! I feel the same about my children. They are my greatest
work in this life.

Title: Night Terrors · Author: Gwynnyd · Genres: Drama: Gondor
Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 433
Reviewer: viv · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
I think all new parents go through that nightly terror that their babe
won't make it till morning. I know I did. And I remember by babies
dreaming of eating, too, their little lips pursing and unpursing. What
a sweet, sweet moment you've captured here.

Title: Upon the Pebbled Shore · Author: aranelgoldenflower · Genres:
Drama: Final Partings · ID: 171
Reviewer: viv · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
I like how you framed the Moment, wrapping the angsty middle with a
poetic beginning and ending, symmetrical and lyrical and very very
sad. But how appropriate when you're writing about twins: bookends and
mirrors of each other. Poor Peredhil to have to make such a choice,
and even more so for twins. You've captured the moment nicely.

Title: Refuge · Author: Raksha the Demon · Races: Elves: Noldor
Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 423
Reviewer: viv · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
What a poignant ficlet. You've drawn Maglor so well, so sensitively.
Of *course* he would sing to them. Of *course* he would save them.
This is about as close as I've come to thinking of a Feanorian as a
hero. Good job!

Title: Two Prisoners · Author: Lord Branwyn · Genres: Alternate
Universe · ID: 724
Reviewer: viv · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Is there more of this? What a fascinating speculation! I loved that
last couple sentences, about their boots not sinking into the mud.
Totally elves! And which side are they on, hmm? And is the point of
view character the Professor himself? I hope you'll write more of
this; it's very compelling.

Title: Hammer · Author: Aranel Took · Races: Dwarves: Drabbles · ID: 468
Reviewer: viv · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Oh, what fun! You know, the way you've depicted Gloin's hottie, she's
still adorable even with the beard. Thank you for that. I love reading
about dwarves, even when they express the dopiest pick-up lines in the
book.

Title: The Wedding Gift · Author: annmarwalk · Genres: Romance: Other
Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 40
Reviewer: viv · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
So very sweet! I like the notion that dwarves made only useful things,
never frivolous bits. But, in the end, this isn't frivolous at all:
it's a gift, and very romantic. Where did you get the name Nandi? It
sounds very dwarf-like (well, at least as far as they are called by
non-dwarves). I dig it. Hooray: Gloin/OFC! This dwarf fan just had a
woohoo moment.

Title: Leather · Author: Marta · Genres: Romance: Other Fixed-Length
Ficlets · ID: 297
Reviewer: viv · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
That drabble about Finduilas is gut-wrenching and very telling: I can
trace how the character Boromir could have been shaped by such a
moment. He didn't go in for poetry much, after that, did he? Poor
little lad.

Title: MAGIC: The Password · Author: Fiondil · Genres: Humor: Elven
Lands · ID: 451
Reviewer: viv · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Poor, long-suffering Mrs Thranduil! I liked her quite a lot, actually.
I can see how someone as fiery (and absentminded, apparently) as
Thranduil needs a calming influence such as his lady. And avian
messengers offending Thranduil's inner Luddite? Brilliant!

Title: Loving a Book Lover · Author: Avon · Genres: Romance: Drabbles
· ID: 721
Reviewer: viv · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 1
Hee. I have a pretty good idea what Eowyn was up to. Nice innuendo there!

Title: Star of Hope · Author: Linda Hoyland · Times: Mid Third Age:
Eriador · ID: 34
Reviewer: viv · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 6
I love the authorial choice to "do" Gilraen in first-person, and even
better is how well it worked. She is deferent but so full of hope
herself, it's no wonder she ultimately became Estel's mother. Her
relationship with Arathorn, which could have seemed awkward
considering the difference in their ages and his status among their
people, seemed protective and warm instead. The bookend of the scene
with Elrond also worked very well. After generations of watching after
his brother's offspring, Elrond would of course know the human
traditions, but he might not realize the intimate details, that
sometimes humans *do* know when their children were conceived.
Excellent exchange between Gilraen and the Lord of Rivendell. I hope
you'll consider writing more about Gilraen and Aragorn's childhood.
You have a talent for setting that scene.

Title: Rebirth · Author: Aranel Took · Genres: Poetry: Late Third Age
· ID: 471
Reviewer: viv · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
An ent might call this hasty; I call it pithy. Regardless, it evokes
exactly what it ought: the joy in new growth and the metaphor of
plants extruding into the rebirth of ages, kingdoms, hopes, and life
in general.

Title: PROPHECY: Changing the Future · Author: Fiondil · Genres: Humor
· ID: 11
Reviewer: viv · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
I chuckled at Mandos's well-deserved pride in his prophecy-crafting
abilites. But the real kicker here was the meta-ness of the ficlet,
expressed clearly in the notes following the story. You aren't just
making a joke: you're making a joke *about the source material*. Clever!

Title: A Little Misunderstanding · Author: Radbooks · Races:
Cross-Cultural: Elves and Men · ID: 275
Reviewer: viv · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
What lovely characterizations. The Sons of Elrond here were very like
they were in Tolkien's book. In enjoyed getting to spend a little time
with them, characterized that way (instead of the OOC pranksters that
are so common in fanfiction). I could very easily believe that Elladan
retained guilt at Arathorn's death.

Title: Promises Broken and Kept · Author: periantari · Genres: Drama:
Featuring Frodo or Sam · ID: 144
Reviewer: viv · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
... and it did. :) Nice explanation of the relationship between Merry
and Frodo. It lived in subtext and between the lines in Tolkien's
work, but it comes to life here. Thank you.

Title: Summer's Lease · Author: Raksha the Demon · Genres: Romance:
Gondor · ID: 650
Reviewer: viv · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Love the wicked hint of voyeurism here, as she watches them. Plus,
what a thing to see! Rowr. But the real gem of this piece is Eowyn
studying the wet, mucles chests of these two hotties and thinking with
admiration... about the draw weight of Faramir's bow. How very Eowynish!

Msg# 9642

MEFA Reviews for Tuesday, December 2, 2008 (Morning Set, Part Four) Posted by annmarwalk December 02, 2008 - 4:40:35 Topic ID# 9642
Title: Choices · Author: brindlemom2 · Times: First Age and Prior ·
ID: 184
Reviewer: viv · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
The angsty part of me loves this moment in the Tolkien mythology, the
moment when the twins part for ever, and Elrond determines that he
will always watch over his brother's children. I think your short
descriptions of both brothers were right on. Thanks for this peek. It
was bittersweet.

Title: As Was Dwarven Tradition · Author: Nieriel Raina · Races:
Dwarves · ID: 553
Reviewer: viv · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
Spoilers!
Dude, I'd love to show up for one of these traditional dwarvish
two-hundredth birthday soirees! They sound like a lot of fun (mostly
of the imbibing variety). But I can definitely see how Gimli's
thorough enjoyment of the evening would be dampened by the absence of
his friend. Awwwww. And there's Gimli getting all teary eyed at the
end! *happy sniffle* Thank you for this ficlet; I enjoyed it very
much, and not even *just* because it featured dwarves and was all
about dwarven traditions. ;)

Title: A Great Cause for Concern · Author: Alassante · Races:
Cross-Cultural: Post-Ring War · ID: 682
Reviewer: Ainaechoiriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Spoilers!
A very nice story, funny in parts but beautifully written in others,
as when Galadriel speaks of Legolas' and Gimli's friendship. And the
last paragraph. I liked also that Aule wished to speak with Gimli for
awhile to catch up with his children.

Title: Dance of the Deer and Műmak · Author: Nieriel Raina · Races:
Cross-Cultural: Post-Ring War · ID: 559
Reviewer: Ainaechoiriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
Cute story. I liked the descriptions of the dance and each other's
point-of-view of the other dancing. Nice work.

Title: Twentynine White Horses · Author: Jael · Races: Elves: Mirkwood
Elves · ID: 557
Reviewer: Ainaechoiriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
An endearing story about losing teeth. Well, for Elves anyway. It
almost hurts to think of beautiful Legolas with a gap. Ah, but at
least he's not a Mortal! Good fun and a lovely story.

Title: --and it was done · Author: Neoinean · Genres: Adventure · ID: 527
Reviewer: Ainaechoiriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
Wow, the writing was … different in style but I liked it. The sentence
fragments and choppiness in places gave the sense of urgency, pulled
me in to how Aragorn felt. I loved the little bits of wandering
Aragorn's mind went to and how he reasoned what he had to do. Very
good story all the way around. And though I do love a good torture
story as much as the next, I do like that this time, the rescue went
off without a hitch.

Title: MAGIC: The Password · Author: Fiondil · Genres: Humor: Elven
Lands · ID: 451
Reviewer: Ainaechoiriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
Since it's humor, I forgive that inane password. It was funny. And the
way the queen serenely replied… Cute.

Title: Bad Idea · Author: StarLight9 · Genres: Humor: Elven Lands ·
ID: 610
Reviewer: Ainaechoiriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
Spoilers!
I wasn't sure I liked the idea that it was Legolas' very bad idea but
in the end, it did make me smile. Good show.

Title: And so our friendship began... · Author: Amarok · Races:
Cross-Cultural: Elves and Men · ID: 281
Reviewer: Ainaechoiriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Interesting use of first person, not an easy thing to carry off,
especially with an Elf, but I began to feel comfortable with it as the
story went on. I like this dangerous side of Legolas. He's too often
painted as just beautiful. So good use of that and a worthy effort to
explain his and Aragorn's friendship.

Title: Hold To Hope · Author: Nieriel Raina · Times: Late Third Age ·
ID: 709
Reviewer: Ainaechoiriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Spoilers!
A believable story for Thranduil receiving the news that Legolas did
not return from Imladris. Touching scene of Thranduil holding
Legolas's first bow, and good mention that there would be forthcoming war.

Title: A Perfect Impression · Author: weepingnaiad · Times: Second and
Early Third Age · ID: 494
Reviewer: Ainaechoiriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 1
A nice beginning to little Legolas' life.


Title: Hidden Watcher · Author: kitt_otter · Genres: Drama · ID: 702
Reviewer: Ainaechoiriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
I'd read this one before elsewhere. It was just as good the second
time. Very good last line. I liked that Legolas could sense him, his
patience and stealth. And that Aragorn suspected.

Title: The Houseless · Author: Jael · Genres: Horror · ID: 178
Reviewer: Ainaechoiriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
Very nice retelling of a familiar tale. I at first had some fear of
what the houseless one was going to do, but then suspected it might
end like that familiar tale. Very nicely done.

Title: Shadows · Author: Bodkin · Races: Elves: Family · ID: 698
Reviewer: Ainaechoiriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
The single-quotes distracted but otherwise, a finely written story. It
was interesting getting his mother's spirit's perspective.

Title: Parting Gifts · Author: Fiondil · Races: Cross-Cultural:
Post-Ring War · ID: 452
Reviewer: Ainaechoiriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Spoilers!
Oh, good thing I was on lunch break, because tears were streaming down
my cheeks by the end of this. It's a time I've thought about but never
so fully, when Legolas would lose his last Mortal friend. Gimli's
passing was beautifully done. Good job.

Title: Fulfilling Oaths · Author: Nieriel Raina · Times: Multi-Age ·
ID: 332
Reviewer: Ainaechoiriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
Spoilers!
Beautiful story, tying together such a long thread from the sad final
days of Finrod to the passing of Aragorn and Legolas' journey. Lovely,
nearly brought a tear to my eye.

Title: Whatever Harm Encroached · Author: Nieriel Raina · Times:
Second and Early Third Age · ID: 708
Reviewer: Ainaechoiriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Spoilers!
I love a good Thranduil. So many want to paint him differently but
this is the Thranduil I know. Holding off the shadow and anything else
that would seek to harm his people. Even the weather.

Title: Seaworthy · Author: Thundera Tiger · Races: Elves: Mirkwood
Elves · ID: 349
Reviewer: Ainaechoiriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Spoilers!
I read this one quite some time ago and found it interesting. An
intriguing look at Imrahil and how Legolas learned to build a ship and
sail it. Though not until his friendships on Middle-Earth had passed.

Title: In Search of Stillness · Author: Bodkin · Races: Elves:
Mirkwood Elves · ID: 704
Reviewer: Ainaechoiriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Spoilers!
Beautiful. Just beautiful. The banter was perfect (apart from the
single-quotes) and the friendship felt just right between these two. I
loved the concern Gimli had for Legolas and his tricking Legolas to
take a trip home out of that concern. It was beautiful.

Title: Here's To The King! · Author: Jael · Genres: Humor: Elven Lands
· ID: 204
Reviewer: Ainaechoiriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Spoilers!
Oh that was far more funny than I thought it was going to be.
Especially the end, the baths, the wolf's pup…. Too funny! Poor
Naruthir. Will they never tell him the truth? I loved Legolas'
reactions, from the so tired he didn't want to bother to the desire to
kill his prisoner in secret. Or in jest. Loved it.

Title: The Misty Month · Author: Le Rouret · Races: Cross-Cultural:
Post-Ring War · ID: 454
Reviewer: Ainaechoiriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Spoilers!
Being uncomfortable with childbirth myself, I found part of this story
uncomfortable, but not because it wasn't well written. Just because of
myself. It was a very well-written story and a very different look at
Legolas. I liked it though. And his getting to name the girl.

Title: Wormtongue · Author: Mariole · Races: Villains · ID: 240
Reviewer: viv · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
Wow. That's some intense stuff, right there. It was impossible to feel
sorry for either Lotho or Grima, and yet ... I did. And I felt dirty
for it. That was what you were going for, wasn't it? Tricksy! I really
want to go on about this story, because it was so approrpiately bleak
and horrible. Typically, I try to keep reviews pithy and to the point,
but, because of the nature of MEFA, I find myself repeating (please
excuse me). But it all boils down to this: this story, for all its
darkness and despite the fact that it's emotionally difficult to read,
is an excellent piece of writing.

Title: Healing the Long Cleeve · Author: TopazTook · Genres: Longer
Works · ID: 133
Reviewer: grey_wonderer · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 10
This is a wonderful, well-written, romantic story that involves the
marriage of Peregrin Took to Diamond of Long Cleeve. The author has
put a great deal of detail into the story and the chapters are a nice
length so that the reader has time to become involved in the story.
Each chapter has a clever title that makes reference to aspects of
diamonds in one way or another. The story takes what I found to be a
rather different look at Pippin's marriage and much of the story is
told from Diamond's point of view with her thoughts and feelings
revealed to the reader. This was one of the first stories that I read
by this author and I was very entertained by her writing style. The
characters are very fleshed out very well, even the ones that are only
mentioned in passing by Tolkien. The story is twenty-seven chapters in
length and has author's notes at the end which I always enjoy because
it gives you some background on the story or the reasons for the
story. I have read many romance stories that feature Pippin and
Diamond but this one stands out for me. Diamond is young and not at
all experience and Pippin is very patient and very understanding with
her. It is a lovely look at the way in which the two of them begin to
build a relationship and it is also interesting to see the responses
of their friends and family. I won't say more about the story itself
because I don't want to spoil it in any way. Lets just say that if you
enjoy romance or if you like stories about Pippin then this is one you
do not want to miss!

Title: Pip-napped! · Author: Dreamflower/Lindelea CoAuthors · Genres:
Adventure · ID: 669
Reviewer: grey_wonderer · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
I simply love this story. This one contains a great deal of action and
a great deal of suspense, two entertaining elements that I believe
make for a very engaging fiction. This is a very entertaining story by
two very talented writers and in my opinion this one is a must read!
The two authors collaborate beautifully on this story and it reads as
if only one person wrote it because it all fits together so very well.
I have read this one more than once and enjoyed it every time.

Title: Answering the Call · Author: docmon · Genres: Drama · ID: 340
Reviewer: Ainaechoiriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
Interesting takes on each of the Fellowship taking the ring. And most
of them ended terribly. Interestingly, Gimli's actually ended with at
least some hope.

Msg# 9643

MEFA Reviews for Tuesday, December 2, 2008 (Evening Set, Part One) Posted by annmarwalk December 02, 2008 - 19:45:48 Topic ID# 9643
Title: Old Friends · Author: Marta · Times: Fourth Age and Beyond:
Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 651
Reviewer: Ainaechoiriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 1
Spoilers!
Good drabble of Gandalf's feelings just as Legolas and Gimli arrive.

Title: The Librarian · Author: Jay of Lasgalen · Races: Elves: Family
· ID: 700
Reviewer: Ainaechoiriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
Cute story. Every once in a while I need a cute Legolas elfling story
to balance out the heavy stuff and this one did the trick nicely.

Title: Seas of Fate · Author: Thundera Tiger · Races: Cross-Cultural:
Elves and Men · ID: 487
Reviewer: Ainaechoiriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Spoilers!
I think I liked this tale of Imrahil, Legolas, and the sea better than
any other I'd read. Imrahil reaches to Legolas with understanding and
Legolas hears no reproach but wise counsel. Very nicely done.

Title: Upon the Pebbled Shore · Author: aranelgoldenflower · Genres:
Drama: Final Partings · ID: 171
Reviewer: Ainaechoiriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 1
Spoilers!
Sad to think the twins should part, but intriguing as it ties to their
father and his twin.

Title: With Many "Fond" Acknowledgments · Author: Thundera Tiger ·
Genres: Humor · ID: 472
Reviewer: Ainaechoiriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Spoilers!
Oh, funny indeed! Yes, it can be hard to write about your friends
(without changing the names to fool them) without them wanting to
change what you write! So funny to see the three Hunters bickering
with Sam over it, and then Faramir, too. Lots of fun!

Title: With Hope and Without Hope · Author: docmon · Genres:
Adventure: Incomplete · ID: 466
Reviewer: Ainaechoiriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Spoilers!
This story has me on the edge of my seat. The despair is real and hard
to take but the author throws the reader a bone now and then, the
cheer of a hobbit, the escape of two. I hope this one gets updated and
finished ASAP! I keep hoping for a Ent to show up. Or Gandalf. I still
hope for a happy ending despite all the non-happy middle.

Title: The Prisoner of Dol Guldur · Author: Soledad · Genres: Drama:
Final Partings · ID: 102
Reviewer: Ainaechoiriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Spoilers!
This was a beautiful, hard story to read. It was deeply sad and yet
hopeful as well. I loved the history Soledad brought out in it, the
very old Faithful, the notes from the text to remind us, the Ents
coming north. There was no quick fix for the poor Prisoner and it
would have been wrong if there was. Trauma doesn't just shake off.
Well done.

Title: Switch · Author: Tena · Genres: Humor: Valar & Maiar · ID: 562
Reviewer: Sivan Shemesh · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
I love the way you wrote in this particular story, made me laugh all
the way.

Sometimes though i wonder if anyone of them just wish to stay in that
state and remain in other shoes (imagine how funny that will be plus
to play that with the twins...)

Great story, and i'm glad that they were together in the end...

Tena, write more humor such this one, as i love to read all your fics.

Title: A Sleep Over · Author: Phyncke · Times: First Age and Prior:
House of Finwe · ID: 160
Reviewer: Jules14 · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
Very funny! This story is a perfect portrayal of two little girls
playing together: Galadriel's bossiness, the way Galadriel loves to
scare people, and Aredhel getting upset and running to tattle to her
father. It reminded me that even the most powerful people in "The
Silmarillion" were little children at one point, with all the positive
and negative personality traits of little children. I admit, though,
it is hard to connect this portrait of Aredhel with the brave,
impetuous elf-woman she'd eventually become! Excellent job.

Title: Orc Dreams · Author: Tanaqui · Races: Villains: Fixed-Length
Ficlets · ID: 448
Reviewer: viv · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
Well, it stands to reason that orcs would have dreams. I'd just never
imagined one before. What a fascinating peek into the mind of an orc!

Title: The Waker · Author: Nancy Brooke · Races: Villains:
Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 287
Reviewer: viv · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Words like "plunk" and "flick" and "slish" evoke the setting, the
mood, both dark and sad. And that last line confirms that the sad note
was intentional. It wanted a name! You know, this could be the lament
of any number of Tolkien villains. Misunderstood, all.

Title: Moon Over Water · Author: Avon · Genres: Drama: Final Partings
· ID: 518
Reviewer: pipkinsweetgrass · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
Tis is an absolutely beautifully crafted story written with as much
love of the craft as of the source material and characters. Moreover,
is is written with respect, a thing rare and delightful to find in fan
fiction, and I cannot praise this work or the author enough for it. It
is almost mythopoetical form, use of language and imagery and is an
altogether good read.

Title: Shelter From the Storm · Author: SlightlyTookish · Races:
Cross-Cultural: Friendship · ID: 315
Reviewer: pipkinsweetgrass · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
Okay, okay, everybody knows it, I'm a sucker for just this kind of
story with exactly these three characters, but I'm not about to let
that stop me, mainly because this is a fine example of just such a
story! Boromir is the only member of the Fellowship with no knowledge
of Hobbits, so he is the perfect character to bounce hobbity writing
off of. Among other things. Ahem.

Title: The Stranger · Author: Nieriel Raina · Genres: Drama: Featuring
the Noldor · ID: 560
Reviewer: viv · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 6
There's a lot to like in this ficlet, so I'll just tick off the ooohs
without trying to be orderly (or even coherent). First, I much liked
the notion of elves wearing "britches." That word just set the scene
so well, really lulled me into the point-of-view character's mind.
Because, after all, this isn't *entirely* modern-day, is it? *grin* I
grinned when Jack initiated one of those comparing-scars games with
the, er mystery man on the beach (will restrain myself from giving
vital details, because I really don't want to have to check this
review as containing spoilers). The last couple of paragraphs were
also very touching, a promise of a happy ending where Tolkien didn't
give us much to hope for. Thank you for that. And the footnote about
Jack: hee!

Title: Nerdanel's Sons · Author: Istarnie · Races: Elves: Incomplete ·
ID: 659
Reviewer: Dawn Felagund · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 6
I was once told that stories set in Aman before the Darkening must be
boring because nothing much was going on. Istarnie's distinctively
lyrical fiction disproves that. With an impressive knowledge of canon
minutia and an undeniable skill at weaving it into a tale uniquely her
own, Istarnie begins to breathe life into the enigmatic and
controversial Feanorians in her start to this novel, often breaking
fanon in surprising and delightful ways.

Even better, the story is told from the point of view of Nerdanel, a
character much-written and rarely captured in a way that feels truly
genuine to me. Istarnie's Nerdanel is well done: wise and strong, a
fitting wife for the fiery Feanaro, both a craftsperson and a mother.

For fans of the House of Feanor, this novel is definitely one to watch.

Title: Ed'ledhron · Author: Elanor Silmarien · Races: Hobbits · ID: 392
Reviewer: Jules14 · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
A very pretty story about Frodo learning to trust Iluvatar. The idea
of Elrond comforting Frodo was lovely as well.

Title: Don't Explain · Author: gwidhiel · Races: Elves: Incomplete ·
ID: 289
Reviewer: NeumeIndil · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 6
Spoilers!
I'll be the first to admit a decided weakness in my knowledge of the
Silmarillion. I've read it, once, and it stuck in the way of history
books or classics for my college literature classes: the major
happenings are fresh enough in my mind, but the details are gone. I
don't quite remember who half of these characters are, and their
Quenya names are mostly unfamiliar to me, but that difficulty was
untangled by the second or third chapter. This piece seems driven by
detail in combination with a strong undercurrent of curiosity,
striking me as very innately elvin. I love that Feanaro's first word
was actually "light"; it says much of what his character must have
been like then as well as what wonderful and terrible things he would
do later.

Title: Child of Hope · Author: Galadriel · Races: Men: Steward's
Family · ID: 97
Reviewer: Avon · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
A sweet story with a slight surprise at the end. I couldn't honestly
understand why what was happening was happening - but the descriptions
were great.

Title: Renewal · Author: Elena Tiriel · Times: Late Third Age: General
Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 208
Reviewer: viv · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 1
There's a rhythm to this piece when you read it out loud, almost like
poetry. Nifty!

Title: Pirates Ye Be Warned · Author: Imhiriel · Races: Men: Gondor
Drabbles · ID: 353
Reviewer: viv · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
The blood spatter, I suppose, should be enough to remind us that the
pirate wasn't a jolly smexy sort like Capt Jack. But still, Imrahil
felt really *stuffy*. I wanted to pull the pole outta his ... well,
suffice to say I had some sympathy for the pirate who, after all,
offered to share his swill! hee.

Title: Last Stroke · Author: Elena Tiriel · Genres: Alternate
Universe: Drabbles · ID: 465
Reviewer: viv · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
Wow, that was a lot of old-timey nautical verbiage (and old-style
semicolon usage) right there! You were channeling the professor,
weren't you? hee

Title: Taking Roots · Author: Imhiriel · Genres: Romance: Drabbles ·
ID: 367
Reviewer: viv · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
This is a fresh take on Galadriel and Celeborn: her being timid and
uncertain, and him being reassuring and confident. Interesting and
well-realized!

Title: Old Friends · Author: Marta · Times: Fourth Age and Beyond:
Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 651
Reviewer: viv · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
This has to be one of the best drabbles I've read in this contest (and
I've read a few). It has the crucial twist at the end, though it's a
gentle twist, and it boasts the excruciating attention to detail in
word choices that make drabbles – good drabbles – an art form. For
instance, I loved how his [bushy] brows [furled]: I knew right away
who the point-of-view character was when I read that line. And the
metaphor "[The exiles pounded against Valinor's shores as persistently
as the waves]" summed up his mental state and thousands of years of
Valinorean history in one pithy, perfect sentence. Excellent drabble!

Title: Sharing Good News · Author: Imhiriel · Genres: Humor: Drabbles
· ID: 216
Reviewer: viv · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
I almost skipped this one after reading that sort of bumpy first line
(was it intended as a metaphor? but something so dark and serious
wouldn't really sit with this story, or would it?), but I'm so glad I
stuck with it and read the whole thing. The characterizations of both
Bilbo and young!Aragorn were charming, and I can totally believe,
given the hints at their friendship that we saw during the Council of
Elrond, that Aragorn would have wanted Bilbo to know this nugget of
information. Lovely work (though I would go back and give that opening
line a second glance)!

Title: Incarnation · Author: Gandalfs apprentice · Genres: Humor:
Drabbles · ID: 242
Reviewer: viv · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
Poor Gandalf! It must have been a bit of a transition for someone with
floaty only partially substatial "raiment" to get used to having a
mortal body, with all the accompanying frailties. You've captured
excellently the level of sacrifice he endured for the sake of his
mission. (I wonder if Tolkien thought of God incarnating as Christ
when he did a similar thing with Gandalf? When I read this drabble, I
had a fleeting thought of Christ as a character who might have endured
similar incarnation pitfalls.) At any rate, all theological supposings
aside, this was a charming drabble and a provocative look at Gandalf
(who, at least in my opinion, isn't written nearly enough in fic).
Good work!

Msg# 9644

MEFA Reviews for Tuesday, December 2, 2008 (Evening Set, Part Two) Posted by annmarwalk December 02, 2008 - 19:46:53 Topic ID# 9644
Title: Fatherhood · Author: annmarwalk · Genres: Humor: Drabbles · ID: 547
Reviewer: viv · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
As an aunt of a six-year-old, I had a moment of pause when I read that
she was pouring honey... and then I let out a breath of relief when I
realized that you had *not* written "head." hee. Altough, at six, I
suppose children are very mature, at least compared to preschoolers
and toddlers and such. At any rate, I think Imrahil is quite right:
she's ready for a pony (though not quite for marriage!). I loved this
peek into Imrahil's daddy-brain.

Title: Terra Incognita · Author: Branwyn (Lady Branwyn) · Genres:
Humor: Drabbles · ID: 723
Reviewer: viv · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 7
This is exceptional, and not just as a drabble but also as a story
teaser. Have you ever thought of expanding it? The subject matter is
fascinating, at least to me, and you have such a deft hand at setting
the scene. The smell of [woolen socks] indeed! Plus, the dialogue bits
were sparkling, working at least as well as the descriptions at
setting the scene. I assume that the peculiar officer here is Tolkien
himself, yes? He is characterized every well, very much in a
show-not-tell fashion. And the twist at the end, the "funny" part...
actually *was* funny. Lots of things that are classified as humour
just aren't that amusing -- that is, they don't make *me* chuckle,
which could always be a casualty of my poor sense of humour, actually
-- but this humor piece is very amusing. Not cackle-out-loud
laugh-inducing, but wringing a good solid chuckle from me nonetheless.
Thank you! This drabble is such an excellent example of good, solid
writing. It makes me want to read more of your work. Very enjoyable
and intriguing!

Title: Horse Sense · Author: Branwyn (Lady Branwyn) · Genres: Humor:
Elven Lands · ID: 22
Reviewer: viv · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
A fair and gentle portrayal of Gimli (and indeed all dwarves, vis a
vis their care of animals). How nice it is to imagine that Bill the
Pony and Gimli were able to hit it off. (Also, since I'm not a horse
person, I can only imagine that all those horsey terms were used
properly. Regardless, they impressed me! hee.)

Title: I Ain't Got Nobody · Author: Ignoble Bard · Genres: Humor:
Valar & Maiar · ID: 568
Reviewer: viv · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 6
I love this. Love it like a loving things that loves... things. Well,
you get the idea. I laughed. Out loud. Several times. Oh, the
wonderfulness! I dig that Glorfindel's new body is tight in the
crotch, that he can't seem to stay embodied longer than a flea lives,
and that Namo is becoming increasingly irked by it all. Also, I dig
the fact that fear (with the umlaut over the e, of course) can
shrug... who knew? And that Valar floss their teeth (again with the
who knowing). Plus, somebody has to award points to a story that uses
the word [boffo] in context (oh look: just did). And the straw. The
straw!
Oh-my-god-am-about-to-bust-my-guts-but-in-the-best-possible-way. *deep
breathing* Yes. Love it. All of it. And to think that this sprung from
the same brain as the impossible smugness of being (Feanor). You'se
brilliant! Please to write more of this goodness, yes?

Title: Call of the Wild · Author: annmarwalk · Genres: Romance:
Drabbles · ID: 94
Reviewer: viv · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
This is the crummy part of MEFA (and it's a small one): A story like
this screams for a one-word review. But if I left it a one-word
review, you might get to thinking that it isn't a lovely drabble, and
it is. It really is. The descriptions are nice, the interior
italicized thoughts are effective the characters are well-drawn. But
all of that, really can be summed up with one word. And so, having
dithered enough that you know this review is far from an insult, here
it is: ROWR.

Title: A Great Cause for Concern · Author: Alassante · Races:
Cross-Cultural: Post-Ring War · ID: 682
Reviewer: Amarok · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
Spoilers!
That is a very nice little story about how Legolas and Gimli arrive in
the Undying Lands. I enjoyed especially Galadriel's interference. And
of course I loved the reason why Aule allowed Gimli to stay in the
end: because of friendship and loyalty.

That Legolas now is viewed as someone causing trouble I find rather
amusing. He indeed is in good company with Gandalf. I loved the end.


Title: Parting Gifts · Author: Fiondil · Races: Cross-Cultural:
Post-Ring War · ID: 452
Reviewer: Amarok · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 6
Spoilers!
Oh, that is a very touching story. I love Gimli's calm acceptance, and
how he even on his death bed tries to aid Legolas, who just needs a
push into the right direction. Sure, the elf knows what to do, but
sometimes it needs a friend to give one a shove to finally do what you
already know is the right thing to do... but I certainly also can
understand Legolas' anger at the univited interference ;-).

This was wonderfully written, I loved the atmosphere. And I loved
Galadriel's appearance, and her reaction to Gimli's gift (as well as
the gift itself..., no wonder he was nervous about it ;-) ). And the
Valar were great also. I really loved the end. That was one of the
best Gimli-interpretations I have read so far, and the contrast of
humour and being sent close to tears was remarkable.

Title: The Blessing · Author: Mews1945 · Genres: Drama: Featuring
Frodo or Sam · ID: 228
Reviewer: Amarok · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Spoilers!
It is nice to read a story from the point of view of an 'unimportant'
character - how he sees the famous ones, Aragorn, Legolas, Samwise and
of course Frodo, but also how he sees the daily heorism of healers and
carers, and the ones who bear their wounds and losses bravely.

Title: All That Remained · Author: Allee · Genres: Drama: Featuring
the Noldor · ID: 155
Reviewer: Amarok · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 8
Spoilers!

Interesting story. And I do not think that either Gilraen or Elladan
behaved unrealistic, even if I had not read the comments at the
beginning. But perhaps that comes from having had a mother who one day
came to her little girl to say 'farewell'. My father caught her before
she went through with her plan, but I know enough to understand what
this story is about.

Anyway, what I really like is that Elladan and Elrohir are not
'identical' here. Happy-ending-lover that I am I am glad they find
their old trust and connection back in the end (or at least it seemed
to me that way), but to see them struggle and cope differently for a
change is good.

The only thing I missed is Elrond in the end (meaning in the last
scene). He still seems on the outside, but he has lost as well, and as
Elrohir commented, has hidden behind a facade. He has his way of
coping, yes, but will it be changed by Estel's and Gilraen's time
there? Or by Elladan's final acceptance of what happened?

That Estel has a minor role here - merely as catalyst - is realistic I
think, and I like it. He is very young still. His time will come later.


Title: Untold Tales of the Mark: The Banishment of Éomer · Author:
Katzilla · Genres: Alternate Universe · ID: 206
Reviewer: Amarok · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 9
Spoilers!
Besides being a very gripping story, this long tale explaines nicely
some of the holes the movie left me with. The way they are described,
I could virtually see Eomer, Eowyn, Grima and the others before my
eyes while I read this.

And the story is also great. Thoughts and insights, as well as action
and fights, betrayal, hope lost and regained..., and even a bit of
humour now and then - everything such a tale needs is in it - and I
have only read the first third of it as of yet.

I especially like Firefoot. What a horse! Intelligent but with an
attitude. Half-Meara indeed :-).

And I very much love the different people you invented, for example
the pair, Thea and Forlorn, who aided Eomer despite the danger to
them. Or the handmaiden who aids Eowyn. Not to forget all the noble
Rohirrim who are loyal to Eomer despite him being banned. They all
have a personality of their own, some more likable and some less, and
I like that a lot.

Ok, now I am off to continue to read...

PS: after having finished the whole epic tale (all but the too dark
parts) I still think it is a great story. AU, yes, but in a good way,
the major events could still continue just where this story ends.

Title: I Stand No Longer Alone · Author: Larner · Races: Men: Minas
Tirith · ID: 62
Reviewer: Amarok · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
That was very interesting. It took me a while to realize who does the
thinking/talking in this story. Great idea, and done in quite a nice
way. I liked the interaction, the almost dialogue between them. Surely
'it' and it's Man will rule well :-).

Title: Hope comes for Estel · Author: stefaniab · Genres: Drama:
Featuring Aragorn · ID: 622
Reviewer: Amarok · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 6
Spoilers!
This story focuses for once on what happens to Arnor after Argorn's
coronation, instead of Gondor. I liked that a lot, and even more I
liked how it was done. In Aragorn's musings a much bigger story is
visible, for example in the simple mentioning that he talked about
building a new Annuminas with Arwen. The comparisons of Gondor and
Arnor are also interesting, and how they might react to the less
popular changes a king has to make.

Oh, and how the first 'real' encounter between Aragorn and Faramir is
set up is very much to my liking! Hope and fear, caution at first, and
then real understanding. I love the 'mind-reading' Faramir.

When time allows, I certainly want to visit 'Steffverse' more in
depth, this short tale has made me curious :-).

Title: Eagle of the Star · Author: Neoinean · Genres: Adventure:
Incomplete · ID: 327
Reviewer: Amarok · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 7
Spoilers!
This story already hugely impressed me when I read it on Teitho. I
especially was impressed by the comparisons of healing actions (I
liked the medical details!) with killing actions. Like love and hate,
saving someone and destroying him can lie very closely together, and
in my eyes this whole story centeres around this conflict.

Aragorn seems hard and harsh here - and he is, he has to be - but his
human caring side is also shown very clearly, and I like this
contrast. The hands of a healer, the hands of a killer. He is aware of
that conflict, and he deals with it accrodingly.

Also of course the action is nicely done. It is a mission to save a
friend, against bad odds and at high risk. Legolas' and Aragorn's
interaction when he finally reaches him are amusing to read, despite
the dangerous situation. Of course I also like that it ends well, with
both of them still alive, and I don't miss the background plot that
would explain some 'why's'.

Title: The Vase that was Broken · Author: Linda Hoyland · Genres:
Humor: Gondor · ID: 417
Reviewer: Amarok · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
Spoilers!
This is once more a wounderful short story Aragorn and Faramir, a
scene from the early fourth age in Minas Tirith. As usual, one of the
friends comes to the aid of the other, even if it is not a
life-threatening situation for a change.

I like the humour in this, the quib at the 'unobservant' nature of
men, and that Arwen was smat enough to hide the precious vase with a
child in the household. Nicely done, like all your drabbles and stories.

Title: Fidelis · Author: Pentangle · Genres: Drama: Hurt/Comfort · ID: 612
Reviewer: Amarok · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 10
Spoilers!
I have read and reviewed this story before..., and still I find it
hard to put into words what it does to me, how it touches me. A heavy
theme, or rather several heavy themes, masterly done in my eyes.

While reading this the second time, I found myself liking Lenwe not
quite as much as the first time. He is too manipulating for my
(personal) taste, but I think he was very well characterised from a
reader/writer standpoint.

It is very sad that both elves have to die, but I think it was the
right way to write it. All sides of the argument in such a case were
given. Nienor made his wish very clear. My personal believes are that
everyone should be allowed to decide for themselves if they want to
live or not.

Even more than by the death-theme, I was touched by the
friendship-problems of Aragorn and Legloas. One who needs to speak of
his troubles, and the other who needs to distance himself, to shut
them out of his thoughts. How familiar that sounds... I am glad
Aragorn came to Legolas 'rescue' in the end - even though I am like
Legolas and need to speak of my troubles I also know that to open up
when the time is not right is hard or near impossibe.

Luckily the sarcastic Kenuric (good call of Chris to ask you to give
him more background, and of course you did so wonderfully in the
'Badger'-story) provides a bit of humour now and then - and gives good
advice.

Title: Dark Dreams · Author: SlightlyTookish · Races: Hobbits:
Hurt/Comfort · ID: 550
Reviewer: Lily · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
This is another very gentle piece that focuses on the friendship of
Merry and Pippin. Slightlytookish shows incredible insight into the
bonds that connect the cousins and the dreadful memories they share -
probably with noone but each other. A lovely story that touches the
heart of the reader.

Title: Incarnation · Author: Gandalfs apprentice · Genres: Humor:
Drabbles · ID: 242
Reviewer: Lindelea · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
LOL, nicely done!

You capture the rhythm of language very well, sounding as if it might
have come out of the original somehow. (Perhaps excised by an editor?) *g*

Title: The Portrait · Author: agape4gondor · Races: Men: Pre-Ring War
Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 288
Reviewer: Avon · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 1
I liked the descriptive touches - it seemed very real.

Title: Refuge · Author: Raksha the Demon · Races: Elves: Noldor
Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 423
Reviewer: Avon · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
I really liked this. It makes it very real and captures the fear and
just not-knowing they must have gone through. Elrond and Elros are
well-written because they do seem like real kids, and that does tend
to be unusual in fan fiction. I also like this because it deals with a
little corner of the Tolkien universe that fascinates me - the Elrond,
Elros and Maglor relationship. I particularly liked the link to how
all this helped create the Elrond we know - the keeper of the last refuge.

Title: Blood and Iron · Author: Ribby · Races: Elves: Drabbles · ID: 122
Reviewer: Avon · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
That's very nice! Quite amazing what you can catch in just one hundred
words.It is a real killer of a last line. I also liked that repetition
of sounds in the second paragraph.

Title: The Dooming of Small Hands · Author: Thundera Tiger · Times:
Late Third Age · ID: 639
Reviewer: Avon · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
That's sad but sweet. It was a terrible choice that was forced upon
Gandalf, and this story truly captures that. It's not just Frodo who
will be forever changed by the journey, but also those who sought to
protect him and could not. A great gap-filler!

Title: Possessing the greatest powers · Author: Tanaqui · Times:
Multi-Age: Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 387
Reviewer: Avon · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 1
A clever drabble series. I enjoyed the imagery.

Title: Now the Green Blade Riseth · Author: annmarwalk · Genres:
Drama: Ring War Drabbles · ID: 37
Reviewer: Avon · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
Such a sweet, peaceful story. I hate to think of the burning of the
Shire, but this truly shows the hope that peace will come and stay.
Very nicely done, as always.

Title: Courage · Author: annmarwalk · Genres: Humor: Gondor · ID: 41
Reviewer: Avon · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
Spoilers!
That's lovely - very sweet. I love that what seems to be a fun story
about Gimli trying something different - oysters, for goodnes sake! -
has a final bitter-sweet twist at the end. Life, by then, will never
be just simple and sweet without a hidden, half-forgotten sting for
Legolas. And that of course means that the sting will always be there,
even if more deeply buried and less understood, for the one who loves
him best.

Title: Bibliophile · Author: Imhiriel · Genres: Romance: Drabbles ·
ID: 370
Reviewer: Avon · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 1
That's very cute - and I like Findulais NOT being seen as a tragedy queen.

Msg# 9645

MEFA Reviews for Tuesday, December 2, 2008 (Evening Set, Part Three) Posted by annmarwalk December 02, 2008 - 19:47:54 Topic ID# 9645
Title: Choosing · Author: docmon · Genres: Drama · ID: 473
Reviewer: Avon · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
An excellent idea for a series of short fics. All of them were good. I
liked the links back to The Hobbit in the Dwarven one. Thranduil's
pain at his necessary and right decision stood out in the Elven one. I
didn't enjoy the Man one as much, but that's because I hate to see
that in Denethor. All three were very well-written with lovely word
choices as well as good characterisation.

Title: The Kindly Airs · Author: Dwimordene · Times: Late Third Age:
General Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 480
Reviewer: Avon · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 1
Such a different idea, and so poetically written. Just lovely.

Title: Diamonds For Forever I, II & III · Author: Elen Kortirion ·
Genres: Romance: Other Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 515
Reviewer: Avon · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
It's just beautiful writing and imagery. I would be hard put to choose
a favourite line or sentence but perhaps [delicately wreathing bare
branches rimed with diamonds... winter gems for Ecthelion's pale
northern bride] I also particularly enjoyed the description of
Ecthelion's snowy walks in the first drabble. It's a clever idea to
have Arwen create a new heirloom to reflect the new world of hope that
they and their children will now live in.

Title: The King's Colors · Author: Dwimordene · Genres: Alternate
Universe: Steward's Family · ID: 482
Reviewer: Avon · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
Beautifully written! The idea is just such an unusual twist and so
well done. I could quote examples of language I loved forever but
here's a simple line that stirred me:
[Duty slipped through his fingers like water]
I loved this line too:
[And all of them standing beneath that splendid-dreadful banner.]

Poor Boromir - so much pain and to see his whole world turned upside
down and his pain and duty brought to naught.

I loved the storyline, but again let me say it was the way you used
words - elegant in its true meaning, beautiful, heart-rending and
incisive.

Title: Comfort · Author: Bodkin · Races: Elves: House of Elrond · ID: 161
Reviewer: Avon · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Lovely images of the twins comforting each other. I enjoyed the
different angle taken on this story - so much less about Arathorn's
death and so much more about the twin's feelings of guilt and sorrow.
So hard for them to be to be so powerful and so helpless. The story
also contains some beautiful word pictures.

Title: Before You Go · Author: Nancy Brooke · Races: Men: Minas Tirith
· ID: 506
Reviewer: Avon · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
Gosh, I'm pleased that the MEFAs caused me to find that. You've
written a brilliant Denethor - clever, stubborn, torn by what fate
offers him, loving this eldest son of his even as he sees the
differences between them and unable despite all his power to alter
what must be. Denethor is an incredibly complex character and it is
very nice to see him written as so. I also like the glimpses of
Boromir we get through his actions and through his father's eyes.

Title: Pippin's Secret · Author: shirebound · Races: Hobbits:
Friendship · ID: 599
Reviewer: Avon · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
What a clever idea! It's just a simple twist to the accepted canon,
but I haven't seen it done before. I thought Pippin's dialogue was
good - you managed 'young, but not too young' very well.

Title: Concerning Walls · Author: Larner · Races: Cross-Cultural:
Frodo and Faramir · ID: 112
Reviewer: Avon · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
Spoilers!
I absolutely loved all the detail you managed to build into this story
- of Hobbits and Hobbit history and of Faramir's life too. That
stonecrop and stars - tiny glimpses of beauty from their life before -
would cheer them is such right idea. I'm with Frodo - if only the
HObbiys would never have to know the true darkness the world is
capable of; that's why the firing of the Shire upsets me so much.
A very nicely written story.

Title: Shall We Dance? · Author: Isabeau of Greenlea · Races: Men:
Steward's Family · ID: 93
Reviewer: Avon · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
This is as lovely as all your stories. I love your stories of the
cousins, and long ago lost my heart to your Imrahil. The content of
the story is wonderful, but let me pause a moment on the wrapping -
the words. Such elegant, beatiful word pictures! I love, love, love
all the descriptive touches - I think you'll understand the compliment
when I say that your ball may even have outshone a Georgette Heyer
one. The story itself combines lots of lovely reflective touches of
the past and of canon, yours and Tolkien's with a story deceptive in
its simpleness. An excellent job, all round.

Title: Hope comes for Estel · Author: stefaniab · Genres: Drama:
Featuring Aragorn · ID: 622
Reviewer: Avon · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
A very interesting concept for a gap-filler; certainly it seems likely
some such conversation must have occurred.

Title: Steward's Trumpets · Author: Branwyn (Lady Branwyn) · Times:
Late Third Age: Gondor Drabbles · ID: 400
Reviewer: Avon · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
Spoilers!
That's very sweet - such a nice way to show renewal. I loved the
description of the flowers - it was a great word picture.

Title: Restoration · Author: Branwyn (Lady Branwyn) · Races: Men:
Minas Tirith · ID: 19
Reviewer: Avon · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
That's one of the nicest House of Healing ficlets I've read. It was a
great combination of little details - Elrond's knowledge, the tired
and dirty soldier, the tan on Faramir's wrist still - with hints of a
new future to come. Well done.

Title: Drawing the Eye · Author: Linda Hoyland · Times: Late Third Age
· ID: 569
Reviewer: Avon · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 1
I particularly enjoyed the descriptive aspects of this story.

Title: Mournful Fords · Author: Imhiriel · Genres: Drama: Ring War
Drabbles · ID: 368
Reviewer: Avon · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
An interesting idea - it is indeed a pity that Tolkien gave us no
reaction from Theoden. It must have been hard to live with the
knowledge that he had let his son as well as his land down.

Title: Tree of Knowledge · Author: Nancy Brooke · Times: Late Third
Age: Gondor Drabbles · ID: 172
Reviewer: Avon · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
Spoilers!
Oh that's so beautiful! The words, the imagery, the idea... and it's
got a killer last line. I could read pages of writing this beautiful.
It really is poetical. This is another treasure I'm glad to have
unearthed through the MEFAs. For Denthor to know that... I really
liked also the linking of Denethor and Elrond through their 'sons'.
You've done a wonderful job with it, Nancy.

Title: Fidelis · Author: Pentangle · Genres: Drama: Hurt/Comfort · ID: 612
Reviewer: Ainaechoiriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
Spoilers!
I wasn't sure what to think of this one first. The prequel was well
written, with wonderous descriptions. The second was so much heavier
and yet still very well crafted. Legolas and Aragorn felt very much in
character and Kenuric had become familiar. Lenwe was intriguing and
Lenwe, well, perhaps too beautiful, but a deep character as well. The
struggle between life and death, suicide and loss of will to live was
well played out.

Title: Oathbreakers · Author: Thundera Tiger · Times: Late Third Age ·
ID: 470
Reviewer: Ainaechoiriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Interesting perspective here, allowing for the Mannish side of Elladan
on the eve of the Paths of the Dead. I enjoyed his discussion with
Elrohir, both brought up good points and worries.

Title: A Cat in King Elessar's Court · Author: agape4gondor · Races:
Cross-Cultural: Friendship · ID: 66
Reviewer: Ainaechoiriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Spoilers!
Being a cat person, I loved having this cat's point of view. I did
think the ending harsh, as I wanted to see his little heirs before the
end, to make sure the line went unbroken. Still it was a good story
and I felt it stuck to canon quite closely.


Title: The Weight of Power · Author: Nefhiriel · Times: Mid Third Age
· ID: 325
Reviewer: Calenlass Greenleaf · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
I've known only a few young fanfic authors who are able to write so
masterfully as Nefhiriel. The portrayal of Aragorn is deft, and all
original characters--both good and evil--are well-rounded. The story
is long, but worth the read.

Title: Kin-Strife · Author: Isabeau of Greenlea · Genres: Drama:
Incomplete · ID: 92
Reviewer: obsidianj · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 6
This story tells the beginning of the friendship between Imrahil of
Dol Amroth and Andrahar of Harad, an OC. Pretty much the whole story
is populated be original characters or characters which are more or
less just names in Tolkien's work with some exceptions like Denethor
and Thorongil. All the characters in this story are well fleshed out
and especially Andrahar develops a life of his own in this and
subsequent stories in this universe.

The contrast between Imrahil, the reckless(and a bit spoiled) Heir to
Dol Amroth, and Andrahar, a street rat in Umbar, although with a noble
background, couldn't be greater. But these two complement each other.
Where Imrahil is too rash, Andrahar may be a bit too cautious.

The story has everything I could wish for, culture clash, a mysterious
stranger, and courtship. I hope it will be finished soon.

Title: Gone Amiss · Author: Raksha the Demon · Genres: Drama: Ring War
Drabbles · ID: 44
Reviewer: phyloxena · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
Amazingly poetic piece. The image of the water - tide of life,
receding, Aragorn's anguish, mounting, all leading to Boromir's soon
departure.

Title: To Give Hope · Author: peredhil lover · Races: Cross-Cultural:
Elves and Men · ID: 456
Reviewer: obsidianj · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
Gilraen arrives at Imladris numb with grief and has to face grave
decisions. I like the way her grief is portrayed and the interweaving
of her last day with Arathorn and with the decision she has to make.
Arathorn is still guiding her, although he is no longer there.

The other thing I like especially about this story is the way the
twins are characterized. They are not just 'the twins' interchangeable
from the outside and from within. Each of them has their own distinct
personality. They may look identical from the outside, but they are
two very different people. Once Gilraen really gets to know them she
should have no trouble telling them apart.

Title: The Revenge of Curufin's Horse · Author: Moreth · Genres: Humor
· ID: 139
Reviewer: nancylea · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 1
Spoilers!
is that what they meant when they coined "straight from the horse's
mouth"?

Title: The Rescue of Celebrian · Author: NeumeIndil · Genres: Drama:
Incomplete · ID: 382
Reviewer: obsidianj · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Spoilers!
This story is intensely emotional. From Celebrian's trauma and madness
to the reactions of her family. Throwing in some orcs with
personality, recognized by Celebrian sent a chill down my spine. I
especially like the characterization of the twins as two different
personalities.

Title: I Ain't Got Nobody · Author: Ignoble Bard · Genres: Humor:
Valar & Maiar · ID: 568
Reviewer: obsidianj · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
Spoilers!
LOL! Glorfindel is really accident prone. All the different kind of
ways dying are amusing. The best was the suffocation under the tapestry...

Msg# 9646

MEFA Reviews for Tuesday, December 2, 2008 (Evening Set, Part Four) Posted by annmarwalk December 02, 2008 - 19:48:53 Topic ID# 9646
Title: Wedding Nerves · Author: Jay of Lasgalen · Times: Late Third
Age: Gondor · ID: 48
Reviewer: Thundera Tiger · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
There are a lot of stories detailing the trials Aragorn had to endure
when he went from Ranger to King, and I never tire of them. This one
is especially good as it plays the narrative on a more subtle note and
lets the dialog handle the story. There is definitely a sense of
what's happening, but mainly it's just the characters interacting,
which makes it all the more endearing.

Title: Sing All Ye People! · Author: Raksha the Demon · Times: Late
Third Age: Gondor · ID: 249
Reviewer: Thundera Tiger · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 6
Spoilers!
If anyone was to pull such subtle nuances from the voice of the Eagle,
it would definitely be Faramir. I found the progression of voices, and
particular the order in which they appear, to be very telling. It's as
though the things for which the departed strived hardest are the
things their voices pertain to. Denethor's long struggle against
Mordor makes him the first herald. Boromir's long watch and his
journey with Aragorn earns him the second verse. Gandalf looks out for
all the children of the West and hopes for a better future both for
the morrow and for years to come, giving him the third verse. The last
verse hearkens back to the promises between Eldar, Edain, and Valar,
which could easily make it Manwe's verse, though Faramir can't be sure
on that point. Simple yet profound as well as very natural given that
its Faramir doing the musing.

Title: Comes the moment to decide · Author: Linda Hoyland · Times:
Late Third Age: Gondor · ID: 418
Reviewer: Thundera Tiger · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
Spoilers!
Great insights into the desperate acts that preceded the fall of
Sauron. I was especially intrigued by Denethor receiving a vision of
Faramir emulating Ecthelion in his regard for Aragorn. It does much to
explain some of his decision to burn both himself and his son. But for
me, the best part of the story was the final chapter in which Faramir
names Aragorn as King before the council. Powerful and moving!

Title: For the Want of ... · Author: Larner · Times: Late Third Age:
Gondor · ID: 681
Reviewer: Thundera Tiger · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
Spoilers!
It's always nice when someone explores Pippin's mindset during the
War, and it's even nicer when that someone decides to give Pippin a
mature and understanding outlook. This is one such story. Pippin's
reasoning about being the last hobbit able to distract attention from
Frodo and Sam was something that had never occurred to me, and it
makes all the sense in the world. There's not much that Faramir can
say in response to that, especially not when Pippin throws in the
lynch-pin argument, too. I enjoyed seeing both the traditional and the
altered version of the horseshoe nail poems. It definitely seemed to
clinch the debate.

Title: The Lost Restored · Author: Larner · Times: Late Third Age:
Gondor · ID: 59
Reviewer: Thundera Tiger · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 6
Spoilers!
Once the Ring is destroyed, the books seem to forget about Gollum, and
I have to admit that I did, too. He served his purpose and that seemed
to be the end of it. That might be one of the reasons this story hit
me so hard. The first punch was when Gwaihir and Gandalf paused at
Mount Doom to search for a third individual, and it took me a second
to realize who that third could be. I never imagined that they would
hunt for Gollum, but the more I thought about it, the more I
understood that they couldn't do otherwise. And the constant
references to Gollum afterward felt natural and needed. It was as if
the story was truly complete for the first time, because for all his
deception, Smeagol was integral to the Ring's tale, and the story just
wouldn't be finished without his redemption. Because he, too, was a
Ring-bearer, and I must thank Larner for reminding me of this.
Brilliant story!

Title: To Sleep, Perchance to Dream · Author: Ariel/Auntie
Meesh/Budgielover/Cathleen/Dreamflower/Gryffinjack/kellyfrankenfield/Lindelea/Pearl
Took/Rosie Took/SlightlyTookish CoAuthors · Times: Late Third Age:
Gondor · ID: 496
Reviewer: Thundera Tiger · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
Spoilers!
With so many authors, it can be difficult to write a single story and
have it work, but these authors seem to have pulled it off. There are
definitely different styles and different takes on the characters, but
the story as a whole does flow and the plot is easy to understand and
compelling. And as I love just about anything with an ensemble cast, I
enjoyed the inclusion of many major characters who each got to
contribute something during the unfolding of the mystery. Very fun.

Title: Giving Gifts · Author: Marta · Genres: Humor: Other
Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 426
Reviewer: obsidianj · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
LOL! The nightmare of all parents. I love it that Faramir really liked
his gift. Although it seems that, as his mother's son, Imrahil's gift
was painful in more than just one way on the sensitive ears of
Denethor. How long will this subtle war last?

Title: On Amon Sűl · Author: Dreamflower · Genres: Drama: Featuring
Frodo or Sam · ID: 299
Reviewer: obsidianj · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
Spoilers!
This is a great gapfiller, for the stabbing at Amon Sul. I love the
way you formatted it to underline Frodo's distance from the real
world. The change between fading into the wraithworld and coming back
to his friends is done with with great skill. And on top of everything
the evil voice of the ring tries to subdue Frodo, although with not
much success at this point.

Title: Fine Art for Future Generations · Author: stefaniab · Genres:
Humor: Gondor · ID: 561
Reviewer: obsidianj · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Spoilers!
Questionable art is always good for a laugh. I like the depiction of
the two young boys here. They don't question the picture, but take it
at face value. Arwen's reminiscence about how the picture came about
is funny. I like Gimli the gnome.

Title: Shall We Dance? · Author: Isabeau of Greenlea · Races: Men:
Steward's Family · ID: 93
Reviewer: obsidianj · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
So, Denethor has a softer side under his stern exterior. But still he
can't do anything without calculating or cataloging the effect his
actions have on others. I love it how Boromir and Faramir conspire to
get their father to dance with Lothiriel, but that it is ultimately
Lothiriel herself that convinces the Steward, consciously or
unconsciously to comply with her wishes. This is just a short piece,
but all the main characters are deftly drawn and come to life.

Title: One Summer Day · Author: annmarwalk · Genres: Humor: Gondor ·
ID: 535
Reviewer: pipkinsweetgrass · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 7
This is an amazing story which bears reading more than once. Living
near the sea, I can tell you that the writer has the mindset down
perfectly! No matter how well off you are or how poor, you just can't
beak that vital connection to the sea or to the precious land around
it. Yes, we have gardens, here, too! The brothers were so perfect
here, and I was overjoyed to see them all happy for a change instead
of only the grief-riddled ones, which are needed...but happy is great
too. Ans the fact that others loved them was shown! That is good use
of point of view! We see that both brothers are beloved by family and
friend and by their people as well. Both brothers were beloved Sons of
Gondor, here we see the foreshadowing of that. The interconnectedness
of the story was seamless, characterization flawless, why I could
almost taste the crab! And I bet I know what spices Imrahil said use!
This story really grabbed me with it's faithfulness to canon and it's
groundedness in reality...a fine balance, and a good story!

Title: Forsaken · Author: Imhiriel · Races: Elves: Drabbles · ID: 369
Reviewer: Alquawende · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
I loved the emotion coming out of the 100 words. Imhiriel has made
every word count in this drabble. I've always been curious what Finrod
thought when his nephew/brother (depends) did not come to his side and
aid him against the Sons of Feanor, but instead did nothing. This
drabble shows perfectly, Finrod's emotion and thoughts about all the
sorrows he has lived through. Overall, I really enjoyed this drabble.

Title: Faithful · Author: Dwimordene · Times: Second and Early Third
Age · ID: 105
Reviewer: Alquawende · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
Spoilers!
It is a rarity to even come upon a story that takes place in the time
of Gondor's Kin-strife, so when I saw this story, I knew I had to
read. I have had this upsession about this period for quite awhile and
this fic has only made me want more, sadly, because there are too few.
Anyway, back to the short fic, I like that the author brings out the
political effects the Kin-strife has on the various lords of Gondor.
It makes the story more realistic when the author narrated,
beautifully, the situation, but did not give away too much. The ending
suprised me, and I liked it very much, even if it had bad effects for
others... A lovely fic, Dwimordene!

Title: A Cat in King Elessar's Court · Author: agape4gondor · Races:
Cross-Cultural: Friendship · ID: 66
Reviewer: obsidianj · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
This is a lovely cat story. I was a bit surprised by the title, since
most of the story (page wise) plays during Denethor's time. But in the
end it made sense.

I love the characterization of the cat. As a new cat owner myself, I
could recognize behavior I would observe in my own cats. I could feel
pity for Denethor for the first time. He is not someone I really like,
but the cat showed the good sides of Denethor and grew in me an
understanding of his plight.

Title: In Passing · Author: Altariel · Races: Men · ID: 104
Reviewer: Aervir · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 10
Spoilers!
Altariel has always been one of my favourite authors in Tolkien fandom
because she captures one of my favourite characters so wonderfully;
this ficlet -- which I somehow failed to notice until now -- is no
exception.

Faramir's characterization is as subtle as it is precise in this brief
story. Within the space of a few paragraphs, he is presented as a
ruler, prince and strategic mind; as a scholar attracted by the lure
of words and gifted with verbal dexterity himself; as a supreme reader
and judge of other people; and, above all, as a 'family man'
connecting lineage and posterity.

The latter theme is of outstanding importance in 'The Lord of the
Rings', and it is picked up in this piece of writing in a very hopeful
manner. The title is a deft pun on the seeming effortlessness of this
casual history lesson for young Beren; on Faramir's advanced age that
has brought him close to death, and the essential distinction between
'passing on' and 'passing away'.

What is passed on here are the most life-affirming aspects of
Tolkien's idiosyncratic brand of conservatism-with-a-small-c, where
restoration, regeneration and renewal meet each other in the image of
the garden of Ithilien -- not the land of old any longer, but won back
for all the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to come.

Wonderful!

Title: They Also Serve · Author: Marta · Times: Late Third Age · ID: 365
Reviewer: Aervir · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 9
Spoilers!
This story touches on a certain 'behind the scenes' element of the
Fellowship's Quest that Tolkien himself did not include -- much to his
later regret -- so I am very glad to see it picked up in fanfiction:
the 'homefront' in Rivendell.

There is a certain cruelty in being forced to wait for news from your
loved ones in a dangerous situation, and a certain quiet heroism in
the perseverance of those who stay behind, and it is lovely to see
this acknowledged. Of course, this sort of requires the symbolic
kitchen setting -- the comforts of the hearth, and the domestic work
we never actually read about in 'The Lord of the Rings', although the
importance of the great ladies as bread-givers, in the original sense
of the Old English word, is stressed throughout Tolkien's legendarium.

Here it is Arwen, however, who has to be given emotional nourishment
in a world where mothers are so frequently dead or otherwise absent.
The imagery that Marta chooses to describe her confidante, [as strong
and unchanging as the bones of the earth,] is the perfect description
for courage and bravery in seeming unlikely places -- something
Tolkien himself might have highly approved of.

Title: Call of the Wild · Author: annmarwalk · Genres: Romance:
Drabbles · ID: 94
Reviewer: Aervir · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 6
Spoilers!
Somehow, I 'managed' to miss this drabble when it was posted on
tolkien_weekly, so I am very glad that I have the chance to redress my
lack of attention now.

In the very constricted format of a true drabble, this ficlet succeeds
in fleshing out a character who is one of the many names in the
Appendices, being consistent with the little canon knowledge that we
have of Morwen (that she married Thengel, that she earned the name
Steelsheen) and yet transcending these facts.

Her physical attraction to Thengel as well as her longing to see
herself reflected in his wildness and match it with hers are perfectly
highlighted; especially the imagery of [glory calling them in the echo
of a far-away battle horn] appeals to me: It seems very fitting for a
future queen of Rohan and it's also very much in line with the
conflation of admiration of martial prowess and desire that sometimes
occurs in Tolkien's writings.

Bravo!

Title: Lost and Found · Author: Branwyn (Lady Branwyn) · Times: Mid
Third Age · ID: 23
Reviewer: Aervir · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 10
The friendship between Gandalf and Faramir, which has endured since
the latter's childhood, the everyday life in Minas Tirith before the
War of the Ring and the Steward's family relations are themes only
hinted at in canon, much to the delight of fanfic authors and readers,
and Branwyn's treatment of the subject certainly does not disappoint.

Her characterization of the protagonists as well as her foreshadowing
of more important things to come are pitch-perfect. Gandal's kind and
avuncular attitude towards the innocent that have no idea of his true
powers is evoked in the friendliness, patience and seriousness with
which he treats Faramir here, and yet the author doesn't us forget
that he is more than a nice old man. His true age is brought to mind
["It has been far too long since I spent any time around children"],
his ability to see beyond the surface ["( he) could feel the warmth
and the tremulous spirit, as quick as the flutter of wings, that were
bound in his flesh"], and his budding worries with regard to Bilbo's
ring ["Though there are some things that were better never found"].

And wee!Faramir is definitely a joy to read about: He is an
intelligent, precocious and amiable child, but I especially like that
Branwyn nevertheless depicts him as a _child_ -- eager to please,
prattling, impatient, fond of a little gossip, and a bit of a dreamer.
Nonetheless, we can also see the character he is to become in LOTR:
scholarly, but also clever in a quick-witted, pragmatic way; fond of
lore as well as of the beasts in nature (whom he slays neither
needlessly nor gladly, as he says), deeply bound to his father and by
no means unlike him.

As a Faramir fangirl, I am also very happy about the fact that he's
now bound up in the Quest already; he indirectly helps Gandalf to
uncover the truth about what Bilbo found by a find of his own; in the
future, the Ring itself will find him -- and this ficlet might as well
give us a small clue why he won't claim it: He is interested in
learning and in helping others, not in possessing.

A wonderful read!

Title: Estel I Was Called · Author: Marta · Genres: Drama: Featuring
Aragorn · ID: 351
Reviewer: obsidianj · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Spoilers!
It had to be difficult for Aragorn to go back to his folk after being
denied his heritage for so long. Luckily, he has his cousin Halbarad
to teach him the ropes of his new existence. And how fitting that he
again has to choose a new name. I liked the details about the pelts on
Aragorn's parents' bed.

Title: And Whisper You to This Earth · Author: Lady Elina · Genres:
Romance · ID: 151
Reviewer: Beruthiel's Cat · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 8
Spoilers!
Rather than my own lack of eloquence, this story speaks for itself.
Rarely do I find stories

that move me as this one has, making it an even more precious finding
among usual fare. This

tale of an elf and a mortal speaks to all of us, of the terrible
weight of time. For some, as

Erestor, time and sorrow are a crushing weight, for Halbarad, an equal
sorrow in the fleeting

rush to the unknown. One will live to lose so much without hope of
regaining, the other will be

lost to the dust of time. Each wants to be remembered, each searches
for meaning and hope.

Both will be forgotten, except within the memory of the earth itself.
So symbolic, the

crumbling wisdom of the library, the Whisper Stone embedded within the
earth. The

bittersweet fragility of their coming together gives each a
transcendence of fate, a memory,

and courage to go forward to whatever end. Incredibly lyrical,
intensely visual, a must-read

for anyone who wants to gain insight into a subject I wish was within
my ability to review

well. A tale deserving to be on anyone's list of best-of-the-best.

Title: Thawing Lily · Author: Soubrettina · Genres: Humor: Gondor · ID: 30
Reviewer: obsidianj · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 1
A very unusual 'courtship'. But I can see it as a possibility.

Title: Loss · Author: SurgicalSteel · Genres: Drama: Hurt/Comfort ·
ID: 196
Reviewer: Beruthiel's Cat · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 7
Spoilers!
In every one of this author's tales is woven her personal experience
as a surgeon, as well as a love of medical history and Tolkien. Taken
together, they paint a very realistic picture of survival in primitive
conditions. A tale that pulls out all the stops, 'Loss' is a tribute
to the harsh realities we do not often think of in regard of any of
Tolkien's characters. This window into an epic tale built around the
family of Halbarad, is skillfully blended with the author's original
character of his wife, Serindë. The circumstances portrayed here are
doubly tragic, and chillingly real. the author skillfully avoids any
of the traps in which her character could be labeled as the dreaded
Mary Sue, instead giving us a view into the canon characters that
could not be achieved elsewise. Skillfully written, utterly
captivating, not to be missed. Deserving of any reader's list of all
time favorites, Surgical Steel's tales becomes like an old friend,
someone you'll want to spend time with over and again.

Title: The Stolen Child · Author: SurgicalSteel · Races: Men · ID: 197
Reviewer: Beruthiel's Cat · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 6
Spoilers!
'The Stolen Child' makes me glad that both it and 'Loss' were
nominated together, as it would

be impossible to separate them without losing some of their incredible
impact. 'Loss' deals

with tragedy, Stolen Child with the aftermath, grief and the
beginnings of acceptance. So real

are the characters' feelings, so terrible their circumstances. The
pain of their loss will never

truly heal, but Halbarad and Serindë have a relationship that isstrong
enough to keep them

from breaking. For two people so dedicated to the preservation of
life, the author's

no-holds-barred approach to this story and its predecessor intensifies
their personal tragedy

almost beyond endurance. A sensitive, wrenching subject handled with
style and grace,

Surgical Steel proves exactly why her stories are worthy of the
nominations they receive.

Title: MAGIC: The Password · Author: Fiondil · Genres: Humor: Elven
Lands · ID: 451
Reviewer: Beruthiel's Cat · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
Spoilers!
451 Magic-The Password

This little jewel strikes a little too close to home for me. If you
write something down, it

doesn't do a bit of good to not put it somewhere you can find it
again! A thoroughly delightful

jaunt, Fiondil proves that even elves can have their moments. That it
happens to Thranduil is

even better. At least we know now where that password came from, lost
again to fall into the

most unlikely hands.

Title: PROPHECY: Changing the Future · Author: Fiondil · Genres: Humor
· ID: 11
Reviewer: Beruthiel's Cat · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
Spoilers!
11-Prophecy-Changing the Future

Humor abounds, even among the Valar as Námo attempts to derail some
rather creative

writing by a pair of mortal wags bent upon polishing their image as a
species. One can only

imagine the resulting brouhaha if and when all the different versions
come together under one

roof. As is the hallmark of this author, the best is saved for last,
when the One running the

show will remind them of who is really in charge. Not to be missed,
one of the best of

Fiondil's Tapestry series.

Msg# 9647

Re: A question Posted by shippingindustry December 02, 2008 - 21:23:31 Topic ID# 9625
Thank you, Marta! I didn't realize I could search by story number.

Regards,
Lin

Msg# 9648

A question on removing skips Posted by Bonnie L. Sherrell December 02, 2008 - 21:24:25 Topic ID# 9129
While writing my reviews, I found it useful to remove my own fics and certain
stories I determined I was not going to review from the list I saw, so I marked
"skip" on them. Now I can't see my own stories at all, and would like to check
out a few stories that it looks I might have hastily marked to skip that I'd now
like to examine. How can I "unskip" those stories? Thanks for any help in
this,

Bonnie L. Sherrell
Teacher at Large

"Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends." LOTR

"Don't go where I can't follow."

Msg# 9649

MEFA Reviews for Wednesday, December 3, 2008 (Morning Set, Part One) Posted by annmarwalk December 03, 2008 - 4:26:14 Topic ID# 9649
Title: FAULT: The Doctor Is In · Author: Fiondil · Genres: Humor:
Valar & Maiar · ID: 545
Reviewer: Beruthiel's Cat · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
Spoilers!
545-Fault-The Doctor is In

As an avid follower of this author's tales, it has been a joy to watch
his witty forays into

Tolkien's characters. A left-handed turn into "what if" in which the
Feanoreans truly get what

is coming to them, and in spades.If there was ever a crowd to put the
'fun' in dysfunctional,

therefore inspiring the Lord of Mandos to make the punishment fit the
crime, this is it. Oh, to

be a fly on the wall during one of these sessions, but again, the best
is saved for last as the

tables are turned on the instigator of this little free-for-all.
Sometimes, good ideas can come

back to bite you. Totally hilarious, and my personal favorite of the
humor pieces included in

Fiondil's Tapestry series.

Title: One Equal Temper of Heroic Hearts · Author: Gwynnyd · Genres:
Romance: Gondor · ID: 334
Reviewer: viv · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Oh, this I like. As someone who isn't getting any younger, I have
wondered similar things. And true, their, uh, energetic ending to this
story smacks of the Aragorn and Arwen of my imagination, they could
have answered their questions differently and it wouldn't have been
any less romantic. What a light touch you have on difficult subjects,
Gwynnyd.

Title: Aftermaths and Consequences · Author: Gwynnyd · Times: Fourth
Age and Beyond · ID: 268
Reviewer: viv · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Are these characters from some of your other works? I like them.
They're no-nonsense and practical, but more than that, they're
believable. I like the descriptions of his stride and posture, and her
uncomplaining acceptance that she is not beautiful. I'd like to read
more about these two and find out whether his ambitions at court bear
fruit.

Title: The Craft of the Elven Smith · Author: Larner · Times:
Multi-Age · ID: 1
Reviewer: viv · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
I love this notion that Nerdanel's gifts to the world were more than
her hot-headed sons. She had so much skill and talent on her own that
she *ought* to have been so used to craft things of importance. Plus,
it's good to think of her busy over there in Valinor, not mourning
constantly from age to age. This seems to fit her character.

Title: The Ring That Sauron Forged · Author: Larner · Genres: Poetry:
Hobbits · ID: 645
Reviewer: viv · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
Well, that about sums up the whole story, doesn't it? And with a lilt
and meter, too! Very entertaining and well done!

Title: Free To Live · Author: Nieriel Raina · Races: Elves: Mirkwood
Elves · ID: 701
Reviewer: viv · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
What I really like about this is how hard it is for Thranduil to let
his resentments go. Oh, he does, eventually, of course, but he has to
keep reminding himself to do so. He has to keep repeating the word
"peace" just so he doesn't lose sight of what has been accomplished...
even though it wasn't accomplished by *him* exclusively. I can almost
hear his answer to that: "darn it."

Title: A Dream Come True · Author: Lady Bluejay · Genres: Romance:
Gondor · ID: 162
Reviewer: viv · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Spoilers!
Well, that's a twist on the old "Eomer and Lothiriel meet for the
first time" story! Hee. The attraction between them was very
believable, and I liked that Lothiriel has spirit despite her staid
and prim appearance. She's right: she is a good queen. But Eomer is
right, too: she's a heap sexier than a painted whore.

Title: Somewhere I Have Never Traveled · Author: Fiondil · Times:
Fourth Age and Beyond · ID: 578
Reviewer: Beruthiel's Cat · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 6
Spoilers!
Like everyone else who has become such a fan of Tolkien fiction, I
enjoy revisiting favorite

tales; and this one is no exception. I believe we all have
preconceived notions of what this

moment for her (and ourselves) would be like. To find differently than
one expected would be

rather disappointing, but to find the reality better than the
supposition would be a relief as well

as a joyful experience. Námo as Fiondil writes him is always special;
he is so straightforward

and "real", wearing many faces as is befitting the Lord of Mandos.
Such a wide range of

emotions expressed within this story, all skillfully handled...solid
characterization to which we

as readers have become spoiled. The Lord of Mandos having his own
needs acknowledged

by hobbits is a special touch that sends this tale into the realm of
best told and long

remembered.

Title: Tales of the Eldandili · Author: Alassiel · Genres: Drama:
Incomplete · ID: 502
Reviewer: Beruthiel's Cat · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
An interesting and delightful premise, further exploring an idea not
often considered or by

fiction authors. Alassiel brings style and grace to this tale, an a
very welcome sense of

plausability. In imagining such a "what if" scenario, I think we'd all
like to find ourselves in her

characters' shoes. These people are well thought out, entirely
believeable in their reactions to

the situation in which they find themselves.With such an excellent
beginning to this story, I

foresee it being enjoyable and full of surprises all throughout; and
entirely worthy of its

nomination.

Title: Shadows · Author: Bodkin · Races: Elves: Family · ID: 698
Reviewer: Beruthiel's Cat · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
As is to be expected with Bodkin's tales, there is always incredible
depth and ventures into

areas of Tolkien's works not usually visited by other authors. Such is
true in this one,

delightfully refreshing and completely original in its treatment of
such familiar canon. Bodkin is

exceptional in her insights, skillfully weaving a story that is
guaranteed to make the reader sit

up and pay attention. Worthy of being included among any reader's list
of all-time favorites.

Title: A Sea Visit · Author: Elen Kortirion · Genres: Humor: Drabbles
· ID: 96
Reviewer: cairistiona · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
Very funny drabble ... mood and setting is shown very well with
limited words, and the surprise "neighbor" is a nice little funny
twist at the end.

Title: The Skills That Keep You Alive · Author: Gwynnyd · Times: Mid
Third Age · ID: 434
Reviewer: cairistiona · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
Spoilers!
Interesting story ... young Estel is well-drawn and his antsy
frustration at having to do beadwork is very much how I'd see a young
boy acting. I like how Glorfindel is portrayed as well: wise and with
an underlying deadliness that seems barely constrained ... he strikes
me as never being one to have ever lost control. I like the idea of
his juggling all those things to show Estel the importance of hand-eye
coordination. The ending was really unique, I have to say. I never
really pictured Aragorn ever doing a juggling act on a stage--but it
makes me wonder if it's a cover for some other mission down in Harad
or something. Interesting, at any rate!

Title: Dark Dreams · Author: Avon · Races: Men: Steward's Family · ID: 282
Reviewer: cairistiona · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
Spoilers!
This is a lovely tale ... Imrahil is so gentle with his young nephews,
and even at a young age, the two boys' dispositions are evident:
Boromir the warrior, Faramir the dreamer (who would become a
dreamer/warrior). I haven't read many fics about these three, so
finding this one was a joy. The horrors of the drowning of Numenor are
hard to imagine and uncomfortable (at best) to think about--Faramir's
vivid description was chilling, especially the bit about the mother
killing her baby. Such things surely would have happened. I also liked
Imrahil's outrage at Denethor--no love lost there. All in all, very
well done story.

Title: Whatever Harm Encroached · Author: Nieriel Raina · Times:
Second and Early Third Age · ID: 708
Reviewer: cairistiona · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Such telling detail in this story ... it almost seemed like I should
look up and see snowflakes falling. Thranduil's skills are fascinating
to "see", and I like the warm touch at the end as Legolas comes in and
takes care of his ada. Nice story!

Title: The Fire of Hope · Author: Raksha the Demon · Races: Men:
Pre-Ring War Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 625
Reviewer: cairistiona · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Nice glimpse of the lonely life of a Ranger ... and a good glimpse of
the fire within Aragorn as he contemplates his future and his present
and of course, Arwen. I can well picture him sitting in the darkness,
his eyes alight as he makes those vows. Very nice story.

Title: NIGHT and FOREST: A Glimpse of Beauty · Author: Fiondil ·
Times: First Age and Prior · ID: 554
Reviewer: cairistiona · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Spoilers!
Wonderful glimpse of Beren's struggles through Ered Gorgoroth and the
horrors he dealt with there. The tale of Beren is a fascinating one
and it's nice to find a fic that expands on it and fills in the
details as well as this one does. It was wrenching to read, but that
last line made for a nice sigh of relief at the end.

Title: In absentia · Author: Robinka · Races: Elves: House of Finwe ·
ID: 84
Reviewer: cairistiona · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Very compelling short ficlet ... Maedhros' recovery from his torment
could not have been an easy one, and this story reflects Fingon's
frustration but also his patience and care for his cousin. Nicely done.

Title: Seeking the Sun · Author: Linda Hoyland · Races: Men · ID: 488
Reviewer: cairistiona · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
Very poignant, and beautifully illustrates the way King Elesser must
have surely one over all of Gondor, if not all en masse, than
sometimes one by one.

Title: A Little Misunderstanding · Author: Radbooks · Races:
Cross-Cultural: Elves and Men · ID: 275
Reviewer: cairistiona · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Spoilers!
Sweet story that nonetheless also includes some darker moments.
Elladan's grief and guilt over his seeming failure to protect Arathorn
rings true, as does Halbarad's fears that the peredhil are there to
take him away. Nice resolving of the issue with Halbarad at the end,
although you still have the idea that Elladan still will have his own
demons to battle.

Title: This crown of stars · Author: Fawsley · Races: Men: General
Drabbles · ID: 586
Reviewer: cairistiona · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
Spoilers!
Nice glimpse of Strider during one of his low moments, when his
destiny seems far out of reach. Very poignant, and the idea of the
stars above being his only crown is beautiful.

Title: In the Hands of the King · Author: fantasyfan · Times: Late
Third Age: Gondor · ID: 231
Reviewer: cairistiona · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
Spoilers!
Very sweet ficlet and nice imaginative touch, using the shroud that
kept Aragorn's standard clean for a covering for Frodo.

Title: Celebrity · Author: Bodkin · Races: Men: Minas Tirith · ID: 635
Reviewer: cairistiona · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
Spoilers!
Excellent ficlet ... it has a wistful quality as the Strider that
still lives within King Elesser longs to be free. There is a stubborn
quality about Elesser that strikes me as very appropriate--King he may
be, but he would dearly love to be king on his own terms and dispense
with so much of the trappings of court. And yet there is also the
pragmatic--as king, he would have to protect himself and his family.
And with that comes that wistful resignation. Overall, a very good and
detailed glimpse into King Elesser's mindset and circumstances as he
encounters an old acquaintance.

Title: No Man's Land · Author: Branwyn (Lady Branwyn) · Genres:
Alternate Universe: Drabbles · ID: 726
Reviewer: Beruthiel's Cat · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
I had lost track of this drabble awhile back due to not remembering
the title. I was very glad when it showed up here, as I have wanted to
recommend it repeatedly to those who haven't read it. I'm not usually
one who either reads or writes drabbles, but this one had me
completely captivated with the sheer chilling possibility it
presented. A resounding well done for this little jewel!

Title: The Heart of a Knight · Author: Imhiriel · Genres: Drama:
Incomplete · ID: 335
Reviewer: obsidianj · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
This is a thoughtful in-depth gapfiller about Beregond. What does he
feel going from expecting the death-penalty to being appointed Captain
of the White Company? Who is this man? In this story Imhiriel sheds
some light on these questions. I like her characterization of Beregond
and the turmoil he is going through feels very real.

I hope to see another chapter soon.

Title: BRIDGE: Pá Valaraucar ar Námier · Author: Fiondil · Races:
Other Beings · ID: 415
Reviewer: Beruthiel's Cat · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 6
Spoilers!
For someone who worked for Lord Námo on several occasions in times
past Olorin seems

to have conveniently forgotten the rules when his own turn comes to
face the music, as it

were. As so many of us have speculated what that particular trip
outside space and time

involved, Fiondil has given us an answer with his signature twist.
[What part of "you're dead"

do you not understand?] sums the situation up nicely, reminding the
newly departed Maia that

even he must play by the rules. A serious situation laced with just
the right touch of humor, the

Lord of Mandos reminds his charge that the definition of failure is
indeed in the eye of the

beholder. With such a well -deserved lecture firmly in mind, no wonder
our favorite wizard's

reappearance is punctuated by a deeper wisdom and ability than what
came before

Msg# 9650

MEFA Reviews for Wednesday, December 3, 2008 (Morning Set, Part Two) Posted by annmarwalk December 03, 2008 - 4:28:01 Topic ID# 9650
Title: The King's Surgeon · Author: SurgicalSteel · Genres: Longer
Works · ID: 90
Reviewer: Beruthiel's Cat · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 7
Spoilers!
An epic tale told from the POV of an original charater that manages to
avoid every pitfall

common to the mary Sue label. Extremely believeable, told with a style
and grace that draws

the reader in willingly. In Tolkien's world, Serindë would have fit in
with nary a ripple. Very

human, at a decided disadvantage in her beginnings, Serindë works hard
for everything she

achieves, and manages to give a refreshing new slant to canon
characters. Everyday lives, the

good, the bad, the terribly traumatic, as well as major canon events
are all explored within

this amazing story. As with all the truly great fanfiction writers,
this author manages to add

both depth and color top a familiar landscape. I absolutely enjoy
being surprised by a new

take on an old favorite, and Serindë does just that without drawing
attention to herself,

seamlessly woven into Tolkien's remarkable tapestry. This is one of
those tales that will stay

with you, simply because it is just so incredibly well told.

Title: National Treasure · Author: Baranduin · Times: Modern Times ·
ID: 201
Reviewer: Beruthiel's Cat · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
Spoilers!
I love to think the idea presented in this tale could actually happen,
and what a wonderful

thing it would be if it did. On the other hand, there is the sense of
needing to keep such a find

secret and safe, not having it intruded upon. Such a sacred place
would be sad beyond

measure were it relegated to the level of tourist destination. Lovely
tale, leaves the reader

wondering what happened next, but content with the idea of never
actually knowing. Drawn

in and completely captivated by this story? You bet. Gladly.

Title: The Ghost in the Garden · Author: Dawn Felagund · Races: Elves
· ID: 272
Reviewer: Beruthiel's Cat · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
Spoilers!
This tale moved me in so many ways. As an exploration of canon, it
portrays the fundamental differences faced by Galadriel and Celeborn,
while painting a rich and tragic portrait of the reality of their
surrounding circumstances. A startling and disturbing window into the
concept referred to as the long defeat, a reminder that immortality is
not necessarily the blessing we would like to believe. No happy
endings are implied; yet hope remains, even though it will be terribly
long in being fulfilled. Brings home the wish that time is not a
concept the fallen have to endure. Excellent story, exceedingly well told.

Title: For What I Wait · Author: Dawn Felagund · Genres: Alternate
Universe: Angst/Tragedy · ID: 125
Reviewer: Beruthiel's Cat · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
Spoilers!
Chillingly tragic, one wonders if this is what it will take to bring
Feanor to final repentance, or instead plunge him completely into
madness. Surely he has given up all hope for himself, though he still
clings with desperstion to the possibility the children he so wronged
will be forgiven.Couldn't pass this one by without comment, although
leaving a worthy review for such an emotional piece is totally beyond
my ability. Be assured, I will be thinking about the tale told here
for a long time to come.

Title: Bitter Sweet · Author: annmarwalk · Genres: Alternate Universe:
Steward's Family · ID: 536
Reviewer: obsidianj · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
The last sentence sums it all up. They are finally where they belong.
I like the symmetry of the piece.

Title: Fit for a King · Author: Imhiriel · Times: Fourth Age and
Beyond: Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 217
Reviewer: Avon · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 1
A nice little friendship story with a cute twist.

Title: Unwilling · Author: Elena Tiriel · Races: Elves: Drabbles · ID: 64
Reviewer: Avon · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
Such an unusual point of view - and I really loved the first line. For
one hundred words it managed to convey a remarkable amount of anger
and mourning.

Title: Look Not With Longing · Author: Dwimordene · Times: Fourth Age
and Beyond · ID: 479
Reviewer: Avon · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
Oh my gosh, that's just wonderful! Reading stories like that makes me
wonder why I ever stoped reading LOTR fan fiction. It catches all that
is best about Lord of the Rings stories - the mysticism, the glory,
the ever underlying sadness, the sheer beauty of words and phrases and
the pictures that they make. Tolkien, who served in a war of blood and
darkness and who, like so many, probably found the world beyond that
war a strange place, would have found great truths in this story.
Beautifullu, beautifully written.

Title: Engineering · Author: SurgicalSteel · Races: Men: Minas Tirith
· ID: 696
Reviewer: Beruthiel's Cat · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
Spoilers!
Anyone who has ever read any of the [King's Surgeon] timelines will
enjoy this portrait of a

very young Serindë first finding the love of her life (other than her
husband, of course). The

person she will become sparkles through a child's eyes as she comes to
terms with her injury,

and one can't help but fel as if her potential could have been wasted
had she ended up in less

caring hands. talagon's motives may not be entirely altruistic in the
beginning, but by the end

of this special interaction, the seeds are sown for enduring
friendship. Definitely not to be

missed.

Title: The Littlest Warrior · Author: RavensWing14337 · Races: Elves:
Incomplete · ID: 552
Reviewer: Beruthiel's Cat · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
Spoilers!
So many writers have tackled the possibilites presented in Aragorn as
a child, but this story

stands in a class all its own. A fresh perspective with an unusual
plot, little Estel is woven

within the story with smoothness and skill. Plot twists abound, all
making for a highly

enjoyable adventure starring not only Aragorn, but many of out
favorite characters as well.

Highly entertaining, visually rich, and totally captivating as the
inhabitants and visitors to

Imladris are in a race against time with an unseen enemy. I thoroughly
enjoyed the interactions

between such well-presented characters, but my favorite scene of all
involved a very unlikely

definition of music: [Taking his father's hand Estel skipped merrily
down the hallway singing

as he went; leading the way on a mission of comfort, blissfully
oblivious to the music in the

corridor. The sound of leather rubbing against leather, stretched to
its limit by the muscle

underneath. The gentle chink of metal stays as they pull, taut across
broad chests and

shoulders. The unmistakable sound of a metal scabbard as it rubbed
against the soft fabric of

someone's favorite suede leggings. The whisper- like sound hair makes,
as its ever-so-gently

disturbed by the motion of the body moving forward through the air.
The sound of confident

footsteps and the clip-clop sound of boots on flagstone floors. The
child skipped merrily on,

singing to the music made by eight of the fiercest warriors in all of
Arda.] It just doesn't get

any better than this.



Title: Parting Gifts · Author: Fiondil · Races: Cross-Cultural:
Post-Ring War · ID: 452
Reviewer: Beruthiel's Cat · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 7
Spoilers!
Fiondils writing becomes addictive. One chapter of any story is all it
usually takes to pull the reader in, and this one is a shining example
of that ability. Legolas and Gimli are totally in character, and the
depth of their friendship through the years is never more apparent as
it comes to a close. Not a word is wasted as Gimli conveys his concern
for the friend he will leave behind, covered as is his usual wont in
his endearing gruffness.
He understands the sorrow his friend will face, having seen Legolas
endure so many partings, and does his best to ease that pain in
whatever way he can, another tribute to his own shining character,
even though Gimli doesn't see himself as being any more special than
anyone else. He is honestly surprised and touched by others' regard,
the shyness of his initial reaction to Galadriel is still very much
present.
A thoroughly satisfying tale, not only in its lovely treatment of an
inevitable ending, but also in its promise of new beginnings.

Title: Full Brothers in Blood · Author: Oshun · Genres: Humor · ID: 212
Reviewer: viv · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 1
Your elves sweat. Hooray!

Title: The Work of Small Hands · Author: Dawn Felagund · Genres:
Longer Works · ID: 352
Reviewer: viv · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
[When self-preservation becomes chief in our thoughts, decency, it
seems, is the first bit of extra weight sacrificed to the churning,
black fear on which we precariously drift.] -- You know, it is the
mark of a piece of true literature that quotes can be taken out that
are not only perfect for the scene from which they come but are also
telling of the Human Experience overall. This is one such quote,
something you'd see in Bartlett's.

Title: Unwilling · Author: Elena Tiriel · Races: Elves: Drabbles · ID: 64
Reviewer: viv · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 1
That last line is a doozy.

Title: In Passing · Author: Altariel · Races: Men · ID: 104
Reviewer: phyloxena · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
Spoilers!
The most touching and glorious story, peaceful and heroic, and sad,
too. Faramir tells his great-grandson something of chess and something
of history.

Title: A Fitting Occupation · Author: Radbooks · Races: Men: Pre-Ring
War Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 601
Reviewer: Rhapsody · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
This is a very cute short story where by means of drabbles Radbooks
portrays a scene between father and son.The drabbles together work so
immensely well - including the alternating viewpoints of both (as
stand alone they would need a bit more). I think that worked the best
for me, especially when the author wrote from the boy's perspective
and I think she does a marvellous job portraying them so convincingly.
Overall, I find this a great character centric piece, leaving me to
wonder how well the boy will do amongst the dwarves. I most certainly
would love to read that!

Title: Last Stroke · Author: Elena Tiriel · Genres: Alternate
Universe: Drabbles · ID: 465
Reviewer: Súlriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
What an interesting perspective. I can't remember reading this scene
with Círdan before. Well done, emotional and visual as I always find
your work to be.

Title: Utúlie'n Aurë · Author: Nieriel Raina · Genres: Drama: General
Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 163
Reviewer: Súlriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
This is very emotional and moving. I find the phrase echoes across the
ages to be perfectly fitting and very well used in this short shot.

Title: A Great Cause for Concern · Author: Alassante · Races:
Cross-Cultural: Post-Ring War · ID: 682
Reviewer: Súlriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
What a delight to find this listed here. This is one that's a delight
to read and reread. It's not only fun, but insightful as well. I
especially enjoyed the debate and the back and forth discussions and
reasonings.

Title: Tarnished Ivory · Author: Yavie Feels Pretty · Genres:
Adventure: Incomplete · ID: 464
Reviewer: pipkinsweetgrass · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
I usually wait until a work in progress is done to read it, but I'm
glad I did not with this particular story. This writer has gifted fan
fiction with a breath of fresh air in--of all things--the canon of the
actual author of the source material! Yes, it is true! Actual book
canon Legolas and Boromir! Well, as near as it's possible for fan
fiction. And it doesn't stop with Boromir and Legolas, the characters
of Gimli, Merry and Pippin appear to be in good hand. The proposed
plot line has all appearances of being quite acceptable and digestible
and the descriptives are sound and spare and beautifully written. I
have high hopes for this story.

Title: The Right to Bear Arms · Author: Pearl Took · Genres: Humor:
Elven Lands · ID: 653
Reviewer: pipkinsweetgrass · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
This is a story full of surprises. As usua, Pearl Took ddelivers a
fine story, which I truly liked for quite a few reasons, some of which
I'll cover in this review. I like that Pippin earned Boromir's respect
as well as his affection. The descriptive of the contest was very
realistic...I felt I could have been standing there watching in
person. I loved Pippin's spunk, which is mirrored sub-textually in
Boromir's taking a liking to Pippin. This is very in character for
Boromir, and also forershadows Pippin's later acts of courage in the
source material. Very well done story starring my two favorite characters!

Title: Chasing Blackie · Author: Pearl Took · Times: Mid Third Age:
Eriador · ID: 655
Reviewer: pipkinsweetgrass · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
What a charming little story this is, and what a charming little Took
wee Pippin is! I don't think I've seen too many Pippins who can steal
my heart as quickly and easily as this one did. And his poor mother!
She has the patience of a Middle Earth saint! I loved the imagination
shown in this story. Pippin's innocence shines through, and he is very
much an ordinary child like the ones we raise ourselves. I think that
is what touched me the most about this story, the verisimilitude of
those precious few years of youth. It is an eternal truth which truly
shines forth in this story.

Title: Comfort and Joy · Author: Pearl Took · Times: Mid Third Age:
Eriador · ID: 656
Reviewer: pipkinsweetgrass · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
This a sweet, wonderful and very hobbitty story! I loved the
characterizations in this as well as the story arc and the gentle
humor found throughout the tale. Pearl always writes a good Pippin as
well as a fine Merry and Frodo, and this story certainly does not
disappoint.

Title: Celebrity · Author: Bodkin · Races: Men: Minas Tirith · ID: 635
Reviewer: elliska · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
I love the first person in this story. First person is so hard to
write well, especially with such 'larger than life' characters like
Aragorn, but you really do a great job of it with this story.
Aragorn's voice is perfect, as is the depiction of how it must have
been for him to be making the transition between who he was and who he
has become. I like that Aragorn wants to get to know this old
acquaintance again, but he is still cautious enough to send him
through his secretary. It is a really cool way to underscore what
Aragorn's life has become. Great glimpse into his new life.

Title: Dragons In The Trollshaws · Author: Bodkin · Genres: Adventure
· ID: 170
Reviewer: elliska · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
Wow! Somehow I never read this before. It is awesome. I absolutely
love Elladan and Elrohir in this story. The banter between them is
perfectly done and hilarious. So are the childhood references like
Smudge and the leap off the stable roof. I also love your take on
dragons in this story. And of course the action in this is incredible,
as is them working out how to handle the situation. Very tense. I
absolutely loved this story, Bodkin! I'm so glad the MEFAs led me to
finally see it.

Msg# 9651

MEFA Reviews for Wednesday, December 3, 2008 (Morning Set, Part Two) Posted by annmarwalk December 03, 2008 - 4:29:01 Topic ID# 9650
Title: The Price of Pity · Author: celticbard · Genres: Alternate
Universe: Steward's Family · ID: 373
Reviewer: obsidianj · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 7
Spoilers!
This is an intriguing AU. The premise of Faramir being married before
and to an elf of Lorien is a little bit far out, but works beautifully
in this story. The story keeps all the characteristics of the books
mixed with some of the movie visuals, just Aniror, Faramir's first
wife, and little son, thrown into the brew, which doesn't make matters
easier for Faramir.

While trying to make their new marriage work and to forge a
relationship to her stepson, Eowyn has to fight the ghosts of
Faramir's past and learns about his first marriage in bits and
snippets from Faramir and other people who knew Aniror.

The story is well balanced between flashbacks and storytime. You never
get lost in one or the other. The flashbacks are just long enough to
impart important information and keeps you wanting for more, but never
so long that you lose track of what's happening in storytime.

If you are not too concerned about canon accuracy, this is a must read
for all Faramir and Eowyn fans.

Title: U elyë, Ar-Pharazôn · Author: Elitihien · Times: Second and
Early Third Age · ID: 486
Reviewer: Elleth · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Well-written, engaging and brutal (as befitting the occasion of the
Downfall of Numenor), and I loved the connection to Tolkien's 'The
Last Ship' via the Quenya quote at the end. That poem never seemed to
have a connection to Numenor to me, but you tied it in convincingly,
and in quite an innovative way. Very powerful writing.

Title: Confidence · Author: annmarwalk · Races: Men: Minas Tirith · ID: 38
Reviewer: obsidianj · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
That's quite a tall order for Mormendil, especially after his own
failed attempt to shave himself. But in the end he is regarded as an
expert in questions of facial hair. I like Denethor's recommendation
at the end, which shows that he is quite aware of what his manservant
is doing (or not) and pays him this backhanded compliment. I don't
think Denethor is the type to praise his manservant for a job well done.

Title: Playing with Fire · Author: Linda Hoyland · Races: Men: Minas
Tirith · ID: 21
Reviewer: obsidianj · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Ouch! That was a hard lesson to learn. I feel for all of them. I hope
Eldarion learned his lesson. At least it was in a controlled
environment with Aragorn as backup. Some kids need to learn the hard
way. Better this way than when no one is looking.

Title: Spaces in the Heart · Author: Keiliss · Races: Elves: House of
Elrond · ID: 251
Reviewer: obsidianj · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Spoilers!
Oh, this is such a lovely little vignette. The encounter between
Glorfindel and Elrond was sweet. This is a new version, at least for
me, of how Glorfindel got back to Middle-earth, but perfectly valid.
Nobody knows what really happened. I like the idea of Elrond as the
language scholar.

Title: Lingering Shadow · Author: Shireling · Genres: Drama: Featuring
Boromir or Faramir · ID: 412
Reviewer: Cathleen · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 1
Shireling's tale of a post Ring War time in which Faramir

Title: A Race, To Be Like Me · Author: Imhiriel · Races: Elves:
Drabbles · ID: 375
Reviewer: Rhapsody · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
Spoilers!
While reading this ficlet, I am not certain if we are in Fëanor's mind
as he oversees the madness. The perspective from which it is written
feels a bit off. Instead I am wondering who this spectator is and how
he or she has come to his views about this Noldo. Is it madness or
rebellion to seek freedom, the comparison to the poem [Prometheus]
leaves you that as a reader still to ponder. I suddenly realised he
would make a great Spartan, but that's a musing for another time.

Title: Generations · Author: Bodkin · Genres: Drama: Featuring Aragorn
· ID: 508
Reviewer: elliska · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 8
Wow! Here is another one that I had not read before the MEFAs. I just
haven't been keeping up with my reading well enough, so thank heavens
for ths MEFAs to help me catch up! This is a really interesting view
of Eldarion and Aragorn. I have not seen anyone portray Eldarion with
this personality in a believable way before, but you have done a great
job here. I can totally see, given the comparative ease of his life to
Aragorn's, how he would need a little reality check. I think his even
worse 'lap dog' makes a great contrast to him though--things could be
much worse. (Absolutely hilarious choice for companions during this
reality check--I'd like to see him learn a thing or two the hard way).
And I particularly love that Aragorn is reminded that he was not
exactly what the Rangers were expecting when he came out of Imladris
all proper and spiffy. The girl at the end is great too. Exactly what
you would expect from the Ranger's women. I love the comment about
Aragorn's line ending. It would be funny if at least the lap dog's
line did. I'd love to see a continuation of this one. These are some
great characters.

Title: In Search of Stillness · Author: Bodkin · Races: Elves:
Mirkwood Elves · ID: 704
Reviewer: elliska · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 7
Spoilers!
I love this story more every time I read it. You really do write Gimli
well--and few people do, so it is such a pleasure to read. Moreover,
you write Gimli and Legolas's relationship incredibly well. Their
banter is perfect and it captures their friendship and complete
understanding of one another so well.

There are a few references in this story that I particularly like. The
best one is to Legolas's love of the flow of the seasons. Like
Legolas, having moved south myself, I've been particularly reminded of
the importance of this cycle and how comforting it is. So this was
particularly powerful from my point of view and worked really well.

Finally, it goes without saying that I loved Thranduil's surprise
appearance at the end. I totally didn't see that coming and it was
great--especially the fact that he acknowledged he knew what Gimli was
doing and appreciated it. Love that. This is an awesome story, Bodkin.
Thanks again!

Title: Healing · Author: Bodkin · Races: Elves · ID: 419
Reviewer: elliska · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 6
Oh my gosh I think this is another I hadn't read! This is awesome.
Celeborn and Thranduil's decision to stay has never been anything that
made me wonder--it seems obvious to me that they would, because they
are so connected to the land. It was always their decision to leave
and go to Valinor that was something I never really had a good
explanation for in my mind. What would make them really decide to
leave? This explanation is perfect. I can totally believe it. And this
is so 'elfy.'

I love the setting too--Celeborn telling Galadriel what happened. It
lends opportunity for some really interesting interchanges and for
some comments on some events, like Arwen's passing, that are really
interesting.

This is a really great story. Made me cry.

Title: A Darkness Lies behind Us · Author: Bodkin · Races: Elves:
Incomplete · ID: 190
Reviewer: elliska · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
This is a classic example of your writing Bodkin. I know next to
nothing about the characters in this story, but you are so incredibly
good at characterization that it doesn't matter. I can read this and
understand them. Another reason this is so classically you is the
imagery. Incredible and powerful.

Title: Long Memories · Author: Bodkin · Times: Second and Early Third
Age · ID: 310
Reviewer: elliska · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
Oh this is a great story. I love Oropher in this and Taryatur too. If
you know Legolas's future relation to Taryatur, this story is even
better, but even if you do not have any idea, this is a great example
of the tensions and difficulties that must have been present after the
War of Wrath. But if you do know Legolas's future with Taryatur, this
is absolutely a scream!

Aside from the House of Oropher, which I am always delighted to read
about, another character in this that I enjoy is Celebrimbor. I always
felt sorry for him--he never seemed to intentionally do anything
wrong--and he meets such a horrible end. I liked his character in this
story.

Title: Shadows · Author: Bodkin · Races: Elves: Family · ID: 698
Reviewer: elliska · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
Spoilers!
This story still makes me cry when I read it. The burnt forest and
Legolas's inevitable guilt is sad enough. But the fact that he goes to
that particular place because his mother's spirit lingers there is
really sad. And then the fact that he goes there because he
understands now, after walking the Paths of the Dead, his father's
words...that he goes there in hopes of releasing her if he can...that
is just so powerful. But it is when she is welcomed home that I really
start to cry. There is something very hopeful that, even after all
that time, when she finally can come home, Namo is still there to
bring her. This is a really powerful story.

Title: Comfort · Author: Bodkin · Races: Elves: House of Elrond · ID: 161
Reviewer: elliska · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Poor Elladan and Elrohir. How many times did each of them have to do
this exact same thing. This is one of the times that being an elf
would not be so wonderful. Very powerfully emotional. And their banter
in this Elladan tries to talk Elrohir out of his mood is very well
done. I especially liked the end and the orc-maiden comments. Great
vignette.

Title: A Great Cause for Concern · Author: Alassante · Races:
Cross-Cultural: Post-Ring War · ID: 682
Reviewer: elliska · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Very well done. I can certainly imagine it going this way, from the
people that spoke on Gimli's behalf, to what they said, to the reason
he was finally allowed to stay. But my favorite part is the idea of
Aule looking forward to speaking with Gimli and hearing the stories of
his children. That is great!

Title: Out, Damn'd Spot! Out, I Say! · Author: Alassante · Races:
Elves: Noldor Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 260
Reviewer: elliska · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
Celebrimbor was one of those elves that I've always felt a little
sorry for. The fact is he never seemed to do anything wrong
intentionally in canon. He did not, for example, follow his father
into treachery in Nargothrond. He did not intend what happened with
the rings. And yet he meets a terrible end. It seems very sad. So I
like how you portray him here. Great story.

Title: A Large Bold Hand · Author: Jay of Lasgalen · Races:
Cross-Cultural: Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 10
Reviewer: elliska · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
I absolutely love this! What a great little line to elaborate on and
what a wonderful way to do it. I can so see the dwarves being
attracted to something that flows nicely/is well designed like elven
writing must be. And I can so see the dwarves wandering around
Imladris and learning things like this while they stayed there. Very cool!

Title: The Librarian · Author: Jay of Lasgalen · Races: Elves: Family
· ID: 700
Reviewer: elliska · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
This story is an absolute riot! I thought the naughty squirrel
incident was funny. Then came the fact that the library was no
punishment. And then everyone's reaction to Huan. I loved that. Poor
Thranduil--he's lucky elves do not have heart attacks because I sure
would have. But the best surprise is at the end--Oropher's diary
indeed! Thranduil needs to set a guard on his librarian!

Title: The Legend of the Grey Riders · Author: Jay of Lasgalen ·
Races: Cross-Cultural: Elves and Men · ID: 176
Reviewer: elliska · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Hehe! What a cool idea! It must be true that elves are the mysterious
characters in a lot of legends, since they live so long. I love the
idea of Elladan and Elrohir being part of that one and then getting a
chance to talk to Eomer about it. Very clever!

Title: A Darkness Lies behind Us · Author: Bodkin · Races: Elves:
Incomplete · ID: 190
Reviewer: Dawn Felagund · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 10
Spoilers!
There is so much about this story that I love. Where to begin? I
appreciated Indis's role in rehabilitating the returned fear and, in
fact, the treatment of all of the female characters in this story.
Women don't always get the fairest treatment in fanfic (if they get
written at all), but Bodkin's characters show steadfastness,
tenderness, and support that belies all of those stereotypes. They are
honest characters: still hurting and bitter and driven to seeing the
change they desire.

Finarfin is another character where Bodkin breaks type in a most
wonderful way, bringing out the strength and courage that one who
reunited the Noldor after the Darkening *must* have had. At the same
time, his conversation with Finrod about how his desertion of Feanor's
quest was perceived was heartbreaking; any who think that Finarfin got
the easiest lot of Finwe's sons should consider this story.

Finrod's role as an experimental case in re-embodiment makes a lot of
sense to me and allows for some wonderful exploration of what this
experience would have meant to newly re-embodied Elves. One of my
major research interests being Elven "afterlife," I have loved
following Bodkin's many thoughts in this story about the relationship
between fea and hroa and the restoration of the latter after death.

And, through it all, these many brilliant characters and compelling
ideas are strung together as only a skilled writer can, with graceful
style and breathtaking imagery. I am pleased to have discovered this
story through the MEFAs this year and encourage others who like
thought-provoking Silmarillion stories to give it a look as well.

Title: Out of Memory and Time · Author: Shireling · Genres: Drama:
Hurt/Comfort · ID: 136
Reviewer: Pearl Took · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
This is a well written story. The characters are believable and the
plot interesting. It is quite conceivable that Faramir would have
self-confidence issues and with what happens in Out of Memory and Time
it is easy to imagine him having the difficulties that present themselves.

Title: And so our friendship began... · Author: Amarok · Races:
Cross-Cultural: Elves and Men · ID: 281
Reviewer: cairistiona · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
Spoilers!
One of the more unique versions of "Legolas and Aragorn meet for the
first time". I like that it's strictly from Legolas' point of view. It
gives us a very interesting first impression of Aragorn--as a Ranger,
he can seem a bit "rascally" and no more so than in this tale, where
he is "undercover" with a band of ne'er-do-wells. I think my favorite
part of this story is the self-sacrificial nature of Aragorn, nearly
dying himself to save Legolas. Very exciting part of the story, that.

Very interesting "what if..." tale!

Title: House of Ransom · Author: Robinka · Races: Elves: Drabbles ·
ID: 657
Reviewer: elliska · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
This is a great drabble because it captures in only one hundred words
so much of both Beleg and Turin's characters. Through Beleg's words
about Turin, we get a great sense of his point of view of his
character. And through Beleg's words about dwarves--little does he yet
know the dangers of dealings with dwarves, but Thingol will see the
truth of his prophetic words all too well. Great drabble!

Title: My Brother. My Captain. My King. · Author: Amarok · Times: Late
Third Age · ID: 602
Reviewer: cairistiona · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
Spoilers!
Very poignant glimpse into the thoughts of Boromir during the Quest.
The slow downward spiral as he succombs to the Ring's pull is
masterfully done. The temptation to let Aragorn fall in Moria was
spine-chilling, and the reversals of his emotions as he fought against
the darker forces pulling at him were wrenching to read. I found
myself, as I do when I watch the movies, pulling for Boromir, hoping
that *this* time he will not succomb. But he does, of course. But a
good tale will always leave you wondering if maybe this time through
things might change, and I found myself feeling that way as I read this.

Title: Free To Live · Author: Nieriel Raina · Races: Elves: Mirkwood
Elves · ID: 701
Reviewer: elliska · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
I love Thranduil, and this is a very nice glimpse of him--I like to
think of him finally able to celebrate a time to build. Nice vignette.

Msg# 9652

MEFA Reviews for Wednesday, December 3, 2008 (Morning Set, Part Four Posted by annmarwalk December 03, 2008 - 4:30:07 Topic ID# 9652
Title: Twentynine White Horses · Author: Jael · Races: Elves: Mirkwood
Elves · ID: 557
Reviewer: elliska · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
This is a wonderful story and characterization of both Thranduil and
Legolas. I particularly liked the reference to the coin and all the
meaning it held for many reasons. Great writing!

Title: Eight Weeks · Author: Dwimordene · Genres: Humor: Other
Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 273
Reviewer: Thundera Tiger · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 7
Spoilers!
A highly rewarding series of little drabbles that had me clutching my
sides with laughter. I thoroughly enjoyed both Faramir and Denethor in
this, and I pitied poor Boromir throughout. It seems to me that the
key to success for Faramir and Denethor is echoed in what makes this
drabble series so very entertaining: timing. Boromir's line about
Cirdan would not have been half so funny had it not been timed the way
it was. In the Week 5 drabble, there's a brilliant buildup of what
seems to be a complicated matter, but then Dwimordene reveals that
it's simply Faramir venturing outside the box on the beard issue. And
as I'm chuckling over that, she throws in Boromir at his most
exasperated and ends the drabble on the Cirdan line. Absolutely
brilliant! Another part that must be held up for praise is the
observation that Faramir's experience as a captain would lead him to
delegate the invasion of Boromir's quarters to another. The wry humor
that laced this series was fantastic throughout. Highly enjoyable!

Title: Seaworthy · Author: Thundera Tiger · Races: Elves: Mirkwood
Elves · ID: 349
Reviewer: elliska · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
A great conversation between Imrahil and Legolas--I love these simple
conversations with deep meaning that Thundera writes so well. Great
writing!

Title: Unwilling · Author: Elena Tiriel · Races: Elves: Drabbles · ID: 64
Reviewer: elliska · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 1
Amazingly well captured sentiment in so few words. Very powerful!

Title: The Green Knight and the Master of Esgaroth · Author: Le Rouret
· Genres: Drama: Incomplete · ID: 455
Reviewer: Thundera Tiger · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 10
Spoilers!
Le Rouret has my undying respect for an ability that I keenly wish I
had. Into the world of Tolkien, Le Rouret is able to insert all the
ceremony, decadence, propriety, and and complexity of medieval Europe.
It's something that even Tolkien didn't quite attempt, confining
himself primarily to the nobility and royalty without really getting
into how the common person (outside of the hobbits) might be drawn
into this. Le Rouret goes that extra mile and crafts a layered story
that on the merits of culture alone is an overwhelming master piece.
But apparently not content with going the extra mile, several more
miles are undertaken as Le Rouret cuts through all of that to reveal
the canon characters beneath the finery (or the muckery, depending
upon where in the story you are), the memorable OCs that become just
as endearing and important as those characters we already know, and
finally a plot that is both wonderfully compelling and brilliantly
timed. Drama, action, politics, intrigue, seduction, the list goes on!
The balancing act this requires of a writer is quite frankly stunning,
and I have no idea how it's accomplished. I'm only glad that it is,
and I can't wait to see how it all comes together in the end. Truly a
remarkable piece of story telling!

Title: They Also Serve · Author: Marta · Times: Late Third Age · ID: 365
Reviewer: Thundera Tiger · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 8
Spoilers!
My two favorite kinds of fanfics to read are the gapfillers and the
scenes behind the scenes. This story is a perfect example of the
latter. There's a very clear sense of the bigger picture going on
within this story. I love the references to Radagast, Gandalf, and
Frodo. It's great to get a feel for what others experienced when all
word from the western edges of the Wild seemed to suddenly cease. The
tension is palpable, and even though Elrond has apparently declared a
holiday in order to ease that tension, it still laces the story. You
can see it in the way Arwen's thoughts are constantly drawn outward,
and her distraction feeds into the kitchen, slowing their work and
adding to the haste. But at the same time, there's a nostalgic feel
that is comfortable and inviting. It's a superb balance of something
that made Tolkien's work so good. The down-to-earth attitude of Edhwen
is the perfect contrast for Arwen's wondering mind, and the closing
scene of the story is a hopeful one, even though the conflict remains
unresolved. Excellent writing!

Title: The Water's Song · Author: Nieriel Raina · Races: Elves: Family
· ID: 707
Reviewer: elliska · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
The contrast here between young Legolas and Legolas of the Fellowship
makes this moment even more powerful--especially understanding the
effect this has, not only on himself but on Thranduil as well. Great
story!

Title: In the Hands of the King · Author: fantasyfan · Times: Late
Third Age: Gondor · ID: 231
Reviewer: Thundera Tiger · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
Spoilers!
Despite how short this story is, it covers some wonderful extremes in
tone and mood. For the first two paragraphs, the tension is high, and
as readers, it is easy to get a sense of the frustration that fills
both Aragorn and Elladan. There's a desperate tone as the two seem to
reach the limit of what their knowledge in healing has to offer. But
the moment Elrohir hands them the cloth that wrapped the banner, the
mood changes dramatically. The hint of Rivendell and Arwen brings a
sense of peace to both Frodo and Aragorn, and I can only imagine what
the added benefit of athelas does. The story then closes on a very
restful scene, and readers are left with a sense of quiet and calm.
Great story!

Title: The Warmth of Morning · Author: Spindle Berry · Times: Late
Third Age: Gondor · ID: 148
Reviewer: Thundera Tiger · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
Spoilers!
When I read this story, I immediately thought of something that Bilbo
said at the end of The Hobbit. He commented on victory and observed
that it seemed to be a very gloomy business, which is more or less
what Pippin is experiencing here. Not that he's necessarily gloomy,
but victory is definitely not what he expected. Thankfully Merry is
around to offset, but it's still a grim reminder that most don't come
through these things unscathed or unchanged.

Title: Hidden Watcher · Author: kitt_otter · Genres: Drama · ID: 702
Reviewer: elliska · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
This is a really great portrayal of Legolas and a really interesting
look at Gollum following the Fellowship in Moria--of course he did not
get by Aragorn and Legolas! Great story!

Title: Orc Talk! · Author: kitt_otter · Genres: Humor: Elven Lands ·
ID: 703
Reviewer: elliska · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
This is a riot! Of course we all either did this ourselves or have
children who did. But I laughed as hard reading this the second and
third time as I did reading it the first!

Title: Here's To The King! · Author: Jael · Genres: Humor: Elven Lands
· ID: 204
Reviewer: elliska · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
The first part of this has me rolling on the floor laughing. The
second part of the song and Legolas's distinctly different reaction to
it is priceless. Hilarious!

Title: Choosing · Author: docmon · Genres: Drama · ID: 473
Reviewer: elliska · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
A great theme to write on, the thoughts of those choosing who to send
to Imladris. And well executed--I think this captures what these
people must have been feeling very well.

Title: Whatever Harm Encroached · Author: Nieriel Raina · Times:
Second and Early Third Age · ID: 708
Reviewer: elliska · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
I absolutely love the image of Thranduil as the hunter--I can totally
see that. Great story and great characterization of the Elven King!

Title: Hold To Hope · Author: Nieriel Raina · Times: Late Third Age ·
ID: 709
Reviewer: elliska · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
This is a moment in Mirkwood that I think has great potential for
drama and that few people write about--I love how you have captured it
here. Very good characterization of Thranduil and the range of
emotions he must feel on hearing this news. Great writing!

Title: As Was Dwarven Tradition · Author: Nieriel Raina · Races:
Dwarves · ID: 553
Reviewer: elliska · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
This is awesome! One of those stories that makes me thankful for the
MEFAs because I had not seen it before. I love that Thranduil came and
Gimli is so wonderfully characterized in this. Just great!

Title: Sing My Worth Immortal · Author: Perelleth · Races:
Cross-Cultural · ID: 168
Reviewer: elliska · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 9
Spoilers!
This is an absolutely hilarious story from the elves' reactions to the
dwarves' reactions. I love speechless Glorfindel (and I can bet that
the combined wrath of the females of three generations of Galadriel's
family would have exactly that effect). But even better is the image
of Galadriel wiping the froth of her ale off her lips with the back of
her hand while informing the dwarf how the making of ale was actually
the domain of elven women--and better still why dwarven men were
involved at all. Hilarious! At least the dwarf by then figured out to
play it cool and not get openly offended. Celeborn's comments were
hilarious too. Poor males. They should have just resigned themselves
to their trouble when the ladies walked in. Along with the humor of
the reactions of all the characters, the legends you made for the
brewing of ale were both great stories in themselves. I particularly
like the reference to alchemy in the second one. That was a great
touch and totally in keeping with non-Tolkien legends surrounding
brewers, of course, so that made it even more fun. This is a great
story, Perelleth! I loved it!

Title: A Problem Shared · Author: Dot · Races: Elves: Mirkwood Elves ·
ID: 169
Reviewer: elliska · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 7
I love this story for so many reasons. First of all: Its got Thranduil
and Radagast! What else can I say? I love those two characters, so it
doesn't get much better than that in my book! Second, it is just so
well written. The images and descriptions are really well done. Third,
I think you have captured the Istari so well here. All Radagast's
meandering ramblings about rabbits and mice over and over again. It
would really be enough to drive someone like Thranduil insane if he
wasn't able to respect Radagast's love for the forest so much. So that
makes it even greater when the penny finally drops and Thranduil gets
what Radagast has been saying. Perfect! Perfect for Radagast, who
undoubtedly has Mithrandir's habit of talking in riddles too and
perfect example of Thranduil's somewhat impatient personality--he may
be a little impatient with such interactions, but not so much that he
can't finally get the point. This is very much the Thranduil in The
Hobbit, I think. I absolutely love it!

Title: Trouble at Bag End · Author: Angiet · Races: Hobbits: Childhood
· ID: 728
Reviewer: Marigold · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 6
Spoilers!
This is a very sweet story! If it had happened I could see it
happening just this way, lol!

Aragorn is in wonderful character here and Angie has managed to keep
him so throughout, despite the unfamiliarity of the situation in which
he finds himself. I really enjoyed the descriptions of how small Frodo
is in relation to the Ranger and how gentle Aragorn is with him. And I
could just imagine Aragorn chiding Frodo about something fifty years
later with "I changed your nappy, young hobbit!"

I also liked the way that descriptions of Bilbo's cooking were
interjected, which added a further layer of hobbityness to the story.
I thought that his character was very well written as well and the
touch of wistfulness Bilbo showed over Primula was a subtle hint into
a entirely different story altogether!

Really enjoyable story Angie, thanks!



Title: The Quest for the Hairless Cat · Author: GamgeeFest · Races:
Hobbits: Childhood · ID: 524
Reviewer: Marigold · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
Spoilers!
I loved all of the banter in the first section of the story,
especially the way that even the elder hobbits so much enjoyed keeping
up Merry's little jest, even when Merry didn't want them to do so, and
thought it very in character for Merry to finally give in and go along
with it all to please Pippin.

The second part of the story, knowing the events from the past, was
great! And I have to agree, that a hairless cat is a pretty scary sight!

A fun idea for a story, entertainingly written!


Title: The Five Rules of Cooking · Author: GamgeeFest · Races:
Hobbits: Childhood · ID: 523
Reviewer: Marigold · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 10
Spoilers!
I really like this particular author's characterisations of hobbits,
especially young ones, and this story is no exception. Though she is
first and foremost a Sam fan she is equally as talented in writing
other hobbits as well and her descriptions of Merry and Pippin in this
story are really enjoyable! I could just see Merry, at the beginning,
being so careful in choosing his wardrobe and in his grooming for the
day and the descriptions of his awards due to his competitive streak
really sets up exactly what Merry expects from the day – he is used to
being a winner and has high expectations for himself. The fact that he
has chosen Pippin as his partner and still expects to win speaks
volumes of the relationship between the two of them! And I love the
fact that Merry isn't out only to win for himself, but has something
to prove for Pippin's benefit as well.

Pippin is delightful in this story, a real bundle of Tookish energy,
trying so hard to be helpful and happy to be spending time with his
cousins as well as being pleased about being in the competition. His
enthusiasm throughout the day is just wonderful, as is Merry's
patience with him. I love the way that the two of them get on so well,
despite the difference in their ages. They are so different in
temperament and yet are clearly bound together by a special bond and
the author really does a good job of capturing that in this story.
Frodo's inclusion in the story is a good one, as he is able to make
his own observations on Merry and Pippin's interaction and this adds
another layer to the already enjoyable and well-done characterisations.

The descriptions and dialogue are well written and very hobbity. I was
able to picture all of the scenes clearly and that really added to my
enjoyment of the story, drawing me in to the excitement of the fair
and the competition. I also like the way that the event was used by
Merry and Frodo to teach Pippin – I thought that was very in character
and elder-cousinly of them. I loved the image of Merry and Pippin with
their clasped hands and held breath, waiting to hear the results! The
fact that they achieved the prize that they did was perfectly
believable - they worked hard and as a team, but they were younger
than some of the other competitors and I thought that the prize they
received was realistic.

Really enjoyed this Gamgeefest!




Title: Lock Out · Author: pippinfan88 · Races: Hobbits · ID: 307
Reviewer: Marigold · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
Spoilers!
Excellent use of the idiom in this story! I think that Pippinfan's
characterisation of Diamond is a good match for the Pippin that we all
know and love! I liked the way he became distracted by the lacy
petticoat – he is on his honeymoon after all and he may as well enjoy
it, inside the house or out of it – a very Pippinish attitude!

Funny and enjoyable and a perfect answer to the assigned idiom for the
Challenge. Thanks for writing it!

Title: The Westering Fire · Author: Aprilkat · Races: Hobbits · ID: 200
Reviewer: Marigold · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
Spoilers!
Very nicely done from Rosie's pov and I especially thought it was
fitting that Marigold was spared because of the message about the
Travellers approach - including Sam of course!

Title: Before the Black Gate · Author: Raksha the Demon · Times: Late
Third Age · ID: 45
Reviewer: Thundera Tiger · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
What a telling little story! Here we have Pippin, of all the hobbits
to accompany Frodo possibly the least likely to give in to despair,
and it seems he can no longer see hope. I wonder if his focus on food
was a final act of defiance against the misery and gloom all around
him. If so, then it was a shrewd move, because Beregond is able to
provide some relief in that area. I like that idea that the food isn't
filling, and the situation still isn't resolved. But even so, there's
a little bit of hope left in the end for the readers, since Pippin
isn't quite willing to give credence to it.

Title: Grandmum's Button Box · Author: pippinfan88 · Races: Hobbits:
Family · ID: 135
Reviewer: Marigold · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 6
Spoilers!
This is a very lovely story, and my own great-grandmother also had a
similar button box, though as far as I remember she never told the
stories that went with the buttons, which was a shame.

I loved the vision of the extended family sitting comfortably together
so companionably – very domestic and homely and warm. The bittersweet
tone in the background of the story doesn't overshadow the warmth and
loving feeling of the tale, just brings it into sharper focus.

I thought that it was wonderful that Eglantine gave Faramir his
grandfather's button so that he wouldn't forget him and I got the
fancy that somehow that particular button on his nightshirt would
always make Faramir feel safe at night. I like to think that when that
nightshirt was outgrown that Faramir would insist that it be moved to
his new one!

A very loving tale, told simply and beautifully.

Msg# 9653

Re: A question on removing skips Posted by Tanaqui December 03, 2008 - 4:30:18 Topic ID# 9129
Hi Bonnie

You can show the stories on your "Skip List" by

* Going to the "Browse All Nominated Stories" page (or selecting
"Stories" from the menu at the top of the page)
* Clicking on the "Show Filter" link
* Selecting "Skip" from the dropdown list next to "Review Status" filter
(this is the fifth item down) and then clicking on "Display Selected
Nominations".

On the right hand side under "Actions", there's an option for each story
to "Remove from Skip/Wish List", which will restore stories back to the
list you see when first visiting the "Browse All Nominated Stories" page.

Hope this helps!

Tanaqui
MEFA Tech Support

Bonnie L. Sherrell wrote:
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>
> While writing my reviews, I found it useful to remove my own fics and
> certain
> stories I determined I was not going to review from the list I saw, so I
> marked
> "skip" on them. Now I can't see my own stories at all, and would like to
> check
> out a few stories that it looks I might have hastily marked to skip that
> I'd now
> like to examine. How can I "unskip" those stories? Thanks for any help in
> this,
>
> Bonnie L. Sherrell
> Teacher at Large
>
> "Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the
> very wise cannot see all ends." LOTR
>
> "Don't go where I can't follow."
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Msg# 9654

Re: A question on removing skips Posted by Bonnie L. Sherrell December 03, 2008 - 9:40:52 Topic ID# 9129
Bless you, Tanaqui! Bless you forever and ever! Heh! Will go do that.

--Original Message Text---
From: Tanaqui
Date: Wed, 03 Dec 2008 10:25:00 +0000



Hi Bonnie

You can show the stories on your "Skip List" by

* Going to the "Browse All Nominated Stories" page (or selecting
"Stories" from the menu at the top of the page)
* Clicking on the "Show Filter" link
* Selecting "Skip" from the dropdown list next to "Review Status" filter
(this is the fifth item down) and then clicking on "Display Selected
Nominations".

On the right hand side under "Actions", there's an option for each story
to "Remove from Skip/Wish List", which will restore stories back to the
list you see when first visiting the "Browse All Nominated Stories" page.

Hope this helps!

Tanaqui

Bonnie L. Sherrell
Teacher at Large

"Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends." LOTR

"Don't go where I can't follow."



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Msg# 9655

Re: A question on removing skips Posted by Bonnie L. Sherrell December 03, 2008 - 9:47:05 Topic ID# 9129
Durn--apparently since the voting is over and no votes can be added, this
feature of turning off the skips has been terminated, too, or so the message
tells me! I get this message:

Access currently not possible
You cannot access this function at present, since it is not activated

I'll just have to go to the skip things instead, I guess.

Thanks anyway!

Bonnie L. Sherrell
Teacher at Large

"Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends." LOTR

"Don't go where I can't follow."

Msg# 9656

Being Dense Posted by Nancy Brooke December 03, 2008 - 13:00:55 Topic ID# 9656
Where is the list of this year's winners?

Msg# 9657

Being Dense Posted by Nancy Brooke December 03, 2008 - 13:10:47 Topic ID# 9656
Where is the list of this year's winners?

Msg# 9658

Re: Being Dense Posted by Marta December 03, 2008 - 15:50:19 Topic ID# 9656
Hi Nancy,

On Wed, Dec 3, 2008 at 2:00 PM, Nancy Brooke <graceomyheart@yahoo.com> wrote:
> Where is the list of this year's winners?
>

You're not being dense. I have contacted the winning authors (yourself
included), but we volunteers had a few situations to straighten out
before I can make the announcements. I think we'll be ready to
announce tonight or tomorrow at the latest.

Marta

Msg# 9659

Re: A question on removing skips Posted by Marta December 03, 2008 - 16:01:41 Topic ID# 9129
Hi Larner,

On Wed, Dec 3, 2008 at 10:45 AM, Bonnie L. Sherrell
<blslarner@olypen.com> wrote:
> Durn--apparently since the voting is over and no votes can be added, this
> feature of turning off the skips has been terminated, too, or so the message
> tells me! I get this message:
>

I can't offer a technical solution, but did want to mention that if
you need a "clean" list of the nominations, you could use the "Log in
as Guest" feature. Log out of your account and log in as a guest. Then
you can click on the "Stories" link at the top of the page, to see the
full list of nominations with none having been reviewed, being on a
skip or wish list, or anything like that.

Would that be easier for you?

Marta

Msg# 9660

Re: A question on removing skips Posted by Bonnie L. Sherrell December 03, 2008 - 16:28:16 Topic ID# 9129
That's too simple an idea, Marta. Of course my silly, overstimulated brain
couldn't think of that! It works perfectly! Thanks so much!
Bonnie L. Sherrell
Teacher at Large

"Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends." LOTR

"Don't go where I can't follow."

Msg# 9661

MEFA Reviews for Wednesday, December 3, 2008 (Evening Set, Part One) Posted by annmarwalk December 03, 2008 - 17:03:45 Topic ID# 9661
Title: The Last Dance · Author: pippinfan88 · Races: Hobbits: Family ·
ID: 397
Reviewer: Marigold · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
The duties that Pippin and Diamond inherited at a relatively young age
must have been very overwhelming at times but I have no doubt that
they coped with such grace and dedication as they do in this sweet
story. I enjoyed seeing this glimpse of their family life interspersed
with official duties and the ending was gorgeous.

Title: Not Quite Any Other Day · Author: Pearl Took · Races: Hobbits:
Family · ID: 631
Reviewer: Marigold · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
Spoilers!
I liked the twist of this tale, that on the very day Esmeralda worries
that she is losing her brother she realises that she herself has
recognised the love of her own life.

The relationship between Paladin and Esmeralda was fun to read and I
enjoyed Saradoc's characterisation as well. I'd love to read more
stories about this generation as their experiences and
characterisations add so much to our understanding of their offspring!


Title: Pippin's Secret · Author: shirebound · Races: Hobbits:
Friendship · ID: 599
Reviewer: Marigold · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Spoilers!
This is an interesting tale and certainly one that is possible, which
adds to its enjoyment for me. I have no doubt that Pippin could keep
this secret safe until it became necessary for him to divulge it. I
especially liked Gandalf's reaction upon hearing Pippin's declaration
that he and Merry won't let Frodo go on without them!

Title: Healing the Long Cleeve · Author: TopazTook · Genres: Longer
Works · ID: 133
Reviewer: Marigold · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 10
Spoilers!
When I first began reading this story I couldn't quite buy into the
author's version of the Shire but as I read further I couldn't help
but think that this particular tale of Pippin and Diamond was being
written as a hobbity version of a Mills and Boon (Harlequin Romance to
you Yanks!) romance story and so I was able to suspend my disbelief
and really get into the tale. Overall I really enjoyed it.

While I still don't buy into some details, for example Pippin not
telling his Merry for a whole seven years that he has been betrothed
against his will, and Merry not knowing that something was wrong, I
quite liked the way that Pippin's character was handled in the whole
`romance novel' genre way – gentle, noble and self-sacrificing,
qualities that he certainly has, without a doubt in Tolkien's
universe, but applied here in a way that is slightly different and
certainly appropriate given the context of this particular genre.

Topaz's Diamond is a well thought out version of a romance novel
heroine, determined to do her duty with her own feelings and hopes not
even considered and I particularly enjoyed the way that Pippin holds
back any demands that he might make of her until they are both aware
that they have come to love one another. The fact that he does this,
that he allows their love to grow naturally rather than live with
Diamond resentful of the situation and despite his own reservations
about the arranged marriage, really highlights the nobility and caring
nature of his character, his own youthful uncertainty and at the same
time his maturity. He knows that they are both in this for the
duration and that given the choice they might each have chosen
differently and he wants both of them to be comfortable with the
situation they find themselves in.

I also thought that the way that he patiently draws Diamond's own
personality to the fore and makes her realise her own worth as a
person in her own right by the end of the story was very much
something that Pippin would do.

The inclusion of the Healer's own version of Mills and Boon romances
was a nice touch! And too, I especially enjoyed Paladin's thoughtful
and credible reasoning as to why Pippin had initially left the Shire,
the scene at the fair, and also thought that the scene where Pippin
comforts Merry after the unexpected death of his father was very
believable and very much in character for both of them. I had always
thought that Saradoc died rather young and the author's reason for his
demise was very plausible.

I wish that the travels of the two couples and their time in Minas
Tirith, as well as their homecoming, had been explored in more depth
but that is a small quibble. Perhaps Topaz can write these particular
aspects of her story in more depth sometime in the future!

The machinations of Diamond's misguided brother and Pervinca's
misunderstanding of the situation based on her own sad life brought
some interesting conflict and excitement to the story. I think that
it's unlikely that Pervinca would have received that particular
sentence from Pippin but her fate in the story was turning out for the
best at the end, so I was pleased for her. I wonder where Ganelon
ended up!

All in all an enjoyable read, unique and from an interesting perspective.


Title: Of Cake and Crumbs and Distant Dreams · Author: Lindelea ·
Races: Hobbits: Hurt/Comfort · ID: 688
Reviewer: Marigold · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 7
Spoilers!
This is a lovely story and I am so pleased that it was written to
cheer me up at a time when I was feeling as blue as Pippin – once
again, thank you so much for this story Lindelea!

It is so easy to picture poor Pippin here, not wanting to be a burden
to his cousins and friends and it is so appropriate that elder cousin
Frodo goes in search of him. Poor Pippin had to grow up so fast and I
love the way that Frodo knows just how to comfort him, by taking him
back to a simpler and happier time with his story. I loved the
beginning of the tale, when Frodo begins it and Pippin completes the
line! I also love the fact, that regardless of all that he has faced
and been through, that a simple tale like this, told by a caring
cousin, can still mean so much to Pippin. He still has a childlike
innocence about him despite his adventures.

And of course Merry wouldn't be far behind in the search for Pippin! I
love the way that the three of them are so in tune with each other.

An excellent story, written by an excellent author! Thanks so much!


Title: Dark Dreams · Author: SlightlyTookish · Races: Hobbits:
Hurt/Comfort · ID: 550
Reviewer: Marigold · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
I love fics that deal with the memories and anniversaries of the
Quest, particularly those of Merry and Pippin and this is a wonderful
one. It is dark, but not over-written or needlessly angst-ridden – it
is written in a very hobbity way, straightforward and with common
sense, as hobbits are of course.

The bond between these two cousins is very clear in this story, and I
loved seeing Merry being taken care of by Pippin, and that Merry let
him care for him.

Very nice story Slightly Tookish! Thanks so much for writing it and
sharing it.


Title: The Work of Small Hands · Author: Dawn Felagund · Genres:
Longer Works · ID: 352
Reviewer: Marigold · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 6
I am just beginning to learn to enjoy Silm-fics and to be completely
honest, still find many of them incomprehensible - but this one was
excellent. Tolkien seldom went very deep in exploring his female
characters and that was the aspect of this particular piece of
fanfiction that I enjoyed the most. It's more than just the actions of
menfolk that make the world go round after all!

This story is dark and realistic and at the same time manages to
convey a sense of hope through the actions and emotional strength of
the characters and I felt real anger and frustration at the response
of the Valar. The story had me totally drawn in and invested emotionally.

Excellent and compelling writing and extensive research went into this
story and the author is to be commended for giving us fanfic readers
such a quality story!


Title: At Cormallen · Author: Mews1945 · Genres: Drama: Hurt/Comfort ·
ID: 730
Reviewer: Marigold · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Spoilers!
I am a sucker for Cormallen stories and I really enjoyed this one. The
descriptions are just lovely and Merry's emotions are very well
described. I really liked the deference that Legolas showed to Merry
and that Merry didn't seem to notice. The dialogue was believable and
so were the actions of all of the characters.

A most enjoyable Cormallen fic!


Title: National Treasure · Author: Baranduin · Times: Modern Times ·
ID: 201
Reviewer: Marigold · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
Spoilers!
I love the originality of this tale and the believability. Who among
us diehard fans don't have the wish or unspoken hope that Middle-earth
and the inhabitants that are so familiar to us really did once exist
and that it would be possible to find such proof as the two
archaeologists find in this story?

Excellent, and I too could see this being turned into a much longer
work! I, for one, would certainly read it!


Title: The Edge of the Knife · Author: Dwimordene · Genres: Alternate
Universe: Other Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 274
Reviewer: Thundera Tiger · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 6
Spoilers!
I have to admit to being amazingly short-sighted when I first clicked
on the link to read these drabbles. I expected to find drabbles about
the Last Alliance, the arrival of the Faithful on the shores of
Middle-earth, etc. And while these thing are here, what I did not
expect to find was the prevalence of Numenor in these drabbles.
Dwimordene helped me remember that AU turning points can be found not
only in the end but also in the beginning. For some reason, the
tragedy of Numenor feels so fated in my mind that I had trouble
remembering the turning points. So I thank Dwim profusely for opening
my mind to a world of possibilities. But despite the enlightenment of
"un-fating" Numenor in my mind, I have to admit that my favorite
drabble was the last one in which Isildur lets himself fall, too. The
emotion in that segment was beautiful.

Title: Scholarship · Author: Raksha the Demon · Races: Men: Steward's
Family · ID: 43
Reviewer: Thundera Tiger · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
Spoilers!
I thoroughly enjoy Raksha's version of Faramir. There's a wry sense of
humor to him that never fails to make me grin. His observation that
this would be an interesting use of translation skills was perfectly
timed and fit well with the almost droll nature of this piece.
Faramir's evaluation of Elboron is fascinating and speaks volumes on
his characterization as a father. I can only wonder if Eowyn would
have such an open view on her son's pursuits. In any case, Faramir's
seeming neutrality on the subject provides for what must have been a
rather unique bonding moment with his son, and the scene closes on
more of that dry wit that makes Raksha's stories so good.

Title: Recognition · Author: Dwimordene · Times: Late Third Age:
Gondor Drabbles · ID: 481
Reviewer: Thundera Tiger · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
Spoilers!
Ioreth is often ignored, demeaned, or belittled in fanfiction. When
she does appear, she is usually one of Tolkien's more maligned
characters. But Dwim proves that there's much more to a character than
a seemingly inexhaustible capacity for talk. Behind the battle,
there's also wisdom of a kind and a protective nature that undoubtedly
serves Ioreth well in the Houses of Healing. As far as Eowyn's
concerned, Ioreth reads her as shrewdly as does Faramir. Lovely bit of
characterization work!

Title: The Blessing of the Waters · Author: Raksha the Demon · Genres:
Romance: Other Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 61
Reviewer: Thundera Tiger · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
Spoilers!
For as tragic as this little ficlet is, there's such a feeling of
peace to it, also. I think part of that is Elrond's refusal to let
himself turn to rage as an outlet for his grief. When he thinks of the
last time he heard Celebrian laugh, he praises it rather than longs
for what can no longer be. And his attitude toward the sea is equally
telling. Elrond proves that peace can come both from within and from
without, and even though he weeps (or struggles to keep himself from
weeping), his thoughts are on the healing that Celebrian might receive
from others.

Title: Gone Amiss · Author: Raksha the Demon · Genres: Drama: Ring War
Drabbles · ID: 44
Reviewer: Thundera Tiger · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
Spoilers!
As powerful as the entirety of this drabble is, what really hit me was
the last line and I wish we could have seen that conversation. What
would Aragorn have said to Denethor? How would he have broken the news
that he was present for Boromir's death and was himself unscathed.
What a concept! But more than that, I love the way this drabble had
Aragorn claiming Boromir as his Steward. It makes the moment that much
more poignant, and it certainly brings home the idea that things are
very much amiss in Aragorn's world right now. Gandalf's gone. His
Steward's gone. The Ring-bearer is missing. Awesome drabble that puts
the capstone on Aragorn's declaration that all he's doing is going amiss.

Title: The Kindly Airs · Author: Dwimordene · Times: Late Third Age:
General Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 480
Reviewer: Thundera Tiger · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Spoilers!
I love the symbolism caught up in this story as the East wind finds
itself liberated and helps the Eagles fly back over the mountains. It
really embodies the idea that Sauron had truly enslaved all he could
touch and that with his downfall, all good things could now lift up
their voices and rejoice. Even the winds.

Title: A Time to Hope · Author: PipMer · Races: Hobbits: Incomplete ·
ID: 302
Reviewer: Marigold · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 7
Spoilers!
I have always felt that Merry should receive more recognition for the
bravery he showed as the hobbit that had to stay behind, the one that
had to cope on his own with the worry over his absent companions and
then cope with the reality of their injuries once the Ring was destroyed.

Dealing with those painful separations and the waiting and not-knowing
the fate of his kin and friends and then being summoned to sit with
them as they healed was extremely difficult and Merry showed
incredible strength in dealing with all of this, especially since he
himself had been injured both physically and emotionally. He deserves
a lot of credit for his steadfastness and strength of will.

This story nicely showcases Merry's emotional strength and how
difficult it is for him to maintain sometimes. His relationships with
those around him are believably written and his interactions and
dialogue with Pippin especially are well-done.

I really enjoy Cormallen stories and am looking forward to more chapters!


Title: The Conscience of the King · Author: Raksha the Demon · Genres:
Humor · ID: 649
Reviewer: Thundera Tiger · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
Spoilers!
I love the protective big brother syndrome going on in Eomer. Being an
oldest child myself, I can sympathize. And Eomer in particular would
probably be very susceptible to over-protectiveness, having had to
watch as Eowyn became shadowed by Grima Wormtongue. I wonder if
Faramir realizes he has a silent adversary watching. Knowing Faramir,
probably. Thankfully, Eomer talks himself out of his slump, and that's
best for all involved, though I was rather enjoying his prickliness.
Loved the last line, too, particularly how he wished for them to
"[increase]." That was particularly good.

Title: Into the Woods · Author: Gloria Mundi · Times: Modern Times ·
ID: 593
Reviewer: Galadriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
I'm usually not one for crossovers, but this story blends two worlds
so effortlessly as to be fully convincing. I especially appreciate how
the journey of each man echoes the other, and how they find common
ground and similarities at the same time as they recognize
differences. Deftly done.

Title: Fennas Haradren · Author: Linaewen · Genres: Adventure · ID: 280
Reviewer: obsidianj · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Spoilers!
When Boromir arrives at Fennas Haradren his worst suspicions come
true. I could see the gruesome sight before my inner eye during
reading. Now I know why Boromir's reaction to the cave troll in the
movie was so cavalier. I liked the description of the outpost and it
is sad that it can't be used anymore.

Title: Refuge · Author: Raksha the Demon · Races: Elves: Noldor
Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 423
Reviewer: Thundera Tiger · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
Spoilers!
The extremes are what really make this ficlet work. At first, there is
nothing but war and death. It's all Elrond can really fathom, and his
fear easily extends itself to readers. I could see the carnage of
battle and hear the sounds of the fallen and continued fighting.
Maedhros's entrance was terrifying, and then just as quickly, Maglor
steps in. The difference is night and day. I love the idea that Elrond
would pattern Rivendell after the same kind of refuge that Maglor
offered two small children so very long ago. Beautiful imagery
throughout made all the more compelling by the extremes that bracket it.

Title: Wind of Change · Author: Raksha the Demon · Genres: Drama:
General Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 47
Reviewer: Thundera Tiger · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
Spoilers!
I love this linking of fates that Raksha creates. Eowyn's birth is of
great significance to Rohan, naturally, but it means even more to
those touched by foresight. The Witch-king's confusion is a wonderful
omen of things to come, and Glorfindel's recognition at the arrival of
prophecy was equally good. Tolkien's world is already so
interconnected, and its fun to see even more of these connections
explored!

Title: The Captain's New Clothes · Author: Raksha the Demon · Genres:
Humor: Other Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 421
Reviewer: Thundera Tiger · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
Spoilers!
This story managed to provoke a rather loud guffaw. I have to admit
that I like the picture it references and hadn't paid much attention
to the color scheme. Now I can't get it out of my head. Strange sights
indeed! One has to wonder who is stranger: the orange-fringed Faramir
or the hobbits. I love Faramir's wry musing that perhaps he can
frighten the Haradrim away with his. That is so very Faramir. And the
fact that Faramir's men would rather have him run around as an
orange-bedecked spectacle in exchange for cranberries is just
priceless. Hilarious little ficlet!

Title: Galadriel Remembers · Author: Savageseraph · Genres: Poetry:
Drama · ID: 583
Reviewer: Galadriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
Spoilers!
The longing and regret in this piece, while depicted with a
beautifully light touch, becomes more and more overwhelming as the
poem spins out. I am especially captivated by how the author makes
Galadriel's yearning for the West double back on itself and reverse
into sadness at making the choice to diminish and go home. The use of
language is such that one can almost hear the gull, the waves, the
silence, so oppressive after experiencing such fire and life for so
long. An amazing poem.

Title: Dirty Jobs · Author: Pearl Took · Genres: Humor: Shire · ID: 232
Reviewer: Marigold · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 10
Spoilers!
I love the portrayal of Pippin in this story. He doesn't balk from
doing what needs to be done and his motives are admirable and based on
love. He's a hard-working and thoughtful lad not afraid to do a dirty
job and raise a sweat as he endeavours to do something nice for
someone that he loves – in a way much as he does on the Quest, though
of course the circumstances here aren't dire. Still, we can see here
in this youthful Pippin the Knight of Gondor that he will become in
just a few short years.

This to me is a very accurate depiction of his character, much more
accurate than he is quite often written in fanfiction and certainly in
the films. Pearl has not forgotten that he is a farmer's son and I
like very much that so many of the tasks that he takes on here are
related to farming, especially the butchering and the delivering of
the calf. I like that he has obviously learned to do these things as
part of how to manage the family farm and it supports my own feeling
at how much his father mentored him and helped him to grow up into the
hobbit that we know from the Quest. He couldn't have become the Pippin
we know if he didn't have an exceptional and loving father and the
glimpse of Paladin that we get here reinforces that idea.

The story itself is enjoyable and believable and it's one of my
favourites by Pearl!


Title: The Strength of Men · Author: Savageseraph · Times: Second and
Early Third Age · ID: 584
Reviewer: Galadriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 6
Spoilers!
An affecting portrayal of Isildur's struggle with the Ring. I
especially adore how both Elrond's and Isildur's points of view clash,
and while the reader is aware that Elrond is right, Isildur's beliefs
make so much sense in context, illustrating the lure and corruption
the Ring provides, how it works its will on even the most stalwart of
men. This story also adds another fantastic layer of meaning not only
to Isildur's relationship with Elrond, but Elrond's later
understanding (and scorn) of Men. Isildur's strengths and weaknesses
are laid out in stark relief, and it's impossible not to sympathize
with him at the same time as wishing he'd successfully resist and
destroy such an evil thing. A wonderful interpretation of a pairing I
would not have otherwise considered, this tale adds more depth and
sorrow to the already sorrowful Last Alliance. Heartbreaking.

Msg# 9662

MEFA Reviews for Wednesday, December 3, 2008 (Evening Set, Part Two) Posted by annmarwalk December 03, 2008 - 17:04:43 Topic ID# 9662
Title: Dark Light · Author: Makamu · Races: Villains · ID: 585
Reviewer: Galadriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
A fascinating interpretation of the motivations of Sauron. This piece
provides an impressive amount of depth to a character we rarely see as
anything more than distant, untouchable, and evil. Although this tale
takes place out of time, there's a strong sense of place that grounds
the whole. Beautifully written, with a sure touch and impressive use
of language. I love reading stories that take risks, and this one
succeeds in bringing reason, loyalty and humanity to the ultimate
villain of the piece.

Title: Your Father Loves You · Author: Raksha the Demon · Races: Men:
Pre-Ring War Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 424
Reviewer: Thundera Tiger · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
Spoilers!
I very much enjoyed this look into a younger Denethor who seems
untainted by the visions of the palantir and the weight of a faltering
realm. He's still very Denethor, and he looks at the whole picture.
Finduilas is never far from his mind. But in spite of this, he's very
much a loving father, and you can clearly see his protective spirit,
which probably had a hand in his downfall. But here, it's put to work
on Faramir's behalf, and the end result is a very moving portrait of a
loving father who knows all too well what he will have to ask of his
son in years to come.

Title: This crown of stars · Author: Fawsley · Races: Men: General
Drabbles · ID: 586
Reviewer: Galadriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Spoilers!
A beautifully poetic piece underlining not only Aragorn's doubts about
his own destiny, but his active rejection of it. The repetition of
first and last line is an impressive touch that bends the drabble into
a full circle, mimicking the crown itself.

Title: Reflections in the Smoke · Author: Raksha the Demon · Times:
Late Third Age: General Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 294
Reviewer: Thundera Tiger · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
Spoilers!
There's such an air of change in this little ficlet. I love the way
this paints both Gandalf and Sauron; certainly it showcases the
contrasts between the two. I really enjoyed Gandalf's sorrow and
regret at the loss of a brother. And I also enjoyed the idea that his
power is now quiet since it's no longer needed. The imagery of Ulmo's
waves at low tide was vivid and beautiful. There's a sense of relief
and victory in this piece, but also a hint of bittersweet longing at
the idea that Gandalf is no longer necessary for Middle-earth. And I
think that bittersweet feeling is the case with all good endings.

Title: A Midsummer Day's Dream · Author: Raksha the Demon · Genres:
Drama: Gondor Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 422
Reviewer: Thundera Tiger · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
Spoilers!
I love the whimsical feel to this ficlet. It's very much a dream, and
the appearance of loved ones long lost came slowly and felt like the
musings of a wandering mind. At least, they did until Faramir spied
Boromir. Then the dream took on more substance, and it was the waking
world that felt like a dream. Beautiful and elegantly told story of
the passing of my favorite Steward. Thank you so much!

Title: Best Three Falls, No Gouging · Author: Brigantine · Genres:
Humor: Gondor · ID: 587
Reviewer: Galadriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Spoilers!
A delightfully amusing outing. The Hobbits' observations of the fight
contrasted with Faramir's horror at the disagreement work to add an
entertaining depth to an already giggle-worthy situation. I love the
idea that Eomer and Eowyn are fighting over courting Faramir. Very
funny and sweet.

Title: The Fire of Hope · Author: Raksha the Demon · Races: Men:
Pre-Ring War Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 625
Reviewer: Thundera Tiger · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
Spoilers!
Ah, I do love tales of young Aragorn, especially when they're this
well written. This story does an amazing job of blending past memories
with present vows and pointing them toward future promise. Do I sense
a bit of foresight coming into play, too? In any case, I thoroughly
enjoyed getting a peak into Aragorn's head at this young age and
seeing that his dreams have always been big. His resolve, too, is
definitely present, and we can see the stubbornness and the
determination that would hold him to his path through all the long,
weary years in the Wilds. And now we have a better understanding of
the foundation upon which he built.

Title: Arvedui v. Pelendur · Author: Roh Wyn · Genres: Non-Fiction ·
ID: 277
Reviewer: Galadriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
A fascinating look into the legalities surrounding Aragorn's claim to
Gondor's throne. Roh Wyn provides a clear discussion of the law of the
land that is easy to follow without dumbing down or oversimplifying
the challenges that stand in Aragorn's way.

Title: Silenced · Author: Illwynd · Genres: Horror · ID: 31
Reviewer: Galadriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Spoilers!
A delightfully creepy look into Boromir's Ring-darkened mind. I am
especially enamoured of how what's happened slowly spins out so that
at first, one only has the faintest of ideas, yet by the end of the
tale the reader has fully grasped the situation only to watch Boromir
lose his grip and fade under the influence of the Ring.

Title: Gifts · Author: Gloria Mundi · Races: Villains: Fixed-Length
Ficlets · ID: 594
Reviewer: Galadriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
A fascinating look into Smeagol's thoughts as Frodo's Quest continues.
I'm especially enchanted by his strangely twisted kindness and
observation of both his and Sam's places in Frodo's affections.

Title: Blood and Iron · Author: Ribby · Races: Elves: Drabbles · ID: 122
Reviewer: Galadriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Spoilers!
A beautifully forged story. I especially like the touch of the three
drops of blood. Nice resonances not only to the fate of all the Free
Peoples and the bloody battles the sword has seen, but the Three Rings
of the Elves themselves.

Title: Tangled Webs · Author: Ribby · Races: Men: Gondor Drabbles ·
ID: 100
Reviewer: Galadriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Spoilers!
I absolutely love the fascinating touch of magic and prophecy worked
into this story. The idea of fortune telling via lacework is so
wonderful, and I love the conceit of the broken thread, the idea that
few have patience for the slow spinning out of their futures. A
gorgeous tale that weaves together sorrow, loss and hope.

Title: In Good Company · Author: foxrafer (csevans8) · Races:
Cross-Cultural: Friendship · ID: 20
Reviewer: Galadriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
A gentle tale of past and present and moving on without losing
connection to what has made you. The joy of friendship and quietness
of the piece comes through in language and tone, creating a tender whole.

Title: ...and the sound of a battered heart, beating · Author:
Lindelea · Genres: Drama: Ring War Drabbles · ID: 690
Reviewer: pipkinsweetgrass · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
For such a short story this tale truly packs a wallop! The story is
well crafted, as I have come to expect from this particular writer. I
loved the characterizations, and also truly admired how the last
sentence just made this story. Who could ask more from a drabble? Very
well done, so much so that I had to review it even though I don't
really care for drabbles. That's how good it is!

Title: The Journey · Author: foxrafer (csevans8) · Times: Late Third
Age: General Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 604
Reviewer: Galadriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
A wonderful exploration of Pippin's own inner journey to match his
outer one.
Both a sweet and strong portrayal of the youngest Hobbit, providing
insight into his mindset that we would not otherwise have. Lovely.

Title: Faeries · Author: Pearl Took · Times: Fourth Age and Beyond ·
ID: 304
Reviewer: pipkinsweetgrass · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 6
I always enjoy stories where Pippin's alleged fairy blood has a part.
Pearl Took's universe is so very good for this, and I have loved from
the beginning the manner in which she has presented this so-delightful
universe. I found the emotional content in this story extremely
satisfying. The behavior of the children rings true to the nature of
children everywhere and Pippin's concern for his son is carefully
crafted with the verisimilitude of a writer who respects the
characters. Pearl never writes hobbits too child-like, as so many
authors do, and I find this makes the story even better. The dialog is
also excellent as well as the story arc, making the tale a true
pleasure to read and one which I found easy to write a good review for.

Title: In Passing · Author: Altariel · Races: Men · ID: 104
Reviewer: Thundera Tiger · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
Spoilers!
A beautiful tale of a very wise Faramir and what seems to be a
precocious yet well-mannered great grandson. I love the way that
Faramir decides not to teach outright but rather to play and display.
Of course, he's going to get in the odd lesson or two, but really, the
lesson is for the readers. His wisdom in taking what he has and
allowing others to do the same is profound. I love the passage in
which he decides that the morning will soon be gone and reflects on
the fact that a lifelong tale can be learned over another lifetime.
Wonderfully elegant writing at the same time that it contains all the
simplicity of childhood.

Title: In Search of Stillness · Author: Bodkin · Races: Elves:
Mirkwood Elves · ID: 704
Reviewer: Thundera Tiger · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 6
Spoilers!
I'm a sucker for just about anything that involves Legolas and Gimli,
and when they're this skillfully written, it's love at first sight.
Bodkin crafts a wonderful story here that had me both laughing and
sorrowing in turns. The underlying purpose of the journey becomes
clear not long into the story, but it remains just that: underlying.
Not until the very end does the search for peace come to the forefront
of the story. But prior to that, you can feel hints of it here and
there, much as the Sea itself infuses its way into Legolas's life. A
lovely parallel that is skillfully hidden by some very clever dialog.
I especially liked Gimli's opinion that underestimating Thranduil's
feelings toward him would probably be safest for all involved. That
was brilliant. Fantastic story, all around!

Title: Black Memory · Author: mrkinch · Races: Villains: Fixed-Length
Ficlets · ID: 603
Reviewer: Galadriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
An impressive piece that tells us so much in negation, laying out the
horror of Morgoth, yet at the last moment presenting an even more
grotesque image rooted in something that should be beautiful -- it's
fascinating in how light brings the real terror rather than the
expected darkness.

Title: Comfort · Author: Bodkin · Races: Elves: House of Elrond · ID: 161
Reviewer: Thundera Tiger · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
I tend to approach stories about Elladan and Elrohir with mixed
emotions. They've been taken to so many different extremes. The saving
grace is the fact that skillful authors still tackle them, which is
why I was so excited to find this story by Bodkin. Elladan and Elrohir
are brilliantly depicted. They're definitely twins, and the thread of
brotherhood runs strongly between them. But they're also individuals
who care for one another but are not necessarily willing to surrender
to the other's will. Fantastic characterization, and wonderful insight
into two of Tolkien's most intriguing characters.

Title: Nothing Less · Author: Archet · Races: Men: General Drabbles ·
ID: 606
Reviewer: Galadriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Spoilers!
A lovely story exploring the value of desire, hope and trust. I'm
especially taken by the parallels between Aragorn's desire to win
Boromir's heart and the more canonical struggle for Boromir's
allegiance. An excellent piece in which Aragorn's longing carries the
reader along and leaves her/him wishing for more for him as well.

Title: Meant to Be · Author: Pearl Took · Races: Other Beings · ID: 137
Reviewer: pipkinsweetgrass · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
What an absolute delight this story is! Pearl has yet again done her
homework, which always lends a kind of concrete, solid reality to such
a fanciful tale. I loved the point of view as well as the
characterizations. The dialog is, as usual with Pearl Tooks work, very
sound and natural. The descriptives were also good as well as the
story arc. This story shows a great deal of imagination rooted in the
every-day life of a little sick Pippin being nursed by his mother. All
in all a well done tale which was simply delightful as stated at the
beginning of this review...and which bears repeating yet again:
delightful!

Title: For Our Friends · Author: Pearl Took · Genres: Drama · ID: 654
Reviewer: pipkinsweetgrass · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
For such a short work the author packs quite an emotional punch in
this story. As stated the emotional content is good, yet let us not
neglect narrative and descriptive along with voice. All of these are
handled well and truly with great care. This is a story which speaks
to the heart, a story of bravery, yes, but fist and foremost a story
about how love is truly the only thing worth fighting for.

Title: Silver Rain · Author: Empy · Races: Elves: House of Elrond ·
ID: 589
Reviewer: Galadriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
A complex portrayal of love and desire against the backdrop of loss.
Empy's use of language is delicate and perfect, as no turn of phrase
or choice of word is ever a misstep. The entire story carries itself
beautifully, the tone light, yet hiding and revealing by turns depths
of emotion. The way this tale fits into the canon text is stunning, as
it slides home as if it has always been part of the larger tales of
Middle-earth. Gorgeous.

Title: Dirt and Gold · Author: Empy · Times: Mid Third Age · ID: 590
Reviewer: Galadriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
Spoilers!
This story is absolutely captivating. The contrast between the
wrongness of the sibling's desires and Grima's own claim on Eowyn is
fascinating and pulls the reader in two directions, unsure whether to
rejoice in Eowyn and Eomer's love or wallow in Grima's accusations.
The tale provides rationality to Wormtongue's hatred of the ruling
house of Rohan, yet does not wipe away his oily, creeping nature. A
wonderful story with Empy's trademark deft touch.

Msg# 9663

MEFA Reviews for Wednesday, December 3, 2008 (Evening Set, Part Thre Posted by annmarwalk December 03, 2008 - 17:05:49 Topic ID# 9663
Title: Dirty Jobs · Author: Pearl Took · Genres: Humor: Shire · ID: 232
Reviewer: pipkinsweetgrass · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
This is a story I have enjoyed reading more than once. Pearl Took did
well in letting the show Dirty Jobs influence here in this story. It
was truly inspired. I loved Pippin's work ethic and his desire to
please as well as his generous nature, and the fact that he didn't
mind getting dirty in the least lent the tale a great deal of
verisimilitude. Pearl Took always handles stories which include
Pippin's family so very well, and this story is no exception.

Title: Destiny · Author: Cinzia · Races: Men · ID: 592
Reviewer: Galadriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 6
Spoilers!
This is a shockingly gorgeous story, where fate and love intertwine to
make something far more powerful than any one man can withstand.
Theodred and Boromir's affection is beautifully set against a backdrop
of strife and war, and the rationale for their need to be alone and
unfettered by duty fits perfectly into the larger plotline. Watching
Aragorn slide into something dangerously close to obsession is
fascinating, and his desire for Boromir -- as his Steward, and as
something more -- is very clearly communicated to the reader. I'm
especially enamoured with the idea that this young man is the key to
his kingdom, and that that simple fact has set spark to tinder,
uncovering more than a simple desire to learn about the boy that could
potentially stand in his way.

Title: Daybreak · Author: Cinzia · Races: Men: Steward's Family · ID: 591
Reviewer: Galadriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 6
Spoilers!
This story is skillfully presented and moves from quiet sweetness to a
sad foreshadowing of what is to come. As a reader, a sense of
foreboding starts to sneak in underneath and colour the tale until one
cannot help but feel one's heart squeezed in the same grip that has
Faramir worrying for his brother's future. Cinzia not only uses
language like a master artist, but she also provides an impressive
number of signposts that subtly mark future events. This story is as
painful as it is beautiful, and I felt tears prickling behind my eyes
as I read it. Boromir's promise to always return is especially
poignant in light of how he will finally be reunited with his brother
and without being healed by the King. The contrast between the
brothers as children and the parting they are on the verge of as one
becomes an adult is absolutely heartrending. Beautifully done.

Title: On Hobbits · Author: Aratlithiel · Genres: Non-Fiction · ID: 457
Reviewer: Galadriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
A fascinating personal discourse on why the author is drawn to
Hobbits. Insightful and interesting, even to those of us drawn to
other Peoples of Middle-earth.

Title: The Autumn of His Discontent · Author: jodancingtree · Races:
Hobbits: Incomplete · ID: 157
Reviewer: Lindelea · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 6
I do hope that this story will be continued some time, and sooner than
later, though I understand how life can take over and either the
desire to write or the time can be lacking.

JoDancingTree has topped my favourite authors list since I first read
her wonderful "Sam's Rose" and the two of us began to trade comments
on stories-in-progress. She has a way of setting the scene, of
involving all the senses until you feel yourself inside the story,
alongside the characters, feeling the textures, smelling the smells,
tasting the flavours, as well as hearing and seeing. With this new
story, she hasn't lost her touch.

Please, Jo, pretty please, if you're listening? Do put us out of
misery and add to the story? Pretty please with sugar on top?

Title: Home · Author: alex_quine · Genres: Drama: Featuring Aragorn ·
ID: 647
Reviewer: Galadriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Spoilers!
A touching story of Eomer and Eowyn's arrival at Meduseld, twined with
a fascinating take on Thorongil's place in the hearts of the Rohirrim.
The characterizations of the major players are fascinating, especially
that of Theodred and his cousins. Lovely.

Title: What Goes Up · Author: Dana · Times: Late Third Age: Gondor
Drabbles · ID: 683
Reviewer: Lindelea · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
Well, first off, you know I'm not much for movie verse, but if you're
the one to write it, Dana, I'll make a point of reading it.

Dana introduced me to drabbles in the first place, and retains her
mastery of the genre--packing the maximum impact into a carefully
measured word count. Even the title is wonderfully crafted, though its
impact doesn't strike until the last line of the drabble, which in
itself says so much about Pippin's character, his way of thinking and
doing things. Very practical hobbit, yet whimsical too.

I love the melding of past, present, and future in this small snippet.
Beautifully done.

Title: Five Turnings of the Year · Author: Dana · Races: Hobbits:
Post-Ring War · ID: 685
Reviewer: Lindelea · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
Oh, Dana. I don't know how you do it... make me laugh, and cry, and
laugh again, all in the space of a few moments' reading. Your
characters are so real, they nearly jump off the page.

Five different Yules, before, during, and after the Quest, and not
necessarily in that order. A different cast of characters in each,
with a common factor of Pippin (and Merry. Of course.).

Deft touch with conversation, just enough description to bring the
scene to life in the mind. Wonderful character sketches and drawing of
relationships. As usual, a beautiful job of writing, and fine reading
any time of year.

Title: Invisible Ink · Author: alex_quine · Genres: Drama: Featuring
Boromir or Faramir · ID: 4
Reviewer: Galadriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
A wonderful examination of the traditions of Rohan. Believable and
creative, as if Tolkien himself had laid down such customs. I
especially adore how the reader is led slowly to the realization of
all Eomer stands for and all his marks say alongside Faramir's own
exploration. A really beautifully crafted tale.

Title: Eagle of the Star · Author: alex_quine · Genres: Drama:
Featuring Aragorn · ID: 152
Reviewer: Galadriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
Spoilers!
Beautiful, simply beautiful. I love how Ecthelion's true intentions
spin out over the course of the story, and how it becomes less a story
of a man trying to protect his son, and more about a Steward
recognizing (or at least suspecting) his King. The amount of depth
presented here in all the main characters is stunning, and the author
breathes real life into what would otherwise be starkly drawn canon
portrayals. Wonderful.

Title: The Westering Fire · Author: Aprilkat · Races: Hobbits · ID: 200
Reviewer: Galadriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Spoilers!
A wonderful look at the Scouring of the Shire from Rosie's point of
view, hinting at fresh horrors that the male characters are never
really exposed to. Rosie's voice is so clear here, and the sudden rush
of hope at the end of the story is a wonderful touch that lifts the
reader's spirits.

Title: Secrets · Author: Aprilkat · Races: Hobbits: Hurt/Comfort · ID: 229
Reviewer: Galadriel · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
Spoilers!
Beautifully touching. Rosie is such a strong voice in this author's
hands, and provides an intimate account of not only Frodo's
sufferings, but how they affect the people around him. Additionally,
there is a poignant beauty in Rosie and Frodo sharing secrets, he in
hiding his ailments, and she in giving him back some small measure of
hope and health. Wonderfully done.

Title: A Fair Trial · Author: Maeve Riannon · Genres: Humor: Valar &
Maiar · ID: 403
Reviewer: Inkling · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Spoilers!
This hilarious spoof of Sauron's refusal to submit to the judgement of
the Valar recalls the wild anarchy of Monty Python--Sauron at one
point actually shape-shifts into a Knight of Ni! I especially liked
"the Music" as catch-all defense, and the choice between Saruman and
Bombadil as ["the only Maiar who were willing to defend you"]. Great fun!

Title: Sing My Worth Immortal · Author: Perelleth · Races:
Cross-Cultural · ID: 168
Reviewer: picara · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
This story is very typical of the type of story the Perelleth writes
and that I love--fully of legends that are so detailed and real. This
story also happens to be incredibly funny!

Title: A Problem Shared · Author: Dot · Races: Elves: Mirkwood Elves ·
ID: 169
Reviewer: picara · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 6
I have always loved Radagast because he loves the same things I
do--nature and animals. So many people portray him as just silly and
meaningless in his love of nature. So that is why I like this story so
much. On the surface, Radagast is just babbling about some animal that
he sees as fierce, but which everyone knows is the most meek animal on
the face of the planet. But his statements are not those of a madman
or a fool. They have meaning if people will just hear and think about
what he is saying, as Thranduil finally does. That is so cool and so
very much like the wizards. And since I also love Thranduil, I love
him in this story. Fretting over all the problems his people are
facing like the great king that he is, it is very nice to see him get
a little reassurance, even if he does have to work really hard to get
that reassurance!

Title: Shadows · Author: Bodkin · Races: Elves: Family · ID: 698
Reviewer: picara · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Oh my gosh this is sad! To think that her spirit was still there in
the woods! The connection between Legolas seeing the spirits of the
dead that fought in the war and then realizing the truth of what his
father said so many years before is really a cool idea.

Title: Wizards' Pupils · Author: Altariel · Races: Men: Minas Tirith ·
ID: 108
Reviewer: Dreamflower · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
Spoilers!
This story deals well with two things I have always been curious
about--whether Saruman and Denethor might have had dealings in the
palantir together, and that Saruman's influence might have had an
effect on Denthor; and Faramir's relationship with Gandalf.

The framing story, of young Elboron recieving his father's experience,
and then relating it to his own son is a brilliant device, and draws
together the whole theme of wisdom and age and fathers and sons.

Title: The Importance of Being Bilbo · Author: Dreamflower · Genres:
Non-Fiction: Character Studies · ID: 686
Reviewer: Lindelea · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 6
Dreamflower writes meticulously crafted, richly detailed stories. They
are obviously researched with care, and she brings an historical
perspective to her writing that adds depth and believability.

Her nonfiction is no exception. This essay on Bilbo explores both the
obvious facts and the nuances that tie The Hobbit and The Lord of the
Rings together. Her literary analysis is respectfully done, with an
eye to author's intent, and without trying to stretch a point to fit
some postmodernist theory or other. It is clear that she endeavours to
deal with "just the facts, ma'am, just the facts" and yet even within
this constriction new possibilities and speculations arise, leading to
the discovery of new lodes for the mining.

As usual, excellent work and well-worth repeated reading.

Title: The Birthday Blessing · Author: Larner · Times: Fourth Age and
Beyond: Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 687
Reviewer: Lindelea · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
I love the way the three characters in these three drabbles are linked
through the blooming of three mallorn trees. Seeing them in the "now",
after their labours are complete, when they can (in a manner of
speaking) rest on their laurels, is a refreshing bit of reading.

One of the fascinations I have with drabbles is how so much can be
said using so little words. In the best-formed drabbles, there is a
world left unsaid and yet plain to the inner eye. Larner is well-known
for long, detailed stories, and yet these shorter writings also show
off the craft of a skillful writer.

Title: A Maid Waiting · Author: Larner · Genres: Romance: Gondor · ID: 691
Reviewer: Lindelea · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 6
I am afraid I'm out of time, and that the reviewing period will close
before I get a chance to do this story the honour it deserves. This is
a placeholder review, but if I don't get back to add the detail I
wish, it will have to serve as a vote.

And so, to any reading this, may I encourage you to explore this
richly detailed, delightful story? Larner's OCs take on a life of
their own, bringing a smile or a frown to the reader. Often one will
recognize in the writing familiar personalities. Conversations sound
as if they are drawn from life, and the description of settings makes
you feel that you are there in the place you're reading about.

And of course, Tolkien's characters are always handled with respect
and obvious affection.

I enjoy Larner's take on Middle-earth and hope that the bunnies keep
on biting for a long, long time.

Salute!

Title: In Search of Stillness · Author: Bodkin · Races: Elves:
Mirkwood Elves · ID: 704
Reviewer: Dreamflower · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
This account of the friendship of Legolas and Gimli is so solid and
comforting. While it is Legolas who needs the stillness, it is Gimli
who has seen that they went in search of it. And Legolas'
determination to hang on to Middle-earth for as long as he can rings
so true, as we see only too clearly the main reason for that
determination.

A beautiful bit of insight into the characters of our favortie Elf and
Dwarf, and their relationship.

Title: A Taste of Home · Author: Pearl Took · Races: Hobbits:
Friendship · ID: 138
Reviewer: Dreamflower · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
Spoilers!
This little story of Pearl's, originally written for a recipe!fic
challenge, is a favorite of mine.

Most stories about Merry and Pippin in their retirement years in
Gondor are melancholy and sad. This one is delightfully funny, as a
tetchy Merry has poor Pippin running all over the White City in search
of the perfect hobbity Yuletide fruitcake.

I love how manipulative Merry is in this, and how willing to be
manipulated Pippin is. Those two are a delight, whatever their ages!

And the recipe sounds wonderful!

Title: Birthday Outing · Author: Tanaqui · Times: Fourth Age and
Beyond: Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 386
Reviewer: Lindelea · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
Spoilers!
LOLOLOL!

How well I remember such experiences, draggling along behind an
indefatigable father as he returned to his roots. It seemed to give
him new energy, beyond the (usually superior) energy of youth enjoyed
by his children, such that he became the one charging ahead with
enthusiasm, while we less-than-energetically brought up the rear. And
just such grumbling!

Perfect capturing of the moment.

Title: The Portrait · Author: agape4gondor · Races: Men: Pre-Ring War
Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 288
Reviewer: Dreamflower · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
I love this little double-drabble--what a thoughtful gift! I'd love to
see a follow-up where we see Denethor's reaction.

Title: Acquittance · Author: Aprilkat · Genres: Drama · ID: 337
Reviewer: Dreamflower · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
You reap what you sow--in the case of Serinde, she reaps the benefit
of the good will she has built up by her treatment of patients that
others disdain...

Very touching, and a lovely tribute to SS.

Msg# 9664

MEFA Reviews for Wednesday, December 3, 2008 (Evening Set, Last One) Posted by annmarwalk December 03, 2008 - 17:06:43 Topic ID# 9664
Title: Promise and Sorrow · Author: Virtuella · Times: Late Third Age
· ID: 607
Reviewer: Lindelea · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 5
Spoilers!
Beautifully done. This story evokes tears, surprised laughter, wonder
and grief. Drawing as it does on the lives of the unsung, those who
served as mere "background" to the main characters of the story, it is
a lovely tribute to those who also serve.

Sudden twists, little things grown large and important (shoes, a ring,
clothing, the sound of a horse's hoofbeats), a feeling like a knife in
the gut as understanding flares... these are the signs of a masterly
writer at work.

And of course, the ultimately hopeful ending is the icing on this rich
and astonishing cake.

Title: Nine Companions · Author: Aranel Took · Genres: Humor: Drabbles
· ID: 259
Reviewer: Lindelea · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
LOL!

Not quite the quiet celebration I was envisioning, and yet... I can
just see them, gathered around the table, tight collars loosened,
etc., winding down after the requisite formalities.

Title: The Autumn of His Discontent · Author: jodancingtree · Races:
Hobbits: Incomplete · ID: 157
Reviewer: Dreamflower · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 1
A very promising beginning to a very promising idea.

Title: Least Expected · Author: Imhiriel · Genres: Alternate Universe:
Drabbles · ID: 512
Reviewer: Lindelea · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Yikes!

I seldom read AUs, and this kind of thing is why... Chilling, and very
convincing in its bleakness.

I am heartily glad that it did not happen this way! Skillfully
rendered, indeed.

Title: Eight Weeks · Author: Dwimordene · Genres: Humor: Other
Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 273
Reviewer: Dreamflower · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
It 's rare to see a story with Denethor and Faramir conspiring to gang
up on Boromir. This one is hilarious, in a subtle, sneak-up-on-you way!

Title: Bitter Sweet · Author: annmarwalk · Genres: Alternate Universe:
Steward's Family · ID: 536
Reviewer: Anoriath · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Spoilers!
Bittersweet, indeed, is this alternative ending for Boromir and
Theodred. Given the compelling relationship between the two that the
author and her fanfic partner have created, it would be difficult to
tolerate their canonical end without the possibility of relief, that
maybe, just maybe, they were together at the end.

Title: Fit for a King · Author: Imhiriel · Times: Fourth Age and
Beyond: Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 217
Reviewer: Lindelea · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
Spoilers!
LOL! Aragorn has a namesake!

Evocative writing, forming pictures in the mind. I love that the horse
chooses its own name. (visions of Eomer calling name after name and
the horse ignoring him, or looking insulted or sceptical as I have so
often seen them do, and finally throwing up his head with a look of
relief and perhaps a little disgust ("Finally! Took you long enough...
I can see you're going to need quite a bit of training up to become a
rider worthy of one such as myself."). Very nice.

Title: Seas of Fate · Author: Thundera Tiger · Races: Cross-Cultural:
Elves and Men · ID: 487
Reviewer: Dreamflower · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 2
I love these two together--yet it's not something often seen in fic.
And when it comes to the Sea, Imrahil has far more experience and
wisdom than the ancient Elf.

Title: Jewels of Light · Author: Larner · Races: Cross-Cultural:
Friendship · ID: 394
Reviewer: Dreamflower · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 1
It's very nice to see Legolas and Gimli appreciating their Companions
together.

Title: Men of the Twilight · Author: Elena Tiriel · Genres: Romance:
Drabbles · ID: 209
Reviewer: Lindelea · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
Whew. This can hardly be a drabble. Surely it is twice as many words,
or five times, or a hundred times, even. There is so much in this, so
much description that one can clearly see the scene. This is
beautifully done--so intricately crafted that it certainly belies the
fixed length required by the form.

Title: Hope Remains · Author: Baggins Babe · Times: Fourth Age and
Beyond · ID: 118
Reviewer: Lindelea · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
Effective writing, setting the scene very well. Not too creepy, which
I appreciate as I'm easily "creeped out". Have had this on my MEFA
wish list for weeks without time to re-read and write a decent review,
and here the awards clock is winding down too fast, still, for a good
effort. So consider this a vote of confidence, at least, as well as
thanks for sharing your writing. Looking forward to reading more as
soon as the dratted schedule lets up for a time.

Title: When the King Came Back · Author: Cathleen · Times: Fourth Age
and Beyond · ID: 514
Reviewer: Lindelea · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
I find myself without time to properly review this, having only
hastily skimmed the story. But do know that I was intrigued by the
portrayal of the relationships--the understanding mother, the friction
between a father and son who are (if I read correctly) too much alike
to get on perfectly, yet not recognizing this stumbling block to their
relationship.

I haven't even reached the ending of the story, but the MEFAs have
reached their end, and so I must read later to find whatever
resolution there may be here.

Nice bit of writing. Thanks!

Title: As the Tide by the Moon · Author: EdorasLass · Genres:
Alternate Universe · ID: 9
Reviewer: Anoriath · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 9
Oooooooo, this is up for review? (Yay!)

As the Tide by the Moon is one of my favorite Lord of the Rings fanfic
pieces. I'm not sure where even to begin to describe all the aspects
that I find compelling about the piece.

I think the first thing that captured my interest was the mood of the
piece. Edoraslass' writing produces what seems, to the onlooker, to be
an effortlessly created complex atmosphere. It is at once spare, but
lush; fraught with strong feeling, but emotionally distant.

In the tale there is to be found love, and terror, and sensuality, and
pride, and abasement, uncertainty, and strength of purpose, and yet,
despite the intensity of the dramatic aspect of the tale, never does
the writing itself overwhelm the story being told. This, I think, is
one of the greatest strengths of Edoraslass' writing, that she so
consistently shows, rather than tells. It's that conscious choice of
spareness of words that allows the characters and the story to unfold
with such seeming effortlessness, without the words calling attention
to themselves. Because of this, I think it allows the reader to fall
head-first into the story. I certainly did.

Title: In the Van · Author: Branwyn (Lady Branwyn) · Genres: Humor ·
ID: 72
Reviewer: Anoriath · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 3
*sporfle*

Yes, I must confess that I had the same image in interpretation of the
word "van" when I first read that passage myself.

Love your riff on the misadventure, Branwyn. And extra points for
including a reference that only a Tolkien geek would get: Boromir's
torturous 120 days to Rivendell when much less would have sufficed.

Title: Rich and Fair · Author: annmarwalk · Genres: Romance: Other
Fixed-Length Ficlets · ID: 548
Reviewer: Anoriath · 2008-12-01 00:00:00 Score: 4
Spoilers!
*oof* Ah, Boromir and Aragorn slash, I had nearly forgotten thee.
Whew, baby, but that's hot. ;)

Definitely a prime example of the author's greatest talent, which is
to evoke more by saying less. The words she chooses never tell you
what to see and feel and think, rather, she tends to come at it, well,
sideways, if you will. Seen in the effects upon the senses or in
fragments of actions, the writing evokes an even stronger image, and
even stronger feelings as it builds layers of sensation upon action
upon history upon emotion.

Msg# 9665

2008 MEFA Final Results Posted by aure\_enteluva December 03, 2008 - 22:42:28 Topic ID# 9665
The 2008 Middle-earth Fanfiction Awards are now over, and what a year!
We had nearly 5,400 reviews for 660 stories, which is up from previous
years strictly by the numbers. I noticed many new faces and more people
discussing the awards. We've also had some very nifty additions to the
website and some new volunteers getting involved to help utilize those
features. (I'm thinking of the potential authors now have to reply to
reviews from the website, though there are loads of other cool
advancements as well.) Of course I'm biased, but I really am proud of
the way these awards are growing.

But you guys know all that. You want to see the results. :-)

If you'd like to read some of these stories or the reviews that were
written about them, please check out the results at our web page. Just
go to www.mefawards.net/MEFA2008 , log in (or click "log in as guest"),
and click "2008 Story Results."





CONGRATULATIONS to the following reviewers who met their reviewing goals
set last spring.

Alassante; Angelica; Beruthiel's Cat; Cathleen; Dawn Felagund; Elena
Tiriel; Fiondil; Galadriel; Imhiriel; Isabeau of Greenlea; Jules14;
Keiliss; Kitt_otter; Larner; Linaewen; Linda Hoyland; Marta; Moreth;
nau_tika; Neume Indil; Nieriel Raina; Obsidianj; Oshun; Pandemonium_213;
PipMer; Raksha the Demon; Rhapsody; SavageSeraph; StefaniaB;
SurgicalSteel; Tanaqui; Thundera Tiger; Virtuella; and viv

These are by no means all the reviewers. Everyone, you deserve a hand!




Also, CONGRATULATIONS to the following authors for their success in this
year's Middle-earth Fanfiction Awards.

GENRES: ADVENTURE: GENERAL
1: Fennas Haradren by Linaewen
2: Dragons In The Trollshaws by Bodkin
3: The Mariner's Son by cairistiona
HM: Pip-napped! by Dreamflower and Lindelea
Dol Amroth Yule by Isabeau of Greenlea
Symbols of Love by Larner

GENRES: ADVENTURE: INCOMPLETE
1: With Hope and Without Hope by docmon
2: To See A World by Nightwing
3: Eagle of the Star by Neoinean

GENRES: ALTERNATE UNIVERSE: GENERAL
1: Untold Tales of the Mark: The Banishment of Éomer by Katzilla
2: As the Tide by the Moon by EdorasLass
3: Eucatastrophe: The Return by Dreamflower

GENRES: ALTERNATE UNIVERSE: ANGST/TRAGEDY
1: Five things that never happened to Nerdanel by Meril
2: For What I Wait by Dawn Felagund
3: Shadow King by Claudia
HM: Five Things that Never Happened to Serinde of Dol Amroth by
SurgicalSteel

GENRES: ALTERNATE UNIVERSE: DRABBLES
1: Last Stroke by Elena Tiriel
2: The Least of Rings by Marta
3: Least Expected by Imhiriel
HM: No Man's Land by Branwyn (Lady Branwyn)
Wave-Singer by Branwyn (Lady Branwyn)

GENES: ALTERNATE UNIVERSE: INCOMPLETE
1: Murder The Dawn by crowdaughter
2: Pippin-Frog For A Day by Neilia
3: The Search For Middle-earth by Jules14
HM: Lothíriel - The Tenth Walker, Book 2 by juno_magic

GENRES: ALTERNATE UNIVERSE: OTHER FIXED-LENGTH
1: The Edge of the Knife by Dwimordene
2: Homecoming by Isabeau of Greenlea
3: A Path of Wisdom by Dana

GENRES: ALTERNATE UNIVERSE: STEWARD'S FAMILY
1: The Prisoner of Time by Raksha the Demon
2: A Great Evil Unmade by Linaewen
3: The King's Colors by Dwimordene
HM: Parth Galen by Isabeau of Greenlea

GENRES: DRAMA: GENERAL
1: Answering the Call by docmon
2: The Last Throw by nau_tika
3: The Return by Lady Bluejay
HM: Choosing by docmon
The Consuming Darkness by Isil Elensar
The Dark One by NeumeIndil

GENRES: DRAMA: FEATURING ARAGORN
1: Generations by Bodkin
2: Estel I Was Called by Marta
3: The Keys of the Realm by Larner
HM: Eagle of the Star by alex_quine
Hope comes for Estel by stefaniab

GENRES: DRAMA: FEATURING BOROMIR OR FARAMIR
1: My Sword Weeps by agape4gondor
2: Enticements by annmarwalk
3: Letters From Faramir by agape4gondor

GENRES: DRAMA: FEATURING FRODO OR SAM
1: On Amon Sul by Dreamflower
2: The Blessing by Mews1945
3: Promises Broken and Kept by periantari
HM: Cold by febobe

GENRES: DRAMA: FEATURING THE NOLDOR
1: The Last Words by Rhapsody
2: The Scribe and the Heir by Dawn Felagund
3: All That Remained by Allee

GENRES: DRAMA: FINAL PARTINGS
1: Moon Over Water by Avon
2: The Prisoner of Dol Guldur by Soledad
3: The Tower Hills by DrummerWench

GENRES: DRAMA: GENERAL DRABBLES
1: Creation Myths by Tanaqui
2: Moved to Pity by Imhiriel
3: No Mercy by Tanaqui

GENRES: DRAMA: GENERAL FIXED-LENGTH FICLETS
1: Wind of Change by Raksha the Demon
2: Alqualondë by Moreth
3: Burdens by Meril

GENRES: DRAMA: GONDOR FIXED-LENGTH FICLETS
1: A Midsummer Day's Dream by Raksha the Demon
2: The Roses of Imloth Melui by Aervir
3: Wild Swan by Tanaqui
HM: Night Terrors by Gwynnyd
Moonset over Gondor by Raksha the Demon
Heavens' Embroidered Cloths by Tanaqui

GENRES: DRAMA: HURT/COMFORT
1: Out of Memory and Time by Shireling
2: Loss by SurgicalSteel
3: Primum Non Nocere (First, Do No Harm) by febobe
hm: Fidelis by Pentangle

GENRES: DRAMA: INCOMPLETE
1: Kin-Strife by Isabeau of Greenlea
2: Tide of Destiny - Part One: Choices by Lady Bluejay
3: The Heart of a Knight by Imhiriel

GENRES: DRAMA: RING WAR DRABBLES
1: Gone Amiss by Raksha the Demon
2: The Shadow by Linda Hoyland
3: Now the Green Blade Riseth by annmarwalk
HM: ...and the sound of a battered heart, beating by Lindelea

GENRES: HORROR: GENERAL
1: Maglor's Harp by Ford of Bruinen
2: The Houseless by Jael
3: Silenced by Illwynd
HM: The Dark of Night by Ellie

GENRES: HUMOR: GENERAL
1: Five Hair Care Tips for Rohirrim by EdorasLass
2: The Conscience of the King by Raksha the Demon
3: With Many "Fond" Acknowledgments by Thundera Tiger
HM: "The Game of Kings" by Branwyn (Lady Branwyn)
"In the Van" by Branwyn (Lady Branwyn)
"The Revenge of Curufin's Horse" by Moreth
"Full Brothers in Blood" by Oshun

GENRES: HUMOR: DRABBLES
1: Sharing Good News by Imhiriel
2: There shall be Mirth at our Meeting by Imhiriel
3: Incarnation by Gandalfs apprentice

GENRES: HUMOR: ELVEN LANDS
1: Rivendell International Airport by Primsong
2: MAGIC: The Password by Fiondil
3: Here's To The King! by Jael
HM: Horse Sense by Branwyn (Lady Branwyn)

GENRES: HUMOR: GONDOR
1: Surprise Inspection by AmandaK
2: One Summer Day by annmarwalk
3: The Vase that was Broken by Linda Hoyland

GENRES: HUMOR: OTHER FIXED-LENGTH FICLETS
1: The Captain's New Clothes by Raksha the Demon
2: Eight Weeks by Dwimordene
3: Care to Ride My Hot-Rod Fell Beast? by viv
HM: Sour Milk by Linda Hoyland
Giving Gifts by Marta
Some Confusion in Accounts by viv

GENRES: HUMOR: SHIRE
1: Dirty Jobs by Pearl Took
2: Labour Pains by Aratlithiel
3: Took Broth by Pearl Took

GENRES: HUMOR: VALAR & MAIAR
1: I Ain't Got Nobody by Ignoble Bard
2: FAULT: The Doctor Is In by Fiondil
3: DISGUISE: Emissaries by Fiondil
HM: A Fair Trial by Maeve Riannon
Young Feanaro Makes a Stone by Oshun

GENRES: LONGER WORKS: GENERAL
1: A New Day by Oshun
2: The Work of Small Hands by Dawn Felagund
3: The King's Surgeon by SurgicalSteel
HM: Wars of the Valar by Fiondil
Healing the Long Cleeve by TopazTook

GENRES: MYSTERY: GENERAL
1: Dead Steward's Gift by stefaniab
2: Fait Accompli by Ignoble Bard
3: The Six-Fingered Glove Mystery by shirebound

GENRES: NON-FICTION: GENERAL
1: The Myth of the One Ring's Power by Dreamflower
2: Name Calling: Group Identity and the Other among First Age Elves
by Angelica
3: On Canon and Fanfic by Marta
HM: Arvedui v. Pelendur by Roh Wyn
Tolkien's Parish: The Canonical Middle-earth by Steuard Jensen

GENRES: NON-FICTION: CHARACTER STUDIES
1: Aulë the Smith by Oshun
2: A Woman in Few Words: The Character of Nerdanel and Her Treatment
in Canon and Fandom by Dawn Felagund
3: Pride and Despair: A Defense of Ecthelion's Son by Marta
HM: One Step More - The Heroism of Frodo Baggins by ConnieMarie
The Importance of Being Bilbo by Dreamflower
Galdor: An Elf By Any Other Name... by Marta

GENRES: POETRY: GENERAL
1: Philosophia to Philomythus and Misomythus by pandemonium_213
2: Temptation by Princess Artemis
3: I Married for Love by Ford of Bruinen
HM: Elrond's Farewell by Armariel

GENRES: POETRY: DRAMA
1: Merry on the Pelennor Fields by Primsong
2: 25 Rethe, S.R. 1422: The Three Travellers Remember by Dreamflower
3: Maglor's Song by Robinka

GENRES: POETRY: HOBBITS
1: The Ring That Sauron Forged by Larner
2: The Gardener Speaks by Armariel
3: Shire by Aranel Took

GENRES: POETRY: LATE THIRD AGE
1: Weathertop by Primsong
2: The Search by rhyselle
3: Rebirth by Aranel Took

GENRES: ROMANCE: GENERAL
1: Miquan Melave by Marta
2: As Close As by Dana
3: Midnight by EdorasLass

GENRES: ROMANCE: DRABBLES
1: Call of the Wild by annmarwalk
2: Men of the Twilight by Elena Tiriel
3: Home is where the heart is by Linda Hoyland
HM: Bibliophile by Imhiriel
Taking Roots by Imhiriel

GENRES: ROMANCE: ELVEN LANDS
1: Early Winter at Himring Hill by Oshun
2: The Dance by Dawn Felagund
3: Arwen in the Afternoon by Gandalfs apprentice
HM: A Harmony In Autumn by Oshun

GENRES: ROMANCE: GONDOR
1: Summer's Lease by Raksha the Demon
2: Waterloo by Lady Bluejay
3: A Dream Come True by Lady Bluejay

GENRES: ROMANCE: OTHER FIXED-LENGTH FICLETS
1: Gently Held by viv
2: The Wedding Gift by annmarwalk
3: Handy With A Sword by Tanaqui
HM: The Blessing of the Waters by Raksha the Demon
Celevon a Mallen by Tanaqui

RACES: CROSS-CULTURAL: GENERAL
1: Feet That Wander by Linaewen
2: A Moment in the Morning in Bree by Budgielover
3: On Far Fields by Dwimordene
HM: The Haradric Whore and Her Son by annmarwalk and EdorasLass
Silver Blossoms Blown by Ignoble Bard
Sing My Worth Immortal by Perelleth

RACES: CROSS-CULTURAL: ELVES AND MEN
1: A Little Misunderstanding by Radbooks
2: The Legend of the Grey Riders by Jay of Lasgalen
3: Seas of Fate by Thundera Tiger

RACES: CROSS-CULTURAL: FIXED-LENGTH FICLETS
1: A Large Bold Hand by Jay of Lasgalen
2: Light of the Westering Sun by Dawn Felagund
3: A Meeting in the Tower Hills by Imhiriel
HM: Another Prometheus by Gandalfs apprentice
Star-songs of the Eorlingas by Tanaqui

RACES: CROSS-CULTURAL: FRIENDSHIP
1: A Cat in King Elessar's Court by agape4gondor
2: Heart of the Wood by Kenaz
3: A Dainty Dish by Linda Hoyland
HM: And all was made ready by Dreamflower
Good King Elessar by Dreamflower

RACES: CROSS-CULTURAL: FRODO AND FARAMIR
1: Many Branches by Baranduin
2: Sun by Claudia
3: Of First Impressions and Old Friends by Dreamflower
HM: Concerning Walls by Larner

RACES: CROSS-CULTURAL: POST-RING WAR
1: Parting Gifts by Fiondil
2: The Onion Riddle by Branwyn (Lady Branwyn)
3: A Great Cause for Concern by Alassante
HM: The Misty Month by Le Rouret

RACES: DWARVES: GENERAL
1: Trading Pledges by Adaneth
2: The Dwarves Treasure by eiranae
3: As Was Dwarven Tradition by Nieriel Raina
Bombur's Diet by Primsong
HM: Of Old It Was Not Darksome by EdorasLass

RACES: DWARVES: DRABBLES
1: Sunset Gates by Ignoble Bard
2: Hammer by Aranel Took
3: Dreamscape by Tanaqui

RACES: ELVES: GENERAL
1: Healing by Bodkin
2: Out of the Blue by Jael
3: Footsteps in Time by Keiliss
HM: The Ghost in the Garden by Dawn Felagund
Wayward Sons by Jael
To Be a KIng by Keiliss
Risk Assessment by pandemonium_213

RACES: ELVES: DRABBLES
1: Unwilling by Elena Tiriel
2: Forsaken by Imhiriel
3: The Sky Is Over by Robinka
HM: A Race, To Be Like Me by Imhiriel

RACES: ELVES: FAMILY
1: And Then There Was Cake, or Begetting Day Horrors by Klose
2: Shadows by Bodkin
3: The Librarian by Jay of Lasgalen
HM: Essecarme by Dawn Felagund
Elflings by Jael

RACES: ELVES: HOUSE OF ELROND
1: Star's End by Keiliss
2: My Shining Stars by Oshun
3: Spaces in the Heart by Keiliss
HM: Comfort by Bodkin

RACES: ELVES: HOUSE OF FINWE
1: In absentia by Robinka
2: Denial by Oshun
3: Circle of Silver by Keiliss

RACES: ELVES: INCOMPLETE
1: Don't Explain by gwidhiel
2: A Darkness Lies behind Us by Bodkin
3: Lessons from the Mountain by MithLuin

RACES: ELVES: MIRKWOOD ELVES
1: King Stag by Jael
2: Seaworthy by Thundera Tiger
3: In Search of Stillness by Bodkin

RACES: ELVES: NOLDOR FIXED-LENGTH FICLETS
1: Refuge by Raksha the Demon
2: Out, Damn'd Spot! Out, I Say! by Alassante
3: Vengeance's Folly by Rhapsody

RACES: ELVES: OTHER FIXED-LENGTH FICLETS
1: Love at First Sight by Gwynnyd
2: Duty, Honour, Country by Rhapsody
3: Undivided by Raksha the Demon

RACES: HOBBITS: GENERAL
1: Too Many Rangers by Larner
2: The Westering Fire by Aprilkat
3: Harmony by Elwen

RACES: HOBBITS: CHILDHOOD
1: The Five Rules of Cooking by GamgeeFest
2: A Promise by Golden
3: Trouble at Bag End by Angiet

RACES: HOBBITS: FAMILY
1: Elanor of Westmarch: The Return by Baranduin
2: The Last Dance by pippinfan88
3: Yule at Great Smials by Dreamflower

RACES: HOBBITS: FRIENDSHIP
1: A Taste of Home by Pearl Took
2: Between Childhood and Coming of Age by Dreamflower
3: I Give You a Rainbow by Golden

RACES: HOBBITS: HURT/COMFORT
1: Of Cake and Crumbs and Distant Dreams by Lindelea
2: O Merry Mine by Larner
3: Dark Dreams by SlightlyTookish

RACES: HOBBITS: INCOMPLETE
1: A Time to Hope by PipMer
2: Keep Him Secret, Keep Him Safe by shirebound
3: Turning Points by Cathleen

RACES: HOBBITS: POST-RING WAR
1: The Flute by Golden
2: Regarding Ents by PipMer
3: Five Turnings of the Year by Dana

RACES: MEN: GENERAL
1: In Passing by Altariel
2: Reparation by Isabeau of Greenlea
3: Seeking the Sun by Linda Hoyland
HM: Portrait of a Queen by Aruthir
Only Water in Your Veins by Michelle
The Night's Eye by Vana Tuivana

RACES: MEN: GENERAL DRABBLES
1: Relief by Tanaqui
2: This crown of stars by Fawsley
3: Return of the King by Imhiriel

RACES: MEN: GENERAL FIXED-LENGTH FICLETS
1: Of Dreams... by Avon
2: Legacy by Raksha the Demon
3: Hearts of Stone by Elen Kortirion

RACES: MEN: GONDOR DRABBLES
1: Autumn by Linda Hoyland
2: Second Best by Tanaqui
3: Deliverance by Imhiriel

RACES: MEN: MINAS TIRITH
1: Wizards' Pupils by Altariel
2: Engineering by SurgicalSteel
3: Celebrity by Bodkin
HM: Confidence by annmarwalk
I Stand No Longer Alone by Larner
Music hath Charms by Linda Hoyland
Playing with Fire by Linda Hoyland
Before You Go by Nancy Brooke

RACES: MEN: PRE-RING WAR FIXED-LENGTH FICLETS
1: A Fitting Occupation by Radbooks
2: The Fire of Hope by Raksha the Demon
3: Your Father Loves You by Raksha the Demon

RACES: MEN: STEWARD'S FAMILY
1: Shall We Dance? by Isabeau of Greenlea
2: Dark Dreams by Avon
3: Scholarship by Raksha the Demon
HM: Consolation by Isabeau of Greenlea
Brotherhood by Violin Ghost

RACES: OTHER BEINGS: GENERAL
1: Seven Stones and Seven Stars and One White Tree by shirebound
2: Old Man Willow by Nath
3: BRIDGE: Pá Valaraucar ar Námier by Fiondil
HM: Dispelling the Fog by fantasyfan
Seven Sisters by Pearl Took

RACES: VILLAINS: GENERAL
1: The Apprentice by pandemonium_213
2: Cat's Paws by pandemonium_213
3: The Making of Werewolves by Ignoble Bard
HM: The Captain's Mare by The Lauderdale

RACES: VILLAINS: FIXED-LENGTH FICLETS
1: Broken Star by pandemonium_213
2: The Waker by Nancy Brooke
3: Expert Treasure Hunter by Tanaqui
HM: Cold Be Hand and Heart and Bone by Imhiriel

TIMES: FIRST AGE AND PRIOR: GENERAL
1: Wind and Fire by elfscribe
2: The Last Stand by Rhapsody
3: Hearts Like the Sea by Ignoble Bard
HM: NIGHT and FOREST: A Glimpse of Beauty by Fiondil
Kementari by Marta

TIMES: FIRST AGE AND PRIOR: HOUSE OF FINWE
1: An Ordinary Woman by Dawn Felagund
2: Vodka by Ford of Bruinen
3: The Pillar Perished Is by Imhiriel
HM: Like Roses over a Fence by Ellie
A Sleep Over by Phyncke

TIMES: SECOND AND EARLY THIRD AGE: GENERAL
1: Nightfall by Jael
2: Moon of the Sea by pandemonium_213
3: Long Memories by Bodkin
HM: The Last Messenger: A Tale of Numenor by Fiondil

TIMES: MID THIRD AGE: GENERAL
1: Lost and Found by Branwyn (Lady Branwyn)
2: The Skills That Keep You Alive by Gwynnyd
3: The Best Sword Ever by Linaewen

TIMES: MID THIRD AGE: ERIADOR
1: If You Could See What I Hear by Cathleen
2: Cuts Gone Wrong by Dwimordene
3: Star of Hope by Linda Hoyland
HM: A Place for Gandalf by Dreamflower
Meddling by Dwimordene

TIMES: LATE THIRD AGE: GENERAL
1: The Dooming of Small Hands by Thundera Tiger
2: Promise and Sorrow by Virtuella
3: They Also Serve by Marta
HM: Drawing the Eye by Linda Hoyland
Before the Black Gate by Raksha the Demon
Oathbreakers by Thundera Tiger

TIMES: LATE THIRD AGE: GENERAL FIXED-LENGTH FICLETS
1: Reflections in the Smoke by Raksha the Demon
2: Renewal by Elena Tiriel
3: Loudwater by Adaneth
HM: The Kindly Airs by Dwimordene

TIMES: LATE THIRD AGE: GONDOR
1: Sing All Ye People! by Raksha the Demon
2: The Lost Restored by Larner
3: For the Want of ... by Larner

TIMES: LATE THIRD AGE: GONDOR DRABBLES
1: Recognition by Dwimordene
2: Tying Notes by Imhiriel
3: Tree of Knowledge by Nancy Brooke
HM: Forfeit by Branwyn (Lady Branwyn)

TIMES: FOURTH AGE AND BEYOND: GENERAL
1: Seeing Stars by Raksha the Demon
2: Look Not With Longing by Dwimordene
3: Rekindling by Dawn Felagund
HM: Somewhere I Have Never Traveled by Fiondil

TIMES: FOURTH AGE AND BEYOND: FIXED-LENGTH FICLETS
1: No Regrets by Linda Hoyland
2: Old Friends by Marta
3: Journey's End by Ignoble Bard

TIMES: MODERN TIMES: GENERAL
1: Trinity by pandemonium_213
2: Dawn Twilight by viv
3: National Treasure by Baranduin

TIMES: MULTI-AGE: GENERAL
1: The Craft of the Elven Smith by Larner
2: WAR: A Promise Before Dying by Fiondil
3: Fulfilling Oaths by Nieriel Raina

TIMES: MULTI-AGE: FIXED-LENGTH FICLETS
1: Possessing the greatest powers by Tanaqui
2: An Elf-lord Revealed by Tanaqui
3: Feelings of Superiority by Gwynnyd
HM: Flame of Life by Imhiriel




Again, this by no means represents all of the good stories. In some of
the sub-categories competition was quite intense, and there are some
very worthwhile entries not listed here. If you have the time, I
encourage everyone to continue looking at any of this year's nominations
that you didn't get to. You can still leave the author a review wherever
the story is posted. I'm sure they'll appreciate it.

Thank you again for your participation this year - I think it was a
success, and it wouldn't have been without so much participation. :-)

Here's to 2009!

Marta
(MEFA Admin.)



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Msg# 9666

Re: 2008 MEFA Final Results Posted by PGF December 03, 2008 - 23:39:38 Topic ID# 9665
<<<<--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, "aure_enteluva"
<marta.fandom@...> wrote:
>
> The 2008 Middle-earth Fanfiction Awards are now over, and what a
year!
> We had nearly 5,400 reviews for 660 stories, which is up from
previous
> years strictly by the numbers. I noticed many new faces and more
people
> discussing the awards. We've also had some very nifty additions to
the
> website and some new volunteers getting involved to help utilize
those
> features. (I'm thinking of the potential authors now have to reply
to
> reviews from the website, though there are loads of other cool
> advancements as well.) Of course I'm biased, but I really am proud
of
> the way these awards are growing.
>
> But you guys know all that. You want to see the results. :-)
>
> If you'd like to read some of these stories or the reviews that were
> written about them, please check out the results at our web page.
Just
> go to www.mefawards.net/MEFA2008 , log in (or click "log in as
guest"),
> and click "2008 Story Results."
>
>
>
> >
> Here's to 2009!
>
> Marta
> (MEFA Admin.)
>
>
>
> >>>>>>>>>
>

Thanx much for your efforts, and those of the other
admins/volunteers/the Author Liaison (thank you, Inkling, for
answering or finding the answers to every question I asked during
Nomination Season!), etc.

And I love the answer-reviewers-directly-from-the-review feature, it
saves a lot of work.

Well done, and congratulations to al those who won and placed; and
thanks to all who participated!


RAKSHA THE DEMON

Msg# 9667

Re: 2008 MEFA Final Results Posted by Marta December 03, 2008 - 23:49:50 Topic ID# 9665
Hi Raksha,

Thank *you* for your appreciation. I'm glad you found the features
helpful. There's a lot of people who worked hard to organize these
awards, so I am glad they hear how much people enjoy it.

Marta


>
> Thanx much for your efforts, and those of the other
> admins/volunteers/the Author Liaison (thank you, Inkling, for
> answering or finding the answers to every question I asked during
> Nomination Season!), etc.
>
> And I love the answer-reviewers-directly-from-the-review feature, it
> saves a lot of work.
>
> Well done, and congratulations to al those who won and placed; and
> thanks to all who participated!
>
> RAKSHA THE DEMON
>

Msg# 9668

Re: 2008 MEFA Final Results Posted by nancylea57 December 04, 2008 - 0:26:38 Topic ID# 9665
marta, this was my first year and i am goggle eyed over the sheer
enormity of the undertaking. and how smooth and seamless it mostly
appeared; glitch or two here or there what the heck, you and the others
have labored to produce a marvel.

now as a bit of a numbers freak are there more statistics available or
have you tucked everthing into bed and are praying for a peaceful
winter's sleep? n.

Msg# 9669

Re: 2008 MEFA Final Results Posted by SĂşlriel of Menegroth December 04, 2008 - 8:12:25 Topic ID# 9665
On Wed, Dec 3, 2008 at 10:42 PM, aure_enteluva <marta.fandom@gmail.com>wrote:

> The 2008 Middle-earth Fanfiction Awards are now over, and what a year!
> We had nearly 5,400 reviews for 660 stories, which is up from previous
> years strictly by the numbers. I noticed many new faces and more people
> discussing the awards. We've also had some very nifty additions to the
> website and some new volunteers getting involved to help utilize those
> features. (I'm thinking of the potential authors now have to reply to
> reviews from the website, though there are loads of other cool
> advancements as well.) Of course I'm biased, but I really am proud of
> the way these awards are growing.



*big grin* I don't think you're too biased. I think it's wonderful and
exciting to see the MEFAs continue to grow. The core volunteers are a large
part of that, but it's supported and driven by the community as a whole and
I think that's the best part of it all.

Sulriel


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Msg# 9670

Re: 2008 MEFA Final Results Posted by Barbara Rich December 04, 2008 - 8:25:32 Topic ID# 9665
Wonderful! Oh, it's exciting to see everyone else who placed! I think it's
great to see what the MEFAs have turned into. More and more people got
excited over them this year!

I'm looking forward to the post-mortem.

Dreamflower

On Wed, Dec 3, 2008 at 10:42 PM, aure_enteluva <marta.fandom@gmail.com>wrote:

> The 2008 Middle-earth Fanfiction Awards are now over, and what a year!
> We had nearly 5,400 reviews for 660 stories, which is up from previous
> years strictly by the numbers. I noticed many new faces and more people
> discussing the awards. We've also had some very nifty additions to the
> website and some new volunteers getting involved to help utilize those
> features. (I'm thinking of the potential authors now have to reply to
> reviews from the website, though there are loads of other cool
> advancements as well.) Of course I'm biased, but I really am proud of
> the way these awards are growing.
>
> But you guys know all that. You want to see the results. :-)
>
> If you'd like to read some of these stories or the reviews that were
> written about them, please check out the results at our web page. Just
> go to www.mefawards.net/MEFA2008 , log in (or click "log in as guest"),
> and click "2008 Story Results."
>
> CONGRATULATIONS to the following reviewers who met their reviewing goals
> set last spring.
>
> Alassante; Angelica; Beruthiel's Cat; Cathleen; Dawn Felagund; Elena
> Tiriel; Fiondil; Galadriel; Imhiriel; Isabeau of Greenlea; Jules14;
> Keiliss; Kitt_otter; Larner; Linaewen; Linda Hoyland; Marta; Moreth;
> nau_tika; Neume Indil; Nieriel Raina; Obsidianj; Oshun; Pandemonium_213;
> PipMer; Raksha the Demon; Rhapsody; SavageSeraph; StefaniaB;
> SurgicalSteel; Tanaqui; Thundera Tiger; Virtuella; and viv
>
> These are by no means all the reviewers. Everyone, you deserve a hand!
>
> Also, CONGRATULATIONS to the following authors for their success in this
> year's Middle-earth Fanfiction Awards.
>
> GENRES: ADVENTURE: GENERAL
> 1: Fennas Haradren by Linaewen
> 2: Dragons In The Trollshaws by Bodkin
> 3: The Mariner's Son by cairistiona
> HM: Pip-napped! by Dreamflower and Lindelea
> Dol Amroth Yule by Isabeau of Greenlea
> Symbols of Love by Larner
>
> GENRES: ADVENTURE: INCOMPLETE
> 1: With Hope and Without Hope by docmon
> 2: To See A World by Nightwing
> 3: Eagle of the Star by Neoinean
>
> GENRES: ALTERNATE UNIVERSE: GENERAL
> 1: Untold Tales of the Mark: The Banishment of Éomer by Katzilla
> 2: As the Tide by the Moon by EdorasLass
> 3: Eucatastrophe: The Return by Dreamflower
>
> GENRES: ALTERNATE UNIVERSE: ANGST/TRAGEDY
> 1: Five things that never happened to Nerdanel by Meril
> 2: For What I Wait by Dawn Felagund
> 3: Shadow King by Claudia
> HM: Five Things that Never Happened to Serinde of Dol Amroth by
> SurgicalSteel
>
> GENRES: ALTERNATE UNIVERSE: DRABBLES
> 1: Last Stroke by Elena Tiriel
> 2: The Least of Rings by Marta
> 3: Least Expected by Imhiriel
> HM: No Man's Land by Branwyn (Lady Branwyn)
> Wave-Singer by Branwyn (Lady Branwyn)
>
> GENES: ALTERNATE UNIVERSE: INCOMPLETE
> 1: Murder The Dawn by crowdaughter
> 2: Pippin-Frog For A Day by Neilia
> 3: The Search For Middle-earth by Jules14
> HM: Lothíriel - The Tenth Walker, Book 2 by juno_magic
>
> GENRES: ALTERNATE UNIVERSE: OTHER FIXED-LENGTH
> 1: The Edge of the Knife by Dwimordene
> 2: Homecoming by Isabeau of Greenlea
> 3: A Path of Wisdom by Dana
>
> GENRES: ALTERNATE UNIVERSE: STEWARD'S FAMILY
> 1: The Prisoner of Time by Raksha the Demon
> 2: A Great Evil Unmade by Linaewen
> 3: The King's Colors by Dwimordene
> HM: Parth Galen by Isabeau of Greenlea
>
> GENRES: DRAMA: GENERAL
> 1: Answering the Call by docmon
> 2: The Last Throw by nau_tika
> 3: The Return by Lady Bluejay
> HM: Choosing by docmon
> The Consuming Darkness by Isil Elensar
> The Dark One by NeumeIndil
>
> GENRES: DRAMA: FEATURING ARAGORN
> 1: Generations by Bodkin
> 2: Estel I Was Called by Marta
> 3: The Keys of the Realm by Larner
> HM: Eagle of the Star by alex_quine
> Hope comes for Estel by stefaniab
>
> GENRES: DRAMA: FEATURING BOROMIR OR FARAMIR
> 1: My Sword Weeps by agape4gondor
> 2: Enticements by annmarwalk
> 3: Letters From Faramir by agape4gondor
>
> GENRES: DRAMA: FEATURING FRODO OR SAM
> 1: On Amon Sul by Dreamflower
> 2: The Blessing by Mews1945
> 3: Promises Broken and Kept by periantari
> HM: Cold by febobe
>
> GENRES: DRAMA: FEATURING THE NOLDOR
> 1: The Last Words by Rhapsody
> 2: The Scribe and the Heir by Dawn Felagund
> 3: All That Remained by Allee
>
> GENRES: DRAMA: FINAL PARTINGS
> 1: Moon Over Water by Avon
> 2: The Prisoner of Dol Guldur by Soledad
> 3: The Tower Hills by DrummerWench
>
> GENRES: DRAMA: GENERAL DRABBLES
> 1: Creation Myths by Tanaqui
> 2: Moved to Pity by Imhiriel
> 3: No Mercy by Tanaqui
>
> GENRES: DRAMA: GENERAL FIXED-LENGTH FICLETS
> 1: Wind of Change by Raksha the Demon
> 2: Alqualondë by Moreth
> 3: Burdens by Meril
>
> GENRES: DRAMA: GONDOR FIXED-LENGTH FICLETS
> 1: A Midsummer Day's Dream by Raksha the Demon
> 2: The Roses of Imloth Melui by Aervir
> 3: Wild Swan by Tanaqui
> HM: Night Terrors by Gwynnyd
> Moonset over Gondor by Raksha the Demon
> Heavens' Embroidered Cloths by Tanaqui
>
> GENRES: DRAMA: HURT/COMFORT
> 1: Out of Memory and Time by Shireling
> 2: Loss by SurgicalSteel
> 3: Primum Non Nocere (First, Do No Harm) by febobe
> hm: Fidelis by Pentangle
>
> GENRES: DRAMA: INCOMPLETE
> 1: Kin-Strife by Isabeau of Greenlea
> 2: Tide of Destiny - Part One: Choices by Lady Bluejay
> 3: The Heart of a Knight by Imhiriel
>
> GENRES: DRAMA: RING WAR DRABBLES
> 1: Gone Amiss by Raksha the Demon
> 2: The Shadow by Linda Hoyland
> 3: Now the Green Blade Riseth by annmarwalk
> HM: ...and the sound of a battered heart, beating by Lindelea
>
> GENRES: HORROR: GENERAL
> 1: Maglor's Harp by Ford of Bruinen
> 2: The Houseless by Jael
> 3: Silenced by Illwynd
> HM: The Dark of Night by Ellie
>
> GENRES: HUMOR: GENERAL
> 1: Five Hair Care Tips for Rohirrim by EdorasLass
> 2: The Conscience of the King by Raksha the Demon
> 3: With Many "Fond" Acknowledgments by Thundera Tiger
> HM: "The Game of Kings" by Branwyn (Lady Branwyn)
> "In the Van" by Branwyn (Lady Branwyn)
> "The Revenge of Curufin's Horse" by Moreth
> "Full Brothers in Blood" by Oshun
>
> GENRES: HUMOR: DRABBLES
> 1: Sharing Good News by Imhiriel
> 2: There shall be Mirth at our Meeting by Imhiriel
> 3: Incarnation by Gandalfs apprentice
>
> GENRES: HUMOR: ELVEN LANDS
> 1: Rivendell International Airport by Primsong
> 2: MAGIC: The Password by Fiondil
> 3: Here's To The King! by Jael
> HM: Horse Sense by Branwyn (Lady Branwyn)
>
> GENRES: HUMOR: GONDOR
> 1: Surprise Inspection by AmandaK
> 2: One Summer Day by annmarwalk
> 3: The Vase that was Broken by Linda Hoyland
>
> GENRES: HUMOR: OTHER FIXED-LENGTH FICLETS
> 1: The Captain's New Clothes by Raksha the Demon
> 2: Eight Weeks by Dwimordene
> 3: Care to Ride My Hot-Rod Fell Beast? by viv
> HM: Sour Milk by Linda Hoyland
> Giving Gifts by Marta
> Some Confusion in Accounts by viv
>
> GENRES: HUMOR: SHIRE
> 1: Dirty Jobs by Pearl Took
> 2: Labour Pains by Aratlithiel
> 3: Took Broth by Pearl Took
>
> GENRES: HUMOR: VALAR & MAIAR
> 1: I Ain't Got Nobody by Ignoble Bard
> 2: FAULT: The Doctor Is In by Fiondil
> 3: DISGUISE: Emissaries by Fiondil
> HM: A Fair Trial by Maeve Riannon
> Young Feanaro Makes a Stone by Oshun
>
> GENRES: LONGER WORKS: GENERAL
> 1: A New Day by Oshun
> 2: The Work of Small Hands by Dawn Felagund
> 3: The King's Surgeon by SurgicalSteel
> HM: Wars of the Valar by Fiondil
> Healing the Long Cleeve by TopazTook
>
> GENRES: MYSTERY: GENERAL
> 1: Dead Steward's Gift by stefaniab
> 2: Fait Accompli by Ignoble Bard
> 3: The Six-Fingered Glove Mystery by shirebound
>
> GENRES: NON-FICTION: GENERAL
> 1: The Myth of the One Ring's Power by Dreamflower
> 2: Name Calling: Group Identity and the Other among First Age Elves
> by Angelica
> 3: On Canon and Fanfic by Marta
> HM: Arvedui v. Pelendur by Roh Wyn
> Tolkien's Parish: The Canonical Middle-earth by Steuard Jensen
>
> GENRES: NON-FICTION: CHARACTER STUDIES
> 1: Aulë the Smith by Oshun
> 2: A Woman in Few Words: The Character of Nerdanel and Her Treatment
> in Canon and Fandom by Dawn Felagund
> 3: Pride and Despair: A Defense of Ecthelion's Son by Marta
> HM: One Step More - The Heroism of Frodo Baggins by ConnieMarie
> The Importance of Being Bilbo by Dreamflower
> Galdor: An Elf By Any Other Name... by Marta
>
> GENRES: POETRY: GENERAL
> 1: Philosophia to Philomythus and Misomythus by pandemonium_213
> 2: Temptation by Princess Artemis
> 3: I Married for Love by Ford of Bruinen
> HM: Elrond's Farewell by Armariel
>
> GENRES: POETRY: DRAMA
> 1: Merry on the Pelennor Fields by Primsong
> 2: 25 Rethe, S.R. 1422: The Three Travellers Remember by Dreamflower
> 3: Maglor's Song by Robinka
>
> GENRES: POETRY: HOBBITS
> 1: The Ring That Sauron Forged by Larner
> 2: The Gardener Speaks by Armariel
> 3: Shire by Aranel Took
>
> GENRES: POETRY: LATE THIRD AGE
> 1: Weathertop by Primsong
> 2: The Search by rhyselle
> 3: Rebirth by Aranel Took
>
> GENRES: ROMANCE: GENERAL
> 1: Miquan Melave by Marta
> 2: As Close As by Dana
> 3: Midnight by EdorasLass
>
> GENRES: ROMANCE: DRABBLES
> 1: Call of the Wild by annmarwalk
> 2: Men of the Twilight by Elena Tiriel
> 3: Home is where the heart is by Linda Hoyland
> HM: Bibliophile by Imhiriel
> Taking Roots by Imhiriel
>
> GENRES: ROMANCE: ELVEN LANDS
> 1: Early Winter at Himring Hill by Oshun
> 2: The Dance by Dawn Felagund
> 3: Arwen in the Afternoon by Gandalfs apprentice
> HM: A Harmony In Autumn by Oshun
>
> GENRES: ROMANCE: GONDOR
> 1: Summer's Lease by Raksha the Demon
> 2: Waterloo by Lady Bluejay
> 3: A Dream Come True by Lady Bluejay
>
> GENRES: ROMANCE: OTHER FIXED-LENGTH FICLETS
> 1: Gently Held by viv
> 2: The Wedding Gift by annmarwalk
> 3: Handy With A Sword by Tanaqui
> HM: The Blessing of the Waters by Raksha the Demon
> Celevon a Mallen by Tanaqui
>
> RACES: CROSS-CULTURAL: GENERAL
> 1: Feet That Wander by Linaewen
> 2: A Moment in the Morning in Bree by Budgielover
> 3: On Far Fields by Dwimordene
> HM: The Haradric Whore and Her Son by annmarwalk and EdorasLass
> Silver Blossoms Blown by Ignoble Bard
> Sing My Worth Immortal by Perelleth
>
> RACES: CROSS-CULTURAL: ELVES AND MEN
> 1: A Little Misunderstanding by Radbooks
> 2: The Legend of the Grey Riders by Jay of Lasgalen
> 3: Seas of Fate by Thundera Tiger
>
> RACES: CROSS-CULTURAL: FIXED-LENGTH FICLETS
> 1: A Large Bold Hand by Jay of Lasgalen
> 2: Light of the Westering Sun by Dawn Felagund
> 3: A Meeting in the Tower Hills by Imhiriel
> HM: Another Prometheus by Gandalfs apprentice
> Star-songs of the Eorlingas by Tanaqui
>
> RACES: CROSS-CULTURAL: FRIENDSHIP
> 1: A Cat in King Elessar's Court by agape4gondor
> 2: Heart of the Wood by Kenaz
> 3: A Dainty Dish by Linda Hoyland
> HM: And all was made ready by Dreamflower
> Good King Elessar by Dreamflower
>
> RACES: CROSS-CULTURAL: FRODO AND FARAMIR
> 1: Many Branches by Baranduin
> 2: Sun by Claudia
> 3: Of First Impressions and Old Friends by Dreamflower
> HM: Concerning Walls by Larner
>
> RACES: CROSS-CULTURAL: POST-RING WAR
> 1: Parting Gifts by Fiondil
> 2: The Onion Riddle by Branwyn (Lady Branwyn)
> 3: A Great Cause for Concern by Alassante
> HM: The Misty Month by Le Rouret
>
> RACES: DWARVES: GENERAL
> 1: Trading Pledges by Adaneth
> 2: The Dwarves Treasure by eiranae
> 3: As Was Dwarven Tradition by Nieriel Raina
> Bombur's Diet by Primsong
> HM: Of Old It Was Not Darksome by EdorasLass
>
> RACES: DWARVES: DRABBLES
> 1: Sunset Gates by Ignoble Bard
> 2: Hammer by Aranel Took
> 3: Dreamscape by Tanaqui
>
> RACES: ELVES: GENERAL
> 1: Healing by Bodkin
> 2: Out of the Blue by Jael
> 3: Footsteps in Time by Keiliss
> HM: The Ghost in the Garden by Dawn Felagund
> Wayward Sons by Jael
> To Be a KIng by Keiliss
> Risk Assessment by pandemonium_213
>
> RACES: ELVES: DRABBLES
> 1: Unwilling by Elena Tiriel
> 2: Forsaken by Imhiriel
> 3: The Sky Is Over by Robinka
> HM: A Race, To Be Like Me by Imhiriel
>
> RACES: ELVES: FAMILY
> 1: And Then There Was Cake, or Begetting Day Horrors by Klose
> 2: Shadows by Bodkin
> 3: The Librarian by Jay of Lasgalen
> HM: Essecarme by Dawn Felagund
> Elflings by Jael
>
> RACES: ELVES: HOUSE OF ELROND
> 1: Star's End by Keiliss
> 2: My Shining Stars by Oshun
> 3: Spaces in the Heart by Keiliss
> HM: Comfort by Bodkin
>
> RACES: ELVES: HOUSE OF FINWE
> 1: In absentia by Robinka
> 2: Denial by Oshun
> 3: Circle of Silver by Keiliss
>
> RACES: ELVES: INCOMPLETE
> 1: Don't Explain by gwidhiel
> 2: A Darkness Lies behind Us by Bodkin
> 3: Lessons from the Mountain by MithLuin
>
> RACES: ELVES: MIRKWOOD ELVES
> 1: King Stag by Jael
> 2: Seaworthy by Thundera Tiger
> 3: In Search of Stillness by Bodkin
>
> RACES: ELVES: NOLDOR FIXED-LENGTH FICLETS
> 1: Refuge by Raksha the Demon
> 2: Out, Damn'd Spot! Out, I Say! by Alassante
> 3: Vengeance's Folly by Rhapsody
>
> RACES: ELVES: OTHER FIXED-LENGTH FICLETS
> 1: Love at First Sight by Gwynnyd
> 2: Duty, Honour, Country by Rhapsody
> 3: Undivided by Raksha the Demon
>
> RACES: HOBBITS: GENERAL
> 1: Too Many Rangers by Larner
> 2: The Westering Fire by Aprilkat
> 3: Harmony by Elwen
>
> RACES: HOBBITS: CHILDHOOD
> 1: The Five Rules of Cooking by GamgeeFest
> 2: A Promise by Golden
> 3: Trouble at Bag End by Angiet
>
> RACES: HOBBITS: FAMILY
> 1: Elanor of Westmarch: The Return by Baranduin
> 2: The Last Dance by pippinfan88
> 3: Yule at Great Smials by Dreamflower
>
> RACES: HOBBITS: FRIENDSHIP
> 1: A Taste of Home by Pearl Took
> 2: Between Childhood and Coming of Age by Dreamflower
> 3: I Give You a Rainbow by Golden
>
> RACES: HOBBITS: HURT/COMFORT
> 1: Of Cake and Crumbs and Distant Dreams by Lindelea
> 2: O Merry Mine by Larner
> 3: Dark Dreams by SlightlyTookish
>
> RACES: HOBBITS: INCOMPLETE
> 1: A Time to Hope by PipMer
> 2: Keep Him Secret, Keep Him Safe by shirebound
> 3: Turning Points by Cathleen
>
> RACES: HOBBITS: POST-RING WAR
> 1: The Flute by Golden
> 2: Regarding Ents by PipMer
> 3: Five Turnings of the Year by Dana
>
> RACES: MEN: GENERAL
> 1: In Passing by Altariel
> 2: Reparation by Isabeau of Greenlea
> 3: Seeking the Sun by Linda Hoyland
> HM: Portrait of a Queen by Aruthir
> Only Water in Your Veins by Michelle
> The Night's Eye by Vana Tuivana
>
> RACES: MEN: GENERAL DRABBLES
> 1: Relief by Tanaqui
> 2: This crown of stars by Fawsley
> 3: Return of the King by Imhiriel
>
> RACES: MEN: GENERAL FIXED-LENGTH FICLETS
> 1: Of Dreams... by Avon
> 2: Legacy by Raksha the Demon
> 3: Hearts of Stone by Elen Kortirion
>
> RACES: MEN: GONDOR DRABBLES
> 1: Autumn by Linda Hoyland
> 2: Second Best by Tanaqui
> 3: Deliverance by Imhiriel
>
> RACES: MEN: MINAS TIRITH
> 1: Wizards' Pupils by Altariel
> 2: Engineering by SurgicalSteel
> 3: Celebrity by Bodkin
> HM: Confidence by annmarwalk
> I Stand No Longer Alone by Larner
> Music hath Charms by Linda Hoyland
> Playing with Fire by Linda Hoyland
> Before You Go by Nancy Brooke
>
> RACES: MEN: PRE-RING WAR FIXED-LENGTH FICLETS
> 1: A Fitting Occupation by Radbooks
> 2: The Fire of Hope by Raksha the Demon
> 3: Your Father Loves You by Raksha the Demon
>
> RACES: MEN: STEWARD'S FAMILY
> 1: Shall We Dance? by Isabeau of Greenlea
> 2: Dark Dreams by Avon
> 3: Scholarship by Raksha the Demon
> HM: Consolation by Isabeau of Greenlea
> Brotherhood by Violin Ghost
>
> RACES: OTHER BEINGS: GENERAL
> 1: Seven Stones and Seven Stars and One White Tree by shirebound
> 2: Old Man Willow by Nath
> 3: BRIDGE: Pá Valaraucar ar Námier by Fiondil
> HM: Dispelling the Fog by fantasyfan
> Seven Sisters by Pearl Took
>
> RACES: VILLAINS: GENERAL
> 1: The Apprentice by pandemonium_213
> 2: Cat's Paws by pandemonium_213
> 3: The Making of Werewolves by Ignoble Bard
> HM: The Captain's Mare by The Lauderdale
>
> RACES: VILLAINS: FIXED-LENGTH FICLETS
> 1: Broken Star by pandemonium_213
> 2: The Waker by Nancy Brooke
> 3: Expert Treasure Hunter by Tanaqui
> HM: Cold Be Hand and Heart and Bone by Imhiriel
>
> TIMES: FIRST AGE AND PRIOR: GENERAL
> 1: Wind and Fire by elfscribe
> 2: The Last Stand by Rhapsody
> 3: Hearts Like the Sea by Ignoble Bard
> HM: NIGHT and FOREST: A Glimpse of Beauty by Fiondil
> Kementari by Marta
>
> TIMES: FIRST AGE AND PRIOR: HOUSE OF FINWE
> 1: An Ordinary Woman by Dawn Felagund
> 2: Vodka by Ford of Bruinen
> 3: The Pillar Perished Is by Imhiriel
> HM: Like Roses over a Fence by Ellie
> A Sleep Over by Phyncke
>
> TIMES: SECOND AND EARLY THIRD AGE: GENERAL
> 1: Nightfall by Jael
> 2: Moon of the Sea by pandemonium_213
> 3: Long Memories by Bodkin
> HM: The Last Messenger: A Tale of Numenor by Fiondil
>
> TIMES: MID THIRD AGE: GENERAL
> 1: Lost and Found by Branwyn (Lady Branwyn)
> 2: The Skills That Keep You Alive by Gwynnyd
> 3: The Best Sword Ever by Linaewen
>
> TIMES: MID THIRD AGE: ERIADOR
> 1: If You Could See What I Hear by Cathleen
> 2: Cuts Gone Wrong by Dwimordene
> 3: Star of Hope by Linda Hoyland
> HM: A Place for Gandalf by Dreamflower
> Meddling by Dwimordene
>
> TIMES: LATE THIRD AGE: GENERAL
> 1: The Dooming of Small Hands by Thundera Tiger
> 2: Promise and Sorrow by Virtuella
> 3: They Also Serve by Marta
> HM: Drawing the Eye by Linda Hoyland
> Before the Black Gate by Raksha the Demon
> Oathbreakers by Thundera Tiger
>
> TIMES: LATE THIRD AGE: GENERAL FIXED-LENGTH FICLETS
> 1: Reflections in the Smoke by Raksha the Demon
> 2: Renewal by Elena Tiriel
> 3: Loudwater by Adaneth
> HM: The Kindly Airs by Dwimordene
>
> TIMES: LATE THIRD AGE: GONDOR
> 1: Sing All Ye People! by Raksha the Demon
> 2: The Lost Restored by Larner
> 3: For the Want of ... by Larner
>
> TIMES: LATE THIRD AGE: GONDOR DRABBLES
> 1: Recognition by Dwimordene
> 2: Tying Notes by Imhiriel
> 3: Tree of Knowledge by Nancy Brooke
> HM: Forfeit by Branwyn (Lady Branwyn)
>
> TIMES: FOURTH AGE AND BEYOND: GENERAL
> 1: Seeing Stars by Raksha the Demon
> 2: Look Not With Longing by Dwimordene
> 3: Rekindling by Dawn Felagund
> HM: Somewhere I Have Never Traveled by Fiondil
>
> TIMES: FOURTH AGE AND BEYOND: FIXED-LENGTH FICLETS
> 1: No Regrets by Linda Hoyland
> 2: Old Friends by Marta
> 3: Journey's End by Ignoble Bard
>
> TIMES: MODERN TIMES: GENERAL
> 1: Trinity by pandemonium_213
> 2: Dawn Twilight by viv
> 3: National Treasure by Baranduin
>
> TIMES: MULTI-AGE: GENERAL
> 1: The Craft of the Elven Smith by Larner
> 2: WAR: A Promise Before Dying by Fiondil
> 3: Fulfilling Oaths by Nieriel Raina
>
> TIMES: MULTI-AGE: FIXED-LENGTH FICLETS
> 1: Possessing the greatest powers by Tanaqui
> 2: An Elf-lord Revealed by Tanaqui
> 3: Feelings of Superiority by Gwynnyd
> HM: Flame of Life by Imhiriel
>
> Again, this by no means represents all of the good stories. In some of
> the sub-categories competition was quite intense, and there are some
> very worthwhile entries not listed here. If you have the time, I
> encourage everyone to continue looking at any of this year's nominations
> that you didn't get to. You can still leave the author a review wherever
> the story is posted. I'm sure they'll appreciate it.
>
> Thank you again for your participation this year - I think it was a
> success, and it wouldn't have been without so much participation. :-)
>
> Here's to 2009!
>
> Marta
> (MEFA Admin.)
>
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
>
>
>


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Msg# 9671

Fwd: Additional MEFA banners available Posted by Elena Tiriel December 04, 2008 - 14:22:41 Topic ID# 9616
Hi everyone,

Someone commented on a lack of MEFA banners with Legolas and Gimli together,
so I added a new one to my collection at <photobucket.com/elenatiriel>.

*Legolas & Gimli* Legolas and Gimli in Edoras

If you would like this one, or any of the others in my photobucket account,
customized for you, just send me an email at this address with the details.

- Barbara


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Elena Tiriel <elenatiriel@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, Dec 1, 2008 at 12:19 AM
Subject: Additional MEFA banners available
To: MEFA Awards <MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com>


Hi everyone,

Now that we've caught our collective breaths after MEFA reviewing and
learned the results (that was fast! thank you!), I'd like to announce that I
made some unofficial banners this year that were too late to submit to the
MEFA site.

Actually, I made a LOT of unofficial MEFA banners. ;-)

I checked with Marta, and there was no objection to offering these banners
to you directly, outside the standard MEFA process.

You can find them at <photobucket.com/elenatiriel>, then click on
MEFA_2008_Banners under "Albums" on the left. If you are interested in
specific settings, characters, events, or text ("Nominee", "Commended
Reviewer", "Review Junkie", or "Winner" - which I am willing to customize
for you) you can click on the appropriate "Tag" at the left.

Hint: If you'd like to quickly see one example of each design/size
combination, I recommend clicking on the "Winner" tag, since the "Winner"
versions of the official banners that I did submit to the MEFA site can only
be found there, so it's the only complete set (158 of them!).

You are welcome to download and use any of these banners that you like. If
you would like one of the Winner banners customized for your story, I ask
that you email me directly at this address, rather than going through the
standard MEFA banner address, so that the other MEFA banner customizers are
not bothered. (But, if you do accidentally send it to the MEFA address,
don't worry -- I am also a MEFA banner customizer, so will try to intercept
it there.)

If you would like one of these photobucket banners customized, please send
an email to elenatiriel [at] gmail [dot] com, with the banner title (click
on the banner to get the full title), the size you prefer ("square" [LJ
icon], "rectangle", or "all sizes"), and the MEFA id number and name of the
story you'd like it customized for, so I can be sure to get the correct
place and category names, and your author name if it's not clear from your
email address. For example:


Narsil Reforged, all sizes, story #208, Renewal, by Elena Tiriel
Corsair Ships, square, story #465, Last Stroke
Houses of Healing, rectangle, story #209, Men of the Twilight


I will do my best to send them back as quickly as I can, within two days if
at all possible. If you have a special request, such as customizing a banner
for a prior year, or sending the banners to a different email address, let
me know and I'll do what I can to accommodate it.

Following is a list of the unofficial MEFA banners you can find at my
photobucket site... enjoy!

- Barbara

*Title* * *
*Description* *3 Elven Rings* - Narya, Nenya, and Vilya *3 Rings for Elves
* - Galadriel, Cirdan, and Gil-galad receive the three Elven rings of power
*7 Rings for Dwarves* - Seven Dwarf-lords receive rings of power *9 Rings
for Men* - Nine Kings of Men, later to become the Nazgul, receive rings of
power *Alqualonde* - The Kinslaying at Alqualonde, from artwork by Ted
Nasmith *Andunie* - The harbor of Andunie with Elven ships arriving from
Aman, from artwork by Ted Nasmith *Aragorn & the Dead* - Aragorn summoning
the denizens in the Paths of the Dead *Arwen* - Arwen closeup *Aule*
- Portrait
of Aule, from artwork by Ted Nasmith *Balrog* - The Balrog of Moria *Bilbo
Finds the One Ring* - Bilbo stumbles upon the One Ring under the Misty
Mountains *Book of Mazarbul* - Gandalf reading from the Book of Mazarbul in
Moria *Boromir in Death* - Boromir's body, floating in an Elven-boat on the
Anduin *Captain Faramir* - Faramir defending Osgiliath *Celeborn* - Celeborn
in Lorien *Corsair Ships* - Ships of the Corsairs of Umbar, sailing up the
Anduin *Cuivienen* - Elves on the shores of Cuivienen, from artwork by Ted
Nasmith *Denethor* - Denethor II, Steward of Gondor *Earendil's Ship* - The
ship of Earendil the Mariner, from artwork by Ted Nasmith *Elf of Mirkwood* -
An anonymous Elf from Mirkwood *Elrond at the Last Alliance* - Elrond with
Elven troops at the Last Alliance *Elves Going West* - Elves journeying
towards the Grey Havens, to leave Middle-earth *Eowyn* - Eowyn closeup *Fall
of Gondolin* - Elves escaping from the fall of Gondolin, from artwork by Ted
Nasmith *Faramir* - Faramir at Henneth-Annun *Fell Beast* - The Witch-king
leaving Minas Morgul in style *Fellowship Climbing* - The Fellowship,
climbing in the Misty Mountains *Fellowship Leaving* - The fellowship
departing from Rivendell *Finrod* - Finrod Felagund's first meeting with
the Men of Beor, from artwork by Ted Nasmith *Forge at Rivendell* - Elven
smiths reforging Narsil in Rivendell *Frodo & the One Ring* - Frodo with
the Ring Verse reflected on his face, and the One Ring in the
background *Frodo
at Parth Galen* - Frodo about to leave Parth Galen at the Breaking of the
Fellowship *Galadriel & the Mirror* - Galadriel in Lorien, readying her
Mirror for use *Gil-galad* - Gil-galad and Elrond with Elven troops at the
Last Alliance *Gimli* - Gimli closeup *Gollum & the One Ring* - Gollum
celebrating with the One Ring in the Sammath Naur *Gollum
Underground* - Gollum
under the Misty Mountains *Helcaraxe* - Fingolfin leading his people across
the Helcaraxë, from artwork by Ted Nasmith *Herald of Gil-galad* - Elrond
commanding Elven troops at the Last Alliance *Houses of Healing* - Eowyn
and Faramir in the Houses of Healing *Huan and Carcharoth* - Huan attacking
Carcharoth after the wolf mortally wounded Beren, from artwork by Ted
Nasmith *Hurin and Morgoth* - Hurin being punished by Morgoth in
Thangorodrim, from artwork by Ted Nasmith *Isildur* - Isildur holding the
One Ring in the Sammath Naur *Legolas* - Legolas in Rivendell *Losgar* - The
ships of the Exiles burning at Losgar, from artwork by Ted Nasmith *Luthien
& Beren Disguised* - Luthien and Beren disguised as Thuringwethil and
Carcharoth, from artwork by Ted Nasmith *Maedhros' Rescue* - Maedhros being
rescued by Fingon from Thangorodrim, from artwork by Ted Nasmith *Maglor &
the Silmaril* - Maglor casting the Silmaril into the Sea, from artwork by
Ted Nasmith *Manwe's Eagles* - Manwe's Eagles flying over Numenor, from
artwork by Ted Nasmith *Mumak* - A mumak in the Battle of the
Pelennor *Mumakil
Charge* - Haradrim charging on their mumakil in the Battle of the Pelennor
*Narsil Reforged* - Anduril, after being reforged from Narsil by Elven
smiths *One Ring* - The One Ring on Sauron's finger *Orc of Moria* - An
Orc from Moria *Ranger Faramir* - Faramir in Ithilien *Red Eye* - The eye
of Sauron *Rohir* - A Rohir at the Battle of the Pelennor *Sack of
Nargothrond* - The sack of Nargothrond, with Glaurung, Turin, and Finduilas,
from artwork by Ted Nasmith *Sam* - Sam with Bill the Pony *Saruman*
- Saruman
in Isengard, with Gwaihir approaching *Sauron* - Sauron at the Last
Alliance on the slopes of Mount Doom *Sauron Forging the One Ring* - Sauron
forging the One Ring in the Sammath Naur, from artwork by Ted Nasmith *Scroll
of Isildur* - Gandalf reading the Scroll of Isildur in Minas Tirith *Shelob
& Frodo* - Shelob stalking Frodo in Cirith Ungol *Ships of the Faithful* - The
ships of Elendil and the Faithful leaving Numenor at its downfall, from
artwork by Ted Nasmith *Strider* - Strider looking thoughtful, Rivendell in
the background *Taniquetil* - Taniquetil at the First Rising of the Sun,
from artwork by Ted Nasmith *Tar-Miriel* - Tar-Miriel being overtaken by
the wave at the Downfall of Numenor, from artwork by Ted Nasmith *Teleri
Swanships* - Teleri ships being drawn to Aman by swans, from artwork by Ted
Nasmith *Theoden* - Theoden at the Battle of the Pelennor
*Thorondor* - Thorondor
and his Eagles carrying Beren and Luthien to safety, from artwork by Ted
Nasmith *Troll of Mordor* - A troll at the Battle of the Morannon *Trolls
in Minas Tirith* - Trolls entering the gate of Minas Tirith *Tuor* - Tuor
by the Sea bowing to Ulmo, from artwork by Ted Nasmith *Ulmo* - Ulmo
appearing out of the Sea, from artwork by Ted Nasmith *Witch-king on the
Pelennor* - The Witch-king at the Battle of the Pelennor *Witch-king
Revealed* - The Witch-king as he appears to Frodo on Amon Sul while wearing
the One Ring


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Msg# 9672

Re: 2008 MEFA Final Results Posted by Marta December 04, 2008 - 17:17:52 Topic ID# 9665
Hi Nancy,

Numbers are definitely cool. (Says she who did a math degree... :-D) I
think we will be able to scrounge up something, but it will be a while.
All of us volunteers are looking forward to a little break. But when the
numbers are ready, I'll be glad to post them here.

To tide you over, you can check out 2007's numbers (I think there's also
a link there to 2006).

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MEFAwards/message/8605

Marta

> marta, this was my first year and i am goggle eyed over the sheer
> enormity of the undertaking. and how smooth and seamless it mostly
> appeared; glitch or two here or there what the heck, you and the others
> have labored to produce a marvel.
>
> now as a bit of a numbers freak are there more statistics available or
> have you tucked everthing into bed and are praying for a peaceful
> winter's sleep? n.

Msg# 9673

Re: 2008 MEFA Final Results Posted by nancylea57 December 04, 2008 - 19:18:16 Topic ID# 9665
yes thats the fun of number looking at rythms and rhymes. n

Msg# 9674

Re: 2008 MEFA Final Results Posted by Agape 4Rivendell December 04, 2008 - 21:59:22 Topic ID# 9665
As a promoter, I'd love to be able to 'show' that these awards are quite
prestigious (IMHO) and hopefully, encourage others to join us next year!
Stats are pretty good for showing such things.

Blessings and thanks for all the hard work,
Agape

On Thu, Dec 4, 2008 at 6:17 PM, Marta <marta.fandom@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Nancy,
>
> Numbers are definitely cool. (Says she who did a math degree... :-D) I
> think we will be able to scrounge up something, but it will be a while.
> All of us volunteers are looking forward to a little break. But when the
> numbers are ready, I'll be glad to post them here.
>
> To tide you over, you can check out 2007's numbers (I think there's also
> a link there to 2006).
>
> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MEFAwards/message/8605
>
> Marta
>
> > marta, this was my first year and i am goggle eyed over the sheer
> > enormity of the undertaking. and how smooth and seamless it mostly
> > appeared; glitch or two here or there what the heck, you and the others
> > have labored to produce a marvel.
> >
> > now as a bit of a numbers freak are there more statistics available or
> > have you tucked everthing into bed and are praying for a peaceful
> > winter's sleep? n.
>
>
>



--
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Msg# 9675

Congrats and Thanks! Posted by dwimmer\_laik December 05, 2008 - 6:58:04 Topic ID# 9675
Congratulations to all the winners and honorable mentionees this year!

I know we have this newfangled 'reply to review' button, but I've
gotten into the habit of doing my MEFA review replies like Christmas
cards - all at once at the end of the awards season. So if you
reviewed something of mine - I am grateful, you will be hearing from
me, it just takes me longer.

But thank you to everyone who reviewed, participated, who ran the
awards, and (especially) who wrote the stories - as always, you have
made MEFAs a great deal of fun.

Dwim

Msg# 9676

Stats for 2008 Awards Posted by aure\_enteluva December 05, 2008 - 10:57:17 Topic ID# 9676
By popular demand, here are the 2008 awards, by the numbers. Thanks to
Tanaqui for putting these together so quickly.

*********************

Total Stories: 660
Total Story Reviews: 5397

Total Story Review Points: 24787
Total Story Review Characters: 2,536,145

Average Story Review Score: 4.59
Average Story Review Characters: 470

Average Total Story Score: 37.56 points
Average Total Story Characters: 3843

Longest Story Review: 5451 characters (42 reviews greater than 2000
characters)

Max Total Story Points For Any One Story: 118
Max Total Story Characters For Any One Story: 20576
Max Total Story Reviews For Any One Story: 20

Persons who left Story Reviews: 125
Total Authors: 200 (including groups as one author)
Total Nominators: 96
Total Active Participants (Authors + Nominators + Reviewers): 234

*********************

For more number-crunching delight, compare to the 2007 award stats,
available at

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MEFAwards/message/8605

Marta
(MEFA Admin.)

Msg# 9677

Re: Stats for 2008 Awards Posted by heartofoshun@aol.com December 05, 2008 - 11:01:00 Topic ID# 9676
Wow! That was fast! Huge thanks to Tanaqui. I am really curious about these.

By popular demand, here are the 2008 awards, by the numbers. Thanks to
Tanaqui for putting these together so quickly.




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Msg# 9678

Re: Stats for 2008 Awards Posted by nancylea57 December 05, 2008 - 15:35:42 Topic ID# 9676
that means that we averaged 44 reviews each, knowing that RL treats
each of us differently, what about a challenge to those of you hoe
claimed junkie rewards this year, how about a minimum of thirty next
year (that's leass than two a week for the entire six month run of
the contest and you're supposed to sign up before voting starts)?

it also shows that if each nominator had brought one new person to
the show we sould have had --- 192 voters actively voting. almost
half again the total we had.

do you realize that there were less than twenty full votes for the
winningest story? if each reviewer had left even the minimum number
of words per story, should have at least seven more points.

wow, and i was so pumped up about the library aspects of the list.
made a wonderful way to learn and find new authors and archives.
can't say enough good things about my experience here. am only sorry
that so many people who knew about the mefa's and participated on one
level couldn't find it in their schedule to at least view and comment
on their fellow writers attempts. i plan on leaving feed back all
over the web because i now understand how it works. n.

Msg# 9679

Re: Stats for 2008 Awards Posted by Tanaqui December 05, 2008 - 16:37:36 Topic ID# 9676
> that means that we averaged 44 reviews each, knowing that RL treats
> each of us differently, what about a challenge to those of you hoe
> claimed junkie rewards this year, how about a minimum of thirty next
> year (that's leass than two a week for the entire six month run of
> the contest and you're supposed to sign up before voting starts)?

Since there's some interest, I've dug out some stats about this year's
MEFA junkies.

This year, 34 people achieved their junkie target, and 20 of those set
(and achieved!) a target of 30 or more reviews.

There were a further 19 people who set themselves a junkie target but
didn't manage to achieve it (and I was very nearly part of that group
myself, so I know how easy it is for that pesky thing called real life
to get get in the way). And of those 19, 3 of them reviewed more than 30
stories (one of them reviewed more than 140 stories, but had set an
extremely high target), while a further 3 reviewed more than 25 stories
each.

I think our MEFA junkies have done an incredible job of challenging and
stretching themselves this year. Bravo!

You can find the full list of this year's MEFA Junkies and the targets
they achieved at
http://www.mefawards.net/MEFA2008/index.php?page=FAQjunkie#jun_7

Tanaqui
MEFA Tech Support

Msg# 9680

Re: Stats for 2008 Awards Posted by Berni Crumb December 05, 2008 - 16:38:38 Topic ID# 9676
Finding time to review isn't the problem, it's keeping "real life" from
snatching them away at the last second with emergencies, bosses in a panic,
kids getting into chaos and the need for sleep... I didn't bother setting a
goal this year, but I did get at least some reviews squeezed in to my
overscheduled existence.
Rhyselle

On Fri, Dec 5, 2008 at 4:35 PM, nancylea57 <nancylea57@yahoo.com> wrote:

> that means that we averaged 44 reviews each, knowing that RL treats
> each of us differently, what about a challenge to those of you hoe
> claimed junkie rewards this year, how about a minimum of thirty next
> year (that's leass than two a week for the entire six month run of
> the contest and you're supposed to sign up before voting starts)?
>
> it also shows that if each nominator had brought one new person to
> the show we sould have had --- 192 voters actively voting. almost
> half again the total we had.
>
> do you realize that there were less than twenty full votes for the
> winningest story? if each reviewer had left even the minimum number
> of words per story, should have at least seven more points.
>
> wow, and i was so pumped up about the library aspects of the list.
> made a wonderful way to learn and find new authors and archives.
> can't say enough good things about my experience here. am only sorry
> that so many people who knew about the mefa's and participated on one
> level couldn't find it in their schedule to at least view and comment
> on their fellow writers attempts. i plan on leaving feed back all
> over the web because i now understand how it works. n.
>
>
>
> ------------------------------------
>
> Visit our website: http://www.mefawards.net/MEFA2008/Yahoo! Groups Links
>
>
>
>


--
Vorondavë ar linalmië,
Rhyselle

Fantasy remains a human right: we make in our measure and in our derivative
mode, because we are made: and not only made, but made in the image and
likeness of a Maker. -- J.R.R. Tolkien, On Fairy-Stories, 1939


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Msg# 9681

Re: Stats for 2008 Awards Posted by Marta December 05, 2008 - 16:52:53 Topic ID# 9676
Tanaqui wrote:
>
>
> > that means that we averaged 44 reviews each, knowing that RL treats
> > each of us differently, what about a challenge to those of you hoe
> > claimed junkie rewards this year, how about a minimum of thirty next
> > year (that's leass than two a week for the entire six month run of
> > the contest and you're supposed to sign up before voting starts)?
>

Just poking in before running out the door...

Numbers are fun, to be sure, and I'm glad you enjoyed poking through
them. But I know that sometimes they don't tell the whole story.

Of course I would love to have even more participation than we have.
That means more reviews to enjoy for everyone around, and the more
people participating the more peoples' opinions the results represent.
That's a great thing.

That said.... :-)

I think that MEFA participation tends to follow a cycle for many people
- a cycle that takes several years. The first year maybe you're
nominated or see an announcement, poke around a bit but don't write many
reviews for whatever reason. By the next year you have more confidence,
get much more involved but are still struggling to understand some
aspects of the awards. Or you underestimate how much time you need to
set aside. By the third year you have learned from your mistakes and are
really hitting your stride.

My point is, it's okay that there's uneven reviewing. Yes, I'd love
more, but a lot of the people who don't review a lot, they'll be
reviewing more in a year or two. Just everyone do as much as you can or
are comfortable with. Whatever you do, I know people appreciate it.

Marta

Msg# 9682

Re: Stats for 2008 Awards Posted by Viv December 05, 2008 - 17:35:46 Topic ID# 9676
Whoever that was: wow, you!

viv

http://www.livejournal.com/users/spacellama

--- On Fri, 12/5/08, Tanaqui <tanaqui@blueyonder.co.uk> wrote:
From: Tanaqui <tanaqui@blueyonder.co.uk>
Subject: Re: [MEFAwards] Re: Stats for 2008 Awards


 (one of them reviewed more than 140 stories, but had set an

extremely high target), while a further 3 reviewed more than 25 stories

each.
























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Msg# 9683

Re: Stats for 2008 Awards Posted by moreth00 December 05, 2008 - 17:54:06 Topic ID# 9676
--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, "aure_enteluva" <marta.fandom@...>
wrote:
>
> By popular demand, here are the 2008 awards, by the numbers. Thanks to
> Tanaqui for putting these together so quickly.
>
>
> For more number-crunching delight, compare to the 2007 award stats,
> available at
>
> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MEFAwards/message/8605
>
> Marta
> (MEFA Admin.)
>

My number obsessed heart is delighted! Another example of the slick
management of the MEFA awards... I can give no higher praise than to
say you gave stats! o.O

Msg# 9684

Comparison stats Posted by Kathy December 06, 2008 - 1:04:59 Topic ID# 9684
I thought it would be interesting to compare the stats for the last
three years; here are some highlights:

2006
Total Stories: 658
Total Story Reviews: 5511
Persons who left Story Reviews: 106
Total Authors: 221 (including groups as 1 author)
Total Active Participants (Authors + Nominators + Reviewers +
Programmers): 244

2007
Total Stories: 726
Total Story Reviews: 5012
Persons who left Story Reviews: 102
Total Authors: 221 (including groups as 1 author)
Total Nominators: 98
Total Active Participants (Authors + Nominators + Reviewers): 243

2008
Total Stories: 660
Total Story Reviews: 5397
Persons who left Story Reviews: 125
Total Authors: 200 (including groups as one author)
Total Nominators: 96
Total Active Participants (Authors + Nominators + Reviewers): 234

What struck me is how remarkbably similar the numbers are from year
to year. But this year we had the most reviewers ever. Now that's
progress!

Kathy/Inkling

Msg# 9685

Re: Comparison stats Posted by Ainaechoiriel December 08, 2008 - 12:01:27 Topic ID# 9684
Wow! Very cool and congrats to all the winners and, hey, every author who
got some feedback. That's the big key behind this whole thing.



I don't remember the stats for the first year. We didn't have that fancy
website then. I've got the files if someone wants to count them. :-)



Anyway, I'm very glad to see that though it seemed I fell off the face of
Middle-Earth into an Abyss, my baby has lived on and grown and thrived.
Thanks to Marta for taking up where I left off. And thanks to all the brave
volunteers who man the whole thing. I really wanted to get back into it
this year but the best I could do was review.



Historical note for those wondering who I am or where I went: I founded the
MEFA's and ran them the first year and a half or so. Then I met this guy
and my whole life changed. One of those changes was that I pretty much
dropped off the face of the MEFA world. We were married in the spring of
2006 and are now working on adopting a child from Russia. So I work 2 jobs
and have a lot on my plate. Still, I'm glad these could live without me and
do just great! I'm glad I at least found the time to read some wonderful
stories. There were more I wanted to read and just didn't get to. I might
set myself a goal for next year and get one of those MEFA junkie
banners/buttons. And would someone send me a Nuzgul (or plot bunny)? I
want to write a story again!



--Ainaechoiriel

http://robandgabrielleadopt.no-ip.org
<http://robandgabrielleadopt.no-ip.org/>



_____

From: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com [mailto:MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
Of Kathy
Sent: Saturday, December 06, 2008 1:05 AM
To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [MEFAwards] Comparison stats



I thought it would be interesting to compare the stats for the last
three years; here are some highlights:

2006
Total Stories: 658
Total Story Reviews: 5511
Persons who left Story Reviews: 106
Total Authors: 221 (including groups as 1 author)
Total Active Participants (Authors + Nominators + Reviewers +
Programmers): 244

2007
Total Stories: 726
Total Story Reviews: 5012
Persons who left Story Reviews: 102
Total Authors: 221 (including groups as 1 author)
Total Nominators: 98
Total Active Participants (Authors + Nominators + Reviewers): 243

2008
Total Stories: 660
Total Story Reviews: 5397
Persons who left Story Reviews: 125
Total Authors: 200 (including groups as one author)
Total Nominators: 96
Total Active Participants (Authors + Nominators + Reviewers): 234

What struck me is how remarkbably similar the numbers are from year
to year. But this year we had the most reviewers ever. Now that's
progress!

Kathy/Inkling





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Msg# 9686

Re: Comparison stats Posted by SĂşlriel of Menegroth December 08, 2008 - 12:53:47 Topic ID# 9684
It's great to hear from you and hear you are doing well, even as busy as
you are.

Sulriel

On Mon, Dec 8, 2008 at 12:02 PM, Ainaechoiriel <ainae@earthlink.net> wrote:

> Wow! Very cool and congrats to all the winners and, hey, every author who
> got some feedback. That's the big key behind this whole thing.
>
>


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Msg# 9687

Suggestions for 2009 Awards Posted by aure\_enteluva December 14, 2008 - 2:35:22 Topic ID# 9687
Hey guys,

Every year we have welcomed suggestions from all MEFA members about
ways that we can improve the awards in future years. In past years
this has been done through posts at a Yahoo group, either this group
or mefa-discussion, where any member could make a suggestion and any
other members could comment on it. The final decision has always
rested with those volunteers most involved with running the awards,
but we're a pretty reasonable bunch and really do want the awards to
reflect what the majority want from it, so we've made many changes and
(I hope) improvements over the years - sometimes quite substantial
ones, like doing away with the author awards portion of the MEFAs.

This year, the other volunteers and I have decided to do things a
little differently. The MEFAs have grown so large that the format of
public debate really isn't the best way to consider suggestions
anymore. And I'll be too busy with RL things to keep up with the
discussion like I have in past years. Therefore, we've decided that
we'll still be accepting suggestions and input on those suggestions,
but the way we'll discuss them will have to be different.

If you have a suggestion for the 2009 MEFAs, please email it to
mefasupport@gmail.com with the subject "2008 Post-Mortem." It will be
discussed (at a bare minimum!) among the most active volunteers -
myself, Inkling, Radbooks, elliska, and the tech support team. If we
think more input would help us make a better decision, we'll talk to
those members most affected by the suggestion - by emailing the
volunteers involved in a certain portion of the awards, for instance,
or by posting an opinion poll that anyone can participate in. (As in
the past, these polls would be for our information only, to help us
see what the majority wants; we will consider the majority opinion but
weigh it against other factors as well.)

Once all the suggestions have been considered, I will post here about
the changes that will be made for the 2009 awards. That way, everyone
will know what was decided upon.

One other thing: our tech support volunteers will be working hard over
the next few months to upgrade our website in ways that may not be
obvious to site users. This is necessary to make the site more secure
and more efficient (so it runs faster), and also to make it play well
with computing advancements that all websites rely on. Because of
this, any suggestions you make shouldn't require any changes to the
website itself. There's still a lot of areas that we can make changes
to without requiring technical changes to the website, though. And
we'll still take bug reports, of course; just please don't ask for new
features.

If you have any suggestions, please send them to mefasupport@gmail.com
Because we need to plan for next year, please email your suggestions
to us by January 15 at the latest.

Thanks,

Marta

(MEFA Admin.)

Msg# 9688

Banners for 2008 Winners Posted by aure\_enteluva December 14, 2008 - 2:45:19 Topic ID# 9688
Hey guys,

Just a quick note to authors who have requested a banner be customized
for their use. I know that our banner volunteers are working hard to
customize banners for this year's winners. There are still some
requests that haven't been handled yet, and the banner volunteers will
get to those as soon as they can. I appreciate your patience as your
banners are prepared.

If you think your banner should be ready but you haven't received it,
please email me privately at mefasupport@gmail.com so I can look into
it for you. It may be that your banner is still being prepared; but it
may also be that it was sent and caught by your spam folder.

Marta

Msg# 9689

Re: Banners for 2008 Winners Posted by Arthur Boccaccio December 14, 2008 - 2:55:04 Topic ID# 9688
Hi Marta,

Actually, I haven't gotten around to sending in my banner requests. In fact,
I'm still looking for appropriate banners for some of my stories! I figured
with everyone else sending in requests that there would be a backlog anyway
and thought to wait until after the holidays to send in my selections for
customization. Would that be okay? Is there a particular cut-off date when
banners to be customized won't be accepted? If so, I will endeavor to get my
selections made ASAP. Thanks.

Arthur/Fiondil
--
"What part of 'You're dead' don't you understand?" -- Nýmo to an
Unidentified Elven Fýa giving the Lord of Mandos grief

****
Auta i lýmý! Utýlie'n aurý! ý Battle Cry of the Noldor at the Dagor
Nirnaeth Arnediad

Aurý entuluva! ý Battle Cry of Hýrin at the Dagor Nirnath Arnediad

Utýlie'n Estel ý Hope hath come


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Msg# 9690

Re: Banners for 2008 Winners Posted by Marta December 14, 2008 - 3:00:50 Topic ID# 9688
Hi Arthur,

I haven't gotten around to my own requests, either! Let me talk to the
banner makers and see if they want them by a certain deadline and if
they do, I'll post it here.

If I don't say otherwise, you can assume there isn't a formal
deadline. It would probably be a good idea for people to get them in
sooner rather than later, in any case - say, by the January 15 date I
mentioned for post-mortem requests? Volunteers have to check into an
email account to pick up the requests, and I'd rather not make them do
that indefinitely.

Like I said, if they prefer an earlier deadline, I'll let everyone
know by posting here again.

Thanks,

Marta

On Sun, Dec 14, 2008 at 3:55 AM, Arthur Boccaccio <namondil@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Marta,
>
> Actually, I haven't gotten around to sending in my banner requests. In fact,
> I'm still looking for appropriate banners for some of my stories! I figured
> with everyone else sending in requests that there would be a backlog anyway
> and thought to wait until after the holidays to send in my selections for
> customization. Would that be okay? Is there a particular cut-off date when
> banners to be customized won't be accepted? If so, I will endeavor to get my
> selections made ASAP. Thanks.
>
> Arthur/Fiondil

Msg# 9691

Re: Banners for 2008 Winners Posted by Elena Tiriel December 14, 2008 - 3:37:14 Topic ID# 9688
Hi Arthur,

I am one of the banner volunteers, and plan (barring unfortunate events,
like another disk crash!) to be available to handle requests as long as they
come in. Though, as Marta says, I probably won't think to check the email
box after mid-January or thereabouts, if the requests have died down by
then.

And don't forget to check my banner site, photobucket.com/elenatiriel. I
have offered to customize banners from there for anyone on this mailing list
-- and have in fact done several so far -- and would gladly do so for you.
You can browse all of them quickly by clicking on the "Winner" tag. And I
have some new ones in the works, too, like for Smaug, for example....

Hope this helps!
- Barbara




On Sun, Dec 14, 2008 at 12:55 AM, Arthur Boccaccio <namondil@gmail.com>wrote:

> Hi Marta,
>
> Actually, I haven't gotten around to sending in my banner requests. In
> fact,
> I'm still looking for appropriate banners for some of my stories! I figured
> with everyone else sending in requests that there would be a backlog anyway
> and thought to wait until after the holidays to send in my selections for
> customization. Would that be okay? Is there a particular cut-off date when
> banners to be customized won't be accepted? If so, I will endeavor to get
> my
> selections made ASAP. Thanks.
>
> Arthur/Fiondil
> --
> "What part of 'You're dead' don't you understand?" -- Nýmo to an
> Unidentified Elven Fýa giving the Lord of Mandos grief
>
> ****
> Auta i lýmý! Utýlie'n aurý! ý Battle Cry of the Noldor at the Dagor
> Nirnaeth Arnediad
>
> Aurý entuluva! ý Battle Cry of Hýrin at the Dagor Nirnath Arnediad
>
> Utýlie'n Estel ý Hope hath come
>
>
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
>
>
> ------------------------------------
>
> Visit our website: http://www.mefawards.net/MEFA2008/Yahoo! Groups Links
>
>
>
>


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Msg# 9692

Re: Banners for 2008 Winners Posted by Arthur Boccaccio December 14, 2008 - 4:29:39 Topic ID# 9688
Thanks Barbara,

I figured I would try to get my list to the banner makers before Christmas
at least. I'll check out your site as well.

Arthur/Fiondil

On Sun, Dec 14, 2008 at 10:37 AM, Elena Tiriel <ElenaTiriel@gmail.com>wrote:

> Hi Arthur,
>
> I am one of the banner volunteers, and plan (barring unfortunate events,
> like another disk crash!) to be available to handle requests as long as
> they
> come in. Though, as Marta says, I probably won't think to check the email
> box after mid-January or thereabouts, if the requests have died down by
> then.
>
> And don't forget to check my banner site, photobucket.com/elenatiriel. I
> have offered to customize banners from there for anyone on this mailing
> list
> -- and have in fact done several so far -- and would gladly do so for you.
> You can browse all of them quickly by clicking on the "Winner" tag. And I
> have some new ones in the works, too, like for Smaug, for example....
>
> Hope this helps!
> - Barbara
>
>
>
>
> On Sun, Dec 14, 2008 at 12:55 AM, Arthur Boccaccio <namondil@gmail.com
> >wrote:
>
> > Hi Marta,
> >
> > Actually, I haven't gotten around to sending in my banner requests. In
> > fact,
> > I'm still looking for appropriate banners for some of my stories! I
> figured
> > with everyone else sending in requests that there would be a backlog
> anyway
> > and thought to wait until after the holidays to send in my selections for
> > customization. Would that be okay? Is there a particular cut-off date
> when
> > banners to be customized won't be accepted? If so, I will endeavor to get
> > my
> > selections made ASAP. Thanks.
> >
> > Arthur/Fiondil
> > --
> > "What part of 'You're dead' don't you understand?" -- Nýmo to an
> > Unidentified Elven Fýa giving the Lord of Mandos grief
> >
> > ****
> > Auta i lýmý! Utýlie'n aurý! ý Battle Cry of the Noldor at the Dagor
> > Nirnaeth Arnediad
> >
> > Aurý entuluva! ý Battle Cry of Hýrin at the Dagor Nirnath Arnediad
> >
> > Utýlie'n Estel ý Hope hath come
> >
> >
> > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
> >
> >
> > ------------------------------------
> >
> > Visit our website: http://www.mefawards.net/MEFA2008/Yahoo! Groups Links
> >
> >
> >
> >
>
>
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
>
>
> ------------------------------------
>
> Visit our website: http://www.mefawards.net/MEFA2008/Yahoo! Groups Links
>
>
>
>


--
"What part of 'You're dead' don't you understand?" -- Nýmo to an
Unidentified Elven Fýa giving the Lord of Mandos grief

****
Auta i lýmý! Utýlie'n aurý! ý Battle Cry of the Noldor at the Dagor
Nirnaeth Arnediad

Aurý entuluva! ý Battle Cry of Hýrin at the Dagor Nirnath Arnediad

Utýlie'n Estel ý Hope hath come


[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

Msg# 9693

Re: Banners for 2008 Winners Posted by Agape 4Rivendell December 14, 2008 - 9:40:51 Topic ID# 9688
Where on earth does one display them?


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Msg# 9694

Re: Banners for 2008 Winners Posted by Arthur Boccaccio December 14, 2008 - 9:48:13 Topic ID# 9688
I have no idea myself... I just keep them in a special folder on my
computer. *grin* Seeing as how I've already informed my friends which of my
stories won and all, I don't really need to display the banners... they're
for me rather than for others, IMO.

Fiondil

On Sun, Dec 14, 2008 at 4:40 PM, Agape 4Rivendell <agape4rivendell@gmail.com
> wrote:

> Where on earth does one display them?
>
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
>
>
>



--
"What part of 'You're dead' don't you understand?" -- Nýmo to an
Unidentified Elven Fýa giving the Lord of Mandos grief

****
Auta i lýmý! Utýlie'n aurý! ý Battle Cry of the Noldor at the Dagor
Nirnaeth Arnediad

Aurý entuluva! ý Battle Cry of Hýrin at the Dagor Nirnath Arnediad

Utýlie'n Estel ý Hope hath come


[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

Msg# 9695

Re: Banners for 2008 Winners Posted by Marta December 14, 2008 - 10:06:37 Topic ID# 9688
On Sun, Dec 14, 2008 at 10:40 AM, Agape 4Rivendell
<agape4rivendell@gmail.com> wrote:
> Where on earth does one display them?
>
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
>

Banners aren't something everyone is interested in. There have been
some years I never asked for them, though I do intend to this year.

Some sites let you display images, and if they do, you can put the
banners in your story summary. Silmarillion Writers Guild lets you do
this, I think. I'm trying to remember whether HASA lets you do it in
the actual story summary; I know you can do it in your forums there.

They're most useful in my experience on personal sites - at LJs, for
instance, or if you run your own website. They're a more aesthetic
than just adding another line of text, and also grab your attention
more because they're a picture rather than words. To see how I used
2007's banners at my blog, check out

http://telperion-fic.livejournal.com/?skip=40

Just scroll down, you'll see the banners for my stories that won an
award last year on the posts for those stories. I point to this not to
say "Go look at how well I did" - I write ficlets and one-shots so
tend to have a lot of entries, most of which don't win - but to show
what banners look like in a list of LJ posts. I know other people who
do similar things to that at their blogs.

Plus, I just like looking at them for myself. My shinies. :-)

Of course, there really is no pressure to take them if you don't have
any use for banners. Like many areas of these awards, banners are
completely optional.

Marta

Msg# 9696

Re: Banners for 2008 Winners Posted by araneltook December 14, 2008 - 10:08:54 Topic ID# 9688
Hi Agape,

I display them on the profile page of my LJ: http://aranel-took.livejournal.com/profile

and I use them on my website: http://aranel-took.fancrone.net/other/other_drabbles.php

You will need to upload your banners somewhere other than the MEFA site (such as
http://www.photobucket.com or the gallery on your LiveJournal) to store them if you
display them online.

Aranel



--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, "Agape 4Rivendell" <agape4rivendell@...> wrote:
>
> Where on earth does one display them?
>
>
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
>

Msg# 9697

Re: Banners for 2008 Winners Posted by Dawn Felagund December 14, 2008 - 10:24:46 Topic ID# 9688
On Sun, Dec 14, 2008 at 11:06 AM, Marta <marta.fandom@gmail.com> wrote:
> Some sites let you display images, and if they do, you can put the
> banners in your story summary. Silmarillion Writers Guild lets you do
> this, I think.

Any site that is based on the eFiction software--like the SWG and most other
smaller Tolkien archives--give the site owner the option of allowing members
to display images. That means that, on most smaller archives, you can
usually display a banner just about anywhere.

The SWG *technically* does not allow images in summaries. It is possible to
display them (i.e., the site accepts the < img > tag in the story summary
field), but we decided not to allow them because 1) we were concerned about
page-load times for our Most Recent page for people using slower connections
and 2) one major image host had us mistakenly labeled as a pornography site
for a while and replaced all images hosted on their site with a placeholder
announcing just that. Not the best image for the site (yes, pun intended.)

Anyone who has been on the SWG lately, though, knows that there are a lot of
MEFA banners up in story summaries. We are pretending not to see them for
now. ;) We're proud of the accomplishments of the authors on our site, for
one, and don't want to dampen the excitement over the awards. However, I'll
probably ask people to move their banners to their profiles or story
summaries in a couple of months. Images are welcome anywhere on the archive
that is under the control of a single author, i.e. the author's profile or
the story itself.

I just wanted to point this out since we have a few SWGers on this list, for
one, and didn't want people putting up banners in their summaries and being
disapppointed when I request that they be moved, and as a moderatorly
reminder to always check with a group's moderation staff about how and where
images can be used on their site. /public service announcement :)

Dawn

--
~oOo~
Dawn Felagund
www.silmarillionwritersguild.org


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Msg# 9698

Re: Banners for 2008 Winners Posted by Barbara Rich December 14, 2008 - 10:43:38 Topic ID# 9688
I'm another who has not sent any requests in. I'm sort of
embarrassed, because I've never gotten or used *any* banners, and now
that I finally know what to do with them, I wish I had some from the
previous years.

And I don't really know how to pick one out--so many lovely things to
choose from...

*hides red face*

Dreamflower

On Sun, Dec 14, 2008 at 2:45 AM, aure_enteluva <marta.fandom@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hey guys,
>
> Just a quick note to authors who have requested a banner be customized
> for their use. I know that our banner volunteers are working hard to
> customize banners for this year's winners. There are still some
> requests that haven't been handled yet, and the banner volunteers will
> get to those as soon as they can. I appreciate your patience as your
> banners are prepared.
>
> If you think your banner should be ready but you haven't received it,
> please email me privately at mefasupport@gmail.com so I can look into
> it for you. It may be that your banner is still being prepared; but it
> may also be that it was sent and caught by your spam folder.
>
> Marta
>
>

Msg# 9699

Re: Banners for 2008 Winners Posted by Marta December 14, 2008 - 10:51:12 Topic ID# 9688
Hi Dawn,

I didn't mean to speak "out of school" and am sorry for mis-speaking
about SWG. Thanks for correcting me; I always like to have accurate
information for myself, and certainly don't want to give anyone else
the wrong impression about a site.

Btw, your reasoning for discouraging images in the summary (especially
#1) make good sense to me.

Marta

On Sun, Dec 14, 2008 at 11:24 AM, Dawn Felagund <DawnFelagund@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sun, Dec 14, 2008 at 11:06 AM, Marta <marta.fandom@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Some sites let you display images, and if they do, you can put the
>> banners in your story summary. Silmarillion Writers Guild lets you do
>> this, I think.
>
[snip]
> The SWG *technically* does not allow images in summaries. It is possible to
> display them (i.e., the site accepts the < img > tag in the story summary
> field), but we decided not to allow them because 1) we were concerned about
> page-load times for our Most Recent page for people using slower connections
> and 2) one major image host had us mistakenly labeled as a pornography site
> for a while and replaced all images hosted on their site with a placeholder
> announcing just that. Not the best image for the site (yes, pun intended.)
>
[snip]

Msg# 9700

Re: Banners for 2008 Winners Posted by heartofoshun@aol.com December 14, 2008 - 11:00:42 Topic ID# 9688
In a message dated 12/14/2008 10:41:20 AM Eastern Standard Time,
agape4rivendell@gmail.com writes:

Where on earth does one display them?



I have mine on HASA and the Silmarillion Writers Guild. I have others on
HASA also.
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Msg# 9701

Re: Banners for 2008 Winners Posted by Dawn Felagund December 14, 2008 - 11:01:55 Topic ID# 9688
Marta,

Please, no worries! At the moment, one could say that we *are* unofficially
allowing MEFA banners in summaries since we're not asking people to move
them. :) I just didn't want people to add them there and then get an email
from me in two months asking that they be moved and be disappointed.

And just about anywhere else on the site, banners and images are always more
than welcome. :)

Dawn

PS--We do have an FAQ on images for anyone who's curious:
http://www.silmarillionwritersguild.org/about/faq/faq26.php. And now I'll
stop babbling about my group on yours! :)

--
~oOo~
Dawn Felagund
www.silmarillionwritersguild.org


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Msg# 9702

Re: Banners for 2008 Winners Posted by Bonnie L. Sherrell December 14, 2008 - 11:13:01 Topic ID# 9688
I took them the first two years, but gave up on them last year, as it appears
every time I get them downloaded to my computer said computer crashes! I'm not
certain I'll get them this year, either. It's just frustrating for me, as until
this year I had nowhere to post them!
Bonnie L. Sherrell
Teacher at Large

"Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends." LOTR

"Don't go where I can't follow."

Msg# 9703

Re: Banners for 2008 Winners Posted by nath kuijpers December 14, 2008 - 12:49:58 Topic ID# 9688
For HASA, the preferred method is to have a text announcement in the summary, and put the link to the banner in the first chapter of the story (that way server load is reduced, the banner doesn't 'break' the summary page if it's too wide, and we still get to show off our banners *g* - that's how I did it for Old Man Willow). Or put it in a forum, as you said.

Nath

--- On Sun, 14/12/08, Marta <marta.fandom@gmail.com> wrote:

> From: Marta <marta.fandom@gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [MEFAwards] Banners for 2008 Winners
> To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
> Date: Sunday, 14 December, 2008, 4:06 PM
> On Sun, Dec 14, 2008 at 10:40 AM, Agape 4Rivendell
> <agape4rivendell@gmail.com> wrote:
> > Where on earth does one display them?
> >
> > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
> >
>
> Banners aren't something everyone is interested in.
> There have been
> some years I never asked for them, though I do intend to
> this year.
>
> Some sites let you display images, and if they do, you can
> put the
> banners in your story summary. Silmarillion Writers Guild
> lets you do
> this, I think. I'm trying to remember whether HASA lets
> you do it in
> the actual story summary; I know you can do it in your
> forums there.
>
> They're most useful in my experience on personal sites
> - at LJs, for
> instance, or if you run your own website. They're a
> more aesthetic
> than just adding another line of text, and also grab your
> attention
> more because they're a picture rather than words. To
> see how I used
> 2007's banners at my blog, check out
>
> http://telperion-fic.livejournal.com/?skip=40
>
> Just scroll down, you'll see the banners for my stories
> that won an
> award last year on the posts for those stories. I point to
> this not to
> say "Go look at how well I did" - I write ficlets
> and one-shots so
> tend to have a lot of entries, most of which don't win
> - but to show
> what banners look like in a list of LJ posts. I know other
> people who
> do similar things to that at their blogs.
>
> Plus, I just like looking at them for myself. My shinies.
> :-)
>
> Of course, there really is no pressure to take them if you
> don't have
> any use for banners. Like many areas of these awards,
> banners are
> completely optional.
>
> Marta

Msg# 9704

Re: Banners for 2008 Winners Posted by heartofoshun@aol.com December 14, 2008 - 13:27:42 Topic ID# 9688
In a message dated 12/14/2008 1:50:22 PM Eastern Standard Time,
nath_kuijpers@yahoo.com writes:

For HASA, the preferred method is to have a text announcement in the
summary, and put the link to the banner in the first chapter of the story (that way
server load is reduced, the banner doesn't 'break' the summary page if it's
too wide, and we still get to show off our banners *g* - that's how I did it
for Old Man Willow). Or put it in a forum, as you said.



Minor problem with that. Maybe there is no solution. It's great for someone
who has already decided to read your story to learn when they click on it that
it won an award. I like to think showing the banner would encourage NEW
readers to take a look at something they might otherwise just scroll over. Maybe
I am the only one who looks at them that way.

Oshun
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Msg# 9705

Re: Banners for 2008 Winners Posted by nath kuijpers December 14, 2008 - 13:54:12 Topic ID# 9688
That's why the text announcement in the summary... (and that's searchable too, unlike a banner)

But you're right that it isn't ideal.


--- On Sun, 14/12/08, heartofoshun@aol.com <heartofoshun@aol.com> wrote:

> From: heartofoshun@aol.com <heartofoshun@aol.com>
> Subject: Re: [MEFAwards] Banners for 2008 Winners
> To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
> Date: Sunday, 14 December, 2008, 7:28 PM
> In a message dated 12/14/2008 1:50:22 PM Eastern Standard
> Time,
> nath_kuijpers@yahoo.com writes:
>
> For HASA, the preferred method is to have a text
> announcement in the
> summary, and put the link to the banner in the first
> chapter of the story (that way
> server load is reduced, the banner doesn't
> 'break' the summary page if it's
> too wide, and we still get to show off our banners *g* -
> that's how I did it
> for Old Man Willow). Or put it in a forum, as you said.
>
>
>
> Minor problem with that. Maybe there is no solution.
> It's great for someone
> who has already decided to read your story to learn when
> they click on it that
> it won an award. I like to think showing the banner would
> encourage NEW
> readers to take a look at something they might otherwise
> just scroll over. Maybe
> I am the only one who looks at them that way.
>
> Oshun
> **************Make your life easier with all your friends,
> email, and
> favorite sites in one place. Try it now.
> (http://www.aol.com/?optin=new-dp&icid=aolcom40vanity&ncid=emlcntaolcom00000010)
>
>
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
>
>
> ------------------------------------
>
> Visit our website: http://www.mefawards.net/MEFA2008/Yahoo!
> Groups Links
>
>
>

Msg# 9706

Re: Banners for 2008 Winners Posted by heartofoshun@aol.com December 14, 2008 - 13:57:48 Topic ID# 9688
In a message dated 12/14/2008 2:54:29 PM Eastern Standard Time,
nath_kuijpers@yahoo.com writes:

That's why the text announcement in the summary... (and that's searchable
too, unlike a banner)

But you're right that it isn't ideal.
I guess there is no ideal. I know one person who complains about loading
time. But eventually there will be no more phone-hookup to the internet and that
will solve that. But as far as using up too much of the web sites space is
another question altogether. It's not a huge question, but it's always nice to
have a way to reach more readers easily.

Oshun





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Msg# 9707

Re: Banners for 2008 Winners Posted by GamgeeFest December 14, 2008 - 15:11:16 Topic ID# 9688
Actually, I just barely got around to selecting my banner, so I'm
certainly not expecting it to be finished any time soon. Whenever they
get to it is fine by me.

I've been wondering what to do with my banners also, so I will be
looking over the links provided by others. Thanks!

And I'm a little embarrassed to bring this up, but I have a problem
with one of my 2007 award banners. I was without computer for most of
the last year and so just recently got around to downloading the
banners that were sent to me last year, and I noticed one of them is
wrong. Is it too horribly late to have it corrected? If so, I just
won't use that one.

GamgeeFest


--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, "aure_enteluva" <marta.fandom@...>
wrote:
>
> Hey guys,
>
> Just a quick note to authors who have requested a banner be customized
> for their use. I know that our banner volunteers are working hard to
> customize banners for this year's winners. There are still some
> requests that haven't been handled yet, and the banner volunteers will
> get to those as soon as they can. I appreciate your patience as your
> banners are prepared.
>
> If you think your banner should be ready but you haven't received it,
> please email me privately at mefasupport@... so I can look into
> it for you. It may be that your banner is still being prepared; but it
> may also be that it was sent and caught by your spam folder.
>
> Marta
>

Msg# 9708

Re: Banners for 2008 Winners Posted by Neume Indil December 14, 2008 - 15:27:18 Topic ID# 9688
Not sure if this is possible for *all* banners, but those lamenting a place
to post their banners may be able to have them resized to icons (usually
120x100, 100x100, or on some sites 80x80 pixels) and use them in signature
lines or under personal information displays as well. Luckily my main
archive (Open Scrolls Archive) allows pictures under a certain size in the
story summary, but I picked an icon sized Junkie 'banner' to use in my LJ
and on OSA under my name. It seems to be much easier to use and change icons
than banners as well, depending on the site.


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Msg# 9709

Re: Banners for 2008 Winners Posted by Elena Tiriel December 14, 2008 - 17:50:30 Topic ID# 9688
Hi Dreamflower,

If you see any banners on my personal banner site that you would like to use
for prior year's stories, I would be glad to customize them for you. It is
at <photobucket.com/elenatiriel> (click on the "Winner" tag at the left to
quickly browse the entire group of available banners).

I can only extend that offer for my own banners, because I keep the original
files that have the text in layers, so it is very easy to just "turn off"
the current year, and add the text for another year.

- Barbara

On Sun, Dec 14, 2008 at 8:43 AM, Barbara Rich <aelfwina@gmail.com> wrote:

> I'm another who has not sent any requests in. I'm sort of
> embarrassed, because I've never gotten or used *any* banners, and now
> that I finally know what to do with them, I wish I had some from the
> previous years.
>
> And I don't really know how to pick one out--so many lovely things to
> choose from...
>
> *hides red face*
>
> Dreamflower
>
>
> On Sun, Dec 14, 2008 at 2:45 AM, aure_enteluva <marta.fandom@gmail.com<marta.fandom%40gmail.com>>
> wrote:
> > Hey guys,
> >
> > Just a quick note to authors who have requested a banner be customized
> > for their use. I know that our banner volunteers are working hard to
> > customize banners for this year's winners. There are still some
> > requests that haven't been handled yet, and the banner volunteers will
> > get to those as soon as they can. I appreciate your patience as your
> > banners are prepared.
> >
> > If you think your banner should be ready but you haven't received it,
> > please email me privately at mefasupport@gmail.com<mefasupport%40gmail.com>so I can look into
> > it for you. It may be that your banner is still being prepared; but it
> > may also be that it was sent and caught by your spam folder.
> >
> > Marta
> >
> >
>
>


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Msg# 9710

Re: Banners for 2008 Winners Posted by Elena Tiriel December 14, 2008 - 18:07:29 Topic ID# 9688
Hi Gamgeefest,

Send the banner (with its ID number, if you have it) and the correct details
for your story (name, the award it won, year) to mefa.banners@yahoo.com. We
currently have a backlog, but if no other banner volunteer grabs it before I
can deal with it, I will be glad to fix it up for you.

- Barbara


On Sun, Dec 14, 2008 at 1:11 PM, GamgeeFest <gamgeefest@yahoo.com> wrote:

>
>
> And I'm a little embarrassed to bring this up, but I have a problem
> with one of my 2007 award banners. I was without computer for most of
> the last year and so just recently got around to downloading the
> banners that were sent to me last year, and I noticed one of them is
> wrong. Is it too horribly late to have it corrected? If so, I just
> won't use that one.
>
> GamgeeFest
>
>


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Msg# 9711

Re: Banners for 2008 Winners Posted by PGF December 14, 2008 - 23:03:21 Topic ID# 9688
I'm another one who is still selecting banners, slowly. Would it be
possible to post a link to ElenaTiriel's banners in the same place as
the link to the MEFA banners (which are lovely, and so many of them -
like Dreamflower, I find it hard to choose!)? I've only looked over
ElenaTiriel's banners once and can't remember where they are.


Raksha The Demon





<<<<<<--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, "Elena Tiriel"
<ElenaTiriel@...> wrote:
>
> Hi Dreamflower,
>
> If you see any banners on my personal banner site that you would
like to use
> for prior year's stories, I would be glad to customize them for
you. It is
> at <photobucket.com/elenatiriel> (click on the "Winner" tag at the
left to
> quickly browse the entire group of available banners).
>
> I can only extend that offer for my own banners, because I keep the
original
> files that have the text in layers, so it is very easy to
just "turn off"
> the current year, and add the text for another year.
>
> - Barbara
>
> On Sun, Dec 14, 2008 at 8:43 AM, Barbara Rich <aelfwina@...> wrote:
>
> > I'm another who has not sent any requests in. I'm sort of
> > embarrassed, because I've never gotten or used *any* banners, and
now
> > that I finally know what to do with them, I wish I had some from
the
> > previous years.
> >
> > And I don't really know how to pick one out--so many lovely
things to
> > choose from...
> >
> > *hides red face*
> >
> > Dreamflower
> >
> >
>>>>>>>>>

Msg# 9712

Re: Banners for 2008 Winners Posted by Elena Tiriel December 15, 2008 - 1:20:22 Topic ID# 9688
Hi Raksha,

I'm rather embarrassed to say that the only reason I have so many unofficial
banners (at photobucket.com/elenatiriel), is that the banner muse simply
wouldn't shut up, even after the deadline passed for submitting official
ones this year. Plus, I started very late, after someone mentioned that we
needed more Silm banners... I have a lovely illustrated Silm, so I scanned
many of the artworks from it in high resolution.

Anyway, I'm hoping to submit all of mine through official channels next
year.... *glares at pesky, demanding muse*, so any mention of them on the
web site would have to be removed in a few months.

- Barbara



On Sun, Dec 14, 2008 at 9:01 PM, PGF <PGail99@aol.com> wrote:

> I'm another one who is still selecting banners, slowly. Would it be
> possible to post a link to ElenaTiriel's banners in the same place as
> the link to the MEFA banners (which are lovely, and so many of them -
> like Dreamflower, I find it hard to choose!)? I've only looked over
> ElenaTiriel's banners once and can't remember where they are.
>
> Raksha The Demon
>
> <<<<<<--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com <MEFAwards%40yahoogroups.com>,
> "Elena Tiriel"
> <ElenaTiriel@...> wrote:
> >
> > Hi Dreamflower,
> >
> > If you see any banners on my personal banner site that you would
> like to use
> > for prior year's stories, I would be glad to customize them for
> you. It is
> > at <photobucket.com/elenatiriel> (click on the "Winner" tag at the
> left to
> > quickly browse the entire group of available banners).
> >
> > I can only extend that offer for my own banners, because I keep the
> original
> > files that have the text in layers, so it is very easy to
> just "turn off"
> > the current year, and add the text for another year.
> >
> > - Barbara
> >
> > On Sun, Dec 14, 2008 at 8:43 AM, Barbara Rich <aelfwina@...> wrote:
> >
> > > I'm another who has not sent any requests in. I'm sort of
> > > embarrassed, because I've never gotten or used *any* banners, and
> now
> > > that I finally know what to do with them, I wish I had some from
> the
> > > previous years.
> > >
> > > And I don't really know how to pick one out--so many lovely
> things to
> > > choose from...
> > >
> > > *hides red face*
> > >
> > > Dreamflower
> > >
> > >
> >>>>>>>>>
>
>
>


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Msg# 9713

Re: Banners for 2008 Winners Posted by queeniejosephine December 15, 2008 - 10:50:49 Topic ID# 9688
You can display banners within the body of your story at

N&N
http://www.naiceanilme.com/
The Last Ship
http://www.thelastship.org/
and the new gen fic site LOTR fanfiction writers
http://lotr.fanfictionwriters.com/

I usually put mine on my personal website

Linda

--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, "araneltook" <araneltook@...> wrote:
>
> Hi Agape,
>
> I display them on the profile page of my LJ: http://aranel-
took.livejournal.com/profile
>
> and I use them on my website: http://aranel-
took.fancrone.net/other/other_drabbles.php
>
> You will need to upload your banners somewhere other than the MEFA
site (such as
> http://www.photobucket.com or the gallery on your LiveJournal) to
store them if you
> display them online.
>
> Aranel
>
>
>
> --- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, "Agape 4Rivendell"
<agape4rivendell@> wrote:
> >
> > Where on earth does one display them?
> >
> >
> > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
> >
>

Msg# 9714

Re: Banners for 2008 Winners Posted by surgeon\_ruth December 15, 2008 - 14:02:07 Topic ID# 9688
I've got mine displayed on LJ - grouped together on the user info page
here, if you want a look:
http://surgsteelfic.livejournal.com/profile

And I've got them on The Last Ship as well, with the appropriate
banners on the corresponding stories.

Certain archives allow you to post the images, others don't - but you
can definitely plaster them all over your LJ. ;)

--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, "Agape 4Rivendell"
<agape4rivendell@...> wrote:
>
> Where on earth does one display them?
>
>
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
>

Msg# 9715

Re: Banners for 2008 Winners Posted by Marta December 15, 2008 - 18:29:06 Topic ID# 9688
On Mon, Dec 15, 2008 at 12:01 AM, PGF <PGail99@aol.com> wrote:
> I'm another one who is still selecting banners, slowly. Would it be
> possible to post a link to ElenaTiriel's banners in the same place as
> the link to the MEFA banners (which are lovely, and so many of them -
> like Dreamflower, I find it hard to choose!)? I've only looked over
> ElenaTiriel's banners once and can't remember where they are.
>
> Raksha The Demon
>

Hi Raksha,

I'd rather not try to add a link to Elena's banners somewhere on the
MEFA site simply because I'm not sure where we'd do it. Hopefully next
year we will have all the banners in a single place, and I'd like to
work toward that - making it easier for artists to get their creations
all up in the same place.

What I *can*, do, is repost what I said when voting first closed, the
three pages where banners are available:

http://mefawards.net/fanart/categories.php?cat_id=799
http://s47.photobucket.com/albums/f163/Elena_Tiriel/

All banners at both of these sites are available for you to use.

http://mefawards.net/fanart/categories.php?cat_id=801

This is the banners for nominated authors. The following banners can
be converted into banners for winning authors: 19; 72-86, 88-96,
104-111. Just ask.

HTH,

Marta

Msg# 9716

Re: Banners for 2008 Winners Posted by GamgeeFest December 15, 2008 - 21:24:45 Topic ID# 9688
Hi Barbara,

Will do. Thanks!

GamgeeFest


--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, "Elena Tiriel" <ElenaTiriel@...>
wrote:
>
> Hi Gamgeefest,
>
> Send the banner (with its ID number, if you have it) and the
correct details
> for your story (name, the award it won, year) to mefa.banners@... We
> currently have a backlog, but if no other banner volunteer grabs it
before I
> can deal with it, I will be glad to fix it up for you.
>
> - Barbara
>
>
> On Sun, Dec 14, 2008 at 1:11 PM, GamgeeFest <gamgeefest@...> wrote:
>
> >
> >
> > And I'm a little embarrassed to bring this up, but I have a
problem
> > with one of my 2007 award banners. I was without computer for
most of
> > the last year and so just recently got around to downloading the
> > banners that were sent to me last year, and I noticed one of them
is
> > wrong. Is it too horribly late to have it corrected? If so, I just
> > won't use that one.
> >
> > GamgeeFest
> >
> >
>
>
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
>

Msg# 9717

SITE DOWN - December 30, 2008 Posted by araneltook December 30, 2008 - 10:05:25 Topic ID# 9717
Hey all,

We've just had a report that the MEFA site is down. Our hosting company is reporting that
there is some sort of technical issue with the server, so the problem appears to be on their
end at this time.

I will post an update when I hear anything new on the situation.

Aranel

Msg# 9718

Re: SITE DOWN - December 30, 2008 Posted by araneltook December 30, 2008 - 14:33:27 Topic ID# 9717
The MEFA site is back up and running.

Aranel

--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, "araneltook" <araneltook@...> wrote:
>
> Hey all,
>
> We've just had a report that the MEFA site is down. Our hosting company is reporting that
> there is some sort of technical issue with the server, so the problem appears to be on their
> end at this time.
>
> I will post an update when I hear anything new on the situation.
>
> Aranel
>

Msg# 9719

Re: SITE DOWN - December 30, 2008 Posted by Marta December 30, 2008 - 23:11:23 Topic ID# 9717
On Tue, Dec 30, 2008 at 3:33 PM, araneltook <araneltook@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> The MEFA site is back up and running.
>
> Aranel


Thanks for the update. I appreciate your keeping us informed.

Marta