Wind and Fire

Author: Adi

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Genres: Adventure - Third Place

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Shadowfax bears Gandalf through Minas Tirith.

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Review scores are not available for 2004.

Reviewed by: Larian Elensar  ✧  Score: N/A

Wise Shadowfax! Good vignette. Although now I'm wondering what happened to Shadowfax after Gandalf left for the west. Have to go look it up!

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: N/A

Wow. I hadn't read this story until the MEFAwards, and I'm very glad that it was nominated. This is a very powerful look into the mind of Shadowfax, and a very sophisticated look it is. Shadowfax values the simple things. He values wind and rain and grass. And in these priorities, he is very much a horse. But he is also one of the Mearas, and he understands that there are things beyond the wind and the rain and the grass, and that somehow, his actions will play into a much larger picture. He knows there are greater things at work and he knows that Gandalf is working on behalf of these greater things. I like his musings on the questions of the other horses when they wonder what war will accomplish in the end. And though Shadowfax might agree with them to an extent, he can also glimpse something bigger at work. Very simple and yet profound observations from my favorite horse, and in the end, his motivation encompasses what each of us desire at heart: the freedom to run where we choose.

Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: N/A

Oh, this was a nice story. I'm not normally a "horse" person, but this is one of those that manages to make the horses into vibrant characters without humanizing them. In fact, Adi makes the point explicitly: these are not like Men. As she says, "We do not love battle, my brothers and I, not as Men seem to". Throughout "Wind and Fire" the point is made that horses, and particularly the Mearas, are different from Men; they may serve Men but do so out of their own sense of honour and what is right. I also loved how you captured the relationship between the Mearas and their riders: it is the Mearas who choose the human, not the other way around. And the fact that Shadowfax chose Gandalf instead of, say, Théoden really struck me. I also liked the horses' version of something akin to pacifism: "Will it [war] make the grass grow any greener, or the foals any faster, or the wind any sweeter, or the fire any brighter?" Perhaps not strict pacifism, but I thought it was a neat look at someone questioning the value of war -- of all characters, a warhorse! Very nice story.