Author: aranda_nz

Nominator: Bodkin

2006 Award Category: Times: Fourth Age and Beyond

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: Novella

Rating: PG-13  ✧  Reason for Rating: Discussion of mortality, OC character death, violence.

Summary: The last part written of the very long saga of Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli and their lives in the fourth age late in Aragorn's reign. First parts of equal length are Adagio and Cadenza. In Evensong our heros chase a dream to defeat a looming threat to the magic of Middle-earth. They meet ghosts from the past and portents of the future.

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Reviewed by: Bodkin  ✧  Score: 10

This is a gorgeous story. I just love the fact it is Gimli-centric – the Dwarf doesn’t get enough attention and spends too much time being comic relief for the Elf and the Dúnadan. I really enjoyed his point of view on advancing age and decrepitude – and the quest that was set on his shoulders. A quest, moreover, that answers some questions in a most fascinating way. The Legolas you portray has an edge to him, too. He has an inhuman power that is normally concealed beneath an aura of amiability, but it is there. The power of the non-human elements of Middle-earth is shown in him. I love the relationship of Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli. Aragorn is aware of the passage of time far more than the other two and is prepared to make a few more concessions to it – probably due to having to rule a bunch of humans – but they are still like a group of boys on an outing. Until it gets serious, at least. Favourite minor character has to be Stone-Water-Worn-Smooth – although Earnulf runs him close. And then there’s Radagast – and Treebeard. In addition to enjoying the story, you also produce some of the most beautiful descriptive turns of phrase. Never to excess, just sentences that leave the reader breathless. The juxtaposition of words is so cleverly done, too, to make unexpected and evocative effects. Your prose is certainly not mundane! I’m still hoping for the next episode in this adventure.

Reviewed by: obsidianj  ✧  Score: 8

This is a bittersweet tale. It plays in the last years of the life of Gimli and Aragorn. Our heroes have to learn to live with the fact that they are not as young as they were years ago, and especially Gimli has a hard time with it. The way Gimli denies his frailties reminds me of some real life persons I know. Very realistic. Aragorn seems to bear it a bit better, but he is not immune to the knowledge that he is nearing his end. Legolas is not growing old, but his sealonging grows harder to ignore by the day. The characterization of the main Tolkien characters is very good and the orginal characters also come to life. The only thing I missed was more of an interaction between Gimli, Aragorn, Legolas and Celebrimbor, Narvi. It seemed like their two stories were mostly unrelated. Gimli's only role in the tale seemed to be to get the ring from Narvi. I was expecting more of an interaction between Gimli and friends, and Celebrimbor and Narvi after Gimli got the task by the Valar. But that was may be just my expectation. All in all a very enjoyable tale, which made me long for more.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 3

This is a wonderfully exciting Fourth Age story, featuring the Three Hunters near the end of Aragorn's reign, and also featuring some other, rather unexpected characters. It's quite a page turner. And I love the deep friendship between the three--Man, Elf and Dwarf, so beautifully depicted.