Forgotten Allies

Author: JMac

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Genres: Adventure

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: R  ✧  Reason for Rating: graphic violence

Summary: Legolas, Gandalf, Elrond and his sons return during WW2 to aid Aragorn's descendents against the coming darkness and to retrieve a source of power long forgotten.

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Reviewed by: Viv  ✧  Score: N/A

This is not the first time I've read this story, of course, but every time I re-read it, I'm struck overwhelmingly by the professionalism and fluidity of the writing. Truly, this story could be printed and sold. Setting, movement, plot, and characterisation are all right on. I think the thing that sets this story apart from so much LoTRfic, however, is the sleek dialogue. JMac has mastered that show-not-tell writing proverb and woven a compelling tale that never gets bogged down in overdescription or verbose language. So, on a stylistic basis alone, the story shines. But then there's Elrohir. Wow, just wow. I know some readers might be creeped by that piece of the plot, but I found it incredibly touching and a true what-if exploration of what it is to be an elf. Never in this story did I make the mistake of believing that elves were simply very pretty humans. JMac has set them apart, made them magical ... and made them tragic. I think Tolkien would like that.

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

This was a well-written story bringing LOTR and WWII together without any hocus-pocus. Instead, it was just the passage of time, which Elves and a Wizard can weather. I didn't even mind the romance that slipped in toward the end. And that's saying a lot, coming from me. The history in this one is pretty good, too, something I care a lot about.