In the Garden
2005 Award Category: Genres: Drama (includes Angst): Fourth Age - Honorable Mention
Story Type: Vignette ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: G ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Those who have read Far Horizons might have some interest in the fate of Minastan Terendulion. (This turned out not to follow the intended plan, which was much more simplistic and in line with Thranduil's response.) There are appearances from Elrond, Thranduil and Finarfin, but the focus is mainly on Minastan.
Reviewed by: elliska ✧ Score: 10
You already know that I though this was an incredibly powerful piece. As usual, I like the various character interactions between the High King and Elrond and Thranduil. Finarfin's comment that the Valar would make their decision somewhere between now and the end of time cracked me up in this otherwise serious conversation. And the observations about Thranduil and Celeborn's attitudes toward the situation also struck me a very in chararter. But is is the combination of language and imagery in this that amazes me most. The language is like poetry and the way Minastan comes to redemption is wonderfully done. We see it slowly--first his plotting to escape, then him missing his guards, his assertations that he was not to blame (in other words, him trying to convince himself of that, it seemed), and his realization about Nessariel. And the way you showed it with the storm and the fire and the appearance of the Vala and the wind. It created an incredible environment. But the part I liked the most, of course, was the very end, when in Mandos he gets to see his father and mother--the root of his problems--again and that meeting gave strength to the 'rootlet' of his redemption and made grow more towards the light. This is so incredibly well done. It made me cry the first time I read it and it made me cry again just now. I am really glad you wrote this to let us see the 'end' of Far Horizons
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: 6
Having read "Far Horizons," this was a wonderful way to close out the story. I like the way everything was handled, and I love the extension of the characterizations that were started in the first story. Finarfin, in particular, still makes me smile. He's wonderfully wise, but he colors it with a wry, almost irreverent sense of humor. And then there are Celeborn and Thranduil, who are correctly named as pragmatists. I love their thoughts on the matter. As for Minastan himself, I loved watching his growth throughout his imprisonment. It was a very natural evolution of change, and I love the way it was handled. Well done.
Reviewed by: lainien ✧ Score: 6
Powerfully written! I have not read the story this comes from (Far Horizons) but even so I liked this. It is a well done exploration of the theme of redemption written in an incredibly poetic manner. I was really amazed by the stages that the elf on the island goes through--I think you captured the series of emotions a person might feel very well. And the imagery in this is really incredible--when I read it I can picture a stark, stormy, broiling type of atmoshpere, like a ghost story almost. And his encounter with the lady he had wronged! But I liked most his departure to Mandos in flames. Wow! Powerful! I think now I must go read Far Horizons to learn more about this character..
Reviewed by: picara ✧ Score: 3
I was absolutely blown away by this epilogue of sorts to Far Horizons. The language and description in this is poetic and reflects the theme. Minastan's struggle to accept responsibility for his actions was exceptionally well done. And I loved the ending. Wonderful job!