Breath of Arda

Author: Fiondil

Nominator: Larner

2011 Award Category: Other Beings: General - Honorable Mention

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Not all battles are fought with swords and spears. Some are fought with other weapons. A look at a pivotal moment in the Ring War when Aragorn was attempting to bring the Corsair ships to Minas Tirith.

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Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 10

I’ve always loved reading the Master’s description of the sudden change in the wind during the Battle of the Pelennor, when the battle appeared to be rising into the dull, leaden skies overhead as an unforeseen south wind began to tear at Sauron’s cloud cover, causing dismay to all his creatures. I’ve read two depictions of this battle of the weather this year, and I must say that Fiondil’s version is exquisite as Manwë as the Lord of Winds directs the Valar’s own assistance to the army of the West. The various Valar are rightfully concerned as to how their interference might possibly rebound to the bad for those who dwell in the Mortal Lands, but agree that they cannot stand by without taking some action for those who wish to live free of the evil of Mordor. The writing is skillfully done, and the dialogue is thoughtful and by turns poignant and determined. I’d not realized that this was what I unconsciously believed had happened in the Halls of Ilmarin until I’d read it! And the contribution of each Vala and Valie is perfect, just as I’d expect from the one who has given us the creation of Ëa from the point of view of the Valar themselves! Definitely a story I recommend to all—thought-provoking and valiant as I’ve come to expect with Fiondil’s writing.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 4

I love the idea that the Valar were not above a bit of definite interference in the Ring War. There's a sort of Valar War Room conference, with the different Valar dealing with different consequences of the war; and then, whoooosh, Manwe leads the others in a Song of Power to push back Sauron's clouds and bring wind to fill the sails of Aragorn's corsair ships. Only Fiondil writes it more elegantly, of course. Highly recommended for fans of the Valar and those with an interest in the spiritual/angelic hierarchies of Arda.

Reviewed by: Kaylee Arafinwiel  ✧  Score: 4

All right, Atto Fiondil's clearly trying to make me cry again. =P But seriously, this is a wonderful piece, as I would expect from Fiondil. It's the Valar's perspective on a momentous event in Tolkien's works, though it was seemingly so innocuous - until you realize Who was working behind the scenes. The inclusion of the Song was masterfully done, as expected =) Another brilliant piece. Kaylee Arafinwiel

Reviewed by: Darkover  ✧  Score: 4

This story, with its smoothly-flowing style and epic viewpoint, reminds the reader that the forces of good are not idle, even if it may sometimes seem that way to mortals, who are limited in our ability to see and understand the whole picture. The author has done a fine job of expressing the thoughts, feelings, and motives of otherworldly beings, which is not easily done. Impressive and well written.

Reviewed by: Adonnen Estenniel  ✧  Score: 3

Fiondil's personal glimpse into what the Valar were doing during the Ring War is interesting. A good gap-filler, without a doubt, and one that perhaps answers questions the reader may have had concerning the Elder King's take on the battle.

Reviewed by: obsidianj  ✧  Score: 3

Oh, I love this. This is a good way for the Valar to interfere if they want to at all. It is just the bit of help the Mortals need to fight the battle themselves. These are Fiondil's Valar which I like exceedingly well, the more I read about his interpretation of them.

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland  ✧  Score: 3

As Tolkien's Valar seem so distant and uncaring at times I loved the thought that they did know and care about happened in Middle-earth. What a beautiful idea that the song of the Valar blew away the gloom and allowed Aragorn's ships to arrive on time!

Reviewed by: Sevilodorf  ✧  Score: 3

Ah the secret lives of the Valar. Exceptional use of a simple passage from book. Though I do wish someone would have a little sympathy for Denethor. And the mention of "young" Elessar brought a smile.