Author: Angelica

Nominator: Moreth

2009 Award Category: Times: First Age and Prior: Drabbles - First Place

Story Type: Drabble  ✧  Length: True Drabble

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: There were many aspects of Arda Marred that the Exiles had not considered. The weather was one. Prompt #3 of B2MeM 2009 at SWG(It answered prompt #3 for B2MeM2009 at SWG)

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Reviewed by: KyMahalei  ✧  Score: 5

This fragment of story is plucked from a forgotten moment in the history of Middle Earth. It is a poignant reminder that the people that populate Tolkien's universe are a reflection of humanity as a whole. The images evoked in this piece are ones that anyone who has experienced drought and the subsequent renewing rain can relate to. It is a nugget of deftly told reality and stands alone, although it does leave unanswered questions as to how this moment evolved as well as ruminations on where this slip of a story might lead. I would like to explore the possiblity of reading more literature from this author. This little tidbit was provided a good read.

Reviewed by: Rhapsody  ✧  Score: 4

The happiness the elves feel here is - to me - not only related to the sudden change in weather. On the shores of Beleriand and far away from the guidance and protection of the Valar, the elves try to find their own way in their own chosen destiny.The longing for the rain, the determination to overcome this bit of summer and then the long awaited release with rain, combines with the thought that perhaps they have not been forsaken after all... happiness indeed! This is a gorgeous drabble with very vivid imagery and well explored theme.

Reviewed by: Tanaqui  ✧  Score: 4

This drabble is very thought-provoking: the notion of extreme weather being an aspect of Arda Marred hadn't occurred to me before, and I enjoyed being surprised and educated at the same time by this piece. Those new insights are provided through some fine writing: Angelica does an excellent job of creating an evocative word- picture of both the drought and the relief that comes when the rains finally break. Highly enjoyable.

Reviewed by: Moreth  ✧  Score: 3

I'll be honest, I rarely find any story that describes that moment when the rain falls... This, of course, grabbed me and pulled me right in! The sense of united rejoicing when the rains do come is superbly captured. A wonderful drabble about the effect of the environment and the joy that comes with the rains. Excellently done!

Reviewed by: whitewave  ✧  Score: 3

I liked how Angelica showed a moment of unity for the Noldor and the Sindar, even if to celebrate the coming of the rain. This made me wonder how different the war against Melkor would have been if these two kindreds had united their efforts.

Reviewed by: Robinka  ✧  Score: 3

Oh yes, they would most likely have to endure harsh weather, and in this small gem of a drabble, the contrasts, and their joy when rain finally came, are brilliantly conveyed. Outstanding!

Reviewed by: SĂșlriel  ✧  Score: 3

So very short and pointed - wonderfully done. It's a talent and a gift to truly get so much in a simple one hundred words. This drabble especially touches me because I love the out of doors and delight in all the variations and nuances, both kind and not so kind, as nature can be.

Reviewed by: Oshun  ✧  Score: 3

Very nice concept, Angelica. I can greatly appreciate the first rainstorm after waiting so long; I've lived a couple of different places where there was nothing so welcome and dramatic. It would be quite a change from Valinor with perfect weather--the idea of drought or relentless rainy seasons would be unheard of one presumes.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 3

A drought must have been totally alien to those only recently returned from Aman to Middle Earth. How kindly the storm must seem that breaks it! Filled with captivating prose, this drabble manages to capture both the distress and the relief that these extremes of weather bring with them.