Winter Fire

Author: Cuthalion

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Genres: Romance: Incomplete

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: R  ✧  Reason for Rating: rape, violence, sexual situations

Summary: If Middle Earth was real, and Tolkien recorded what he saw there, could another visitor be sent, and for what purpose?

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Reviewed by: Jodancingtree  ✧  Score: N/A

I was intrigued when Cuthalion told me she intended to write a "serious mary sue" - but, considering the efforts in that genre I had already seen, I wasn't certain it could be done. I am enormously impressed that she succeeded, not only in making a serious story of it, but spinning a tale of depth and pathos that I will never forget. The heroine is utterly human and believable, and the rationale for her arrival in Middle Earth is convincingly handled. The supporting characters come to life in all their varied strengths, vanities, foibles, and (in one case) villainy. Ioreth, the woman in the Houses of Healing who won fame for saying, "The hands of the King are the hands of a healer," is a delight, tart and sweet as a wildling apple. And the other half of the romance - Damrod, who was hardly more than named by Tolkien - becomes a man of fortitude and tenderness, and sexier than Brad Pitt. And Merry - oh my, I wouldn't have guessed that Merriadoc is such a devil with the ladies! I'll never again read Tolkien's account of the siege of Minas Tirith without feeling that I know much more than he's telling me, because Cuthalion showed me "the rest of the story." Thanks for transporting me to Middle Earth, right along with Noerwen.