Prepared to Live Indeed
2011 Award Category: Crossover: General
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: Teen ✧ Reason for Rating: Disturbing Imagery/Themes
Summary: In the Gardens of the Timeless Halls, he who'd once been known as Frodo Baggins accepts a commission to retrieve a wounded spirit from the Halls of Waiting. A crossover with the world of Harry Potter.
Reviewed by: Antane ✧ Score: 5
I was powerfully taken by this tale when I first read it and that power remained with me all these months. I still have not wandered into Harry's world but can still appreciate how wonderful a soul Frodo is that he would accept this mission from God to rescue a tormented soul, and bring him back to the Light, much as he had himself been rescued perhaps, and to bring him to know Love for the first time. He would be an appropriate one to do this as he had been tormented so horribly by evil himself. I love how he immediately takes the hurt one into his arms, preparing him for that Love.
Author response: Thank you so much, Antane, for your review of "Prepared to Live Indeed." I can so imagine the Father using Frodo's unique experiences to help prepare those who are newly returned or preparing to go out again to appreciate love and life. In "The Great Divorce" Lewis is advised that only those who are greatest can enter the smallest places where those who have refused to seek the Father might hide themselves; who better than Frodo to seek out the wounded, fragmented soul of Lord Voldemort/Tom Riddle and to help prepare it to properly live this next time? Anyway, thank you so for your lovely review. And I hope to get involved in reviewing again soon. It's been a strange year.
Reviewed by: Fiondil ✧ Score: 4
A look into the Afterlife of two diametrically opposed characters and the choices made by them makes this crossover quite an interesting read. While I may not agree with the theology, I do agree with the message that Larner seeks to impart: that Love is All and only when we allow ourselves to be ruled by Love instead of grasping after power for ourselves do we find our true selves in the fullness of that Love. A very powerful piece that is sure to give the reader much thought.
Reviewed by: curiouswombat ✧ Score: 4
Another story whose existence I am reminded of by these awards - with gratitude. This is a fascinating cross-over between the world of Tolkien and that of J K Rowling. Even were it not so well written it would be worthy of note - it is the only cross-over tale I can remember where all its central characters are dead, for a start! Because it IS by Larner it is very well written, centred on a fascinating concept - and with an uplifting ending.
Reviewed by: Barra the Bard (aka Barrabard) ✧ Score: 3
Oh, this is a delight! Not only does it explain what happened to the remnent of Voldemort, but gives Iorhael an opportunity to truly shine at his full potential. Another triumph of imagination and skill!
Author response: Thank you so very much, Barra. It's been fun trying to find ways of finding ties between different universes, but I could well imagine our Frodo as one finding a means of serving in the Father's Gardens seeking out the lost souls and helping them heal as he himself healed after his experiences with the Ring.
Reviewed by: Virtuella ✧ Score: 3
Dear Larner, I have only a vague notion of Harry Potter, having read only the first two books, many years ago, but I still found this an interesting concept. What touched me particularly was this one snippet of dialogue: [I don't want love. - But love wants you.] That was very well done.
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 2
If any could understand and have the patience to try and rehabilitate Voldemort, it would be Frodo Baggins!
Reviewed by: Mysterious Jedi ✧ Score: 1
This is a lovely little story, but I can't say much else without giving it away!