Olorin I Was, Olorin I Am

Author: Arquen

Nominator: Marta

2005 Award Category: Books/Time: Gap-Filler

Story Type: Vignette  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Gandalf's journey after death.

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Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: 6

I love this vignette; it is probably one of my favourite. The scene you chose to fill is particularly enigmatic, and this vignette fills it nicely. I particularly like the mythic quality the author infused in this piece; it does not cross the line by revealing too much. But the plot itself is so well conceived, and the characterisations of minor characters only hinted at in the body of Lord of the Rings only enriches it. (The author clearly knows her Silmarillion, and while the piece is more or less comprehensible if one only knows Lord of the Rings, it is incredibly enriched by knowledge of the backstory that plays into the story.) Really, it's too hard to pick one aspect that I like best!

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 4

I love the way light and dark were used to herald each new stage in this journey. And a fascinating journey it was, too. There was a very timeless, mystical quality to Olorin's visit with the Valar, and having once again been in their presence, I can easily imagine that it would take time to readjust. Nice narration throughout, and I loved the way that Manwe and Varda are portrayed, as well as all the music.

Reviewed by: sulriel  ✧  Score: 2

Arquen. I have always enjoyed this unique gapfiller of such an important time in Gandalf's life (or death, as the case may be) - we are told so little about what happened. Thanks for writing.

Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen  ✧  Score: 2

An interestig scene. It explains some of why Gandalf acted as he did when he came back as well as explaining where some of his knowledge came from. It is also an interesting depiction to the Valar and how they chose to become invovled.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 2

A very beautiful and lyrical look at what happened to Gandalf after the Balrog and before the Eagle rescues him. Wonderful prose.

Reviewed by: Leaward  ✧  Score: 2

A powerful gap-filler of when Gandalf dies and how he comes back and his mission. The use of single words as sentences tie it together from beginning to end and capture the pure emotion.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: 1

I liked best the realization that Gandalf alone of his kind has tasted the Gift of Men.