Rider of Rohan

Author: Beruthiel's Cat

Nominator: j_dav (JDE)

2009 Award Category: Genres: Mystery - Third Place

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: In the post-war desolation of the Westfold, a Rider of Rohan has a mysterious encounter with someone he did not expect.

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Reviewed by: Erfan Starled  ✧  Score: 5

I like this. I like the names you make of the Westfold folk. I like the story element about the horse herds. I like the story about the Rohan folk after the war and their plight and the details about the loss of the black horses, the aftermath of orcsÂ’ plundering for Sauron. It has a beautiful ending. I like the turn of phrase, [and thenÂ….oh, and then!] Legolas has an elven feel, light, merry, but a depth to him, in the relationship with the horse, with Estel, with Gandalf and how he talks feels very right, to me, for Legolas, of whom I am fond in his film incarnation. He was a mystery to me in the book, elusive. I liked this practical image of him, going about business for Estel and the repairing of damage from the war.

Reviewed by: NeumeIndil  ✧  Score: 4

Oh My! Horse Lord fancier and animal lover that I am, this story brought me to tears. How great a gift he has received! I was a little surprised to hear "gear" used in reference to the elf's mount, because in my understanding of book canon he would suffer nothing more than a rider. I was also surprised as who rode him, but the ending more than made up for my puzzlement. Just excellent!

Reviewed by: obsidianj  ✧  Score: 4

This is a beautiful, touching story. It is short and sweet and I have still tears in my eyes after reading, but they are happy tears. The story starts out so sad, hopeless and desperate in a desolate landscape, but it ends with a beacon of hope, so bright in contrast to the beginning. I love the use and character of Shadowfax in this tale. Shadowfax is "just" a horse, but he steals the show.

Reviewed by: Virtuella  ✧  Score: 3

Oh, this is quite a magical story. The pacing is just wonderful, starting of so slowly and coming to such a crescendo. There is just enough said to make it all clear and enough kept silent to make the picture alluring. Hope will ride - or maybe just walk on its own four feet? I like this story very much.

Reviewed by: curiouswombat  ✧  Score: 3

What a lovely, hopeful, story. I have something of a soft-spot for the Rohirrim during what is, for them, a dark post-war period - to be on the victorious side and yet so bereft of men, horses, houses... This meeting for one rider is a sign of hope for all and this is a story that I think I may well come back to.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 3

How perfect that Shadowfax should help this faithful Rider to find the missing black herd, calling it from its hiding place! And what a gift to give him--the friendship and counsel of this Lord of Horses! Well described; mood well conveyed; imagery perfect. Definitely a story to reread.

Reviewed by: Scarlet10   ✧  Score: 3

The story moved me from a feeling of despair and no hope to the feeling of a new rising day. Like a beam of sunshine in a dark gray day. The last parts felt like magic. This is a touching story, and I loved it.

Reviewed by: WendWriter  ✧  Score: 2

I like this bittersweet tale, and the twist towards the end is an unexpected delight. Nice work.

Reviewed by: Nieriel Raina  ✧  Score: 2

This is a beautiful story told in engaging prose. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and would love to see more of its like.

Reviewed by: Ellynn  ✧  Score: 2

Nice, gentle story. I like your OC. And it is so easy and natural to imagine Legolas travelling around and helping where help is needed.

Reviewed by: Esteliel  ✧  Score: 2

This was beautiful - I really enjoyed this a lot! I love your description of Shadowfax, and the ending was so moving and hopeful. A wonderful story, Cat! :)

Reviewed by: Sevilodorf  ✧  Score: 2

Just reread this again. The voice of the rider is extremely well done. The renewal of Rohan would not be possible without such men. Nicely told.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 2

An eerie and beautiful encounter between a despairing Rider and unexpected friends. Very evocative!

Reviewed by: nancylea57  ✧  Score: 1

now this is a horse whisperer

Reviewed by: SurgicalSteel  ✧  Score: 1

What a lovely read this was - I enjoyed it very much!