Paradox of the Fourth Age

Author: Alassante

Nominator: Rhapsody

2006 Award Category: Genres: Alternate Universe: Incomplete - Third Place

Story Type: Incomplete  ✧  Length: Epic

Rating: R  ✧  Reason for Rating: character death, sexual content

Summary: One wrong decision can make a world of difference. When one of the Fellowship makes the mistake, the consequences are so severe that only the Valar can repair it. But will they? Glorfindel must once again sacrifice to save the lives of others. Her life is in Elrohir's hands and only she remembers their love for each other. The fate of Middle Earth depends on everyone walking their intended path.Torn between the past and the future, she is forbidden to warn them of any missteps.

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Reviewed by: Rhapsody  ✧  Score: 10

Paradox of the Fourth age is an engaging story, which sometimes gives you the idea you are reading two stories. But soon after I continued reading it, it became clear to me that the author tells a story in a story in such a powerful manner that you cannot help yourself to care deeply for the characters. The first time I read the prologue, I was blown away by the premise, my thoughts immediately ran off into different directions, leaving me as a reader thinking what will happen. I was thirsty to find out what would happen next and was very happy to know more chapters were waiting for me. I experience this feeling every time I finish a new chapter, hoping that all does end well, but Alassante shows us in her storytelling that little does have to happen to go astray. Now that I am completely up-to-date with the story, I cannot wait to read what will happen next, especially now that the story is completely tied to the Ring War, giving me as a reader, a different perspective on the events. Alassante’s prose is elegant and engaging, the way she structured the story, with two life stories being told at the same time was something I never encountered before and gives me a deeper meaning. So actually, whenever she shares a new chapter with us, I feel all excited to find out what will happen next to the characters that came to life to me in this tale.

Reviewed by: elliska  ✧  Score: 5

Alassante's magnum opus! ;-) I loved the premise of this story when she first told me about it. I have always enjoyed 'what if's' and this is a wonderful one. Everything in Tolkien's world is so interconnected and the final outcome did depend on all the pieces falling into place just as they did, so that is what makes the premise of this story so interesting and believable. Alassante has developed it very well with really powerful emotions and characters. I particularly like the flashbacks in each chapter because we really get to know the characters through them. Great story that I hope she keeps working on.

Reviewed by: Isil Elensar  ✧  Score: 5

I have tried to keep up with this story as much as I can, but I am still sorely behind. I will make that up as soon as I can! This story is wonderfully written and has served to interest me more in a character I hadn't really noticed before. Glorfindel. He is a proud Noldorin elf, who has found his heart and soul in Indil and with their love, they create Laureanna, the unwitting savior of Middle-earth. The characters are very real to me, and I have also grown to admire Elrohir a lot more through your story. I can't wait to see this finished, Alassante. Keep up the good work!

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 5

This is one story I wish to see finished, for it's taking far too long to get caught up with it. What if Iluvatar and the Valar were able to stop Sauron's advances only by recruiting Elrohir's wife to go back and guide Aragorn through the Paths of the Dead instead of him going straight to Gondor from Rohan? But if she does so, does she so manage to destroy her own existence? For she is the daughter of Glorfindel, born in Aman.... A fascinating story of love recognized in spite of time travel and the paradox of a future elleth returning to the time of the Fellowship, a move that may lead to herself not being born.

Reviewed by: Robinka  ✧  Score: 5

This story is captivating on so many levels that I find it hard to express how much I like it. Needless to say, I have been hooked since I read the first chapter, and this tale has remained one of my favorites since then. In this complex premise the reader can find everything that builds a thrilling story. I am particularly drawn to Alassante's portrayal of Glorfindel, but the other characters are equally well developed. The story begins with such a powerful chapter that brings one word to my mind: earthquake. Then, the suspense grows... This is a wonderfully written, believable and simply fantastic 'what if' story. Bravo! I cannot wait to read more.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 4

In this AU, Aragorn did not take the Paths of the Dead, and so all of Middle-earth was lost to Sauron. In an effort to put things right, the Valar send Laureanna, daughter of Glorfindel off to rewrite history into its proper shape. Although there are some places where the story borders on a Mary Sue, it never quite falls into that trap completely, and she is an engaging character in an intriguing situation.