Spirits of the House

Author: Altariel

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Genres: Crossover - First Place

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: The old year ends, Boromir has not returned, and Denethor contemplates mortality. (LOTR/A Christmas Carole)

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Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: N/A

LotR meets Dickens! I might have hesitated in reading this had the author been anyone other than Altariel. But with Altariel, I can rest confident in the knowledge that Denethor and Faramir are in good hands. And I was right. I loved the characterizations in this, especially the characterization of Denethor. Even in his despair and his gloom, he is so utterly rational and calm. His reasoning about denying supplies to the Rangers in Ithilien makes a hopeless, prudent kind of sense, though like Faramir, I wished he would have said otherwise. Those chosen to visit Denethor on the eve of this Yule were great, particularly the last figure of Finduilas. Faramir's return and confusion over Denethor's change of heart was written well, and as for Denethor himself, he's still Denethor, but he's a Denethor as he might have been had the palantír not convinced him of defeat. It's a great AU and I find myself wishing it had been included in Tolkien's writings.

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

Less of a crossover and more of a morphing, Altariel bring the plot of A Christmas Carol to Minas Tirith in the Third Age. Denethor must meet the three ghosts and live the consequences of it. A well done morphing, I must say! The ghostly visits were so well done and the characterization of Denethor was wonderful.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: N/A

Not so much a crossover as a retelling of "A Christmas Carol" in Middle-earth. But very enjoyable-I loved the interlude in Ithilien between Faramir and his lieutenants, and that Denethor witnessed it. Faramir's reaction at the end of the story to Denethor's changed attitude was priceless.

Reviewed by: ElenaTiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

This is a really upbeat version of A Christmas Carol (which I never liked all that much). But seeing it with familiar LoTR characters makes it much more compelling. I liked your choice of ghosts -- Adrahil makes so much sense, given that many authors ascribe to Dol Amroth a greater cheer in celebrating holidays, and that he is Finduilas' father. Mithrandir was a pleasant surprise, and Finduilas was fitting. I thought that weaving in Boromir's funeral boat was a nice touch. And I could certainly see why Faramir was surprised and uncertain in his father's presence at the end!

Reviewed by: Elanor  ✧  Score: N/A

When I read this the first time I did not realize this to be an adaptation of Dickens's Christmas Carol. I thought "what a strange ending". Now having reread it I recognize the similarities. Speech is very good as in all stories by Altariel. The Characters of Denethor and Faramir are well done. And the story line of "A Christmas Carol" is well adapted. But the end (though it _is_ like that in the Original) still is unbelievable to me. For me the description of Finduilas' ghost is unconvincing too, not so the visions she reveals to Denethor. I think my problem is that I know that "A Christmas Carol" is a fairy tale, at least I read it as such. But I cannot reconcile myself with a Denethor-story rendered as a fairy tale. Apologies for my dark mind.