Judgement and Healing

Author: Larner

Nominator: Antane

2011 Award Category: Drama: Angst

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: Teen  ✧  Reason for Rating: Disturbing Imagery/Themes,Violence

Summary: In the spring after his arrival on Tol Eressëa, Frodo has one last attack of the memories he bears. Three years earlier Shelob bit him, injecting him with something more than just her paralyzing poison. Now he must choose between life and release as he faces his judgement before the Valar.

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Reviewed by: Fiondil  ✧  Score: 5

This is an exquisite piece of writing as we see Frodo, now on Tol Eressea, facing one last battle, deciding whether to live or to die. Larner’s depictions of the Maiar and Valar here are very realistic and well-drawn. The description of Frodo’s fight for his very soul is masterfully done and the tension one feels as one is reading this is just enough to keep you guessing which way Frodo will go. I especially liked the way in which we see Gandalf/Olorin interacting both with Frodo and with his fellow Maiar and the Valar. One of Larner’s best and highly recommended.

Reviewed by: Antane  ✧  Score: 3

A moving tale of all the love that the Valar wrapped Frodo in when he came West to be healed. I love all the little touches as they all sought to ease his suffering. I love also that he was once more aware of the Voice of God and that he had heard it all his life. I am glad he decide to hold onto life.

Author response: Again, thank you both for nominating and for reviewing "Judgment and Healing." After reading Fiondil's image of the judgment of the spirits that come into the Halls of Mandos, I had to describe my own vision of what that judgment might be like. And I, too, rejoice that at least in my-verse Frodo continued to hold onto life until he'd lived truly fully.

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland  ✧  Score: 3

I felt very sorry for poor Frodo having to suffer even in the Blessed Realm from the lingering traces of Shelob's evil.Let us hope the Maiar have finally healed him.I Loved it that they could show such tenderness and concern.

Reviewed by: obsidianj  ✧  Score: 2

This is a heartwarming and comforting story. Finally, Frodo finds peace. I like the description of the Valar and their role in healing and judging Frodo.